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Invitation: Community Planning Public Engagement Events (13/10/2014)

Mid Ulster District Council would like to invite you to participate in one or more of our Community Planning Engagement Events. These events are being held across the Mid Ulster District which includes Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt council areas.

Community Planning is the process by which Councils work with partners and communities to develop and deliver shared services for their areas. The Plan should set out shared priorities for the Mid Ulster area for all aspects of community life, which will involve working together to plan and deliver services that will make a real difference to people's lives. We would like you and as many of your people as possible to have their say on what it is like to live, work and visit your local community and wider district and to identify issues and priorities for moving into the future.

The events are being held across the Mid Ulster area to allow as many people as possible to attend. We would encourage you to share the events with all group members and people within the wider community to ensure maximum representation. A questionnaire is available online at www.midulstercouncil.org

Event Schedule

  • Dungannon Council Offices Wednesday 15th October 7.00pm,
  • Magherafelt Council Offices Thursday 16th October 7.00pm
  • Cookstown Burnavon Centre Monday 27th October 7.00pm
  • Pomeroy Rowan Tree Centre Monday 10th November 7.00pm
  • Coalisland Cornmill Centre Tuesday 11th November 7.00pm
  • Maghera Walsh's Hotel Thursday 13th November 7.00pm
  • Fivemiletown College Wednesday 19th November 7.00pm
  • Castledawson Presbyterian Hall Thursday 20th November 7.00pm
  • Ballyronan Marina Centre Monday 24th November 7.00pm
  • Tobermore Kilcronaghan Activity Centre Monday 8th December 7.00pm
  • Aghaloo Community Centre Wednesday 10th December 7.00pm
  • Broughderg Community Centre Thursday 11th December 7.00pm

If members of your community group or general public in your area can attend, it is essential that you register your attendance prior to the event by email: community.planning@midulstercouncil.org

I hope you join us and look forward to meeting you at the events.

Yours Faithfully,

Councillor Cathal Mallaghan


Money Monday (26/09/2014)

Community Change are currently running a new service, where groups can book a dedicated one hour funding support session with James Laverty (Community Change Facilitation, Training and Development Officer).

James will work with groups to help identify funding opportunities appropriate to them and provide guidance on the process of applying to funders. This is a FREE service to Community Change members with an expectation that some work carried out, if funding is successful, will be provided by Community Change.

To register your interest and book your FREE session contact: James Laverty on 02890 232587 / james.laverty@communitychange-ni.org

Community Change, Unit 4c, Weavers Court Business Park,

Linfield Road, Belfast, BT12 5GH

Tel: 02890 232587 Email: info@communitychange-ni.org


GLASGOWBURY PRESENTS Reconnect, Reminiscence, Rekindle (26/09/2014)

     Twinkle Toes Tea Dance

Relive your dance hall days with Tea Dances on the first Tuesday of every month 11am – 1pm. Tea dances are popular for people wanting to join in on the dances or just to enjoy the company. Tuition available for those wanting to refresh their memory or learn new dance steps. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the dance is rounded off with a cuppa! Price £2.50

 

                                                 The Hearty Singing Club

Sing yourself to better health!  On a Thursday afternoon, 2pm – 4pm, at the Hearty Singing Club you will be singing and chatting about the songs you love and perhaps  writing and recording your own original piece telling the stories of times gone by and memories of the past. Come along and join in the singing and the craic or just enjoy the company. Price £2.50

 

                                   Creative Computing/Internet Confidence

 Learn how to use the Internet for practical and creative purposes including computer, IPAD /tablet use, emails, facebook, skype, online banking, shopping and public services eg taxing car, downloading music, ibooks and films. Design of posters, cards, invitations and photograph enhancement also available. Classes tailored to suit level of ability from complete beginners to intermediate. Suitable for adults/seniors. Classes are held on a Tuesday afternoon and evening. Free of charge

All programmes organised by Glasgowbury and take place in the Cornstore Creative Hub in Draperstown.  Registration required as numbers are limited.

Telephone 028 79628428 for details.  info@glasgowbury.com / www.glasgowbury.com

                                         Charity Registration Number: NI605616


Living & Learning Together project celebrates 1000 course provided (26/09/2014)

The Living & Learning Together project is a partnership project funded through the Big Lottery; it assists community groups / organisations in setting up courses and activities that improve the health and wellbeing of those that take part.  The project has been running in the Magherafelt and Antrim council areas since Jan 2010 and targets 5 groups: seniors, migrant community, unemployed, parents of special needs children and youth,

The project has just set up its 1000th course with St Columbas  Camogie group in Clady, the course started on 24th September in St Oliver Plunketts hall.  Tutor Christina Campbell has been running Healthy eating classes through the project since it began in 2010.  Participants learn new ideas for cooking healthy meals, develop new skills and attending classes can build confidence and reduce isolation.  Courses are provided on peoples doorsteps across community venues to enable all to attend. 

