Volunteering at CDYS



Volunteering with CDYS

CDYS have always relied on time, generously donated by volunteers and students. Not only are the CDYS centres a place where young people can participate in activities, it is also a place where volunteers can help shape and lead activities and contribute to the organisation as a whole. 

Volunteering is about so much more than ‘just helping out’. It allows people to form positive, long-term relationships with young people and to help them to get to where they want to go. 

The diversity of volunteers who come in and work with young people week in week out, is an integral part of what makes CDYS such a fantastic place to become involved in.

  • If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact or call into any of our local offices who would only be delighted to hear from you.
  • Every potential volunteer is required to complete a Garda vetting form and a volunteer application form.
  • All Volunteer Application Forms along with your Garda Vetting Invitation, I.D. and Proof of Address should be sent back to Marion Brady, CDYS, New Road, Mallow, Co.Cork, P51XEX9 where it will be processed.
  • Once your Garda vetting has been processed and references are in the project leader will then contact you for you to start getting involved. Training plans will then be put in place.

If you think you would like to volunteer, please see the ‘Volunteering Opportunities Pack’ document below…
Downloadable Application Forms are available here.

“CDYS as a whole accepts everyone in a non-judgemental and friendly way. Young people come to participate in activities and hang out with friends but they also come to have the chat with the workers and volunteers. We believe these are the most important values that every youth organisation should process. We are very grateful to everyone in CDYS for giving us the opportunity to be involved.”
– College Students

Volunteer Opportunity

CDYS Youth Projects run a variety of different groups and activities for young people aged between 12-18. They vary between after school activities such as sports, arts and crafts, developmental educational programmes and music tuition. We also work with young people on a one-to one basis helping support them through difficulties and referring them to counselling etc. if needed. 

Working alongside a youth worker in groups such as soccer, music, arts and crafts. 

Assisting with events in the community organised by CDYS such as ‘Youth Factor’ talent completion, fundraising etc. 

·         Working as part of a team
·         Using own initiative
·         Good communication skills
·         Good organisational skills
·         Non judgmental attitude

Flexible, most groups are on after school but we do run some programmes during the day also. 

Most after school activities are one hour. Other programmes can be two hours

Depending on what the volunteer has available. 5-10 hours per week.

Contact Details:

Please contact CDYS on 022 53526 or contact one of our Project leaders below to express an interest in Volunteering.


Miriam Nyhan – Project Youth Leader 086 8031206



Ross Bonner – Project Youth Worker 086 8031291



Audrey Sands – Project Youth Worker 086 8031200



Christy O’Neill – Project Youth Worker 086 8031227


The Hut, Gurranabraher

Joe – Project Youth Worker – 086 827 4863

Please see our photo slideshow Left for a glimpse at the 
Volunteer Awards Ceremony held at CDYS Gouldshill, Mallow last April.

A night of celebration and appreciation for all our dedicated volunteers.

Some of our Volunteers tell us why they volunteer with us