About Us

Donegal Youth Service is a countywide youth agency with over 30 affiliated youth clubs, and numerous projects which have been developed as a direct response to the needs of young people.  Projects which support their mental, emotional and physical health, provide training and empower them to reach their own individual potential.  

From humble beginnings in 1981, we have grown a lot over the years, and we now work with over 11,500 young people every year from age 3 – 30.  We are here for young people wherever they are, year after year, generation after generation in whatever way we are needed.

What can we do for you?

There's something for everyone

Young People

There’s lots of things you can get involved in at Donegal Youth Service.  Whether you want to avail of accredited training, join a group, get support with something you’re going through, learn new things, make new friends, join a youth club, or play some pool in the drop-in and have the craic we’ve got you covered.  We have a wide range of services across the county including LGBTI* support, education support, support for Young Carers and lots more.  Check out our projects and see what you’re interested in.



Donegal Youth Service is committed to supporting parents/guardians as part of our service to young people. The role of parents/guardians is essential in the support of young people and the focus of work with young people is to ensure that communication with parents is kept to the fore. If you would like to get involved with the service, or if you would like to talk to someone about the services for young people please contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.



We’re currently updating and improving our website.  We hope everything is working properly, but if not it will be fixed soon.  We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.  Please contact us and see what we can do for you! 🙂

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Last day to enter our competition to win €50 One4All voucher! Young people aged 10-25 living in Donegal - we want to know what you think about DYS so we can make it better. Fill out survey & enter your details at the end https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KRZCQ28 #Donegal #Competition Please RT

The 12-18 years BreakOut group will be starting at the earlier time of 1pm from this Saturday! Spread the word & read more about BreakOut here: https://www.donegalyouthservice.ie/dys-projects/breakout/

Young people aged 10-25 living in Donegal can win a €50 One4All voucher! Just fill out our short survey, we want to know what you think about DYS and how we can make it better: http://bit.ly/DYSsurvey submissions close Dec. 9th Good luck! #Donegal

Well done to @DonegalYouthSvc
on the launch of their Arabic Leaflet to promote their services. DLDC is delighted to have been part of this project to promote #inclusion #communities #donegal
@CYPSCDL @ParentStop @ParentHubDon @donegalcouncil @DonegalDaily https://twitter.com/DonegalYouthSvc/status/1191672715805114368

Donegal Youth Service want all young people to feel included and welcome to take part in any part of the service, regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexuality, or any other factor. You are welcome here. Unity is power. #Donegal

Young Women in #Donegal help shape the upcoming #FemFest Event on the 30th Nov in Dublin. @DonegalYouthSvc @DonegalYouth @DonegalYR 😎 DM @NCCWNDonegal if you are also interested in attending this event too! https://twitter.com/NWCI/status/1189564948621549568

We just launched a leaflet of our services in Arabic as part of a project to welcome Syrian young people to #Donegal! Read the full story: http://bit.ly/ArabicLeaflet

Youth made their voice heard in the past #EUelections and it was directly reflected on the turnout 🗳

The 2019 EU elections dropped the highest turnout since 1994 and the youth one underwent the biggest increase.

Check now the report by countries➡ http://bit.ly/EE_bycountry

128 people in Dublin were sleeping rough. We're asking young people what issue is most important to them in 2020. Vote between Homelessness and the Environment at #PositiveSexualHealth Conference and Youth Summit on Nov 1st for our #CampaignforChange2020

We are at @zeminarevent this morning, drop by & say hi. Don't forget to sign our petition to sex ed inclusive #beboldbeheard #beboldbethechange

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Your donations make a big difference to the work that we do. Thank you for supporting young people. You can make a donation safely and securely through PayPal. DYS are a registered charity. Charity Number: CHY 15027. READ MORE...

'3EVSinDYS' - ESC Volunteers Blog

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“The support I received from my worker was fantastic, when I thought nobody cared or wanted to listen, they were there.  I feel now that I’m able to approach anything in a more calm and positive way.  When something goes wrong, there’s always another way without feeling like giving up.  I got a new chance to get who I am back, I’m so thankful.”

Youth Talk Donegal participant

ESC Blog

We have 3 European Solidarity Corps volunteers (formerly EVS) from June 2019- March 2020.  Ismael, Lucia and Claudia who are all from Spain.

They volunteer with us full time, working with LOFT and the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre.

You can stay up to date with how they’re getting on in Donegal and everything they’re up to at work on their blog.  READ MORE…

Project Spotlight

The Young Carers Project supports young people who take on an extra caring role at home. READ MORE…

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