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What is the Northern Ireland Regional Young Carers Service (NIRYCS)?

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The Northern Ireland Regional Young Carers Service (NIRYCS) is delivered in partnership by agencies including Action for Children and Barnardo’s NI. These services can offer you a break from caring, a listening ear, individual support, information about illnesses, peer support groups, personal development, group work programmes, fun social activities, a voice, a safe environment to express concerns and worries, advocacy, advice and signposting.

Both Action for Children and Barnardo’s employ staff who will meet with young carers referred to them, complete an assessment of your needs and then agree and deliver a package of support appropriate to your needs.

Which service you contact will depend what area you live in. If you live within the Belfast, South or South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Areas, you should contact:

Action for Children

Loughshore House 10 Heron Road

Belfast

BT3 9LE

Phone: 028 9046 0500

Email: niyoungcarers@actionforchildren.org.uk

If you live within the Northern or Western Health and Social Care Trust Areas, you should contact:

Barnardo’s NI

36a Westland Road

Magherafelt

BT45 5AY

Phone: 028 7963 1344

Email: MagherafeltAdminMailbox@barnardos.org.uk

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