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Job Vacancy: Fundraising Officer (Closing: Noon Fri 21 March 2023)

Job Vacancy: Fundraising Officer (Closing: Noon Fri 21 March 2023)

The postholder will work to generate income for Parenting NI, enabling the charity to deliver a range of supports and services for parents and families. The role will involve maximizing income from charitable trusts, foundations, statutory and other sources by producing compelling applications, proposals, mailings and feedback reports.

For more info visit our Work for Us page.

Job Vacancy: Policy and Research Officer (Closing: Noon Fri 21 March 2023)

Job Vacancy: Policy and Research Officer (Closing: Noon Fri 21 March 2023)

The postholder will work to improve the lives of children and families through influencing public policy and practice based on evidence from policy analysis, research and from effectively engaging the parents we support. The postholder will be responsible for leading the organisation’s public affairs, policy, research and parental engagement work; building effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

For more info visit our Work for Us page.

Mums Spring Tea

Join like minded women to network, learn, share and celebrate being a working parent!


  • Nicola McGuinness – Career and Confidence Coach talks to us about her experience coaching women to use their potential for an impactful, fulfilling and joyful career.
  • Citi Bank share their good practice for promoting a positive and parent friendly workplace.
  • Panel discussion and Q&A with local business women.
  • Afternoon Tea

Book here: 

Kindly supported by Belfast Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Michelle Kelly and sponsored by CITI.

Northern Ireland parents increasingly worried about finances as Christmas period approaches

Over the last six months, prices have risen at so quickly that families are worried about what lies ahead in the winter months.

The annual rate of inflation is sitting at 10.1% – with the price of food rising at its fastest pace in 42 years in September.

Every household is feeling the pinch, but with Christmas just around the corner financial pressures are particularly mounting for parents.

Around two-thirds of parents in Northern Ireland say money is currently one of the greatest challenges they’re facing, closely followed by mental health.

That’s according to a recent survey published by Parenting NI which also revealed that over the last six months parents have been increasingly worried about the cost of food.

Read more:

Support Line Closures

Parenting NI Support Line will be closed on the following days/Times:

  • Thursday 15th Dec from 12.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 23rd Dec from 9.30am and will stay closed until 4.30pm on Tuesday 3rd Jan

We will reopen on Wednesday 4th Jan 2023 at 9.30am.

Parent Mental Health, Wellbeing and Cost of Living survey report

Read the survey report here.

‘This is the first time Parenting NI has conducted a “Parent Mental Health, Wellbeing and Cost of Living” survey. Due to the dramatic increase in the cost of living, we felt compelled to ensure that the voice of parents is considered in what can only be described as an emergency. This survey gives parents from every part of society an opportunity to tell us about their current experiences of parenting in Northern Ireland, what levels of support they have and what gaps there are and what they need to support them on their parenting journey.

We are aware that financial insecurity can have a huge effect on a parent’s mental health. Therefore, we wanted to focus in on these issues in this survey. These issues will be familiar to service providers and policy makers across all departments and organisations. Parents have expressed a level of concern that must be met with action, and this survey has further exposed the experiences of parents and families from all backgrounds.’

                                                                                               – Charlene Brooks, CEO Parenting NI