Ballyfermot Youth Service (BYS)
Ballyfermot Youth Service is a limited company with a board of voluntary directors. It has an advisory committee of young people drawn from the various projects involved in planning programmes. Established in 1985, BYS currently employs a total of seven full-time and three part-time staff. The staff team consists of a Youth Service Manager, a Project Leader, four full-time and one part-time Youth Worker, an Outwards Bound Senior Instructor and Instructor, activities Co-ordinator, two part-time Youth Information Officers.
BYS provides a range of services to the young people of Ballyfermot from Outdoor Education programmes, Drop in Information centres , Music and Arts programmes, access to the European Youth in Action programme and a comprehensive Drugs Peer Education programme.
BYS provides planned educational and recreational activities for young people in Ballyfermot between the ages of 10 and 21 years. BYS receives funding from four different funds, namely YPFSF 1 and 2, LDTF Mainstreamed and SPY. These funds are underwritten by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and administered by the City Dublin Youth Service Board (CDYSB). Funding for the youth exchanges is derived from a variety of sources including, the European Union through Léargas in Ireland and their national counterparts in other European countries.
The main objectives of BYS are to work with young people in the Ballyfermot area to empower them to make positive decisions around their life choices, to meet their needs by providing appropriate social, personal and development social programmes. These programmes use critical social and non formal education approaches.
The groups meet on a weekly basis with the youth worker’s to reflect the interests of the group, or sometime’s as a direct response to issues arising with young people in Ballyfermot. These programmes allow young people to be critical and tackle issues that are affecting them, and to gain knowledge that enhancess their personal, social, political, and cultural awareness .
|Essential Skills||Sports Programmes||Youth Exchanges
|Stay in School Programmes||Young Men & Women's Groups||Outdoor Education Programme
|After School Programmes||Music Lessons||Youth Information Centres
BYS also provides a range of services and facilities to young people, including two youth club centres (Decies and Gurteen), two information offices with IT suites (Drumfinn and Decies), two mini buses, a residential house, an Outdoor Education centre (Wicklow) and an Amenity centre (Park West).
BYS is committed to the provision of quality youth services in a manner that ensures the safety and welfare of young people. It has a designated Child Protection Officer (CPO) on staff who is available to advise and support any youth worker, group or project working with young people that has a child protection concern, be it around policy, procedures or a specific issue.