Phoenix ADHD Project

Registered Charity Number: NIC101094
Coleraine, Co. Londonderry

Phoenix ADHD Project was the first organisation to develop intensive holistic interventions for young people with complex ADHD and their families working in partnership with their community network.  The charity, which was formed by parents of young people with ADHD and concerned professionals, recognised that no one was providing specialist educational interventions as recommended as the best treatment pathway for the treatment of people with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in combination with medication by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. 

Since 2008 the team has developed a range of group and one to one interventions and support for young people with ADHD, their parents / carers, schools and their community network.  

Using a range of evaluation tools such as Outcomes Based Analysis, Strength and Difficulty Questionnaires, Adolescent Scale Questionnaires and Parental Stress Questionnaires at assessment stage as a baseline, six monthly and on discharge the Project has clear evidence which proves that these interventions have a strong positive impact on the outcomes of the young person, their family, their community network and the wider community.

ADHD is still a very misunderstood condition especially in Northern Ireland where it is still treated with scepticism.  Therefore many of the young people referred to us have developed very complex needs as result of mismanagement at home, at school and in the community.  The majority have been excluded from extra-curricular activities at school and in the community.

There issues are tackled using the following interventions over the period of a year with an extension if required:

Social skills / personal development group programmes: Held at our premises after school and in the evening - 10 weeks each term (30 sessions during the school year)

Tailored to suit the age and needs of the group the programmes consists of group workshops, group activities and one to one mentoring tackling issues faced by young people with ADHD such as: making good life choices; making good friendships; anger issues; relationship issues; employability etc.


Outdoor activities encourage young people to try new experience and get outdoors to improve their mental and physical and mental well-being as well as developing their team building and peer leadership skills


Opportunity to complete OCN Peer Mentoring qualifications

Social skills / personal development school programmes: Held at schools where there is a high incidence of young people with ADHD – 10 weeks each term (30 during the school year)

One-to-one social skills intervention: Where young people are unable to cope in group situation integration them into small groups as soon as possible - depending on need

Phoenix ADHD Parent Programme / Coaching: 8 week programme followed by ongoing support and coaching

Holiday activity programmes including a two or three night residential trip for young people of second school age and a one night camping trip for primary school age

Training - “Understanding ADHD Workshops (credited 6 hours or unaccredited 3 hours) for professional and community youth organisations - two per term minimum

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