About Dóchas don Óige
Dóchas don Óige is a provider of services for young people in the Galway city area. The primary concern of Dóchas don Óige is to provide a second chance. This is a key concept, not only does the centre offer an alternative means of pursuing education for young people, it also guides and counsels young people and their families. The centre receives funding from The Probation Service, the Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB), the European Social Fund (ESF) as well as the European Union.
In conjunction with these organisations, Dóchas don Óige seeks to provide opportunity to the young people in attendance at the centre. Overall, the focus is on helping young people achieve second level qualifications. All of this is conducted in an environment that encourages involvement and openness. The trainees at the centre take parts in extra curricular activities outside of their academic pursuits, such as field trips, bodyboarding and canoeing.
Dóchas don Óige works alongside similar services in the area. Youthreach in Ballinasloe works as a sister service to the Galway centre.
Outside of the centre’s work with young people, Dóchas don Óige provides a ‘Strengthening Families’ program that caters for the needs of families and encourages the creation of a strong family unit through communication and the involvement of the Strengthening Families coordinator.
Dóchas don Óige is a registered charity and acts in accordance with the Children First Guidelines.