Who we are.

Mission Statement

Based in Lower Crumlin, we're a community based Youth Project. CLAY provides a range of services to enhance life skills and opportunities for young people in the area. The set of values which will guide the organisation in carrying out its mission statement are:

Young people-centered

This encompasses the idea of empowering young people by giving them skills and opportunities to make decisions and choices about themselves and their lives.

And that all decisions made in CLAY will have the young people at their centre.


This is based on a commitment to the principles of Youth Work.

And linked to the ideas of respect, understanding and openness.

Working together

This is related to the concepts of co-operation, solidarity, integration and cohesion - in terms of providing a service and working in unison for and with young people.


This is related to the point that the organisation has a purpose as described in the Mission Statement and that when work is being done it needs to be mindful of that purpose.
It is working against the idea of activities for activities sake.

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Garda Youth Diversion Programme

The CLAY Youth project also manages one of the National Garda Youth Diversion projects. The aim of the CLAY YDP is to support young people to make positive choices in terms of their behaviour, decisions and lifestyle. CLAY YDP is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union as part of the ESF+ Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) Operational Programme 2021-2027

CLAY Youth Work Employability Programme

CLAY's Youth Work Employability Programme supports young people aged 15 – 22 years on their journey to employment. The programme works with each young person’s individual needs and challenges and reduces the barriers for young people to create meaningful transitions.

Volunteer Directors of CLAY

Martin Leavy (Chairperson) | Ben Wood (Vice Chairperson) | Frank Crummey | Siobhra Disdale | Caroline O'Connell |

If you would like to volunteer to assist the board or perhaps become a director then contact us and ask for Martin. We are looking for a variety of skills such as fundraising, Finance, HR.

Meet Our Team

Martin Leavy


Lorraine McHugh

Project Leader

Ben Wood

Vice Chairperson

Frank Crummey


Siobhra Disdale


Caroline O'Connell



Aoibhinn Loye

Youth Justice Worker

Bob Kenny

Youth Justice Worker

Rosie Keenan

UBU Youth Worker

Toni Thompson

UBU Youth Worker

Jane McClure

Financial Administrator

Brian Meade



Christine McManus

Youth Support Worker

Andrea Myers

Youth Justice Early Intervention Worker

Stephen Byrne

Youth Worker

Youth Justice Family Support Worker

Our staff are available during the day for inquiries or a friendly chat, so pass by, or contact us.

Our Sponsors


CLAY is a registered Charity (CHY19983) and a registered limited company (383751).

CLAY complies with the Governance Code for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland.

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Our Location

31a Crumlin Road,
Crumlin, D12
D12 VP99