The Premature Baby Charity for Northern Ireland


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TinyLife Needs Your Help!

Thu May 2024

We’ve been nominated for the AIB Community Fund, and with your help, we could win €1 Million! This funding will be a game-changer, allowing us to provide even better support for babies born too soon, too small, or too sick, and their families. Please take 2 minutes to nominate us. Vote for 𝗧𝗶𝗻𝘆 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 in […]

New Job Post! Corporate & Event Fundraiser | Paid

Wed May 2024

We’re Hiring! TinyLife are recruiting a new full time permanent Corporate & Events Fundraiser! As the Corporate & Events Fundraiser, you’ll drive fundraising initiatives, working with local businesses and the community to generate income and raise awareness of TinyLife’s work. Apply now: Closing date: Friday, 7th June 2024, 12 Noon.

New Job Post! Office and Fundraising Administrator | Paid

Wed May 2024

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of families with premature or sick babies? TinyLife is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated Office and Fundraising Administrator to join our team in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Hours: Part-Time (25 hours per week) Salary: £22,737 – £23,893 per annum (pro-rata) Role description: As an Office and […]

Celebrating Success at Clandeboye Primary School: TinyLearners Award Achieved!

Fri Dec 2023

Clandeboye Primary School in Bangor has set a remarkable milestone by becoming the first school in North Down & Ards to successfully complete the TinyLife TinyLearners Award. This achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the school’s staff and their commitment to fostering a supportive learning environment. Through their unwavering efforts, […]

New CEO appointed to TinyLife

Wed Nov 2023

Joanne Morgan will be taking up the role of CEO for TinyLife, NI’s premature baby charity. Speaking about the appointment Laura McKeaveney, Chair of TinyLife said “we are delighted that Joanne will be leading our organisation as we continue to work to make sure that premature and sick babies get the best start in life […]

Sponsorship Announcement: Start Solar UK & Ireland and NUGENT sponsor TinyLife Gala Ball.

Fri Oct 2023

Today, we are thrilled to introduce our esteemed joint sponsors for the upcoming TinyLife 35th Anniversary Gala Ball: Start Solar UK & Ireland and Nugent. This year, TinyLife is proud to celebrate its month-long “Premvember” awareness-raising campaign throughout November, with the 35th Anniversary Gala Ball as the crowning jewel of this special month. The Gala […]

The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland

Thu Oct 2023

TinyLife delighted to receive funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland to deliver our ‘TinyGym’ programme in the Northern Trust area. Premature babies and their parents engage in ‘TinyGym’ sessions, jointly led by TinyLife and neonatal physiotherapists, who support parents through educational and therapeutic sessions in a fun and relaxing environment. TinyGym sessions […]

TinyLife 35th Anniversary Gala Ball

Wed Oct 2023

Join Us for a Night to Remember T The excitement is building for the TinyLife 35th Anniversary Gala Ball at the prestigious Europa Hotel, Belfast. With over 50% of tables sold now is the time to book! Date: Friday, 17th November Venue: Europa Hotel, Belfast Theme: Black Tie, Gala Style On World Prematurity Day, let’s […]

The Prof. JC Dornan Memorial Award 2023/24

Tue Jul 2023

In honour of the life of our founder Professor James Dornan we are delighted to announce the second annual Prof. JC Dornan Memorial Award. As part of our ongoing commitment to improve the care for premature babies and their families in Northern Ireland through research and quality improvement initiatives, and in honour of our Founder […]

TinyLife CEO Statement

Thu Jul 2023

After 10 years as TinyLife CEO, our incredible leader, colleague and friend Alison McNulty, will step down from her role in September 2023. Joining the charity in 2013, Alison has developed, implemented and increased service provision across Northern Ireland, campaigned and lobbied, elevated the profile of the charity, all while keeping the needs of children born […]

Northern Ireland Children’s Health Coalition’s call for a dedicated “Young Patients Fund

Mon Jun 2023

Today we are proud to add our voice to The Northern Ireland Children’s Health Coalition’s call for a dedicated “Young Patients Fund” to help families cover the often insurmountable hidden costs of having a child in hospital. At an event at Stormont, attended by local families and MLAs, the NICHC launched dedicated research showing that […]

FinTrU’s innovative new policy grants paid leave to new parents of babies born premature or sick.

Thu Mar 2023

We were delighted that our CEO Alison McNulty had the opportunity to speak at FinTrU roundtable event recently, alongside Nuala Murphy from Diversity Mark. FinTrU’s innovative new policy grants paid leave to new parents of babies born premature or sick. This will provide vital support for families during a difficult and stressful time. If you’re […]

Tinylife’s Big Push is back!

Wed Mar 2023

Great news, TinyLife’s Big Push is back! Join us on on Sunday 21 May 2023 where you can Roll or Stroll around the beautiful paths of Stormont Estate. Register now for our Early Bird special discounted rate of just £6 per adult and kids go free: The TinyLife Big Push is a fun day out […]

Team #TinyLadies, we need your help!

