DICE Project

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Contact number: 02891 469615.

General Email: dice@ndcn.co.uk.

The DICE Project is a Big Lottery Fund project to provide quality youth provision across North Down.

One of the unique aspects of DICE is that this youth provision is Community Led. Four Community Groups have signed up to work together to lead and deliver this project across the North Down Area.

Values Statement:

We are committed to engaging with young people from families and communities most in need/risk, because we believe in the value and potential of every young person.

We will provide environments that encourage and respect the differences between (or in) young people.

We will provide young people with support and opportunities to become valuable members of civil society, embracing all the rights and responsibilities this brings.

We value honesty, high standards, teamwork, transparency and accountability.

We embrace opportunities for learning and strive for excellence.

We are committed to real relationships with young people and organisations we work with by valuing their uniqueness, developing trust and seeking to agree a way forward together.

We believe that if managed openly, honestly, and consistently; that conflict(s) can be constructive and enhance relationship and practice.

We believe that the young people of today have the potential to be GREAT;  we seek to our part in supporting them their journey.

The DICE programme will also be ‘youth led’ – a working group of 12 young people will advise and help steer the project throughout the three years.

Aimed at 10-16 year olds (with 16+ having the opportunity for leadership roles) DICE will provide:

  • Weekly Youth Clubs in each of the six communities
  • Accredited Training Courses
  • Non Accredited Training
  • Inter Community events and projects
  • Residential programmes and Trips
  • Issue based programmes (i.e. Sexual Health, Drugs & Alcohol, Employment)
  • Intergenerational programmes (youth, parents and grandparents)
  • 1-to-1 Tutoring at key educational times
  • Sports programmes
  • Music programmes
  • Gender specific programmes
  • Celebration events

The Groups that have agreed to work together are:

  • Bloomfield Community Association
  • Breezemount Community Association
  • Clandeboye Village Community Association
  • Whitehill Community Community Association
  • Priory Intergrated College

Meet the Staff

Click on a name below to view more information about the DICE staff:



Gareth McCluskey -Co-ordinator. 

Gareth McCluskeyGareth lives in Bangor and is a manager of Adventure Leadership Training through this experience Gareth believes in encompassing adventure and informal learning into youth work. Gareth is passionate about youth gaining confidence and team building skills. Gareth’s email address is garethdice@ndcn.co.uk


Tony ConsigliaTony Consiglia – Part-time Youth Worker.     

 From Newtownards, Tony has been a self employed electrician for over twenty years. Around three years ago he decided he wanted a change of direction and began to volunteer and study Youth Work. He is currently studying for a degree in Youth work. Tony has worked alongside the Ulster-Scots community, delivering various music related workshops, he is also singer/ guitarist of Newtownfolk folk band. Tony is also passionate about WWW1 and in particular The Somme and has led numerous groups to visit the sites. Tony ‘s email address is tonydice@ndcn.co.uk

April JohnsonApril Johnston- Part-time Youth Worker

April also hails from Bangor, a young mother of two, who got involved in youth work through her local youth club in Kilcooley. She has completed her OCN Level 3 in Youth Work and is contemplating beginning a degree course via distance learning. April has a desire to work with young girls and see them develop personally and socially. April’s email address is aprildice@ndcn.co.uk

Maeve Booth- Part-time Administrative/Finance Officer

Maeve has worked in various administrative positions in community organisations across Northern Ireland. She has worked for MENCAP, delivered IT tutoring sessions, and her most recent post was with North Down Community Network, as administrative support for the Our Community, Our World programme. An exercise fanatic, Maeve is also a trained masseuse. Maeve’s email address is maevedice@ndcn.co.uk

 nikiNicola Neill- Part-time Administrative/Finance officer

Nicola is originally from Bangor. A graduate of Queens University Belfast, before joining the DICE Project Nicola previously worked for The Alzheimer’s Society and Positive Futures. She has experience in Cross community work with young people and working with adults with learning disabilities/autism. Nicola is currently studying counselling.  Nicola’s email address is nicoladice@ndcn.co.uk



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