BRYR’s mission is to empower young people from Ballymun & surrounding areas to reach their full potential, by putting in place a range of resources that will support them to make a happy, healthy and successful transition to adulthood, promoting health, well- being and resilience at all stages of their development.

You can download BRYR's Statement of Youth Work Practice here.

The Purpose of Our Work

  • is to help build positive, trusting relations with and between young people.
  • Encourage personal development and social education, shaped in part by young people, based on learning from experiences in safe and enjoyable environments.
  • To promote health and well-being at all stages of development.
  • To build positive self-esteem, self-awareness and self-acceptance as a support to young people in making informed life decisions.
  • To promote respect for individual differences and an acceptance of the individual's right to personal choice.
  • Contribute to the growth of the social, economic and cultural life of Ballymun so that the environment in which young people grow and live is as healthy as possible.

BRYR's Vision of the Future

  • is one where all young people in Ballymun are able to have a wide range of positive experiences which support their true sense of identity, realise their potential and participate as full and active citizens in a secure and peaceful society.
  • Know their rights and have these rights protected and promoted.
  • Understand their responsibilities to self and others.
  • Are valued, understood, involved and feel safe and supported.

BRYR structure

You can download BRYR's Child Safeguarding Statement here.

Governance Code

We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.


BRYR has a long history of working with young people on both a personal and group level in the following ways:

Youth Work Team

The youth work programme in BRYR provides a comprehensive range of activities, resources, and learning opportunities, all of which use a variety of approaches to engage, support and guide young people towards the best possible outcomes they can achieve. Our work includes:


  • Open/ Drop in activities & clubs
  • Targeted/developmental group work
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Youth Café
  • Active Citizenship Programme
  • Young Leaders Development Programme
  • One-to-one support
  • Summer programme
  • Hillwalking Group
  • Study support group

Outreach Team

The BRYR Outreach Programme is an extension of our centre-based work that takes place on young people's own territory. Our work is primarily street based, working with "hard to reach" vulnerable "at risk" young people. We believe in going to the young people in their areas and pro-actively encouraging them to get involved in what we offer; centre based activities, street education, park runs, gym sessions, information and support in connecting with services, resources and engaging in alternative, constructive, healthy activities. We believe our relationships with young people on the streets is the key to successful engagement. The relationship is the vehicle to bring about change and positive outcomes.


  • Targeted/developmental group work
  • Drop in/open sessions
  • Street Education
  • Harm reduction
  • Sports and Fitness Programmes
  • Gardening Club
  • One-to-one support
  • Parks Summer programme
  • Easy street programme - working with young people in gangs
  • Advocacy
  • Schools Outreach Programme

Youth Arts & Digital Media

Youth Arts can be broadly defined as young people taking part voluntarily in creative, cultural or expressive activity outside of the formal education process. It can encompass participation and appreciation, as well as engagement with arts work specifically created by and for young people.

Digital technology has created many opportunities for youth workers to engage with an increased number of young people. Digital media offers the tools and platforms for young people to move from 'consumer' to 'creator'. Our youth arts & digital media programme enables young people to participate in creative activity as a means of self-expression and development in a safe, professional and enjoyable environment.



  • Roundabout Youth Theatre Facebook
  • Scriptwriting
  • Animation
  • Gaming Workshops
  • Music Club
  • Digital photography and film making
  • Film Production
  • Young Leaders Development Programme
  • Art
  • Craft Making
  • Community Arts Festivals

Youth Projects

The Youth Projects Team in BRYR is a gender specific programme for young women aged 10-24yrs. The programme challenges stereotypes associated wth the gender of young women and it looks at what we can support young women to strive for the point where equality of condition is achieved and everyone's full potential is realised. The programme does this by highlighting the different issues that young women face and gives practical ways to challenge the social norms and expectations that often dictate their lives. Our work includes:


  • Open/ Drop in activities & clubs
  • Targeted/developmental group work
  • One-to-one support
  • Summer programme
  • LGBT Group
  • Young Mothers Group
  • Young Traveller Women's Group
  • Intergenerational Group

Interagency Youth Projects

Interagency working and information sharing between services has been highlighted nationally and internationally in recent years as important for improving services for children and young people. Ballymun has a strong tradition of interagency, collaborative working focused on improving outcomes for members of the community. BRYR work closely with a number of community agencies, both statutory and non-statutory to improve outcomes for children and young people in line with Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020, the first overarching national policy framework for children and young people aged 0-24 years.

Our interagency work includes:


  • Ballymun Network for Assisting Children & Young People
  • Ballymun Drugs & Alcohol Task Force
  • Dublin City Council
  • HSE
  • Ballymun Child & Family Resource Centre
  • Ballymun Youth Action Project
  • Trinity Comprehensive
  • Department of Social Protection
  • BEST School Completion
  • Geraldstown House
  • Poppintree Youth Project
  • An Gardai Siochana
  • Probation Services
  • Túsla

Youth Employment

BRYR has a long history of working with unemployed young people on a personal /individual level. Our role on the Local Implementation team of the Ballymun Youth Guarantee Pilot Programme in 2013 demonstrated the need for a holistic & innovative approach that was based on the individual and complex needs of young people, that recognised that young people are not a homogeneous group and that, with the right level of support in the right environment can overcome the barriers that they have faced in terms of finding suitable, sustainable employment.

