Family Support Day a one stop shop for help

Catriona Canning and Scott Richmond of the Samaritans. (DER3713PG061)
Catriona Canning and Scott Richmond of the Samaritans. (DER3713PG061)

Hundreds of people braved the rain on Saturday to attend a “unique” one-stop information event in Limavady for families and young people.

Organisers of the ‘Picnic in the Pool’ event at the Roe Valley Leisure Centre said the whole idea of the unique multi-agency event was to help families and young people know what support is available in the community.

“A lot of families don’t know what support is out there,” said Mark McChrystal of the Dry Arch Childrens’ centres.

Some of the agencies on hand on Saturday included those dealing with debt, addiction and counselling services.

Mr. McChrystal said the Dry Arch centres are aware of how important families are and “celebrate that with a fun day”.

Dry Arch director, Brenda Macqueen 32 agencies attended the Family Support Fair. Ms Macqueen thanked the Department of Social Development, schools, the PSNI, Community Safety Partnership and Leisure Centre staff “and most especially our families who together made the day the great success that it was”.