Our Journey Through Disability Report Card

On 27th March Newry LPG’s Disability Sub Committee held an event in the Mourne Country Hotel, Newry, entitled Our Journey Through Disability. This event was a co-production project between LPG members and parents of children with a disability in the locality area. The aim of the event was to provide other parents of children with a disability, the chance to learn of the services available to their families, to listen to the journeys taken by 8 families from birth to transition to adulthood, and to speak directly with service providers to identify the barriers faced and possible solutions.

View the report card from the event here.

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View the video from the event below.

Our Journey Through Disability

On 27th March Newry LPG’s Disability Sub Committee held an event in the Mourne Country Hotel, Newry, entitled Our Journey Through Disability. This event was a co-production project between LPG members and parents of children with a disability in the locality area. The aim of the event was to provide other parents of children with a disability, the chance to learn of the services available to their families, to listen to the journeys taken by 8 families from birth to transition to adulthood, and to speak directly with service providers to identify the barriers faced and possible solutions.

 

 

Of the 159 attendees, 64 were parents and carers for children with a disability and/or additional needs. They were able to obtain information from 39 different stalls, meet other parents and service providers and make links which will benefit their families.

 

 

 

The videos gave a powerful reflection of the daily struggles families face alongside the resilience shown, complemented by the message that parents need to also take care of themselves. During facilitated discussions, participants had the chance to further explore the barriers and potential solutions faced by families, and were invited to identify one thing that families should expect from services.

 

Some feedback from the day (a final Report will be released in May):

“Great opportunities for networking and hearing what really is happening for parents
I found out about services local to me who I didn’t know about
The loneliness lifted as we were able to connect with the same issues as the parents in the films
Spoke so well, helped me and encouraged me to speak out and strengthened me to stand up for my child and me
My highlight of the day was Finding a new service for my child
My highlight of the day was Knowing that there is help out there, if only we were signposted to it”

 

The event included amazing and powerful videos from parents sharing their journeys which can be viewed below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Journey Through Disability

The Newry Locality Planning Group are holding an event for parents, carers, services and workers in the Newry and Mourne area to learn more about what support is available for children and young people with a disability/additional needs.

 

Date: Wednesday 27th March 2019
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Mourne Country Hotel Newry

 

For further information or to book a place please contact Darren Curtis at darren.curtis@hscni.net or 07725232566.

 

Download the flyer here.


View the press release here.

 

Newry Disability Inclusion Workshop

 

The Newry Locality Planning Group hosted a workshop in May for services and organisations in the local area to come together and share good practice on how agencies are shaping their services around children and young people with a disability to ensure the inclusiveness of all children.

 

The Newry Locality Planning Group’s Disability Sub Group hosted a workshop on 24 May at Newry Youth Resource Centre for agencies to further the agenda on how they can best support children and young people with a disability.

The workshop was attended by twenty seven people and a full day’s programme commenced with a speed networking session where 150 new contacts were made by participants.  Participants then learnt of good practice within the Southern HSC Trust area with presentations from the Southern HSC Trust Transition Service, Confederation of Community Groups and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.  Further good practice was shared by participants to recognise the existing innovative work that is being delivered in the local area.

 

 

The workshop culminated in a brief overview of Outcomes Based Accountability by Nicola Doran of SAIL, which seamlessly transitioned into a Turning the Curve exercise which provided a wide and varied list of actions for the Newry LPG to progress under the theme of disability.

 

Contact Us:

To find out more about this workshop and the role of the Newry Locality Planning Group contact:

Darren Curtis, Southern Area Locality Planning Officer by email at darren.curtis@hscni.net or telephone 028 95 363966