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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.

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

Latest news

Belfast Pride 2017

August 2017


We were proud to take part in Belfast Pride 2017 celebrating our LGBTQ children, young people and staff. It was a fantastic day with a great family friendly fun atmosphere. We had a stand in the Pride Village and took part in the parade. It was our eighth year taking part and we look forward to an even bigger and better one next year! #BelfastPride. For more photos from the day please visit our Barnardo's Ni facebook page.

Baby boxes launched

July 2017

Baby box launch

Barnardo’s NI has launched a new baby box pilot scheme aimed at mums-to-be who are in the later stages of pregnancy and are in a crisis situation, including victims of domestic abuse, refugees and asylum seekers.

Inspired by Finnish baby boxes which are gifted to every child born in Finland they are packed with essentials to help babies get the best start in life. The boxes include over 20 items and double as a cot for safer sleeping.

The pilot has been funded by Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan who raised £5000 from a sponsored abseil down the Arcelor Mittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Included in the boxes are babysuits, sleepsuits, a fleece blanket, hats, scratch mits, a chewy teether, baby wipes, lotion, sponges etc.

The first boxes have already been distributed and it is hoped that if successful the scheme will be widened to to include expectant mums across Barnardo’s NI services.  

Pictured (l-r) Lynda Wilson Director Barnardo’s NI, three year old Mohammad Alaboud, Barnardo’s NI Chief Executive Javed Khan and six month old Mahmoud Alaboud who was the first baby to be gifted a box.

Little Toddlers take on the Big Toddle

June 2017

Big Toddle 2017

Over two hundred toddlers from Strabane Sure Start recently took part in Barnardo’s NI annual Big Toddle held at the Melvin Centre. The fundraising event raised over £1800.

Barnardo’s Strabane Manager Sharon Hasson said: “It was a fantastic day and our biggest Big Toddle to date. It was our fifteenth anniversary and every year the event gets bigger. It was brilliant that so many local families came out to support us and the sunshine was an added bonus.”

This year Barnardo’s Big Toddle marked its 20th anniversary and teamed up with the Teletubbies who are also celebrating their 20th birthday.

Local Strabane bakery McColgans donated a Teletubbies decorated cake to mark the joint anniversaries.

The Big Toddle is the biggest fundraising event for under five year olds across the Uk and over the past twenty years is has raised over £14.5million to support the charity’s work with children.

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