2019 Grant Recipients with Noel Lamb, Chairman and Roddy Doyle

2019 Grant Recipients with Noel Lamb, Chairman and Roddy Doyle


We recently awarded 5 new grants to:

The Creative Arts and Social Team, Fusion Theatre, Lisburn, Rhythm Youth Club, Kinship Care Dreamscheme NI

Keep a look out for reports and pictures to follow!


In 2018 we awarded grants to 10 youth projects across Northern Ireland. 

  •  REACH Across – summer programme for at risk children to include social awareness and team building activities

  • Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre – Dance programme to explore social attitudes

  • The Whistle Project – Educational programme aimed at forging relationships.  Art project (mural) as specific outcome

  • Active Communities Network, Arts projects using West Side Story to explore differences

  • Murley Silver Band - Cross community band start up

  • Portadown Phoenix Players – Production of Guys and Dolls and Little Women

  • Respira Dance – Cross community dance project

  • Youth Outreach – summer programme for at risk children

  • Clooney Estate Resident Association – A music initiative resulting in music festival

  • Verbal Arts Centre – A cross community creative performance resulting in a Video story 

2017– HFY NI Awarded 8 Grants

  • Enagh Youth Forum – Projects including music and arts projects, to bring together young people from all communities

  • Enterprise Factory – Music programme delivered within 6 secondary schools

  • 174 Trust – Project which brought together youths from Shankill and New Lodge areas over the contentious summer months, to join in cultural and heritage activities linked to Irish and Northern Irish traditions

  • Life Changes Lives - A Pop Up Art Project, with the children working in teams to create a platform which enabled them to work with counsellors to address mental health, addiction, antisocial behaviour and criminality; and

  • Dundonald Sea Cadets – A Project to promote personal and team development.  Hope for Youth helped fund a new safety boat

  • REACH Across - Summer Intervention Scheme including an Outdoor Education Camp during a period of heightened community tensions, contentious parades, bonfires and commemorations

  • Dreamscheme NI – The project resulted in a film developed by at-risk children based in Belfast and Lisburn.  The project engaged the young children with neighbouring communities to challenge thinking and help them understand, respect and to value diversity and difference.

 2015 – HFY NI Awarded 10 Grants

In 2015 Hope for Youth funded 10 youth projects across Northern Ireland.  We saw an astonishing increased in applications from some 111 different youth projects and organisations, all desperately seeking financial and grant assistance to allow their projects to be realised. 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 – football scheme for improved community cohesion targeting minority ethnic groups.

  • Craigavon Intercultural Programme – BOSS Project - The BOSS Project is a cross community/cross cultural project, Ballyoran, Oasis and Scotch Street Youth Clubs, all based in Portadown

  • Cairn Lodge Amateur Boxing – a youth project to promote cross community relationships between youth groups

  • Carrowshee Park – Project ‘Great Outdoors’ to promote cross community relations in a programme of outdoor pursuits, environmental art and conservation.

  • Creggan Country Park - promoting cross community relations in a programme of outdoor pursuits, environmental art and conservation.

  • Speedwell Trust - based in Dungannon, ran team building activities for young children in conjunction with the Police Service of Northern Ireland

  • Crossover Basketball - NI based good relations project to help motivate our young people to a brighter future

  • The Gasyard - a Londonderry/Derry based drama project resulting in a film, soundtrack and published poetry

  • Dungannon Youth Centre – A graffiti art project to highlight the many different cultures that visit the centre.

  • Sixmilecross – Project to tackle issues relating to youth through drama and art workshops in conjunction with the PSNI

2012/2013- HFY NI Awarded 15 Grants

  • NI Children’s Enterprise - Programmes of games and activities between schools from different communities

  • Sport Changes Life (EHoops) –A good relations project to deliver new local team with local youth groups.  The ground breaking EHoops programme brings hope to young people in local communities across Northern Ireland by using a healthy mix of sport with alternative education, to give the young people a brighter future and enable them to become and active citizens in society

  • The Playtrail – A project involving 2 groups of teenagers learning through music and dance how to deal with bereavement

  • Extern Children’s Services – Project aimed at bringing together groups of children in Derry/Londonderry

  • Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children – weekend retreat to help children from all communities

  • Youth Lyric – cross community project resulting in production of Alice in Wonderland

