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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.
Loaf Pottery Crawfordsburn
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NOW Group

A new art centre and cafe has opened in Crawfordsburn that will secure jobs and opportunities for people with learning difficulties.
Calling local groups, clubs and non-profit organisations in Northern Ireland to enter the Hovis® Live Good Local Challenge – the closing date for applications is 25th May 2018
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Calling local groups, clubs and non-profit organisations in Northern Ireland to enter the Hovis® Live Good Local Challenge – the closing date for applications is 25th May 2018
The Bishop's Gate Hotel Walled City of Derry Pro Am Tournament will take place on 25 and 26 August 2018.
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Calling budding young golfers! On Friday 24 August, Foyle Golf Academy will welcome the stars of the next generation at the Junior Fun Golf Day. Registration is essential as places are limited.
Launch of Barnardo's NI Independent Guardian Service
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Barnardo's NI

Barnardo's NI has launched a new regional service to support children in Northern Ireland who are separated from their families and home countries, including those who have been trafficked.
TP1819 Cover
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Association for Real Change NI

The ARC NI Training Programme and Porfolio are now available to download from the ARC NI website http://arcuk.org.uk/northernireland/
Garden Show Ireland
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AWARE

AWARE, the depression charity for Northern Ireland, is delighted to be involved in the Allianz Garden Show Ireland this year, helping to raise awareness of depression, mental health and the support that is available.
Inner South Belfast Neighbourhood Partnership
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Inner South Belfast Neighbourhood Partnership

The Inner South Belfast Neighbourhood Partnership was established to oversee and facilitate the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy in the communities of Donegall Pass, Lower Ormeau and the Market.
MLA Jonathan Buckley and NIACRO's Katherine McCloskey, who both took part in the programme last year
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British Council

Interested in changing global policy? If you're aged 18-35 - apply now for British Council's Future Leaders Connect and be part of an intensive 10-day leadership programme - 2 places for Northern Ireland applicants guaranteed.
ACORN FUND SHOWCASE
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Nerve Centre

Applications are now open for the Acorn Fund’s City of Culture Legacy Grants Fund, where community and voluntary groups from across County Derry can benefit from grants of up to £3,000, to support innovative arts and cultural projects in their local areas
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Northern Ireland Central Investment Fund for Charities

Form for any interested charitable organisations to apply to invest funds in the NICIFC
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The Jungle NI

The Jungle’s Manor House Accommodation Centre, is a beautiful listed building, located in the heart of Moneymore, just 2 minutes from The Jungle.
NOW group creative writing
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NOW Group

NOW Group has set up a new creative writing social group that meets one Saturday afternoon per month in Belfast City Centre.
Francis Fitzsimons displays the JAM Card at The Consumer Council, who has become a JAM Card Friendly Organisation. Pictured with Christine McClune (Now Group) and Sarah Hunter (The Consumer Council).
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council has demonstrated its commitment to customers by taking part in training that will ensure its staff are equipped to provide excellent customer service to people with learning difficulties and communication barriers.
New staff members will be part of a team that will deliver new community project called What Next? at the charity's new centre in south Belfast.
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Autonomie

Belfast-based disability charity Autonomie has welcomed five new members of staff to help support young people living with a disability.
Vivienne Gilholm C&V Developments LTD, Susan Morgan Causeway Cycle Club and Colin Gilholm C&V Developments LTD.
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Sonya Cassidy PR

C&V Developments Limited is sponsoring the second annual Air Ambulance NI Cycle Sportive 2018 which will take place on Sunday 13th May 2018. Starting at the North West Paddocks, this event is hosted and managed by Causeway Cycle Club.
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Parkinson's UK

New research has revealed a staggering lack of awareness of how complex Parkinson’s is.
Out & About Group
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YouthAction Northern Ireland

A space for young women (aged 16-25) who identify other than heterosexual is still open for new group members.
Charis Cancer Care
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Charis Cancer Care celebrates its 8th anniversary by unveiling expansion plans at the centre and announcing the appointment of new Trustee, Margaret McAteer.
Photo Credit: Dementia NI. Dementia NI ask others to JAM - Give ‘Just a Minute’.
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Dementia NI

Local charity Dementia NI, set up by a group of individuals living with dementia, has teamed up with Belfast based social enterprise NOW Group to launch a dementia-specific JAM Card.
Rodeo Bull hire Northern Ireland
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Glendarragh Bouncy Castles

Check out our range of Bouncy Castles, Bungee Run, Obstacle Course, Inflatable Slides, Rodeo Bull, Sweet Treats and other products available to hire for fun days and community events throughout Newtownards, Bangor, Belfast and surrounding areas.