You can access family support through your Social Worker from your local Trust. You can also use your personal budget or direct payment to purchase supports directly from us.

Family Support Services

Family support is a specialist service providing flexible, tailored support to the whole family. Staff and volunteers from these services provide opportunities for children and young people to become more involved in the community and make it possible for parents, brothers and sisters to enjoy fuller lives.

We do this through:-

  • Having regular contact with parents to provide support, information and advice
  • Providing support to children and young people to attend youth groups and activities
  • Offering support groups and activities for brothers and sisters
  • Providing advice and training for the community to enable them to appreciate and welcome the children and young people we support

Locations: Bangor, Lisburn, Enniskillen

Roisin and Oisin’s Story – Ending the Isolation


Autism Outreach Service

Our Autism Outreach Service is for autistic children and young people (aged 4–18) who live in the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) area. The service supports children and young people to help realise their dreams and ambitions including participating in community activities. In so doing, parents get a break from their caring responsibilities.

Our Support Worker will visit approximately every 2 weeks (exact frequency will depend on individual need and resource availability).

Our Support Worker will:

  • Develop, alongside the child, or young person, and family, a person centred plan which will identify individual needs and aspirations and how these can best be met.
  • Identify and support age appropriate social and play activities for children, using applicable developmental and sensory tools, in an individual or group setting.
  • Support the development of social, communication, advocacy and life skills in young people. Provide opportunities for children, young people and parents to become more involved in the ‘everyday’ by accessing community activities and developing friendships.
  • Provide parents with practical and emotional support as well as information and advice.
  • Provide programmes of activities during school holidays which include siblings.
  • Build resilience and peer support through the development of a parent network.

Ronan’s Story – A Fighting Chance


Brighter Futures Project

Brighter Futures is a family support project covering the Fermanagh area which aims to help families with a child between the ages of 0–12 that has a disability.

The Brighter Futures Project can help you to:

  • Connect with your local community to find local supports
  • Make plans for the future of your family
  • Get answers to issues that you face as a the parent of a disabled child
  • Find others who have faced similar issues and share experience
  • Get a breather!

The Brighter Futures Project does this through:

  • Providing you with some practical support to get you started
  • Helping you make plans for the future of your family
  • Advocating on your behalf
  • Organising social events for all the family
  • Working with brothers and sisters to help them cope better
  • Supporting your child to take part in activities within their community
  • Giving you the opportunity to meet other parents.

To find out more about the project contact Pauline O’Hagan, Family Services Lead, on 028 6772 4700 or email pauline.ohagan@positive-futures.net.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery and run in partnership with Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT)The ‘legacy’ WELB, Share Discovery VillageOak Healthy Living CentreEmployers for ChildcareIndependent Research and Evaluation at University of Ulster and Lady Anthony Hamilton Community, Farming and Environmental Representative.

We conducted a review of the impact of the Brighter Futures project, which we shared with a range of local stakeholders in Fermanagh. We know this was a project that had a high level of positive impact on the children and families who participated and we are keen to share our experience. We would encourage organisations engaged in this area to watch the video below to gain the benefit of our experience.

Location: Fermanagh


The Brighter Futures project does this through:


  • Providing you with practical support
  • Supporting you to make plans for the future of your family
  • Advocating on your behalf
  • Social Events for all the family
  • Working with siblings to help them cope better
  • Supports your child to take part in events in their community
  • Giving you the opportunity to meet other parents