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.



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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Getting your kids ready to go back to school? Deborah from our North Leinster Citizens Information Service shares information on applying for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance. Find out more at https://bit.ly/2YBMdFx

Congratulations class of 2020, so great to be able to laugh, celebrate & look back on 3 wonderful years at UU. Youth work is in safe hands, enjoy and be proud! 👏🥳🎓

CAO important dates in July:
18th July (10:00) Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants - applicants receive an offer by e-mail and SMS text
23rd July (15:00) Round A acceptances closing date.
22nd July (17:15) Exceptional closing date for late application

Thanks to everyone who supported this year's #GivetheGiftofPride campaign, your generous donations are supporting disadvantaged young LGBTI+ people stay connected to vital supports and services #Thanks #InThisTogether https://bit.ly/giftofpride


Did you know - Donegal has the longest coastline in Ireland at 1134km / 705 miles and 65% of Donegal's population live less than 5km from the sea. #YourCouncilDay #Donegal

Pls RT/share. I want to ensure my research represents the diversity of Irish society. In particular I hope Travellers/Mincéir, ethnic minorities, LGBTQI+ youth take part along with young people with a lots of different impairments or disabilities. https://twitter.com/ClionadeBhailis/status/1273190649467002880

Have you entered our weekly photography competition yet? It's open to all ages! Deadline for this week's entries is Friday at 5pm. Get out for some fresh air and share your corner of #Donegal with us. Online exhibition for winners at later date. Ah, go on! https://www.donegalyouthservice.ie/dys-weekly-photography-competition-for-all-ages/

I encourage anyone who has received an invitation to participate in the #COVID19 Antibody Study (SCOPI) to respond.

It involves a phone questionnaire & blood test.

This will help us understand our populations exposure to COVID-19 & will help us in our response to the disease.

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