Browsing: Latest news

https://issuu.com/brianpelanone/docs/view_49_issuu By VIEW editor Brian Pelan Welcome to the 49th issue of VIEW in which we look at the impact of the Building Change Trust on the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector in Northern Ireland as the Trust comes to the end of its 10-year period of existence. In this issue we interview a number of participants in its work and seek the views of a range of academics and others who work in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to carry out this work and would like to thank…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan A recent housing conference in Dundalk opened against a backdrop of a growing homelessness problem in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Chartered Institute of Housing, who organised the Homes and Communities conference , invited a number of speakers from both north and south of the border and Britain, to address a range of issues, including homelessness, provision of social housing, regeneration, domestic abuse and the economy. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is a UK-wide body with members in Northern Ireland, Scotland Wales, and England One of the events, (which I chaired)…

VIEWdigital is hosting a half-day masterclass in Podcasting led by Davy Sims at Ormeau Baths, Belfast. This workshop will be limited to six people. If you want to understand production on a professional level, create podcasts for fun or simply add something useful to your CV, this practical, hands-on training will show you how. You may want to learn how to produce a solo podcast or come with a group of colleagues who want to record a regular Podcast on behalf of their organisation. Book tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/podcasting-workshop-tickets-50403772039 The workshop will cover: • Writing and Preparing Scripts • Recording • Interview Techniques &…

By Kelly McAllister, reporting for VIEWdigital Over 5,500 emergency meals were given out by a foodbank in north Belfast last year it was revealed at the launch of VIEW’s latest edition held at the Wolfhill Centre in Ligoniel yesterday. Among those in attendance were VIEW editor Brian Pelan, Bob Stronge, Chief Executive of Advice NI, Alliance Party councillor Peter McReynolds and Mary McManus, manager of East Belfast Independent Advice Centre and guest editor of the latest issue of VIEW magazine that looked at the impact of austerity. https://youtu.be/h5O__MU95VI Ms McManus said: “The policy of austerity is not about saving money.…

By Una Murphy, VIEWdigital Advice workers in Ligoniel, north Belfast, will highlight what goes into an emergency food parcel at the launch of the latest edition of VIEW magazine tomorrow. Printed copies of VIEW magazine ‘Stories from the Frontline’ will be available at the event at Wolfhill Centre (starting at 11am), which comes as leading charity Advice NI calls on United Nations rapporteur Philip Alston to recommend changes to the controversial welfare benefit Universal Credit. Universal Credit is currently being rolled out in Northern Ireland and advice workers say that many people are now reliant on food banks due to…

As part of Organ Donation Week, Kelly McAllister spoke to Máirtín McGabhann whose son needs a new heart. The father of a 22-month-old toddler in need of a heart transplant says improving the organ donation infrastructure in the North and increasing public awareness is just as important as putting an opt-out system in place. Little Dáithí Mc Gabhann was born with a rare and life-threatening heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. When he was just four days old Dáithí had open heart surgery, five days later he had to get the same surgery again. In January this year, his…

Maria McCloskey, a solicitor at Napier & Sons Solicitors in Belfast and Chair of the Immigration Practitioners’ Group, writes about her experiences after visiting the so-called ‘Jungle Camp’ in Calais, France, last month. It is estimated that up to 900 migrants and asylum-seekers are currently based in Calais, 350 in Dunkirk and an unidentified number at other sites elsewhere along the northern French coast. I got back to Belfast yesterday evening, after an 18-hour journey home. My week in France flew by. At the same time, I also feel like I was with Care4Calais for a lot longer than six days.…

By Una Murphy and Ryan Gorman An average of one child per primary school class has received a naked or semi-naked image online from an adult, a new NSPCC survey has found. And one in 50 schoolchildren sent a nude or semi-nude image to an adult, according to the largest ever UK survey of children’s experiences online. A high proportion of children who took part in the survey were from the South East of England (25,987) but the whole of the UK was represented: England (exc. South East) 10,957; Scotland 2,365; Wales 435; and, Northern Ireland 83. Police in Northern Ireland recorded…

Belfast’s Victoria Park will be glowing bright on Friday, October 19, as Autism NI hold their Glow Walk. Families are encouraged to ‘get their glow on’ and don their neon fancy dress for autism. Autism NI CEO Kerry Boyd said: “October can be a dull month, but we’re excited to be lighting up the night with our Glow Walk, which is to ‘highlight’ autism as a hidden disability and raise awareness in the wider community. “The 5K walk will begin at 6.30pm in Victoria Park and we are asking local families to support the charity by taking part and pledging to…

https://youtu.be/H1s73fRDsKo By VIEW editor Brian Pelan, reporting from Dublin Supporters of housing activists, who are occupying an empty building in North Frederick Street, Dublin, marched to the Custom House in the city earlier this week to demand that the government tackle the growing problem of homelessness in the Republic of Ireland. Housing activists took over the building after a previous occupation at Summerhill Parade in the city. A spokesperson for the occupants said that “the outpouring of support both locally and from further afield has given us hope for a strong, organised housing movement”. There are now almost 10,000 people homeless…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan A housing director has said that there is an urgent need for more new homes to be built in Northern Ireland. Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing Director for NI, said: “Our population is increasing which is in part due to people living longer. Simultaneously, the number of households in housing stress is growing. For the past few years it remained around 22,000 but recently it has reached almost 24,000 (2016-17). As a result there is increased demand for housing in an already pressurised market. “Whilst we are meeting targets for social housing, there is recognition that…

By Kelly McAllister, reporting for VIEWdigital Victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland conflict have hit out at the lack of help to respond to a government consultation on dealing with the legacy of The Troubles. A public survey closes in September but some people affected by the Northern Ireland conflict said they need more help to get their views heard by the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley and civil servants in the Northern Ireland Office. At Queens University Belfast, during a recent ‘Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past’ event attended by civil servants, many victims and…

By Una Murphy Lancashire woman Roisin Pelan, who has been battling breast cancer for a second time, has starred in a TV garden make-over programme and written a children’s book. Roisin from Preston writes a blog about cancer ‘Fighting Pants are On’ https://fightingpantsareon.wordpress.com . Her sister Lindsay, who lives in Australia, is also receiving treatment for breast cancer. Roisin featured in ITV series ‘Love Your Garden’ tonight on ITV with presenter Alan Titchmarsh and fiancé Michael Brown. They have a three-year-old daughter called Ivy. Roisin said: “The whole team were so lovely. I think people imagine Alan doesn’t get involved…

By Kelly McAllister, reporting for VIEWdigital WOMEN in trade unions, public sector and the media have spelt out what equality measures they want to see put in place. Access to affordable childcare is a huge issue for the working woman in Northern Ireland, South African feminist and broadcaster Adrienne Peltz said during a panel discussion on gender issues at Féíle an Phobail in Belfast. Adrienne Peltz was joined on the panel by Alison Millar, general secretary at NIPSA, Carmel McKinney, chair of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and journalist Amanda Ferguson. The event was chaired by broadcaster Yvette…

Belfast man Ross Ruberry, who lost his lower right leg to cancer, tells journalist Kelly McAllister how he went from receiving the highest disability rate payment to getting absolutely nothing at all after he went through the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process. Ross Ruberry was awarded Disability Living Allowance 14 years ago after losing his lower right leg to cancer. When he received a letter earlier this year explaining that the benefit was to be replaced and that he had to reapply, he initially thought it would not be an issue. But, like many others that were forced to…

1 2 3 4 5 34
x Shield Logo
This Site Is Protected By
The Shield →