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Information Sessions via Zoom

In response to requests from Carers, the Western Trust Adult Learning Disability Involvement team will facilitate a schedule of Information sessions for Carers of Adults with a Learning Disability in the Western Trust area.

The topics will be:

  • 30th September – Occupational Therapy with Dr Shelley Crawford, Occupational Therapy Service Lead for Learning Disability and Louise McGurk Occupational Therapist.
  • 17th November – Learning Disability Community Nursing with Glenda Frazer and Kirsty Mitchell.
  • 30th November – Positive Behaviour Support Services with Dr Joanne Quinn Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Donna O’Neill Behaviour Therapist.

To allow information to be tailored, we will ask participants to submit general questions relating to each topic, to Jonathan McGuigan, before the Session takes place.

If you are interested in attending and have any questions or areas of information you would like covered in the presentation please contact:

Jonathan McGuigan at

Download the flyer here 

Review of LD Nursing Questionnaire

What would you like to see in the future role of learning disability nurses?

Families Involved NI is supporting the professional learning disability nursing leads, within the Department of Health, to gain more insights from families of people with learning disabilities (children and adults) on their experiences of Learning Disability Nursing across Northern Ireland.

This survey is your opportunity to share your past experiences but more importantly give your thoughts and ideas on how this important role can be shaped for the future.

Making sure that our people with learning disabilities can access and receive health care like every other person is important throughout their lives.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey in the link below. Please share with your contacts or other families that would be interested.

If you wish to have a hard copy of the survey for completion, then please email or telephone Monday or Wednesday (9am-12.30pm) 02890 522026

Patient and Client Council Opportunities to Get Involved

Regional Disability Forum for Health and Social Care – Forum for people with a physical/sensory disability and/or communication difficulty. Applications close Friday 10th November. Visit –

Obesity Prevention – The Department of Health are pulling together a project board for developing our next strategy for tackling obesity. Seeking 2 people living with obesity or who have experience of using obesity prevention who would like to join the project board to represent people with lived experience. Visit –

Have you been to an Emergency Department recently?

As part of the Review of Urgent and Emergency Care services the PCC invite you to share your thought on any recent experiences at one of the following sessions:

Monday 1st November: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday 3rd November 10:00am – 12:30pm

Wednesday 3rd November 2:00pm – 4:00pm

To register please contact Jane: or 028 9536 1705

Future Planning Model

You are invited to attend our ‘Health and Social Care Hub’ on Tuesday, 9 November 2021 at 10:00am

The session will be facilitated by Gerard McWilliams Involvement Officer and Sorcha Forbes at the Patient and Client Council.

This month’s theme is Future Planning.

Due to the closure and migration of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) to a new entity within the Department of Health, a new planning model must be designed and
implemented. As a result, many statutory provisions around commissioning will be removed, and this has provided an opportunity to fundamentally change the way in which services are planned, managed and delivered for the people of Northern Ireland.

Register Here

  • Western Trust Carers Support Service

    The WHSCT Carers Support Service provides information on a range of issues faced by carers.  They also run walking groups in Omagh, Derry and Fermanagh.  They can be contacted on 028 7135 5023 or 078 1015 6551

    Including link to Carers Cards and Walking Groups in Omagh and Derry.

    Visit the Carers Support Service Page

  • Guidance on how to use Technology to keep in touch

    Are you struggling a bit with digital technology? Would you like to find out how to use it to keep in touch with family and friends? If you’re having problems with your tablet, laptop or phone, or would simply like more information Libraries NI can help you.
    They have help sheets on useful apps – for health and exercise, cooking, crafting, playing games and even parking! Libraries NI can help you keep in touch on social media and give you tips on staying safe online.
    If you need any assistance simply phone the Libraries NI digital team on 028 9039 5989 (Monday – Friday 9:15am – 4:45pm) with a brief description of how you need help with digital technology and library staff will phone you within 48 hours with free, helpful advice.

    Visit the Libraries NI Website

  • Carers ID Card

    The Health Minister has launched a new ID cares to support carers. Similar to IDs for healthcare workers, carers will be able to show their ID in stores to get access to priority shopping hours. The card is available to those currently in receipt of Trust services. To request a card contact the keyworker (Social Worker/Nurse/CPN) involved with the person you care for.Carers ID Card

  • Free Online "Stress Contol" Course

    If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways to support your mental health and emotional wellbeing, you are invited to participate in this renowned six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class.

    Access the course here

  • Foyle Women's Information Network

    Foyle Women’s Information Network have daily online events accessible to all via their Facebook page. Classes and activities range from crafts to cookery as well as live music and mental health strategies.  They also have a monthly Book Club.

    Foyle Women’s Information Network Facebook Page

    Foyle Women’s Information Network Website

  • Carers NI

    Carers NI operate an information service for carers dealing with a range of issues such as benefits, community care and services for carers.  They provide a wide range of leaflets and booklets and a regular newsletter.  They offer the opportunity to meet with other carers through a network of local groups to share experiences and reduce feelings of isolation.

    Visit the Carers NI Website

  • Pathfinder Involvement Opportunity

    Pathfinder Carers Working Group

    Pathfinder LogoWestern Trust Chief Executive, Dr Anne Kilgallen, said: “We see Pathfinder as creating a whole new conversation about Health and Social Care in Fermanagh and West Tyrone. It means taking a detailed honest look at what we’re doing and whether we can do it better.”

    View the Pathfinder Carers Group Document for an insight into the work being completed by Pathfinder in the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Area and the opportunity to join the Pathfinder Carers working group.

  • Other Support Resources and Helplines
    • Lifeline – a crisis-response helpline service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are in distress or despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 and talk to an experienced counsellor in confidence.
    • Samaritans – A safe space for you to talk: 116 123
    • CAUSE – Visit the CAUSE website or telephone 028 9065 0650 helpline 080 0103 2833
    • Western Trust Mental Health Services
    • For all other local helplines for a variety of services in Northern Ireland, please visit: Helplines Network NI