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December 2023

Christmas Festivities at Glenside Day Centre

Service Users have enjoyed a Christmas Dinner in the Centre and everyone took part in Christmas Jumper Day on December 7th.

Service Users presented with laptops from Mr Joe Hegarty (DuPont Kevlar)

Glenside Donation

We gratefully acknowledge a kind donation of laptops from DuPont – Kevlar, Derry/Londonderry to Glenside Satellite Unit, Strabane.

Victoria Young, Day Services Manager Glenside Satellite Unit said: “We are delighted to receive this kind donation of laptops from Mr Joe Hegarty on behalf of DuPont-Kevlar. The laptops will be used by our service users to help them develop their technology skills and are an excellent resource for the Centre. We very much appreciate receiving this donation and want to thank Joe and Dupont-Kevlar for their generosity.”

Friends Together Lunchtime Performance Poster

Friends Together Lunchtime Performance

Join the Friends Together Choir for a lunchtime performance, singing their favourite Christmas songs and carols.

Wednesday 13th December 2023


Lakeview Hospital Foyer

Everyone Welcome!

Christmas Crafts – Evening Opportunity

Christmas Craft Classes with Christine Bonner

Churchtown Community Association, Lurganboy Road, Castlederg

Monday evenings 6:30pm – 8:30pm for four weeks from Monday 20th November.

Lilliput Anniversary Variety Show

Lilliput Anniversary Concert

Lilliput are hosting their 30th Anniversary Variety Show

Wednesday 06 December 2023

Drinks Reception: 6:00pm

Show Starts: 7:00pm

Tickets: Adults – £10   /   Junior – £6

Contact 028 7126 8027

Read more 

Lilliput’s Christmas Craft Fayre

Christmas Craft Fayre Lilliput Poster

Lilliput’s Christmas Craft Fayre is taking place:

Saturday 9th December 2023
11:00am – 3:00pm
at The Playhouse

Tables are available for £15
All proceeds to Lilliput Theatre Group

For more information and to book contact Clare-Ellen/Brain/Mark: 0734 2061 591

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Valley Centre at Northern Ireland Pool Competition

On Wednesday 22nd November 2023, 4 service users from The Valley Centre travelled to The Lodge Hotel to compete in the ‘Northern Ireland National Learning Disabled Pool Championships’.

All of our Valley Competitors gave outstanding performances, with both Martin Sweeney and Gary Donnell reaching the Third Round of the Competition.  Gary Donnell went on to win the ‘Rosemary Taggart Memorial Shield’ for his Sportsmanship, bringing Silverware home to the Valley.  In an interview later with Gary, he stated that he intends to return next year and retain his title.  The Team have returned from their competition with a spring to their step, already planning their tactics and practice schedule for the coming year.  A really enjoyable day was had by all!

Ralphs Close

Residents and Staff from Ralphs Close recently enjoyed a great break away to Hoist Away Holiday Home in Culdaff.
All the residents and staff had a great experience and can’t wait to visit again in the Summer.

Service Users and Staff at Ralphs Close recently celebrated a special Birthday for Geraldine Canning. Geraldine celebrated her birthday with her family and staff at Ralphs Close.

Tumble Circus Performance

Thank you to Rossmar School pupils and staff for letting Benbradagh Day Centre host Tumble Circus entertainment.

Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh Centre thoroughly enjoyed the talented indivilduals who performed gymnastics, hula-hoop, acrobatics and more.

Lynda McMullan, Senior Day Care Worker wishes to thank Miss McClelland for organising the show. It was a fantastic morning enjoyed by everyone.

Upcoming LD Events and Opportunities

Live Engagement events for the Children’s EHWB Framework

Date Venue Location Time
13th November Tullyglass Hotel Ballymena 10am – 4pm Book here
14th November White Horse Hotel Derry/ Londonderry 10am – 4pm Book here 
4th December Quinn’s Corner Dungannon 10am – 4pm Book here
5th December Trinity Church Lisburn 10am – 4pm Book here

A number of workshops for key stakeholders about the concepts of using the iThrive model for system change to help understand their role and responsibilities supporting Children’s EHWB.

These workshops will bring together health, education, third sector and service users to have a facilitated conversation about:

  • language
  • roles, responsibilities and expectations
  • what we understand others do
  • meeting children’s and young people’s presenting needs
  • how we can best work together

To support children and young people with mental health, neurodiverse or neurodevelopmental needs. Feedback from these workshops will be used to inform future planning and investment.
Register at the links above.

  • Ongoing ALD Events and Opportunities
    Ongoing Opportunities 2023

    Lilliput Theatre CompanyLilliput Theatre Company – It’s Your Time to Shine

    • Are you an Adult with a Learning Disability?
    • Are you looking for somewhere new to go?
    • Do you want to try something new?
    • Do you want to add something special to your week?

    Activities include Leisure, Crafts, Games, Drama, Music and Dance.

    If you are interested: Call Lilliput on 073 4206 1591  or talk to your social worker or transition officer

    9 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG


    Family Fund – Helping Disabled Children – Your Opportunity

    Help for Young Disabled Adults Aged 18-24

    Your Opportunity is a dedicated grants programme which aims to enhance the life of a disabled or seriously ill young adult.

    Can we help you? You can apply for a Your Opportunity grant if you:

    • are the main parent or carer of a disabled, or seriously ill, young adult aged 18-24, who lives at home with you
    • have not had a Your Opportunity grant on behalf of your disabled young adult, in the past 12 months
    • have lived in the UK for the last six months
    • have a low household income, or receive a benefit such as Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit etc.

    Please visit our website to see our full eligibility criteria and more about the scheme, at:

    You can get grants for digital equipment, clubs and activities, musical instruments, sports equipment, day trips and much more…

    Download and Print the leaflet for more information.

    Experiences of Social Work

    Have you or someone you know engaged with Social Work services in Northern Ireland? We are keen to learn from the experiences of people of all ages who have used social work services, have cared for someone who has used them or are close to someone who has used them. The data collected will be used to inform practice and service improvement and social work training.
    The survey can be accessed through the website
    You can request a printed copy by contacting us: Call: 02895 362868 (office hours) or email
    All data collected will be anonymous.

    You can download/print the survey below:

    Tuned In Project 

    The Tuned In Project uses the digital and creative arts, media and music to support people with Learning Disabilities to be different.

    To find out more, visit the Tuned In Project Website.

    Leonard Cheshire in NI

    Leonard Cheshire help graduates with long term conditions or disabilities to secure placements with leading NI companies. More information.

    ARC NI – TILII TV Questionnaire

    ARC NI are seeking your help. We are looking to understand what you think about TILII TV.

    Click here to download/print the short Easy Read Questionnaire.

    NOW Group

    Funded Short Academies 16+

    NOW Group Funded Sort Academies

    Including expenses, completion bonus and support into employment.

    Upskill, Retrain and Gain Qualifications in:

    • Tourism
    • Hospitality
    • ICT
    • Data Analytics
    • Cyber Security

    Click here to register your interest.

    Specially delivered to assist people with learning difficulties, hidden disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. Subject to eligibility requirements.

    NOW Connects
    Now Connects is our Community Day opportunity, part funded by the Western Trust that operates four days a week in both Omagh and Enniskillen.
    Enniskillen – 27c East Bridge Street – Monday – Thursday, 9:30am-1:30pm

    Omagh – Ground Floor, Anderson House – Tuesday – Friday 10am – 2pm

    NOW Connects is a structured pre-employment programme working on supporting, developing, building independence and life skills alongside promoting health and wellbeing, to those with a learning disability, learning difficulty or neurodiverse condition across Omagh and Enniskillen. Criteria for this is 18+ and participants need to be known to the Western Trust.

    Essential Skills
    We deliver essential skills in Maths and English. Essential Skills is on a Monday from 1pm- 2pm in
    Enniskillen – currently this is via zoom, participants are encouraged to come into the Enniskillen HIVE and are
    supported by NOW staff.

    Essential skills are delivered in Omagh HIVE on a Wednesday. These are separated into two different groups, a beginner group between 2pm-3pm and an advanced group between 3pm-4pm.

    NCEPOD – Moving from Child to Adult Healthcare Services (Transition)

    NCEPOD is a national organisation that uses data to help improve the quality of care for future patients in the UK. For this work they are collecting data on young people between 13 and 24 years old.

    If you are a young person, parent/carer of a young person, who has moved from child to adult healthcare services, and would like to take part in a group discussion, or fill in an online survey to
    share your experiences to help future patients, please contact us by post, phone or email: Please ask permission from your parent/carer if you are under 16*

    Download/Print the Flyer Here.

