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Responding to COVID-19

Following the announcement from An Taoiseach on March 12th about the Coronavirus, and the new measures that need to be put in place to protect everybody, we've had to make some temporary changes to our youth service. We will continue to provide services, but, as the advice is to avoid bringing people together, we're not able to run drop-ins or other group activities as normal for now, and the youth centres will be closed.
 
However, we do plan to keep in touch with young people, and workers will be following up to check-in via phone call/text and/or social media over the coming days. If you are not interested in this, no problem - just let us know. If you've not heard from us, but are keen to, please just get in contact with us via our social media, website or staff mobiles (numbers available from the website).
 
We understand the importance of being available to provide information and support to young people and we hope that, even in these extraordinary times, we can still manage that in some meaningful way for you.
 
Mick Ferron, Sphere 17 Regional Youth Service Manager

WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

Sphere 17 Regional Youth Service (RYS) provides a high-quality youth service to young people between the ages of 10 – 24, in the region of Dublin 17 and Kilbarrack area. We provide many different services to young people, based on their needs, issues and interests.
Check out our current strategic plan full and summary.

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We have three youth centres located in Bonnybrook, Darndale and Priorswood, and also operate a youth space from St. Benedict’s Resource Centre in Kilbarrack. The service typically operates a 6-day week and opens until 10pm in at least one of the areas/centres from Monday to Friday.

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The youth service is provided in line with the Service Level Agreement as issued by the City of Dublin Youth Services Board on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The Woodale Youth Justice Project is a Garda Youth Diversion Project funded through the Irish Youth Justice Service covering the Darndale and Priorswood area

OUR VISION

Sphere 17 hopes for a future where all young people are valued. We want to see a society where young people have a voice, where young people are respected, and where they feel included, no matter what community they are from. We hope for a society where young people can get high quality support and have a real chance to be the best that they can be.

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OUR MISSION

Sphere 17 believes all young people can achieve great things. Our mission is to support young people to be the best that they can be. We do that in different ways for different young people, as they need it, through the varied services we provide.

KEY SERVICE OUTPUTS*

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Young people (YP) engaged in the service

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session contacts with average contact time 91 mins per young person per visit

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young people engaged in the Listen Project attending 669 Listen Sessions

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Cumulative Service Contact Hours

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*Data is for 2019

Some of the successful programmes and activities in 2019 included:

Residentials:

  • Lough Key Forest camping trip
  • Wales trip

Summer programme and outings:

  • Summer Sphere
  • The Grand Social
  • Techfest
  • River trip
  • Family Support Week

Group work:

  • Youth Action Group – Equipment project
  • DCC Biking programme
  • Kayak skills course
  • Stand Up - LGTB Awareness Week
  • Climate change activism
  • Homeless awareness programme

Events:

  • Seen And Heard Art Exhibition
  • Hell and Back
  • Celtic Legends
  • Unity in the Community
  • 6th Class Blow Out
  • Halloween Scare House Event

 

Some other 2019 highlights included:

  • Sphere 17 were Regional Winners (Youth Category) in the National Lottery's Good Causes Awards
  • We had an increase in local volunteers
  • We were awarded TUSLA funding support for the Listen Project
  • The Woodale Youth Justice Project secured an additional Youth Justice Worker
  • We sourced a 9-seater minibus with DCYA capital funding support

OUR APPROACH

  • We actively promote the participation of all young people in all aspects of our service.
  • We aim to deliver our service in line with established best practice and in keeping with the equality and community based ethos that informs our
    work.
  • We deliver services based on young people’s needs, interests, issues and age profile.
  • We provide a range of services covering recreational, educational, health, personal and social development.
  • We provide professional services, by trained and Garda-vetted Youth Workers.
  • We engage in a way that is open, creative and positive.

SERVICES

Core youth service activity:

  • Drop-in
  • Group Work (interest and/or issue based)
  • Individual Support
  • Outreach (including detached youth work)
  • Outings and summer projects
  • Residential Activities
  • Events

Other Key Projects:

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OUR YOUTH CENTRES

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OUR GOALS

Strategic Goals 2020 - 2022 

1: Progress Sphere 17’s System of Impact Measurement  

We will develop our systems so as to better understand and demonstrate how our services are working for young people.   

2: Innovating Our Responses to Feedback 

We will develop a system to ensure that all issues, suggestions, problems or concerns raised are listened to and responded to. 

3: Further Engage Young People’s Voices 

We will carry out annual youth surveys to support continuous improvement of the service. These surveys will be supported by a voluntary youth committee. 

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