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Easter Holidays - 
The Link Centre will be closed from Friday 3rd April until Monday 13th April.  We would like to wish all our pupils, parents and staff a peaceful, safe and relaxing Easter break. 


MID-TERM BREAK
The Link Centre will be closed from Monday 16th February - Friday 20th February for mid-term.  We will be opended as normal on Monday 23rd February, taxis will resume as normal for the KS3 group that morning.



Thursday 5th February 2015
Big welcome to our new KS4 group to The Link Centre, we look forward to having you with us for the next 16 weeks. 



Welcome to our new KS3 group starting with us today Monday 5th January 2015, we hope you enjoy your placement and look forward to seeing you all bright and early.



We would like to inform you that The Link Centre will close for Christmas Holidays on Friday 19th December 2014 and reopen again on Monday 5th January 2015Farewell and good luck to our KS3 group, who ended their placement today with a trip to Dundonald Ice Bowl, followed by a lovely lunch and Celebration of Achievement, thankyou to the parents and representatives from school who took the time out to attend.  We will see you all on either Tuesday 9th or Wednesday 10th December for your final reviews.
Next week is your first full week back at school, good luck and remember your targets!

Welcome to our new KS4 group, we hope you enjoy your placement and we look forward to spending the next 16 weeks with you all.
 
Monday 8th September 2014
A very warm welcome to our new KS3 group, we're very pleased to have you with us for the next 12 weeks and we hope you enjoy your placement.
Looking forward to seeing you all :)
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Key Stage 3 Group - Tuesday 17 June 2014 - Celebration of Achievement
What a brilliant day!
Everyone had great fun ice skating and bowling with Geraldine, Eudald, Jonny and Philip today.
Congratulations to you all on your excellent PowerPoint presentations - and great experience for the people who read theirs to the audience.
This week is now a normal school week for you.
We will see you on Tuesday next week for your Final Review meetings.
Details are with your Link teacher, your school link person, your family ... and you know too, we hope!!
Looking forward to seeing you again on Tuesday.
Good luck for now .... and remember that sun cream :)   :)   :)   :)   :)  
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Link Centre ALWAYS challenges the use of homophobic language - we do not tolerate it!

Between 6% and 10% of all people experience same sex attraction.   That is a considerable number of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people in every school who are looking out for both threats and allies.

The message really is clear - we need to have supportive school environments and be role models for all the young people we teach.  We ALL must challenge every occasion we hear homophobic language:

eg
"I am really surprised to hear you using that type of homophobic language"
"In the Link Centre we do not use homophobic language like that"
"Can you explain what you mean by calling that (object) gay?"
"Do you realise that what you said is homophobic?"
"Our Anti-bullying Policy is clear that homophobic language will not be tolerated" 
"When you use homophobic language it offends me.   I do not want to hear it again, thank you!"
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Celebration of Achievement for the Key Stage 4 Group - Friday 13 June 2014 - What a wonderful occasion!
Thank you to you, our students, first of all.   We were sorry that one person couldn't make it today - we'll still celebrate with you when we next see you!
We are so proud of you all - the self confidence you showed in reading your PowerPoints to the big audience was A M A Z I N G !!!
You have all come so far and developed in so many ways. 
Let's think about your ability to talk about school - difficulties in the past, your hopes for next year.  You all have much better insight now. 
Who was here today?
Family.
Friends.
Teachers from your schools.
Pupils from your schools.
A former Link Centre student who now works with other young people like you - so proud of him!
People who will continue to support your education next year.
The boss and another senior member of staff from Carillion.
Our link person from Business in the Community.
Link Centre staff and our QUB Psychology volunteer, Terry.
Hope that's everybody...?
Noooooooo -
TONY!! So HAPPY to see him back - taking a day's leave from his new job especially for YOU !!
As Mr Burns said, we hope you really are feeling 6 inches taller today (that's 15 cm!) !!!
Because you're worth it!!! :) 
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Summer Link 2014 - contact Philip or Ciara
Letters and consent forms are on their way out to parents.
WEEK 1:
Wednesday 25 June - Bowling and Laser Quest
Thursday 26 June - Colin Glen Climbing, Skytek
Friday 27 June - Craigavon Water Sports, Canoeing, Banana boating
Monday 30 June - Craigavon Ski Centre, Tubing, Archery
Tuesday 1 July - Cosmos Restaurant
WEEK 2:
Keep watching for more details :)
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How are you feeling today?

Click on My Links - There's good stuff on there.

and

Remember Lifeline

0 8 0 8      8 0 8      8 0 0 0

24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Titanic trip reminder for Key Stage 3 group - Tuesday 10 June 2014
Consent forms in from everybody!!!
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Admissions and Reintegration Panel Meetings - for September 2014 intakes
Tuesday 10 June 2014 - KS3
and
Wednesday 18 June 2014 - KS4

Following the above, results will be communicated within 1 week, at the latest, to all key partners.
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Monday 9 June 2014
Thank you to Jonny and the KS3 group today ------- for making our Send ALL My Friends to School CHAIN of BUDDIES in support of needing to remind world leaders of their promise to give every child an education.   Across the world, 57 million children are missing out on school - the shocking thing is one in three of these children has a disability.   We need to keep at ALL the world leaders and politicians. 

Our certificate 
from Send ALL My Friends to School has arrived and is now on display at Reception.   Have a look the next time you're in!   Thank you.
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Summer Link 2014
This year Summer Link begins on Wednesday 25 June 2014.
Lots more details to follow - watch this space!!
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How are you feeling today?

Click on My Links page - There's good stuff on there.

or

phone Lifeline

0 8 0 8      8 0 8      8 0 0 0

24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Celebrations of Achievement - ADVANCE NOTICE - please put these very important dates in your diary!

Key Stage 4 - Friday 13 June 2014
(with majority of Key Stage 4 final review meetings the following Thursday 19 June 2014)

Key Stage 3 - Tuesday 17 June 2014 
(with majority of Key Stage 3 final review meetings the following Tuesday 24 June 2014)
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Send ALL my Friends to School Campaign 2014

Our annual event will be held from now until the end of placement for both groups.
How important is getting an education? Are we lucky to go to school?

57 million children
around the world are not in school and children with disabilities are missing out the most.

