Following a number of consultations in 1993 and 1994 in Gorey Town, examining services for Young People in the locality, a clear gap was identified in provisions, particularly for those who were at risk of social exclusion. Resulting from this, Gorey Youth Needs Group was established 1995 and opened its doors for the first time in 1996 under the auspices of the voluntary management committee at the Old School House, Charlotte Row.
In 1999 the then South Eastern Health Board approved funding for the project to employ a part-time Project Co-ordinator and a part-time Community Youth Worker.This funding was increased in 2000 for these positions to be made full time. With funding from the South Eastern Health Board, Gorey Youth Needs Group Ltd renovated a derelict Woodstock Hall on Esmonde Street and moved its services to these premises in 2001.
In 2007 the project was approved €1.1 million in funding from POBAL, under the National Childcare Investment Program, to start work on a purpose built Community Childcare Centre. For the project to move its existing services to this centre they were required to source an additional €250,000 to fund the Community Youth Aspect of the Centre. Wexford County Council funded €100,000 under the Social & Community Facilities Capital Scheme and the remaining funding was sought via various fundraising ventures. November 2009 saw GYNG Community and Childcare Centre open its doors to provide services in Childcare, Youth Work, Community Development and Training for the people of Gorey.
The project has continued to develop since it’s move to the new premises. GYNG received support and funding from FAS, under the Local Training Initiative, in 2010, to set up and facilitate a pilot training programme for young people who were finding it difficult to avail of education. The programme was primarily aimed at young people who were educationally disadvantaged, such as early school leavers or those with literacy issues. The pilot training programme, proved to be an excellent success and in 2011 FAS funded GYNG to facilitate the programme again.