Choices Family
Support Service

Choices Family Support Service helps young people and their families in Northern Ireland tackle problems and achieve positive change.

Its aim is to support families to stay together, and it works using a range of techniques from mentoring and support groups, to outings and social events.

What is 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. It’s funded by the Northern Health & Social Care Trust.

The project is for 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 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 does it work?

We support young people, their families and carers through individual mentoring, parent/carer support groups, intensive therapeutic work, outings, activities and social events.

We help 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.

We also help parents to deal with disruptive behaviours, talk things through with their children, build their confidence and manage stress.

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


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