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 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
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.
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:
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.
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
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
Ante Natal classes and support
Teenage Mums Ante-natal Programme
Early Parenting Programme for young parents
Training for local playgroups, childcare and family support workers in the Sure Start area
Two year old programme
Young Parents Network
Other support funded by Coleraine SureStart Partnership:
Speech and Language
Rhythm and Rhyme Sessions
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:
entitling you to free home safety advice and equipment for your home.
keeping families up to date on
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
Pregnancy and Baby Fair
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.
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
Harpur's Hill Nursery
Coleraine SureStart Partnerships' Main Office is based at:
19 Glenburn Crescent
Telephone: 028 7032 1032
The Breastfeeding Support Worker and Childminding Network Support Co-Ordinator are based in:
West Bann Development Centre