It's estimated that 24 million children with disabilities are missing out on school
BUT
we can help to change things.
Do take a look at www.sendmyfriend.org
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Key Stage 3 group - Botanic Gardens outing - tomorrow - Tuesday 3 June 2014
Please remember your consent forms!
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AQA Accreditation for latest groups, both Key Stages - May 2014
All our students' work has passed with flying colours.  
Extract from AQA report, "The evidence presented was very well organised and the itemising and flagging required was done very clearly, making the assessment straightforward.  The students produced work that was a pleasure to assess, particularly Spanish Units and the 'Making a Mosaic Mirror.'  They clearly benefit from involvement in the AQA unit award scheme.   The Centre and students need congratulating on this." .... pat on the back team Link!
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Friday 30 May 2014 - Client Survey Day 2014
The annual SPSS Link Centre Client Survey was emailed to each Principal today - who will forward it, and accompanying Interventions Sheet, to our relevant school link person.   The deadline for return is Friday 13 June 2014.   We appreciate that this is a hectic time of year for all of us.   It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.    We need results back to inform plans and allocations for 2014 - 2015!   Thank you all very much.
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Wednesday 28 May 2014
Anti-bullying Policy and Procedures - 5th staff session 3.00 pm please.    Student and parent consultations - feedback to be examined.
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Service Development Plan - Full Staff Consultation Day - 26 May 2014

"Late start" 9.00 am sharp! - Bank Holiday. 
 
Review of current Service Development Plan; Staff positives and negatives; Overview input to schools; Introduction of CA Team Planner; Health and Wellbeing, Learning and Teaching - DW, PK; 
Assessment, Raising standards, Lit Num, ICT - EPK, JW;
Special, additional and indiv educ needs of students, S&CP - MA, JM;
Attendance of students, Good behvr & discipline - PO’C, GC;
Professional devpmt staff, Attendce/health wellbeing staff - VS, MMcS, CM;
Links parents, commty, business, agencies, ICT learn, teach, staff devpmt BD, EV.
 
PLUS
Coaching, Parent feedback forms on YMG, YWG and Mentoring, Prep for
Stakeholder Consultation Day August 2014.   
Easy peasy! :)
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19 May 2014 Print Workshop with Key Stage 3 Home Link
A big thank you to all family members - so great to have someone for everyone!
What a fabulous day!
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Monday 19 May 2014
Key Stage 3 group - Home Link Print Workshop Day
All family members are most welcome to attend the Home Link event today at 11.00 am.
Remember, please, to bring a treasured possession.
Lunch is provided.  
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Friday 9 May 2014 Giro d'Italia         
KEY STAGE 4 GROUP AFFECTED
We have been advised that we have no transport for students due to the Giro road events.
Please attend your own school if it is open - or follow their guidelines.
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REMINDER - CLOSED ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, 5 May 2014
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Monday 28 April 2014
Welcome back everyone!

Reminder to KS4 group - that we have all been invited out to the cross community breakfast at St Patrick's College this Friday, 2 May 2014.   AND you return to meet your Business In The Community mentors at Carillion that afternoon.   Make sure your uniform is all in order, neat and tidy!   You are representing your school and the Link Centre!
REMINDER: Easter Holidays 2014:
The Link Centre will be closed for the Easter Holidays from 12pm on Thursday 17 April 2014 and reopen on Monday 28 April 2014. Should you need to contact us please do so by leaving a voicemail or sending an email to link.centre@belb.co.uk


Monday 14 April 2014
A warm welcome to all the parents / guardians of our new KS3 group who are in with us today for the first Home Link Programme of the placement.  We hope you enjoy the cooking session and, even more so, the finished product!


New KS3 GROUP 7 April 2014
We would like to welcome our new KS3 group starting today, Monday 7 April 2014.
Taxis have been arranged and full uniform with bag and shoes must be worn.
We look forward to seeing you all and we hope you enjoy your time with us.
 
Link Centre SPSS Third Annual Best Practice Seminar
Wednesday 26 March 2014,
9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Reminder to everyone - the SPSS Best Practice Seminar is this Wednesday morning, 26 March 2014.
We are very much looking forward to presentations by guest speakers from
Hazelwood Integrated College,
St Rose's Dominican College and
Belfast Boys' Model School
as well as hearing from a Link Centre former pupil, our groupwork facilitators, Philip and Ciara and, of course, Larry Burns, Head of Service.
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Friday 21 March 2014 Visit to Carillion
Through Business in the Community, our Key Stage 4 group and three members of staff had a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable visit to Carillion company headquarters today.
Following a delicious breakfast, John Morgan took us on a tour, meeting and chatting with his friendly staff throughout, followed by a fairly challenging quiz about Carillion - luckily it was multiple choice!!!  
Students then had an individual chat with their mentors followed by a lighthearted Film Quiz.   No cheating at all, of course! 
Thank you, Carillion, for a brilliant morning!   We will see you again soon.
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Key Stage 3 Celebration of Achievement 19 March 2014
Our Key Stage 3 Group finished their placement with the Link Centre today.   They were joined by parents and key partners from school and other organisations for a lovely Celebration of Achievement.  Well done to every single one of them and good luck on their full-time return to school.  We will all keep in touch!

Friday 7 March 2014 Theatre Company Performance
We wish to express our sincere thanks to Spanner In The Works Theatre Company for coming in today and for putting on an excellent performance of their play 'Popping Candy.' 
It is a hard-hitting drama exploring the complex and controversial issues surrounding the use of legal highs and emphasising the mental health problems facing today’s young people.
Our Key Stage 4 pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking performance.  Thank you.
St Patrick's Day Closure
The Link Centre will be closed on Monday 17 March 2014 and reopens on Tuesday 18 March 2014 at 8.30 am. 
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REMINDER!! Best Practice Seminar 2014

The third annual Best Practice Seminar will take place on Wednesday 26 March 2014. Invites have been sent out via email. 
Please let us know ASAP of attendance. We very much look forward to seeing you then!

Key Stage 3 Final Review Meetings   
Most meetings will take place on Tuesday 25 March 2014.   Times are to be confirmed.   Please check with your Link teacher for details.

Key Stage 3 Celebration of Achievement
Our current KS3 group will finish placement on Wednesday 20 March 2014.
Their Celebration of Achievement and Homelink for parents is at 11.00 am with key partners from school and other organisations to please be here for 1.30 pm.  We look forward to seeing you all then.   Invitations are on their way!
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Link Centre SPSS Neighbourhood Breakfast MARCH 2014

We are hosting our next Neighbourhood Breakfast on Friday 14 March at 10.30 am. 
Once again, all our valued neighbours are warmly invited to a traditional breakfast made and served by our Key Stage 4 students.  
Come and have a fresh look at and listen to what we all do, have a good big breakfast and enjoy the company.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again!
Management Group Meeting
Next Management Group Meeting is at BELB Academy Street on Wednesday 5th March 2014, 2.30 pm.

Business In The Community 
Our partners from Carillion will begin a mentoring programme in the Link Centre on Friday 28 February 2014 with the Key Stage 4 group.  You are all very welcome and we look forward to seeing you again!
 
