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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Just a few more days left to watch the Youth Forum's X-Hale anti-smoking video entry! The group with the most views wins the 'Online Award', go on give it a look, it's 2 minutes! https://t.co/HlYaEMUiqp #XHale2019 @IrishCancerSoc #Donegal

Big Thanks to @DonegalYouthSvc Dominic/Gareth for running this work-shop last night for our 13 + 15 NL squads #PositiveMentalHealthforFootball

Some brilliant stuff covered and definitely something I'd recommend for youth teams everywhere👌


Cameron has already joined the European Solidarity Corps. What are you waiting for? 🆓 accommodation, 🆓 travel, lifetime experience and much more is waiting for you. @Leargas #esc

Are you aged 13-23? Please fill out our survey! It's about media literacy - how you use the internet and how you get your news. We have a group of young people conducting research on the topic for a new project. It won't take long! https://t.co/TtPvwuVhCp ⏰

Shout out to Kasia @yicletterkenny who joined @YouthBankIntl online today for their strategy session on learning platforms. Thanks for your valuable insights Kasia 🙏@ywirl #sharing #learning #youthbank #howyouthgive

Fantastic afternoon in Loft @DonegalYouthSvc #letterkenny #photogrammetry & #VR #CruinniúToCreate #MyCruinniú @creativeirl @DonegalLibrary @josephamadigan


What's the definition of #volunteering? @EurodeskIreland #euroclasses training @Eurodesk @Emmaus_Dublin @Leargas @euroguidanceIE @VSI_Ireland @ywirl @EDinBlanch @ballinasloeEDIC @DonegalYouthSvc @KildareYouth @ywitipp @ywigalway


If you value your driving licence then leave the rally driving to the competitors this weekend. Respect all road users. https://t.co/sqvfXmGYCo @donegalcouncil @DonegalMaps @highlandradio @DonegalDaily @DonegalYouthSvc @GardaTraffic @RSAIreland @DonegalForoige @AlcoholForum

Great work today with our community members at @RutledgeGroup_ with our Beacon steering group. @SEUPB @dcsdcouncil @mayordcsdc #SummerStockTake #HopesforYoungPeople #HopesforYou #PEACEIV #Fun #outdoors #PositiveConnections @DonegalYouthSvc @OUTNORTHWEST1 #StColumbsPkHouse

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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

The Young Carers Project supports young people who take on an extra caring role at home. READ MORE…

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