Supporting those who need it most

Parents' Support

Parents' Support

BCM Parents' Support currently has offices in both Ards and Dungannon. The Parent Support Workers offer one to one support, formal group work and informal peer support groups to young parents. Advice and support are provided on all issues relating to parenting, for instance, healthy eating, personal care when pregnant, positive parenting techniques, stimulating play and the importance of peer support.

The project has very strong community links and is able, with this support, to offer a wide range of  activities and links to other appropriate services.

Parents' Support Ards, What we offer:

Being a parent for the first time can be very demanding. It can help to have someone to talk to about all the issues of pregnancy, birth and parenting as well as the practical things such as how benefits are applied for etc.

The Parents’ Support Project offers both emotional and practical support to assist you with developing your parenting skills.

We will meet with you and agree the amount of support you think you need.

At times you want more support, for example, when your baby is born. At others times you may want less, for example, you could choose to only come to the groups.

Parents' Support Dungannon, What we offer:

Being a parent is the most demanding job there is, it's also one of the most difficult. Parenting support is anything that helps parents in the most important job of bringing up their children. This support might be information about child development or help to access local services, advice and guidance about different aspects of parenting, monthly advice clinics and groups, assistance with practical tasks such as planning healthy meals, shopping, filling in forms, budgeting, health promotion advice and emotional support, as it can help to have someone to talk to.

We believe in offering accessible support, so we will meet with you in your own home and discuss your support needs (at a time that suits you) and you can tell us what you need help with to be the best parent you can be. We then signpost you, if required, to other specialist services and help you become involved in your community and this ensures all your parenting needs are met.

We don’t just work with care leavers. We work with parents of any age as long as their children are 0-17 and they are vulnerable.

Referrals for our Parents' Support programme in the Dungannon and Armagh area must come through the local SHSCT Family Support Hub, more information can be found here:

BCM Parents’ Support Ards:
8-12 West Street
BT23 4EN

Tel: 028 9182 7783
Fax: 028 9182 7784

BCM Parents' Support, Dungannon:
Western House
1-3 Dungannon Road
BT71 4HR

Tel: 028 8775 0175
Fax: 028 8775 0169

Joanne McCourt, Project Manager


“I have no family support and would like to say thank you for the help with sorting out my finances when my grant didn’t come through.”
“I have had so much support over the years, I don’t know how I would have coped at times without it.”
“I find the baby mornings a great way of meeting new people and having fun when we do activities.”

Deborah's Story

Joanne's Story

Yvonne's Story