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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💡Treat mental health how you would physical health
💡Be honest about your own mental health
💡Talk about potential triggers

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Hi @Majodonnell we would be very grateful for a share! We are trying to buy our building for the young people of #Donegal this Christmas! We need support of our community, more info: https://t.co/hpMLthgvAC & our Xmas movie: https://t.co/KYhlIcKd9n Thanks & Merry Christmas! ❤️🎄

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It's a #Donegal Christmas classic! Watch the full 'Miracle on 16-18 Port Road' #Letterkenny video here: https://t.co/X1YnZZ6L5X 🌲

Have you seen our #Christmas video yet? You never know what will happen when you walk through our door in #Letterkenny. Join the #Donegal magic here: https://t.co/pTvt3yf14q Merry Christmas ❤️

Join us on https://t.co/JT0U9NYVIi today at 16.18pm for something special! 😂 #Christmas #Donegal

Wow! Thanks Karen for sharing your amazing story with us. ❤️ The DYS building is like a home for many young people, one of the many reasons we want to buy it. Can you help us with a Christmas Miracle? Please consider donating or fundraising 🤞🎄https://t.co/50AeSxYgXM #donegal

Can you help us with a little Miracle this Christmas? Our Christmas wish is to buy our building, so we can have a permanent space for the young people of #Donegal for generations to come 🎄see how: https://t.co/hpMLthgvAC

Can you imagine how amazing it would be to have a permanent space for the young people of Donegal in the heart of Letterkenny? We can. Which is why we are asking our community for help to buy our building! Help us & make it a Christmas miracle for #Donegal 🎄

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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...

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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.”

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