Covid-19 Level 5: April Update

LYS will continue to support young people and their families during this challenging period while adhering to HSE’s public health guidelines, the Department of Children’s  Guidance for Youth Work Organisations and guidance from the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board.

Following changes to the Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions the following changes apply to all Limerick Youth Service departments.

Education & Training: 

  • Students/learners with LYS’ Community Training Centre will return to onsite coursework on the week starting Monday, April 12th
  • Classes will continue on a phased basis with students/learners assigned to their respective pods an continuing their blended learning course work i.e. a mix of physical and online study.
  • All learners/students will receive a text from LYS if with updates on return to onsite learning

Youth Work:

All our youth work projects including UBU, GYDP & Youth & Family Support will continue with online support, however, from Monday, April 26th limited groups can meet outdoors under the following guidelines:

Youth Work Outdoors

  • Structed youth work groups with groups of less than 15
  • Operate multiple groups if sufficient space and strict public health protocols are in place
  • Detached youth work with groups of less than 15

Digital Youth Work will continue as follows: 

  • Youth workers will support young people via email, phone, text & social media
  • In certain situations youth workers will deliver or post programme material to your home.
  • Some volunteer led youth clubs will run their clubs virtually- contact the Club Support Worker

Mental Health team:

The Be Well Mental Health team will continue to provide its service as schedule with support and meetings taking place virtually and via phone, email & text.  In certain situations the Be Well team will meet young people indoors while following strict public health guidelines.  For more click HERE

Youth Information Centre:

The Youth Information team continues to provide its service and be contacted as follows:

  • Phone or Text to 083-1726898
  • Email at
  • Contact via social media sites
  • Speak with a youth information officer via a live chat service that can be accessed  HERE

Ability Programme

The Ability team will continue to support clients and their families via phone, email, text and virtually. In certain situations the Ability team will meet young people indoors while following strict public health guidelines.  For more click HERE

Youth Spaces

All LYS youth spaces will remain closed to the pubic until further notice

LYS encourages all young people, volunteers and staff to continue to follow the public health advice and guidelines issued by the relevant authorities such as the Health Safety Executive (HSE).

LYS is keen to stress that when accessing information about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) to get your information from professional and relevant sources such as and 

If you are finding this lockdown difficult and would like to speak with someone the follow services are available:

  • Text 50808:    Free text HELLO to 50808 to speak with a trained volunteer.
  • Samaritans:    Free phone 116 123 or email to speak with a trained volunteer.
  • Childine:           Free phone 1800 666 666 or text 50101 for free to speak with a trained listener.

If you need more information please contact LYS at:

  • Tel: 061-412444 or via email: 

For more on Covid 19 click below:


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