    Patient Client Council – Opportunities to Get Involved 

    • Calling all those who have a learning disability and use services. A chance to tell us your ideas about how YOU want to be supported and how you think health and social care services can be better for YOU. There are different things to do with Learning Disability services that you might want to talk to us about. Our staff are experienced in working alongside YOU to support and make sure YOU HAVE YOUR SAY. If YOU would like to join this group, call Suzanne Collins, Projects Co-Ordinator 07423 810015 or email . Click Here to download/print the flyer.

    Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Programmes

    Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Programmes are available in Derry/Strabane. The programme aims to engage people who do not traditionally participate in physical activity, particularly people with a disability.

    More information on the clubs and opportunities.

    NOW Connects Information

    NOW Connects Group

    NOW Connects is a pre-employment programme for people with learning disabilities or autism.

    The programme builds independence, confidence and develops key skills. It promotes independent living and develops social skills through a variety of activities and training.

    NOW Connects supports individuals on their journey to a job with a future or into further training.

    Opportunities include OCN accredited Training and a range of Soft Skills courses:

    • Personal Development
    • Route Training/Road Safety
    • Money Management
    • Health & Wellbeing


    Aisling O’Doherty : 073 9456 5134

    Niamh Jones: 074 6795 8322

    Visit the NOW Connects website

  • November 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Pyjama Day at Benbradagh Day Centre for Children in Need

    The Benbradagh Centre held a Pyjama Day on Friday, raising a total of £215 for Children in Need.
    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh and Satellite Units had a fantastic day and put a lot of effort into decorating the centre and wearing their colourful pyjamas.
    Senior Day Centre Worker Lynda McMullan would like to thank all of the Service Users, parents, carers and staff for their kind donations and continued support.

    Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit raise money for Children In Need

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit had a fantastic day celebrating Children In Need. The Centre had a ‘Bake Off’ with each room producing some truly delicious treats and cakes. Pudsey Bear also surprised everyone with a visit. Glenside Satellite Unit also celebrated wearing their themed tops and everyone enjoyed a fun fulled Karaoke session.
    Centre Manager Victoria Young would like to thank all of the Service Users, parents, carers and staff for their continued support and helping make today’s celebration such a success. Also a huge thank you to ASDA Strabane for arranging Pudsey’s visit and providing treats and prizes for the day!

    Maybrook ATC Celebrate Children In Need

    Staff and Service Users at Maybrook Adult Training Centre were wearing yellow today raising a total of £140 for Children In Need. Well done everyone!

    Maybrook ATC Service Users and Staff wearing yellow

    Maybrook Craft Fayre

    Maybrook Christmas Craft Fayre Poster

    Maybrook are hosting their Christmas Craft Fayre at Maybrook Centre, Racecourse Road.

    Wednesday 29th November

    11:00am – 1:30pm

    • Grand Raffle
    • Lucky Dip Bottle Stand
    • Home Baking
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Hand Made Christmas Cards

    Please come and support the centre.

    Entry £1

    Complimentary tea, coffee and shortbread.

    Paul Herron with North West Regional College Tutor Gaenor Speer

    Service User Paul Herron who attends Glenside Satellite Unit, Strabane is presented with his OCN Level 2 Certificate in Practical Ceramic Skills by North West Regional College tutor Gaenor Speer.

    All the staff at Glenside are extremely proud and congratulate Paul on this fantastic achievement!



    Maybrook Craft Fayre


    Learning Disability Nurses Day 2023 

    Short Break Cottages, Derry/Londonderry

    Tiarna Glenside ATC

    Jolene O’Neill, Community Learning Disability Nurse

    Virtual introductory events for the Children’s EHWB Framework

    Date Time
    25th October 2023 11.30am – 1pm Book here
    26th October 2023 11.30am – 1pm Book here
    7th November 2023* 12.00pm – 1.30pm Book here
    9th November 2023 11.30am – 1pm Book here

    *this event will be aimed at services, providers and projects in education

    A number of information events for key stakeholders introducing the concepts of using the iThrive model for system change to help understand roles, responsibilities and expectations in supporting children’s and young people’s EHWB.

    These information events are for health, education, third sector and service users to inform facilitated workshops about how to support children and young people with mental health, neurodiverse or neurodevelopmental needs. These online sessions will allow for an introduction and Questions and Answers session.

    Register at the above links.

  • October 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Maybrook ATC Halloween Celebrations

    Maybrook Day Centre recently held a competition, whereby staff and clients from each room had to make a Haunted House out of recyclable materials.
    Our judge was Ms Adele Kelly, Art Tutor from North West Regional College. The winners were Dove Room; Ms Kathleen Nicholas, Pelican Room; Ms Ramon Hill and Kingfisher Room; Ms Lauren Whiteside, Kingfisher Room. Well done to all of the entrants

    Glenside Halloween Party

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside Centre, Strabane had a fantastic Halloween Disco!
    The Centre also had a Halloween Witch competition with each room designing their own witch. The competition between the rooms was great and there were some fantastic ideas. Well done to the Emerald Room who were chosen as the overall winners!
    Centre Manager, Victoria Young would like to thank all of the Service Users, Staff, parents and carers for all of their effort and continued support.

    Benbradagh Halloween Party

    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh Day Centre enjoyed a Halloween themed party on Friday!
    Centre Manager, Orla Bradley said: “It was a great day and there was so much effort put in by the Service Users and Staff with all their great costumes. We invited Rossmar School to join us and everyone had a lovely day. Emma Tweedale Team Leader ALD and Fiona McDonald, Social Worker very kindly judged our best decorated room which was won by the Cedarwood Group.”


    Rossville Art Exhibition

    Rossville Group Day Opportunities for adults with mild and moderate learning difficulties is delighted to announced the launch of their art exhibition entitled ‘Where The Heart Is’ on Thursday 19 October 2023 at 1pm in Eden Place Arts Centre in Pilot’s Row, Derry/Londonderry.

    Members of the public will have the opportunity to view the beautiful art work on display at Eden Place Arts Centre from Friday 20 October 2023 to Thursday 26 October 2023 from 9.30am to 6.30pm.


    Lilliput Theatre Company – Think It? Spray it?

    Lilliput are launching an exciting new exhibition in the UV Arts, Urban Arts, and Garden of reflection studio on Wednesday 18th October 2023 from 12 noon – 1:30pm.

    Members of Lilliput designed their own unique individual boards, all group members have contributed to a brand new Mural showcasing all that Lilliput does within its name. The Lilliput Mural will proudly hang in the Lilliput room in the Playhouse.

    The exhibition was funded by the Acorn Project and facilitated by Karl Porter of UV Arts.

    The exhibition runs from Wednesday the 18th of October through to Friday the 27th October 2023.

    Social Farming Awareness Week 2023 

    Social Farming Awareness Week InviteSocial Farming Awareness week will take place from Monday 2nd October to Friday 6th October, with the opportunity to attend Social Farm visits across five different farms.

    The open days are taking place across Northern Ireland on a variety of different farm settings.

    • We start the week on Monday at Bradkeel Farm near Plumbridge. This farm has a dedicated one-acre site within the Campbell Family Sheep Farm found in the peaceful, idyllic slopes of the Glenelly Valley which is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains. Facilities include a kitchen garden with large polytunnel with raised beds providing opportunities to grow vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs. Currently a sensory and healing garden is being created.
    • On Tuesday we will visit An Tobar Social Farm near Silverbridge. This farm consists of 40 acres of land, in the scenic setting of South Armagh’s Ring of Gullion’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a small herd of suckler cows, a horticultural nursery, and woodland offering a range of activities.
    • On Wednesday we will be at Wingrove Farm near Saintfield. This farm has been in its family for over 30 years, it is a mixed farm consisting of a suckler cow herd, breeding of a flock of sheep, as well as chickens, pigs and grain.
    • On Thursday we will be at Jigsaw Farm near Coagh. This farm consists of 120 acres of land nestled between the Ballinderry river and Lough Neagh. The main enterprise on the farm includes a suckler cow herd and sheep flock. There is also hens, ducks, pigs, goats, donkeys and Alpacas. The farm also has a large polytunnel for growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowering baskets to complement the seasons.
    • Our final stop of the week on Friday takes us to McDermott’s Farm near Armagh. The former dairy farm lies just 1.5 miles north of Armagh town and although it’s close to the town, you still feel deep in the countryside. The farm keeps a range of small animals, also attached is the woodland where there is developing nature project. There is also a 28-plot allotment where participants can learn and grow seasonal vegetables and flowers.

    We would be delighted if you could join us on one of these days to see a sample of what our farms offer and hear some stories of participants experiences on these farms.

    All potential participants, families, farmers, referral organisations, or anyone interested in learning about the benefits of Social Farming are welcome!

    Please note spaces are limited and booking is essential.

    Please book your space by completing the Google form:

    If you are unable to complete the form please contact us or call 028 86760040.

