Definition of Youth Work

Youth Services

The Youth Work Act, 2001, defines Youth Work as a planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young persons through their voluntary involvement and which is:   

a) complementary to their formal education and training; and,

b) provided primarily by voluntary youth work organisations.

The role of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB)

  • Provide assistance and support to the Youth Work organisations in Co. Donegal;
  • Administer youth related Grants from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and other statutory agencies;
  • Implement the National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) for Youth Work;
  • Participate in the work of the Donegal Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC);
  • Participate in other Youth related Committees or Groups;
  • Completion of annual youth work progress reports to DCYA; and,
  • Support Donegal ETB’s Youth Work Committee to advise and make recommendations on the performance of the ETB’s youth work functions.


Youth Work Programmes in Donegal

Donegal ETB, in conjunction with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), provides administrative/financial support, either directly or collaboratively for the following Youth Programmes throughout Donegal:

  • Foróige Youth Development Scheme
  • Foróige Youth Development Programme
  • Donegal Youth Service Ltd Daybreak Programme
  • Letterkenny Youth Information Centre
  • Local Youth Club Grant Scheme
  • Capital Funding Scheme for Staff Led Projects/Services and Volunteer Led Clubs/Groups
Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2021

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) aims to provide funding towards the needs of volunteer led youth groups and clubs in all areas of Co. Donegal. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 28 May 2021. Forms should be emailed to or

National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF)

The National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) is a support and development tool for the Youth Work Sector.

Contact Details

For further information contact us on the details below.

Youth Officer,
Paddy Muldoon,
Administrative Offices,
Ard O’Donnell,
Co. Donegal.

Tel: 074 9161600
Mob: 087 9213299