Issue 97 – Southern Area FYI – 2 February 2023

Welcome to Issue 96 of our information bulletin, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information)

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

This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 6th-12th February, with the theme being “Let’s Connect”. It made sense, therefore, for us to produce this special edition of ‘FYI’ into one raising awareness of support, services, resources and opportunities around the theme of mental health and emotional wellbeing. This, of course, is not the exhaustive list of support available, but we are very thankful to our colleagues who have submitted a plethora of information to share across our 900 contacts who receive ‘FYI’.

Tuesday 7th February is also Safer Internet Day so we have included a great resource which we produced on Page 35 to signpost to key links to ensure you can keep children safer in a digital world.

We hope you get something from this edition to use or to share with families and colleagues. Your feedback is always welcome!

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


Down and Ards & North Down LPG Fortnightly News – Issue 62

Welcome to the 62nd edition of the fortnightly newsletter for Locality Planning Groups in Ards, North Down & Down.

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In this third edition of 2023, on the run up to Children’s Mental Health Week 6-12th Feb, we would like to share information on services promoting emotional, social  and financial support for struggling families. Please share with your contacts.

If you wish to advertise any upcoming programmes or activities please see the guidance on the back page.


NEW SHSCT Speech & Language Therapy Advice Line

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team are delighted to announce the launch of the telephone Advice Line as a means of support of parents of children resident in the SHSCT.

The Advice Line will be available each Monday starting February 6th from 10am-12 noon.

Parents/ carers will now have direct access to a Registered Speech and Language Therapist, via a dedicated phone line.

NB -This service is for children who are not already known to the Speech and Language Therapy service. 

Nutrition Webinars February 2023

Sign up for these FREE nutrition webinars with Registered Dietitians throughout February! Open to everyone.

If the dates/times don’t suit or for other nutrition topics, pre-recorded webinars are available to watch on-demand at: Public Health Dietitians – YouTube

Eating Well as You Age, Thursday 2nd February 2023 @ 1pm, available at: or





Healthy Eating During the Primary School Years, Monday 20th February 2023 @ 10am, available at: or

Talk, Learn Do Training for professionals who work with parents

The Money and Pensions Service hugely successful programme, ‘Talk Learn Do: Parents Kids and Money’ demonstrates that supporting parents to develop the confidence and skills to talk to and teach their children about money can positively impact on the financial wellbeing  of both parents and children. Since 2016, we have worked with over 1,500 professionals across the UK to deliver TLD to parents and carers they support. We are now looking to upskill more professionals so they can deliver Talk Learn Do to parents they work with.


What is Talk Learn Do (TLD)?

TLD is a facilitator led group session that encourages parents of 3–11-year-olds to talk to their children about money and create opportunities for their children to experience managing it. The programme provides parents with tools, ideas, and fun activities to help include money in everyday conversations and activities.  

With the increase in personal finance related news and ongoing cost of living pressures,  there continues to be a demand for financial wellbeing work with parents and training for professionals who support them.


We are working with Campaign for Learning and Quaker Social Action to expand  our training programme for professionals who support parents across the UK. The training is free and open to organisations across the UK. Each organisation will initially be allocated one training space on a first come first served basis. Further spaces to be allocated if available. 

Timing and booking details  



Training will take place virtually


Participants will be expected to take part in an optional short survey before and after the training. This will help MaPS to understand the effectiveness of the training.  

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