Re-Engage is a youth specific community employment programme delivered in youth work environment. There are 5 key strands of the programme:

  • Personal Development
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Peer Support

For more information about the Re-Engage programme you can download an InfoSheet here

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Youth Mental Health

BRYR established our mental health service 'What's Up?' in June 2014 to support the well-being of our young people, promote positive mental health and ultimately, to build resilience. All programmes in BRYR have a focus on the promotion of positive mental health. Our service provides:

- Counselling - One to one support - Support Groups -
Referral pathways to support agencies

BRYR is a national partner of See Change - an alliance of organisations working together through the National Stigma Reduction Partnership to bring about positive change in public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.

Click here for a Referral Form here.

Click here for a Parental Consent Form here.

Call : 01 8667600 | Text: 085 8766618 | Email:

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Our custom built facility, The Reco (formerly the White Elephant), is Ballymun's Central Youth Facility and was opened in 2006. It is a safe, convivial space used by approx. 700 young people each week. The Reco is a 1700 square meter facility located in the heart of Ballymun. The building has ten separate spaces for youth activities with less than 10% of building used by offices.

See details of spaces available (click on image) and how to book them - usage is confined to activities supporting the welfare and development of 10-24 year-olds.

Training & Development

Training and Developmental support is vital for building the competence and confidence of youth workers and volunteers and for sustaining their commitment in youth work.

Our Training & Development strategy illustrates the need to address the variety of training and support needs expressed by staff, the community and young people in Ballymun. In order to meet these needs, we offer a range of courses, workshops and programmes.

As a youth organisation, BRYR puts a strong emphasis on the development of staff and volunteers working with young people in a non-formal setting. We offer a range of training courses to enhance the capacity of youth practitioners in BRYR and Ballymun.

You can download a Training & Development InfoSheet here.


Please be sure to follow us on our social media accounts and look on Activelink for any future positions.

BRYR is an equal opportunities employer. Please click here to download an InfoSheet on BRYR's Fair Recruitment Process.


BRYR values the benefits volunteers and students bring to our organisation through the addition of skills, interests, life experiences and cultural backgrounds. They work alongside professional staff to bring vital services to young people. We aim to include volunteers and students in many of our programmes and activities.

Our team of volunteers and placement students mainly take on roles in the Youth Work Team, the Outreach Team, the Special Projects Team, the Facilities Team, the Youth Mental Health Programme and the Board.

The time, contribution, energy and enthusiasm that volunteers and students bring is recognised and appreciated by BRYR. We value the difference that they make to young people and our programme of work and we have a dedicated Volunteer Support Worker working to create a best practise quality experience for the volunteer and student.

We recruit volunteers on an on-going basis. We recruit part-time and sessional volunteers. Volunteers must be aged over the age of 18yrs. We support and supervise Placement Students. We take in students from Second Level, and PLC students and Third Level students from relevant courses.

All volunteers and student placements must attend an informal interview, submit for Garda Vetting and provide the contact details of two referees.

Become a volunteer  |  Enquire about a student work placement

My experience since becoming a volunteer at BRYR has been very worthwhile. I have learnt so much from the young people whom I have had great contact with. The staff have all been very supportive and willing to help with any questions I have. I feel the staff and young people are appreciative of me giving up my time to volunteer with them. It has made me realise also that at some stage of my weekly routine that there should be some fun and I get that at BRYR.. SamSam
It has been a great experience working in the Reco. I have learnt so much. I volunteer in the garden with John. This is something I look forward to every week. The staff are a great bunch and make no difference between volunteers and employees. Volunteering has opened up so many doors and opportunities for me. Love it here! SharonSharon
The Reco is a stunning building, full of colour and life. There’s nothing similar in Italy and I was absolutely mind-blown when I got in the first time. Happy faces, coloured walls, busy environment. Trying to explain how it looks and feels is difficult but it is a great place with a great atmosphere and positive spaces, where no one is judged and opinions and chats can be exchanged freely. ValeriaValeria


At BRYR our aim is to advocate with and for young people and their rights - we provide a greater role for unmediated voices of young people.

BRYR have a long and distinguished record of speaking out with and on behalf of young people and those who work with them. We believe that this view of our duty to advocate with and for young people and their rights informed and distinguished our model and approach to youth work.

In more recent years we have promoted a greater role for unmediated voices of young people directly in our advocacy work. Our work in this area is informed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and best practice for those over the age of 18. We recognise the different layers in our organisation and the need for advocacy work to reflect these and the work we do in our community every day.


Ballymun Regional Youth Resource
The Reco Central Youth Facility
Sillogue Road
Dublin D11 PX34
Tel: 01 8667600   |   Email:

Charitable status number CHY: 15461