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Barnardo’s NOVA Trauma Support Service (Banbridge)

Contact Information

10 Church Street, Banbridge,
BT32 4AA View Location on Map >
Contact Person
Helen Clarkson
Telephone Number
028 4062 8758
Fax Number
028 4062 5118
Email Address
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Please contact our office for more information using the telephone number given in this profile.

Other Information

Facilities Information

Main Services Provided

NOVA is a Barnardo's Northern Ireland Trauma Support Service. It began in 1998 and currently offers a range of services for children, families and communities who have been psychologically traumatised as a result of the Northern Ireland conflict or more general trauma experiences. Barnardo's NOVA service represents an active partnership between Barnardo's Northern Ireland, local statutory agencies and local voluntary and community agencies and groups.

There are three distinct, yet interrelated, aspects to NOVA's work:

•trauma-focused psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups. This service is provided on an outreach basis to people primarily living in counties Armagh, East Tyrone and South Down;
•training and community capacity building in trauma-related issues. This service is available regionally and across the community, voluntary and statutory sectors;
•influencing and dissemination through publications, conference presentations and contributions to trauma-related policy and practice.
All NOVA practitioners are social workers registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. Some are also qualified counselling psychologists, while others are accredited psychotherapists. In addition, all NOVA staff have specialist training in treating trauma in line with current government guidelines. NOVA is committed to ongoing evaluation of all its services.

Everyone has been affected by the 'Troubles' in some way. For many, the impact has been a traumatic one, including bereavement, injury, intimidation, and witnessing violent incidents. Often people continue to live with ongoing stress, including:

•fear and anxiety
•panic attacks
•loss of belief in a 'safe world'.
Barnardo's NOVA project helps with the impact of these stressful experiences. It supports people in beginning to feel safe again and enjoying life more. It can help people overcome the fear in their traumatic memories. Project staff are professionally qualified social workers who have specialist psychotherapy training in trauma work.

We offer a range of supports to meet people's needs. Working with children, young people and adults it provides:

•therapeutic support to children and families
•therapeutic group work
•creative art therapies, using music, art and play in response to stressful experiences
•training and consultation in trauma work
•staff and volunteer support and supervision.
Barnardo's NOVA project works with people living within the southern health and social services board area. We accept referrals from anyone, eg self-referrals, GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, teachers, clergy and friends. Should you wish to make a referral, simply contact the office. While the project has its own offices, it mainly offers support to people in their homes and other community-based venues. People choose where they would like to be seen.

Organisation Type
  • Voluntary
Main Age Groups
  • 5-11 years
  • 12-16 years
  • 17-18 years
  • 19-25 years
Method of Access (Referral)
  • GP
  • Health Visitor
  • Hospital
  • School
  • Self
  • Social Worker
Family Support Services Categories
Main Category of Services
  • Mental Health
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Counselling
  • Mental Health Support
  • Victim / Trauma Support

Areas covered

  • Armagh
  • Banbridge
  • Craigavon
  • Down
  • Dungannon
  • Newry&Mourne


Barnardo’s NOVA Trauma Support Service (Banbridge)

  • Barnardo’s NOVA Trauma Support Service (Banbridge)