Northern Ireland

Save the Children has been working in Northern Ireland for over 60 years. We're determined to help the 110,000 children in Northern Ireland who are affected by poverty, going without essentials or living in homes which are cold or damp. We’re fighting to ensure no child is born without a chance.

What we’ve achieved

Families and Schools Together (FAST) is an award winning, early-intervention programme, which we introduced to schools in Northern Ireland in 2010.

FAST brings parents, children, schools and the wider community together, to help parents create opportunities for learning and development at home and to make sure children get the support they need to fulfil their potential at school – and in life.

“In just eight weeks FAST achieved what the formal education system had failed to deliver for our parents in their school life — a feeling of self-worth and recognition that they can be masters of their own destiny.” - Black Mountain principal Billy Macauley

“FAST has been an excellent opportunity for my children and myself in getting to know the staff and other parents in the school.” – FAST Parent, Belfast.

Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play!

Our Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! programme provides essential household items, such as beds, cookers and pushchairs, to families with young children living on a low income.

The programme helps families meet their children’s needs during the important early stages of development, improving the quality of their children’s lives and helping them fulfil their potential.

We work with local referral partners from agreed organisations who know where the need is greatest to ensure we reach those families most at risk.

We have awarded over 2,600 grants to families, helping nearly 6,000 children in Northern Ireland.

Our policy and campaign work

Our policy work focuses on the action that Northern Irekand Assembly needs to take to keep their promises to end child poverty in Northern Ireland.

We also carry out research to help us better understand how poverty affects children and their families.

Find out more

For more information about our work in Northern Ireland, please contact or call us on 028 90 431123.

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