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Fergal Barr

About:

I have been involved in youth work since 1987 & international work from 1998 with involvement in more than 100 international programmes.

Interests include humour & its relevance to, and use in youth work; music; the impact of international youth work on peace-building; leadership through intercultural dialogue, conflict resolution/management, peace-building, street work, rural youth work and developing creative and innovative responses to identified need.

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Fergal Barr

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Current occupation

Youth Co-Ordinator (Rural Youth Work Project)

Work experience

After leaving school I spent 5 years with the Western Education and Library Board's (now the Education Authority) Youth Information Service - Info Plus, prior to commencing studies at University of Ulster Jordanstown.

After Jordanstown, I worked as an Education Welfare Officer for the Belfast Education and Library Board for 3 months before returning to Derry take up post with NIACRO (Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) as Team Leader for the Prince's Trust Volunteers Programme and during this time I also worked part-time as Community Relations Officer with the Western Education and Library Board and Sessional Worker for Detached Youth Project in Derry.

After 26 months I went to work for St. Columb's Park House Reconciliation Centre as Project Worker before moving onto Eglinton Youth Club as Youth Development Officer for a 6 month period in September 1999.

I returned to NIACRO in April 2000 for a 2 year period as Mentor Development Worker before becoming Project Director of Off the Streets Community Youth Initiative in April 2002.

My job at Off the Streets included responsibility for all aspects of the organisation including strategy, finance and funding, staffing, policy and programmes.

I left Off the Streets at the end of August 2006 taking up post with the Northern Ireland Youth Forum as Participation Worker for the Western Education and Library Board Area for a project called ‘The Big Deal.’ I only stayed a short while before taking up post as Youth Co-ordinator for the Inside Out Project at The Diamond Centre in Claudy in December of 2006.

In September 2009 I began working part-time as Regional Development Officer for Clubs for Young People Northern Ireland.

Since May 2012 I have been working a mixture of part-time and freelance including assessing YiA & E+ applications for the UK National Agency and Visit Co-ordinator for some of their training programmes in addition to involvement in their UNI/NFL project.

Overall I have been involved in Youth Work for near 30 years working in a broad range of settings but involved in a number of sectors such as Education, Volunteering, Reconciliation Work, Mentoring, Criminal/Youth Justice, Community Relations, Detached and Rural Work, Participation and International Youth Work Practice


I was also a member of the Youth Council for Northern Ireland for 3 years between 2000 and 2003 and Chairperson of the Community Relations Youth Work Network between February 97 and March 99 and represented same on the North South Youth Managers Forum for 2 years from April 98.

I was also a member of the Northern Ireland Congress of Trade Unions Youth Committee between February 88 and May 91.

Since 1988 I have been involved in over 100 international programmes (hosting almost 40 in Northern Ireland) with more than 40 as facilitator/trainer.

Programmes have included seminars, training programmes, job-shadows, exchanges, feasibility meetings, advance planning visits, youth initiatives, youth democracy, study visits and video shoots.

I was also the Chairperson of CASCADE (Co-operation And Sharing Experiences Can Achieve the Development of a Common Europe) between 2009 and 2011 a network of organisations drawn from Germany (Jusev), Austria (ELT), Poland (UNESCO Initiatives Centre), Slovenia (Zavod ANI), Czech Republic (LOS), Lithuania (SDP), France (Nexes), and Northern Ireland (Inside Out).

I was also involved with Globa-l-inks, a network of around 30 European, Latin American and African organizations. These organisations are working in the field of non formal education with the aim of youth active participation in processes of social transformation, linking the work in the local community with a global vision. Globa-l-inks is made up of organisations from the following countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Perú, Uruguay, Venezuela France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Nederland, Poland, Portugal Rumania Spain and of course, Northern Ireland.

I have worked for a variety of other organisations at home and abroad: Viennese Association of Youth Clubs, ELT (Vienna) & Klick e.V (Hamburg), Leargas (Dublin), Co-operation North/Ireland (Belfast and Dublin), International Youth Institute Programme, UNESCO (Wroclaw, Poland), Anna Lindh Foundation (Egypt), North Coast College (College), NUS/USI (Belfast) and The Warrington Project (Warrington).

I co-ordinated the Northern Ireland Youth Institute Programme between 1998 and 2003 which included joint meetings of member groups from Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus, Israel and Palestine.

I have a keen interest in documenting programmes and have co-ordinated the production of 8 video documentaries, 'The Green Line', 'Promoting International Contact' and meetings of the International Youth Institute Programmes in August '99, July 2001, November 2002 and a historical account of the same programme between '99 and '02.

I have also produced video documentaries on Ethnicity, Radicalism and Conflict in an Evolving Europe (Nov 01), Creating a Common European Consensus (April 03) and Peace Building in an International Context (August 03) along with two Activity Packs.

For more info see my CV.

Educational pathway

Primary and Post-Primary Education with St. Patricks Boys and St. Brigids High School in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Completed Diploma of Higher Education in Community Youth Work (1995) and Advanced Diploma in Management Practice (2004) at the University of Ulster Jordanstown. I also finished my Masters in Education and Contemporary Society (2006) at the University of Ulster Coleraine. In 2012 I secured an OCN (Open College Network) Level 5 in Cross-cultural facilitation and mediation in Divided Societies (equivalent to BA Hons).

I have intentions to complete a PhD looking at the impact of International Youth Work on peace-building in conflict societies

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (intermediate) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (intermediate) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (intermediate) Event Management
  • (advanced) Financial Management
  • (intermediate) Fundraising
  • (intermediate) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (beginner) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (beginner) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (intermediate) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Open Space Technology
  • (advanced) Organizational Management
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (intermediate) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Time Management
  • (intermediate) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (advanced) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Information Work
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (intermediate) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (advanced) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (intermediate) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (beginner) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (beginner) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures
  • (beginner) Private Foundations
  • (beginner) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (advanced) Young People in/from Conflict Areas

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (advanced) European Cooperation
  • (beginner) Latin America
  • (beginner) North-North Cooperation
  • (beginner) North-South Co-operation
  • (beginner) South East Europe

Other skills

I deliver training in the use of Humour in Youth Work

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2017-02-27

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