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LOETB Seeks Organisation To Provide Services To Young People

Laois and Offaly ETB are seeking an organisation with experience of providing services to young people, to deliver a youth service to young people in Portlaoise and immediate catchment area, consisting of 5 Electoral Divisions: (Portlaoise Urban ED 8072, Portlaoise Rural ED 8071, Borris ED 8044, Clondarrig ED 8051 and Shaen ED 8076).

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 25th August 2021 at 5pm and should be submitted electronically to Laois and Offaly ETB Youth Services Unit jthompson@loetb.ie

Please find more information and application form below.

 

Local Youth Club Equipment Grant Scheme 2021

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 14th May 2021, 5pm 
Please note: 

Under this year's scheme, Capital Grants of up to a maximum of €500 per funded organisation will be made available for eligible expenditure incurred over the period 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021

The scheme is open to those clubs / organisations which as of 1st January 2021, are operating or will operate during 2021 as a youth club/organisation that:

  • received a grant under the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme in 2020, or   
  • has applied for or is in receipt of a 2021 grant under the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

For further detail click HERE

If you require any further assistance, please contact Joe Thompson by email or phone

LOCAL YOUTH CLUB GRANT SCHEME 2021

LOETB are now welcoming applications under the 2021 Local Youth Club Grant Scheme.

The maximum grant available is €3,000. Closing date is 5pm on Friday 4TH June 2021. Please note that sports clubs/groups are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme. 

Clubs that were in receipt of Local Youth Club Grant Scheme funding in the previous financial year must complete the Club Report Form in Appendix 4 (included in LYCGS 2021 application form), and return it along with their application.

PLEASE CLICK HERE  TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR FULL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

If you require any further assistance, please contact Joe Thompson by email or phone.

Guidance for Youth Organisations - Informed by the Government’s Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021:

Plan for Living with COVID-19. (26.04.2021)

Click HERE for the latest update ( 23rd April 2021) of ‘Guidance for Youth Organisations - Informed by the Government’s Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19.’

Podcast

'The impact and power creativity can have on young people's mental health and overall wellbeing'

In collaboration with Laois Connects Mental Health Week, Laois Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership (LO LCYP) has developed a Podcast discussing ‘The Impact and Power Creativity can have on Young People’s Mental Health and Overall Well-Being’. Hosted by Joe Thompson featuring guests Patricia Wallis (LO LCYP Coordinator) and Ros O’Meara (Musician).

 

STEAM Training Course
Science   Technology   Engineering   Art   Maths

Applications now closed

Book your place Here today for a Two Day STEAM training course in Laois and Offaly!

Updated 16.09.20
Who is this for: Youth Workers, Arts Practitioners and other Educators in Laois and Offaly currently working with young people 10 – 20 age cohort in formal and non-formal educational youth settings. 
Cost:

Registration Fee of €50 per successful applicant. This training is heavily subsidised by the Science Foundation of Ireland and Laois and Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership.

Location: The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Date:

(Day 1) Tuesday 29th September FULL

(Day 1) Spaces still available for Wednesday 30th September 2020  FULL

(Day 2) 20th October 2020 FULL

Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm
Funding Opportunity: On completion of Day 1 of training, there will be an opportunity for all participants to apply for a small grant for a starter Creative STEAM project (funded through Laois and Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership). This will be subject to availability and eligibility criteria as per application guidelines.
  * Please note there is a maximum of 10 places on the training course. Places will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Places will only be offered to practitioners actively working with young people in the Laois/Offaly region.

During the 2 day training course, you will undertake a range of STEAM* activities that you can build into courses, programmes and projects for young people in a variety of non-formal and formal educational settings. You will acquire a range of skills, knowledge, resources and equipment needed to facilitate high-quality STEAM learning experiences with young people.

Who is this for?

The course is suitable for all Youth Workers, Arts Practitioners and other Educators in Laois and Offaly currently working with young people 10 – 20 age cohort in formal and non-formal educational youth settings (e.g. Youth Work /Creative Youth Work settings, Youthreach and Community Training Centres) who wants to:

  • Enhance the STEAM offer provided to young people;
  • Integrate STEAM into existing courses, programmes and projects, or;
  • Develop and deliver creative, inspiring extra-curricular STEAM activities.

Partners involved 
This course is being organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland in collaboration with the Laois and Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership / LOETB. It is funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland and Laois and Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership / LOETB and delivered by TechSpace.

 

 

Creative Activation Package 2020 (24.08.2020)

Application Deadline now CLOSED

As a result of the Governments July Stimulus Package, a ‘Creative Activation Package‘(CAP) has been made available by Laois Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership (LO LCYP) to all Youth Organisations, Projects, Clubs and Groups across Laois and Offaly,

It is envisaged that the funding, will bring about a greater understanding as to the power of creativity to bring about change in the lives of young people. At the core of the creative work is the voice of the young people. As a result of current COVID-19 restrictions, these programmes can be delivered in a safe space (either online or physical) in keeping with current guidelines.

