Alternatives Deliver Workshops to Youth Workers Conference at Corrymeela

Posted October 2, 2013 by Shankill Alternatives in Updates

From the 2nd to the 6th of September 2013, Nev Gallagher from South Belfast Alternatives and Gary Dougan from the Shankill Youth Safety Partnership attended a Youth Workers Conference in Corrymeela looking at the topic of “Inclusion and Participation” within youth work. It involved youth workers from all over the UK and Republic of Ireland. Each day there were a number of workshops delivered by the youth workers attending, on different issues that might hinder us as workers to encourage inclusion and participation. Some of the issues talked about were; Disabilities, LGBT, Race, Ethnic Minorities, poverty and policing.  Each work shop involved the facilitator talking to the group about their own personal experiences of the issues, followed by a group discussion to give input into what knowledge other people had on these issues.

The workshops worked well and there was a lot of information shared with input from everyone which helped make us stronger in the field of youth work. This event was designed to bring youth workers from across the United Kingdom to look at different types of youth work and best practice and learn from one another.  It allowed us to look at different approaches to youth work and share youth practice from different areas.  The speakers raised many serious issues and we highlighted some of the complexities in youth work in Northern Ireland, such as racism, the on-going protests and other issues affecting life in Belfast.  During the weeklong conference Alternatives delivered two workshops to the participants, one on anti-racism and the other  around interface and policing issues in Loyalist areas.

Nev Gallagher commenting on the event said

The conference was very worthwhile.  It gave us a platform to raise awareness of restorative justice and Alternatives unique approach to youth workers from across the UK and Republic of Ireland”.

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