A growing number of young people in Northern Ireland are turning to Childline with worries about exam results. In 2018/19, Childline’s bases at Foyle and Belfast in Northern Ireland delivered 153 counselling sessions with children and teenagers  apprehensive about their grades – rising by more than 55 per cent sinceRead More →

Once confined to a handful of countries, now annually in the UK and Ireland there are 1000+ new cases of Lyme Disease with most cases occurring in early summer. In the UK particularly high-risk areas are the South of England and Scottish Highlands, but infection can occur in many areas. With itRead More →

Northern Ireland’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity, the Belfast Mela, with new principal sponsor Sensata Technologies was launched at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor John Finucane. Up to 30,000 people visit the Belfast Mela each August and this year’s festival promises to be theRead More →

Over 30,000 children and young people across Northern Ireland have been sliding into summer reading for this year’s Libraries NI Big Summer Read.  The annual reading initiative is a free programme which encourages children and teens to continue reading throughout the summer months. Since beginning on 1 July 2019, over 30,000Read More →

The home of Ulster Rugby, the Kingspan Stadium, has signed up to the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme, highlighting their commitment to supporting breastfeeding mums. The announcement comes during the celebrations for World Breastfeeding Week (1–7 August). Breastfeeding Welcome Here helps provide supportive environments and shows public supportRead More →

Today (Monday August 5) marks the official start to Camp Camilla 2019,  a unique American-style Summer Camp based at Lagan College, Belfast. The camp aims to bring together young people from all beliefs and backgrounds, building an environment where they will broaden their experiences and grow in confidence in theRead More →

The Department for Communities today invited the public to get involved in this year’s European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) Weekend which takes place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019. History and culture will be brought to life and celebrated across Northern Ireland with over 340 properties taking part.Read More →

Do you ever scroll through Facebook and raise your eyebrows at some of the updates describing perfect family outings? Do you feel deeply inadequate at the scenes of cross-generational harmony, big joyful smiles, out in the open air, without a screen or piece of technology in sight, and none ofRead More →

The summer holidays are here and after those first few euphoric days of freedom, life indoors can soon begin to feel cramped. Even if your offspring are pre-school age, chances are you’ve heard Peppa Pig singing, “If You’re Happy and You Know It” one too many times. If for noRead More →