Woodale Youth Justice Project is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020
Woodale Youth Justice Project is a Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) that works with young people aged 10-17 years from the areas of Priorswood and Darndale. The Woodale Team is made up of two Youth Justice Workers – Tanya Walker and Noel Browne. The majority of young people are referred to Woodale by the Garda Juvenile Liaison Officer following a formal caution in the local Garda Station. Young people can also be referred to the project by other professionals such as youth workers, teachers, and social workers. The aim of the GYDP is to divert young people away from offending behaviour and/or other factors that put them at risk of committing an offence in the first place. We do this by offering support, encouragement and opportunities related to education, training, employment, work experience, and involvement in pro-social activities. Recent activities include water-sports, gardening, creative arts (music), cookery and baking. We work with young people individually as well as in small groups. The Woodale project seeks to encourage a better quality of life for young people in the community, in addition to fostering good relationships between the Gardaí and young people.