Wed Mar 2023

TinyLife mums, daughters, grans, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends ,we need you to take part in the first ever Belfast City 10K and help raise vital funds for babies born too soon, too small and too sick  The first ever Women’s 10k takes place on Sunday 18th June at Belfast Titanic Quarter and by raising as little as £50 […]

Lap the Lough for TinyLife!

Wed Jan 2023

 Join #TeamTinyLife for this years Lap the Lough  Sign up for this years 89 mile cycle challenge around Lough Neagh whilst raising funds for Northern Ireland’s own premature baby charity  Registration for Lap the Lough 2023 has now opened Once you’ve registered email and our team will be there to support you on your fundraising journey 

TinyLife have released dates on the Europa Abseils for 2023!

Wed Jan 2023

Are you a thrill seeker looking for a challenge Look no further we have just what you need! You could be abseiling down the Europa Hotel to help raise money for TinyLife to support premature babies and their families 23 April 21 May 11 June 10 September 8 October Registration is £35 pp & minimum sponsorship […]

TinyLife are recruiting an Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of TinyLife

Tue Jan 2023

Are you passionate about working for and contributing to an organisation that makes a difference by supporting families with premature babies in your community?  Do you want to make a difference to the lives of others? If so, this might be the role for you. It’s more than just a job. TinyLife is NI’s premature […]

Deferral of School Starting Age Request Forms

Mon Jan 2023

Families of some children due to begin either Primary One or Pre-School in September 2023 can request to defer their child’s entry until September 2024 from tomorrow.   Deferral Request forms will be available from the Education Authority’s website on Tuesday 10 January.  Eligibility  Deferral of Primary One is available for children who were:  Born on […]

TinyLife are holding spaces at the New York Marathon!

Wed Dec 2022

Calling all runners! TinyLife now have spaces for the New York Marathon 2023! Take part in one of the worlds most famous running events in New York City on Sunday 5th November Our packages includes race entry, accommodation and optional flights! For more info

TinyLife are recruiting an Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of TinyLife

Tue Oct 2022

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Start Solar become new charity partner

Thu Jun 2022

TinyLife are thrilled to announce our new charity partnership with Start Solar UK & Ireland. Start Solar is a renewable energy – design and installation – company that specialises in a range of renewable energy solutions. Their mission is to ensure that solar energy becomes an affordable source of energy for every business and household. […]

Contraflex become new charity partner

Wed Jun 2022

TinyLife are delighted to announce our new charity partnership with Contraflex. Contraflex are friendly, flexible, local vehicle leasing specialists based in Dundonald who pride themselves on their excellent customer services. With over 20 years of trade experience within the heart of the community, the team are excited to be supporting TinyLife and raising much needed […]

The Prof. JC Dornan Memorial Award 2022/23

Tue Jun 2022

In honour of the life of our founder Professor James Dornan we are delighted to announce the Prof. JC Dornan Memorial Award. This award is to support research or quality improvement projects directly linked with the Mission and Vision of Tiny Life. Examples projects might be: Improve the quality of Neonatal careImprove premature birth survival […]

TinyLife At Belfast City Marathon 2022: Team Tavern Story

Wed May 2022

Following in our series of TinyLfe Marathon runner stories this year, we bring you the story of Team Tavern! Team Tavern who ran the marathon and raised a massive £2442.50 for TinyLife. Pictured below Troy who is so proud of his Mum and her friends. This is their story… “We chose to give support to […]

Laurie-Ann Takes A Leap For TinyLife!

Wed May 2022

On the 12th June this year we will see some incredibly brave people take a leap of faith for TinyLife! A 160-foot leap to be more precise, at the end of a bungee cord! One of those brave individuals is Laurie-Ann Lemon. Laurie-Ann is no stranger to TinyLife services. Having her own premature son, Lewis, […]

NI Beef Shorthorn Club choose Tinylife as their Charity of the Year!

Tue May 2022

Tinylife, Northern Irelands only charity that supports families of premature and/or sick babies were absolutely delighted when they were notified that the NI Beef Shorthorn Club had selected them as their charity for 2022. When club members Emmet McNulty’s daughter Joanne went into premature labour with her little boy Finn, they were appreciative of all […]

TinyLife Belfast Marathon Heroes

Tue May 2022

Sunday marked another successful Belfast City Marathon. With over 12 individuals running in aid of TinyLife, all with their own amazing stories. This week we want to bring you one of those incredible stories… Lesa Adair and her sister completed an 8-mile walk of the Marathon in aid of TinyLife. Lesa is mummy to two […]

Abseil Success At Belfast Castle!

