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.
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.
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.