Community Advice Helplines

If you need advice on issues such as debt, benefit entitlement, employment issues, Covid-19 related issues or completing forms, then help is available from the following:-


Portaferry and Ards Peninsula

Community Advice Ards and North Down
Tel: 0300 123 9287
Email: advice@caand.co.uk


Strangford, Downpatrick, Killyleagh, Ardglass

Community Advice Newry Mourne and Down
Tel: 0300 30 30 306
Email: advice@advicenmd.com


All calls will be treated in confidence. If no-one answers when you call, leave a message and they will call you back.


Kircubbin Recycling Centre

Kircubbin HRC reopening Monday 15 June 2020

Times: Monday-Thursday: 9am to 5pm (last entry 4.50pm)

Access arrangements: Due to the size and location of the site, you must pre book your visit in advance. Bookings will be in slots of 10 minutes. To book an appointment please phone 07747 131 913 between 10am and 2pm Monday to Thursday. The booking line will be live at 10am on Thursday 11 June.

Vehicles must attend strictly on time for entry. Late comers will not be admitted and will have to re book their appointment. We are expecting a large number of bookings so please attend only at the time given and keep your time on site to a maximum of ten minutes to help others gain access.

Queueing will not be allowed on Parsonage Road due to road safety issues. If queues develop on the road, the site may have to close for safety reasons as advised by the PSNI.

At this time only cars will be allowed onto the site – no vans permitted (vans can use the Comber, Bangor and Ards sites with a permit).


For futher information :- www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/HRCUpdates

NI Travel Restrictions

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice

You should not travel abroad unless it’s essential. If you plan to travel in the weeks and months ahead, keep up-to-date with the latest advice for the country you plan travelling to. There is guidance for Northern Ireland residents who are either travelling overseas or returning to NI from abroad.

Advice for returning travellers

From Monday 8 June, new rules for entering or returning to the UK become law,

The rules apply to people who live in NI and visitors to NI.

You will not need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’re travelling to NI from within the CTA, that is: England, Scotland and Wales, The Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

However, if you arrive in NI and have been outside the CTA within the last 14 days, then you will need to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14-day period, starting from when you arrived in the CTA.

You will also need to complete a contact detail declaration form if you’re travelling from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and have been outside the CTA in the last 14 days.

Some travellers will be exempt from the new rules and this means they will not need to provide their journey or contact details or self-isolate.

It is, however, important to note that the exemptions do not apply if you’re travelling for personal reasons or if you have symptoms of coronavirus. Anyone who has symptoms of a cough, fever or loss of smell or taste must self-isolate.Full details and information is available by clicking here.

Radio Broadcast

Ferry FM is broadcasting on 107.3 FM across Portaferry and Strangford from 18th May until 1st July 2020. From 2nd July the station reverts to being online only.

Even though all our presenters are broadcasting from home, you can still contact the station for a mention, song request etc.

Tel: 028 4279 8181
Text / WhatsApp: 07504 930275
Email: studio@ferryfm.com (On Air Studio Requests)
Eamil: admin@ferryfm.com (General Station Enquiries)

You can also message us through the Ferry FM Facebook page.

Ferry FM is your community radio station. Thank you for listening.

FM Radio Broadcast

Ferry FM is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a special Covid-19 RSL broadcast licence.

From Monday 18th May Ferry FM will be broadcasting on FM to Portaferry and Strangford. We hope this move will enable those who are isolating on their own and without broadband, to feel that little bit closer to their communities. The station will still be available online via various radio apps, TuneIn, Smart Speakers and the Ferry FM website.

We will be carrying information on all aspects of “lockdown” in our area and if you have any thing you would like us to feature, please do get in touch. Likewise if you have information you would like us to broadcast about help available in the area, this must be submitted in writing to: studio@ferryfm.com.

Our presentation team are all working from home, but our emails and phone calls are being answered as normal. Requests and messages can also be submitted via studio@ferryfm.com. We hope everyone will find the service of music and information useful and the station will be on FM through until July the 1st.

We’d like to thank the National Lottery “Awards for All” for making this possible and to OFCOM for granting us the Licence to broadcast. 

Follow Ferry FM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Portaferry Galafest 2020

Given the current uncertainty regarding Covid-19, the Gala Committee considers the safety of our community to be paramount.

Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that the decision has been made to cancel traditional Gala Week 2020 this July. The exciting new events we had planned will now be rolled over to Gala Week 2021.

However, all is not lost. We are working on a ‘Virtual Gala 2020’, further details will be shared soon!

If you have any ideas for events/activities which can be held in the safety of your own home, photographs, memories or videos of past Gala’s that you would be willing to share, please email admin@portaferrygala.com

Keep safe and stay home!

https://www.portaferrygala.com/gala-2020-statement

Portaferry Community Covid19 Help

We are currently living in unprecedented times with this Coronavirus affecting our planet. If you live in the Portaferry area and need help then see below for further details.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE AND WASH YOUR HANDS.

Coronavirus Update

The Government is texting people across the UK to inform them of the new rules announced by the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020. This has been made possible thanks to the co-operation of mobile phone operators.

The message reads:

“GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT
New rules in force now: you must stay at home.
More info & exemptions at gov.uk/coronavirus
Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”


Coronavirus Guidance

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting the new guidance for self-isolation following the decision to move from the containment to the delay phase for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The move from containment to delay is timely as we have now seen our first cases of community transmission in Northern Ireland – three of the nine new cases published today. This was expected and highlights the importance of the additional guidance that has been put in place to reduce the spread in our community.

The main implication of these changes is the requirement for anyone who displays specific symptoms to self-isolate, even if they haven’t travelled from an affected area. People who have travelled from affected areas and those who have been in close contact with a positive case should also follow the same guidance.

“You do not need to call NHS111 or your GP to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, seek medical advice by phone. If you have an underlying health condition and develop symptoms do let your GP know. Also be aware that symptoms consistent with coronavirus could also be caused by another illness, in which case you should seek medical advice as appropriate in a timely manner. In a medical emergency dial 999.”