Galway Diocesan Youth Services was founded in the late 70's to respond to the needs of homeless and marginalised young people at that time. The ethos of GDYS has always been to identify and meet the needs of families and young people in the community.
GDYS initially opened a Drop in Centre at No 4 St Augustine - a property purchased at that time by the Augustinian Communtiy - and developed services over the years to include Community Training Workshops (later handed over to FAS), Residential Hostels for homeless young people (later handed over to HSE West), an After School Activity Club and a Youth Information Centre.
Today, GDYS manages five projects in Galway City: No 4 Drop in Centre, Mol an Oige After School Activity Club, Galway Youth Information Centre, Tithe na nOg and a Counselling Service. We employ a staff of 20 including 11 Community Employment Scheme Staff.
GDYS is a network of support services that aims to enhance the quality of young peoples lives, providing an effective and holistic response to a wide variety of issues pertaining to young people between the ages of 8 and 25 years.
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