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.
Service of Thanksgiving
Barnardo's NI recently held an Evensong Service of Thanksgiving at St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh to commemorate its 150th anniversary. The service was officiated by Dean Gregory Dunstan and Revd Peter McVerry gave the sermon. It was attended by young people, staff, friends and supporters including representatives of Barnardo's Helper Groups from Dungannon, Banbridge, Newry, Bangor and Portadown.
Pictured front row (l-r): Laura Powell, Rosemary Garvey, Jamie Curran and Caitlin Turley who are part of Barnardo's 'Disabled Children and Young People's Participation Project' (DCYPPP) which is based in Armagh.
Back row (l-r) Jennifer Eitel MBE, Dungannon BHG, Director Barnardo's NI Lynda Wilson, Dean Gregory Dunstan, Barnardo's Manager DCYPPP Rosemary Murray, Baroness May Blood and Lady Sylvia Hermon MP.
Northern Ireland student wins prestigious fostering education award
A student from Belfast who was fostered through Barnardo’s for 10 years has received the Fostering Achievement for Education Award at The Fostering Network’s Fostering Excellence Awards in London.
Chantelle from Belfast was fostered from the age of six by her Barnardo’s foster parents Michelle and Gareth who recall that at the start school was a real struggle for her: “Chantelle found the many changes of school difficult, particularly in making new friends and she could easily have given up or become disheartened but she transformed from a child who did not believe that she could achieve anything to someone who wants to do the best she can. She faced every challenge with determination and resilience.”
Chantelle was supported by a range of activities through The Fostering Network’s Fostering Achievement Programme and has recently taken up a place at university to study Ancient History.
Helen Browne, Assistant Head of Business, Barnardo’s Professional Fostering Service said: “We are delighted that Chantelle has won this award. She was fostered through Barnardo’s for 12 years and it has been fantastic to see how she has thrived with the support and care of her foster carers. Our aim is to support every child to achieve their potential and Chantelle has shown what can be achieved.”
If you are interested in fostering through Barnardo’s please visit www.barnardos.org.uk/fostering or T: 028 9065 2288.
Young Carers raise over £1500
Young people from Barnardo's NI Young Carers service recently took part in three, 3km sponsored walks at Drum Manor Forest Park, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the Ulster American Folk Park in aid of Barnardo’s NI and raised over £1,500! They chose to undertake the sponsored walks to show their support for the charity in its 150th year. Ellen Greer, a young carer from Cookstown said: “We wanted to do something for Barnardo’s to give something back for all the support they show us and other young carers. It’s amazing to think that Barnardo’s was the very first children’s charity when it was founded in 1866 by Dr Thomas Barnardo and that it is still looking out for children and young people today.” If you would like more information about Barnardo’s Young Carers Service please contact T: 028 7963 1344.