Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News

Welcome to the 14th edition of Fortnightly News.

This edition shares information to improve the outcomes for Children and Young People.  As we prepare for impact of the corona virus, this special edition has information on changes to service delivery and managing COVID-19.  

Fortnightly News Issue 14 – March 2020

SureStart Projects

Sure Start Projects in Northern Ireland are working hard to continue to provide support to families in their communities during the COVID 19 crisis.

While they have ceased providing normal services for now, they are exploring whatever innovative means they can to support families.

This includes maximising the use of phone calls and on line support – including social media, podcasts, YouTube videos & email resources.

They are determined to join the community effort to make a difference. #SURESTARTWORKS for children, families and communities.

Facing COVID 19 with community solidarity instead of fear.


Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News

Welcome to the 13th edition of Fortnightly News which is being circulated weekly as March is an action packed month!

The E-newsletter which promotes, services, programmes and events to improve the outcomes for Children and Young People in your Locality. We have another packed edition of events and programmes for you to share.

Fortnightly News Issue 13 – March 2020

Northern Ireland Childcare Survey 2020 now open for your views

High Rise has been developed by Employers For Childcare. The charity carries out research to provide information to lobby Government on childcare issues.

The Northern Ireland Childcare Survey 2020 is now open! With Government at Stormont back up and running, policy-makers need to hear your views on what is needed in terms of better support for childcare.

There are two surveys, one for parents and one for childcare providers. Each takes less than ten minutes to complete and your time is very much appreciated.

Parents: you’ll be in with a chance to win an overnight stay at the luxury Galgorm Resort & Spa in a two bedroom cottage, with breakfast and access to the Thermal Spa Village!
Click here to complete the Parent Survey

Childcare providers: you’ll be in with a chance to win a £100 Boots voucher!
Click here to complete the Childcare Provider Survey

Now in its 11th year, the Northern Ireland Childcare Survey is a vital source of information for policy makers, so ensure your voice is heard in the campaign to ensure Northern Ireland has an accessible, high quality and affordable childcare infrastructure that meets the needs of children, parents and childcare providers.

The Steps to Cope Partnership

To mark Children of Alcoholics Week from 9-15 February, 2020, the Steps to Cope Partnership (ASCERT, Barnardo’s NI, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and AFINet UK) announced the availability of two key resources in Northern Ireland to help support young people affected by parental alcohol, drug use or mental health problems.


The Steps to Cope website is an online information resource designed to support young people living with the presence of alcohol misuse, substance misuse or mental health difficulties in their family. The website, which is tablet and smart phone friendly has information for young people aged 11 to 18 and those working with these young people. It also has an online, self-help intervention which young people can use at their own pace and is easily navigated.

For a flyer to inform young people about the on line intervention or for more information contact Gregg Nicholl or Ed Sipler

Understanding and Responding to Hidden Harm: A Guide for Educational Professionals is a guide for school staff which enhances knowledge and skills in identifying and responding to pupils living with these adversities. It explores the role for teachers and other school staff with ideas of support that have been shown to be effective in building resilience.

The guide can be downloaded from in the practitioners section.