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APRIL 2020

NEW DETACHED DRONES?

We are thinking of purchasing a couple of Daleks to come round the streets of Antrim & Newtownabbey to aid us in our outreach work. 

This could be a new edition to our Heads Up team at the centre. What do you think? Answers on a postcard.

More of an April Fool.

APRIL 2020

RAINBOW TRAILS

As part of our continued online social media presence we have asked members of the public to send us in their Rainbow Pictures that they are putting up in their windows to support the Keyworkers.

If you have a picture to send please email it to : antrimcc@btconnect.com and we will put them up on our Facebook page.

APRIL 2020

HAPPY EASTER

We wish all our clients, service users and young people a Happy Easter. 

Our centre is closed this week for easter and our staff will be back in operation on Monday 20th April 2020

 

Stay at Home - Protect the NHS - Save Lives 

MARCH 2020

CORONAVIRUS

On Monday 23rd March it was decided that our premises was to closed to protect the health and safety of clients, young people, service users and staff.

We want you to know that even though our building is closed we are still here for you and our Counselling team are currently delivering a telephone counselling service. Our Youth Workers are also out on the ground supporting in whatever way they can until it is safe for us to reopen our offices.

FEBRUARY 2020

STAY AWAKE GREENISLAND

Brilliant night at Greenisland Youth Club who organised a StayAwake with their young people tonight on behalf of DIL2020. They will still be there until 8am so good luck guys trying to stay awake.

Tonight they were joined by members of the FOCUS group (AYICC charity partners) and made DIL Milkshakes! Looks awesome ! Thanks guys

 

FEBRUARY 2020

PRIDE PROGRAMME

William or Youth Development Officer has been down at All About Us - ASD Teens Youth Club this past four weeks delivering our Pride Programme in Chimney Corner Football Club.

This programme looks at LGBTQ+ Awareness and the group designed a new PVC banner for this years Belfast Pride Parade in August.

FEBRUARY 2020

ON DETACHED WITH PCSP

The Heads Up Team were out on Detached tonight around the usual hotspot areas in Antrim but they were joined by PCSP Chair, Councillor Paul Dunlop.

Tonight we went left from High Street to Castle Gardens, Oriel Road, Bus/Rail Stations, Antrim Health Centre, Day Centre, Social Services Old Nurses House, Tesco Antrim and back round to High Street. 

At this point we bumped into the Street Pastors and assisted with a man who was homeless. 

FEBRUARY 2020

HEADS UP PARENTS!

William Smyth or Youth Development Officer delivered

a Heads Up Parents workshop to Here come the girls from Oasis Antrim.

These parents learned about the dangers of Illegal Substances and also Alcohol Awareness. 

We find that these programmes are just as good to deliver to parents so they can keep up to date and an signs to look out for with their children.

FEBRUARY 2020

HEADS UP RUTLEDGE!

Stephen and Chloe were down in Rutledge Training Antrim with the Heads Up Programme all day today.

The students learned about the dangers of Illegal Substances and also Alcohol Awareness. 

This is the right age to deliver our teen programme as these young people will come into contact with more peer pressure at their age. 

FEBRUARY 2020

HI 5 PRINCES TRUST

Went to a group of young people from the Prince's Trust TEAM Programme. This was based out of the ARC unit beside the Train Station. 

Young people too part in our HI 5 Programme Workshop where they learned about the 5 steps to wellbeing and how to look after their mental health

The session ended with the group making Mermaid Bath Scrub, which i hear is really good for your fins.

JANUARY 2020

HOW WAS IT 4 YOU?

A six week long Sexual Relationship Programme called How Was It 4 You? was delivered to a group of young people in Waveney Youth Club in Ballymena.

Week one the looks WIlliam got was something shocking when they were asked to speak honestly about what they knew about sex. But the group really got in the swing of things during the sessions and weeks of the programme. Yes that is a condom that has been blown up and playing keep ups with his head.

 

"This programme was a blast" 
"I don't want it to end"
is brilliant feedback.

JANUARY 2020

HEADS UP PARKGATE

Over the past four weeks we have been in Parkgate Primary School working alongside the Primary 7 pupils. They took part in our Heads Up Schools Programme.

Week One - Illegal Drugs
Week Two - Alcohol Awareness
Week Three - Lethal Highs
Week Four - Vision Impairment Goggles & Activities

DECEMBER 2019

RADAR NI BELFAST

Part of our Heads Up Programme is a trip to the RADAR Centre in Belfast. This day Rutledge Training students took part in a car simulator and wore beer goggles around the park and onto a real lifesize translink bus. 

