CYPSP Regional ACE Reference Group

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 of 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.

The Five Nation ACE Special Interest Group met in Dublin on 28th and 29th November. The meeting was hosted by TUSLA. On the evening of 28th November an event was hosted by the Irish Prison Service in the women’s prison. The Irish Prison Service are very committed to trauma informed practice and the event represented an important opportunity to hear about   their work with a very vulnerable population. The full meeting of the group looked at developments across the five nations in promoting ACE awareness /trauma informed practice. A common agenda has emerged across the different countries around ACEs.

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 BMcneill@serc.ac.uk 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.