Parenting NI Children’s Emotional Health Workshops

Parenting NI are holding 2 hour FREE parenting workshops on Children’s Emotional Health (5-10 years and 10-15 years) on Wednesday 5th February 2020 in the Jethro Centre, Lurgan. This workshop encourages parents of children to recognise the importance of their children’s mental health, exploring how parents can provide opportunities for children’s emotional development. Call 0808 8010 722 for free to book your place.

Children’s Emotional Health (5-10 years) 10am – 12 noon

Children’s Emotional Health (10-15 years) 6pm – 8pm


Southern Area LPG Information Bulletin 9th January 2020

Welcome to the opening 2020 edition of our Information Bulletin, FYI (For Your Information) – The first of the year and the decade! We trust that everyone is feeling refreshed after the Christmas break and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Information Bulletin – Issue 23 – 9th January 2020

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

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

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

Download information flyer here….

Southern Area LPG Issue 22 – 19th December 2019

Welcome to the final 2019 edition of our information bulletin, FYI (For Your Information). 22 issues of the newsletter have now been published and from all of the positive feedback we have received, it is a valuable resource for the Southern Trust area. The first 2020 issue of FYI will be circulated on Thursday 9th January, so please keep your information flyers coming over the next few weeks…

Southern Area LPG FYI Issue 22 – 19th December 2019


Needs Assessment for all Newcomer BME Groups to the Southern Trust Area

Locality Planning Groups in the Southern area are working with the Southern Outcomes Group to carry out a Needs Assessment for all Newcomer BME groups to the area.  The area has seen a growing number of Newcomer families in recent years, including most recently Roma families to areas such as Newtownhamilton, Armagh, Keady, Newry and Lurgan. 

Services are working together to respond to emerging needs in areas such as housing, employment, education, health and community relations.  There are currently 2 Interagency Groups for the Roma community in Armagh and Newry, and some very effective work by member organisations to provide advice and support in a number of communities, however there is a need to collate all information and statistics on demographics, resources, barriers and opportunities to further support all Newcomer communities.


The Needs Assessment aims to map all the existing statistics and information on demographics, and to highlight challenges faced both by the communities themselves as well as services and organisations in the statutory, voluntary, community and faith sectors.  It will address themes such as Health, Housing, Education, Employment, Policing and Justice, Advice services and Community Relations and will include Recommendations for further work by both the CYPSP Southern Outcomes Group and Locality Planning Groups, as well as for services in the local area.


They are keen to learn of similar work across Northern Ireland and to speak with anyone working in the Southern Trust area who can help us in this valuable piece of work.


Please contact Darren Curtis, Locality Development Officer on for further information.