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



How has COVID-19 impacted your #LeavingCert2020 experience? Did you get the results you wanted on Monday? How are you feeling about CAO offers? Share your story and support other young people in the process. Find out more here: https://spunout.info/2EOdPQJ

Have a question about CAO offers, going to college, deferring, or what to do if you didn't get your course? We're here to help! Youth Information Officers are online and ready to chat 12-9pm today. Go to https://www.donegalyouthservice.ie/chat to get started! #Donegal #CAO2020

The @yicletterkenny have a team of experienced staff who deliver age appropriate internet safety and cyberbullying workshops for young people, parents/guardians and teachers. Contact us for more information! #Donegal

*Donegal Calling* @NCCWNDonegal are taking booking for the FREE WITH Beginnings Course starting 7th October in Kilmacrenan. This will be a face to face group course, places are limited so booking is essential, to sign up please fill out this form https://forms.gle/G8C5ZfrsHh5MoMEe6


Wow, well done Dara! Dara McAnulty, 16, wins Wainwright Prize: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/dara-mcanulty-16-wins-wainwright-prize-miraculous-things-can-happen “When young autistic people are nurtured and accepted, miraculous things can happen,” he said.

Live now:
Watch @Nesirky outline what #youth issues @nycinews would like to see covered in State of the European Union 2020 address:
#𝕊𝕆𝕋𝔼𝕌 https://twitter.com/emireland/status/1303967872675389440

Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay so why not take time to #StepCloser : raise awareness, increase knowledge, debunk myths & stigma, & reach out to someone who may be struggling. Because suicide is preventable. #WSPD #SuicidePrevention

Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. If you are feeling suicidal, know that there are people out there to support you. Find information on suicide, how to get help, and how to support someone having suicidal thoughts here: https://spunout.info/354OQDq

Those of you working to #EndChildPoverty, this event will be of interest! 👇🏽

#ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY #everychildeverychance #NoChild2020 https://twitter.com/childrightsirl/status/1303275168450711552

We are holding a number of FREE events next week as part of Good Relations Week. There are still places available on the Pathways to Peace & Agenda for Peace workshops. #PEACEIV @SEUPB @amhNI @playboard @cooperationirl @ywirl @DonegalYouthSvc @UlsterUni @niexecutive

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