DDLETB Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2024

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2024 – Apply Now!

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCEDIY.

You can now apply for the grant for you local youth club. See details below.

Download the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2024 Application Form here.

Download the LYCGS 2024 Information and Guidance Notes PDF here.

Completed application forms must be returned no later than Tuesday 30th April 2024 to:

Sean Wade
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB
1 Tuansgate
Belgard Square East,
Tallaght 24

Send your completed form to Seanwade@ddletb.ie

DDLETB Target Youth Employability Support Initiative 2024


DDLETB Target Youth Employability Support Initiative 2024

The aim of the Targeted Youth Employability Support Initiative (TYESI) is to engage and support the harder-to-reach young people aged 15 to 24 years who are not currently in employment, education, or training.

For further information contact or an application pack please contact seanwade@ddletb.ie

Eligibility Criteria

1. The initiative is open to youth organisations that support young people.

2. Applications may be made by individual/Joint applications.
Where there is a joint application, certain rules apply.

3. Strictly focus on the TYESI target group and/or ETB-designated priority target groups in a geographical area.

4.The approaches of mentoring and coaching must be incorporated into the service delivery.

5.TYESI must not lead to a displacement or duplication of existing publicly funded initiatives.

6. All Child Protection, Safeguarding, GDPR, legislation and appropriate insurance cover must be in place.

Applications must be received by the 21st March 2024.

Reach Fund 2024 DDLETB Website

Reach Fund

Margaret Tully Special Olympics Team DDLETB Loughlinstown Training Centre

Loughlinstown Student Chosen As Representative For Sergent Shriver Global Messenger. (SSGM)

We are delighted to share some fantastic news from Margaret Turley.  Margaret is currently working towards Spreadsheet Methods L4 and Challenging Discrimination L3 qualifications, and Personal Decision Making with the DDLETB Adult Education Service based in Loughlinstown Training Centre.

Margaret has been chosen as Sargent Shriver Global Messenger. This prestigious role is awarded to Special Olympics athlete leaders. These spokespeople for the movement lead the campaign for a more inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities. Through their participation and leadership at global, regional, and local events—both internal and external to the Special Olympics Movement—they challenge the mindsets of political leaders, policy makers, educators, employers, and society.

Read on to find out more about Margaret.

Hi my name is Margaret Turley. I am from Kilkenny but live in Dublin. I went to Trinity where I did the Certificate in Contemporary Living course and got student of the year. After that, I got a permanent part-time job at EY (Ernst Young). I play basketball for Sports Club 15 and have recently taken up skiing in Kiltiernan.

One of the highlights of 2023 for me was when I represented my country playing basketball at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin. We won gold beating Azerbaijan in the final. The atmosphere was amazing. I also got capped for Ireland in Basketball

I am very passionate about speaking up for peoples’ rights, especially for those with disabilities. I was invited by Special Olympics to speak in the Oireachtas on the International Day for People with Disabilities in 2020. I also participated in the advertisement for the DSS (Decision Support Service) which is on TV and radio. I have been part of the research, both as a participant and as a researcher with Inclusion Ireland, TU Dublin, Trinity and Special Olympics USA.

My most recent achievement for this year is to have been chosen as a representative for Ireland, Europe, and Eurasia as a Sergent Shriver Global Messenger. (SSGM). Sergent Shriver was married to Eunice Kennedy who founded the Special Olympics and their son Tim and daughter Maria continue their legacy. It has been 20 years since there was an Irish ambassador. It lasts for 4 years and includes trips to Washington and to the Special Olympic Winter and Summer World Games. There may be other trips abroad where I am invited to speak or be on a panel.

Congratulations to Margaret on this wonderful achievement!

Margaret Tully Special Olympics Team

Margaret Turley With Special Olympics Team Ireland



Today Is We Are DDLETB Day!

Today, 30th November, we are celebrating “We Are DDLETB Day!

Follow along on social media as we celebrate the MASSIVE and enthusiastic participation of our primary and secondary schools, are colleges and centres of further education.

DDLETB is a vibrant community of learners, educators and support staff.

Our community’s spirit will be shining brightly on social media platforms today as schools and centers join the celebration. The hashtag #WeareDDLETB and #Teamddletb will be used for members to share photos, stories, messages and videos. The online buzz is not only for our immediate community but also to extend our reach to a wider audience and let people know We Are DDLETB.

