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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

Foster carers of distinction

May 2017

foster carers award

Barnardo’s NI foster carers Alex Miekle and Sharon Duffy from Newtownards were recently awarded Foster Carers with Distinction at the Fostering Network NI Foster Carer of the Year Awards 2017. It coincided with their tenth year of fostering.

Over the past 10 years they have fostered three boys in long term placements as well as a number of short stay and emergency placements through Barnardo’s Professional Fostering Service. They are currently fostering a 12 year old boy and a four year old with complex medical needs.

Sharon said: “We started fostering in May 2007 and since then our lives have been transformed. It has made us a family. The team at Barnardo’s is so supportive we feel part of a bigger family. We would tell anyone thinking of fostering to go for it. Our house is alive with children, toys and their friends. If you ‘ve got the space, the room and the time these children are special, yes they come with challenges but the rewards outweigh all that.”

Helen Browne, Barnardo’s NI Fostering Manager said: “We are thrilled for Sharon and Alex being recognised as Foster Carers of Distinction at the Fostering Network Awards. They were the first gay couple to foster through Barnardo’s NI and it has been an extremely successful partnership. The social worker who carried out their assessment 10 years ago is the same who nominated them for their award. It is a fantastic recognition for Alex and Sharon and we are so delighted that their commitment to children has been recognised.”

If you are interested in fostering with Barnardo’s please visit:  or phone 028 9065 2288.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin announced as new corporate partner

April 2017


Cleaver Fulton Rankin a leading solicitor's firm in Belfast has announced Barnardo's NI as its chosen charity for 2017. Cleaver Fulton Ranking will be supporting Barnardo's Young Carers' Service and Family Resource Centres thorughout the year with a range of fundraising activities. Pictured at the launch are Billy McMillan Assistant Director Barnardo's NI, Aoibheann Doherty Regional Fundraiing Manager Barnardo's NI and Karen Blair Managing Director Cleaver Fulton Rankin.

'CLiC-ing with communities

March 2017

CLiC launch

Young people from our Leaving Care Service recently launched CLiC which aims to help young people who are leaving care and setting up home on their own feel safer in the communities they move into. As one young person said: 'When you're 19 and on your own and you're feeling anxious or intimidated in a new area, it's someone to turn to who can help.' CLiC stands for 'Connecting and Living in Communities' or can be interpreted as 'Clic-king with Communities'. It was developed after the young people identified it as an area they needed more support with, CLiC has been launched in conjunction with the East Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership. The launch was attend by young people and staff from Barnardo's NI Leaving Care Service together with representatives from Housing Solutions, Belfast City Council, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast Trust and East Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership. The plan is to roll the initiative out across Belfast before extending it further.

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