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NOVA Trauma Support Service

What we do

Barnardo’s NOVA Trauma Support Service provides therapeutic support to children, young people and their parents who live in the Craigavon, Banbridge, Armagh, Dungannon, Newry and Mourne area. The service is delivered with funding and support from the ‘Victims and Survivors Service’ on behalf of ‘The Executive Office’ and is available for families who have been affected by the N.I Conflict/’Troubles’. This could be a trans-generational impact, when a previous trauma has affected a family’s older generation with ripple effects on the younger generation coping with a more recent trauma. Many people are living with on-going trauma reactions. These include fear and anxiety, nightmares, panic attacks, flashbacks, depressive feelings and loss of belief in a 'safe world'. We can help to increase a sense of safety, overcome the fear that is associated with traumatic memories, reduce/eliminate trauma reactions and re-connect with family, friends and community. We are a professionally qualified team of counsellors that has been providing therapeutic trauma support to children, young people and parents for over 25 years. We accept referrals from Teachers, Social Workers, GP’s, Health Visitors and other professionals or from community and voluntary groups. If you are unsure if we are the most appropriate service for you please contact us to discuss. We welcome all enquiries and, if are unable to provide support for you, we may be able to signpost you to the most appropriate service that will best meet your needs.

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    Mental health

  • Services supporting children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing. We have centres where children and young people can visit and have a trained worker they can trust and talk to. We help them build their confidence and get to the root of their difficulties.
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