The Step UP Project is a Garda Youth Diversion Project that works with young people aged 12-17 ( Over 18’s we are still here to support you so don’t worry ) from Cabra and surrounding areas. The aim of the GYDP is to divert people living in these areas away from crime/anti-social behaviour and support wider preventative work within the community and with families at risk.
Step Up is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020, Step Up is co-funded by the Government of Ireland, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.”
We are the Step Up project which is a team made up of three youth justice workers, Phil Moll, Sinead Carolan, David Doyle , a family support worker Sarah O’Toole and the Project leader Maria Healy. The project is overseen by a steering committee made up of local representatives, members of An Garda Siochana, School Completion and Cabra for Youth.
The youth workers work with young people individually and in groups. Recent programmes and activities include;
Outdoor Pursuits offers young people to develop new skills like orienteering and map reading
Step Up offer a wide range of programmes that often build the resilience young people when dealing with daily issues and concerns
Young women’s programme offers young women in the community the opportunity to explore issues that often effect them
Step Up has a family support work who is available to any family in our catchment area
Our work has quickly adjusted in recent times to meet the needs, in supporting young people within the community. We have adapted to ensure we can targeted those most at need especially in these uncertain times of Covid-19