Step UP Youth Diversion Project ( YDP )

The Step UP Project is a Youth Diversion Project that works with young people aged 8 -17 years old ( 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.

As part of the Youth Justice Strategy we now engage with young people from 8-11 years of age as part of our Early Intervention Programme

Step Up is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF+ co-funded Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training Operational Programme 2021-2027.

Who We are

We are the Step Up project which is a team made up of three youth justice workers, Phil Moll, David Doyle, Serge Mathias , a family support worker Sarah O’Toole and the Project leader Mary Carroll. The project is overseen by a steering committee made up of local representatives, members of An Garda Siochana, School Completion and Cabra for Youth.

What We Do

The youth workers work with young people individually and in groups. Recent programmes and activities include;

  • Sports and Fitness
  • Mental health awareness and support
  • Creative arts (Music and Street Art)
  • Health and Nutrition (Cooking, Baking)
  • CV and Job support
  • Young Womens Programme
  • Tag Programme (Teenagers and Gardai)
  • Recreational and Social Activities
  • STEAM Programme ( 3D Printer , Laser Engraver )





During 2021 we have shifted our focus to building the Céad míle fáilte with the young people in our service. The young people want to build a welcoming space that they have pride themselves on showing the older and even young generations, With sustainability on young people’s mind, we have decided to use shipping pallets to design-build and showcase the young people’s commitment to their community. 




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

In 2021 we are awarded funding for the development of a STEAM Programme. This programme offers young people the opportunity to engage in a new interest-based activity. Young people develop new skills like problem-solving, creativity, aspiration resilience, communication.

Young people have plan and build on the 3D Printer and learn how to laser engrave on materials. 





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

Phil Moll

Youth Justice Worker

Serge Mathias

Youth Justice Worker

David Doyle

Youth Justice Worker

Sarah O'Toole

Family Support Worker
  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

    T.A.G Programme

  • 2016

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  • 2010