  • September 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Limitless Programme

    • Castlederg – 19th September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Omagh – 22nd September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Kesh – 22nd September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Cookstown – 27th September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Derry/Londonderry – 29th September – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    • Lisnaskea – 2nd October – 12:00PM – 1:00PM

    Limitless Programme Website

    Download and Print the Registration Form


    Ralphs Close Residential Garden Party

    Ralphs Close Residential Home hosted a Garden Party on Saturday 9th September. A great day was had by all the residents and staff, the band was amazing and everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather.

    Lilliput Visit Fulton’s Sunflower (Pumpkin) Patch

    Fulton’s Pumpkin Patch, 121 Berryhill Road Artigarvan, traditionally create a pick your own pumpkin field in October and this year decided to plant a sunflower field.  With the money raised from the sunflower, maize and pumpkin patch this year they will be donating it to the family of their co-worker, and cousin Alex who was killed in a car accident earlier this year  to help start up a charity in his name “Ewe of you” as sheep was his passion.

    Staff at the field were very accommodating to the group; making us feel so welcome and showing us the best places to pick the nicest flowers.  Although we picked the flowers in between the rain showers; the group had a great day and look forward to return in October for the Halloween experience Fulton’s will be hosting.

    Glenside Day Centre End of Summer Party

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside Centre enjoyed an End of Summer Disco with music provided by DJ Michael Ferry. Mr Whippy also provided delicious treats as a cool down after all of the dancing and games. A fantastic day was had by everyone.



    Benbradagh Day Centre End of Summer Party

    Benbradagh Day Centre hosted an end of Summer Beach themed Party. Service Users enjoyed a disco, games and a BBQ.


  • Summer 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities
    Summer Group Events

    Summer Group 

    There are a number of activities taking place throughout the Summer in Omagh and Enniskillen for Adult with a Learning Disability.

    The activities include

    • Pencil Art
    • Well Being Tai Chi
    • Music Matters
    • Arts and Crafts

    Download and Print the Omagh Poster.

    Download and Print the Enniskillen Poster.


    Glenside Centre,  Strabane – School of Rock

    Service Users from the Glenside Centre, Strabane enjoyed the School of Rock at The Alley Theatre Strabane. The Music class was facilitated by Gerald Strawbridge. The Service Users learnt how to play a variety of instruments and finished their enjoyable week with a disco and a party!

    Glenside Day Centre Trip to Portrush

  • Learning Disability Awareness Week 2023

    Valley Centre

    Oaktree Centre

    Benbradagh Day Centre


    Tir Na Var Day Centre, Derrygonnelly

    Tir Na Var celebrated in style with mediation, a coffee morning  and Bocca. On Wednesday they visited a local forest and took part in forest magic (sensory experience). The Service Users then took part in an inclusive walk with two local primary school classes and also played Bocca with members of the local Lakeland Community Elderly Day Care.


    Strathroy Day Centre enjoy high tea, the good weather and a visit to Duke’s to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week!

    Rossville Group visit Swan Park and enjoy a visit from the ice cream van!


    Omagh Centre petting farm visit and photos

    Dromore Outreach Centre 

    On Monday Service Users and Staff went on a walk around Arlseton Park in Omagh, on Tuesday organised a picnic in Castle Archdale followed by ice creams. On Wednesday they enjoyed High Tea within their centre from Heather Bakes in Irvinestown and on Thursday morning we participated in a coffee morning in Jacks of Fintona. Over the week Service Users took part in a range of arts & crafts, creating 3d imagines of ourselves, paintings etchings and pot painting.


    Community Learning Disability Nursing Team completed information and health checks for Service Users and Carers in a number of Day Centres in Derry including Maybrook, Glenside and Benbradagh.

    Glenside have had a busy week enjoying line dancing, sports, music and dance!

    Fresh Focus enjoy an inclusive walk at Lough Erne Resort and a special visit from Nathan Carter!

    Kesh Day Centre – a busy and active Learning Disability Awareness Week!

    Omagh Centre – County and Western Themed Party

    Service Users and Staff at the Omagh Centre enjoyed dancing and taking part in karaoke at their Country and Western Themed Party.

    Lilliput Theatre – Talent Show

    Lilliput Theatre held a Talent Show to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week with a range of day centres in attendance including Rossville Group. Well done everyone on showing your talents!

    Benbradagh visit Belfast Zoo and Moorbrook

    Benbradagh Service Users and Staff completed a ‘Rock your Socks’ Day. They are pictured below presenting a check of £113 to Christopher Cooper from Foyle Down Syndrome. Well done!

    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh who completed a 'Rock your Socks' Day present a check of £113 to Christopher Cooper from Foyle Down Syndrome


    Lilliput Video – Learning Disability Week 2023

    Lilliput recently completed a project in collaboration with the Playhouse and local theatre company Banyan.

    Facilitated by Karen Torley the group made props and puppets from recycled materials which supported the theme of sustainability; the environment and the world around us.  We talked about how everything in the environment is important and plays a special role.  These points were shared through a performance and workshop to a class from Ardnashee which included a short rap song that went down very well.

    After the performance the group decided to make a short music video of the song and so we filmed the video in St Columb’s Park, a favourite spot of the group.

    We hope that you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed creating it!

    Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit – Trip to North Coast

    Service Users and Staff from Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit, Strabane recently enjoyed a visit to North Coast Alpacas. The groups had a wonderful day meeting and learning all about the Alpacas, while also enjoying a picnic on site taking in the spectacular views of the North Coast.

    Centre Manager Victoria Young would like to thank Johnny and Cheryl Lyons for facilitating the visits, providing the groups with their time and attention and for making it such a wonderful and fun experience – there was lots of laughter and fun! The Centre looks forward to returning again very soon and would highly recommend North Coast Alpacas to other Centres and facilities.


  • April 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Maybrook Day Centre Coronation Celebration – A Crown Fit for a King Competition

    Congratulations to Elaine Whitehouse, winner of the coronation crown competition. Maybrook Day Centre for adults with learning disability, held a competition to celebrate the recent coronation of King Charles III. Service users of the centre made a crown fit for a King which was judged on the day by Derry City and Strabane District Council Deputy Mayor, Cllr Angela Dobbins.  The prize of afternoon tea was sponsored by Lisahally Power Station.


    Potens (DCNI) win National Learning Disability Award (NI)

    Service User Greg Nixon who’s care team Potens (DCNI) won the National Learning Disability Award (NI) for ‘Breaking down barriers’.  Since moving to his supported living placement Greg has made some great achievements which at a time were very difficult for him, including accessing health care and community participation (Greg is photographed below horse riding).

    Greg’s team were recently presented with the award in the Hilton hotel Belfast, photographed below are Potens (DCNI) staff alongside Greg’s father Nigel who accompanied them on the night to accept the award. Greg and his team have worked collaboratively with the Western Trust Positive Behaviour Support team and social work team and continue to increase Greg’s quality of life on a daily basis.


  • March 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Tir Na Var Day Centre

    Tir Na Var Day Centre (Derrygonnelly) held a coffee morning on the 24th March 2023 to raise funds to rejuvenate their front garden which had become overgrown during lockdown. This was our first coffee morning since before lockdown, we loved being able to get together again and we were very well supported. We invited Derrygonnelly Primary School and St Patrick’s School (Derrygonnelly) to perform and were treated to a wonderful array of dancing, music and singing.

    Benbradagh Day Centre – Rocking their Socks

    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh Day Centre ‘Rocked their Socks’ marking Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Well Done everyone!

    Glenside Day Centre – Down Syndrome Awareness Day

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside celebrated Down Syndrome Awareness Day with some cake and dancing. Everyone had a great day!

    Benbradagh Day Centre – Mother’s Day Coffee Morning

    Benbradagh Day Centre held a beautiful Coffee Morning to thank all the fantastic Mother’s and carers of our service users. Everyone had a great morning!



  • January 2023 - ALD Events and Opportunities
    January 2023

    Benbradagh Day Centre attend Transitions Fayre

    Benbradagh Day Centre Daycare Manager Orla Bradley along with Senior Day Care Worker Lynda McMullan and Service User Elaine Scott recently attended the Rossmar Transition Fayre. Students nearing transition age who were in attendance were able to receive information about the great services offered at Benbradagh.

  • December 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Benbradagh Donation To Kindness Of Strangers LimavadyBenbradagh Day Centre Donation to Kindness of Strangers Appeal

    Well done to the staff and service users at Benbradagh Day Centre who donated £475 to the Kindness of Strangers Limavady Christmas Appeal for Children in Kinship Care.






    Benbradagh Day Centre

    Service Users in Benbradagh Day Centre were busy in December with visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and his elf who delivered gifts to the centre. Service Users decorated the doors in the centre as part of the Christmas Door Competition that was judged by a special guest. Well done everyone!

