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Christine Martin, who has tinnitus, told VIEW how she has made a positive out of a negative experience by getting involved with Action On Hearing Loss to help other people with the condition. Tinnitus is described as the term for noises heard in the ear or ears. It is typically described as ringing, whistling, hissing, buzzing, music or humming. Christine, who lives in Belfast, has four children and nine grandchildren. She developed the condition in 2006. “I had been giving a talk at an event and I got two very massive surges of feedback from a microphone. Shortly after that…

Over a cup of coffee and a slow burning cigarette at home, I listened to Rosaleen Dempsey singing ‘She Moved Through the Fair’ – a haunting ballad which perfectly suits her distinctive voice. An hour later, I was sitting across the table from 35-year-old Rosaleen in the offices of the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) in Belfast. We chatted about her early life, her involvement with an albinism society and her passion for music. “I have been working with the RNIB for 10 years. I am the Children and Families Services Manager. I manage a team of family…

Belfast mother Angela Fields, whose eldest daughter Nicole died from Rett Syndrome, has appealed to the public to support the work of the Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. The hospice is the only service of its type within Northern Ireland caring for children and young people with very complex needs. There are over 1,300 life-limited children and young people and their families living in Northern Ireland who need the specialist care that only the Children’s Hospice can provide. “Nicole, left, died in 2004 at the age of 16 from Rett Syndrome, which is a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities,”…

Around 1,900 babies are born prematurely in Northern Ireland every year – that is seven a day. Some may spend weeks or even months in a neo natal unit away from home. But it is when they leave hospital that families will often need the most support to give their child the best start in life. Now a new five-year project will allow TinyLife to work with parenting charity Lifestart to help families cope with the often traumatic arrival of a premature baby. The Tinystart project, funded with a £619,250 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Supporting Families programme, will…

A series of events at diverse venues throughout Northern Ireland have been organised to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. From the Harbour Commissioners, to theatres, galleries, town halls, libraries and the synagogue – all are hosting commemorative and performance events throughout the week which started on Monday, January 26, 2015. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is keep the memory alive. This year marks two significant anniversaries, 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and 20 years since the Genocide at Srebrenica, Bosnia. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust are asking everyone to play their part to keep the memory alive,…

The 30th issue of VIEW, which will go online in February to an audience of 5,000 individuals and organisations, will focus EXCLUSIVELY on the issue of disability in Northern Ireland and further afield. This issue offers an excellent opportunity for the various organisations who work in the disability sector to showcase their services. The themed issue also provides a superb chance for the various companies who sell to the disability sector in Northern Ireland to advertise their products in the magazine. Among the subjects which will be covered in the themed issue of VIEW are; Physical injuries, hearing and sight loss,…

VIEWdigital has been based at CRI (Cromac Regeneration Initiative) for over a year.  It has been great to meet the local community organisations in Belfast’s Donegall Pass, Markets and Lower Ormeau and find out about their community development work. Over Christmas and the New Year we were invited to meet NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees & Asylum Seekers) http://www.nicras.btck.co.uk  who had a ‘bit of a do’ at Shaftesbury Community & Recreation Centre http://lorag.org. We also caught up with Young Families from the Inner South Belfast Family Support Programme & Inner South Health Project at their festive day out which took in…

Digital Voices FREE training sessions will equip disabled people with the digital skills and knowledge to make their voices heard online. Writing For The Web                      Friday 23rd January 2015 Craft content that attracts and engages online audiences Research & Infographics              Friday 30th January 2015 Understand the uses of infographics and the tools to create them Social Media 1 : Twitter     Friday 13th February 2015 Find out about the full range of tools this social media platform provides Social Media 2 : Facebook  Friday 27th February 2015 Harness the potential power of Facebook as a vehicle…

The Northern Ireland Consumer Council has urged passengers to know their rights if travelling by air with a disability or reduced mobility after a survey showed that 45 per cent of respondents had travelled at a time when their mobility was reduced. Jenny Robinson, Senior Policy Officer for Transport at the Consumer Council, said: “All EU airlines and airports must offer assistance to passengers with a disability or reduced mobility to ensure that air travel is as equally convenient for these passengers as it is for all passengers. You may not realise it but you could have reduced mobility because…

The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, has been ranked one of the planet’s most scenic world heritage places.  The National Trust natural wonder was included at number 6 on a list of the 20 most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites by internationally recognised Condé Nast Traveller magazine. Max Bryant, General Manager for the National Trust on the north coast said: “We are very proud that the Giant’s Causeway has been included in the top 20 most beautiful World Heritage Sites. Last year we welcomed more than 750,000 visitors from across the World to experience the famous basalt stone…

By Bronagh Lawson When people ask me what I do and I reply “I’m an artist” there are a number of reactions I get the most “yes but what is your real job?” is one of them and secondly “what do you paint? . It always makes for an interesting conversation when I explain where my interest lies and some of the projects I’ve been involved in over the last few years. Take the project I helped set up with the Ulster Museum, devising art workshops/tours for people with dementia and their carers. The pilot enabled us to discover the…

First image: Little baby Emily Bagnall  on the Belfast Lord Mayor’s chair in City Hall Photographer: Mike Burch. Second image: Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon with baby Emily It’s nine months to go until the world’s first BabyDay is delivered to Belfast. BabyDay offers an opportunity to see what Belfast can look like – though the eyes of its tiniest citizens. The event has been organised by Replay Theatre Company which has been making theatre for younger audiences, including children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties, since 1988. Little Emily Bagnall, who is just 10 weeks of…

A 21st birthday presentation by young people from The Bytes Project took place recently at the Long Gallery, Stormont. The Bytes Project, based on a USA concept, offers free, unlimited use of information technology and personal development to young people not in education, training or employment. The initiative has been offering support to thousands of young people through Northern Ireland for the past 21 years. Gail Ferguson,  The Bytes Project Director, said: “The Bytes Project celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. To mark this milestone we are reflecting back since the doors opened in June 1993; listening to young people is one of…

Image: Paul Kane, Over the Hill Music Collective; Maeve Monaghan, The NOW Project; Ruth McCarthy, Outburst Arts Festival and Justin Kouame, Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Four Northern Ireland charities raised more than £17,000 in just three hours during a special ‘Dragon’s Den’ event at Belfast City Hall before an audience of top business leaders and philanthropists. The live crowd funding event saw the NOW Group, Outburst Arts Festival, the Over the Hill Music Collective and the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) each present their cases to raise funds for much needed projects. The…

All over the world Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions. The festivities can be very different from country to country, focusing on different aspects of the nativity story. But whether you’re celebrating Sheng Dan Jieh in China or awaiting the arrival of Père Noel in France, you’re sharing in the wonder and magic of the Christmas season. The National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity asked their followers on social media what makes their Christmas magical? The responses were plentiful and unanimous: memories that money can’t buy – enjoying time with family, good walks, crisp air, laughter and sentimental…

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