About Us

Donegal Youth Service are 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.



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New programme for 16-18 year olds not in FullTime education, training or employment. It's all about YOU & your goals, so you will help to design the programme. See details below & contact us. It's your turn! Could be anywhere in #Donegal depending on interest ☺️

It's almost Party in The Park time! Free event for young people in Letterkenny. Sunday the 25th of August in O'Donnell Park from 3-6pm. Check it out!!! #Donegal #Letterkenny Please RT!

Party in The Park is back! Free 1 day festival for teenagers. Sunday 25th August 3-6pm in O'Donnell Park, part of 50th Anniversary of LK Folk Festival 2019! https://t.co/vXfUZo06ME #Donegal #Letterkenny Please RT!

Urgent. Please help and share. my niece (Nora Quoirin) has gone missing in Seremban an hour or so from KL in Malaysia. She is 15 with special needs, and hasn’t been seen since everyone went to bed last night.

Our newest project Arts4Youth is recruiting young people aged 14-17! It's creative arts based & young people will help design the programme they want! Could be coming to a town near you - Pls contact us & RT. #Donegal #Derry #Arts

Can anyone identify the ladies in this #letterkenny postcard? Lots of lovely (now vintage) cars &lorry behind them. Rem when the Main St had two way traf#Donegal @Donegal_Connect @donegalcouncil @DonegalCoArchiv @GregHughes2 @lkchamber @dglwoman @donegalpage @DonegalMC

Please RT! Closing date for applications is the 6th of August. Get your application form by emailing lorraine.thompson@donegalyouthservice.ie! #jobfairy #Donegal #Letterkenny #YouthWork

We're hiring! Youth Worker - full time (35hrs pw), 4 months fixed term. Involves evening & weekend work. Salary starts pt 1. DYS Youth Worker scale: €28657. Email lorraine.thompson@donegalyouthservice.ie for an application form. #Donegal #JobFairy https://t.co/QtTJNNACcF

We're hiring! Youth Worker - full time (35hrs pw), 4 months fixed term. Involves evening & weekend work. Salary starts pt 1. DYS Youth Worker scale: €28657. Email lorraine.thompson@donegalyouthservice.ie for an application form. #Donegal #JobFairy https://t.co/QtTJNNACcF

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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...

'Three Girls in Letterkenny' - EVS Blog

Need to talk?

“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

EVS Blog

We have 3 European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers from June 2018-2019.  Maria C from Romania, and Maria G and Marta both from Spain.

They volunteer with us full time, working with LOFT, Donegal Youth Council 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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