They learned about road safety and also keeping safe at the bus and rail stations. 

#RIPRADAR We were one of the last groups through Radar before it closed in 2019

DECEMBER 2019

ALL ABOUT US
WERE SWITCHED ON

William Smyth our Youth Development Officer is at 
All About Us- ASD Teens delivering our Switched On (online safety) Programme.

 

They learned how to keep themselves safe online and how to set their profile settings.
 

Great night had by all. However some didn’t want to get their picture taken. Maybe in future programmes they might want to be in front of the camera lol

DECEMBER 2019

BOUT YE RUTLEDGE!

A full day spent in Rutledge Training Antrim with their students. They took part in our Bout Ye! Cross Community Programme where young people learn the history of Northern Ireland and learn from each other in a safe space.

 

Discussions where flowing and the group is really creative putting who they are on canvas.

NOVEMBER 2019

PSNI DROP IN ON US

Simon Byrne the PSNI Chief Constable called in today to talk to the Heads Up team to discuss their work on the streets and within schools.

 

Great time spent talking about the issues in our area and also of all the large amount of work that is done out of our wee office.

Youth Groups, Educational Programmes, Primary School Programmes, Detached/Outreach Youth Work, Counselling Support, Drop In, Pharmacy Campaign, Awareness Raising, Supporting Family & Friends.

NOVEMBER 2019

THE WAR ON DRUGS

Dr Aisling Diamond, is a Consultant at the Mater Hospitals Emergency Department in Belfast

She is also a friend of AYICC’s Heads Up team and she has said that the rocketing number of patients seeking A&E treatment for heroin overdoses has reached "frightening" new levels - with cases seen on an almost daily basis.

Read the full story by clicking here :

NOVEMBER 2019

HI 5 PROGRAMME

HI 5 Emotional Health & Well-being Programme going down well with students from Rutledge Training Antrim.

Down again at Woodhall Outdoor Learning Centre from Friday to Sunday on residential learning about the 5 Steps of Wellbeing but also having fun on the High Ropes Course, Human Jenga, Archery and Zip Line along the way.

The group got themselves in a bit of HOT water this weekend. The fire brigade nearly came out to cool them down.

NOVEMBER 2019

HI 5 PROGRAMME

HI 5 Emotional Health & Well-being Programme going down well with young people from Parkhall Youth Club.

Down again at Woodhall Outdoor Learning Centre from Friday to Sunday on residential learning about the 5 Steps of Wellbeing but also having fun on the High Ropes Course, Human Jenga, Archery and Zip Linealong the way.

OCTOBER 2019

# NO FILTER

William our Youth Development Officer has been working with a group of young people in Waveney Youth Centre Ballymena over the past number of weeks on a body positivity project called #NOFILTER

At the end of their project they went to Fright Night at The Jungle Moneymore.

They were very brave and was chased around by clowns with chainsaws and evil twins who screamed in your face. It was some experience!

OCTOBER 2019

BOUT YE! PROJECT

We have 3 members of the FOCUS group who have gone through their OCN L3 in Youth Work. One of which was Chloe Erwin and last night Chloe took young people who took part in the Bout Ye! Programme group to Fright Night at The Jungle Moneymore.

 

Woah this was something else!!

Six scare attractions later and everyone survived. Well not sure survived but got through it and got on the bus at the end of the night. What an experience!!!

OCTOBER 2019

PRINCES TRUST HEALTH FAIR

Over the past four weeks we have been in Ballycraigy Primary School working alongside the Primary 7 pupils. They took part in our Heads Up Schools Programme.

Week One - Illegal Drugs
Week Two - Alcohol Awareness
Week Three - Lethal Highs
Week Four - Vision Impairment Goggles & Activities

OCTOBER 2019

BALLYCRAIGY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Over the past four weeks we have been in Ballycraigy Primary School working alongside the Primary 7 pupils. They took part in our Heads Up Schools Programme.

Week One - Illegal Drugs
Week Two - Alcohol Awareness
Week Three - Lethal Highs
Week Four - Vision Impairment Goggles & Activities

OCTOBER 2019

HEADS UP DETACHED/OUTREACH

The Heads Up team were out again around the town throughout October.

