The 1+1 Project Bilingual Mental Health Project

A collaborative Stronger Together Initiative for early intervention bilingual Mental Health Support that is being piloted in three areas across N.I:

  • Dungannon (Portuguese / English)
  • Ballymena/Ballymoney (Polish / English)
  • Belfast (Chinese / English)

The project is available to support individuals in the minority ethnic community experiencing depression.


What will the project do?

  • Provide Mental Health Services for example; counselling, training, direct group activities etc. These already exist. It will help increase access to them.
  • Provide free interpreting to providers who have a responsibility to deliver their services to everyone regardless of linguistic capability. The Regional Interpreting Service exists. It will help support access to that service.
  • It will help inform shared learning on how to meet that demand in the future by creating more effective and diverse pathways to existing services and more diversity in delivery of those services.


Click here to find out more about the project


Click here to download a copy of the referral form


Stengthening relationships between schools at the Annual Ballymena Youth Fair


Ballymena Locality Planning Group along with Ballymena Learning Together Partnership hosted the Ballymena Annual Youth Fair on 7 November 2017. The event brought together 680 Year 11 pupils from across 6 Post Primary Schools in the area.

Students from Ballymena Academy, Cambridge House Grammar, Cullybackey College, Castle Tower School, Dunclug College and Slemish College attended the Youth Fair.

One young person spoke from the event and said ‘I have enjoyed talking to lots of different people and I have learned lots of new things. I enjoyed all different topics, and was shocked to know the chemicals in a cigarette. I wouldn’t change anything about the youth fair’.


Click here to download the report card from the Youth Fair and to find out more about the outcomes of the fair on young people


Contact Us:

For further information please contact Selena Ramsey at or Gemma Lutton at 

Telephone: 028 2563 6615


Changing Childhood Conference – 22 March 2017

The CYPSP Cookstown and Magherafelt Locality Planning Groups will host a ‘Changing Childhood’ Conference in March 2017. This Conference will look at how some children and parents have become addicted to modern day technology and unhealthy food. We will discuss the effects these have on both the child and parent as well as exploring the parent child relationship, children’s behaviour, child development and modern day to day family life.

Click here to download the conference programme 


Conference details:

Date: 22 March 2017

Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm

Venue: The Burnavon, Cookstown


How to register:

The conference is open to anyone working with children, young people and families in the Northern Outcomes Area.To book a space contact Gemma Lutton by email at or telephone 028 2563 6615


Ballymena Youth Fair encourages Young People to make positive life choices

Over 650 year 11 pupils in the Ballymena area attended the Annual Youth Fair this week.  The focus of this year’s fair was on Mental Health, raising awareness of support and emotional wellbeing services available as well as to encourage young people to make positive choices in their lives.  Veronica McKinley, NICHI Project, North Antrim Community Network said, “This Youth Fair is a great opportunity for a range of services to provide information and raise awareness on health issues to young people attending post primary schools in the Ballymena area”.  

Click here for more information.

Ballymena Youth Fair

This year the Ballymena Youth Fair will take place on Tuesday 8th November from 9am – 1.30pm in Ballymena North Business & Recreation Centre Ballymena.

This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase your work to 700+ young people attending from the 7 local post primary schools in Ballymena.

We would like to invite your organisation to participate in this Youth Fair and provide an information stand/visual aids – if you are available please complete the reply slip and return to Gemma Lutton as soon as possible. Please share this information to anyone covering the Ballymena area who you feel may also be interested in exhibiting at this event.

Download reply slip here