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COVID-19 Support & Resources

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Please note:
It is anticipated that CYPSP Locality Planning groups will not be meeting face to face for some time. At this difficult time, we will continue to work hard to provide updates and information which may be of benefit to organisations, children and families. We will be undertaking a scoping exercise of locality planning members activity so that we can provide the most up to date information about the resources available. We will provide daily updates via CYPSP website and through social media which will also assist Family Support Hubs.

To ensure we share as much important information and advice as we can, we are encouraging Locality Planning Group members to provide any local information for inclusion on the daily updates on the attached form and send to una.casey@hscni.net.  

Click Here for Locality Planning Groups Members Service Delivery Guide during COVID-19 (Updated 28 May 2020)

Click Here for the Children’s & Young People Resource Pack (Updated 29 May 2020)

For a full online Directory of local family support services and childcare visitIf you would like to have advice, activities or a service included below on this page please email details to valerie.maxwell@hscni.net

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Supporting Learning

Supporting Learning

We are working with partners in education CCMS, @CSSC_NI, @CCEA_info, @ComhairlenaGS, @ETI_News, An tÁisaonad and @Education_NI to bring a range...
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School Transport

School Transport

Home to School Transport Online Applications - If you require any support or assistance in completing an online application contact...
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How to deal with Parental Guilt

How to deal with Parental Guilt

Here's how to deal with guilt as a parent during these times: https://www.parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/how-to-deal-with-parental-guilt/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialorganic&utm_campaign=X20XXXDIP&utm_content=guilt-as-a-parent-blog  
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Heads Together – You don’t have to handle this alone

Heads Together – You don’t have to handle this alone

@GiveUsAShout, @TheMixUK and @YoungMindsUK have teamed up to launch One Space in response to the COVID-19 crisis, offering one space...
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Free Digital Help

Free Digital Help

Download Digital Assist Text Help Flyer Here Business in the Community, in partnership with GoON NI and NI Direct, ¡s...
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Playboard NI Logo Challenge

Playboard NI Logo Challenge

We are so excited to see who will win this amazing prize in our Logo Challenge! This year marks 35...
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New PhD Studentship Opportunity

New PhD Studentship Opportunity

Amazing opportunity - a new fully funded PhD scholarship for 2020 from QUB. Mae Murray Foundation are delighted to be...
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Useful Information & Resources from PlayBoard NI

Useful Information & Resources from PlayBoard NI

DAILY UPDATE (29th May 2020)  PlayBoard is the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people's...
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Autism Book Review

Autism Book Review

Judith from our Family Support Team recently read 'My Autistic Fight Song' by Rosie Weldon. Read her review below: -
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THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE OR HARASSMENT!

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE OR HARASSMENT!

Any abuse or harassment associated with the coronavirus or any other time is treated seriously and will be acted upon....
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Fruit & Veg Books for Children

Fruit & Veg Books for Children

We know it can be hard to encourage your children to eat their greens, so check out our fun list...
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Housing Executive Financial Advice & Support

Housing Executive Financial Advice & Support

We’ve put together guidance for tenants who have suffered a loss of income due to #COVID19. Our online FAQs have...
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Belfast Recovery College Free Webinars

Belfast Recovery College Free Webinars

We have an ‘Introduction to Addictions’ webinar on Monday 1st June 2.30 pm, this aims to provide awareness on the...
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Free online Food Safety Training

Free online Food Safety Training

Looking for free online food safety training courses? We have five courses available including allergen training and labelling. https://food.gov.uk/business-guidance/online-food-safety-training
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Helpline for Families – Children with disability

Helpline for Families – Children with disability

Our helpline advisers are here for you during lockdown. We can help with a range of issues, including education, social...
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Education – Outdoor Symphony

Education – Outdoor Symphony

The Outdoor symphony activity from @SchoolGroundsNE encourages children to listen to everything going on outside and think about different ways...
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Rate Relief for Households

Rate Relief for Households

Household rate bills are being issued by Land & Property Services this week. A wide range of reliefs and entitlements...
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Youth Online Cara Friend

Youth Online Cara Friend

1 in 4 people in LGBTQ+ communities have experienced domestic abuse. Cara Friend support young people throughout a number of...
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Write a Story

Write a Story

We've got a #FridayFeeling, so let's have some fun! We'd love you to write a story... and we'll give you...
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NISCC Learning Zone

NISCC Learning Zone

Our new #LearningZone resource developed in partnership with Michael Dunlop NLP presents simple ideas in #NLP that can help #SocialCare...
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Family Food Choices Survey

Family Food Choices Survey

Queen's University Belfast are looking participants in a study related to family food choices during this pandemic - have a...
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Empathy Lab UK Blog Tour Launch

Empathy Lab UK Blog Tour Launch

Today we are launching our #Blogtour and to kick us off we are hosting the first blog 'at home' on...
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Snack Hack

Snack Hack

Having to stay at home every day isn’t easy on anyone, least of all children. We've got some simple ideas...
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Aware – NEW FREE Online Mindfulness Sessions

Aware – NEW FREE Online Mindfulness Sessions

We have released more 'Introduction to Mindfulness' sessions. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, mindfulness can be a really...
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NEW Safeguarding Board NI App

NEW Safeguarding Board NI App

Download our App for Children, Parents, Carers and Professionals- available free for iOS and Android. “Safeguarding Board NI” Take  60...
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Mental Health Webinars

Mental Health Webinars

If you missed any of our 8 COVID-19 C&YP Mental health webinars in our current series you can catch up...
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Musical Feelings

Musical Feelings

Music can be very emotionally moving - put on a piece of music and draw how it makes you feel....
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Book of the Day

Book of the Day

Kitty and her kitten Pumpkin have discovered an amazing rooftop garden - but what will they do when a group...
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Resource Pack for Children & Young People

Resource Pack for Children & Young People

  To help families bring some structure, learning and fun into their daily routine during this difficult time, CYPSP have...
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Help for Families with Children with Disability

Help for Families with Children with Disability

We know things are difficult right now.  We can help families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people....
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Read aloud Books

Read aloud Books

Our amazingly generous authors + illustrators have filmed readings of their stories and poems #EmpathyReadAloud. Check out our Read Aloud...
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World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day

Today is #WorldHungerDay - and more people than ever are needing to use a #foodbank in the UK. In the...
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The Awesome Autistic Go to Guide BOOK REVIEW 📚

The Awesome Autistic Go to Guide BOOK REVIEW 📚

Judith from our Autism NI Family Support Team has recently read 'The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide'. Check out her review...
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Carers NI – Two sides of the story

Carers NI – Two sides of the story

Do you know how it really feels to be an unpaid carer? Our short film 'Two sides of the story'...
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Educational Resources & Newsletters

Educational Resources & Newsletters

Did you know the EA has a newsletter for Primary aged children and a list of resources for younger &...
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Social and Emotional Learning Fun

Social and Emotional Learning Fun

😀 🎲 🧩 🔍SEL FUN 🔎 🧩 🎲 🤗 Thursdays are going to be a day where we try out...
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Where can people get help with food and shopping during COVID-19?

Where can people get help with food and shopping during COVID-19?

DAILY UPDATE (28th May 2020)  Some people will need help getting food during COVID-19, which could be for a number...
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Leaf Painting

Leaf Painting

This week our theme is nature and today we are getting creative with leaves!  Spring has truly sprung and all...
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Outdoor Fun in the Sun

Outdoor Fun in the Sun

Some ideas for outdoor fun in the sun including bubble socks, ice finds and water painting #PlayMatters #PlayAtHome
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Calling Children Aged 8-17

Calling Children Aged 8-17

How are children experiencing the #COVID19 pandemic? The Eurochild Children's Council and 270 other children have created a survey investigating...
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VOYPIC Advocacy

VOYPIC Advocacy

It’s so important that children and young people have access to advocacy. Our Advocates continue to offer support to young...
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Zoom Security Advice

Zoom Security Advice

The NSPCC warns of serious safeguarding risks as a result of a growing trend in Zoom calls being ‘bombed’ with...
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Tips to keep your child safe online

Tips to keep your child safe online

If you're worried about your children's #onlinesafety, read our blog for five helpful tips.   https://www.barnardos.org.uk/blog/tips-to-keep-your-child-safe-online?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_medium=organic&utm_content=online_safety_2805
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What is infant mental health

What is infant mental health

What is infant mental health and why does it matter so much during COVID-19? Experts from @ncb_ni_tweets  and @publichealthni  consider...
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Co-Space Study Findings

Co-Space Study Findings

Our early findings from the co-space study really highlighted the challenge for parents of juggling the needs of their children...
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Play Matters more than ever

Play Matters more than ever

#OutdoorClassroomDay is a global movement to make #outdoorlearning and play part of every child's day. We’re delighted to see play...
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Post Primary School Admissions

Post Primary School Admissions

The Education Authority will be issuing letters to parents / guardians on behalf of post primary schools to advise on...
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Helping you Enjoy Storytime from Home

Helping you Enjoy Storytime from Home

Whenever you need a story, just get yourself over to #BookTrustHomeTime! Not only do we have interactive online versions of...
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Take Care in the Sun

Take Care in the Sun

The UV level will reach 7 in parts of NI today. Remember to stay safe in the sun Smiling face...
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Youth Action – Rainbow Daily News

Youth Action – Rainbow Daily News

Dream Big and follow the Daily News from Virtual #Rainbowfactory! To get involved Email: vrf@youthaction.org http://therainbowfactory.co.uk
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Book of the Day

Book of the Day

Fans of #Floodworld by @TomHuddleston_, you CANNOT miss our #BookOfTheDay! It's the brilliant sequel #DustRoad, an exciting, thought-provoking and nuanced...
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Childcare Advice

Childcare Advice

So important parents know what support is available! For #childcare advice contact our Family Benefits Advice Service: 0800 028 3008...
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Help your Child Stay Safe Online

Help your Child Stay Safe Online

We know young people might be spending more time online in lockdown. That’s why it’s important to help protect them...
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Parenting NI Survey Results

Parenting NI Survey Results

We asked parents what impact #COVID__19 and #Lockdown was having on them and their families. Many are struggling and unaware...
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Introduction to Mindfulness Sessions

Introduction to Mindfulness Sessions

Stay tuned to our social media channels this week as we'll be releasing more of our 'Introduction to Mindfulness' sessions....
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Special Covid Message for Parents

Special Covid Message for Parents

We are urging parents/carers to be vigilant of other childhood illnesses during the #COVID19pandemic. Help and support is available for...
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Parenting NI Resources

Parenting NI Resources

Reminder: all the resources we've been sharing on a range of parenting issues since lockdown started are online: https://parentingni.org/resources/   Our...
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Words of Affirmation for Kids

Words of Affirmation for Kids

Giving your children positive affirmations about themselves can help contribute to their growth mindset and help them form who they...
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Disability Book Recommendations

Disability Book Recommendations

It is so important that disability is represented well in children's books. Whether you're a publisher looking for advice about...
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Updated PHA COVID-19 Symptoms Available in Different Languages

Updated PHA COVID-19 Symptoms Available in Different Languages

Daily Update 27 May Updated Public Health Agency information on COVID-19 Symptoms has recently been made available in Polish, Romanian,...
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30 Days of SEL Inspiration

30 Days of SEL Inspiration

☀️🦋 J U N E 🦋☀️ For the month of June we will be continuing daily posts through launching.... ✨30 days of...
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Parents feeling cut off and Ignored

Parents feeling cut off and Ignored

"Our lives are very different. Nobody else gets it. That's not woe is me, it's just a fact."   For families...
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Maternal Mental Health awareness Month

Maternal Mental Health awareness Month

The month of May is #MaternalMentalHealthAwareness Month. During this time when our extended support networks are not available, if you...
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Drawalong – The Odd Egg

Drawalong – The Odd Egg

Hooray! It's time for another #BookTrustHomeTime treat from Emily Gravett - this time, we've got a fabulous drawalong for The...
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Brain Break Game – Squiggle

Brain Break Game – Squiggle

Please find a brand new SEL Brain Break game! This is to enjoy anytime you need a bit of time...
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Carers Guidance (Covid 19)