    Glenside Centre, Strabane

    Ruaidhri Higgins, Derry City FC Manager visited the Centre with the FAI Cup. There was great excitement and cheers throughout the building. Service Users were also grateful for a donation received from Rachid Rihane who ran an incredible 100 miles in November to raise funds for the centre!



    Lilliput and Friends Christmas Video

    Lilliput and friends from the Western Trust, neighbouring businesses, Stage Beyond, the Playhouse and the Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor made the Elf on the Shelf video below.

    The group thoroughly enjoyed making it; well done to everyone involved!

    A special thank you to Lilliput staff and members who came up with all of the ideas and to Brian Hasson (Care Assistant) for his expertise filming and editing skills to produce such a polished and entertaining piece.

  • November 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    GlenOaks Christmas Craft FayreGlenOaks Christmas Craft Fayre

    Saturday 12th November 2022 from 11:00AM – 3:00PM

    GlenOaks Day Centre, Glen Road, BT48 0BX

    A variety of local craft stalls and raffle prizes. Tea and Coffee will be available. Everyone is welcome!

    Please Note: There will be No Card Machine Available

    Lilliput Christmas Craft Fayre

    Saturday 19th November

    11:00AM – 3:00PM

    The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillary Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG

    With Special Guests including: U105, Ukelele String Orchestra and SANTA!

    Benbradagh Celebrate 30 Years!Benbradagh Winter Dance Poster

    Benbradagh Day Centre are hosting a Winter Dance to Celebrate 30 Years!

    When: 11th November

    Where: White Horse Hotel

    Time: Dinner 7PM | Dancing 9PM

    Music by Hudson Blue

    Tickets | £35 – Available from Benbradagh Day Centre

    There will be a raffle on the night – all money raised will go to funds for Service Users at Benbradagh Day Centre.

    For tickets or more information telephone 028 7776 1103

    Event for Carers – Office of Care and Protection – Wednesday 16th November at 10:30am

    The office of Care and Protection will provide information on the services they provide including Enduring Power of Attorney and controllership applications, this may assist in supporting you or your loved one in the event of no longer being able to make financial decisions.  Presented by Olga Edwards. Click here to register.

    Event for Carers – Hope Matters Module 1Hope Matters Carers Event


    The Station Centre, James Street, Omagh, BT78 1QX

    25th November 2022 11:15am-2:15pm

    Facilitators: Mandy Chism & Suzie Mitchell

    Hope Matters module 1 is a new skills programme developed by RESILIO based on research that suggests ‘HOPE IS A TEACHABLE SKILL’

    • What is HOPE?
    • Why do we need it?
    • How can we introduce it into our everyday lives?
    • What can we do if our HOPE is lost?

    To register your interest please contact:

    This training opportunity is to support unpaid carers in the Western Health & Social Care Trust


    Donation to Fresh Focus

    Fresh Focus Day Opportunity Service were delighted to receive a very generous donation of £5,175 from Conor Gallagher and friends following a football match hosted by Roslea Shamrocks. It was a very enjoyable day for Service Users, staff and Conor’s family and friends who all took part in the match and enjoyed the refreshments afterwards. Read More

    Friends Together Choir

    Friends Together Choir 

    The Friends Together Choir for Adults with a Learning Disability will be starting rehearsals again on Tuesday 8th of November at 7:15PM via Zoom!

    If you are interested in joining or taking part please contact Margaret McDaid

    Email: or

    Phone: 079 0307 8026


    Disability Futsal PosterDisability Futsal

    Disability Futsal will take place every Monday from November 2022 – March 2023.

    7PM – 8PM for Female and Male adults

    Omagh Leisure Centre Main Hall

    It’s Free to Book

    Contact: 07923657972


    Glenside Centre – Halloween Scarecrows

    Service users and staff at Glenside Centre in Strabane got creative in designing and making their own Scarecrows, as part of a Halloween competition run within the Centre. Much fun was had bringing in items from home and putting these together to make some very unique and imaginative designs.

    Marie Feeny from the Trust Transport Dept. had the difficult task of picking the winner, selecting the Scarecrow made by the Emerald Room. The little red robin hidden on the skirt of the Scarecrow stole Marie’s heart. Well done to all involved.

    Service users and staff also enjoyed a Halloween Disco and Fancy Dress.

    Benbradagh Day Centre – Halloween Party

    Benbradagh Day Centre hosted a “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” themed Halloween Party. All Service Users and Staff had great fun and enjoyed decorating pumpkins.

    Glenside Centre and Satellite Unite – Danny Connelly’s Retirement

    The Service Users and Staff of Glenside Centre and Satellite Unit in Strabane would like to wish Bus Driver Danny Connolly a very Happy Retirement, after 31 years of working at the Centre. Centre Manager Victoria Young described Danny as a true gentleman, who will be greatly missed by the service users, families and all of the staff. Danny always went the ‘extra mile’ for the service and treated each and every service user and colleague with respect and care. Danny is truly a Western Trust Hero.

  • October 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Female Health and Wellbeing Event – Friday 14th October

    You are invited to a Female Health and Well Being Event that is being held in the Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry on Friday 14th October 2022 from 2:00PM – 6:00PM.

    This event is being held in association with the Western Trust Breast Screening Department for October Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    • Live Information sessions on breast cancer awareness.
    • Information stalls: Cervical screening; sexual health; GP social work teams; nutrition; diabetes; women into cycling; slips, trips and falls; long COVID service; carer support; smoking cessation; skin health and haematology amongst other services.
    • BMI and Blood pressure checks available on the day.

    Join us for tea and a chat about the services we provide in the Western Trust to help women look after their health and well being.

    Skyzdalimit Omagh to Perform in Dublin

    Skyzdalimit Circus the MusicalBook your tickets now for the Greatest Inclusive Show on Earth, CIRCUS, at the Helix Theatre, Dublin!! 15th October 2022 at 8:00PM – Purchase your tickets here.

    Circus the Musical, inspired by the Greatest Showman, will be performed by Skyzdalimit, Omagh based, theatre company for autistic and intellectually disabled people. Unmissable, feel good, family show of the year!!

    The Great #CircusInclusionTour promoting Inclusion and celebrating Diversity.

    Coming to Belfast, Waterfront Studio, Saturday 12th November 2022! Other dates and venues to be confirmed.

    Social Farming Awareness

    Social Farming Awareness week will take place from Monday 3rd October to Sunday 9th October, with the opportunity to attend Social Farm visits across five different farms.

    Tuesday 4th October – Simon and Jennifer Bullock live with their three children at Annagh Social Farm near Derrylin. Annagh is a mixed farm including beef, ducks and hens, pigs, woodland, wild bird and moth conservation, vegetable/fruit harvesting. Simon and Jennifer have been involved in Social Farming since 2013 and are currently delivering Social Farming sessions two days per week for participants with a learning disability within the Western Trust area.

  • September 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities
    September 2022

    Mencap Quiz PosterMencap Strule Buzz Group 21st Anniversary Quiz

    A quiz written by people with a learning disability for people with a learning disability and their families and friends.

    Silver Birches Hotel, Omagh

    Starting at 7:30PM

    Thursday 29th September

    Please bring someone to support you if needed.

    £8 team entry fee for up to 8 people.

    For more information call: 079 2983 7725

    5Star Sailability

    Members of the 5 Star Group recently enjoyed a trip to Lough Erne Yacht Club for a Sailability session! Everyone had a great day and enjoyed being in the boats!

    Millennium Forum Access Newsletter 

    Download and print the Millennium Forum’s Access Newsletter. The Newsletter advertises upcoming events in the Millennium Forum – to sign up or for more information, email: or contact the Box Office on 028 7126 4455 (option 1)

    Moves and Melodies

    Book your places early for Moves and Melodies at the Millennium Forum on Thursday 22nd September to avoid disappointment – tickets are complimentary.  Book online here or telephone the Millennium Forum box office on 028 7126 4455 (option 1).

    Moves and Melodies is an age and dementia friendly project that includes song and dance workshops for people aged 50+.  Workshops are fully accessible for everyone.

    This project will be held once a month in our Studio Theatre. There will be an opportunity to learn new dance skills and sing a range of song styles every month.

    Time 2pm – 3.30pm

    Tea and biscuits provided.

    Benbradagh Day Centre 

    Benbradagh have had a busy few weeks visiting the farm and sunflower fields as well as a trip on the train and going for lunch.

    There is some lovely artwork on display at Benbradagh. This was created by the service users with the great help and support of ARTSCARE Art Work.

