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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.
Photo of new children's activity booklets
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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
Seamus O'Prey
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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.
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.