New Parent Support Page Launched

The Southern Area Outcomes Group were delighted to deliver on another action from their current action plan with the official launch of the new Parent Support page on the CYPSP website:-

Parent Support

The webpage is designed for Parents and Organisations working to support families using group work approaches with information and leaflets, evidence based parenting programmes, development opportunities for practitioners and links and contacts to parenting support.  There is a live calendar of parenting programmes and staff training currently available across Northern Ireland providing times, dates, venues and who to contact to register.

Have Your Say Events – Enniskillen, Strabane and Omagh

Following on from the success of the Department for the Economy multi-agency event in Titanic Belfast and previous “Have Your Say” events for NEET young people, there will be a further 3 young people events in Enniskillen, Strabane and Omagh in the coming weeks. The events are as follows:-

ENNISKILLEN – Fermanagh House – Thursday 14 November 2019 – download flyer

STRABANE – The Alley Conference Centre – Wednesday 20 November 2019 – download flyer

OMAGH – Omniplex Cinema – Tuesday 26 November 2019 – download flyer

All events start at 12.00 noon and finish with complimentary lunch around 1.30pm. The Omagh event also includes a blockbuster movie after lunch. All young people who are NEET are extremely welcome. Information gathered is confidential and anonymous and young people can use their smart phones to participate. If they don’t have a phone that’s ok too.

T:BUC Funding Forums for 2020/21 Applications

The 2020/21 competitions for T:BUC Camps, and Central Good Relations funding programmes are due to open at the end of November 2019. To help you apply, the Executive Office will be hosting three T:BUC Funding Forums in local council areas.

The T:BUC Funding Forums are a great way to find out more about the good relations funding that is available and how to apply for it. Executive Office staff will be available at each forum to talk about your good relations project, with timed slots available each day between 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Details of Funding Forums 

Register now at

Changing Lives for families at risk of ADHD

Colin Neighbourhood Partnership (CNP) is continuing to deliver the early intervention Changing Lives programme to communities across Belfast and Lisburn, targeted at parents of children aged 3-7 whose behaviours are consistent with ADHD but are generally too young to have been assessed or diagnosed. The programme consists of ADHD-focused information workshops for parents, workshops for health and education professionals, a non-diagnostic screening process to indicate suitability for the programme, and an extended 20-session delivery of the Incredible Years parenting support programme.

Changing Lives is a three-year partnership initiative funded through the EU INTERREG VA programme, delivered by CNP in Belfast/Lisburn, the Genesis Project in counties Louth and Monaghan, and NHS Highlands in Argyll & Bute (Scotland). Other partners comprise Archways (Dublin) and the Dundalk Institute of Technology, who are responsible for three research and evaluation strands covering impact, cost and process; as well as the development of a new ADHD-focused support app for parents in communities unable to access Incredible Years group programmes.

The Changing Lives team in Colin is currently facilitating five Incredible Years programme deliveries in Colin itself, Lisburn, and in North and South Belfast, and organising a further five to commence in January 2020. Feedback from parents indicates it is having a powerful impact in improving the quality of life within families affected by ADHD-consistent behaviours.


To find out more about the programme, professional information workshops, and how parents can get involved, contact the team at or by phoning 02896 919960 (use full STD code).



New Chairperson for CYPSP

We are delighted to welcome Mr Shane Devlin, Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, as the new Chair of the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership.  Shane brings significant strategic health and social care experience, having worked across the service since 1998 in a wide range of operational and management posts.

Shane is looking forward to chairing his first partnership meeting in October and working with senior leaders of all key agencies across statutory, voluntary and community sectors, to improve outcomes for all our children and young people in Northern Ireland.