There’s been a long history of community based youth work in this area and Sphere 17 RYS has been set up to help build on that. Essential funding is required to provide the services and facilities we offer. Click here for a copy of our latest audited accounts.

A big thank you to all our funders!!

Sphere 17 Regional Youth Service is funded primarily by the Department of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), through the City of Dublin Youth Services Board (CDYSB).

The Woodale Youth Justice Project is a Garda Youth Diversion Project which is funded through the Irish Youth Justice Service. This project is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union.

If you are interested in finding out more about the different ways in which you too can support our work we’d really love to chat with you.


We very much recognise the value of having good people on our team, and provide a wide range of supports and development opportunities for employees so that they can provide the highest quality of service to young people.  

Check out our current vacancies below:


Woodale Youth Justice Project (YJP)

Team Leader

(Full-time – 35 hours per week)

This position is funded by the Department of Justice.

Main Role:

The Team Leader is responsible for the development and implementation of an annual work plan for the Woodale YJP, the management of the Woodale YJP and team, and the delivery of the family support work of the project.   

The Team Leader will ensure that the service is delivered in line with the annual plan, service agreement and funding requirements, and in consultation with the Woodale YJP Committee to ensure it is well balanced, has a clear strategy, focus and targets, and achieves its outcomes. This includes timetabling staff so as to maximise direct work with targeted young people, and to ensure a balance between individual case management, group work, and family support. The Team Leader will also personally deliver services directly to targeted families with the primary focus on support and early intervention, to promote children and young people’s social development, health, wellbeing, educational outcomes, and rights.  

Salary scale is commensurate with the current CDYSB Project Leader Salary Scale. The post will require the successful candidate to work scheduled hours in the evenings and at weekends.

Please see our Woodale Team Leader Job Description.pdf for more information.


A minimum of 5 years full-time paid experience working directly with young people and families in a youth work and/or family support setting.  


A professional degree level qualification within the Education/Social Science/Youth Work or Community Work field.

To apply, please download and complete the Woodale Team Leader Application Form - Nov. 23.docx, incorporating key competencies, and return by email to:

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is: Monday, November27th, 2023, at 5pm with interviews provisionally scheduled for the following week. Short listing will apply, and a panel may be formed.  All appointments are subject to reference checking and Garda Vetting. Sphere 17 RYS is an equal opportunities employer.


 The Listen Project is currently seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced: 

Youth Counsellors / Psychotherapists 


The aim of the Listen Project is to provide young people, 12-21 years, with a safe, one-to-one, space in the local community where, with the support of a qualified counsellor, they can talk about, feel heard, and reflect on issues that are important to them. 

The aim of the sessions is to support young people to recognise their own strengths and develop new coping skills, so that they can feel more confident and hopeful about their future. 


The service was established in response to needs and gaps in the catchment area, particularly with regard to localised provision for accessible and timely supports for mental wellbeing. This service aims to meet this need by providing community-based youth counselling for young people aged 12-21 years throughout Dublin 5, 7, 13 and 17.  

Project Counsellors 

The successful candidates will deliver sessional counselling to young people who seek support through the Listen Project.  Each young person can avail of up to 9 sessions free of charge with an allocated Counsellor. A panel of Counsellors will operate for this project, which will be matched to the needs of young people wishing to avail of the services on an ongoing basis.  For more details on the role please refer to the job description. 

Required Qualifications and Experience 

A recognised and accredited Level 7 qualification (QQI) (Minimum in Counselling or Psychotherapy)  


Demonstrated experience of work with young people in a professional capacity  


Attainment (or pre-attainment) of a recognised and accredited Degree or Post-Graduate qualification in counselling or psychotherapy specialising in Child and Adolescent Therapy. 

The ideal candidates will also: 

    • Hold full accredited membership with IACP, or equivalent. 
    • Demonstrate knowledge of Children First requirements and updated training;  
    • Demonstrated familiarity with GDPR and the IT capability to manage appointments, case notes, databases and submit invoices in a timely, secure and confidential manner. 
    • Knowledge and familiarity using online video tools as a means to provide counselling services where required.  

Applicants must show proof of own insurance to provide such services, and active regular Supervision as per the guidelines of their Accrediting Body.  

Hours available: TBC  

Location: venues in Cabra and Darndale 

Payment rate: €50 per hour / €35 DNA  

For more information on the Listen Project see our Listen Project - FAQ's. Informal enquiries can be made to 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV (including reference contact details), and provide evidence of qualifications, accreditation, and insurance to  

This is a rolling recruitment process while vacancies exist. Successful candidates will be subject to satisfactory reference checks and Garda Vetting. 

The Listen Project is supported by funding from TUSLA.

We currently have a rolling recruitment process for the following positions:

Youth Work Relief Worker(s)

Main Role:
The Youth Work Relief Worker, working as part of a team, will be involved in providing temporary staff cover on any one of our youth service area teams or on the Woodale Youth Justice Project, as required. This cover will primarily involve implementing Sphere 17/Woodale activities and programmes, in keeping with approved plans, and as agreed with the relevant Project Leader.

Applications can be made to: . For more information on this opportunity download YW Relief Worker Job Description and YW Relief Application Form

Garda Vetting is required of all staff and volunteers joining Sphere 17 RYS. For more information on the Garda Vetting process contact Mick on 01 8674348

Download further information/forms:


Sphere 17 Regional Youth Service is dedicated to providing meaningful volunteering opportunities in our organisation. Our aim is to recruit a range of volunteers with diverse interests, skills and experiences, and to provide them with the quality of support that will make their involvement in our service mutually rewarding, in line with our Volunteer Policy,

Check out the Charter for Effective Volunteers from Volunteer Ireland which we are committed to, and you can also download our Volunteer Application Form

Those with any queries about volunteering in Sphere 17 can also give the office a call on (01) 8674348

Sphere 17 RYS would like to acknowledge support from Volunteering Ireland

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