Joining the Dots – Information Evening 1st October

Following the Joining the Dots event in the Mourne Country Hotel on Tuesday 16th April 2019 the following report card has been produced and another information event has been scheduled.

Report Card – Tuesday 16th April 2019

A video of the evening can also be viewed here.

The next information event will be held on 1st October, click the flyer below for more details.

Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 9pm
Location: St Josephs High School Crossmaglen









Southern Area Family Support Hubs Celebration Event

The Family Support Hub hosts in the Southern Outcomes Group area, held a celebration event on 22 May, to recognise the support to 3262 families over the last 6 years in their area and also to thank all their partner organisations.

Afternoon tea was served at Ballydougan Pottery, Bleary, Craigavon and Olwen Lyner (CEO NIACRO) welcomed everyone to the event.  Donna Murphy from the SHSCT provided an overview of the success of the Hubs and the links to CYPSP, the Outcomes Group and Locality Planning stressing the importance of early intervention and family support.

Helen Dunn (Regional Co-ordinator Family Support Hubs, CYPSP) gave the regional perspective and congratulated all those present on the tremendous work they had undertaken and commended them on the significant difference they had made to the lives of  families and children in the Southern area.

Deirdre McLaughlin  from Connected for Life reminded everyone on the need for self -care. Jacinta Linden (CEO SPACE ) concluded the afternoon event with some encouraging quotes including ” Lovely venue, good company and very much appreciated by all present! Well done everyone!”

Home Start Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a parent or grandparent living in Northern Ireland?  Would you like to join other parents to help support families with young children?  With Home Start you can support local parents to give their children a happy and secure childhood whilst building skills and contributing within your own community.   Watch the Home Start video below for more information and contact details.



CYPSP members share models of practice in Prague


The Regional Family Support Hub Coordinator with local hub coordinators from across Northern Ireland and Education Authority recently travelled to Prague at the request of the Department of Labour and Social Affairs in the Czech Republic to represent CYPSP at their European Conference. The Czech conference was an opportunity to share models of practice including partnership working, Family Support Hubs, the CYPSP Interactive Mappying System and the Education Welfare Service. 


In November 2017 Helen Dunn, Regional Co-ordinator for the Family Support Hubs along with Local Hub Co-ordinators; Karen McLean (Upper North Belfast) ,Edith McManus (Lower North Belfast ) and Lisa Grant (Craigavon /Banbridge ) along with Anne -Marie Bagnall representing the Education Authority travelled to Prague at the request of the Department of Labour and Social Affairs in the Czech Republic.


A number of Czech delegates spent time in Northern Ireland in August 2017 exploring models of best practice and from this requested CYPSP to join the Department of Labour and Social Affairs and over 260 delegates to share information on the CYPSP partnership working , the role of Family Support Hubs, the CYPSP Interactive Mapping System and Education Welfare Service in Northern Ireland. 

The outcome of the conference was that the Department hope to replicate some of the work presented across their own principalities and also hope that the information shared would encourage greater collaboration across the statutory , voluntary and community sectors in the Czech Republic.


Contact Us:

For more information please contact Helen Dunn, Regional Family Support Hub Coordinator by email at 


CYPSP Chair commends work of Lower North Belfast Hub at recent visit


Hugh McCaughey, Chair of the CYPSP recently joined the Lower North Belfast Hub family support meeting, which is co-ordinated by Christine McKeown and Edith McManus from the Ashton Centre.

Mr McCaughey was particularly impressed by the range of agencies connected to the Hub in this area who are involved in early intervention and making a difference in children`s lives. The collaboration between agencies across the community ensures families have access to a range of supports.


Mr McCaughey, Chair of CYPSP and Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust reflects on his recent visit to the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub meeting “I was really impressed by how well the group worked together with the clear aim of supporting families and children. The collaboration and the way people pulled together was really impressive and I have no doubt of the added real benefit to the community and families who are supported”.


Referrals to the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub comes from a range of sources including schools ,GPs, Gateway Teams and Health Visitors as well as directly from parents.

The feedback from parents is very positive and they often state they appreciate having a Hub Co-ordinator to go to who will  find the appropriate service to meet their needs.


For more information about family support hubs click here

Click here to download the latest Belfast HSC Trust Family Support Hubs Report Card for 2016/17


Contact Us:

For more information about the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub please contact Christine McKeown or Edith McManus from the Ashton Centre on 028 9074 9986.