Building resilience of over 600 young people in Carrickfergus – Annual Youth Fair


Over 600 pupils aged 14-15 years from four post primary schools in Carrickfergus recently had the opportunity to find out more about local services that can support young people experiencing issues such as bullying, drugs and alcohol, mental health problems, social media, volunteering, domestic violence, general health and well being and physical activity.

Hedley Webb, Principle of Carrickfergus College School spoke following the event and said “this was another successful Youth Fair run by CYPSP and the 4 Post Primary school in Carrickfergus.  The schools were delighted with the range and diversity of exhibitors in attendance and this year’s topic was Resilience, a topic which is very relevant to all post primary schools”.


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For further information contact Selena Ramsey, Northern Area Locality Planning Officer, Northern Health and Social Care Trust by Email at or Telephone 028 2563 6608

Inspiring young people in Carrickfergus


The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group recently facilitated the launch of a local social media Facebook page ‘Carrickfergus Community Education Forum’ to provide a space for agencies to share information about education support services, helpful resources and training opportunities for young people and their parents.

MLA Roy Beggs, Chairperson of the CYPSP Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group supported the development of the support platform for parents. Speaking from the launch Roy Beggs said “School, parents and the local community all working together can reduce Educational under attainment and open up greater life-time opportunities. I hope that the new Facebook page, “Carrickfergus Community Education Forum” will help parents by sharing good advice and by sign-posting to local services.  I hope that it would also highlight adult educational opportunities and assist in establishing regular local Carrickfergus classes outside of the NRC Newtownabbey campus”.


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For further information about the work of the CYPSP Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group contact Gemma Lutton, CYPSP, Northern Health and Social Care Trust on Tel: 028 2563 6615 or by email at

Carrickfergus 7th Annual Youth Fair


The 7th Annual Youth Fair was hosted by the Carrickfergus Raising Attainment Group and the CYPSP Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group this month at Oakfield Community Centre. Over 400 pupils aged 14-15 years from post primary schools had the opportunity to engage with local mental health and wellbeing services that support vulnerable young people in the local area.

Speaking at the fair, Colin Patterson, Vice Principal of Downshire School said, “Adolescence can be a difficult time. The youth fair left everyone knowing that Carrickfergus has a kind and caring community support network”.


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