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.
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Latest publications can be found in the Campaigning for Children section of these web pages
Believe in Childcare?
Barnardo's NI in partnership with the NI Council for Ethnic Minorities recently launched its report Believe in Childcare? which highlights the childcare needs of ethnic minortiy communities in Northern Ireland. Research was carried out with over 300 families from 25 countries who are currently living in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. The report found a need for affordable and flexible childcare provision as well as improved information and more opportunities for members of ethnic minority communities to become registered childminders. A link to the report can be found in 'Campaigning for Children'. Pictured at the launch are two year old Alana Bao and Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Junior Minister, Jennifer McCann.
US Consul meets the 'All Stars'
US Consul General to Belfast Mr Gregory Burton recently visited Barnardo's NI 'All Stars' programme at Little Flower Girls' School in North Belfast. All Stars originated in the US 25 years ago. It is an early intervention programme which aims to raise aspirations and strengthen family, school and community bonds. Its introduction by Barnardo's NI to local schools is the first time it has been used anywhere outside the US. It is being funded as part of Realising Ambition, a UK-wide Big Lottery Fund programme.
Pictured with Mr Burton are Year 9 All Star pupils.
Justice Minister visits 'Families Matter' at HMP Maghaberry
NI Justice Minister David Ford recently visited Barnardo’s NI Families Matter programme at HMP Maghaberry. The programme aims to give fathers in custody an opportunity to contribute positively to family life with a focus on positive engagement with their children. A 17 week programme it is unique across prisons in Northern Ireland. Pictured (l-r)are: Sharon Finlay, Barnardo's NI, Maghaberry HMP Deputy Governor, Austin Treacy, Deirdre Sloan, Barnardo's NI Parenting Matters CSM, Justice Minister David Ford and prisoner 'Alan'.
Calling all knitters!
Barnardo’s NI is appealing for enthusiastic knitters to help create a range of unique jumpers for our Barney Bear. The Barneys and their individually created jumpers will be raffled later in the year to raise funds for our work with children across Northern Ireland. NI Libraries is supporting the initiative through their Knit & Natter Groups - all knitters have to do is supply the wool, their time and let their imagination take flight to create their own personally designed jumpers for Barney. Patterns and info are available from your local library or from our Community Fundraisier & Volunteer Manager Karen Kerr (pictured) Tel: 028 9067 2366.