FAMILY & CHILDRENS SUPPORT & ADVICE SERVICES

Barnardo’s – Armagh and Dungannon Adolescent Partnership
Preventative and early intervention support for young people in trouble or at risk and their families through community based approaches. Individual work, group work, family work. Parenting programmes, advocacy. Education and training.

Tel: 028 3752 2380
Email: familysupporthub@barnardos.org.uk

Barnardo’s – Choices for Children
Range of services for children. Home Links provides short breaks for children aged under 18 who have a disability. The service takes place in approved carers homes or in the community. Forward Steps provides services for pre-school children who have autism and their families. Play for All offers inclusive play, arts and recreational activities for children and young people with a disability.

Tel: 028 9065 8105 / 028 90658511
Email: info@barnardos.org.uk

Barnardo’s – NOVA
Trauma support for individuals, families and communities who have been affected by the troubles in Northern Ireland. Therapeutic counselling and group work. Creative art therapies which use art, music and play in response to stressful experiences. Training and consultation in trauma work.

Tel: 028 4062 8758
Email: ni.nova@barnardos.org.uk

Barnardo’s – Parenting Matters Project
Parent support and education services for parents and carers of children up to 18 years old. Work in areas and with groups facing disadvantage. Run by parents and carers who are trained to work with parents in groups based at community centres, schools, church halls etc.

Tel: 028 90644335 or 07771555930
Email: deirdre.sloan@barnardos.org.uk

Barnardo’s – Safe Choices Northern Ireland
Work with children and young people up to the age of 18 who are affected by child sexual exploitation. Work therapeutically with children and young people on issues of consent, power and control, relationships sexual health etc with the aim of helping them find a safe way out of exploitation.

Tel: 028 9065 8511
Email: Jacqui.montgomery@barnardos.org.uk

Bytes Project
Assist young people aged 16-25 who are not in full time education, employment or training and are at risk, to overcome disadvantage and the barriers preventing them becoming economically active. Range of training courses, including web design and desktop publishing. Jobsearch, CV preparation. Free internet and email use.

Tel: 02890288810
Email: administrator@bytes.org

Children’s Law Centre – Northern Ireland
Advice and telephone helpline for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on all aspects of law and policy affecting children and young people. Provides information, legal advice and representation, research and training on children’s rights.

Tel: 028 90245704
Email: info@childrenslawcentre.org

Early Years – The Organisation for Young Children
Umbrella group providing advice and support for a range of childcare services including playgroups, parent.
Tel: 028 9066 2825
Email: lizg@early-years.org

Early Years Project/Shankill Sure Start
Home visiting family support programme for parents and children aged fewer than 4. Centre based activities, one-to-one support.
Tel: 028 9087 4000
Email: irene@earlyyears.org.uk

Employers for Childcare
It encompasses a Social Enterprise and registered charity. 100% of the profits from our Social Enterprise are invested into our charitable activities – all of which support parents, employers and childcare providers. Our aim is to address childcare, not only as a social issue but also as a labour market and economic issue.

Tel: 02892678200
Website: http://www.employersforchildcare.org
Email: aoife.hamilton@employersforchildcare.org

EXTERN
Services for children and young people at risk of being taken into care, custody, or school exclusion. Adult services for homeless people, ex-offenders, people with addiction problems, mental health problems, experiencing family breakdown and poverty.
Tel: 028 9084 0555
Email: comms@extern.org

Family Link – Northern Ireland
Range of support services for prisoners’ families. Advice on social welfare issues, benefits, housing and debt problems. Information on the Criminal Justice System, transport and services. Befriending service and support groups. Parenting project and childcare support. A NIACRO project.
Tel: 028 9032 0157
Email: niacro@niacro.co.uk

Fostering Network NI
It offers information, advice and support to foster carers, kinship foster carers and others working in the area of fostering. This confidential service is independent and complementary to the support provided by the health and social care trusts and independent fostering providers.
Tel: 028 9070 5056
Website: http://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk
Email: info@fostering.net

Gingerbread NI Advice Service
Advice line for lone parents. Subjects covered include benefits and tax credits, housing, education, employment, relationship breakdown, child maintenance, tax and legal issues. Also provide face-to-face advice. Offer creche facilities, training and employment programmes, a membership scheme and newsletter.
Tel: 0808 808 8090 / 028 9023 1417
Email: advice@gingerbreadni.org

Holy Trinity Centre
Community centre offering services including day care for children up to the age of 4, Monday – Friday 8am – 5.30pm. Counselling services Mon – Thurs 9am-9pm and Fri 9am-5pm. Senior citizens programme Monday 12.30pm-4pm, Thursday 8am-10.30pm. Facilitate activities for people with disabilities.
Tel: 028 9020 0557
Email: centremanager.trinity@gmail.com