Who We Are

Angel Eyes NI is run by a Committee made up of passionate and dedicated parents and professionals who want to support others and ensure all parents receive the information they need from diagnosis of their child.

From Left to right Frances Floyd, Administrator, Paula Robson, Family Focus Parent Support, Sara McCracken, Chief Executive, Frances Hill, Chair, Karen Wilson, Family Insight Education Advocate and Tricia Butler Parent Support and Liaison Contact

From Left to right Frances Floyd, Administrator, Paula Robson, Family Focus Parent Support, Sara McCracken, Chief Executive, Frances Hill, Chair, Karen Wilson, Family Insight Education Advocate and Tricia Butler Parent Support and Liaison Contact

Our Vision is that every blind and partially sighted child in Northern Ireland will have equal opportunities in life to fully achieve their dreams, aspirations and potential.

Our Purpose is to support parents and their families with blind and partially sighted children with the tools to empower them to create a future for their child to realise their full potential.

To achieve our purpose we combine a range of services from providing emotional support, timely information, practical help, advocacy and lobbying to ensure parents are supported through every step of their child's life.

To maximise the impact of the work undertaken by Angel Eyes NI we work collaboratively with a range of partners including RNIBNI, Guide Dogs NI and Blind Children UK to deliver the best outcomes for parents, families and their children, by building on our respective strengths.

As a parent led organisation we strive to find life long solutions to the barriers that exist for blind and partially sighted children.  We recognise that parents are the most important people in a child's world and work hard to ensure their voice is heard.

We create avenues of communication with statutory bodies in health and education and other volutary led organisations to challenge the status quo where we have identified obstacles and gaps in services.

Our history - in 2007 two parents got together who wanted contact with other parents facing the same challenges in bringing up a child with a visual impairment. By contacting the existing service providers they got 12 Belfast based parents together for a toddler morning.  Through talking and listening to each other's experiences the parents were providing each other with the much needed emotional support and quickly identified that while they were in the same boat, the services and support they received were very different.

Over the following 12 months a further 50 families were in tough with the founding members and in 2008 Angel Eyes NI was formed.  By 2009 we were a registered charity and we remain a growing charity.

 

We provide:

  • 6 family days per year
  • Saturday Club for blind and partially sighted children every 3 weeks through term time.
  • 4 Educational days for parents per year
  • Provide emotional support for parents though a network of parents throughout Northern Ireland
  • Refer onto other appropriate services and agencies
  • Inform parents of types of services available to them
  • General day to day advice, help and support

Our aim is: 

  • To empower parents with information and support to help enable their children fulfil their potential.
  • Provide a unified voice for parents to influence service providers and ensure they reflect the needs of parents and children.

If you would be like to be put in touch with other parents in your area or to meet with another parents whose child has the same condition as your child - please contact us. 

We have a network of parents throughout Northern Ireland who are happy to advise and support other parents in the same situation.

If you would like to know more about  Angel Eyes NI  please fill in a contact sheet and email it to us.

Read more about the Committee Members in "Parents Stories and Tips"

For contact mobile numbers of committee members please go to "Contact Us" page.

Let us introduce ourselves:

Sara McCracken

Sara McCracken

Chief Executive

I am a mother of three fantastic children.  When my eldest is daughter was born – she is now 21 years old - we sailed through every milestone and I never thought about disability - it just didn’t apply to me and my daughter.  

When my twins were born prematurely at 29 weeks, 11 years ago, my world came crashing in around me.  Suddenly lots of bad things could happen and disability was a real possibility.  After 10 long weeks in hospital my baby son and daughter were discharged as “healthy”.  Kevin and I were delighted and relieved to be bringing them home after a traumatic time in hospital to join our family but I had a niggling feeling about their eyesight...

For my full story go to Parents Tips & Stories