Issue 97 – Southern Area FYI – 2 February 2023

Welcome to Issue 96 of our information bulletin, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information)

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(Note: Newsletter will download directly to your device.  Look out for the pop-up box and click on open file when it appears).

This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 6th-12th February, with the theme being “Let’s Connect”. It made sense, therefore, for us to produce this special edition of ‘FYI’ into one raising awareness of support, services, resources and opportunities around the theme of mental health and emotional wellbeing. This, of course, is not the exhaustive list of support available, but we are very thankful to our colleagues who have submitted a plethora of information to share across our 900 contacts who receive ‘FYI’.

Tuesday 7th February is also Safer Internet Day so we have included a great resource which we produced on Page 35 to signpost to key links to ensure you can keep children safer in a digital world.

We hope you get something from this edition to use or to share with families and colleagues. Your feedback is always welcome!

Joanne Patterson & Darren Curtis, Locality Development Team, Southern Area


Down and Ards & North Down LPG Fortnightly News – Issue 62

Welcome to the 62nd edition of the fortnightly newsletter for Locality Planning Groups in Ards, North Down & Down.

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In this third edition of 2023, on the run up to Children’s Mental Health Week 6-12th Feb, we would like to share information on services promoting emotional, social  and financial support for struggling families. Please share with your contacts.

If you wish to advertise any upcoming programmes or activities please see the guidance on the back page.


SHSCT Children’s Speach & Language Therapy Team Play & Say Programme

The Play and Say programme from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust’s Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team is for children aged 3 years and younger and their parents/carers.

It provides tried and tested strategies to support young children’s speech and language development through play.

The programme is delivered by Registered Speech and Language Therapists and has been highly successful in encouraging young children’s communication development.

Discover how you can help your young child progress with their early speech development and listen to the Registered Speech and Language Therapists as they guide you through a series of proven language development strategies –

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NEW SHSCT Speech & Language Therapy Advice Line

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team are delighted to announce the launch of the telephone Advice Line as a means of support of parents of children resident in the SHSCT.

The Advice Line will be available each Monday starting February 6th from 10am-12 noon.

Parents/ carers will now have direct access to a Registered Speech and Language Therapist, via a dedicated phone line.

NB -This service is for children who are not already known to the Speech and Language Therapy service. 

Nutrition Webinars February 2023

Sign up for these FREE nutrition webinars with Registered Dietitians throughout February! Open to everyone.

If the dates/times don’t suit or for other nutrition topics, pre-recorded webinars are available to watch on-demand at: Public Health Dietitians – YouTube

Eating Well as You Age, Thursday 2nd February 2023 @ 1pm, available at: or





Healthy Eating During the Primary School Years, Monday 20th February 2023 @ 10am, available at: or