Nora Furlong


Hello...I am a freelance youth worker/ trainer/ educator/ consultant based in the South East of Ireland. I have over 15 years experience in youth work, non formal-education and project management. I have particular interest in areas of health and wellbeing, advocacy, media literacy and Global Citizenship Education. Creative approaches lie at the core of my practice provoking curiosity, critical thinking and a capacity to take action for justice issues.

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Current occupation

Freelance facilitator/ trainer/ youth worker/ educator/ consultant

Work experience

* University College Cork : Lecturer 2013 - Present
I teach 4 modules on the Youth Work Masters Programme
- Creative Methodologies in Youth Work
- Creative Social Action
- Facilitation Skills in Development Education (5 credits)
- Project Planning, Management and Leadership Skills (5 credits)

The programme is now in its 3rd year and I am responsible for the design, delivery, timetabling, and assessment of these modules, which focus on advanced professional practice in youth work and community development. These modules are social policy-oriented, focused on building connections with students between policy, theory, and practice through critical, creative, and action-based inquiry.

* TCA Officer ( Maternity Leave Cover)
Leargas - Irish NA ;March - September 2017
TCA (Transnational Co-operations Activities) is one of the elements of the European Training Strategy of Erasmus+: developed to implement a supportive and quality approach of the Programme.
Its aim is to bring added value and increased quality in the overall Programme implementation and so contribute to increasing the impact of the Programme at systemic level. Types of activities consist of :

Transnational training, support and contact seminars of potential Programme participants;
Transnational thematic activities linked to the objectives, priority target groups and themes of the Programme;
Transnational evidence based analysis of Programme results.

My key responsibilities include:
Project management; including planning, implementation and budgeting
Strategic development; informed by needs analysis and developments in youth, education and training policies
Implementation; design, promotion and recruitment for TCA activities
Training; to my colleagues to raise profile of TCA and to support staff in the implementation of TCA activities

* Programme Co coordinator & Lecturer in ‘Creativity & Change’ (Level 8 Special Purpose
Award) delivered through CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.
My responsibilities include:
- programme design, delivery & development
- Assessment, monitoring and evaluation of student work
- Student mentoring, academic and consultative support
- Promotion, student recruitment, communications & administration. I recruit 18 +
students nationwide annually
- Contributing to quality assurance criteria
- Strategic development, financial management and reporting of the programme.
There are several strands of learning within the context of global citizenship, including:
• Personal / Professional Development
• Creative/ interactive learning strategies
• Facilitation skills, Programme design & delivery
• Project Management
• Issue based knowledge

* Waterford Youth Council Coordinator 2016-2017
Comhairle na nOg is the mechanism designed and implemented by the Department of Children & Youth to enable young people to have their voice heard on the servicesm policies and issues that affect them in their local area.
My responsibilities included the development of CnN as a consultative forum facilitating the interaction of both Waterford county and city young people with policy makers and service developers in shaping policy and services country wide.

* Young Social Innovators: 2014-2016
Regional Trainer – I deliver educational workshops exploring social innovation to secondary schools in the South East

* Leargas 3D Training Network : 2013 - Present
National Trainer – deliver trainings nationally and internationally on behalf of the European Commission

* Wexford Waterford ETB (Education and Training Board) 2016 - Present
Local Development Tutor Panel: I deliever training accredited training programmes to local youth workers and volunteers

* Mayfield Community Arts Centre 2006-2013
Youth Worker and Youth Arts Coordinator

Educational pathway

2016 PG Cert (Teaching & Learning in higher Education) University College Cork

2008 Certificate (Arts & Empowerment Facilitation Training, ) Cork Institute of Technology

2004 M.Soc.Sc (Youth work & Community Development, 2004) UCC

2002 BA ( Economics 2002) UCC

I also have trained in Theatre of the Oppressed, Human Rights Based Approach to Education and in Youth Mental Health.

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (intermediate) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Education through Sports
  • (advanced) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (advanced) Event Management
  • (advanced) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Fundraising
  • (advanced) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (advanced) Health & Prevention
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (intermediate) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (intermediate) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (advanced) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (advanced) Public Speaking
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (advanced) Social Media
  • (intermediate) Storytelling & Humour
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (advanced) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (expert) Youth Policy
  • (advanced) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

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

Working with specific target groups

  • (advanced) Children
  • (advanced) Families
  • (intermediate) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (beginner) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (intermediate) Religious Youth Groups
  • (advanced) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

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This profile was last modified on 2017-07-27

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