Youth Fair looks at positive mental health

Published on Tuesday 13 March 2012 12:30

PUPILS from Carrick’s post-primary schools heard about the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing during a Youth Fair at Oakfield Community Centre.

Hosted by the Carrickfergus Raising Attainment Group together with the Children’s Services Planning Locality Partnership, the event was attended by over 400 pupils from Carrick College, Carrickfergus Grammar, Downshire and Ulidia.

A total of 28 voluntary and statutory organisations provided stands to give young people information about the services and activities that are available for them in the area.   Volunteers were also available to speak to young people about their hopes for the future and the type of facilities that they would like to see in Carrickfergus.

The fair was opened by guest speakers Billy Ashe, local councillor and coordinator for Carrickfergus Community Forum, and Roy Beggs MLA.

The Children’s Services Planning Locality Partnership works to co-ordinate existing youth services to make them more effective. It also regularly reviews needs in the area to see that services meet the actual needs identified by young people and their families.

A series of young persons’ interviews which were co-ordinated during the fair provided a great opportunity for young people to contribute to that process.

“This event is a good example of what the partnership is about – organisations coming together for the benefit of young people in the Borough,” said YMCA’s Bob Loade, chair of the Locality Partnership.

Mr Loade also thanked the Children’s Services Planning team of the Children and Young Peoples Strategic Partnership for their ongoing support and work in the East Antrim area and for hosting the event.

The Children’s Services Planning Locality Partnership in Carrickfergus is one of a number of locality-based partnerships within the overarching Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership which is chaired by the Health and Social Care Board.

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