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Remarkable Marketing Award Winners To Be Recognised This Week At Industry Event

The inaugural Remarkable Marketing Awards is set to recognise 20 experts across the industry this Friday night at a glittering awards ceremony at the Europa Hotel. The awards, sponsored by Card Group Research have been created by the team behind the hugely popular annual Big Marketing Meet Up conference, and will be held on Friday […]

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Northern Ireland Social Care Council Launches Second Series Of ‘Care To Chat?’ Podcast

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (the Social Care Council) has launched its second season of its podcast series, ‘Care to chat?’. Started last year and hosted by Dr Wendy Austin MBE the ‘Care to chat’ podcast series returns with each episode supporting important conversations for the social care and social work workforce and the

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Fibrus Donates Over £14, 000 Worth Of Free School Meals Across Northern Ireland

Fibrus, Northern Ireland’s full fibre broadband provider, has today announced its donation of over £14,000 to the Business in the Community (BITC) Good Food Fund. With communities at the heart of everything Fibrus does, the company’s donation to the Good Food Fund will be used to help primary schools establish or extend a Breakfast Club,

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Dobbies Announces Antrim And Lisburn Community Winners

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre, has revealed the community and charity groups across the UK that will receive support to help transform, restore or start their indoor or outdoor green spaces this year, including Kirkinriola Early Years Playgroup in Antrim and Molly and Mia Community Group in Lisburn.   Over 660 groups applied to Dobbies Community Gardens when it opened in

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Children’s Inclusive Swim School ‘buddies’ Up With Therapy Dogs To Make A Splash

Swimming Buddies, a pioneering initiative for neurodiverse young people, has teamed up with a local charity to start combining therapy dogs with their swim sessions. Lexi from Autism Dogs Northern Ireland (ADNI) stole the show at a recent away day at Harberton School for families who avail of the Swimming Buddies service. The collaboration aims

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Northern Ireland Automotive Industry Supports Its Own As Part Of Upcoming Awards

Iconic City Car Fiat 500 worth over £5k to be auctioned in aid of automotive charity Ben thanks to support from City Auction Group The local automotive industry will rally round to support professionals across the sector at the 2024 Northern Ireland Motor Industry Awards. The awards ceremony, being held on Thursday 7 November 2024

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Volunteer Now Gets A Boost From Soft Drinks Company Boost

As part of its new brand campaign, There’s a BOOST for That, Boost Drinks has joined forces with Volunteer Now to help encourage people to volunteer for community projects, sporting and music events, taking place across Northern Ireland this year. Volunteer Now is the voice of volunteering in Northern Ireland and helps make it easy,

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Co-Ownership Raises Over £8000 For Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke

Co-Ownership has announced the successful conclusion of its fundraising partnership with Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS), raising over £8,000 for the charity. In 2023, Co-Ownership’s employees raised over £3,000 contributing to a two-year fundraising total of £8,383. The funds will play a crucial role in supporting NICHS’s vital services including  health management and

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PM Big Band Swings Into Action With Eurovision Legend, Dana In Aid Of Marie Curie

Celebrate an unforgettable evening of music in support of Marie Curie Hospice Northern Ireland with the PM Big Band, featuring vocalists Ceara Grehan and David Hamilton (pictured) at Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey on Friday 31 May at 7.45pm  This one-off performance, A Big Band for a Big Cause, promises a thrilling journey through the

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Optometrist Says Big “Thank You” For Donations Of Over £5,000 For Brain Tumour Charity

CATHY Davis, an optometrist from Specsavers Omagh, is saying a huge “thank you” to all who donated to her fundraiser for the British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA), raising £5,220. Cathy ran the Manchester Marathon in aid of the charity last month, just a year after having surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma, a type of

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Supervalu And Centra On Track To Plant 50,000 Trees By 2032

SuperValu and Centra, part of Musgrave NI, have been laying down roots in 19 communities across Northern Ireland in the next stage of their native tree planting initiative, bringing them a step closer to their pledge of planting 50,000 native trees by 2032. In partnership with Trees on the Land, a charity and not-for-profit project

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£8k Settlement In Disability Discrimination Case Against Chip Shop

A chip shop worker with autism has settled his disability discrimination case for £8000 against Mak’s Plaice, in Magheralin, County Armagh. The case was supported by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.  Oisín McKerr was a school pupil, when he applied for his first part-time job at the takeaway shop. He says that he declared

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Jet2holidays kicks off biggest ever summer programme with prices slashed across ALL Summer 24 holidays