  • Youth Action Northern Ireland – Rainbow Factory set up to encourage children from all communities to come together through drama

  • Quaker Service – Teenage project using art therapy to help young children learn about other beliefs and opinions

  • REACH Across - Summer Intervention Scheme including an Outdoor Education Camp during a period of heightened community tensions, contentious parades, bonfires and commemorations

  • East Belfast Community Counselling – Allotment garden project, novel outreach counselling project for young children with mental health issues

  • Big Telly Theatre Company – Project MADE at the MAC. a film project to bring together 500 children from different communities across Belfast

  • Millennium Theatre Trust – Project results in the InterAct Youth Arts festival with children representing both sides of the community in Derry/Londonderry

  • Lisbellaw Football Club - football scheme for improved community relations

  • St Benedicts Martial Arts Club – new group for improved community relations

  • Primecut Productions – film and audio project resulting in an audio of interviews and reflections from 100 young people across both communities


Project 1:  R.E.A.C.H ACROSS (Residentials, Educational Activities, Community Holidays)

1)  Area & Participant Profile

REACH Across Members are primarily recruited from officially recognized areas of disadvantage in the North-West region of N. Ireland. Despite political progress, the region is still adversely affected by high unemployment, sectarianism, under-age drinking and anti-social behavior. There is also an increasing level of mental health and suicide-related issues affecting young people. REACH Across members are 14-17yrs old, which we believe is the must vulnerable age group in relation to negative behaviours and influences. The region is still generally polarized with limited mixed housing and shared facilities.

2)   Project Aims and Objectives

The project aimed to develop and strengthen cross-community contact during the Summer months, which are generally regarded as the most divisive amongst young people, as they can either engage in positive or negative opportunities. The project aimed to continue the development of personal skills and confidence levels that were kick-started during our Spring Programme.  The project had a twin track approach to achieving its aims, by organizing a Summer Intervention Scheme and an Outdoor Education Camp during a period of heightened community tensions, contentious parades, bonfires and commemorations. The primary objectives of the project were

1)   To recruit 50 young people on a cross-community basis, primarily from recognizedareas of social disadvantage and isolation.

2)   To provide an intervention programme of outdoor activities, education visits, craft workshops and shared learning sessions that will promote active citizenship and healthier lifestyles

3)   To provide an Outdoor Education Camp for 30 project participants, that will enable contact and personal development over a sustained period and will motivate participants to register for follow-up training and events, during our Autumn Programme.

4)   To benefit participants in relation to employability, education, self-esteem and self-management.

3)  Purpose of Funding

The Hope for Youth grant was specifically used to cover costs of the Summer Intervention Scheme and Outdoor Activity Camp. Participants were male and female and aged between 14 – 17yrs old. The Intervention Scheme included craft and cultural workshops, education visits and team-building activities.

Outputs of the Project included

a)    24 young people attended a cultural design workshop at the Nerve Centre’s FabLab that included producing self-designed t-shirts. Participants were also able to use laser cutting equipment to produce small items from recycled materials

b)    28 young people attended an Education Visit to Belfast that included a tour of the PeaceLines and visits to Crumlin Road Gaol, Stormont and W5 Science Centre.

c)    44 young people attended a Civic Activism workshop that focused on improving the local infrastructure for young people, prior to a visit to Belfast Zoo. Later that day the full group participated in a civic engagement workshop that invited Members to name a new housing estate planned for L’Derry.

d)    24 young people visited the RADAR Safety Centre in Belfast, during which Members were made aware of the respective dangers at home, on the street and on-line.

e)    28 young people and 4 Leaders attended the Summer Activity Camp which included a range of activities such as banana boating, high ropes course, zipline, laser quest and the crazy golf buggy. This was a self-catering residential which provided opportunities for participants to develop their catering and groupwork skills during a COOK IT workshop, as well as their confidence and interaction levels.

