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.
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The first UK PATHS ® (Promotiong Alternative Thinking Strategies) and Barnardo's Conference was recently held in London. PATHS ® Curriculum is an evidence-based programme aimed at improving the social and emotional learning of primary school children and has been adapted for use in the UK. The key note speaker was Dr Mark Greenberg the original author and developer of the PATHS ® Curriculum from Penn State College, Pennsylvania. Eighty delegates from across the UK and the US attended the event which was hosted by Director Barnardo's NI, Lynda Wilson. Barnardo's NI has been delivering PATHS ® across the UK since 2013 with funding from the Big Lottery Realising Ambition stream. It is currently in 99 schools including London, Swansea, Belfast and Renfrewshire.
Play for All
Our Play for All Saturday Clubs in Downpatrick and Saintfield currently have vacancies for both children and volunteers. The Clubs run fortnightly during term time and provide a place for children of mixed abilities aged 5-12 and their siblings or cousins a place where they can have fun together with a range of activities including crafts, toys, baking and games for two hours. Outings are also arranged throughout the year. There is no cost to the families. We also depend on volunteers to help run the clubs. Our current volunteers all say they love it and would never miss because they enjoy supporting the children and they get so much out of it. We are especially keen to hear from more mature volunteers and men who are not so well represented. For more information about volunteering or if you know a family in either area who would benefit from the club please contact Siobhan Stratton T: 028 9065 8105 or E: email@example.com. Before any child can join we have to ensure the Clubs will be suitable. The Clubs are run in partnership with the South Eastern Childcare Partnership and Down District Council.
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.