“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.” – Anonymous

Working within a group to build social skills, confidence and self-esteem has many benefits – learning to share, take turns, negotiate, understand the need for rules and boundaries, accepting the opinion of others and building the confidence to express your own opinion. These skills transfer to home, school and the wider community, enabling young people to become effective members of society.


Within “The Dreadnought Centre” a high ratio of adult to young person is practiced within group sessions– a minimum of 1:2 and this enables young people to have access to a worker for one to one conversations and support if required.


Group sessions are facilitated by a staff team member supported by trained volunteers, providing young people with a variety of positive adult role models.

Our Current Groups are;

Nurture Groups - Primary aged 8 - 11 years

Developing group and friendship skills while building confidence and self-esteem in a supportive nurturing environment. A great way to build on and put into practice one to one work already undertaken or as a support for young people in school or for their transition back into school.

This group is offered both during the daytime and evening.


Young Men’s Group - Secondary aged 12 - 16 years

The focus of the group is; friendships, emotions – in particular anger/anxiety and aggression, bullying vs banter, managing behaviour as well as the issues the young men bring themselves.


Specific issue groups are also available – examples are young women’s / men’s group, young carers, leaving care, Independent living and wheelchair users. If you have a group of young people with a specific issue or need please contact the Centre to discuss the support Dreadnought can offer.