Unicef Child Friendly Cities and Communities Project

Unicef Child Friendly Cities and Communities Project in Derry City and Strabane is a partnership between the Western Area Outcomes Group and the Derry City and Strabane District Council under the Action planning priority “Work Together to include the Voice of Children and Young People




As Part of this project 2 Discovery events were held on Thursday evening 6 February and Friday 7 February in the Guildhall in Derry
The morning session which presented the local context with regards to child rights and priorities for children and young people, with videos and presentation from young people on the Youth Advisory group highlighting issues affecting them.


33 people were in attendance at the discovery evening on the Thursday which gave some of the young people an opportunity to get used to the space and explore the feedback and materials for the discovery day before welcoming the adults. 131 adults, children and young people attended the Discovery Day and the engagement throughout the day was fantastic.




Friday’s event included:
– Short Videos
– Unicef Presentation on the picture of Child Rights globally, nationally and regionally
– Visioning of what a child friendly city/community would look like
– Local Presentation on trends within Derry/ Londonderry and Strabane
– Performance from ROE – (Winner of the Best Emerging Artist at the Northern Ireland Music Prize and supporting shows with Snow Patrol, Kodaline, Robbie Williams and The Coronas.)
– Working together to choose the Unicef badges

Review of Allied Health Professional Services for Children with Sensory Impairments – online survey now open

The Public Health Agency is carrying out a review of the services of the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) for children with visual, hearing or multisensory impairments up to 18 years-old*.

PHA would be grateful to hear from you if you are:

  • a young person with a hearing and/or visual impairment (up to 18-years-old)
  • the parent or carer of a young person with a hearing and/or visual impairment
  • a professional working with children and young people with hearing and/or visual   impairment

 Please could you share the link below with your networks, the survey will be open until Friday 14th February.


Word versions of all three surveys are linked below.




These can be filled in online or printed and completed, and returned either by email or by post to:

Jenny Kirkwood, Ground floor office, 12-22 Linenhall St, Belfast, BT2 8BS

If you require the survey in any other format please contact Jenny.

*Please note: for the purposes of this survey we are using the term ‘hearing impairment’ to refer to all types of hearing loss and deafness from mild to profound. We are using the term ‘visual impairment’ to refer to people who are partially sighted and who are blind.


Have your say to make a difference…. contribute to the future PEACE Plus Programme (SEUPB)

PEACE PLUS is a new EU cross-border programme that will contribute to a more prosperous and stable society in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

The programme will achieve this by funding activities that promote peace and reconciliation, and contribute to the cross-border economic and territorial development of the region. It will build upon previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes.  We are seeking your input to help shape the content of this programme.

A series of information events are taking place between December 2019 and February 2020, running from 6pm-8pm, with registration from 5.30pm.

To register, click on one of the below links, which will lead you directly to EventBrite.

The stakeholder engagement process will start on 10 December 2019 and end on 25 February 2020. Full documentation, including a response form, will be made available on https://seupb.eu/peaceplus on 10 December 2019.

If you would like additional information please email PEACEPLUS@seupb.eu

Date County Venue Register
Tue 10 December Donegal Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey Click Here
Wed 8 January Leitrim Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill Click Here
Thu 9 January Sligo Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo Click Here
Mon 13 January Derry – Londonderry Lodge Hotel,


Click Here
Wed 15 January Monaghan Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan Click Here
Thu 16 January Cavan Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan Click Here
Mon 20 January Derry – Londonderry Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry Click Here
Tue 21 January Tyrone Corrick House Hotel, Clogher Click Here
Thu 23 January Fermanagh Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen Click Here
Mon 27 January Down Burrendale Hotel, Newcastle Click Here
Thu 30 January Antrim Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena Click Here
Tue 4 February Armagh Armagh City Hotel, Armagh Click Here
Wed 5 February Antrim Belfast City Hall, Belfast Click Here
Thu 6 February Louth Ballymascanlon Hotel, Dundalk Click Here

Turning the World Blue to Celebrate the UN World Child Rights Day

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council like other countries around the world on 20 November 2019 lit up its iconic buildings blue to show support for Child Rights around the Globe.

The light-up has been requested by Fermanagh and Omagh Early Intervention Family Support Hubs, Action for Children and supported by the Children and Young People’s Locality Planning Groups.

Turning the World Blue to Celebrate the UN World Child Rights Day