Antrim/Ballymena Locality Planning Group

A CYPSP scoping exercise was held on Tuesday 28th Jan where members came together to identify what they and their organisations bring to the group, what are the top three children’s wellbeing priority areas for action next year and how we will tackle these priorities.

The findings will be collated and shared and will help shape the CYPSP Antrim/Ballymena locality area group’s action plan for the next year.

Successful Body Image Conference in the Northern Area


The Northern Area Outcomes Group in partnership with Locality Planning Members recently hosted a conference to explore body image and the harmful impacts of food choices on mood and effects of performance enhancing drugs on the body.


The conference welcomed several expert speakers to explore a range of issues with practitioners including:

  1. Vanessa Baird, Adapt, Action Mental Health – Body Image and Young People. Click here to find out more about ADAPT Eating Disorder Service
  2. Bridin McKenna, Life Therapies – Food and Mood. Click here to download this presentation
  3. Michael Gourley, Start360 – Performance Enhancing Drugs. Click here to download this presentation


Contact Us:

For more information about the conference please contact Selena Ramsey, Northern Outcomes Area Locality Planning Officer, NHSCT by Email at or Telephone at 028 2563 6608


The 1+1 Project Bilingual Mental Health Project

A collaborative Stronger Together Initiative for early intervention bilingual Mental Health Support that is being piloted in three areas across N.I:

  • Dungannon (Portuguese / English)
  • Ballymena/Ballymoney (Polish / English)
  • Belfast (Chinese / English)

The project is available to support individuals in the minority ethnic community experiencing depression.


What will the project do?

  • Provide Mental Health Services for example; counselling, training, direct group activities etc. These already exist. It will help increase access to them.
  • Provide free interpreting to providers who have a responsibility to deliver their services to everyone regardless of linguistic capability. The Regional Interpreting Service exists. It will help support access to that service.
  • It will help inform shared learning on how to meet that demand in the future by creating more effective and diverse pathways to existing services and more diversity in delivery of those services.


Click here to find out more about the project


Click here to download a copy of the referral form


Stengthening relationships between schools at the Annual Ballymena Youth Fair


Ballymena Locality Planning Group along with Ballymena Learning Together Partnership hosted the Ballymena Annual Youth Fair on 7 November 2017. The event brought together 680 Year 11 pupils from across 6 Post Primary Schools in the area.

Students from Ballymena Academy, Cambridge House Grammar, Cullybackey College, Castle Tower School, Dunclug College and Slemish College attended the Youth Fair.

One young person spoke from the event and said ‘I have enjoyed talking to lots of different people and I have learned lots of new things. I enjoyed all different topics, and was shocked to know the chemicals in a cigarette. I wouldn’t change anything about the youth fair’.


Click here to download the report card from the Youth Fair and to find out more about the outcomes of the fair on young people


Contact Us:

For further information please contact Selena Ramsey at or Gemma Lutton at 

Telephone: 028 2563 6615


Ballymena Youth Fair

Ballymena Children and Young Peoples Locality Planning Group and Ballymena Learning Together  Are offering you the opportunity to take part in a Youth Fair focused on Mental Health and Positive Choices in Ballymena North Business and Recreation Centre on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 9 am to 1.30 pm.This event is a chance to showcase your services to 700+ 15 -16 year olds attending the Local Post Primary Schools. If you would like to have a stand please complete attached from and return asap