Garda Youth Diversion Projects

Extern’s Garda Youth Diversion Projects work in partnership with the Irish Youth Justice Service and An Garda Síochána and are part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

WHAT IS A GYDP?

Garda Youth Diversion Projects are local community-based activities which work with children. The projects aim to help young people move away from behaving in a way that might get them, or their friends, into trouble with the law. They can help children develop their sense of community and their social skills through different activities.

Extern’s projects offer opportunities for education, employment training, sport, art, music and other activities. Most projects operate outside of school hours. In areas with a high proportion of early school-leavers, however, activities may also be planned during the daytime.

In Extern, we also strive to remove the barriers to participation and so work with young people to ensure it is made as easy as possible to fully engage with the programme e.g. providing transport to and from project sessions.

GYDP’s seek to encourage a better quality of life for everyone involved and to support good relations between the Gardaí and the community.

WHERE CAN I FIND AN EXTERN GYDP?

Extern’s four Garda Youth Diversion Projects are located in:

  • Athy
  • Limerick
  • Naas
  • Raheny, Dublin

HOW DO I JOIN ONE OF EXTERN’S GYDP PROGRAMMES?

Each referral must undergo a screening process to identify their suitability for the Project.
This can be arranged through the following referral agents:

  • Juvenile Liaison Officer
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • School / Youthreach
  • Family / Self
  • Community Based Organisations
  • Or if you wish to self-refer or have a family member refer you, you can go ahead and contact each Extern GYDP.

WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM ENGAGING WITH A GYDP PROJECT?

  • Someone to listen to you in confidence
  • Support and advice
  • Help with any problems
  • A chance to take part in activities and learn new skills

WHAT ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES WILL AN EXTERN GYDP OFFER ME?

Once identified as suitable for the project, you and your family will meet with a Youth Justice worker. Together Extern will devise a personalised programme plan which will best suit your needs either on an individual basis or as part of a group.
Activities can include:

  • Life Skills & Personal Development
  • Junior Leadership Training & Skills
  • Civic & Social Development
  • Healthy Eating, Nutrition & Cooking
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness & Education
  • Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing

SUPPORTING YOU

Extern is dedicated to supporting young people and helping them from becoming involved in antisocial and/or criminal behaviour.

FIND MY NEAREST GYDP

Athy GYDP
Office 8, Athy Community Enterprise Park
Woodstock Industrial Estate
Kilkenny Road
Athy
Co Kildare
Tel: 086 0149375
Email: Eimear.Flood@extern.org

Limerick Garda Youth Diversion
The Factory Southside Centre
Galvone Business Park
Limerick
V94 PWD
Tel: (00353) 61 457 222
Email: John.Roche@extern.org

Naas Garda Youth Diversion
1st Floor, Block 4
Monread Leisure and Commercial Centre
Monread Avenue
Naas
Co Kildare
Tel: (00353) 45 878 720
Email: Kate.OBrien@extern.org

Raheny Garda Youth Diversion
St Monica’s Youth Resource Centre
Tonlegee Road
Raheny
Dublin 6
Tel: 086 3860687
Email: Paul.Kiernan@extern.org

Extern in Northern Ireland
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