Play for Parents

PlayBoard NI are holding Play Awareness sessions for parents and carers.

This half-day Play Awareness session will strengthen parents understanding of play and its importance to the growth and development of their children. They will also gain practical ideas which they can incorporate into their homes or local community to enhance opportunities for play.

The session aims to help parents:
Better understand the importance of play for children and young people’s holistic health and well being.

Explore how play facilitates attachment and builds relationships between children and parents.

Have a greater understanding of the range of play types, their importance in terms of supporting growth and development; and how children and a variety of play types can be supported within home/community settings.

Explore the role of the adult parent/carer in the play process and how parents can best facilitate play in a way that meets their child’s needs.

Understand the importance of risk and challenge for the development of resilience, independence and life skills.

Gain practical play ideas that can be applied within the home and/or local community to enhance opportunities for play.

For more information view the flyer here.

These sessions are expected to fill quickly and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

To discuss your booking requirements or to book a space please contact Karen Witherspoon at 90 803380 or at



Family and Parenting Support Strategy

The Northern Ireland Executive has pledged to give children and young people across Northern Ireland the best start in life.  One way they will do this is by developing a new Strategy to help families and parents get the right support when they need it most, so they can raise happy and healthy children.

To help get the strategy right, they need you to tell them what you think is the best way to support you and your family. 

To take part in the survey click on the link below.




Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in NI

The Prevention Subgroup of the Western Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership have organised an event to bring together a range of partners & practitioners working in the Dungiven and Limavady areas to tackle domestic & sexual violence. 

The event will share information & updates on a range of initiatives across the locality and Western area.

Date: Thursday 29th November 2018
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Location: Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 Main Street, Limavady, BT49 0FJ

12.00 – 12.15pm: Welcome and introduction to the work of the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership including policy and practice developments.

12.15 – 1.15pm:  Presentations from a range of WDSVP members on how support and prevention services can help victims, survivors and those concerned for them.

1.15 – 1.30pm: Table top Question and Answer Session

1.30 – 2pm: Networking and Lunch

If you would like to attend  please contact Helen at or by phone – 07394856650

View the flyer here


Family Fund – Information and Support Day

Learn more about support services, grants and information
available to you and your disabled child or young person.

Come along and meet Family Fund and other charities in your area
and get help with your Family Fund application form.

Date: Tuesday 13th November 2018
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Community Sports Hall, Skainos Square, 235-251 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF

Date: Wednesday 14th November 2018
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Location: The Junction, 12 Beechvalley Way, Dungannon BT70 1BS

For information and contact details view the flyer here.

Smoke Free Homes Initiative launched in Downpatrick

Smoke Free homes, an exciting harm reduction concept, is now being launched in the Downpatrick area. Its primary aim is to improve the health of local families, by encouraging people not to smoke in the home. As most people are now aware, tobacco smoke is one of the greatest single causes of disease and illness in our community, accounting for 6 deaths a day in NI (PHA tobacco control 2015). However, the facts around second hand smoke and its detrimental effects are perhaps not so well known, with children and vulnerable adults being put at most risk.

For example:

  • Children are more likely to suffer from asthma, respiratory infections & glue ear as their lungs are more delicate and still developing.
  • Second-hand smoke also accounts for an increase in Sudden Infant Death/Cot death.
  • Children whose parents smoke are 90% more likely to smoke themselves.
  • Increased burden on the NHS
  • Fire safety implications in the home.


Smokefree homes is a simple message that gives families the knowledge and tools to make healthier choices. It is achievable for everyone, especially those who are not yet ready to stop smoking, however it often becomes a stepping stone to quitting. Community workers will also be trained to provide carbon monoxide readings. An awareness of your carbon monoxide level, helps you to make informed choices about your own health.

This project has been led by health development in South Eastern Health and Social Care Turst, and made possible by the support of CYPSP Down LPG, Down Sure Start, Bryson, Barnardo’s & Cancer Focus.


Contact Us:

If you would like more information regarding ‘Smoke-free Homes’ please contact Cathy or Lisa on; 02892501376.