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About Us

Who We Are EXTERN (1)

For almost 50 years in Northern Ireland and 21 years in the Republic of Ireland Extern has worked alongside our funding partners to provide solutions to some of the most difficult societal issues. 

Annually, we passionately support and speak out for over 15,000 children, individuals, and families. Our commitment lies in enabling them to triumph over their adversities, fostering positive change, and strengthening family bonds for a brighter future.


people benefitted from Extern's support across ROI in 2022-23


young people engaged through our Youth Gambling Awareness programme


people benefitted from Extern's support across NI in 2022-23


Individuals supported on their path to recovery from addiction

Who We Are


Real Stories, Real Experiences – Testimonials from Our Community

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My Extern Janus worker was always there for me to talk to about everything that was happening. She helped me learn different ways to stop myself from getting so angry and to get on better in school.

Extern also helped my dad a lot; he is doing really well now so I think we will have a good future. My only wish is that I had a longer time to spend with Extern!

Declan Janus Project

Extern provided weekly counselling sessions for me which gave me the skills to deal with the challenges I faced and to challenge the perceptions I had of myself. I now have more of a sense of self-belief, which really helps me keep going.

Karen Reach Out Project

They help me when I get frustrated and speak up for me in meetings when I am nervous. They support me to make decisions for myself and talk through options when I am unsure of what decision to make.

Jack Extern Outreach Support Service (EOSS), Limerick

Extern gave so much to me, so I wanted to give back to them, and that’s why I now work as a peer mentor with the Moving Forward, Moving On project in Belfast. I have so much experience behind me now, and I want to share that with other young people.

Alex Moving Forward Moving On


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