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Ballyogan Build Project: update July 2021

The Ballyogan Build project was carried out between December 2020 and July 2021 with the aim of engaging young people in the Ballyogan area to create a new outdoor hangout space for themselves and their friends at the Ballyogan Youth Project. 

Three preliminary workshops with young people and many weeks of outreach and planning resulted in an action packed week long build with 21 young people from 12 to 17 taking part!

Young people were encouraged to get involved in all aspects of creating the build-  from cutting and assembling all the wood joints, to designing and building furniture and assembling the structure together. The main structure was designed by Sara Murphy after discussions between the youth creative engagement worker and young people in December, with the interior layout and furniture designed by young people over the course of the week.

As you can see from the photos the young people did an incredible job and we hope they are really proud of what they've achieved!

Many thanks to Sara Murphy and Frank Prendergast of Spaceforms who helped facilitate the build and to Youthworkers Aisling Casey, Jemma Clarke, Simon Bolger and Ciaran Smith for helping to realise the project from start to finish. Thanks also to Pat McDonnell paints for their support in helping make it so colourful!

Rosi Leonard is the Youth Creative Engagement Worker, to get in contact with Rosi please email her at:


The Youth Creative Engagement pilot project is aimed at working with targeted young people  in the Ballyogan area using the arts and/or creative media to develop and respond to their needs. The project started at the end of October and will continue until the end of 2021.

This pilot is funded by the UBU Your Place Your Space Scheme a Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth – funded youth scheme with funding from the National Lottery.

The mission of UBU Your Place Your Space is to provide out-of-school supports to marginalised, disadvantaged or vulnerable young people (aged between 10 and 24) in their communities to enable them to overcome adverse circumstances and achieve their full potential. These supports must be provided in line with the values, goals, objectives and rules of the scheme and in response to the needs of young people as identified by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs). Young people aged 10-24 years who are described in the National Youth Strategy (NYS) as marginalised, disadvantaged or vulnerable are the primary target group for services available through this scheme