Fri Mar 2022

We had an amazing time at Belfast Castle this month with our intrepid group of abseilers who felt the fear (and the wind!) but did it anyway! Our brave group abseiled an astonishing 400 feet, some dressed as superheroes, some in TinyLife uniform, all there to support our fantastic cause! This year we had the […]

TinyLife Ambassador Proves A Knockout during Professional Debut!

Tue Mar 2022

During his professional boxing debut, our newest TinyLife ambassador Kurt Walker knocked his opponent down with a thunderous left to the body in the first round, a shot he couldn’t get back up from. Speaking after the fight, Walker said: “I felt brilliant. “I knew to work him to the body, so the first 90 […]

Samuel Johnston Baby Raise Big For TinyLife 

Wed Feb 2022

Established in 1936, Samuel Johnston Baby, Mallusk has become one of the UK’s longest established and largest independent nursery retailers. Together with help from their customers, they have donated £630 to TinyLife, NI’s only premature and sick baby charity.  Marketing Manager, Donna McCullough, pictured here with Sarah Wilson from TinylIfe and Bella, the office pet, […]

No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded for TinyLife at M&S

Mon Feb 2022

‘’Little bits of magic follow Caden everywhere’’, an aphorism that has once again proven itself to be true for TinyLife ambassador Caden Coburn. In December at Marks & Spencers Sprucefield a form of magic conjured up a fantastical series of events that seem to have come straight out of the Hollywood movie playbook. Caden Coburn […]

TinyLife Response To First Minister Resignation

Fri Feb 2022

Yesterday Northern Ireland First Minister Paul Givan announced his resignation from Stormont’s powersharing Executive. The following is TinyLife CEO Alsion McNulty’s official response to this news… ”TinyLife are disappointed at the news that the First Minister Paul Givan has resigned and its potential political ramifications. Especially as have worked so hard to get key decisions on […]

TinyLife Ambassador Kurt Walker Makes a Splash!

Fri Feb 2022

TinyLife, the premature baby charity makes a splash as Kurt Walker, Northern Ireland’s latest professional boxer becomes an ambassador to help raise awareness of premature birth & vital funds for the charity.  The charity provides a wide range of support services for families of premature and sick babies who start life in a neonatal unit, […]

Update: Deferred School Starting Age

Thu Jan 2022

Thank you Thank you to everyone who submitted a response to the consultation around the deferred school starting age. There has been overwhelming support for a move to allow some children to delay starting school for a year. Listen to our CEO Alison McNulty discuss the outcome of the report on U105 below.  The change […]

Consultation on Flexible School Starting

Tue Nov 2021

What’s Happening? School starting age in Northern Ireland currently depends on when a child’s 4th birthday falls. Children who turn 4 on or before 1st July start school at the beginning of September that same year. Children turning 4 on or after 2nd July start school the following year when they are 5 years old. […]

Save the Date

Thu Jul 2021

Save the Date – Monday 11th October 2021 from 9 am – 1pm TinyLife’s CEO will be speaking at the Policy Forum for Northern Ireland Meeting –                                                          […]

TinyLife President & Founding Member Prof James Dornan

Mon Mar 2021

The Board of Trustees and staff of TinyLife are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed President and founding member of TinyLife, Professor James Dornan, his inspirational and ground breaking work has impacted the lives of babies and families worldwide.  Professor Dornan will be remembered fondly as a warm hearted, fun loving […]

Delayed School Starting

Tue Feb 2021

TinyLife Welcomes Delayed School Starting Northern Ireland’s premature baby charity, TinyLife welcomes Education Minster, Peter Weir’s announcement that he intends to bring forward a draft bill  to legislate for some children born prematurely, especially those  who are ‘summer born’,   to benefit from delayed school starting. Being born prematurely could  mean that some children may actually […]

Covid-19 – A message from our CEO Alison McNulty

Mon Oct 2020

TinyLife CEO Alison McNulty shares her experience of leading the TinyLife team and the challenges the charity faces due to Covid 19. The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what […]

TinyLife Parents Survey Now Open!

Mon Aug 2020

If you are parent who has used TinyLife Services in the past or presently,  we want to hear from you! With the unexpected events surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent ‘lockdown’, TinyLife had to suspend all face to face services and change the way support to families of premature and sick babies was provided […]

Volunteer Driver Vacancies

Mon Aug 2020

We are looking for Volunteer Car drivers across Northern Ireland to transport medical equipment for mums of premature babies. TinyLife operates a Breast Pump loan service with a fleet of around 120 hospital grade breast pumps that can be loaned to mums of premature and sick babies in neonatal units across Northern Ireland. These pumps […]

It’s Not a Game Report – TinyLife & Bliss

Tue Jul 2020


TinyLife Services translated in Polish

Tue Jul 2020

TinyLife Family Support Polish

TinyLife Services translated in Mandarin

Tue Jul 2020

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TinyLife Services translated in Lithuanian

Tue Jul 2020

TinyLife Family Support Lithuanian