MACS was established in 1990 to provide a range of services for young people. Since then, we have succeeded in developing an approach which is effective and sustainable.

The values and ethos of our organisation, particularly our approach to participation, are at the centre of this success.

We work with children and young people (aged 6 –25) who haven’t had a fair deal. They may be experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, self-harm, mental health issues, leaving care or they are generally at risk.

Our core services are

Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2024

Our Vision

Make Life Great for Children & Young People

Our Mission

To empower children and young people who haven’t had a fair deal – to have a home, strengthen their mental health and be part of a community

Our Ethos

We need each other to make life work.

Our Values

  • We make our own choices
  • We are loving and compassionate
  • We take risks
  • We make mistakes and learn
  • We never give up


  • Getting children and young people where they want to be
  • Led by children & young people
  • Driving excellence, innovation and change through leadership
  • Protect a culture of compassion, inclusion and respect

MACS Supporting Children & Young People was formed in 1990 and is a registered charity with the NI Charity Commission (NIC100923), and is a Company Limited by Guarantee (NI044482). HMRC ref: XR13060.