Carers Guidance (Covid 19)

If you’re an informal carer then take a look at the Department’s updated #COVID19 advice guide. It includes info for...
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Princes Trust NI – laptops

Princes Trust NI – laptops

Looking to take part in online learning during lockdown but don’t have a laptop? If you're unemployed or not in...
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View from my window

View from my window

As part of our commitment to help children stay connected to the natural world during the #coronavirus crisis, we’re sharing...
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Online Launch LGBTQ+ Youth Manifesto

Online Launch LGBTQ+ Youth Manifesto

Launch next Monday via zoom of the LGBTQ+ Youth Manifesto. Register with donna@youthaction.org  
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FREE Children’s Books and Activities

FREE Children’s Books and Activities

In response to #covid19, @thinkequalorg  has created 6 weeks’ worth of Home Kits free of charge, to help children manage...
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Think Equal FREE Book

Think Equal FREE Book

We are so excited to announce that our new book Rainbows in Windows is out now and available for FREE...
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Housing Executive Advice & Support

Housing Executive Advice & Support

If you need advice & support on maintaining your tenancy with us during #COVID19, please contact your Patch Manager as...
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Empathy Lab Family Activities Pack

Empathy Lab Family Activities Pack

As our #EmpathyDay countdown starts, download our Family Activities pack and join in the fun. 14 activities which  don't have...
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Barnardos – Time for a Clean Slate

Barnardos – Time for a Clean Slate

Children shouldn’t have to adapt to a new post-crisis reality - they deserve to be able to thrive. This is...
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Book of the Day

Book of the Day

We're kicking off Wednesday with a wacky and witty #BookOfTheDay - it's the third #NarwhalAndJelly book from @Clantoons.   Children will...
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Aware Support Groups Online

Aware Support Groups Online

Our face-to-face support groups may be currently on hold, but our service users are still meeting online. If you are...
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CiNI Parents Survey NI

CiNI Parents Survey NI

Calling all Parents from NI - please take a few moments to fill in our quick survey.  You have a...
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Special Educational Needs Pupil Support

Special Educational Needs Pupil Support

Our Special Educational Needs Pupil Support Services are continuing to support parents with resources and contact details available online. Visit...
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Space Activities

Space Activities

This week’s activities are out of this world! The theme is 'Space’ and they are available to download from our...
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Cook It Programmes on Zoom

Cook It Programmes on Zoom

For 'British Dietetic Association’s Annual Dietitian Week 2020' next week (1st- 5th June) our CookIt! Programmes will be available via...
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Fun Things To Do With Your Little Ones

Fun Things To Do With Your Little Ones

Looking for fun things to do with your little ones? We've launched a special section of #BookTrustHomeTime for 0-5s so...
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Rethinking Youth Volunteering in Light of COVID-19

Rethinking Youth Volunteering in Light of COVID-19

DAILY UPDATE (26th May 2020)  Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) has moved online and a special COVID-19 related series of...
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Roe Valley Arts

Roe Valley Arts

Our theme this week is Arts and Nature! Nature provides an endless source of inspiration for artists, so join us...
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Young Adult Carers Service

Young Adult Carers Service

If you're a young adult #carer aged 18-25, find out how Action for Children can support you during this time...
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Bookbuzz

Bookbuzz

Secondary schools! Don't forget to sign your Year 7/8 students up for #MyBookbuzz - we'll be announcing this year's books...
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Trouble in New York

Trouble in New York

A brand new quiz for 8 -10 year olds! Take an adventure filled trip to New York with Jamie and...
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Clanmil – Money Advice

Clanmil – Money Advice

We know that #COVID19 is impacting lots of the people living in our homes and we're here to help. Our...
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Belfast Recovery College

Belfast Recovery College

This week, there are 4 webinars available from the Belfast Recovery College. They are Staying Safe, Assertiveness Skills and Resilience....
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Education Authority – Autism Advisory and Intervention Service

Education Authority – Autism Advisory and Intervention Service

Watch the first in a five part video series, “The People That Matter”, to hear from our young people and...
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COVID-19 Parenting

COVID-19 Parenting

The @WHOhas put together a series of tips for #ParentingInAPandemic The first looks at setting aside some one on one...
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Virtual Sessions

Virtual Sessions

Virtual Sessions for all ages and abilities ⭐️ All our sessions are free of charge- for our live events simply...
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Public Health Agency – Type 1 Diabetes

Public Health Agency – Type 1 Diabetes

Parents don’t ignore signs of #type1diabetes during COVID-19 pandemic. Children can develop #type1diabetes at any time – if symptoms develop,...
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Autism NI Travel Chart

Autism NI Travel Chart

 Download our useful ‘travel chart’ available on our website, which will help you plan your trip outside. It will help...
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My Hero is You

My Hero is You

Designed to be read out loud by a parent or carer, this new book 'My Hero is You' by @hvpatuck...
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Recovery and Wellness College SHSCT

Recovery and Wellness College SHSCT

Thanks to @drsmccloskey @DeirdreMc_Kenna for sharing their #knowledge #experience with us on video with such #compassion. What a #privilege! In...
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What’s On at Colin SureStart

What’s On at Colin SureStart

What's on this week 25th to 29th May 2020 in Colin Sure Start: https://www.colinsurestart.com  
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Mindset has moved online!

Mindset has moved online!

A #mentalhealth #Wellbeing #Awareness programme funded by @publichealthni & free to youth and community groups across @NHSCTrust @WesternHSCTrust @BelfastTrust &...
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Play Ideas

Play Ideas

Have you visited our play ideas and activities page at http://playboard.org/play-ideas? If you're looking for inspiration check it out!
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Be Kind To Yourself

Be Kind To Yourself

Pregnancy can be an anxious time and during COVID-19 and especially with Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to reassure...
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CAMHS Support Pack Resource

CAMHS Support Pack Resource

The link below will open the CAMHS support pack resource - it has a number of hyperlinks to further specific...
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Mental Health Awareness Week – #Take5 & Nurturing Your Child’s Mental Health Through Play

Mental Health Awareness Week – #Take5 & Nurturing Your Child’s Mental Health Through Play

DAILY UPDATE (22nd May 2020)  A major challenge has been thrown our way, in the form of COVID-19, and it...
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BSL videos to support your learning and revision

BSL videos to support your learning and revision

Today, with support from @CommunitiesNI, the National Deaf Children's Society Northern Ireland have launched a whole bank of BSL videos...
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Talking is Not My Thing

Talking is Not My Thing

Rose Robbins' brilliant new book Talking Is Not My Thing explores the life of a child who is non-verbal, and...
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Education Authority – Being Kind to Others

Education Authority – Being Kind to Others

Being kind to others doesn’t just benefit their mental health, it can lift our own mood and improve our mental...
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The Goodbye Book

The Goodbye Book

Watch this video of Cathy from our Child Bereavement Service reading 'The Goodbye Book' - a useful tool to offer...
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Carers NI

Carers NI

Whether you want to ask a question or let off steam, our Forum offers a warm & welcoming online community...
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RNIB – Mental Health Awareness Week

RNIB – Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week has brought many issues to the fore for all of us. RNIB is here to offer...
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Healthy Meals for the Weekend

Healthy Meals for the Weekend

If you need some inspiration for healthy meals for the weekend, check out our recipes at http://choosetolivebetter.com/healthyrecipes We have tons...
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Effects of Covid-19

Effects of Covid-19

CINI are part of the advisory panel where researchers at UCL are studying effects of Covid-19 pandemic on family &...
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There’s a Lion in the Library

There’s a Lion in the Library

The Book Trust #BookOfTheDay is a brilliant cautionary tale for anyone who is a little too fond of lying! #TheresALionInTheLibrary...
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Action for Children – Anxious

Action for Children – Anxious

When anxious feelings take over, it can feel scary or even life-threatening for a child or young person. These feelings...
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SHSCT – Helpline for Bereaved

SHSCT – Helpline for Bereaved

We have, through a collaborative partnership across bereavement, social work and nursing services, opened a helpline for bereaved people during...
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Mental Health Awareness Week Children & Young People

Mental Health Awareness Week Children & Young People

Mental Health Awareness Week Children and Young People is today’s theme. It’s important that you tell someone how you are...
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Make the World a Happier Place

Make the World a Happier Place

Maybe one of the most important reasons why #KindnessMatters? Acts of kindness boost feelings of happiness. Spread a little positivity...
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NCB in Northern Ireland

NCB in Northern Ireland

Much debate on NI school transfer arrangements. What if children re-entered #education at stage they exited from when schools closed?...
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Laptops to Support Remote Learning

Laptops to Support Remote Learning

Peter Weir has just announced a new scheme to provide laptops via @Ed_Authority to support remote learning in the home...
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How to deal with parental guilt

How to deal with parental guilt

Many parents are feeling guilty during lockdown. The pressures of home schooling your children, while trying to work from home...
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Home Schooling in Northern Ireland Survey Results

Home Schooling in Northern Ireland Survey Results

Our report from @StranCreu  into the experiences of home-schooling during the Covid-19 crisis has just been published. More here: https://bit.ly/2XcdmwN
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Register for Living Life to the Full

Register for Living Life to the Full

Free online version of Living Life to the Full well-being programme on Monday 25th May. The six-session programme uses Cognitive...
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Talk PANTS and Stay Safe

Talk PANTS and Stay Safe

Talking PANTS is a simple way to have conversations with your child that help keep them safe from sexual abuse....
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NSPCC NI

NSPCC NI

We welcome the announcement from @RobinSwannMoH& @healthdpt that specialist perinatal mental health services will be developed in NI - one...
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HSC Adoption and Foster Care Service

HSC Adoption and Foster Care Service

These are just some of the things we have heard from people who would love to foster but haven’t taken...
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Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day

Today is Outdoor Classroom Day. We are celebrating #PlayfulNature. Get ideas for what you can do at home to join...
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New SHSCT Bereavement Helpline

New SHSCT Bereavement Helpline

DAILY UPDATE (21st May 2020)  Grief is difficult under ‘normal’ circumstances, but the current context brings added challenges at the...
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Online Launch of LGBTQ+ Youth Manifesto

Online Launch of LGBTQ+ Youth Manifesto

A new resource which provides insight in the lives of young LGBTQ+ people:-
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NSPCC Cyberbullying

NSPCC Cyberbullying

Some children & young people might be spending more time online during lockdown. But do you know what we mean...
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Home Time Story Today

Home Time Story Today

We've got a lovely #BookTrustHomeTime story for you today - the brilliant @csoundar is here to read from her book...
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Men’s Action Network

Men’s Action Network

Webinar - "Benefits - Your Entitlement & Mental Health Impact" - Tuesday 26 May - 12noon - 1.30pm (Places remaining)...
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World’s Largest Online Art Lesson

World’s Largest Online Art Lesson

Don't forget! @RobBiddulph will attempt to break the world record for the World's Biggest Art Lesson TODAY at 4pm! You...
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Aware NI

Aware NI

Our corporate partner, @yy_people are supporting #HomeAndAWARE by hosting a 3 part well-being webinar series in collaboration with Sinead Welsh...
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BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need

Our A Million and Me programme aims to support children with their wellbeing and mental health problems. One of the...
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The Great Fairytale Cover-Up

The Great Fairytale Cover-Up

We're kicking off Thursday with a wonderful #BookOfTheDay for anyone who loves fairytales... and wouldn't be surprised to discover they're...
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Happy Outdoor Classroom Day

Happy Outdoor Classroom Day

Happy #OutdoorClassroomDay! @OutdoorClassDay Here are 20 ways you can celebrate today! Watch here: https://youtu.be/espQnecIa4Q https://youtu.be/5wlS7bR2KWI #opalschools @BlueCoatPrimary @OPALOutdoorplay #PlayfulNature
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Dealing with Bereavement

Dealing with Bereavement

"Talk to loved ones & people you trust & tell them how you're feeling. Please don't be alone, this will...
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Story Play

Story Play

Shirley Gillespie embraces the freedom of full body story play. Please see below supporting activity sheet and link to more...
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Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic

Have you listened to this new @BBCnireland @BBCSounds podcast yet? Our Chief Executive @charlene_brooks features in the latest episode of...
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Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill

Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill

The Committee for Justice would like to hear your views, and particularly the views of victims of domestic abuse, on...
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Family Wellness for Under 12s

Family Wellness for Under 12s

Our @_familywellness support under 12s with their #mentalhealth. During lockdown, things have been a little different... Here's Family Wellness Worker...
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Happy Outdoor Classroom Day

Happy Outdoor Classroom Day

To all the children, teachers and parents waking up across #Europe! Thousands are celebrating #PlayfulNature today by getting dressed up...
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Family Support Hubs Newsletter – 20 May 2020

Family Support Hubs Newsletter – 20 May 2020

This most recent edition of the Newsletter is also available to download at http://www.cypsp.hscni.net/download/documents/COVID-19-Weekly-Family-Support-Newsletter.pdf As this is Mental Health Awareness...
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Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News

Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News

Welcome to the 21st edition of Fortnightly News. This edition shares information to improve the outcomes for Children and Young...
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Outdoor Classroom Day 

Outdoor Classroom Day 

We can’t wait to see how 100,000s of children, teachers, parents and others around the world dress up tomorrow to...
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Bereavement Resources

Bereavement Resources

Bereavement is the theme of today's Mental Health Awareness Week. The pandemic has made grieving the loss of a loved...
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SEHSCT – Summer Scheme for keyworkers

SEHSCT – Summer Scheme for keyworkers

Applications are now open for the SET Kids Club Summer Scheme for keyworkers. You can apply on the staff intranet...
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Keeping People Safe

Keeping People Safe

Have you noticed a child acting withdrawn or being more anxious? Or do they appear guarded around a particular individual?...
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Positive, engaging play

Positive, engaging play

One of the best ways for children to stay physically and mentally healthy is through access to unstructured play. This...
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Its Okay not be be okay

Its Okay not be be okay

It’s important to take care of yourself just as much as it is to take care of others.  During  Mental...
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Supportive Resources & Ideas available from Middletown Centre For Autism Website

Supportive Resources & Ideas available from Middletown Centre For Autism Website

Daily Update 20 May The Middletown Centre For Autism was established in 2007 by The Department of Education and Skills...
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Mental Health Resource Booklet

Mental Health Resource Booklet

Autism NI have created a useful resource to help manage mental health including coping tools, positive statements, grounding techniques and...
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Look After your own Wellbeing

Look After your own Wellbeing

Pregnancy and early parenthood can be exhausting, at the best of times never mind during the challenging circumstances of COVID-19....
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Busting the Myth of Perfect Parenting

Busting the Myth of Perfect Parenting

During mental health awareness week this is a great article reminding us there is no such thing as perfect parenting...
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Lets Colour In!

Lets Colour In!

It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek so we are focusing on art for wellbeing. Today’s challenge is to take a family colouring-in break! Colouring...
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Books to help you feel better

Books to help you feel better

9 in 10 parents agree that reading is a useful tool to open up family conversations about feelings. And we...
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Carers – protect your mental wellbeing

Carers – protect your mental wellbeing

During the coronavirus outbreak, unpaid #carers are under more pressure than ever. We've put together some tips to help both...
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Department of Education

Department of Education

Temporary changes to pupil assessments and reporting requirements. Education Minister, Peter Weir has announced temporary modifications to the assessment and...
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Resilience & wellbeing for Social Care Workers

Resilience & wellbeing for Social Care Workers

New #LearningZone #NLP resource by @NISCC  and @liveitorleadit designed to support #SocialCareWorkers as #Covid19 changes our lives, routines and connections. ...
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Book of the Day

Book of the Day

Hooray! @ciaobellacreech  is back with another brilliant story - #SavingWinslow is a wonderful tale of a boy looking after a...
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Mental Health Action Plan for NI

Mental Health Action Plan for NI

The Health Minister has published the Mental Health Action Plan as part of his commitment to improve the mental health...
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Happiful Website

Happiful Website

The Happiful website has lots of useful tips, latest news & info on mental health & wellbeing including 'How to...
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Kindness Books

Kindness Books

Did you know that the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness? Books are a brilliant way...
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NIACRO EISS Service

NIACRO EISS Service

It's Mental Health Awareness week 2020. Now more than ever it is important to check in with our young people....
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Family Wellness Project – Kindness Matters

Family Wellness Project – Kindness Matters

Today's reason why Kindness Matters - it can help reduce loneliness. For example, helping out in our community can give...
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Take 5 Animation for Kids

Take 5 Animation for Kids

This is Mental Health Awareness Week. Take a moment to watch with your kids and share your amazing ideas using...
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BHSCT – Explaining PPE to Children

BHSCT – Explaining PPE to Children

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a common sight at the minute, but PPE can be difficult to explain to a...
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Word Association Game

Word Association Game

A simple and fun word association game to #PlayAtHome. You'll find lots more ideas at http://bit.ly/3crvppj #PlayMatters
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Libraries NI Activities

Libraries NI Activities

This week’s activities for children are ‘Sea’ themed and available to download from our website now! https://bit.ly/2Xcugeu
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FREE Online Mindfulness Sessions

FREE Online Mindfulness Sessions

The recent pandemic is like nothing we have experienced before on every level of our lives. As each day unfolds...
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Equality Commission Advice on ‘Return to Work’

Equality Commission Advice on ‘Return to Work’

As a parent/ carer of a child with a disability/ disabilities, you may be feeling concerned about an imminent return...
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Mental Health Awareness Week – NIMHAF & SMHAF Arts Festival Programmes

Mental Health Awareness Week – NIMHAF & SMHAF Arts Festival Programmes

DAILY UPDATE (19th May 2020) The Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival (NIMHAF) highlights mental health by showcasing art events...
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Cruse – Tips for kindness

Cruse – Tips for kindness

Talking to others about how we’re feeling, especially when we can’t meet, feels more important than ever at the moment....
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Education Authority – High Five Issue 3

Education Authority – High Five Issue 3

  Check out the latest High Five newsletter, with lots of ideas and info linked to the five steps of...
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Book of the Day

Book of the Day

We're kicking off today with a #BookOfTheDay that is sure to give you some #TuesdayMotivation! It's the irresistible #RhinocornRules from...
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Home Time Read and Draw Along

Home Time Read and Draw Along

Oh, we are in love with today's #BookTrustHomeTime treat! The ace @jonburgerman has written a new picture book to reassure...
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Dealing with Feelings

Dealing with Feelings

In support of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, our #PDMU booklet ‘Dealing with Feelings’ has activities to help #primary children learn how to be...
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Mums Wellness Project

Mums Wellness Project

New mums whose maternity leave isn't what you had hoped for - we see you For more tips on supporting...
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Explore your feelings

Explore your feelings

We're all conscious of the impact the current pandemic is having on our wellbeing, making #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek all the more important....
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Saol Úr Sure Start

Saol Úr Sure Start

We offer free services for families with children aged 0-4 (and pregnant women) living in Whiterock, Upper Springfield & Falls...
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Little Hands SureStart Online Programmes

Little Hands SureStart Online Programmes

For more information on Little Hands Surestarts online programmes and services please give us a call 028 71267524 or send...
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Online & Phone Mental Health Support

Online & Phone Mental Health Support

If you're struggling with your mental health, you might not feel ready to talk to your friends or family about...
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Living Life to the Full Programme

Living Life to the Full Programme

To celebrate #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, we're launching an online version of our Living Life to the Full programme. It helps you manage...
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3 New Webinars this Week

3 New Webinars this Week

This week, there are 3 webinars available from the Belfast Recovery College. They are Assertiveness Skills, Anxiety and Covid 19...
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Online Safety at Home Activity Packs

Online Safety at Home Activity Packs

Our fifth #OnlineSafetyAtHome activity packs are ready for download today! If you’re looking for simple, 15-minute online safety activities to...
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Mental Health Ambassadors Daily Challenge

Mental Health Ambassadors Daily Challenge

Do you like a challenge? If so, then why not take part in our #MHAW2020 Challenge. We’ve set a daily...
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Family Wellness Project

Family Wellness Project

Mental Health Awareness Week is all about why kindness matters. Here's reason 1: Being kind and helping others is good...
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NBAP Collective Action in North Belfast

NBAP Collective Action in North Belfast

A collaborative effort across north Belfast has seen an unprecedented COVID-19 Community Response for all aspects of emergency support that...
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Mental Health – Kindness Survey

Mental Health – Kindness Survey

Almost two-thirds of UK adults say that when people are kind to them, it has a positive impact on their...
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Belvoir Community Newsletter

Belvoir Community Newsletter

Belvoir Community Newsletter The Belvoir Community Newsletter was sent out today. To read more visit our website: https://bit.ly/2LEdnnL
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NHSCT Letters for Service Users with Learning Disability/Autism

NHSCT Letters for Service Users with Learning Disability/Autism

Letters are now available for our service users with a learning disability or autism. Contact your local Community Learning Disability...
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Intercultural Education Service

Intercultural Education Service

Find out about some of the work that EA’s Intercultural Education Service is doing to help support families from the...
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Picture books for little ones

Picture books for little ones

It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, but we know that it can be difficult to talk about feelings with little ones. We've put together...
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Dr Karen Treisman Resources

Dr Karen Treisman Resources

I am super excited to share these cards with you. They have been designed based on my experience with court...
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Safety Makes Sense! – Child Safety Week – 1st to 7th June 2020

Safety Makes Sense! – Child Safety Week – 1st to 7th June 2020

Daily Update 18 May It has never been more important that accidents are prevented in the home, and never a...
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Mental Health Awareness Week Challenge

Mental Health Awareness Week Challenge

We have 5 days of challenges this week so lots of exciting things to do! Get involved this week with...
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Get Creative with Roe Valley Arts

Get Creative with Roe Valley Arts

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and today we getting creative with movement. Get involved at: https://roevalleyarts.com/stay-at-home-art-club/for-kids/day-35-get-creative-with-movement Movement can improve wellbeing...
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Questions to ask your child

Questions to ask your child

If your child finds it difficult to talk about their feelings, here are some conversation starters that you can use....
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Food Is a Right, Not a Privilege

Food Is a Right, Not a Privilege

Join Children in Northern Ireland for their webinar on 11 June 2020, 10.30am - 11.30am.  #RightToFood You can register here:...
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IRIS available in Newry, Mourne & Down

IRIS available in Newry, Mourne & Down

IRIS is a specialist domestic and sexual violence and abuse (DSVA) training, support and referral programme for general practices. It...
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Reach Out to Someone

Reach Out to Someone

The #MentalHealthMinute just connected over 20 million people across the country for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Take this moment to reach out to...
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AUTISM NI Emotions Game

AUTISM NI Emotions Game

Download our ‘Emotions Game’ on our website to recognise, learn and practice identifying emotions. https://www.autismni.org/games
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Mental Health Week – Special Needs Jungle

Mental Health Week – Special Needs Jungle

With today kicking off mental health week, Special Needs Jungle (SNJ) has launched "In Conversation," with the theme being Children...
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Nurture your Child’s Mental Health

Nurture your Child’s Mental Health

Our #PlayMatters info sheet on nurturing your child's mental health through #play discusses the benefits of play for children’s healthy...
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Mae Murray Foundation – Virtual Sessions for all ages and abilities

Mae Murray Foundation – Virtual Sessions for all ages and abilities

All our sessions are free of charge- for our live events simply go to our Facebook page at the correct...
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The Niamh Louise Foundation

The Niamh Louise Foundation

Niamh Louise Foundation provides a safe environment where anyone can drop in to chat about worrying thoughts, thoughts of suicide...
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Kindness Challenge

Kindness Challenge

Here is a kindness challenge from @PATHSEdUK for you to work on during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Our Den Buddies and their families...
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BHSCT Online Support Group

BHSCT Online Support Group

Daily support group held Mon-Fri at 12noon. An opportunity to get together for a chat and support. Group hosted using...
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How are you Feeling?

How are you Feeling?