4)   Overall Benefits

a)      The project provided sustained integration for over 50 young people, during the Summer months and provided positive alternatives to an age group that is vulnerable to anti-social behavior, under-age drinking and lingering sectarianism

b)      The education visits and development workshops helped to increase the social, political and cultural awareness of participants, which we hope will enable members to be more tolerant, understanding and active citizens.

c)      Several participants were referred to REACH Across by Social Services and therefore the project provided development and recreational opportunities, for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or difficult family circumstances.

d)      We have encouraged participants to add their experiences and learning to personal statements and CVs and therefore the project has benefited their personal skills, self-management and employability.

e)      During the residential, participants took part in a Prejudice Reduction workshop which required them to write and perform a short drama based on a prejudice or stereotyping scenario. This workshop helped many participants to be more aware and understanding of the consequences of prejudice, racism or sectarianism. A 2nd exercise required the group to employ someone based on trickled pieces of information.

f)       Participants identified personal and general benefits through individual evaluation forms at the end of the residential and also through informal evaluations at the end of project events and workshops.


Enagh Youth Forum's Hope For Youth Funded 'You Know My Name, Not My Story Project'

The project reached, engaged and included a total of 36 young people of mixed gender and religion aged 11-18 years old.
25 young people reside in Strathfoyle and 11 reside in Maydown.

  • The essence of this project was promoting diversity and good relations.

  • This was achieved through young people taking part in a wide of range of workshops which included exploring 'single identity', 'flags & emblems' & 'understanding myself and others'.

  • These workshops were very well attended, and they enabled young people to come together in common purpose, breaking down barriers and promoting use of shared spaces. Whilst young people really benefited from these workshops, its clear from the group evaluation that more work is required to build on the foundations of this 'working together'.

  • Other workshops explored anti-social behaviour and drugs and substance misuse and young people were able to learn from a number of dvd educational tools and apply the learning, mainly the facilitators utilised a harm reduction approach.

Young people also took part and benefited from a wide range of activities including:

- Successfully completing a Star 1 Kayaking course at Enagh lough with Assessment on the River Foyle (15)
- Graffiti Workshops (Urban Arts) (10)
- Successfully completing a REC 1 Emergency First Aid Course (12)
- Music Workshops (12)

For those young people who successfully completes the Star 1 kayaking, it has increased their confidence and self-esteem and some of them have expressed their wish to now progress further and hope to complete Star 2 kayaking later in the summer. It was also great to see young people connecting with the environment, increasing their own health and well-being and making use of the natural resource Enagh Lough which is on Strathfoyles door step.

Young people were encouraged to remove offensive graffiti from in and around Strathfoyle and then created their an inter-generational art piece for the Enagh Seniors Group which is now permanently displayed in Maydown Play Park. For some of these young people, this was their first experience in working on an inter-generational project. Other graffiti workshops involved young people working closely with Maydown Amateur Boxing Club and creating a few permanent art pieces down at the club's training suite.

12 young people successfully completed REC 1 First Aid and have now learned life saving skills that will enable them to help protect themselves and others in the future.

The music workshops worked specifically for a group of young girls aged 11-13 and helped them to build their confidence and self-esteem and all of the participants reported very positive feedback when describing the facilitator who seemed to connect with them also exploring issues such as bullying and body image and how music can be used as a tool to bring about issues based conversations.

Over the next few weeks this project will conclude with 12 young people taking part in 'Save Your Mate' which is a short one day course that explores staying safe, bullying, first aid and how to be a friend. This potentially life saving course will specifically benefit young people aged 10-13 whom we have already identified as engaging in 'risk taking' behaviour'.

In terms of project promotion we utilised a small amount of funding to purchase a 'pull up display' with the Hope For Youth logo and Enagh Youth Forum logo both printed onto it and utilised this during a certificate presentation on Monday 9th January 2017 where the Mayoress of Derry City and Strabane District Council presented young people with their certificates at an event held at Strathfoyle Library. 

Eamonn O'Donnell - Youth Support Worker with Enagh Youth Forum said:

"This project made a real difference as it brought young people together in common purpose. It enabled them to achieve qualifications and helped to build their self esteem, confidence and resilience. It also helped connect young people with other young people, meet new people and do new things. This project is a stepping stone for ourselves as youth workers in terms of building on the success of this project for the future and planning future interventions to in essence help provide 'Hope For Youth".



Grants Awarded in 2015 In 2015 Hope for Youth funded 10 youth projects across Northern Ireland.  2015 had seen an astonishing increase in applications from 111 different organisations, all desperately seeking financial and grant assistance to help them make a difference.  Award Ceremony took place at Hillsborough Castle in the presence of the Chief Patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and 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.