Inspiring young people in Carrickfergus


The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group recently facilitated the launch of a local social media Facebook page ‘Carrickfergus Community Education Forum’ to provide a space for agencies to share information about education support services, helpful resources and training opportunities for young people and their parents.

MLA Roy Beggs, Chairperson of the CYPSP Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group supported the development of the support platform for parents. Speaking from the launch Roy Beggs said “School, parents and the local community all working together can reduce Educational under attainment and open up greater life-time opportunities. I hope that the new Facebook page, “Carrickfergus Community Education Forum” will help parents by sharing good advice and by sign-posting to local services.  I hope that it would also highlight adult educational opportunities and assist in establishing regular local Carrickfergus classes outside of the NRC Newtownabbey campus”.


Click here to read more about the Carrickfergus Community Education Forum


Contact Us:

For further information about the work of the CYPSP Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group contact Gemma Lutton, CYPSP, Northern Health and Social Care Trust on Tel: 028 2563 6615 or by email at

Changing Childhood Conference – 22 March 2017

The CYPSP Cookstown and Magherafelt Locality Planning Groups will host a ‘Changing Childhood’ Conference in March 2017. This Conference will look at how some children and parents have become addicted to modern day technology and unhealthy food. We will discuss the effects these have on both the child and parent as well as exploring the parent child relationship, children’s behaviour, child development and modern day to day family life.

Click here to download the conference programme 


Conference details:

Date: 22 March 2017

Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm

Venue: The Burnavon, Cookstown


How to register:

The conference is open to anyone working with children, young people and families in the Northern Outcomes Area.To book a space contact Gemma Lutton by email at or telephone 028 2563 6615


Carrickfergus 7th Annual Youth Fair


The 7th Annual Youth Fair was hosted by the Carrickfergus Raising Attainment Group and the CYPSP Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group this month at Oakfield Community Centre. Over 400 pupils aged 14-15 years from post primary schools had the opportunity to engage with local mental health and wellbeing services that support vulnerable young people in the local area.

Speaking at the fair, Colin Patterson, Vice Principal of Downshire School said, “Adolescence can be a difficult time. The youth fair left everyone knowing that Carrickfergus has a kind and caring community support network”.


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Click here to find out more about the CYPSP Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group


Calling mental health service providers to attend the Carrickfergus Youth Fair

Pupils from four post primary schools in the Carrickfergus area will be brought together next month for the annual Carrickfergus Youth Fair. The fair will offer young people aged 15-16 years the opportunity to engage with local services providers to improve the mental health of young people and inform of positive lifestyle choices.


The Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group are hosting the Youth Fair on;

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Oakfield Community Centre, Carrickfergus

9.30am – 3.30pm


This is an excellent opportunity for organisations to showcase their information and support services to over 400 Year 11 pupils who will be attending the fair from four local post primary schools in Carrickfergus.


If your organisation would like to participate at the Youth Fair and provide an information stand/visual aids please complete the reply slip attached or contact Gemma Lutton by email at or telephone 028 2563 6615 


For further information or to register your organisation click here 


Carrickfergus Youth Fair – 9th February 2016

Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group would like to invite organisations to the Carrickfergus Youth Fair on the 9th February 2016 from 9.15am- 3.30pm at Oakfield Community Centre, Oakfield Drive, Carrickfergus.

If your organisation provides services to young people in the Carrickfergus area we would like to invite you to take part in a Youth Fair focused on positive choices and social media. This event is a chance to showcase your service to all 15 -16 year olds attending the 4 local Post Primary Schools. For more information please contact Gemma Lutton on 028 2563 6615 … Read more