A safe place where young people can talk to youth workers
Practical assistance in order to maintain or secure appropriate accommodation
Careers Guidance &
We assist you make well informed and realistic educational and career choices
We support young people who are at risk of early school leaving or are out of mainstream education
Counselling offers young people a safe place to talk with a qualified counsellor
Formerly Galway Diocesan Youth Services (GDYS) – was founded in the early 1980’s in response to the needs of young people at that time. While the organisation has adapted to the needs of the community in the intervening years, it continues to remain true to its mission of:
‘Assisting Young People at Challenging Times’.
No 4 Youth Service aims to enhance the quality of young people’s lives by providing an effective and holistic response to a wide variety of issues pertaining to young people aged 13 – 25 years.
No 4 Youth Service provides a wide range of supports for young people aged 13 – 25 years, all of which are based on a youth work approach, ensuring that young people aid their own personal development.
The aim of No 4 Youth Service is to ensure that all of our programmes result in Better Outcomes for young people in line with Ireland's National Policy for Children and Young People. It is important that young people can access supports to help them to address the various issues they may be faced with, and critically it is essential that young people are supported to develop their own resilience to ensure that they can make positive choices for themselves as they go through life.
Support is provided for young people in need or at risk due to their personal circumstances and can include people who:
No 4 Youth Service focuses on informal education and furthering the young person’s social and personal development. This practice is rooted in the Personal Development and Critical Social Education models of youth work, as detailed in Hurley & Tracey, 1993, and underpins our youth work programme.
The Personal Development Model has emphasis on:
“I think No4 Youth Service is a great place to go to get help with things, meet new people, and the staff are very nice, understanding and good to talk to.”
No 4 Youth Service is a Health Promoting Service.
In 1986 the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined health
‘…the process of enabling people to increase control over
and improve their health’.
The National Youth Council of Ireland describes health promotion as:
‘…embracing actions that are directed at strengthening the skills and capabilities of individuals’.
Health promoting activities at No 4 Youth Service aim to enhance the individual’s well-being as well as equipping them with the skills and information to make positive choices. This contributes to the focus on prevention and encouraging young people to be pro-active in their lives.
The National Health Quality Mark achieved by No 4 Youth Service ensures a whole organisation approach to health promotion by:
No 4 Youth Service is a voluntary agency with charitable status,
registered as: Seirbhisi na nOg CLG
Charity Number 20028183
It is governed by a voluntary board of directors. Accounts are audited
and submitted annually to the Companies Office
No 4 Youth Service is funded by the Department of Children and
Youth Affairs, distributed through GRETB. In addition grants are
received from HSE West and Tusla. A contribution is received
from Galway Diocese.
No 4 Youth Service supports up to 550 individual young people annually
No 4 Youth Service is engaged with two quality standard frameworks: