Southern Area FYI Newsletter Issue 85

Welcome to the 85th edition of our information bulletin, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

Download Issue 85 here

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

We have included our new publication, ‘Summer Is Coming’, on page 3, to highlight summer activities for children and young people. You will also see more opportunities throughout this edition which have been submitted individually.

We have also included an updated version of the CYPSP Resource Pack, with even more activities & opportunities for children & young people, on page 4.

Please make sure to follow the link on page 5 to see the positive impact ‘FYI’ has amongst our readership and in communities.

‘FYI’ will be available monthly during July & August, so please continue to send us information for sharing. (See page 43 for issue dates.)

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

FYI Newsletter Survey Results

FYI Newsletter Survey Results

In January 2019, Southern Area Locality Planning introduced a new innovative way of sharing information on the great work of services and organisations striving to improve outcomes for children, young people and families in the Southern Trust Area.

With the aim of strengthening contacts, participation, engagement and connections in the region, Southern Area LPG members, as well as the wider community, are invited to submit flyers, posters & announcements promoting relevant events, opportunities, programmes and initiatives. All of this information is then collated and shared via a one-stop shop style newsletter, FYI’ (For Your Information).

With ‘FYI’ having moved into its 80th edition in April this year, the time was right for us to review our fortnightly newsletter and how it is making an impact on the ground.

The good news is that the Southern Area Locality Development Team are already making positive changes to our e-bulletin on the back of feedback received through the recent survey!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who responded to our survey and told us how you view ‘FYI’. Thanks, too, to all of our Southern Area LPG members and newsletter recipients for their continued support of this information sharing service.

Summer Is Coming! – Southern Area Summer Activities Directory 2022

CYPSP have produced this resource to promote summer activities for children and young people throughout the Southern Area.

This resource was produced to link  children and young people with summer activities and help reconnect with their friends, activities and services in the local area.

Please share it amongst parents, young people and colleagues with whom you work.

Download your copy HERE


Southern Area FYI Newsletter issue 84

Welcome to the 84th edition of our information bulletin, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

Download Issue 84 here

We need your assistance! As page 3 states, we are currently putting the finishing touches to our Summer Activities Directory and will be sending it to you very soon. We need this to get into the hands of families, practitioners and all our contacts, as now is the time to sign up for local activities. Please share this valuable resource as widely and as soon as possible. Instructions on how to share it and ‘FYI’ via social media can be found on page 37.

In the next edition we will share the findings of our recent survey on this newsletter. Once again, thanks to all those who responded and told us how you view ‘FYI’. We are already making positive changes to our e-bulletin on the back of your feedback!

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


Portadown Gets Active – Easter 2022

Portadown Gets Active went “Under The Sea” this Easter and a fortunate spell of great weather allowed plenty of outdoor activities for all involved!

Day 1 included a walk to Portadown People’s Park for some sports, with a great variety of fun and engaging games to start off the 3-day programme. (A huge shout out to Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Sports Development for providing their coaching expertise.)

Day 2 included a trip to Exploris Aquarium; a first visit for the majority of the participants, but certainly not the last!

Day 3 was Family Day, which always provides a great way for parents to meet the team of young volunteers and chat with partners and staff. A fantastic lunch was served after a visit from CYPSP, Parentline NI, NIACRO / Family Support Hub and Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI). And not forgetting the various games, challenges, riddles and lots of prizes in the form of sweet treats! This finale day is one of the highlights because it is organised by the programme’s Aspire leaders and all the games and activities are created and delivered by them.

Such a programme would not be possible without local corporate sponsor, ALMAC, who have supported the delivery of the Portadown Gets Active programme over the past 4 years.

A huge thanks also goes to all of the partners involved in the PGA programme (Oasis, CiNI, CYPSP, ABC Council, Family Support Hub, SHSCT and the PHA).

See more pictures of Easter Portadown Gets Active 2022 on Oasis’ Facebook page HERE.