Welcome to Galway Diocesan Youth Services (GDYS)
Galway Diocesan Youth Services was founded in the late 70's to respond to the needs of homeless and marginalised young people at that time. The ethos of GDYS has always been to identify and meet the needs of families and young people in the community.
Today, GDYS runs three projects in Galway City: No 4 Drop in Centre, Tithe na nOg and a Counselling Service.
GDYS is a network of support services that aims to enhance the quality of young peoples lives, providing an effective and holistic response to a wide variety of issues pertaining to young people between the ages of 17 and 25 years
GDYS is funded by the Department of Education and Science under the Special Projects for Youth Scheme and Youth Information Fund under the aegis of City of Galway VEC. GDYS receives additional funding from The Diocesan Office, HSE West and receives occasional funding on foot of grant applications from Dormant Accounts, AIB better Ireland Programme, ESB and Family Support Agency. Seirbhisi na nOg trading as Galway Diocesan Youth Services is a Limited Company, Registered office: Galway, Certificate Number 195622. Seirbhisi na nOg has charitable status and its Charity No. is 10805.
GDYS counselling service is based at number 4 Augustine street, and is available to young people between 15 and 25 years of age. The service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and accepts self referrals as well as referrals from other agencies and services.
Tithe na nOg
Tithe na nOg is a homelessness prevention project aimed at young people between 18 and 25 years of age. Taking a collaborative, cross agency approach, the service aims to intervene at the very early stages of youth homelessness to offer guidance and support in accessing and sustain suitable long term accommodation. The project offers an in-reach service to target high risk young people, an out of hours phone service from Monday to Thursdaybetween 5 and 8pm, and an open door policy that allows young people themselves to access the service, as well as accepting referrals from other statutory and voluntary services.
Number 4 Drop in Centre
The Drop in Centre was established to provide a welcoming space for marginalised young people between 17 and 25 years of age.No 4 is a crisis intervention Centre that offers basic human needs such as a warm place, a hot meal and showering facilities. In addition to catering for the daytime needs of homeless young people the Centre also offers a range of ongoing services and programmes aimed at supporting and encouraging young people while they get their lives back on track.
The personal achievements of the young people who use our service are not easily quantified. For some it is being able to find accommodation and learning tocook, clean and manage their finances for themselves, while for another person it might be to return to education or find permanent employment.