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Catholic Youth Care

National Network: 
Ireland
Address: 
C/O Ronanstown Youth Service, Neilstown Rd, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
Dublin
Ireland
Telephone: 
00353 1 4570363
Fax: 
00353 1 4578505
E-Mail (2): 
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1983
Fields of Activity: 
General Information: 

Catholic Youth Care is the Dublin Diocesan Youth Service. CYC provides services to youth groups and youth people in the Dublin Diocese which includes all of Dublin City and County, County Wicklow, parts of Kildare. Catholic Youth Care manages 10 local youth services (in association with the local Vocational Education Committee) in Dublin city and County, Co Wicklow and Co Kildare.
With over 100 staff employed throughout the regions, and thousands of young people engaged on a weekly basis. Staffs are employed through several Government Departments and funding streams.
Catholic youth care promote the development of programmes that meet the needs of young people through personal, social, educational, political, social and development programmes. These programmes are designed to meet the needs of young people but also used to challenge and address issues for young people and their families. Young People are given the opportunity to become active citizens in their daily lives and society.

Mission and Objectives: 

Catholic Youth Care is the Dublin Diocesan Youth Service, working with young people and youth groups throughout the Dublin Diocese ( Dublin City and County, parts of Kildare, all of Co Wicklow). Our mission is to promote a youth work response that is caring, compassionate and Christian and enables young people to participate more fully in the life of society and church
Staff plan programme designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary involvement, each youth service works to address needs of the young people, and act a voice to address issues and challenge injustices.
Catholic Youth Care promote active citizenships and participation of young people in programmes that explore global justice issues and development education. These programmes encourage and facilitate young people to represent the youth service in their local community and at national level. Programmes highlight that young people can make a difference in their lives and the life of others are our programme promote this. These programmes include youth exchanges, links with organisations in the Global South, Cultural Awareness and involvement in Development Education Programmes.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Youth Work primarily follows the definition of Youth Work in that it centre’s around the voluntary participation of young people. Programmes are planned and developed to enhance young people’s personal and social development.
These programmes focus mainly on two models of Youth Work Practice these include Personal Development and Critical Social Education.
The majority of programmes, uses both these programmes in tangent, and is age appropriate. The youth service highlights the need for long term programmes that give the staff time to build on relationships and time to have meaningful impact on young people.
The following are the main methods and focus of programmes:
• Recreation, sport and indoor/outdoor pursuits
• Arts and culture,
• Citizenship, social action, youth participation, rights and equality issues, the environment, development education and politics
• Welfare and well-being including health promotion, relationships and sexuality, stress management, first aid, drugs, alcohol and smoking
• Life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, planning and decision making, communication, problem solving, initiative and responsibility
• Critical Analysis and creative and reflective thinking
• Intercultural and international awareness activities and exchanges
• Information technology

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

As a member of the NYCI Development Education Committee - I hope that we would be able to participate in the Irish and European network and from there form relationships and contacts.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

As a member of the foundation Catholic Youth Care would be able to promte practice, engage with other projects and be more aware of new programmes and practice that would have an impact on its personal, social, educational and development models of working with young people. Being a part of the network would encourage staff and young people to take part in share learning in relation to global justice issues and also make us aware of opportunities.