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In 2013 in the UK, one in every 137 babies was either stillborn or died in the first 4 weeks of life

Here in N. Ireland, over 3 babies a week are stillborn or die in the first 4 weeks of life.

We support all bereaved parents who have lost their babies, before, during or shortly after birth.

Sands Groups in Northern Ireland

Anyone is free to come along to a meeting.

You can ring the Helpine for further details first, or just drop in.  All meetings are run on a very informal basis by Sands befrienders and everyone is very welcome.  It is up to each person how they want to use the groups.  Some people come every month and others come only once.  There is no pressure to attend if you don't want to or don't think it is the right thing for you.  There is also no pressure to talk and tell your story if you don't want to.  Many people find it beneficial just to sit and listen, others want to share their story.

The choice is yours.

Antrim - 1st Thursday in Holiday Inn Express hotel from 8.00pm

Belfast - 1st Wednesday in Malone Lodge Hotel from 8pm

Coleraine - Last Wednesday in Lodge Hotel Coleraine from 7.30pm

Cookstown - 3rd Monday in The Beacon Centre, Molesworth Street from 8pm

Derry - 1st Tuesday in Waterfoot Hotel from 8.00pm

Downpatrick - 1st Wednessday in Denvirs Hotel, from 7.30pm

Enniskillen  2nd Wednesday, in, Killyhevlin Hotel from 7.30pm

North Down(Bangor) 3rd Thursday, Hamilton Rd Community Hub 8pm

Newry - Last wednesday in Mourne Country Hotel  from 8pm

Omagh - 1st Wednesday in Silverbirch Hotel Omagh from 7.30pm

Portadown - Last Tuesday  in Seagoe Hotel, Upper Church Road Portadown from 7.30pm

1st Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in the Holiday inn express.
Contact:  Steven: 07587248977

1st Wednesday of every month at 8pm in the Malone Lodge Hotel
Contact our Helpline for more details

Last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm in the Lodge hotel
contact our helpline for more details


3rd Monday of every month at 8pm in the Beacon Centre
Contact: Edel 07876558096

1st Tuesday of every month at 8pm

Befrienders: Caroline, Aureli, Sarah

Contact: 07801824399

First Thursday of every month.

Enniskillen 2nd Wednesday at 7.30pm
Contact Steven 38392509(office hours)

Last Wednesday of every month at 8pm 
Contact: Shivaun 07739427078, Sharon 07759169189, Karen 07510359656

North Down

3rd Thursday of every month at 8pm

Befrienders : Cara, Peter & Sarah.


1st Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm 
Contact 07740993450


Last Tuesday of every month at 8pm 
Contact: Steven 07587248977