In 1983, it was difficult to imagine what kind of structure could be put in place for
the purpose of local co-ordination of youth work activities. In Youth Services 2000
this was stated explicitly:
From where will the leadership come to provide local co-ordination? What kind of
structure will undertake this complex work? The question of whether a local committee made
up of officials of the agencies mentioned ... (i.e. the educational system, the Health
Boards, National Manpower Service, the J.L.O.'s Probation Officers etc.), together with
local representatives of the major youth organisations working in that area might assume
responsibility for all grant aiding and stimulating co-operation and new local initiatives
is worth further examination.
Since 1989, 11 voluntary youth councils have been established under the aegis of the
Department of Education in Ireland. The Cork Local Voluntary Youth Council (CLVYC) was
established in 1994.
||Cork Local Voluntary Youth Council, 1995
||Cork Local Voluntary Youth Council, 1997
||Cork Local Voluntary Youth Council, Grant Awards
Structures and operating guidelines governing the establishment of the CLVYC were based
- Consultations with voluntary youth organisations operating in Cork City and County.
- The experience gained by the City and County Vocational Educational Committees in Cork
in initiating and evaluating projects for disadvantaged youth.
- The experience gained by the City and County VECs in carrying out their administering
and co-ordinating role in relation to the funding made available for special projects for
- The on-going relationships being developed between the VECs and the providers of youth
services through special projects, youth information provision and the Youth and Sport
- The guidelines on the operation of Local Voluntary Youth Councils issued by the Minister
of State, at the Department of Education, in April 1990.
The jurisdiction of the CLVYC extends to Cork City and County. It has been suggested
that, from time to time and for short periods it may be necessary to establish Advisory
Groups to the CLVYC in a locality to identify needs and put forward plans to meet them.
The membership of the CLVYC is elected/nominated from the following categories:
||Ten nominated representatives from mainline youth organisations funded
through the Mainline Youth Services Grant Scheme and whose primary function is to provide
services to young people in Cork City and County.
||Three elected representatives of groups not affiliated to organisations in
Category 1 which are established in the Cork City and County area from time to time to
support specific community based youth projects or activities which have as their primary
objective the personal and social development of young people.
||Two elected representatives of organisations/groups not affiliated to bodies
in Category 1 above or included in Category 2, which provide services for young
people, or enjoin young people in providing services to the community.
||Four nominated representatives of Church Congregations who minister in the
Cork City and/or County area.
||One representative each nominated from the Sports Advisory Committees of the
City of Cork and County Cork Vocational Education Committees.
||A Statutory Advisory Committee comprised of one representative from the
different statutory bodies, which service the needs of young people either directly of
The term of office of the CLVYC is co-terminus with the Local Authority. On dissolution
of the Council of Cork Corporation and Cork County Council the CLVYC also dissolves.
Following local elections a new CLVYC is formed.
The CLVYC has the following functions:
- To provide a forum for the voluntary groups to exchange views and develop policy.
- To encourage, through exchange of information and experiences, good practice in the
- To assess the needs of young people in the Cork City and County area and to make
recommendations on action to meet those needs.
- To facilitate, where appropriate, common programmes and research taking current
activities into account.
- To liaise with statutory agencies on behalf of voluntary youth organisations and groups.
- To seek to develop an active role for young people within the youth service and in youth
- To help create a positive environment for youth work and to support and facilitate
- To establish a prioritised plan of action, following research and having regard to the
tenure of the Council, the primacy of voluntary effort, the availability of resources and
the potential for optimisation of existing effort.
- To submit a draft action programme to the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Cork
and County Cork Vocational Education Committees in early October of each year.
- To be advised on such elements of the draft programme as are sanctioned by the
Department of Education to be implemented and to arrange for feedback on such
- To continuously monitor the action programme and to develop and amend it in the light of
sanction, experience and the emergence of new needs.
Source: "Your Future - Our Future"