December 2023

In Sync eBulletin

Welcome to the Christmas 2023 edition of our In Sync eBulletin. 
We hope you all have a really restful and Happy Christmas, surrounded by those who are important to you.


As the year comes to an end Leixlip Youth Project reflects on the wonderful year we had, while celebrating the young people and getting into the festive spirit. In September we welcomed a new group of young people into the project the ‘Homework Club’. The young people are in 6th class and they love having the space every Thursday to do their homework, work on projects and have something to eat.

The team in LYP engaged in lots of training this year, upskilling and learning new skills. One of which stood out to us and is massively benefiting our young people was the podcast training. The young people have really enjoyed getting to know how to use the equipment and growing in their confidence. A couple of groups have been busy planning their individual group podcast they hope to work on in the new year, so watch this space 😀

The Young people have chosen a variety of ways to get into the Christmas spirit, with lots of Christmas arts and crafts, decorating the trees in both centres, playing Christmas music and having Crimbo bingo sessions.

LYP like all projects in our organisation is inclusive…this inclusivity includes our furry friends…meet Teddy and Poppy 🙂 our Project mascots !!

To end the year the young people will be watching Christmas Movies, playing board games and getting takeaways. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all in Leixlip Youth Project. Any queries in regards to Leixlip Youth Project please contact: 

Team Leader: Mars Blake 083 1755953 

Youth Worker: Zoe Mooney 0871247576 




Eurodesk Ireland Local Information Points from Crosscare, Youth 

Work Ireland and YMCA Cork had a fantastic time at their very first visit to the 🎊National Ploughing Championships. In Sync Youth, Information attended on the last day of the Ploughing and were lucky to have enjoyed the good weather

😀We were so happy to meet so many wonderful people who were interested in knowing more about the many European programmes and the opportunities to volunteer work and study in the EU

📣What are you waiting for why not check them out here

A big thank you to the European Commission for allowing us to join them and hope we can make our visit to the ploughing an annual one.


Quality Practice and Innovation in the Delivery of Youth Information

Infonomics brought the entire Irish Youth Information sector together to present its knowledge and experience of responding to contemporary issues that affect all of us who work with young people and communities.  Read more here 

Irish ERYICA Quality Label Awards

The quality label is a tool to help us all be assured of the quality of our youth information services but also it assures young people that the information they receive is accurate, independent, factual and reliable. 

The event in October was a major highlight for the Youth Information Partnership in Ireland which consists of Youth Work Ireland, Spunout, Crosscare and YMCA. In Sync Youth Information Service plan to apply for the quality label in 2024. 

The Connecting You App was launched at the conference. 
You can collect stickers and posters from the Youth Information Service


2022 YI chat impact report
Read MORE here:

📣Eurodesk“Time to Move”Workshop Activity on Active Citizenship

The Youth Information Service were in Naas Youthreach to Celebrate Eurodesk “Time To Move” Annual Campaign.

Students took part in our Active Citizenship workshop activity. Where we created a Mock European Election and polling station.

📌With the aim of encouraging young people to register to vote and use their vote in the next European Election which will take place in 2024.


Ger & Jennifer


What a quick and busy year 2023 that has been!

The CAN YDP has set up a new driver theory group which gives them the opportunity to sit mock exams as if they would on the day of their real exam. We have broken down all the different categories for them to get a better understanding of the Theory test. Some of our young people will soon be ready to take their test in the new year.

The joint piece of work between the Youth Project and the CAN YDP group is going great, they are really settling into the project. The group have worked on the new art piece which will be unveiled in January 2024 they really enjoyed working with a local artist to create this masterpiece. They also have worked on team building and have enjoyed taking part in competitive games.


Kildare town group have just finished a 5 week programme around swimming and eating healthy and look forward to starting their driver theory programme in 2024 they celebrated with food and getting to learn the DJ decks.

Two new groups have recently started in The CAN YDP they have enjoyed getting to know each other and the leaders and have been  building positive relationships between all involved. They have liked doing team building activities and the odd debate to get them talking. 

