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Ballyfermot Youth Service (BYS)

Ballyfermot Youth Service is a limited company registered in Ireland as a charity (Charity No. 20150532) with a board of voluntary directors. Established in 1985, BYS currently employs a total of six full-time and four  part-time staff. The staff team consists of a Youth Service Manager, 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 Erasmus + 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 24 years. BYS receives funding from Targeted Youth Services Fund. 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  enhances  their personal, social, political, and cultural  awareness .

Programmes include:

Essential SkillsSports ProgrammesYouth Exchanges
Stay in School ProgrammesYoung Men & Women's GroupsOutdoor Education Programme
After School ProgrammesMusic LessonsYouth 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), one mini bus, a residential house, an Outdoor Education centre (Wicklow) and an Amenity centre (Park West).

Ballyfermot Youth Service

Our Commitment

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 Liaison Officer 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.

Peer Education

By means of appropriate training and support, the Peer Education & Drug Awareness Programme aims to empower young people to work with other young people.

This draws on the positive strength of the peer group and allows the young people to become active players in the educational process.

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For further information contact:
Paula Moore on 085 733 9110

Information Centres

BYS Information Centre
We are the first point of contact for many young people seeking information on a variety of issues.

We provide a free, confidential drop-in facility & free internet service with late night openings, 5 days a week.

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For further information contact:
Jodie Byrne on 01 623 7401

Oakwood Centre

BYS Information Centre
The Oakwood Residential Centre is based in Wicklow and is used throughout the year for programmes.

Oakwood's location is ideal for many activities & has many natural amenities such as lakes, forests, walking trails, kayaking activities and mountain biking trails.

For further information contact:
Jodie Byrne on 01 623 7401