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CYPSP: Newsletter 15th March 2024

 Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP)

Newsletter 15 march 2024

  • Programmes for April-June 2024

Are you a community, voluntary or sports group in the Northern Trust area and interested in bringing mental health programmes to your organisations.

AWARE NI have funding in place for the delivery of short one off mental health awareness sessions and longer life skills engagement programmes between April-June 2025. If interested in either the Mood Matters Adult or Living Life to the Full programme please contact Catherine on E: catherine@aware-ni.org


Mood Matters Adults (18+)
This light and interactive mental health awareness training session is an opportunity for you to think about how to look after your own mental health. The workshop will explore mental health stereotypes and look more closely at how to spot the early signs of mental health Illness, stress, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar. This session will teach individuals coping skills for everyday life, how to avoid getting caught in a vicious circle and how to break unhelpful habits that we sometimes have when our mood is low, as well as where to get further help and support.  This session will focus on you as an individual and will then allow you to apply these skills to supporting family, friends and others.
Duration 2hrs
Group Size Minimum 12 / Maximum 25 people
Method of Delivery Face to face or online


Living Life to the Full (+18)  
The is a programme that can make a big difference to your life. It can help you manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried or depressed and learn simple practical skills to help you cope with life’s challenges. Delivered over 6 weeks the programme looks more closely at the ways in which mental health can be impacted by life events and unhelpful thinking styles which may also then affect our physical health and overall enjoyment of life.
Duration 6 weeks @ 2hrs per week
Group Size Minimum 10 / Maximum 18 people
Method of Delivery Face to face or online
  • Odyssey Parenting Your Teen

Online programme in NHSCT commencing Wednesday 17th  April.

  • Ballykeel Parents Coffee Morning

Northern Connections alongside Ballykeel 2 & District Community Association will be hosting a Community Coffee Morning on Wednesday 20th March 10am-12pm at Ballykeel Community Centre in Ballymena.  If you or your organisation are interested in setting up an information stand on the day please email: connections@ndact.info


  • Childcare Providers to update details – Self Service Portal

The self service portal has gone live on FSNI. This will allow all registered childcare providers to update vacancy information and some other information on the site.

Article on FSNI website :

Self-Service Portal for Childcare Providers – Available on Family Support NI – Family Support Information


  • MEA Community Re-Paint Scheme

We would like to our MEA Community Groups aware we are working in partnership with Community Repaint to divert full or partially full paint tins to local community groups.

The scheme is operated through the network of local Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) – Waveney Road HRC, Redlands HRC and Sullatober HRC.

At these sites you can drop off leftover paint or collect paint for your local community group projects at no cost.

If you would like to know the volume and range of paint colours, please visit them in person to find out what is on offer.

Visit the webpage below to find out HRC opening times: https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/resident/waste-recycling/household-recycling-centres


  • Vaping Resources




While the evidence suggests that vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco, there are concerns about short and long term effects on the health of children and young people which are not fully understood.

The health advice is clear: young people and people who have never smoked should not vape.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has been working with a number of key partners to produce up to date resources to raise awareness and to support discussion with young people on vaping.


  • Vaping the facts
  • A leaflet for parents/carers
  • Vaping poster for young people
  • Vaping poster for parents/carers

These resources will provide factual information and advice to inform young people, teachers, parents/carers and others working with young people about vaping, the law and the associated risks.

We hope that you find these resources useful.

The resources and further information on vaping can be found at www.pha.site/vaping

For those of you who responded to the recent UK Government consultation on creating a smoke-free generation and vaping. There was a large response from Northern Ireland in support of proposals to increase the age at which cigarettes can be legally sold and to place restrictions on disposable and flavoured vapes which are particularly attractive to young people. The Health Minister has just recently announced that, subject to Assembly approval, Northern Ireland will be included in new UK laws to tackle youth smoking and vaping. This is a great step forward in helping to protect the health of our children and young people.

  • Cost-of-living crisis and children’s physical activity





A researcher at Ulster University, is currently investigating the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on access to sport and physical activity opportunities for children and young people. As part of  the research they are asking parents of children aged 4-16 years to complete a short, anonymous survey on sport and physical activity opportunities for children and young people during the cost-of-living crisis. Here is the link t the survey, which can be shared.: https://app.onlinesurveys.jisc.ac.uk/s/ulster/cost-of-living.

They are keen that a diverse range of people from across NI have their voice heard and the project will for the first time, outline how the cost-of-living crisis is impacting on the sport and physical activity opportunities on parents in NI, and collect data that will be important for making recommendations on how to maintain children’s access to physical activity during periods of economic downturn.


  • Child Poverty in NI




Latest poverty report for Northern Ireland for information and sharing from NI audit office

NI Audit Office Report – Child Poverty in Northern Ireland.pdf


  • How are children and young people doing in NI

How are children and young people doing in NI?

We have just published our NI outcome monitoring report 2022/23 full of multi-agency population data providing geographical trend analysis in respect of local NI Children & Young People Strategy Outcome monitoring. Download your copy now at  https://tinyurl.com/5djb4n73

This 12th Outcome Monitoring Report shows how children and young people in Northern Ireland are doing and covers the period 2016 up to 2023 (where available) The report presents the information collected against Executive agreed indicators for each outcome, providing trend analysis over time and comparison across geographical sectors.

This report will be kept as a live report under the publications page on the CYPSP website with information being updated as it becomes available  – we have highlighted in the index  where we are still awaiting data.

CYPSP interactive dashboards are also currently being updated.


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