Southern Area LPG Information Bulletin Issue 11 – 13th June 2019

Welcome to the 11th edition of our information bulletin, FYI (For Your Information). There are so many exciting and relevant events and programmes throughout the Southern Trust Area, aiming to improve outcomes for children and young people. 

Southern Area LPG Information Bulletin Issue 11 – 13th June 2019


Southern Area Family Support Hubs Celebration Event

The Family Support Hub hosts in the Southern Outcomes Group area, held a celebration event on 22 May, to recognise the support to 3262 families over the last 6 years in their area and also to thank all their partner organisations.

Afternoon tea was served at Ballydougan Pottery, Bleary, Craigavon and Olwen Lyner (CEO NIACRO) welcomed everyone to the event.  Donna Murphy from the SHSCT provided an overview of the success of the Hubs and the links to CYPSP, the Outcomes Group and Locality Planning stressing the importance of early intervention and family support.

Helen Dunn (Regional Co-ordinator Family Support Hubs, CYPSP) gave the regional perspective and congratulated all those present on the tremendous work they had undertaken and commended them on the significant difference they had made to the lives of  families and children in the Southern area.

Deirdre McLaughlin  from Connected for Life reminded everyone on the need for self -care. Jacinta Linden (CEO SPACE ) concluded the afternoon event with some encouraging quotes including ” Lovely venue, good company and very much appreciated by all present! Well done everyone!”

Sun Awareness Training

A free 1 hour Sun Awareness Training for all community based and EA Summer Scheme Staff has been organised.

The awareness event aims to:
• Provide an overview of the objectives of the Department of Health’s skin cancer prevention strategy.
• Improve knowledge and skills in relation to the causes, prevention and early detection of skin cancer.
• Further develop the important role that community based programmes play in promoting skin safety.


Brownlow Resource Centre –
Wednesday 19 June 6.30-7.30pm

Banbridge Youth Resource Centre
Monday 24 June 6.30-7.30pm

Armagh Epicentre
Thursday 27 June 6.30-7.30pm

Please choose which venue suits best and email : or ring 07500772905 to book

View the flyer here.



Summer Activities for Children & Young People with a Disability/Additional Needs

A  new resource for parents and staff in relation to summer activities for children and young people with a disability and/or additional needs has been produced through our 6 Locality Planning Groups in the Southern Trust Area.  We invited group members and relevant organisations to give us the dates of summer activities being run across the Southern Trust area, so we can see what is being planned. LPG’s feel it is useful for everyone to know what is happening in their area to avail of summer provision for their child.

Download Directory here

We know this is not a definitive list however we have included all of the information submitted to us and we thank those who have contributed.  We will advertise summer activities and schemes for all children and young people in the Southern Trust area in our next two FYI’s, so if you are running a scheme please send through all relevant information (flyers, details of activities etc.) 

Also, we would welcome any feedback from any of you who have secured activities for your child or services who have gained participants as a result of this resource.

Contact:  with any feedback or if you require a copy of the directory or any other information.

Our Journey Through Disability Report Card

On 27th March Newry LPG’s Disability Sub Committee held an event in the Mourne Country Hotel, Newry, entitled Our Journey Through Disability. This event was a co-production project between LPG members and parents of children with a disability in the locality area. The aim of the event was to provide other parents of children with a disability, the chance to learn of the services available to their families, to listen to the journeys taken by 8 families from birth to transition to adulthood, and to speak directly with service providers to identify the barriers faced and possible solutions.

View the report card from the event here.


View the video from the event below.