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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 A-Z of Services.

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

Primary school pupils on the right PATHS!

October 2018

PATHS and twiggle

Pupils and staff from forty primary schools across the west of Northern Ireland recently attended celebration events acknowledging their participation in Barnardo’s highly rated PATHS® Programme which aims to improve the social and emotional learning of primary school children. The programme (promoting alternative thinking strategies) was developed in the US and is designed to help children develop emotional awareness, resilience, problem-solving and make responsible decisions.  A further 12 schools were awarded with ‘PATHS Model School’ status recognising their commitment to the high quality implementation and delivery of the programme, not just in the classroom but across the whole school.

One hundred and one primary schools and 31,723 children across Northern Ireland have benefitted from the PATHS Programme over the past 10 years.

Picutred are Omagh County PS receiving their certificate from PATHS Mascot Twiggle and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Chairman Howard Thornton.

Celebrating Peer Coaching

September 2018

Peer Coaching

Young people from Barnardo's Armagh-based  'Disabled Children and Young People's Participation Project (DCYPPP) recently marked the completion of the second year of their Peer Coaching Programme funded by Children in Need. It's aim is to match young people in pairs to meet once a week in local cafes and restaurants to talk and give advice about issues they are facing. The aim is to help each other make good choices, build confidence and increase independence. Twenty year old Caitlyn Turley said: "Peer coaching gives me a lot of confidence and makes me feel good. It helps me get out and about and I like supporting my mentee."

Official opening of PwC NI funded playground and sensory room

September 2018

Willowgrove opening

Our Willowgrove service in Banbridge for 5-17 year olds with learning disabilities, life-limiting conditions and physical disabilities recently held the official opening of its new playground and sensory room funded by our corporate supporter accountancy firm PwC NI.

PwC NI has been a corporate partner of Barnardo’s NI over the past two years and the staff raised over £65,000 for the Willowgrove playground and sensory room through a programme of fundraising activities.

The playground has been designed to provide wheelchair friendly equipment and the sensory room incorporates the latest in digital technology.  

Barnardo’s Willowgrove service in Banbridge currently offers short breaks, day care and community based services to twenty four children with learning disabilities, life limiting conditions and physical disabilities.

The playground was designed and installed by Appletree Play based in Katesbridge.

Pictured (l-r) Jamie Hatton (15), Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Julie Flaherty, PwC Ni Partner David Armstrong and Barnardo's Willowgrove Manager Liz Greer.

Supporting marriage equality

August 2018

Marriage equality
(Apologies that Barney bear is on his side - it's a glitch in the system - it shows up the right way round and then publishes sideways!!)

Barnardo’s NI has given its support to the campaign for civil marriage equality in Northern Ireland. It is the first children’s charity in Northern Ireland to publicly voice its support.

As a UK-wide organisation Barnardo’s has in the past supported marriage equality campaigns in other areas of the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.

Director Barnardo’s NI Lynda Wilson said:

“We work with many children, young people and families who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Many of our workforce and volunteers as a reflection of society also identify as LGBTQ and we do not discriminate.”

“We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and believe marriage equality is an extension of that. As a children’s charity we want the children and families we support as well as our staff and volunteers to know that we will stand up for them and support them.  We believe marriage equality should be a right for all regardless of sexual orientation.”

“Our support for same sex couples to marry reflects Barnardo’s core belief that every person is different but equal and everyone’s unique worth should be recognised. We work and live in a diverse and multi-cultural environment which Barnardo’s embraces and promotes.”

“Marriage equality legislation has been passed in the rest of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, across western Europe, the USA and Australia and we hope that Northern Ireland will soon follow, giving same sex couples the right and freedom to marry if they so wish.”

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