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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.

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Latest news

Barnardo's Strabane launches baby boxes

Dec 2017

baby box

Barnardo’s Strabane Sure Start recently launched a baby box scheme aimed at mums-to-be who complete the Family Links ‘Welcome to the World Parent Group’. The eight week programme covers topics including bonding, attachment, development and family life. Pictured receiving the first three baby boxes after completing the Barnardo’s Strabane Sure Start Family Links programme are (l-r) Noeleen Caldwell, Joan Sheerin Course Facilitator, Carol Devine, Beverley Lynch Course Facilitator and Lisa O’Doherty.


Sept 2017


Results from our SATCHEL project aimed at giving children aged 4-6 the best start at primary school have revealed it exceeded its targets in every area. SATCHEL (Schools and the Community Helping Everyone Learn) was a project supported by the Northern Ireland Executive through the Social Investment Fund. It ran in 35 primary schools in the west of NI including Fermanagh, Tyrone, Limavady and Dungiven. It supported 1380 parents and 1313 children.

Results show 42% of families reported a healthier diet than before taking part, 86% of children improved their language skills, 83% improved on emotional wellbeing targets and 26% of parents reported visiting their child's school more regularly than they had done before. Satchel offered a range of activities including Incredible Years, the Nurturing Programme, Smart Yoga, Cook It! the FAST programme and Early Years Media Initiative for Children.

Pictured are (l-r)  Grainne Dunne, Knockavoe Special School, Eamonn Seydak from S3 Solutions,Bernard O'Shea Barnardo's NI SATCHEL Manager, Martin Duffy Senior Responsbile Owner SATCHEL Project, Dr Mark Browne, NI Executive, Amanda Duffy Phillips, Principal Omagh North Nursery.

Book Buddies

Sept 2017#

Book Buddies

Five North Belfast primary schools recently celebrated completing a Book Buddies Programme aimed at improving literacy, building friendships and addressing social and emotional well being. Managed by Barnardo's NI 'Collaborating for Change' service, Book Buddies is delivered by teachers and also volunteers recruited and trained by the the Verbal Arts Centre. Almost fifty children from across the five primary school took part in the programme. The five schools had previously worked with Barnardo's on its Ready To Learn early years literacy programme.

Pictured (l-r) Leah Worbey (10), Molly Jameson (11), NI Children's Writing Fellow Myra Zepf, Daryl Cowan (10 and Josh Doherty (9).

Supporting Young Carers in School

Sept 2017

Yougn carers booklet launch

Children and young people from Barnardo's NI Young Carers Service recently took part in the launch of a 'Supporting Young Carers in Schools' booklet aimed at raising awareness with teachers and educators about young carers and the support they need from schools. The booklet has been issued to all schools in Northern Ireland. It was produced by the Health and Social Care Board in partnership with the NI Education Authority, Barnardo's NI, Gingerbread NI, Carers Trust NI and the Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP).

Young people from Barnardo's NI Young Carers made a supporting film: Young carers You Tube film

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