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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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Latest news

Barnardo's CEO gets back to basics

June 2014

Javed and puppets

Barnardo's new CEO Javed Khan recently made his first visit to Barnardo's NI. He met P2 pupils Thomas Moore and Correy McQuaid at Largymore PS in Lisburn who told him what they had learnt on Barnardo's Incredible Years programme and introduced him to the programme's puppets. Incredible Years is an educational support programme which Barnardo's delivers in partnership through the Lisburn Early Intervention Programme to a number of schools in the Lisburn area. Joining them in the photo is Barnardo's NI Director Lynda Wilson.

Put your hands up if you're a Barnardo's volunteer!

June 2014


As part of national Volunteering Week Barnardo's NI held a special event for some of the 500 volunteers who give their time to support our work through our children's services, retail and fundraising. The celebration event was held at Cultra Manor House at the Folk and Transport Museum as we have a partnership programme with NI Museums who kindly donated the venue. The volunteers all received certificates from Barnardo's NI Director Lynda Wilson - and a huge thank you to all our volunteers #believeinchildren

Medals galore and overall success for Dr B's trainees!

May 2014

Dr B's medal winners

Dr B's trainee chef 16 year old Michael Auld recently won gold and was awarded overall winner in the Ability Section of the UK and all-Ireland Hotelympia catering competition. His fellow trainee 18 year old Ashlee Young won bronze in the Parade de Chefs. Dr B's trains young people with learning disabilities for a career in the catering industry. Dr B's Chefs and Mentors Andrew Gibb and Pat Baine who worked with Ashlee and Michael to perfect their dishes and travelled with them for the competition in London also received bronze medals.

Michael has recently taken up a placement in the kitchens of The Malt Room restaurant in Belfast city centre and Ashlee is due to start a full time position at the La Mon Hotel just outside Belfast.

Foster Carers Award

May 2014

Foster carers

Barnardo’s NI foster carers Avril and Brian Kenwell were recently announced as runners up in this year’s Foster Carer of the YearAwards  run by Fostering Network NI.

Avril and Brian were nominated by their foster daughter Elaine who said: “Right from the start I felt part of their family, they made me feel special from the first day I moved in. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know where I would have ended up. Knowing them has turned my whole life around.”

Elaine was fostered by Avril and Brian eight years ago and was their first long term placement. Before she arrived with them aged 12 Elaine had had 27 moves.

Avril and Brian said they chose to foster through Barnardo’s because they offer long term placements for children from more traumatic backgrounds.

Nurture Room Partnership Praised by Politicians

May 2014


Tullycarnet PS in East Belfast recently held the official opening of its Enhanced Nurture Room run in partnership with Barnardo’s NI and funded by the Department of Social Development. East Belfast MLAs (l-r) Robin Newton, Chris Lyttle, Sammy Douglas and Peter Robinson together with Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland (centre) were joined by P1 and P2 pupils Joshua White, Freddie Moore, Mason Stockham and Moesha Merton together with (l-r) Nicola Stewart (Barnardo’s NI), Nurture Room teacher Helen Graham, Tullycarnet PS Principal Eileen Quinn and Judith Searle (Barnardo’s NI).

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