Youth Officer

  County Galway VEC Ireland

Youth Officer:


Louise Ryan

Coiste Gairmoideachais Chontae na Gaillimhe
Coiléar Bán
Baile Átha an Rí
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Louise Ryan County Galway VEC Youth Officer

091 874 539

091 874 260


Local Youth Club Grants Scheme 2013

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) supports voluntary youth club activities at local level. Details of the scheme for 2013 have been announced by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the scheme is being administered locally by County Galway VEC.

The scheme is intended to support the work of volunteer-led youth groups in the county, with a particular focus on those with members aged 10-21 years. This Grant is to assist the development needs of clubs and can be used to support clubs in their administration, programme and services costs.

To download copies of the application and information click below:
If you require any assistance with the form or if you have any questions, please contact the Youth Officer, Louise Ryan on 091 874539 or by email

Please note that sports clubs are not eligible for funding under the terms of this scheme.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5:00 pm Friday 28th June 2013. Please note that late applications cannot be accepted.

Please click here for an application form

Please click here for information summary
Galway Composer in Residence Opportunity

Galway County Council on behalf of

in partnership with County Galway VEC, Galway City Council and City of Galway VEC, Supported by the Arts Council wish to appoint a Composer in Residence to work with Music Schools and Youth Orchestras in Galway

Please click here for further details

Email here for Submission Specifications
National Consultation with children and young people on the new National Children’s Strategy (2012-2017)

For further details, please click here
Please click here to download poster advertisement



Our Youth Officer is based at the Administrative Headquarters at Athenry. The Youth Officer is actively involved in the development and co-ordination of youth work within Co. Galway VEC as provided for in the Youth Work Act, 2001.

The Youth Officer duties include:

  • Liaising with relevant organisations and drafting a three year youth work development plan; providing assurance to the Vocational Education Committee that all youth work in the VEC area is provided in accordance with the plan.
  • Prepares annual reports and causes an evaluation to be made of the youth work programmes and services in the area, to enable the vocational education committee to review the Development Plan and produce its Youth Work Report.
  • Co-ordinate plans, proposals and activities with approved national youth work organisations, designated local voluntary youth work organisations and authorised organisations within the VEC area; ensuring co-ordination of youth work programmes and services in the area with education and other programmes for young persons.
  • Makes recommendations on grant applications, registrations and project allocations.
  • Administers expenditure to national and local youth work organisations at local level.
  • Assesses and processes the applications for designation from local voluntary youth work organisations.
  • Monitors and assess the youth work programmes for which money has been provided and in particular evaluates all expenditure incurred in the provision of services.
  • Manage the appointment of the Youth Work Committee, the election process of the Voluntary Youth Council and the organisation of their respective meetings.
  • Prepares such analyses and reports as may be necessary or required from time to time by the vocational education committee or Department of Education and Science.
  • Undertakes any other duties appropriate to the post as determined by the CEO, from time to time.

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Youth Work Act 2001


The Youth Work Act, 2001 was enacted in December 2001. This Act was developed following an extensive consultation process and provides a legal framework to support the provision of youth work programmes and services. It details the functions of the Minister, the Vocational Education Committees (VECs) and national/regional youth work organisations in this regard.


The purpose of the Act is to provide a legal framework for the provision of youth work programmes and services by the Minister, the Vocational Education Committees (VECs) and by National and Regional Youth Organisations.

Click here for Principals of the Youth Work Act 2001