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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Marsh Trust Volunteer of the Year (NI)
Barnardo's volunteer Claire Stockham was recently presented with the Marsh Trust NI Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of her volunteering role with our East Belfast Family Connections service.
Claire has been a volunteer play worker for four years and volunteers two mornings a week. She works alongside Barnardo’s staff delivering early intervention child development sessions for toddlers aged 18 months to three years while their parents and grandparents take part in Incredible Years parenting programmes and adult education.
Claire, who is mum of two, says volunteering is something she always wanted to do: “I first became involved with Barnardo’s as a parent and I really wanted to give something back for the support and help I received. I think volunteering is really important and everyone should give up a few hours to volunteer if they can. By volunteering you’re helping Barnardo’s give more families the support and services they need.”
Claire is pictured with two year old Olly Proctor and was presented with her certificate by Barnardo's NI Assistant Director Monica McCann.
The Social Development Minister who came to tea
Chelsea Duncan (18) from Leaving Care enjoyed a cup of tea with the new Social Development Minister Lord Morrow when he paid a a visit to the service's newly refurbished and extended apartments in South Belfast. The apartments recently had a £1.1million makeover funded by the Supporting People Programme through the NI Housing Executive and the Department of Social Development. The apartments offer supported accommodation to young people aged 16-21 who are moving from social care to independent living. The Minister watched a film made by the young people and was shown round two of the apartments.