Youthscape and the Irish Society for Autism

On Tuesday 15th October 2019 The Irish Society for Autism gave an autism awareness talk to our Youthscape staff in Donegal Youth Service. We are very appreciative of this training and their help in facilitating us in the support of young people with autism on our Youthscape project.

Donegal Youth Services’s Youthscape is a cross community and cross border programme which is young person centred. The programme focuses on 3 key areas; Personal Development, Good Relations and Citizenship.  Youthscape runs in Letterkenny and Ballybofey. This project supports young people and is aimed towards 14 -24 year olds who are not in full-time education, employment or training.

Youthscape is a young person centred course, designed around needs. The programme focuses on 3 key areas; Personal Development (help with managing anxiety, depression, one to one support), Good Relations and Citizenship (help with community involvement, social isolation)

As part of our programme we carry out a citizenship and social impact project. Our young people decided that for this cohort they would like to fundraise for the Irish Society of Autism.

On 12th December on a cold Ballybofey morning our young people sold Christmas decorations on behalf of the Irish Autistic Society. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the people and we raised an outstanding €738.00.

We would like to thank McElhinney’s store in Ballybofey for allowing us to sell the decorations outside their store. We would also like to thank participants and their family members who braved the cold to take part in this citizenship project for such a worthy cause.