The lads group did a 6 week programme with two students from college where they looked at vaping, the negatives, and what they could be spending their money on instead of vapes.

Nicky and Stanley rocked the Comhairle AGM with their hype skills and DJ skills, they had everyone up dancing by playing some old and new tunes.

Once again thanks to all the young people who attended the project in 2023 you all did amazing work and are a great group of young people. We look forward to seeing you all in 2024. Happy Christmas to all and a Happy New Year.

Last but not least, we at The CAN YDP would like to welcome our new member of staff Daynah Kinsella. In the short time Daynah has been with us we can see her already building amazing relationships with the young people, staff in the project and the wider youth work team. We wish Daynah the best of luck in her new role and we hope she enjoys working as part of the CAN YDP team.


The NCFP team has had a bustling time organising various community events in recent months. Alongside our Baby Massage programme it was lovely to be in the position to work with parents in the local community in 2023. In the past, NCFP had a very vibrant community programme but when the funding cuts happened we lost a very valuable part of the service.  

Pockets of funding being made available and working collaboratively with other services has seen a reinvestment by NCFP in this work and we would love to create more opportunities in 2024 to reconnect with our community.  

On Wednesday, October 11th, NCFP played host to the ‘I am Baba’ on behalf of CYPSC at the Canal Stores. The event garnered immense success, boasting full attendance and generated a waiting list. Mothers and babies relished an enchanting experience filled with songs, lights, and textures, creating a magical adventure tailored for infants aged 0-12 months.

The Dads Fest, held on Saturday, October 21st, at Newbridge Town Hall, marked another triumph. A number of agencies came together to plan this event and  funding was provided by Tusla under the Parental Participation seed funding.The primary objective of this event was to honour fathers by bringing them together with their children, fostering enjoyable activities, and providing a platform for Dads to connect with one another. Additionally, the occasion aimed to acquaint Dads with the available services in Co Kildare while offering them an opportunity to express their views on desired services. The Kildare Engaging Dads Working Group, operating under the Parenting Forum, extended invitations to fathers from all corners of County Kildare to partake in this celebration.

The day featured a diverse range of activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, balloon art, and indoor sports. Workshops were conducted throughout the day covering areas such as the Early Years Baby and Toddler Workshop for ages 0-4.  Additionally a variety of workshops, including wood craft  were conducted by the Men's Shed throughout the event.

50 Dads attended with their children and there is great feedback from Dad’s to inform what Kildare Dads would like in 2024.

We have said goodbye to two very precious colleagues in recent months. Joanne Julian who worked for In Sync for over 15 years has moved on to Tusla to head up the Marte Meo Programme nationwide. Laura Kearney who worked for In Sync for 14 years has left to take up a Coordinating role in Infant Mental Health in Ballymun.Together, Joanne and Laura gave In Sync 29 years of loyal commitment and dedication. We miss them both but we are so happy to know that they have been able to move on to work in areas that they have great passion for. 

The good news is that Fiona Roche who has worked with NCFP for the past 1.5 years will continue to work in NCFP for 2024. The team were delighted to hear this news as they had already built connections and friendships with Fiona. Lyndsey Connolly will work in a dual role for NCFP, 2 days as a Music Therapist in West Wicklow in Blessington. Keith has been very welcoming to Lyndsey! Lyndsey will also work 2.5 days in Naas as a Project Worker. We welcome Lyndsey into her new roles and really look forward to working with her.

Happy Christmas to all our friends in In Sync. We hope you all take care of yourselves and get a well deserved break from the work. Let's hope that the world of 2023 will take a moment to reflect and reset!


What a year this has been, the project has made some very valuable links with corporate businesses in the area (McDonalds and Coco Cola). Through these links managed to secure funding to support a youth employability programme in the New Year in Naas. 

Coca Cola invited the project to take 52 young people to their Chrostmas Experience on Saturday 1st December.  We linked with Newbridge Direct Provision through the New bridge Youth Project and Junior Board to fill the spaces and everyone had a fantastic day, meeting some famous influencers including Adam Fogarty who appeared in the new Barbie Movie. Needless to say some of the group were over the moon meeting them. Let's hope this becomes a yearly event and we get to share the Christmas experience with a lot more young people. 

