Supporting Families Get Ready for the Back to School Season across the Down Sector!


The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership’s (CYPSP) Down Locality Planning Group and is a multi-agency partnership of community, voluntary and statutory sector to address emerging needs of local communities.

As parents we understand that rising costs of school uniforms can put financial stress upon all families.

Last year, through our Downpatrick Back to School Initiative we received hundreds of school uniform items donated from families as part of the scheme. 126 families from Downpatrick got involved in the Back to School Uniform Initiative. All our items were given out at our two uniform fairs at no cost to families and we were able to quantify a total cost savings of approximately £3,000.

98% of parents that attended the Back to School Uniform fairs said that the fairs helped them prepare for getting their children ready for school. One parent spoke from one of the uniform events and said ‘This has been one of the most helpful events I have ever attended, please run this every year!”.

Following the massive response from communities and success of last year’s Downpatrick initiative, the CYPSP Down Locality Planning Group with partners are taking collective action to extend the scheme to support families in Downpatrick, Castlewellan, Newcastle and Ballynahinch to get ready for school and make the back to school of year a little less stressful for families.

This year, fourteen primary schools and thirteen post primary schools have got involved in the initiative alongside a range of partner agencies including Lisburn YMCA, County Down Rural Community Network, Ballynahinch Community Collective, Lecale Learning Community, Down Sure Start, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Action for Children, Newcastle Homestart, South Eastern HSC Trust and the Health and Social Care Board.

We are reaching out to families to encourage them to come along to one of our Back to School Fairs in Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch

Downpatrick – 30 July 2018 from 10am-1pm & 3pm-7pm in Ballymote Community Centre, Downpatrick

Castlewellan / Newcastle – 1 August 2018 from 10am-12pm & 4pm-7pm in South Eastern Regional College, Newcastle

Ballynahinch – 3 August 2018 from 10am-1pm & 3pm-7pm, in Edengrove Church, Dromore Road, Ballynahinch


For further information contact Noelle Hollywood, Early Intervention and Locality Planning, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust by email at or telephone 07872422101