What we do

The programmes delivered in the MYDC have expanded according to the changing needs of the participants. Activities now include: Shapes (Supporting Home and Primary Education Strategies), Homework Club, Play (Play and Leisurely Activities), Early Bird Clubs, Transition Programme, Pass (programme to Assist with Setting into Secondary School), Teenage, Drama, Family Support Unit, Summer Link Project and a Parent and Toddler group.

Members of the eldest group take part in youth leadership workshops and act as junior leaders during various events within the programme and the community. 

Parent and child counselling is offered through the centre.   

The aim of the MYDC is to support children/young people and their parents to promote school retention and to build their confidence and capacity to grow as individuals and as part of their community through a wide range of interventions at the centre. 


Where it all started:

In 1997 a group of interested partys joined together to discuss the need for a youth development facility for the town of mountmellick. Knitting together the areas of interest from the combined group which included; MDA, Midland Health Board(HSE), VEC, schools and parents, the concept ot the MYDC was formed and developed. The aim of the centre was to provide a facility where the youth in the area could take part in programmes which would work with them on personal and creative levels thus helping them become more successful and active in their community. It was hoped that the centre would provide for local partnership arrangements and the development and co-ordination of learning opportunities in a range of settings to enhance the educational, social and personal development needs of the children and young people.

Following a successful bid for funding, the MYDC opened its doors in 1997 and was located in the grounds of the vocational school. During its first year the centre catered for 24 young people involved in the programmes. A steering  committee was formed. The Midland Heath Board(HSE) provided a half time Community Child Care worker to staff the Centre and flexible needs-based programmes were developed and run in the centre. Activities included; cookery, games, arts and crafts, music, drama and involvement in community events. This range of programmes provided a mix of education, recreation and personal development elements on an integrated basis.

During this time a Homework Club was running in the local primary schools by a group of parents. This was adapted by the MYDC and taken under its umbrella.

Where is it today:

Today the centre is located in two rented rooms of the Mountmellick Community Sports Complex with an activity room and a fully equipment kitchen. The centre also has use of the gymnasium, outdoor courts and playing the fields when the secondary school is not using them.

The aim of the centre remains the same today as it did in 1997 and that is to create a safe and secure environment where the participants can grow, learn and experience life in the community so as the can achieve individual success. It also aims to provide children and young people with the opportunities to maximize their potential for self-realization and self-fulfillment.

We hold as our Mission

“To facilitate through quality youth services, the holistic development of young people receiving our services.”

Support to Parents and Volunteers
Primary School
Counselling for Children
Secondary School / Teenage Years

The Mountmellick Youth Development Centre aims to add value to the work of families and individual agencies by:

• Engaging with children and young people by providing preventative educational programmes.

• Engaging with parents to maximise their capacity to support their children.

• Working in partnership with schools to ensure timely referral of children requiring services

• Liaising with other services to maximise resources and minimise duplication of services.

• Utilising volunteer resources to support the work of the centre and to add a community dimension to its work.

Huge thank you to all our Partners and Funders:

M.D.A. Board
M.Y.D.C. Steering Committee
Laois Partnership Company
Principal and staff of; St. Joseph’s N.S. Scoil Phadraig Naofa and St. Paul’s N.S.
Office of the Minister for Children
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Department of Social Protection,
Laois V.E.C.
St. Vincent de Paul
Parents and young people
An Garda Siochana

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