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.
All Stars celebration
Pupils from Edmund Rice College, Whitehouse Primary School and Little Flowers Girls’ School recently took part in a celebration of Barnardo’s NI ‘All Stars’ programme at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
The US devised course is aimed at helping students aged 8–14 envision a brighter future, reinforce school and family bonds and help young people make better choices for themselves. It originated in the US 25 years ago and its introduction by Barnardo’s to local schools was the first time it had been used outside the US. Backed by a £1.2million investment through the Big Lottery Fund Realising Ambition programme, All Stars has been delivered to over 7,000 pupils in 55 schools locally during the past four years with a reported 96% overall improvement.
Pictured with the pupils from Edmund Rice College, Whitehouse PS and Little Flower Girls’ School are (l-r) Barnardo’s NI Head of Programmes, Julie Healy, Education Minister Peter Weir, Director Barnardo’s NI Lynda Wilson and Chris Lyttle MLA.
Young Carers 'Furry' Festive Party
Young carers from our Young Carers' Service based in Magherafelt were recently invited to a ‘furry’ special Christmas party at the Build-A Bear Workshop in Belfast to create their own bears. The party was one of a number that took place at Build-A-Bear Workshops across the UK as part of a festive partnership between Build-A Bear and Barnardo's.
150 & Always Gala Ball
Barnardo's NI recently held a '150 & Always' Gala Ball as one of a series of events being held to mark our 150th anniversary. It took place at Titanic, Belfast. The evening raised over £7,500 for Barnardo's through a prize draw and auction. The event was attended by the Lord and Lady Mayor of Belfast and as well as representatives from Barnardo's corporate supporters Bank of Ireland as well as Crescent Capital, Carson McDowell, Title Solv, Danske Bank and Mills Selig. Staff from Barnardo's services including Leaving Care, Simpson House, PIP, Dr B's Kitchen, East Belfast Family Connections and our educational support programmes PATHS, Lifeskills, All Stars and Ready To Learn also attended as well as volunteers and members of Barnardo's Helper Groups.
Pictured are staff and trainees from Dr B's Kitchen.