Portadown Gets Active celebrates Innovation Award!


The Portadown Gets Active Programme extended its reached to over 71 children and 43 peer mentors over Easter in April 2018. Activities during the programme included physical activities and sport, baking, growing your own edible garden, Go Fly Your Kite and a Talent Show to round off the programme.  The edible garden will be revisited in the summer programme to enjoy the fruits of the effort by participants.


The Portadown Gets Active Programme is a partnership approach to tackling holiday hunger that includes includes physical activity, healthy eating and a continued learning/educational element.

Following on from the Summer 2017, Halloween and Christmas Programme, Oasis Youth Project continued to lead the very successful project in partnership with the Craigavon Locality Planning Group to provide a packed programme for children and young people in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough.



Feedback from Young People and Families

  • One young person spoke following the programme and said “I learnt how to be healthy and eat vegetables and fruits, thank you very much”


  • A Peer Mentor who supported the delivery of the programme said at the end of the programme that “Every volunteer got to interact with the kids and I’ve gotten so much out of it”.


  • Many parents congratulated the programme leads and feedback on how much their children enjoyed the programme. One parent spoke to us during the programme and said “Portadown Gets Active is a fantastic programme. Well done!”


Click here to download our report card from the Portadown Gets Active Easter Programme


Special Recognition to Our Peer Mentors!


During the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Community Awards ceremony on 10 May 2018, the Peer Mentors from Portadown Gets Active won the Innovation Award for their amazing work on the programme. Well done to all the young people who volunteered their time during the programme to support Portadown Gets Active!


Contact Us:

To find out more about this workshop and the role of the Newry Locality Planning Group contact:

Darren Curtis, Southern Area Locality Planning Officer by email at darren.curtis@hscni.net or telephone 028 95 363966


Portadown Gets Active Success!


Children in Northern Ireland ran a summer scheme to support local children in Portadown.  The programme was delivered in partnership with the community and voluntary sector, statutory agencies, local schools and local government with additional support from Craigavon based Almac Group.

The scheme Portadown Gets Active was aimed at tackling the problem of holiday hunger.  This new and unique initiative was aimed at offering children a fun and active holiday programme, which not only provides a free nutritious breakfast and lunch but also gives children the opportunity to gain an OCN qualification in Healthy Living. 
Pauline Leeson, Chief Executive of Children in Northern Ireland, said: “It is incredibly sad that in this day and age we still have families struggling to provide enough food for their children.   Not only is food poverty detrimental to children’s health, it also has serious implications for their educational future.  Which is why our project is so unique in its approach and why it has been a huge success by improving many outcomes for children.”

Some of the improved outcomes from this project include:

– Improved mental health and well-being for young people
– Improved nutrition during school holidays
– Improved educational achievement and no loss of educational memory
– Increased confidence and skills
– Reduced poor health through nutrition and exercise
– Improved employment prospects and progression (OCN qualification)
– Higher levels of social interaction and participation
– Increased confidence, health and well-being.

Speaking about the scheme, Kevin Reid, VP Corporate Marketing, Almac Group, stated “Portadown Gets Active is a fantastic project which we were delighted to support.  The kids who participated over the summer have developed a range of valuable skills and knowledge about nutrition, health and well-being whilst making friends and, most of all, having fun in the process. Congratulations to the team of volunteers who helped make the programme such a success.
The Portadown Gets Active project will be running throughout the year during school holiday times summer, Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

The project in Portadown is a partnership between Children in Northern Ireland, Oasis Youth Portadown, Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership, Pathways Activities and Presentation Primary School with additional support from the Public Health Agency, food supplier Brakes UK and the Almac Group.

To view the video of the project visit here.


Contact Us:

For further information please contact Ellen Finlay, Children in Northern Ireland at 02890 401 290 or by email at Ellen@Ci-NI.org.uk 

‘Take 5’ Steps to Wellbeing – PHA Small Grants Scheme

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified funding for a small grants scheme to address the themes of Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing, Suicide Prevention and Self-Harm, and have commissioned CLEAR to facilitate this process.

The PHA are keen to fund programmes founded on evidence based practice with a particular focus on those using one or more of the ‘Take 5’ Steps to Wellbeing.  The PHA are inviting community and voluntary sector organisations, through the CLEAR Project, to apply for non-recurring small grants to address the outlined themes. 

Two types of awards are available under this scheme:

  1. Award one grants – Up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking Community / Voluntary Sector groups can apply for.
  2. Award two grants – Between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community / Voluntary sector groups.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 31 July 2017 at 3.00pm

If you are interested in applying for the small grant or require more information please contact the Clear Project on:

Tel: 028 7138 3386

Email: clear@dhcni.com

Website: www.dhcni.com/grants 

Home-Start Newry & Mourne – Volunteers Wanted

Home-Start Newry & Mourne provides emotional and practical support to families with young children.  Currently they need volunteers to fill the following roles:

  • Home visiting support for families with children under 5
  • Home visiting support for antenatal mums
  • Supporting families at family groups
  • Administration
  • Fundraising

If you have a few hours to spare each week and would like to become part of the Home-Start team, they would love to hear from you.  Training courses begin in September 2017.

For more information, click on the link below:

Home-Start Newry & Mourne – Volunteer Flyer

Portadown Gets Active Programme July – August 2017


The programme will bring together partner agencies including CiNI, CYPSP, Pathway Adventures NI, Oasis Youth Project of Craigavon Intercultural Programme and Niacro. It will give young people, particularly from ethnic minority communities the opportunity to participate in a month of activities during school holidays including physical activity, OCN accredited Health and Hygiene programme, mini medics first aid course and fun cookery sessions that will provide young people them with the skills and confidence to cook small simple meals on a budget.


A series of discovery days have been planned for July that will provide young people with a taster session of the programme before signing up the programme to ensure expectation and retention of participants is managed. The programme will run two days per week over the month of August. It is anticipated that 60 young people will complete the programme.


Alongside the youth activities, the Portadown Gets Active Programme will work with young people aged 12-16 years through a peer mentor scheme in July followed by a residential opportunity in Ballykinler at the end of the summer. The peer mentors will be empowered with the confidence and skills to support the delivery of the 8-12years youth programme.


Click here to download a copy of the flyer for the Portadown Gets Active programme


Contact Us:

For more information or to enquire about registering on the programme please contact: Andrew McCreery or Gordon Woolsey: 02838 335 322