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  E zine: 51
 December 2018

Findings from First Locality Planning Group Members Survey Launched                  

CYPSP Locality Planning Groups are partnerships between statutory, voluntary and community organisations that are working with and for children young people and families at a local geography.  The groups provide the bedrock to the wider CYPSP structure.  The first Locality Planning Group was launched in Bushmills in 2000 and there is now full regional coverage with 26 groups and through locality planning significant initiatives have been developed and delivered to improve outcomes for children and young people. 

This year, for the first time, a survey was carried out with 1028 members, with 303 surveys completed giving a response rate of 29.5%.  Feedback was extremely positive:- “Locality groups are a pivotal mechanism for joined up thinking and multi-agency working to meet identified local needs”  “Partner organisations are working together on areas and events that would not have been the case prior to the structure. It is forming communication and shaping services including those funded regionally”
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Linking Key Strategies, frameworks and ongoing work for Children and Young People
CYPSP have developed a new searchable system which provides a breakdown of the Outcomes outlined in the draft Programme for Government 2016-2021, and maps strategies, frameworks and ongoing work currently being undertaken to improve Outcomes for all our Children and Young People in Northern Ireland.  We would encourage you to visit Mapping Children's Outcomes which is available on the CYPSP website and feel free to add any further strategies, frameworks or ongoing work.

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The Regional ACE Reference Group met in Girdwood Community Centre, on 23 November 2018. Representation from the Trauma Network was welcomed to the group. The group signed off the ACE presentation which will be used to explain the roll out of ACE Awareness across Northern Ireland. A logic model to support the work was also agreed.  Both the presentation and the logic model are now available on the Regional ACE Reference Group webpage

The group heard about a range of activity from member agencies to support ACE awareness/Trauma informed practice. CYPSP, for its part, continues through Locality Groups and Family Support Hubs to support activities around the Resilience documentary.

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Southern Area Outcomes Group
The Southern Area Outcomes Group have developed a new Newsletter which they aim to produce 2 to 3 times per year to reflect and share progress from their priority areas on delivering outcomes to the children and young people living in the area.  Paul Morgan, Chair of the group, has asked partners to share the newsletter within their own organisations and the community to keep all up to date with the Outcomes Group's actions and progress.
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South Eastern Area Outcomes Group
At the December meeting of the South Eastern Area Outcomes Group members had the opportunity to hear from Family Support Hub leads from other areas of the region. Jacinta Linden gave an in-depth presentation about how the Family Support Hubs provide early help to families in the Southern Outcomes Group Area and Claire Humphrey and Nicola Hannigan outlined the supports provided through FSHs in Belfast Outcomes Group Area with examples of family support requests in the Outer South and East Belfast Hub.  Brendan Whittle chair of the South Eastern Area Outcomes Group stated that the presentations provided a great opportunity for sharing best practice and learning from other areas.
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Fermanagh and Omagh LPG - Family Support at Christmas
Christmas can be a magical time for families, but the festive period can bring with it some degree of added stress or anxiety for family members young and old. To remind everyone of the support that families can find in their local areas, members of the Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Groups promoted their services at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Christmas Craft and Food Fair.  At the busy Christmas Fair, families visited the LPG stand and met with a range of local services and a representative from the Family Support NI Website. LPG members reassured parents and carers that it is not surprising that they may feel overwhelmed during this period, but there are organisations out there that can help. Photos:Priscilla Magee, Fermanagh & Omagh Locality Planning; Sheila McCarney, Shine & Vanessa Nelis, Kinship WHSCT, Shirley Donaldson, Community Family Support Programme
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East Belfast LPG - Resilience
CYPSP in partnership with Dundonald Ladies Group hosted a screening of “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope documentary on Wednesday 14 November.  The event was held in Dundonald High School and was attended by 40 people.  After the screening the audience had the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the documentary and what is happening in Northern Ireland with a panel of Una Casey (CYPSP) Nicola Hannigan (Barnardo’s and Outer South And East Belfast FSH) and Peter Martin DUP, who has recently written a paper on ACEs (Hope for Every Child).  Nicola Hannigan finished off the evening with a poem about hope, resilience and self-care.  
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Fermanagh & Omagh LPGs - Sharenting
Members of Fermanagh & Omagh LPGs and Hubs were delighted in November to invite Debbie Greaves, Senior Social Worker WHSCT, to present research findings of current evidence focused on the rights’ implications of what parents are sharing online. Debbie emphasised that sharing the traditional family album and parenting experience is not new, but has totally changed with the invention of social media. Parents are now ‘sharenting’- (combination of words ‘sharing’ and ‘parenting’) by posting photos, videos and other information on social media about their children. Debbie has developed a booklet that is evidence-informed and designed to encourage parents, carers, and others to make conscious choices about what they share, why, with whom, and to reduce the potential negatives or risks.  

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Newry LPG - Co-production Project
The Disability Sub Group of the Newry LPG has recently embarked on a Co-production project with parents and carers of children/young people with a disability in the Newry & Mourne area. The aim of the project is to hold an event in March 2019 to tell other parents and carers that they are not alone, with support, connections and signposting opportunities on the day.  Following Newry LPG’s successful Disability Inclusion event in May 2018 at Newry Youth Resource Centre, where workers and volunteers across the locality made links and shared good practice to promote better inclusion for children and young people with a disability, the LPG members agreed to focus on support for parents and carers and their children in partnership with parents and carers. 
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Family Support Hub Newsletter
The December Edition of the Family Support Hubs Newsletter is now available to download here. This newsletter will keep you up to date with opportunities and new services available to families in need of support. If you would like to register to receive the newsletter or promote your service in the next edition of the newsletter please send details to:
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CYPSP would like to ensure that parents are involved in the design and development of support services for families across Northern Ireland and would value your feedback which will help to inform planning for future services.

The aim of Family Support is to promote and protect health, wellbeing and rights of all children and young people and their families through a range of support services. This can be help within your local community and from family/friends.

Closing Date:  31st January 2019

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South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has launched a course aimed at 16-24-year olds who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), thanks to funding from the European Social Fund.

College Connect is a one-year mentor led programme which provides participants the opportunity to undertake a Level 1 qualification with the aim of progressing into Further Education (FE) or employment. Participants over 18 years old in receipt of Job Seekers allowance will be allowed to retain their benefit for the duration of the programme.
The course will commence on 7 January 2019 and participants will have a personal mentor to help and support them throughout the qualification.

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The 2019/20 Central Good Relations Funding Programme (CGRF) is now open for applications.The programme supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects where there is evidence of identified good relations need. Successful projects must contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities.

There are two streams of funding available: project funding and small grants.Small grants are open throughout the funding year. Access the link below to download the application forms and guidance.

The deadline to apply for project funding is 2.00pm 31 January 2019.

The December edition of the Children’s Disability News and Views newsletter for the Southern Trust Region is now available to download here.
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