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OVERNIGHT HOTEL TRIP

Our service users recently enjoyed a much-needed overnight trip at the accommodating Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel, where we even recruited a new volunteer driver! New friendships were formed, sparking excitement about the next destination. A heartfelt thanks to all the staff who worked extra hours to make this possible. Excellent job!

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Joanne

The Family Caring Centre extends heartfelt thanks to Joanne Miller for her unwavering dedication and commitment to our mental health services over the past decade. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors. Additionally, we are delighted to welcome Joanne to our Good Morning Antrim Team of Volunteers!

Nibbles & Natter

Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm

Starting Tuesday 9th January 2024

Come along and enjoy a complimentary meal, refreshments and a good old natter!

All Welcome

This is a 3 month 'Pilot' scheme funded through the 'Well Warm Connected' Programme.

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38 YEAR ANNIVERSARY & GRAND OPENING OF OUR PLATFROM LIFT

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to come and celebrate our '38 Year Anniversary' of providing services within our community.

Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM officially opened our platform lift which means our first floor will be accessible to all.

We would like to thank those who supported the installation of our lift including the Northern Health & Social Care Trust, the Public Health Agency, the McCall Foundation, Big Design Architects, CFM & Pollocks Lifts.

A Special tribute to NIHE for significant structural and engineering work.

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Good Morning Antrim Volunteer Lunch

A very enjoyable lunch was had on Wednesday 30th May 2023, to celebrate and appreciate our award winning Volunteers for 'Volunteer Week'!!!

The food, service and banter was top notch

Thanks to our 'Good Morning Antrim' Coordinator Libby Higham for organising the event which took place at Massereene Golf Club, Antrim.

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MAY 2023

Good Morning Antrim 'Winter Warmer Get Together'

What a lovely event we had yesterday with some of our 'Good Morning Antrim' Recipients for a 'Winter Warmer' get together!! Its always lovely to put a face to the name and share refreshments and information on other support services within our local community.

Thanks to our award winning Volunteers, Farranshane House for hosting us, YewTree Butchery & deli for delicious catering and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Loneliness Network for providing the funding to make it all possible!!

Our Recipients, Award Winning Volunteers and Staff
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Sister Clement’s

legacy continues along with her precious white lilies and a plague in recognition of her work at the Family Caring Centre.

The Family Caring Centre would like to thank Paul Dunlop and John (Davy) Harvey from Antrim Together for helping us with some much needed external ground work!!! They turned up as promised, despite the torrential rain, and got the job done!!! Very much appreciated THANK YOU!!

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July 2022

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What a spectacular night at Theatre at the Mill to celebrate the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council 'Spirit of Volunteering Awards'!!!

We managed to win 2 categories 'Covid 19 Community Impact Award' for our Good Morning Antrim, Volunteers and 'Newcomer to Volunteering Award' for our Leanne.

Joe was nominated for the 'Over 25 Years' Service Award and was also very pleased to also receive formal recognition.

For us, awards for volunteering are held in the upmost esteem!! Without volunteering, many services across the borough could not exist or meet service needs. We are proud it was our turn to be recognised, but also honour and respect the involvement of all volunteers, across the board. Well done to everyone!!!

“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good" – Ivan Scheier

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BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL

We are very proud to announce that our Manager Louise Goodman (McIlwee) has been listed on the Queens 2022 New Years Honours List to receive the British Empire Medal: for her services to the Mental and Physical Wellbeing to vulnerable people in County Antrim'.
 

Louise’s career prior to and during her almost 15 years at the Family Caring Centre has involved Military Service, Retail Management, Advocacy, Counselling - accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and a Family Mediator for Family Mediation Northern Ireland.
 

Well done Louise BEM
 

Staff, volunteers, service users and friends of the Family Caring Centre would like to congratulate Louise on this well deserved award!
 

What a great start to 2022! May we also take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year

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This video recorded by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council to showcase the work of Good Morning Antrim Services during covid-19 at their cooperate event

Family Caring Centre making it in to the Antrim Guardian for our COVID-19 Response work!

6 May, 2020

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FIRST STEPS CRECHE NEWS

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Visit from the Mayor

Our centre Manager Louise Goodman and Chairperson Noreen McClelland were delighted to welcome the Mayor Alderman Billy Webb to our centre on Wednesday 9th March 2022 to highlight our current services.

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NEW BUS SIGNAGE

Thank you to Charlene from Devine Designs NI

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