BSCR Period Poverty Initiative

Belfast South Community Resources (BSCR), has launched a new period poverty initiative in the South Belfast area. Period poverty is a challenge facing many girls and women across Northern Ireland, with many forced to use makeshift sanitary wear such as toilet roll and socks because they struggle to afford sanitary products.

The project aims to overcome what is often referred to as the ‘toxic trio’: the cost of sanitary products; a lack of education about periods; and the shame, stigma and taboo surrounding menstruation. This is being achieved by creating awareness on social media platforms, providing in-school workshops to promote good menstrual knowledge and donating a number of sanitary and hygiene products to schools, churches and community organisations, where girls facing period poverty can access products.

For more information or to get involved with this Period Poverty Initiative, please contact Sophie Dempster (Education, Health and Well-being Coordinator for BSCR):

sophie@bscr.co.uk
02890244449

Belfast Agenda Review – Engagement Plan

Shape the next stage of Belfast’s journey.

Belfast Agenda Review – Engagement Plan (Phase 1)
The engagement plan has been drafted to achieve the following engagement outcomes from the initial phase of Belfast Agenda: Continuing the Conversation which seeks to reach consensus on:
• The long-term vision and outcomes for Belfast (to 2035); and
• The short-term priorities, which will form the focus of community planning activity over the period 2022-2026.

The Plan includes four flagship area-based, online workshops, for which we will work with local partners to plan and deliver the event. Please note that while further thematic events are planned for Phase 2 (Action Planning), an Engagement Toolkit will be provided for all partners should they wish to lead/ deliver additional events or engage their stakeholders directly. It is proposed that any information captured from these events is fed back to communityplanning@belfastcity.gov.uk

It is assumed that lockdown measures will remain in place for the near future and therefore, most engagement events will at least initially take place virtually or online. However, if the situation improves, we will allow for face-to-face engagement later in the process.
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8th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference

The CYPSP Team were delighted to be chosen to share two presentations and three posters at the 8th Annual Social work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference on Wednesday 10th March 2021 on the Impact of Covid19 on Children and Young People, Our Journey through Disability Co-production and the new Translation Hub needs assessment/development.

Una Casey, Business Support Manager presented research on the impact of COVID-19 on families, children and young people and emotional mental health.  Also Darren Curtis, Locality Development officer, and Jim McDonnell, a parent presented on their excellent example of co-production work within the Newry Locality Planning Group on Our Journey through Disability.

CYPSP also submitted 3 posters to the conference demonstrating some of the broad work of the Partnership based on research, evidence, co-production and partnership. Huge congratulations to Una for winning 2nd prize on her poster relaying her research on the Impact of Covid-19 on families, Children and Young People.  Also well done to Michael Hill and Valerie Maxwell, CYPSP Information team, for designing and producing the posters and video which are available to download in PDF format below.  Just click on each poster:-  View Video at Translation-Hub-Video – Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) (hscni.net)

Reconnection and Transitions – Evaluation Report

An evaluation report of the ‘Reconnection and Transitions’ programme in the summer of 2020 (Paula Goldsborough – January 2021)

2020 was a highly unusual year in the 20 year history of the delivery of Early Years services and programmes in South Belfast Sure Start due to the outbreak of the novel Coronovirus pandemic. As an organisation we have had to take stock of what we were doing and how we were doing it and respond innovatively to the different phases of the ongoing health crisis while trying to keep our children, families and staff as safe as possible. This evaluation focusses on one specific new programme we established in the summer of 2020 and the learning from that programme both as we continue to work within a global pandemic and hopefully for when we return to a more normal situation.

Read the full report HERE

Locality Planning Group Members Survey

 

As many of you will be aware in 2018 CYPSP started to carry out the first survey of our Locality Planning Group members, with the plan to make it a biennial survey. The response to 2018 survey was fantastic, and gave us lots of feedback on the LPG process, which the members of the Partnership and Outcomes Group found really useful. The info graphics of the responses are available on the website .

We had hoped to carry out this year’s survey in March but with the circumstances at the time decided it was best to hold it back until now.

It would be great if you could spare a few minutes out of your time to click on the link below and complete the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYYF7F7

The survey will be open until 26 August.

If you have any queries about the survey or have any issues with the link please do not hesitate to get in contact with una.casey@hscni.net