Invitation: Resilience Documentary Screening in the Western Outcomes Area

 

The Western Outcomes Group would like to invite practitioners and social partners to the Resilience Documentary Screening in the West. This is an opportunity to build a wider awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on health and behaviour.

The screening will be followed by a group and panel discussion to explore the ACE agenda to build on the growing momentum within the committed workforce and networks supporting families across the Western Outcomes Area.

 

Click here to find out more about this event 

 

Screening Documentary Details

14 June 2018

10am-12pm

Lecture Theatre, South West Acute Hospital

(124 Irvinestown Rd, Enniskillen BT74 6DN)

 

NOTE: This is a FREE event.

 

How to Register:

Registration is essential.  Get in touch with Priscilla Magee, Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Officer, WHSCT by:

Telephone: 078 80723076

Email: priscilla.magee@westerntrust.hscni.net

 

ACES: Building Resilient Communities Conference in the Western Outcomes Area

 

The Western Outcomes Group with partners invite you along to their Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference: Building Resilient Communities. An increasing body of international research identifies the long-term harms that can result from chronic stress during childhood. This conference will generate awareness of ACEs and their impact and share best practice from a local and international perspective.

 

Conference Details:

Date: 2 March 2018

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Venue: Silver Birches Hotel, Omagh

 

Click here to download the conference flyer

 

How to Register:

If you would like to attend the conference please confirm your place by emailing Bronagh Donnelly, Western HSC Trust by email at bronagh.donnelly@westerntrust.hscni.net by Friday 16 February 2018

Registration is essential.

 

Celebrating infant mental health week in the Western Outcomes Area

 

The Western Health and Social Care Trust with partners including Sure Start, Libraries NI, local play groups, Action for Children and many more have been promoting the five key messages of the regional Infant Mental Health Strategy in the Western Outcomes area. 

The five key messages of the Infant Mental Health Strategy are:

  1. No smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy
  2. Breastfeed your baby
  3. Read a story to your child everyday
  4. Give your child lots of love, affection and praise
  5. Have fun and play with your child

 

Kieran Downey, chair of the Western Outcomes Group and Director of Women and Children’s Services in Western HSC Trust has said ‘The evidence is overwhelming that children’s life experiences in early years directly impacts upon their mental, physical and emotional well-being in later years’.

 

Click here to read more about Infant Mental Health Week in the Western Outcomes Area

 

The Western Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Public Health Agency have produced a short guide providing detail of the five ways to support the development of your baby’s emotional health and well-being. Click here to read this guide

 

 

Connecting Domestic, Sexual and Internet Based Abuse in the Western Outcomes Area

A short seminar took place on 9 May, 2017 in Enniskillen, bringing together practitioners from across many agencies and organisations in the Western Outcomes Area to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the challenges of domestic, sexual abuse and internet based abuse.

The seminar began with an overview of the Regional ‘Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland Strategy’ (DH, 2016). The event wished to embed the strategies vision across the western area through raising awareness that domestic or sexual violence in any form should not be tolerated. Effective tailored preventative and responsive services should be provided were all victims are supported, and perpetrators held to account.

Ms Cecilia Whitehorn who supports the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership shared an update from the partnership on their role across the western area to address sexual and domestic violence through a number of working groups. Ms Whitehorn facilitated a discussion on the concerns experienced from practitioners and worked with them to agree the role of the  Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable whether through prevention, support, training and development or protection and justice interventions.

Sonia Montgomery, Assistant Manager in the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Health Improvement Team and Chair of the Western Esafety Steering Group gave an overview of the work of the group and how digital technology is increasingly becoming integral to domestic and sexual abuse.  Ms Montgomery outlined many of the ways that victims can be targeted including monitoring of social media profiles or emails, abuse, stalking and trolling on social media platforms, ‘revenge porn’ (the sharing without consent of intimate photos or videos) and using spyware.

Simple measures were shared with practitioners during the conference which offer greater levels of privacy and protection for the victim, including signposting to local agencies able to give help, advice and support.  

Ms Montgomery concluded the event by recommending that key to all of this is that we need to teach our children and young people about respect, healthy relationships and empathy for each other. There is often a huge disconnect between generations because children are so digitally literate, however effective communication can ensure that problems are addressed before it is too late.

 

For further information please get in touch with one of the team:

Helen Donnelly – helen@cmworks.co.uk

Priscilla Magee – priscilla.magee@westerntrust.hscni.net

Sonia Montgomery – sonia.montgomery@westerntrust.hscni.net

Carol Follis – carol.follis@fermanaghomagh.com

 

Western Area – Guide to local Drug and Alcohol Services

 

The Western Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team (DACT) have  recently published the local guide of Drug and Alcohol Services in the Western Outcomes Area. This guide provides a range of interventions to agencies, families and individuals that will offer the right support for individuals in local communities to address alcohol or drug related harm. Services available include: services for adults, services for young people and support for family members who have been affected by someone’s alcohol or drug use. 

 

Click here to download a copy of the Western DACT guide