Important Details:

  • The CAP 2020 funding is available to ALL Youth Organisations, Projects, Clubs and Groups across Laois and Offaly,
  • The CAP 2020 funding is targeted at young people aged 12-15 and 16-20 years across Laois and Offaly
  • Closing date for applications is close of business, 5pm Friday 4th September 2020.
  • The maximum grant that can be applied for under the CAP 2020 funding is €2,500. 
  • Please post completed applications to:  Patricia Wallis, LOETB Office, Ridge Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. R32 NN82.

To avail of an application form or for any further information, please contact LO LCYP Creative Coordinator Patricia Wallis by email; pwallis@loetb.ie

Application form can also be downloaded here

 

Laois Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership Stimulus Package 2020 (24.08.2020)

Following the announcement of the Governments July Stimulus Package (- which aims to accelerate the economic recovery following the impact of Covid-19), Laois Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership (LO LCYP) as part of that package were allocated a once off grant up to €50K under the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through the Creative Ireland Programme.

The following objectives are in place regarding the package;

  • To actively involve and engage young people in creative workshops, programmes and activities.
  • To facilitate the engagement by LO LCYP, of artists/creative practitioners to deliver creative workshops, programmes and activities.
  • To enable the roll out of additional creative workshops, programmes and activities. activities, or to provide the LO LCYP with appropriate resources to support ongoing delivery of its programmes.
  • That such additional activities should insofar as is possible and practicable, “be out of school”

 

 

LGBTI+ Youth Service grant scheme

Application Deadline now CLOSED 

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has made a grant available under the LGBTI+ Youth Service Scheme 2020.

To avail of an application form or for any further information, please contact Joe Thompson by email; jthompson@loetb.ie

Important Details:

  • Closing date for LGBTI+ Youth Service Scheme Application is close of business, 5pm Tuesday the 14th July 2020.
  • The maximum grant that can be applied for under the LGBTI+ Youth Service Scheme Application 2020 is €5,000. 
  • Please post completed applications to:  Joe Thompson Youth Officer, LOETB Office, Ridge Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. R32 NN82.

 

 

Press Release From Department of Children and Youth Affairs 08.06.2020

Minister Zappone announces funding to enable the formal opening of UBU - Your Space Your Place on 01 July 2020 

From Department of Children and Youth Affairs 
Published at: 8 June 2020
Last updated 8 June 2020

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, today announced that funding allocations have been approved for the youth funding scheme, UBU - Your Place Your Space, enabling the scheme to proceed as planned on 1 July.

UBU - Your Place Your Space provides funding to youth services that support young people to develop the personal and social skills required to improve their life chances. This includes services covering health and wellbeing, education, employment and social connectedness. The scheme will target young people aged between 10 – 24 years who are experiencing economic, social and cultural disadvantage.

Following a successful application process, letters of allocation issued today to all Education and Training Boards (ETBs) who administer funds to successful youth services on behalf of the Minister.

Acknowledging the deep commitment by the applicant organisations and Education and Training Boards to the process Minister Zappone said:

“I greatly appreciate the efforts, particularly in these difficult times, of the ETBs and youth organisations to ensure that we can open UBU - Your Place Your Space on time on 1 July. I thank the youth officers and ETB co-ordination committees who have worked so hard under the Covid-19 restrictions to keep the process on track. This represents the completion of a major reform of funding for targeted youth services and it was achieved in the midst of unprecedented restrictions due to Covid-19.

“The youth sector has responded heroically to the current crisis, adapting and innovating in order to maintain supports for vulnerable young people. The funding announced today, coupled with the youth sector guidance which I published on 2 June, ensures that such services can continue to deliver on this important work throughout the year ahead within the robust framework of the new UBU - Your Place Your Space scheme.”   

Allocations to ETB's as of 08.06.2020

 

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappene T.D., launched a new targeted youth funding scheme titled "UBU- Your Place Your Space" which provides over €38.5 million for youth services nationwide.

UBU - Your Place Your Space  brings together four already existing, overlapping schemes with a value of over €38.5 million. The scheme aims to provide services that support young people to develop personal and social skills required to improve their life chances. These include services covering health, education, employment and social connectedness. The scheme targets young people who are marginalised, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board's Youth Work team are excited to be involved in rolling out the new scheme with our community and voluntary partners.

 

LOETB Youth Officer, Joe Thompson pictured with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone at the UBU - Your Place Your Space Launch

 

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