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.
Big ToddleJune 2016
Big Toddle fundraisers have been taking place this month with our Strabane Sure Start, PIP (Parent and Infant Project) in Lisburn and East Belfast Family Connections all holding events. Our flagship Big Toddle took place at Belfast Zoo with toddlers from Horizon SureStart. It was a 'roaring' success with over sixty toddlers and accompanying adults turning out to 'toddle on'. Volunteers from our corporate partner Bank of Ireland helped run the event along with Barnardo's NI Fundraiser Aoibheann Doherty and of course Todd the mascot. The Big Toddle is the largest fundraiser for under 5s across the UK
Walking the extra mile
Barnardo's NI Director Lynda Wilson was joined by children and young people as well as Barnardo's 'old boy' Jimmy Kennedy, children of staff, staff, family and friends to walk the 'extra mile' for children and young people on a very wet Friday afternoon at Stormont. It was Lynda's pledge for Barnardo's 150th anniversary.. In the wettest weather for almost a month (including thunder!) the intrepid group braved the elements to walk the mile from the gates of Stormont to Parliament Buildings to deliver (a very damp!) joint Barnardo's NI and NSPCC NI Children's Charter to East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle. It might have been wet but spirits were high and the event also raised over £780 for Barnardo's. Huge thanks to everyone who came along, took part and donated!! #150and Always #BelieveinChildren
Barnardo’s NI and NSPCC NI recently launched a joint Children’s Charter aimed at the new NI Assembly and Executive.
It calls for a renewed focus on children and their welfare particularly under the main areas of safeguarding, learning and inclusion. Both children’s charities agree although there has been significant progress in recent times there is still much to do in tackling abuse and neglect, child poverty, barriers to educational attainment and mental ill-health. Children and young people also face many new challenges including the online world and professional staff are reporting they are dealing with more multiple and complex need, as well as issues related to asylum and refugees.
Helping launch the Children's Charter are 17 year olds Jason Neill and Johanna Kane along with Director Barnardo’s NI Lynda Wilson and Head of Services NSPCC NI Neil Anderson.
PATHS Plus Celebration
PATHS Plus recently held a celebration at Belfast City Hall to recognise the schools which had taken part in the programme over the past three years. Fourteen primary schools from Belfast, Bangor and Carrickfergus attended the event which was hosted by Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston. Schools received certificates acknowledging their commitment to the programme. In total 69 primaries and 11,500 children across Northern Ireland have benefitted from the PATHS Plus Programme over the past three years. The programme aims to empower children to develop the fundamental social emotional learning skills to make positive choices throughout life.
PATHS Plus is funded by Realising Ambition, a UK wide initiative designed to help young people fulfil their potential and avoid pathways into offending. It is backed by the Big Lottery Fund and PATHS in Northern Ireland also has support from The Atlantic Philanthropies.
For more information please visit: http://www.pathseducation.co.uk/