Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

The Department of Applied Social Studies in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in partnership with the National Youth council of Ireland’s Child Protection programme offers applications for the Certificate in Child Protections and Welfare.

The course is aimed at those working in organisations with child protection and safeguarding responsibilities. It will run over 15 days (5×3 day blocks) from Jan – June 2015.

If you wish to apply, complete the application form by 31st October 2014. You can also download the brochure for more information.




Certificate in Youth Arts

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

The Certificate in Youth Arts is a part time, year long university accredited course of study in Irish Youth Arts Practice managed and delivered by the Arts Programme at NYCI.
(Accrediting body: NUI Maynooth, Dept of Applied Social Studies)

The Certificate in Youth Arts aims to introduce those working in the non-formal education sector to the concepts, principles and practice of youth arts using a context and practice approach.

Applications are now open for the Certificate in Youth Arts 2014-2015. The downloadable Prospectus for 2014-2015 includes information on Certificate content, dates and assessment. You can access the prospectus, application form and frequently asked questions at

If you have an application related query please contact Anne O’Gorman, Senior Project Officer, Youth Arts: or 01 4255932.




The Alexander Technique Interactive Teaching Method Workshop

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

This informative and enjoyable workshop will introduce you to the ITM approach to The Alexander Technique and teach you tools that you can use to improve your mental and physical performance and achieve your potential.

It takes place in CIT Cork School of Music from 14 to 16 November. There is an introductory lecture demonstration on Friday 14 November from 7-10pm. There are workshops with experimental lessons on November 15 and 16 at 10pm and 6pm respectively.

Early booking is encouraged as places are limited. Contact or 086 2400312. There is a 10% discount for those who book and pay in full before Friday 24 October.

Workshop fees:
Introductory Lecture (Fri) and 1 day course (Sat or Sun) €130
Introductory Lecture (Fri) and 2 day course (Sat and Sun) €200
Concession for CIT* Staff and students




NYCI Information Seminar on Garda Vetting

Posted on September 10th, 2014

The National Youth Council of Ireland’s Child Protection Programme is hosting an information seminar on the 3rd December 2014 from 10 am – 4pm at the Aisling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

The seminar will provide information on Tusla, The Child and Family Agency and local structures responding to welfare and protection concerns.

There have also been recent changes to the Garda vetting process, so it will provide information on Garda vetting legislation, amendments and developments in vetting, including e-vetting.

The draft programme is as follows:

  • An overview of Tusla, Prevention, Partnership and Family Support by Fred McBride, Chief Operating Officer, Tusla, Child & Family Agency
  • A Youth Organisations Experience of Local Area Structures by Cora Horgan, CEO, Tipperary Regional Youth Service
  • Overview of Garda Vetting Legislation, Amendments and Implications by David Brennan, Department of Justice and Equality
  • Developments in Garda Vetting including E – Vetting by Superintendent Sarah Meyler, Garda Central Vetting Unit

In advance of the on line booking facility opening in November, please email your expression of interest to

This seminar will proceed subject to commencement of the Garda Vetting legislation.
If legislation is not commenced before the end of 2014, the seminar will be re-scheduled for 2015.




Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Financial management can be intimidating task to grapple with. But, as this workshop will demonstrate, it is possible for those without specialist training to learn how to learn how to manage their non-profit’s finances in a prudent and effective way.

In particular, the workshop will provide participants with:

  • A comprehensive overview of the finance function within a small to medium size non-profit organisation (of up to €1m in turnover).
  • A set of practical exercises that will help your non-profit to:
  1. Prepare a budget based on various information
  2. Set up a simple cash-flow tool to manage any risks
  3. Review a financial report and prepare a commentary for the board.

The facilitator is Aonghus Sammin, the principal of Bradán Consulting based in Galway and Dublin. He is a qualified accountant with over 20 years business experience.

Training provider: The Wheel
Date / Time: 18 Sep 2014 – 9:30am – 1:00pm
Venue: The Wheel, 48 Fleet Street (entrance on Parliament Row), Dublin 2
Location: Dublin
Price details: 60 Euro for Members of The Wheel 95 Euro Non-members




National Volunteer Management Conference 2014

Posted on August 11th, 2014

The premier conference for volunteer management in Ireland, the National Volunteer Management Conference takes place on Tuesday 4th November at Dublin Castle Conference Centre and will provide attendees with an affordable day of professional development, networking and informative, thought-provoking workshops.

The speaker for this year’s conference is volunteer management expert Rob Jackson. Rob has worked in the volunteer movement for more than 20 years, during which time he has led and managed volunteers and volunteer programmes in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and National levels.

Early bird tickets are available for a price of €60 until Friday 19 September. Tickets can be purchased here.

For further information on the National Volunteer Management Conference or to download the full programme for the event, visit the website.





Ready for Regulation – Championing Transparency & Governance

Posted on August 6th, 2014

This very special 2-day event has been developed to equip Irish non-profits with the governance, financial and transparency skills and awareness required to prepare for full charity regulation and also to maintain the trust and support of the public.

Date / Time: 7 Oct 2014 – 9:15am – 8 Oct 2014 – 3:30pm
Venue: Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Rd, Limerick
Price details: Full 2-day programme – 50 Euro for Members of The Wheel / 80 Euro Non-members.

To see full details and a detailed agenda for the course, please visit here.




Courses at the Carmichael Centre

Posted on August 6th, 2014

In addition to delivering customised training courses and training support, the Carmichael Centre provide a bi-annual Training and Development Programme. These courses address the unique needs of people working within the Community and Voluntary sector in both a volunteer and paid capacity.

Individual courses concentrate on a specific topic, but are practically focused and thus use participative methods to allow participants the opportunity to learn from others working in the sector. There are courses on topics such as Communications and Promotion, Governance and Leadership, and Planning and Quality.

Training and Development Programme courses are delivered in Carmichael Centre at Carmichael House and at various locations throughout Ireland on request. Information on all of the courses provided can be found here.




Designated Liaison Person Training

Posted on August 5th, 2014

The National Youth Council of Ireland will hold a Designated Person Liaison Training course on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of October 2014 in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin 2. It will run from 10-4pm daily, light refreshments will be provided.

The purpose of this training programme is to equip you with the information and skills which will help you to carry this important role in an effective manner.

The criteria for those attending is outlined below.

  • You must be the nominated designated liaison person (or deputy DLP) for child protection in your youth work organisation.
  • You must have attended, at least, an awareness level training programme in child protection.

The cost of this course is €80 per person for members of NYCI and €120pp for the community voluntary sector who are not members of NYCI.

To book a place on the course, please click on this link and follow the instructions on the training booking system. Places are limited on this course so please book early. In order to avail of the NYCI membership discount, please use the discount code MEMBERD40 on the step two of the on line booking system.

If you have any difficulties booking on line please contact the NYCI admin team on 01 4784122.
Following your booking you will receive a confirmation email from NYCI.




Fundraise with Confidence

Posted on August 5th, 2014

Has your confidence taken a hit when it comes to fundraising (in person or indirectly) with members of the public or major donors in recent months? Recent negative charity media headlines certainly don’t appear to have made things any easier for Irish fundraisers.

This workshop has been created to give you back to the confidence you need to hit your fundraising targets and to help reassure members of the public about the worthiness of your cause.

This workshop takes place in two locations:

Date / Time: 22 Oct 2014 – 9:30am – 1:00pm
Venue: The Wheel, 48 Fleet Street (entrance on Parliament Row), Dublin 2

Date / Time: 4 Nov 2014 – 9:30am – 1:00pm
Venue: Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Rd, Limerick ‎

More information can be found on the Dublin event here and the Limerick event here.