Jet2holidays is celebrating the start of its biggest ever summer with customers, by slashing prices across ALL Summer 24 holidays.  In addition to this red-hot price drop, the UK’s largest tour operator is giving customers an additional £50 off PER PERSON on all holidays departing between May 8th and June 30th 2024, with customers who

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Heritage Skills Brought Back To Life Through Belfast 2024 Programme

Boat building, gardening and sewing are among the traditional skills being brought back to life through Belfast’s City Council’s Belfast 2024 programme. The celebration of culture and creativity is now well underway across the city, with projects, events and workshops encouraging people to get creative and try their hand at something new this year. Among

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Utility Regulator Urges Consumers To Avail Of Extra Support From Electricity, Gas And Water Suppliers

The Utility Regulator is urging domestic consumers across Northern Ireland to avail of extra support offered by electricity, gas and water companies, as findings from its recently published Domestic Consumer Insight Tracker 2023* reveal less than five per cent of respondents in vulnerable circumstances have signed up to suppliers’ support services. Published in April 2024,

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Social Care Council Secures Prestigious Platinum Recognition

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (the Social Care Council) has been recognised by Investors in People (IIP) as a Platinum employer for excellence in values-driven leadership, workplace culture and learning and organisation-wide commitment to its staff. Platinum is the highest-level award in the IIP We invest in people accreditation. It means policies and practices that support

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Irish Company Ensures Smooth GB Elections For 4.5m Voters As Record Number Of Councils Adopt Digital Check-in

Derry-based company Modern Democracy is forecasting further growth ahead of the General Election after its digital check-in and voter verification technology helped deliver record-breaking local government elections in England and Wales. Greater numbers of council authorities adopted the solution on the 2nd of May elections than ever before as market-leading provider Modern Democracy rolled its

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Asda Kilkeel Colleagues Go The Extra Mile!

Asda Kilkeel colleagues Jenna Pugh, Isla Curran, Shauna McCartan, Nicole Hennity and Natalie Wallace are taking on the challenge of the Belfast City Marathon on Sunday 5th May to help raise money for Cancer Fund for Children. The colleagues, who work in the store’s bakery, deli, produce and chilled departments, will tackle the event in a

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Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI Demands Urgent Government Action on ME Specialist Services at Stormont Rally

12.05.24 – World ME Day – Belfast, Northern Ireland By Joan McParland, founder, Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI   Today, the Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI community stood at the historic gates of Stormont united by our shared challenges and hope for a better future.  Ten years ago, in 2014, we rallied here

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BBC Newsreader To Anchor IoD NI’s Annual Dinner

BBC newsreader and presenter Clive Myrie will give key address at the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) annual dinner. BBC presenter, Clive Myrie, has been announced as the key speaker at the Institute of Director’s Annual Dinner which returns to the Culloden Estate and Spa on Thursday September 26. Around 400 delegates are

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Lord Mayor Launches Groundbreaking Discover ME Campaign With Virtual Reality Experience

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Ryan Murphy has launched the powerful Discover ME campaign which begins on World ME Day. The Discover ME campaign has been organised by the Charity Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI, as part of an ongoing initiative to raise awareness for the medical conditions Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), Fibromyalgia, Long Covid and

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Ulster Bank Helps School Children Make Sense Of Money

Education Minister, Paul Givan MLA, recently attended a financial literacy lesson at a local primary school. The Lagan Valley MLA met pupils and staff at Pond Park Primary School in Lisburn before observing a MoneySense workshop delivered to the primary seven class by Ulster Bank volunteers. Ulster Bank MoneySense provides free financial education programmes for

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Action Cancer Celebrates First Anniversary of Skin Cancer Detection Service

Action Cancer’s Skin Cancer Detection Service was launched a year ago and is delivered by a highly qualified and experienced nursing specialist team. The charity’s Skin Cancer Detection Service supplements the service available in most GP practices in Northern Ireland, increasing choice and accessibility. Action Cancer’s service is for people concerned about a new or

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NSPCC Northern Ireland Launches First Annual NI ‘Talk PANTS’ Fortnight

NSPCC Northern Ireland has announced the first annual NI Talk PANTS Fortnight, which will run from 6 – 17 May 2024. The Talk PANTS campaign aims to empower parents, carers and professionals to have simple age-appropriate conversations with children aged 3-11 years old, to help them recognise their rights to their own bodies and to say no

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Vincent’s Celebrates 15 Years At Current Ballymena Location

Vincent’s Ballymena has proudly commemorated 15 years at its current location with unwavering dedication to serving and uplifting the local community. Since its move to Cushendall Road in 2009, Vincent’s Ballymena has evolved into a cornerstone of support, providing essential resources, fostering connections, and embodying the spirit of generosity that defines the Society of St

