(Tue. 17 Jan, 2023) – €1.2 million will be pledged to youth services and voluntary youth clubs in Kilkenny and Carlow in 2023 to provide innovative, responsive and inclusive youth work programmes, supports and services for young people.
The announcement was made today by Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board’s (KCETB) Youth Office at the launch of its publication Youth Office Profile 2022-2023. KCETB’s Youth Office is responsible for the provision, co-ordination, administration and assessment of youth work in Kilkenny and Carlow. Youth Services providers that will benefit from the funding include Ossory Youth Services, Carlow Regional Youth Services, Foróige DRUM Youth Project and Health Café, Kilkenny, and several voluntary youth clubs and groups across the two counties.
Speaking at the launch of Youth Office Profile 2022-2023, KCETB Youth Officer Mairead Donohoe commented, “KCETB is committed to promoting the value and importance of youth work and supporting high-quality youth work provision and practice. Our aim in 2023 is the continued development of good governance and oversight and working collaboratively with our funders, The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and local youth work organisations.
KCETB’s Youth Office Profile 2022-2023 coincides with the launch of a promotional video campaign that highlights the role and responsibility of KCETB in relation to youth work services and projects across Kilkenny and Carlow. The videos showcase the value and benefits of youth work from the perspective of young people, youth workers and youth work organisations. The video series will be broadcast across KCETB’s social media platforms.
KCETB Director of Further Education and Training Martha Bolger commented, “As the largest provider of education, training and youth work initiatives in Kilkenny and Carlow, KCETB is delighted to confirm that €1.2 million will be pledged to youth services and voluntary youth clubs in Kilkenny and Carlow in 2023 for youth work programmes, supports and services. Projects such as “ Your Place Your Space” (UBU),for young people aged 10 to 24 years, is one example of the great out-of-school supports offered through our Youth Services and we look forward to continuing these, and other projects, in the year ahead”.
Commenting at the launch, KCETB Chief Executive Eileen Curtis thanked the staff of the Youth Office and the members of the youth work committee for their continued support and ongoing guidance in promoting an extensive range of youth work supports, programmes and initiatives for young people across Kilkenny and Carlow.
For further information on KCETB Youth Services visit www.kcetb.ie
Caption – Pictured at the launch of Youth Office Profile 2022-2023, from left: KCETB Director of Further Education and Training Martha Bolger; KCETB Chief Executive Eileen Curtis; KCETB Youth Officer (Carlow) Mairead Donohoe; KCETB Youth Officer (Kilkenny) Saoirse Prendergast; KCETB Youth Office Support Worker Brigid Keating; KCETB Adult Education Officer Sarah Barron.