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Image: Dorcas Crawford at today’s event in the Mac, Belfast Charities and social enterprises could make much needed financial savings by engaging in mediation instead of costly legal action – that was the message today as Belfast based law-firm Edwards & Co launched ‘The Better Way’, a dedicated mediation service for third sector organisations in Northern Ireland. The Better Way aims to revolutionise how charities and social enterprises prevent and solve conflict within their organisations. The mediation service aims to prevent, diagnose and resolve disputes at both board and staff level. The complex nature of third sector organisations – including funding…

A Belfast social enterprise that uses its profits to support people with barriers to employment and learning into the workforce has redeveloped a burnt-out bar in west Belfast into a café and bakery, creating 10 jobs and up to 100 training placements for catering trainees with learning difficulties. Loaf, which runs an outside catering and café business in the greater Belfast area, officially opens its new outlet tomorrow (June 17) on the former site of the Oak Bar directly across from the entrance to the Royal Victoria Hospital on West Belfast’s Grosvenor Road. Loaf’s profits are reinvested back into the…

Delete Blood Cancer UK, the charity that recruits potential blood stem cell donors, is alarmed at the gender imbalance among those registering to donate. Of the 100,000 people who have registered as potential blood stem cell donors since they launched in 2013, sixty-five percent are female. This imbalance is reflected in the 4,273 people from Belfast who have registered with it. The charity is now launching a nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more young men to register with the question ‘Are you going to show?’. Delete Blood Cancer UK says that the campaign has to challenge men as it can…

By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor On June 22, we will launch the print version of our themed VIEW edition on child poverty in Northern Ireland and further afield at Stormont. We have invited a number of contributors to the issue to the Stormont event, including Jane Craven, founder and chairperson of the Whiterock Children’s Centre, Belfast; Paddy Hillyard, Professor of Sociology, Queen’s University; Marion Mcleod, Policy Manager for Children in Scotland; Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities in Ireland; Jacqueline O’Loughlin, Chief Executive of Playboard; Geraldine Wilkins, Fighting Words Belfast programme and Kerry Melville, Co-Ordinator, Belfast Food Network.…

The Rugby World Cup will go on display in Belfast City Hall next Thursday (June 18.) Made of solid gold, the prestigious trophy is currently on a 100-day tour of locations across the UK and Ireland. Coveted by the world’s best players and seen by millions of fans, the Webb Ellis Cup is one of the game’s most instantly recognisable icons. It will be showcased in the reception area at the front entrance to City Hall and available to the public for viewing from 11am to 5pm on Thursday.

Centre for Community Journalism Wednesday, September 9, 2015, from 9:30am to 5pm. Cardiff We know more than ever about community and hyperlocal news. We have seen some impressive successes and innovation in the UK and internationally. But evidence shows sustainability is fragile. Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism is delighted to be working with Nesta to host an ideas exchange to consider the future for hyperlocal journalism. The free event will open for registration at 9.30am and sessions will start at 10am. Keynote speaker: Dan Gillmor Who this event is for: community journalists, academics, policy makers, media innovators Attendees should make their own arrangements…

VIEWdigital asked the Community Development and Health Network to comment on health inequalities due to child poverty.   Meabh Poacher is the CDHN Policy and Project Officer. In Northern Ireland, boys born today in the most deprived areas will die 7.3 years        earlier than boys born in the least deprived areas. The difference is  4.3 years for girls.   These life differences are the result of the accumulation of health inequalities which start before birth, with the effects of poverty passing from generation to generation during pregnancy.  Some of the health problems which children in poverty are more likely to experience are:  bronchitis, asthma, anxiety and poor…

Lidl Northern Ireland has unveiled a new local campaign which will see the retailer support hundreds of community groups across Northern Ireland. ‘Lidl Community Works’ follows the success of the ‘Lidl Surprises’ initiative in 2014 which saw Lidl deliver random acts of kindness to more than 350 community groups in Northern Ireland. The launch is testament to Lidl’s ongoing commitment to Northern Ireland, said Glen Cinnamon, Regional Director at Lidl Northern Ireland. “Supporting all things local – from local suppliers and local charities to local jobs and local communities is central to Lidl’s commitment to Northern Ireland.  But we believe actions speak louder than words and that’s…

Image:  (left to right): Tiziana O’Hara and Jo Bird from Co-operative Alternatives Northern Ireland is embracing the concept of community shares with four enterprises raising more than £350,000 for community-based projects in the past eight months. The figures were revealed by Belfast-based organisation, Co-operative Alternatives, which is hosting a special ‘Showcasing Community Shares’ event on June 25 to spread the word about this innovative method of raising finance for community projects. Jo Bird of Co-operative Alternatives said the lunchtime event at the headquarters of Belfast- based cooperative Boundary Brewing would shine a light on the benefits of community shares. “This will be a great event for organisations…

A GROUP in Ballymena who have campaigned to improve the life of residents on a housing estate have launched a new publication “Doury Road, A New Era”  traces the background to the Doury Group, the difficulties they have encountered and how they overcame issues to get the housing estate back on track. It’s the only estate outside Belfast to be included in Department For Social Development’s Pilot Project “Building Successful Communities” Doury Road group chairman David McGuckin opened a recent event by welcoming the new Mid and East Antrim Mayor Billy Ashe to the estate and giving a short talk on the hopes that…

Image: The new Northern Ireland Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma VIEWdigital asked the new Northern Ireland Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma to use our regular Monday blog  to outline her views on ways to tackle child poverty. Her blog coincides with the latest themed issue of VIEW magazine on child poverty in Northern Ireland (http://viewdigital.org/2015/06/01/view-issue-31-we-examine-child-poverty-in-northern-ireland/) Ms Yiasouma says: “The alleviation of child poverty is not an option it is an absolute necessity and I will work to ensure that it is a priority for the Northern Ireland Assembly, as Nelson Mandela pointed out: ‘Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of…

A project supporting families with children with acquired brain injury is sharing in funding worth almost £3.4 million from the Big Lottery Fund’s Supporting Families programme. Brain Injury Matters received £700,000 to work with Belfast Health & Social Care Trust on the five-year Family First project. It will offer intensive support to children under 12 with acquired brain injury and their families across Northern Ireland. It is one of five projects awarded funding totalling £3,387,105 million today (see separate attachment for full list of awards) Fiona McCabe, chief executive of Brain Injury Matters, said: “Acquired brain injury can be caused…

Over two thirds (72%) of charities in the Republic have reported increasing demand for their services despite the economic recovery, according to a new survey of 262 charities conducted by The Wheel, Ireland’s representative and support organisation for charities. The survey that was conducted earlier this month also found that 33% of charities have had to cut back or suspend services in the past year due to a lack of funding, while over 42% have reported a drop in their income over the same period. Responding to the challenging environment facing the community and voluntary sector, Deirdre Garvey, Chief Executive Officer of The Wheel, today called on the Irish…

Stendhal Festival of Art has announced that folk singer Donovan will be the Friday Night headline act at this year’s event which takes place at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, on August 7 and 8. The folk singer’s career has spanned 50 years and 27 albums, including the songs ‘Sunshine Superman’, ‘Catch the wind’ and ‘Mellow Yellow’. Festival Director Ross Parkhill said: “Donovan is one of the most celebrated names in folk music with a catalogue of songs that play a part in the soundtracks to many people’s lives. It is a fantastic coup for Stendhal to have him headline our Friday night this year…

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