Bru Youth Service

Welcome to Bru Youth Service!

The ethos of the Brú Youth Service continues on from that of the Brú Crumlin Youth Club (established in 1971) to the present and that is that each young person is treated with respect, understanding and compassion. The Brú Youth Service is a place where each young person is encouraged to fulfil his or her dreams.

Brú Youth Service works to promote the physical, personal and social development of disadvantaged young people (aged between 10 and 21 years old) in the Crumlin, Walkinstown general area. We aim to actively deliver a quality professional youth work service that is caring, compassionate, and enables young people to fulfil their potential and to participate more fully in the life of the local community and society.

The Brú Youth Service was established in 2008 as an independent, locally managed limited company. In agreement with Dublin City Council, the building is a dedicated youth centre for use by young people only.

Our programmes are designed with the specific needs of the young people we work together with.

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About Us

History of the service
The Brú Youth Service was established in 2008 as an independent, locally managed limited company. Its Board comprises local community representatives and other interested agencies. The allocation of €1.6 million in capital funding from the Young People's Services and Facilities Fund for the refurbishment of the Brú building in Crumlin Village, Dublin 12, ensured that the Brú Youth Service has a modern and customised facility from which to deliver services to young people.

The ethos of the Brú Youth Service continues on from that of the Brú Crumlin Youth Club (set up in 1971) to the present and that is that each young person is treated with respect, understanding and compassion. The Brú Youth Service is a place where each young person is encouraged to fulfil his or her dreams.

In agreement with Dublin City Council, the building is a dedicated youth centre for use by young people only.

Mission statement
 Our mission statement is: To promote the physical, personal and social development of the young people in Crumlin and Walkinstown. We aim to actively deliver a quality youth work service that is caring, compassionate and enables young people to fulfil their potential and to participate more fully in the life of the community and society.

Aims and Objectives:  Strategic Plan 2012 – 2014

Aim 1: To actively deliver a quality youth service that is caring, compassionate and enables young people fulfil their potential

Objective 1: To work with all young people with a focus on those who are at risk
Objective 2: To work with young people who are formally referred or self-referred to the Brú Garda Youth Diversion Project
Objective 3: To work with young people to build their capacity to take on a leadership role

 

Aim 2: To build and maintain strong relationships with funders

Objective 1: To secure and account for use of funding
Objective 2: To inform and influence the thinking of funders with regard to services for young people

 

Aim 3: To work with others in order to develop and provide a holistic way of working with young people

Objective 1: To develop and maintain mutually supportive and respectful relationships with statutory agencies
Objective 2: To develop and maintain mutually supportive and respectful relationships with youth and community organisations
Objective 3: To develop and maintain mutually supportive and respectful relationships with parents and the wider community

 

Aim 4: To be an organisation that is constantly striving to be informed, skilled and resourced so that it can fulfil the developmental needs of young people

Objective 1: To manage the resources of the organisation
Objective 2: To provide administration support to the organisation
Objective 3: To develop the skills and knowledge of those working in the organisation and where possible to increase their numbers
Objective 4: To engage in planning and reviewing in order to inform and develop the work
Objective 5: To develop and maintain effective governance and management structures and systems in the organisation
Objective 6: To develop the profile of the organisation

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Volunteers

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We recognise the important role that volunteers play along with staff in the delivery of quality youth work services and value their contribution to the successful development of our services. The Brú Youth Service Volunteer Policy outlines our commitment to volunteerism with clear principles and procedures.
Our Board of Management comprises 12 members - 7 are voluntary members from the local community; the Brú Youth Club operates with an average of 6 volunteer youth leaders and our programmes are supported by a number of volunteers each year.

Like to Volunteer?

To obtain an application form, please email : jacinta@bruyouthservice.ie

  • Volunteer Policy
  • Garda Vetting Policy

Donations

Brú Youth Service is a registered charity CHY 17989 and welcomes donations – equipment,  programme resources /materials or money -  from companies, businesses and or individuals to support its services to young people in the Crumlin/ Walkinstown area of Dublin.
Please contact us for further information: jacinta@bruyouthservice.ie

 

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Projects

Mind Your Head Project

Brú Youth Service and Léargas

The Mind Your Head project was a peer support group for young people doing their final school examination – the Leaving Certificate in 2014. The project was in response to a need identified by a gorup of young people who were facing this challenge in the following year and already they were anxious and suffering from the stress of it. The theme was mental health and so we called it ‘Mind Your Head’.
We were a group of 20 young people with 6 of us in the Core Group. The project involved us in a wide range of activities where we experienced and developed strategies to cope with stress while at the same time building a sense of trust and openness so that we could give genuine support to each other throughout the 6 months leading up to,during and after exam time.

