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Localgiving, a leading membership organisation for local charities and community groups in the UK, has announced two exciting opportunities, exclusively for local Northern Ireland charities and community groups. Localgiving’s mission is to safeguard the sustainability of the local voluntary sector by empowering charitable organisations to connect with supporters, fundraise online and take control of their future. Since the organisation’s inception it has assisted more than 4,000 charities to raise over £10m across the UK. Localgiving is keen to encourage groups from Northern Ireland to become involved with its growing network of community focussed, locally embedded organisations. As part of this…

The average kilometre of beach in Northern Ireland has more than 5,000 pieces of litter on it. This stark assessment has been issued by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, following a three-year survey. The charity has been counting the litter on beaches from Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough for the past three years, and the 2015 results are the worst yet. On the 14 reference beaches, an average of 1,500 bits of plastic, 425 plastic drinks bottles and 180 cotton buds per kilometre were observed. At least 80 percent of the litter was made of plastic and likely to…

Great turnout in Belfast for our Digital Stories Workshop led by VIEWdigital’s Una Murphy, far left, and Jennifer Jones, far right, from the University of the West of Scotland. Thanks to all those organisations who attended, including Clanmill Housing, Cancer Focus NI, Supporting Communities NI, Voices of Young People In Care and Liveability UK

Full house today at the two VIEWdigital infographics workshops given by trainer Sophie Mullen. They took place in the Midtown Business Centre in Talbot Street, Belfast. Among the organisations who attended were the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Citizens Advice, the NI Chest, Heart and Stroke Association, Clanmill Housing, The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre, Supporting Communities, Cancer Focus and Belfast Healthy Cities

VIEW’s next issue will all be about the wonderful world of local food with a dash of an international flavour. We have a fantastic series of features lined up, including articles on community gardens in Northern Ireland and beyond; food sustainability issues, looking at food banks and why people should not be going hungry; learning cooking skills and much, much more. Please get in touch with us if you have a story about food that you want to promote. This issue is also a wonderful opportunity for food producers, restaurants, retailers, etc, to take out an advertisement as the magazine…

Image: VIEWdigital editor Brian Pelan speaking at the launch in Moyross, Co Limerick, of the 50th edition of the Changing Ireland magazine VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy and VIEWdigital editor Brian Pelan recently travelled to Limerick to attend the 50th launch of the established community magazine Changing Ireland. The event was held in the Moyross housing estate and was attended by a number of community activists and speakers including Gearoid Fitzgibbon, chairperson, Changing Ireland Community Media; George Clancy, IRFU international rugby referee; and the Republic’s Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. ‘Changing Ireland’ is based in Moyross and promotes Community Development nationally. The not-for-profit…

Image: Two of Northern Ireland’s Unsung Heroes were recognised at the first ever Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards for NI yesterday (July 16). Trevor Monteith from Carrickfergus Senior Gateway won the Unsung Hero category and Maud McKetterick from Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church was Highly Commended A charity that has saved the lives of more than 2,500 people, a second making a difference to lives of people with Autism and another that has forged partnerships with major supermarkets to donate food to the homeless – just three of the Northern Ireland winners of the first ever Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards.…

Smashing Times Theatre Company said they were delighted to announce that the company has received support for The Memory Project from the Republic’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund. The company’s artistic director, Mary Moynihan, said ‘’I wish to thank Mr. Charles Flanagan, T.D., Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Foreign Affairs for their support for cross-border arts-based projects that use creative process to promote peacebuilding and reconciliation and to thank all those working together for peace and reconciliation.’’ The Memory Project is an arts-based project operating in the Republic and Northern Ireland, which…

A new app has made it easier than ever to get out and about in the Belfast Hills this summer. The free app, developed by the Belfast Hills Partnership, gives people all the information they need to access the upland sites, enjoy the trails on offer and get up-to-date information on all the events happening throughout the year. The new app lists every public walk on the main Belfast Hills sites including Divis & Black Mountain, Cave Hill Country Park, Carnmoney Hill, Slievenacloy, Colin Glen and Ligoniel Dams & Park. People can save their favourite walks, share maps and information…

Image: Professor Paddy Hillyard, Queen’s University; left, with Jane Craven, guest editor and founder of the Whiterock Children’s Centre; Steven Agnew, MLA, Green Party leader and Brian Pelan, Editor of View Magazine, at the Stormont launch of the Child Poverty edition of VIEW                                                                                Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ By Claire Savage With the sun breaking through the clouds and the sky…

A beloved pet owl and her owners have returned to the Giant’s Causeway to thank the National Trust staff and locals who assisted in her safe return. When Patricia O’Callaghan and Terry Turkington were holidaying on the North Coast two weeks ago, they could hardly have anticipated the drama that would unfold when their beloved pet escaped. The couple are proud surrogate parents to adolescent Barn Owl, Arya, whom they have nurtured since she was a hatchling. Although still new to her trade, Arya is one of several birds that make up Falconry Services Belfast – a specialist pest control…

Image: Inside the Stormont chamber By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor There is a first for everything in life I made a ‘first’ today when I sat in the Press gallery at Stormont to listen to a debate on a Private Members’ Motion which concerned cuts in the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland. I was surprised to see the lack of any community/voluntary groups outside Stormont buildings as I was expecting to run into hundreds of angry protesters with banners that denounced the cuts. Because nothing concentrates the minds of MLAs as thousands of protesters denouncing their actions. My expedition to…

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