It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, and it's so important that we talk about how we're feeling (especially at times like these!) Author @Tompercivalsays...
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FLARE Project

FLARE Project

Facilitating Life and Resilience Education is part of the Education Authority Youth Service developed in partnership with the Public Health...
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Domestic Abuse Safety and Wellbeing Advice Translated

Domestic Abuse Safety and Wellbeing Advice Translated

Galop have collaborated with 24 important organizations to create guidance for family, friends & communities witnessing domestic abuse. As well...
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Lets Talk about Mental Illness

Lets Talk about Mental Illness

This week, we're going to be talking about mental illness. A lot. Together, we can create communities that care for...
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Children’s Stories every weekday at 2.30pm

Children’s Stories every weekday at 2.30pm

Another great selection of stories coming up on our YouTube channel this week! Join in every weekday at 2:30pm (each...
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School Age Childcare Survey

School Age Childcare Survey

NI Parental Survey on School Age Childcare - Impact of Covid 19. As we work towards the eventual reopening of...
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Free Online Mindfulness Sessions

Free Online Mindfulness Sessions

Due to popular demand, we have re-opened some of our 'Introduction to Mindfulness' sessions. The hour-long Zoom sessions are completely...
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Carers – Get Active at Home

Carers – Get Active at Home

Many carers tell us that it's not always easy to do physical activity but that they'd like to do more....
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Little Hands Sure Start – Solihull Parenting Group

Little Hands Sure Start – Solihull Parenting Group

Understanding your child’s behaviour - The Family team will be running this 9 week online course from 20th May. To...
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Celebrate Mental Health Awareness

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness

Today marks the beginning of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek! The theme this year is 'Kindness', stay tuned on our social platforms @AwareNI throughout...
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Book of the Day

Book of the Day

Our #BookOfTheDay is reminsicent of The X-Files... but for 9-12 year-olds! It's @maddashe's brilliant #TheBigwoofConspiracy - a brilliant adventure for...
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Mental Health Awareness Week Starts Today

Mental Health Awareness Week Starts Today

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek starts today! Let’s get the nation talking about kindness & mental health. At times like these, when the world...
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Connect to the Natural World – Thursday 21 May

Connect to the Natural World – Thursday 21 May

Are you and the children in your care celebrating your connection to the natural world on Thursday by getting dressed...
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Prince’s Trust Programme

Prince’s Trust Programme

16-30 & looking at the week ahead & not sure what to be at? Want to learn some new skills?...
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Minding Your Head

Minding Your Head

Mental Health Awareness Week begins today. Contact your GP if you are someone you know feels they need help and...
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Southern Trust Bereavment Helpline

Southern Trust Bereavment Helpline

On Monday 18th May the Southern HSC Trust bereavement helpline is going live. This has been developed by the bereavement...
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Open Invitation to SERC’s Virtual Full-Time Open Days

Open Invitation to SERC’s Virtual Full-Time Open Days

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is online and open for business and that includes welcoming hundreds of prospective students and...
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Child Brain Injury Trust – Emergency Grant

Child Brain Injury Trust – Emergency Grant

The purpose of this scheme is to provide a small grant of up to £200 for families we support with...
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Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day

Connecting to #nature can restore our sense of wellbeing, which is more important now than ever as children around the...
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E-Play monthly newsletter

E-Play monthly newsletter

Catch up on the latest play news and events in E-Play, our monthly newsletter. Sign up for free membership of...
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Parenting NI – International Day of Families

Parenting NI – International Day of Families

We are all spending so much more time with our immediate families. As much as this can cause difficulties under...
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Online Sports & Physical Activities

Online Sports & Physical Activities

Learn what physical activities and online support is available for older, vulnerable people and those with disabilities during Covid-19. NI's...
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Education tools & resources

Education tools & resources

If you're looking after young people who would typically be in school and are looking for inspiring activities, you're not...
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Caring for a relative or friend?

Caring for a relative or friend?

It’s so important to keep in touch with your friends and family at this time.  This great guide shows you...
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Keeping Your Relationships Healthy During Lockdown

Keeping Your Relationships Healthy During Lockdown

DAILY UPDATE (15th May 2020) Healthy relationships have never been more important than they are right now. Lockdown means that...
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Chore Charts

Chore Charts

To establish a routine and help with household chores, we have designed a ‘chore chart’. You can download it on...
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How to Draw!

How to Draw!

Yay! It's time for another #BookTrustHomeTime treat from our brilliant Illustrator in Residence @ed_vere - and today he's teaching us...
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Hand washing for Little Ones

Hand washing for Little Ones

Hand washing still plays a key role in protecting yourself & others from #coronavirus ▪️ Wash your hands often ▪️...
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Kindness Challenge

Kindness Challenge

Right now, kindness to ourselves and each other matters more than ever.  This #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, join us in taking the #KindnessChallenge....
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Free workbook for Young People

Free workbook for Young People

In prep for Mental Health Awareness Week, please do download and share this new free resource for young people on...
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How’s your mental health?

How’s your mental health?

How's your mental health? Keep track of the latest blogs and advice here https://feel-good.today/mental_health.  Click through and get some free...
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Choose Kindness

Choose Kindness

Next week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, this years’ theme is “Kindness”. Kindness comes in many forms however, we’ll be focusing on “Compassion”,...
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‘Healthy Me’ programme for parents and carers

‘Healthy Me’ programme for parents and carers

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness week, 18th – 24th May 2020, the AMH MensSana team have developed a bitesize...
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Social and Emotional Learning with PATHSEdUK

Social and Emotional Learning with PATHSEdUK

Follow our @PATHSEdUK team on Twitter. They're sharing lots of fantastic content every day to support you with your child's...
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MACS – Supporting Children & Young People

MACS – Supporting Children & Young People

If u are aged 16-25, homeless, or at risk of homelessness or need help maintaining tenancies our Floating Support Team...
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Book of the Day – My Pet TRex

Book of the Day – My Pet TRex

If your little ones want a pet, they'll love our #BookOfTheDay - #MyPetTRex by @fabisantiago_ is full of the joy...
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Play with your Baby

Play with your Baby

Play is really important in the early years for babies development and forming connections in their brains. A lot of...
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Mindfulness Activity Cards

Mindfulness Activity Cards

Kids getting restless? Try our mindfulness activity cards for free and help to build their confidence, positivity and resilience. https://mindfulmonsters.co.uk/
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Mental Health Awareness Week – Rock Choir

Mental Health Awareness Week – Rock Choir

We are delighted that Rock Choir are supporting us during Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) by hosting #RockChoir24, a...
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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

There’s just one week to go until #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek! 😊 Find out how you can get involved and show that #KindnessMatters...
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European Childhood Disability Survey

European Childhood Disability Survey

  *Deadline 18 May* A comprehensive survey from the European Academy of Childhood Disability that aims to find out about...
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National Children’s Day

National Children’s Day

National Children's Day is celebrated on Sunday 17 May with children and families invited to share what they have learnt...
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Bangor Sure Start Get Creative with Boxes

Bangor Sure Start Get Creative with Boxes

Have you got a lot of boxes from various deliveries? Why not use them for play activities! From houses, to...
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Autism and Sleep

Autism and Sleep

AUTISM AND SLEEP ☁️💤 Some of the families we have recently supported are experiencing additional challenges with sleep, due to increased...
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Play in Lockdown

Play in Lockdown

Parents have told us they are worried about their children missing out on socialising and the learning they gain from...
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Making Sense Issue 1

Making Sense Issue 1

Download Sense NI Newsletter Here
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Everybody Worries Picture Book for Children

Everybody Worries Picture Book for Children

😧So many of us have new worries in the current situation. This is totally normal. We all have worries! 📚...
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Adopt a Grandparent

Adopt a Grandparent

Radius Housing have launched their Adopt a Grandparent campaign asking young people to get creative and send in letters, artwork,...
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Benefit Advice

Benefit Advice

Benefits: Are you receiving all you are entitled to?... We offer benefit advice to the entire community. Please contact us...
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Dying Matters Week

Dying Matters Week

This week is #DyingMatters Week. The focus is about encouraging open conversations about death and dying. Our team are here...
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10 Home Schooling Tips

10 Home Schooling Tips

Since the Coronavirus outbreak, many parents have found themselves responsible for home schooling – and often alongside working from home...
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Parent Information Article

Parent Information Article

In lockdown, children may be spending more time playing video-games and this may be worrying to some parents. But playing...
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Donate to your local Foodbank

Donate to your local Foodbank

If you’re doing your weekly shop, please consider donating to your local #foodbank via supermarket collection points. Find your nearest...
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Helping Teenagers and Young Adults to Cope During Lockdown

Helping Teenagers and Young Adults to Cope During Lockdown

DAILY UPDATE (14th May 2020)  It has been argued that what we’re asking of teenagers and young adults right now...
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My Pet Star – free online for limited time

My Pet Star – free online for limited time

Head to the #MyPetStar page of our website and for a limited time you'll be able to enjoy @CorrinneAveriss &...
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QUB Policy Engagement

QUB Policy Engagement

Disabled people’s rights during #COVID19 @AntovaIvanka @qubschooloflaw looks at how UK disability rights have fared under #COVID legislation and guidelines...
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ChildCare Support Scheme now Open

ChildCare Support Scheme now Open

£12million Covid-19 childcare support scheme now open to eligible providers. The scheme will enable childcare providers to meet the needs...
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Prince’s Trust NI

Prince’s Trust NI

16-30 & struggling with your finances through lockdown? We're running a 1 hour Money Management course on Tues 19th May...
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NI Drugs and Alcohol Co-ordination Teams

NI Drugs and Alcohol Co-ordination Teams

Maintaining your #Recovery may feel particularly challenging at this time, read below to see some tips in supporting that journey....
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School Age Mothers Programme

School Age Mothers Programme

The School Age Mothers (SAM) Programme is still there to support you. Contact your local coordinator for the range of...
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Define Care

Define Care

Care leavers from across the country share how they #definecare in a collaborative poem created virtually during lockdown for #FosterCareFortnight
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RNIB Survey

RNIB Survey

Coronavirus has impacted the lives of many blind and partially sighted people, so it’s important we listen to experiences and...
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Supporting Tetum Families

Supporting Tetum Families

Dungannon SureStart continues to support its Tetum speaking families during lockdown #SureStartWorks Husi Video n ' e hau hakarak fahe...
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Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day

Nature play is great for children’s #wellbeing - whether outdoors in nature or inside with natural objects! If you believe...
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Sign Up to NICVA Newsletter

Sign Up to NICVA Newsletter

Sign up to our weekly newsletter and be the first to hear what's happening in the voluntary and community sector,...
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Book of the Day

Book of the Day

We're kicking off Thursday with a brilliant Book Of The Day! Meet #AnishaAccidentalDetective from @SerenaKPatel and @cooliobeanz - it's funny,...
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PHA Blog – Understanding Teenagers Brains

PHA Blog – Understanding Teenagers Brains

In the latest PHA blog, we explain why understanding teenagers’ brains can help us to support them during COVID-19. Read...
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Free School Meals Update

Free School Meals Update

The @Ed_Authority is now issuing cheques to families entitled to free school meals who do not hold bank accounts. Cheques...
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Mind My MS

Mind My MS

'Mind My MS' is a Big Lottery funded project led by the @mssocietyNI, with AWARE and @NewLife_NI. It aims to...
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Housing Executive

Housing Executive

What is happening with Grants / Affordable Warmth / Boiler Replacement? Due to #COVID19 we’ve had to suspend all technical inspections...
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Family Support Hubs Newsletter – 13 May 2020

Family Support Hubs Newsletter – 13 May 2020

Attention all family support hub workers/co-ordinators our latest Family Support Hub newsletter is now available to download at http://www.cypsp.hscni.net/download/documents/COVID-19-Weekly-Family-Support-Newsletter.pdf  ...
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National Numeracy Day

National Numeracy Day

Happy #NationalNumeracyDay! A great day to recognise the part numbers play in our lives. Here's how to feel positive about...
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Domestic & Sexual Abuse Helpline

Domestic & Sexual Abuse Helpline

If you're experiencing #DomesticAbuse & need support and information you can find your local groups contact information here https://womensaidni.org/get-help/local-groups/… You...
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Helplines NI

