Community Employment Project

The DYS Community Employment Project employs 17 participants and 1 supervisor, which is funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and provides valuable support to the staff and volunteers around the county enhancing the services that the DYS can supply to young people and the local communities.

The CE Project provides participants with skills through training (ranging from computer training to Youth Work Degree), work experience and personal support to progress into employment or education.

The CE Project provides Youth Workers to youth clubs in the following areas: Raphoe, Ballybofey, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy and Clonmany. They are involved in all youth club activities.

There are also CE support staff working in Aspire, the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre (YIC) and Administration who provide educational support to young people, information through different media services and administration support to Donegal Youth Service in Letterkenny.

One of the participants works as a caretaker for a community project in Manorcunningham.

The CE project assists all areas of Donegal Youth Service and increases the services we are able to provide to the young people of Donegal as well as providing a positive experience for the participants involved on the project.

Community Employment vacancies at Donegal Youth Service are listed on our job opportunities page and you can subscribe to receive our News via e-mail so you will never miss a CE position opportunity again.

What did participants have to say about the CE Project?

I had an amazing time on the DYS CE Project and did a lot of training including First Aid, Child Protection, Hear4you (listening ear), Youth Work Course (level 5 Majors Award) and Restorative Practice through Ulster University.  I will always be thankful for the CE experience especially as after CE I became employed by the DYS as a Youth Worker.  I would encourage people to take up the scheme as it’s an experience they will never forget and be valuable to their lives.

Billy Banda – Past CE Youth Support Worker

My time on the CE Scheme with Donegal Youth Service was very enjoyable. I was able to attend a number of training courses which helped me obtain a number of new qualifications such as occupational first aid, ‘Train The Trainer’ training, OCN Level 2 Diploma in Youth Work and more. These qualifications along with the hands on experience in the youth work sector over the course of my 3 years helped me in my aim of gaining full time employment in the youth work sector, which I have since been able to obtain.  

Pauric Bell – Past CE Youth Support Worker

I have gained so much experience during my time on CE Scheme.  My confidence and self-esteem have grown.  I have had the opportunity to complete various courses which I otherwise would not have been able to do.

Emma Wilkie – CE Assistant Youth Information Officer

For more information about how you could become a CE participant please contact our CE Supervisor Lee Stephenson on 074 91 29630 or email

For more information about Community Employment Schemes, click here Community Employment

or for more information in Ukrainian, click here Community Employment (Ukrainian)

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The Community Employment Project is funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection