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.
Access All Areas
Ahead of Care Leavers Week (24 - 30 October) Barnardo's Leaving Care Service held a seminar on the merits of 'Access All Area' an England and Wales initiative which brings local and central services together to promote stability and continuity for care leavers. The seminar was held with a view to establishing a similar NI interagency collaboration. The key note speaker was Professor Mike Stein from the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York together with Kenny McGhee, Through Care and Aftercare Programme Lead at the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland who spoke about the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant - a cross-sector alliance aimed at improving services and outcomes for care leavers. Holly Padfield-Paine, Rearch and Policy Officer with The Prince's Trust who manages their research project 'From Care to Independence' was the third speaker.
Pictured with Professor Mike Stein are Emma and Abi from the Leaving Care NI Focus Group.
Strabane Sensory Garden
Barnardo's Strabane Sure Start new sensory garden was recently opened by two year olds Ella Cooke and Laura Doherty, together with Sure Start Manager Sharon Hasson, Deputy Mayor Derry City and Strabane District Council Thomas Kerrigan and Director Barnardo's NI Lynda Wilson. The garden which cost over £2,50 was funded by Sure Start and is aimed at promoting outdoor play for under five year olds. It includes an outdoor xylophone, a willow hut, a story telling area and sensory plants. Children will be encouraged to play outdoors whenever they want and fleeces and waterproofs have also been provided!
Re-opening of Annadale
Officially opening Barnardo's NI £1.1million re-furbished and extended accommodation for young people leaving care in South Belfast are Chelsea Duncan (18) from Barnardo's NI and Acting Permanent Secretary Department of Social Development, Andrew Hamilton. The accommodation provides 8 apartments for young people aged 16-21 who are moving from social care to independent living. Also attending the opening were representatives from Triangle Housing Association, RE Quinn Architects and Connolly Fee contractors. The refurbishment and extension was funded by the Department of Social Development's Supporting People Programme in partnership with Triangle Housing Association.