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.
We also have a new booklet called 'Voices' (PDF) which has first hand accounts from a range of children, young people and families, speaking about how Barnardo's NI has supported them and made a positive impact on their lives.
Latest publications can be found in the Campaigning for Children section.
'CLiC-king with communities
Young people from our Leaving Care Service recently launched CLiC which aims to help young people who are leaving care and setting up home on their own feel safer in the communities they move into. As one young person said: 'When you're 19 and on your own and you're feeling anxious or intimidated in a new area, it's someone to turn to who can help.' CLiC stands for 'Connecting and Living in Communities' or can be interpreted as 'Clic-king with Communities'. It was developed after the young people identified it as an area they needed more support with, CLiC has been launched in conjunction with the East Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership. The launch was attend by young people and staff from Barnardo's NI Leaving Care Service together with representatives from Housing Solutions, Belfast City Council, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast Trust and East Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership. The plan is to roll the initiative out across Belfast before extending it further.
Some of the families from Syria who are supported by Barnardo's NI Syrian Refugee Support Service recently held an exhibition entitled 'My Syria' at Belfast Central Library to mark the first anniversary of their arrival in Northern Ireland. The event showcased their skills and crafts and recreated the atmosphere of a Syrian Souk with all the bustle and smells of all their Syrian food. The first families arrived in NI 15 December 2015 and to date over 300 people including children have been resettled in Northern Ireland under the Relocation of Vulnerable Persons scheme. Pictured are Ali Soda, his wife Hasnaa and their children. They are originally from Aleppo.
PwC partnership launch
Barnardo's NI recently launched a corporate partnership with PwC. The firm's 1,400 staff will fundraise on behalf of the charity throughout 2017 as well as providing business and volunteering support. Staff have already taken part in a number of fundraising activities including zorbing on the River Lagan and a marathon relay between their Dungannon and Belfast offices. There have also been a number of visits to some of Barnardo's services and PwC will also be hosting children and young people to a special film showing of Elf at The Strand cinema.
Pictured at the partnership launch are David Armstrong from PwC, Barnardo's NI Director Lynda Wilson, Barnardo's fundraiser Aoibheann Doherty and Dr B's trainees Rebekah Hawthorne and & An Jonathan Dinh.