CDYS Covid-19 Information & Resources

During this difficult time CDYS are committed to providing support to our young people and their families.  We are currently engaging with young people remotely by holding regular Zoom sessions with groups and keeping in contact with individuals.  If anyone needs support during this difficult time please feel free to contact us.  Here’s our Contact details.

We will be posting helpful links and information on this page on a regular basis.

CDYS Covid-19 Response

A message from some of the CDYS Team

Join Wayne with our Workout Video's

Join in with our Cooking Video's with Stephanie

Zoom Chats & Fun

Land Art

East Cork Music Project

We asked our students to try some land art and send us pics, here's some of the results sent in from students and family and friends further afield...
if anyone would like to join us, have a look at the instructions below and give it a go. Once you've finished take a pic and PM it to us so we can post it. don't forget to include your name and where you are. Enjoy!


1) Explore wherever you are and collect one leaf from each different plant you can find.

2) Examine each leaf and see the different colours, thicknesses, vein structures and so on

3) Lay your leaves out on the ground or thread them onto sticks to display them

4) Most importantly, take a photograph and send it to us..
and feel free to get as creative as you like!

Why Volunteer? Some of our Volunteers tell us why they do it.

Cloyne Diocesan Youth and Community Services 
As a Result of the announcement of the childcare, schools and colleges closure from 6pm March 12th all direct contact youth and community work (groups, clubs, one to one supports, training courses) work across CDYS will cease. 
While all our premises are effectively closed to the public we are still available for support and can be easily contacted. 
Youth and Community Workers will be working remotely and will be available by phone or e-mail during normal working hours. Youth and Community workers will also be using technology and digital platforms to stay in touch with young people and families and they will be in contact in the coming days in all locations and areas. 
The CDYS counselling, family supports, specialist services and community based drug and alcohol services will also be in contact and will offer a variety of options for supports and continued engagements with current service users. 
If a young person or family member becomes ill with Covid 19 symptoms (or have been exposed to a person with the virus) and have attended our services or activities in the last 3 weeks please let their contact worker (youth worker, community worker, counsellor, tutor, CCA support worker or CBDI worker)
Here is a link to CDYS Staff Contact details or you can contact our Regional office on 022 53526.
We know that the next couple of weeks will be tough but hopefully these measures will ensure that the least number of people are exposed or contract Covid 19.
The most up to date information will continue to be available on the HSE website
In times of adversity we come together and realise the strength and importance of our families and communities. As ever CDYS are available for support so please contact us. 
Stay well, look after each other and keep each other safe.
The CDYS Staff Team

Join in with our Alphabet Challenge! Download the following document and DO ALL THE LETTERS 30 SECONDS ON 30 SECONDS OFF.

Stop the spread
Corona Virus Explained
Social Distancing
Mental Health Reminder

Poem by Shauna Finnegan, Aged 18 and is one of our CDYS members

Poem by Shauna Finnegan

CDYS Youth Workers working Remotely with young people using Zoom

In this uncertain time with Covid 19, Sr Maud from Knock has written a lovely poem titled The Challenge of Corona. How true it is.

The Challenge of Corona

Resilience and younger children

Resilience and younger children

Example of Plan for the Day

A Guide for Parents on supporting children and young people with daily routines while schools are closed

Useful Telephone Numbers covering Cork/Kerry

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Mallow/Charleville CFSN - Information for parents and families

Useful information for people living in Mallow & Charleville

Lockdown by Brother Richard

Here are some helpful Links

Zoom Card Game
Who said digital platforms can't be fun. Our Wednesday group decided to play a card game while chatting online and we have now set up a competition to see who can be top of the leader board by time we get back into the youth centre. Not sure who is more competitive the youths or the staff? #createdontcontaminate #stayingindoors Cork ETB Youth Services

CDYS Article in the East Cork Journal (Click to go to the Digital Edition)

CDYS Article in East Cork Journal March 2020

East Cork Music Project - Heres a peek at our fun quick sketch portraits from our zoom class this morning with Level 4's.

Zoom Class
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Parenting Course Poster

Youth Work Ireland Poster

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Food Cloud Initiative during Covid 19

Cloyne Diocesan Youth & Community Services are very fortunate to receive Food Cloud from both Tesco & Lidl in Mallow for the past few years. Food Cloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food supplies to local charities.  Recent reports show that 1 in eight people in Ireland are living in food poverty, yet one million tonnes of food is wasted every year.

Prior to Covid 19, the food CDYS received from Tesco & Lidl was used by the CDYS to help a number of families and by young people to do cooking and baking in both the Big Blue Cube Community Centre, Gould’s Hill & Mallow Community Youth Centre.

However, since March 2020 when restrictions were put in place, our Youth Workers have been working remotely with our local young people and their families by holding online groups and telephone communication.  During normal times our Youth Café’s and Youth Groups would be a hub of activity with young people being able to enjoy each other’s company and learning new skills, such as cooking and baking. Over the last three months our youth workers have done a significant amount of work with young people, families and others that need our help and support.

As a result of the pandemic and lockdown we were not able to use the food to help / show young people how to cook a meal. During the Pandemic we have become increasingly aware of a large number of families in need so our youth workers have increased the number of families we were able to help with the food cloud.   CDYS set up an initiative to distribute this food to local families and it has been a huge success.  Our Youth Workers have been working closely with Tesco and Lidl to get this initiative off the ground and we would like to thank them both along with Food Cloud for their continued support and commitment in helping us supply food to people in need. 

CDYS & Food Cloud

Return to Face to Face Work

Return to Face to Face Work

Our Photography Competition Winners! Congratulations to Caoimhe Browne Vaughan who was our overall winner and received a Tablet and €200 Penny's voucher.

Photography Competition Winners Poster
Photography Competition Winner
CDYS Photography Competition Artcle in The Corkman