Update on resumption of youth services April 8th 2021

Update on resumption of youth services April 8th 2021

Update on resumption of youth services. April 8th 2021

Date published: 08 April 2021

Education Minister Peter Weir has confirmed the further reopening of some youth services in response to the recent unrest on our streets.

Update on resumption of youth services

This will apply to those youth services which operate in areas of heightened community tensions.

Peter Weir said: “Youth services play a vital role in supporting young people throughout Northern Ireland.

 “As a society we should all be appalled at witnessing young people and even children being involved in the recent violence on our streets.

“At this time it is even more important that youth services are able to meet the needs of young people in these areas.”

It has been agreed that all youth centres and provisions which operate in areas where there is heightened community tensions can maximise the use of their facilities and services with immediate effect.

This includes the provision of educational visits and residential provision (overnight stays) when there is significant risk of harm or criminalisation of children and young people.

The Minister said: “These measures are intended to safeguard and ensure the welfare of our young people and to divert them from becoming involved in risk taking and dangerous behaviours.

“I want to commend the Education Authority’s Youth Service and all youth workers for their commitment to helping our young people in these very difficult times.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Guidance for youth settings is available at: www.youthonline.org.uk/restart(external link opens in a new window / tab))
  2. All youth centres and provisions (statutory and voluntary funded through Local Area/Project Based Funding; TPP funding) who operate in areas where there is heightened community tensions can maximise the use of their facilities and services with immediate effect to meet the needs of local children and young people·        
  3. An online form will be available from Friday 9 April 2021 on www.eanifunding.org.uk(external link opens in a new window / tab) to approve education visits including overnight stays for the statutory and voluntary sector providers funded under local area, local project and TPP funding.
  4. Planning should commence for all generic provision for the summer period (July/August); however further steps of approval will be necessary to move to the next phase.
  5. Planning for the summer (July/august) for areas where there are heightened community tensions can progress with approval from EA to ensure the welfare and child safeguarding of children and young people to divert them from risk taking behaviours 
  6. For areas NOT impacted by heightened community tensions; regulations remain the same.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination online if you are eligible

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What is the vaccine service?

If you are eligible, you can book your COVID-19 vaccination online.

The COVID-19 vaccination involves 2 injections, ten weeks apart. When you book your first appointment, you will also get a date for your second appointment. This will be at the same vaccination centre.

Before booking your appointment, you must read through the information provided to make sure it is safe for you to receive the vaccine.

You can find more information on the COVID-19 vaccine at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/covid-vaccine

If you are eligible, book your appointment at: https://vaccinations.covid-19.hscni.net/

You can also book your vaccination via telephone on 0300 200 7813 Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 8.00pm.

 

Am I eligible to use the vaccine service?

If you live in Northern Ireland and are entitled to treatment by the health service you can book a COVID-19 vaccination online if you have been invited to do so.

The invitation may have come from:

  • public messages to the following groups:
    • those aged 65 and older at 31st March 2021
    • those aged 60 – 64 at 31st March 2021
    • Those age 50 – 59 and older at 31st March 2021 are now eligible to book a vaccination
    • those who are clinically extremely vulnerable aged 16 and over at 31st March 2021 and have a shielding letter
  • those who have an underlying condition aged 16 -17 at 31st March , who have a GP letter
  • a letter from your hospital specialist or your GP
  • an email or letter from your employer

If you have received multiple invitations, you only need to book once.

If you have received a letter from your GP inviting you to book a vaccination with them, you should contact them directly and not use this service to book your vaccination online.

Please note, you will be asked to show photo ID, proof of date of birth and your shielding letter (if this applies) when you arrive at the vaccination centre. If you are not in an eligible group, you will not be given your vaccination.

If you are in the underlying condition group you will need to bring your GP letter.

If you’re the main carer (aged 18 or over on the 31 March 2021) of an elderly or disabled person and have been unable to book an appointment through the online booking platform or call centre, you should contact your local Trust care co-ordinator. Click here for details:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-northern-ireland

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You should not travel in or out of Northern Ireland except where it is essential to do so

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You should not travel in or out of Northern Ireland except where it is essential to do so.

If you are arriving into Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area (the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) and you plan to remain here for at least 24 hours, you must self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days in the same way as international arrivals. 

If you are arriving into Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area to provide health or social care, or to provide an emergency service, you are not subject to these requirements. However you should consult with your employer before travelling or attending work, who will then advise you on the best course of action.

Further guidance is available here.

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Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, additional restrictions have been introduced for people living in Northern Ireland. These are aimed at limiting the chances for the virus to spread between households.

You should not allow people you do not live with into your home, except for  for bubbling with one other household and certain other exemptions.

Everyone can also help stop COVID-19 spreading by:

  • Avoiding touching your face and washing your hands as soon as you get home.
  • If you go outside stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
  • Wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible.

Remember, you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

A covid-19 symptom checker is available here.

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