Join the journey

Join us as we seek to help vulnerable young people in Belfast and Castlereagh reach their full potential.

You can get involved by givingvolunteering, or simply cheering them on here!

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Young people need hope and support

Young people from a wide range of communities including Braniel, Milltown/Belvoir, Breda, Dundonald and Botanic, currently attend a local Dreamscheme group,

We work together with parents, community leaders, schools and police to identify young people in most need of support.

This is experience of the young people in our care:

  • Pressure to abuse alcohol or drugs

  • Pressure to take part in anti-social behaviour

  • Poor attitude towards self and others

  • Poor attitude towards education and work

  • Mental health problems

  • Poor communication or social skills

  • Home and family problems

 
 

Did you know?

  • 8 out of 12 young people in our Breda group have experienced parental separation or abandonment.

  • 4 boys in this group have already been influenced by older teenagers to abuse drugs, while 5 of these boys have on-going behaviour problems. 

  • 11 out of 19 young people in our Milltown/Belvoir group have experienced parental separation or abandonment. One boy’s father is in prison. 

  • In our Braniel group, 10 out of 24 young people have experienced parental separation or abandonment. 

  • Dreamschemers from the Roma community in Botanic often have poor meals, live in overcrowded houses, experience racist abuse at school and face severe pressure to drop out of education. 

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We have a flexible approach but the same mission

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youth intervention 

During the summer and at weekends, our street youth workers reach out to young people who are stuck in patterns of destructive behaviour, such as drug and alcohol abuse. Through this work, we are able to build trust, relationships and encourage young people to participate in positive alternatives.

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youth groups

We create safe, positive spaces in local communities where young people can connect and thrive together. Our Dreamscheme groups run every week where young people get involved in awareness workshops, community service, drop-ins, debates, sports activities and stimulating trips. 

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youth support

Through our mentoring programme we encourage, challenge, and coach young people who are in greatest need of individual support. We mentor young people in the community and in local schools.


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Dreamscheme has provided great opportunities for my daughter over the past year or so. To have somewhere for her to go were she enjoys the friendships, feels safe, comfortable and knows she has great mentors is invaluable especially in the teenage years.
— Claire, mother
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The leaders and volunteers of Dreamscheme should be very proud of the work they do with the young people. They are exceptional role models. They have fun but equally discuss challenging topics current for young people today, in an inclusive approach. My son loves Dreamscheme.
— Andrea, mother
Dreamscheme has helped me stay away from dangerous things like drink, drugs and hanging around with the wrong group of people.
— Ben, young person
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Dreamscheme has made me more confident in myself. I was really shy and easily embarrassed but Dreamscheme helped me come out of myself. I was able to go for a job and now work part time.
— Caitlin, young person

Would you consider supporting a vulnerable young person in their journey with us by giving as little as £3?

 

what your donation goes towards:

  • Activity costs - we provide alternatives to anti-social or risk-taking behaviour including sports, creative and social activities

  • Transport costs - we hire buses to transport groups of young people safely during trips and overnight stays.

  • Room rental costs - we rent appropriate venues that provide a safe place for young people to meet

  • Youth worker costs - we recruit and train talented, passionate youth workers who lead and mentor young people every week throughout their teenage life

  • Accreditation costs - we offer training and qualifications to young people and young leaders

  • Food costs - we provide refreshments during projects for hungry stomachs!

  • Material costs - we need lots of practical materials so that we can facilitate learning workshops, drop-in nights, skills development activities etc.

 

On behalf of the team, thank you

Stephen Mullan, Operations Manager