The Uniform Youth Work Hub provides support to six uniform organisations with headquarters or regional Headquarters in Northern Ireland to work with the Education Authority on shared goals.

All six organisations work with young people aged 4-25 years old and are open to all children and young people.

The uniformed youth work organisations are made up almost entirely of volunteers with small staff teams supporting the volunteers through regional Headquarters organisations. They are all connected to national organisations in either the UK or Ireland. In addition, all the organisations are part of global movements involving millions of members worldwide.

Select an Organisation to read more details.

The Boys’ Brigade Northern Ireland (often referred to as BB) is a Christian Youth and Children’s Ministry organisation for young people aged 4 to 18 years. A varied programme of activities is provided such as Bible teaching, football, rugby, volleyball, craft, drama, outdoor pursuits and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The Boys’ Brigade Northern Ireland also provides a comprehensive leadership training and development programme for all its Leaders and runs a young leadership programme called KGVI.

The Object is The advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among Boys and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness.  There are well over 250 BB Companies in Northern Ireland run in partnership with Churches across the province.

Find a Company Near You here.

Click here to email to find out how to open a BB Company in your Church.

To find out about the Boy’s Brigade Newport Conference and Residential Centre, including hire queries, please click here.

Contact information: 

117 Culcavy Road, Hillsborough, Co Down, BT26 6HH
T:  028 9268 8444
Web:  www.bbni.org.uk
e:  nihq@boys-brigade.org.uk


About Us

The Catholic Guides of Ireland Northern Region is a volunteer led organisation which caters for girls and young women from age 5.

Our aim is to promote and foster the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual, social and physical development of our members.

We strive to raise the ambitions and skills of girls and young women that enable them to flourish, through progressive, challenging, structured programmes’ and international opportunities that build life and leadership skills and promote active citizenship.

We recruit, train and develop adults to become competent leaders thereby enabling them to carry out their volunteer roles.

Opportunities are provided within a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment where young people voluntarily participate and progress in a range of activities that are both recreational and educational.  We have age appropriate programmes which while been progressive and challenging allow the young people to work at their own pace and level.

Mission Statement 

CGI provides challenging, accessible Guiding opportunities within a safe environment to enable girls and women to develop their full potential, instilling leadership skills for the future.


A world where all girls and women are valued, safe and treated equally.


Citizenship, Equality and Inclusion, Fun and Friendship, Integrity, Respect.

Guiding is about fun, meeting new friends, taking part in enjoyable activities and finding out about the world around you no matter what age you are!

Guiding provides over 10,000 girls and young women with opportunities to reach their potential and take an active and responsible role in the world around them. Girlguiding’s distinctive stimulating and enjoyable programme of activities are delivered by over 2,000 trained volunteer leaders across Northern Ireland.

Guiding for is divided into four sections for young members:

  • Rainbows aged 4-7
  • Brownies aged 7-10
  • Guides aged 10-14
  • Rangers aged 14-18

Each section follows its own specific programme which is tailored to the needs of today’s girl. The programme is up to date and relevant and it allows girls to be challenged and enjoy activities that they may not otherwise get the chance to do eg. abseiling, climbing, bungee trampolining, international opportunities and community service.

Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland will be recognised as a dynamic, relevant, Christ-centred organisation effectively reaching out to all girls to value, nurture and equip them for life.

Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland (GBNI) is a fun youth organisation catering for girls aged 3 – 18 years providing a readymade youth and children’s ministry programme for churches/missions in Northern Ireland.  GBNI currently have 285 GB companies across the province that offer a full range of enjoyable activities and provides a safe place to meet life-long friends and encourage girls to be more confident and free to be themselves.

Each GB company operates a varied programme through the GB Session that suits all girls. This helps them to work towards badges in four key areas – spiritual, physical, educational and service. Weekly activities include Bible teaching, games, craft, drama, singing and helping others. Girls can also take part in camps, DofE Award, Queen’s Award and young leadership training. Awards can be achieved for regular attendance at company nights.

GB companies meet on a weekly basis from September to April/May each year and each section has trained female volunteers that look after our girls. More information is available on the GBNI website at gbni.co.uk.

Scout Foundation NI (SFNI) supports the development of children and young people by providing support to Scouting Ireland Groups in the Northern Province (this includes all of the Northern Ireland and Donegal).  This support includes the delivery of a wide range of programme opportunities that help the development of individual potential of young people, encouraging community involvement and providing opportunities for young people to be listened to and have their say.  The main purpose of SFNI is the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they may achieve their full potential and, as responsible citizens, improve society.

Scouts prepare young people with skills for life – helping them speak up, take the lead and play their part. Each week we give almost half a million people aged 6-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life. Now over 112 years old, the movement welcomes members from all genders, races and backgrounds.

Scouts gain these skills by taking part in a varied programme of indoor and outdoor activities, that help young people develop employability, practical and character skills. Achievement is recognised by awards and badges, culminating in a top award for each age range and the most prized award of all – the Queen’s Scout Award.

Scouts made me a do-er and a give it a go-er. Made me question and listen and have a wide-open mind. Scouts made me take a deep breath and speak up. Made me think on my feet, made me see the big picture, made me ignore the butterflies and go for it. Scouts made me get back up and try again. Made me think about what’s next, and plan for it. Made me jump in, get muddy, give back and get set.