The difference we’re trying to make
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
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.
Young people 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.
Mental health: Almost half of young people in Northern Ireland say they have experienced a mental health problem (Prince’s Trust), while referrals to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Northern Ireland have increased by 21% in three years
Social media: Nearly two thirds of young people in Northern Ireland feel "overwhelming pressure" from social media, while over half feel “inadequate” when comparing their life to their friends on social media (Prince's Trust eBay Youth Index)
Poverty: Between 2015-16 and 2021-22, the poverty rate is projected to rise by 7 percentage points for children. (Institute for Fiscal Studies, Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017–18 to 2021–22).
Sex & relationships: 90% of young people feel under pressure to have sex, while 1 in 3 teenagers in Northern Ireland have sent or received an indecent image on their phone (Love for Life)
Education & work: Nine out of 10 young people in Northern Ireland questioned for a survey said they were worried about their job prospects (British Council Next Generation Ireland-Northern Ireland report)
Community: A quarter of young people in Northern Ireland believe that people in their community do not care about them, while almost half (45%) do not believe they have role models in their community (Survey by Prince’s Trust and HSBC UK)