This Christmas we're thankful for your support
A big massive thank you list, merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
"Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
From smashing through ICT Essential Skills qualifications to producing 60 words per minute CVs, we have up to 90 laptops on the go by young people on our employability programmes at any one time. Many of these laptops are due to take up retirement at the Computer History Museum.
Making noise about #ActiveBeats
Music workshops, lunches, five-a-side football, dodge-ball, rounders, circuit training, fitness sessions, studio classes and the popular Olympic sport of 'paintballing'. (More than)-Five Ways to Wellbeing...
Our back office
Guest blog for VIable Corporate Services about our collaborative back office functions by Paddy Mooney, director at Include Youth.
Here’s how we’ve been marking national Care Day
Lunches... launches... dinners... comic books... superheros... 6am starts... 10pm finishes... new jobs... and workshops. Just a snapshot of all the things our young care leavers have been up to for Care Day.
Please rethink the decision to take away our Pathways EMA
A letter to Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry from young people across Include Youth's Give and Take Scheme sites asking that he reconsider the decision to remove their Pathways EMA allowance.
Let's raise the age – 10 is too young
Guest blog by Vivian McConvey, Chief Executive of VOYPIC. Now, we all know I'm not a regular blogger – yes, I'm comfy on Twitter but I don't manage to set down my thoughts in more than 140 characters nearly as often as I'd like. But this week I had the opportunity to stand up and support a great initiative and putting my thoughts in only 140 characters just won't do the trick.
What is the right age
Koulla Yiasouma, Director, Include Youth discusses the minimum age of criminal responsibility and the campaign launch for Raise the Age NI.
Reaching Out: Empowering Young People
Big Lottery Fund NI has been talking to stakeholders about plans for a new young people’s programme, which opens for applications in early 2015. Koulla Yiasouma, director of Include Youth, outlines how our funding has supported the young people they work to improve their lives. Include Youth has been around for 35 years, and since 1988 has run services to support disadvantaged
Golden Day dance
It was a night of fun, music and dancing when young people from Include Youth's Derry base came together recently with older people from the city's Dove House for the Golden Day Dance. The event was hosted in a marquee in the Gasyard Centre's garden, with people of all ages getting in on the action. Stu Plant from Include Youth, who helped organise the joint project, said: "The night was...
Allowed To Move On
With 12 accredited qualifications achieved in just two years and three different work placements under her belt one might wonder why an enthusiastic and driven 19 year old might struggle to get accepted onto a college course or into a job. But only a few weeks ago this young woman spoke passionately to a small audience of academics, senior police, solicitors, voluntary, community and...
Happy As Larry
Six months ago, Mark was one of the 46,000 young people in Northern Ireland not in education, training or employment. One week ago Mark, now aged 21, left care.