Our Story

Established in 1992

In 1991 a report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Working Party on unplanned Pregnancy recommended that:

....separate clinics or sessions for young people be provided by each districts health authority. These clinics should take into account the special needs of the young people in that district and should provide counselling on sexual and relationship transmitted diseases, including HIV.’

Despite strong opposition from religious groups and politicians Brook NI opened its doors for the first time on Thursday 19th September 1992. On that day one brave lone young women, walked through large crowds of noisy protestors, to exercise her right to access a service to which she was legally entitled. Since 1992 there have been over 210,000 visits from young people exercising that right.

Our History

Established in 1992

10th September 1992

Brook Clinic opens Thursday and Saturday

September 1995

Monday clinic opens

April 1996

Wednesday clinic funded

September 1997

Brook celebrates 5th Birthday in Europa Hotel

December 1997

After losing funding, Wednesday clinic reopens


David Bromtiam Award

August 1999

Secretary of State Mo Mowlan visits Brook

September 1999

Brook 7th Birthday

April 2000

Age of clients drops to 19

April 2002

Boys clinic opens

September 2002

10th Birthday at Stormont with Barbara DeBrun

November 2003

7th clinic (Sunday), Brook clinics open every day

February 2004

GlaxoSmithKline Award for contributions to healthcare


£1,000,000 from Atlantic Philanthropies

June 2005

Centre Manager

September 2007

Coleraine clinic opens


Ella One Trial begins

February 2009

Age of content in NI lowered to 16. Brook celebrates its 16th Birthday. Sexual Offences Order Conference.


Information workers funded for 6 clinic sessions per week.


Brook Centre Manager receives 'Employee of the Year Award' at the Brook National Awards

April 2010

Brook moves into Waring Street

October 2010

'Bite-size' Brook Outreach funded

March 2011

Brook wins Innovation Award for Student Placements at Brook National Awards in London

October 2011

Brook gets JLS condoms in

December 2011


January 2012

Brook opens STI/GUM clinic on Saturday

Sir Michael McBride Chief Medical Officer

You be you & we'll be here!

Sir Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer has commented on the commitment of the Public Health Agency in funding Common Youth (formerly Brook NI) and acknowledged that the work of Common Youth has had an impact on the reduction of teenage pregnancies over the last 25 years.

Common Youth has come along way since 1992. Starting off by providing two clinical sessions per week with the focus on contraception to now providing a seven day a week service in Belfast and a two day a week service in Coleraine, providing not only contraception but a sexual transmitted Infection testing and treatment service, counselling, psychosexual counselling, well-being, education, one to one support and training for professionals.

Roll on our 30th anniversary!!

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