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Area Based Youth Work Strategy


  • The purpose of an Area Based Youth Work Strategy is to develop a youth work plan in a specific geographical location (mostly alongside local council districts) based on needs assessment with young people and local partners working with young people.
  • We have been investing in an Area Based Youth Work Strategy in the Newry, Mourne and Down (formerly Armagh) since 2003. This approach comprises a strategic partnership between a range of youth work providers in the local district area who meet to share, collaborate, monitor, and celebrate the contribution of young people and youth work approaches across the area.
  • The current Newry, Mourne and Down Youth Work Plan (2014-2016) have identified 5 core youth work priorities based on needs identified by young people. These are:
    1. Young people have improved mental health and well-being
    2. Young people have more spaces to meet and develop their interests
    3. Young people value difference
    4. Young people have increased leadership and participation
    5. Young people have improved employment and training
  • Youth Work Charter: Young people across the area have developed a Youth Work Charter in which they have prioritised some core functions and expectations for youth work. These include:
    1. A good educational fun experience;
    2. To meet people they would normally meet;
    3. To learn new skills;
    4. To become more involved in the local community;
    5. To be respected.


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