Last year, over the course of 2015, we worked with 4,149 young people through our youth work services in Bray, Arklow, Dun Laoighaire, Dundrum, Finglas, Ballymun, Ballybough, Swords, Clondalkin, Ronanstown, Lucan and a Traveller-specific project in Tallaght. These services create supports for young people at times and places that meet their specific needs. Activities range from informal drop-in and youth cafés, to more structured programmes and access educational, personal and health supports. We manage 11 Garda Youth Diversion Projects that support young people who have offended or who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system. Our young participants are real ambassadors for their peers and their communities.
- A further 1,500 volunteers ran youth groups affiliated to Crosscare.
- 10,208 young people engaged with our Youth Information Services.
- The Echlin House team worked with 21 young people who had come into care through its 6 bed residential home.
- Teen Counselling saw 467 cases from their bases in multiple locations.
- 32 people from 18-23 years engaged with our aftercare services.
Our Garda Youth Diversion Projects are part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
Crosscare GYDP Projects List
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Every young person involved in our Crosscare Garda Youth Diversion Projects
is assessed to identify their individual needs and strengths. This allows the project provide interventions and activities to meet the needs of the young person. The outcomes for each individual will vary depending on their needs, but will involve the reduction of risk factors for offending and an increase in protective factors.
Some typical outcomes for GYDP participants may include:
• Improved educational attachment and/or attainment
• Reduced substance misuse
• Increased engagement with pro-social peers
• Improved parenting effectiveness
• Increase in pro-social attitudes and behaviours
• Improved use of leisure/recreation time
Positive outcomes in these areas of a young person life have been proven to lead to a reduction in their likelihood of offending/re-offending.