Southern Area LPGs Information Bulletin 19th March 2020

Welcome to the 28th edition of For Your information bulletin, FYI (For Your Information).

With the current developments regarding COVID-19, a lot of programmes and activities have been postponed or cancelled, so we would urge you to check with organisers, before attending any previously scheduled activities, for advice and updates.

For all of our LPG members, please refer to Slide 2 of the attached, for important information relating to previously planned LPG meetings.

In today’s issue, you will also see some links to guidance from local councils in the Southern Trust area, along with some ideas for activities at home, as well as maintaining children’s / young people’s and parents’ health too. We aim to provide a more comprehensive resource for parents and families next week, to provide practical support, and would invite you to share any useful resources with us for inclusion.

In the meantime, stay connected in a safe and healthy way.   

FYI For Your Information Issue 28 – 19th March 2020



StreetReach Project Carrickfergus and Larne -July 2020

‘StreetReach is a 5 day community outreach project with a festival feel in Carrickfergus, Larne and the coastal areas. The project which is a collaboration between Summer Madness and YMCA Ireland is funded by the Education Authority Youth At Risk scheme. It will be run by young people with the aim of regenerating hope and working towards a local legacy of leadership.

Running 1-5th July 2020, young people can sign up to join a team and work alongside Host Groups in the areas who are putting together great interactive community projects for the teams to engage in. Teams can access full camping facilities at Glenarm Castle and receive all meals, transport and training all while gaining volunteer hours and active citizenship experience.

For more information or to register:

Review of Allied Health Professional Services for Children with Sensory Impairments – online survey now open

The Public Health Agency is carrying out a review of the services of the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) for children with visual, hearing or multisensory impairments up to 18 years-old*.

PHA would be grateful to hear from you if you are:

  • a young person with a hearing and/or visual impairment (up to 18-years-old)
  • the parent or carer of a young person with a hearing and/or visual impairment
  • a professional working with children and young people with hearing and/or visual   impairment

 Please could you share the link below with your networks, the survey will be open until Friday 14th February.

Word versions of all three surveys are linked below.

These can be filled in online or printed and completed, and returned either by email or by post to:

Jenny Kirkwood, Ground floor office, 12-22 Linenhall St, Belfast, BT2 8BS

If you require the survey in any other format please contact Jenny.

*Please note: for the purposes of this survey we are using the term ‘hearing impairment’ to refer to all types of hearing loss and deafness from mild to profound. We are using the term ‘visual impairment’ to refer to people who are partially sighted and who are blind.


New Support Group for Families/Individuals affected by Road Traffic Collisions

Newry, Mourne & Down PCSP (Policing & Community Safety Partnership) continue to work closely with the Road Safe NI NMD Committee who have now set up a Support Group for families / individuals affected by road traffic collisions in the local area.  The local community continue to experience a high level of fatalities / serious injuries on the roads and the aim of the Support Group is to provide practical and emotional support for anyone affected by road traffic collisions across the District.

 The first meeting of the Support Group will take place in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry on Thursday 16 January from 7-9pm – the Support Group will then meet on the third Thursday of every month in Canal Court at that time.  

Download information flyer here….