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Portstewart Strand, the National Trust beach on the North Coast of Antrim has been ranked within the top 12 beaches in the UK by ‘Rough Guides’. This two mile stretch of beach welcomes holiday makers in their thousands throughout the year and the Northern Ireland weather isn’t an issue as the Strand’s beauty shines through in all seasons. Toby Edwards, National Trust Manager said: “We’re delighted that the Strand has been ranked in the top 12. The team here take great pride in looking after the beach, with help from local residents who have a deep connection with the Strand…

Amnesty International has called on Fiona Woolf, the newly announced chair of the government’s child sexual abuse inquiry, to investigate abuse and its alleged cover-up at Belfast’s Kincora Boys’ Home.  Today the Home Secretary announced that Fiona Woolf CBE JP will chair the inquiry announced in July. Amnesty said it will write to Fiona Woolf requesting the inclusion of Kincora within the panel’s terms of reference. Amnesty said it will also be asking Fiona Woolf to make a request to the Government that the Official Secrets Act be suspended to enable potential witnesses, such as former intelligence officers, to give evidence…

THE Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) has expressed its concerns over the OFMDFM’s Racial Equality Strategy. The organisation said it welcomed the publication of the Racial Equality Strategy document, in the wake of recent high profile racist attacks and the First Minister’s Islamophobic remarks and racist controversy. However, NICEM has expressed serious concerns about its ability to deliver racial equality in Northern Ireland, NICEM’s Executive Director, Patrick Yu, said: “The proposed strategy is much weaker than the previous Racial Equality Strategy, which expired in 2010.” He added that the consultation document “lacks accountability and governance mechanisms, detailed action plans and clear objectives…

Image:  Last year’s winner ’Patricia Lavery of Artscare with Dr Agis Tsouros of WHO Europe and Belfast Healthy Cities’ Chair Dr Bernadette Cullen (left) and Councillor Guy Spence (right) . Planners, architects, designers and artists lend me your ears! Belfast Healthy Cities wants you to know how you have tackled inequalities and supported good health through creating supportive and healthy places. If you or someone you know fits the bill get them to submit an application via this link: http://www.awards.belfasthealthycities.com Planning and regeneration moves to local government in Northern Ireland next year. So your organisation could get a chance to…

Image:  At the EU’s PEACE III Conference held at the MAC, Belfast, are Pat Colgan, Chief Executive of the SEUPB, left, actor and journalist Ivan Little; alongside Cathy White performing the ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ play created by Smashing Times Theatre Company. The play gives a fictionalised account of some of the traumatic events which took place during the ‘Troubles’. Picture: Michael Cooper. By Una Murphy The legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland has been explored through theatre, film, art and storytelling funded by the European Union’s PEACE programme. The work was showcased at The MAC in Belfast and featured…

New Charities and politics guidance launched this week by Northern Ireland’s charity regulator aims to support charities in understanding the law when engaging in campaigning and politically focused activities. Charities in Northern Ireland are uniquely placed to campaign and advocate on behalf of their beneficiaries, with many charities using the political arena to contribute to the delivery of their purposes. However, as new guidance from the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland highlights, it is vital that charities undertaking political activities abide by the law and ensure they remain politically independent. Commission Chief Executive, Frances McCandless, explained: “Campaigning can be an…

A new MS exercise class has been launched in Belfast to help local people living with the condition to get active. The class will take place at Cregagh Youth and Community Centre every Wednesday from September 10 to October 15, 2014 from 7pm – 8pm. The class has been funded by the MS Society in conjunction with Active Communities. 4000 people live with multiple sclerosis in Northern Ireland, one of the highest rates in the world. MS attacks at random and many of the symptoms are invisible to others. Symptoms vary but may include problems with balance and walking, loss of vision, pain and fatigue. This new…

Complaints about payday loan middlemen – so-called credit broking websites – have more than doubled in the last year, according to new figures. The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) said it had been contacted by more than 10,000 people since January this year. In the worst cases, consumers found hundreds of pounds ‘drained’ from their bank accounts by the websites. The credit brokers have previously insisted that most customers are happy with their services. Nevertheless, one debt charity is now calling for the up-front fees they charge to be banned. The credit broking sites are designed to help people find the…

The tragic death of movie star, Robin Williams is unfortunately a reminder of the amount of people who are suffering from depression in silence, according to mental health charity Aware Defeat Depression. Whilst it is not yet confirmed, it is believed that the actor died by suicide following a battle with severe depression. Depression is a lonely illness and one which should be taken seriously as soon as the signs and symptoms are recognised. Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of Aware Defeat Depression, said she was extremely saddened to hear about the death of Robin Williams and has urged people to…

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,…

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