Students create vital advocacy app


Computer Science students Martin McCaslin and Caleb Mathomes have used their programming skills to potentially help children in difficult and traumatic situations.

As part of a programming module, the students were tasked with designing an app for the National Youth Advocacy Programme (NYAS) which would offer both a direct line of communication for vulnerable young people and act as a reference point for professionals. Working closely with the charity’s participation team, Martin and Caleb developed a prototype, tested it with young people supported by NYAS and coded the resulting app, which was launched at the Houses of Parliament in 2016. The pair, who studied BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development), both secured full-time jobs with the same company after graduation, and claim the experience gained through this project was a contributory factor in their success.

“Times are changing and we need to reflect the digital world. We’re delighted to be the only national advocacy charity providing an app. Our thanks go to Edge Hill University for helping us to reach out and engage with more young people than ever before.”

Rita Waters, CEO, National Youth Advocacy Service