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The KEEP Project


We are a Garda Youth Diversion Project within the Kilmore West Youth Project, called the KEEP project (Kilmore Empowering Every Person).

We are a team of three Youth Justice Workers who work with young people aged between 12 and 18 years.

Youth Justice Worker’s develop positive relationships with young people to enable them to make informed choices for themselves and to move away from criminal or anti-social behaviour. This is done through informal youth work methods. Young people have opportunities to work in one to ones or group work sessions.

We feel passionate about young people having a voice in their community & actively engaging in positive change.


As Justice Workers we complete a needs assessment for each young person to focus our core work around developing young people and supporting them in making more informed decisions. This process addresses 8 different areas of a young person’s life. Identifying risks and reducing potential offending behaviours is core to the work of the KEEP project.


Youth Justice Workers develop positive relationships with young people through structured groups, activities and one to ones. We work in partnership with young people to develop programmes that are of interest to them.

We help young people to recognize their ability, build their confidence and most of all think before they act.


A young person would be referred to the project as they are at risk of offending or have committed to an offence. Young people may also have additional needs which the project would be able to support.


Young people can be referred to the project by:

  • JLO’s (Juvenile Liaison Officer)
  • Kilmore West Youth Project CLG
  • Other professionals i.e. Teachers, Social Workers, Family Support Workers.
  • Parents/Guardians
  • Self referrals (young person themselves)

Types of programmes & activities:

Life skills Family support Drug and alcohol programmes
Outdoor education Health and fitness Work to Learn
Cookery CV building & interview skills Horse programmes
Music programmes Summer programmes Arts and Craft
Football Basketball Swimming
TAG programme (Teenagers and Gardaí) Build a Bike Scrambler programme
Any other interests which the young person has can be made into a programme.


Kilmore West Youth Project, the KEEP, is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

Michelle Collins (Youth Justice worker) - (086) 0659171 -
Keith O'Driscoll (Youth Justice Worker) - 085 1354569 -
Darragh Byrne (Youth Justice Worker) - (085) 1354560 -

If you need more information check out our leaflet below:

Justice Leaflet

Opening Times

Monday: 9am-5pm

Tuesday: 9am-5pm

Wednesday: 9am-5pm

Thursday: 9am-5pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Occasional Weekends


Kilmore West Youth Project CLG,

Recreation Centre,

Cromcastle Road,

Kilmore West,

Dublin 5

Contact Us


(01) 8474548


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