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Amnesty International has strongly criticised the UK government’s decision to exclude Kincora Boys’ Home in Northern Ireland from its inquiry into child abuse in the UK. In July, Amnesty led the calls for the Belfast children’s home to be included in the inquiry announced by the Home Secretary to investigate allegations of historic child sex abuse. Allegations have persisted that a paedophile ring at Kincora was linked to British intelligence services, with claims that that police investigations into abuse at Kincora were blocked by MI5. The UK government recently announced its exclusion from the terms of reference of the UK…

VIEWdigital community media social enterprise and the North West Community Network (NWCN) have joined forces to mark Community Day on September 18 at CultureTECH, Derry. VIEWdigital is offering FREE media training for community groups led by media professionals, including former BBC NI TV Editor ‘Newsline’ Angelina Fusco. The event will take place at Holywell, DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry, on September 18. Registration is essential so if you are interested please get in touch with NWCN at; info@nwcn or call 02871 279090

IBF super-bantamweight world champion boxer Carl Frampton, delivers a knockout punch for Action Cancer’s men’s health campaign in the fight against cancer. Carl was the face of the charity’s recent seven-week ‘beat the odds’ campaign, supported by Toals Bookmakers and U105 which resulted in 1,500 men across Northern Ireland booking an M.O.T. health check with the charity. Pictured here with Action Cancer Chief Executive Gareth Kirk, Carl has encouraged men to book an appointment online at www.actioncancer.org or by calling 028 9080 3344.

SOCIAL housing tenants in Northern Ireland were the second most dissatisfied in a new survey which expressed deep disquiet about how people who rent are treated by their landlords. Only 26% of those surveyed in Northern Ireland were satisfied their landlord listens to them and acts on their views. Most social housing tenants do not believe their landlords listen to them or care about them, the survey also found. Responses from 61,000 tenants across the UK found only a third – 32% – are satisfied that their landlord ‘listens to them and acts upon their views’. Only 22% feel their…

In September children, young people and adults across Limavady, Moyle and Coleraine will be taking part in world class music and dance workshops culminating in a World Of Music Arts and Dance (WOMAD) showcase event at Coleraine Town Hall at 7pm on Friday, September 19, as part of Culture Night celebrations. WOMAD is the world’s most prestigious international arts festival, now in its 31st year spanning 25 countries. In 2013, Beyond Skin (the local partner for WOMAD in Northern Ireland) commenced an ambitious four year outreach programme across the Isle to engage and unite communities and embrace diversity and global…

By Dr Conor McCabe historian and author In December 2013 the Scottish government published a report into the dramatic rise in food banks over the past four years. It found that ‘welfare reform, benefit delays, benefit sanctions and falling incomes have been the main factors driving the recent trend observed of increased demand for food aid’ and that reports suggest that these factors are replicated across the UK. It is not just welfare recipients who find themselves availing of food banks but also people working on low pay and reduced hours in the brave new world of the trickle-down economy.…

Image:  At the EU’s PEACE III Conference held at the MAC, Belfast, are Pat Colgan, Chief Executive of the SEUPB, left, actor and journalist Ivan Little; alongside Cathy White performing the ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ play created by Smashing Times Theatre Company. The play gives a fictionalised account of some of the traumatic events which took place during the ‘Troubles’. Picture: Michael Cooper. By Una Murphy The legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland has been explored through theatre, film, art and storytelling funded by the European Union’s PEACE programme. The work was showcased at The MAC in Belfast and featured…

Supporters of Gay Pride in Northern Ireland recently unfurled a massive rainbow banner across the Peace Bridge in Derry Image: Gavan Connolly; www.gavanconnollyphotographics.com If you would like your community/voluntary sector organisation to be selected for The Big Picture, send your image, marked Big Picture to editorial@viewdigital.org

VIEWdigital hosted a Getting Your Story Across In The Media workshop, led by trainer Angelina Fusco at CRA (Cromac Regeneration Initiative) in Belfast today (August 19, 2014). Participants included, RNIB, Cancer Connect, Brains Injuries Trust and the Community Rescue Service. With the participants are VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy, far left, and Angelina Fusco, far right

A group of Bank of Scotland mortgage holders have won their High Court Case in Belfast over a problem relating to how the lender was dealing with their mortgage arrears. All three customers were facing possession action at the time and were represented by Northern Ireland advice charity, Housing Rights Service. At the hearing Housing Rights Service challenged the bank’s practices which it considered to be unfair. In these cases, the Bank of Scotland had capitalised the customers’ mortgage arrears by adding the arrears amount to the outstanding mortgage balance, without the customers’ consent. This resulted in an increased mortgage…

IMAGE: At the launch of Belfast Mela on board SS Nomadic in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, are (l-r) Daliya Khadir, Chelsea English and Dona Das Gupta from ArtsEkta’s South Asian Dance Academy. Northern Ireland’s largest annual celebration of cultural diversity was recently launched in a wave of excitement, exotic aromas, dance, art and music on board SS Nomadic in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter recently. Sponsors, performers, friends and supporters gathered for a colourful curtain raiser which gave an early glimpse of what will be happening when Mela fever descends on Botanic Gardens on Sunday, August. 24. For the eighth year in succession, Belfast Mela will transform the city park into a…

IMAGES: Two of the photographs by artist Sarah Maple Report by Una Murphy  “It’s great to see an art exhibition like this on the Shankill Road”, says Ellie who grew up in the area and works for a charity. London-based artist Sarah Maple and children from the Shankill contributed to the You + Me exhibition which runs in the upstairs gallery at the Shankill Library until August 28. It is part of Belfast’s Golden Threat Gallery project with local libraries funded by the council’s Good Relations and the Community Relations Council. Sarah Maple uses photography such as the ‘princess’ motif…

Image: Gareth Murphy with his late wife Linda From enjoying an afternoon in the garden, within an hour, Belfast father of two Gareth Murphy had watched his wife die and was discussing organ donation with a doctor. Left alone with two young children, he couldn’t find the emotional support they needed. But now, thanks to a new partnership project from Cruse Bereavement Care and Corrymeela Community, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, families like his don’t have to suffer their loss alone As the hot bath filled and the mirror misted over, Gareth Murphy (41) finally got an insight into his…

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