Family Focus Interim Evaluation 2018

Family Focus is a new initiative developed to offer intensive and tailored support and activities to increase children’s development, encourage strong family bonds, reduce isolation and help children reach their full potential. It proposed to do so through the provision of play-based habilitation, specialist mobility and independent living skills training and therapies for children with a visual impairment and parent to parent peer support.

Delivered by three leading visual impairment charities and support providers (Guide Dogs NI, as project lead, in association with Angel Eyes NI and Sense NI) Family Focus also provides parental and family support through peer sharing, signposting and targeted Time to Play and Coffee & Chat family events across NI.

The full report can be read by clicking the image below.


Understanding Misuse of Prescription and OTC Drugs – New Date Added

CYPSP through Locality Planning are holding two training sessions aimed at those that already have a basic drugs knowledge who want to have a better understanding of how prescription and Over The Counter medicines are misused.

This is an information based course and is open to any individual working in the statutory or voluntary sector.

Due to demand another session has been added for the date below:

Date: Monday 3rd December
Venue: Tower Hill, Armagh
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Date: Monday 26th November – Fully Booked
Venue: Tower Hill, Armagh
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Date: Thursday 29th November – Fully Booked
Venue: Brownstown Community Centre, Portadown
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

View the flyer here.

To register or for further details, contact Darren Curtis, Locality Development Officer at or 02895 363966

Effective Conversations about Change

CYPSP through Locality Planning, is working in partnership with Ascert and Workshop author and facilitator, Ed Sipler, to host a 2-half day course on Effective Conversations about Change to improve health, wellbeing, relationships and improve the uptake of Family Support Services..

Dates/Time: Tuesday 16th October (2-5pm) and Monday 22nd October (10am-1pm)
Location: Banbridge Enterprise Centre. 
Cost: £20 per person

The course is aimed at practitioners who provide family support and participants will be expected to attend both days.

For further details view the flyer here.

Please contact to confirm your place or for further queries.

Early Years Leadership and Governance Conference


Early Years are hosting a one day conference which explores the concept of leadership within the early years sector and aims to provide programme leaders, members of the management committees and independent owners with information, advice and networking opportunities to support their decision making and enhance outcomes for children. 

Date: 23rd November 2018
Location: Park Avenue Hotel Belfast

View the flyer here.

Further information is available at:

Parenting Week 2018 – Family Fun Days

Celebrating the Power of Parent Child Relationships this Parenting Week (week commencing 22nd October 2018)

Children’s most important early relationships are with their parents. Positive parent-child relationships are important for all areas of children’s development.

Parenting NI are hosting 2 family fun days, supported by the Northern Childcare Partnership.

Cookstown Library
Date: 23rd October 2018
Time: 10am – 1pm

Larne Library
Date: 24th October 2018
Time: 10am – 1pm

For more information click on the flyers below.

Further activities and resources will be available soon, if you would access to these Free Fun resources please email: