Previous Partcipants of Ballyrunners Programme 2019
What is Ballyrunners?
Ballyrunners is a high support, low threshold skills-based programme that aims to positively engage participants in constructive activities and change their attitudes and behaviours. It is specifically designed for early school leavers that are far removed from the labour market and that may have addiction issues or criminal history.
The programme is called Ballyrunners as the original goal of the programme was to complete a Fun Run for charity.
What is included?
The programme is aligned to The Bronze and Silver Gaisce Awards and can include modules like: Filming, Charity Fun run, First Aid, Drama and Bike Mechanics.
The Gaisce Award is comprised of 4 components which include, but not limited to, Personal Development, Community Integration, Physical Activities, Adventure days and outings to theatres and other cultural settings.
The goal of the Ballyrunners programme is that the participants will begin to understand that they do not act in isolation and that their actions have an impact not only on themselves but also on their families and the wider community.
Participants also, take part in modules such as Cooking, Yoga, Bike Maintenance, and most recently, an additional module of Equine Management, has been added which runs for 6 weeks and takes place in DSPCA in South Dublin.
Each year the Programme also facilitates, in conjunction with workers from The RECO, a mini football league. This always proves to be very popular and usually draws a big response with teams from various community agencies taking part.
Key to our Success?
A key to the success of the Ballyrunners Programme is the multiagency approach and the willingness and participation of the coordinators and tutors. The building of strong and respectful relationships allows the Programme to flourish and it contributes to a sense of well being which each of the participants and graduates acknowledge.
In 2019 Ballyrunners celebrated 10 very successful years. Throughout those 10 years numerous of the Ballyrunners graduates have progressed onto further training, education and employment.