Linn Dara School
Linn Dara CAMHS Inpatient Unit,
Cherry Orchard Hospital,
Dublin 10
Telephone: 076 695 6525
Fax: 01 437 0782

General Information

The Linn Dara School Transition Programme has been operating since November 2015, as part of an Erasmus + project. From January 2017, CDETB has funded the programme.

Two programmes are offered:

The QQI Level 3 group offers a 9 week programme for young people age 15/16.

The QQI Level 4 cohort starting in January 2019 (for young people age 17/18) will have the opportunity to complete the full QQI Level 4 award (which will allow them to access Post Leaving Certificate courses on graduation) by  mid June 2020.

These programmes are available to young people between 15 and 18 years of age.  They must be attending a CAMHS service and be referred by their CAMHS team. As the programme is funded by City of Dublin ETB, we accept referrals from all CAMHS areas within commutable distance. Once the young people are out of school, are attending (and referred by) CAMHS, are able to travel to the centre and are willing to engage with the programme, then they are placed on a waiting list on a first come basis. Young people will be timetabled to attend every day (Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 2.30 pm).

The programme is suited to young people who are experiencing difficulties at school due to mental health difficulties, which may be leading to social challenges, or the risk of educational disengagement. The primary aim of the programme is to support young people with mental health difficulties back to education. The main focus of the programme is to support transition to school or an alternative education setting.


Video explaining more about the programme:

Programme Content

The programme content will include:

  • QQI Level 3 or QQI Level 4
  • Communications, Maths, Digital Media, Teamworking, IT and Work Experience.
  • Art, Physical Education, Careers and Horticulture are also offered as part of the weekly timetable.
  • SPHE sessions.
  • Liaising with educational placements.

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Our Aims

The transition programme is a group, activity based, part time programme that aims to

  • Re-engage students in a positive learning environment by providing an academic, social skills and activity based program.
  • Enhance personal development.
  • Promote personal skills.
  • Provide learners with the opportunity to gain certification at either QQI level 3 or QQI Level 4.
  • The focus of the programme is on improving life skills, goal setting and building skills and confidence of the participants. During the programme, the teachers work closely with each young person to build resilience and skills to facilitate social and educational success. The Linn Dara School Transition Programme endeavours to establish appropriate pathways back to education by linking in with students’ regular school or prospective alternative placements.

   “I loved being on The Transition Programme, my life changed so much since,  I made loads of new friends and taken steps towards my future”.

“Although it was difficult at first I settled in and had loads of fun”.

   “I had a great experience on the Transition Programme and it has given me a second chance in Education”.

“I have had a very positive experience on The Transition Programme, the teachers were extremely nice and very supportive”.



The programme is based at Quarryvale Community and Leisure Centre (near Liffey Valley Shopping Centre). It is still beside the 40 bus route for those travelling from Ballyfermot, Inchicore, City Centre or Finglas. 


Programme Booklet and Further Information:

Linn Dara School Transition Programme Leaflet

Linn Dara School Transition Programme Further Information 2018


Referral Form:

Referrals can only be accepted from CAMHS teams and we require a designated link person for the duration of the placement. It is also a condition of enrolment that young people are attending their CAMHS appointments while enrolled with us.

Referral Form 2018/19

For further information contact
Anthony Burke 0766956525 or


Listen to what young people who previously participated on the programme thought about it.