Focus on Family are delighted to welcome back Colette Maani for a special one-off six week writing course this summer. This writing course will get your creative writing going by setting weekly tasks to accomplish and share with other writers.

Each week different prompts will be given and skills practised. Hopefully, you will have a chance to be inspired by others and discover the real joy of being creative. Being passionate about writing creates a passion about life.

Classes run every Thursday starting 3rd July from 10.30am-12.30pm.

If you’re interested in taking part in the classes, please contact Brendan Patterson on 028 7032 9550 or to reserve your place. The cost is £10 per person for the 6-week course. To find out more, check out Colette’s blog at

Focus on Family, in partnership with Power NI under the Quest Challenge, are able to offer a discounted boiler service to 30 homes. The only criteria is that you are a domestic Power NI customer and want to avail of a half price boiler servicing for just £24.50 (Power NI’s standard boiler service price is £49.50). If you’re interested, simply email Brendan at Focus on Family at or call 028 7032 9550 and provide your name, address and mobile/tel number.

An annual boiler service helps to make sure that your boiler is working at its best therefore helping to reduce your home energy bills. A boiler service from Power NI includes:

•  A 15 point health check including flue terminal for potential carbon monoxide leaks

• Full service certificate on completion

• Optional repair service if additional parts are required

Do you live in, work, study or visit Coleraine? Do you need your little ones looked after in a quality, happy and fun environment? If so, Focus on Family is just the place for you!!

Focus on Family, based at Glenburn House, 11-19 Glenburn Crescent, Ballysally, Coleraine, BT52 2QR have been offering quality childcare for over 15 years. The family centre, within easy reach of Coleraine town and surrounding areas offers childcare for 0-2 years in the Baby Room and 2-4 years in the Toddler Room.

The childcare is provided by both qualified and experienced staff that pride themselves in ensuring every family receive quality provision and each child is respected for their individuality.  Every child is offered a wide range of activities and opportunities to promote their holistic development.  Activities include art and crafts, music, dance and drama, physical play, role play and dressing up.  The children also receive a healthy snack and participate in the teeth cleaning programme.

Rates for families are extremely competitive and we have again kept our prices as low as possible to help to support local families wishing to avail of the service:

Morning Session 9am-1pm

Parents receiving Tax Credit                        £15 per session

Working Parents                                             £12 per session

Parents receiving income support                           £8 per session

Afternoon Session 2pm-5pm

Parents receiving Tax Credit                        £11.25 per session

Working Parents                                             £9 per session

Parents receiving income support                          £6 per session

Places for September are filling up fast, so if you would like to know more or to book a space for your child, please contact the Childcare Manager, Jill Proctor, on 028 7032 9550 or by email

Focus on Family has a long and proud tradition of offering the very best support to help local people grow and develop. As part of this support, the centre is pleased to announce a new, free one-to-one personal counselling service.

The counselling service is open to adults living within the local Coleraine area and is available to anyone who would like the opportunity to sit down with the counsellor in a safe and relaxed setting. The counsellor can support a wide range of different issues and problems that people may be finding difficult to cope with.

Focus on Family continue to offer various programmes to the local community that help improve people’s overall quality of life and the counselling service offers a further extension of the support on offer.

Anyone interested in having an initial no-commitment one-to-one session with the counsellor, should contact Focus on Family on 028 7032 9550 or pop in to 11-19 Glenburn Crescent, Ballysally, Coleraine, BT52 2QR and ask for Brendan, Jacq or Angela.

Did you know…………

We run a local membership scheme for anyone living in the Ballysally or Millburn wards. For an annual fee of just £10, you gain membership to the scheme and are then entitled to attend all courses running each week for a fee of only £1 per week. That means you pay your £10 and then could experience employment courses, computers, yoga, sign language, holistic therapies, art, pilates and cookery in the same week all for just £1!