T3 have been participating in a 6-week school’s inclusion and participation programme with Barnardo’s.

Gemma, Gillian and Amy spoke with us each week, talking about our feelings, explaining our rights and helping us to think about our futures.

At the end of the sessions we were presented with our certificates by Judith Agnew, a social worker from the Northern Trust who came in to listen to our dreams and goals.

This year T3 comprises of 11 lively and eager to work young people. Our class focus is to prepare the students for life after school. The T3 programme is a very practical one with an emphasis on developing independent, social, coping and life skills. We do this through a mixture of activities including using local facilities, healthy eating cookery, and grocery shopping. This year we are attending BMC Millfield where we will be learning how to access the local facilities in our community, cookery, and ICT classes. The young people will also have the opportunity to take part in work experience both inside and outside of school. This year, a small group of pupils will be going to AEL in Larne on a Monday to sample work experience in warehousing, packing, postage, horticulture, catering in the café, and visiting the bottling plant. On top of this we will spend time doing recreational activities such as bowling, swimming and going out for nature walks. We have a very busy and fun filled year in store and cannot wait to get stuck in!