The youth services provide programmed activities directed at supporting each young person through the challenging times of growing up. It is a developmental approach with the key objectives of ensuring the young person has the skills, confidence and information to make informed choices and decisions as they grow.

Our youth services are available in various locations around County Wexford including Gorey, New Ross, Bunclody, Enniscorthy and Wexford Town. These services and supports to young people are provided in community youth projects, voluntary youth clubs and specific youth programmes such as Slaney Garda Youth Diversion project, Young Women’s programmes and the LGBTI service.  We also offer supports through our counselling service.

To compliment this work our Youth information service provides a range of information relevant to young people and their parents or guardians.

All our youth services are supported by either the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Health Service Executive, Irish Youth Justice Service or Tusla. Other supports are also provided the Department of Social Protection through the Community Employment scheme.

FDYS, Francis Street, Wexford 05391 23262/087 2490122 email:

Opening Days and Times : 0900 to 1700, Monday to Friday. Night and Weekend Activities arranged by Season

Referrals taken : Yes
How to Refer : Contact Mark  for assistance and support in setting up or running a voluntary youth club in your area
Eligibility Criteria : Youth Café Drop In 8 to 25 years.

Contact Person; Mark Carley.

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Bunclody Youth Project provides a range of services to young people. Our work primarily targets young people from the Travelling community. We support young people both within our centre and within the community. We offer needs based activity programmes in our centre and homework support clubs within the local secondary school.  We collaborate with a range of outside service while supporting our young people. We aim to support young people through youth friendly spaces and projects to foster a sense of identity free from discrimination.

This project places an emphasis on engaging young people in projects that have a strong cultural and arts dimension. Using a developmental approach we engage young people in projects that examine their role in society, their approach to their own health and education.  The project runs a series of programme activities for specific age groups and provides a drop in throughout the week for young people to hang out in a safe and secure environment

The Slaney GYDP is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP) are community based, multi-agency projects that divert young people aged 12-18 years, from becoming involved or further involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.  The Slaney GYDP offers support for young people in education and employment in addition to sport, art, music, outdoor activities etc. The project works with young people through one to one, group and collaborative work.

Referrals into the project are from the JLO, Gardai, schools, youth groups, parents, peers and self referrals.

The project seeks to encourage a better quality of life for everyone in the community and to support good relations between the Gardai, the community and young people.

For further information contact:

We cater for ages 11-25.
The Gorey Community Youth Project run Youth Cafe Drop-In’s, Seasonal Programmes and Workshops, Specialized Youth Groups. We also provide an excellent Individual Support service where we get referrals from different agencies and self-referrals. From September 2019 we will be opening a Saturday Tea and Talk space where young people can call to just have a chat. Detach and outreach work would be a common occurrence here in Gorey where the youth workers go out to where the young people are at, as not all young people want to be part of a service. The project tries to cater to all young people needs and strengths and to work at the level they are at.
The Gorey community Youth Project (GCYP) cover Gorey and the surrounding area. We have youth clubs running in Riverchapel, Ballycanew, Creagh College, Cois Doire and in our office here in McCurtain Street.
Opening Hours: Hours vary, generally someone working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Given the nature of the work here and running groups in different locations it is best to give us a buzz for more information.
Contact details: Nadine O’Brien 085-8898047, Laura Herterich 089-0620922, Jamie Brady 086 – 0691589,,,

This project is based in the Coolcotts shopping center in Wexford Town and provides a Youth Cafe & a range of programmes and activities for young people from First year onward. These age appropriate  supports are provided through a range of educational programmes and drop in sessions for junior and senior participants. Programmes include Life Skills; Art and Creativity modules; Drugs and Alcohol Awareness; Anger Management; to name a few and are delivered in an informal way allowing young people to engage and participate fully. Coolcotts also run a Summer Programme which is inclusive of the whole community and some additional activities for the participants in our groups.

This programme provides specific supports to young women and concentrates on offering practical approaches and solutions to dealing with particular concerns and needs they present within the project. Various life-skills are included in the programme such as cooking, working to a weekly budget, and understanding aspects of nutrition. Some of the participants are young mothers and the programme also provides an opportunity of peer support and a social outlet.

For the moment all groups are online using zoom and whatsapp

Contact:  Maria Brennan: 0858888388

Young Women’s:  Monday 12am-1pm, Tuesday Bridgetown 11am-12.30pm

Women 25+ Monday 11am-12pm Tuesday Bridgetown 12:30pm-2pm, Thursday 11:00am-12.30pm,

Thursday  Coolcotts 3:30-4:30pm

The Cloister Youth Cafe offers a service which supports the development of young people aged 11-21 years in Wexford town in a fun, friendly youth space with a dynamic Staff Team who place young people at the centre of what we do.  Whilst we aim to engage young people who are most at risk of substance miss-use (primarily), we are welcoming to all young people experiencing issues and struggles which challenge their daily lives.  We deliver Youth Support work consisting of one-on-one support and mentoring and through our Youth Development work we offer many programmes which include; Drugs and Alcohol Awareness; Sexual Health and Awareness; Anger Management; Life Skills; Art and Creativity modules; Personal Development and Empowerment initiatives; Sport and Health programmes; peer led homework support and many more. It is hoped that the participants will learn important, relevant and transferable life skills, knowledge and information which may support them individually in making more informed decisions with a particular preventative dimension and focus around drugs and alcohol.

