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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Toddlers from Barnardo’s Parent and Infant Project (PIP) based in Lisburn recently took part in a pirate themed Big Toddle at Warren Park, Lisburn. It's the tenth year toddlers from PIP have taken part in the annual event which is the biggest fundraiser for under five year olds in the UK. Barnardo's NI Strabane Sure Start and East Belfast Family Connections Mother and Toddler groups also recently held their own Big Toddles.
Three graduate interns from the Barnardo's NI and Stranmillis Joint Graduate Internship Programme recently received awards in recognition of their contribution to promoting numeracy and literacy. Student teachers Ashleigh Gault, Lindsay Kelly and Kelly Andrews who volunteered with Barnardo's NI Family Connections service in Newtownabbey and East Belfast supported children in primary and post primary shcools during the academic year 2014/15 to help improve literacy and numeracy. The student teachers worked with targeted children using a range of games and activities adapted for each child to make learning fun. Their role was also aimed at raising aspiration and confidence, as well as engaging with parents. The programme, which runs for thirty weeks, has set numeracy and literacy targets. In the last academic year 129 children were supported through the scheme. 89% of targets were met in primary and 100% in post primary. Five new interns will take part in the scheme for the 2015/16 academic year.
Young people and staff from Colin Youth Development Centre in Poleglass, West Belfast recently received a special award from Barnardo's NI to mark their achievement as the first community group in the UK to complete all three levels of the LifeSkills course. It is a 10 week programme for children aged 8-14 which can be run in youth groups or schools and helps them make healthy choices around smoking, drugs and alcohol. They were presented with their certificates at a Recognition Event at Belfast City Hall by Belfast Deputy Lord Mayor Guy Spence. The programme originated in the US and Barnardo’s NI adapted it and introduced it to the UK in 2013 as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Realising Ambition programme. To date almost 3,000 children and young people have participated.
Pupils from Year 8 at Edmund Rice College, Glengormley recently took part in a celebration to mark the completion of a Barnardo’s ‘All Stars’ programme and share their commitments for the future. The US devised course is aimed at helping students envision a brighter future, reinforce school and family bonds and help young people make better choices for themselves. One hundred and five Year 8 pupils completed the 14 week course which is taught as part of the school curriculum.