Clive Davis

Regional Director

Clive joined YWI Laois in May of 2016. Originally from Vicarstown in Co. Laois, Clive developed his love of youth work while supporting the development of Vicarstown Youth Club. Clive is the Chairperson of The Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival, Treasurer of LGBT Ireland, Secretary of People’s First Credit Union, member of the National Youth Committee within the Irish League of Credit Unions. Clive is passionate about youth engagement and development within Laois.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 2398577 / 057 8600104

Youth Work Team

Elaine Boyle

Youth Development Worker UBU Project

Elaine joined YWI Laois in May 2015, a native of Kildare but with a long-standing working relationship with Co. Laois. In that time Elaine has been lucky enough to work with young people aged 10-24 across Laois, creating spaces for young people to feel safe, be empowered, and achieve their full potential.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 4112816

Niamh Kavanagh

Laois Comhairle Na nOg Co-Ordinator

Laois Comhairle Na nOg Co-Ordinator at YWI Laois. Niamh has a keen interest in running and cycling. With a background in business and also in Youth & Community work., at Catholic youth care, (Crosscare), Kildare Youth Services, Carlow regional youth services and Bagnelastown town resource centre. Niamh has a passion for this work. Niamh is very involved in local business which she runs with her husband PJ.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 7876277

Deirdre Phelan

Positive Pathways Co-Ordinator

Deirdre has newly joined the team in 2021 as the Positive Pathways Coordinator. She is a graduate from the Institute of Technology, Sligo with a BCs (Ordinary) Degree in Health Science and Physiology & a BCs (Honours) Degree in Health Promotion and Public Health. It was here she discovered her passion for suppot+ing the young people in our community through work placement. She has a sincere interest in organising and initiating health beneficial services/programmes and feels it is extremely important to ensure everyone has the best support possible to reach their full potential.
Email: [email protected]

Jack Scully

Assistant Youth Worker

Jack joined the YWI Laois team in late 2019 as an assistant Youth worker. He has a background in computer programming, but decided to branch out and learn new skills in a new field after expressing interest in the concept of Youth work. Jack provides support and helps create a safe space for young people alongside the Youth work team, allowing young people to be themselves and help to grow and reach their full potential.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 057 8665010

Local Training Initiative

Sharon Delaney

LTI Coordinator

Hello, my name is Sharon Delaney and I have just completed a level 8, four-year BSc Hons. degree in Education and Training, with Dublin City University.
I have been living in Ireland since 2012. Before moving to Ireland, I was a Civil Servant in HM Revenue & Customs for twenty-four years. I am a fully qualified Holistic Therapist in Reflexology and a Reiki Master and Teacher in Reiki – Tera-Mai. I am a member of Reiki Federation Ireland and a volunteer with Cross Care Homeless Services.
I have a Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology and QQI Level 5 and FETAC Level 5 Qualifications in Food Science and Ecology.
My interests include current affairs, flowers, wildlife, nature, history, reading and music to name a few!
I consider myself to be a life-long learner, I fully believe in Education, Equality and Equity and I firmly believe that everyone deserves a chance.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 0756518

Barry Mc Evoy

Assistant LTI Coordinator

Barry started with YWI Laois in 2021 as Assistant Co-Ordinator of our Local Training Initiative.
He is excited to engage and interact with the younger generation of his hometown, Portlaoise.
Barry is passionate about empowering young people to get active in their own journeys and encouraging them to do their best.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 0576521

Midlands LGBT+ Project

Christina Fitzharris

LGBTI+ Community Development Outreach Worker

Christina is a new starter to our team and joined us in 2021 as our LGBTI+ Community Development Outreach Worker. In her role Christina coordinates all of our adult LGBT+ projects and will be responsible for the creation of Laois LGBT+ awareness events, support groups and increasing LGBT+ visibility in Laois. Christina has a BA in Social Care and a Postgrad in NGO Management and Development and has been involved in LGBT+ and community groups for over ten years.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 0757985

Art Therapist

Sophia Lennon

Art Therapist

Sophia is an Art Psychotherapist, registered with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT). With experience across a range of mental health services, through working with children, young people and their families. She aims to provide a safe, gentle, non judgemental therapy space. She offers a variety of approaches based on the individual needs of the young person. Sophia has a MA in Art Therapy and a Postgrad in Mental Health- Child, Adolescent & Family strand.
Email: [email protected]

Administration Team

Mary Flanagan

Finance & Office Administrator

Mary joined YWI Laois in 2015 bringing experience from Financial Services, Education, & Logistics, and studied Legal studies at the College of Commerce, Rathmines. She leads our Admin Team and looks after our Finance, Governance, and Administration responsibilities. She is also involved in mentoring our young members in Music & Arts programs. Having also run our Youth Arts Platform and Open Mic events, Mary is our Co-Ordinator for YWI Laois’ Electric Picnic “Electric Youth” program.
Email: [email protected]

Anna Mc Dermott

Office Administration/Reception

Anna is the first person you meet on arrival to our reception area. Joining Youth Work Ireland Laois in 2017 with a large retail background having spent many years in that area. 

Anna has very strong customer relations and customer service experience and enjoys the face-to-face interaction with people that forms a vital part of the role of receptionist.

Alongside reception duties, Anna looks after our Volunteer applications, Training schedules, and document records. Anna has also become strongly involved with our young women’s groups and workshops and volunteering with programs and events.
Email: [email protected]

Artur Zych

Office Administration/Reception

Artur is one of the first people you will meet on arrival at YWI Laois. He joined our group in 2020. Artur’s educational background is largely in the area of Information Technology. Throughout Artur’s career he has also gained extensive experience in office duties and responsibilities along with customer service.
In addition to working at our Reception area and assisting in our Admin team, Artur takes care of many other office duties, maintaining our database, scheduling events, and very importantly ensuring that our website is always up-to-date.
Email: [email protected]

Support Staff

Joe Dollard

Dani Ronan

Lauren Muhall