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Delivering Social Change Signature Programmes

The six initial Signature Programmes announced by Ministers in October 2012 were designed to contribute, through a range of holistic interventions, to the aims and objectives of the Delivering Social Change framework, tackling poverty and improving children’s health, well-being, educational and life opportunities.
The impact of the six initial Signature Programmes is still under evaluation and in some cases the outcomes may not be apparent for a number of years. However, it is already evident that each programme has reached a significant number of people (based on the latest available figures reporting up to June 2015):
  • Over 3,300 families signposted to a range of services through Family Support Hubs;
  • 275 primary school children supported by Nurture Units;
  • 37 test traders benefitted from the services of Social Enterprise Hubs;
  • Over 16,000 primary and post primary children received additional Maths and English support through the Literacy and Numeracy Programme;
  • 720 families participated in the Community Family Support Programme;
  • Over 650 families supported through Parenting Support Programmes; and
  • Over 300 health professionals developed their skills for delivering programmes (improving infant mental health and reducing childhood behavioural problems).
The positive impact the programmes have had is sometimes best heard directly from those who have participated in them as well as those involved in their delivery. The links below will take you to some videos where you can see first-hand how the programmes have helped and supported parents and their children and local communities.
This additional video below gives an insight into all six Signature Programmes and how they have impacted on people’s lives.

How were the Signature Programmes chosen?

The Children and Young Persons Early Action document was developed in consultation with key stakeholders. This document identified key priorities to be taken forward under the Delivering Social Change framework. The key priorities identified were:
  • Early Years and Early Interventions
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Transitions
  • Integrated Delivery; and
  • Joined-Up Planning and Commissioning.
You can view the Early Action Paper by clicking on the link below:

Play and Leisure Signature Programme

In October 2013, Junior Ministers announced an investment of £1.6million to enhance play and leisure opportunities for children and young people. It is proposed that this Signature Programme will support the creation of sustainable opportunities for play; raise awareness of the importance of play; and ensure play becomes central to our thinking when developing new policies or providing local services. The intention is that under the programme every child would play more; every adult would encourage and value play more; and every community would actively support play more. The project and how it will be delivered is currently being designed with stakeholders.
For further information telephone: 028 9052 8353
or write to the:
Children and Young People's Unit,
OFMDFM, Room E3.06,
Castle Buildings, Stormont,
Belfast, BT4 3SR

Delivering Social Change Atlantic Philanthropies Signature Programmes

The First Minister and deputy First Minister announced three new Signature Programmes in September 2014. With an investment of over £58million, these new programmes are being jointly funded by the Executive and The Atlantic Philanthropies. The programmes will deliver:
  • Services for people with dementia and their families and carers – getting support to carers of people with dementia that is based around the support they need to live their everyday lives;
  • Early intervention services for young families in need of support – working with young families to identify the particular issues that they have, and providing the right sort of assistance to become successful parents; and
  • Expansion of shared education, driving improvements in educational standards – supporting our schools to share resources and people, bringing children together across traditional divides, opening up new opportunities, and driving up educational standards.
For further information contact:

Delivering Social Change Stakeholder Updates

Since January 2014 the Delivering Social Change Communications Team has been producing regular updates on progress across the Signature Programmes and other work being taken forward under the Delivering Social Change framework.
You can download the most recent editions of the Stakeholder Update at the links below.
If you would like to access any earlier editions please contact the DSC Team using the email below: