Education Authority Launches Public Consultation on a Proposed Funding Scheme for Regional and Local Voluntary Youth Organisations

The Education Authority (EA) is holding a 12 week public consultation programme and invites people of all ages from across Northern Ireland to share their views on a proposed new funding scheme for Regional and Local Voluntary Youth Organisations.

Proposed Funding Scheme Consultation Cover

The consultation, which will commence at 4pm on Tuesday 6thNovember 2018, has been developed by EA following extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and will review historic funding arrangements to regional and local voluntary youth organisations.

Through youth work funded by the EA, vital support services are delivered to over 139,000 young people by 1,668 youth organisations throughout Northern Ireland. Funded by the Department of Education, EA seeks to maximise opportunities for young people through youth work by supporting regional voluntary services and local voluntary provision.  

Dr. Clare Mangan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services commented: 

“The Education Authority is committed to supporting our children and young people, assisting them to have the best possible start in life. We recognise that youth services play an important role in contributing to positive long-term outcomes for children and young people and we consistently strive to deliver quality youth support within an educational framework. 

“We wish to invite members of public, including children and young people, to put forward their views and help shape the future funding of youth services in Northern Ireland.”  

The consultation process will open at 4pm on Tuesday 6th November 2018 and will close at 4pm on Tuesday 5th February 2019. 

To have your say, please view the proposal and complete an online questionnaire at It is also possible to respond in writing to; Education Authority, Regional Youth Support Services, Block 1, Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald BT16 2HS or via email to

Further information and resources are available online including a consultation information booklet, easy read versions and a video outlining the proposals. EA will also be hosting a series of workshops across NI, visit

Last modified: 06/11/2018