Issue 121 – Southern Area FYI – 7 March 2024

Welcome to Issue 121 of our fortnightly newsletter, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

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It’s that time again where we review and look at possible improvements for ‘FYI’ based on your feedback and ideas. Go straight to Page 3 to get involved and give us your feedback – Any ideas and queries you may have about ‘FYI’ can be made and we will act and respond to these accordingly. We want to make this resource as user-friendly and useful as possible to all.

Pages 23 to 25 also give the chance to have your say on other key areas, whether it is about emotional wellbeing and mental health services for young people, or reviewing transitions services for young people and adults with a disability. Please have your say on these.

In between, we have the usual range of information, opportunities and resources across the Southern Area for children, young people, parents/caregivers and practitioners.

Locality Development Team (Southern Trust Area)

Changing Energy Related Behaviour Course

Training for frontline Staff – Thursday 7th March, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Habits and behaviours can be hard to change, but they can have a huge impact on how much a household spends on energy. The course will look at of some of the theories and findings in the field of decision making, focusing specifically on simple practical things they can do to encourage people to act on the energy-related advice they receive.

This course is designed for frontline staff working in a range of organisations who are in a position to provide energy-related advice directly to householders either face-to-face or via the telephone.

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All webinars are 2.5 hours and CPD accredited Webinars will be delivered live via Zoom (video conferencing facility) by our expert tutors to small groups to ensure a good level of interaction and support for learners. Participants will require a device with a camera and sound.

Family Support Hub Newsletter – February Edition

The February edition of the Family Support Hub Newsletter is now available to download:-

FSH Newsletter – February Edition

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Welcome to the February Family Support Hub Newsletter, the first of 2024. In this edition alongside lots of news and information about events and services we have an interview with Dr Theresa McShane, the Regional Co-ordinator for the Emotional Wellbeing in Schools project. I’d like to thank Theresa for taking the time to talk to me about what the project is and how it works.

It is also packed full of information for parents/carers, early years, children & young people with a disability,  mental health and wellbeing advice,  Helplines and much more – make sure you download your copy now!

Previous editions of the newsletter are available at  under Family Support Newsletter section.


Hillsborough Castle and Gardens free subsidised school trip

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens,  has asked that we make you aware that they are launching a programme for all schoolchildren across Northern Ireland to visit Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for free on a completely subsidised school trip. Given education budgets are under pressure, they wanted to support schools to deliver out of the classroom learning experiences at no cost to them.

In the next few years, their ambition is to ensure that as many as 8,000 pupils per year have access to valuable education resources. We know that the cost of travelling on a school trip can also be prohibitive, so they’ve launched a complimentary Travel Bursary Scheme, that will also help support schools with travel costs.

Hillsborough Castle run facilitated sessions for all Primary, Secondary and SEN schools across the island of Ireland and GB. Their sessions support the local curriculum and explore Hillsborough Castle’s role as a family home, as well as in the political realm, from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

They cover Key Stage 2 with ‘Power and Politics’, Key Stage 3 with ‘The Origins of Northern Ireland’, Key Stage 4 and 5 with ‘Politics, Power and the Path to Peace’, plus Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) sessions on ‘A Working Home’.  There are also sessions on exploring life as a servant in an Anglo-Irish ‘big house’ getting ready for a Victorian wedding! We know how beneficial spending time outdoors is to the health and wellbeing of young people, and that’s why they are also delighted to be offering more schools free access to our gardens for programmes that explore nature, sustainability, and biodiversity.

They are committed to broadening access to Hillsborough Castle and to making sure it becomes a shared space for everyone. That’s why when they re-open the castle in March, they will also be offering £1 tickets for everyone in receipt of Universal Credit.

For more information contact Victoria Shaw Email:

Operations & Business Support Officer (Mon-Thurs), Historic Royal Palaces | Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, The Square | Royal Hillsborough | Co. Down | BT26 6AG

Issue 120 – Southern Area FYI – 22nd February 2024

Welcome to Issue 120 of our fortnightly newsletter, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

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See inside another impressive range of opportunities, activities and resources to help support children, young people and parents/caregivers in the Southern area.  We always encourage everyone to share this resource with colleagues and families with whom you work and this can be shared on Facebook by visiting the CYPSP page HERE

As always, please keep submitting your information to us and we will be happy to share!

Locality Development Team (Southern Trust Area)