    Falls Health Event

    Location: Foyle Arena

    Date:  21st September 2022

    Time: 11AM – 3PM

    This project has been facilitated by your local General Practice Social Work Service funded in partnership by the Derry GP Federation & Western Health and Social Care Trust.

    Complete the Falls Awareness 2022 Survey here:

  • August 2022 - ALD Events and Opportunities

    Fermanagh Fashion Poster

    Fermanagh Youth Forum – Fab Trash Fashion Show

    Thursday 11th August

    Ardhowen Theatre


    Tickets: £12 – Available at the Ardhowen online

    There will be vintage clothing and upcycled crafts on sale at the event

    Raffle prizes will be available to view on the night with draw taking place on Friday 12th August.

    5 Star members have recently went on a number of trips to the Jungle NI, Brunswick Moviebowl and Portrush. Everyone has enjoyed socialising and taking part in a range of activities!

    Vote for Conor!

    Vote for Conor

    Mencap in Northern Ireland , Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment entered the “Conor’s Story – Making it Work” video into the Focus on Ability Film Festival (founded by NOVA Employment in Australia, in 2009) under the International Documentary category.

    The video tells the story of Conor a young man with a learning disability, living in Derry/Londonderry and his experience of moving into paid employment in Primark with the support of Mencap NI. Conor explains in the video what work means to him and we also hear from Lorna Lawlor, Store Manager, Primark.

    You can access the video and vote here.

    Voting closes at 2pm on 22 August 2022.

    Adult Short Break Cottage win garden makeover

    The Adult Short Break Cottage were recently voted to be the winners of a social media competition to win a garden makeover by Dunelm Mill. For the makeover, Dunelm provided lots of solar lights, garden decorations, cushions, a rug, a greenhouse, pots and seeds to plant. 🌷

    The garden is a lovely outdoor space for the clients to relax in. We hope all the clients and staff at the Adult Short Break Cottage enjoy their new garden!

    Fantastic Achievements at Fermanagh County Show

    Service users from the Enterprise and Share Centres who won outstanding achievements and recognition awards at the Fermanagh County Show 2022. Well done everyone!

  • July 2022 - ALD Events and Updates

    Mencap – Take the Big Learning Disability Survey 

    We want people with a learning disability to share their experiences of everyday life and help us understand what matters most to them.

    Take the Big Learning Disability Survey

    The survey is open to everyone in the UK with a learning disability until Friday 29 July, and all responses will be kept confidential.

    If you have any questions at all, get in touch with us on

    5 Star Leonard Cheshire Summer Programme and Activities

    Below are some photos from the 5 Star Leonard Cheshire Summer Programme. Service Users enjoyed a trip to Portrush and celebrated a 21st Birthday. Many Service Users known to Western Trust Adult Learning Disability Team took part – well done everyone!

    Also below are photos from 5 Star and Leonard Cheshire Charity Event in the Folk Park on Monday 18th July where Service Users enjoyed Hunter West Activities including archery, shooting, Jenga and drafts as well as a picnic in the shade! Service Users and staff from Railway Court and Beltany House attended and had a great day in the good weather!

    POSTPONED – Benbradagh Day Centre Celebrate 30 years

    Due to the rising number of COVID19 cases Benbradagh Day Centre has decided to postpone their Summer Dance.

    Mencap Youth Forum Fashion Week Fundraiser

    Mencap Youth Forum Fashion Week Fundraiser – July 2022

    Mencap Youth Forum Trashion Show

    Tuesday 5th July, 7PM

    Belfast: Belvoir Studio Theatre

    Tickets available on Event Brite


    Fab Trash Fashion

    Enniskillen: Ardhowen Theatre – This event has been rescheduled to a later date!


    Lilliput Summer Craft Fayre

    Save the Date: Saturday 16th July 2022

    11am – 3PM at The Playhouse Derry/Londonderry

    Tables Available for £15

    All proceeds to Lilliput Group Activities Funds

    For more information or to book a table contact Clare Ellen on 07342061591

  • Learning Disability Awareness Week 2022

    Benbradagh Day Centre

    Service Users and Staff at Benbradagh enjoyed a fantastic performance from “In Your Space Circus Skills”, Fun with Drums and a lovely coffee morning along with parents and carers during Learning Disability Awareness Week. Service Users also made and decorated cupcakes and a puppet show was also performed. It was a great week and everyone had lots of fun!

    Omagh Day Centre

    Darren and Jason enjoying seeing the animals when Corbally mobile farm. Service Users also enjoyed a visit from the ice cream van.

    Strathroy Day Centre


    On Tuesday 21st June 2022 Trust staff from the Fermanagh Learning Disability workforce joined with service users to celebrate Learning Disability week at Coleshill, Enniskillen. Service users were welcomed to the Community Team offices at Coleshill for a celebratory lunch to launch a display of photography works taken by members of the Fresh Focus day opportunities service. On the day staff also thanked the gardeners of the Fresh Focus service who replanted a flower bed at the entrance of the building.

    Learning Disability week provides everyone with an opportunity to celebrate the individuality of others. Thanks to all staff who contributed to the lunch and  helped out on the day.


    Oaktree and Valley Centre

    Fresh Focus

    Fresh Focus enjoyed yoga, drama and a trip to the cinema.

    Lilliput Pic ‘N’ Mix Video

    Glenside Day Centre

    Service Users and Staff at Glenside Centre Strabane enjoyed a Beach Party with music, games and a visit from the petting farm and Mr Whippy.

    Cityside Supported Living

    Service Users and Staff enjoyed reconnecting by having a meal followed by some bowling and pool. During the week they also enjoyed a visit from the kidz farm, crafty creators and Micky Doherty for some entertainment.

    Valley Centre

    Service Users and Staff at the Valley Centre have enjoyed a trip to Portrush and Wild Ireland. They also had a picnic in the garden with goodies sponsored by Lynch’s Spar Trench Road and furniture donated by Homebase Cresent Link thanks to a service users parent!

    Oaktree Centre

    The Oaktree Centre staff and service users held a pyjama day and tea party to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week!

  • June 2022 - ALD Events and Updates
    Information Session – HSC Hospital Passport 

    Information Session - HSC Hospital PassportThere will be an information session on the Health and Social are Hospital Passport for Adults with a Learning Disability held via Zoom on Tuesday 28th June at 7:00PM

    Emer Ferguson, Acute Liaison Nurse and Hannah Rice, Student Nurse will present on:

    • Reasons for HSC Hospital Passport
    • Who can play
    • How to complete the passport
    • Information required

    To attend or for more information contact Jonathan on:

    028 8283 5124 or email

    Destined Couch To 2K Fun Day Event

    Destined Couch to 2k

    Destined are holding a Couch to 2k on Saturday 18th June 2022.

    Starting at Destined, Feeny Centre (Unit 5 Deeny Village)

    Warm Up begins at 10:30AM

    Run begins at 10:40AM

    Followed by a Family Fun Day in the Car Park from 11AM-1PM

    Petting Farm, Bouncy Castles and more!

    Come along and support Destined members on their Couch to 2K and enjoy a FREE family day out!

    Benbradagh Garden Project Open Day

    Brenbradagh Garden Project are holding an Open Day.

    Friday 10th June – 10:00AM – 3:00PM

    Located beside Roe Valley Hospital

    Contact 079 0476 1797

    On the day there will be 20% Off all bedding plants/shrubs.

    Orders will also be taken for hanging baskets and window boxes.

    Friends Together Choir – Summer Concert

    The ‘Friends Together’ Adult Learning Disability Choir are delighted to announce their upcoming Summer Concert.

    The concert will take place at the Alley Theatre, Strabane on 7th June 2022 at 7PM.

    Tickets cost £5 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research.

    Come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of music and support this worthwhile charity.

    For tickets contact the Alley Theatre Ticket Office: 028 7138 4444

    Mantlin Court Celebrate Queen’s Jubilee 
  • May 2022 - ALD Events and Updates

    Retirement at Omagh Day Centre

    We would like to wish Patricia O’Hanlon a very Happy Retirement! Patricia was a Support Worker at the Omagh Centre and had worked there for 17 years. We wish Patricia health and happiness in the years ahead!

    Patricia OHanlon

    Patricia OHanlon









    Birthday Party at Lilliput 

    Today, 25th May,  we had a special birthday in Lilliput as Care Assistant Anne Ramsey turned 50. Anne celebrated with her staff colleagues and service users.

    Community Access Workers Information Session

    Information Session – LD Community Access Workers

    There is an information session on Adult Learning Disability Community Access Workers being held on 26th May at 7.00pm via Zoom. If you wish to attend please contact Jonathan on:

    Email: or telephone: 028 8283 5124

    Learning Disability Community Access Workers Margaret McDaid and Wendy Bonner will present on the evening about their roles.

