Extern is the leading social justice charity on the island of Ireland

Each year we speak up for and support more than 20,000 children, young people, individuals and families. 

We also support, house, and advise people who are homeless or facing homelessness, refugees, the Traveller community, people living with an offending past, those living with the impact of suicide and those dealing with mental health and drug and alcohol issues, to change their lives.

Operating since 1978, we believe another chance can change lives.


Please help us change more lives


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Mental Health/Suicide

  • Reach Out

    Drop-in office based in Belfast for individuals whose lives have been impacted by substance or alcohol misuse, suicide, self-harm or mental health issues. Read more


  • Floating Support

    Extern's Floating Support team delivers a service to medium to high risk ex-offenders supporting them to make the transition from prison to the community. Read more