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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Economy Minister Simon Hamilton recently attended Dr B's Kitchen bi-annual award night for trainees past and present which was also a celebration of its own 25th year and Barnardo's 150th!
Over thirty past and present Dr B's trainees, supported by family, friends and employers were presented certificates for the qualifications they received while training at Dr B's and for prizes won in national catering competitions over the past two years.
Economy Minster Simon Hamilton said he was inspired to see what the trainees from Dr B's had achieved when barriers for young people with learning disabilities were removed. He also acknowledged the dedication of staff and the hard work, determination and application shown by the trainees.
Dr B's trains young people with learning disabilities for a career in the hospitality industry and has an 80% success rate in placing trainees in permanent employment. Dr B's is open to the public 8am-3pm Mon -Fri and can found in Bridge Street, Belfast city centre.
Pictured (l-r) Dr B's trainees Harry Tighe, Lauren McCracken., Barnardo's NI Assistant Director Billy McMillan, Economy Minister Simon Hamilton and Dr B's Manager Clare McCaughey.
Big Toddle fundraisers have been taking place this month with our Strabane Sure Start, PIP (Parent and Infant Project) in Lisburn and East Belfast Family Connections all holding events. Our flagship Big Toddle took place at Belfast Zoo with toddlers from Horizon SureStart. It was a 'roaring' success with over sixty toddlers and accompanying adults turning out to 'toddle on'. Volunteers from our corporate partner Bank of Ireland helped run the event along with Barnardo's NI Fundraiser Aoibheann Doherty and of course Todd the mascot. The Big Toddle is the largest fundraiser for under 5s across the UK
Walking the extra mile
Barnardo's NI Director Lynda Wilson was joined by children and young people as well as Barnardo's 'old boy' Jimmy Kennedy, children of staff, staff, family and friends to walk the 'extra mile' for children and young people on a very wet Friday afternoon at Stormont. It was Lynda's pledge for Barnardo's 150th anniversary.. In the wettest weather for almost a month (including thunder!) the intrepid group braved the elements to walk the mile from the gates of Stormont to Parliament Buildings to deliver (a very damp!) joint Barnardo's NI and NSPCC NI Children's Charter to East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle. It might have been wet but spirits were high and the event also raised over £780 for Barnardo's. Hu
ge thanks to everyone who came along, took part and donated!! #150and Always #BelieveinChildren
Barnardo’s NI and NSPCC NI recently launched a joint Children’s Charter aimed at the new NI Assembly and Executive.
It calls for a renewed focus on children and their welfare particularly under the main areas of safeguarding, learning and inclusion. Both children’s charities agree although there has been significant progress in recent times there is still much to do in tackling abuse and neglect, child poverty, barriers to educational attainment and mental ill-health. Children and young people also face many new challenges including the online world and professional staff are reporting they are dealing with more multiple and complex need, as well as issues related to asylum and refugees.
Helping launch the Children's Charter are 17 year olds Jason Neill and Johanna Kane along with Director Barnardo’s NI Lynda Wilson and Head of Services NSPCC NI Neil Anderson.