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Youth Work Ireland Midlands

Youth Work Ireland Midlands, in partnership with Young people and their communities aims to Develop, coordinate and promote a comprehensive response to youth needs throughout Westmeath, Roscommon & Offaly.

The Vision of Youth Work Ireland Midlands, in line with the social education model of youth work, encourages young people to reach their full potential, where they are capable of taking responsibility for their own actions and becoming positive, active members of their communities.

Youth Work Ireland Midlands is a community-based youth work organisation providing services to young people in youth centres, community houses and facilities at the heart of the community in Counties Westmeath, Offaly and Roscommon.

There are lots of ways you can support the work of Youth Work Ireland Midlands. Take part our community events, sign up to be a regular monthly donor or even organise your own fundraising event.

We are always here to help, give us a call and we can chat through any ideas you might have or give you more information on how to get involved. By getting involved you can help us provide vital youth services across counties Westmeath & Offaly and Roscommon.

Are you interested in supporting Youth Work Ireland Midlands by joining in on our Fundraising Events? Express your interest here and we will be in touch.

Youth Work Ireland Midlands, formerly known as Midlands Regional Youth Service Ltd (MRYS) was formally incorporated in 1998; however the youth service has been around since the 1960’s. Since the incorporation, the organisation has developed its programme of work to cover counties Westmeath and Offaly.

As the organisation developed over the years, so too did the provision of services and supporting programmes. 

The core purpose of the organisation is the social, personal and educational development of young people enabling them to take greater control over their lives by being given opportunities to make choices, take decisions and exercise responsibility.

 

Timeline:

1980’s

MRYS receiving funding from the National Lottery through the Dept. of Education towards the provision of youth work services for disadvantaged young people.

1990’s

Establishment of a Board of Management in line with governance from original Advisory group.

1998

Formally incorporated as Midlands Regional Youth Service Ltd.

1999

Sponsorship of FÁS Community Employment Schemes supporting Counties Westmeath and Offaly

By 2000

Development and Implementation of Garda Youth Diversion Projects (Now operating in Edenderry, Mullingar, Tullamore and Athlone)

2001

Established our Youth Information Service

2007

Achievement of our 1st Quality Standard with Youth Work Ireland

2008

Achievement of Health Quality Mark, NYCI Youth Health Programme

2013

Development of 2 Youth Cafes in Westmeath (Mullingar) and Offaly (Edenderry)

2015

Relaunch of the organisation as Youth Work Ireland Midlands and introduction of Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017

Our Strategic Plan 2020 - 2024 is on our Front page of our Website if you want to see how we are continuing to grow with and for our young people and their communities.

Youth Work Ireland Midlands works to develop the potential of young people and to strengthen the communities of Ireland through quality youth services.Aside from funded projects, we have a number of programmes and resources that are not funded, where we rely on the generosity of our communities during fundraising events.  Some of our beneficiaries include our Youth Cafes in Edenderry and Mullingar as well as some much needed maintenance of some of our project buildings.

We have a Youth Forum and Youth Action group who are facilitated by some of our staff and volunteers but don't receive specific funding for their work. Our volunteer led clubs are also a vital part of our service however they rely on their own time and efforts to maintain their clubs in rural communities.  

Overall, we offer young people from every background a place to go, a listening ear and support if they need it. These services are run by local people and the programmes are run based on the need in the local community

 

Contact Details

17 - 18 Inis Oir, Golden Island, Athlone, County Westmeath, IRELAND

youthworkmidlands.org

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 12609

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20037253

View Youth Work Ireland Midlands on Benefacts.ie : https://benefacts.ie/Results?q=2614401