    Valley Centre Recent Activities

    Service Users at the Valley Centre have taken part in a range of activities recently including trips to the cinema, going for lunch, dancing and baking cakes.

    Benbradagh Day Centre Recent Activities

    Beltany House Newsletter

    The Spring 2022 Edition of the Beltany House Newsletter has been issued. The newsletter includes ‘what’s new’, staff news and features in house activities and recent trips taken by service users!

    Download/Print the Spring 2022 Beltany House Newsletter

    Best wishes to Denise and Martin

    Service users and staff at Glenside Centre, Strabane wish Support Worker Denise and her fiancé Martin all the very best for their upcoming wedding on the 7th of May 2022.

    Service users and staff enjoyed a celebratory tea party.

    Lough Erne Yacht Club – Sailability 2022

    Sailability is the RYA initiative to engage with people who have a disability, including wheelchair users, the opportunity to gain access to the pleasures of sailing. Our aim at LEYC Sailability, is to introduce folks to wonderful water-based activities, with a focus on those who have additional accessibility or other needs. To assist us in achieving this, we have equipment, such as a hoist and accessible boats. We welcome participation from anyone with a disability or additional need who faces disadvantage – whether you have any on the water experience or not.

    So come and join us to find out about the wonderful experience of being on the water, set your cares aside, come and have a go at learning a new skill, or just enjoy the wonder of Lower Lough Erne. We plan to start 2022 Sailability sessions during the first week in May, with an initial launch on Tuesday 3rd May, the second weekly session being on Saturday 7th May.

    To come and have a go, we would like to get to know you and with this in mind, we ask that you download/print an application form is completed and submitted before your first visit.

    Download/print the Flyer

    Download/print an Application Form here.

  • April 2022 - ALD Events and Updates

    Research by Arts Council of Northern Ireland

    The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has asked Perceptive Insight, a Northern Ireland market research company, to undertake research with disabled, deaf and neuro-divergent audiences to obtain their views on a new access scheme.

    The scheme will make it easier for disabled people to access the arts by:

    • Only requiring individuals to share their access needs once – these will be shared with venues they wishes to visit in NI or the UK;
    • Enabling disabled people book tickets online;
    • Providing free companion tickets; and
    • Enhancing front of house support.

    To help us understand the needs of disabled audiences and to gauge reaction to what is being proposed, we have developed a short survey.

    If you identify as disabled and you have an interest in attending the arts we would welcome your feedback. The survey, which has been anonymised to protect individual’s identity, can be found here:

    If you need help completing the survey, contact the free-phone number 0333 323 696. The survey is open until Friday 15th April.

    Benbradagh Lights Up in Blue’ for Autism Awareness 2022

    Read more about Autism Awareness Day 2022 

  • March 2022 - ALD Events and Updates

    Ensuring accessible businesses for customers with a Learning Disability

    Calling all businesses and traders – The Equality Commission and Mencap NI are holding the last ‘Every Customer Counts’ webinar. They will discuss common barriers faced by you customers and clients with a learning disability and how these can be addressed by simple solutions.

    The webinar is take place on Thursday 10th March at 11:00AM

    Register Here

    Grow Your Own Vegetables at Home

    Grow Your Own Poster

    There are a range of workshops at Butterlope Farm taking place throughout March. The workshops are for those interested in growing their own vegetables at home.

    The workshops will take place on:

    • Friday 4th March – 10AM – 2PM – For people from the community
    • Saturday 5th March – 10AM – 2PM – For people from the community
    • Wednesday 9th March – 7PM – Via Zoom for those who cannot physically attend
    • Saturday 12th March – 10AM – 2PM – For people who don’t drive – a bus will be available
    • Saturday 19th March – 10AM – 2PM – 5 Families (2 Members per family to attend)

    There are limited spaces available and starter packs are provided.

    To register contact – 075 9104 7556 or email

    Benbradagh Day Centre recent activities

    Valentine’s Day – Staff member Cherith McArthur has been busy creating beautiful art work with all the service users at Benbradagh.

    Canine Therapy – Staff and service users had the pleasure of meeting Joy the assistance dog for canine therapy, a unique experience for everyone.

    Rosewood Group – International Women’s Day 

    Other Activities – Service Users have been taking part in a range of activities including baking, painting and walking.

    Therapy Pencil Drawing

    Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Classes 

    The Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are holding two classes in March. See details below:

    Therapy Pencil Drawing

    Tuesday 15th March – 2:00-4:00PM – Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen

    Wednesday 16th March – 2:00-4:00PM – Strule ARTS Centre, Omagh

    Stress AwarenessStress Awareness Training Training 

    Tuesday 15th March – 10:00AM – 12 Noon – Online

    To book, please contact:

    Place shaping plan for Omagh Town

    Fermanagh and Omagh Community Planning Partnership is currently working with consultants KPMG Future Analytics to develop a Place Shaping Plan for Omagh Town. Consultation is currently open and we would love to hear your views. We are targeting those that live, work or visit the town.

    Please see below a link to the landing page on the Council’s own website where you can find all the relevant information and links to the surveys.

    Place Shaping Plan for Omagh Consultation – Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

    If you would like to hear more about this project, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Kim Weir by emailing or telephoning 0300 303 1777.

  • February 2022 - ALD Events and Updates

    Play with Clay AdvertisementPlay with Clay Classes – via Zoom

    Tracy Lee Clarke is hosting a ‘Play with clay’ Arts and Crafts Workshop.

    The classes will be held via Zoom and materials will be provided.

    The classes will be held weekly starting on the 2nd of February at 6:30PM for four weeks.

    If you would like to book a place please contact Jonathan McGuigan on:

    Western Trust Information Sessions

    Epilepsy Information Session

    Information Sessions for carers are being held by our ALD Team. The next session is on Epilepsy and will be hosted by Lisa Harris, ALD Epilepsy Nurse on 23rd February at 7PM via Zoom. For more information contact Jonathan,

    Tennis Taster Classes

    Tennis Taster Classes

    Omagh Lawn Tennis Club are to holding ‘Tennis Taster’ sessions

    throughout February.

    • Sessions are free and for all abilities
    • Coached in groups of four
    • All equipment will be provided
    • Times vary throughout the month

    If you are interested or would like more information please contact

    Patient and Client Council Opportunities to be involved

    • Experience of Grief and Bereavement in Northern Ireland: The Department of Health developed and finalised the report “COVID-19 Guidance: Bereavement Advice and Support” in 2021. One of the key recommendations from this report was: “That the HSC Bereavement Network membership is expanded to become the Northern Ireland Bereavement Network, with responsibility for developing and leading the strategic bereavement plan for the next 10 years. The Northern Ireland Bereavement Network should include all relevant cross-departmental and community organisations and agencies”. We would like to hear from you about your experience of Grief & Bereavement in Northern Ireland, or if you have an interest in this area of work. As a first stage in this work, the PCC are taking forward in partnership, work on the development of a Bereavement Charter for NI as part of the NI Bereavement Network. You can read more through the link: You can share your thoughts with this link to a survey, below, so we can understand what matters most to people – We understand that discussing your experience may be difficult, especially if you have been recently bereaved.  If you decide to take part we would be happy to facilitate your involvement in a way that best meets your needs. You may withdraw at any point should you wish to do so.
    • Calling all families with lived experience of LD. The Patient and Client Council have begun engagement with a group of families whose loved ones have a learning disability. This group, that represents all 5 Trust areas in NI, has been meeting since August 2021, and has been involved in giving family perspective to a Services Remobilising Framework being prepared by the Public Health Agency, with the aim of safely scaling up Learning Disability services, which have been restricted since the pandemic began. If you would like to join the Learning Disability Engagement Platform for Families, visit or call Suzanne Collins, Projects Co-Ordinator at PCC on 07423810015 or email Click Here to download/print the flyer.
  • December 2021 - ALD Events and Updates

    Friends Together Christmas ConcertFriends Together Christmas Concert

    Tickets are now on sale for the Friends Together Christmas Concert. The Friends Together Choir is made up of Western Trust LD service users, parents/carers and staff who will perform on the day!

    The Concert is on the 16th December at 2:30pm at Alley Theatre, Strabane. The concert will be compered by Micky Doherty.

    Due to COVID Restrictions Tickets are limited. Tickets are FREE, to book contact the Alley Theatre, Strabane on 028 7138 4444.

    Download/Print the Poster Here.

    Christmas Jumper Day – Benbradagh Day Centre

    Staff and Service Users at Benbradagh Day Centre enjoy Christmas Jumper Day!

    Benbradagh Day Centre - Christmas Jumper Day

    Have your say on proposed Campsie Environmental  Improvement Scheme

    Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is inviting members of the public to share their views on a proposed Environmental Improvement Scheme for the streetscape of the Campsie area of Omagh.