Challenging Homophobic Language - Let's do something about it! Training on Friday 28 February 2014
Our designated teacher for Safeguarding and Child Protection attended excellent BELB training today on Challenging Homophobic Language.    In the case of SPSS Link Centre staff, this was further to training we received as a team before Christmas from one of our Queen's University doctoral students on placement with us. 

Between 6% and 10% of all people experience same sex attraction.   That is a considerable number of LGBT people in every school who are looking out for both threats and allies.
The message really is clear - we need to have supportive school environments and be role models for the young people we teach.  We ALL must challenge every occasion we hear homophobic language:

eg
"I am really surprised to hear you using that type of homophobic language"
"In the Link Centre we do not use homophobic language like that"
"Can you explain what you mean by calling that (object) gay?"
"Do you realise that what you said is homophobic?"
"Our Anti-bullying Policy is clear that homophobic language will not be tolerated" 
"When you use homophobic language it offends me.   I do not want to hear it again, thank you!"
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Belfast Activity Centre Trip
Key Stage 4 group will go on a team building trip to BAC on Friday 14 February 2014 where they will be caving. 
Pupils are permitted to wear their own clothes - but nothing that will cause offence to others eg football tops etc. 
We hope you all enjoy the trip!

Key Stage 3 Homelink Event Monday 10 February 2014
Our new Key Stage 3 group will have their first Homelink event, taking part in a print workshop.    Parents please remember to bring something of personal value to work with, eg a photo or piece of jewellery with a pattern that can be copied. 
We look forward to seeing you all then!

Key Stage 4 Homelink Event Friday 7 February 2014
The first Key Stage 4 Homelink event for the new group is on Friday 7 February 2014, 11.00 am. Amongst other things, we will be finding out what our parents and young people think about the SPSS Anti-bullying Policy and making some delicious scones for break!    See you then.
New Key Stage 4 Group in on Thursday 6th February 2014
We are looking forward to seeing our new Key Stage 4 Group arrive at the Link Centre, bright and early this Thursday morning!
Full uniform, school bag, healthy break - look out for your taxi! 

Key Stage 4 Celebration of Achievement 17 January 2014
Our Key Stage 4 Group finished their placement at the Link Centre today.   They were joined by parents and key partners from school for a lovely Celebration of Achievement. 
Delicious food, fabulous PowerPoint presentations by the young people, lots of certificates.     Well done to each and every one of them and good luck on their full-time return to school on Monday!  We will all keep in touch.    That's why we call it the LINK :)

Link Centre SPSS Anti-bullying Policy 2014 work 
We have been busy updating our Anti-bullying Policy with staff workshops held on 15, 22 and 29 January 2014.   Consultation with pupils and parents will be on 7 February 2014. 

Love for Life Workshop for all SPSS Parents - Wednesday 8 January 2014
There will be a workshop held for parents and staff in the Link Centre on Wednesday 8 January 2014 at 4.30 pm.  
It is expected to last approximately 1 hour.    All our previous and current parents are welcome.

Monday 6 January 2014
A Happy, Peaceful and Healthy New Year 2014 to everyone!

A special welcome to the new Key Stage 3 group starting today :)
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Christmas 2013 and New Year Arrangements
The Link Centre will close on Friday 20 December 2013 and will reopen on Monday 6 January 2014 at 8.30 am. 
You may leave us a voice mail during that time and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Phone 02890 323 986
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We take this opportunity to wish all our pupils, parents, families and key partners a safe and Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2014!
End of term
for the Key Stage 4 group in the Link Centre - Friday 20 December 2013
Following normal classes there will be some Christmas food and festivities.  Lunch will not be provided as pupils will be collected at 12.00 noon. 
Pupils return to school in January according to their own school arrangements and are back to the Link Centre on Thursday 9 January 2014.
   
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Simon Community Hamper - Thursday 19 December 2013
The Link Centre pupils presented the Simon Community with a beautiful hamper today.  
Well done to our Key Stage 4 pupils!!

The Prince's Trust
Fairbridge Access Programme, 9 - 13 December 2013
 
Our Key Stage 4 group enjoyed a residential with the Prince's Trust this week.  They made new friends and all of them have achieved things they never thought they could!   Congratulations!   Have a relaxing weekend Eudald...

We wish our Key Stage 3 Pupils every success in returning to their relevant schools!

Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Key Stage 3 Celebration of Achievement is being held at the Link Centre on Tuesday 3 December 2013
Parents are expected to attend at 11.00 am to participate in the Homelink event beforehand.   Key partners from school and other organisations, please be here for 1.00 pm.   See you all then!

Ballymena Hope Centre Trip
Our Key Stage 4 Group are going on a trip out to the Ballymena Hope Centre on Friday 29 November 2013. 
Yes, you may wear your ordinary clothes :)

Hallowe'en Mid Term Break - October 2013
The Link Centre will be closed from Monday 28 October 2013 and will re-open on Monday 4 November 2013 at 8.30 am.   
Details of home times for our Key Stage 4 pupils will be with you soon.
PLEASE remember to take great care when near to or handling fireworks!!!


REMEMBER Key Stage 4 next Homelink date - Friday 25 October 2013
We look forward to seeing you back at the Link Centre!

REMEMBER!
Key Stage 3 group - next Homelink date is Monday 14 October 2013 
We are looking forward to seeing you back at the Link Centre!

The Young Men's Group with Philip and Eudald will start on Thursday 7th October 2013.    
Make sure your consent forms are in to your Link teacher.  We look forward to seeing everyone here!

Key Stage 4 Group Belfast Activity Centre - Friday 20 September 2013
We loved our day today. Well done for rising to the challenge at Belfast Activity Centre - great teamwork, courage and cooperation!   Now have a safe, fun weekend!

Key Stage 3 Belfast Activity Centre and first Homelink day for Key Stage 3 families
Monday 16 September 2013

Well done on the consent forms!  Remember to wear old clothes.   
Parents and carers please meet us at the Link Centre for 1.00 pm.   
All pupils are returning home with their family members at the end of day.

First Homelink Programme for Key Stage 4 - Friday 13 September 2013
All pupils are returning home with their parents at the end of day.

Key Stage 4 Group September 2013 - Welcome!
The new group of Key Stage 4 pupils will start on Thursday 12 September 2013
Start time 9.00 am.
Taxis have been arranged - please attend in full uniform, wiith schoolbags, healthy break and equipment needed.
We are looking forward to seeing you all!

