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Social Inclusion and Community Programs
Galway City partnership
“The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is co-funded by the Irish Government, through the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the European Social Fund Plus under the Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) Programme 2021 -2027.”
“Tá an Clár um Chuimsiú Sóisialta agus Gníomhachtú Pobail (SICAP) cómhaoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann, tríd an Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail, agus Ciste Sóisialta na hEorpa Plus faoin gClár Fostaíochta, Cuimsiú, Scileanna agus Oiliúna (EIST) 2021 -2027.”

Galway City Youth Advocacy Service


THE GALWAY CITY YOUTH ADVOCACY SERVICE (YAS) is a community based service whose goal is to provide career path planning and support to young people between the ages of 16-21 years old who are:

  • At risk of leaving school or
  • Who have already fallen out of mainstream education with little or no qualifications.

What We Do:
Following a client referral, the Advocacy Service works with a young person in a number of ways.

  • A one-to-one meeting is arranged with the person where previous education, training or work experience is discussed.
  • All realistic options open to the client are explored along with stumbling blocks or issues which prevents the client from reengaging with education or progressing onwards.
  • The client’s strengths are acknowledged with the aim of providing a positive future direction.
  • A tailored made career path plan is then put in place along with clear and attainable short term goals, with a view to motivating and progressing the young person to further education, training or employment.
  • Galway City Youth Advocacy Service also offers a range of psychometric assessments covering areas such as basic skills, motivation, personality and career interests which, where deemed appropriate, may be used to assist the client’s decision making.

You can also refer to GRETB (Galway Roscommon Education Training Board) website on or to the Galway YAS Information Leaflet at

  • The Youth Advocacy Service currently employs three permanent advocacy workers: one full-time (John O’Donnell) and two part-time (‘job-share’) staff (Mike Haines and Ger McNamara).
John O’Donnelljohn@gcp.ie086-8537533
Mike Hainesmichael@gcp.ie086-0461378
Ger McNamarager@gcp.ie086-8537534

Progression options for Early School Leavers in Galway city.

Full time

  • Youthreach
  • Community Training Cerntre
  • DochasDon Oige
  • National Learning Network


  • BTEI


Day and Evening Courses

Suggestions for strengthening C.V

  • Youth project participation
  • Volunteering
  • Gaisce
  • Work experience
  • Sports clubs

How To Contact Us:

See the Staff Contact Page for Advocacy Contact Details

This week is Anti-bullying week:

Chris Sherlock from Galway was physically bullied in first year in secondary school, to such an extent that he left school completely and even contemplated suicide. Now he’s in a much better place and works with radio station Flirt FM as a presenter. He is one of the contributors to the book ‘Mental Health for Millennials’
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