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Image: Kate Gorman with her Satellite Navigator which was funded after she applied for a Life after Stroke Grant. The Stroke Association’s Charity of the Year partnership with Royal Mail has raised £1 million to fund 5,000 Life After Stroke grants for stroke survivors. The company will continue to work with Stroke Association to raise a further £1 million by August 2016 to fund 10,000 recovery and activity grants. Strokes are one of the UK’s biggest killers and leading causes of disability. Every year there are more than 4000 strokes in Northern Ireland. The Stroke Association’s Health and Wellbeing team have visited Royal…

British columnist, author, commentator and political activist Owen Jones is to give a talk in Belfast as part of the forthcoming Belfast festival Imagine. Over 80 (mostly free) events will take place in more than 25 venues across the city at the festival of Ideas and Politics which runs from March 14 to March 20. Founder and Festival Director Peter O’Neill said: “The festival provides an opportunity for people to have their say on some of the big issues of our time in a fun, dynamic way. We want to encourage participation from people not normally involved in political debate and stimulate a discussion…

“We are living in the most dangerous, financially precarious environment that there has ever been for the arts in Northern Ireland. The fear levels exist from day to day. There is chronic under-investment of the arts,” says Emma Jordan, artistic director of Prime Cut Productions at the Mac in Belfast, in an interview with VIEW editor Brian Pelan I unintentionally made a ‘spectacular’ entrance when I recently interviewed theatre director Emma Jordan at the cafe in the Mac in Belfast. She had just joined me at a table. All the accoutrements of my trade were close at hand – notebook, recorder…

A big thanks to all those who attended the VIEWdigital iPad workshop today at the East Belfast Enterprise Hub, including those who attended from RNIB NI, Northern Ireland Childminding Association, NI Assembly and Community Evaluation NI. The workshop was delivered by video journalist Barbara McCann. Thanks also to VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy who helped to organise it. For anyone interested in future VIEWdigital workshops, please contact Una Murphy at unamurphy@viewdigital.org

VIEWdigital community media specialises in offering digital and media skills training to 3rd sector and non-profit organisations.  We recently delivered digital media training to members of the College of Podiatry in Northern Ireland who work in NHS and private practice. Podiatry is a degree-based health care profession and podiatrists work in a variety of specialisms in health and social care. VIEWdigital is looking forward to reading their stories in the digitial, print and broadcasting media in the coming months. To find out more, please contact Una Murphy at unamurphy@viewdigital.org

Cameron Watt, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations tells journalist Paul Gosling why he believes NI Housing Executive rents will have to increase significantly and says that he no longer has any links to the Tory Party . .. Cameron Watt is earnest, passionate and knowledgeable as he argues the case for social housing.  The chief executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations has cast aside his past as a once rising star in Britain’s Conservative Party. Today Watt’s role is to advance the interests of our housing associations – and if that means criticising…

VIEWdigital held a successful launch yesterday in Belfast for its print edition of its latest magazine of VIEW which examined housing issues in Northern Ireland, the Republic and Britain.] The event was held at Connswater Homes headquarters in City Link Business Park. Among those who attended were Jennifer Hawthorne and Michelle Canning from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Professor Paddy Gray who was the guest editor for the housing issue. Cameron Watt from the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations and Justin Cartwright from the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland were also at the event. VIEWdigital would like to…

Guest editor Professor Paddy Gray, above, explains how things have changed when it comes to the role of housing in Northern Ireland I grew up in was in an aluminium bungalow in a place called Daire’sWillows in Armagh. There were 20 such bungalows erected by the old NI Housing Trust then transferred to the NIHE when it took over responsibilities for housing in 1971. Like similar estates across Northern Ireland it was known as Tin Town. In those days public housing (or social housing as it became known in the 1990s) was for all, and indeed we had a mixture…

By Ciara Lawn Image: Hannah Mitchell Distressing living conditions have left Catherine McDaid, 19, mother of two-year-old toddler Téagan, suffering from depression and anxiety. Discarded heroin needles litter the street outside the north Belfast apartment where she currently shares a bed with her mother, two feet from Téagan’s cot. It is also home to Catherine’s brother, her mother’s carer. “I have anxiety, depression, I go to counselling. I can’t sleep. My doctor wrote a letter to the Housing Executive saying he was worried about my mental wellbeing. “I would take a house anywhere that’s secure, safe and where my child…

The following article was sent to VIEW by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive who supported our housing issue. The Housing Executive was established at the height of the Troubles to bring an impartial, fair and unbiased approach to dealing with housing. Throughout the conflict, the organisation has continued to deliver housing services based on need to all sections of the community regardless of religion, political belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or race. But, 17 years after the Good Friday Agreement was signed social housing in Northern Ireland remains deeply segregated. Over 90 per cent of social housing areas remain segregated…

A social impact evaluation from Gauge NI has found that for every £1 invested into NOW Group, £8 in social value is generated. NOW Group is a social enterprise which supports people with barriers to employment and learning into jobs with a future. They run a number of programmes and services including the Transition II programme and an Educational & Career Guidance Service. Transition II is a five day activity based programme for 18-30 year olds who have a learning disability and are from the Belfast area, while the Educational & Career Guidance Service helps clients to explore all their…

Clark Bailie, above, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, wants the organisation to play its part in creating a peaceful, inclusive, prosperous and fair society. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the setting up of the Housing Executive as the strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland. Since 1971 we have had a crucial role in transforming homes and neighbourhoods and, importantly, people’s lives. We have always recognised that our housing strategies and policies are about ‘more than bricks and mortar’ and we are committed to developing those as we enter our fifth decade in existence. Community and…

By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor Some people that I interview are tense and others are extremely relaxed. Paddy McIntyre, the former chief executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), easily fell into the latter category. It also helped that we are both ardent supporters of Manchester United, despite the club’s recent tribulations. Over cups of coffee and as the time drifted by, Paddy reflected on his time in the NIHE, from his early involvement in the 1970s to later taking over at the helm of the organisation. “I can remember when I applied for a trainee job in the…

In the wake of the recent shocking suicide figures which revealed that more people in Northern Ireland have taken their lives in comparison to those killed during the Troubles, VIEW editor Brian Pelan spoke to Professor Siobhan O’Neill, above, about the links between mental health and housing A recent report in the news which stated that more people have died by suicide in the past 17 years than were killed during 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland led me to meeting Professor Siobhan O’Neill from the Ulster University. I wanted to ask Siobhan, who is the professor of mental…

By David Sturgess, solicitor, Edwards and Company, www.edwardsandcompany.co.uk Hot Topics for Social Landlord 1, Remuneration One of the most hotly debated issues for housing associations and their trustees is the issue of paying board members. According to The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (the Commission) board members should only be paid for trusteeship in exceptional circumstances. The Commission have recently issued guidance on making payments to trustees. However the most significant shift in policy is the determination by DSD cited as The Registered Housing Association Payment and Grant of Benefits (NI) Determination 2015 which came into operation on 22 October 2015…

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