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 Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile Officially opens ADD-NI’s New Premises


The Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile officially opened the new  


premises of ADD-NI Children’s Charity in Eglantine Avenue Belfast, Northern Ireland’s only regional support network providing services and supporting children, young people and families affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or AD/HD. 

Following a ribbon cutting ceremony and plaque unveiling on Monday (8 August), the Mayor met with the staff and families of ADD-NI and learned more about the condition, as well as the wide range of therapeutic intervention services ADD-NI offers.



Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile was most keen to hear about our families’ experiences and how ADD-NI has impacted positively on their lives in assisting families to manage the condition. One parent stated that “ADD-NI has really helped me understand my child and his condition, it has allowed me to cope as an individual and enable him to realise he has ability”, another said “this is the only place I have had any help, here my son can be a real person”, while one young person told the Mayor after attending an ADD-NI young people’s programme that “AD/HD is not all bad, there are good things about it too”.



ADD-NI’s Director, Sarah Salters said “Our new premises have afforded us better facilities for our young people and families, these premises provide us with a light, bright space conducive to our therapeutic work”. 



ADD-NI’s young people were given the opportunity to ask the Belfast Mayor questions on what it is like to be the Mayor of Belfast and even tried on the Mayor’s Chain of Office.



Belfast Mayor, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, congratulated those involved with ADD-NI and wished them every success in their new premises.



He said: "It has been inspirational to meet with families benefiting from these services and working together to enhance this excellent support network.  I am really impressed with the dedication of everyone involved in taking this organisation to the level it has achieved in providing vital help". 



Sarah Salters said “ADD-NI’s families and staff are exceptionally grateful to the Mayor for showing such genuine interest in our work and are greatly encouraged by the level of support he has shown to the organisation during his visit.” 


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