LYCC
Image: Hannigan Maguire Architects www.hhmarchitects.ie 2007

Leixlip Youth Premises Group CLG is a non-profit organisation who oversee the management and operation of the Leixlip Youth & Community Centre.

Current Board of Trustees: L McGrath (Chairperson), A Mannion (Secretary); M Linnane (Treasurer) B Vaughan J Neville, T Neville;

Company Registration Number: 204723

Registered Charity Number: 20024666

Governance Code

Mission statement 

Our Mission is to be a positive focal point for the Community of Leixlip and to strive to meet the needs young people and the wider local community in an all-inclusive way through the provision of space which supports the promotion of participation in, social, intellectual, educational and recreational activities. 

“Our Main goal is to be a positive point of convergence for the Community of Leixlip and to endeavour to address the issues of the local community in a comprehensive manner through the provision of space which bolsters the advancement of investment in social, relaxation, instructive and recreational exercises” 

Vision 

The Leixlip Youth Premises group’s vision is for a safer, stronger and more cohesive community, with opportunities for self-development and growth being accessible by all members of our community, to work to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Leixlip. 

The Leixlip Youth & Community Centre’s vision is for a more secure, more grounded and increasingly firm network, with open doors for self-improvement and development being available by all individuals from our locality, to work to upgrade the personal satisfaction for the residents of Leixlip. 

Values 

Our work will be guided by our principles and commitments to: 

  • Inclusiveness – We respect people, value diversity and are committed to equality 
  • Respect – LYCC was built on respect, respect for each other, respect for our community and respect for our Centre. 
  • Quality – We strive for excellence through continuous improvement

1989-1993

In April 1989 concerned parents from both sides of Leixlip came together to seek a way of getting a premises for the youth of Leixlip. Amongst those were Liam & Rita Murray, Jim Savage, Tom Neville, Gerry O’Neill, Tony & Rita Dunne, Kevin O’Connor, Dan Broderick, Liz Gartland. They quickly formed a committee with Frank Reid as its Chairperson.

Within a short period of time other interested groups such as Kildare Youth Services, Genesis Youth Club, Teen Machine Club, Foroige became involved. Local schools quickly lent their support. Various fundraising activities took place and the group established itself as the prime agency for the development of a centre for the youth of Leixlip. In 1991 a site at Galvin’s Cross was offered but this was unsuitable.

1993

The group formally incorporated a company – Leixlip Youth Premises Group – on 6th July 1993. Charitable status was obtained soon after.

HP and Intel committed substantial sums to enable the group get to a higher level in their efforts to secure a suitable premises and this enabled the group to engage architects etc for the design and commissioning of the building.

2000-2006

In 2000 LYPG were offered the Newtown House site. As part of the overall campus development – a 3 way project involving the building of a Garda Station, Library and Community Centre, the group obtained Government grant of €1.3 million to build a premises. Planning permission was obtained in July 2001. With a conservation order in place, Newtown House was restored and a new wing added for youth/community use. The sod-breaking ceremony took place in 2003.

2007

In 2006 the building was completed. A lease was signed with Kildare Co Council in July 2006 and the official opening attended by European Commissioner, Minister Charlie McCreevy took place on December 2007

Throughout all of the years of the groups existence, members and directors (too numerous to list them all) have come and gone but it must be stressed that all of their talents have been required to get us to the position we are in today – having a purpose built Centre for both the youth and general community of Leixlip.

Where We Are Now

We provide a hub for the youth and community of Leixlip in our purpose built Centre allowing everyone to take part in leisure, fitness, educational and recreational activities, as well as allowing for the provision of services and supports for young people in their community.

The Centre is the only facility of its size and scope serving the entire Leixlip community, and comprises of a modern youth room, large hall with kitchen facilities, coffee shop and smaller rooms to rent.

People use our Centre for Parent & Toddler groups, Adult Education, Senior Citizen’s groups, Children’s Afterschool classes, Dance, Drama, Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Health & Wellbeing, Counselling, Youth Services, Training events, Church groups, Computer/printing/photocopying services, Community meetings, Children’s birthday parties and Summer camps.

Our Coffee Shop, which opened in 2017, is an integral part of the Centre, providing a warm and welcoming space for friends and neighbours of all ages to get together and enjoy homemade scones/cakes and fresh coffee.

The following organisations have offices in the Newtown House

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InSync Youth & Family Services run the following projects in Leixlip

The Bridge Project is a community based and supported Youth Diversion Project which provides a range of educational and recreational activities for young people between the ages of 12 – 17 in the Leixlip Garda District (Leixlip, Celbridge, Maynooth and Kilcock). A steering committee made up of representatives from the community, An Garda Síochána and in sync advise the project.

Leixlip Youth Project is a youth project based in North Kildare for over 20 years. We are an inclusive service working with young people from different cultural backgrounds empowering young people to reach their full potential.  We work together to develop and support young people in our community. Our target groups are young people aged 10 to 20 years from the Leixlip area.

Youth Counselling Service is a TUSLA funded counselling service, providing professional Counsellors and Psychologists who work alongside other KYS services. They counsel 11 to 25 year olds who live or are in school/college/work in County Kildare.

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Breaking Through are co-ordinators of The Irish Aftercare Network. The network provides support to those working with care leavers in Ireland. The overarching aim of the network is to create better outcomes for young care leavers.

Breaking Through also co-ordinates and manages Suicide Intervention and Preventions Skills Training such as safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) on behalf of HSE in Kildare/ West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City and Dublin South West areas

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