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Open College Network Strengthens Collaboration With The Open University

Open College Network (OCN NI) has announced details of the signing of a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) with The Open University in Ireland (OU in Ireland). The MoU aims to establish a partnership between OCN NI and OU in Ireland to promote widening access for learners and create suitable progression pathways between OCN qualifications and OU

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Northern Ireland’s Youth Activism Takes Centre Stage at Linen Hall Exhibition

The Linen Hall is hosting a new project titled Changemakers: Student and Youth Activism in Northern Ireland, shedding light on the pivotal role of student activism in the region’s history and its resonance in contemporary times. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund, the initiative aims to delve into the legacy of student

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90% Of Consumers Concerned About Rising Cost Of Basics

New research published by the Consumer Council shows 90% of consumers in Northern Ireland are concerned about the rising cost of basics. Basics refer to the everyday living essentials such as housing, energy, food, transport and telephone/mobile and broadband costs. The cost of home energy tops consumer concerns at 91%, followed by food and non-alcoholic

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Murals Depicting Life In East Belfast Unveiled

Two murals, covering three storeys of the City East building at the gateway to East Belfast, on Newtownards Road, have been officially launched by Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Ryan Murphy. Created by cross-community groups with direction from local artist Dee Craig, the installation promises to encourage curiosity among Belfast’s citizens about the industrial past

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Childhood Day Raises Vital Funds For Nspcc Services As Emotional Abuse Counselling Sessions Increase

 Today, the NSPCC is releasing new data which reveals over the last year its Childline service has seen a 5 per cent increase in the number of counselling sessions it has delivered to children experiencing emotional abuse. From April 2023 to March 2024 the service’s trained counsellors delivered 2,879 sessions on this issue. In 52%

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Enjoy Free Trips To Hillsborough Castle And Gardens And More With Boundless Plus

Public servants in Northern Ireland can now enjoy free unlimited access to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens plus other Historic Royal Palaces sites and more thanks to a new membership package from Boundless, opening the door to £599* in total annual savings.  The new Boundless Plus membership package offers four additional benefits for public sector and

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Innovative Age NI Shared Lives Service Making A Positive Impact For Older People

An innovative service providing support for people aged 65 and over who may be lonely and isolated has been making a positive impact since it was launched over 6 months ago.  The first Shared Lives match was made in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area in December, between Michael Lawson and Mark Logan

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Take A Virtual Tour Around Comber

An exciting milestone for Comber as an innovation showcasing local businesses, amenities, landmarks and attractions, goes live to a global audience with the launch of the Comber Chamber of Commerce Virtual Town Tour. Visitors can hover over the town’s rich tapestry and virtually stroll through the charming streets to get a taste of Comber’s unique

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Hillmount Owner Receives Honour At Hillsborough Castle

Robin Mercer BEM has received his British Empire Medal from Lord Lieutenant Dame Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle DBE, at a ceremony in Hillsborough Castle. Speaking about the occasion, Robin said: “It was an immensely special day to receive my British Empire Medal in such a beautiful venue. Even the weather was kind to us and we got

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Ulster Bank Extends Charity Partnership With Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice

Ulster Bank has announced plans to extend its charity partnership with the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and has committed to another year of fundraising for this service. The announcement came as a group of Ulster Bank colleagues were invited to visit the Children’s Hospice headquarters and meet team members and medical staff who provide care

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Single Mothers Earn 53% Less Than The Average Man

New data reveals that the earnings of single mothers will significantly impact their ability to save enough into their pension pot for retirement Research by NOW: Pensions and the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) reveals that *single mothers earn 53% less than the ‘average’ man and 37% less than the ‘average’ woman Today, women retire on

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A Decade Of Dedication: Asda Dundonald Hosts 24-hour Charity Sit-Out

Asda Dundonald Community Champion, Sharon McBratney hosted the store’s annual 24-hour Charity sit-out on 5th-6th April, to raise funds for local charity Helping Hands. For ten years, Sharon McBratney, has lent a helping hand to the charity by organising the 24-hour sit out with her Asda Dundonald colleagues. The initiative takes place outside the store every year during

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Invest NI Paves Way For Future Entrepreneurs With Young Enterprise ESG Partnership

Invest Northern Ireland has announced an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) partnership with Young Enterprise NI which will support the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in Northern Ireland. The newly announced partnership will see Invest NI business mentors share their expertise with Young Enterprise Students to help them learn about best practice and how to

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