We met up with three Translink Security staff who will be taking a no tolerance stance to anti-social behaviour at stations on the North & South lines. There have been too many reported issues with anti-social behaviour and safety concerns with young people on the tracks #KnowWhereYourKidsAre!
 

Antrim Loughshore, Antrim Bus & Train Station
Antrim Health Centre / CAMHS Building
Tesco Antrim, Castle Mall, Boardwalk and Waterfall entrance to Castle Gardens

OCTOBER 2019

RADAR NI & PRINCES TRUST

Part of our Heads Up Drug & Alcohol Workshop we took young people from the Princes Trust TEAM Programme to the RADAR Centre in Belfast to experience the other effects drugs and alcohol has on your day to day living.

Everyone has such a good time and learnt alot.

OCTOBER 2019

NO HATE HERE

Stephen McKay (Youth Support Worker) and William Smyth (Youth Development Officer) went to Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council at Mossley Mill for the launch of NO HATE HERE Campaign.

 

This PSNI campaign is in partnership with the PCSP Antrim & Newtownabbey and the Community Relations Forum.

OCTOBER 2019

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 

On Friday 11th October a sub-group of the FOCUS group looking at planning for next years Darkness Into Light went to Pieta House Conference at Balmoral Hotel Belfast with other DIL’s across the country.

Already we are planning how to make Darkness Into Light Antrim & Newtownabbey even better next year!

OCTOBER 2019

HEADS UP WITH PRINCES TRUST

Our Heads Up team were out at the TEAM Programme delivered by the Princes Trust in Antrim.

 

Raising awareness on the issues of drug and alcohol abuse with Stevie and Chloe from AYICC - Antrim Youth Information & Counselling Centre

Thanks for a great session guys! — feeling grateful at Antrim Prince's Trust.

OCTOBER 2019

HI-5 YOUTH RESIDENTIAL

William Smyth our Youth Development Officer took a group of young people from St Comgalls Youth Club to Woodhall Outdoor Learning Centre to participate in AYICC's HI-5 Health & Wellbeing Programme. 

This was over three days stay which included looking at positively improving your overall wellbeing. 

Activities include : Canoeing, High Ropes Course, Human Jenga, Zipline, Group Work and a Home Remedy Making Class. 

Go over to our Facebook page to view all the photos and videos that were taken.

OCTOBER 2019

IMPACT NETWORK NI

Roisin Faulkner & William Smyth attended a two day Celebrating Community Conference which was held by South Antrim Community Network. 

This was a fun fill couple of days which looked at ways to help improve your over all wellbeing. 

It was also an opportunity for SACN to launch their new name. Which from now on is called IMPACT NETWORK NI. 

Well done to everyone in organising this conference.

SEPTEMBER 2019

#NOFILTER PROGRAMME

We were in Waveney Youth Club Ballymena on Monday 31st September delivering Session One of our #NOFILTER Body Positivity Programme.

 

IN this session the group was split into two groups one made their perfect man and the other made their vision of the perfect woman.

 

Lets just say there was a lot of laughing at the size of drawn feet, lips and size of behinds which made the group really relaxed and they had an enjoyable evening. 

SEPTEMBER 2019

BOUT YE! PROGRAMME

The Princes' Trust in conjunction with the NRC are currently running their TEAM Programme and part of this programme we came in and are currently delivering on a number of workshops. 

Today we started session one of our Bout Ye! Programme our cultural awareness programme. 

Students made identity canvases with who they are and what they stand for. Great drawing and they came out really well.

SEPTEMBER 2019

HILTON TEMPLEPATRICK 

We would like to thank the huge generosity of the team at the Hilton Hotel Templepatrick and the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People for their donation to the FOCUS group. The donation is to be used for the benefit of young people and suicide awareness within the local community. 

The FOCUS group have a massive plans in the next six months and this donation will go a long way to making them happen.

SEPTEMBER 2019

ANTRIM HEALTH FAIR

Parkhall Integrated College for Antrim Youth Fair organised by CYPSP & Start360

Good array of information stands on offer


Thank you to Year 10 & 12’s from St Benedict’s,
Parkhall Integrated College, Crumlin Integrated College, Riverside School and Antrim Grammar School.


Our Vision Impairment Goggles went down really well again. This time it as the teachers of Antrim Grammar who where behind the wheel. They did let their pupils have a go, we promise

SEPTEMBER 2019

INFOFEST AT NRC

The HEADS UP team were down in the NRC in Newtownabbey to take part in their Infofest - Mini Freshers Fair in the canteen of their campus.

