Update Summer 2018
Crosscare Voluntary Youth Club
Our Crosscare Voluntary Youth Clubs create life long memories for young people and volunteers.
Our Crosscare Voluntary Youth Clubs are a place where everyone is treated with a level of respect that they will remember, be given an excellent service and are shown, Love, Care and Kindness in all interactions.
Crossscare fundamentally believes in the vision and capabilities of volunteers to fulfil the potential of young people to shape a better future.
A Crosscare Youth Club is open to young people between the ages of 4-25 years and is run by volunteers from local communities who are supported by Crosscare staff.
Volunteerism is strongly embedded within the ethos of Crosscare and youth clubs exist through the large and dedicated commitment of Crosscare volunteers.
A committee is set up and leadership training, Garda Vetting and Child Protection is provided to support the leaders on their journey.
If you are interested in setting up a Youth Club in your area, please phone 01-8360011 for further information.
A Summer Project is a programme of recreational and educational activities for children and young people that take place in the Summer months (normally July and August).
A management committee is set up to do the planning and organising of the project.
Crosscare Summer Projects are organised and run by volunteers in the local community. The role of Crosscare staff is to support, help and advise the local Summer Project Committee.
Crosscare Summer Projects are supported financially and practically by Local Authorities and Education & Training Boards.
If you are interested in setting up a local Summer Project please phone:
01-8360011 and ask for more details.
Last year, we worked with 4,178 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.
- We supported 4,726 young people through our voluntary youth clubs and summer projects.
- 9,380 young people engaged with our Youth Information Services.
- The Echlin House team worked with 13 young people who had come into care through its 6 bed residential home.
- Teen Counselling saw 374 cases from their bases in multiple locations.
- 57 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.