Key Stage 3 Group September 2013 - Welcome!
The new group of Key Stage 3 pupils will start on Monday 9 September 2013 
Start time 9.00 am.
Taxis have been arranged - please attend in full uniform, wiith schoolbags, healthy break and equipment needed.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
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Collaborative (Co-) Coaching - Link Centre leads the way again!
Monday 17 June 2013
Larry Burns, Head of Service, our support assistants, youth support worker, clerical officers and teaching staff are all looking forward to embarking on this exciting initiative with the help of Michael and Nichola of RTU.
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Celebrations of Achievement - ADVANCE NOTICE - please put these in your diary

Key Stage 3 Tuesday 11 June 2013 (with majority of Key Stage 3 final review meetings the following Tuesday 18th)

Key Stage 4 Friday 14 June 2013 (with majority of Key Stage 4 final review meetings the following Thursday 20th)

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Business In The Community
Our new mentors will be in for a bite of breakfast, to play basketball and to meet with the young people on Friday 7 June. We are really looking forward to seeing you!
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SEND MY FRIEND TO SCHOOL 2013
Our annual event will be held all week from 3 - 7 June 2013.
How important is your education?
Children and young people across the world without education RIGHT NOW need 1,700,000 more teachers! Yes, that's right - 1.7 MILLION teachers are missing... so how on earth many PUPILS are missing out on education?? Watch this space.
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Young Women's Group - for Key Stage 3 pupils
Remember - the new group for younger pupils begins on Wednesday 29 May 2013
You will be collected from school at 2.40 pm - please be on time girls!
And if Ciara has not already received your consent form, you must remember to bring it with you!!
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REMINDER TO SPSS MANAGEMENT GROUP
Next meeting is on Wednesday 5 June 2013 at 2.00 pm
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The Link Centre Admissions and Referrals Panel will meet on Wed 12 June (Key Stage 3) and Wed 19 June 2013 (Key Stage 4). Meetings are at 2.00pm 
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Cancer Focus NI 17 May 2013

We are grateful to Cancer Focus NI for coming in, despite a very heavy schedule, to meet with our young people today.
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Visit to the Hope Centre, Ballymena - Friday 10 May 2013
Our Key Stage 4 group visited the Hope Centre today.
As always, the visit had a big impact on the group, real food for thought.
We were delighted that one of our educational psychologists was able to accompany us today. Thanks, Tony!
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Key Stage 4 Homelink tomorrow Friday 3 May 2013 - see you at 1:00 pm :)
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Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl - Fortwilliam Musical Society's Youth Group

Anything Goes!
At the Link Centre, we are proud to have one of our former pupils in the post of Assistant Stage Manager for the five performances of Anything Goes.
By all accounts, she is doing a tremendous job - you know who you are - and Link Centre staff and pupils will be there two nights this week to support you...yay!
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Young Women's Group for Key Stage 4 pupils 
With Ciara, our youth support worker - every Thursday at 3.00 pm.
Details from your outreach teacher. Transport provided by us.
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Advance notice - Key Stage 4 HOMELINK DAY - Friday 3 May 2013
...will have a Spanish flavour. Take a look in our Photo Gallery (left) to see some delicious 'tortillas de patata' made by the last group! The students have been working hard at their Spanish cooking vocab - and all recipe and method sheets are ready for action! Family members please be in with us for 1.00 pm on Friday 3 May.
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Remember - Belfast Activity Centre TRIP Tuesday 9 April 2013
No need for school uniform!
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New Key Stage 3 group
You have all now had your interviews and we were delighted to chat and make plans with you and your families for your upcoming placement
When do you start?
Monday 8 April 2013 - we are looking forward to seeing you back at the Link Centre!
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Watch this space for news of more important events happening soon!

Link Centre dates for you...
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Annual SPSS Outreach Best Practice Seminar 2013 

WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH 2013     Time: 9.30 am- 12.30 pm
We are delighted at the number of acceptances received to date.   If you have not already done so, please let us know ASAP if you are available to attend. 
Schools presenting this year are:
Ashfield Boys' High School
Colaiste Feirste
and
St Louise's Comprehensive College
We can hardly believe that a year could go so quickly!!    Looking forward to seeing you all back again at The Link Centre.
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Neighbourhood Breakfast - Friday 15 March 2013.   
Invitations have gone out to our neighbours, Westcourt Centre management and partner colleagues on site, St Mary's Primary School, local shopkeepers and one or two other important people. We are hoping for a great turnout and look forward to seeing you all here.
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REMEMBER Key Stage 3 Home Link - is on the first back day after half term, Monday 25 February 2013!!_____________________________________________________________________________________________

·        Key Stage 4 Group Friday 15 February 2013 report back
We loved our day today.   Well done for rising to the challenge at Belfast Activity Centre - great teamwork, courage and cooperation!   Now have a great, and safe, half term holiday!!
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      Management Group
Please attend on Thursday 14 February 2013 at 10.00 am
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Key Stage 4 Group, Thursday 14 February 2013
Remember your ordinary clothes for caving tomorrow!!
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Young Men's Group trip Tuesday 12 February 2013
Looking forward to go-karts today with Philip and Eudald.    REMEMBER!!!
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Key Stage 4 Home Link Programme - Friday 8 February 2013
The new group had their first Home Link Programme today.   
Everyone helped to make delicious scones, thoroughly enjoyed with a cup of tea and a chat.   What a good way for everybody to get to know each other!      
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Message to the new Key Stage 4 Group - 6 February 2013
Your first day is this Thursday, 7 February 2012 - remember to be up in good time, wear full school uniform and to bring something healthy for break. 
Looking forward to seeing you all then :)
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Key Stage 4 group - JANUARY Meetings for the new February 2013 INTAKE
Intake meetings for the new Key Stage 4 group start on Wednesday, 30 January 2013.   Please ask your SPSS teacher for details.  We're looking forward to seeing you at the Link Centre.
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Reminder .....
Key Stage 4 Celebration of Achievement at the Link Centre - Fri 18 JANUARY 2013 at 11.30
This most important occasion for the Key Stage 4 group and all their supporters is on Friday morning, 18 January 2012.  Invitations are on their way to you.    Please put it in your diary! 
Light refreshments, made by the young people, will be served from 11.30 am.  We are looking forward to seeing you all here!
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Home Link for Key Stage 3 January 2013
Your Home Link programme begins on Monday 14 January 2013 with a cookery session - looking forward to seeing you all!
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Key Stage 3 Group, January 2013
Interviews for the new Key Stage 3 Group have now all taken place.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday 7 January 2013 - some of you have forms to bring in - please remember them!
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SPSS Link Centre 2012 Christmas Holidays
The Link Centre will close at lunch time on Friday, 21 December 2012 and reopen at 8.30 a.m. on Monday, 7 January 2013. 
You may leave us a voice mail during that time and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 
Phone number 028 9032 3986.

