Bolster Community is a charity and social enterprise based in Newry that provides practical support for individuals and families.
Sometimes we all need a little help and when you do, Bolster Community has your back. Bolster Community is a not-for-profit organisation with offices in Newry and Kilkeel. We’re a practical, hands-on charity that works alongside individuals, families and communities to help them get through and get ahead.
Since 2004, we’ve had the privilege of helping countless individuals reach their full potential. From early years right through to later years, we support and strengthen people facing life’s tough challenges. Bolster Community (previously known as SPACE NI), has grown from a small campaigning organisation in Warrenpoint to a key third-sector agency providing services, support, training and leadership on community development, resilience and well-being.
Our services are centred around supporting three categories – Family, Ability and Seniors.
Our Family Support Service provides practical and therapeutic support and a range of training programmes for parents and children. As coordinator of the Newry and Mourne Family Support Hub, we help find solutions for families facing physical and mental health problems, family breakdown, parenting difficulties, financial problems and social and rural isolation.
Our Ability services are dedicated to connecting children and young adults of mixed ability to reach for the stars. We are especially proud of our Social Enterprise and online gift shop, a safe place for our volunteers to feel connected, valued and purposeful. Our Social Enterprise products are lovingly handcrafted and all profits go back into supporting our vital work.
Signposting and practical support to older members of the community are delivered through our Seniors services. Comfort Zone is a social group bringing seniors together to make new friends and enjoy some company. Home2Hospital, a driver service for those over 60 that live in rural Mournes and Slieve Gullion, is a lifeline to many.