News from Northern Ireland

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

Journeying with families

The Home for Good team in NI have had an exciting couple of months with a number of events and opportunities for conversation, both online and in person. In November we were delighted to host an information session focussed on supported lodgings where we were joined by two social workers from the supported lodgings team in Northern Ireland. We’re so thankful for the opportunity to work together to make a difference.

We hosted another Northern Ireland Foundations course in the autumn of 2021; what a privilege to journey with 12 households considering welcoming children through fostering, adoption or supported lodgings. Our next Foundation course starts on Wednesday 12 January 2022. If you would like to join us, sign up here or email judith.dawson@homeforgood.org.uk for more information.

Thank you, we found the course very helpful to direct our thoughts and guide us in considering this journey.” Foundations course attendee

Even more encouragingly, in November alone we have seen six households exploring fostering or supported lodgings with Home for Good reach the point of their journey where they feel ready to connect with a social worker in their trust area.

Champions and peer support groups

It has been great to connect with our fantastic Champions, both on a Zoom call with Home for Good CEO, Tarn Bright and locally. We’ve heard so many amazing stories of what Champions are doing with their local church and the impact they are making in their communities. We’re thrilled to have welcomed new Champions into our network, including David and Claire. They’ve shared with us their hopes for their new role:

In recent years, we have felt challenged by the biblical instruction to reach out and care for those who are vulnerable – such as in James 1: 27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” We have also had our eyes opened to the huge need there is to provide care for vulnerable children. By becoming Champions with Home for Good, we have an opportunity to be a voice within our congregation for vulnerable children. We hope to encourage our congregation to regularly pray for these children and their families, perhaps to give financially to Home for Good and to consider caring for children themselves. As well as this, we have some adopted or fostered children connected to our congregation and by raising awareness of the work of Home for Good, such as their training events and online resources, we hope to encourage an increasingly supportive environment for these families so that they will feel welcomed, loved and a part of our congregation.”


Partnerships and opportunities

Our partnership with UCB Ireland continues, and we encourage you to tune in and listen to our monthly interviews. In November, our Southern Trust Coordinator Judith Dawson and a social worker from the supported lodgings team shared about the need to find host families for young people.

We’ve had a number of other opportunities to work with individuals and organisations in our community. Local poet Emma Bustard has written a piece entitled Sweet Baby, sharing her journey of infertility. Partnering with illustrator A Wee Bird Sings, Emma has been selling framed copies of her poem and supporting Home for Good with part of the proceeds from sales. We are so thankful to Emma and A Wee Bird Sings for this beautiful demonstration of their support.

In preparation for Christmas, we’ve been working with Girls’ Brigade NI to collect advent calendars to gift to young people in care aged 16 and over. This idea arose when we heard from a young person who was moving into independent accommodation last year, and was worried she may not get an advent calendar. We wanted every young person connected with the Northern Ireland 16+ team to have an advent calendar; we wanted them to know we care. We are delighted to have delivered over 350 calendars! [image]

We are looking forward welcoming a tour with theatre company Riding Lights Summer 2022. We are looking for possible venues across Northern Ireland as we seek to inspire people to open the conversation about caring for vulnerable children and young people through drama.

We would also love to increase our presence at local festivals and conferences in the summer months of next year. If you feel you could support us as we explore these opportunities, 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 those stepping into fostering, supported lodgings or adoption. Pray that they will know the support of their family, their friends and their church.
  • Pray for young people who live independently. Pray that during the festive season, and as they enter 2022, they will experience connection in community and not feel isolated or lonely. May they know the God who is Emmanuel.
  • Pray for the Foundations course beginning in January. Pray for Judith Dawson as she hosts the course and holds the privilege of journeying together as people consider what part they can play in caring for vulnerable children and young people.
  • Pray for all our peer support groups, those that take place online and those face to face. Pray that we will see more groups launched that allow all those who foster or adopt to feel connected and supported as they journey together.
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.

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

Malini Colville heads up Home for Good's work in Northern Ireland and she would love to hear from you! You can contact her through the button below.

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Date published:
17 December 2021


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