Ballyrunners is an activity-based programme targeting young people who can be described as “very hard to reach” by mainstream services and whose lifestyle can be characterised as:
- Early School Leavers
- May have criminal or addiction issues
- Lack of interest in obtaining training or education
- Far removed from labour market
Target of Ballyrunners
Priorities of the Ballyrunners project are hard to reach young people that have little or no engagement with services. We specifically target early school leavers and those far removed from the labor market.
Many of the participant will have Criminal and or Addiction backgrounds.
Primary aim of Ballyrunners
Is to provide participants with the skills (confidence, motivation, self-esteem and outlook for the future) to successfully apply for education, training and or employment.
This programme also provides the participants with information, guidance on related careers while giving them an appetite and interest to consider moving towards the world of work.
Above all, our participants will have the opportunity to improve not only their social, inter and intrapersonal skills. They will become more cognitively aware of the choices that they make and the impact on them and those in their community.
In addition, this is a high support, low threshold programme that runs 3 days per week and has 4 main components:
Modules include Addiction Awareness, Choice and Challenge, Career Guidance, Preparing for Work, Drama, Animal Care (This delivered by The DSPCA) Cooking etc.
Restoration of community gardens, community clean up and graffiti clean up.
Young people train for and participate in a FUN RUN for Simon Community (A service for the homeless). Along with a team from Án Garda Siochána they take part in a selection of activities such as:
- Mini football community league
- Hill Walking
- Yoga, as well as undertaking other physical activities.
- Which include: Archery, Basketball, Skipping, Indoor Football, Penalty Shots, Running Laps and more!
In addition, facilitators take part in all of the activities alongside the participants. For the purpose to help build relationships and trust of the young people involved.
To overcome these difficulties, Ballyrunners has been established to engage young people in a dynamic programme that aims to create and promote routine, work ethics and productivity. In addition to helping build positive relationships, promote pro-social activities and challenge offending or anti-social behaviors.