Immediate Release: 14th July 2015

EPIC is delighted to be announced as a winner of the Ulster Bank Skills & Opportunities Fund.

The Ulster Bank Skills & Opportunities Fund have granted EPIC €48,500 to deliver an exciting peer-led life skills programme for young people leaving State Care in the Republic of Ireland. The primary aim of this programme is to ensure that young people leaving are care equipped with the lifelong skills to live independently.

Speaking following the exciting announcement, Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan stated:

“EPIC is delighted and excited to be selected as a winner of Ulster Bank’s Skills & Opportunities Fund. Young people leaving State Care are an exceptionally vulnerable group. Often these young people find themselves isolated with little or no social supports. The opportunity provided to EPIC by Ulster Bank to deliver this peer-led programme will help ensure that young people leaving State Care are equipped with the practical lifelong skills and emotional resilience to transition into adulthood independently. This programme will open doors for these young people providing them with the opportunity to enhance their skills and career development. It will help young people achieve their future goals and transition into further education and employment.”   

Note to the Editor

  1. Latest figures by Tusla indicate that there are currently 6,403 young people in State Care in Ireland. Approximately 450-500 young people leave State Care in Ireland annually.
  2. The programme will facilitate EPIC to deliver workshops to young people aged 17+ leaving State Care and will include: career guidance, writing CV’s, preparation for college applications, social media and internet training skills. A life skills training programme will also be offered to 4 young Care Leavers. These young people will have the opportunity for training including presentation skills, public speaking.
  3. Both national and international research shows that young people leaving care have poorer educational outcomes than their peers. See EPIC’s previous research on ‘My Voice has to be Heard: Outcomes for Young People leaving care in North Dublin’ available on our website
  4. For more information about EPIC’s work, visit our brand new website

For all media enquiries, or to arrange an interview please contact:

Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC                    

Telephone: 01 8727 661 Mobile: 086 607 3866

Email:  Website:

EPIC (formerly IAYPIC) is an independent association that works throughout the Republic of Ireland, with and for children and young people who are currently living in care or who have had an experience of living in care.

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