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Western Education & Library Board,
1 Hospital Road,
Omagh, Co Tyrone,
BT79 0AW

Telephone: 028 8241 1411
Fax: 028 8241 1400
Email: info@welbni.org
Textphone: 028 8241 1550

Youth Service

Statement Of Purpose:

"To support and encourage young people to maximise their potential in their personal and social development"

New Policy For Youth Services

John O' Dowd, the Minister for Education, launched the new Policy for Youth Services on the Wednesday 16th October.  On launching the policy the Minister said:

"The needs of young people must be at the heart of all education policy. I recognise very clearly the contribution that the youth service can make to the overall development of young people, particularly those who will benefit most from the services and provisions available. The new 'Priorities for Youth' policy will help develop this important area of work by giving a clear focus for youth workers and managers. It will also ensure more strategic planning of youth service provision in a way that complement and supports current educational priorities."

To download a copy of Priorities for Youth click on the relevant version below:

Priorities For Youth (English version)
Priorities for Youth (Irish version)

Click here to download the Regional Youth Development Plan - Interim Framework 2015-2016  

Guidance on Disclosure and Barring Arrangements


The Department of Education has issued the following guidance to outline the impact of the new arrangements for youth organisations and the type of staff who should continue to be vetted before being allowed to work or provide services to youth organisations.  Please note pre-employment vetting remains a key preventative measure in denying an unsuitable individual access to children and vulnerable adults within youth organisations.  Click here for further details.

Area Planning

Following consultation, the Area Plans for the North West Division comprising vady Borough Council and Derry City Council areas, and the South West Division, Fermanagh, Omagh and Strabane District Council areas are now available.

Click here for the North West Division Area Plan

Click here for the South West Division Area Plan

The EAWR Youth Service would like to thank all those individuals and organisations who contributed to the consultation.  Your participation in the process was highly valued.  Your feedback has been considered and used to finalise the draft Area Plans.

Youth Service Team Structure

1 Hospital Rd, Omagh BT79 0AW

Telephone: 028 8241 1411

Deputy Head of Youth Service
Mr Liam Curran T: 028 8241 1486 E: liam.curran@eani.org.uk
Youth Officer, Operations
Mr Niall McKinley T: 028 8241 1486 E: niall_mckinley@eani.org.uk



Derry City Council Area
Derry Youth Office, Youth Information Office, 40 Dungiven Road, Derry, BT47 6BW