We take this opportunity to wish all our key partners everywhere a safe and Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2013.

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Monday 17 December 2012 - Arrangements for this week
The Link Centre is open all week as normal, closing a little earlier on Friday.    
Therapies slots with Geraldine are running as agreed.
The remainder of initial meetings for the new Key Stage 3 group will be held on Tuesday 18 December and Wednesday 19 December.
The Key Stage 4 group will go ice-skating on Thursday at the Odyssey.   Warm clothes, please.
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Finally .....!
Emails, faxes and phones are in full working order.
We would like again to apologise for any inconvenience. 
If you have tried to contact us since Wednesday 12 December afternoon, we haven't been ignoring you, but we would be grateful if you could resend your emails through to us.
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Key Stage 3 group DECEMBER 2012
You are back at school every day now so, remember to Think Link :)
Your review meetings are next week.
Looking forward to having you back with us for those.
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ADVANCE WARNING PHONES, EMAILS and FAXES on Thursday 6 December 2012
Possible interruption to emails.... again.   Sincere apologies.
Please phone us on the Link Centre mobile 07854 157874.
We hope this will be BT's last day with us!
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Report back - Home Link Tuesday 4 DECEMBER 2012 and Key Stage 3 Celebration of Achievement

This most important event took place today.   Well done to all the members of the Key Stage 3 group and all who helped to make today so successful.  A great time on the high ropes, then back to the Link Centre for presentations.   You all did excellent PowerPoint presentations!    We loved them.   Delicious food from our Homelink adult chefs, thanks to Moya and her team for organising everything for this group today!   We had a very good turnout of staff from the young people's host schools too - thank you all for your support. 
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Key Stage 3 Group Celebration of Achievement and Home Link Tuesday 4 December 2012   Remember!!
We are looking forward to seeing our invited guests and supporters for the young people on this most important occasion for all of us.  
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YMG trip to Belfast Activity Centre TUESDAY 4 December 2012
Message from Philip and Eudald - Well done on the consent forms.   Now just remember a change of clothes please!
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Key Stage 3 TRIP out on Tuesday morning 4 December 2012
Remember - you MUST bring in your consent forms!!!
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Key Stage 3 Final Review Meetings DECEMBER 2012 
Scheduled for Tuesday 11 December 2012.   Please check with Reception 02890 323 986 or with your SPSS teacher for time and details.   Thank you. 
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Note to Key Stage 4 Group Monday 3 December 2012
Thank you, all of you for doing so well on the trip out on Friday.  We were proud of you!
What an inspirational day..... we'll always remember it!
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Friday 30 November 2012
Key Stage 4 group - remember to wear your ordinary clothes please for TRIP to Hope Centre Ballymena!
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Home Link Key Stage 4 Group - please note a CHANGE OF DATE!!
We are doing Spanish cookery this time - mmmm...... delicioso!
We are really looking forward to seeing you all at the Link Centre now on Friday 23 November 2012 at 1.00 pm.
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Key Stage 4 group mid point review meetings NOVEMBER 2012
All these important meetings will take place at the Link Centre.
They have all been scheduled between Tuesday 20 - Friday 23 November 2012.
We'll see you there!

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Management Group
Please attend on Wednesday 14 November 2012 at 2.00 pm
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Jed the Dog Tuesday 13 November 2012
Jed the Dog is visiting the Link Centre today to meet the Key Stage 3 group and to examine their English Projects!
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Young Men's Group STARTINGTHIS WEEK November 2012
Young men - you know who you are!            
The first day is Tuesday 13 November 2012.
Taxis will collect you in time for a 3 o'clock start.
See you then!
Philip and Eudald
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Hallowe'en Half Term Break 2012
The Link Centre will be closed from Monday 29 October 2012 to Friday 2 November 2012 inclusive.

We re-open on Monday 5 November 2012 at 8.30 a.m.
Please remember to take great care when near to or handling fireworks!!!
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Young Men's Group 2012 - 2013 
Watch this space for further details.
You will be contacted very soon by Philip or by your SPSS teacher.
The Young Men's Group will run on a Tuesday from 3.00 - 4.00 p.m.
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Key Stage 3 Homelink Programme OCTOBER 2012
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Link Centre on Monday, 22 October 2012!
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Friday 19 October 2012

We have phones, email and fax systems working again.
There MAY be temporary blips next week as BT continues to work in the area.
Please refer to details below if you encounter any difficulties.

Thank you for your patience in these matters.
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Tuesday 16 October 2012
UPDATE ON LINK CENTRE PHONES

Our phone number is now back to normal 028 90 323 986

Unfortunately our faxes and emails are still NOT functioning.
APOLOGIES TO ALL CONCERNED

Thank you 
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Thursday 11 October 2012
URGENT MESSAGE

The Link Centre BT phone lines are down.   Faxes and emails are also affected.
Please use the SPSS mobile number below

07854 157874

Thank you
 
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October 2012
How are you feeling?   Remember to have a look at our My Links page!
We had Aware Defeat Depression in to talk to us last week.       Click on My Links.     There's lots of good stuff on there.  

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Home Link for new Key Stage 4 group September 2012
The Home Link programme begins on Friday 21 September 2012 with a cookery session - looking forward to seeing you all at 1.00 pm!
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Home Link for Key Stage 3 September 2012
Your Home Link programme begins on Monday 17 September 2012 with a cookery session - looking forward to seeing you all then!  Pupils remember you are going team building first - so wear sensible ordinary clothes!!
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New Key Stage 3 Group, September 2012
Interviews for the new Key Stage 3 Group have now all taken place.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday 10 September 2012 - some of you have forms to bring in - please remember them!
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Link Centre - closed for the summer break from Friday 6 July 2012
All staff will be at RTU courses, week beginning 20 August 2012.
We will all be back on site at the Link Centre from Tuesday 28 August 2012 at 8.30 a.m.
Wishing a restful and happy summer break to all our key partners!
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SUMMER 2012 ..... Exciting work to enhance our surroundings
Major work is currently underway on a beautiful new garden area - a shared space for all.   
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Summerlink programme 2012
Groups 1 and 2
 
The Summerlink programme begins on Friday 29 June - continuing on Monday 2 July.   With a possible reward trip on Friday 6 July 2012.   You all have all the forms you need - remember to get them in to Anita, Philip or Geraldine asap!!   See you then!
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Key Stage 3 Homelink and Celebration of Achievement Tuesday 19 June 2012

This most important event took place today.   Well done to all the members of the Key Stage 3 group and all who helped to make today so successful.  A great time on the trip, then back to the Link Centre for presentations.   Delicious food from our Homelink adult chefs, thanks to Moya and her team!   We had a good turnout of staff from the young people's host schools too - thank you for your support.   Review meetings this time around are being held during the first week of September - details to follow. 

