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 Darren.Curtis@hscni.net 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: www.early-years.org/conference2018

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: emmal@parentingni.org


Building resilience of young people in schools in the Ards and North Down

Barnardo’s NI in partnership with the CYPSP Ards and North Down Locality Planning Group and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust hosted a one day training workshop on the Botvin Life Skills Programme to support teachers to build the resilience of their young people in the classroom.

Lauren Spiers, Barnardo’s Facilitator spoke from the programme and said “LifeSkills is a highly evidence based, universal programme that improves children’s emotional health and wellbeing within the classroom setting. On 23 August teachers within the North Down and Ards area completed the  Botvin LifeSkills training in Bloomfield Primary School. Teachers in primary 5, 6 and 7 learned the core components behind the programme’s success and how to effectively implement LifeSkills within their school. A benefit of the programme is that it can clearly demonstrate the impact the programme is having with regards to children’s skills, knowledge and attitude.

83% of participants reported that the training was excellent and enhanced their understanding of LifeSkills and the importance of building a resilient classroom

Click here to download the Botvin Life Skills Training report card


Contact Us:

If you would like to find out more about this programme or the work of the Ards and North Down Locality Planning Group please contact Noelle Hollywood, Community Health Development Practitioner, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust by email at noelle.hollywood@setrust.hscni.net 


I Don’t Know How I Got Here – Seminar on Coercive Control for Practitioners


The Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership in collaboration with the Western Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership are hosting a half day seminar that seeks to increase understanding of coercive control for practitioners.


The seminar entitled I don’t know how I got here! addresses the context and impact of coercive control in domestic and sexual abuse. Facilitated by knowledgeable and experienced practitioners working in the field of domestic and sexual violence.  The seminar offers perspectives on how a relationship underpinned by coercive control strategies adversely affects victims and survivor’s health, well-being and autonomy.


 The seminar is aimed at policy influencers and practitioners and seeks to:

  • consider what do we mean by coercive control
  • explore how practitioners can understand impact and identify indicators
  • consider the context of coercive control for risk assessment, safety planning and action for all including the victim/survivors and those seeking to support them.
  • explore the implications of different perspectives of coercive control behaviour on help-seeking
  • provide an update on the introduction of coercive control legislation in Northern Ireland.


The seminar will take place on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at The Tara Centre, 11 Holmview Avenue, Omagh BT79 0AH commencing with registration at 9.30am and concluding with a light lunch at 1.00pm. There is very limited parking at the back of the Tara Centre. Other car parks within walking distance include Drumragh Avenue, Campsie Road and Market Place.


To book your place please contact Paula Sheerin, Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP

E:            paula.sheerin@fermanaghomagh.com

T:            0300 303 1777 ext. 21629


Places are limited, and early booking is advisable, please indicate if you have any dietary requirements.