Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Members Get A Preview of New Gambling Awareness Service for Young People in Northern Ireland

Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Members Get A Preview of New Gambling Awareness Service for Young People in Northern Ireland

A very successful taster session was facilitated on-line by Gillian McAtackney, GamCare for a large number of members from the Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Groups. Gillian shared with members that gambling-related harm can have a significant impact on physical and mental health for young people. Research by Department for Communities in 2016 show that 67.2% of Northern Ireland’s population, aged 16 years and over, have taken part in some form of gambling in the past year; with 2.3% of the population found to be ‘problem gamblers’. This is higher than other regions in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Tackling this concern, GamCare who is the UK’s leading provider of information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling harms has expanded to Northern Ireland. They will begin to deliver gambling outreach, education and support to young people 11-19 years across the region from this autumn. Gamcare will offer free gambling awareness workshops which are designed to help young people make informed choices, better identify gambling problems, and understand how to access help from specialist services whether for themselves or a loved one. One of the first workshops in NI has been scheduled for members of Fermanagh and Omagh LPGs. There has been a steady stream of bookings, with those signing up commenting that they have noticed problem gambling among young people increasingly in the area.

GamCare’s Youth Outreach Officers will also be providing free, interactive gambling awareness workshops for young people, as well as accredited training for professionals supporting young people. This training gives professionals information about the risks of gambling, how to identify gambling-related harm in young people, have conversations with young people about gambling and signpost them into age-appropriate specialist services where needed. If you would like to receive professional training for your team please email: hello@bigdeal.org.uk

Young people who are at risk of developing a gambling problem, or who are affected by the gambling of someone close to them, can access information, advice and support via www.bigdeal.org.uk/getting-help/. This site is accessible 24/7.

GamCare  is very keen to collaborate with local stakeholders to ensure that the services they provided for young people are shaped to local need, if you have any other suggestions or queries about local need, please contact: gillian.mcatackney@gamcare.org.uk

Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Groups Get Up To Speed With Financial Wellbeing for Families During COVID 19

Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Groups Get Up To Speed With Financial Wellbeing for Families During COVID 19

If ever we doubted the importance of financial wellbeing, this pandemic has brought it to the fore and demonstrated how vital the work Money and Pension Service (MaPS) are doing in this field.  In August MaPS Partnership Manager, Margaret McCloskey facilitated for the Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Groups an online training platform session. During this, Margaret outlined the resources that could be used extensively within our work channels, presenting key information to eighteen members who attended the session.

Members have requested that MaPS are invited for another date, due to the success of this meeting – if you are interested in attending this session, please let me know priscilla.magee@westerntrust.hscni.net

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en  – there are 8 core money matters topics on the yellow coloured toolbar at the header of the homepage.  Each topic breaks down into a library of information helping the reader develop their knowledge and understanding, with supporting tools and calculators.   MaPS are happy for us to use the information freely from their website but should you put this into print, please include their logo to endorse the validity of the information.

Three further reasons to visit the Money Advice site are as follows:

  • With furlough and payment holidays coming to an end many people will be struggling financially and will need guidance on what they need to do to support their financial wellbeing.  The Money Navigator tool https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/mntdemo – asks a series of questions and produces a personalised action plan with a full support plan of what to do next.  I highly recommend that you carry out a test of this highly effective tool to obtain an awareness of how good it could be for your clients.   Danske Bank has added the link to their website for their customers as an example of its endorsement for the tool. 
  • Money Manager https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/tools/money-manager is designed to help people making a new Universal Credit claim or moving to Universal Credit from existing benefits. On completion of 11 questions the tool will produce a personalised advice plan which could include details the person was not aware of, to help them make the most of their money.  I would recommend testing this tool prior to promoting it to your clients.
  • You could obtain support for your clients through launching an online chat or communicating with the Money Experts through Whatsapp or speaking with them through their confidential helpline number. Please scroll to the bottom of the https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en homepage for their contact details. MaPS welcomes communication from you or your clients directly – please feel free to pass this information out.   They can also offer a translation service through their helpline – please indicate this requirement at the beginning of the call.

If you would like a to have a one to one meeting with Margaret McCloskey to explore other possible support areas she could help with – please make contact with her initially by email – Margaret.McCloskey@maps.org.uk

Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Group – Summer Schemes 2019

Summer Schemes, Activities and Rural Transport – Summer 2019

The Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Group members have with the assistance of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Enniskillen and Omagh Neighbourhood Renewal and many others brought together a new resource for families and practitioners, detailing the exciting activities planned for the coming months.

Organisations across the area have submitted what they are providing ranging from digital film-making to banana boating, including quite a few residential breaks for young people.

The aim of this resource was to provide a flavour of what is on offer and make suggestions for all different ages groups and interests, making the best use of the beautiful local resources that we have on our doorstep.

Members have spent a long time gathering this information however, they think there may be some more activities are schemes taking place which they would love to hear about and will be pleased to add to the resource, making it bigger and better.

Click below to view the full range of activities.

Summer Schemes and Activities – Updated 14/06/2019

Fermanagh Summer Bus

Omagh Summer Bus


If anyone is interested in promoting what they are providing over the summer, please contact Priscilla Magee at: priscilla.magee@westerntrust.hscni.net


I Don’t Know How I Got Here – Seminar on Coercive Control for Practitioners


The Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership in collaboration with the Western Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership are hosting a half day seminar that seeks to increase understanding of coercive control for practitioners.


The seminar entitled I don’t know how I got here! addresses the context and impact of coercive control in domestic and sexual abuse. Facilitated by knowledgeable and experienced practitioners working in the field of domestic and sexual violence.  The seminar offers perspectives on how a relationship underpinned by coercive control strategies adversely affects victims and survivor’s health, well-being and autonomy.


 The seminar is aimed at policy influencers and practitioners and seeks to:

  • consider what do we mean by coercive control
  • explore how practitioners can understand impact and identify indicators
  • consider the context of coercive control for risk assessment, safety planning and action for all including the victim/survivors and those seeking to support them.
  • explore the implications of different perspectives of coercive control behaviour on help-seeking
  • provide an update on the introduction of coercive control legislation in Northern Ireland.


The seminar will take place on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at The Tara Centre, 11 Holmview Avenue, Omagh BT79 0AH commencing with registration at 9.30am and concluding with a light lunch at 1.00pm. There is very limited parking at the back of the Tara Centre. Other car parks within walking distance include Drumragh Avenue, Campsie Road and Market Place.


To book your place please contact Paula Sheerin, Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP

E:            paula.sheerin@fermanaghomagh.com

T:            0300 303 1777 ext. 21629


Places are limited, and early booking is advisable, please indicate if you have any dietary requirements.