Successful Body Image Conference in the Northern Area


The Northern Area Outcomes Group in partnership with Locality Planning Members recently hosted a conference to explore body image and the harmful impacts of food choices on mood and effects of performance enhancing drugs on the body.


The conference welcomed several expert speakers to explore a range of issues with practitioners including:

  1. Vanessa Baird, Adapt, Action Mental Health – Body Image and Young People. Click here to find out more about ADAPT Eating Disorder Service
  2. Bridin McKenna, Life Therapies – Food and Mood. Click here to download this presentation
  3. Michael Gourley, Start360 – Performance Enhancing Drugs. Click here to download this presentation


Contact Us:

For more information about the conference please contact Selena Ramsey, Northern Outcomes Area Locality Planning Officer, NHSCT by Email at or Telephone at 028 2563 6608


Incredible Years Programme – Maghera (September 2017)

This FREE Incredible Years programme is a 14 week parent education programme which will give parents strategies to build positive relationships, attachments, and to manage a range of behaviours.

Introductory sessions will be held on Thursday, 14 September 2017 in The Lurach Centre, Maghera between 10.30am – 11.30am and 7.00pm – 8.00pm.

For more information or to register a place please contact Gemma Lutton on 028 2563 6615 or click on the links below:

Incredible Years Flyer

Incredible Years Referral Form

Changing Childhood in the Northern Outcomes Area

The rise in addiction to modern day technology and unhealthy food and its effects on children and families was the main focus of a recent Changing Childhood Conference in Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown. The conference brought together 90 professionals from community, voluntary and statutory agencies to help provide more support to staff and families dealing with these issues.

Selena Ramsey, Locality Planner in the Northern Area welcomed delegates to the conference and said, “This was a great event and covered many of the topics which we regularly hear children, young people and their parents are facing on a daily basis.  Evaluations from the conference noted that it was very thought provoking and considerable learning was noted”.


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Presentations from the conference:


Upcoming 8 week Mindfulness Courses with The Happy Warrior

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Dates: Fridays (6.00 to 8.00PM)  – 23, 30 June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 4, 11 August 2017

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 

Dates: Fridays (6.00 to 8.00PM) – 8, 15, 22, 29 September 6, 13, 20, 27 October 2017

Click here for further information about the mindfulness courses 



For further information about the conference contact Selena Ramsey, Northern Area Locality Planner by email at or telephone 028 2563 6608


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


Empowering families at the Magherafelt family fun day


The Empower Project in partnership with the CYPSP Magherafelt Locality Planning Group hosted a family fun day this month that brought together 66 young people under the age of 12 years with Autism, Dyslexia or Dyspraxia and their families.

The event engaged with families from the local area and encouraged them to get involved in  arts & crafts, Mucky Hands sessions and sports activities that enabled young people to establish new friendships and try something new.

One parent who attended the event shared their experience, ‘My boys thoroughly enjoyed the family fun day organised by Empower. It was also therapeutic, as a parent, to be able to meet other mums and dads with children on the Autism spectrum. Having the freedom to talk about your experience in a relaxed environment to someone who understands how you feel can really make a difference to your day’.


Read more about the event


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