What We Do


Core Youth service  is an independent community-based youth service set up in 1986. We provide non formal education, individual and group work support, plus a range of indoor and outdoor activities for young people from Inchicore and surrounding areas. 


"The project has a Vision of a well resourced community youth service which supports the young people of Inchicore"


Core Youth service is an independent community-based youth service. Its mission is to support and assist young people to achieve their full potential through;

  • Developing relationships with young people based on mutual respect 
  • Offering a friendly place where young people can learn and grow in an atmosphere that is enjoyable, encouraging and challenging
  • Offering a non-formal and relationship-based developmental and educational process
  • Contributing with others, including young people, to the creation of conditions that allow young people actively participate in decision making in areas that affect their lives
  • Intervening when appropriate and in partnership with young people to structures that are challenging for young people to navigate.

Locally based community project

Our area includes St. Michael’s Estate and Tyrone Place flats complexes, Emmet Crescent and the housing estates of Bulfin, Myra Close, Emmet Road and Turvey Avenue as well as the Oblates area of Inchicore.

From its inception the project has striven to include young people most at risk from Inchicore and surrounding areas. Many young people attending our project face difficulties in reaching their full potential trough a range of circumstances, mainly based in generational multi disadvantages. 

The youth Service takes a community development approach to its work in order to better advocate for services and facilities for young people in Inchicore. Therefore collaborating with other community groups and stakeholders where appropriate.

What we do 

Relationships - the relationship between young people and youth workers are what underpins the work that we do.  We therefore put a lot of time and effort into nurturing and developing those relationship. Our approach to young people is to treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve and encourage them to do the same to us. We acknowledge and listen to their difficulties and offer support, advice and challenge there views and ideas when necessary.

Non formal educational groups - The service runs a range of educational and topical groups and programs, using the youth work methodology of a non formal education.

Street and outreach Work  - being visible in the community and approachable to young people and parents is a fundamental part of our work, as is targeting young people who may have dropped out of ours, or other programmes, or have never engaged. We use street work as a tool to reengage, reintegrate and offer ongoing support to these young people. We also set up referral for young people who are in need of added support the youth project may not be able to provide.

One to one support - We offer support to young people outside of the normal group process. This specific support happens for many reasons, including school support, housing and homelessness, youth justice, drug intervention, mental health support and counseling referral. We also support older young people one to one with job searches, CV preparation, advocating on their behalf where appropriate and in some case accompanying them to appointment's.

Outdoor activities - providing young people the opportunity to experience the natural environment and the outdoors through hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, camping,  among other outdoor pursuits. The overarching aim of the outdoor programmes  is to provide young people opportunities that divert them from hanging around the local flat blocks where they may be getting into difficulties. and is a powerful way of building relationships outside of their every day environment.
Skills Programme - The skills programme is based on the premise that young people have multiple intelligence, for example, some may struggle academically but are mechanically gifted. Therefore, exposing them to soft and hard skills are important factors in their development and job readiness. At present, we offer young people the opportunity to learn mechanical skills, problem solving skills and the experience of being in a functioning workshop.
The programme also aims to use mechanics and woodworking as a tool to develop relationships and, to use the space to support young people informally through direct conversations about issues as they arrive. 

The Arts  & media - To give young people a voice through creative processes involved in the arts. To raise awareness of global issues starting in the local context.  To enable young people to develop a piece of work from start to finish which helps develop self esteem and confidence. To encourage young people to have fun while being creative. We use a range of different art methods, including mainstream arts and crafts to drama, photography and film.

Developmental and Issue based Groups
- We run topical and issue based developmental groups with young people and young parents. The aim is to address areas of life that young people may struggle or need further information and clarification with, which will help them make more informed decisions.