For over 265 years, Belfast Charitable Society has supported people through difficult times. From admission to the Poor House, its outdoor relief scheme or in more recent years through Clifton Residential and Clifton Care Home.  As part of the charity’s ongoing philanthropic work it has recently provided funding towards an Early Intervention Family Support Programme which receives referrals directly from the North Belfast Family Support Hubs.

The Family Support Hubs consists of a network of statutory, community and voluntary organisations that provide early intervention services, or work with families who need support. Belfast Charitable Society’s contribution funds two part-time home visitor posts and immediate access to vouchers for those most in need, continuing in a modern way our original outdoor relief scheme.

Both of these Support Officers, Alana and Caroline, are now in post and delivering one to one support for families throughout North Belfast.

Through working with families the rising need for financial assistance has been identified, especially with the extra strains this time of year brings. Thankfully, this project is already having a significant positive impact with over £3,000 in vouchers gifted to local families.

For more information on the Early Intervention Family Support Project or Family Support Hubs please contact Christine McKeown, Head of Childcare and Family Support at 02890 742 255.