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Key Stage 4 Homelink and Celebration of Achievement Friday 15 June 2012
We had an emotional farewell today to our Key Stage 4 group.  It seems a long time since you started with us in February 2012.  You, and those who love and care for you, have all been on a Link Centre journey.  We thought today was a really good occasion.   Everyone in the group was so mannerly to all the visitors - you are all a credit to yourselves, your homes and your schools.   We are always sad to see you go - but, remember, your review meetings are scheduled in already - and we ALWAYS keep up the link.    See you soon :)
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Thursday 7 June 2012
Young Men's Group outing to Lisburn swimming pool - remember trunks, towel, consent form and £10 please.   Philip and Philip will see you then.
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Jubilee Holiday JUNE 2012
The Link Centre is closed on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 June 2012.
We are open again as usual on Wednesday 6 June 2012 at 8.30 a.m.
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Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Key Stage 3 Mid Point Review Meetings
See your SPSS teacher if you need to check the time of your meeting, please.
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Thursday 17 May 2012 - REMEMBER Key Stage 4 group - warm clothes for tomorrow Friday
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for your Belfast Bus Tour.  
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Friday 4 May 2012 Key Stage 4 Home Link Group - Cooking in Spanish!
Our Spanish friend, Eudald, came in again today to help the Key Stage 4 home link group make an authentic Spanish tortilla.  Congratulations to everyone for having a go at cooking, Spanish style, and speaking Spanish at the same time - we had a "fantastico" time!  And Eudald is pretty good at basket ball too!
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Wednesday 18 April 2012 - a new staff baby :)
Congratulations to Emma and her husband Gerard on the birth of their first child - a beautiful baby girl, Amelia Catherine, born today at 5.27 p.m.   And she is just beautiful!   
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Easter Holidays 2012
The Link Centre will be closed for the Easter break from Friday 6 April until Sunday 15 April 2012 inclusive.  
We re-open at 8.30 am on Monday 16 April 2012.     A safe and Happy Easter to everybody!
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Key Stage 3 Group APRIL 2012

Your first day is Monday, 16 April 2012. 
Please be ready, bright and early, for your taxi - in full school uniform, with your school bag and something to eat at break.
We're looking forward to seeing you again!
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Key Stage 4 Group APRIL 2012
We'll see you all back, bright and early, on Thursday, 19 April 2012.
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NEW Key Stage 3 Group - starting after Easter on Monday 16 April 2012
Intake meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 3 April and Wednesday 4 April 2012.
You can check your slot by phoning Martine at the Link Centre - 90 323 986.   Looking forward to seeing you!
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Wednesday 28 March 2012
Today, we hosted the Outreach Best Practice Seminar at the Link Centre.   This was an opportunity to examine and reflect on the outreach performance of SPSS to date and to look at three main areas - Effective Communication, Multidisciplinary Working and Supporting Pupils pre-, during and post- Link Centre Placement.    
Presentations were made by Siobhan Kelly, St Genevieve's High School; Susan Logan, Girls' Model; Gavin Brown, Hazelwood College.   Additionally, and very importantly, we had wanted this to be time for our client schools' staff members to network with each other; this was commented upon as a major benefit of the event. 
In attendance were representatives from Colaiste Feirste, Corpus Christi College, De La Salle College, Little Flower Girls' School, St Joseph's College, St Louise's College, St Patrick's College.    Apologies were received from several other schools. 
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Invitation to key partners in our client schools
Outreach Best Practice Seminar
9.30 - 12.30 on Wed 28 March 2012
Another first!
We are delighted that so many key staff from our partner schools have made arrangements to attend and that three have agreed to talk about the best practice in their school.  We hope to make this an annual event with input from other volunteers (!)  .....
We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning.
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Wednesday 21 March 2012 - Minister of Education attends Key Stage 3 and OCN Celebrations of Achievement
 