It's been a busy year but a very enjoyable and fulfilling one. We have managed to maintain engagement with most of our young people and support them and their families.

The year has seen more inter project work and outings, from the Soccer Tournament, The Bike run, the Coca cola experience showing how inventive the team are, let's hope 2024 will produce more opportunities like this. 

The Naas & Clane youth project will say a short farewell to Niamh Curran, as she takes some time out for personal reasons, we wish her all the best and are aware of how much of a loss she will be to the team and the young people. (Lets hope she doesn't like it too much!) 

The Ninja Turtles Group have been working on the effects of vaping and how this impacts both our health and our pockets. They have created 2 great posters, which we will get printed and offer to all projects to display, as we are aware of the increased use of vaping in young people.

The Naas Clane Team would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and Thank you all for your support throughout the year. Let's hope 2024 will bring you all the happiness you desire and maybe a lotto win for the Millionaires club in Naas Project.



Comhairle E-Bulletin Update December 2023

The curtain has finally come down on one of the busiest, exciting and impactful years for Kildare Comhairle na nÓg in recent times. 

Our 25-member strong County Panel hosted an immensely successful Youth Conference in the Westgrove Hotel back in October. 135 young people along with a string of decision makers witnessed the culmination of two years work on the topic of Gender Equality. With the “Asking For It…?” workshop, raising awareness and challenging attitudes around Rape Culture launched earlier in the year, a focus at this year’s Conference was to challenge guests to act out against it. A large version of the pledge which the group had developed was there to ask those signing it that if they Saw something, or Heard something, they would Say something. A subgroup of the County Panel hopes to continue delivery of the workshop to schools throughout 2024.

Another highlight of the day was the voting in of a new topic to work on and as a result Vaping and Young People emerged as the number one issue. Work has already began on this with so much more to do next year.

In other news involving the Kildare Comhairle group, Aisling spoke at the launch of the new CYPSC Strategic Plan whilst herself and Avery also presented an update of their work to a meeting of the LCDC. 

Local comhairlí across the county continue to work on a variety of local issues from Lexlip in the north to Athy in the south.

The December meeting for the county group was tinged with some sadness as many long-serving members said their goodbyes. Amazing friendships have been formed through their Comhairle journey which will last for many a year and the powerful work of this group has undoubtably left their mark on their peers. 

Aoibhe ends her three year stint, having served two of those as Kildare’s National Executive Representative and joins Kerrymay, Anna, Ben, Logan, Sean, Mel, Paul, Eleanor, Olivia, Kaydon, Gavin, Maya and Cillian in stepping down. New members with big boots to fill will take up their positions in the new year. 


It has been a busy few months in Athy. Our SCT group just wrapped up an awesome autumn programme diving into self-image. They explored the various factors shaping our self-perception and wrapped it up by sharing empowering ways we boost our own spirits. 

Over the past couple of months, our new first year group, Grey Titanium Camels, has concentrated on a path of growth and friendships, demonstrating excellent success in working together. 

Our second first year group LMC, concentrated on bullying as their programme .Putting their programme expertise to good use. They wrote, directed, and edited a short film titled, ‘Hey Bullies, No!’ It was a great learning experience for everyone and great fun!

BAS completed a six week cooking programme at the start of Autumn and are now in the midst of a drama workshop facilitated by Crooked House Theatre Company.


Newbridge and the Curragh have been all go the last few months for both our young people and our staff. We’ve had a creative bunch with different groups displaying their artistic talents throughout the project. Some are still a work in progress and others, in particular our 2nd year groups. The campaign mural is still under wraps for our big unveiling in the New Year. There’s been amazing work done so far and we look forward to showing off all the completed projects! 

We’ve had debates around the pool table, pizza cook offs, lots of team challenges, mask making and even a visit from our local credit union community worker to explain to our young people the pros of the credit union and answer all their queries regarding setting up accounts and what exactly is needed.


Some of our staff took part in ‘Run a Muck’ for some fun and it turned out to be a great day…March 2nd is the next one scheduled if anyone’s up for getting mucky! 

