Working together with programme and community partners enables us to understand all aspects of the issues that face young people in Ireland today.

Programme Partners

Inspire Ireland is busy developing a number of important programme partnerships to guide our health promoting work with young people. These partnerships are built on the belief that by working together we can make a real difference in the lives of those we work with and for. Working together will involve the ongoing sharing of knowledge and experience on issues that are important in the lives of young people – from body image to sexual orientation, from drugs to self-harm. Together, Inspire Ireland and our partners aim reach to out to all young people who need support through tough times.


Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, is a non-profit organisation set up to respond to youth mental health issues in Ireland through the Jigsaw programme of service development, and research and advocacy. Its vision is an Ireland where young people are connected to their community and have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health.

Headstrong and Inspire Ireland share a similar hope for the future where young people in Ireland are better supported in their mental health and wellbeing. Both organisations ensure that young people are at the centre of all that they do, and advocate for mental health services and supports to be available when and where they are most needed. Collectively, Headstrong and Inspire accept that everyone goes through tough times and together are working towards helping young people lead happier lives as they journey into adulthood.

BeLonG To

BeLonG To is an Irish-based support organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23. BeLonG To provide safe, positive and fun environments for LGBT young people while also providing a lobbying and campaigning voice for LGBT youth issues. Inspire and BeLonG To will promote each other’s work and services as ‘like-minded’ organisations driven by a commitment to promoting positive mental health among young people.

Bodywhys – the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland

Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting the 200,000 people in Ireland affected by eating disorders. Bodywhys provides a range of services, including specific services for friends and families. Bodywhys has a strong online presence and the organisation will be a key programme partner for Inspire in guiding our work on the issues of eating disorders and body image.

The service is managed by Crosscare’s Drug and Alcohol Programme. is a comprehensive online resource providing information on a wide range of drug-related issues backed up by a detailed listing of available drug support services across Ireland. With a similar philosophy of approach, is an ideal partner for Inspire Ireland in developing and maintaining comprehensive and up to date information on drug and alcohol issues.

Community Partners

Inspire Ireland is working closely with community partners to create digital media for Reach Out. The process of creating the digital stories helps the young person identify the positive steps he or she took to overcome the challenges they faced. Identifying their own strengths and the support systems that helped them to get through adverse times helps them to overcome future tough times by utilising similar approaches.

These stories help to inspire young people who access the site and help to make them realise that we can all go through challenging times in our lives. We run digital storytelling workshops with two major partners in Dublin:

Bridge to College

The Bridge to College programme is a partnership between Suas Educational Development, Trinity College’s Access Programme (TAP) and Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE). The Bridge to College provides transition year students with a week long, innovative learning experience mentored by volunteer third level students.

Computer Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is a state of the art multimedia technology centre for underserved young people (8-18 years) in the heart of the Liberties. The aim of the Clubhouse is to help close the digital divide for a community that may not have the same kind of access to technology available elsewhere. The philosophy behind the Clubhouse however is one that is relevant for children of all ages and backgrounds, that of participatory, experiential and hands-on learning.

Northside Learning Hub

The Northside Learning Hub ( is an innovative and creative project based in the north-side of Limerick city which works with young people, the wider community, and partner schools and third level colleges to add value to the social and educational experience of young people and their families living in the surrounding area.