Understanding Misuse of Prescription and OTC Drugs – New Date Added

CYPSP through Locality Planning are holding two training sessions aimed at those that already have a basic drugs knowledge who want to have a better understanding of how prescription and Over The Counter medicines are misused.

This is an information based course and is open to any individual working in the statutory or voluntary sector.

Due to demand another session has been added for the date below:

Date: Monday 3rd December
Venue: Tower Hill, Armagh
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Date: Monday 26th November – Fully Booked
Venue: Tower Hill, Armagh
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Date: Thursday 29th November – Fully Booked
Venue: Brownstown Community Centre, Portadown
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

View the flyer here.

To register or for further details, contact Darren Curtis, Locality Development Officer at darren.curtis@hscni.net or 02895 363966

Portadown Gets Active celebrates Innovation Award!


The Portadown Gets Active Programme extended its reached to over 71 children and 43 peer mentors over Easter in April 2018. Activities during the programme included physical activities and sport, baking, growing your own edible garden, Go Fly Your Kite and a Talent Show to round off the programme.  The edible garden will be revisited in the summer programme to enjoy the fruits of the effort by participants.


The Portadown Gets Active Programme is a partnership approach to tackling holiday hunger that includes includes physical activity, healthy eating and a continued learning/educational element.

Following on from the Summer 2017, Halloween and Christmas Programme, Oasis Youth Project continued to lead the very successful project in partnership with the Craigavon Locality Planning Group to provide a packed programme for children and young people in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough.



Feedback from Young People and Families

  • One young person spoke following the programme and said “I learnt how to be healthy and eat vegetables and fruits, thank you very much”


  • A Peer Mentor who supported the delivery of the programme said at the end of the programme that “Every volunteer got to interact with the kids and I’ve gotten so much out of it”.


  • Many parents congratulated the programme leads and feedback on how much their children enjoyed the programme. One parent spoke to us during the programme and said “Portadown Gets Active is a fantastic programme. Well done!”


Click here to download our report card from the Portadown Gets Active Easter Programme


Special Recognition to Our Peer Mentors!


During the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Community Awards ceremony on 10 May 2018, the Peer Mentors from Portadown Gets Active won the Innovation Award for their amazing work on the programme. Well done to all the young people who volunteered their time during the programme to support Portadown Gets Active!


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


OCN NI level 2 Award in Youth Leadership – ABC Council Area

The OCN NI Level 2 Award in Youth Leadership qualification will provide learners with an understanding of the skills and knowledge required for youth leaders. It provides an introduction into leadership styles, effective communication methods and relevant health and safety requirements, and Good Relations.

This qualification is aimed at young people engaged in youth projects within their local area.The OCN NI Level 2 Award in Youth Leadership qualification enables progression to further learning in this area or into employment, but is also a useful addition to anyone’s CV or college application as all the taught skills have relevance in a wide range of employment fields.

To apply Download Leaflet

Recognising our young people’s achievements at Portadown Gets Active Awards Night


Eighty young people from the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area who took part in and completed the Portadown Gets Active Youth programme over the summer months were presented with an Open College Network (OCN) accredited award last week in Portadown. 

In addition to creating a safe place for young people to continue learning and participate in physical activities during school holidays, the programme also fostered their relationship building skills and helped develop resilience to improve emotional wellbeing.

Alan Armstrong, CEO, Almac Group commented “We were delighted to support this innovative programme and it is a privilege to be here this evening presenting OCN certificates to these inspirational young people.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this outstanding project which has had a very positive impact within our local community.” 


Click here to download the press release from the Portadown Gets Active Awards


Find out more:

For further information and to watch the Portadown Gets Active short video see http://www.ci-ni.org.uk/portadown-gets-active 


Contact Us:

 If your organisation would like to get involved in the End Holiday Hunger Campaign contact Ellen Finlay, Children in Northern Ireland at 028 9040 1290 or email Ellen@Ci-NI.org.uk


Portadown Gets Active Success!


Children in Northern Ireland ran a summer scheme to support local children in Portadown.  The programme was delivered in partnership with the community and voluntary sector, statutory agencies, local schools and local government with additional support from Craigavon based Almac Group.

The scheme Portadown Gets Active was aimed at tackling the problem of holiday hunger.  This new and unique initiative was aimed at offering children a fun and active holiday programme, which not only provides a free nutritious breakfast and lunch but also gives children the opportunity to gain an OCN qualification in Healthy Living. 
Pauline Leeson, Chief Executive of Children in Northern Ireland, said: “It is incredibly sad that in this day and age we still have families struggling to provide enough food for their children.   Not only is food poverty detrimental to children’s health, it also has serious implications for their educational future.  Which is why our project is so unique in its approach and why it has been a huge success by improving many outcomes for children.”

Some of the improved outcomes from this project include:

– Improved mental health and well-being for young people
– Improved nutrition during school holidays
– Improved educational achievement and no loss of educational memory
– Increased confidence and skills
– Reduced poor health through nutrition and exercise
– Improved employment prospects and progression (OCN qualification)
– Higher levels of social interaction and participation
– Increased confidence, health and well-being.

Speaking about the scheme, Kevin Reid, VP Corporate Marketing, Almac Group, stated “Portadown Gets Active is a fantastic project which we were delighted to support.  The kids who participated over the summer have developed a range of valuable skills and knowledge about nutrition, health and well-being whilst making friends and, most of all, having fun in the process. Congratulations to the team of volunteers who helped make the programme such a success.
The Portadown Gets Active project will be running throughout the year during school holiday times summer, Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

The project in Portadown is a partnership between Children in Northern Ireland, Oasis Youth Portadown, Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership, Pathways Activities and Presentation Primary School with additional support from the Public Health Agency, food supplier Brakes UK and the Almac Group.

To view the video of the project visit here.


Contact Us:

For further information please contact Ellen Finlay, Children in Northern Ireland at 02890 401 290 or by email at Ellen@Ci-NI.org.uk