• Drugs, Alcohol & Substance Misuse Programme

  • Emotional Health & Wellbeing Programme

  • Cultural Awareness Programme

  • LGBTQ+ Awareness Programme

  • Sexual Health Programme

  • Online Safety Programme

  • Young Womans Body Image Programme

  • Anti Bullying Programme

We have experienced staff within AYICC and they are able to combine their knowledge to be able to assess the needs in the area. We have been able to put together a resource of workshop programmes which are listed below. These courses can be tailored to the groups needs and depending on time scale and age of the group be designed around the needs of the particiular group. 


At AYICC we believe that young people need to grow and develop. The Youth Development Officer can work with young people from 8 to 18 years of age. If you are looking for training in other areas we can design a programme to suit your needs.


If you wish to avail of any of the programmes below or you wish us to design and deliver a programme that would suit your needs please get in touch with us using our contact form at the bottom of this page.



The Heads Up Programme runs over a six to eight session period. This programme has interactive drug and alcohol activities and will informally educate young people.

Games and activities are used to deliver information in a way that is engaging and thought-provoking and earn the essentials for understanding the dangers that are associated with drugs and alcohol. 


You will learn the dangers of substance misuse including: legal drugs and illegal highs, alcohol and smoking. The drugs and alcohol topic is a total minefield and this programme will explain the dangers of abusing them.

Drugs, Alcohol & Substance Misuse Programme

Emotional Health & Wellbeing Programme

This programme is based around "The Five Ways to Wellbeing" which are a set of evidence-based actions that promote people’s wellbeing.

The Five ways are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice,Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.


The Five Ways have been used by health organisations, schools and community projects across the UK and around the world to help people take action to improve their wellbeing. They’ve been used in lots of different ways, for example to get people to start thinking about wellbeing, to develop organisational strategy, to measure impact, to assess need, for staff development, and to help people to incorporate more wellbeing-promoting activities into their lives.

This Cultural Awareness Programme is a six to eight session programme that will look at multiculturalism in Northern Ireland. Over the past ten years we have seen a steady influx of people coming from other countries from around the world. 

To succeed in today's complex and diverse world, young people need to be able to communicate effectively with each other, regardless of beliefs or background.

This programme can fulfil an essential role in preparing young people to succeed in the wider world. The activities within the programme are to help young people challenge their values and beliefs.

Cultural Awareness Programme

The LGBTQ+ Awareness Programme is designed to challenge stereotypes and homophobia.


This workshop is designed for young people aged 11 years and over. It will explore some of the common myths surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans identities. The programme also encourages young people to rethink using the word “gay” to mean “rubbish” or “bad”.  Young people will begin to consider what might be an appropriate response when the time comes when
a friend “comes out” to them.


The programme will include a fully interactive discussion based workshop and explores young people’s attitudes to different sexualities. The workshop challenges homophobic language and behaviours often displayed by young people and outlines the negative impact of homophobia on young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people.

LGBTQ+ Awareness Programme

Sexual Health Programme

Our sexual health programme is called "How Was It 4 You", I bet that caught your attention!

Young people feel they are growing up in a society that puts great pressure on them to be sexually active but find adults reluctant to discuss adolescent sexual development as a natural part of growing up and embarrassed to help them understand what ‘being ready’ means and that includes consent.

This programme breaks down all the embarrassment and lets the flow of conversation flow freely. This is done through discussion, groupwork and a powerpoint presentation. 

Participants that have taken part in the past have been aged 13+ and they have loved the programme and its always fun to deliver.

Online Safety Programme

Young people need a safe and stimulating environment while engaging with new technologies and spending time online. This programme sets out to look at how young people can safely explore the digital world.

This programme keeps developing with new and exciting additions to the internet and looks at different aspects including : 

  • Internet use through PC / Laptop / Smartphones

  • The midden dangers of some apps

  • Social Media and its uses

  • Sharing your details online

While the internet offers many opportunities for learning, communication, creativity and entertainment, it also opens up certain risks to vulnerable users such as children and young people.

Young Woman's Body Image Programme

Healthy body image means you feel comfortable in your body and you feel good about the way you look. This includes what you think and feel about your appearance and how you judge your own self-worth. A negative body image can put you at higher risk of certain mental health conditions, such as eating disorders and depression.

This Young Woman's Body Image Programme looks at those negative stereotypes and how this could have a damaging affect on those aged 14-18 years of age.

This programme was developed by a young group of girls who seen a gap in provision for young women and is aptly named #NOFILTER

Anti-Bullying Programme

The Anti-Bullying Programme is set out to be an interactive programme that will last six to eight weeks and will cover issues around Physically, Emotional Bullying and Online Safety.

Young people spend a lot of time online and we know it can be a great way for them to socialise, discover and have fun. But these young people face risks such cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.That's why it's important for them to know how to stay safe online.

The programme is made to raise awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying and to support those who are effected.




Tel : 028 94 429844

AYICC, 10a High Street,

Antrim, BT41 4AN

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Monday : 9am - 4:30pm
Tuesday : 9am - 8:30pm

Wednesday : 9am - 4:30pm

Thursday : 9am - 8:30pm

Friday : 9am - 3pm 

Sat & Sun : Sunday Closed 




Antrim Youth Information & Counselling Centre is supported by

Antrim Youth Information & Counselling Centre (AYICC) has received support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups working with Victims and Survivors, which is administered by VSS on behalf of the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.

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