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.
Latest publications can be found in the Campaigning for Children section.
Re-opening of AnnadaleSeptember 2015
Officially opening Barnardo's NI £1.1million re-furbished and extended accommodation for young people leaving care in South Belfast are Chelsea Duncan (18) from Barnardo's NI and Acting Permanent Secretary Department of Social Development, Andrew Hamilton. The accommodation provides 8 apartments for young people aged 16-21 who are moving from social care to independent living. Also attending the opening were representatives from Triangle Housing Association, RE Quinn Architects and Connolly Fee contractors. The refurbishment and extension was funded by the Department of Social Development's Supporting People Programme in partnership with Triangle Housing Association.
Toddlers from Barnardo’s Parent and Infant Project (PIP) based in Lisburn recently took part in a pirate themed Big Toddle at Warren Park, Lisburn. It's the tenth year toddlers from PIP have taken part in the annual event which is the biggest fundraiser for under five year olds in the UK. Barnardo's NI Strabane Sure Start and East Belfast Family Connections Mother and Toddler groups also recently held their own Big Toddles.
Young people and staff from Colin Youth Development Centre in Poleglass, West Belfast recently received a special award from Barnardo's NI to mark their achievement as the first community group in the UK to complete all three levels of the LifeSkills course. It is a 10 week programme for children aged 8-14 which can be run in youth groups or schools and helps them make healthy choices around smoking, drugs and alcohol. They were presented with their certificates at a Recognition Event at Belfast City Hall by Belfast Deputy Lord Mayor Guy Spence. The programme originated in the US and Barnardo’s NI adapted it and introduced it to the UK in 2013 as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Realising Ambition programme. To date almost 3,000 children and young people have participated.