As teens can’t get out, the KDYS has launched a new ‘Online Club’ to provide an outlet for young people across Kerry.

It’s open to all secondary school aged young people via the KDYS Facebook page, but anyone can join in!
“We are hoping that we can provide another option for young people to connect, have fun and support each other in this extraordinary time,” CEO Tim O’Donoghue said.

“Parents too could look in and maybe get some ideas and helpful tips in coping with long days locked down.”

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ireland, the KDYS has been constantly trying to ensure that all young people in Kerry are receiving the support that they need, in these testing times. Already, KDYS youth workers, across their suite of services have, in conjunction with young people, come up with new ways of engaging with young people and the wider community.

There is a KDYS affiliated youth club in most communities throughout the Diocese. However, as these are no longer operating due to the HSE guidelines connected to the crisis, the KDYS and its volunteers highlighted a gap in provision for its 1,400 youth club members. The ‘Online Club’ is posted every Friday, primarily on the KDYS county-wide Snapchat group, but is also shared on all KDYS social media platforms.

KDYS youth worker, Michelle O’Neill said that this program was created to provide young people and their families with a positive activity programme that they could take part in from the comfort and safety of their own home.

“KDYS Online Club provides members with a new program each Friday publicised through all KDYS social media platforms. The weekly program includes fun and active games, simple and healthy recipes, art and craft ideas and much more.”

She added that the response so far has been overwhelming with requests being made by school teachers for them to make it accessible to their own students.

The KDYS is operating remotely and full support services are still being provided. For contact details, please search KDYS on all social media platforms or see www.kdys.ie.