Christina said “During the last 5 years I have enjoyed and been humbled by all those that I have met.  The idea of healthy eating in the community- is about giving people choice!  Whether it is cooking on a budget, young people off to University or seniors trying new recipes out.  The programme is not just about food, it has assisted people to cope after bereavement, low self esteem, carers etc and it gives those who take part, time out for them.  The Living & Learning Together project has brought people together, the project aims to reduce isolation, promote integration, and introduce physical activity initiatives; we work with community groups to identify training gaps and to build capacity of groups to be self sustaining.  The project also promotes partnership working across agencies in order to try and ensure resources are put to best use, the project regularly works with Magherafelt and Antrim Councils, Police and Community Safety partnerships, NEELB Youth Service, Cookstown & Magherafelt Volunteer centre, Magherafelt Learning Partnership, DADS and CWSAN

The Living & Learning Together project has reached out to over 25000 participants whether through courses or by attending one off events.  The original project targets were to provide activities for 2400 individuals.  The project has shown what can be achieved when communities are given the support they need to set up courses and activities and offer local people opportunities to take part in.  Whether Education, learning new skills, up skilling or fitness classes, the delivery of this project has been an excellent model of partnership working.  The range of courses on offer varies as per groups needs, participants who take part in the project are living life to the full, learning new skills, making new friends and having fun.  One participant who has taken part in the project stated:

“It is a very relaxed, welcoming group of people who all get on so well together.  Everyone is so helpful and kind and full of such wonderful ideas.  It has brought such a variety of people together who may live near each other but would never have come in contact with each other but for these classes.  I am totally engrossed in my new skills and the enjoyment has been second to none.  Life has changed.  There is now relaxation, de stress time and time for me.”  The Living & Learning Together project is in its final year of funding and project activity will end in June 2015.


Crumlin Carers/Older People's Information Event (26/09/2014)

The Living & Learning Together project in partnership with Antrim Borough Council, Antrim District Citizens Advice Bureau, Age NI, Crumlin Seniors Group, Cignet and the Carers Trust has held a

Carers/ Seniors Information event in St John’s Church of Ireland Hall, Crumlin On Wednesday 17th September 11.00am -3.00pm

There were a range of organisations who attended to offer advice and support such as:

Community Safety representatives, Carers NI, Carers Trust, Citizens Advice, Alzheimer’s society, Action on hearing loss and Police and community Safety partnership,

The event was a drop in and, tea coffee and light refreshments were provided to those that attended.  Free complimentary therapy taster sessions, healthy eating demonstrations were also available on the day and a free draw took place.

The Living and Learning Together project is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion.  The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 


Living & Learning Together project says THANK YOU at Community Networking event (13/08/2014)

A community group networking event was held on 16th June in the Northern Regional College, Magherafelt. Over 20 groups attended the evening and discussed the types of courses that they are planning to offer from September 2014 in their communities.  Groups attended from across both Magherafelt & Antrim council areas.  These groups organise health and well being courses in local community venues and offer a wide range of activities from: healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, first aid, basic food hygiene and sports for young people. The groups are able to provide courses for free through funding from the Big Lotteries Living and Learning Together project.  The Living and Learning Together Project  is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in Magherafelt and Antrim, is in its final year, and groups are being supported to work together to strengthen the voice of what is needed in their communities .

The range of groups that the project works with and where courses take place can be found on the project website:

 http://livingandlearningtogether.org/

 The event encouraged groups to work together in planning the courses that they offer and to continue to deliver local solutions to gaps in provision in their areas.  Marie Donaghy of the Northern Regional College congratulated the groups on their achievements and thanked them for the huge amount of voluntary work that groups carry out in order to get courses up and running.  The buy in and commitment from group organisers has played a large part in making the programme a success. To date the project has provided free training for over 24000 participants since the project began in 2010.


Social Skills for Staying Safe 12th November 2014 (21/07/2014)

An interactive workshop designed for Parent’s/Carers living with an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

This workshop aims to share ideas on supporting your young person with ASD to keep socially and physically safe as they develop towards independence.

Venue:       THE PARK AVENUE HOTEL, 158 Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 1PB

For booking forms contact Christine Quail, Autism NI, Donard, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast BT8 8HB  christine@autismni.org 

you can ring Christine on 028 9040 1729 Option 2


Magherafelt Youth Awards (30/06/2014)

The Living & Learning Together Project in partnership with the Children and Young Persons strategic partnership has held a Youth awards evening in Walshes hotel in Maghera on Wednesday 18th June.  73 young people were nominated for awards, all inspirational young people nominated as they have made a difference through good deeds, volunteering, or personal achievements.  Each young person has been identified as a positive role model in their community

 The Children and Young Persons locality group was set up in Magherafelt in October 2012, a group of 22 local organisations who meet every couple of months to consider and discuss how to improve and address issues that are prominent for young people.  The group has in place an action plan and part of this was to showcase the positive achievements of young people, which lead to the Magherafelt Youth awards.

