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The Programme

Ballyrunners is a high support, low threshold skills based programme that aims to positively engage participants in constructive activities and change their attitudes and behaviours. The short-term programme runs 3 days per week.


  1. Community Gardening
  2. Hill Walking
  3. Cooking
  4. Gym/Track Training
  5. Mini Football League
  6. DSPCA Responsible Horse Ownership Programme
  7. Leadership Skills
  8. Yoga/Mindfulness
  9. Personal Development
  10. Choice & Challenges
  11. Addiction Awareness
  12. Career Guidance
  13. Music Skills
  14. Charity Fun Run
  15. Outings


• Archery

• Basketball

• Skipping

• Indoor football

• Penalty Shots

• Running Laps


Pat Kavanagh

(Co-founder and Developer of Ballyrunners)

Since 1999 Pat has worked in different roles in the Ballymun Job Centre.

Career Guidance Officer supporting clients into training, education and employment.
Placement Officer, liaising with employers on behalf of Job Seekers.

High Support Guidance Officer, working clients with addiction and/or criminal issues and supporting in addressing barriers preventing them from gaining employment.

Rachel Lillis

(Co-founder and Developer of Ballyrunners)

Rachel has worked in the Probation Service for almost 20 years and have led teams in a variety of settings, including prisons and communities.

I believe passionately in the capacity of people to make positive change and enjoy working with and supporting service users in their path towards desistance.

I have been so fortunate to have worked and represent the Probation Service in the Ballymun area over the years and appreciate the strong spirit of the community.

Ellen Scanlon
(Member of Ballyrunners Committee)

Ellen Scanlon is a High Support Guidance Officer with the Ballymun Job Centre working with those furthest removed from the labour market. She is a member of the Ballyrunners Committee.

She holds a BA in community Development NUI Maynooth and an MA in Social Policy and Human rights NUI Maynooth. 

Danielle McCann
(Ballyrunners Committee Coordinator)

Danielle McCann is a Project Worker with the STRIVE Project and a coordinator on the Ballyrunners committee and she has occupied the role for the past 3 years, working independently and as part of an interagency team.

The Ballyrunners is a strengths-based programme that places the person at the centre and compassionately builds relationships and connections to community while offering avenues and supports to training, education, and employment.

Anne McCluskey
(Member of Ballyrunners Committee)

Training Coordinator for an industry-led IT skills training programme for people from disadvantaged communities. Job Initiative Coordinator for a Government Employment Programme for long-term unemployed people.

Participant in a variety of EU projects.

Currently assisting in the delivery of the Work Experience Enterprise project managed by the Ballymun Job Centre

A few words from our participants

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