Background to Boomerang Youth Service & Café
The need for a safe drink and drugs free space for young people had been long recognised through local and national research.
In 2006 Transition Year Students from Our Lady’s College participated in the Young Social Innovators Programmed. Their project entitled “The 3Ds” – Drink, Drugs and Depression identified the need for such a space for young people and presented their findings and took their campaign to politicians, parents, support services and the general community.
Following many years of campaigning and fundraising, Boomerang Youth Service and Cafe opened its service in the newly renovated Carnegie Library in Fair Street, Drogheda. The Centre aims to be a hub for cultural, social, health awareness, educational and community activity for young people. The service develops individual responses to the needs of young people and also to provide crucial “Chill out Spaces”. Supports provided include the following:
Access to Arts – Drama, Music, Film, Media
Computer – Training & Open Access
Drogheda Youth Development have been selected as a Sample Project for funding from The Department of Children and Youth Affairs Value for Money Policy Review (VFMPR)
Tenders are currently being sought from suitably qualified and experienced individual/ company to carry out a detailed needs analysis.
Aim of the Research
Drogheda Youth Development wishes to undertake a detailed Needs Analysis having regard to children and young people aged 12 – 18yrs in Drogheda and its hinterland
In undertaking this research, the consultant will need to engage with a range of stakeholders and young people. The approach adopted by the consultants should therefore utilise a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The findings will inform the service provision in 2017 under this funding stream
This information is to build on the information gathered by the ETB and will be used to design an effective programme for young people.
Meeting with relevant stakeholders
Consult with young people on specific needs and areas of interest
Research relevant programmes and interventions to meet the identified needs
Provide comprehensive report of each area to the Board of Management
1. Meeting with relevant stakeholders
Meet with relevant stakeholders and service providers in the area that work with young people such as
Out of School Services – Youth reach, Local Training Initiatives etc
Garda Diversionary Projects
Educational Welfare Officer
Louth Meath Education Training Board
Any other relevant organisations who work with young people in the community
2. Consult with young people
Meet and consult with young people to identify their specific needs and areas of interest, using a range of methodologies.
3. Research relevant programmes
Suggest youth work methodologies, programmes and interventions which could be considered by Drogheda Youth Development and which would meet the aforementioned needs and interests of the young people.
4. Report to Board of Management
Provide a clear and concise report to the Board of Management of Drogheda Youth Development showing methodology, findings and recommendations
Submission of tenders
The contract for this work will be awarded by competitive tender. Tender submissions should include:
A history of experience relevant to the assignment including previous projects undertaken
Understanding of the aims and objectives of the research
A detailed description of the proposed methodological approach
A proposed work plan programme, including a timetable of events
Cost breakdown, outlining daily rate, number of days allocated, purpose of days, any additional costs, e.g. travel, VAT etc.;
An up-to-date tax clearance certificate
Name of person responsible for the fulfilment of the contract
Most recent Curriculum Vitae, including contact information for two referees with whom the person tendering has provided a similar focus
No subcontracting is allowed.
Timescale and budget
The successful applicant must be in a position to begin on the work immediately. The research must be concluded by December 2016. An indicative budget of €3,000 – €5,000 is available for the research assignment, which is subject to funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and inclusive of all costs.
Evaluation of tenders
In selecting a provider the following criteria will apply:
Matching the proposal to the specification
Experience of providing similar projects
Expertise and credibility of provider
Value for money
Weekly progress meetings will be required with the Steering Committee for the duration of the research.
Terms of payment
Full payment on completion of Needs Analysis Research with submission of invoice.
If at any stage during the research the agreed level of quality of research is not adhered to, payment may be withheld.
Closing Date: Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 5.00pm
Applications can be submitted by post or email to:
Drogheda Youth Development CLG
Boomerang Youth Service & Café
62 Fair Street