Community Work Ireland & Friends of the Earth: The Just Transition Champions Programme

Community Work Ireland & Friends of the Earth

The Just Transition Champions Programme
Call for Youth Workers & Community Workers to Join Us

This online programme will equip practitioners to support young people & communities making their voices heard for equitable climate action.

Community Work Ireland and Friends of the Earth are joining forces to deliver an innovative programme upskilling youth work and community work practitioners to play a vital role in the just transition to a decarbonised and climate resilient future. Five online sessions will explore issues around the just transition and all participants will be eligible for €150 seed funding to deliver a multiplier workshop addressing a just transition issue in their local community.

The Just Transitions Champions Programme will explore several essential issues for local climate justice and a just transition, including:

  • Strengthening personal resilience/emotional capacity in the face of climate crisis.
  • Building powerful and inclusive participatory democracy.
  • Fostering collective local resilience in our food, energy and economic systems.
  • Supporting justice and solidarity in the transition locally, nationally & globally.

What is the just transition?

Just transition means an approach to social and economic transition from a carbon intensive to a decarbonised and climate resilient society. The Just transition approach emphasises decent work, quality jobs and fair sharing of the burdens and benefits in the transition process.

What role do youth workers & community workers play?

Community workers and youth workers have significant expertise working with marginalised and disadvantaged groups to support their collective participation and empowerment. These skills will be vital to ensuring equitable and effective climate action.

Why Just Transition Champions?

The aim of this programme is to foster and support Just Transition Champions in the youth work and community sector. These will be folks who can advocate for the rights of young people and communities and support them to stand up and make their voices heard in climate policy making. After the programme is completed, participants can join a Just Transition Community of Practice support network to facilitate information sharing and support amongst champions.

Who is this programme designed for?

  • Individuals currently or recently working in youth work and community development organisations across the island of Ireland, north and south.
  • Students and graduates from professional programmes for community development and youth work at QQI level 8/9.

What approach will we use?

While COVID-19 restrictions mean the programme must take place online, we’re putting our thinking caps on and adapting the creative and participatory approaches that are the tools of the trade for youth workers and community workers. Prepare for active participation and engaged learning by doing. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet and discuss with experts and innovators who are driving exciting projects and programmes addressing the climate crisis in our communities.

What are the multiplier workshops?

As part of the programme, participants will be supported to develop and deliver a tailored training/outreach activity with the young people / in the communities where they work with. To support this, all participants who complete the course will be eligible for €150 funding to deliver a workshop.

What dates will the programme run on?

The programme will run in two cycles (covering the same content) in March and April. Sessions will run in the evening from 6.30pm-9pm (with plenty of time for screen breaks!)

  • 1st cycle - Thursdays in March - 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March & 1st April
  • 2nd cycle – Tuesdays in April - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th April & 4th May

Apply here:

For further information, please contact:

Emma Jayne Geraghty, Friends of the Earth:
Jamie Gorman, Community Work Ireland:

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
19th Feb, 2021
Expiry Date
19th Apr, 2021