News from Northern Ireland

Find out how we are finding homes for children in Northern Ireland

At the start of May, Roger Cooke joined the team as the new Northern Ireland Lead. Roger lives in Belfast and is a foster carer. For the last 16 years, he's been working with churches across Ireland, to inspire and equip God's people to engage more deeply in global mission. He's also been a Home for Good Champion since 2018 and he leads a support group from his church. Reflecting on his recent appointment, Roger says:

"I'm delighted to have joined the Home for Good team. It's a real privilege to pick up the baton from Malini Colville, who has done such a great job in establishing our work here and in developing many positive, fruitful relationships. I firmly believe that local churches across Northern Ireland have a unique and significant part to play in helping provide homes for children who need them. There is huge potential for the Church to make a real, lasting difference and I'm excited to be part of that story with Home for Good."

The Riding Lights tour of 'My Place' visited Northern Ireland for three events: in Bangor, Lurgan and Belfast. The powerful performances and stories were well received and we've had feedback about how challenging and inspiring the evenings were. In the coming weeks, Northern Ireland Lead Roger and Southern Trust Coordinator Judith will be following up some of the connections made at these events. If you attended My Place in Northern Ireland and were impacted by what you saw and heard, do let us know – we’d love to connect with you!

Judith continues to walk alongside individuals and couples who are exploring fostering, adoption or supported lodgings. This journey from initial enquiry to potential referral is a core part of our work across Northern Ireland and one we want to see grow as we engage with more churches.

Roger is currently filling up his diary for meetings over the summer months and beyond with church leaders, Home for Good Champions and key leaders across the Health and Social Care Trusts and other agencies. If you are a church leader, do book in a meeting with Roger.

We're excited at the possibility of a new Support Group starting soon in Bangor - and we're exploring other opportunities to develop Support Groups across Northern Ireland - including one or two groups for Social Workers.

In August, Judith and Roger are leading a seminar at New Horizon (in Coleraine), which will share stories and offer suggestions for how churches can play a more active role in caring for children who need a place to belong. It would be great to see some of our Champions, friends and supporters at the seminar - along with others from your church.

With recent months seeing a return to some kind of normality for church gathering in Northern Ireland, we are keen to encourage bookings for staff and Champions to speak and share at Sunday services and mid-week events in the Autumn term and into 2023. If you'd like us to come to your church or group, please do get in touch.

What can I be praying for?

We would love you to stand with us in prayer as we continue to work to find a home for every child who needs one in Northern Ireland.

  • Pray for Roger as he settles into his new role and makes connections with church leaders and with those responsible for caring for vulnerable children in Northern Ireland. Pray for fruitful meetings and for positive relationships.
  • Pray for Judith as she responds to enquiries and journeys alongside those who are exploring how they can play a more active role in fostering, adoption and supported lodgings. Pray that more individuals and couples will respond to God's call to make a difference in this way.
  • Pray for the New Horizon seminar in August and for other speaking engagements and events in the coming months, that God's people would be challenged and inspired to play their part.
  • Pray that God would encourage and bless the network of Home for Good Champions and churches across Northern Ireland so that, together, our reach and impact would grow wider and deeper. Pray too for the plans to develop the network of support groups.
  • Pray for the ongoing work of the Independent Review of Northern Ireland’s Children’s Social Care Services. Pray for opportunities for Home for Good and others to contribute positively to this important process.
Are there any events happening soon that I can attend?

Head over to our Northern Ireland page to find out what is happening in the area and find all the local support groups.

Take me there

How do I get in touch with a member of the Home for Good team in Northern Ireland?

Roger Cooke heads up Home for Good's work in Northern Ireland and he would love to hear from you! You can contact him through the link below.

Email Roger

Judith Dawson is our Local co-ordinator in Southern Trust. Send her an email though the link below.

Email Judith

Date published:
June 2022


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