Give Us A Break Project

Give Us A Break Project

with our Sponsors, Provident Financial

An Óige run the "Give Us a Break" project with thanks to our sponsors, the Provident Financial Group.  This project gives a designated amount of sponsorship funding to DEIS primary schools to help them go on a school break to one of our top five hostels. The break includes an overnight stay in a hostel of their choice, full board and activities, for example outdoor adventure activities with EcoAdventure Ireland! Provident Financial have been supplying funding for this programme since 2005 and it has been very well received by students and teachers alike.

We are accepting applications from DEIS primary schools for this summer...

Please fill out this Application Form and send it back to or call Kate directly for more details on 01 8826727.

Any unsuccessful applicants will be put on the wait list for next summer.

Please note: To open the application form you might need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader!

To ensure we reach as many schools as possible, we take on new schools every year so that everyone gets a chance to benefit.  It has been hugely successful - just see the pictures and comments below for proof! (Click on photos to expand!)

St Riaghans NS at Errigal Hostel 2011 Scoil Mhainchin Ennistymon NS Tour Teambuilding 2011 Scoil Mhainchin Ennistymon NS tour - survival training shelter 2011 St Patricks BNS in Knockree 2009


“The children in my class would not normally have the opportunity to experience the adventure they had in Knockree. I feel that it gave them an outlet to be themselves. Children who at times are quiet and withdrawn came alive and behaved in a way that I as their teacher for the last 2 years, had not seen.  It was really lovely and heartwarming to see them so happy and carefree. I cannot stress enough how good this experience was for these children”

Emma Conroy - Teacher from Our Lady of Consolation School, Donnycarney

“The children are still talking about our trip and I’m sure it will remain in their thoughts for many years to come. …..for many of the children on the trip, this night provided a break away from the burden of minding younger brothers or sisters and gave them a space to develop themselves. I noticed that not one child complained throughout the trip and the bus on the way home was extremely quiet and packed with tired children!”

Sheila Ryan, Teacher from St Catherine’s SGS, Cabra

Provident Financial

Provident Financial Group websiteEstablished in 1880, Bradford-based Provident Financial is the UK’s leading non-standard financial services provider. We serve over 2.4 million customers through a network of more than 440 branches, administrative offices, call centres and web sites across the UK and Ireland. Provident Financial has an extensive community programme, Good Neighbour, which invests in the communities in which its customers, agents and employees live and work.

For more information visit the Provident Financial website.

Good Neighbour Programme

Good Neighbour is Provident Financial’s flagship community programme. It’s our way of supporting the communities we operate in, and it helps fulfil our ambition to be the UK and Ireland’s leading community-based lender by creating opportunities for our people to work side by side with our community partners. Good Neighbour has three component strands

  •     Supporting local projects
  •     Employee volunteering
  •     Employee matched giving
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