With lots of different programmes, projects and opportunities on offer, you’ll be sure to find something you would like to get involved in. Ossory Youth work with almost 2000 young people each year. There’s a reason why so many people choose us and continue to come back- they want to. This could be because its fun, they made friendships, had amazing experiences, we helped with their problems, they learned new skills, new opportunities, we support them or because they simply want a place to hang out!
Check out the ways you can be involved below:
Be a part of this years trip to Taize! click here for more info!
Youth Clubs- Local spaces where you can go each week to chill out, meet your friends, try new things and have fun. click here to read more and find out where your nearest club is.
City-based Groups– Located in the middle of the city, Desart Hall youth centre is the home for many different youth groups. They usually meet once per week, providing lots of fun opportunities and programmes to get involved in. Read More
Youth Cafe- Desart Hall Youth Centre is a hub of activity for young people in Kilkenny. All of our drop-in groups are open to all secondary school young people, where they can make friends, learn new skills, take part in fun activities or just chill and enjoy the free wifi. As all our drop-in times are supported by youth worker staff, you can ask questions, get help or just come hang out in a safe and secure environment. Read More
LGBTQ Friendly– Open Door Youth Group is a gay-straight youth alliance. The group is open to all gay or straight young people between the age of 12 and 18 who would like to participate in a fun and exciting LGBT friendly environment. The group meet every Wednesday evening from 6.30-8pm in Desart Hall.
Social Action-Youthink is a youth group of approximately 20 young people from 3rd to 6th year that meet every Saturday in Desart hall from 6-8pm.The group broadly want to examine issues that are of interest to them and have a positive role to play in the life of Kilkenny city, and have lots of fun in doing so. They do this by planning and organising events and projects. The group motto is ‘think, talk, do’ denoting that they want to engage in practical projects rather than just discussing issues. A key aim of the group is that all planned projects involve Youthink members mobilising and involving a much greater number of young people.
Mentoring-This mentoring programme aims to match a young person with an adult mentor and facilitate the two to develop a professional relationship that promotes nurturing, learning and self-esteem. Whilst challenging the young person to understand issues that may be going on in his or her life will be an integral part of the relationship, the primary goal is to allow the young person to explore and develop his or her own strengths and make them feel empowered and confident to make decisions for themselves. Read more
Family Support– Supporting young people just happens to be our strong point- it’s what we do and we do it well. We provide lots of different projects, programmes and opportunities that you can get involved in, not just in Kilkenny City but in the whole County. Our services are there for you, no matter if you’re in Ballyragget, Loughboy or Slieverue! Perhaps you need support or advice on something that is bothering you, or maybe you just need a person to talk to. Drop in, call or email and see how you can begin your journey with us.
Information– The Youth Information Centre provides a free, confidential information service to young people and those who work with them on a wide range of subjects including careers, education, employment matters, rights and entitlements, leisure, sport, travel and European opportunities. To find out more, click here
Education- Get top tips on study techniques, preparing your room, using your time, self-care, food and exercise, revision techniques, taking time out. A variety of workshops provided throughout the school year to assist students who are preparing for exams. Free booklets available with top tips and support services available locally.
CAO and College–How many points do I need for that? What if I put down the wrong course on my CAO? Am I eligible for a grant? Can I change my mind? We can help you fill out your CAO application, show you how to use SUSI or find the answers to any queries you have on applying to college either third level or further education courses such as PLC’s and FETAC.
Employment- What age can I work from, what is the minimum wage? Am I entitled to training? I would like to volunteer with my youth club. If you have asked yourself any of the questions but cannot find the answers, the youth information centre can help you. Call in and chat to a member of staff and get the correct information you need to help you make that decision.
CV’s– What information do I put on my CV? Should it be 2 pages or 3? What do I wear to an interview? If you are asking yourself these questions but don’t know the answers, then come in and talk to us. We can help you with your CV, prepare you for interviews, carry out mock interviews with you and generally assist you to aim for that dream job!
Exchanges– Ossory Youth regularly links up with other youth services in different countries of interest to us around Europe and form relationships. Together we plan trips or “exchanges” where we get to experience different cultures, locations and make new friends.
Youth Voice– Comhairle na nOg are local youth councils that give children and young people the opportunity and space to be involved in the development of local services and policies. Kilkenny Comhairle na nOg is made up of representatives from 5 electoral areas; Callan, Thomastown, Ballyragget, Kilkenny City and Piltown. The group meets twice a month to discuss issues and try to establish a way to resolve them. Elections of comhairle take place every year and each member serves two years on the Comhairle. Any young person between the ages of 11-18 years can put their name forward and be elected as a member of the Comhairle at the AGM which is held annually in October. The group meet fortnightly on Tuesdays 7-9pm in Desart Hall or the County Chambers.