We have a number of people working as part of our Outdoor Learning team for Crosscare.  These are youth development officers who focus on using adventure sports for development. They have established Adventure Clubs around Dublin for disadvantaged young people based on youthwork guidelines and successful outdoor education programmes. 

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Crosscare Finglas Youth Service (FYS)  is located in Finglas south in what was previously a scout den. The youth work service provided offers a safe environment for young people to socialise and engage in a developmental process aimed at supporting them to reach their full potential and participate fully in society.  Projects operating out of FYS include the LEAPP Project (Local Education and Prevention Project), two Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP’s) FAN GYDP for Finglas south, EFFORT GYDP for Finglas east, the Detached Youth Work Team (DYWT) and a Community Employment (CE) Scheme.  The Ballymun GYDP also uses the DEN youth centre as a base.  

These projects provide a number of different supports and interventions such as individual support and advocacy as well as group work.  Group and individual programmes cover many topics including crime awareness, personal development, critical social education, substance use, sexual health , active citizenship, healthy eating, life skills and lifestyle.  In addition the projects operating out of FYS provide employment support and advocacy, and opportunities for young people to take part in the Gaisce Awards. 

Young people who are studying for exams have been offered a quiet space in the youth service to complete after school studies. The young people who attend the projects run from FYS are worked with on an individual basis as well as through groups.  Some examples of programmes run with young people’s groups in 2013 include, sexual health ‘squashy couch programme’ stereotyping, racism, homophobia, equality, substance use ‘Putting the Pieces Together’, ‘Young Men and  Violence’ Personal development, and crime awareness programmes. 

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Swords Baldoyle Youth Service (SBYS) provides an all year round service that meets the needs of young people from north County Dublin. SBYS operates from its purposely designed youth centre in Swords village. This facility was officially opened in February 2013 by the Minister for Health, and allows for a wide range of programmes, activities and projects to be run, meeting the needs of young people in the area.The youth service also operate a number of projects and activities from locations in Baldoyle and Donabate using locally sourced facilities. As well as these directly run programmes and activities SBYS support youth clubs and summer projects throughout north Fingal. SBYS provide support to young people, parents and volunteers. The aim of the service is to give young people the opportunity to grow and flourish into mature adults. The supports are provided through groups, programmes and activities that are aimed at addressing young peoples needs. 


The Ballybough Youth Project joined Crosscare in early 2016.  Their goal is to empower young people to make informed decisions so as to become active participants in their own lives and active citizens in their local community. The team look to where young people are at and look to enage those most at risk in the local community by provding services based around the needs of these young people. Ballybough Youth Project operates it’s programmes and activties in the late afternoon and evening time to provide a safe space for young people during the times that anti-social behaviour is most likely to occur. The staff provide a wide ranging variety of formal and informal programmes to provide for the varying needs of young people in the local area. Through support, encouragement, nurturing, challenging, exploring and developing young peoples skills the project works to empower young people in their own lives.

Youth Clubs

The Youth Clubs Youth Work team works alongside the volunteers to promote and develop positive and professional youth work practice, and support their volunteers to provide high quality service for young people in their area.  Through the team, volunteers that run youth clubs and summer projects can access public liability insurance, Garda vetting for their volunteers and support in accessing resources, ensuring a high quality of service  provision. Training and club development is an integral part the work of the team.  Through the team,  volunteers can access training, knowledge and support necessary to run efficient, safe and relevant youth work provision in their communities.  In 2013 training provided to volunteers and clubs included child protection, youth leadership, training in the arts, health promotion and development education training. As well as this support the team represents volunteers at national and local fora, including on the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and Comhairle na nÓg Advisory Committee.  They also support volunteers to come together through training and forum events, encouraging the exchange of practice and ideas and fostering the deliver of a high quality youth work provision in our local communities.

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. 



Clondalkin Youth Service (CYS) is a regional youth service of Crosscare / County Dublin / Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board.  The youth service’s main base is located on the south side of Clondalkin and operates from five  regional bases.  Full-time youth workers are based out of centres in Deansrath, Bawnogue, Sruleen, Knockmitten and Clondalkin Village.  The youth service offers the young people in Clondalkin a range of services from informal drop in’s and youth cafes, to youth information and more structured programmes like outdoor learning, multi-media projects and personal development programmes.  Young people in 2013 got the opportunity to get involved in a youth exchange with Sunderland Football Club as well as more local projects that included visiting the elderly and fundraising for Crosscare Food Bank.

The youth service also runs summer projects as well as the ‘SWIFT Garda Youth Diversion Project’ (GYDP) that works with young people that have offended.  Common issues among the young people who attend our services include employment and educational needs, issues related to substance use and offending, bullying and a lack of self care.  Many are getting into trouble in their communities because they become involved in anti social behaviour.  The service has expanded over the past two years to include outreach work and has begun to engage with more young people who traditionally never get involved with youth services. 


