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Sólás – Belfast

Contact Information

Parkmore Building, 284a Ormeau Road, Belfast,
BT7 2GB View Location on Map >
Contact Person
Joan Henderson
Telephone Number
028 9024 7600
Email Address
Web Address
http://www.solasbt7.comOpens in a new window

Please contact our office for more information using the telephone number given in this profile.

Other Information

Facilities Information

Main Services Provided

Parent Support
The programme is run to offer parents of children with special needs the opportunity to meet each other and obtain advice and support. Parents are often referred to us by specialists or other community groups. We also put parents in touch with other organisations and relevant professionals if further information or support is needed

The programme is run for the benefit of parents of children with special needs. It is run by Sólás staff and often Sólás invites guest speakers with expertise in different areas, such as de-stress tools by Bach Flower remedies.

When do we run it?
Either one full day session or one Saturday per month or one morning per week. Details of this years programme will be announced on facebook and twitter,

The Parent support programme will be run at our Sólás premises in the CRI building, 165-169 Donegall Pass, Belfast BT7 1DT.

To register your interest in the 2014 Parent Support programme please contact Heather Orr or Joan Henderson on 028 9024 7600 or email mailto:heather@solasbt7

Back On Track Programme
Back-On-Track’ is an early intervention programme that supports primary school children experiencing difficulties in literacy and numeracy. We at Sólás recruit retired teachers and professionals, liaise with Special Education Needs Co-ordinators in schools to identify children with additional needs, assign retired volunteers to children requiring additional support in literacy and/or numeracy for a specified period, and support the overall development of children who struggle in their formative years of educational development.

The 'Back-On-Track' programme is designed to:

•Improve the quality of early school experience for children experiencing learning difficulties

•Positively influence children’s motivation and ability to access and progress in further education and training·

•Create a positive perception of learning amongst those children who currently 'struggle'·

•Provide child focused intervention by very experienced volunteers where the child is at the centre of the process·

•Facilitate higher levels of achievement than would be expected had the intervention not been put in place.

•Develop confidence and improve communication skills

•Improve social skills

•Provide hope for a brighter future

There are schools participating in the 'Back On Track' programme in Belfast, Ballymoney, Craigavon, Derry and Enniskillen.

The programme is run within the participating school premises. If your school is not currently listed as a participating school and you would like more information on how we can help, please contact us.

The Kidz Support Den
The Kidz Support Den is an afterschool early intervention support initiative, facilitated by a team of student teachers and volunteers. It aims to provide weekly one-on-one support in literacy and numeracy to local children struggling or disengaging with their education.
Sólás currently serves a local base of three primary schools within the South Belfast Area with a total of 161 children on their Special Education Needs register. The needs of children cannot be met by the schools alone. Parents & guardians with children on this register can book a weekly slot in the Den for a minimum of 15 weeks, where a Student Teacher provides their child with focused learning support. Children in the Irish Medium education can also be supported in the Kids Den by student teachers with Irish Language.

The Kids Den is during term time, every Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday between 3pm and 5pm.

The programme is run at Sólás premises at CRI Building, 165 to 169 Donegall Place, Belfast.

Happy Hands
Happy Hands After School Club is one of our social development programmes for children aged between 4 and 11 years with autism, and have language and intellectual difficulties.

The club gives primary-age children with ASD the opportunity to socialise and integrate with their peers outside of school in a safe and supportive environment. It also provides parents with a few hours respite for an afternoon or two per week.

The programme runs five afternoons each week during term time:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2.15 to 4.45 at Donegall Pass Community Centre, and

Wednesday and Friday from 3pm to 5.30 at Ballynafeigh Community House.

Time For Me
The 'Time for Me' Saturday morning club is run during term-time for children of primary school age with ASD and other learning disabilities. It gives these children the opportunity to read, draw, play, socialise and integrate with their peers.

'Time for Me' provides an opportunity for some respite at the weekend and the opportunity for parents to spend time with siblings of their disabled child
The club is run every Saturday morning during term-time from 09.45am to 12.45pm. at our Sólás premises in the CRI building, 165-169 Donegall Pass, Belfast BT7 1DT.

Champ Youth Club
Our weekly youth club is held on Friday evenings for young people aged 11 to 16 with autism. The youth club is run by our trained team members and volunteers. The young people are encouraged to take part in activities such as trampolining and multi-sport, cookery, media etc. It helps the youths socialise and gain confidence in a safe and supportive environment. The club operates during term time and is currently at full capacity but we hope to expand in the near future.

Big Smile Summer Scheme
Big Smile summer scheme offers children with autism aged 4 to 11 years the opportunity to engage in play and fun activities in a supported environment. One –to-one staffing allows the groups to go on a range of trips to places such as the zoo, the park and Streamvale farm. Indoor activities include soft play and visits from music therapists, arts therapists and Playboard NI, the leading organisation promoting children’s play in Northern Ireland.

Organisation Type
  • Voluntary
Main Age Groups
  • All Ages
Method of Access (Referral)
  • Health Visitor
  • School
  • Self
  • Social Worker
Family Support Services Categories
  • Disability
  • Autism
Main Category of Services
  • Autism
  • Carer
  • Disability
  • Education

Areas covered

  • Ballymoney
  • Belfast
  • Craigavon
  • Derry
  • Fermanagh


Sólás – Belfast

  • Sólás – Belfast