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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We're getting excited for our trip to Manchester for the Ireland and UK LGBT+ Youth Worker Conference on Feb 2nd! The event is for staff and volunteers running LGBT+ Youth Groups. Contact Sally Carr
@TheProudTrust for more, Sally.carr@theproudtrust.org or https://t.co/6A0dUjHzjk

Are you looking for help with your homework? Maybe you want to learn something new? Or you need practice with native speakers?
Free Spanish language classes available in YIC every Wednesday from 4pm.
Contact YIC team on 0749129630 or yiclettereknny@donegalyouthservice.ie

We're delighted to announce that @stellaomalley3 will visiting libraries in #Letterkenny and #Buncrana as part of our #HealthyIrelandAtYourLibrary programme this February. We expect these events will book up fast. All info including booking lines on the poster.

Please RT: Notice: The 24-Hour Helpline is currently down due to a major ESB fault, we hope to resume normal service as soon as possible. Updates will be posted to DRCC social media sites.

Do you know the signs of IPV? Intimate Partner Violence can happen to anyone. Some young people don’t know what #IPV is or if it is happening to them & some adults don’t realise it can happen to young people. See the signs:
https://t.co/tpGOJzZoGC #donegal #Ireland

Are you our next Health Promotion Officer? If you are passionate about making a positive impact on young people’s health, check out this exciting role with our National Youth Health Programme: https://t.co/Le9ffLF3dZ @HealthyIreland @KZapponeTD #HealthyIreland @HSELive #jobfairy

Primary school Road Safety Art competition launch today at Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Carrigans. Closing date Thursday 31 January 2019. Get drawing. @donegalcouncil @DonegalMaps @DonegalETB @DonegalLibrary @highlandradio @DonegalDaily @DonegalYouthSvc @RSAIreland @FinnHarpsFC


Read, enjoy, repeat! The newest version of our fabulous ECHO newsletter is available now online.

January can be a difficult month for many. We know it's not easy to know what to say when you're worried about someone. A simple 'are you okay?' is a great way to get the conversation going. Check out our guide for more tips & make it a bit easier ❤️

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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

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