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Image:  Judith Preston: “A few weeks ago I parked in a disabled bay at Tesco and was challenged by a complete stranger who shouted “Do you know that’s a disabled space?” even though I had my Blue Badge on display.” More than two in five people with multiple sclerosis (MS) surveyed in Northern Ireland have been challenged by the general public for parking in a disabled bay – even though they’re eligible. New research by the MS Society shows that many people with MS in Northern Ireland are being judged by complete strangers who appear to be ignorant when it…

Fancy a fundraiser with a difference? Why not sign up for the Brain Injury Matters Zip Line Event. On September 20th, 2014 we will be Zippin’ 10 fundraisers over 1000 foot across the river Lagan from a height of 500 foot reaching speeds of 40-50mph. The registration fee is £40 with any funds raised helping to provide services to individuals with an Acquired Brain Injury. There are only 10 places available, so if you want to book a place please email Eoin on eoin@braininjurymatters.org.uk

The Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA), a charity which works to advance women’s equality, is offering free leadership workshops across Belfast as part of its summer programme. Women who come along will have a chance to get their voices heard regarding their experiences and needs in post-conflict Northern Ireland. They will be able to share their views, discuss barriers that can prevent women from influencing policy and help develop strategies to create future change. The workshops will begin with registration at 9.30am and will include refreshments and lunch. Limited childcare is also available. Dates and venues are as follows:…

On Monday, August 4, Ballymena’s new One Stop Shop for young people aged 11-25 years will officially open its doors. A new service by NI-wide charity Start360, N-GAGE provides a drop-in social and recreational space for young people – to meet, share, chill and get involved in activities. The new service is funded by the Public Health Agency and will provide an outreach service across the northern areas of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area. Anne-Marie McClure, Chief Executive of Start360, believes this is a vital new service. ‘I am delighted to be opening our N-GAGE building in…

Caption: Some of the participants and trainers at the Digital Publishing workshop hosted by VIEWdigital at the Cromac Regeneration Initiative in Belfast on July 28, 2014 Among those who attended the course were staff members of the Equality Commission, Commisioner for Older People and Belfast Health Cities. The course focused on three key ways to improve communications at your organisation. Details of the next course will go online shortly. If you are interested in signing up for a course that teaches you how to use three programs – Microsoft Publisher, Issuu and MailChimp – contact Una Murphy at unamurphy@viewdigital.org  

Caption: Shauna Kelpie, Development Officer for the Acorn Fund with Faustina O’Hagan and Eamon Nugent from Liberty Consortium, one of the community groups across County Derry that is set to benefit from one of the Acorn Fund’s three funding programmes.   The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Acorn Fund has announced the list of grantees set to benefit from its three funding programmes. This first round of funding will support several innovative community arts and culture projects across County Derry and will also enable six individual awards to young people. Thirteen projects will be supported through the Legacy Grants and The Acorn Giving Circle,…

If you landed in Britain today for the first time, you could be forgiven for thinking that there was a civil war between generations in this strange country. That’s what the media and many policymakers would like us to believe as they pit young people against older people. Pick up a newspaper, go online or read the latest thinktank pamphlet, and you will see countless myths and stereotypes about older and young people never having had it so good (or bad). The reality is rather different. Older people are concerned about what is happening to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and…

Memory Walk is a series of fundraising walking events taking place across Northern Ireland, England and Wales every Autumn, all raising money to provide vital support to people living with dementia and help our research to find a cure for the future. Registration is now open for Memory Walk 2014. There is no registration fee, but we ask that you try to raise £50 to help fight dementia in your local area. For more information, check our our FAQs page. There are also lots of volunteer roles available – from handing out medals, to marshaling the route. Find out more…

More than £22,000, raised by football fans in memory of two Newcastle supporters who died in an aeroplane crash in Ukraine, is to go to two cancer charities. Sunderland AFC fans set up an online page to raise £100 for a floral tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney. But donations quickly snowballed, with the total now in the thousands. The fan behind the fundraising said a large amount of the cash would go to two charities supported by the two men. Mr Alder, in his 60s, and Mr Sweeney, 28, were travelling to New Zealand to see Newcastle play…

The Mayor of Derry is urging the public to support two of the city’s most worthy charities at a special Flag Day being held in the city centre on Sunday afternoon (July 27). Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson will be joining a team of volunteers taking to the streets to collect for Something Special, which provides support and opportunities for people with learning difficulties, and Circle of Support for Autism Families, a vital network for those caring for children with Autism. Speaking ahead of the Flag Day, Mayor Stevenson said: “I am delighted to be able to offer support to both…

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is calling on community and voluntary groups and local authorities to avail of funding that will help support their communities in finding positive new ways to express their identity, culture and tradition. Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and the International Fund for Ireland, the Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities programme uses the arts as a means of tackling sectarianism and racism. Working to address those issues, the programme funds local consultation and allows communities to explore themes…

One in six families are covering essential costs with payday loans or unauthorised overdrafts, or are defaulting on household bills, in the most financially distressed parts of Britain, according to research which suggests that some of the neighbourhoods struggling the most are concealed in pockets of otherwise affluent areas. Populus polled 6,300 people for Which? and also found that, despite the economic recovery, two in five people were worried about household debt and half were worried about the level of their household savings and investments. The consumer group used the results to create a map which displays estimates of financial distress at regional, parliamentary constituency, and neighbourhood…

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