The Port Project

Service Details

Target Age

  • 12 - 18 years
  • 16 - 18 years


  • Youth Work

Support Type

  • In-person - Group
  • In-person - One-to-one


  • Laois

Contact Details

Contact Person(s)

Lillian Ashe|Julie Edwards


Ballycullenbeg, Mountmellick,, Co. Laois,




Emergency Assistance

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If someone is hurt or in danger call the emergency services straight away. Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialling 999 or 112 in Republic of Ireland or 112 in Europe.

Additional Service Information

Referral Process

  • Self-referral
  • Other healthcare/socialcare provider
  • Referral with parental consent for under 18's

Service Description

1. Involve young people in suitable activities to facilitate personal development and encourage civic responsibility and improve their long-term employability prospects
2. Divert young people from becoming involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour
3. In achieving the above, projects will seek to support and improve local Garda community relations and enhance the quality of life in the area
The projects have expanded rapidly in recent years and are proving a major instrument in the management and development of young people at risk

These projects can be accessed by young people referred by An Garda Siochána, young people identified as being at risk of becoming involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

List of Services Available

Programmes & Activities
Individual and group work
Life Skills
Peer Education
Youth Information
Family Support
In-schools Programmes
Drugs Education
Teenage Health Initiatives
Personal Development Programmes
Community Based Programmes
Seasonal Programmes
Video Production
Special Interest Groups
Health & Fitness
Outdoor Pursuits
Day Trips

Wheelchair Access


Before this website came along, we weren’t sure what services were available locally and how to access them. It’s great to now see them all listed in one place with lots of useful information and contact details.