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December 2018

The latest copy of the DCYPPP Newsletter is now available.

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The project facilitates the involvement of children and young people with a wide range of learning, physical, sensory and medical conditions to be involved in high level strategic planning enabling them to have their say in service developments that impact on their lives.   

For more details on DCYPPP please contact Eugene Mone at or call 02837414541

Young People recognised for their contribution to Research

April 2015

IMG_0134Young people from Barnardo’s Armagh-based Disabled Children & Young People’s Participation Project, 6th Sense Group attended a reception earlier in the year at the Palace Demesne in recognition of their contribution to research on disability issues with Queen’s University Belfast. Hosted by former Armagh Lord Mayor Cathy Rafferty seventeen young people aged nine to 24 received certificates and talked about their contribution to research including ‘The participation of disabled children & young people and their parents in health and social care decisions’ and “Don’t Box Me In”  a study on the transition from childhood to adulthood. Continue Reading ….

6th Sense Influence the UNCRPD

January 2014

Members of 6th Sense met with Bronagh Byrne, Rebecca Alison and Shea Irvine from Queens University to talk about how important the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is to them and other young people with disabilities. Queens will be writing a report on their findings after they meet with more young people. The report will be given to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland who will tell the UNCRPD if the rights of young people with disabilities are being met. The young people from 6th Sense talked about issues that are important to them, such as

Having the opportunity to have their voice heard Having a job; Independent living; People’s attitudes to young people with disabilities

The young people enjoyed the evening and high-lighted the role groups like 6th Sense could have in making sure young people with disabilities have a say in things that are important to them. 6th sense will be invited to the launch of the report when it is published.

Barnardo’s Armagh-based 6th Sense Advocacy Group attends Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors: An Inclusive Society for All event

January 2014

Breaking_BarriersYoung people and staff from Barnardo’s Armagh-based 6th Sense Advocacy Group recently attended a Break Barriers, Open Doors conference organised by the Health and Social Care Board in Antrim to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The conference, which was held in Antrim, gave recognition to the valuable contribution and involvement of people with disabilities and heard that people living with disabilities, their families and carers, local voluntary organisations and health and social care professionals have an essential contribution to make in breaking down barriers and opening doors towards an inclusive society for all. Read more ……..

DCYPPP present young people’s views on Safeguarding Children with Disabilities at QUB event

November 2013

listen_to_usStaff from Barnardo’s Disabled Children and Young People’s Participation Project took part in a recent seminar at Queens University Belfast. The “Keeping Disabled Children Safe” seminar focused on a number of issues such as Rights and how Children and young people can be protected from harm. Staff from DCYPPP gave their presentation after speaking with some young people from 6th Sense. Read more ……..

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Do you know what CYPSP is? CYPSP? – what is that? It’s the children and young people’s strategic partnership Who or what is that? It brings together lots of people who work with children to plan services to improve our lives. What type of people? Important people from:-

health and social care,


the police,

Youth Justice

the housing executive

and Councils

there are also people from voluntary groups like Barnardos and Children in Northern Ireland and some people from community groups like Womens Aid and Sure Start and people from groups who help black minority ethnic people like Step and Chinese Welfare Association What do these people do? Before they had the Partnership everyone who worked with children provided services alone, which sometimes caused problems for children and their families. Now the CYPSP plans and provides services for children and families better because they make decisions together about the services needed, and pay for these services together. What does this mean for me? CYPSP has local planning groups all across Northern Ireland – they look at issues in local areas that affect me and you and arrange events to help local families. What events have happened? Lots of events where families and children come together – like….

Have Your Say event in Larne

Intergenerational Project in Armagh

A Youth Fair in Carrickfergus

Have your Say events in Antrim, Moyle and Magherafelt

A Fun Fair in Enniskillen

Volunteer Roadshow in Cookstown and Dungannon

Family Fun and Information Day in Armagh

Chill and Spill at Carrickfergus College

Fun and Facts day in Derry

Family fun and Information Day in Gilford

Magical Story Telling in Enniskillen

Information Events in Belfast

Creative showcase for Black Minority Children in Armagh

A Youth Fair in Antrim

Youth Awards in Ballyclare and Newtownabbey

Have your voice heard in Ballymoney

It takes a community to educate a child in Bushmills.

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