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.

SERC – Prospective Students Invited to Full-Time Open Days

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is getting set to welcome hundreds of prospective students and their parents to their annual full-time open day at Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards campuses on Wednesday 4 March, 2pm-7pm and, new for this year, on Saturday 7 March, 10am-12pm

The open days offers prospective students and their parents the opportunity to find out about the range of courses available at the College as well as the chance to speak to expert lecturers. The College offers courses from Level 1 through to Level 6 covering subjects from health and social care to animal care, applied science to manufacturing engineering, public services to food and beverage service, IT to music technology.

SERC’s in-house careers advisors will be available for students who are undecided about what direction is right for them or unsure about what courses to consider. The student finance team will be on hand to provide information on different funding options.

Ken Webb, Principal and Chief Executive, said, “Our open days provide a great opportunity to welcome prospective students to the College to meet with lecturing staff and discuss their options one to one. It is designed to give school-leavers, looking to further their career prospects, the chance to learn what they can achieve at SERC and see for themselves the high-quality skills training SERC can provide to help them realise their ambitions.

He added, “As well as our open day on Wednesday 4 March, 2pm – 7pm, this year we have extended the option to visit on Saturday morning, 7 March 10am-12noon, also across our main Campuses in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards.”

As well as showcasing the opportunities offered by the College and informing students of the huge variety of courses leading to many career possibilities, the open day allows prospective students to experience the high-quality facilities and resources offered on their doorsteps and learn why they could be #BetterOffAtSERC.

To find out more on courses offered please visit


Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) is NOW OPEN for 2020/21 online applications

Central Good Relations Fund 2020/21 is now open for groups who wish to apply online for a project funding grant.

The closing date is midnight on Thursday 12 March 2020. However, you must register your organisation by 2.00pm on Thursday 12 March 2020 to enable access to the online application system. Any registrations submitted after that time will not be approved.

If you have not already done so, please register your organisation now –  Register Here

You should read the step-by-step registration guide attached before you start. – Registration Guide

To register, you will need:

  • Your contact information as the admin user (can be changed later);
  • Details of your organisation, including address and organisation type;
  • A copy of your organisation’s constitution (Word or PDF); and
  • A default password (used as the initial login for all of your organisation users).

Online Application

Please read the step-by-step online application guidance notes attached before you start. – Online Application Guide

To apply online you will need:

  • The login link you will have received via e-mail when your registration was approved;
  • The e-mail address you used to register;
  • Your password;
  • Details of your proposed project including projected activities and costings; and
  • Copies of job descriptions (for any salary being claimed).

Click your individual ‘login now’ link, login, and follow the steps in the guidance notes attached.

Find out more information about CGRF at:


Southern Area Family Support Hubs Steering Group

The Southern Area Hubs Steering Group met in January and have begun to measure the outcomes from services they procure through their Outcomes Group funding using the outcomes star.
To date this has shown good outcomes for families including improved well-being and improved parenting skills and relationships.
There continue to be strong connections between these 3 Hubs and the range of Parenting Programmes delivered across the Southern Area.

The Craigavon /Banbridge Hub recently conducted a study of users perspectives and perceptions of the Hub . One parent commented “I was willing to take any help… Because my son has been through a phase… It’s always nice to speak to someone other than family and not have to make an appointment to go and see the GP. It’s nice that somebody’s coming out to your house… in your own environment and getting any issues that you might have out in the open.” Another said “There’s a lot of good programmes there that can help you… That’s the best way to get information from a co-ordinated place; they have all the information from different projects available and can co-ordinate that for you.”

View the Report Card Here

Barnardo’s DCYPPP Armagh Recruitment

Barnardo’s are currently recruiting for 2 roles within The Disabled Children and Young People’s Participation Project (DCYPPP) in Armagh.

Please see the attached leaflet for information on the project and follow the links below for more information about the role and how to apply. These vacancies will close on 8th October 2019. 

Information Leaflet

Project Worker – Peer Coaching – 28hrs per week—peer-coaching-pw1-5085/6076/description/

Project Worker 1- 20 hours per week–4633/5624/description/