Down SureStart launches new website


DOWN SureStart launches its new website on 09 May in response to a recent Parent in Partnership focus group in DOWN SureStart, where parents expressed the need for a web resource.

The website has been developed using a co-creative, lead-user approach in collaboration with DOWN SureStart parents and staff, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust (lead & accountable body for DOWN SureStart), Innovation, Research and Development Department, Professor Jonathan Wallace from Ulster University & Amigo Studios. The website showcases the wide range of health and education initiatives which DOWN SureStart offers in order to benefit the local community. Parents are absolutely delighted with the website stating “it’s brilliant – better than we imagined.”

The purpose of this service innovation project is to offer a visually attractive web resource for parents, professionals and local voluntary, community & statutory organisations; to provide direct access to children and families particularly the hard to reach not currently engaging or availing of the service and to raise the DOWN SureStart profile and increase recognition within the local community.

DOWN SureStart is a local partnership of statutory, voluntary & community organisations who work collaboratively to ensure that families living in disadvantaged communities experience new opportunities and maximise their full potential. DOWN SureStart is a government-led, early intervention initiative which targets children under 4 years and their families living in Downpatrick, Ardglass, Killough, Strangford, Ballykinlar & Murlough area in Newcastle.
The website can be viewed at

Pictured left to right: Ali Coleman, Andrew McKenna, Aaron Carlton, Professor Jonathan Wallace (Professor of Innovation, University of Ulster), Claire Marie Dickson (SureStart Coordinator) and Paul Carlin (Research and Development Manager, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust)

Pictured left to right: Donna O’Neill & baby Mirren, Claire Marie Dickson (SureStart Coordinator), Michaela Hannaway, Briege Quinn, Haley Dodd & baby Hannah.