Extern News

The Practice Development Team represented Extern at the Whiting and Birch International Practice Learning Conference held in the Europa Hotel, Belfast from the 4th – 6th of April. The conference was attended by professionals and academics from a range of disciplines in health and social care from all around the world who are involved in the provision of practice placements to students. Ciaran Traynor delivered two presentations in collaboration with the DHSSPS and the Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership both of which were well received by delegates.

The Cavan Traveller Primary Health Care team completed a six
week ‘Say Yes to Mental Health Awareness’ Programme

The programme was funded by the Department of Education.

Suicide rates in the Traveller community is 7 times higher than the general population and Travellers do not engage with services until it is too late.
Traveller mental health is one of the key targets in the All Ireland Traveller Health Study (2010) and it is widely acknowledged that Travellers need a lot support.

The Electrical training department which opened in October 2015 is already achieving positive outcomes for its students. Amir Eltom is one of the first students to complete his City & Guilds Level 1 in Electrical installations qualification. He has also just been successful in gaining full-time employment. Amir was supported by his Skills Tutor to gain his qualification and the Development Team who supported him in his search for employment.

Extern, the leading social justice Charity has responded to the death of another person from homelessness in Belfast over the weekend. The Charity provides a homeless support service, which is funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, in conjunction with Supporting People and the Belfast Trust. A dedicated social work outreach team provides specialist assessment and intensive support to those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness and who have additional needs relating to mental and physical health, substance use, learning disability, offending, families and asylum.

The Ulster University has announced the shortlist of leading employers that are inspiring and developing Northern Ireland's future workforce ahead of its Placement Employer of the Year Awards.

The awards are designed to acknowledge the valuable partnership between Ulster University and local industry, which is producing highly skilled graduates who are driving indigenous business growth and attracting inward investment to the region.


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