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.



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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With @facebook we encourage you to stand up to online bullying. When using social media: always keep it positive, think twice before posting, consider others, and dont be a bystander if you see someone being targeted. Check out our resource pack https://t.co/iZjgbGnGac #StandUp18


It’s #StandUp2018 week in our #Buncrana centre! #StandUp18 #WeAreYouthreach #WeAreDonegalETB

We are proud to stand in solidarity with the #Donegal Travellers Project & the wider Traveller community against harmful prejudice and negative comments. Their full statement: https://t.co/R068B3lAR9

Today on the 3rd anniversary of her death we remember our beloved friend & colleague Orla O'Reilly with a cuppa tea & memories of her time with DYS. Always in our hearts - never forgotten ❤️

Did you catch the 1st ever @NationalLottery #GoodCausesAwards last night? Congratulations to all of the winners! Proud to have made it as far as we did & thanks for the recognition. Well done to all involved ❤️Watch it back now: https://t.co/AmAH3G9gVT

Our building is for sale & we want to buy it! We want to make a more accesible ground floor unit. Others are interested, but we want to stay. We have been supporting young people in Donegal since 1981. Full story on @DonegalDaily https://t.co/5xg2EBhI3e

And that's a wrap! A BIG THANK YOU to all the amazing good causes beneficiariey entrants, county winners, regional winners, finalists and award winners who took part in The National Lottery #GoodCausesAwards 2018. ⭐️🏆🙌

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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

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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

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

Daybreak supports young people to remain in, or to return to education.  READ MORE…