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Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service

The overall aim of Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service is to assist the positive personal, social, spiritual and educational development of young people, in particular those who are experiencing disadvantage and social exclusion; to enable them to exercise greater control over their lives by empowering them to make active choices and decisions, to exercise responsibility and to contribute to the development of their community, environment and society.

We offer a wide range of special services from youth information centres, residential activity centres, various premises and relevant equipment. WSTCYS has many projects operating including, Early Schools Leavers and The Garda Youth Diversion Project etc. There are many youth clubs and groups organised, covering training, technical support, regional programmes and codes of practise.


  • To research and identify the needs and issues affecting young people.
  • To promote and initiate creative volunteer driven community based responses to the needs and issues identified.
  • To co-ordinate, support and develop an integrated youth service encompassing youth work, special projects and special services.
  • To provide education and training to equip those involved in service delivery with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully engage and work with young people.
  • To support the progress of youth work through the provision of facilities and resources.
  • To promote the importance of youth work at a local, regional and national level.  

Mission Statement

  • Waterford  and South Tipperary Community Youth Service exists to cater for the needs of young people, and particularly those experiencing marginalisation, disadvantage and social exclusion.   
  • Waterford  and South Tipperary Community Youth Service aims to enable young people to become free and active human beings who take responsibility for their lives and who participate fully in the development of their community, environment and society.  
  • Waterford  and South Tipperary Community Youth Service, through its engagement with young people, seeks to empower them to recognise inequalities in society and to work together to effect change.

Core Values 

developmental :: inclusive :: empowerment :: flexibility ::  freedom of choice :: respect :: supportive ::  egalitarian :: volunteer driven :: participatory :: politically aware :: non-denominational :: anti-racist :: anti-sexist :: fun :: non-judgmental :: understanding :: open :: safe :: responsive :: creative :: trustworthy :: tolerance :: helpful/friendly :: teamwork :: belief in people’s potential :: honesty :: teamwork :: equality      

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