Annual Report 2016 Out Now
2016 was a year of many high points, as we commenced a major external evaluation and Social Return on Investment study of our mentoring service. This evaluation marks commitment to ensure that the programmes and approaches Le Chéile use result in better outcomes for the young people with whom we work.
Some noteworthy highlights of the year include:
- The first Le Chéile National Volunteer Conference was held in September, bringing together volunteers from our services and projects around Ireland to hear from experts from all areas of youth justice.
- Building on our youth mentoring in detention pilot, Le Chéile entered into partnership with Oberstown Children’s Detention Campus to pilot mentoring for parents of young people in detention.
- Le Chéile was one of two Irish runners up in the Confederation of European Probation Awards, for social inclusion initiatives.
- In line with our aim to reach more young people who need mentoring, we launched two new mentoring projects for young people who had come to the attention of Gardaí. Working in partnership with Crosscare in Dublin, and the Waterford and South Tipperary Youth Service in the South East, we are now offering mentoring in these areas as an intervention for young people at risk of offending, through their local Garda Youth Diversion Project.
The report is available for download here.