A local social media Facebook page has been launched to provide a space for agencies to share information about education support services, helpful resources and training opportunities for young people and their parents.
The page - ‘Carrickfergus Community Education Forum’, was recently launched by The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group.
Locality Planning Group member organisations including Carrickfergus YMCA, Northern Regional College, Sure Start, Primary and Post Primary Schools, Education Welfare Services and community representatives identified through a local needs assessment that mechanism for reaching parents in relation to support their children’s education could be coordinated and done better together.
MLA Roy Beggs, Chairperson of the CYPSP Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group, supported the development of the support platform for parents.
Speaking at the launch Roy Beggs said: “School, parents and the local community all working together can reduce educational under attainment and open up greater life-time opportunities.
“I am aware that there has been an absence of any Carrickfergus
based numeracy and literacy classes and difficulty to date in gathering 12 adult learners to meet NRC funding requirements for a tutor. I hope that the new Facebook page, “Carrickfergus Community Education Forum” will help parents by sharing good advice and by sign-posting to local services.
“My Grandad Beggs started work at the Bleachworks in Ballyclare at age 15 where he laboured for 55 years.
“Education helped my dad and his 11 brothers and sisters to a wide range of employment opportunities and I hope that greater education awareness will let others families benefit too,” he said.
Hedley Webb, Carrickfergus College principal, said: “We are delighted to see a one stop shop online for all things educational in the Carrickfergus area. CYPSP should be congratulated on their work to get this up and running for families”.
The Locality Planning Group extended special thanks to Parenting Northern Ireland who facilitated a series of engagement sessions with parents prior to the development of the Facebook page.
For more information about the work of the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group visit www.cypsp.org
Or to view the Carrickfergus Community Facebook Page visit www.facebook.com/Carrickfergus-Community- Education-Forum