Useful Links


Other Family Support Organisations in Northern Ireland

Useful links are provided below which will take you directly to the websites of  other organisations supporting families in Northern Ireland.

Autism NI
Seeks to ensure that people within the autistic spectrum and their carers have access to appropriate services, enabling people with autism to be valued members of their community.

Aware NI
Works exclusively with those who are suffering from depression or bi-polar disorder as well as their carer’s, friends and families. The website provides valuable resources for a self-help approach to managing depression or bi-polar.

A free helpline for children and young people to talk about any problem.

Contact a Family
Provides advice, information and support to the parents of disabled children – no matter what their disability or health condition.

Cruse Bereavement Care
UK-based voluntary organisation which provides a range of services to help people cope more constructively with the changes that bereavement may create in their lives. Their services include free information, face-to-face bereavement support for adults and children, groupwork, helplines and website.

Employers for Childcare
Helps working parents to find childcare solutions by providing: practical help with choosing childcare; advice on juggling work and family life; savings on registered childcare costs using childcare vouchers.

Family Mediation NI
Offers the opportunity for parents or (former) couples to discuss issues causing concern with a mediator to reach a jointly negotiated settlement. These might include parenting issues and the best arrangements for your children, financial matters such as the home and other capital, or child support and maintenance.

Home Start
Provides practical, home-based support to parents who have at least one child under five years of age.

A 24/7 freephone helpline for people of all ages in distress or despair.

Lifestart Limavady 
A free, home-based programme for parents on child development. Family Visitors will visit families homes to deliver the programme and providing guidance and advice to parents. To find out more about the Lifestart Foundation visit their website.

Offers information, support and a range of services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Works to develop registered home-based childcare, and provides a range of services to support childminders, parents and children.

Website for the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, promoting and safeguarding the rights and interests of children and young people.

Provides confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day, for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Special Educational Needs Advice Centre is a charity providing an independent advice and advocacy service to parents of children with special educational needs, up to the age of 19 years.

Women’s Aid
Advice, support and practical help for women and children facing domestic violence.