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We are connect-Ed


connect-Ed at a Glance

Who are we?

connect-Ed is a trauma informed post-primary learning community. We are a support to parents of deregistered children as they oversee their child's education. Our focus is connection and then education - to facilitate first and foremost a space where young people can connect socially and grow in confidence and wellbeing.

What do we do?

We offer young people a nurturing community where they can be tutored at KS3 & GCSE level, connect socially and have fun together. We also offer parents an empathetic listening ear (usually over a coffee) and the support of a community who understands. 

Why do we exist?

Bullying, trauma, unmet needs, and sometimes simply the God given unique personalities and traits of our young people, can lead to long term school attendance difficulties, school de-registration and social isolation. We believe all young people should have access to connection and education and we stand in the gap for those who have been impacted by school anxiety and school attendance barriers. 

Our Vision

Based in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, the vision of connect-Ed is that no young person in our community is disconnected from learning or socially isolated during their post-primary years.

connect-Ed is an expression of our umbrella charity Safe Spaces For All (NIC108341).


What is happening in connect-Ed now?


Although a new service, we are delighted to be able to deliver KS3/GCSE Maths and English, Business Studies, the Princes Trust qualification and OCN in ICT. Supplementary activities include PE and YENI Quickstart program. None of which would be possible without our amazing tutors and volunteers! As our team expands so will the curriculum and activities on offer.

Community for young people

Currently meeting on Monday from 9:30am -12noon, Tuesday 9.30am - 2pm, Wednesday from 9:30am - 3pm and Thursday from 10 am - 2pm.

Support for parents by parents

Simply connect via phone, email or text message - we are here to support and encourage you. We understand this journey.


connect-Ed Team


Karen Wilton

connect-Ed Manager 

Trauma & Mental Health Informed Practitioner. B.Sc (Hons), PGDip

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Jenny Hamilton

English Tutor

B.Ed (Hons)


Claire Purkess

Business Tutor & Youth Mentor

Experienced Business Owner


Jayne Peacock

Maths Tutor



Ric Wilton

Wellbeing Tutor

PGDip Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy, BACP registered

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Sharon Moore

Trustee and Board Member

B.Ed (Hons)


Dr Claire Wilson

Trustee and Board Member


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Karen Scott

Trustee and Board Member

B.Sc (Hons), PGCE

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ARK Values

A - Acceptance
R - Respect
K - Kindness

connect-Ed is founded on a Christian ethos and we believe that a culture of Acceptance, Respect and Kindness (ARK) is so important in enabling our young people to thrive. We also highly value relationship and seek to build strong partnerships between parents, young people, churches, businesses and connect-Ed. 


Contact Us

C4C, The Diamond, Ahoghill, Ballymena. Northern Ireland.

+44 7759 591028