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.
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 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.