Ballymoney Locality – Year 8 Healthy Lifestyles Engagement Pilot (June 2017)

Year 8 pupils in Our Lady of Lourdes School, Ballymoney were involved in a Healthy Lifestyles Engagement Pilot, which was undertaken in partnership with CYPSP, the Northern Obesity Partnership, Public Health Nursing, Northern Trust Dietetics and Causeway Coast and Glens Council.  As part of the pilot, Year 8 pupils had an opportunity to participate in a project with the Traditional Conservation Volunteers, which enabled them to plan and develop their own vegetable beds as well as growing vegetables.  Fourteen Year 8 pupils also had the opportunity to participate in a steering group to ensure user engagement & involvement was central to the project.

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Launch of TinyLife – Life at Home Website

TinyLife in partnership with Queens University Belfast, invite you to join them to launch their latest initiative to help parents of premature babies. The resource was developed for parents by parents and health and social care providers working together.

There will be short presentations from Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer and Professor Linda Franck, University of California San Francisco.

The Launch of the Life at Home website will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Time: 10.30am – 12 noon

Venue: Lecture Room 1, Riddel Hall, Queen’s University, Stranmillis Road, Belfast (Parking is available at Riddel Hall)

To RSVP please contact Pauline at TinyLife on tel 02890815050 or

For more information click on the link below:

Invitation to the Launch of the TInyLife – Life at Home website

“The Place Between” – A Play looking at Mental Health and Suicide through the eyes of our young people.

Developed and created by Prime Cut Productions working with young people from Lighthouse Charity, North Belfast Alternatives, Greater Shankill Alternatives and Hydebank Young Offenders Centre, “The Place Between” looks at Mental Health and Suicide through the eyes of our young people. We hear about the services and support in place and a war that rages to make sense of the world.

The performances are FREE, but it is important that you book tickets (via the links below) to ensure entry to the performances.

The Duncairn Centre – 4th April, 5:30pm – BOOK TICKETS

Greater Shankill Alternatives – 5th April 7:30pm – BOOK TICKETS

The Skainos Centre – 6th April 7:30pm – BOOK TICKETS

For more information click on the link below:

‘The Place Between’ Leaflet

EITP – Getting Ready to Learn Funding Information Sessions

Getting Ready to Learn is a project funded through the Early Intervention Transformation Programme, which seeks to support pre-school settings with DE Funded places to encourage and develop parental involvement in children’s early learning.  This is to ensure maximum parental contribution at a crucial time in children’s early brain development.

The funding application process for 2017/18 academic year will open on Wednesday, 1 March 2017 and a number of information sessions will be held over the coming weeks for new applicants.

For more information on the Getting Ready to Learn Project and the Information Sessions please click on the links below:

Getting Ready to Learn Introductory Information

Getting Ready to Learn Information Sessions

Ballymena Youth Fair encourages Young People to make positive life choices

Over 650 year 11 pupils in the Ballymena area attended the Annual Youth Fair this week.  The focus of this year’s fair was on Mental Health, raising awareness of support and emotional wellbeing services available as well as to encourage young people to make positive choices in their lives.  Veronica McKinley, NICHI Project, North Antrim Community Network said, “This Youth Fair is a great opportunity for a range of services to provide information and raise awareness on health issues to young people attending post primary schools in the Ballymena area”.  

Click here for more information.