The Family Caring Centre

The Family Caring Centre was established in Rathenraw, Antrim in 1985.  Its purpose was to provide training, information, advice and Childcare services to families in the area who were suffering from social deprivation as a result of deteriorating housing and high unemployment. The Centre has been successfully providing this support through a range of services which have been continuously developed over the years as a response to the changing needs. Today, over 250 families benefit from the range of services that are currently provided.

It is impossible to measure the huge positive social impact that the Family Caring Centre have had in the local community over the years. They have certainly contributed strongly to the improved housing conditions, the reduction in violence and the eradication of drugs within the local area.

 All potential employees and volunteers are subject to Access NI checks before employment can commence and this is then followed by an induction program.


What We Do

The Family Caring Centre, located in the heart of Antrim, is a charitable foundation dedicated to helping those in need. With the dedication of our volunteers, staff members, and partners, we strive to improve the lives of everyone who needs help within the community. Contact us to see what you can do to bring about positive change.


Some of our Ladies who worked hard for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Womens Suport Group

Charity Work


How We Help

First Steps Creche is our  childcare facilty for 12 month - 4 years old, run by an excellent team all with a level 3 qualification in Childcare.

We also provide an Adult Mental Health Support Service, based on core principles of support, acceptance and understanding; which operated 48 weeks of the year!  They enjoy activities which build confidence, provide recreation, social interaction and improve health and emotional well-being.

A telephone support and alert service 'Good Morning Antrim' operates  Monday to Friday throughout the year.

We offer ICT Courses ECDL, Digital Skills and are registered with The British Computer Society and OCR.  Both accredited and non accredited course are on offer.

Telephone Alert Service


Good Morning Antrim (GMA) have been supporting the elderly, and vulnerable members of our community since April 2008.
The Good Morning Antrim Telephone & Alert Service aims to reduce the feelings of fear and isolation felt by the elderly and other vulnerable members of our society.



We offer IT courses ECDL and Digital skills and are registered with British Computer Society, these courses are aimed at young & older people with no qualifications to gain a recognised qualification and adults to help them engage in social networking.

Childcare for 12 Months to 4 Year Olds


First Steps Creche is registered for 24 children aged 12 months to 4 years.  We have six staff all who are level 3 qualified..

Our aim is to ensure that all the children are happy, safe and stimulated.  We also ensure that all childrens individuals needs are met.  First Steps Creche operates from 9.15 am to 12.15 pm 5 days a week.


Contact Us

1-5 Somerset Park, Antrim BT41 2TE, UK

028 9446 4619



028 9446 4619

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