Youth Work
Youth Work

Youth Club

Portlaoise FRC runs two youth clubs in partnership with Youth Work Ireland Laois, one Junior group and one senior group. The youth club is on every Tuesday 6-8pm. Junior group is 6-7pm and the senior group is 7-8pm. The junior youth club is suitable for ages 7-12 and the senior group is suitable for ages 13-18. Both Youth clubs consist of a wide variety of games, art and craft activities, mindfulness, personal development, cookery and much more. Membership is essential and forms are available from the Family support Development worker.

One to One Youth Support

One to one youth support is available for young people aged between 12-18 years. This is a safe space for young people to chat, have a cup of tea, do mindfulness activities or work on homework. One to one youth support aims to build confidence and self-esteem in a fun enjoyable way. To make an enquiry or to refer a young person please contact our Family support development worker.

Summer Camps

Portlaoise FRC holds summer camps each year. Staff and volunteers have a jam-packed week planned of different children’s activities such as outdoor games and play, art and craft activities, cookery activities, movie day, trips and much more. Summer camp is suitable for children aged 5-12 years. Information on our summer camp will be posted on our Facebook page.

Schools Out Programme

This programme has been developed under the guidelines of the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020. In developing this programme, we are addressing the national outcome where children are supported in achieving their full potential in all areas of learning and development. Based on commitments in the document “Learning starts from birth and goes beyond formal schooling and should encourage creativity and lifelong learning. The aims are to ensure that all children get the best foundation in learning and development, have social and emotional wellbeing, and are engaged in achieving in education”.

Each child will get a pack full of activities during school holiday periods. We request that the parent document the child’s progress and send us pictures which in turn will be entered into a draw to win prizes. Information on the schools out programme will be posted on our Facebook page.

Provision of space for students to access educational services

Portlaoise FRC is a recognized iscoil centre which caters for young people doing the iscoil programme. We also facilitate students doing the DESTY programme in partnership with SCP Co-Ordinator Brenda Duggan. Portlaoise FRC provides space to Home School Community Liaison Officers who need to meet with parents, students or run courses in partnership with the FRC.


Portlaoise FRC is a member of Midlands LGBT + Project who provide support and community to all LGBT+ People across the Midlands and offer a range of educational and support services.
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If you are interested in any of the above groups please drop in to the centre, or contact us.

Youth Work
Youth Work