Give Us A Break Project

with our Sponsors, Provident Financial

young people coasteering

An Óige run the “Give Us a Break” project with thanks to our sponsors, the Provident Financial.  This project gives a designated amount of sponsorship funding to DEIS secondary schools to help them go on a overnight school trip to one of our top five hostels. The break includes an overnight stay in a hostel of their choice, full board and a full day of activities. Provident Financial have been supplying funding for this programme since 2005 which has helped us take away roughly 6000 students so far!

We are now accepting applications for 2019 breaks!

This year we worked on developing packages that were fun but also utilized the fund so as many groups as possible to get away with us. With this is mind, we have developed four packages, based on 20-25 scholars/young people and 2-3 teachers/Leaders. We are limiting our group sizes to this, with discounted prices for added young people if they have more than 25 in the group.

Please fill out this Application Form and send it back to by the closing date of Friday, 26th October.

Please Note: Application is only open to registered DEIS secondary schools.


“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 Children who at times are quiet and withdrawn came alive and behaved in a way that I as their teacher for the last 2 years, had not seen.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

Established in 1880, Bradford-based Provident Financial is the UK’s leading non-standard financial services provider. They serve over 2.6 million customers through a network of over 400 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 their way of supporting the communities they operate in, and it helps fulfil their ambition to be the UK and Ireland’s leading community-based lender by creating opportunities for their people to work side by side with their community partners. Good Neighbour has three component strands

  •     Supporting local projects
  •     Employee volunteering
  •     Employee matched giving