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Gurteen Youth Club Community Employment Project

Gurteen Youth Club Community Employment Project is based in Ballyfermot. Our project has 18 CE workers and 1 Supervisor at present. We provide support to services offered by Ballyfermot Youth Services at Decies Road – Youth Information Centre at Drumfinn Park and their Outward Bounds Activities Centre in Parkwest.

Our Club House is at the rear of the sports complex on Gurteen Road. Here we cater for children aged 6 to 12. We offer After school Homework Clubs Evening Clubs Residential weekends at Oakwood.

BYS Gurteen

On the creative side, there are Art & Craft competitions, and of course our hugely successful Summer Projects.

Our experienced staff offers a warm welcome to all children that attend our clubs. Children’s clubs like ours present a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, participate in activities, and may well be the start of some lifelong friendships. We work hard to give all young people that participate in our clubs the chance to achieve their potential through social and personal development opportunities.

Provision of Training

We aim to provide a comprehensive, inclusive, broad-ranging service to the young people of Ballyfermot and the adults who work with them. And in so doing create the opportunity for local people to participate on a Community Employment Project that will further the participants opportunity for employment. We provide good quality training that meets the needs of our participants as well as proving the opportunity to work in a nurturing and
professional environment.

Anyone interested in joining in the fun, get in touch.

BYS Gurteen Centre

CE Participants:

Breda Hughes, Peter Maxwell, Matt Dodd, Shawn O’Brien, Brian James, Philip McKenna, Tony Egan, Helen Smallhorn, Marie Ebbs, James Rock, Audrey Dutton, Louise Rollo, Sandra Atkinson Kelly, Michael Breen, Pauline Grogan.


Pauline Grogan.

Jobs Initiative:

Ann O’Byrne, Imelda Brady, Derek Cully.

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