Southern Area LPG FYI Newsletter | Issue 46

Welcome to Issue 46 of ‘FYI’.

Firstly, we would like to thank all of our member organisations who have continued to provide programmes, activities, workshops and webinars to support children, young people and their families across the SHSCT area, particularly during what has been a different ‘back to school’ period for us all.

We hope this e-bulletin can be of use to your service, organisation or families you work with during this difficult period. Most activities remain online at this time and we would recommend confirming with the provided contacts that they are still running as advertised.

As we continue to meet our LPG members virtually, it has been so uplifting to hear about the ongoing support which is being made available to children, young people and their families living across the Southern Trust area.

Please also continue to share this e-bulletin with your contacts, so that we can keep each other updated and supported.

Stay safe and stay connected!

FYI – Issue 46 – 15th October 2020

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South Armagh Celebrate International Children’s Day


On 8 June 2018 the South Armagh Locality Planning Group celebrated International Children’s Day in Newtownhamilton with members of the local community. The event had a particular emphasis on promoting community engagement with the Bulgarian Roma Community in the town. 

Over 150 people attended the event which proved a great success in sharing cultures, food and creating a sense of enjoyment within the town.

Activities for the day included traditional Irish, Bulgarian and Ulster Scots music, healthy food, fruit smoothies, Lego Walk, play sessions and face painting. There was also a Northern Ireland Fire Service demonstration and information stalls promoting the local support services in the area.  A health needs assessment was also carried out with members of the community by Southern HSC Trust. 



A special recognition has been paid to the planning group for the event and members of the South Armagh Locality Planning Group including the Southern HSC Trust, Sure Start, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Newtownhamilton Community Association and SPACE.


Contact Us:

To find out more about this workshop and the role of the Newry Locality Planning Group contact:

Darren Curtis, Southern Area Locality Planning Officer by email at or telephone 028 95 363966


Training for people affected by Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Society are hosting a series of FREE workshops for people who provide unpaid care and support for a family member, neighbour or friend living with dementia.

The course includes: understanding dementia, behaviour and how to improve communication; financial matters and benefits; stress management and coping strategies; health and well-being and accessing services.

The workshops will be held each Tuesday, with the first workshop taking place on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 and will continue until Tuesday,15 August 2017.  Each Workshop will commence at 11am – 1 pm and will be held in  Ballybot House, Newry.

Please note this training can also be delivered in the family setting.

For more information please click on the link below or contact Ann Ward on 028 30256057 or via email

Free Workshops for Informal Caregivers – Flyer