NHSCT Health & Wellbeing Officers Win Runner Up in the 2022 NHSCT Chairman’s Awards

NHSCT Health and Wellbeing Officers have won Runner up in the 2022 NHSCT Chairman’s awards – Population Health and Wellbeing for their work on the NSPCC PANTS Campaign.

For the past two and a half years, NHSCT Health and Wellbeing Officers have worked with NSPCC and partners to roll out the NSPCC PANTS Campaign across Northern Trust area.

The NSPCC PANTS Campaign aims to empower parents and professionals to have age-appropriate conversations with their children 4-8 years to prevent or stop sexual abuse through training, resources, and activities co-ordinated by NSPCC and Northern H&W Officers. They planned to launch the campaign Spring 2020. Despite the pandemic, redeployment and staff changes over the last two and a half years they have trained 683 staff, given every school and pre-school setting PANTS resources, information and PANTS library books, and reached 7952 children with the PANTS message.


School Uniform Recycling Toolkit

Having identified poverty as a critical factor which can adversely affect families and which has been further exacerbated by the impact of Brexit and Covid-19 pandemic in recent years, members of both the Dungannon and Mid Ulster LPGs have co-produced a practical toolkit to support schools in the running of a School Uniform Recycling Initiative.

The Toolkit offers a practical resource for schools in running a School Uniform Recycling Initiative and includes handy tips, suggested structures for discussion, templates to adapt and use, and links to further reading and resources.

Although the School Uniform Recycling Toolkit was produced for the Mid Ulster Council area, it can be adapted and used across NI-wide settings.

Thanks to members of both the Dungannon and Mid Ulster Locality Planning Groups (LPGs): local partnerships working towards improving outcomes for children, young people and families across Northern Ireland.

Thanks to the PTA of Magherafelt High School for their support and feedback on the Toolkit and to those participating schools in the Mid Ulster area.

Thanks also to the authors/owners of the various resources and further reading we have included throughout the Toolkit.

Download School Uniform Recycling Tool Kit

Download Uniform Inventory Spreadsheet

For any clarification or assistance in using/adapting the School Uniform Recycling Toolkit, please contact one of the following Locality Planning Co-ordinators based on the geographic area of your school:

Northern Health & Social Care Trust area: Emma McElhone(Emma.McElhone@northerntrust.hscni.net)

Southern Health & Social Care Trust area: Darren Curtis (localityplanning@ci-ni.org.uk)




SUSE+ Vision ’21

SUSE+ are running Vision ’21 starting in April 2021. This workshop is designed to help provide some direction and guidance on planning for your future and will include:

  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Mental Cleaning
  • Identifying and Overcoming Barriers
  • Vision Boards
  • Goal Setting
  • Action Planning
  • Celebrating Achievements 

This workshop is ideal for anyone who is feeling lost, confused, or indecisive about their future. Anyone who has found themselves unemployed, considering a career change or who just feels like they need a little extra support to help them on their journey.

If you know anyone who may be interested in this workshop, please contact Fionnfola on 078 3112 2698 or fionnfola.mccallan@swc.ac.uk.

Otherwise, you can register your interest using the link below and Fionnfola will be in contact.

Click HERE to Register

SUSE+ covers the Magherafelt, Cookstown, Dungannon and surrounding areas and anyone who is aged 16-65, unemployed, working less than 16hrs or not in training or education is eligible. 

Movie Day at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Empower Project, in partnership with the award winning Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Bellaghy, has introduced yet another innovative activity to its already busy programme of events.

The Lottery funded project, which offers support to families of children with Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia in the Mid Ulster and Antrim & Newtownabbey council areas, hosted a very successful movie day in the Centre’s Helicon last weekend.
Over 60 people attended a special screening of the popular animated film ‘Early Man’. Marie McCloy, Empower Project Manager said she was delighted with the turnout and the positive feedback from both the children and their parents.

“Families of young children with Autism Dyslexia and Dyspraxia can often find it difficult to do things as a family so we wanted to organise something that they could do together. The Helicon at the HomePlace was ideal as it provided a safe and relaxed space where they could all feel comfortable to enjoy the film.

“We worked closely with staff at the HomePlace to make sure that everyone felt welcome and were delighted that Councillor Sean McPeake, chair of Mid Ulster District Council, was able to attend and had an opportunity to meet some of the young people present to show the Council’s support for the project.”
Marie added that she hoped the weekend screening would be the first of many at the HomePlace.

“The Homeplace was an ideal venue as staff who were very aware of the needs of the children and their families were most supportive and went out of their way to make it as inclusive as possible.

“We’d like to build on the success of the inaugural movie day so we’ve asked the young people for their ideas on what the next film should be. The youngsters really enjoyed the film and their parents said it meant a lot to them able to do an activity with their children that they would normally avoid.”

Councillor McPeake said the Council recognises the challenges faced by families of children with Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia in accessing events and activities to enjoy together.

“We understand that creating safe and friendly environment is key to opening up opportunities and are delighted that HomePlace was been able to work in partnership with Empower Project to stage such a successful film screening.”

The Empower Project is managed by Northern Regional College with local community group Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Support (DADS) as the lead partner. It is supported by a steering group which incorporates: Northern Regional College, Magherafelt Learning Partnership, Mid Ulster District Council, CWSAN (Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network), Moving Forward Together (MFT), Stars – Autism support group, Education Authority, Magherafelt & Cookstown Volunteer Centre, CYPSP (Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership).

In response to demand from parents, Empower Project runs regular training programmes for parents, as well as a range of activities for young people to improve their communication and other social skills. It also works in collaboration with local schools to provide literacy and numeracy support. For further information on courses and activities, go to www.empowernetwork.co.uk.