12 month intensive employability programme for young people aged 16 to 21 referred to us through the five health and social care trusts.


To refer a young person to Give & Take: Core or for more information email John McComb on John@includeyouth.org or Claire Meenehan on Claire@includeyouth.org or call 028 9031 1007.


Give & Take: Core

“I was taking drugs all the time before I came onto Give & Take. Being on Give & Take has really changed me and I haven’t touched drugs for six months now. Give & Take has really motivated me to make a change to my life.”

Give & Take: Core works predominantly with young people aged 16 to 21 from a care background who are furthest from mainstream education, training or employment opportunities.

Core is a 12 month pre-vocational programme and standalone section within the overall Employability Service provided by all five health and social care trusts. The programme adopts a youth work approach from induction right through to move on and is delivered across our Belfast, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Derry and Omagh sites.

Young people are referred to Core by their social worker and participate in:

  • Supported work experience opportunities
  • Personal development programmes
  • Training and qualifications
  • One to one mentoring support from a volunteer in their community
  • Transitional support in their move on