Down and Ards & North Down CYPSP Fortnightly News

Welcome to the 47th edition of the fortnightly newsletter for Locality Planning Groups in Ards, North Down & Down.

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In this Father’s Day edition we would like to share information on services promoting emotional, social and financial support for struggling families. Please share with your contacts.

If you wish to advertise any upcoming programmes or activities please see the guidance on the back page

Southern Area FYI Newsletter issue 83

Welcome to the 83rd edition of our information bulletin, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

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We are nearing summer time and working to produce a resource identifying summer schemes and activities in the Southern Area. All we need is for providers to send us their information and page 3 can guide you in this!

We also have the usual plethora of training, events, funding opportunities and resources for you to share with colleagues and families.

Lastly, we are starting to host our Locality Planning Groups in person over the next few months, so keep an eye on page 34 for the dates and let us know if you hope to join us.

 Joanne Patterson & Darren Curtis, Locality Development Team, Southern Area

Parent Participation Service

The Parent Participation service recognizes the importance of designing services with parents using their voice and the skills of practitioners together to improve services. We understand the vital role that parents have in creating improved outcomes for children and families. We are here to support parents to influence the activities of the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) and to support service providers to develop and improve co-production practice with parents for more information visit 

Poverty and Infant Mental Health

The NI Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH NI), Stronger From the Start Alliance and AIMH UK cordially invite you to attend our online Infant Mental Health Awareness Week conference on how poverty impacts the social and emotional development of infants and their relationships with caregivers:

Poverty & Infant Mental Health: 

Understanding the Relationship, Challenging the Status Quo

Friday 17th June 2022


With 1 in 4 children in Northern Ireland living in poverty and rates of poverty increasing most significantly for families where the youngest child is under one year old, we ask: Is anyone holding baby in mind?

Keynote speaker, Robin Balbernie, Child Psychotherapist and Infant Mental Health Specialist, will be joined by parents, practitioners and policy makers, to discuss the key issues and focus on ‘what works’ solutions to ensure every child in Northern Ireland gets the best start in life.

Local contributors include:

  • Parents & Practitioners from ABC PiP, MAS Project and STEP
  • Dr. Ciara Fitzpatrick, Ulster University
  • Peter Toogood, Department of Health
  • Tracy Johnston, Department for Communities
  • Linsey Farrell, Department of Education
  • Maurice Meehan, PHA

For further information and to receive the Zoom joining details, please register your attendance on Eventbrite: AIMH NI and Stronger From The Start Event – #IMHAW2022 Tickets, Fri 17 Jun 2022 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

This event is being held as part of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 and we’d be hugely grateful if you can support our awareness raising efforts by sharing this invitation across your networks.