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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Hi everyone, we will be closed for Easter break! Don't worry, The Loft will still be operating online next week with Workshops, Tea n' Tunes and drop-in! Donegal Youth Service staff and services will be back online on Monday the 20th of April. Please take care and Happy Easter!

#COVID19 has caused disruption to our routines & it’s going to have an impact on us & our health service. Planning ahead by creating a support network, staying in touch by phone & keeping a list of your medications can help if you or a family member becomes ill. #ItsInOurHands


Donegal county council close further car parks and beaches across Donegal


Watch! Join in the fun & decorate an Easter Egg with Eimile. You can also enter our competition to win a €20 #ShopLK voucher: https://www.donegalyouthservice.ie/watch-decorate-an-easter-egg-competition/ support local business #shoplocal

Some great news for a sunny Wednesday amid lock down 🇮🇪🌍☀️ We have just released a brand new online resource - My Planet My Pledge - to support young people's learning around climate and environmental issues. Download now @ http://www.youthworkireland.ie/myplanetmypledge
#myplanetmypledge @DCYAPress

#WhatIMiss We want to hear directly from young people! We want to know how the coronavirus & the lockdown has impacted you, your education, your home and your right to play & rest. Get creative and get involved in our competition https://www.oco.ie/news/whatimiss/

Parenting Through Covid19 – helpful hints to keep home life happy https://parenthubdonegal.ie/blog/parenting-through-covid19-helpful-hints-to-keep-home-life-happy/

Important news for children: Many of you contacted me & asked me to if the Easter Bunny was allowed work this weekend. I have checked with our top doctors & the good news is he can. But he has been contacted to remind him about washing his hands regularly & keeping his distance

Press Release: Donegal Youth Service: Still Supporting Young People. Young people facing many challenges during the #Covid19 Pandemic. We are here for them. https://www.donegalyouthservice.ie/donegal-youth-service-still-supporting-young-people/ #donegal #LeavingCert2020

We are still here for you, and we want to hear from you! Please reach out for support, or join a group. We'll get through this together! #donegal #digitalyouthwork

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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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