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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…

Image:  Karen Arbuckle, Director of Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE), left, with Nigel McKinney, Director of Operations of the Building Change Trust and Tiziana O’Hara of Co-operative Alternatives. Leading social enterprises, charities and co-operatives are lining up to buy shares in Northern Ireland’s first community owned solar enterprise company. Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE) has raised £127,000 from its first community share offer, with more and more environmentally concerned organisations coming on board. Its directors have extended the deadline for its share offer until June 23 to meet its target of £150,000 and give other potential investors time to get involved in…

NEW research highlighting how children and young people in Northern Ireland are portrayed by the media was launched last week by Queen’s University Belfast in association with Include Youth. The initial research report from within the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative at Queen’s, shows how, from their experiences, children and young people assess the impact of negative media coverage on their lives. Speaking at the launch event Professor Phil Scraton, School of Law, said: “The constant emphasis on antisocial behaviour and negative reporting contributes to a climate in which young people are feared and discriminated against, over-regulated by the police…

Image: Professor Angela Eikenberry (centre) , who delivered a talk on ‘Giving Circles’ at the Skainos Centre in East Belfast. Completing the circle are (clockwise from top left): Sandara Kelso-Robb, Giving Northern Ireland; Clare Sheehan, Disability Action; Debbie Dagan, Chest, Heart and Stroke; Zoe Anderson, Start360; Kathy Morrow and Brid McLaughlin (both Ulster University). The discussion was part of Philanthropy Fortnight, which runs until May 1 Women are at the forefront when it comes to forming Giving Circles in Northern Ireland, a leading academic on Philanthropy told a Belfast audience of fund-raisers today. Professor Angela Eikenberry, who was invited to…

Photograph: Three women relaxing in the new community garden. Image by Kevin Cooper By Una Murphy LADIES who lunch turned into ladies who garden yesterday when the ‘Garden of Eatin’ had its official opening on Donegall Pass, Belfast. They were among local people who took time out to tour the new Donegall Pass Community Garden. Belfast City Council Local Investment Fund has contributed £38,000 for Donegall Pass Community Forum to set up and run the garden with the help of The Conservation Volunteers http://www.tcv.org.uk/northernireland The aim of the project is to give participants a opportunity to make new friends, reduce stress and…

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…

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