Good to set student and PSNI to take part in the vision impairment goggle activity.

Good luck to all the NRC student starting their first year in further education.

SEPTEMBER 2019

FRESHERS FAIR AT UUJ

The HEADS UP team were down in Ulster University in Jordanstown at the Freshers Fair. 

With over 1,000 info packs and pens given out we were certainly a busy stand with an activity that went down well was our Vision impairment goggles with Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch. 

Some people also going on to do the second level.

SEPTEMBER 2019

HEADS UP IN CRUMLIN

Josh from the FOCUS group is currently doing his OCN Level 3 in Youth WOrk and as part of it he needs to do a project. Tonight, Wednesday 18th September he was assisted by William our Youth Development Officer and the group talked about drugs and alcohol.

 

In the picture (left) the group made their own non-alcoholic drinks by designing the cans and then pitching to a group of judges to see whos Dragons Den pitch would get the money to make their new drink.

We have some budding artists in the group too.

SEPTEMBER 2019

GLENGORMLEY GET TO

The Great Glengormley Get Together was on Saturday 14th September and FOCUS and HEADS UP has stands at the event. 

The event had such a great turn out to see local people the groups that are working in their area. Also the crepe stand went down great too lol

William our Youth Development Officer had a snake round his neck like a necklace and John Blair MLA came over for a photograph.

Great day out for everyone

SEPTEMBER 2019

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 2019

The FOCUS group have been hard at work these past three years building up Darkness Into Light.

Tom & Donna came up from Pieta House with the cheque of how much was raised by DIL Antrim & Newtownabbey. 

We would like to thank Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Councilf or allowing us to use V36 Park every year.

We would also like to thank Tesco Newtownabbey & Tesco Northcott, the PSNI Newtownabbey

AUGUST 2019

PCSP PUBLIC MEETING

Down tonight in Crumlin Integrated College for PCSP Public Meeting on Anti-Social Behaviour. Great amount of services on offer in the area showing their wears. 

Two good presentations one from PCSP Manager and Inspector T from PSNI. 

Pictured : William Smyth, Youth Development Officer. Chloe Erwin, Youth Support Worker. Josh Hilman, FOCUS Chair. and Stephen McKay, Youth Support Worker tonights photographer hiding behind the camera.

AUGUST 2019

PRINCES TRUST MURAL

It was great to be part of the unveiling of the new Princes Trust mural that young people of antrim made over this past week at Castle Mall Shopping Centre

AUGUST 2019

GYM JUSTICE PROGRAMME

THE PSNI are doing something a little different with their Gym Justice Programme. The participants will be receiving a Drug Awareness session from AYICC - Antrim Youth Information & Counselling Centre and their Heads Up Programme.

PSNI will be bringing our new toy which will let the young people step into the Virtual Reality world and experience 1st hand what the impact of drug use is like.

They have been working closely with NRC Students to develop the lifelike videos.

AUGUST 2019

FOCUS AT BELFAST PRIDE

Slightly overcast yesterday but we would like to say thank you all for the support we got while we were walking the parade. 

Everyone had such a great day and the crowds were even bigger than last year. Such good fun. 

Watch this space for more from FOCUS and our future plans to help more young people reach their potential. 

The next 6 months are so exciting and we can’t wait to share what’s happening.

JUNE 2019

ANTRIM FESTIVAL HEALTH FAIR @ THE JUNCTION

Down today at The Antrim Festival Festival’s Health Fair at The Junction. Great to see people come out on such a rainy day to say hello. 

Pictured : William Smyth AYICC Youth Development Officer, Paul Dunlop PCSP Chair, Cammy Lovatt FOCUS member, Youth Support Workers Stephen McKay and Lily Brush

JUNE 2019

QUEENS AWARDS WITH
MRS JOAN CHRISTIE CVO OBE

Out tonight at the Old Courthouse Antrim to watch The Antrim Festival Group receive their Queens Award for Voluntary Service Award.

Tonight was a really special event with us celebrating Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE as the Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim.


Pictured : Chloe, Victoria, Zach, Jamie (Chief), Mollie & Stephen.

JUNE 2019

CELEBRATING
VOLUNTEERS WEEK

This week is Volunteers Week !

To mark this week we had an event in our offices for all our volunteers to come together and show how “You make the difference”.

Without Volunteers we just wouldn’t be able to offer the amount of services we have on offer.

Thank you to all those involved!

