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.
Latest publications can be found in the Campaigning for Children section.
Belfast City Hall turns Barnardo's Green
Belfast City Hall was floodlit in Barnardo's green as part of the 35th celebrations of our Professional Fostering Service. The floodlighting took place following a reception at the Lord Mayor's Parlour by the Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon for foster families past and present and staff. Enjoying the spectacle (l-r) are Beverley McDowell whose parents are foster carers and Elaine McAuley who was fostered with Beverley's family through Barnardo's NI Professional Fostering Service.
Professional Fostering Service celebrates 35 years
Barnardo’s NI Professional Fostering Service is celebrating its 35th anniversary and to mark the occasion an event was recently held at the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings. Foster carers and foster children past and present spoke about how fostering had turned their lives around. The event ended with a balloon release representing the hundreds of children who have been fostered by the service since it started in 1980.
Dr B's Double Gold
It's a double celebration for Dr B's Kitchen as two of their trainees have won gold awards in the Culinary Ability Awards at the annual all-Ireland CATEX catering competition held recently in Dublin. Seventeen year olds Ryan Moore and Peter Weir took the coveted medals with Ryan also being announced Overall Winner. It's the sixth year Dr B's has entered the competition but the first time they have done the double. Ryan and Peter joined Dr B's Kitchen straight from school last September and both credit the staff at Dr B's for giving them the confidence to go for it by having a believing in them.
Feels Like Home
Barnardo’s NI has launched a research report on the experiences of newcomer pupils in primary schools in Northern Ireland. We spoke to pupils, staff and parents from 13 schools, including 47 children from 14 different countries. 'Feels Like Home' was launched at Parliament Buildings with Michelle McIlveen MLA, Chair of the Education Committee.The report by Dr Donna Kernaghan from our Policy and Research Department can be found here: http://bit.ly/1zvZxUk.
The Real Story
A new training and resource pack highlighting the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and sexual health aimed at young people aged 13+ in the South Eastern Trust area was recently launched. ‘The Real Story’ provides topics and short films to help encourage young people discuss issues around sexual exploitation and sexual health and make informed judgements for themselves. The pack was brought about after staff, working with young people within communities, identified a need for more information and awareness raising around the issues. It is the result of a collaboration between Barnardo’s NI Safe Choices, the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Youth Health Advice Service, and the Public Health Agency. It will be available for use by professionals who have a thorough knowledge of the issues surrounding CSE and who have received specific training from Barnardo’s on using the resource. For futher information please contact Safe Choices Tel: 028 9065 8511