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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rural Support Awarded Brendan Bonner Prize For Innovation On Helplines Awareness Day

Helplines NI, a network of telephone and online support services funded by the Public Health Agency has awarded the Rural Support Helpline its Brendan Bonner Award for Innovation, at its eighth annual Helplines Awareness Day on March 20th. This event aimed to spotlight the crucial services provided by helplines across Northern Ireland, underscored by the

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SheCanCode Launches Power Up Awards to Recognise Women in Technology

To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), SheCanCode, a leading advocate for women and non-binary individuals in the tech industry is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Power Up Awards 2024. These awards are designed to shine a spotlight on undiscovered women in tech who are making significant contributions to the sector and to provide them

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Banbridge Woman Melissa Irvine Transforms Personal Care Experience into Social Work Passion

“I think small things can have the biggest impact on people” For Melissa Irvine, social work has always been a goal. Even when she temporarily took a different path, she knew she wasn’t where she wanted to be. The 30-year-old from Banbridge knew social work was something she admired following her personal experiences. It was

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From Retail to Social Work: Tandragee Mum Embarks on Journey to Change Lives

“I just want to make a difference to anyone who is struggling” From a young age Cathy Blevins knew she wanted to become a social worker. In her teenage years she wanted to give back to the community. However, life got in the way, and Cathy missed out on her opportunity to pursue the career

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Kind Asda Dundonald Colleague Comes To Assistance Of Elderly Customer

Henry Shannon, Security Section Leader at Asda Dundonald, helped an elderly lady finish her shopping and took her home after she took unwell in store. Henry, who has just completed his first aid training, heard a call for a first aider over the tannoy while working his shift at the Dundonald store. He made his way

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Corrymeela and Starling Collective Leads the Way in Trauma Informed Support

In a landmark initiative set to redefine the landscape of trauma in Northern Ireland, peace and reconciliation charity Corrymeela, in partnership with the Starling Collective, asylum seeking and refugee led Belfast based charity, has announced a transformative three-day series of events. Starting on April 10, the series of collective transforming trauma events are being run

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Sexual Trauma Expert Calls On Victims & Survivors To Come Forward

In the wake of events surrounding Jeffrey Donaldson’s resignation, a wave of emotions will undoubtedly be triggered across our community.  “As an expert in sexual trauma, I want to first speak directly to any survivor of sexual trauma. Your voice matters, and it’s never too late to seek justice and healing in whatever way that

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Lucie Snowden’s Journey To Making A Difference As A Young Social Worker In Portadown

Lucie Snowden may just be 22-years old, but she’s already making a difference to so many lives in her dream career as a social worker. Qualifying as a social worker seven months ago, Lucie currently works in Portadown Health Centre. She is completing her Assessed Year in Employment – mandatory for all practising social workers

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Full Line Up Revealed For Mums At Work Elevate Your Business Event

Inspiring business women from across Northern Ireland are set to speak at Mums At Work CIC’s Elevate Your Business event, happening later this month. The event aims to uphold the vision of its late founder, Sinead Norton, by providing a supportive and nurturing environment for women in business. Taking place from 10am-4pm on Monday 25th

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Jubilee Farm Launches First Supper Club Featuring Sustainable Local Pork at Hillmount House In Larne

Jubilee Farm is welcoming you to be part of their community and join them at their first Supper Club on Saturday April 27 dedicated to local, sustainable pork.   As Northern Ireland’s first community owned farm, it promotes knowing where your food comes from, high-welfare, free-range and chemical free.  A co-operative model based on community involvement,

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Local Entrepreneurs To Share Their Journey & Expertise At Mums At Work Elevate Your Business Event

A whole host of local entrepreneurs are set to take to the stage at the Mums At Work Elevate Your Business event later this month. Sandra Miskimmin of SMASH Worldwide and Tina Calder of Excalibur Press will be delivering talks throughout the day while Stefany Watson from Digital Ghost NI and Maria McLaughlin and Roisin

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Last Chance To Enter Remarkable Marketing Awards

There’s just one day left to enter Northern Ireland’s inaugural marketing awards aimed at recognising the talent and hard work of individual marketers across the country. Nominations for the The Remarkable Marketing Awards are now open until midnight 14th March. It’s completely free to enter and there are just three questions to answer, which will

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Performance & Fitness Speakers To Take To The Stage At Mums At Work Business Event

Motivational speakers Susan Steel of Performance Breakthrough and Grace Smith of Forge Female Fitness have been added to the speaker lineup of the forthcoming Mums At Work Elevate Your Business event. Mums At Work is a Community interest company dedicated to empowering women in business, their Elevate Your Business events aim to uphold the vision

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First Speakers Announced For Mums At Work Elevate Your Business Event

Mums At Work, a community interest company dedicated to empowering women in business, is delighted to announce the first two speakers for their Elevate Your Business event later this month.  The Elevate Your Business event aims to uphold the vision of its late founder, Sinead Norton, by providing a supportive and nurturing environment for women

