Youth Action Northern Ireland

Meet another of our residents to MADE in Mourne, Sheila Morris, a Youth and Community Worker for Youth Action Northern Ireland.

Youth Action Northern Ireland is a membership based, regional, youth organisation, with a 70 year history of working with young people to tackle inequalities in their lives, improve their life chances and contribute to flourishing communities in a peaceful, shared society.

Youth Action’s core values include; realising the potential of all young people, equality, diversity and inclusion, peace building, volunteering, participative democracy and leadership building.

Youth Action NI have various opportunities available to community groups and young people aged 14-25yrs throughout Northern Ireland. 

The ‘Amplify’ programme

Youth Action are currently delivering an ‘Amplify’ programme in MADE in Mourne. Amplify is a Peace IV funded programme that aims to encourage young people from similar and different backgrounds to become active in their community, share their values and beliefs and amplify the voice of other young people in their communities. As part of this programme young people develop and deliver a social action project that they are particularly passionate about within their local community.

Creative HUB at MADE in Mourne

We are delighted that Youth Action have also chosen to base this fabulous, forward-thinking, 3-day week programme in our Creative HUB at MADE in Mourne and that the young people have nestled in nicely here. We love seeing the young people involved engage with this programme and become passionate about Mourne, while growing confidence in their own abilities. We hope that when the programme finishes they will continue to feel they have a connection to both Youth Action and MADE in Mourne.

A project supported by the European Union’s Peace IV PROGRAMME Managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

Sheila Morris

Since graduating from Queens University of Belfast in 2001 in Social Policy and Sociology, Sheila has been working in the Youth and Community sector in various youth work roles. She began her youth work journey in the Kingdom Youth Club, as Youth Leader in Charge supporting young people to participate in various youth work programmes. Sheila gained a position as a community worker supporting young homeless mothers in the Belfast area and continued to support and advocate on behalf of vulnerable young women. in 2008 Sheila gained employment with REACT, Kilkeel working as a youth and community relations workers, developing community engagement programmes for young people in the Kilkeel area.

In 2012 Sheila began working for Youth Action N.I in the Kilkeel area, on a ‘Youth Works’ training programme for young people and has since been working with Youth Action across the Newry, Mourne and Down district area to support young people in engaging in a range of personal, social and educational development programmes such as the ‘Get SET ‘ employability training programme. ‘Get Set’ supports unemployed young people or those no longer in education or training to develop new skills, gain qualifications, raise aspirations and hopes for the future and provides work experience opportunities in a range or areas.