South Belfast Sure Start

  Address: 9 Lower Crescent
Telephone: 028 9094 2525



South Belfast Sure Start provides a wide range of play activities and support for children under four and their families, as well as mums and dads to be.


Wards Covered:

  • Ballynafeigh
  • Blackstaff
  • Botanic
  • Minnowburn
  • Shaftesbury
  • Upper Malone


Location of Sure Start Project:

South Belfast Sure Start services are available to all families who have (or are expecting) at least one child who has not yet reached their fourth birthday and who live in one of the following areas:

  • Taughmonagh and Benmore
  • Village/Donegall Road
  • Sandy Row
  • Donegall Pass
  • Markets
  • Lower Ormeau and Holy Lands
  • Ballynafeigh
  • Belvoir and Milltown

Services are also available to all Chinese families with a pre-school child who live in any part of Greater Belfast.


Services on Offer:

  • Parenting programmes/courses
  • Family support and play programmes (in own home)
  • Parent and Toddler groups
  • Crèches and Programmes for 2-3 Year Olds
  • Home Start volunteer support (in own home)
  • Speech and Language outreach support
  • Support for children with disabilities or special needs
  • Support for breastfeeding mothers
  • Dental Fun Packs and Bookstart packs for children

Services will develop and change over time, depending on what parents and carers of children tell us they want.


Who is responsible for Sure Start (Partner’s Names)?

A management board made up of the various partner organisations responsible for the development and delivery of South Belfast Sure Start. These organisations include:

  • Taughmonagh Community Forum
  • Windsor Women’s Centre
  • Sandy Row Community Forum
  • Donegall Pass Community Forum
  • Markets Development Association
  • Lower Ormeau Resident’s Action Group
  • Ballynafeigh Community Development Association
  • South Belfast Partnership Board
  • Barnardo’s (Tuar Ceatha Project)
  • South and East Belfast Home Start
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Belfast Education and Library Board
  • Chinese Welfare Association


What happens once I register with Sure Start?

You will be contacted by your local key worker who will arrange to meet you and give you all the information about services and activities in your community.


Comments from families on Sure Start:

  • “Sure Start made such a positive impact on us that we would suggest more PR to ensure everyone knows about it!”
  • “Our key worker was very supportive and really helped me through a difficult time”
  • “The workers at crèche are very attainable and polite. They have a lot for children to play with!”
  • “My son had problems with his speech and the 2-3 Year Old Programme helped him improve a lot”
  • “Parents & Toddlers provides a great environment for my children to mix and play with other children and good environment for myself to chat to other people”
  • “The courses which I have taken part in have all been very informative and helped me to understand my children better- all things that without Sure Start I would not have achieved”
  • “I cannot rate the Steps to Excellence course highly enough. This was ground-breaking for me and I was able to address many issues in my life and put past negative experiences behind me”
  • “I learned so much from Handling Children’s Behaviour. I was able to practice at home and could finally get the wee one to bed”