About us

Our mission

Youth Work Ireland Galway is a voluntary organisation committed to delivering quality youth services within local community, to empower young people to identify and realise their own potential in a safe and supportive environment.

Our ethos

Youth Work Ireland Galway is committed to its voluntary ethos and is led by the principle and practice of community development. Community volunteers are trained and supported to run services. Local communities participate in decision-making processes about local services and young people participate in decision-making processes about services provided for them.

Our history

We came from a youth club movement that started in the 1960’s and was  coordinated nationally by the National Federation of youth clubs. In the 1970’s the County Galway Federation of Youth Clubs was formed from locally based groupings of clubs.

In the 1990’s we secured resources from EU funding programmes to develop new projects and become involved in alliance and partnerships both at local projects level and across the city and county.

What we do

Advocacy – We advocate on behalf of young people in Ireland.

Child protection – We provide information and training in child protection to our staff, volunteers and affiliated youth clubs.

Garda vetting – We provide garda vetting to staff, volunteers and affiliated youth club leaders.

Take part in the national programmes – Our programmes are about building confidence, social interaction, participation.

We provide information on youth activities, international volunteering opportunities, staying in school, preparing for work

Youth services – Our services are quality driven, promote best practice and ensure young people are safe and protected.

We promote youth participation – We believe in real and genuine participation where young people have the opportunity to have their voices heard.


Governance Code: We have embarked on the journey to fully comply with the Governance Code for community and voluntary organisations. You can view the list of the community and voluntary organisations compliant or ‘On Adoption Journey’ to Governance Code here.

SORP: We are committed to achieve compliance with the Statement of Recommended Practice, Accounting and Reporting (SORP) by Charities (2005).

Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising:  We are reviewing our fundraising policies and procedures and are committed to improvements to achieve compliance with the statement.

Strategy:  The Board of Youth Work Ireland Galway has extended organization’s Strategic Plan until the end of 2016, which can be viewed  here: YWIG Strategic Plan.

Company details:

Our legal name: Galway Regional Youth Federation CLG trading as Youth Work Ireland Galway

Our registration number with Companies Registration Office: 310202

Place of registration of the company: Galway

Address of our registered office: 41/43 Prospect Hill, Galway

Charity Registration Authority Registered Charity number: 20042912

Company directors:

  1. Karen Dunne: Chairperson. Karen has served intermittently on the company’s board since 2008. Karen has qualifications in Finance Management and Outdoor Education. Currently School Completion Programme Coordinator for Galway City East.
  2. Bernie Harrigan: Treasurer. Bernie has served intermittently on the company’s board since 2006. Qualified Management Accountant, owner of financial services enterprise. Experience in financial management in Arts and Community Sector and Department of Defence.
  3. Eleanor Clancy: Company Secretary. Director since 2012. Qualifications in HRM and Higher Diploma in Education. Coordinator at Galway Centre for Independent Living. Youth Worker experience.
  4. Vanessa Walsh: Director since 2012. Legal Secretary. Volunteer youth club leader.
  5. Tracey Moore: Director since 2014. Qualifications in HRM. CE Supervisor at Youth Work Ireland Midlands. Former HR experience in telecom industry.
  6. Oliver King: Director since 2012. Qualifications in Mediation and Restorative Practice. Retired garda Juvenile Liaison Officer. Volunteer youth club leader.
  7. Frank Curley: Director since 2016. Retired manager of Probation Services Training Centre.
  8. Trevor Clohessy: Director since 2016. IT lecturer at the NUIG, qualifications in Health and Safety. Volunteering experience in the youth work sector.