What is REACH OUT and how can you help me?

If you live in Belfast and have been affected by substance or alcohol misuse, suicide, self-harm or mental health issues, then Extern’s REACH OUT project is here to help you.

Extern's Reach Out Project

Extern’s REACH OUT project offers targeted and dedicated support for the following age groups:

  • 4-11 Years
  • 11-18 Years
  • Adults 18+

At REACH OUT we support you and help you to build resilience by:

  • Helping you gain access to intervention and treatment services
  • Providing opportunities to get involved in diversionary activities
  • And reducing your risk of self-harm through promoting wellbeing, independence and healthy life choices

How do I get in contact with the REACH OUT project?

  • You can drop-in and see us whenever you want between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • You can call us on 028 90 84 0555
  • You can WhatsApp us on 07442 533165 and we’ll get back to you.
  • You can email us at

We can arrange to see you in the evenings or weekends. We also offer fun and interactive community based education and training, where you can meet and talk to other people and also learn new skills.
You can also be referred by your parent or guardian, teacher, GP or any other community, youth or social worker.

Where is the REACH OUT project?
Our HQ is near Belfast city-centre, at the Spectrum Centre, 331 Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 3AA, but we are here to help people across Belfast.

Do you provide employment based training?
Yes. We deliver community-based education and accredited training throughout the Belfast area.

I don’t need support, but I’d like to Volunteer with Reach Out. Can I do that?
Yes. Absolutely. We are actively recruiting for volunteers to support the overall service provision of the organisation, and to help us engage with our initiatives involving children, young people and adults.

If you can offer some time each week then please, REACH OUT – JOIN – GET INVOLVED. We’d love to hear from you.

You can reach us on any of the numbers above or email our volunteer co-ordinator,

Volunteer with Extern

Volunteering with Extern can be an extremely rewarding experience. You will be using your time and skills to make a real difference by helping us to change many people’s lives every day.

Volunteers Week 2017

Five reasons to Volunteer with Extern

Our volunteers at Extern tell us there are many reasons that they continue to support us and our service users. But we like to keep things simple – so here are our top five:

  1. “In helping others in need, I am making a difference. It might be big or it might be small, but I know it’s appreciated each and every time. And it’s often the smallest things I do that can have the biggest impact, like a smile and taking the time to just listen.”
  2. “I get to give back to the community. And I know it’s not all about what’s in it for me, but it has really helped my self-confidence and gives me a sense of purpose.”
  3. “It brings a smile to my face and most importantly the faces of the people I support.”
  4. “I have learned things…a lot of new things…and a lot of useful things. When I’m working with young people particularly I never fail to be inspired by their enthusiasm and determination.”
  5. “I have met so many interesting and fantastic people. Some of the nicest human beings I have ever met actually. Getting to hang out with them, whether its staff, service users or other volunteers, just makes you feel that little bit better about the world.”
Extern's Reach Out Project

Putting the fun into fundraising

Extern’s Fundraising Team organise a variety of events throughout the year, and we rely on the support of volunteers to help with these activities. Whether it be admin support, or by helping out on site at a fundraising event, we would really appreciate your support.

Below are some examples of Fundraising volunteering roles:-

  • Bucket collections
  • Bag packing
  • Help at Extern Events
  • Fundraising admin support
  • Cake baking for our events
  • Leaflet drops

Get involved

If you are committed to making a difference, motivated, and enthusiastic, and would like to get involved in fundraising for Extern, then please contact

Extern in Northern Ireland
Company Registration No: NI 16083
Registered Charity Number: XN 48714
Tel: +44 (0)28 9084 0555
Fax: +44 (0)28 9084 7333
Extern in the Republic of Ireland
Company Registration No: 383201
Registered Charity Number: CHY15770
Tel: +353 (0) 1 563 9402
Extern Group
Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC103226
Company No. NI 618684
Charity Number: NI00263
Tel: +44 (0)28 9084 0555
Fax: +44 (0)28 9084 7333
Extern Supporting Communities
Company No. NI 637561
Tel: +44 (0)28 9084 0555
Fax: +44 (0)28 9084 7333