Family Fund Digital Skills Training – 14 January 2020

Do you have an iPad and want to learn how to make the most of it? 

Family Fund are hosting a FREE workshop for families raising disabled or seriously ill children to help parents/carers understand more about how their iPad works. Their Apple Education Trainer will be running a relaxed workshop, with tea and coffee available.


Time/Date: Tuesday 14 January 2020, 10.30am-12.30pm

Location: Learning Space, Fountain Centre, College Street, Belfast, BT1 6ET

The training:

  • aims to help families with disabled children to develop their digital skills and get the most out of their iPads or Android tablets through one-to-one and group training;
  • covers a range of useful topics, including how to customise devices to address any vision, hearing, motor and learning needs of your child, parental controls and guided access, locating and accessing resources and how to use built-in apps to develop reading, writing, speaking and research skills.


Further information and details on how to register can be found here.



Positive Approaches to Discipline Workshop – 16 January 2020


Parenting NI are holding a “Positive Approaches to Discipline” workshop in Enniskillen on 16 January 2020.


Date/Time: Thursday 16 January 2020, 7-9pm

Location: Fermanagh House, Enniskillen


The workshop will explore tips & techniques for managing behaviour and effective & healthy discipline strategies.


For further information or to register please call 0808 8010 722 (Mon – Thur 9.30am-3.30pm, Fri 9.30am-12.30pm)

Download flyer here


Odyssey Parenting Your Teen Programmes – Omagh & Lisnaskea – Starting January 2020

Parenting NI are offering two “Odyssey Parenting Your Teen Programmes”  in Omagh and Lisnaskea starting January 2020.

Programme details:-

  • Omagh – Starts Wednesday 22 January 2020 (for 8 weeks) from 7-9pm at Omagh Community House – download flyer
  • Lisnaskea – Starts Monday 27 January 2020 (for 8 weeks) from 7-9pm at Oak Healthy Living Centre, Lisnaskea – download flyer


For further information or to register please call 0808 8010 722 (Mon – Thur 9.30am-3.30pm, Fri 9.30am-12.30pm)

Technology Facilitated Domestic Abuse Seminar in Omagh

Western Trust Practitioners attended a Technology Facilitated Domestic Abuse Seminar in Omagh at which Mr Steven McNeill, Senior Social Work, South Eastern Trust provided an insightful seminar in Omagh for practitioners from the statutory, community and voluntary sector who support people experiencing domestic abuse. This seminar had been collaboratively organised under the auspices of the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership and Digital Safeguarding Steering Group with kind support from Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP and the Education Authority.

Steven provided practitioners with an understanding of the power and control which can be enforced by the perpetrator on a victim through their use of technology. He shared how the perpetrator uses this misuse to continue to try and control and abuse and the risk this then presents to the victim’s personal safety. Steven provided ideas and strategies which can be used by victims/survivors to access help to ensure their safety and remain connected to family and friends.

Every practitioner who attended this event reported that after listening to Steven their knowledge of this form of abuse had increased. One comment in the evaluation of the session read, “I was stunned at all the different ways how normal things can be used as a negative in perpetrating hands.”  Another comment read –“I thought I had a good understanding of how abusers misuse technology, however I found this training very informative and there was a lot of info I didn’t know and was not aware of.”

Plans have already commenced for the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership and Digital Safeguarding Steering Group in putting into action this new knowledge and understanding provided by Steven.


Wheelie Great Success in Fermanagh!

Over the last six weeks Autism NI’s Fermanagh Support Group supported children with a diagnosis of autism to learn how to ride a bike. The initiative, supported by the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Sport NI, provided the children with an opportunity to ride a bike in a safe, supportive and structured environment.

Aimed at enabling the children to cycle interdependently, the course provided a bespoke opportunity to work towards achieving an important milestone in the children’s lives.

Autism NI CEO, Kerry Boyd, said: “It is fantastic to see so many of our children availing of such a fantastic initiative.  So many children take riding a bike for granted but for autistic children it means so much more as it supports the improvement of their gross motor skills and independence.  For this reason, I am so proud that the Balanceability initiative has been such a success and that the children have learned an important skill that will stay with them forever.’

Autism NI supports individuals and their families, and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism within the wider society. A local charity, it provides life-changing services for the 30,000 individuals living with Autism throughout Northern Ireland.

To find out more or for further information please call 028 9040 1729 or visit