Family Support Hub Newsletter – February Edition

The February Edition of the Family Support Hub Newsletter is now available to download at

This edition is 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.


Belfast Family Support Hub

Belfast Family Support Hubs network held a celebration event on Friday 18th January to launch a new promotional video about Belfast Family Support Hubs, and to acknowledge the amazing work happening across the city to support families, children and young people.


Belfast family support hubs have provided early intervention locally and timely to over 5000 families in the last 2 years through collaborative partnership working driven by the Belfast Outcomes Group to improve outcomes in Belfast.


Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey was delighted to attend the event and recognised the support being provided by the Hubs supporting families and young people as a key focus for the Belfast Agenda.  Watch interview with Lord Mayor here.


Helen Dunn, Regional Hub Co-ordinator gave a special thank you, acknowledging all the hard work and commitment given by the co-ordinators and partners in delivering improved outcomes to families across Belfast.

The new video provides information on the type of support provided, how to refer and feedback from families and member organisations.  View the video below.


Family and Parenting Support Strategy

The Northern Ireland Executive has pledged to give children and young people across Northern Ireland the best start in life.  One way they will do this is by developing a new Strategy to help families and parents get the right support when they need it most, so they can raise happy and healthy children.

To help get the strategy right, they need you to tell them what you think is the best way to support you and your family. 

To take part in the survey click on the link below.




CYPSP Chair commends work of Lower North Belfast Hub at recent visit


Hugh McCaughey, Chair of the CYPSP recently joined the Lower North Belfast Hub family support meeting, which is co-ordinated by Christine McKeown and Edith McManus from the Ashton Centre.

Mr McCaughey was particularly impressed by the range of agencies connected to the Hub in this area who are involved in early intervention and making a difference in children`s lives. The collaboration between agencies across the community ensures families have access to a range of supports.


Mr McCaughey, Chair of CYPSP and Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust reflects on his recent visit to the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub meeting “I was really impressed by how well the group worked together with the clear aim of supporting families and children. The collaboration and the way people pulled together was really impressive and I have no doubt of the added real benefit to the community and families who are supported”.


Referrals to the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub comes from a range of sources including schools ,GPs, Gateway Teams and Health Visitors as well as directly from parents.

The feedback from parents is very positive and they often state they appreciate having a Hub Co-ordinator to go to who will  find the appropriate service to meet their needs.


For more information about family support hubs click here

Click here to download the latest Belfast HSC Trust Family Support Hubs Report Card for 2016/17


Contact Us:

For more information about the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub please contact Christine McKeown or Edith McManus from the Ashton Centre on 028 9074 9986.


The Changing Lives Initiative

The Changing Lives Initiative is supporting families with children at risk of ADHD in the Colin locality and west Belfast. The programme is a community-based initiative creating a better understanding about ADHD and providing an intervention programme for families with children (3-7 years) experiencing behaviour consistent with ADHD.

This is a project supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB).


Click here to download further information about the programme and referral information


Contact Details:

For further information contact Colin Neighbourhood Partnership on 028 9062 3813