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New programme to help local families

The opportunity for training in 'life skills' is up for grabs for residents in the North Down and Ards area, by the sector skills training company People 1st.

The Community Family Support Project (CFSP), aims to empower families by giving family members tailored help for issues such as debt management, finding employment and healthy living.

During the 26 week programme, families receive help from qualified family support workers to address the health, social, economic, educational, employment and training issues that impact their daily lives.

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said the programme would support 720 families across Northern Ireland.

"The programme will be delivered by support organisations in the heart of the community and a family learning component will be an integral part of the provision aimed at enhancing parenting and family life skills.

"This programme will provide disengaged young people and their families with the inspiration, motivation and confidence to have a new start and be positive role models for other young people in the community."

The criteria to access the scheme include having family members out of employment, children out of education between the ages of 16 -18 (NEET) and/or children aged 14+ who may fall into this category. A commitment to the scheme is most important.

David Donald is the area's Family Liaison Officer based in the Ormeau Road office of People 1st, who will be spending time visiting families to observe their progression in the programme. He said: "CFSP is all about getting families integrated into society, teaching them new skills and tailoring the help provided to each person's individual needs. The scheme is an excellent opportunity for families in the North Down area to really work together to get the most out of family life and I would urge people to apply."

Anyone interested in joining the programme due to begin immediately, should contact David Donald on 07436 535 389.

Belfast Telegraph