Testimonials 'We have thoroughly enjoyed the Girl Code project. It has been a good experience for the girls to gain confidence in building code and using tablets. Getting the tablets to use as a part of the project was brilliant. The different projects on Hour of Code have been really fun and easy to follow, the girls have been able to complete these relatively independently with your guidance and a little support from me in class. You and Jess have been really friendly and instructed the girls well! Angharad Wall, Armoy Primary School, May 2021 'Bytes have the skills to reach young people who have become disengaged and disenfranchised with the education process...they have always been able to build meaningful relationships and make a connection with these young people, where main stream staff would have struggled to do so' Joanne Young, Vice-Principal Pastoral, St Patrick's College, Maghera, 2021. 'I am delighted to inform you that all the girls achieved their C grade A Level in Employability and Professional Development Skills. The other pupils also achieved their Certificates, so great news all around. This programme worked well this year and we are going to run with it again next year, in-house. The girls engaged with having another set of staff working with them. They enjoyed very good professional relationships with the team at Peace Bytes. It added to the personal development of this group as they felt supported having more time with staff members. This particular group needed the nurturing that was provided by all the team to enhance their motivation and aspiration. Many thanks again for all your hard work and support during the year.' Ms Mary Jo O’Carolan, Vice-Principal, St Cecilia’s College, Derry-Londonderry, 2020. 'The programme has gone really well for our students this year. They have continually praised the work carried out and the manner in which it is carried out. I think the beauty in adopting the Peace Bytes programmes into the school is that it allows a cohort of our students to develop skills that will benefit them as they move forward into adulthood. It not only builds skills but also enriches the students in ways the traditional classroom sometimes prohibits them from doing. We were delighted with the programmes this year and the facilitators and are blessed that we have such wonderful people working with our young students. We hope that this partnership will continue and we have a new Year 11 group next year awaiting to start their programme. I just hope that they will be able to see the programme through without too many disruptions, considering the academic year just gone. I look forward to September and to the excellent work Aidan and all the team bring to our school I would like to personally thank them for all the work they put into both programmes in Year 11 and 13 this year. Upwards and onwards!' Mr J Lafferty, St Cecilia’s College, Derry-Londonderry, 2020. 'The Exodus 500 project has given many young people hope and the skills and confidence to meet the challenges they face in their lives. The project has shown the true strength of young people and how a project can be strengthened by allowing young people to develop, design and run a project, ensuring they are the true architects of that success' Jerome Grace, The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland. ‘For the past eight weeks we have been partnering with The Bytes Project and undertaking a Level 2 OCN Certificate in Vocational Skills. Bytes facilitated this OCN, which saw eleven of our senior members faithfully attended each week and enjoying learning about citizenship, interpersonal skills, confidence & self-esteem, setting and achieving goals & leadership skills. I would highly recommend Bytes and this OCN to other groups’ Andrew Topley, Scotch Street Youth & Community Centre. 'It’s a pleasure to be able to put on record and acknowledge with thanks, the support and direct help made available to the young people that we have referred on to Bytes. Over the past year, what has been appreciated is the immediacy of response, the warmth of welcome, the unconditional positive approach and the readiness to provide both practical help and genuine relationships. You’ve set the bar high, folks. Thank you so much!‘ Andrew Baille, Practitioner, Youth Justice NI. '...I can honestly say the professionalism of the staff was outstanding. They were always on time and ready to go. The days that there was a clash, they were quick to make contact with us and let us know so that alternative arrangements could be made, however, this rarely happened. Their manner with the children was fantastic and they struck up really sound relationships with the students. Many of the students really benefitted from engaging with the workers in the evenings and it made a real difference to their confidence and self esteem. All the children surpassed our expectations and achieved at least a Level 2 Award in Vocational Skills. The workers constantly went above & beyond and were flexible in their approach to get the best for the children. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we worked really well together in sharing issues and information. The 1-1 sessions really benefited the pupils and helped them to deal with circumstances they faced in their personal lives. The care and sensitivity of the workers towards the children was lovely to see. I have really appreciated everything you have done throughout the year to help us engage some of our toughest and most vulnerable pupils. I look forward to continuing to work with you' Senior Staff Member, Glengormley High School. 'This year a number of Year 12 students at the Academy have been given a fantastic opportunity to engage with this unique and innovative programme. The overall aim of the Peace Bytes Project is to build and embed the capacity of young people as leaders, advocates and peace builders for cross community and cross border reconciliation' Carrickfergus Academy Website, 2019.