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Diversity goes cross border - Launching Access All Areas

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, unveiled the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Access All Areas: a diversity toolkit at a special event called Diversity Goes Cross Border, in June 2012.

“Access All Areas is an example of cross border collaboration at its best, bringing together expertise to create something that will have a lasting impact. It will prove to be an invaluable resource for everyone working to make Ireland more welcoming of young people and volunteers from all backgrounds,” said Minister Fitzgerald.


Access All Areas is available online at

The launch was addressed by three young people: Cindy Njoki, and Robert Kilpatrick and Kayleigh McKevitt. See video below:

Access All Areas is a collaborative all-Ireland resource for youth workers, which brings together the knowledge of 28 sector experts from Ireland - North and South. It is a one-‘start’-shop containing practical advice, facts and figures, needs and issues, checklists and more on topics including disability, ethnicity, membership of the Traveller community, sexual orientation, gender, mental health, early school leaving, juvenile justice and young parents.

“This is a powerful resource for the youth sector. The young people here today made clear the difference that it has made to them when their youth organisations have gone the extra mile and taken the necessary steps – steps laid out in access All Areas - to make sure they are fully included, and the value that this has brought to their lives and to their communities” said James O’Leary, President, National Youth Council of Ireland.


Access All Areas is available online at