About Thrive

Who are we?

THRiVE is a collaboration of local parents, schools, community groups and statutory and voluntary organisations working together to help children and young people in Rathcoole and Monkstown to do well and THRiVE.

THRiVE wants children and young people to do well. Courtney Cooper talks about getting involved with THRiVE partner Monkstown Boxing Club, and how having the support of her mentor Amy helped her to find her own strength and do well…listen to her story here…


Our History & Timeline


Barnardos initiated conversations with people living and working in Rathcoole and Monkstown about how we could help improve outcomes for children and young people.

S3 Solutions was commissioned to write a report on findings from these conversations. Four key priorities were agreed by THRiVE stakeholders:

  • Aspiration
  • Attainment
  • Wellbeing and early intervention
  • Collaboration

Read the report here


Task Groups were established to drive the plan forward and seek funding.

Learning was taken from other collaborations in west Belfast and Lisburn, listening to their experiences and learning about successful systems, approaches and interventions.

Agreement that Collective Impact approach would be most effective way forward.

Agreed that Barnardo’s would co-ordinate

Project Board established with key partners from community, voluntary and statutory organisations.


Smarts, a local global PR company based in Holywood committed to become partners of THRiVE and agreed to produce an identity and a campaign for us.

WE CAN aspiration brand co-designed with local young people and parents.


THRiVE launch event at Abbey Community College with local children, young people and parents with guest appearance by THRiVE supporter Carl Frampton

And the rest is history…read more about what we’ve been doing to make things happen to help children and young people in Rathcoole and Monkstown THRiVE.

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The Thrive Matrix

Lots of community conversations helped us reach agreement about four key priorities for THRiVE: Aspiration, Attainment, Well-being and Collaboration

We have secured the support of a wide range of funders we call our Collaborative Investors who are investing in working together for the good of children and young people.

Big shoutout to Mike Crone Art & Design for designing our Matrix.

Essential Phase
These are the activities we wanted to do first and we are delighted that we have secured funding for this. Barnardo’s, Monkstown Boxing Club, all seven THRiVE schools, our sub-groups and other community organisations are currently implementing this phase.

Enhanced Phase
These are the activities we would like to do next. These will be decided in consultation with local children, young people and families.

Extended Phase
After the Enhanced Phase we will move to our Extended phase and more conversations need to be had to agree this phase.

News & Updates


THRiVE Report 2021

THRiVE is a collaboration of parents, voluntary, community and statutory groups working together so that children and young people can thrive. This report is a

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