  Our group The Grim Wappers helped us get into the festive spirit decorating the project…The place looks fab as do they!

And a massive thanks to the Naas project who invited us along to the Coca Cola experience in the RDS. It was an amazing day and a great way to kick off December!

All our young people in the Curragh project were treated to a big ol’ Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, it was a fab evening. It got us all in the festive spirit and everyone left tired, happy and full to the brim.      

And finally to congratulate our lovely Caroline, Janette and Grace in Kildare on their Graduation! Amazing work, well done ladies! 

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you and yours
From us and ours at Newbridge & the Curragh youth project.  


The overwhelming theme that comes to mind when I reflect on the past year has been Change.  2023 has certainly been a year of change for all of us. Change is a concept that can often be met with fear. However, this year has taught me, more than ever before, that embracing change and moving forward is powerful. Not just in our work with families but as individuals also. 

In FAIM, we are constantly collaborating with families, identifying their strengths, and addressing the challenges they face. Our aim is always to assist them in making positive changes to help them to move forward. This is evident in the many varied pieces of work the FAIM team have been involved in this past year, Parents Plus Parenting groups, TLC Kidz group, Strength in Numbers group, Decider Skills work, NVR work, Infant Mental health and so so many more. This year, we have witnessed firsthand the benefits of this approach. It is truly incredible to witness the transformation that can occur when we  embrace change. 

As we celebrate the festive season, we should all take a moment to acknowledge the hard work and commitment we have demonstrated throughout the year. We are always very considerate of the deficits and areas that we can improve in but we can be very proud of what we have achieved also. Our collective efforts have undoubtedly made a difference in the lives of those whom we work with. 

May this Christmas season bring you joy, peace, and renewed hope.


Here we are coming to the end of what’s been another very busy year. Staff here in Halo have had over 120 referrals this year, about 10% up on last year. The complexities of cases have also increased with young people, along with substance misuse, presenting with various mental health issues. The Vaping phenomenon has also seen an increase of young people engaging in this practice. With all this going on, the notion of ‘self care’ comes to mind, regarding how young people, their parents and Halo staff mind themselves while managing stressful situations.

The World Health Organization defines self-care as: “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health worker.

According to this definition, self-care includes everything related to staying physically healthy, including hygiene, nutrition, and seeking medical care when needed. It’s all the steps an individual can take to manage stressors in his or her life and take care of his or her own health and well-being.

This, in my mind, relates to clients, parents and staff and how we manage the various challenges life throws at us. 

Here in Halo, staff have been encouraging young people, parents and ourselves to be mindful of how we manage our stressors. I guess the first thing to do is to recognise when we feel life becomes stressful. Identifying ,acknowledging and accepting is a good place to start. There are many ways to cope with stressful situations, however, for the purpose of this exercise I shall focus on how we offer the support in Halo. Recently we have been encouraging young people to capture their thoughts on canvases. These are simple mindful messages that we hope to bring inspiration to other people accessing the services of Halo. It’s simply taking a few moments to pause the thoughts in your mind, challenge negative thoughts and replace them with a positive one, or affirmation. 

We have also erected our annual Christmas tree on which people can leave a message or wish, again, to inspire others to do the same.

Overall, I would just like to remind people to take a few moments and give time to check in on their health and well-being and take a little time to slow down, take a breath and challenge any negative thoughts. 


The HALO team and the wider In Sync team would also like to
Congratulate Joan and Tommy on 40 years of marriage. Their love and commitment is a testament to what true partnership means. The friendship, companionship and fun they have is evident when you are with them. Their marriage is an inspiration as it shows true love, lasting love and real hope for the future for those wanting to get married. 

Wishing them another 40 years god willing. 


Vacancies, Appointments
and Departures

We congratulate all successful candidates and welcome those who are new to In Sync in their various capacities. For those who have moved on or will be moving on we thank them for their contribution to the organisation during their time with us and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. 

Ryan Higgins YIC
Sharon Byrne Receptionist finished CE Nov 20
Recruitment for CE is ongoing

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