Equality and Diversity
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity throughout the organisation. DYS welcomes individuals to participate fully in our projects and activities regardless of their gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief (or no religious belief), age, disability, race, membership of the Traveller community or political opinion.
The DYS is committed to ensure that it fulfils its legal obligations under existing equality legislation. The DYS seeks to actively demonstrate its celebration of diversity and its commitment to equality by placing these tenets central to all the policies, processes and procedures of the organisation. DYS adheres to the Employment Equality Act, 1998, the Equal Status Act, 2000 and the Equality Act, 2004.
DYS is committed to prevent any form of discrimination, inequality or denial of equal opportunity, whether direct or indirect against young people, staff, prospective staff members and volunteers.
Our commitment to Equality and Diversity is practically demonstrated through our work on specific projects designed to tackle racism, sectarianism and homophobia. Below is a snapshot of our current work in the area of promoting equality and diversity.
Our BreakOut project is an example of our commitment to the LGBTI* community
‘BreakOut’ is an LGBTI* project for 12-30yr olds in Donegal established in 2009 when a range of professional agencies got together to begin to address the issues affecting young LGBTI* people across the county. The project is a responsive and reactive project designed to offer young LGBTI* people a safe space to meet and socialise with their friends and allies. BreakOut meets every week in Letterkenny and Ballybofey, and at different times in Moville, Glenties and other locations. Please get in contact to find out more. READ MORE…
The Worldwide Voices Project at LOFT is an example of our commitment to young people from minority backgrounds
Donegal Youth Service has a long history of engaging with young people from ethnic minorities and the Worldwide voices project is an extension of this work.We have created a dance group, drumming circles and delivered song writing, photography and music workshops. This group gives young people from all backgrounds in Donegal a platform to express themselves through Music, Sports, and Politics. The Worldwide voices project is for all young people regardless of their cultural background or gender. Please contact us for more information.
International Students Mentoring Programme
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