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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council strongly welcomes today’s announcement by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that there has been a significant drop in fuel poverty in Northern Ireland from 42% of households in 2011, to 22% in 2016.
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NOW Group

On Tuesday 5th June we are celebrating Sausage Roll Day and Loaf Cafe Bakery’s 3rd birthday with an all day offer of just £1.99 for one of our huge, award winning Rolls with Soul and a cup of tea or coffee!
Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway and Cancer Focus NI Chief Executive Roisin Foster launch a three year partnership with a new ‘Travel to a Healthier Life’ campaign, ahead of Bus + Train Week (June 4 – 10), to raise awareness about the steps people can take to lower cancer risks.
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Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Translink today announced a new three year partnership with leading local charity Cancer Focus Northern Ireland by launching a ‘Travel to a Healthier Life’ campaign.
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Eden Project Communities

On Saturday 26 May, Michael Conlon, Rathlin-born singer and Irish Senator Frances Black, and daughter singer-songwriter Aoife Scott, invite you to join them on Rathlin for The Big Community Walk join them and others of all ages and abilities for a fun and
Charis Cancer Care
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Sonya Cassidy PR

A young Maghera family who recently lost their mum to cancer has spoken of the great comfort the family received at Charis Cancer Care.
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Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre

Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre are calling on all organisations within the Mid Ulster area that involve volunteers to order their FREE Volunteers’ Week certificates.
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Health and Social Care Board

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast launched new report findings into family mental health in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week.
SHS Group ‘Give and Gain’ Through Volunteering Challenges
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Sonya Cassidy PR

The SHS Group once again took part in Business in the Community's national ‘Give & Gain’ initiative.
Bridge to Employment helps address Skills Shortage
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Bridge to Employment helps address Skills Shortage
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Third Sector Marketing

A new service exclusively for the voluntary and community sector launched this month in Northern Ireland. Third Sector Marketing provides a freelance solution to organisations marketing, communications and PR needs.
Newly refurbished toilet and shower facilities opened at Autonomie's new centre Lilac House (Linked Independent Living and Advice Centre) in South Belfast.
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Autonomie

Autonomie has opened its newly refurbished accessible toilet and shower facilities. The improvements were carried out with help from Big Lottery Fund.
DR KIRSTIN LEMON DELIVERS INSPIRATIONAL ‘TALE OF TWO OCEANS’ GUEST LECTURE
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council hosted a community event in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre in Newry on Thursday 10th May 2018.
mental health awareness week
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AWARE

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, with the focus this year on stress.
At the official launch of Project ECHO NI are (front row, from left): HSCB Chief Executive Valerie Watts, Department of Health's Director of Transformation Sharon Gallagher, HSCB Chair Dr Ian Clements, HSCB Director of ehealth Sean Donaghy, Chief Executive Hospice UK Tracey Bleakley, Project Director Martin Hayes. Back row: HSCB Director of Integrated Care Dr Sloan Harper and Project ECHO NI Clinical Lead Professor Max Watson.
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Health and Social Care Board

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a pioneering tele-mentoring programme which provides support to clinicians and health care professionals through the sharing of specialist’s knowledge in order to improve the quality of care to
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Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Over 350 charities that work overseas to provide services to children and/or vulnerable adults have been invited by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland to an Essential safeguarding good practice seminar.
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Law Centre NI

This 8 day programme (WRAP) is essential for new advisers or those who require a good understanding of the benefits system. Accredited through OCNNI it takes learners through the main benefits in detail.
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Barnardo's NI

New resources for children to help them feel more at ease when they are visiting a relative in prison have been developed by Barnardo’s NI Parenting Matters Service
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The Ortus Group

The Ortus Group are pleased to announce CEO Seamus O’Prey has been named Social Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year at the prestigious CO3 Leadership Awards – one week after The Ortus Group is recognised as Social Enterprise of the Year at the Belfast Busi
Loaf Pottery
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NOW Group

Are you an artist who has the passion and skill to inspire others through teaching?
Charity Champions in Action will support three charities in Belfast on 17 May 2018
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Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

In celebration of all that’s good about local generosity, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland will host a crowdfunding evening for people interested in hearing more about the issues of suicide, human trafficking and LGBT in NI.
Phelim Sharvin, Associate Director, UCIT and Pól Deeds, CEO of An Droichead
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Ulster Community Investment Trust

Northern Ireland’s burgeoning cultural and language sector could expand their activities if more groups made use of social finance.
Bluebells, and black labradors walking, at Prehen Wood in Londonderry.  Photo is by Christine Cassidy.
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The Woodland Trust

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood, Sunday 13 May
Philanthropy Fortnight 2018 will take place from 14-25 May at various venues.
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Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

With Northern Ireland being well known as one of the most charitable regions in the UK, Philanthropy Fortnight 2018 is set to celebrate our local generosity and desire to help others with a series of unique events held at venues across Northern Ireland.
The Ortus Group - Social Enterprise of the Year
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The Ortus Group

The Ortus Group are delighted to announce that it has been recognised as the Social Enterprise of the Year at last weeks (27th April) Belfast Chamber Belfast Business Awards held in St. Anne’s Cathedral.
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Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd

Sell it to me! Make me want to volunteer! Volunteer Now have scheduled a half day course for Thursday 10 May 2018 covering marketing of volunteer opportunities.