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Coleraine SureStart Partnership

What Is SureStart?

SureStart is a government initiative established to work with expectant parents and families with children aged four and under.  Sure Start aims to promote the physical, intellectual and social development of pre-school children to ensure they are ready to flourish when they get to school.


Coleraine SureStart Partnership

Coleraine SureStart Partnership is an organisation which is made up of a number of partners working together to meet the following goals:
• Improving children's social and emotional development
• Improving children's health
• Improving children's ability to learn
• Strengthening families and communities
• Increasing productivity
We do this by providing a range of services to anyone in the SureStart area who is expecting a baby or who has a child up to the age of four.  The services provided are delivered by SureStart employees or by individuals employed by partners and funded by Coleraine SureStart Partnership.

SureStart Areas in Coleraine

Coleraine SureStart Partnership has an office base in a community house in Ballysally, however, along with our partners; we provide a wide range of activities and services to people living in the following areas:
• Ballysally
• Harpur's Hill
• The Heights
• Killowen
• Millburn
• Windyhall

We employ a team of experienced and committed staff who deliver a high quality range of services and activities.  The Partnership also funds a number of dedicated workers employed by our partner organisations.  Our partners and their employees enable Coleraine SureStart Partnership to support local families and children across Coleraine.  Our services are delivered in community settings for example: Ballysally Youth and Community Centre, West Bann Development Centre, Harpur's Hill Early Years Project and Focus on Family – to name but a few.

What We Do

Staff Support: 
• Health Visitors
• Early Years Co-Ordinator
• Breastfeeding Support Worker
• Family Link Workers based at Ballysally Nursery School, Kylemore Nursery and Harpurs' Hill

• Toy and Book Library Co-Ordinator
• Training Co-Ordinator
• Finance and Admin Staff
• Home Visiting Team
• Childminding Network Co-Ordinator (NICMA)
• Development Worker for Young Parents (Barnardos)
• Outreach Worker for Domestic Violence (Causeway Women's Aid)
• Early Years Library Worker (NEELB)
• Dental Support (Northern Regional Trust)
• Childcare Workers (Focus on Family, Causeway Women's Aid)
• Playgroup Assistant (Ballysally Youth and Community Centre)
• Community Transport Bus Driver (CART)

• Yummy Mummy Club – Breastfeeding Support
• Special Needs Group
• Parent and Toddlers Groups
• Nappy Days- first time parents' group
• Tiger Tots – childminders and children drop-in
• Childminders Support Group
• Women's Group
• Dad's Group

• Ante Natal classes and support
• Teenage Mums Ante-natal Programme
• Early Parenting Programme – for young parents
• Nurturing programme
• Training for local playgroups, childcare and family support workers in the Sure Start area
• Two year old programme
• Baby Massage
• Baby Yoga
• Cook-It

• Young Parents Network
• Childminding Network


Other support funded by Coleraine SureStart Partnership:

• Dental Support

• Dietetics

• Speech and Language

• Rhythm and Rhyme Sessions

• Priceless fruit

• Community transport

• Mobile crθche


Our Services 

Ante-Natal Support:

Being pregnant can be an exciting but also nervous time for parents.  Coleraine SureStart has two ante-natal programmes to help parents-to-be prepare for their new arrival. 

Our Couples Preparation for Labour and Birth course is delivered by our two Health Visitors – and expectant mums can bring along a partner, husband, friend or mother to support them. 
Input also from a physiotherapist, breastfeeding support staff etc!

Our Teen Ante-Natal Programme is aimed specifically to teenage expectant mums, and help them prepare for the birth of their child.  Partners, friends and parents/grandparents are most welcome to come along too. 


Home Safety Equipment:
Baby Massage
entitling you to free home safety advice and equipment for your home.



Baby Massage
 keeping families up to date on

Baby Yoga

Cook It


Mini Movers



Early Years Support:

Training for staff

Events eg play sessions

Support networks etc


Support for You – and your family:

Chat n Chill

Pops n Tots

Tiger Tots



Play Sessions

Craft sessions

Pregnancy and Baby Fair


Preparation for Birth and Labour
OUR Partners   

We provide a wide range of services to families in our local area, and this would be impossible without the support of the partner organisations that make up Coleraine SureStart Partnership.  Through the skills, dedication and commitment of all staff, we are able to provide support and guidance on a wide range of areas relevant to families with young children.

 Barnardos
 Causeway Women's Aid
 Ballysally Youth and Community Centre
 Harpur's Hill Children and Early Years Project
 Focus on Family
 Northern Health Trust
 West Bann Development Centre
 Kylemore Nursery
 Ballysally Nursery
 Harpur's Hill Nursery




Coleraine SureStart Partnerships' Main Office is based at:
19 Glenburn Crescent
BT52 2QR

Telephone:  028 7032 1032

The Breastfeeding Support Worker and Childminding Network Support Co-Ordinator are based in:

SureStart Office
West Bann Development Centre