Enhancing Transitions Services for School Leavers with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Public Survey


The Department of Education (DE), has launched the survey on ‘Transitions Services for School Leavers with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities’.

The survey was launched today on Departmental intranets and will run until 13 March 2024.  The survey can be viewed on Citizen space as follows:

We want to hear from as many people as possible, so please feel free to share this link to anyone you might think relevant to give their views.


Ards, North Down & Down Fortnightly News- Issue 81

Welcome to the 81st edition of the fortnightly newsletter for Locality Planning Groups in Ards, North Down & Down.

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Welcome to this New Year Edition newsletter for Children and Young People’s services and families across the Down and Ards & North Down Locality Planning Groups. Help us celebrate Children’s mental health week 5- 11 February. 

CCP Regional Conference: Caring for yourself and others – Nurturing connections for wellness

Working with young children is acknowledged as being challenging both physically and psychologically. Even so, Early Years Educators demonstrate very high commitment to the children in their care. However, you cannot pour from an empty cup, and in this Keynote Mary explains the impact of stress on our lives, and looks at how Educators can support their own wellbeing and avoid burnout. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend 2 of 3 workshops, details of all workshops are on page 2.

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Conference details: 
Date: Thursday 29th February 2024
Time: Registration from 9am, the conference will take place 9.30am – 3pm
Venue: Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena


TAK£500+ Still time to apply before midnight 18 January

Tak£500+ Your Community, Your Voice, Your Choice is an exciting opportunity for everyone who lives in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough to come up with a creative idea through a Participatory Budgeting (PB) process.

PB offers a real opportunity to empower local people and actively involve them in decision making and the distribution of support within their local areas. Communities can apply for up to £1000 for a project that they think will benefit their area – and best of all, it is the local residents who decide which projects receive the funding.

Ideas must be based around the ‘Take 5 Ways of Wellbeing’. These are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing on a daily basis. They are:

  1. Connect with people around you
  2. Be Active in some way each day
  3. Take Notice of the world around you and how you are feeling
  4. Keep Learning by trying something new
  5. Give by doing something nice for someone else

There are still a number of online information sessions happening in January 2024.  The sessions offer an opportunity for you to hear about the project and connect with other groups in the borough this will last approximately 1 hour. 

  • Tuesday January 9th 2024, 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday January 10th 2024, 2pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday January 10th 2024, 7pm – 8pm

To register to attend one of the above sessions please email communityplanning@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or call 0300 0300 900 specifying which session you would like to attend.   You can also contact a member of the PB working group to get help with your application all contact details on the Tak£500+ Section of the council website.

You can apply for the fund online on the council website before the closing date of Midnight 18 January 2024 by following this link  www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/Take500plus or request a hard copy by emailing communityplanning@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

TAKE500 Guidance notes

TAKE500 Application form