Helplines NI

Helplines NI website has been updated to include details of helplines that have been setup in response to COVID-19 to...
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Open Access to the SHSCT U-Matter Website

Open Access to the SHSCT U-Matter Website

Daily Update 13 May The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Staff Health and Wellbeing Support Site has recently been...
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Parentline NI

Parentline NI

We know it can be hard to find a quiet place to talk while the kids are about that's why...
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Engaging Effectively with Parents Training – June 2020

Engaging Effectively with Parents Training – June 2020

Parenting NI are offering Practitioner Training. The training aims to build capacity and further enhance existing skills of practitioners to...
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A to Z of Being Kind to Yourself

A to Z of Being Kind to Yourself

There are lots of ways we can be #kind to ourselves and here is a handy A-Z put together by...
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Play at Home

Play at Home

At my birthday I would like ... cake and presents and ice cream! Who has the best memory in your...
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Autism NI Helping with Choice

Autism NI Helping with Choice

We recognise that in these circumstances, people may have more time at home than usual, or have different choices to...
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Extern Befriending Service

Extern Befriending Service

To try to tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation during these difficult times, we have launched a befriending service...
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Free daily activities

Free daily activities

Free daily activities for young people aged 16-25 living in Belfast and surrounding areas who have a physical disability. Are...
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Anxiety and Covid 19

Anxiety and Covid 19

Belfast recovery College “Anxiety and Covid 19” webinar Thursday 14th May 2pm 2020. The webinar will share how we are...
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Colin Sure Start

Colin Sure Start

All Aboard! We are streaming live this morning from 11 am on our Facebook page - Stories, fun songs and...
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The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust

In the first two weeks of the pandemic, foodbanks in our network distributed more than 6,250 emergency food parcels every...
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Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s

We all feel lonely sometimes - and during #lockdown, when we’re all missing friends and family, it can feel harder...
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Aware NI – 10 things you can do to feel better right now

Aware NI – 10 things you can do to feel better right now

AwareNI are delighted to release their third awareness video entitled '10 things you can do to feel better right now.’...
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Children’s prayer booklet

Children’s prayer booklet

The children’s prayer booklet was designed for the WHSCT children’s ward in partnership with the chaplains. Click here to download
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Supporting Parents

Supporting Parents

Supporting Parents who are Worried About Their Children’s Emotional Health & Well-being During Lockdown Children and young people will have...
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Stress Control Online Course

Stress Control Online Course

Stress Control Online Course Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living...
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How to Support Someone who is Suicidal

How to Support Someone who is Suicidal

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Rainbow Project – We Need Your Help!

Rainbow Project – We Need Your Help!

11-17 May is LGBT Awareness Week and to celebrate we’re launching a BRAND NEW design a t-shirt competition :). The...
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How to Support Someone With Anxiety

How to Support Someone With Anxiety

How to Support Someone With Anxiety Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to...
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New Essential Items Box – ASDA

New Essential Items Box – ASDA

Asda have launched a new £30 box of essential items which can be delivered to your doorstep within 2 days. ...
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CEOP Activity Packs

CEOP Activity Packs

 Every fortnight, @CEOPUK are putting out activity packs for primary and secondary age children to teach online safety. You can...
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Help if you are Experiencing Domestic Abuse

Help if you are Experiencing Domestic Abuse

Unless you are trying to help someone who is very open about their experience, it may be very difficult for...
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Belfast Community Helpline

Belfast Community Helpline

If you're a Belfast resident our community helpline can offer advice & emotional support at this time. We can also...
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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Nature Scavenger Hunt

How about making that daily walk or playtime in the garden into an adventure! Here is a scavenger hunt your...
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Parenting Experiences Survey

Parenting Experiences Survey

Are you expecting a baby or do you have a very young child? If so this survey wants to hear...
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Autism NI – Self-Care Visual Charts

Autism NI – Self-Care Visual Charts

SELF-CARE VISUAL CHARTS We have created visual charts to help with self-care including brushing teeth and washing hands. You can...
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CYPSP Southern Area LPG Information & Action Plan 2018-2021

CYPSP Southern Area LPG Information & Action Plan 2018-2021

DAILY UPDATE (12th May 2020) Locality Planning Groups are partnerships between statutory, voluntary and community organisations working with and for...
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Family Support NI

Family Support NI

During #LGBTAW2020 remember you can ALWAYS find details of #Local #LGBTRainbowsupport services in N Ireland on http://familysupportni.gov.uk #directory
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Playboard NI

Playboard NI

We've gathered together some #PlayAtHome ideas for older & younger kids. Take a look
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WildWEB is live!

If you know a young person... CycloneAged 13-17 Interested in nature, Looking for inspiring activities to do during #lockdown Then...
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Wildlife Facts Online

Wildlife Facts Online

The conservation team at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre are bringing a host of interesting biodiversity and wildlife facts online for...
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Housing & Bursary Fund

Housing & Bursary Fund

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NI Mental Health Arts Fest

NI Mental Health Arts Fest

We have launched the line up for this years festival and we couldn't be more excited to show you what...
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Fun Activity For Today

Fun Activity For Today

Ooh, @ClaraVulliamy has a really fun activity for you today! She's challenging you to create your very own code so...
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What Matters most Challenge

What Matters most Challenge

As we celebrate #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek during May, we would love for children to give us a glimpse into their day to...
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Little Hands SureStart

Little Hands SureStart

Little Hands Surestart would like to invite you all to like our new Facebook page by following the link below,...
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NSPCC NI we’re still here

NSPCC NI we’re still here

Before lockdown, spotting abuse was hard. But now those children are behind closed doors. Schools are closed, playgrounds empty. But...
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Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight

This week marks the start of @fosteringnet Foster Care Fortnight! To find out more about fostering in NI visit https://bit.ly/2WKiGqX...
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May Message of the Month

May Message of the Month

Later in May we will be taking part in National Smile Month so our Speech and Language message is about...
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Book of the Day – Ready Rabbit

Book of the Day – Ready Rabbit

Rabbit has been invited to a party! But he isn't sure he wants to go... what will happen when he...
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Books for Children in Care

Books for Children in Care

Today marks the beginning of #FosterCareFortnight and we’re delighted that Letterbox parcels are going out to 300 children across NI...
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Still Here to Support You

Still Here to Support You

Having a conversation with our team can make all the difference! Now more than ever, our team at @addictionni are...
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LGBT Awareness Week

LGBT Awareness Week

LGBT Awareness Week doesn't stop for anything, not even a pandemic!  There are lots of opportunities to get involved in...
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Anti-Bullying Alliance

Anti-Bullying Alliance

With many children spending more time online at the moment, safeguarding is a rising concern among parents. The @ABAonline has...
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NSPCC’s ‘It’s your call’ – free online training

NSPCC’s ‘It’s your call’ – free online training

Children and young people are normally seen by lots of different adults every day, like neighbours, grandparents and teachers. Due...
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EA Youth Service

EA Youth Service

@eayouthservice has created an excellent website bursting with activities and info to help young people #StayConnected, happy and in a...
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Mae Murray Foundation

Mae Murray Foundation

This weeks timetable! Everyone welcome to join us on our Facebook page
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Advice, Support & Guidance from ParentLine NI

Advice, Support & Guidance from ParentLine NI

DAILY UPDATE (11th May 2020)  ParentLine NI delivers the Regional Parents Support Helpline throughout Northern Ireland and the freephone helpline...
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C2K Newsdesk

C2K Newsdesk

@C2KNewsdesk has great resources and activities for children and young people, and they are even more important during this time,...
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Psychological First Aid Module

Psychological First Aid Module

HSC NI in collaboration with Red Cross & NHS Education Scotland have made available short e-learning module & guidelines on...
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Dealing with Worry in Difficult Times

Dealing with Worry in Difficult Times

This booklet gives you some basic ideas to look after your well being and point you toward other resources that...
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Learning Disability, Autistic Friendships Research

Learning Disability, Autistic Friendships Research

We are looking for help with research about friendships for young people with a learning disability or who are autistic....
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Book Competition

Book Competition

We're giving you the chance to win This Is Crab, This Is Frog and This Is Owl - three beautiful...
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Telecommunity Grants

Telecommunity Grants

Up to £2,000 available for grass roots projects for all ages! https://bit.ly/2YNFTLH    
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Stay Active at Home

Stay Active at Home

Doing any activity around the home is better than doing none at all. Be active during the COVID-19 outbreak to...
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New Stories every weekday

New Stories every weekday

Another great selection of stories coming up on our YouTube channel this week! Join in every weekday at 11:30am (each...
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Free online activities

Free online activities

We are offering lots of fun activities during lockdown for young people aged 16-25 years in Belfast and beyond with...
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Childline

Childline

We are aware that not everyone’s home is a safe place during lockdown. We have teamed up with @setrust  &...
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Here to support you

Here to support you

In this time of crisis we want to assure you that we haven't gone away, our team is always available....
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Book of the Day

Book of the Day

We're kicking off the week with an absolutely BRILLIANT #BookOfTheDay! #MicDrop is another #HighRiseMystery from @sharnajackson and we're delighted to...
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At risk of Homelessness?

At risk of Homelessness?

Concerned about becoming homeless? If you are at risk of experiencing homelessness we have advice and guidance to help. Call...
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Co-parenting during the Lockdown

Co-parenting during the Lockdown

For families where parents are separated, many arrangements can carry on as normal during lockdown. We have information on: •...
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Family Sign Language course

Family Sign Language course

Our wonderful tutors have filmed themselves in lockdown so families can still learn British Sign Language (BSL) to use at...
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Ni4kids Magazine – May edition

Ni4kids Magazine – May edition

Ni4kids May Issue Out Now! Family Life in Lockdown Special - Read it now at https://tinyurl.com/y9lh9xgo
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You are not Alone

You are not Alone

If you are feeling trapped at home with a partner who is being abusive, please call 02890666049 for confidential support...
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CAMHS Resources

CAMHS Resources

CAMHS Resources site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources that are...
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Activity Record Sheet

Activity Record Sheet

Download a fun physical activity record sheet which outlines the recommended physical activity guidelines for children aged 5 to 18...
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Resources to help reduce feelings of anxiety

Resources to help reduce feelings of anxiety

Daily Update 08 May The coronavirus can bring feelings of uncertainty, fear and worry to many of us and to...
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Southern Area LPG Newsletter 7 May 2020

Southern Area LPG Newsletter 7 May 2020

Welcome to ‘FYI’ - Issue 34. Thanks for all your submissions and encouraging feedback.  After next week, ‘FYI’ will revert...
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Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News

Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News

Welcome to the 20th edition of Fortnightly News. This edition shares information to improve the outcomes for Children and Young...
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Young Enterprise NI

Young Enterprise NI

How do I start my own business? Youth Enterprise NI are launching #YeBlastOff on Monday 11th May, a 4 week...
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Creative Play Ideas

Creative Play Ideas

We are aware that now being at home more often you need new and creative ways to amuse your son/daugher...
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Free Online Mindfulness Sessions from AWARE

Free Online Mindfulness Sessions from AWARE

DAILY UPDATE (7th May 2020) AWARE is delighted to announce the launch of a series of free online ‘Introduction to...
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Prince’s Trust Programme

Prince’s Trust Programme

Please find the latest Online Programmes Princes Trust are offering. If you know any Young People who may be interested...
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Childcare and the Pandemic

Childcare and the Pandemic

Childcare is often a source of concern for parents, but the pandemic has made the situation even more difficult. Here's...
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Urban Villages Projects

Urban Villages Projects

There has been an incredible response to the current #Covid19 crisis by community groups in Urban Village areas to help...
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Hungry Little Minds

Hungry Little Minds

There are lots of fun things you can do together even when you can’t go out. The smallest things, like...
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Covid-19 Charities Fund

Covid-19 Charities Fund

Communities NI Minister Deirdre Hargey plans to launch a Covid19 Charities Fund, valued in the region of £15m, to help...
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Stress Control Classes

Stress Control Classes

A new course of FREE online Stress Control classes start Monday 11th May For more details and to register, please...
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Housing Executive – Ards and North Down

