Southern Area Family Support Hubs Steering Group

The Southern Area Hubs Steering Group met in January and have begun to measure the outcomes from services they procure through their Outcomes Group funding using the outcomes star.
To date this has shown good outcomes for families including improved well-being and improved parenting skills and relationships.
There continue to be strong connections between these 3 Hubs and the range of Parenting Programmes delivered across the Southern Area.

The Craigavon /Banbridge Hub recently conducted a study of users perspectives and perceptions of the Hub . One parent commented “I was willing to take any help… Because my son has been through a phase… It’s always nice to speak to someone other than family and not have to make an appointment to go and see the GP. It’s nice that somebody’s coming out to your house… in your own environment and getting any issues that you might have out in the open.” Another said “There’s a lot of good programmes there that can help you… That’s the best way to get information from a co-ordinated place; they have all the information from different projects available and can co-ordinate that for you.”

View the Report Card Here

Joining the Dots – Information Evening 1st October

Following the Joining the Dots event in the Mourne Country Hotel on Tuesday 16th April 2019 the following report card has been produced and another information event has been scheduled.

Report Card – Tuesday 16th April 2019

A video of the evening can also be viewed here.

The next information event will be held on 1st October, click the flyer below for more details.

Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 9pm
Location: St Josephs High School Crossmaglen









Southern Area Family Support Hubs Celebration Event

The Family Support Hub hosts in the Southern Outcomes Group area, held a celebration event on 22 May, to recognise the support to 3262 families over the last 6 years in their area and also to thank all their partner organisations.

Afternoon tea was served at Ballydougan Pottery, Bleary, Craigavon and Olwen Lyner (CEO NIACRO) welcomed everyone to the event.  Donna Murphy from the SHSCT provided an overview of the success of the Hubs and the links to CYPSP, the Outcomes Group and Locality Planning stressing the importance of early intervention and family support.

Helen Dunn (Regional Co-ordinator Family Support Hubs, CYPSP) gave the regional perspective and congratulated all those present on the tremendous work they had undertaken and commended them on the significant difference they had made to the lives of  families and children in the Southern area.

Deirdre McLaughlin  from Connected for Life reminded everyone on the need for self -care. Jacinta Linden (CEO SPACE ) concluded the afternoon event with some encouraging quotes including ” Lovely venue, good company and very much appreciated by all present! Well done everyone!”

Home Start Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a parent or grandparent living in Northern Ireland?  Would you like to join other parents to help support families with young children?  With Home Start you can support local parents to give their children a happy and secure childhood whilst building skills and contributing within your own community.   Watch the Home Start video below for more information and contact details.



CYPSP members share models of practice in Prague


The Regional Family Support Hub Coordinator with local hub coordinators from across Northern Ireland and Education Authority recently travelled to Prague at the request of the Department of Labour and Social Affairs in the Czech Republic to represent CYPSP at their European Conference. The Czech conference was an opportunity to share models of practice including partnership working, Family Support Hubs, the CYPSP Interactive Mappying System and the Education Welfare Service. 


In November 2017 Helen Dunn, Regional Co-ordinator for the Family Support Hubs along with Local Hub Co-ordinators; Karen McLean (Upper North Belfast) ,Edith McManus (Lower North Belfast ) and Lisa Grant (Craigavon /Banbridge ) along with Anne -Marie Bagnall representing the Education Authority travelled to Prague at the request of the Department of Labour and Social Affairs in the Czech Republic.


A number of Czech delegates spent time in Northern Ireland in August 2017 exploring models of best practice and from this requested CYPSP to join the Department of Labour and Social Affairs and over 260 delegates to share information on the CYPSP partnership working , the role of Family Support Hubs, the CYPSP Interactive Mapping System and Education Welfare Service in Northern Ireland. 

The outcome of the conference was that the Department hope to replicate some of the work presented across their own principalities and also hope that the information shared would encourage greater collaboration across the statutory , voluntary and community sectors in the Czech Republic.


Contact Us:

For more information please contact Helen Dunn, Regional Family Support Hub Coordinator by email at