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Encouraging parents to have their say about local services for children

2010-07-28

Around sixty parents and children attended a recent ‘Family Fun’ day in Cushendall which was hosted by the Moyle Children’s Locality Partnership and the North Antrim Community Network.

Fifteen organisations from the statutory, voluntary and community sectors were in attendance to showcase the various services that are available to families locally. Whilst the children enjoyed the activities provided, including face painting and a bouncy castle, the event also provided an opportunity for parents to give their views about the type of services available as well as on how services could be further developed.

Anne Hardy, Children Services Planner, Northern Area Children and Young People Committee – a committee set up and led by the Health and Social Care Board, explained:

“Everyone from Government to local communities has a role to play in supporting parents and helping our children and young people achieve better outcomes. Moyle Locality Partnership has been set up with membership from a range of local organisations to co-ordinate the planning of services for families in the area. It is important that parents, children and young people are involved in this process.

“Today has been a great opportunity for parents to put forward their views. I would encourage local parents and young people to become involved in the planning of services for the area.”

If you are interested in having a say about the services needed in the Cushendall, Cushendun and Glenariff areas or in Moyle, please contact Sandra Anderson, Children Services Planning Participation Officer, Northern Health and Social Care Trust on 028 2563 6609 or email sandral.anderson@northerntrust.hscni.net

Children Services Planning can also be contacted through their website www.northernchildrensservices.org or writing to Children’s Services Planning, Health and Social Care Board, Northern Office, County Hall, 142 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1QB.

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