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Pictured launching the 2022 Giving Tree Appeal at the Maldron Hotel in Belfast’s Linen Quarter are Nicky Conway, Chief Executive of BCM, Colum Boyle, Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities, and Mary Waide, St Vincent de Paul’s Regional President for the North region.
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Belfast Central Mission

This year’s Giving Tree Toy Appeal between BCM, DfC and SVP, was officially launched this week to encourage everyone to help provide a sense of joy to as many families as possible by donating a toy, gift or voucher.
Pictured from left to right: Bill Cherry, Managing Director, Refresh NI, Cameron Watt, Chief Executive of Alpha Housing, and Zara Burns, Marketing Officer, Refresh NI
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Open Strategic Communications

Alpha Housing has launched a new partnership with local firm Refresh NI to provide repair services for elderly tenants in 1,000 homes across Northern Ireland.
Self Help Africa Northern Ireland Ambassador Rob Herring
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Ulster Rugby hooker Rob Herring and BBC presenter Stephen Watson will front a special ticketed event in aid of Self Help Africa Northern Ireland at Kingspan on 8 December
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Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Meet some of Northern Ireland’s Charity Commissioners and get an in-depth look at the work of the regulator at the Commission’s annual public meeting 2022.
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Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Charities with an annual reporting deadline of 31 October 2022 have less than two weeks to submit their annual return to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
Jonathan McAlpin, Chair of Eastside Awards Committee, is joined by sponsors to shout from the rooftops that the seventh Eastside Awards is now open for entry. Deadline for entries to Eastside Awards which recognises all that is good about East Belfast is 28 October. To enter, please visit www.eastsideawards.org
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The seventh Eastside Awards is now open for entry with a brand new category this year reflecting the efforts organisations are making to environmental sustainability.
TEDx
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Bespoke Communications

TED.com is arguably the world’s most powerful platform for sharing ideas.
MindWise
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Agnew Group and MindWise will also work together to train 400 consumer-facing staff in mental health awareness
Pictured from left to right: Kellie Armstrong MLA, Elaine Leonard Chief Executive of Appleby Trust, David Babington Chief Executive of Action Mental Health, Norman Sterritt Chair of NIUSE, Roisin Mallon, Director, Dedicated Mechanism Unit, Equality Commission for NI, Conor McGinnity, Mencap service user, Liz Kimmins MLA, and Grainne Close Director at Mencap.
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Open Strategic Communications

The uncertain future of disability employment services in Northern Ireland, currently funded through the ESF has reached a critical cliff edge, sectors leaders, officials and elected representatives heard during an event in Stormont on Tuesday (27/9/22).
Action Cancer
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Sonya Cassidy PR

First cohort of women to have breast cancer detected by Action Cancer and receive treatment during pandemic come together
Health Minister Robin Swann MLA, and Department for Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA, are joined by Chair of the All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling, Robbie Butler MLA and Vice Chair Philip McGuigan MLA at the launch of the report on ‘Gaming Machines in Northern Ireland’. www.gamharmapg.org
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New report reveals people who use gaming machines are more at risk of gambling addiction as its authors call on Stormont to overhaul gambling legislation
Organ Donation Week
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Public Health Agency

Organ Donation Week runs from 26 September to 2 October and is a celebration of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. We encourage everyone to register an organ donation decision and let loved ones know that decision.
8/10 students report improvement in confidence thanks to Lidl Northern Ireland Sport for Good programme
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LK Communications

Retailer’s pioneering mental health initiative for secondary schools returns for a second year as evaluation data reveals the positive impact of programme for young people across the region
eden project camp discussion build on unforgettable expereinces to better your community
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Eden Project Communities

Community Camp is an immersive learning experience, offering a mix of practical activities, workshop sessions and networking opportunities for Community active people all over the UK. Our flexible online sessions take place on weekday evenings.
FREE Capacity Building Training Sessions
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Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now are delivering a range of FREE capacity building training courses to groups based in the Belfast City Council area. For most courses you can choose either face-to-face or online.
Volunteers
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Community Services Section - Belfast City Council

After a three year break the Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards have returned. Celebrating volunteers aged 60 and over, the awards recognise the gift of time that makes life better for everyone, so nominate your star older volunteers now!
Maritime Belfast Story Plan Exhibition
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Maritime Belfast Trust

Maritime Belfast Trust, the charity responsible for promoting and preserving Belfast’s maritime heritage, has launched Where Belfast Begins, Maritime Belfast Story outdoor exhibition.
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Northern Ireland’s leading, local cancer charity, Action Cancer, is calling on adventurers from across the country to sign up to its 2023 Trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru, to raise funds for its prevention, detection and support services.
Four adults posing with three Scamwise NI props.
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Consumer Council

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and the Consumer Council have launched a new initiative in time for the new academic year, aimed at helping students avoid scams and identity theft.
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Consumer Council

Click Energy, the smallest of the five electricity suppliers in Northern Ireland, has announced it will be increasing electricity prices by 28.2% from 1 October 2022, impacting around 26,000 customers.
PEACEPLUS Programme Overview
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Special EU Programmes Body

PEACEPLUS, the new European Union funding Programme, is designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, building upon the work of the previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes.
Minister for Infrastructure, John O’Dowd, has met with stakeholders of Lough Neagh Partnership and has given his commitment to establishing a formal relationship with the organisation. Following the meeting at Ballyronan Marina, the Minister is pictured with Gerry Darby, Strategic Manager at Lough Neagh Partnership; Arnold Hatch, Chairperson of Lough Neagh Partnership; and Dr William Burke, Landscape Partner Manager at Lough Neagh Partnership. www.loughneaghpartnership.org
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Minister for Infrastructure, John O’Dowd, has met with stakeholders of Lough Neagh Partnership and has given his commitment to establishing a formal relationship with the organisation.
New pilot scheme for conference, events and tourism sector aimed at demonstrating how tourism can support the well-being of Belfast
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LK Communications

New pilot scheme for conference, events and tourism sector aimed at demonstrating how tourism can support the well-being of Belfast
Simon Wagstaff, Associate Director, Technology Services at A&O Belfast and Chair of the Belfast Grants Committee .
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Open Strategic Communications

Ten charities working in Northern Ireland have received a share of £55,561 through the Allen & Overy Foundation, which is funded by contributions from A&O partners worldwide.
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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Community groups are being urged to apply for James Brown & Sons Community Fund, which support charities and not-for-profit organisations with much-needed aid.