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By VIEW editor Brian Pelan Northern Ireland Green Party MLA Clare Bailey said she is “appalled” after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that around £10.1m, which is available to Northern Ireland under the Dormant Bank and Building Societies Act 2008, is still unspent. The FOI was sent to the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland by Neil Irwin, founder of consultancy organisation niFundraising (www.nifundraising.org) which helps charities to raise money. It was also revealed that a distribution of a further £9m for Northern Ireland is anticipated over the period to 2020. A Department of Finance (DoF) spokesperson said:…

) By VIEW editor Brian Pelan The recent news report that 440 homeless people have died on streets or in temporary accommodation in the UK in the past year is truly shocking. The Detail news site in Northern Ireland have also reported that over an 11-month period 148 registered homeless people in Northern Ireland had their applications for social housing closed because they died. We have covered the issue of homelessness (https://bit.ly/2E6Pcxr) and (https://bit.ly/2El7UBJ) in Northern Ireland on two separate occasions in VIEW magazine over the last few years. It is very depressing that the situation for those without a home in…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan The link between suicide and social deprivation in Northern Ireland was highlighted last night in a wide-ranging talk given by University of Glasgow professor Rory O’Connor at St Louise’s Comprehensive College in west Belfast. The event was organised by the British Psychological Society. Prof O’Connor pointed out to a packed audience in the college’s assembly hall that a high proportion of those who died by suicide in Northern Ireland lived in deprived areas. Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in the UK. Prof O’Connor said: “We need to challenge the social inequalities in Northern…

An event titled: ‘Can we believe the media? The role of journalism in the digital age’ was held last night at the Ulster University, Belfast campus. It was organised by the new UK press regulatory body Impress, Ulster University and MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association) A number of speakers were at the event including, Dr Phil Ramsey (Ulster University); BBC NI business reporter Clodagh Rice, Impress chief executive Jonathan Heawood,; Peter Feeney (Press Ombudsman for the Press Council of Ireland);, VIEW editor Brian Pelan; BBC journalist/broadcaster Yvette Shapiro; Milne Rowntree (Ulster University) and Irish News digital deputy editor Maeve…

Employers For Childcare says working parents and businesses are being let down as the Government goes ahead with its decision to close the Childcare Voucher Scheme to new entrants tomorrow (4 October 2018). This is despite clear evidence showing that thousands of families will be left worse off as a result. Over the last 12 months Employers For Childcare has campaigned to keep the scheme open to new entrants providing robust evidence to HM Treasury and MPs that working parents are set to lose out. Chief Executive Marie Marin said “Working parents are being let down. Hundreds of thousands of people from…

By Nick Acheson, a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Social Innovation at Trinity College Dublin The Building Change Trust was created ten years ago at a time of perceived crisis in the identity and purpose of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. Worries about the ways that the sector was being reshaped by a dramatic shift in government support from grants to contracts were compounded by uncertainty about the immediate future in the face of the financial and economic crisis. I was one of a number of people commissioned to write “think pieces” for the Trust to…

By guest editor Dr Brendan Murtagh, Urban Planning, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University The suspension of the Assembly has left many businesses, state agencies and the wider public feeling frustrated and disillusioned. The community sector knows the feeling. We have no asset transfer or social value legislation, no dedicated funding for social enterprises and no overarching strategy for the development of the social economy. This has not stopped the finger-wagging. Third sector organisations need to get their act together, stop relying on grants and become more business-like and sustainable. What is fascinating about Building Change Trust is its…

By VIEWdigital deputy editor Kathryn Johnston The head of a UK foundation with a budget of £70 million has urged charities in Northern Ireland to apply to it for grants. “We gave away our £1billionth pound this year – and to cap it all, that came in our 60th anniversary year,” said Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation who was talking to VIEWdigital in the Ulster Museum at the recent launch of Dippy on Tour:  A Natural History Adventure exhibition which opened in Belfast. Ms Charles said: “It went to Ourside Youth Association in Evesham. We feel it is important to…

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)…

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…

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