We were delighted to welcome John O'Dowd, Minister of Education, to our celebrations today at the Link Centre.   Mr O'Dowd watched a presentation about the Key Stage 3 students, presented certificates to them and spoke most encouragingly about their future in education and progress to date.   He then met with the OCN Handling Life's Conflicts Group, watched the DVD they had produced and again presented certificates.    We were most grateful that he also spent time in a classroom and the Therapies Room, meeting some of the many young people who come to us for additional academic and therapeutic one to one support programmes.  Mr O'Dowd then met with Larry Burns, Head of Service, over a cup of coffee and a bite to eat - prepared by parents from our Home Link Programme.   Thank you, Minister, for a really memorable day!   
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Link Centre dates for you 2012
The Link Centre re-opens after half term on Monday 20 February 2012.   We will see the Key Stage 3 Group that day. The Key Stage 4 Group is back in on Thursday 23 February 2012.
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Key Stage 4 Home Link Programme - Friday 10 February 2012
The new group had their first Home Link Programme today.    Everyone helped to make delicious scones, thoroughly enjoyed with a cup of tea and a chat.   What a good way for everybody to get to know each other.   Have a safe and relaxing half term next week!
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Message to the new Key Stage 4 Group - February 2012
Your first day is this Thursday, 9 February 2012 - remember to be up in good time, wear full school uniform and to bring something healthy for break.  Looking forward to seeing you all then :)
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Key Stage 4 group - begins on Thursday 9 February 2012
The intake meetings for the new Key Stage 4 group start on Wednesday, 1 February 2012.   Please ask your SPSS teacher for details.  We're looking forward to seeing you at the Link Centre this week.
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Homelink Key Stage 3 - Wednesday 25 January 2012
The new Key Stage 3 group's first Homelink Programme took place at the Link Centre today.   We had an excellent turnout of pupils and parents and carers.   Congratulations to everyone on their delicious Shepherd's Pies and Cheesecakes!!
See you again at the next Homelink day - Wednesday 22 February 2012.
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Key Stage 4 Celebration of Achievement - Friday 20 January 2012
What a brilliant occasion today for the Key Stage 4 group and their supporters!  Thank you to everyone for taking the time to be at the Link Centre today.     We especially welcomed one of our work experience providers who regularly offer to help us out by taking on and supporting the young people.   They addressed the group as a whole and presented their current 'apprentice' with a generous gift!   What a wonderful surprise!  
Refreshments were expertly prepared by the young people and their families as part of our Homelink .... delicious, thank you! 
We watched the young people's powerpoint presentations on their experiences of the Link Centre.   One person read her own out all by herself - a massive acheivement.  They included a summary of their great achievements, their hopes for the future, the trips off site, their opportunities for work experience, cooking a 'tortilla' whilst speaking and reading the recipe and method in Spanish, trying on a police uniform, making all sorts of new friendships and lots more.     
Mr Burns spoke of the group in glowing terms, the young people received their certificates and the families received their survival kits!     Memories to treasure and, remember, the Link is always there for you! 
See you all next Thursday for your final review meetings.    Oh, and did someone say there's a trip on Friday??!!  :)_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO PLANS - Homelink Programme Key Stage 3
The new date for your first Homelink day has been changed to Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 11.00 am.
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The Groups are back Tues 10, Wed 11, Thur 12 January 2012
Young Women's Group - Tuesdays from 3.00 - 4.00 pm with Anita, Kate and Laura
OCN group - Wednesdays from 1.00 - 3.00 pm with Anita and Gemma
Young Men's Group - Thursdays from 3.00 - 4.00 pm the two Philips :)
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Reminder ..... Key Stage 4 Celebration of Achievement at the Link Centre - Fri 20 January 2012 at 11.30
This most important occasion for the Key Stage 4 group and all their supporters is on Friday morning, 20 January 2012. Invitation are on their way to you.    Please put it in your diary! 
Light refreshments, made by the young people, will be served from 11.30 am.  We are looking forward to seeing you all here!
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Home Link for KS3 January 2012
Your Home Link programme begins on Wednesday 18 January 2012 with a cookery session - looking forward to seeing you all at 11 o'clock!
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Key Stage 3 Group, January 2012
Interviews for the new Key Stage 3 Group have now all taken place.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday 9 January 2012 - some of you have forms to bring in - please remember them!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Christmas 2011 Closure of the Link Centre
Link Centre will close on Wednesday 21 December 2011 and reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2012. 
You may leave us a voice mail during that time and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 
Phone 9032 3986.
We wish all our key partners a safe and Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2012.
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Remember - back after Christmas!
Young Women's Group - Tuesdays from 3.00 - 4.00 pm with Anita
OCN group - Wednesdays from 1.00 - 3.00 pm with Anita
Young Men's Group - Thursdays from 3.00 - 4.00 pm the two Philips :)
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NEW Key Stage 3 Group - starts Monday 9 January 2012
Intake meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 20 December 2011, Wednesday 4 January 2012 and Thursday 5 January 2012.
You can check your slot by phoning Martine at the Link Centre - 90 323 986.  
Looking forward to seeing you!
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Friday 9 December 2011 Key Stage 4 Home Link Group - Cooking in Spanish!
Our Spanish friend, Eudald, came in today to help the Key Stage 4 home link group make an authentic Spanish tortilla.  Congratulations to everyone for having a go at cooking Spanish style and speaking Spanish at the same time - we had a "fantastico" time!! 
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Tuesday 6 December 2011:
What a brilliant celebration of achievement we had today - well done to the Key Stage 3 group and all involved!  A great time on the trip, then back to the Link Centre for presentations.   Delicious food from our Homelink adult chefs - thank you Emma!    
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Thursday 1 September 2011
Have a look at BELB's homepage - SPSS The Link Centre is the top news story this week - well done to everybody!
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Wednesday 24 August 2011
Today SPSS had a highly successful inaugural Service Development Consultation Day.    In attendance were young people, parents and carers, representatives from the community, Education Welfare Service, Westcourt Centre, Educational Psychology, LAC Team, our client schools, Youth Service, and our Management Group.    A big thank you to all concerned.     
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Service Development Consultation Day - Wednesday 24 August 2011
This event is new for SPSS.     We are hosting a consultation day at the Link Centre for representatives of our key stakeholders in order to put SPSS under the microscope - what we do, how we do it and, most importantly, do we need to make changes?
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Monday 22 August 2011
We are back, rested, in good form and prepared for another busy year!
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Summer Holidays 2011
The Link Centre will be closed for the summer break from Friday 1 July until Sunday 21 August 2011 inclusive.  
We will open again at 8.30 am on Monday 22 August 2011. 
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Summerlink programme 2011
Week 1 of Summerlink with our senior youth worker and the team begins on Thursday 30 June 2011.  
Details for Week 1 and Week 2 are available from Anita.
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Link Centre exceptional closure - Monday 27 June 2011
SPSS day in lieu of the royal wedding.
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Key Stage 4 Final Reviews 
All Key Stage 4 reviews will be taking place on Friday 24 June 2011.   Please check with us for details.
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Trip for Young Men's Group, OCN Group and Young Women's Group JUNE 2011
Your end of year trip together is on Friday 24 June 2011.   Details are with Philip and Anita.  
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Key Stage 4 group TRIP JUNE 2011
Your trip out is on Thursday, 23 June 2011 - remember your permission slips -  signed!!
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Key Stage 3 Final Reviews 
All KS3 reviews will be taking place on Tuesday 21 June 2011.
Please check with us for details.
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Key Stage 4 Celebration of Achievement at the Link Centre - June 2011
This very important occasion for the Key Stage 4 group and all their supporters took place on Friday morning, 17 June 2011.  Lots of visitors had a brilliant barbecue under the Homelink programme, enjoyed excellent powerpoint presentations from the young people and the presentation of certificates by Mr Burns. As we always say, the Link is always there for you!  See you next week for the trip!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Key Stage 3 Celebration of Achievement at the Link Centre - June 2011
This very important occasion for the Key Stage 3 group and their supporters was on Tuesday, 14 June 2011.  The young people went out on a trip in the morning whilst their supporters were busy at the Link Centre preparing a barbecue through the Homelink programme. Everyone stayed together in the afternoon for the presentations - thank you to all who made this a really emotional close for the group.   See you next week for your reviews! 
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Young Women's group May 2011
Next session Tuesday 3 May 2011 at 3.00 pm with Anita, Rachel and Becky.
OCN Group
Next session Wednesday 4 May 2011 at 1.00 pm with Anita, Becky and Rachel.
Young Men's group
Next session Thursday 5 May 2011 at 3.00 pm with Philip, Pete and Gerard.
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Easter Holidays 2011
The Link Centre is closed for the Easter break from Friday 22 April until Monday 2 May 2011 inclusive.  We open again at 8.30 am on Tuesday 3 May 2011.     A safe and Happy Easter to everybody!
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Key Stage 4 mid point review meetings
Are scheduled for Thursday 5 May 2011 throughout the day.  Please check details with your SPSS teacher.
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Friday 15 April 2011 Key Stage 4 Group - Home Link in Spanish!
What a brilliant session!  Our Spanish friend, Amaia, came in today to help the key stage 4 home link group make an authentic Spanish tortilla.  Congratulations to Leona, Aisling, Evan, Margaret, Dean, John, James, Veronica, Jacqueline and Alison for having a go at cooking Spanish style and speaking Spanish at the same time - fantastico!! 
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Wednesday 13 April 2011 Key Stage 3 Group - Home Link
Well done to all the key people, young and old (!) who baked those lovely Fairy Buns and yummy pizzas.    Mr Burns says he has put on half a stone!
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Home Link for Key Stage 4
The Home Link programme continues on Friday 15 April 2011 with cookery on a Spanish theme - looking forward to seeing you all at 1.00 pm!
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Home Link for Key Stage 3
Our new Key Stage 3 Home Link programme begins next week on Wednesday 13 April 2011 with a cookery session - looking forward to seeing you all at 11 o'clock!
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Tuesday 22 March 2011:
What a brilliant celebration we had today - well done to the Key Stage 3 group and all involved!  A great time on the trip, then back to the Link Centre.   Powerpoints - so good.  All those certificates - wow!   Delicious food from our adult chefs.    Relaxation sessions - a whole new experience with the noise of the drain cleaner outside!!   A wonderful day to remember!
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Key Stage 3 Group, April 2011
Start date is Monday, 11 April 2011.
Interviews for the new Key Stage 3 Group are on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April - times available from your SPSS teacher.
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Key Stage 3 Final Reviews 
All reviews will be taking place on Monday 28 March and Tuesday 29 March 2011.
Please check with us for details.
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Key Stage 3 Celebration of Achievement at the Link Centre - March 2011
This very important occasion for the Key Stage 3 group and their supporters is on Tuesday, 22nd March 2011.  The young people will be out all morning whilst their supporters will be busy at the Link Centre. We are looking forward to having everyone together in the afternoon!
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Key Stage 4 Group, Thursday 10 March 2011
Well done for rising to the challenge at Belfast Activity Centre today - great teamwork, courage and cooperation!
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Young Men's Group
Thursday 10 March 2011 with Philip, Pete and Gerard - 3.00 - 4.00 pm.  Looking forward to seeing you!
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Young Women's Group
Tuesday 1 March 2011 with Anita and Rachel begins at 3.00 pm - homeward transport can be provided.    See you then!
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Friday 25 February 2011:
Key Stage 4 Home Link
What a great start to the programme - and a fine end to the first week - with everyone involved, young people, their parents, carers and SPSS staff, all in the final review of the day.    
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
We were very proud today of our latest pupil graduates on the Life Scheme at Westland Fire Station - congratulations to you!
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Home Link for Key Stage 4 February 2011
The Home Link programme begins on Friday 25 February 2011 with a cookery session - looking forward to seeing you all at
1.00 pm!
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Message to the new Key Stage 4 Group - February 2011
Your first day is this Thursday, 24 February 2011 - looking forward to seeing you all then :)
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Key Stage 3 Reviews FEB 2011
Are scheduled for Tuesday 22 February 2011 throughout the day.  Please check details with your SPSS teacher.
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Half term break February 2011
The Link Centre is closed for half term break from Monday 14 February until Friday 18 February 2011 inclusive.   We open again at 8.30 am on Monday 21 February 2011.
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Key Stage 4 Group begins Thursday 24 February 2011
Interviews for the new Key Stage 4 Group will be Monday 7 February - Friday 11 February 2011.  
Please see your SPSS teacher for details.
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3 February 2011
OCN group - Wednesdays from 1.00 - 3.00 pm - begins on Wednesday 23 February 2011 - looking forward to seeing you here :)Young Men's Group - Thursdays from 3.00 - 4.00 pm with Philip and Pete - watch this space! Young Women's Group - Tuesdays from 3.00 - 4.00 pm with Anita - keep watching!   
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Key Stage 4 Celebration of Achievement at the Link Centre - January 2011
This very important occasion for the Key Stage 4 group and all their supporters is on Friday morning, 21st January 2011.  Light refreshments, made by the young people, will be served from 11.30 am.  We are looking forward to seeing you here!___________________________________________________________________________________________________
12 January 2011
What a highly successful Key Stage 3 Home Link today - well done to everyone for coming in...  and what absolutely delicious results!  Home Link runs on Wednesday mornings from 11.00 am - 1.00 pm.    Put it in your diary!   