DDLETB Social Media Buzz

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We are using the hashtags: #We Are DDLETB #Teamddletb 

DDLETB Creative Events

During the day, we are delighted to share fantastic highlights. We’re looking forward to an inspiring day dedicated to celebrating our community, acknowledging the collective efforts of our team, and showcasing the incredible diversity within our many schools, centres, colleges, and facilities. 

 A special commendation goes to the schools that organised learner competitions, staff coffee mornings, and wear green events—the latter being a great nod to our favourite colour. These initiatives not only added a fun and engaging element to the celebration but also highlighted the unique character of each school and centre within our organisation. 

Our commitment to community engagement is evident as schools and centres share valuable information about DDLETB, its mission, and the significance of being part of our community. This outreach to students, parents, and the wider community served to strengthen the bonds that unite us. 

Gratitude to our DDLETB Communications, Digital and Social Media Team

A heartfelt thank you goes to our DDLETB Communications, Digital and Social Media Team for their creative efforts in organising this event. A very special appreciation for the Digital and Social Media leads in our schools and centres.  Your dedication and commitment were instrumental in bringing this event to life and your contributions are a testament to the collaborative spirit we value here at DDLETB.  

Thank you all for making this event fun and successful.   

We will continue to foster connections, celebrate achievements and build a community that thrives on collaboration, respect, equality, support, excellence and professionalism. 

Check out our social media @ddletb for all the updates. 

Josepha Madigan Minister of State Dept of Education at Balllydowd

New Developments at Ballydowd Special Care Unit  

Staff With Minister Josepha Madigan At Ballydowd Special School DDLETB

Staff of Ballydowd School with Nichola Spokes, Director of Schools and Minister Josepha Madigan

On Tuesday the 11th of July, Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) and Tusla – Child and Family Agency jointly unveiled a Home Economics classroom and a Barista training room at the Ballydowd Special Care Unit and school in South Dublin. The event was marked by the visit of Josepha Madigan, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion. Minister Madigan unveiled the new home economics class and Barista room as part of a range of new developments in the Ballydowd school. 

Based on the Ballydowd campus, the Ballydowd school provides a well-resourced, welcoming, and comfortable learning environment. The education team employs individualised planning to reflect each students’ abilities, and students are motivated and encouraged to engage or re-engage with their education in an inclusive and caring environment, as noted in a recent Department of Education Inspection of the school. 

Minister Madigan said, “I am delighted to officially open the new home economics class and barista training room in Ballydowd Special Care School. I am hugely impressed by the students and their work. The student-centred approach and excellent teaching and learning provided by dedicated staff is certainly evident in their achievements. It is very important that we support the engagement of all young people in education with high quality programmes delivered in a positive and inclusive environment, providing them with a pathway for their future.” 

 “The new home economics room has been designed to broaden and enhance the curriculum-based learning that the children receive. It will provide students with an opportunity to further develop practical food and health literacy skills, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and helps them to make informed decisions that can positively impact their health and wellbeing. 

“In addition to the educational aspects of these new facilities in Ballydowd, they also provide a space for young people to engage in activities which help to further develop essential life skills and a positive self-image. As an example, a young person might make use of the new facilities to bake a birthday cake for a family member. This might seem like a simple act, but the depth of the learning and the impact of the process can be quite profound. I want to thank the staff, and importantly, the students, for their work in bringing these new facilities to fruition.” added Paul Sloan, the school’s Principal. 

Josepha Madigan Nichola Spokes DDLETB at Balllydowd

Minister Josepha Madigan and Nichola Spokes, Director of Schools DDLETB at Balllydowd

Nichola Spokes, Director of Schools for DDLETB stated, “Education is a key aspect of care, and every time a young person enters the school in Ballydowd, it paves the way for great things to happen. This is all down to the hard work and willingness of students to engage with the educational opportunities that are offered.” 

A new Barista facility was also unveiled, and much like the home economics room, the Barista facility has functions that can extend far beyond those of your average coffee shop. 

 “On the surface, just like with any coffee shop, it provides a place for young people and staff to socialise, work or relax while enjoying a hot drink. However, the benefits for the young people go beyond this, with opportunities to improve their social skills, practical and educational benefits, and an informal place to relax on the campus.” added Nichola Spokes.