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.



Thank you for supporting young people. You can make a donation safely and securely through PayPal. Donegal Youth Service is a registered charity.
Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20050696

Charitable Purpose: Advancement of education  
Charitable Objects:
To develop and promote the formal, informal and non formal education and personal development of young people and adults that support them, with particular focus on Young People experiencing disadvantage, by providing opportunities to develop their physical, mental, social, holistic and spiritual needs through the medium of informal learning experiences, youth work practice, programmes and projects or by any other means appropriate. READ MORE...

Youth Information Chat Service

Have a question you’d like an answer to? Need a second opinion about something? Talk to a trained Youth Information Officer about a wide range of topics. The free online chat service connects young people aged 16-25 with professional Youth Information Officers to provide personalised information. READ MORE…

Follow us on Social Media @DonegalYouthService



Under nationwide #Level3 restrictions, all prison visits have been suspended from midnight on 6 October 2020. For more information on prison visits during #COVID19, go to 👉 https://bit.ly/3cEbjJc @IrishPrisons

Further funding needed to prevent 'collateral damage' of Covid-19 on Ireland's youth
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Taoiseach Micheál Martin has just confirmed that #level3 restrictions will apply to the whole country for 3 weeks from midnight on 6 October 2020.

For more information on these measures, see https://whatsnew.citizensinformation.ie/2020/10/05/ireland-is-moving-to-level-3/ #COVID19Ireland

Let's continue to work together not only to protect ourselves but also to protect the Wellbeing of our wider School Community. 

Wash your hands properly & often.

Sanitize hands often

Wear a face covering properly.

Practice the correct Cough Etiquette.

Keep Social Distancing


It’s always safer to meet fewer people, less often, for less time. This helps to stop the spread of #coronavirus. Apart from the people you live with, limit the number of people you meet and the time you spend with them. Thank you for helping us to #StaySafe & #ProtectEachOther

Do you feel that your gender impacts on your mental health? We would love to hear from you. Help spread the message that there is not only one way to ‘be a man’ or express your gender, and that opening up and asking for help is more than okay. https://spunout.info/3jkbFam

DLDC is hosting a Free Online Positive Mental Health Comedy Workshop "Turn Cries of despair into tears of laughter" for Social Inclusion Week 2020. Thursday 15th October at 8pm.
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Are you concerned about someone you care for? Find out about potential suicide warning signs and what steps you can take to support someone in crisis https://bit.ly/32B06WA.

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