The Department of Health is urging people to keep their allocated vaccination appointments.

The Department of Health is urging people to keep their allocated vaccination appointments.

Rescheduled second Covid-19 vaccines have increased significantly, with over 1000 requests received in recent days.

Patricia Donnelly, Head of the Northern Ireland Vaccine Programme, said: “I fully understand that we are all anxious to enjoy a more normal life including an opportunity to enjoy some of the things which have been denied us during the last 18 months.

“However this programme is a massive and highly complex logistical undertaking requiring intense planning. The ongoing cooperation of everyone to come forward for their second dose on their appointed date is crucial. Getting your second dose is not only vital in providing fuller and longer lasting protection against the virus, but also to enable the thousands of people working so hard managing the roll out to do so as effectively as possible.

“This is why second appointments are automatically generated when a first appointment is booked to allow us to plan ahead taking into account issues such as supplies of the various vaccines and availability of vaccination slots. It is the responsibility of each of us to ensure we are available for our second appointment.  So we ask that where possible you avoid making commitments that clash with the date of your second dose – that includes booking flights and hotels – please look for alternative dates.

“Where changing the date of the second dose is unavoidable – please be patient this will not happen immediately. The same people who are running the vaccination centres and organising this very demanding vaccination programme are already busy. So it will take time.

“Any large scale changes could potentially jeopardise the overall roll-out of the programme.

“The success of the vaccine programme in Northern Ireland has been built on an amazing public response which has seen over one million people receive their first dose. Their cooperation has played a major part in bringing us to where we are today. It is imperative however that we recognise how important it is, that in order to maintain that progress the full and effective roll out is maintained.”

Youth Services is now in Step 3 of our Pathway to Recovery – May 2021


Dear Colleague,

The Education Authority Youth service is pleased to announce the release of the 4th Edition of Youth Restart which will introduce additional easements for the delivery of youth services. In line with recent guidance issued by the Minster for Education this guidance will permit with immediate affect;

° Offsite day trips or day activities (education visits) within Northern Ireland
° No limit on the number of young people you can work with using outdoor spaces
° Provide food and refreshments as part of your youth work programme
° Provide supervised indoor and outdoor sports (non-contact)
° Increase from 50% to 75% of venue indoor capacity in groups sizes outlined in the guidance
° No limit of the number of in person staff/volunteer meetings or training

This means Youth Services is now in Step 3 of our Pathway to Recovery (Attached). At present Residential/Overnight stays are not permitted.

As always, the above easements are permissible only where organisations implement mitigations to limit the spread of Covid-19. Guidance on these mitigations, along with sample risk assessment and checklists are all contained with the Youth Restart Guidance (4th Edition).

Our new Edition of the Youth Restart Guidance can be accessed at along with additional restart resources. OR DOWNLOAD AND OPEN HERE

The Education Authority Youth Service would like to recognise and thank you for your patience as we recover youth services on phased approach. These easements will be critical to providing programmes for all our children and young people during the summer, in particular to support their emotional health and wellbeing.

The continued path to recovery relies on your commitment to ensuring that mitigations are place, and we continue to delivery youth services safely. In light of that it is important to note that this current step is always subject to review by the Department and the Northern Ireland Executive.



Membership Brochure


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  Boys & Girls Clubs was founded in 1940 as an independent, voluntary association of six local youth clubs. Today, we are a regional voluntary youth organisation (RVYO), a registered charity and limited company 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.
Each year we work directly with around 2500 young people, staff, and volunteers. We deliver membership support services, training, networking opportunities, policy guidance, youth projects, and an extensive programme of youth activities.
Our current youth work priorities are about supporting young people’s health & well-being, life skills, physical activities, training & development projects, and information & support services.
We aim to create conditions that inspire and enable young people to be their best in the pursuit of shared goals.

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