Daily Updates

Please note:
It is anticipated that CYPSP Locality Planning groups will not be meeting face to face for some time. At this difficult time, we will continue to work hard to provide updates and information which may be of benefit to organisations, children and families. We will be undertaking a scoping exercise of locality planning members activity so that we can provide the most up to date information about the resources available. From today we will provide daily updates via CYPSP website and through social media.

To ensure we share as much important information and advice as we can, we are encouraging Locality Planning Group members to provide any local information for inclusion on the daily updates on the attached form and send to una.casey@hscni.net.  

Download here:- Locality Planning Groups Members Services Deilivery during COVID-19 (Updated 25 March 2020)

26 March 2020
Staff are still carrying out 121’s, assessments and reviews by Skype, Microsoft teams and What’s app which has been well received by the young people and their families. There is likely a short waiting list for Young Carers which is usually it’s around 4-6 weeks. Young Carers have a Facebook page on  https://en-gb.facebook.com/YoungCarersNI/ and Young Adult Carers Info can be found https://www.facebook.com/actionforchildrennorthernireland/

Easy read advice about Coronavirus for those with a learning disability:-

25 March 2020


During this worrying time, many autistic individuals find it hard to verbally communicate their worries or feelings of anxiety, it can be much easier to write or draw how they are feeling. You can make a worry box from things you already have around the house to help.

This Update may be of particular relevance to those families who have children with Autism. Autism NI have released a great resource for parents/carers and professionals supporting families which you can access through the link on the page.

AutismNI Helpline is available on 02890 401729 (Option 1).

24 March 2020
Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing During Times of Isolation

There are five simple steps to help maintain and improve our wellbeing. During this time of social isolation we should make extra effort to build these steps into our daily lives. The current situation we face provides us with opportunities to do things a little differently.

23 March 2020
Links to all the Helplines across Northern Ireland, aiming to provide advice and support for families.


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Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Workshop – ** POSTPONED **

This event has been postponed.  Once new dates have been arranged they will be re-advertised.

The Public Health Agency have organised a Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Workshop for Sure Start / Community & Voluntary Sector staff working with families with children under 5 years old.

The workshop is limited to 20 spaces, early booking is recommended.

Please follow the link to the Eventbrite page to register for this event:

Date: Tuesday 10th March 2020
Time: 9.00am—1.30pm 9am registration
Lunch provided
Location: Gold Sure Start
Loy Buildings 18-24 Loy Street, Cookstown, BT80 8PE

Download Flyer here

Southern Area Family Support Hubs Steering Group

The Southern Area Hubs Steering Group met in January and have begun to measure the outcomes from services they procure through their Outcomes Group funding using the outcomes star.
To date this has shown good outcomes for families including improved well-being and improved parenting skills and relationships.
There continue to be strong connections between these 3 Hubs and the range of Parenting Programmes delivered across the Southern Area.

The Craigavon /Banbridge Hub recently conducted a study of users perspectives and perceptions of the Hub . One parent commented “I was willing to take any help… Because my son has been through a phase… It’s always nice to speak to someone other than family and not have to make an appointment to go and see the GP. It’s nice that somebody’s coming out to your house… in your own environment and getting any issues that you might have out in the open.” Another said “There’s a lot of good programmes there that can help you… That’s the best way to get information from a co-ordinated place; they have all the information from different projects available and can co-ordinate that for you.”

View the Report Card Here

Southern Area Locality Planning: FYI Newsletter

Southern Area Locality Planning have recently introduced a new innovative way of sharing information on the great work of services and organisations striving to improve outcomes for children, young people and families in the Southern Trust area.  With the aim of strengthening contacts, participation, engagement and connections in the region, LPG members, as well as the wider community, are invited to submit flyers, posters & announcements promoting relevant events, opportunities, programmes and initiatives. All of this information is then collated and shared via a one-stop shop style newsletter – ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).
Moving into its 14th edition in August 2019, the fortnightly ‘FYI’ e-bulletin, circulated on alternate Thursday afternoons, now reaches approx. 700 contacts and regularly advertises at least 20 opportunities on behalf of a varied range of community, voluntary & statutory organisations. More recently, the newsletter has also been circulated to the C2k education network.
View the most recent edition of ‘FYI’ here: http://www.cypsp.hscni.net/southern-area-lpg-information-bulletin-issue-13-25th-july-2019/
If you wish to make a submission, for sharing across the southern area LPG membership and wider community, or if you would like to receive future ‘FYI’ bulletins, please just get in touch, by e-mailing localityplanning@ci-ni.org.uk.
Stay connected!

Kids Disability Summer Scheme – Bangor

The Kid’s Disability Summer Scheme is now live and ready to book.

Activities will include – Wheelchair skills, Kurling, Boccia and other fun games!

The two sessions will take place on Tuesday 23rd July & Wednesday 24th July.

Time: 10am -12noon

2 Days – £14
1 Day – £7

Venue: Bangor Aurora Sports Hall

For further information and to book please contact Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex on  02891 270271 or via their website https://www.bangoraurora.com/bangor_aurora/disability-sports