The Link Youth Service


Building a Positive Future

The Link is a high support Youth Justice Programme working with young people who are at risk of (re) offending.   An individualised programme takes into account the presenting needs and interests of the young person.  The Link is underpinned in developing core competency skills set with young people and restorative values and practice.

The Link 14 -18 years old Programme

Promoting Responsibility and Engagement, Inspiring Change, Improve Education, Training and Employment Opportunities.

Several interventions have been designed in an effort to meet the needs of the young people attending the Link, to encourage young people to make healthy life choices and encourage good decision-making skills. This, in turn, aims to encourage an examination of personal attitudes to crime and anti-social behaviour by the young people with the support of their family and project staff. 

The Link 14-18 Programme provides Personal Development, and Life-skill programmes, in conjunction with educational (QQI level 3) and skills-based activities including Literacy/Numeracy, Visual and 3D Arts, Woodwork, Horticulture, Health and Fitness, Career Preparation, Community Engagement ProgrammesSummer, Sports and Recreation Programme. The programme for 14-18-year-olds is strengthened by a high level of 1:1 support and strategic engagement with relevant agencies supporting further opportunities for training and employment.  This service runs Monday to Friday.

The Link Transition Programme

This programme supports young adults 18-25 years of age to transition productively to adulthood, reducing their (re) offending and developing strong foundations to progress to successful lives. Each young person is allocated a dedicated key-worker to provide support and a holistic wrap-around service.  The programme facilitates the young adults to engage in education and skill development training. Taking where the young adult is at in their life a programme is tailor-made based on needs and interests. QQI Level 3 major award and Level 4 (Target), Life skills & Personal Development, Skills development programme including Horticulture, Woodwork, Furniture Restoration, and Arts-based activities and sports and recreation activities are offered.   In addition, participants are supported to avail of additional certified training including safe-pass, manual handling, abrasive wheels, and working from height, trade taster programmes and preparation for apprenticeships. These

The Link Family Support Programme

The Link aims to engage young people and to motivate and inspire involvement, as well as to enhance the young peoples’ well-being and participation in Programme. The contribution and support of parents and the family is central during the young persons’ engagement with our services. It is our experience that better outcomes are realised when parents and families are involved in their child’s placement.

The purpose of Family Support is to work on the ground, increase parental involvement and help to facilitate a supportive home environment and engagement in the Links programmes.  Working with the family offers the opportunity of supporting the parent, strengthening communication and understanding, developing parenting skills and identifying needs. 

Building a positive relationship with the parents from the beginning through family meetings, home visits and phone calls, The Link aims to establish a positive foundation for successful cooperation to support the young person’s development.

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Outdoor Adventure and Recreational Activities

It is important to have fun too and laugh!!.  We love Outdoor Adventure, Cultural trips, Community Arts programmes and just getting out and about.  Creating fun opportunities is as important as all the other work we do with young people.

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Courthouse Square, Tallaght Village Tallaght D24 XR274


M-F: 9 am – 5 pm
S-S: Closed

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