Family Fund Information & Support Day in Belfast

The Family Fund will host an Information and Support Day for families who have a child with an additional need to meet the staff team and to learn about the support services, grants and information/advice that is available to support families in Northern Ireland.


 The Information and Support Day will take place on:

Date: 25 October 2017

Time: 10.00am-2.30pm

Venue: St Mary’s University College, 191 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6FE


Click here to download a copy of the event’s flyer


For more information please go to: 

Belfast Family Support Networking Event


The lead bodies responsible for coordinating the family support hubs in Belfast were brought together for the bi-monthly Belfast Family Support Hub Network meeting this month.

The event was an opportunity for hub coordinators to discuss a range of issues including; 

  • how the Hubs are working;
  • the interface with statutory organisations; and 
  • any emerging factors that will impact families.


They share information during these meetings that will assist each other in order to achieve consistency across the family support hub network in Belfast. The BHSCT Early Intervention Support Team facilitate each network meeting and coordinators also receive information about regional developments from the Regional Hub Coordinator.


At the present time there has been a steady increase in self- referrals to the family support hubs in Belfast as families become more familiar with the role of the Hubs and realise this is a place they can go to directly to receive help and support.


To contact one of the Family Support Hubs in Northern Ireland please click here


For information and referral processes of family support services across Northern Ireland please visit the Family Support NI website at:  


Now Project Family Service


The NOW Group Family service supports new and expectant parents who have a mild to moderate learning disability/difficulty or who is on the Autistic Spectrum. We provide both pre and post natal support for parents, as well as their greater family within the Greater Belfast area. This support is on a one to one basis and is tailored to their individual needs, this support aims to build confidence, develop skills and encourage participants to engage with their local communities and services. There is also the opportunity for individuals to connect with NOW Group’s other services including Training, Volunteering and Employment.

Click here to read more about the NOW Project Family Service 


Referral Criteria

Our referral criteria is as follows:

  • Male or female with a mild to moderate learning difficulty or disability or on the Autistic Spectrum.
  • Lives in the Greater Belfast Area.
  • Expectant parent or a parent with a child under the age of 4.

Click here to download a referral form 


Contact Us:

If you have any further queries regarding our service please don’t hesitate to contact ourselves. We still have places for Mums and Dads to avail of the NOW Group Family Service.

Telephone: 028 9023 2139


Audit of Information on Family Support NI Website

The Family Support NI website team are auditing information held on

All registered childcare providers have been contacted to check their details are correct and up-to-date on the website.  If you are a childcare provider this website provides you with a FREE means of advertising your service.

For more information Click Here





Family Support NI Team support Parenting Week

The Family Support NI Team have been supporting families and groups all over Northern Ireland who celebrated Parenting Week between 20th and 26th October.The Team hosted information stands at the Shankill Sure Start event in Shankill Leisure Centre and also at the cross border Child Care in Practice Event in Dundalk.

Both events were very well attended by service users and providers and provided excellent opportunity to share knowledge and experience among a range of stakeholders.The team acknowledge the value of being a parent and recognise that sometimes parents need information and support to help them.

They have taken Parents Week as an opportunity to promote which facilitates early intervention and family support by listing contact details and overview of Family Support services in the community, statutory and voluntary sectors throughout Northern Ireland.

Parents can also use the Childcare search on the website to find childcare to meet both their needs and the needs of their children.

 For further information, please visit  Email  or call 0845 600 6483  Helen O’Neill, Communications Manager, Health and Social Care Board on 028 7186 0086 or via email