Housing Executive – Ards and North Down

Our 15 Patch Managers in Ards & North Down are providing a #GoodMorning call service. Each day they connect tenants...
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Victim Support NI

Victim Support NI

While our offices are shut due to the COVID-19 lockdown, we are still operational and offering our support services to...
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Donate to your Local Food Bank

Donate to your Local Food Bank

If you’re doing your weekly shop ahead of the #bankholiday, don’t forget that you can donate to #foodbanks in your...
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Mens Advisory Project

Mens Advisory Project

@MensAdvisoryP support men suffering from #DomesticAbuse in NI. If you would like to speak to someone, or know a man...
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Managing Fear

Managing Fear

This Therapeutic Thursday video is about managing fear. @neilsimbo  and explores how fear can affect your physical & emotional wellbeing,...
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Lisburn & Castlereagh Community Services Directory

Lisburn & Castlereagh Community Services Directory

If your business or organisation is offering community support or services at this time why not take a few minutes...
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Supporting Communities

Supporting Communities

https://supportingcommunities.org/ Supporting Communities Digital Inclusion Officer, @Martin_SuppCom is here to help groups and individuals in Northern Ireland to #getconnected online. If...
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Clean Getaway

Clean Getaway

Scoob and Grandma are going on a road trip - but Scoob's about to discover a lot about his family...
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Parenting NI Dads Project

Parenting NI Dads Project

The Parenting NI Dads Project have put together a booklet with the dads they work with to help support them...
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Relate NI Support

Relate NI Support

The Relate NI team of counsellors have developed this book to help families focus on healthy relationships during the lockdown....
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Stay Active @ Home

Stay Active @ Home

Daily Update 06 May There are so many benefits in encouraging physical activity for under 5’s, such as strengthening bones,...
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Teen Advice

Teen Advice

Are your teens or tweens struggling? If we are honest we are all struggling - modern technology is great but...
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Family Support Hubs – COVID-19 Newsletter 6 May 2020

Family Support Hubs – COVID-19 Newsletter 6 May 2020

This edition of the newsletter provides advice, resources and project updates as of 6 May 2020. There is information and support...
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AutismNI – Helpline

AutismNI – Helpline

AutismNI Family Support team are continuously working hard during this current crisis to provide much needed help and support to...
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Dept of Communities

Dept of Communities

The minister for Communities has announced that people who have shielding letters from their GP can now register for priority...
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Autonomie – Online

Autonomie – Online

BHSCT’s newsletter showcases online activities available across #Belfast and suitable for people with learning disabilities to keep them motivated and...
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PBNI mobile phone app

PBNI mobile phone app

As more people work remotely PBNI is updating its mobile phone app.  We have a range of resources and help...
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Action for Children

Action for Children

Today is Maternal Mental Health Day. You may be spending all of your time with family right now. But try...
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NIACRO – E-learning classes

NIACRO – E-learning classes

Working Well is providing E-learning classes & 1-1 support for people with convictions who would like to up-skill their talents...
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Consumer Council

Consumer Council

The Consumer Council  have very kindly adapted their Scamwise Champion resources which were developed for use by uniformed youth organisations...
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Education Welfare Service

Education Welfare Service

Despite the range of school closures, the Education Authority Education Welfare Service is still operational. This short video gives some...
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BBC Bitesize Daily

BBC Bitesize Daily

What subjects has your child got today on BBC Bitesize Daily?  Watch from 9am on BBC iPlayer or Red Button!...
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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is supporting a number of local advice & support services to work from home so they...
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Book Trust Book Of The Day

Book Trust Book Of The Day

BookTrust are kicking off Wednesday with a really inspiring Book Of The Day.The latest Work It Girl title from Caroline...
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Infection prevention and control training resource for Childcare settings

Infection prevention and control training resource for Childcare settings

Check out the latest HSCB & Childcare Partnership “Covid-19, infection prevention and control training resource for Childcare settings”  Click HERE...
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Extern

Extern

Children are no less affected by the worry and stress the coronavirus crisis can cause than adults. This is completely...
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Find Apps To Support Your Health

Find Apps To Support Your Health

Health & Social Care NI, together with the Organisation for Review of Care & Health Apps, have developed a library...
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Book Trust Activities

Book Trust Activities

Looking for ways to keep your children entertained at home? The BookTrust Home Time activities section features loads of great...
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RNIBNI factsheet

RNIBNI factsheet

RNIBNI wants to highlight the issue of eye care during the coronavirus pandemic. We have produced a fact sheet offering...
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EUFAMI – Carers Survery

EUFAMI – Carers Survery

Callling all family carers. We are keen to understand the impact of covid19 on the mental health wellbeing, loneliness of...
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Aware NI – Mindfulness Sessions

Aware NI – Mindfulness Sessions

Aware NI are providing daily free mindfulness sessions starting Monday 11th May, will run on Zoom and are taken by...
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What is Infant Mental Health and why does it matter so much during COVID-19?

What is Infant Mental Health and why does it matter so much during COVID-19?

DAILY UPDATE (5th May 2020) Infant mental health is not about perfection. It is hugely important that we don’t create...
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Action Mental Health

Action Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week is 18th-24th May - This year The Great Big Purple Picnic is going Virtual! For more...
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National Children’s Bureau NI

National Children’s Bureau NI

Action to tackle COVID-19 immediately and acutely must be balanced with action to mitigate longer-term negative impacts on parents and...
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Children’s Law Centre

Children’s Law Centre

For answers to your legal FAQs on how COVIDー19 impacts on education, family contact and employment issues for young people...
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Employers for Childcare Family Benefits Advice Service

Employers for Childcare Family Benefits Advice Service

The Employers for Childcare Family Benefits Advice Service is still working on behalf of families across the UK at this...
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SureStart Newsletter – 2nd Edition

SureStart Newsletter – 2nd Edition

Welcome to the latest Sure Start Update Newsletter.  Its been fantastic to see the vast array of innovative practice that...
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PIPS

PIPS

No matter how you are feeling, you are not alone. If you or anyone you know needs help, mental health...
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National Weaning Week

National Weaning Week

It's National Weaning Week. Our practitioners have useful advice and guidance on weaning and some of the most common worries...
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Book Trust – Win a beautiful trio of bedtime books

Book Trust – Win a beautiful trio of bedtime books

We love Joshua George's brilliant Goodnight books - they have a really clever magic torch design that your little ones...
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Outdoor Recreation NI

Outdoor Recreation NI

Important Survey launched on use of outdoors during #COVIDー19 lockdown  Please Complete & Share http://outdoorrecreationni.com/news/important-survey-launched-on-use-of-outdoors-during-lockdown/
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Navan Centre & Fort

Navan Centre & Fort

Navan Centre & Fort are going online with a series of weekly educational lessons and storytelling videos to help support...
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NSPCC Learning

NSPCC Learning

We've made our 15-min online safeguarding course free. Some children are now at increased risk of abuse & now those...
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Autism NI – Managing Anxiety

Autism NI – Managing Anxiety

AutismNI have developed a range of resources to manage anxiety including coping tools, a Body Outline Chart and the 5...
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NI Maternity

NI Maternity

COVID19 has changed a lot about every day life but it hasn’t changed the service you’ll receive from our midwives....
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Dr Karen Treisman – online resources

Dr Karen Treisman – online resources

Dr Karen Treisman has launched a NEW online module on supporting children & teens who have experienced grief, death &...
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BookTrust – Book of the Day

BookTrust – Book of the Day

Our #BookOfTheDay is an adorable tale about a little boy's first day at school! #KingOfTheClassroom by @Author_DDB and Vanessa Brantley-Newton is...
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The Rowan Sexual Assault Referral Centre

The Rowan Sexual Assault Referral Centre

During this covid 19 pandemic, if you have been sexually abused, assaulted or raped, whether this happened in the past...
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Online Safety At Home activity packs

Online Safety At Home activity packs

The fourth  OnlineSafetyAtHome activity packs are ready for download today. If you’re looking for simple, 15-minute online safety activities to...
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The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project

Calling 16-24 year olds!! The Let's Talk Gender Identity programme is now available across Northern Ireland via Zoom. The programme...
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Mencap Helpline

Mencap Helpline

Are you needing some information or help? Do you have questions that you really need answers to? Contact our helpline:...
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Victim Support Helpline

Victim Support Helpline

We are continuing to work hard to support victims & witnesses to the best of our ability during the #Covid19...
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Boots Pharmacy – Safe Space

Boots Pharmacy – Safe Space

Anyone unsafe in their own homes can use any Boots consultation room to call a support service. #UKSaysNoMore  
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Pre-School and Primary School Admissions

Pre-School and Primary School Admissions

If your child has been offered a place in pre-school or primary school you should email the pre-school/school directly to...
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Police Service NI

Police Service NI

Police Service NI are supporting Deaf Awareness Week this week. Do you have, or know someone who has, hearing loss or...
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Free Resource for Kids

Free Resource for Kids

If you haven't already seen this- it's a great free resource for kids. It can also be done within families...
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Department of Education

Department of Education

As parents and carers continue to assist children with their learning at home, the Department of Education has published a...
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Action Mental Health

Action Mental Health

It's maternal  mental health week - we're raising awareness and calling for all women in NI to have access to...
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Izzy Wizzy Let’s get Quizzy

Izzy Wizzy Let’s get Quizzy

A virtual Sooty quiz will be held on Facebook this Thursday at 2pm with none other than Sooty and presenter...
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Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak

DAILY UPDATE (4th May 2020)    The World Health Organisation (WHO) and public health authorities around the world continue to...
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Mae Murray Foundation Virtual Sessions

Mae Murray Foundation Virtual Sessions

All-ability Virtual Sessions - free for all! Check out our schedule for the upcoming week. Remember if you miss a...
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Autism NI – To Do List

Autism NI – To Do List

We understand that in the current situation, having structure to your day is more important than ever. We have created...
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Coronavirus – Free Book for Children

Coronavirus – Free Book for Children

Need help in explaining #COVID19 to your little one in a reassuring & child friendly manner? Download the free book...
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Coleraine SureStart

Coleraine SureStart

Our new Speech and Language Support Line opens this morning. Every Monday morning and Thursday afternoon Emma will be available...
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Book Trust Deaf Awareness Week

Book Trust Deaf Awareness Week

Did you know that it's #DeafAwarenessWeek? To mark the occasion, Book Trust have put together a list of recommended books...
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Cause Carers – Mental Health

Cause Carers – Mental Health

Another new week! Our support services are still operating. Check out our website at https://www.cause.org.uk for some useful resources on...
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West Belfast – Working to Improve the Health and Wellbeing of our Community

West Belfast – Working to Improve the Health and Wellbeing of our Community

We are taking new referrals for holistic mentoring across the Colin area. If individuals are interested contact Ciara for further...
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Learn with Oak

Learn with Oak

Did you know we have over 180 lessons every week? We've just announced a specialist curriculum too. We are working...
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BBC Bitesize Daily

BBC Bitesize Daily

Ready for another week of #HomeSchooling? We've got you! Watch BBC Bitesize Daily from 9am on BBC iPlayer and Red...
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Aware NI

Aware NI

The SHSCT Mood Matters Parent & Baby Programme is postponed but @AwareNI have teamed up with @publichealthni to produce a...
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SureStart Works

SureStart Works

Sure Start Children’s Centres across Northern Ireland have been providing extra support to families during the #Covid19 pandemic. Read how...
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Factsheets for Fathers

Factsheets for Fathers

We have created a range of factsheets on useful topics and 'Factsheet For Fathers' is our most recent resource. You...
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Speach and Language Message for May

Speach and Language Message for May

Talk to me before i'm born..... Think of the bond we will form Did you know, babies can hear your...
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Help Children Stay Safe Online

Help Children Stay Safe Online

Have you downloaded and shared our most recent #OnlineSafetyAtHome activity packs for children aged 3-16?  New packs will be ready...
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Everybody Worries Free Picture Book

Everybody Worries Free Picture Book

Introducing... #EverybodyWorries. The brand new, free, picture book by @jonburgerman for anyone (big or small) who has been feeling worried...
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NHSCT Children’s & Young People’s Services

