SERC launches course to help tackle youth unemployment

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.

The course will cover modules such as Literacy, Numeracy, Teamwork Skills, Exploring Employment Opportunities as well as the opportunity to take part in a Vocational Taster course in Hospitality and Catering covering modules including: Food and Drink Service, Tea and Coffee Counter Service and Food Preparation and Cooking.

There are no formal qualifications required but applicants should have a passion for the area of work they have chosen.

On successful completion of the course, students can expect to be more employable thanks to enhanced personal development skills, valuable hands on experience, improved interview experience, CV writing ability and a vocational qualification.

If you would like to apply for College Connect, please call Barbara McNeill on 0345 600 7555, email or call into the Downpatrick Campus reception.


Play Matters – Hanging Out

The latest Play Matters briefing is now available.

This briefing explores what play means to older children (pre-teen/teenagers) and highlights to parents that older children still need time and space to chill out, relax or ‘hang out with friends during their day. Spending time with young people is a great way for parents to stay connected with their child and included is a few tips and ideas for parents to consider.

View the briefing here.



2019/20 Central Good Relations Funding programme now open for applications

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.

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

Small grants are open throughout the funding year. Access the links below to download the application forms and guidance.



Family Support Survey 2018-2019

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

Click the link below to complete the survey


If you have any questions about the survey, please email either, or ring 028 90 31 0891.