Lord Mayor of Belfast launches the TinyLife Family Centre

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister was guest of honour today at the launch of the TinyLife Family Centre.  The Lord Mayor was joined by President & founder member of TinyLife Professor Jim Dornan.

Invited guests listened as CEO, Alison McNulty spoke of how the new Family Centre boasts a dedicated sensory room, packed with equipment designed to engage and encourage development in infants, a parent support room, space for group massage and a dedicated counselling room to facilitate families. The space is also available as an outreach base for other small family charities who TinyLife work with. Additionally, the larger premises offer additional scope for the charity’s growing support staff and fundraising team.

Professor Dornan shared the journey of charity from the early days of NIMBA established in 1988 to the present day TinyLife. 

Mum, Laura Moreland shared her emotional story of little Amy born at 33 weeks she explained how TinyLife 'allowed her to be a mum', the support the Family Support Officer gave her at that difficult time meant that she grew in confidence. 

“Welcoming the new facility, Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “Becoming a parent is an exciting but also very anxious time, and TinyLife does amazing work to support parents and families who have the added worry of caring for a premature or sick baby. The work they are doing is invaluable, and I’m delighted to see the charity go from strength to strength and to be here today to celebrate the opening of these fantastic new headquarters. While the new Family Centre is in Belfast, there is no doubt that families right across Northern Ireland will benefit from the services being provided, and I wish the charity every success as it continues its wonderful work.”