Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Respiratory Support


NICHS runs a number of respiratory support groups and services across Northern Ireland to help people and their families to meet the challenges of living with chest, heart or stroke conditions.

Living with a long term health condition such as chest, heart or stroke illness, affects you not just physically, but also emotionally and socially. Whilst timely and effective medical intervention is essential, people with long term health conditions also need support and guidance to manage their conditions, and lives, on a daily and ongoing basis.

If you want to read about some of the people who have benefited from our groups, click on the photos below:










NICHS’s Respiratory Support Groups meet regularly to offer support to people living with respiratory conditions their families and carers. They:

  • Allow people to share experiences
  • Provide information on Living with respiratory condition
  • Provide information on healthy life styles
  • Encourage Pro-active Self Management
  • Promote continued rehabilitation
  • Organise social events and outings
  • Provide an opportunity to highlight concerns and advocate on behalf of members.

If you would like to contact your nearest Respiratory Support Group please see the list below or click on the red button to request a call-back:

Breathing Better

In some areas of Northern Ireland, NICHS’s Respiratory Support Groups have been incorporated into the Breathing Better service. This is a collaborative service provided by Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, your local Health and Social Care Trust and local leisure facilities. It incorporates NICHS’s Respiratory Family Support, the Trust’s pulmonary rehabilitation, NICHS’s ‘Taking Control’ Self Management Programme, then maintenance exercise classes and NICHS’s Respiratory Support Group. 

Breathing Better is currently available in the Belfast Trust and the southern part of the Western Trust. We will continue to roll it out across Northern Ireland during 2019.

Belfast Trust

South Belfast Breathing Better Respiratory Group  2nd Monday of the month 11am Multipurpose Room, Second Floor, Olympia Leisure Centre, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6HR Paul Carson
East Belfast  Breathing Better Respiratory Group 2nd Wednesday of the month, 11am Connswater Community Centre, Connswater Street, Belfast, BT4 1SX Paul Carson
Girdwood Hub North Belfast Breathing Better Respiratory Group 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1pm 1st Floor Meeting Room, Girdwood Community Hub, Girdwood Avenue, BT14 6EG Paul Carson
Royal Victoria Hospital Breathing Better Respiratory Group 2nd Friday of the month, 2pm

Training Room 1, Education Centre, Elliott Dynes Building,

Royal Victoria Hospital, Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 6BA

Paul Carson

Northern Trust

Magherafelt Respiratory Group 3rd Wednesday of the month, 11.00am–12.30pm Greenvale Leisure Centre, Greenvale Park, Magherafelt, BT45 6DR Pauline Millar
0784 115 0949
Newtownabbey Respiratory Group 1st Thursday of the month, 11am-12.30pm Main Hall, Lilian Bland Pavilion, Ballyclare Road, Glengormley, Newtownabbey, BT36 5EX Kerry Marsh
0743 658 1413

South–Eastern Trust

Bangor Respiratory Group 2nd Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 3.30pm Alderman George Green, 1 Rathgill Parade, Bangor, BT19 7TZ Ursula Digney
Castlewellan Breathing Better Respiratory Group 3rd Thursday of the month, 1.30 – 2.30 pm Kilmegan Parish Centre, 91 Main Street, Castlewellan, BT31 9DH Nacola King
0750 004 1227,
Lisburn Breathing Better Respiratory Group 3rd Thursday of the month, 2–4pm Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Lisburn Paul Carson

Southern Trust

Armagh Respiratory Group First Thursday of the month, 2–4pm St  Vincent  De Paul  Centre,  Armagh, 3-5  Chapel Lane, Armagh, BT61 7EN

Maeve O’Hagan


Dungannon Respiratory Group Third Thursday of the month, 2pm–4pm Ballysaggart Business Complex, 2 Beechbally Way, Dungannon, BT70 1BS

Maeve O’Hagan


Kilkeel Chest. Heart and Stroke Support Group Wednesdays 11am–1pm Seaview House, Harbour Road, Kilkeel Julie McGinnis
0791 204 6174
Lurgan Respiratory Group 3rd Thursday of the month, 2.00pm–4.00pm Jethro Centre, 6 Flush Place, Lurgan, Craigavon BT66 7DT

Maeve O’Hagan


Western Trust

Castlederg Breathing Better Respiratory Group 3rd Friday of the month, 10:45am – 12:15pm Healthy Living Centre, 5 Parkview Rd, Castlederg BT81 7BN Linzi Davidson
0782 570 2201
Enniskillen Breathing Better Respiratory Group 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11am – 12.30pm The Devenish Room, Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Broadmeadown, Enniskillen, BT74 7EF Linzi Davidson
0782 570 2201
Omagh Breathing Better Respiratory Group 2nd Friday of the month, 11am-12.30pm The Conference Room, Omagh Leisure Complex, 29 Old Mountfield Road, Omagh, BT79 7EG Linzi Davidson
0782 570 2201
Rouskey Respiratory Group 2nd Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 3:30pm Rouskey Community Centre, 103 Crockanboy Road, BT79 7RS, Omagh Ann Gallen
0784 127 8845