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‘CAN Pathways: Dream,Believe,Achieve’ is a youth project in the council areas of Causeway Coast & Glens and Mid & East Antrim. The project which is funded by the Big Lottery helps young people who have a learning disability or autism and their families prepare for the road ahead and adulthood. The project provides bespoke information and support which is based on the hopes and aspirations of each young person and his/her family.

It’s been a busy first year for Pathways and so far the project has helped 23 young people connect to their local community, meet up with friends, develop skills and realise aspirations and dreams.


Over the last year, the young people have embraced Pathways with great enthusiasm, taking on new challenges and driving the project forward.  Opportunities to get involved in project decisions through activity planning and steering groups have been welcomed by the young people who are eager to plan and organise activities as well as attend. The young people have been visible in their local community and nearby towns and cities with trips to the local cafes, restaurants, bowling alley, Titanic, Radar, W5 and many more. These trips have helped the young people increase their social and life skills. These skills were further developed through a number of tailored workshops on key issues around physical & emotional health, friendships & relationships and keeping safe.


  • Colm and Lauren organised our first pathways residential to Carrowmena. This was a huge success with talk already about next years!
  • Jadzia travelled back in time to the Vikings as an extra in Viking Destiny!
  • DJ Katie D is the DA HOUSE! Katie has just started recording her own show for local radio station Fuse FM. Tune into Katie D on the first Friday of every month at 9pm.
  • Hollie, Connor and Mark have been on the train for the first time without mum or dad!



‘The Pathways project has led to new adventures and experiences. The most exciting journey so far has been becoming an ambassador with Autism NI. This was a dream of mine and Pathways helped it to come true. We have gone on loads of cool trips with Pathways and I have been able to meet up with old friends and make new friends like Sean and Ben. Having good friends is a must in every young person’s life. Pathways is awesome’.

For more information on the Pathways Project, Contact CAN, 20 Seymour Street, Ballymoney on 02827669030 or email