Accredited member of Northern Ireland Network of Child Contact Centres

Carrickfergus Child Contact Centre 

13 West Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7AR

'Fantastic centre - our children and families deserve the best.

Here, they have it'

Koulla Yiasouma, Children's Commissioner NI

Opening hours:

Wednesday 2.30pm-4.30pm

Thursday 4pm-6pm

Saturday 10am-3pm


Larne Child Contact Centre

Greenland Community Centre, Old Glenarm Road, Larne

Opening hours:

Saturday 10am-12

All referrals must be made through the Court, Solicitors or Social Services.

We do not accept self referrals.

We are currently recruiting new Family Support Volunteers

The role of our volunteers is to support separated families when they are using the contact centre.

Volunteers are asked to do a minimum of one session per month but are welcome to do more if they can. 

We are recruiting volunteers for:

Wednesday 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm

Thursday 3.45 pm - 6.15 pm

Saturday 12.45 pm - 3.15 pm

Volunteers are required to:

Be over 16 years old

Have an enhanced Access NI check completed (during the application process)

Attend relevant training when requested by the manager

Be comfortable working with children aged up to 16

Be able to work as part of a team

If you are interested you can apply by any of the following:

1. Download an application form via the button below

2. Email to request an application form

3. Call into Shelly House @ 13 West Street, Carrickfergus and pick up an application form. 

What is a Child Contact Centre?

A child contact centre is a safe, friendly and neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents and sometimes other family members; child-centred environments that provide toys, games and facilities that reflect the diverse needs of children affected by family breakdown.

We have facilities for children from birth to 16 years of age, including age appropriate toys, games, activities. Our Carrickfergus Centre is based in a bespoke facility; our Larne Centre is located in a local community centre.

Our emphasis is very much on providing a welcoming environment where children and separated family members may enjoy quality, interactive time together. 

We provide supported contact sessions, where experienced, trained staff and volunteers are available to support families. We do NOT supervise contact sessions, or provide reports to referrers or other parties.

We do NOT provide advice or guidance to families - we are entirely neutral

Carrickfergus and Larne Child Contact Centre makes no charge to referrers or families using our facilities