TinyLife and other family support organisations

Tiny Life - Life at Home

We are Northern Ireland’s premature and special care baby charity. Our TinyLife family support officers are available to help you in many ways. Contact us by phone from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday 02890 815050. You can also email us at info@tinylife.org.uk

We offer home-based family support. If you feel that you would benefit from some extra help from a TinyLife family support volunteer, contact us and you will be matched with a trained volunteer. While we do not always have volunteers immediately available in your area, we endeavour to match you with a suitable volunteer as soon as possible.

Our TinyLife family support volunteers provide practical, social, and emotional support to families of premature and sick babies. All our volunteers are given full training to enable them to provide families with the best possible services to meet their needs. They also receive regular ongoing support and training updates. Tinylife also have a number of other services to support you and your baby including local  Parent Support Groups.

Here are some links to other support organisations in Northern Ireland which may be of help:

A number of organisations provide support for families including support groups, practical support, home visits and educational programmes

Family Support NI, www.familysupportni.gov.uk  Gransha Park House, Granhsa Park, Clooney Road, Derry, BT47 6FN, Tel No: 0845 600 6483

Sure Starts | Sure Start Partnerships | Home Start NI, Northern Ireland Home-Start UK, NICVA Building, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB. Tel; 07747 487 938. E: ahanna@home-start.org.uk

Find one in your area www.home-start.org.uk/find-a-home-start-in-northern-ireland

Parenting NI, 42 Dublin Road, Belfast, BT2 7HN.

Parents Helpline: 0808 8010 722, Office Number: 028 9031 0891, E: info@parentingni.org

Life Start Foundation, Life Start Foundation, Head Office, Office 2, Springrowth House, Ballinska Road, L’derry, BT48 0GG. Tel: 028 71365363. E: headoffice@lifestartfoundation.org

Tiny Life - Life at Home - Getting to know our baby at home
Tiny Life - Life at Home - Our baby’s growth & development

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

Family Northern Ireland

Free helpline 0808 808 3555

73-75 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB.

Tel: 028 9292 7552

Gen enquiries E: nireland.office@cafamily.org.uk

E: Lindsay.wallace@cafamily.org.uk – 07507 932 403

TAMBA support families with twins or multiple births:


NICVA Buildings, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Tel: 07525 117 010

E: nioffice@tamba.org.uk; NI Coordinator: Kelly McDonald

Tiny Life - Life at Home - Basic Baby Care
Tiny Life - Life at Home - Physical Health

AWARE and Lifeline can provide local support if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed.


40-44 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GG.

Tel: 028 9035 7820

E: info@aware-ni.org

15 Queen Street, Londonderry, BT48 7EQ

Tel: 028 7126 0602, Fax: 028 7130 9229

Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. People living in Northern Ireland can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. Deaf and hard of hearing Textphone users can call Lifeline on 18001 0808 808 8000. Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland who are calling from UK landlines and mobiles.

If you need advice on going back to work, benefits or childcare you may find the following links helpful:

NI Direct


Citizens Advice Regional Office, 46 Donegall Pass, Belfast, BT7 1BS.

Tel: 028 9023 1120, Fax: 028 9023 6522

NICMA – The Childminding Association,

16-18 Mill Street, Newtownards, BT23 4LU.

Tel: 028 9181 1015, E: info@nicma.org

Early Years

6c Wildflower Way, Belfast BT12 6TA

Tel: 028 9066 2825, Fax: 028 9038 1270, E: info@early-years.org

Employers for Childcare

Blaris Industrial Estate, 11 Altona Rd, Lisburn BT27 5QB.

Tel: 0800 028 3008, E: hello@employersforchildcare.org

Tiny Life - Life at Home - Our baby’s growth & development

Resources used in developing this section

NHS choices

  • TinyLife family support officers are available to help you in many ways. Contact us by phone from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday 02890 815050.

  • Extended family and friends can be a major source of support in helping you with your premature baby.

  • There are a number of people who are available to help advise you on feeding, growth, immunisations, development, and general baby care.