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
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'.
Barnardo's NI Big Knit for Barney
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.
Celebrating 10 years of anti-bullying programme
Barnardo's NI recently celebrated a 10 year partnership with Peaceful Schools International (PSI), a Canadian founded anti-bullying, conflict resolution programme for schoolchildren. The celebration was held at Stormont and was attended by PSI mentors from Boys Model School, Belfast, General John de Chastelain, a member of the PSI International Advisory Board, former Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff and Head of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning NI, the two Junior OFMDFM Ministers, the Education Minister, the Chair of the Education Committee Mervyn Storey MLA, the founder of PSI Hetty Van Gurp, and Director of Barnardo's NI Lynda Wilson.