Leitrim Youth Project
This Your Place Your Space (UBU) Project is based in the Base Youth Café , Hill Road, Drumshanbo and funded by DCYA, in partnership with MSLETB. The Project works with young people aged 10 – 24 years across the County in partnership with young people, parents and volunteer leaders.
Development Worker: Mary Taylor – Mahon
Development Worker: Fiona Taylor
Main Services provided include:
Targetted youth work with 10-24 year olds in the following locations:
- Base café, Drumshambo
- North Leitrim
- South Leitrim
Targeting young people with services in the following ways:
- Face to face meetings with young people via Detached/Outreach youth work.
- Contact with local community services e.g. Sports Clubs, Schools, Health Worker etc.
- Meeting with key allied services Tusla, CYPSC, CAHMS Volunteer led Youth Clubs, other Youth Projects.
- Ongoing development and implementation of a Referral System for the project to ensure entry onto the project is at Level 2 on the Hardiker Model.
Ensuring young people in need of additional support are prioritised by:
Networking and partnership building with specialist support services e.g. CYPSC, Tusla
Family Support teams and Social Work teams, School Completion, will give youth workers local insight into presenting need and will allow the team to initiate developmental programmes to meet those needs in a youth work setting.
Specialist support and referral pathways to respond to more specific/specialised need will be utilised to ensure young people are getting a service appriopriate to their need, for example, CAMHS, Youth Reach, Garda Youth Diversion Project, Family Carers Ireland (Young Carers) etc.
Youth Clubs/Café and projects in County Leitrim, cater for socially isolated young people . The menu of activities is ever growing and youth clubs have come a long way in recent years, reflecting a vibrant mix of local youth volunteers, youth committees and professional support from Leitrim Youth Project. At the local youth club/cafe, members, volunteer leaders and Leitrim Youth Project staff plan a programme of activities that is driven by the members’ interest and needs. The menu might include many different activities under the headings of sports, culture, recreation, arts, personal development, education and trips and exchanges through local, regional and national levels. Most of all, however, the local youth club/cafe is a place to be ‘yourself’ to meet with friends, hang out and grow as a person in a safe, local environment. In rural communities in Leitrim, the club/youth café provides an opportunity for young people to have a real and meaningful role in shaping their lives. Values such as respect, co-operation, responsibility and participation are promoters
The role of the volunteer youth worker/leader has always been and still is central to the ethos of youth work in Leitrim Project. Without volunteers many clubs/youth cafes could not operate. Volunteers commit time and energy for the benefit of young people. As a volunteer you learn and gain skills as well as share your knowledge and skills, you are challenged and make an impact and difference to young people at this vital development stage of their lives. We provide the support, training and insurance – you commit the time, 1 – 2 hours a week.
Young people in clubs and cafes have the opportunity to train in leadership and work alongside adult volunteer leaders in clubs/cafes and projects and become involved in local, regional and national events and opportunities.
The Base Youth Café
The Base Café is a community based dedicated safe space for young people to meet, chill out and take part in leisure, creative and educational activities and projects chose by themselves. It is a simple meeting place that is respectful of individuals and inclusive of all. It is a space to build relationships, explore values and obtain information. There is weekly drop in groups and specific projects – film, animation, rapping cookery, gardening, kayaking , sports etc
Address: Hill Road, Drumshanbo