This research project was conducted to examine the relationship between youth work and volunteer management in the faith-based sector of Northern Ireland. The research was undertaken as both the youth work and volunteer management sectors are becoming increasingly professionalised and quality based therefore determining a relationship between the factors could positively affect the quality of the other. Research was carried out through quantitative questionnaires with participants in ten faith-based youth organisations throughout Northern Ireland and qualitatively in the form of semi-structured interviews with participants in a position of leadership within five of the organisations. Results have shown that overall; a relationship exists between the quality of youth work and volunteer management, though not directly proportional. The findings have also highlighted good quality practice in a number of areas including child protection, diversity and equality. Conversely a number of concerns have also been raised, particularly concerning pastoral care and personal and professional development. Nonetheless, it is possible to conclude that a relationship exists between the quality of youth work and the quality of volunteer management in this study.
Jayne studied with CYM Ireland and graduated with a BA Honours degree in Youth & Community Work and Practical Theology in 2013.