It was support in itself just to have social outlet to meet in the group in the Brú Youth Service every week. We had a shaky start in terms of listening to each other and competing for leadership but we did settle quick enough and over time we really  bonded. The activities we organised and  engaged in included yoga, mindfulness, cooking, clay modellling, hiking and lots of challenging sports in the Adventure Centre. Each person in the group gained a lot from the wide range of activities and all agreed that getting away from the area and into the great outdoors was the biggest chill out we could have. The Core Group developed skills in planning and  organising and we all developed good communication skills and have increased self awarenss about mental health.

The bonding took place most when we went on our  two residentials – a few days in the beautiful countryside of County Wicklow and later in Killary Adventure Centre in County Mayo. We  celebrated the successful completion of the exams in Killary and worked on producing a leaflet to share what we learnt –‘ A Guide to Manage Stress – for young people by young people.’

All of us agree that the Mind Your Head group worked brilliantly for us in helping us to keep up a healthy lifestyle throughout a very stressful time in our lives. We appreciate having had the opportunity to do such a great project and are grateful for the funding from Leargas -€ 5585  and for help of the youth workers in the Brú Youth Service.

We felt it was important to pass something on to other young people to help them cope with the the stress of exams and are very happy with our leaflet which we have distributed to young people in The Brú and is on the website. The Core Group will present our project to a wide audience of people in the community at the Brú Youth Service annual event Celebrating Young People’s Achievements in May 2015.

Mind Your Head - Doc 1

Mind Your Head - Doc 2

 

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Services

image Brú Youth Service is run by a local Board of Management who engage a Project Leader and team of youth workers and volunteers to provide the following services:
  • Brú Youth Service
  • Brú Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP)

These services are provided through the following structures: Special Interest Groups, Support to Individuals, Midterm/ Easter/ Summer Programmes, Work with Schools, Training Courses, Youth Forum.

    • Brú Youth Club – run by volunteer youth leaders and supported by the youth work team

Staffing

  • Project leader of Brú Youth Service/ Line Manager Brú GYDP
  • 3 Youth Workers
  • 2 Youth Justice Workers
  • Administrator
  • Porter

 

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Programmes, Activities & Events

We provide a wide range of activities and programmes to meet the developmental needs of young people.   The programmes are designed to meet the needs of each specific group of young people.

Our way of working is guided by the principle of youth participation – the young people themselves are involved in the decision making, planning, carrying out and evaluation of programmes and events. Depending on age, needs and capacity, some groups, such as the youth forum, Brú Le Chéile, are youth - led and supported by youth workers.

Programmes, Activities and Events include:

  • Gaisce, the President's Award
  • Training: FETAC Level 5, First Aid
  • Training: Committee Procedures and Skills
  • Junior Leadership Training
  • Equality Programme
  • Outdoor Education
  • Art
  • Drama – acting,  improvisation, script writing
  • Photography
  • Film – Making
  • Fashion and Self Image
  • Guitar
  • Cooking  Around The World
  • Copping on – National Crime Awareness Initiative
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Sexual Health Education
  • Story Telling
  • Dj Techniques
  • Career Guidance: CV Preparation, Interview Skills, College Applications
  • Study Skills &  Stress Management
  • Woodwork

 

Events:

  • Comhairle le nOg
  • The young people host and present an annual event Celebrating Young People's Achievements where they showcase their youth work experiences to an invited audience of family, friends, school and other agency personnel and local politicians.

 

  • Art and Photography Exhibitions in the Brú Gallery.
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Calendar of Events

 
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Contact Form

Please get in touch using the form below.

Mailing Address

Bru Youth Service Ltd.
St. Agnes Rd.,
Crumlin,
Dublin 12,
Email: info@bruyouthservice.ie
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