Lucan Youth Service (LYS) operates from Griffeen Youth Centre in Lucan-Esker. Young people attending LYS in 2013 came mainly from Lucan village, Hillcrest, Esker, Adamstown, Ballyowen, Foxborough and Palmerstown. The aim of LYS is to promote the holistic development of young people and the adults who work with them. LYS provides a youth work response which is based on the principles of inclusivity and equality for all, youth centred voluntary participation, promoting excellence in youth work and providing a safe place for young people within the community.  LYS delivers planned programmes and educational activities that promote the social, personal and lifelong learning and development of the young people. LYS  also offers training, support and information to adults, who work with and for young people. LYS  facilitates a variety of initiatives which reflect the assessed needs, and expressed requirements, of young people and adults within the community.  Examples of the services delivered in 2013 include drop-ins, youth cafés, summer projects, music, dance, outdoor learning, art and training opportunities.


Ronanstown Youth Service (RYS) is based in North Clondalkin and provides a service for the young people, and their families from the Neilstown, Quarryvale and Balgaddy Parishes. RYS provides support thought youth clubs, summer projects and Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) to the young people who are in need of a service.  RYS provides quality youth work interventions to over 1,300 young people on a weekly basis, and is open six days a week. The young people who present, often have complex needs including mental health, marginalisation, unemployment issues related to substance use, antisocial and offending behaviour, homelessness, and early school leaving. RYS operates two Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP) GRAFT and VALLEY, which engaged with over a 100 young people in 2013, working with them to divert them away from criminal justice agencies.

Tallaght Travellers

Tallaght Travellers Youth Service (TTYS) provides Travellers with educational supports and training to remain in the education system while valuing their ethnic identity and distinct culture.  Tallaght Traveller Youth Service aims to provide members of the Travelling community with educational and developmental opportunities which are developed in partnership with the Traveller community through consultation, participation and forming strong links between the communities. The support services are located on six halting sites, Ballycragh, Cherryfield, Hazel Hill, Kishogue, Lynch’s Park and St Aidan’s Traveller Centres, and the administration centre in Brookfield Enterprise Centre.

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. 





Dundrum Rathdown Youth Service (DRYS) is a regional youth work team of Crosscare working in partnership with Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education Training Board (DDLETB). The work of DRYS is focussed on working with young people from areas of socio-economic disadvantage throughout the Rathdown and corresponding DDLETB area. The emphasis is on addressing and combating marginalisation.   The ethos of DRYS is to deliver the work within a framework that embraces the principles of social justice and equity, with the aim of creating a nurturing, inclusive, open environment that allows the voice of the young person to be actively heard. Through the provision of both formal and informal developmental programmes it is hoped that young people will be encouraged to think critically and engage positively within society.  Therefore DRYS hopes to provide opportunities that enhance the lives of young people and afford pathways to realising their potential.

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Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire Youth Service (DLYS) provides youth work services through youth led projects, information provision and the training and support of staff and volunteers. DLYS is primarily for young people aged between ten and 25 years living in the Dun Laoghaire VEC area.DLYS promotes social inclusion by providing services for all young people from all socio economic backgrounds.  We have projects based in Cois Cairn Youth and Community Centre, Shanganagh Park House, Loughlinstown Community Rooms, Sallynoggin Youth and Community Centre, Meadowlands Community Facility and the Play Centre in central Dun Laoghaire. All of our programmes primarily operate during the late afternoon and evening. In 2013, we opened a brand new facility in the Boylan Community Centre. 


Bray Youth and Information Service (BYIS) is based in St. Bricins, Herbert Road as well as operating out of the Seomra Youth Centre. The catchment area for BYIS is Bray and environs which includes Kilmacanogue, Enniskerry, Roundwood, Greystones, Kilcoole and Newtownmountkennedy. The supports provided by BYIS  the service include: special services for disadvantaged youth, outdoor education, drugs education, Garda youth diversion project, youth information, counselling, support and training to voluntary groups.

BYIS provides youth service to those who are at risk or marginalised, it gives them a space to spend time together in a youth friendly environment which offers them a range of activities and opportunities for development. Common issues among the young people who attend, include issues related to substance use, education related difficulties, family or relationship breakdown, mental health issues, engaging in at risk sexual behaviour, or antisocial behaviour.

Drop-ins operate at times to suit young peoples’ needs and provide a safe and welcoming youth friendly environment.  Through one to one support, and by acting as an advocate on behalf of young people, youth workers have linked with the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB ) and School Completion Projects (SCP) in order to address young people’s educational needs when difficulties arise.  Specialised programmes include guitar lessons, film making, drama, art,  and ‘TechSpace’. 

East Wicklow

East Wicklow Youth Service (EWYS) is a regional youth service of Crosscare with a catchment area from Bray to Rathdrum and Aughrim. The service offers opportunities, support and encouragement to empower young people to enhance their own potential and contribute positively to improving their quality of life and the community. EWYS offers alternatives to anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol use.   The youth service gives young people the opportunity to engage with trusted adults in a safe environment outside of family and formal education setting.  EWYS identifies the needs of the young people and designs programmes using a ‘strengths based approach’.  The youth service works with other community based projects, youth services, voluntary and statutory agencies, and groups to deliver programmes, drop-ins, training, outreach, advocacy and themed events.

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. 

Ranelagh Road offers long term residential placements to young people who have lived in care. This service has developed a new model of accommodation through an integrative house-share designed to respond to the issues of social isolation for young people moving out of care and into self supported accommodation.The aim of such a service is to facilitate a smoother transition from residential youth services back into the community (many of the young people accessing this service will have been in the care environment for many years).

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. 


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