Empowering families at the Magherafelt family fun day


The Empower Project in partnership with the CYPSP Magherafelt Locality Planning Group hosted a family fun day this month that brought together 66 young people under the age of 12 years with Autism, Dyslexia or Dyspraxia and their families.

The event engaged with families from the local area and encouraged them to get involved in  arts & crafts, Mucky Hands sessions and sports activities that enabled young people to establish new friendships and try something new.

One parent who attended the event shared their experience, ‘My boys thoroughly enjoyed the family fun day organised by Empower. It was also therapeutic, as a parent, to be able to meet other mums and dads with children on the Autism spectrum. Having the freedom to talk about your experience in a relaxed environment to someone who understands how you feel can really make a difference to your day’.


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For further information about the Big Lottery funded Empower Project see www.empowernetwork.co.uk


Cookstown & Magherafelt Why People Need People Training June 2016

This training was facilitated by Barnardos and provided health professionals with information and research on the benefits of early attachment. This one day training event takes the best available evidence from infant mental health and applies the learning to achieving healthy emotional development with older children and young people. The training uses the evidence based ‘Five to Thrive’ approach for building and maintaining healthy brain development and applies this to help strengthen brain connections at all ages. ‘Why people need people’ is aimed at practitioners working with Primary and Post Primary aged children and young people.  The training looked at the science behind how children’s brains develop and the importance of strong attachments and relationships to build resilience.

Support Siblings event Magherafelt

Do you have a Brother or Sister with an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and are you aged 10 years or older?
If YES, then come to our supporting siblings


Booking is essential so reserve your place and contact:
Sinead Brady
Empower Project Officer
Email: sinead.brady@nrc.ac.uk
Telephone: 028 79 395245
Website www.empowernetwork.co.uk

Family Support and Information Day – September 2015

Parents and carers of children or young people with a disability or additional needs in the Cookstown area recently attended a support and information day at The Burnavon in Cookstown. The free event was organised by the Cookstown and Magherafelt Locality Planning Group in Partnership with Family Fund and the Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP). Continue reading …..