WHO WE ARE?
Newstart is a community based organisation in West Belfast which has served the community for over 20 years. As an Alternative Education/Learning and Youth Development Centre, we provide a service that is inclusive of all in our society for young people and their families who are excluded or disengaged from the mainstream. We have developed an innovative approach to the development, learning, education and provide a wraparound support service for young people and their families. The multidisciplinary team at Newstart work towards enabling young people to re-engage with education and youth provision, to become independent and to re-integrate into the communities in which they live. It deals with issues such as drug and alcohol misuse, mental health difficulties, behavioural challenges, violence in the home and community.
WHERE ARE WE?
We are based in Dunlewey Street off the Falls Road.
Our young people are from right across the city of Belfast and beyond.
WHEN WERE WE SET UP?
New start was initially set up in 1989 as a community initiative, working with those young people most at risk and in danger of marginalization within our society. We also work with their families and the wider community. The organization has grown and developed over the past sixteen years. The Education Project was established in 1998 as a direct result of assessing the needs of the young people and the Communities we serve.
WHAT’S ON OFFER?
Bespoke Youth Programmes
An opportunity to continue learning
Five day per week provision – for young people with a structured time-table which meets the needs of our young people.
A range of accredited subjects including GCSE, Essential Skills, OCN, Occupational Studies.
Vocational Training and Work Experience.
Parental/ family support – including informal and formal courses/sessions on issues of relevance.
Outreach Programmes and ‘In-House’ programmes as required specifically tailor made to suit the group.
Social & Life Skills Programmes – designed to suit individual or group needs of those referred to the Centre by statutory, voluntary or community organisations.
NUMBERS (since 1998)
Since its inception Newstart has worked with hundreds of Young People and their families. Within the Alternative Education Programme, in order to provide an individualised programme which meets the needs of all our young people we try to work within a ‘ceiling’ of 20 young people annually. However through our Outreach Programmes during the course of any one year we have in excess of 150+ beneficiaries young people, parents and others availing of our service provision.