The key features of the Ballyrunners Programme are that the young people are not paid for the participation. Their engagement is voluntary but we are happy to report that our retention of the young people is very high; thus demonstrating their motivation to engage in something meaningful.
Secondly is that the facilitators from each agency actively participate in the programme, so if the young people are dancing, we’re dancing, if they’re digging gardens in the rain, we’re digging.
Not only is this pro-social modelling but it also demonstrates our investment in the young people and the programme. It also has huge benefits in terms of relationship building.
Key to success is motivated and enthusiastic facilitators who believe in the programme and in the young people’s capacity to make positive changes, interagency collaboration, flexibility and creativity.
Most importantly due to its interagency collaborations it utilises resources from local agencies.