SHY Project


The Sacred Heart Youth (SHY) Project is a project of Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service which was set up in December 1990.    It is a Community Based Youth Project operating in the St. John’s Park, Kilcohan Park and St. Herblain Park ( & surrounding areas) of Waterford City and receives an annual grant from the OMCYA (Office of the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs) through the Dept. Health.  

Since it was established the Shy Project has grown and evolved into a vibrant and dynamic Youth Project providing a wide range of opportunities and responses for young people in the area. The work of the Shy Project has lead to many benefits for the local community. These are recognised and appreciated by local people.  The Shy Project has succeeded in impacting on young peoples choices to stay in school, look after their personal health, develop personal interests, participate, take up roles within the Project and in the community and to stay out of trouble with the law. The positive effects are clear in the lives of many of the young people.

Participation in project activities has lead to a strong climate of community involvement for young people. Young people have progressed on to leadership positions within the project as well as in the community itself. The relationships fostered between adults and young people through the contact enabled by the community-based approach of the project, have resulted in better communication and social cohesion.   A positive history has been created of adults and young people working together and this pattern augurs well for future developments.

The main aim of the Shy Project is to support young people to cope with the many issues they encounter in their everyday lives such as: family life, involvement in petty crime and vandalism, coping with school, exams and leaving school early, use of drugs and alcohol, sexuality and sexual activity, peer pressure and gang activity, and planning for the future.   The Shy Project endeavours to equip young people with the information, skills and self-awareness necessary for them to make decisions for themselves having taken account of the many consequences.   The Shy Project provides young people with access to a wide range of programmes and activities designed to develop their particular skills and interests through the avenues of creativity, sport and recreation, education and development and issue based programmes.    All of the programmes and activities undertaken in the Shy Project with young people are delivered by adult volunteers from the local community.

In November 2009 the newly refurbished building was opened by minister for children and youth affairs, Mr. Barry Andrews. This building has been greatly appreciated by all staff and young people and now has the space to house three projects and each area is being utilised to its full potential.


Key Activities
 Sports Media Crafts
Music Team Building Work Groups
IT Skills Cookery Outdoor Pursuits
Summer Programme Residential Weekends Issue Based Sessions

Project Details
Project Leaders:
Maggie Flanagan 
Mobile 086-8589871      
Louise Marshall    
Mobile 086-8589871
Project Email:
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SHY Youth Resource Centre,       
St. John's Park,
Waterford, Ireland
Operating hours:
Monday          11am-10pm
Tuesday         12pm -10pm
Wednesday     10am - 7pm
Thursday         10am - 9pm
Friday              2pm  - 12am


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St. John's Park,
Waterford City,

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