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Tuesday 11 January 2011
Well done to everyone in the new Key Stage 3 group - what a great start!   See you next week.
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Home Link for Key Stage 3 January 2011
Our new Home Link programme begins next week on Wednesday 12 January 2011 with a cookery session - looking forward to seeing you all at 11 o'clock!
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Happy New Year :)     
4 January 2011
Initial meetings for the new Key Stage 3 group are being held this week.
Work experience starts for the Key Stage 4 group.
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January 2011
Watch this space for dates, times and details of the next Home Link programme for parents and carers starting in January 2011, plus the new OCN group, the Young Men's Group and the Young Women's Group.
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Christmas 2010 Closure of the Link Centre
Link Centre will close on Wednesday 22 December 2010 and reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2011. 
You may leave us a voice mail during that time and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 
Phone 9032 3986.
We take this opportunity to wish all our key partners a safe and Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2011.
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Key Stage 3 Group, January 2011
Interviews for the new Key Stage 3 Group will be Tuesday 4 January - Friday 7 January 2011.  
Please see your SPSS teacher for details.
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Christmas Hamper 2010
On Friday 17 December 2010, a pupil representative of the Key Stage 4 Group and one of our support assistants delivered a Christmas hamper to Morning Star House, the local facility for those who find themselves homeless.  Thank you to everyone who donated gifts.   
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Young Visitors to the Link Centre, 15 December 2010
On Wednesday, we were delighted to welcome to the centre, one of our support assistants, Geraldine, with her 6 month old baby twins, Lauren and Jude, and Denise, another of our support assistants, with her 3 month old baby son, Jayden. Aaaaawww....  
Mr Burns even had to abandon the staff meeting.  As he said, " Babies - 3, Larry - 0.......!"
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Key Stage 3 Final Reviews 
All reviews will be taking place week beginning 13 December 2010.
Please contact the centre for details.
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Tuesday 2nd December 2014



Thursday 11th September 2014 



Watch this space for news of more important events happening soon!


Welcome back everyone!

We hope you had a relaxing summer - Remember!!....

KS3 Group Start Date - Monday 8th September 2014

KS4 Group Start Date - Thursday 11th September 2014

Taxis have now been arranged to collect you at your home address.

See you again then!



Final Review Meetings are on Thursday 19 June 2014 for the KS4 group that left us last Friday.