YAPS Youth Action Project Sligo

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Address:
Rockwood Parade,, Sligo
General Details
Contact position: Coordinator
Service / Organisation: Youth Action Project Sligo (YAPS)
071 9144152
Description of main activities / services for children and families:

Youth Action Project Sligo (YAPS) is a Garda Youth Diversion project. It works with 12 to 18 year olds in the Sligo/North Leitrim area who are involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour, or who are at risk of becoming involved in this behaviour.

Description:

Youth Action Project Sligo (YAPS) is a Garda Youth Diversion project.  It works with 12 to 18 year olds in the Sligo/North Leitrim area who are involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour, or who are at risk of becoming involved in this behaviour.

Aims of YAPS:

  • Identify young people at risk and plan and deliver intervention programmes.
  • Direct young people away from conflict with authorities e.g. Gardai, courts, residents and community groups.
  • Provide a safe place for young people to discuss issues important to them.
  • Develop Gardai and community relationships.
  • Provide support to those young people in need of emotional and developmental support.

Objectives of YAPS:

  • To identify and work directly with the young people at risk of being in trouble with the law.
  • To provide young people with skills and alternative ways to spend their time.
  • To foster positive relationships between young people, local authorities, community groups and those in authority.
Service Areas
Service Areas:
  • Sligo town and environs
  • Sligo - north
  • Sligo - south, east and west
  • Leitrim - north

Referrals are taken in Leitrim on a case by case basis.

Where service is provided
Where service is provided:
  • Service provided at above address
  • Service provided at various locations throughout the area covered
  • Service provided in person's own home
Cost of service to user
Cost of service to user:
  • Free
How to access the service
How to access the service (referral pathways) :
  • Parents / guardians can refer
  • Through GP
  • Through schools
  • Through Tusla Child and Family Social Workers
  • Through other Tusla services (e.g. Education Welfare Service)
  • Through HSE services
  • Through other statutory services
  • Through other community / voluntary service
Notes on referrals to the service:

Referrals can be made by the Garda Juvenile Liaison Officer (J.L.O), Community Gardai, HSE, Home Youth Liaison Service, Young Persons Probation Service or through contacting the service directly. Referral Form is available from the service.

Parental permission needed
Do young people need parental permission to use your service? :
  • Under-18s need parental permission
  • Under-16s need parental permission
Age-range catered for
Age-range catered for:
  • Post-primary school age (13-18 years approx.)

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