Craigavon organisations have their say on future services for children and young people
25/06/2014Over 40 organisations and individuals involved in improving local services for families in the Craigavon area had their say on future services for children and young people as the newly formed Children’s Locality Planning Group.
The event was organised by the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP), along with and hosted by Craigavon Borough Council. It brought together representatives from statutory, voluntary and community organisations to discuss the services currently available to support children and young people and how these can be improved in future.
Diane Clarke from Craigavon Borough Council welcomed the launch of the new Craigavon Locality Planning Group and said: “I am really excited about this work and am looking forward to the first meeting of the group. I firmly believe we have the solutions to the issues being raised and that by working together we can make a difference to the lives of our children and young people. I would encourage all organisations in the area to join us as we move forward.”
Attendees also heard about the work of the Locality Planning Groups in the Southern area and how the Family Support Hub has been co-ordinating support for local families. They also had the opportunity to visit information stands providing family support services available in the area.
Paul Morgan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Chair of the Southern Outcomes Group, said: “Everyone at the event was committed to promoting the wellbeing of children and young people in the Southern area and involving them in decisions that affect their lives. By giving careful consideration to their views, we have gained important information that will further inform our work and delivery of services to children and young people.”
Councillor Colin McCusker, Mayor of Craigavon Borough Council, adds: “With the change in local government next year, partnerships such as the Children’s Locality planning group and involving young people in the decisions that affect their lives will become even more important. This is a fore runner of what is to come and I’m delighted that we are already ahead of the game.”
The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership is a multi-agency partnership, led by the Health and Social Care Board. It includes community and voluntary organisations and the key statutory agencies that have a responsibility for improving the lives of children and young people in Northern Ireland. For more information about the CYPSP, contact Anne Hardy on 028 2531 1208 or Julie Bolton on 07725 23 25 66 or visit www.cypsp.org
If you are interested in joining Southern CYPSP Parent Reference Group, contact Clare Anne Magee on 028 9031 0891.
At the launch of the new Craigavon Locality Planning Group are (standing) Diane Clarke, Craigavon Borough Council; Colm McCafferty, Southern Health and Social Care Trust; Helen Clarkson, Barnardos; Julie Bolton, CYPSP; Teresa OHare, Southern Regional College; Paul Morgan, Chair, Southern Outcomes Group; and Anne Hardy, CYPSP; (seated) Shane Magee, St Anthony’s Primary School; Fiona McDonald, Drumnamoe Nursery School; Rachael Long, NIACRO, and Maurice Leeson, CYPSP
Pictured at the event are (seated) Michaela Cullen, Belong; Rodger Toner, Principal, Lurgan Model Primary School; Karen Moore, Care in Crisis; (standing) Julie Bolton, CYPSP; and Ian Coulter, Youth Justice Agency
Delegates at the event