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E-zine 62 : January 2021
We continue to update our Covid 19 central resource with the most current information on education, disability, mental health and parenting support as well as activities and resources for children and young people.

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CYPSP Translation Hub

Looking for important information on health, family support, education, housing, employment, safety, covid19, EUSS and useful contacts visit our translation hub at… where you can view the information in numerous languages.
All of our Outcomes Groups are in the process of developing Action Plans for 2021-2024, with many of them holding virtual workshops with key stakeholders over the next month or so to progress this work.  The CYPSP have identified 4 key priority areas to take forward over the next planning period and Outcomes Groups will help take these priorities forward at local level:-
  • Children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, in particular but not exclusively children in the 5-10 age groups.
  • Early intervention support for Children with Disabilities and their families.
  • Support to children whose wellbeing is being affected by disruption to their schooling.
  • Contribution to strategic cross departmental actions in response to food and fuel poverty, as well as locality based service responses. 
Derry, Limavady, Strabane & Waterside Locality Planning Groups: Fortnighty News

Welcome to the first edition of the Derry, Limavady, Strabane and Waterside Locality Planning Groups fortnightly news.


Southern Area Locality Planning Groups: FYI Newsletter

Welcome to the opening 2021 edition of our information bulletin, FYI – 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.

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South Eastern Area Locality Planning Groups: Fortnightly News

Welcome to the 37th edition of Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News.

This edition shares information to improve the outcomes for Children and Young People.

We begin 2021 with an air of optimism as the coronavirus vaccine is being rolled out, there is still disruption to schools as virus rates increase.

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New LPG Performance Profiles Introduced to CYPSP
Interactive System

We have updated population data in our new Locality Planning Group performance profiles under each NI high level outcome, visit  - and choose an area to view the data.
Partnership Working Brings Christmas Cheer to
3,500 Belfast Families


The ten Family Support Hubs that make up the Belfast Family Support Hub Network were delighted to take up an offer from North Belfast Advice Partnership (NBAP) to work in partnership to deliver practical support to families in Belfast over the Christmas and New Year period.  

This major Christmas Appeal initiative, co-ordinated by Sinead McKinley from  NBAP, secured the SSE Arena as a base, which was transformed in early December to a drop off point for donations of Christmas goods and toys from businesses and organisations from across the city.

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The latest edition of the Family Support Hubs Newsletter (December 2020) includes advice and guidane for young people, parents, carers and BAME
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Visit for Information on a wide range of local family support services and registered childcare provision including current childcare advice in Northern Ireland.
Children & Young People's Strategy 2020-2030

On 25 January 2021, Education Minister, Peter Weir launched the Northern Ireland Executive's Children and Young People's Strategy 2020-2030 for Northern Ireland.

The strategy is the strategic framework through which departments will work together to improve the well-being of all children and young people.  It lists eight outcomes to be achieved for all children and young people.  These cover many aspects of children’s lives including their physical and mental health, play and leisure, learning and achieving, safety and stability, economic and environmental well-being, contribution to society and rights and equality. 
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Programme for Government Outcomes Framework Consultation

Consultation on the new draft Programme for Government is now open.  Everyone can play a part in shaping the final framework, so please provide your views and encourage others to do so as well.
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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

Leaving Care During Covid-19

Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC) in partnership with Queens University Belfast have published a report on The Voices of Young People Leaving Care During Covid 19 in Northern Ireland, which highlights additional challenges faced by care leavers during the pandemic.

Download Report Here
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.

The campaign is specifically targeted at inspiring people to register as a volunteer in the Antrim, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Lisburn, North Down and Omagh areas.

Read local mum and volunteer Reda Matuseviciene's story here.

Parentline NI

Parents, carers, family members… Call Parentline NI for advice, support or guidance. Freephone 0808 8020 400
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.
Find Out More
Parenting NI have updated their App with even MORE resources! 

Top Tips, information on Parenting Styles and advice all available in one place.

Parenting NI have a variety of teenager workshops for both parents and practitioners coming up in February and March 2021.

Further information and registration:

The Empowerment Project

As we are now in 2021 the Empower Project has moved into a 2-year extension programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.


The Empower Project will continue to offer information sessions, training sessions, parent and professional conferences, activities for the children and siblings, coffee morning/support meetings for parents, and recently the opportunity for parents and professionals to achieve a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Autism.

Further Information
Quaranteens! Free Training!

ACET are holding free Zoom workshops in February and March for anyone who works/volunteers with teens, parents or families.

Further information and booking details HERE
RNIB - Need to Talk

Through the Need to Talk (NTT) project, sight loss charities RNIB (in Scotland and Northern Ireland) and Fighting Blindness (Republic of Ireland) are working together to support people of all ages, as well as family and friends, to access the emotional and practical support they need to navigate these particularly trying times.
Further Information
The Social Care Institute for Excellence have produced a quick guide to help practitioners safeguarding children and families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
View Guide Here
Evaluation of Reconnection and Transitions Programme
2020 was a highly unusual year in the 20 year history of the delivery of Early Years services and programmes in South Belfast Sure Start due to the outbreak of the novel Coronovirus pandemic. As an organisation we have had to take stock of what we were doing and how we were doing it and respond innovatively to the different phases of the ongoing health crisis while trying to keep our children, families and staff as safe as possible.

This evaluation focusses on one specific new programme we established in the summer of 2020 and the learning from that programme both as we continue to work within a global pandemic and hopefully for when we return to a more normal situation.

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Read for Empathy Collection 2021

Just launched....Download your copy of the Read for Empathy 2021 guides here.


Download the free Northern Ireland specific contact tracing app ‘StopCOVID NI’ to help support contact tracing and save lives.  The app will tell you automatically if you’ve been near another app user who tests positive.

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