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PEACE PLUS is a new EU cross-border programme that will contribute to a more prosperous and stable society in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
The programme will achieve this by funding activities that promote peace and reconciliation, and contribute to the cross-border economic and territorial development of the region. It will build upon previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes. We are seeking your input to help shape the content of this programme.
A series of information events are taking place between December 2019 and February 2020, running from 6pm-8pm, with registration from 5.30pm.
To register, click on one of the below links, which will lead you directly to EventBrite.
The stakeholder engagement process will start on 10 December 2019 and end on 25 February 2020. Full documentation, including a response form, will be made available on https://seupb.eu/peaceplus on 10 December 2019.
If you would like additional information please email PEACEPLUS@seupb.eu
|Tue 10 December||Donegal||Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey||Click Here|
|Wed 8 January||Leitrim||Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill||Click Here|
|Thu 9 January||Sligo||Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo||Click Here|
|Mon 13 January||Derry – Londonderry||Lodge Hotel,
|Wed 15 January||Monaghan||Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan||Click Here|
|Thu 16 January||Cavan||Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan||Click Here|
|Mon 20 January||Derry – Londonderry||Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry||Click Here|
|Tue 21 January||Tyrone||Corrick House Hotel, Clogher||Click Here|
|Thu 23 January||Fermanagh||Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen||Click Here|
|Mon 27 January||Down||Burrendale Hotel, Newcastle||Click Here|
|Thu 30 January||Antrim||Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena||Click Here|
|Tue 4 February||Armagh||Armagh City Hotel, Armagh||Click Here|
|Wed 5 February||Antrim||Belfast City Hall, Belfast||Click Here|
|Thu 6 February||Louth||Ballymascanlon Hotel, Dundalk||Click Here|
An ASD/ADHD workshop event was facilitated by Belfast Locality Planning Groups on November 6th 2019, at the Balmoral Hotel. Upwards of 130 people from a cross-section of organisations and disciplines attended the event. The high level of attendance reflects the fact that this is an accelerating issue in all LPG areas in Belfast, as identified by the FSHs and Locality Planning structures.
The theme of this workshop was to outline the diagnostic journey for service users and their families through both the Education sector and the Belfast HSCT system. The opportunity to have an input from both Health and Education was very positive in providing a comprehensive overview of the systems families have to navigate.
From an education perspective Lorna Fitzpatrick (EA lead in ASD) delivered a presentation that mapped the route through education for children and families, once the child has been identified as being “different“.
Kris McKeever( ASD Lead, Belfast HSCT) and Paul Gemmell ( ADHD Lead, Belfast HSCT) both delivered presentations in respect of ASD and ADHD and the journey through the health system in Belfast for children and families. The final presentation delivered by Caroline Milligan outlined a model of good practice that is part of Glenbrook Surestarts programme which is based in North Belfast. This national award winning programme, “Little Learners Pilot Programme” was launched due to an increasing number of children presenting with Autism and social communication concerns. This programme illustrated the partnership working not only between organisations and professionals but also between families and the service providers.
Presentations are available to view on Belfast Locality Planning Groups’ webpages.
This was an event that was designed to raise awareness and to encourage more discussion and partnership working between organisations, disciplines, service providers and service users in order to charter a way forward. Feedback collated to date from event evaluation forms is very positive and indicates that there is a willingness and enthusiasm across all sectors to continue to build on the conversations started at this event to plan and develop a range of supports for these children and their families.
Being active is important for everyone. Regular activity throughout our lives will help us keep as healthy as possible for longer. To get the most benefit, it’s vital to get into the habit of being active early on in life. It can sometimes need a bit more thought and effort to enable children and young people with disabilities to be physically active – this doesn’t mean they can’t take part in fun activities and sports.
For more information download leaflet.
Family Mediation NI are under contract with the HSCB to delivered an early intervention approach to family breakdown to assist parents to communicate around achieving the best outcomes for their children going forward. The service is available in all five Trust areas and delivers a child focused, facilitative model that aims to empower separated parents to negotiate, compromise and draft their own bespoke co-parenting agreement.
FMNI have a robust screening and assessment process to ensure that we work with those who are mediation ready. Mediation is not counselling and those parents for whom the timing is not just right will be referred out to counselling services for end of relationship support.
For those mediation ready, engaging with this practical process is transformational for the whole family. Using a professional family mediator can enable parents to move to a different level of communication that leads to agreement on child contact, residency and the minutia of family life as separated parents. Ultimately avoiding a protracted court case is in the best interests of children. Parents will be engaged with us for on average four sessions after attending their individual pre-mediation assessment appointments.
Article 9 of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:
‘Children whose parents do not live together have the right to stay in contact with both parents
Enabling separated parents to agree the best outcomes for children by accessing
the professional services of FMNI
Family Mediation NI is fully integrated into family support services as the first choice when parents separate