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

Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Group – Summer Schemes 2019

Summer Schemes, Activities and Rural Transport – Summer 2019

The Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Group members have with the assistance of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Enniskillen and Omagh Neighbourhood Renewal and many others brought together a new resource for families and practitioners, detailing the exciting activities planned for the coming months.

Organisations across the area have submitted what they are providing ranging from digital film-making to banana boating, including quite a few residential breaks for young people.

The aim of this resource was to provide a flavour of what is on offer and make suggestions for all different ages groups and interests, making the best use of the beautiful local resources that we have on our doorstep.

Members have spent a long time gathering this information however, they think there may be some more activities are schemes taking place which they would love to hear about and will be pleased to add to the resource, making it bigger and better.

Click below to view the full range of activities.

Summer Schemes and Activities – Updated 14/06/2019

Fermanagh Summer Bus

Omagh Summer Bus


If anyone is interested in promoting what they are providing over the summer, please contact Priscilla Magee at: priscilla.magee@westerntrust.hscni.net


ACE-Trauma Informed Practice Stakeholder Workshops May 2019

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland are holding a series of workshops to deliver ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice Training across health, social care, education, justice and the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland.

A series of information workshops are being delivered to the various sectors, including the community/voluntary sector, with the following aims:

a) Engage with the community & voluntary sector to help us to understand your current level of ACE awareness and relevant training needs to be more trauma sensitive in your work and practice.

b) Explore opportunities and challenges of embedding trauma informed practice in your service / team / organisation.


Date/Time: Tuesday 7th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: St. Columb’s Park House, Derry
Register: https://vcs-derry.eventbrite.co.uk/
View the flyer here.

Date/Time: Tuesday 9th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: NICVA, Belfast
Register: https://vcs-belfast.eventbrite.co.uk/
View the flyer here.

Date/Time: Tuesday 10th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: The Junction, Dungannon
Register: https://vcs-jct.eventbrite.co.uk/
View the flyer here.

To register your interest please click on the relevant link above.

Numbers are limited so early booking is essential. 

Please note: Registering your interest in this workshop does not guarantee a place. You will be contacted once registration closes on 1 May with confirmation.


Western Outcomes Group Building Resilient Communities workshops with Dr Karen Treisman Monday 18 to Thursday 21 February.

The Western Outcomes Group hosted 4 days of expert ACES training events for practitioners from all sectors across the Western Area with Dr Karen Treisman.  Workshop 1 involved awareness raising and understanding of the impact of relational and developmental trauma and disrupted attachment on children’s brains, bodies, emotions, relationships and behaviours.  Workshop 1 was held in Enniskillen and Strabane.


Workshop 2 focused on moving towards being and sustaining a trauma informed and trauma responsive workforce.  Attendees got the opportunity to learn about what it is to be a trauma-informed and trauma responsive organisation and system and why this is needed and is important and beneficial to everyone. Workshop 2 was held in Omagh and Derry. 




Dr Treisman used an array of learning and teaching styles that included small group work, multimedia, interactive methods and included impactful and practical case studies to help set in context the learning from each day. 




The workshops were really well attended with great energy and engagement in the rooms, and feedback has been very positive.  Further information from the evaluations will be shared in our next e-zine.



Western Area Outcomes Groups workshop – Trauma Informed Practice

The Western Area Outcomes Group is delighted to be welcoming Dr Karen Treisman, a specialist Clinical Psychologist, Author, and Trainer in trauma-informed organisational change, and in working with those who have experienced trauma; to deliver several whole-day training workshops throughout the West.


Event Date Venue
Understanding Trauma Monday 18th February
Wednesday 20th February
Fermanagh House, Enniskillen
Fir Tress Hotel, Strabane
Trauma Informed Organisations Tuesday 19th February
Thursday 21st February
Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh
City Hotel, Derry

Places are extremely limited for each event and confirmation of place will be confirmed following the closing date for applications which is Monday 11th February at 5pm.

To register you interest please complete the form attached and send to

View the flyer here

Download application form here.