Southern Area Locality Planning: FYI Newsletter

Southern Area Locality Planning have recently introduced a new innovative way of sharing information on the great work of services and organisations striving to improve outcomes for children, young people and families in the Southern Trust area.  With the aim of strengthening contacts, participation, engagement and connections in the region, LPG members, as well as the wider community, are invited to submit flyers, posters & announcements promoting relevant events, opportunities, programmes and initiatives. All of this information is then collated and shared via a one-stop shop style newsletter – ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).
Moving into its 14th edition in August 2019, the fortnightly ‘FYI’ e-bulletin, circulated on alternate Thursday afternoons, now reaches approx. 700 contacts and regularly advertises at least 20 opportunities on behalf of a varied range of community, voluntary & statutory organisations. More recently, the newsletter has also been circulated to the C2k education network.
View the most recent edition of ‘FYI’ here:
If you wish to make a submission, for sharing across the southern area LPG membership and wider community, or if you would like to receive future ‘FYI’ bulletins, please just get in touch, by e-mailing
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How are Children and Young People doing in your Trust area?

The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership’s main aim is improving the lives of all our children and young people. A Northern Ireland Children’s Services Plan 2019-2021 has drawn up our approach to improving outcomes for children and young people along with agreeing key themes –which are the most important issues that will be taken forward in the Children and Young People’s Plan. 

Detailed Action Plans have been drawn up by each Outcomes Group across Northern Ireland which will provide more detail on how we are improving outcomes for children and young people.  We have therefore developed a new suite of interactive reports that shows how children and young people in each Trust area are doing in relation to the Government’s eight outcomes with information being updated regularly. 

To view reports click here and then click on “full screen” once loaded choose your Trust area.  Reports are available to be printed.

The Information collated in these reports is already being used by Children’s Services Planning Working Groups, together with needs assessment material collected from agencies, children and young people and communities, in the planning of services. It is also useful for locality partnerships, who can use it to help them plan better for children in a particular locality.

Portadown gets active again in Summer 2019

July saw the continuation of the Portadown Gets Active programme which aims to provide a positive and participatory response to the need to tackle holiday hunger and provide family support outside of school term time. 

The PGA summer programme is about fun, learning and food. It encourages young people to stay active during the summer months, attain a qualification and enjoy a healthy snack and lunch.


2019 also saw the 3rd Portadown Gets Active summer initiative get even bigger & better! Hosted in St. John the Baptist College, Oasis Youth Project in Portadown, lead community partner, worked closely with key partners to provide 9 days of activities, education and meals for around 140 children who were supported by a team of amazing Peer Mentors and Blue Crew peers.

Special thanks to all community and voluntary sector, statutory agencies, local schools and local government involved in the delivery of this year’s Portadown Gets Active programme and to the additional support provided by Craigavon-based Almac Group


Family Support NI – New, Improved Website

The team at are proud to announce the launch of a new and improved website, making it easier for people in Northern Ireland to find out about Family Support services and ALL REGISTERED childcare providers in NI. 

The Family Support NI website ( is funded by the Health and Social Care Board and the Departments of Health and Education to provide information on all types of Family Support services, including ALL REGISTERED childcare, throughout Northern Ireland.

This is a unique on-line directory of local family support services including statutory, community and voluntary sectors.  It is designed to be used by front line staff, families and young people to enable them to access information about available services in Northern Ireland.

Details provided on the website include contact details such as name of service, address, telephone number, contact name, email address etc. There is also a brief overview of the service, including details about how it can be accessed/referrals.

New features and improvements include;

  • Improved ‘Childcare Search’ function – easy to use and with extra filters to meet each user’s requirements eg. vacancies available, School Pick-up, Registered for HMRC Tax Free Childcare; Offering a Breakfast Club, suitable for specific ages etc;
  • More helpful additional information for Families (eg. Financial Help for Childcare Costs, Benefits of registered Childcare; How to Find Registered Childcare; etc.)
  • Easier access to specific information that families need (how and where to access specific services e.g. Educational Support, Financial/Welfare Advice, Family Support and Housing etc.)
  • Translation Function – can be used to translate details of Family Support Services into a range of languages – this function is very useful to users who do not have English as their first language.
  • Listings of all Pre-School provision in NI (including Statutory Nursery Schools/Units)

If you require any more information about the website or would like some leaflets/posters, please contact us at or Tel 0845 600 6483

A promotional animation clip outlining the functions/benefits can be viewed at :-

Overview of FSNI website

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Play Matters

The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate PLAY MATTERS 10th September 2019, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor 9.30am until 1pm.

This small gathering will highlight the importance of play and leisure for children’s health and wellbeing and showcase the key elements of the EITP funded Play Matters project; Play Shaper, Play for Parents and Play Messaging Campaign. Come along and hear from those who have participated in the programme and help us celebrate the project’s success. You will also be offered the opportunity to visit ‘Clandeboye Nature Rangers’ one of Northern Ireland’s first Trust registered outdoor out of school projects which is situated deep within the Clandeboye Estate, Bangor.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited.  For more information and booking details visit

We look forward to welcoming you.