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.
Latest publications can be found in the Campaigning for Children section of these web pages
Ready To Learn
Barnardo’s NI recently launched an evaluation of its Ready To Learn after-school literacy programme at the Long Gallery, Stormont, hosted by Michelle McIlveen MLA, Chair of the NI Executive Education Committee. The evaluation, carried out by the Institute of Child Care Research at Queen's University, found that the additional literacy intervention made a positive difference to children's reading and comprehension. Ready To Learn was a three year randomised control trial carried out in nine primary schools against seven control schools. A link to the full evaluation can be found in our Campaigning for Children Pages
Gold CIPR Award
Barnardo’s NI recently won the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (NI) Gold Award for Best Low Budget Campaign for a media campaign highlighting our support for children with a parent in prison. The judges described the campaign as highly emotive which combined facts and stories to great effect and also managed to mix PR with political impact. They said: ‘Barnardo’s took a risk with its own reputation in delivering this project but it paid off with great outcomes for all involved.’
Lee is Regional Volunteer of the Year
Twenty nine year old Lee Maddocks from Newtownabbey was recently awarded Marsh Trust NI Regional Volunteer of the Year for his volunteering role with Barnardo’s Newtownabbey Family Connections service. Lee runs the lunchtime drop-in games club at Newtownabbey High School, is involved with the family learning programme at Rathcoole PS and also supports the Active Dads club. Service Manager Claire Humphrey said: " Lee is a fantastic asset to us and we are delighted he has been recognised with this award. He has a real connection with the young people. it’s brilliant to see how he helps to build their confidence and self-esteem." Lee says through his volunteering experience with Barnardo's he is now keen to pursue a career supporting young people.
Cooking Up A Storm!
Dr B's Kitchen trainee chef, 17 year old Michael Auld recently spent a week in the kitchens at Chef Anton Mosimann's Michelin-starred FIne Dining Rooms in London. It was part of a prize for being awarded Overall Winner and winning Gold in the Ability Section at the National Catering Awards, Hotelympia held earlier in the year. MIcheal said the experience had been amazing and he would recommend putting yourself forward for whatever opportunities come your way, because you just never know what it might lead too! Michael is pictured with Mosimann's Head Chef Jerome Henry. Dr B's Kitchen is a restaurant which trains young people with learning difficulties for a career in the catering industry. It has been running for over 20 years and has an 80% success rate in placing young people in permanent positions.