Youth News 25th April 2018
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DARE to Lead Change Project (DARE) seeks to inform and change what citizens know and think about the mix of society in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties, by introducing multifaceted conversations about cultural, racial and ethnic interdependence. The programme is funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and is therefore FREE for participants.

Good Relations & Civic Leadership, OCN Level 2
Dates and time: 25th April & 2nd May, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue: the ARC (Arts Resource Centre), 7 Donegall Street Place, Belfast. BT1 2FN (map)

A second OCN Level 2 course
The actual course will be decided by participants but the general themes on offer include Understanding Diversity within Society, Developing Leadership Skills, Improving Team Building Skills, etc.
Dates and time: 9th May & 16th May, 9.30am-5.30pm
Venue: the ARC (Arts Resource Centre), 7 Donegall Street Place, Belfast. BT1 2FN (map)

 Interested? Contact Gabri on or tel: (0)28 90923493 as soon as possible. Please visit for more information

Support Gary's Skydive for Lighthouse!  

Gary Symington is Senior Youth Intervention Officer at Lighthouse charity Belfast. Gary's role is to provide positive mental health programmes & resilience workshops to young people in a variety of youth settings; schools, AEP projects and youth & community centres throughout the Greater Belfast area. Gary also has a specific group work programme set up to support young people who have lost a loved one to suicide, attempted to take their own life, or are dealing with personal struggles. 

Gary has been a valued trustee of Boys & Girls Clubs for six years and has previous experience as a senior youth worker with Upper Springfield Development Trust. His personal interests include family, cycling, mechanics and hill walking.

Gary is facing his fears and completing a Skydive to raise vital funds for Lighthouse. Show your support for this fantastic charity by donating on his JustGiving page.

Click here for more information on an exciting new Play Messaging Campaign which forms part of a Play and Leisure Project being taken forward by the Children and Young People’s Strategy Team within the Department of Education.

The Health and Wellbeing team have #AdEnough of #junkfoodads bombarding children, teenagers and adults with junk food marketing.

We are calling for government to introduce a 9pm watershed on junk food advertising on TV, and for proper controls on what ads are seen online, in the street and on public transport.  Specifically making sure kids aren’t being targeted with unhealthy products (which was one of the proposals made (but rejected) in the initial Childhood Obesity plan in 2016).
You can show your support by posting an image of yourself hiding your eyes on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #AdEnough
For more information, check out:

The Fore - Grants of up to £30,000

The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises.

We match successful applicants with friendly professional support – ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance. And because we are committed to helping all organisations learn, we give feedback to unsuccessful candidates and offer access to our regular, high quality training and networking events.

For more information please visit The Fore. Closing date for registered organisations is 30th April 2018.

Our Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years.

We give grants for...

Projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects we fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

For further information please visit the BBC Children in Need website. The next deadline for applications is 13th May 2018.



Armourers and Brasiers' Gauntlet Trust: Grants for Small Charities

One-off grants of £500 to £1500 to UK charities working in one of the following five areas: Community or Armed Forces; Children, Youth or General Education; Health or Medical; the Arts, Arms or Armour; Christian Mission or Human Rights.

Find out more on the website. Closing date for applications is 30 April 2018.




Apply for up to £1,000 in funding to help your group reach its maximum potential – whether that is for equipment, kits or for a special project that will make a BIG impact!


Applications from small or large community, sporting, charity, youth and all age groups who can propose a tangible project, activity or item which can be realised or executed once the funds have been received and within an 8-week timescale.

To apply please click here

Boys & Girls Clubs is a Voluntary Youth Headquarter Organisation that works to support and represent a membership of over 150 youth clubs and youth organisations with a collective membership of some 15,000 young people across Northern Ireland.  Working alongside our membership and network we involve, support and enable young people, particularly those from disadvantaged and less fortunate backgrounds, to participate in positive activities, new experiences and learning opportunities.

Services - Find out more about how Boys & Girls Clubs can support and help your club.

Programmes - Find out more about our programmes such as Youth Council, sports competitions and exchanges.

Training - We offer a number of training courses for young people, staff and volunteers. 

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