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A Decade of Dedication: Niamh Quinn’s Unwavering Journey to Become a Social Worker

“The thought of helping someone everyday, there’s no better feeling than that” Working as a social worker is something Niamh Quinn always wanted to do. Now, just over a decade later, she is finally on the road to reaching her goals. The 32-year-old from Clonoe always had a deep interest in social work. Growing up

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Resilience Project Commences Aimed At Conserving Lough Neagh’s Rich Heritage

The journey to preserve the captivating landscape and the rich heritage of Lough Neagh and its surrounding area has commenced with the Lough Neagh Heritage Resilience Project led by the Lough Neagh Partnership with £244,000 funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Lough Neagh Partnership is vowing to safeguard the heritage of Lough Neagh and

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Belfast XR Festival Opens Tomorrow Bringing Top Extended Reality Experiences To The Black Box

Belfast XR Festival is set to open tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28 at The Black Box merging technology and art to create a unique virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience for attendees. The two day festival, Belfast XR, now in its third year, specialises in curating worldclass immersive technology content that takes the art

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100 NI Pupils To Get Life-Saving Scan During Heart Month

A woman from Northern Ireland who lost her brother to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) has raised enough money to get 100 pupils screened for the invisible disease, in the hope of saving lives.   Amy Adair-McCourt, from Jordanstown, lost her brother, Nicky (Nick) Adair in March 2020, and since then she has been passionate about

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Advice NI Encourages Tax Credit Claimants To Seek Independent Advice Before Making Claim For Universal Credit To Maximise Benefit Entitlement

With the Department for Communities currently issuing thousands of Migration Notice letters each month to people on Tax Credits as part of its ‘Move to UC’ programme, we want to make sure that those affected get the right advice about the timing of their claim in order to maximise their entitlement to the 6.7% benefit

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Translink Advises Passengers Of Essential Works In Belfast On Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd March

The railway line between Lanyon Place and Great Victoria Street stations in Belfast will be closed on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2024. The closure is for essential rail engineering works to enable the move to the new Belfast Grand Central Station later this year. Translink’s Ian Campbell, Director of Service Operations said: “Work on Belfast

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Full Lineup Revealed For Belfast XR Festival With Top Extended Reality Experiences On The Bill

An innovative arts festival is set to once again merge technology and art to create a unique virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience for attendees. Belfast XR, now in its third year, specialises in curating worldclass immersive technology content that takes the art of storytelling to a new level. Extended Reality or ‘XR’

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Step Into A Mesmerising The Audio Experience Eternal At The Belfast XR Festival

Eternal, the profound exploration of eternal life, has been confirmed as one of the unique experiences at this year’s Belfast XR Festival. During this 20 minute experience attendees will step into the realm of eternity with a mesmerising audio journey designed exclusively for one person, in the comfort of their own bed.  As intimate audiences

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Belfast YMCA Champions Affordable Housing with Strategic Land Sale in Stranmillis

In a strategic move to address the pressing need for affordable housing in Belfast, local charity Belfast YMCA has released a prime piece of land to the market for sale in the Stranmillis Area. Working with commercial estate agents Frazer Kidd the land in the highly coveted BT9 area is on the market for “offers

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Immerse Yourself In A Magical Journey Into The World Of Famous Designer Gaudí At Belfast XR Festival

A magical VR journey through the work of Catalan architect and designer Antoni Gaudí has been confirmed as one of the unique experiences at this year’s Belfast XR festival. Barcelona-based Gaudí was famed for his free-flowing works greatly influenced by nature. As part of the festival attendees will experience 20 minutes of the awe-inspiring wonder

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Young Aspects Welcomes Big Wave Surfer Al Mennie

Aspects Festival is delighted to welcome Al Mennie to its Young Aspects programme. The Big Wave Surfer, writer and athlete will be giving a special talk in Studio 1A, Bangor on Friday 1 March. Author of several children’s books, Al will share insights into his writing journey and what inspires him. Al Mennie is probably best known

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Raising Awareness Of All-Age Apprenticeships At NI Social Care Council

To celebrate the recent Apprentice Week 2024 the Northern Ireland Social Care Council are highlighting the availability of all-age apprenticeships in the social care sector. We are encouraging employers in the independent and voluntary sector who want to develop their social care workers and support them to gain qualifications to find out more.   We know

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Unleashing Potential: Lewis Aces The Aisles At Asda Dundonald

Asda Dundonald has welcomed Lewis Morrow, a member of Four G Day Opportunity Service, to the store to gain valuable work experience. Four G is a locally based service for young adults with learning difficulties and provides 5-day placements for young adults. Over the years Sharon McBratney, Community Champion at the store, has built a

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Choice Tenant Support Fund Gains Acclaim At UK Affordable Housing Awards

A fund which supported 2,000 social housing tenants dealing with financial hardship across Northern Ireland has been commended at this year’s UK Affordable Housing Awards. Choice Housing’s Tenant Support Fund allocated a total of £750,000 over a two-year period to support individuals and families by focusing on household and fuel payment support schemes. The UK

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