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Antrim Youth Information & Counselling Centre (AYICC) has received support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups working with Victims and Survivors, which is administered by VSS on behalf of the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.

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NEWS

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)

JANUARY 2019

HEADS UP

SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

Primary 7 pupils from Mount St.Michaels Primary School, Randalstown 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)

JANUARY 2019

HEADS UP 
SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

Primary 7 pupils from Whitehouse 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 (Pictured left)

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

JANUARY 2019

DR AISLING DIAMOND

AYICC talks to Dr Aisling Diamond and discusses her take on the Ecstacy epidemic across Northern Ireland. 

"Ecstasy is the choice drug for younger people. And they’re mixing that with prescription drugs, the likes of cocaine, and with alcohol as well” - Dr Aisling Diamond.

To read her full report click here

JANUARY 2019

UNWANTED
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS?

Have you got unwanted or unused prescription medication? 

Did you know as part of our HEADS UP Drug & Alcohol Programme our pharmacy campaign seen us visit every single pharmacy in the Borough?

 

We can confirm that every single pharmacy has signed up. Why not while your doing your spring cleans now Christmas and New Years is over and leave in your old medication at a chemist/pharmacy near you 🙂