Here for Youth

WSTCYS Governance


Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service is an independent and not for profit youth service organisation, legally structured as a Company Limited by Guarantee (C.L.G.), not having share capital.  The company is registered as a charity.

The Company Registered Number is: 231354.

The company’s charity number is: CHY 11540.

The constitution of our organisation comprises of a Memorandum and Articles of Association. The Articles of Association are essentially the rules setting out how the company is governed.



The Board of Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service is made up of a minimum of seven, and a maximum of nineteen members.  Currently there are twelve members of the Board.  The Board is responsible for overseeing the effective, transparent and accountable running of the company.

Current Board Members:

  • Clive Smith (Chairperson)
  • Rhiannon Kavanagh (Company Secretary)
  • Sean O’ Callaghan (Company Treasurer)
  • Karen Doyle
  • Pat Walsh
  • Dylan Roche
  • Andrea Bourke
  • Jaclyn Delaney
  • Mick Nevin
  • Katrina Magoran
  • Dr. Sheila O’ Donohoe
  • Enya Lee

Board Committees

The Board has established four Board Committees that provide focus and direction in progressing the work of the Board.  These Committees meet, monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly and report to the Board.  All of these committees have been set Terms of Reference by the Board and operate within them.  Each Committee is listed below along with the list of its members.

1. Finance, Audit & Special Purposes Committee

Sean O’ Callaghan (Chairperson)

Clive Smith

Dr. Sheila O’ Donohoe

Christina Fogarty C.E.O. (Ex-officio)

Shirley Griffin, Finance Officer (Ex-officio)

2. Governance Committee

Rhiannon Kavanagh (Chairperson)

Pat Walsh

Karen Doyle

Dylan Roche

Christina Fogarty, C.E.O. (Ex-officio)

3. H.R. Committee

Pat Walsh (Chairperson)

Mick Nevin

Andrea Bourke

Christina Fogarty, C.E.O. (Ex-officio)

4. Quality & Safety Committee

Margaret Flanagan

Patricia Mc Bride

Michelle Kelly

Declan O’ Driscoll

Claire O’ Neill

Dorothea Keating

Enya Lee

Catriona Ryan

Catherine Smith

Gail Sheridan

5. Child Protection & Safeguarding Committee

Andrea Bourke

Margaret Flanagan

Patricia Mc Bride

Michelle Kelly

Dorothea Keating

Christina Fogarty


National Code of Governance for the Community & Voluntary Sector

Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service is committed to the highest standards in the way we conduct ourselves and our business. We aim to be fully transparent and accountable in meeting the standards for the charity sector. We are fully compliant with the Charities Governance Code set out by the Charities Regulator.

This Governance Code is for board members, managers, staff and volunteers of community, voluntary and charitable organisations and provides a tool to help them to perform to the highest standards possible. Good governance means that policies and procedures are in place to ensure an organisation is run well. It is also about an attitude of mind, ethical culture of the organisation and the behaviour of the people on the governing body. The Governance Code clearly outlines the roles, duties and responsibilities of all those who sit on the boards and management committees of community, voluntary or charitable organisations – from the smallest organisation to large domestic and international charities, from all-volunteer groups to organisations with hundreds of staff.

The Board of W.S.T.C.Y.S. worked over a 24 month period to achieve compliance with the Governance Code for Charities.  This was achieved on the 4th of March 2021 when the Board of W.S.T.C.Y.S. signed off on the process and declared it’s compliance with the code.  The Board is proactive on it’s ongoing compliance with the Governance Code for Charities and makes a declaration of compliance as part of it’s report to the Charities Regulator annually.

Child Safeguarding Statement

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice. In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our services.

  • Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers by a child while availing of our service.
  • Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children.
  • Procedure for provision of child safeguarding training and information for staff and volunteers, including the identification of the occurrence of harm.
  • Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Tusla.
  • Procedure for maintaining a list of mandated persons.
  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person.


Strategic Plans

WSTCYS Statement of Strategy 2020 – 2024

W.S.T.C.Y.S. Annual Reports


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