Start360 is Northern Ireland’s leading provider of support services to young people, adult offenders and families in the community. We provide a range of services and interventions in the areas of health, justice and employability. We have an excellent track record working with young people and adults in partnership with the statutory, voluntary and community sectors, providing support for people through an extensive range of skill-based programmes and services.
Start360 was previously known as Opportunity Youth – we celebrated our 21st Birthday in April 2014 by launching our new brand which better reflects our wide range of services.
To read more about our work, visit our website.
"Helping people make the most of their life's opportunities and be the best they can be."
We offer a range of innovative programmes and services, which can be easily adapted to meet specific issues faced by young people, including drug/alcohol misuse, mental and emotional health, barriers to employment or achievement, or lack of confidence and self-esteem. Sessions are always delivered in a way that is enjoyable and interactive, whilst being grounded in a sound learning framework.
Our key programmes and services include:
Advocacy representing and discussing young people’s views
Counselling offered to young people with more complex emotional or mental health support needs
Diversionary Activities/Residential Experiences providing young people with opportunities to participate and improve their personal, social and life skills
Groupwork educating young people and/or adults, helping them to understand and engage with each other
Mentoring & Group Mentoring Tailored an experienced youth worker assists young people to make positive lifestyle and employment choices
Since our establishment in 1993, our experience has enabled us to develop skills in various ways:
A proven track record in designing, developing and delivering an exceptional range of practical support
Experienced, qualified and skilled staff practitioners in all areas of youth work
A carefully developed, unique methodology based on the proven benefits of peer education
A focus on support, care, and self-development
A keen understanding of young people’s varied and often complex needs
Our Senior Team
The Senior Management Team at Start360 is:
- Anne Marie McClure (Chief Executive)
- Clare O’Reilly (Finance Manager)
- Cara McHugh (Corporate Services Manager)
- Stephen Barr (Service Delivery Manager. SE Area)
- Kathleen Grego (Service Delivery Manager, NE & SW Area)
- Clare Connolly (Service Delivery Manager, AD:EPT)
- Marie Wright (Service Delivery Manager, Daisy East)
- Ronan McGinley (Service Delivery Manager, Hydebank/ Adjust)
- Zoe Anderson (Communications Manager)
Over the years we have worked closely with a variety of organisations from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors. These have included Health and Social Care Trusts, the Department for Employment and Learning, the Northern Ireland Prison Service, the Youth Conference Service, the Probation Board of Northern Ireland, numerous regional training organisations, further education colleges, schools, community groups and youth clubs.
Please contact Start360 for further information on our services.