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Children and Young People 'Big Tea'

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Holywood Baptist Church

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How can we give the children and people of Holywood the best start in life?[1] How can we ensure that all of our children and young people grow up safely and happily in a society where they receive the support they need to achieve their full potential[2] and where they can express their views and have a say in decisions that affect them? [3]

Life chances depend on foetal and neonatal health, the quality of parenting, early years provision, family and community support, education and, critically, poverty.[4] For example, recently in Holywood there have been problems with young people involved in drink and/or drugs. Also there is reported to be a danger of young people who feel in some way excluded being targeted for criminal and/or paramilitary involvement.

How might we engineer a joined-up approach to ensuring that in Holywood as many young people as possible reach adulthood with the best possible preparation?

This event aims to enable those working, professionally or voluntarily, in this sector to:

- Meet others

- Exchange observations, views and ideas

- Indicate a willingness to participate in a ‘joined-up’ approach and actions.

A ‘Big Tea’ is a facilitated discussion (with a mix of overall presenters and ‘world café’ round-table discussions) with food (the ‘Tea’) and a broad mix of interested people.

If you work or volunteer with children and young people (pre-birth to age 25) in nursery/pre-school groups, schools, sports, youth groups, churches, uniformed organisations, community groups, statutory organisations like health and social services, housing and police, or are just interested in the future of our young people, you are invited to join the conversation.

This is a great opportunity to connect with others involved in this important work.


[1] Draft Programme for Government 2016-21, Outcome 14: We give our children and young people the best start in life. Ards and North Down Community Plan: Ards and North Down [will be] a great place for children and young people to thrive.

[2] For example, there is evidence that many Protestant boys in receipt of free school meals fail to achieve their educational potential.

[3] https://www.unicef.org.uk/child-rights-partners/seven-principles-definition/



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