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


Family Together

Families Together is a partnership between Parenting NI and New Life Counselling and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund NI Reaching Out Supporting Families programme and is based in Antrim and Strabane.

Family Together Programme

Complete the online survey at the Families Together Project, which is seeking feedback from parents who attended any of the services or programmes during 2019.  Closing date for responses is 31/12/19.

Family Together Online Survey



Action for Children Young Adults Carers Service

Action For Children are launching a new service for young adults in a caring role. The Young Adult Carers Service will be running throughout the 5 trust areas for any young person between 18-25 in a caring role. We will be delivering services in a range of formats including one to ones, group work, information sessions and much more, all of which will be planned and organised following consultation with the young adult carers themselves. We are keen to hear from the estimated 30,000 active young adult carers in Northern Ireland and would encourage them to get in touch to help us shape the service and to challenge any pre conceived ideas of the type of service a young adult carer may want to be part of. We accept referrals from family members, social workers, health professionals, teachers, tutors, voluntary sector professionals and young adult carers themselves. For more information about the practical and emotional support we offer young adult carers, or to make a referral, please contact: 

Action for Children 

Young Adult Carers Service 

10 Heron Road 


BT3 9LE 

T: 028 9046 0500 (ask to speak to a member of the young adult carers team) 


Young Adults Carers Referral Form