    The proposed works, which are subject to securing funding, include improvements to paving, kerbing, road realignment, drainage, signage, planting and landscape design, street furniture, lighting (including festive lighting), and pedestrian crossing points among others.

    To find out more and to share your views please visit or telephone Conaill McGovern, Project Manager for the Design Team at Taggarts, telephone 028 9066 2121 before the closing date of 5pm, Friday 17 December 2021.

    Complete the survey here

    Download/Print more information

    Programme of Events via Zoom

    There are a number of events that are beginning that are being hosted via Zoom. Please see below for more details or download/print the flyer here.


    Phil O’Connor Art Classes –  4th November – 9th December 2021 – 7pm-8pm – Contact Jonathan

    Dance ‘n’ Draw with Gail – Saturday 8th – 29th January 2022 – 10am-11am – Contact Deirdre

    Chair Based Exercises – Wednesday 24th November – 7pm-8pm – Contact Deirdre

    Christmas Crafts – Glitter, Glue and Buttons Too – Starting 22nd November – 6:30pm – Contact Jonathan

    Friends Together Choir – Every Tuesday – 7pm-8pm – Contact Deirdre

    Programme of Events via Zoom

    Mencap – Know Your Rights Workshops

    Mencap are offering some more free Know Your Rights workshops on getting support in healthcare settings. These are for people we support in our Mencap NI services, family carers, and staff. They can be delivered virtually or face-to-face in November and December.

    Key topics covered are below, and can be tailored for individual teams.

    Please contact Louise Donnelly, Community Support Officer Telephone: 079 2983 7725 to book a place/session, or for more info!

    Know Your Rights Workshops

    •  Your rights in healthcare settings
    • How to use hospital passports
    • Other reasonable adjustments
    • Covid-19 and healthcare
    • Keeping healthy, safe and well
    • What to do if things go wrong
  • November 2021 - ALD Events and Updates
    November 2021

    Patient Client Council – Opportunities to Get Involved 

    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

    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 –

    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

    Joy through self care - november

    Joy through Self Care Programme 

    A wellbeing programme for Adults with a Learning Disability – ‘Joy through Self Care’ is taking place again in November.

    The programme will be hosted via Zoom, from 11AM – 12:00PM every Thursday for 4 weeks starting on November 25th.

    Places are available on a first come first serve basis for individuals or groups of Adults with a Learning Disability.

    For more information or to register, please contact:

    Northern Sector – Deirdre Kelly – 028 7186 4323 or email

    Southern Sector – Jonathan McGuigan 028 8283 5124  or email

    Download/Print the flyer here

    Programme of Events via Zoom

    There are a number of events that are beginning that are being hosted via Zoom. Please see below for more details or download/print the flyer here.


    Phil O’Connor Art Classes –  4th November – 9th December 2021 – 7pm-8pm – Contact Jonathan

    Dance ‘n’ Draw with Gail – Saturday 8th – 29th January 2022 – 10am-11am – Contact Deirdre

    Chair Based Exercises – Wednesday 24th November – 7pm-8pm – Contact Deirdre

    Christmas Crafts – Glitter, Glue and Buttons Too – Starting 22nd November – 6:30pm – Contact Jonathan

    Friends Together Choir – Every Tuesday – 7pm-8pm – Contact Deirdre

    Programme of Events via Zoom

    Information Sessions via Zoom for Carers

    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.
    • TBC – 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/print the flyer here 

    Families Involved Northern Ireland – Zoom EvenFINI Postert

    FINI are hosting Professor Laurence Taggart and Dr. Peter Mulhall from Ulster University to share the results of the survey –

    ‘Impact of COVID on people with Learning Disability’.

    All families of learning disabled people are warmly welcomed even if you do not participate in the survey. Your reflections on the conclusions are important to hear.

    Wednesday 24th November at 7PM – 8:30PM

    Email: or Contact the Families Involved NI Facebook Page for a link to the Zoom Meeting.

    Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council – DisAbility Awareness Week

    DisAbility Awareness Week 2021 is taking place 26th November – 3rd December

    Download/print the Programme of Events including workshops and information sessions to see how you can get involved!

  • October 2021 - ALD Events and Updates
    October 2021

    Celebrating Halloween 

    Patient and Client Council Opportunities to Get Involved

    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 –

    Urgent and Emergency Care – The PCC invite you to share your thoughts on any recent experiences at any Urgent and Emergency Care service. You can attend our ‘Health and Social Care Hub’ on Wednesday 6th October at 10am – This session is open access and aims to be accessible for those with communication difficulties.

    More information 

    Department of Health Autism Strategy 2023-2028 Questionnaire

    You may be an autistic person or a family member or carer of someone who has an autism diagnosis or waiting for an assessment.  You may be involved in education, community life or service delivery.  We want you to tell us how we can develop a strategy which can make a difference. More information.

    All responses must be received no later than Friday 8 October 2021.

    Should you require further information, please send your enquiry to:

    Complete the Questionnaire here

  • September 2021 - ALD Events and Updates

    Reconnecting Events for Adult Learning Disability Community

    Reconnecting Events - AUG - SEP

    Upcoming Reconnecting Events for ALD Community

    • 15th September – 6PM-8PM – Omagh Leisure Centre – Sensory Slime Workshop – Contact 0300 303 1777
    • 16th September – 6PM-8PM – Broadmeadow, Enniskillen – Sensory Slime Workshop – Contact 0300 303 1777
    • 17th September  – 6PM – 8PM – Aspace2 – Fun Activities – Contact – 028 7137 6555

    Information Day about Adult Learning Disability Services

    ALD Services Information Days

    Download/Print Flyer for all events

    16th September – 10:30am – 1:30pm – Fir Trees Hotel Strabane. Download/Print Flyer

    21st September – 10:30am – 1:30pm – Waterfoot Hotel, Derry/Londonderry – Download/Print Flyer

    29th September – 10:30am – 1:30pm – Radisson Hotel, Limavady – Download Flyer

    Complimentary Therapies and refreshments are available. Come along to find out about services available to Adults with a Learning Disability and their Carers. Other exhibitors will also be present on the days.

    Do you like singing, dancing and having fun?

    Join the Western Trust Choir for Adults with a Learning Disability!

    Starting Tuesday 7th September at 7PM via Zoom

    To find out more contact: 

    Deirdre Kelly on 028 7186 4323 or email:

    State of Caring 2021 Survey

    Carers NI – State of Caring 2021 Survey is now live! 

    As you know, the survey is hugely important for all of our work, and is the most comprehensive survey into carers lives. Complete the survey here:

    The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete and will close on 13th September.

    Patient and Client Council Opportunities to Get Involved

    Views on Organ Donation – The Organ and Tissue (Deemed Consent) Bill was introduced by the Minister of Health on 5th July 2021 to increase the current rate of consent for organ donation. The PCC are hosting a virtual session with representation from the Health Committee on Wednesday 15th September 6:30pm – 8:00pm to hear your views on the bill and we will be hosting a survey to give you the opportunity to share your views – Registration Essential – hhtps://

    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 –

    Integrated Care System – Programme to develop a Future Planning Model to replace the existing commissioning arrangements and processes in NI. This will involve the development of a new Integrated Care System model in NI. The PCC are holding three engagement sessions to give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and views on the Model:

    • Tuesday 14th September 10:00am – 11:30am
    • Wednesday 15th September 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Thursday 16th September 6:30pm – 8:00pm

    To register – contact Anne-Marie with your preferred session on or call 028 9536 8093

  • Summer 2021 - ALD Events and Updates

    Reconnecting Events for Adult Learning Disability Community

    NOW Connects Information

    The Now Group are holding an information day on Wednesday 25th August in the Loaf Café of the Ulster American Folk Park. Representatives of the Now Group, Aisling O’Doherty and Niamh Jones, will be on hand from 10.30am to 4.00pm to meet with interested parents, guardians and service users to answer any questions you may have about the programme and what it can offer.

    Booking is not required so please come along throughout the day to talk directly with Aisling and Niamh.

    Visit the NOW website


    Aisling O’Doherty 073 9456 5134

    Niamh Jones 074 6795 8322


  • July 2021 - ALD Events and Updates
    July 2021

    Art Classes 

    Art InviteAn opportunity to learn a new skill from home and unlock your creativity with free art lessons via Zoom.

    All Adults with a Learning Disability can join Phil O’Connor for 5 Weekly Sessions starting on Thursday 1st July.

    Contact Jonathan McGuigan for more information on:

    028 8283 5124 or email

  • May/June 2021 - ALD Events and Updates

    Adult Learning Disability Week 2021

    May/June 2021

    Joy through Self Care Programme 

    Joy through Self Care

    A new wellbeing programme for Adults with a Learning Disability – ‘Joy through Self Care’ is beginning in June.

