Youth Services

Under the Education and Training Board Act, ETBs have been given the responsibility to;

“Support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support.”

(Education and Training Boards Act 2013, Section 10 (1) (j))

Cork ETB has responsibility for administering funding of over 2.5million euro to over 35 youth projects and services across Cork City and County.

Youth Work Services are provided on the ETBs behalf by a number of voluntary youth organizations – YMCA, Foróige, Youthwork Ireland Cork, Cobh Youth Services, Cork Simon, Meitheal Mara, Good Shepherd Services, Churchfield Trust.

Their work is supported and monitored by Cork Education & Training Board (CETB) staff and is overseen by a CETB sub-committee which is responsible for strategic planning and monitoring.

Circular letters

Management of and Accountability for Grants from Exchequer Funds – Circular 13/2014

Conditions and Procedures for grant funding allocated under the DCYA Scheme 2015 – Circular/DCYA/01/2015

For more information on Youth Work in Cork please contact the youth officer.

Contact details for Youth Officer:
Ms Ruth Griffin
Cork Education & Training Board,
21 Lavitt’s Quay,
Tel: 021-4856345

 Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme

The Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme (LYCES) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCYA.

  • The scheme is focusing on the provision of small scale equipment grants to local youth clubs/groups.
  • Grants may cover equipment such as: Storage, IT equipment, electrical equipment, sporting equipment, arts and drama equipment etc. Please consider appropriate secure storage and if necessary include appropriate secure storage in the items applied for.
  • The maximum grant that can be applied for is €5000; Groups can apply for one single item totalling €5000 or a number of items not totalling more than the maximum grant. Consultation with the members of the youth club/group to ascertain their opinions on equipment needs will be expected, as any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club/group.

Please note that sports clubs/groups are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme.

To be eligible for funding from the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme, the club/group must satisfy the following criteria:

  • It must be volunteer led and it must be based on the voluntary participation of young people.
  • 75% of the club/group members must be between the ages of 10 and 21.
  • It must be able to clearly outline the benefits of club/group membership for young people who participate in its programmes.
  • The club/group must have a nominated designated liaison person (DLP) for child protection.
  • The club/group must have written procedures setting out child protection arrangements which are adapted to the nature of the organisation’s contact with children and which comply with the requirements outlined in Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (DCYA, 2011).
  •  All adult volunteers working with young people must be Garda vetted before they start volunteering.
  •  Appropriate insurance cover must be in place.
  • Volunteers must have access to a first aid kit and must be able to use it correctly.
  • The club/group must have a Health and Safety Statement, policy or procedures. (Note: this applies to clubs/groups that own premises. Clubs/groups that do not own premises must confirm that they have seen and operate to the building’s Health and Safety Policy.)

Download LYCES Application form 2017

A profile of Cork ETB Youth Services

A profile of Cork ETB Youth Services

Cork ETB Youth Work Schemes

  1. Youth Club Grant  click here for more details
  2. Special Projects to assist Disadvantaged Youth click here for more details
  3. Young Peoples Facilities and Services Fund click here for more details.

Useful Publications:

  • Youth Work in Co. Cork
  • Better Outcomes Brighter Futures – National Policy Framework for Children & Young People


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