Barnardo’s Northern Ireland
Barnardo’s NI works for children first and last. In over 100 years we have helped improve the lives and opportunities of tens of thousands of children in communities across Northern Ireland. We work wherever children need us most.
For more information about our services and programmes, please take a look at the Barnardo's NI service information.
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Dr B's Medal Haul
Dr B’s Kitchen trainee chefs Lauren McCracken (18) from Comber and Jordan Jenkins (17) from Ballyclare won gold and silver medals respectively at the IFEX Culinary Ability Awards held recently at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. Lauren and Jordan are pictured with Dr B's Chef/Mentor Andrew Gibb who said: "We are delighted for Lauren and Jordan. They worked incredibly hard to perfect their dishes and were under a lot of pressure on the day competing against the other entrants and under the scrutiny of the judges with only 40 minutes from start to presentation, but they rose to the challenge and we are so proud of both of them.”
Lauren has been a trainee with Dr B's for a year and a half. Jordan has been with the service for just seven months. Dr B's trains young people with learning disabilities for a career in the hospitality industry. It has been running for 25 years and has an 80% success rate in placing its trainees in permanent employment.
For the competition Lauren prepared a seared duck fillet accompanied with ravioli stuffed with orange and cardamom confit and. Jordan prepared a crisp pan fried salmon fillet with a Mediterranean potato, chorizo and fennel melody.
Sweets for Life
Making Life Sweeter! Barnardo’s NI is celebrating the success of its partnership with Sweets for Life which has raised over £25,000 for the charity during the past year. The sweet honesty boxes are a familiar sight in workplaces across Northern Ireland and their popularity has steadily increased since they were launched seven years ago. The boxes provide a sweet treat to peckish staff for £1 with the profits donated to Barnardo’s NI. If you would like a box placed in your workplace, or for further information please contact Guy Hamilton Mb: 07714 236766.
Pictured (l-r) from Sweets for Life are Colin Wilson, Guy Hamilton, Aoibheann Doherty, Barnardo’s NI and Robert Andres from Sweets for Life.
Launch of SATCHEL
A new project aimed at giving children in the west of NI the best start at primary school and encouraging parents to be more involved in their child's education was recently launched at Strabane Community Library. SATCHEL, which stands for 'Schools And The Community Helping Education & Learning', focuses on parenting skills, healthier lifestyles and building stronger relationships between family and school. It is currently running in 27 schools across Co Tyrone, Fermanagh and L'Derry. The £1.3million project is being funded by OFMDFM's Social Investment Fund.