Breaking the Cycle

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Breaking the Cycle Programme is to provide educational and developmental opportunities for young people between the ages of 16 and 20 years, from the north inner city of Dublin, who are identified as being at risk due to educational, environmental, social and/or economic disadvantage.
The Programme uses vocational training, education, experiential learning and individual support work to achieve positive outcomes for the young people and works in partnership with their families and with other agencies involved in their care.

About the Breaking the Cycle Programme

Maureen OSullivan TD with BTC

Breaking the Cycle Programme provides care, education and training in a residential setting for young people from the north inner city of Dublin. It is targeted at young people who are experiencing difficulties, are in need of support and want to make positive changes in their lives. The programme has six places for young people aged 16-20 years and is open to both male and female. It aims to provide stability and structure, to promote learning and a positive work ethic, and to enhance the young person’s self-esteem and motivation. The Programme has five full-time staff, the Team Leader and four Project Workers. It runs from Tuesday to Saturday each week. Young people usually stay for one year although some young people may achieve their goals in a shorter period of time.

Referral to the Programme

Young people are reffered to the Programme by Social Workers, Youth and Community workers and other professionals involved in the provision of services for young people at risk. The person making the referral is expected to provide ongoing support to the young person for the duration of their placement. Young people will be considered if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are aged between sixteen and twenty years
  • They are living in the Dublin North City(Tusla Region)
  • They are considered to be at risk
  • They are willing to participate in and commit to the Programme

A young person who is considered suitable will be offered an assessment place. During the four-week assessment staff will identify the young person’s needs and the young person can decide if they think the Programme is suitable for them.
If the young person completes the assessment period successfully she/he will be offered a place on the Programme, subject to a place being available.Once accepted onto the Programme the young person joins the Cavan Centre’s Local Training Initiative and becomes eligible for a training allowance from Solas. Referral forms are available from the Team Leader.

The Programme consists of four main elements:

Vocational Training
Catering Training

Aims to teach practical skills in areas such as catering, horticulture, painting, decorating and construction. This consists of on-the-job training, whereby the young people learn new skills while contributing to the running and development of the Centre.


Education and Life skills
Computer Training

Young people study subjects including communications, career preparation, computer literacy and basic maths. They work towards achieving a full Level 3 QQI award. The lifeskills programme covers topics of general reference to the young people such as - Drug Awareness - Sexual Health - and Crime Awareness.

Outdoor Education
Water Activities

provides an opportunity to experience many of the outdoor pursuits available withinthe Cavan Centre including Kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, high ropes, hill-walking and archery. The challengespresented by the outdoor education programme contribute to the young person’s confidence, sense of achievement and physical fitness.

  Leisure Activities
Clare Trip

During the evenings the young people participate in a varied Programme of leisure activities including indoor and outdoor sports, arts and crafts, cookery, relaxation, cinema and outings to places of interest. We also go away for a week on an educational trip in Ireland or abroad.

Contact Us

For further information or for a referral form please contact:

Dave Farrington - Team Leader

Breaking the Cycle Programme

The Cavan Centre


Co. Cavan

+353 (0) 49 8545138

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