Garda Youth Diversion Project

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Limerick Youth Service’s Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP) work with young people (12-17yrs) who are involved in, or a risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime.

Our Garda Youth Diversion Projects work in partnership with the Irish Youth Justice Service, An Garda Siochana and part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020″.

Our three Garda Youth Diversion Projects are located in Ballynanty, Irishtown and King’s Island with our outreach team engaging with young people in the Limerick City Centre (Henry St) & Castleconnell Garda area.

Programmes & Activities

With the support of Youth Justice Workers & a dedicated Family Support Worker, young people can participate in a diverse range of youth work programmes & activities including:

  • Life Skills & Personal Development
  • Junior Leadership Training & Skills
  • iScoil Educational Programme
  • Animal & Equine Welfare
  • Civic & Social Development
  • Sport & Recreation Courses
  • Healthy Eating, Nutrition & Cooking
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness & Education
  • Creative Art, Woodwork & Music
  • Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Understanding Social Media & Cyberbullying
  • International Youth Exchanges


Although the individual outcome for each young person varies regarding to individual needs, the general outcomes for young people involved GYDP are:

  • Greater sense of personal worth
  • Improved sense of civic & social involvement
  • Understanding of benefit of educational attachment and/or attainment
  • Increased engagement with pro-social peers
  • Improved use of recreation time

Positive outcomes in these areas have proven to lead to a reduction in their likelihood of a young person offending/re-offending.


Priscilla Sheehan, Limerick Youth Service,

5 Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick V94 YF95

T: 061 412 444/083-3718793


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