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YouthFest 2021

Who We Are

Established in 1940 as a regional voluntary organisation, Boys & Girls Clubs NI has transformed into a leading youth work charity with a membership of 120 local youth organisations. Our mission is to support the personal development and social education of children & young people and to promote good relations and community development. We aim to: “REACH out to all young people to INVOLVE and enable them to ENJOY and ACHIEVE together…”

What We Do

Each year we work directly with 2500 children, young people, volunteers & youth workers. Indirectly, we support a youth network that engages with 48000 stakeholders on an annual basis. We deliver membership support services, training, networking opportunities, policy guidance, youth projects, and an extensive programme of youth activities. We have an office base in Belfast with most of our work happening in local voluntary youth clubs and schools in which we support.



“I got involved with Boys & Girls Clubs when I completed my OCN Level 1 in Youth Work in 2019 and this really give me a pathway into youth work. Since then I have been on international trips to Italy to compete in a boxing event, been involved in regional sports activities and met some great friends along the way. If you are on the fence about getting involved, don’t think twice and just do it”.

Darren Boys & Girls Clubs National Youth Committee


“We want to say a massive thank you to the staff of Boys & Girls Clubs for all their support over the past couple of months and helping us to get back up and running again, with confidence! Staff have been fantastic. The team have helped us with policy development, governance and safeguarding, and have completed all AccessNI checks for our staff and volunteers. We are now successfully registered with the Education Authority and have even secured some funding to help us become more sustainable. Thank you for the continued support.”
Chairperson Seven Derrys Youth Club


“The youth club we had in our area unfortunately closed and as parents and members of the community, we decided to get it back up and running. We’re all volunteers and were a bit lost about what to do and how to go about it, so we contacted Boys & Girls Clubs and received instant support. They arrived up, put together a club development plan for us and helped us with governance training, safeguarding, insurance, provided us with programme templates, resources for delivery and got us involved on their Do Something Active project. Without their guidance we would not be supporting 120 children on a weekly basis.”

Paul – committee member at a part-time voluntary run organisation in Belfast