NHSCT Children’s & Young People’s Services

  For support during the COVID-19 pandemic please call: 📲 028 7936 5097 🗓 Monday-Friday ⏰ 9am-5pm
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Making the most of family time during the COVID-19 lockdown

Making the most of family time during the COVID-19 lockdown

Daily Update 01 May These are strange and challenging days. Family life, health, work, education and wider support networks continue...
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Help and support – Coronavirus

Help and support – Coronavirus

Family Fund have put together a web page dedicated to listing specific help and support from organisations that provide services,...
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Inspire Wellbeing Calendar

Inspire Wellbeing Calendar

Inspire have been inspired to create a wellbeing calendar for the month of May. Starting today #TeamInspire will call or...
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Online Directory of Local Services

Online Directory of Local Services

If you need to find a local support service or childcare please visit FamilysupportNI which holds Information on a wide...
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Vitamin D supplements

Vitamin D supplements

The Public Health Agency is recommending that everyone take vitamin D supplements during the lockdown period to help keep bones,...
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Libraries NI – StoryTime YouTube Channel

Libraries NI – StoryTime YouTube Channel

Remember parents/guardians and children can tune in to the StoryTime YouTube Channel every morning at 11:30am for Children's Storytime: https://bit.ly/LNIStorytimes...
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Antenatal Welcome To The World – 6 week Programme

Antenatal Welcome To The World – 6 week Programme

Cherish Sure Start are hosting an Antenatal Welcome To The World 6 week programme starting soon on zoom.
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Radio Aids/Assistive Technologies

Radio Aids/Assistive Technologies

NDCS Tech team have pulled some tips together for anyone having problems with radio aids or assistive technologies. Get their...
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Social Emotional Learning for Pre-schoolers

Social Emotional Learning for Pre-schoolers

This week, our blog for parents is all about the pre-schoolers. For a number of years, we’ve been supporting some...
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Barnardo’s Resource Hub

Barnardo’s Resource Hub

Everyone feels scared, worried or sad sometimes so Barnardo's have put together a hub of resources about Coronavirus aimed at...
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ASCERT Parent/Carer Support Sessions

ASCERT Parent/Carer Support Sessions

ASCERT's Parent/ Carer Support Sessions will take place again on Tuesday 5th May at 7pm and will be covering 'Concerns...
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Grief & Bereavement Booklets

Grief & Bereavement Booklets

The Public Health Agency in conjunction with the Department of Health Regional Bereavement Coordinators Network have produced a few booklets...
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Action for Children Family Support Hubs

Action for Children Family Support Hubs

Action for Children run the Family Support Hubs in the Northern Trust area. The service continues to work with families...
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Princes Trust Support Hub

Princes Trust Support Hub

Princes Trust Support Hub If you’re feeling lonely, we’re here to support you during this challenging time – from resources,...
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RNIB Specialised Help App

RNIB Specialised Help App

RNIB is now on the @BeMyEyes platform as a “Specialised Help” provider so if you need to connect with RNIB,...
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Autism NI launch new Website

Autism NI launch new Website

Autism NI launch their new Website today on their 30th anniversary year during Autism Awareness Month.  You can visit it...
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Local Directory Ards North Down

Local Directory Ards North Down

Kilcooley Women’s Centre have created a local directory for our participants and the local community. Feel free to check it...
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Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness have shared their latest calendar with thoughts for a meaningful May
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Action Mental Health Foyle

Action Mental Health Foyle

The team at New Horizons Foyle have launched their virtual support  services. While safely social distancing the team put together...
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NIHE – Discretionary Housing Payment

NIHE – Discretionary Housing Payment

If you’re claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit & are struggling to pay your rent you may be entitled to...
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A Million and Me programme

A Million and Me programme

The 'A Million and Me' programme aims to support children with their emotional wellbeing and mental health problems. One of...
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Services for young people

Services for young people

The Education Authority have produced a document listing the EA Services for young people, including Vulnerable Children to Support wellbeing,...
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Impact Training

Impact Training

Due to the coronavirus our offices are closed at the moment but you can still register for our courses in...
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Southern Area LPG Newsletter 30 April 2020

Southern Area LPG Newsletter 30 April 2020

Welcome to ‘FYI’ - Issue 33. Thanks, as always, for all of your submissions throughout the last week. A big...
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Parent Zone

Parent Zone

A Million and Me programme aims to support children with their emotional wellbeing and mental health problems. One of the...
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Clanmil FAQs

Clanmil FAQs

We are updating our website daily, here are some FAQs that will hopefully answer any questions you have about how...
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NHSCT Autism Helpline

NHSCT Autism Helpline

  Helpline for families of children & young people with Autism or those waiting assessment: 📲 028 2563 3777 ✉️ PaediatricAutismService@northerntrust.hscni.net
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World Immunisation Week

World Immunisation Week

  Its's #WorldImmunisationWeek and we are urging people to attend for vaccination when invited to do so! It is more important than...
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Audible – Free Streaming

Audible – Free Streaming

Whilst schools are closed Audible are offering free streaming on a wide range of books for children, including Harry Potter....
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Co-parenting during the lockdown

Co-parenting during the lockdown

For families where parents are separated, many arrangements can carry on as normal. You may be wondering what happens to...
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Pyjamarama 1 May 2020 – Festival Line Up

Pyjamarama 1 May 2020 – Festival Line Up

  #Pyjamarama is all happening TOMORROW (!) and we've got such a fun line-up of events for you to enjoy....
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Small Business Support Grant

Small Business Support Grant

£10,000 Small Business Support Grant: Online form is now available for rental properties and properties with a Total Net Annual...
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Law Centre NI Social Security Bulletin

Law Centre NI Social Security Bulletin

Law Centre NI Social Security Bulletin  regular benefits updates cover information on: - Universal credit. - Advances. - The contingency...
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Emerging Minds Parent/ Carer Resource

Emerging Minds Parent/ Carer Resource

We are really pleased to share our evidence-based resource produced by University of Reading’s AnDY Research Group and University of...
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Supporting Bereaved Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Supporting Bereaved Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Daily Update 30 April The outbreak of COVID-19 means that many aspects of children's lives are changing. School is closed...
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Lisburn & Castlereagh Community Services

Lisburn & Castlereagh Community Services

Find nearby delivery options, local shops, community support or even online church services via our Community Services Directory. Tag your...
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CEOP  Surviving Family Life in Lockdown

CEOP Surviving Family Life in Lockdown

The past few months have been a challenging time for families with increased worries and pressure. Read and share this...
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ABC Council Area – Food Banks

ABC Council Area – Food Banks

As well as helping us deliver the @CommunitiesNI Food Parcel scheme, local food banks are continuing their tremendous work giving...
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Den Building

Den Building

  Den building is always good fun & a great way for kids to develop their creativity & rise to...
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Psychological First Aid E-Learning

Psychological First Aid E-Learning

HSC NI in collaboration with RedCross and NHS Education Scotland have made available free E-Learning module and guidelines on Psychological...
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Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight starts on 11 May, so make sure you get your resources in time. Head over to our...
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Early Years- play opportunities

Shirley (Toybox Programme Leader) helps adults to see boxes through the eyes of a child and the infinite play opportunities...
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Men’s Advisory Project

Men’s Advisory Project

The Men's Advisory Project (MAP) support Male Victims of Domestic Abuse in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough?  During COVID-19 isolation MAP...
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START 360 – Home Learning Tips

START 360 – Home Learning Tips

We know that with all this change there has been a lot of adapting to knew situations, including having to...
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Addition NI support

Addition NI support

"One video chat made me feel like I wasn't on my own" Now more than ever.. the staff at Addiction...
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BHSCT – Children with Disability Service

BHSCT – Children with Disability Service

The Children with Disability Service has developed a great online resource with advice & downloads for parents & carers to...
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Autism NI – sensory bottles

Autism NI – sensory bottles

Autism NI have developed some ideas for sensory bottles that you can make at home. Click here to view the...
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CYPSP Resource Pack For Children & Young People

CYPSP Resource Pack For Children & Young People

Daily Update 22 April To help families bring some structure, learning and fun into their daily routine during this difficult...
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Discretionary Support during COVID-19: Online Application Form

Discretionary Support during COVID-19: Online Application Form

Discretionary grants for short-term living expenses to assist claimants specifically affected by COVID-19, where they (or a member of their...
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Waterways Ireland Heritage Activity Book

Waterways Ireland Heritage Activity Book

Today we are sharing our Waterways Heritage Activity book! The book is full of fun and captivating activities which are...
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Safeguarding Board for NI – Child Protection Services

Safeguarding Board for NI – Child Protection Services

We are concerned about the drop in referrals to social services and police about children who may be experiencing harm....
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Happy World Earth Day

Happy World Earth Day

This year there are lots of digital resources and events taking place online across the world which could offer a...
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Family Support Hubs – COVID-19 Newsletter 22 April 2020

Family Support Hubs – COVID-19 Newsletter 22 April 2020

This edition of the newsletter provides advice, resources and project updates as of 22 April 2020. There is information on organisations...
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The Big Night In is tomorrow, 7pm on @BBCOne

The Big Night In is tomorrow, 7pm on @BBCOne

The Big Night In is tomorrow, 7pm on @BBCOne Download a poster and Colour it in (make it the kids'...
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Playboard NI – Play at Home

Playboard NI – Play at Home

Today's #PlayAtHome idea is dress-up! Allowing children access to old clothes, jewellery, shoes etc & giving them the freedom to...
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Book Trust

Book Trust

As it's #EarthDay, we're revisiting this brilliant piece from The Dog Runner author Bren MacDibble - she's sharing five stories...
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Autism NI Reading Recommendations

Autism NI Reading Recommendations

AutismNI Family Support team regularly read a range of autism related books which they add to their library. Recently, the...
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Covid, Anxiety, Stress- Resources & Links

Covid, Anxiety, Stress- Resources & Links

Free videos by Dr Karen Treisman to support relaxation and emotional regulation with resources to support children and adults around...
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PHA breastfeeding support

PHA breastfeeding support

To find breastfeeding support while ‘staying at home’ visit: http://pha.site/bfsupport  Or speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor, and voluntary...
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Adoption & Foster Care Contact Numbers

Adoption & Foster Care Contact Numbers

Please see dedicated number in each Trust for you to contact your Foster Care social worker and therapeutic staff for...
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AutismNI Calm Down Box Ideas

AutismNI Calm Down Box Ideas

AutismNI 'Calm Down Box Ideas' Resource which includes how to make a sensory bottle, feelings chart and breathing exercises, can...
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Angel Eyes NI

Angel Eyes NI

Some great tips here on how to work with your Visually Impaired child at home. If you have any to...
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South Eastern HSC Trust – Child Safety

South Eastern HSC Trust – Child Safety

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child please, get in touch with the Children's Gateway...
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SHSCT – Information for Carers

SHSCT – Information for Carers

Important information for Carers
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Ballymena & Little Steps Antrim SureStart

Ballymena & Little Steps Antrim SureStart

Here's some helpful ideas from Ballymena & Little Steps Antrim SureStart on mindfulness, relaxation and having fun with children.
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Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline

Victims of domestic or sexual abuse who need support can still call the team at @dsahelpline as they continue to...
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Stay safe with Diabetes

Stay safe with Diabetes

Stay safe with Diabetes.  If you have diabetes and you are unwell, your blood glucose may be affected. Please view...
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EA Youth Service

EA Youth Service

Today EA Youth Service launch the Eat Well Live Well programme targeting young people aged 4-25 years who need access...
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Education resources in 11 different languages

Education resources in 11 different languages

Valuable education resources in 11 different languages, can now be accessed at http://eani.org.uk/education-resources-in-more-languages  These include health & education learning materials,...
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EA Resources

EA Resources

Information Sharing: EA Resources from 6 of the Peri Services (visiting specialist teachers) who may support your child in school....
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Ards SureStart

Ards SureStart

Ards SureStart have just launched a new and exciting webpage filled with lots of information and fun activities for families...
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COVID-19 – Guidance for Foster Care and Supported Lodgings Settings

