SUSE+ Step Up to Sustainable Employment

SUSE+ support anyone aged 16-65 who is unemployed, working less than 16 hours or not in education or training in Magherafelt and surrounding areas.

SUSE+ Magherafelt Areas Covered

They offer a range of short-accredited courses and Level 1 qualifications, including Essential Skills, along with help with CVs, job applications, interview preparation, 1:1 mentoring and more.

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Home Start Northern Ireland – Volunteer Appeal

“You can’t put a price on how volunteering brings more happiness and hope to a home.”

Home-Start Northern Ireland launches ‘Give the gift of time’ urgent appeal for volunteers

Local mum and volunteer Reda Matuseviciene is helping Home-Start Northern Ireland launch its ‘Give the gift of time’ volunteer appeal which aims to inform and inspire local people to volunteer an hour a week to support local families through this unprecedented crisis.  The campaign is specifically targeted at inspiring people to register as a volunteer in the Antrim, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Lisburn, North Down and Omagh areas.

Reda knows first-hand how a few hours a week can transform a life of a young family.  Her story began eight years ago when she prematurely gave birth to her second daughter at 24 weeks.  At the time, Reda, and her husband Arunas struggled to cope with looking after a very ill little baby and a 3-year-old big sister, who also needed some support.  The family were referred to Home-Start and for nine months Reda found the Home-Start volunteer was a real lifesaver, providing Reda with much needed support. 

Speaking about how her Home-Start volunteer made a difference, Reda said:

“It was a lifeline and the fact that someone came into your home and give up their free time to spend time with you made you feel special.  You can’t put a price to how much that helps build your confidence as well as bring more happiness and laughter to your home.”  

Reda’s Home-Start’s volunteer was more than a lifeline at a time of challenge and thanks to the kind, compassionate and respectful approach of the volunteer, Reda was able to overcome any challenges and build up her confidence. 

Inspired by the impact of her Home-Start volunteer, three years ago Reda decided to give the special gift of time to another family in need of support and friendship during a difficult time. 

Reda registered as a volunteer and after the highest quality of training and support from Home-Start Craigavon, Reda was matched with her first family and from then never looked back.  Speaking about the impact of volunteering, Reda said:

“As a volunteer, I get the chance to help a mum or dad with key tasks so they can get a chance to do the simple things that most of us take for granted.  For example, by being there for a few hours, I can give a mum a chance to take a shower and relax, all the time knowing that someone is able to keep an eye on her most precious children.” 

“As a volunteer, the greatest reward for me is the feeling I get when someone opens the door and says thank you for being here.  Their words show how relieved they are to see you and how valuable your support is.  No money can buy that feeling.” 

Alan Hanna, Northern Ireland Director, Home-Start UK said: “We need volunteers like Reda to help support local families especially through these challenging times when many families feel pushed to the point of breaking.  Last year, our volunteers provided emotional and practical support to over 1,200 Northern Ireland  families that were struggling to cope.  It’s through volunteers like Reda, that parents don’t just survive, they get a chance to thrive; so that our communities can build back better.” 

Home-Start volunteers provide emotional and practical support to families struggling to cope and who may be facing issues like isolation, financial worries, bereavement, or mental and physical health challenges. 

Alan continued: “If you can spare an hour a week to support a family in your local community when they need it, then please get in touch today.  Full and thorough training and support will be provided.  The work of Home-Start volunteers has never been more urgent and important.  We need volunteers now more than ever.”

To register your interest and to find out about various volunteer roles on offer in your area visit: and give the #giftoftime in 2021.

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RISE NI – Regional Integrated Support for Education

The RISE NI (Regional Integrated Support for Education) Parent Website has been launched: 

The website is suitable for the parents and carers of children in pre-school settings and mainstream primary schools (up to P4). It promotes development of: 

  • speech and language
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • social and emotional development 

The website contains information leaflets, suggested activities / resources and parent training videos developed by clinical psychologists, behaviour therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists


Atlas Centre – January Sessions

The Atlas Centre Lisburn are holding a number of Zoom sessions this January call 07927970847 or via Facebook to book your place.


Positive Connections for Womens Wellbeing

Date: Tuesday 12th January 2021
Time: 10am – 12Noon


Art for Anxiety Sessions

Date: Tuesdays
Time: Adults – 1:30pm
          Children – 3pm


Family Mindfulness

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30 – 4:10pm

Southern Area LPG Newsletter – 7th January 2021

Welcome to the opening 2021 edition of our information bulletin, FYI (For Your Information) – the first of the year. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Included in this edition are dates of all our Locality Planning Group meetings for 2021 and links to further information, including how to join us at our meetings.

If you wish to advertise any upcoming programmes or activities with us, please read the guidance on the last page.

FYI Issue 51 – 7th January 2021

Kerry O’Hagan and Darren Curtis

Locality Development Team, Southern Trust Area