Youth Work Ireland Cork

We are a not for profit organisation working with young people from the Gurranabraher/Churchfield area and city wide.

Core Values

Quality Youth Service
The rights of young people
Empowering young people

Our Vision

‘To provide a quality, holistic, inclusive and empowering service for the well-being of all young people’.

Mission Statement

To provide a community based response to young people’s needs by offering them the opportunity to contribute to and participate in social education, artistic and recreational activities.


Consultation | Group work | Harm Reduction | One to one work |Drop in service
Youth participation | Research and Development |

Our approach offers an integration of services in the community by providing young people with:
A creative outlet | Opportunities to develop their social skills | Information to young people and adults on related issues
Developing community services links with schools, agencies and sports clubs | Supports for parents | Developing a family network
Allowing young people to become their own advocates | Supporting young people in becoming politicized

History of Youth Work Ireland Cork

Youth Work Ireland Cork started off life as “The Cork Youth Federation” a VEC funded initiative special project for youth (SPY project) in the area in 1989 with Mairead Tobin as the project worker. This project was located within the parochial hall in Churchfield and was known locally as “Youthlinks”. In 1994 the project’s name was changed to “The Gurranabraher Youth Development Centre”. In 1999 the Cork Youth Federation ceased operations and the National Youth Federation (now Youth Work Ireland) took over the management of the SPY project, appointing David O’Donovan as the manager in 2000. Eleanor O’Sullivan became the project coordinator in 2000. In 2012 David O’Donovan stepped down and Eleanor O’Sullivan assumed the role of Director of Services and Manager
A local management board was formed in 2004, tasked with eventually taking responsibility for all Youth Work Ireland operations back to Cork; this process culminated in January 2010 when a new company was formed.
Youth Work Ireland Cork, officially became responsible for all Youth Work Ireland activities in the Cork city region. Youth Work Ireland Cork became a full member youth service of Youth Work Ireland in May 2009.
The project changed premises a number of times before moving to its current location in September 2008. It now employs 3 full time staff, 3 part time posts and 5 part time VEC tutors to cater for the needs of young people in the area. The Arts Programme started in 2000. The Outreach Drugs Task Force project commenced operations in 2001.
Cumann Spraoi Limited trading as Youth Work Ireland Cork is a company limited by guarantee (Co. No. 470849) and a registered charity (CHY 18908). A voluntary Board of Directors is responsible for the overall management of the company.

Our Board members are:

Michael O’Sullivan (Chairperson)
Ricky Dineen (Treasurer)
Eileen Hogan (Secretary)
Jacqui Sweeney
Lorraine O’Sullivan
Rebecca Jeffers
Carmel Best

Operational Structure

Youth Work Ireland Cork operates from the following clearly defined operational procedure;
Young People’s needs are addressed by Youth Workers
Youth Worker’s needs are addressed by the Management and Administration Personnel
Organisational needs are addressed by the Board of Management.

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The Faranree/Fairhill Youth Network are currently compiling a youth and community directory for the Faranree, Fair Hill, Gurranabraher, Churchfield and surrounding Areas.

We are looking for services/organisations who are interested in being featured in the directory to contact us including GP’s, activity and sports clubs etc.

Interested parties can e-mail their details to : youthandcommunitydirectory@gmail.com

The deadline for submission is the end of January.
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*Attention Youth Work Ireland Cork MUSIC & RAP GROUPS!*

All Music & Rap groups are back next week (15th & 16th of January)

Music Lessons, Tuesday Night Music Group, Junior, Middle & Senior Rapping/Beats/Song Writing Groups all back at usual times.

New members Welcome for Late Tuesday night Groups from 7pm to 8.30pm. (Music, Song Writing, instruments, rap, beats etc.)

For more info, contact Joe on 086-8274863.

Groups run with support from Music Generation Cork City
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An e-mail from Concern to the Young people from Youth Work Ireland Cork:

Concern are hosting a World Café in St. Peter’s, Cork on the 25th of January 2018 from 18.00. Endless amounts of coffee/tea and light refreshments will be made available. It would be fantastic to have representatives from Youth Work Ireland Cork who might be interested at the event, adding their voice, experiences, knowledge and ideas on how Ireland will “LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND”. SDG 5 – Gender Equality is the goal we will be focusing on that evening.

If anybody is interested, please contact Joe on 0868274863
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