Carlow Regional Youth Service / Ireland
“I have spent my working life as a youth worker operating in a range of different contexts. I am now working for Carlow Regional Youth Service and as a research fellow with the Institute of Technology, Carlow with funding from the Irish Research Council.
I am especially drawn to supporting vulnerable young people and have a background in providing targeted youth interventions. I was struck by the high number of young people he worked with for whom digital games were the dominant or sole interest, particularly as a way of coping with significant trauma. I believe that youth workers are uniquely positioned to develop programmes and deliver work that effectively supports these young people.
I am currently overseeing and developing an evidence-based youth work project that responds to the needs of young people using digital gaming heavily. To-date this project has grown to consist of seven different groups running throughout the region, alongside a number of summer programmes and events. The project has attracted significant additional financial backing due to it’s exceptional impact on many young people and I remain committed to extending this further to discover more ways that youth workers can meet the needs of young gamers.”