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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 A-Z of Services.

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.

You can keep up to date with Barnardo's NI on Facebook and Twitter.

Latest news

Partnership of the Year Award 2018

June 2018

Iof Award

We are delighted to have won the Institute of Fundraising Partnership of the Year Award 2018 through our partnership with PwC. The two year partnership has seen over £100,000 raised, however the partnership has gone beyond fundraising with PwC volunteering at different services to paint, clear gardens, run shops and clean play areas. Barnardo's staff also engaged with PwC to create much needed resources including new leaflets for our Child Bereavement Service and employment skills for our Dr B's trainees.The award from the Institute of Fundraising recognises how integrated the partnership has been.

Pictured with the award are Barnardo's NI Fundraising Manager Aoibheann Doherty and PwC Corporate Partnership Manager Benny Miskelly.

Bassetts & Barnardo's get their ducks in a row

June 2018


Leading bathroom and plumbing specialist, Bassetts recently gifted Barnardo’s NI two complete new bathrooms and upgraded two WCs in the charity’s Children’s House. The house in East Belfast provides a home for up to six primary school aged children who are in the process of being placed with long term foster parents. The children are loving their new bathrooms and especially like the mirrors with touch sensitive lights, the walk-in showers and pearlescent mosaic borders which they describe as crystals. Since 2017, Bassetts has been a charity partner of the children’s charity through its parent company Saint Gobain Building Distribution.

New activity books for children visiting prison

May 2018

prison booklets

New resources for children to help them feel more at ease when they are visitng a relative in prison have been developed by Barnardo's NI Parenting Matters Service. Two activity books and fun-to-follow maps have been developed and are available for families visitng each of the prisons in Northern Ireland. Making a visit to prison can be intimidating and it can be a lengthy process fo the new books and maps for children 8 years and under are to help occupy them. Pictured are Governor of Maghaberry prison David Kennedy and Manager Barnardo's NI Parenting Matters Service Deirdre Sloan.

Launch of Independent Guardian Service

April 2018


Barnardo's NI has launched a new regional service to support children in Northern Ireland who are separated from their families and home countries including those who have been trafficked. Over the last three years an average of 13 separated children have been referred to the Health Trusts each year. Barnardo's NI will support those who are under 18yrs offering specialist knowledge and promoting their welfare. Pictured at the launch are: (l-r) Marian Hall, HSCT Board, Lynda Wilson, Director Barnardo's NI, Lord Morrow, Neil McKittrick Barnardo's, Michele Janes Assistant Director Barnardo's NI and Mark Baillie from CARE. The service has been introduced under the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (NI) Act 2015 and is funded by the Health & Social Care Board.

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