COVID-19 – Guidance for Foster Care and Supported Lodgings Settings

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation to prevent the widespread transmission of COVID-19. The information and...
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Voice of Young People In Care – Contact Numbers

Voice of Young People In Care – Contact Numbers

During these difficult times, we want you to know that we are still here for you. If you need any...
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Voice of Young People In Care

Voice of Young People In Care

Even though we're all working from home, we're still working to help and support you! Whether you've been involved with...
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Family Support NI

Family Support NI

Providers ... Keep up to date with #COVID19 Childcare Options and Associated Guidance https://bit.ly/2Va40Se AND details of various #Familysupport services...
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Housing Executive

Housing Executive

Housing Executive have had to close all public facing areas in our offices due to #COVID19. Visit their website to...
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Housing Guidance

Housing Guidance

Minister Deirdre Hargey has published guidance for landlords and tenants in the private rented sector to provide information on rights...
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Simon Community SE OutreachTeam

Simon Community SE OutreachTeam

Simon Community SE Outreach Team Now Offering Support by Phone Our South Eastern Outreach team are on hand to deliver...
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Coronavirus advice if you are homeless

Coronavirus advice if you are homeless

Contact the Housing Executive urgently on 03448 920 908 if you are homeless or if you are being told that you must...
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Avoid Sharing

Avoid Sharing

Regardless of the drink/drug you use, be wary of sharing bottles & equipment at this time, due to the fact...
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The Consumer Council

The Consumer Council

The Consumer Council has a dedicated webpage full of regularly-updated advice for NI consumers affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Topics...
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Safer Schools App Now Available to Parents & Carers

Safer Schools App Now Available to Parents & Carers

Daily Update 21 April “As our children and young people have more free time it is only natural they will...
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Education Authority

Education Authority

Parents of pre-school children with special educational needs can download a range of home learning resources from our website. Check...
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Bangor SureStart

Bangor SureStart

30 Things to do with Kids outside  
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ABC Council Get Creative campaign

ABC Council Get Creative campaign

Calling all our borough’s budding artists aged 0 -17! As part of our ABC Get Creative campaign we want to...
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Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Foundation

Kindness during the Coronavirus outbreak: Tell someone you know that you are proud of them Tell someone you know why...
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Disability Action – Survey

Disability Action – Survey

Survey: Covid-19 - The impact on disabled people in Northern Ireland: We want to make our voice heard. Please complete...
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National Deaf Children’s Society

National Deaf Children’s Society

For #deaf children specifically, the NDCS website has some great top tips on supporting learning at home, and useful links...
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CCEA Home Learning

CCEA Home Learning

https://bit.ly/2QKKGbU Follow the link above to view a selection of CCEA online materials which include many activities that can be...
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NSPCC – Online Safety

NSPCC – Online Safety

Your child might be spending more time on their phone whilst stuck inside & we know it can be difficult...
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Libraries NI

Libraries NI

We have added more activities to keep the children busy! This week it’s all about wildlife.Tiger face https://bit.ly/lniwildlifeactivities    ...
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Ascert- harm reduction advice for drug users

Ascert- harm reduction advice for drug users

Drug use can increase the risk of contracting or transmitting Covid19, so here is some useful harm reduction advice for...
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Earth globe Americas Geography with Sir David Attenborough

Earth globe Americas Geography with Sir David Attenborough

Think your child would fancy...? Earth globe Americas Geography with Sir David Attenborough Flag of Spain Spanish with @aguerosergiokun ,...
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Action for Children – outdoor art sessions

Action for Children – outdoor art sessions

If you have a garden, make the most of it and use it for outdoor art sessions! You could roll...
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Managing Challenging Behaviour

Managing Challenging Behaviour

This week's daily tips are going to be on managing challenging behaviour. We are all out of our regular routine,...
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RNIB NI

RNIB NI

Being online is keeping us connected. RNIB has lots of fun virtual events including a weekday coffee morning, a Monday...
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Employers for Childcare

Employers for Childcare

Employers for Childcare are here to help childcare providers at this difficult time & welcome the package of support for...
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NSPCC – We’re Still Here

NSPCC – We’re Still Here

We know things are difficult right now and want to remind you that we're still here on 0808 800 5000...
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Education Authority – ICSS

Education Authority – ICSS

Reminder to Post Primary Schools: To ensure that young people have access to school counselling during the coronavirus outbreak, school...
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PIPS Belfast – befriending service

PIPS Belfast – befriending service

PIPS Belfast today launched a 7 day a week befriending service for anyone who is isolated and not coping with...
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Online Safety Activities

Online Safety Activities

Our third Online Safety At Home activity packs are ready for download today. If you’re looking for simple, 15-minute online...
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Explaining Social Distancing

Explaining Social Distancing

AutismNI have put together a new social story on explaining social distancing to autistic individuals. You can download this on...
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Health Visiting Infant Feeding Helpline

Health Visiting Infant Feeding Helpline

Need a feeding question with your baby answered? . SHSCT have a Health Visiting Infant Feeding Helpline if you need...
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CINI – Survey

CINI – Survey

Parents, CINI need your help. Please take a few minutes to complete their survey on your child's learning. Also, please...
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CCEA Home Schooling Resources

CCEA Home Schooling Resources

If you have been thrust into the world of home schooling due to the current pandemic, CCEA has some resources...
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NI Maternity website launch

NI Maternity website launch

A new website has been launched to advise pregnant women during COVID-19. To find out more visit: http://ni-maternity.com View Video
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Start 360 – Chat and Chill

Start 360 – Chat and Chill

Start 360 - Targeted Lifeskills service has online Chill & Chat sessions this week
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The Way to Play

The Way to Play

Our publication 'The Way to Play' was developed to inspire readers to provide and create playful opportunities for children, and...
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Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Social work staff, in partnership with the GP Federation Support Unit and the Community Development Team, have established a Community...
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School at home top tips

School at home top tips

With schools out many parents may be feeling unsure or worried about how they can supports their child's learning at...
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Addiction NI

Addiction NI

Over the next week we are going to be sharing advice around addiction and covid-19. We have been told from...
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Eating Disorders Association NI

Eating Disorders Association NI

EDA are working hard to ensure that all those affected by eating disorders know that they are not alone, especially...
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Ballymena & Little Steps SureStart Antrim

Ballymena & Little Steps SureStart Antrim

Are you struggling to find things to keep children entertained during the lockdown?  Ballymena & Little Steps Antrim @SureStartIni  are...
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Online Educational Resources

Online Educational Resources

Useful list of online educational resources which may help some children with their learning from home. Includes subject-specific resources for...
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Forest School Family – Lets get outside

Forest School Family – Lets get outside

During this time of school closures Forest Schools are making daily suggestions via their website on activities families can undertake...
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SHSCT Staying Connected Helpline

SHSCT Staying Connected Helpline

Daily Update 20th April 2020 The Southern Health & Social Care Trust has introduced a new Helpline for children, young...
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Ted-Ed Lessons

Ted-Ed Lessons

In response to the COVID19 pandemic the organisation behind the Ted talks has a division called Ted-Ed, full of "lessons worth...
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Home Education NI

Home Education NI

Home schooling in Northern Ireland visit Home Education Northern Ireland website for free and discounted resources at:- http://hedni.org/tags/freebies-and-discounts    
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‘Back to School’ Like no Other

‘Back to School’ Like no Other

This is a 'back to school' like no other! Whether you're a parent who is glad to be getting back...
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Free School Resource

Free School Resource

Free School Resource available via youtube which offers a range of videos on topics as diverse as the US constitution,...
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Mae Murray Virtual Sessions

Mae Murray Virtual Sessions

*FREE Virtual Sessions* Check out next weeks schedule of events- there is something for everyone, parents, carers, people of all...
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Playboard NI

Playboard NI

For today's #PlayAtHome suggestion, we're sharing a brilliant idea from Northern Ireland Forest School Association - nature weaving! Take a look at the easy...
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Shaftesbury Healthy Living Centre

Shaftesbury Healthy Living Centre

Shaftesbury Healthy Living Centre new Online FREE fitness timetable launched Monday! All classes on zoom, to register email nbrennan@lorag.org
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GP Surgeries are Still Open

GP Surgeries are Still Open

GP surgeries are still open and serving the community. Please be patient when you are trying to make contact via...
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BBC Bitesize Daily

BBC Bitesize Daily

Back to Home Schooling? Watch BBC Bitesize Daily from 9am on @BBCiPlayer and http://bbc.in/BitesizeDaily After the show, head to your...
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Book Trust Home Time

Book Trust Home Time

We're going to make this week AWESOME! Remember to keep checking #UnitedByBooks and #BookTrustHomeTime for heaps of fun stuff for...
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Action for Children – Home Schooling

Action for Children – Home Schooling

Today is the start of the Summer Term. We hope that everyone's feeling ready for school after the Easter holiday. ...
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Department of Health Daily Dashboard

Department of Health Daily Dashboard

The Department of Health has introduced a daily dashboard of statistics relating to Covid-19. It complements information currently in the...
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Carers NI Emergency Card

Carers NI Emergency Card

You can now download & print off our Carers' Emergency Card from our website. Carrying the card will let emergency...
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Supporting ‘off-radar’ children and young people

Supporting ‘off-radar’ children and young people

AVAILABLE NOW - supporting children & young people who are off-radar (unknown to statutory services) and experiencing/at risk of abuse....
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SHSCT – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

SHSCT – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

A short message from our CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) team in light of the situation with Covid-19....
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Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News

Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News

Welcome to the 17th edition of Fortnightly News. This edition shares information to improve the outcomes for Children and Young...
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Start 360 – Putting YOU at the Centre

Start 360 – Putting YOU at the Centre

As the lockdown has been extended, we just wanted to reassure that we are still working - just slightly differently!...
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Fun in the Dungeon Storybook

Fun in the Dungeon Storybook

Our 'Fun in the Dungeon' storybook is now available online for free, but for a limited time only! To read,...
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Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe

The closure of schools as a result of COVID-19 may put some children at greater risk of abuse. There is...
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Safeguarding Board NI

Safeguarding Board NI

Please do not hesitate to contact services if you are concerned a child may be at risk or require support....
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Family Support Hubs

Family Support Hubs

Daily Update 17 April The 3 Family Support Hubs in the Southern Trust area continue to operate and are open...
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British Red Cross

British Red Cross

We hope you and your pupils are coping during these uncertain times. The education community is doing amazing work to...
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National Deaf Children’s Society – COVID-19

National Deaf Children’s Society – COVID-19

The National Deaf Children’s Society has a COVID 19 blog on their website, where they are gathering together in one...
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NHSCT – Safe and Well

NHSCT – Safe and Well

Safe and Well is a newly developed support line for children young people and their parents who live in the...
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Give Blood NI – Blood Donation Sessions

Give Blood NI – Blood Donation Sessions

Travelling to donate blood or platelets is considered essential travel. To book an appointment for any of next week's donation...
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Good Tips on Home Schooling

Good Tips on Home Schooling

If routine is something your child benefits from, this mum from Hull could have a few good tips on home...
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Way forward in awarding CCEA GCSE and A level qualifications

Way forward in awarding CCEA GCSE and A level qualifications

NI's Minister of Education announced the way forward for awarding CCEA GCSE and A level qualifications for students affected by...
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Look, Say, Sing and Play

Look, Say, Sing and Play

Stuck for things to do at home? Did you know you could build your baby’s brain with our free, easy,...
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Managing Family Conflict – Daily Tips

Managing Family Conflict – Daily Tips

 You're not going to agree with each other all the time and that's ok. Make a family rule that everyone...
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Don’t Get Locked In

Don’t Get Locked In

It’s as important as ever to keep an eye on your alcohol intake now that we are all spending more...
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Ensure Social Distancing in Belfast City Parks

Ensure Social Distancing in Belfast City Parks

We are repeating our message to please ensure social distancing at all times when using our parks - this is...
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Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service

COVID-19 has changed every aspect of family life - all of our familiar ways of living have had to be...
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Important Information for Parents

Important Information for Parents

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing...
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Playful ideas for active minds

Playful ideas for active minds

Thanks to the PGCE Early Years students at Stranmillis University College for sharing their list of playful ideas for active minds to...
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