Supporting Families: Downpatrick Back to School Initiative



To support parents, the CYPSP Down Locality Planning Group are taking collective action over the summer months to coordinate a Downpatrick Back to School Initiative to support families in Downpatrick to get ready for school and make this time of year a little less stressful for families.

Four primary schools and four post primary schools have got involved in the initiative alongside a range of locality group members including Lisburn YMCA, County Down Rural Community Network, Bryson Group, Downpatrick Sure Start, South Eastern HSC Trust and the Health and Social Care Board.

As part of the initiative we are asking parents who have school uniforms, PE kits, school bags, rain coats etc. that they no longer need to donate them at one of our identified drop off sites in Downpatrick.


Partner agencies will host two back to school fairs over the summer to support parents to get their children ready for returning to school in September;

27 July 2017 from 10.00am-12.30pm in Ballymote Community Centre

16 August 2017 from 1.00pm – 3.30pm in Downpatrick Leisure Centre


(Note: All school uniforms and associated items will be available at no cost to families attending the Back to School Fairs in Downpatrick)


For further information about school uniform drop off sites and Back to School Fairs in the Downpatrick area click here 



For further information contact Ralston Perera, SIF Programme Manager, South Eastern HSC Trust by email at


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