Take a Healthy Selfie – Check in on Yourself

Wednesday 7th February saw the online Launch of a new resource to support young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health in the Southern Health & Social Care Trust Area. The “Take A Healthy Selfie” campaign includes 3 resources to signpost young people, parents/caregivers, school and youth work staff to support services in the Southern area. This resource was launched to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week.

Originating from Banbridge Locality Planning Group (LPG) the aim was to work with young people to produce simple signposts to key quality-assured services and resources online. Young people from Futureproof, Crisis Café, New Bridge Integrated College and the Epicentre in the Southern area, advised on the themes, content and design for the resources.

The resources are available in electronic form (see links below) and paper copies. To order copies of this free resource, or to learn more of this campaign, contact Darren Curtis, Locality development Officer (Southern Area), at localityplanning@ci-ni.org.uk


Issue 119 – Southern Area FYI – 8th February 2024

Welcome to Issue 119 of our fortnightly newsletter, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

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This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and Safer Internet Day 2024 took place on Tuesday (6th February). We have included information, support and resources in these key areas and extend our thanks to those who have submitted a lot of fantastic materials.

On February 7th we launched our new resource called ‘Take A Healthy Selfie’ (See Page 3). This provides key links to services and support for children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. We also have information for parents/caregivers and school and youth staff to help support their children and young people.  The resource is free and available electronically and in print. Please contact us to order your copies and learn more about this campaign.

Locality Development Team (Southern Trust Area)

Issue 118 – Southern Area FYI – 25th January 2024

Welcome to Issue 118 of our fortnightly newsletter, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

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As you may already be aware, Children’s Mental Health Week 2024 is taking place from 5th to 11th February and Safer Internet Day 2024 is on Tuesday 6th February. With these important campaigns in mind, we are calling for submissions (as well as the usual information) which are relevant in these areas for the next edition of ‘FYI’. These can be resources, information, support services events and links and will be included in our special edition, with a focus on children’s mental health and safer internet use, coming out on Thursday 8th February.

Looking forward to your submissions!

 Locality Development Team (Southern Trust Area)

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


Issue 117 – Southern Area FYI – 11 January 2024

Welcome to Issue 117 of our fortnightly newsletter, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information), our first edition of ‘FYI’ of 2024.

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The vast array of information included reflects the fantastic work that continues across the Southern Trust Area and we are always happy to include all relevant submission (See criteria for submissions on Page 71).

 For those who attend our locality Planning Groups, we have listened to preferences given by members and will continue to alternate all our meetings between Zoom and face-to-face. For those who do not attend, see the flyer on Page 4 to find out more about how our meetings work and how to get involved. Just contact us, if you have any queries.

Locality Development Team (Southern Trust Area)