Foundation 4 Life

Foundation 4 Life (F4L) is a transformative, life skills, and job activation programme for young people aged between 18-25 years of age who are currently not engaged in employment, education, or training in County Mayo. 


F4L was developed by South West Mayo Development Company under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in partnership with the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF). 

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F4L offers one-to-one person centered coaching and significant social supports, including contributions to childcare and travel and the provision of nutritious meals. 

The interagency nature of the programme allows us to provide a broad range of supports to young people and facilitates the development of personal, social, and vocational skills.

The distinctive blend of skills training and personal development, delivered in a relatively informal yet supportive environment is just one attraction for young people to sign up and stay the course. 

Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 years oldliving in county Mayo, who are not engaged in employment, education or training. 

 Foundation 4 Life is available to young people across County Mayo.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine McCloskey Youth & Community Developmentcmccloskey@southmayo.com087 124 7771

Who is eligible for Foundation 4 Life

Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, living in south and west Mayo, who are not engaged in employment, education or training.


“The team in Mindspace have linked many clients in with the F4L programme since it started. The feedback we get from our clients who attend F4L is always beyond positive, it is excellent. What we hear about is the kindness, care, acceptance and time given to people, at a pivotal time in their lives, which is hugely significant, and for some has been life changing. This programme fills an unmet need, and the flexibility, commitment and dedication of Catherine, Pat and their team, combine to make it the success it is.”

Stephen Coyne, Clinical Team Leader
Mindspace Mayo

“I take referrals from the Probation Service for clients who are seeking to progress in Training Education and Employment. The Foundation 4 Life programme has proved to be an invaluable resource for young clients with complex support needs and who are unsuitable for mainstream progression options. In design, delivery, and dedication the Foundation 4 Life Programme is unequalled by any existing option I have encountered. The team at F4L is remarkably professional and patient. I have seen how young people grow and thrive through their participation. It is my sincere hope that this programme will continue to help young people find their way forward in the world.”

Tim Rogers Training and Employment Officer
The Linkage Service
c/o Probation Service

“I have met a number of people who took part in the Foundation 4 Life programme over the last few years and it was of huge benefit to them. Not only did they have a place to go where they felt valued and respected, they felt genuinely heard and understood, made meaningful friendships, and learned lots of skills that brought them successes during and after the programme. The way that Pat and Catherine connect with people who take part in Foundation 4 Life is amazing. They bring out the very best in people and help them flourish. I can’t emphasise enough how important what they do and is to the people who take part in the Programme.”

Brendan Murphy HSE Counsellor

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