The Centre for Young People in Downpatrick  - serving the young people of Downpatrick since 1981


As you aware the Centre has been closed for Youth Service activities since lockdown and that programmes where possible have been delivered remotely to membership during the period. 

We have made preparations to return to programme delivery on site. This will be a phased return, hence will take some time as the safety and wellbeing of all our young people is our greatest concern. 

The Centre is reopening on April 12 for programmes. This is being done gradually and in line with government and PHA guidance hence we will need your help and support with this. 

We have developed and enclose an outline of guidance which provides details of how we will support the return of young people to our Centre and which we need you to do to make sure your child/children are safe and able to do so. Can I ask you to read through and please let me know if you have any questions or need further information. 

I have also enclosed a link to a new registration/emergency contact form and would ask you to complete and return to me prior to your child attending any session in the Youth Centre. This is to update our records and allow us to follow the Test, Trace and Protect system and will enable us to contact you if we have a case, or suspected case of COVD –19 in our centre. 

Registration Form can found at this link

Over 18's Registration form can be found at this link


We have also developed a safety agreement for our young people which outlines how young people will be expected to take responsibility for their actions, in order to stay safe in our centre. We will ask them to agree to this when they are taking part in programmes. We have attached a copy for your information and ask you to sign and return as your commitment to keep your child and all young people who attend the centre safe. 

In the eventuality of the centre having to close again we will endeavour to continue programmes remotely with young people. 

Thank you for your patience and support during this challenging time, we look forward to welcoming your child/young person into the Centre again. 

Please CLICK HERE for full details of our reopening guidance.


Yours faithfully 

Yvonne Maguire 

Senior Youth Worker 

Patrician Youth Centre

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The Centre is one of fourteen purpose built centres established by the Diocese of Down and Connor to provide youth services for children and young people throughout the Parish and it’s environs. Over the years the Centre has seen thousands of children and young people pass through it’s doors taking part in a vast programme of activities and socialising through the organisation.

Throughout the decades the Centre has delivered to DENI (Department of Education, NI) Youth Service Policy and currently works to the ‘Priorities for Youth Policy’ and ‘Model for Effective Practice’. Both of these policies provide the framework for the delivery of all programmes and activities undertaken by children and young people aged 4 and upwards engaged in non-formal education.

Patrician is established to provide, maintain and promote facilities and activities of a social, spiritual, educational and recreational nature. The Centres purpose is to improve to the conditions of life of children and young people without distinction.  The Centre is fully committed to ensure the care, welfare and safety of young people who participate in the organisation.

Patrician is the principal youth provider for the Downpatrick catchment area. The Centre provides full time youth provision and delivers an extensive range of programmes to cater for children aged 4-18.