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Mary Waide, Regional President of St Vincent de Paul North Region
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SVP has revealed that the number of requests for help with fuel in February 2022 has increased by a staggering 497% on the same period last year and is 152% higher than the number of people seeking the Society’s support for fuel in January of this year.
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Advice NI

A ground-up Community Wealth Building approach to target poverty: The Combined Power of the NI Independent Advice Network as an Anchor Institution. 
Eastside Awards Chair, Jonathan McAlpin, and Stephen Patton of Principal Sponsor George Best Belfast City Airport, announce the finalists of Eastside Awards. Tickets are now available for the glittering awards ceremony on 29 April at www.eastsideawards.org.
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There is clear evidence of East Belfast bouncing back better, as a record number of entries have been received for the sixth Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport.
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Consumer Council

SSE Airtricity has announced today (Friday 4 March) an increase of 39% effective from Friday 1 April 2022.
Lidl Northern Ireland has announced the extension of its charity partnership with NSPCC Northern Ireland for a third consecutive time, committing to a new fundraising target of over £1.1 million by 2024. Established in 2017, the strategic partnership has delivered funding of more than £700,000 for NSPCC Northern Ireland through a range of activities and initiatives driven by Lidl Northern Ireland staff members across its 41 stores and supported locally by Lidl’s valued customers. In the last year alone, Lid
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LK Communications

Retailer extends its charity partnership with NSPCC Northern Ireland for a third time to 2024 and commits to new £1.1 million fundraising target
Let me play
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PlayBoard NI

Fifty-seven percent of families who have a child with a physical, learning, sensory, medical, undiagnosed or complex need are unable to play in play parks as often as they would like ...
Paper Trail Legacy Archives: First Steps
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Paper Trail (Legacy Archive Research)

Free e-learning on legacy archives to victims and survivors by Paper Trail. Watch, listen and learn at your own pace and in the comfort of your home.
New Training Schedule Launched
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Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd is pleased to launch our new training calendar today.
Action Cancer
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Sonya Cassidy PR

1,500 breast screenings for local women to be delivered over three years
Simon Community Chief Executive Jim Dennison launches the ‘Hidden Homelessness in Northern Ireland’ report. Pictured alongside him is: (left) Ulster University Professor of Social Policy Ann Marie Gray, and (right) Simon Community Head of Research & Development Karen McAlister.
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Open Strategic Communications

• Pandemic and increased cost of living means this is a growing risk that must be tackled now • Report discovers this could impact over 110,000 people in Northern Ireland
GradEmployNI Programme participants Jade Hamill and Zahra Baz
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Excalibur Press

Charity scheme is reversing turning the tide of poor disability employment rates in Northern Ireland
PlayBoard Manifesto
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PlayBoard NI

PlayBoard NI, the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play has called for politicians to champion play, in the run-up to the May election.
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Consumer Council

With petrol prices nearing a 10 year high this week, just as many of us contemplate a return to office-based work, the cost of the daily commute will come into stark focus for many consumers.
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council has retained best practice accreditations; the British Standard 18477 for Inclusive Service Provision, and the Customer Service Excellence Standard for commitment to high-quality customer service.
Lidl Northern Ireland Sports for Good
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LK Communications

Retailer partners with leading sports charity to deliver mental health mentorships for 25 local schools in campaign backed by Olympic heroes Bethany Firth OBE and Rhys McClenaghan
Organ donation opt-out law change
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Public Health Agency

From Spring 2023, the organ donation system will become an opt-out system. This means, in the event that organ donation is a possibility after you die, it will be considered that you agree to being an organ donor unless you opt-out.
Mary Waide, Regional President of St Vincent de Paul North Region
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Following a record number of calls for help in 2021 the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has launched a national campaign seeking volunteers. The Northern region is also reaching out to people locally to encourage people to come forward and join SVP.
Self Help Africa Northern Ireland Carbon Offsetting Initiative: Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, is pictured at St Columb’s Park, with Denny Elliott, Head of Self Help Africa Northern Ireland, and Paul Armstrong of Foods Connected, together with friends from Praxis Care, at the planting of the first tree as the charity’s carbon offsetting initiative with businesses across Northern Ireland takes root. https://selfhelpafrica.org/onemilliontrees/carbon-offset/
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An initiative spearheaded by development charity, Self Help Africa Northern Ireland, that could remove more than 20 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year for decades to come, has taken root with the first 14 trees planted.
Charles Hurst launches apprenticeship recruitment drive
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LK Communications

Northern Ireland’s largest car retailer is seeking a record number of apprentices in aftersales, servicing and parts.
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Co-operative Alternatives

Cultivating Community Farming (CCF) is an exciting new support programme funded by the Co-op Foundation that will accelerate the growth and capacity of community farming projects across Northern Ireland (NI).
Dr Katy Radford
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British Council Northern Ireland

Dr Katy Radford MBE has been appointed the new Chair of British Council Northern Ireland’s Advisory Committee. She succeeds Alan Shannon, who steps down after completing two full terms as Chair over the past six years.
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Consumer Council

Firmus energy has today announced an increase of 33.57% from 24 February 2022 for gas customers in the Ten Towns area, impacting around 59,000 domestic customers.
Maritime Belfast Trust welcomes new Trustees to their Board. L-R  Kyle Black, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Chair of Maritime Belfast Trust, Judith Davis & Tim Losty
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Maritime Belfast Trust

Maritime Belfast Trust, the charity that preserves and promotes Belfast’s maritime heritage, announces the appointment of three new Trustees to their Board.
Action Cancer
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Sonya Cassidy PR

Staff and customers of Gordons Chemists branches across Northern Ireland have come together once again to raise an incredible £18,500 for Action Cancer.
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Excalibur Press

When it comes to marketing your business, product or service most small businesses will depend on digital channels such as their website, social media and other platforms such as Google My Business.