Personal Youth Development Programme

The Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP) was launched in late 2015 within the Fund’s Community Consolidation - Peace Consolidation 2016-2020 Strategy. The Programme aims to help young people build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience and make them more employable.
PYDP seeks to connect young people aged 16-25 to personalised learning, skills and employment opportunities with a central focus on good relations and preparing people for the world of work. It is interested in engaging potential participants that are vulnerable to polarisation/recruitment to organisations opposed to the peace process and face barriers to participation in mainstream provision. 

PYDP is flexible with multiple entry points and encourages participants to explore their needs and make decisions that improve their lives, communities and interactions with others. The programme engages with young people who face a range of issues including; leaving the education system early; substance abuse; affected by homelessness; difficult family backgrounds; been in or close to criminal justice system; suffer from poor health or mental health issues; mistrust of statutory institutions; not participated in civic society in a positive manner; and come from communities with a negative view of their future.

PYDP projects are designed at a local level, engaging with the referral systems to provide accredited and non-accredited opportunities in Good Relations, Personal Development, Employability/Education Skills Development and Community/Social Development.

Current Delivery:

There are currently 32 PYDP projects with an estimated 100 to be in place by 2020. The average annual funding award per project is £80,000 (November 2016). The managing agent in Northern Ireland is the Rural Development Council with IFI’s Local Development Officers managing the programme in the south.

Case Study


Galbally Youth & Community Association

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For further information about the Programme, please contact:

Northern Ireland

International Fund for Ireland
Seatem House
28-38 Alfred Street
Belfast, BT4 1WD
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9031 2884

Northern Ireland Contact


Olga Gallagher

NI Rural Development Council
17 Loy Street
Cookstown
BT80 8PZ

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Tel: 028 8676 6980    
Web: www.rdc.org.uk    
Twitter: @RDC_NI

Southern Border County Contacts


Gwen Lanigan

Area: Louth Monaghan East Cavan

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Tel: 00 353 87 6304380


Catherine Ryan

Area: Sligo Leitrim West Cavan

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Tel: 00 353 87 0626406


Mary Moy

Area: Donegal
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Tel: 00 353 87 3544924

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Belfast Office

International Fund for Ireland
Seatem House
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Belfast
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+44 (0)28 9031 2884

Dublin Office

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