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Boardroom Apprentices May Cheung (2019), Nikita Brijpaul (2020), Jo McGinley (2020) Minister of Finance Conor Murphy MLA, David Johnston (2021) and Roisin Kelly (2019) encouraging people to #GetOnBoard by applying for the Boardroom Apprentice programme before applications close on May 24th.  Photo by Colm Lenaghan at Pacemaker Press.
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Excalibur Press

The 2022 Boardroom Apprentice deadline is approaching for people to join the 12-month unique board learning, development and placement programme.
Free Training Places
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Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd

We are delighted to be able to offer FREE training places, in partnership with the Halifax Foundation NI! If you are an organisation with an income of less than £250k then we can offer you a FREE place on the training below.
Boardroom Apprentice founder Eileen Mullan. Boardroom Apprentice 2022 applications close on May 24 (Photo by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker)
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Excalibur Press

There’s only one week left to apply for this year’s Boardroom Apprentice programme online via the official Boardroom Apprentice website.
2020 Boardroom Apprentices Jo McGinley (right) and David Esler (middle) with founder Eileen Mullan. (Photo by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker)
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Excalibur Press

There’s just over a week left to apply for this year’s Boardroom Apprentice programme online via the official Boardroom Apprentice website.
2020 Boardroom Apprentice participant Nikita Brijpaul
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Excalibur Press

For Belfast’s Nikita Brijpaul a conversation with his line manager led here to the Boardroom Apprentice programme, and the challenges now see him hold three boardroom roles.
Boardroom Apprentice founder Eileen Mullan. Boardroom Apprentice 2022 applications close 24th May, Photo by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker
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Excalibur Press

Reflecting back on when she was just starting out on her first Board, Eileen Mullan admitted that she found the journey daunting and exciting in equal measures.
From left, Aine Wallace, Lord Lieutenant David McCorkell, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Cllr Billy Webb, Liz Brown, Danny Kinahan, John Conaghan
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Excalibur Press

Ahead of mental health awareness week next week, Northern Irish social enterprise Fresh Minds Education celebrated the launch of Connections: Operation Link Life, a training session that aims to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention for
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council is urging Danske Bank customers to review their banking needs as it has announced today (Friday 13 May 2022) that four local branches are due to close later this year.
Voice for Locals
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Sonya Cassidy PR

The Voice for Locals Initiative offers digital tools, marketing techniques and customer experience training for small firms, and it is set to digitise NI marketplaces and high streets.
​Jessica Kee enjoys her sister Sophie's company at The Big Jubilee Lunch during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Grey Point Fort, Helens Bay.
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The Eden Project is inviting neighbours and groups across Northern Ireland to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch as part of the official celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!
2020 Boardroom Apprentices Jo McGinley (left) and David Esler (right) with founder Eileen Mullan. Boardroom Apprentice 2022 applications open on May 3
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Excalibur Press

Applications for this year’s Boardroom Apprentice programme are now open and available on the official Boardroom Apprentice website.
People putting together jigsaw pieces
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NICVA

Across Divides is an exciting new podcast- a must listen for anyone with an interest in the voluntary and community sector or social enterprises.
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NICVA

NICVA and Ireland’s national association of charities, The Wheel, have launched www.icommunityhub.org, to foster collaboration between community and voluntary groups across the island.
Organ donation
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Public Health Agency

The organ donation system in Northern Ireland is changing to an opt-out system. This will mean, in the event that organ donation is a possibility after you die, it will be considered all adults agree to being an organ donor unless they choose to opt-out.
BCM launch new podcast
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Belfast Central Mission

The new podcast from BCM will discuss the key topics tackled across its projects with input from partner organisations, other charities, and third-party service providers to raise awareness of social issues across N. Ireland
Lough Neagh Artisans members Noreen Van der Velde of Noreen's Nettles, Noeleen Kelly of Lock Keeper's Cottage, Ann Marie Collins of Annie's Delights, Gary McErlain of Lough Neagh's Stories and Angela Patterson of Gold & Browne's launch the first Lough Neagh Artisans Market which will take place at Lock Keeper's Cottage, Toome; on 22 May from 1pm to 5pm. https://loughneaghartisans.com/lough-neagh-artisan-market/
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The first Lough Neagh Artisans Market will take place at Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Toome, on Sunday 22 May from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. The market is a pilot to showcase local produce, arts and crafts from the shoreline of Lough Neagh and right across Northern Ire
The 2021 Eastside Award for Community Impact sponsored by Belfast Harbour: Ashfield Girls’ High School – Principal Mrs Louise Hanvey, presented by sponsor Mark Doherty and host presenter Tara Mills
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The much anticipated Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport, celebrating all that is good about East Belfast, returned after a year’s absence with winners being recognised in 16 sought after categories.
Self Help Africa Ambassador Rob Herring joins Denny Elliott, Head of Self Help Africa Northern Ireland, as he prepares for the charity’s Camino Walk. For more information, please contact Denny Elliott by email at denny.elliott@selfhelpafrica.net
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Epic fundraising walk of the spectacular Spanish terrain this September
James Brown MBE is joined by Julian Hodgkinson, Regional Development Director; Beverley Brown, Marketing Manager; Emma Moore, Branch Development Manager and Andrew Neale, Branch Manager; at the launch of James Brown & Sons £20,000 Community Fund which will fund grass-roots good causes provided by local charities and not-for-profit organisations working to benefit people in Belfast and the surrounding areas. www.jamesbrownfuneraldirectors.com
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£20,000 Community Fund launched to fund grass-roots good causes provided by local charities and not-for-profit organisations working to benefit people in Belfast and the surrounding areas
be more eco workshops
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Eden Project Communities

Co Antrim CountrySide Custodians will host an extravaganza of environmental tips and ideas in BallyClare Town hall 21 May
2020 Boardroom Apprentices Jo McGinley (right) and David Esler (middle) with founder Eileen Mullan. Boardroom Apprentice 2022 applications open on May 3
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Excalibur Press

The Boardroom Apprentice programme is set to return this year as applications for this year’s apprentices are set to open on May 3.
Dr Terry Cross OBE
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Over 2000 children referred annually to Paediatric Ophthalmology in Belfast will be able to avail of the most advanced sight-saving screening available, following the introduction of a new retinal camera in the Children’s Eye Unit.
Dyson Airblade Cash-back and Splash-back Offer
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03 Group Ltd : o3 group ltd : Kitchen and Washroom Hygiene

In association with Dyson, we are pleased to exclusively offer a free stainless steel splash-back with every purchase of the new Dyson Airblade 9kJ. In addition, we are also offering £50 cash-back with every Dyson Airblade traded in against the new 9kJ
Air Ambulance NI Pilot Allan Bryers accepts a donation from Hillmount owners Robin and Edith Mercer and staff Courtney Best, Ashley Brown, David Proctor and Naomi Ferguson.
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Staff of Hillmount had the honour of visiting with the Air Ambulance NI team to present a donation of £4036.93 made up from an instore customer collection and personal donation from the Mercer family.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
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Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd

Do you know of a group of volunteers who are making an exceptional impact on a local community? They could be awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service next year!