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Members of the Polish community have written to the Northern Ireland Executive to demand that a Hate Crime Action Plan is implemented following the recent wave of racist attacks on ethnic minorities. The letter is below: Call for the NI Executive to enact a comprehensive Hate Crime Action Plan. Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA and Martin McGuinness MLA Northern Ireland Executive Stormont Castle Stormont Estate Belfast BT4 3TT CC: Minister of Justice David Ford MLA Dr Malcolm McKibbin, Head of the NI Civil Service Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly Mr Mitchel McLaughlin MLA Chief Constable George Hamilton, PSNI Lord…

Image: Irish FA CEO Patrick Nelson, left, with Irish FA president Jim Shaw; Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín and Jim Gamble, CEO of Ineqe, at the launch last night at Stormont FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given his personal backing to the Irish Football Association’s Safeguarding Children and Young People in Football app. Launched in 2014, the app was a world first as never before had such a sports app been developed. The app, which was developed in partnership with Jim Gamble, CEO of Ineqe, former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP), is…

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Acorn Fund Inspire Bursaries programme, supporting young people from County Derry, has opened for applications. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, grants of up to £3,000 are offered to young people with disabilities to help them pursue training in their chosen arts. Successful applicants will receive mentored support during and following their award period from the Acorn Fund, and will in turn act as mentors for future bursary recipients. Previous recipient Donna-Marie Duddy used her bursary to produce her debut EP on a limited edition 12” vinyl. As an electric wheelchair user with Cerebral Palsy, Donna Marie found it difficult…

Have your say on new, draft equality guidance for Northern Ireland’s charities before it’s too late, is the latest message from the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. The Commission, Northern Ireland’s charity regulator, is running a public consultation on its draft guidance, which aims to support charities in understanding the complexities of equality legislation as it affects them. However, with the consultation due to close at 5pm on Tuesday April 28, 2015, time is running out for interested parties and individuals to share their views on the guidance.

By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor. Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey told a conference on homelessness in Belfast yesterday that it is unlikely a deal would be reached on welfare reform before the General Election on May 7. Mr Maskey, who addressed the conference, in his capacity as chairperson of the Social Development Committee at Stormont, also said that he couldn’t give great hope to the sustainability of the political institutions at the present time.  Alex Maskey The conference, held in the Crescent Arts Centre, was organised by the group Homeless Action and supported by the Simon Community and the Participation…

Residential mixing does not automatically lead to better community relations: Neighbours need to make incomers to mixed areas feel less threatened and vulnerable and more welcome and safe. This is the conclusion of a research report, ‘Exploring New Residents’ Experiences of Contact in Mixed Areas of Belfast’, commissioned by the Community Relations Council and produced by Queen’s University. The report will be launched at a seminar tomorrow at Crumlin Road Gaol. Dr Clifford Stevenson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at QUB, who led the research team, said: “Since the Belfast Agreement of 1998, there has been increased movement of people across…

The chief executive of a leading Northern Ireland youth charity told VIEWdigital today of her concerns over funding for her organisation in the present climate of cutbacks in the community/voluntary sector. Anne-Marie McClure left, who is in charge of Start360, which provides support services to young people, adult offenders and families, said: “This has impacted upon our organisation. At the moment, we are having to plan in a vacuum.” Ms McClure spoke to VIEWdigital shortly after addressing the organisation’s annual conference which was held today at the City Life Centre in Northumberland Street, Belfast “We are still waiting on the…

Tuberculosis (TB) has increased in Northern Ireland in recent years. Ahead of World TB Day on 24 March, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has released the latest figures which show that in 2014 in Northern Ireland there were 97* cases of TB reported. This is a significant increase (31%) from the previous year when 74 cases were reported and highlights that TB remains an important global and local public health problem. Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is also a major public health concern worldwide, as it is more difficult to treat and can result in more serious disease with higher mortality.…

Main image: Some of the guests at the launch of Northern Ireland Philanthropy Fortnight 2015 in Clifton House, Belfast By VIEW editor Brian Pelan Northern Ireland Philanthropy Fortnight 2015 was launched today amidst the beautiful interior of Clifton House, off North Queen Street in Belfast. Among those at the launch were Peter McVerry, from the radio station U105, Eamonn Donaghy, Fund Development Manager of The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Tracy Bell, office manager for Giving Northern Ireland. Below are a selection of images from the event. More details can be found at www.givingnorthernireland.org

Image: The Irish language group POBAL has lost all its funding By, Brian Pelan, VIEW editor The arts in Northern Ireland received a further devastating blow today. The Arts Council has released details of the organisations that face funding cuts in the next financial year. Of 115 groups that received funding last year, 27 face reductions while six of these will not receive any grants. Overall, the Arts Council is distributing almost £900,000 less than in 2014/15. It said the cuts were inevitable because its budget from the Northern Ireland Executive has been reduced by 11%. Organisations to lose all their…

The Belfast Food Network today unveiled the first ever piece of a Belfast-specific research on the devastating impact of food poverty in Belfast at the launch of the new Enough is Enough project, funded by the Public Health Agency. The launch took place at Belfast City Church (12-24 University Avenue). The study which aims to collate data on the provision of emergency food and supplement it with qualitative data on the experiences of front-line professionals who work directly with clients affected by food poverty as well as their clients’. The initial results of the study show a staggering increase in poverty levels…

Image: Equality Commissioner Murray Watt, who launched the research, with disability rights campaigner Kym Lennon Disability discrimination is persistently the most reported form of discrimination to the Equality Commission. It accounted for 39% of enquiries to the Commission last year. We challenge discrimination through advice services and legal casework and through policy work. A key part of that work is our role as part of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism for Northern Ireland (IMNI). This promotes and monitors the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD). It seeks to protect the human rights, fundamental freedoms…

Public Affairs consultant Harry Reid argues that disability must not remain at bottom of public policy heap Twenty years ago, the UK Parliament passed the Disability Discrimination Act. This represented both official acknowledgement of the endemic inequality disabled people faced, and put in place an element of legal redress to challenge aspects of it when it occurred. In the Northern Ireland context, further laws followed that appeared to signal that the particular needs and circumstances of disabled people would finally be addressed. Firstly, as part of the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement, Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act…

Julie Leonard, who specialises in employment law, is a solicitor at Edwards and Co Solicitors, www.edwardsandcompany.co.uk Employers must ensure that they treat employees with disabilities the same as other workers. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) has set out some special provisions in regard to how disabled employees should be treated. Under the DDA legislation it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against people with disabilities for a reason related to their disability, in all aspects of employment, unless this can be justified. The Act covers things like recruitment and selection as well as other areas including: • Job descriptions and…

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