What we offer
The core programmes on offer at the Belfast centre are:
The Youth Engagement Programme targets young people between the ages of 14 -20 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) back into education, training or employment. We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who will engage with individuals and groups at a street based detached level and seek to initiate and build relations with these young people and identify their needs and help them develop programmes that are individual to their needs. Rathbone seeks to expand young people’s opportunities to partake in activities that develop their participation in sport, art and cultural activities whilst also recognising these achievements with recognised qualifications. Youth Engagement is happening in the following areas North Belfast (Lower), West Belfast (Upper) and Colin Area (Lisburn).
Rathbone engagement staff and volunteers undertake intensive one to one mentoring support with individuals both from our engagement work and those referred to our project through various statutory and voluntary agencies such as social services and education welfare support. Referrals can be made by any agency please call or email and request a referral form.
Youth offending programme
Over the past three years Rathbone has worked closely with the Youth Justice Agency to provide support and provision for young people involved in the justice system. This programme includes, Rathbone’s social capital programme “Prove It”, Intensive one to one mentoring support, facilitation of reparation hours and extended family support.
Aged between 14-20, we have an opportunity in Rathbone for you to have your say! Rathbone have a team of young people from across Belfast/Lisburn that help us shape the work that is being undertaken both with them and their peers. Young people on the Forum will also have an opportunity to speak directly into those issues that most affect them by having an opportunity to speak directly with those in power in Stormont!. This is an open forum and any young people are welcome to attend contact our team for details of the next forum.
Rathbone offers our volunteers and mentors an opportunity to gain experience in working with young people from marginalised backgrounds. All volunteers are offered an extensive package of recognised training and help develop opportunities to move into a career. We have opportunities in the following areas: Administration support, peer mentors 16-20 year olds, volunteer mentors (business, criminal justice work, alcohol, drug and mental health), volunteer detached staff, management team, sports coaching and artists.
Rathbone is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and therefore follows safe recruitment, selection and vetting procedures. An enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure application will be required during the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, Rathbone welcomes applications from all sections of the community
Money Management Skills
Rathbone Belfast is now offering young people an opportunity to learn money management skills through our Barclays sponsored Money Skills Champions programme. For further details of how you or your young group could avail of this free training, please contact our centre.
Find out more
If you’d like more information about what Rathbone has to offer you, or if you know someone who might like to join, get in touch. We’d love to talk to you about the opportunities available. You can click here to email us, give us a call on 02890311570 or free call/text(02 network) 07591924213 (24/7), chat with our team on the street or call into our office at 122 Donegall Street (Beside the Belfast Telegraph). For further info on what’s happening in your area and further updates: