Barnardos Annual Report and Financial Statements 2013

Barnardos. (2014). Barnardos Annual Report and Financial Statements 2013.
In 2013 Barnardos worked with almost 9,000 children and families across Ireland to change their lives for the better. We supported them to build their skills, abilities and capacity to change their lives for the better. But you can’t do that without building trust with those we work with. It is long term intensive work. Sometimes progress is measured in very small steps initially – like the child who sat under a table for three weeks and wouldn’t speak to adults or make eye contact, coming out from under the table and beginning to interact with others. And they did that because their key worker lay on the ground for those three weeks reading stories to the child. Earning their trust bit by bit every day and being there for them. Building the child’s confidence by coaxing them gently – never pushing them or forcing them. Our people focus on strengths in children and parents and support them to be the best they can be. They deliver proven programmes with positive outcomes. Life changing outcomes. At the heart of our work is a set of core values which inform every aspect of our services, policies and practices.