“Suicide is a big killer where we live. In fact every single one of us had been affected by it. We wanted it to stop.

"We contacted PIPS, a local suicide prevention charity, and they told us that most of the community programmes were designed by adults, for adults; it was obvious we needed one for young people."

"We called our programme HOPE, which stands for Hold On, Pain Ends, and created powerpoint presentations, videos and breakout activities designed to help build young people's resilience and their ability to support each other.” – Laura, Team 34

"Getting word out about HOPE was important, so we organised a launch night and got it promoted via PIPS and other organisations to inspire as many people as possible to come.

It went down really well - better than we expected - and we were invited to deliver it to several youth groups and present it to local media, authorities and businesses; and because we wanted to do a good job and give it legs for the future, we got formal teacher training by taking our Level 3 Teaching and Learning!

 – Matthew, Team 34

“HOPE is now being delivered all over Northern Ireland as there is no other programme like it. It was a pretty amazing thing to be a part of. In fact, Team was an amazing thing to be a part of.” - Aoife, Team 34

I am proud to congratulate Team 34 for successfully winning the Community Impact Award. They have demonstrated how working together they can make a positive difference to their community whilst also learning new skills themselves. Well done to the thoroughly deserving team! 

Dayne Turbitt, Senior Vice President, Dell EMC