New Indoor Adventure Centre High Rise Opens in Lisburn



Employers For Childcare has recently opened a new social enterprise indoor adventure centre in Lisburn.

High Rise indoor adventure centre has something for all ages! The centre has been designed to be inclusive and accessible, including for those with special and additional needs, and includes:

  • A Clip ‘n Climb climbing arena with 24 climbing challenges (age 4+)
  • Soft play with dedicated baby section (up to age 8)
  • Party rooms for all occasions
  • Innovative Sensory and Quiet Rooms and in-house Sensory Co-ordinator
  • Café serving meals and snacks
  • Corporate rooms for hire
  • A Changing Places accessible toilet.


Sensory Room can be booked in advance and is available for exclusive use as well as on a drop in basis.


High Rise is open 7 days a week (until 9pm Monday-Saturday) and offers discounts for group bookings.


For more information, visit the website or email with any party or group booking enquiries.


As a social enterprise, 100% of High Rise profits go towards supporting parents with dependent children to get into, and stay in work.


Needs Assessment for all Newcomer BME Groups to the Southern Trust Area

Locality Planning Groups in the Southern area are working with the Southern Outcomes Group to carry out a Needs Assessment for all Newcomer BME groups to the area.  The area has seen a growing number of Newcomer families in recent years, including most recently Roma families to areas such as Newtownhamilton, Armagh, Keady, Newry and Lurgan. 

Services are working together to respond to emerging needs in areas such as housing, employment, education, health and community relations.  There are currently 2 Interagency Groups for the Roma community in Armagh and Newry, and some very effective work by member organisations to provide advice and support in a number of communities, however there is a need to collate all information and statistics on demographics, resources, barriers and opportunities to further support all Newcomer communities.


The Needs Assessment aims to map all the existing statistics and information on demographics, and to highlight challenges faced both by the communities themselves as well as services and organisations in the statutory, voluntary, community and faith sectors.  It will address themes such as Health, Housing, Education, Employment, Policing and Justice, Advice services and Community Relations and will include Recommendations for further work by both the CYPSP Southern Outcomes Group and Locality Planning Groups, as well as for services in the local area.


They are keen to learn of similar work across Northern Ireland and to speak with anyone working in the Southern Trust area who can help us in this valuable piece of work.


Please contact Darren Curtis, Locality Development Officer on for further information.


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)