Take a Healthy Selfie – Check in on Yourself

Wednesday 7th February saw the online Launch of a new resource to support young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health in the Southern Health & Social Care Trust Area. The “Take A Healthy Selfie” campaign includes 3 resources to signpost young people, parents/caregivers, school and youth work staff to support services in the Southern area. This resource was launched to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week.

Originating from Banbridge Locality Planning Group (LPG) the aim was to work with young people to produce simple signposts to key quality-assured services and resources online. Young people from Futureproof, Crisis Café, New Bridge Integrated College and the Epicentre in the Southern area, advised on the themes, content and design for the resources.

The resources are available in electronic form (see links below) and paper copies. To order copies of this free resource, or to learn more of this campaign, contact Darren Curtis, Locality development Officer (Southern Area), at localityplanning@ci-ni.org.uk


Issue 119 – Southern Area FYI – 8th February 2024

Welcome to Issue 119 of our fortnightly newsletter, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

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This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and Safer Internet Day 2024 took place on Tuesday (6th February). We have included information, support and resources in these key areas and extend our thanks to those who have submitted a lot of fantastic materials.

On February 7th we launched our new resource called ‘Take A Healthy Selfie’ (See Page 3). This provides key links to services and support for children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. We also have information for parents/caregivers and school and youth staff to help support their children and young people.  The resource is free and available electronically and in print. Please contact us to order your copies and learn more about this campaign.

Locality Development Team (Southern Trust Area)

Issue 118 – Southern Area FYI – 25th January 2024

Welcome to Issue 118 of our fortnightly newsletter, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information).

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As you may already be aware, Children’s Mental Health Week 2024 is taking place from 5th to 11th February and Safer Internet Day 2024 is on Tuesday 6th February. With these important campaigns in mind, we are calling for submissions (as well as the usual information) which are relevant in these areas for the next edition of ‘FYI’. These can be resources, information, support services events and links and will be included in our special edition, with a focus on children’s mental health and safer internet use, coming out on Thursday 8th February.

Looking forward to your submissions!

 Locality Development Team (Southern Trust Area)

Issue 117 – Southern Area FYI – 11 January 2024

Welcome to Issue 117 of our fortnightly newsletter, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information), our first edition of ‘FYI’ of 2024.

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The vast array of information included reflects the fantastic work that continues across the Southern Trust Area and we are always happy to include all relevant submission (See criteria for submissions on Page 71).

 For those who attend our locality Planning Groups, we have listened to preferences given by members and will continue to alternate all our meetings between Zoom and face-to-face. For those who do not attend, see the flyer on Page 4 to find out more about how our meetings work and how to get involved. Just contact us, if you have any queries.

Locality Development Team (Southern Trust Area)

School Uniform Recycling Toolkit 2023


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The Southern Area Locality Planning Team have produced an Infographic to report on the impact of this year’s School Uniform Recycling Toolkit. This free resource was produced to provide a user friendly, free, practical guide for schools and community groups to use in order to hold a successful school uniform recycling scheme. We provided checklists for discussions, templates to use, tips which shared good practice, and evaluation forms which we collated to produce individual reports for each initiative.

11 schools and groups used the Toolkit during 2023 and send completed feedback forms to demonstrate the effectiveness of the resource.

We had around 1,250 items donated totalling a value of over £8,000. These items were successfully recycled across the Southern area.

If your school or group is interested in finding out more about this free resource, and how to avail of our support in 2024, please contact Darren  Curtis at localityplanning@ci-ni.org.uk