JUNE 2019

FOCUS GROUP GO TO RADAR

The FOCUS group went to the RADAR NI tonight. So much to do and so little time.

 

Everyone said they loved it. Great to do it with their new staff team alongside us, they are all really a fun group.

RADAR is Northern Ireland’s first fully interactive, safety and life skills education centre since it's opening in January 2016. It’s interactive, fun, and informative. RADAR gives young people a unique chance to explore dangerous situations in a risk free environment.

MAY 2019

LYRAS WALK

Delighted along with my colleague Roisin Lynch to take part today in Lyra’s Walk as it made its way from Belfast to Derry. Met up with the group in Antrim Castle Centre and walked to Randalstown. Great company along the way, many conversations and a wonderful sense of commitment. The organisers have done a great job, the walkers are tired and looking forward to a night’s sleep before they continue their journey - Noreen McClelland


Thanks to all who provided refreshments, in Antrim town and Randalstown. Thomas and friends in Randalstown, such a welcome and excellent hospitality. To the young people of AYICC Focus Group in Antrim a special thank you.

MAY 2019

BEE SAFE NEWTOWNABBEY

Out today Chloe, Stevie & William from the Heads Up team down at The Theatre at the Mill on the main stage presenting on the BEE SAFE for Antrim & Newtownabbey PCSP.

14 sessions on Alcohol awareness to Primary 7 pupils from local Newtownabbey Primary Schools.

 

Move over The Blame Game we are the main stage this week 🙂

APRIL 2019

GREENISLAND YC STAYAWAKE

Greenisland Youth Club having a StayAwake from 8pm - 8am

Supporting the Charity Partner FOCUS for Darkness Into Light 2019
 

Thank you to all the staff who have a long night ahead of themselves.

APRIL 2019

BY MAYORS REQUEST

Tonight was a fantastic night at the Antrim Festival Groups Masquerade Gala @ the Templeton Hotel tonight. 

Thank you to the Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey Paul Michael for the invitation. It was such a good evening. 

APRIL 2019

JORDAN WOODS

Jordan Woods came to tonight’s meeting of the FOCUS group to sharing his story. What a great lad, really making a difference. 

Great having you tonight Jordan

APRIL 2019

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT LAUNCH

Down at the Electric Ireland NI Launch of Darkness Into Light 2019 at the Cafe at the Square, Custom House Belfast.


We hope you are registering for this areas walk at V36 Sports Park at the Valley Leisure Centre.
 

#ThePowerOfHope #DIL2019 #ANBorough

APRIL 2019

MRS JOAN CHRISTIE CVO OBE

Paul Dinsmore & William Smyth (Youth Development Officer) had the honor of being at the launch of Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE Legacy Bursary Scheme last night at The Theatre at the Mill.

 

APRIL 2019

RADAR BELFAST

HEADS UP Team Training Day at the RADAR NI Belfast.


RADAR (Risk Avoidance and Danger Awareness Resource) brings safety and life skills education crashing into the 21st century! RADAR is Northern Ireland’s first and only, life sized, interactive safety and life skills education centre. Located in Sydenham Harbour Estate in Belfast, our unique and innovative Centre has a full sized street scene, with a house, bus, train, fire station, court room, prison cell, shop, boat and much, much more.

 

Fantastic first hand training experience and we will definitely be being groups up here. Special thanks to PSNI Antrim for the invite.

FEBRUARY 2019

PCSP PUBLIC MEETING

We were out in Glengormley High School presenting the Heads Up Drug & Alcohol Project at a PCSP Public Meeting which included a Q&A session.

Pictured : William Smyth (Youth Development Officer) Alliance Party colleagues Councillor Neil Kelly, Councillor Julian McGrath and John Blair MLA.

FEBRUARY 2019

HEADS UP

SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

Primary 7 pupils from Abbots Cross Primary School, Newtownabbey who took part in our four week Drug & Alcohol Schools Programme.

Our programme consists of four workshop sessions 

Week One : Illegal Drugs
Week Two : Alcohol Awareness

Week Three : Lethal Highs
Week Three : Drugs Box & Activities

FEBRUARY 2019

HEADS UP

SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

Primary 7 pupils from Ballycraigy Primary School, Antrim who took part in our four week Drug & Alcohol Schools Programme.

Our programme consists of four workshop sessions 

Week One : Illegal Drugs
Week Two : Alcohol Awareness

Week Three : Lethal Highs
Week Three : Drugs Box & Activities (Pictured left)