Our Mission

The Dunkeld Youth Service is dedicated to young people. It is our mission to support and encourage faith formation in a fun and engaging way, to make young people feel comfortable in their parish communities and to help them to explore and deepen their faith. We aim to connect young people to other places and events which can help in their journey, and to provide a safe place for them to open their hearts to Christ.

The Youth Team
Canon Tom Shields - Youth Director

Canon Tom is the Vicar Episcopal for Education for the Diocese, as well as the Youth Director. He oversees diocesan youth activities and ensures that things keep moving along so that we can continue to make an effort to provide Catholic youth opportunities in our local areas.

Charis Soares - Youth Co-ordinator

Starting off as a teen attending events herself, Charis has worked for the Youth Office for several years, co-ordinating youth events, doing administrative tasks and generally working hard in the background to make sure everything goes smoothly! She also leads and facilitates some of our events, and hopes to share the joy that she has found in her faith through youth events.

The Dunkeld Youth Commission was established in September 2016 in the wake of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. The mission of the group is to carry on the spirit of World Youth Day and to draw young people from the edges, involve those who are already interested, pass the church to young people and pray for the change of hearts and rediscovery of the gospel and of the sacraments. The Commission is made up of several young people across different ages and areas within the diocese. They meet regularly to discuss the Youth Service activities and plan events for young people in the diocese.

Organisations We Work With

We collaborate with a number of Catholic youth organisations in order to ensure we can provide various opportunities for young Catholics in our diocese. Check them out here!

Net Ministries Scotland
Life Teen
Scottish Catholic Youth Service

NET Scotland

Peer to peer youth ministry that puts into action the Church’s mission to evangelise young people. The mission of NET Scotland is to challenge young people to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Their team of young people is recruited from all over the world. NET Scotland is under the ecclesiastical vigilance of the Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley.

Find out more here.

Life Teen

As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church.

Find out more here.


Scottish Catholic Youth Service (SCY for short) is an organisation of the Bishops in Scotland for you, the young people of Scotland.  There is a representative from each diocese on this team who meet regularly to discuss how we can better serve you through engaging and inspiring faith events around the country, beginning in our own dioceses.

Find out more here.