Unicef Child Friendly Cities and Communities Project

Unicef Child Friendly Cities and Communities Project in Derry City and Strabane is a partnership between the Western Area Outcomes Group and the Derry City and Strabane District Council under the Action planning priority “Work Together to include the Voice of Children and Young People

 

 

 

As Part of this project 2 Discovery events were held on Thursday evening 6 February and Friday 7 February in the Guildhall in Derry
The morning session which presented the local context with regards to child rights and priorities for children and young people, with videos and presentation from young people on the Youth Advisory group highlighting issues affecting them.

 

33 people were in attendance at the discovery evening on the Thursday which gave some of the young people an opportunity to get used to the space and explore the feedback and materials for the discovery day before welcoming the adults. 131 adults, children and young people attended the Discovery Day and the engagement throughout the day was fantastic.

 

 

 

Friday’s event included:
– Short Videos
– Unicef Presentation on the picture of Child Rights globally, nationally and regionally
– Visioning of what a child friendly city/community would look like
– Local Presentation on trends within Derry/ Londonderry and Strabane
– Performance from ROE – (Winner of the Best Emerging Artist at the Northern Ireland Music Prize and supporting shows with Snow Patrol, Kodaline, Robbie Williams and The Coronas.)
– Working together to choose the Unicef badges

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

 

Child Friendly Cities & Communities UNICEF UK programme

Bronagh Donnelly, CYPSP Locality Planner, with the Western Area Outcomes Group, for Derry City and Strabane locality, attended the Children’s rights at 30 conference held in St Martins in the Field in London in May 2019.  This was looking at the Child Friendly Cities & Communities UNICEF UK programme that works with councils to put children’s rights into practice – which is currently being rolled out throughout the UK including Derry City and Strabane as well as Aberdeen, Barnet, Cardiff, Liverpool and Newcastle.   

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities & Communities Conference, London, 23/05/2019
Photography by Jason Bye

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities & Communities Conference, London, 23/05/2019
Photography by Jason Bye

 

The programme aims to create cities and communities in the UK where all children – whether they are living in care, using a children’s centre, or simply visiting their local library – have a meaningful say in, and truly benefit from, the local decisions, services and spaces that shape their lives.  The programme is part of Child Friendly Cities – a global UNICEF initiative launched in 1996 that reaches close to 30 million children in 40 countries.

In the UK, UNICEF provides training based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and supports councils, their partners, and children and young people, as they work together on an ambitious three-to-five-year journey towards international recognition as a UNICEF Child Friendly City or Community.

 For more information please visit: unicef.org.uk/child-friendly-cities

ABOUT THE EVENT

30 years ago the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly – setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children (under 18) everywhere are entitled to. Today, the Convention has been ratified by every country in the world except for the United States, making it the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world.  

Children’s rights at 30: A powerful tool for cities & communities will celebrate the UNCRC turning 30, while shining a light on the enormous challenges councils in the UK continue to face as they work to protect the rights of the country’s most vulnerable children. 

During the event, keynote speakers set the scene for the day, speaking first on the significance and aspirations of the UNCRC as set out in 1989, followed by the reality of life for children and young people growing up in the UK in 2019.  

Speakers and panelists considered how children’s rights – in particular a child rights-based approach – can bring councils and their local partners together to help improve the effectiveness and legitimacy of the local decisions, services and spaces that shape children’s lives.   Bronagh was one of the panelists that spoke about Derry City & Strabane’s journey so far in bringing a child rights-based approach to life by sharing practical examples of how local authorities are putting children’s rights into practice. 

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities & Communities Conference, London, 23/05/2019
Photography by Jason Bye

This was an opportunity to showcase the work local authorities/council areas are doing to embed children’s rights in their communities and the impact this has had, as well as advocate for a whole-area approach to working with and for children and young people. They spoke about systems change – how children’s rights help us to look across cities and communities, see how services work together, and understand their impact on children and young people.  

Finally young panellists shared how children’s rights have provided them with a platform to be heard and influence change at the local and national level. The event closed with a final panel showcasing innovative and inspiring youth-led solutions to some of the country’s most pressing local challenges.  

ACE-Trauma Informed Practice Stakeholder Workshops May 2019

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland are holding a series of workshops to deliver ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice Training across health, social care, education, justice and the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland.

A series of information workshops are being delivered to the various sectors, including the community/voluntary sector, with the following aims:

a) Engage with the community & voluntary sector to help us to understand your current level of ACE awareness and relevant training needs to be more trauma sensitive in your work and practice.

b) Explore opportunities and challenges of embedding trauma informed practice in your service / team / organisation.

 

Date/Time: Tuesday 7th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: St. Columb’s Park House, Derry
Register: https://vcs-derry.eventbrite.co.uk/
View the flyer here.

Date/Time: Tuesday 9th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: NICVA, Belfast
Register: https://vcs-belfast.eventbrite.co.uk/
View the flyer here.

Date/Time: Tuesday 10th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: The Junction, Dungannon
Register: https://vcs-jct.eventbrite.co.uk/
View the flyer here.

To register your interest please click on the relevant link above.

Numbers are limited so early booking is essential. 

Please note: Registering your interest in this workshop does not guarantee a place. You will be contacted once registration closes on 1 May with confirmation.

 

Western Outcomes Group Building Resilient Communities workshops with Dr Karen Treisman Monday 18 to Thursday 21 February.

The Western Outcomes Group hosted 4 days of expert ACES training events for practitioners from all sectors across the Western Area with Dr Karen Treisman.  Workshop 1 involved awareness raising and understanding of the impact of relational and developmental trauma and disrupted attachment on children’s brains, bodies, emotions, relationships and behaviours.  Workshop 1 was held in Enniskillen and Strabane.

 

Workshop 2 focused on moving towards being and sustaining a trauma informed and trauma responsive workforce.  Attendees got the opportunity to learn about what it is to be a trauma-informed and trauma responsive organisation and system and why this is needed and is important and beneficial to everyone. Workshop 2 was held in Omagh and Derry. 

 

 

 

Dr Treisman used an array of learning and teaching styles that included small group work, multimedia, interactive methods and included impactful and practical case studies to help set in context the learning from each day. 

 

 

 

The workshops were really well attended with great energy and engagement in the rooms, and feedback has been very positive.  Further information from the evaluations will be shared in our next e-zine.