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.
Ready To Learn
Year Three pupils from St Brigid’s Primary School in Ballymena recently celebrated completing a Barnardo’s NI Ready To Learn Literacy Club programme. The pupils attended the after-school club over the course of two years receiving an extra 180 hours of intensive literacy classes through extra one hour sessions held after class three days a week. Pictured with the children is Ready To Learn Manager Cherith McConnell.
Barnardo's NI recently took part in the official opening of The Thinking Cup cafe and Book Reserve (quality second handbook shop) on the Lisburn Road, Belfast. It is a partnership between a large number of organisations to provide employment for young people leaving prison, help change their lives and improve the lives of their children. Pictured L-R are Deirdre Sloan Parenting Matters CSM, Jonny Burton and Jim Smith who took part in our Parenting Matters 'Being a Young Dad' programme at Hydebank and are now Book Reserve employees and Bronagh Malcomson from Parenting Matters. Parenting Matters is Barnardo's NI service which supports prisoners and their families. The Thinking Cup and Book Reserve is a partnership between: Barnardo's NI, Early Intervention Transformation Programme, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Bryson Care and Workwest.
A new film has been launched highlighting the issues around child sexual exploitation in NI. Entitled 'False Freedom' it was created by young people who volunteered through our Safe Choices service which supports young people at risk of sexual exploitation. The film and accompanying resource pack are aimed at alerting young people to the dangers around sexual exploitation and generating discussion. It was developed in partnership with the Safeguarding Board NI and is funded by the Public Health Agency as part of the CSE Knowledge Transfer Partnership NI, the PSNI and St James Palace. The film and resource pack are free of charge and can be used in any setting from schools to youth clubs.
It is available from Barnardo's NI by contacting email@example.com
Young Carer of the Year NI
Seventeen year old Chantelle Clarke from our Young Carers Service has been awarded Young Carer of the Year at the Heroes of Youth Awards run by the Daily Mirror (NI). Chantelle has been helping care for her mum and brothers and sisters since she was eight years old. She was nominated by her Barnardo's Project Worker Anglea MacDonald. Chantelle was presented with her award by pop star Jordan O'Keefe and radio presenter Colin Murray. Liam Neeson paid a video tribute to all the winners on the night describing them as 'real life heroes'.