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The View DECEMBER 2010

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P.1 Sing & Sign with LaganView, come & join us @ LaganView! P.2 Classes with the Southern Eastern Trust P.3 New Year Activities @ LaganView: Bored?? Come and join one of our classes! P.4 LaganView Conference Facilities & info on Community Change

CONTACT US: Laganview Enterprise Centre:

Baby Signing A Mother’s Story As a mum of three, the one piece of advice I could give to any new parent would be to consider signing with your baby. I started attending Sing and Sign classes when my eldest daughter, Niamh, was just 6 months old. After hearing about it from a friend we decided to try it. I was a little sceptical, “My husband says baby signing is but the classes turned out one of the most rewarding things he’s to be great fun. Classes are ever done” small, friendly and a great social ground for parents and babies. Niamh enjoyed the music, and the songs made it easy to learn the signs.

“Our baby delights Maegan is now almost 4 years in being able to make old, and has stopped signing herself understood and it’s a real thrill being able in favour of talking non-stop!! to understand her” Like Niamh, she is chatty and confident with incredible vocabulary, and the Sing and Sign DVD’s are still amongst her favourites.

Baby signing is entirely natural and instinctive, it’s not another language, it’s just a normal part of what parents and babies tend to do anyway….use lots of gestures!! “Instead of tantrums

and guessing games she is Through the Sing and Sign capable of letting me know exactly what she wants” programme, Niamh learnt signs for a huge variety of words and phrases. Before she could speak, she was able to ask for things that she wanted, tell me how she was feeling, and even engage in conversation!! Her favourite signs were for animals. At 10 months old, over breakfast one summer morning, she told me she could hear the birds singing!! She also loved to sign every animal she saw from the window of the car.

Signing gave me an insight into the real little person she was fast becoming, her thoughts, preferences and ideas long before I would have been able to share them if I’d waited until she T: 028 9267 0055 could talk clearly. She rarely became frustrated because she was able to make E: info@ herself understood. Now “She’s had a real head start aged 6, Niamh is chatty and confident with a very mature vocabulary. I believe this is due to this head start in communication as a baby. 69 Drumbeg Drive, Old Warren, Lisburn BT28 1NY

By the time my second daughter, Maegan, was born we started to sign without even thinking about it. She liked to talk about her feelings most of all. It was wonderful that the children Funded by Lisburn City Council were able to understand each other through as part of the Local Community gestures. It made my heart melt to see Maegan Fund Programme.

ask Niamh or William for a hug, or sign sorry.

Having discovered the benefits of baby signing for myself, I was inspired to become a teacher of Sing and Sign to share this rewarding experience with other families. I have been teaching in Antrim, Ballymena and Carrickfergus since January 2010 and will be expanding into Lisburn, Lurgan and Dungannon in January 2011.

NEW SING AND SIGN CLASSES IN LAGANVIEW 1ST SESSION Tues 11th Jan to Tues 29th March 2ND SESSION Tues 5th April to Tues 28th June 3RD SESSION Tues 20th Sep to Tues 13th Dec For more information contact: tel. email web

Lisa Connolly 078 1012 4973

Or book your class online at:

Want to get fit in the New Year? Get Fit with LaganView! In conjunction with the Health Development Unit, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, Laganview is delighted to be offering a 6 week Fit Futures programme for the over 50s, both male and female, starting in the New Year. If you fancy a bit of craic, want to make new friends, increase your physical activity and learn how to keep your ticker healthy then this FREE OF CHARGE programme could be for you! Bring along your husband or wife or your partner! To register please contact Joanne on 028 9267 0055. Places are limited and we will be working on a first come first served basis. Miss it, miss out!


-Starting Tuesday 25th Jan-Tuesday 1st March from 2pm-4pm. Schedule for each Tuesday is as follows: -2pm-2.30pm: Workshop on "How to Maintain a Healthy Heart" with qualified health development practitioner, Martin Devlin -2.30pm-3.15pm: Dance & Movement with Anthea McWilliams -3.15pm-4pm: Refreshment Break 1st March (last Tuesday): Celebration Day!! -2pm: Age on Stage, Seniors Dance Group, from Island Arts Centre -2.30pm: Light Refreshments -3pm-4pm: Music & Entertainment

Solo Recycling

This is just a reminder to all of you out there looking to recycle old clothing, bed linen, shoes etc that our clothing bank is still located in the back car park. All bags are weighed and the centre receives money per kilo which is then invested back into the community. All donations would be greatly appreciated. Help us to help you!

