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Children and Young People's Services

Exchange House Ireland Children and Young People's Service is the main provider of Youth Services to the Traveller Community in the greater Dublin Area.

In 1987, with funding from the Department of Education and Science (Youth Affairs Section) and the Department of the Environment and Local Government the 'Dublin Committee for Travelling People - Youth Affairs' was established. This was dissolved in 1996 and the project changed its name to Travellers Youth Service (TYS).

Using the Critical Social Education Model the Youth Service respects, encourages and supports the young people we work with, most of whom are at risk of early school leaving, drugs, poverty and social exclusion. Through social and personal education Exchange House Youth Service aims to ensure that as many young Travellers as possible are able to participate in youth activities. We run programmes that create opportunities for the youths we work with, challenging them to take responsibility, use their talents and increase their chances to stay in the education system. The ultimate goal is to enable them to take a greater control of their own life and participate in their own community and the wider society. The primary target age group is 10-25 years, both male and female.

Exchange House Youth Service runs a number of programmes which are listed in the menu on the left.

The catchment area for the youth service is the greater Dublin area, including:

  • Dublin City Council Borough
  • Labre Park & Kylemore Grove (Ballyfermot)
  • Bluebell
  • St. Margaret's Park & Carton Estate (Ballymun)
  • St. Oliver’s Park & Bridge View (Clondalkin)
  • St. Vincent's Street West & Myra Close (Inchicore)

Currently Exchange House Youth works with in excess of 300 young people in its catchment area providing intergrated recreational, educational and developmental programmes.