we’re committed to young people

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caring for the next generation

Motivated by our Christian faith, we believe in the worth and potential of every young person and are committed to making a positive difference in their lives.

This season, our team of youth workers and mentors will support over 300 at-risk young people in communities including Braniel, Milltown, Belvoir, Breda, Botanic and Moneyreagh.

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

 

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“What is your main challenge in life?”

(Dreamscheme Youth Survey, 2019)

 
  • 1 in 3 struggle with mental health problems such as low self-esteem, depression or anxiety

  • 1 in 4 have been involved in anti-social behaviour during the last year

  • 1 in 2 are worried about their future

  • 1 in 2 young people are concerned about school and work

  • 1 in 4 feel they don’t fit in.

 

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young people in northern ireland

  • 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)

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It’s a long-term journey

 

We walk beside young people throughout their teenage life, encouraging them as they mature. Our aim is to help each young person get ready for life, for relationships, for work, for the world.

 

6000+ mentoring and youth work activities this year


 

we’re there for young people in the community and in school

 

youth work

in communities

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mentoring

in schools

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feedback about dreamscheme

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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
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Would you consider supporting a 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.