Young people learn of support services

Pupils from 4 post primary schools (Dunclug College, Cambridge House & St Louis Grammar) at Ballymena Youth Fair

Pupils from 4 post primary schools (Dunclug College, Cambridge House & St Louis Grammar) at Ballymena Youth Fair

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Over 760 year 11 pupils in the Ballymena area attended the Annual Youth Fair last week.

The fair was organised by Ballymena Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Locality Group and Ballymena Learning Together Partnership.

Pupils from 4 post primary schools (Dunclug College, Cambridge House & St Louis Grammar) at Ballymena Youth Fair

Pupils from 4 post primary schools (Dunclug College, Cambridge House & St Louis Grammar) at Ballymena Youth Fair

The aim of the fair was to raise awareness of support and emotional wellbeing services available locally as well as to encourage young people to make positive choices in their lives.

Over 25 local service providers including Start 360, Education Authority Youth Service, NHSCT Think Drink, Simon Community, Women’s Aid, Action Mental Health were present at the fair to showcase the range of support services available to young people in the area, and how they can access this support.

Speaking at the event Hector Deane, Coordinator of Ballymena Learning Together, said: “Today’s event is a good example of what the partnership is about - organisations coming together for the benefit of young people in the Borough.”

The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP), led by the Health and Social Care Board, is a multi-agency partnership that includes the leadership of key statutory agencies and community and voluntary organisations that have a responsibility for improving the lives of children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Pupils from 4 post primary schools (Dunclug College, Cambridge House & St Louis Grammar) at Ballymena Youth Fair

Pupils from 4 post primary schools (Dunclug College, Cambridge House & St Louis Grammar) at Ballymena Youth Fair

If you would like more information about the Ballymena Locality Planning Group, please contact Selena Ramsey, Locality Development Officer, on 028 2563 6608.

For more information about the CYPSP visit www.cypsp.org

Pupils from 4 post primary schools (Dunclug College, Cambridge House & St Louis Grammar) at Ballymena Youth Fair

Pupils from 4 post primary schools (Dunclug College, Cambridge House & St Louis Grammar) at Ballymena Youth Fair