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Newbridge Youth Project

Who are we?

Newbridge Youth Project is a community-based project that provides a variety of learning and development opportunities and services for young people in Newbridge and surrounding areas. We provide for and with young people, their families and communities to be responsive to their changing needs. 

Who do we work with?

  • We work with Young People aged from 11-19 years old and support young people up to the age of 25 years old.
  • We use a Youth Work approach working with young people using recreational and educational programmes in a group setting. 
  • The project offers young people the opportunity to engage in: youth group work focusing on various issues that affect young people's lives. Through activities such as art, music, drama, games and other group work, young people build relationships both with youth workers and their peers.
Our aim:

  • To to provide a Space for young people to identify and address issues affecting their lives in a positive way through group work
  • Through art and Crafts
  • Informal Chats 
  • One to one conversations
  • cup a tea and listening ear


What happens at the project?

We have  variety of different aged groups in our project with activities happening for young people to get involved in.  Activities are based around our groups of young people.

There is a strong importance placed on the building of professional and trusting relationships between the youth worker and young person in an informal and structured manner.

Informal interaction allows the project to develop programmes or issue based discussions from this. These programmes are led by the young people based on what they perceive  as beneficial for them to learn in order to progress in life and develop holistically.

What do we do?                                                 

We run programmes such as: 

  • Mental Health
  • Drugs and alcohol 
  • Sexual health awareness                                                                         
  • Mental health awareness
  • Relationships 
  • Health and well being
  • Cooking programmes                                                                
  • Teambuilding programmes
  • Art programmes
  • Junior and Adult leadership programme 
  • Stepping stones programme (transition from 6th class to Post Primary School)

We also provide one to one support for various issues coming up for young people involved in the project. 


We support young people to build their capacity in order to reach their full potential through working on informal educational programmes.  These programmes provide challenges which can give them valuable life experience in a safe supportive and fun environment.

These programs can address or explore aspects of their lives and the society they live in. This is done through youth work, planned programmes and activities 


Testimonials from young people

                     "A safe place for young people to go"                      "Supports for job and school"

"Helps young people get involved in activities"      "Sense of community"         

               " Have the bants"                "Positive environment"              "Gives young people a chance" 

"Place to hangout"         "Discovered Comhairle"                "Creates friends and supports"         

Group's Profile

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a programme that supports 6th class young people with the transition from Primary to Secondary school. This programme ensures young people seek support with issues that they are facing on an going basis. This group enters the project on a  week long summer camp that focuses on bullying, cyber bullying, peer pressure , Positive friendships and relationships etc. They will then hae their own group established to attend the project throughout their school years

1st year group      

This is our 12 & 13 year old mixed group. This group is continued to be supported through the transition from Primary to Secondary school. To enhance their social and personal development. To participate in fun and educational activities such as art and crafts, cooking programmes, internet and cyber bullying programmes etc

3rd Year Group

They are a mixed group that have been in the project for 4 years. This group plan their own programmes from beginning to end with the support of Youth Workers. Topics may include Team building, mental health and wellness, personal and social development, art and crafts etc.

5th year group

This is a mixed group aged 15/16year olds. They participate in programmes such as team building, Junior leadership programme which builds on self-esteem and confidence, communication and leadership and also the importance of team work. These skills that can be carried though out there adult lives.

 6th year group

 This mixed group are our oldest group in leaving Cert. They come to the project to gain support around their leaving certificate and reduce any excess stress they may be experiencing. They also take part in issue based programme they maybe interested in such as Mental health and well being, Sexual health, College and Career options etc.   

Comhairle na NÓg

This is a mixed group of young people between the ages of 13-18. They meet to discuss local issues that affect them and try to come up with ways to deal with them at local level.

All groups are delivered in a professional manner by qualified Youth Workers and Volunteers

If you want to find out what more we do or maybe you want to get involved with us. 

Contact us @

Patricia Brien

Team Leader 

Newbridge/ Curragh Youth Projects

Telephone: 045 435672

Mobile: 083 175 7653

Cathy Power

Youth Worker

Mobile: 087 1210054

Telephone: 045 435672

Mars Blake,
Jul 18, 2014, 7:33 AM