Give Us A Break

An Óige run the “Give Us a Break” programme with thanks to our sponsors, the Provident Financial.  This programme gives funding to DEIS secondary schools to help them go on an overnight school trip at one of our top four 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 5,000 students so far!

Applications for the 2020 programme are now open! Apply now by downloading and filling out the form – HERE! and returning it to

An Óige has developed four packages, based on 20-25 young people and 2-3 teachers. Groups are limited to this size to maximise the number of groups who can benefit from the programme.

The Give Us A Break programme isn’t simply a trip away! An Óige has developed 4 key learning areas for the programme and these will benefit everyone taking part in a Give Us A Break trip. These areas are:

  • Fostering a love and appreciation for the outdoors
  • Building an interest in exploring Ireland
  • Benefits of informal learning
  • Independence for young people

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

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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 Neigbour Project

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
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