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Choices Family Support Service

Choices Family Support Service is a partnership project between Action for Children, Barnardos, Youth Justice Agency and Ballymena and Larne Volunteer Centre, working to enable positive changes for local families.


"Staff helped me when I most needed them."
Young Person

What does the project do?

The Choices Family Support Service aims to support families with young people aged between 10 and 17 who are:

  • Experiencing problems with their mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Living in situations which give rise to concerns about their care
  • At risk of offending 
  • At risk of becoming homeless 
  • Living with parents who may be experiencing mental health problems or domestic violence


"We know from our experience that offering a child and their family support at an early stage during difficult times can have a huge impact."
Project Worker

How do we support young people and families/carers?

Through individual mentoring, parent/carer support groups, intensive therapeutic work , outings, activites and social events we support young people to:

  • Avoid drug/alcohol misuse
  • Improve and develop relationships
  • Build confidence
  • Manage stress
  • Deal with conflict and disruptive behaviours
  • Improve life skills
  • Make new friends


"It helped me to know I wasn't on my own."

Working together

Choices Family Support Service is a partnership involving the Youth Justice Agency, Action for Children, Barnardo's NI, and Ballymena and Larne Volunteer Centre. The service is funded by Northern Health & Social Services Board.

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