    The programme will be hosted via Zoom, from 11AM – 12:30PM every Thursday for 4 weeks starting on June 3rd

    Places are available on a first come first serve basis for individuals or groups of Adults with a Learning Disability.

    For more information or to register, please contact:

    Northern Sector – Angie Robinson – 028 7186 4333

    Southern Sector – Gemma Smyth 028 6634 4227  or email

    An Exciting New Arts Project is beginning for Groups of Adults with a Learning Disability across the Western Trust area!

    This will be a wonderful opportunity for groups to work with the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Artists in Residence

    To get involved, sign up for 4 Wednesday Workshops which include Visual Art, Creative Writing and Dance!

    The project will take place via group workshops using ZOOM. The theme will be ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’.

    All work created within the project will be exhibited!

    Places are facilitated on a first come first serve basis, with the first group starting on Wednesday June 2nd!


    For more details or to register, contact: 

    Gemma Smyth, Health Facilitator

    028 6634 4227

  • April 2021 - ALD Events and Updates

    Inter Ethnic Forum and Stronger Together – Disability Strategy WorkshopDisability Strategy Expert Advisory Panel

    The Inter Ethnic Forum and Stronger Together Disability Strategy Workshop is taking place on April 15th

    The workshop will take place on Zoom on April 15th, 10.00AM -11.30AM

    An Easy Read Language translations of the Disability Strategy is available in advance of the workshop:

    Print/Download the Easy Read Disability Strategy Expert Advisory Panel document published by the Department of Communities.

    To Register contact:

    Mencap NI – Ulster Orchestra Relaxed PerformanceRelaxed Performance

    This afternoon our Relaxed Performance for people with additional needs and their families was made available to everyone who signed up and we really hope you enjoy it!
    If this performance is appropriate for you or a family member, there’s still time to enjoy it, as the free film and accompanying resource pack will be available until 14 April. Simply email to register and get the details! Our huge thanks to Autism NI and NOW Group for their advice and collaboration on this project.
  • March 2021 - ALD Events and Updates

    SignTonicity with Siobhan Heaney

    Siobhan Heaney will be providing a series of 4 SingTonicity sessions via Zoom for Service Users.  They will take place on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm and will be FREE.  The sessions will start on 2nd March and run until 23rd March.

    Songs can help our mood, help boost our energy, and that is the magic of singing.  SingTonicity is a method of looking after your health and wellbeing.  It uses your breath, voice and sound all coming together to help you in times of stress, whenever you’re feeling tired or to just physically give a boost.

    After a SingTonicity session Service Users will experience a feeling of well being, release of tension, lightness of spirit and a great sense of accomplishment and confidence.Girl Playing Maracas

    “It’s like a singsong – the breathing exercises can help if you are feeling stressed and need a bit of time out – it’s like a vocal stress ball!” – quote from participant

    “I have found SingTonicity to be most invigorating yet relaxing, in a totally unique way – the combination of body and vocal movements provides gentle therapy in a most humorous manner.” – quote from participantBoy Playing Drum

    If you would like to find out more about joining the SingTonicity sessions contact Deirdre on:

    028 7186 4323

    Remember the old Zimbabwen proverb “if you can talk you can sing!”

  • February 2021 - ALD Events and Updates

    Horticulture Therapyhorticulture therapy

    During February and March 2021, we will be facilitating an 8 week course in Horticulture Therapy focusing on gardening, nature and their associated benefits.

    To access the course all you will need is a small green space (your garden or shared outside area).

    A horticulture pack will be posted in advance direct to your home with everything you will need to take part.

    A Horticulture Therapist will deliver the weekly session via Zoom.

    If you are interested in learning how to make your garden grow and develop skills to take you on into Spring and Summer of 2021 please register your interest by contacting Kelly Sheppard on 075 5773 2807 or email

    Raising Awareness for Reasonable Adjustments

    Reasonable Adjustments

    Paula McGowan, who is a renowned Autism Awareness Campaigner, will give a talk on the topic of “Raising Awareness of Reasonable Adjustments” on:

    Tuesday 23rd February 2021 

    9.00am to 10.30am 

    Following the avoidable death of her youngest child Oliver, Paula has dedicated her life to campaigning for equal health care for people who have autism and Intellectual Disabilities.  Paula launched a parliamentary petition asking for all doctors and nurses to receive mandatory training in Learning Disability and Autism awareness.  As a direct consequence of her campaigning the Government announced that all NHS and Social Care Staff would receive The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism.

    You can sign up for this free event on Eventbrite 

    “We are honoured to welcome Paula McGowan to the University of Gloucestershire.

    Paula McGowan is the activist behind the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and/or autism for NHS Health and Social Care Staff. An independent review concluded Oliver died an avoidable death. Hear Oliver’s story and what we can all do to prevent avoidable deaths like Oliver’s happening again.

    All staff and students are invited to this special talk to hear Oliver’s story as told by his mother, Paula.”

  • January 2021 - ALD Events and Updates
    January 2021 – ALD Events and Updates

    Connect and Relax Programme

    The nature of this programme is to support Learning Disability service users and carers mental health through connectedness and the ‘Take 5 steps to wellbeing’ to help reduce isolation and stress.Health Improvement Equality and Involvement Logo

    This Programme will run for four consecutive weeks via Zoom from home or participating Day Centres consisting of four sessions lasting 45 minutes each. The aim is for participants to learn how to incorporate practical techniques to help manage stress, feel connected and HAVE FUN!

    Nuala McKeever will facilitate each group and with 30 places per group the allocation will be on a first come first served basis. These places will be in high demand and pre-registration is essential.

    Group 3: Every Tuesday morning at 11.00am starting Tuesday 5th January – Tuesday 26th January

    Group 4: Every Wednesday morning at 11.00am starting Wednesday 3rd February – Wednesday 24th February

    Please contact Gemma Smyth Health Facilitator on telephone 028 6634 4227 or email or

  • December 2020 - ALD Events and Updates

    Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December 2020 – Disability Awareness Week NI 2020Disability Awareness Week NI 2020

    Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA) are hosting an annual celebration of People with Disabilities through a Virtual Disability Awareness Week 2020, inclusive of International Day for People with Disabilities.

    This is the fifth annual celebration in DCSDC and this year they are going to celebrate in a different way through the development of an online programme of activity, reaching an audience beyond the City & District to support International Celebration of People with Disabilities.

    Join them to promote health and social wellbeing through the arts, during these challenging times so we can help raise awareness of the importance of creating the conditions where people with disabilities experience equal opportunity and face no barriers to participation in any element of their lives.

    All event details will be available here and join in the conversation using the hashtags #idpwd #DCSDCdisabilty2020 #PHA #DAWNI2020

    Fermanagh and Omagh Council Celebrating International Day for People with Disabilities 2020.Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

    The Fermanagh and Omagh Council has organised a series of short, virtual, awareness raising sessions and workshops to celebrate International Day for People with Disabilities 2020.

    Starts this Thursday 3rd December and runs to the 10th December.

    For more information visit the webpage.

    Health Inequalities: Making reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilitiesOnline Seminar for Disability Week 2020

    Free Online Seminar to mark Disability Awareness Week – Wednesday 2nd December 2020 2PM – 4PM

    Speakers Include:

    • Professor Owen Barr, Professor of Nursing and Intellectual Disability, University of Ulster
    • Clionagh McElhinney, Acute Liaison Nurse, Altnagelvin Hospital
    • Louise Boyce, Access Inclusion Officer, Derry City and Strabane District Council will lead a Question and Answer session

    More information on the event and how to register.

  • November 2020 - ALD Events and Updates

    THealth Improvement Equality and Involvement Logoime for you to connect and relax: A 4 week relaxation programme via zoom: Join our new 4 week ‘Connect and Relax’ programme to relax and recharge you!

    The nature of this programme is to support Learning Disability service users and carers mental health through connectedness and the ‘Take 5 steps to wellbeing’ to help reduce isolation and stress.

    This trust wide pilot programme will run for four consecutive weeks via Zoom from home or participating Day Centres with four sessions of 45 minutes each for 30 participants each with an aim for participants to learn how to incorporate practical techniques to help manage stress, feel connected and HAVE FUN!

    Nuala McKeever will facilitate each group and with 30 places per group the allocation will be on a first come first served basis. These places will be in high demand and pre registration is essential.

    Please choose from 2 separate groups as follows:

    Group 1

    Every Tuesday morning at 11.00am starting Tuesday 24th November

    (final session Tuesday 15th December 2020)

    Group 2           

    Every Wednesday morning at 11.00am starting Wednesday 25th November

    (final session Wednesday 16th December 2020)

    Please contact Gemma Smyth Health Facilitator on telephone 028 6634 4227 or email or