Cloister Youth Café

Opening Days and Times : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Junior Youth Café 3.00-4.15pm, Mid-Teen Youth Café (aimed at Junior Cycle in Secondary) 4.15-5.30pm, Senior Youth Café (Senior Cycle in Secondary School) 5.30-7.00pm.

Referrals Taken : Yes, through the FDYS Referral Process.

How to Refer: Referrals can be made through Cloister Staff Team.

Eligibility Criteria : Age group 11 – 21 years in Wexford Town and district.

Contact Person : Cloister Staff Team.

Our outreach service provides a connection for young people unattached to services.  It is an opportunity to meet the young people where they hang out, talk with them and provide support.  Our key objective is to ensure they are safe and that they know they can rely on us if they need support or advice. The service provides two youth workers who follow a certain route in Wexford Town on a Wednesday evening and Rosslare Strand on Tuesday evenings and connect with young people in these areas. We can also offer 1:1 follow up appointments with young people we meet and who may need some extra support on a range of issues.


Age: 11-23 years

Detached Youth Work Team: Elaine Goldsberry and Emma Whitty

Project Contact Number: 0539123262/ 0864645573

Contact e-mail: /

Location and Times: Tuesday Evenings in Rosslare Strand from 18:30-21:30/ Wednesday Evenings: Wexford Town 18:00-21:00

Referrals taken: Yes,

How are referrals taken: through contacting the detached youth work team on above contact details.

Our Youth Counselling service provides a space for young people to talk about those things which cause them worry or anxiety. It provides a safe comfortable environment within which these issues may be discussed and help to promote the well-being of the young person. Our fully qualified counsellor provides key skills and supports to young people and their parents as they address whatever concerns they have.


  • Opening Days and Times: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.  Late appointments on an evening during the week can be negotiated.
  • Referrals Taken: Yes
  • How to Refer: Referrals can be made by contacting the main office and leaving contact details.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Young people 13-25 years.
  • Contact Person: Mairead Duffy
  • Tel: 087 9351725
  • Email:

Youth Info provides a countywide free confidential information service to young people and those who work with them on a wide range of subjects including: Health Personal Support, Employment & Training, Career Advice and CV Preparation, Social Welfare Entitlements, Education Opportunities/Options and Student Travel cards

In addition we offer:

  • A variety of outreach services bringing information to young people through Information Points Workshops and Schools.
  • Student Travel cards and one to one support on CV preparation and job applications

Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 31 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.

Wexford Comhairle na nÓg members are established by nominations of young people from every school across the county.  Elections then take place at the AGM in October.  Members serve approximately 2 years on the council working on relevant topics and acting as a consultative body for local agencies.

Wexford Comhairle na nÓg meet monthly and attend a residential annually to enable continued focus and efforts towards goals established at the AGM.

The focus of Wexford Comhairle members in 2016 will be on finding out what educational supports are needed to help young people become more informed about drugs and alcohol. Our key focus will be the provision of education support for young people in schools around drugs and alcohol. We will liaise with youth promotion in FDYS to lobby for their idea of a dedicated online space for information about third-level education options for young people in Wexford to be developed. We want relevant, local information on the site.

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Wexford LGBT+ Youth Support works with young LGBT+ people up to age 24 and is based in Francis Street, Wexford. It is currently integrated within the Cloister Senior Drop-in on a Thursday evening from 17:30-20:00. We have a qualified, dynamic team of youth workers present with a specific LGBT+ Project Worker and the group runs a comprehensive list of programmes including (but not limited to);

Coming out; Sexual Health and Sexual Awareness; Staying safe online; Drugs and Alcohol use utilising a harm reduction approach; LGBT+ History; Education on other less known sexual orientations, gender identities and how to support someone who may be struggling with any of the above; Support and Guidance on LGBT+ Bullying and coping mechanisms/ building resilience in relation to this; Arts and Crafts Modules; Mental health awareness; Personal Development and Empowerment led initiatives. All programmes and supports aim to enable each young person to realise and reach their full potential, empowering them to take control of their own lives and learn life-long, transferable skills. Primarily, however, the main objective of the group is to offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for young LGBT+ people to meet other people, where they are free to express themselves in a supportive environment. No appointment needed to attend, new faces always welcome!

1:1 support is also available and can be made by appointment with Emma. This is available for any young person who may be apprehensive about coming to the group for the first time, or people who may need support on a range of LGBT+ issues. For anyone that may be interested, contact Emma on or call 053 9123262. Coming out or being part of the LGBT+ Community can be daunting to come to terms with, but help and support is available and our doors are always open for any young person who needs to talk. And remember, if you need are interested in coming to a safe, fun and supportive space but feel apprehensive, you can bring a friend of family member with you to help settle in or you can meet the team beforehand on your own if needed.

See our LGBT+ section of the website, where relevant and up-to date information is available regarding the LGBT+ Community, and where you will find a list of support services nationwide:

Referrals taken: Yes, by e-mailing or calling 053 9123262 (Monday-Thursday). Referrals taken by parents, guardians, other organisations/ agencies, teachers/ schools, self-referrals etc…

1:1 Support available: Yes, by appointment

LGBT+ Worker: Emma Whitty

Group Times: Every Thursday- 17:30- 20:00

Contact: 053 9123262

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