2016 Grants Awarded

This year in 2016 we have just awarded grants to 7 Youth Projects: Enagh Youth Forum, 174 Trust, Life Changes Lives, Dundonald Sea Cadets, REACH Across, Dreamscheme NI and Safety Near Water.

In 2015 Hope for Youth funded 10 youth projects across Northern Ireland.  We had seen an astonishing increased in applications from some 111 different youth projects and organisations, all desperately seeking financial and grant assistance to help them make a difference. The Awards Ceremony took place at Hillsborough Castle in the presence of the Chief Patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.  Grant awards were presented to: Northend United FC, Craigavon Intercultural Programme, Cairn Lodge Amateur Boxing, Carrowshee Park, Creggan Country Park, Speedwell Trust, Crossover Basketball, Gasyard, Dungannon Youth Centre & Sixmilecross.


Swim Ulster Team Battles It Out

Swim Ulster team battles it out with London rivals at The Speedo Charity Swim to raise over £80,000 for Hope For Youth NI

Eight Northern Ireland teenagers competed against London rivals at the biennial House of Lords versus House of Commons Speedo Charity Swim on 27th November 2013.

The Ulster youths were joined by teams from both Houses of Parliament and guest swimmers, including Olympian Mark Foster, for the biennial fundraising event in aid of local charity, Hope for Youth NI.

Young people from Swim Ulster and Chelsea and Westminster Swim Club were first to take to the water at Porchester Hall in a relay event, with the latter taking the lead to win the Speedo Cup.

The competition between the parliamentarians was fierce, with six MPs and six Lords including Tobias Ellwood MP for Bournemouth East (Conservative), Ian Paisley Jnr MP for Antrim (DUP) and The Lord St John of Bletso donning their speedos to compete for the charity.

The House of Lords won the event for the first time in 14 years, with The Lord Paddick (Liberal Democrats) named fastest parliamentarian and awarded the Wilkinson Sword for his achievement.

This unique event, which is in its 26th year, also saw former swimming champions Duncan Goodhew and James Hickman compete alongside Mark Foster and swimmers from local law firm Arthur Cox, in a showcase relay.

Chairman of the Swim Committee, Viscount John Crichton said: “We host this event every two years to raise funds to create new initiatives that will bring young people together in disadvantaged communities across Northern Ireland, through sport, music and the arts.

“The swim and subsequent gala dinner was attended by over 400 guests including Irish and British celebrities from stage, screen and sport, members of both Houses of Parliament and the Trusts’ Patrons including HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO and TV favourites Gloria Hunniford and of course Joanna Lumley OBE who kindly agreed to be our official race starter.

Speedo’s President, David Robinson said: “Speedo is passionate about inspiring people to swim, and the House of Lords vs. House of Commons Speedo Charity Swim brings the excitement of swimming to life in a unique way, while at the same time raising vital funds for a fantastic cause.” 

Ion Montgomery, Chairman of Hope for Youth said: “In 2011 we raised £80,000 from ticket sales, donations and an auction and the early indications are that we have managed to exceed that total this year. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who took part for their generosity of spirit.”

Press Information

Swim Ulster Team Battles It Out - Press Release

Grant Update

Grants were awarded on 20 March here are a few projects that have already started using the funds for their projects: 

BOSS Project 'American Sports Taster Sessions'

The BOSS Project is a cross community/cross cultural project, BOSS stands for Ballyoran, Oasis and Scotch Street Youth Clubs, all based in Portadown. Our first phase of the BOSS Project kicked off in May with a 6 week American sports taster sessions, the group took part in sports such as: in-line hockey, American football and baseball. 

We are now looking forward to phase 2 and 3 of the project which will look at Graffiti Art and a Media project. We would like to thank Hope for Youth for this opportunity.

Teenage Kicks

Northend United Youth FC have implemented their Teenage Kicks Program which uses football to target as its main aim that of proactive reduction in religious, social and cultural barriers that often prevent young people in Ballymena from stepping outside their community.

As the project primarily seeks to build a relationship between young people from different religions and cultures within the North of Ballymena, a number of these young people, supervised by some of the Club’s coaches, travelled to the Share Discovery Village in Lisnaskea over the weekend of 12th – 14th June for an action packed weekend residential. 

The weekend consisted of cooperative team building exercises as well as a variety of adventure activities including banana boating and archery. This helped the young people to get to know other young people from the different communities and all agreed it was a crazy weekend and wished they could come back for more, sometime in the future!