Positive Steps

Funded by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and supported by LaganView Enterprise Centre, we are offering 10 practical and creativebased activity sessions aimed at promoting good mental health. Course will be led by a qualified health development practitioner. Please call Joanne on 028 9267 0055 to reserve your place or to make a referral. *This course is for adults(18+) only* Dates: Friday 21st , 28th January: 10am-11.30am Friday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25 Feb: 10am-11.30am Friday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th March: 10am-11.30am


Tai-Chi for Health @ LaganView


LISBURN GAMING CLUB Located at Laganview Enterprise Centre Tabletop Games Card Games Roleplaying Games

Every Saturday 9am-6pm

Old Warren Youth Club

When: Wednesday Evenings Time: 6.30pm7.30pm Contact: Lisa on 07827337029

4-12 year olds

When: Every Monday morning Starting: Recommencing Monday 10th Jan 2011. Time:10am-11.30am -come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee from 10am-10.30am before the class commences. Price: £4 per person Suitable for any age and all physical abilities, it can even be done seated.

Contact Suzanne on 07802 820259

Children get a drink and snack while mums can enjoy their favourite brew.

Stay & Play Ever y Thursday from 10am to 11.30am

When: Every Friday 6-7.30pm recommences Jan’11 Where: West Lisburn Community Contact: 07874648400

BIRTHDAY PARTY? Community hall available for birthdays, weekdays evenings & weekends. Big or small.. give Joanne a call on 028 9267 0055 Please Note: this excludes 18th & 21st Birthday Parties

Everyone welcome from mums, dads and grandparents. Call Moira on 028 9266 6624 for more info.

Enjoy TAI-BO painting? with Irene Why not join our art classes on a Tuesday: 10am-12 midday Wednesday: 1.30pm-3.30pm NOT TUTOR LED

Wednesdays: 8-9pm Price: £4.00 Pay as you Go see: to find out more!

Colin Sure Start Drop In Baby Clinic Every Thursday morning from 10am-11.30am. Recommencing on Thursday 6th Jan 2011.

Come and get your baby weighed and get some baby advice from our local health visitor! Appts can be offered after 11.30am.

DUP OLD WARREN ADVICE FORUM Next Forum Dates: Fri 14th Jan, Fri 11th Feb, Fri 11th March & Fri 8th April 2011 Time: 10am-12 midday Assistance offered on local issues: housing, roads, benefits, policing, health & education

LaganView's Conference Facilities

Just a little reminder to all those groups or businesses out there who may be looking for comfortable, affordable and pleasant training space, LaganView has all you could need. With two spacious meeting rooms on the first floor these rooms are ideal for smallmedium workshop seminars or even full day training events and with a catering facility available, everything can be kept in the one venue.

LaganView also boasts a hi tech IT Suite with 12 state of the art laptops complete with the Microsoft Office package, Adobe Photoshop and wireless Internet access. Facilities also include a colour and black & white printer plus 2 scanners nt. Like the training room the IT Suite is available for private hire on a temporary or more permanent basis. Clients can also avail of the small "drop-down" room on the first floor. Its layout lends itself to a variety of different purposes whether it is for counselling , interviews or oneto-one sessions. It is ideal for therapeutic activities such as reflexology or massage. This spacious main hall will seat up to 130-150 people, comfortably, depending upon your seating requirements. This hall is suitable for a wide range of events from birthday parties to celebration nights and exhibitions to social and recreational activities and is available 7 days a week. A PA system and other IT equipment are also available upon request. Please do not hesitate to contact the Business Manager, Joanne on 028 9267 0055 for more information!!

THE WELCOME HOUSE There has been a significant increase in the numbers of migrant people coming into the area to live and work. Some have had to face prejudice and ignorance within the community alongside more practical problems of language, culture and information. The Welcome House was developed some 5 yrs ago, to welcome all migrant workers needing help, advice or information. Olga and Asia are on hand to help in the following areas: Free and confidential interpreting Advice on local services (education, housing, benefits, leisure etc) Signposting to relevant agencies (Healthcare, employment rights etc) Opportunity to network with people from different countries and share all your experiences Promoting cultural diversity and share the richness of cultures. The Welcome House is also giving migrant workers the opportunity to enrol for English classes, art classes, healthy eating programmes and parenting courses. Monika, the Project's Youth worker, runs Bi-lingual Youth Club every Tuesday Night. Support workers are in the office from 9am5pm every weekday to help with any issue. If you know somebody who may need help or come up with a fresh idea with what else can be done within the Project, please call the Welcome Project on 028 9266 4443 or drop in and speak to the girls where a warm welcome awaits all!!

COMMUNITY CHANGE Community change capacity building voluntary organisation providing facilitation, training and support across N.I Areas of Expertise: Good Governance/Management Commmittee Skills and development Organisational Development Change Management Partnership and Collaborative Working Action Planning Strategic Planning Financial Management Community Involvement Good Relations and Inclusion Planning and Development

Whilst this covers some of the broad themes we specialise in our facilitation and training is designed in response to the unique interests and needs of the groups who contact us, within the time and budget they have avaliable, and at a pace and level suitable for their specific needs. All elements of the facilitation and training are negotiated and agreed with the group before any facilitation or training takes place.

For more information or to discuss further contact Margaret Ferguson (Director) on 028 9023 2587 or e-mail

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