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Bridge Project

What is the Bridge Project?

The Bridge Project  is a community based and supported Youth Diversion Project which provides  a range of educational and recreational activities for young people between the ages of 12 – 17 in the Leixlip Garda District (Leixlip, Celbridge, Maynooth and Kilcock).  A steering committee made up of representatives from the community, An Garda Síochána and Kildare Youth Services advise the project.


The Work of the Project Includes

Direct Work— working directly with young people and their parents individually and/or in small groups to explore alternatives

Issue awareness programmes—provided to groups of young people on issues such as personal development, life-skills, drug and alcohol awareness and the impact of crime and anti-social behavior on themselves and their communities

Networking with agencies in the area— such as schools, Gardaí, Residents Associations, Community Groups etc

Family Support— support and information is provided to the parents and families of young people involved in the project

The Bridge Project offers opportunities to young people for education, employment training, sport, art, music and lots more...


The project is managed and operated by Kildare Youth Services. and funded by the Department of Justice and Equality.



Garda Youth Diversion Projects are part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

What does The Bridge 
Project aim to do?

The aim of the Bridge Project is to SUPPORT and ENABLE young people who are:

¨ at risk of being involved in crime or  anti-social behavior in their local communities.

¨ already involved in crime or anti-social behavior

And GUIDE them to become involved in positive developmental activities in their own communities

The Project fulfills these AIMS by:

  • Identifying young people at risk
  • Developing intervention programmes to meet their needs
  • Actively supporting community based activities, which involve young people in worthwhile activities and programmes
  • Liaising closely with parents, schools, community organisations and other agencies in the area
  • Strengthening Garda/Community Relations 

 To find out more contact us:

Newtown House, Leixlip Youth and Community Centre, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

Ph: 01-6275100/083-1744400