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Macs Supporting Children & Young People

  • Due documents received late

  • Income

    £2.5M

    Spending

    £2.5M

  • This charity failed to provide information on its finances within 10 months of its financial year end. This information has now been received.
Charity no. 100923 Date registered. 29/10/2014

Public benefits

Purpose 1 “To provide a support service to young people with housing issues enabling them to establish and sustain suitable accommodation of their own and to provide supported housing to those in need of such arrangements which support their transition to their own tenancy” The direct benefits which flow from this purpose are that young people are

able to access and maintain suitable accommodation therefore reducing homelessness and risk of eviction. The Supported Housing Service and Floating Support Service provide a case work based support model which enables young people to identify their own support needs in order to assist them to maintain their accommodation. MACS uses a bespoke outcome monitoring system ‘SPIN’ to analyse 20 key areas of support which fit under the five higher level areas of; Economic well-being, Enjoy and achieve, Be healthy, Stay safe and Make a positive contribution. MACS also complete annual service reviews which include 1-1 feedback, group workshops and exit questionnaires with young people leaving the services. This purpose does not give rise to any harm. The beneficiaries of this purpose are vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 years who are at risk due to homelessness, family breakdown or a care history and are living in the Belfast, Southern and South Eastern Health Trust areas of Northern Ireland. There are no private benefits to Trustees. Purpose 2 “To provide a one to one mentoring service to young people empowering the young person to make choices and encouraging them to realise their potential”. The direct benefits which flow from this purpose include a reduction in isolation and improved mental health, a reduction in self harm and suicidal ideation, increased confidence and self esteem, and improved coping strategies, Mentoring enables young people to have the chance to live, dream and succeed with inspiration from volunteers who choose to spend time with them. MACS uses a bespoke outcome monitoring system ‘SPIN’ to analyse 20 key areas of support which fit under the five higher level areas of; Economic well-being, Enjoy and achieve, Be healthy, Stay safe and Make a positive contribution. MACS also complete annual service reviews which include 1-1 feedback, group workshops and exit questionnaires with young people leaving the services. This purpose does not give rise to any harm. The beneficiaries of this purpose are vulnerable young people who are at risk due to suicidal ideation, self harm and mental health issues and are living in the Belfast and South Eastern Health Trust areas. There are no private benefits to Trustees. Purpose 3 “To provide interventions to enable increased safety, confidence and self esteem amongst young people, to relieve financial hardship by the provision of welfare rights, employment and money management advice and provide support to young people to progress into education, employment and training”. The direct benefits which flow from this purpose include improved outcomes in relation to young people accessing, participating and completing training programmes and securing and maintaining employment. Young people remain safe and increase their self esteem and confidence through peer support and alternative personal development interventions. MACS uses a bespoke outcome monitoring system ‘SPIN’ to analyse 20 key areas of support which fit under the five higher level areas of; Economic well-being, Enjoy and achieve, Be healthy, Stay safe and Make a positive contribution. MACS also complete annual service reviews which include 1-1 feedback, group workshops and exit questionnaires with young people leaving the services. This purpose does not give rise to any harm. The beneficiaries of this purpose are vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 who are vulnerable and at risk and living in the Belfast, Southern and South Eastern Health Trust areas of Northern Ireland. There are no private benefits to Trustees.

What your organisation does

MACS Supporting Young People provides a range of services for young people “who have not had a fair deal” aged 11-25 i.e. who have experienced care, homelessness or risk of homelessness, mental health issues or are at risk of suicide and self-harm. Supported Housing Service - "Move In to Move On" (Established 1990) The Supported Housing Service

supports young people leaving care and homeless young people to make the transition to interdependence and their own tenancy. The Supported Housing Service has 33 flats in Belfast, Southern and South Eastern Trust areas. Wellbeing Support Service (Established 2000) MACS Wellbeing Support Service works with 11-25 year olds to help improve mental health. Volunteers help set and achieve goals through mentoring.We also offer a bespoke programme in post-primary schools educating young people about mental health and wellbeing, & coping with stress. Floating Support Service - "Building Futures Together" (Established 2003) The Floating Support Service consists of three projects in Belfast, Lisburn and Downpatrick. Providing housing support to young people aged 16-25 to enable them to establish and maintain interdependent living in the community Participation "Led By You" (Established 2015) Led by You is a way to help our young people get involved, have their say and provide them with opportunities to influence how we do things at MACS.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • Homelessness
  • Mental health
  • Tenants
  • Volunteers
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Accommodation/housing
  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Education/training
  • Medical/health/sickness
  • Volunteer development
  • Youth development

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.

  • Due documents received late information

  • This charity failed to provide information on its finances within 10 months of its financial year end. This information has now been received.

Income

£2.5M

Spending

£2.5M

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2018

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2017

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2016

Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The objects of the Company are to promote the mental, emotional and physical development and improvement of young people leaving residential care, and other vulnerable young people including those who are excluded from their families and deemed to be in need (hereinafter called the “beneficiaries”) within Northern Ireland (hereinafter called the “area of benefit”) by providing support, mentoring, accommodation and training with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said young people and enabling them to develop their full potential and in particular: (a) to provide a support service to young people with housing issues enabling them to establish and sustain suitable accommodation of their own and to provide supported housing to those in need of such arrangements which support their transition to their own tenancy; (b) to provide a one to one mentoring service to young people empowering the young person to make choices and encouraging them to realise their potential; (c) to provide interventions to enable increased safety, confidence and self esteem amongst young people, to relieve financial hardship by the provision of welfare rights, employment and money management advice and provide support to enable young people to progress into education, employment and training.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

MACS Supporting Children & Young People
  • 7 Trustees
  • 67 Employees
  • 50 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Ms Mary Ryan, 303 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 3GG

Trustee board

Trustee
Mr Billy Murphy
Mr Denver Lynn
Ms Sharon O'connor
Mrs Debbie Wilson
Ms Harriet Long
Mr Barry Smyth
Mr Brian Mccormick

List of regions

  • In Northern Ireland