Are you a young person aged between 14-24 years, living in the North Belfast, Shankill or Newtownabbey areas and looking to achieve new goals, develop new skills and get involved in training? If so, we have a new and exciting Breakthrough Programme that could be for you.

 
Breakthrough is a European Union PEACE IV funded project led by Ashton Community Trust and delivered in partnership with Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum, Ardoyne Youth Enterprises, New Life City church, the YEHA Project, Street Beat, Newtownabbey Arts and Cultural Network (NACN) and Loughview Community Action Partnership (LCAP).
 
Young people taking part in the Breakthrough Programme will have the opportunity to get involved in team building days, a residential, volunteering, one-to-one mentoring support and group work to include personal development, citizenship and good relations. A menu of training is also available in the areas of Arts, Sports, Digital Imaging/Film Making, Creative Industries and Digital Fabrication. An incentive payment of £8 per day (subject to criteria) and childcare costs are available throughout the programme.
 
Young people are at the centre of the Breakthrough Programme and are actively engaged in the design of the programme, which will be facilitated by Youth Outreach Mentors across schools and partner organisations.
 
Nuala McCallum Breakthrough Manager explains, “This project is all about personal growth for our young people in Shankill, North Belfast and Newtownabbey and choice will play a central role. It is a youth centred intervention programme and we really want local young people aged between 14 and 24 to get involved and access a whole range of one to one support sessions and tailored opportunities. We want to inspire and encourage young people to use the Breakthrough Programme to develop life skills that matter to them which have been co-designed in such a way that we focus on meaningful activities that are adaptable, transferable and useful to our young people in the long run”
 
If you, or someone you know, would like more information or would want to get involved in this exciting youth work programme and are aged 14-24 years from any of the following areas: New Lodge, Woodvale, Shankill, Ardoyne, Cliftonville, Rathcoole, Mount Vernon and Shore Road areas, please get in touch through any of the following options:
 
Breakthrough Programme Office:
McSweeney Centre on 028 90322289
Nuala Mc Callum – Operations Manager
nuala.mccallum@ashtoncentre.com
 
Caroline Mc Creight – Programme Manager
caroline.mccreight@ashtoncentre.com
 
Sean Breen – Community Programme Coordinator
sean.breen@ashtoncentre.com
 
Corinna McErlean – Financial Administrator
corinna.mcerlean@ashtoncentre.com
 
Community Programme – Youth Outreach Mentors
New Lodge Programme – Paddy Doyle: 07843942026
Cliftonville Programme – Ray Grant: 07843939662
Shankill programme – Peter Mc Cann: 07858579471
Rathcoole, Mount Vernon and Shore Road Programme – 028 90322289
Ardoyne Programme – 028 90322289
Woodvale Programme – 028 90322289
 
Ashton Community Trust is the lead partner in the Breakthrough Programme.