 The group wishes to enable young people to Enjoy Learning and achieving, live in safety, contribute to community life and to Live in a society that respects their rights. The Magherafelt Youth Council played a key role in organising the evening, deciding on the choice of food, entertainment, and the comparing on the evening was carried out by Mark Henry and Eimear Mc Williams.  The event was truly an event for young people organised by Young People

 Overall Winners on the night were:

Brenna Donnelly, 11-14 winner presented by PSNI Simon Corr

Tiegan Hunter, 15-16 winner presented by Eileen McGovern, CWSAN

Shaonnon Kelly, 17-18 winner, presented by Marie Roulston, NHSCT Director of Children’s Services and Bernie O’Neill was awarded the Inspirational Adult presented by Cllr Martin Kearney, Chair of Police and Community Safety Partnership

Congratulations to all the young people nominated and the overall winners.

 The Living and Learning Together project is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion.  The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

 


Summer Schemes in Magherafelt (06/06/2014)
Location Day(S) Start Date Time(s) End Date Age Groups Contact Name Cost Contact Number
St Pius X College Monday-Friday 30/06/2014 9.30-1.30 11/07/2014 P5, P6, P7 & Year 8 Padraig O'Kane/Peter Young £30 for two weeks 02879632186
Maghera Leisure Centre Monday-Friday 30/06/2014 10-12.30 & 1.30-4.00 29/08/2014 5-14 years Fintan Campbell 1st Child £2.55 per session, 2nd Child £1.90 per session. 10 sessions (one week) £12.75 02879547400
Magherafelt Youth Centre Monday-Friday 14/07/2014 10.00-2.00 25/07/2014 7-12 years Shaun McCormick £1 per day/ Trips away is extra 02879634848
Linenhall Community Centre Upperlands Tuesday 22/07/2014 10.00-12.00 19/08/2014 Primary School Gemma Wilson FREE 02879645937
Greenvale Leisure Centre Monday-Friday 21/07/2014 9.00-3.00 22/08/2014

4-7 (9am-1pm) 8-12 (9am-3pm)

David Lowry Age 4-7 £5 per day. Age 8-12 £10 per day 02879632796 Can only book 1 week
Meadowbank Sports Arena Monday-Friday 30/06/2014 10.00-12.30 29/08/2014

7-14 years

  1st Child £2.55 per session, 2nd Child £1.90 per session. 10 sessions £12.75 02879397117
Mid Ulster Summer Scheme for Children With disabilities Monday-Friday 04/08/2014 12.30-1.30pm 15/08/2014

8-12 years 

Location Meadowbank Sports Arena Contact Meadowbank 02879397117

Presentation at St Marys Grammar School, Magherafelt, 12th May 2014 (16/05/2014)

 The Living & Learning Together project has co ordinated a schools health event held in St Marys Grammar school in Magherafelt, with over 500 pupils taking part.  At the event over 25 exhibitors have provided information on the services and activities that they provide for young people

Representatives at the Health fair included Magherafelt District Advice services, Barnardo's  Young Carers project, N.I. anti bullying forum, smoking cessation, TIPSA –Tackling issues and preventing substance abuse and the Police and community safety partnership.

The event also included advice on healthy eating and sample healthy snacks with demonstrations of quick and simple healthy eating ideas.

 The event is a partnership based initiative in association with Magherafelt Learning partnership and the Children and Young person’s strategic partnership.

 The schools wish to support young people and signpost them to a range of services that are available to them by promoting the services that are locally provided and to enable more information to be made available on what activities are in place across Magherafelt. 

The event gave young people the opportunity to see the range of services that can support them across the Magherafelt Council area.  At the event each participant completed a quiz and a presentation of prizes was made by Michael Mc Crory, from Magherafelt Police and community safety partnership.


Northern Regional College students create artwork piece for campus (16/05/2014)

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion. 

 The project has been working with two groups of students from the Northern Regional College, Health & Social Care students and the English for Speakers of other languages classes.  Both classes take place in classrooms that are next door to each other and the idea was to encourage students to mix.  Tutor Lynne Dyson worked over two sessions with the students to produce a piece of ceramic artwork.  The group created a welcome sign for the college, which will be displayed in the campus.

Both groups enjoyed taking part in the sessions and the artwork produced shows how effectively both classes worked together.

 All courses available through the project will be promoted through the following website.

http://livingandlearningtogether.org/

 There are a wide range of activities that can be provided through the programme free of charge to the local community such as:  healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, and sports for young people. The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

 For additional Information on the work of the project contact: Marie Donaghy

Big Lottery Live & Learn Project

Northern Regional College

Room G20

22 Moneymore Road
Magherafelt


Tel: 02879 395237 / Mobile: 07899915708
Email: marie.donaghy@nrc.ac.uk


Antrim Community excellence Awards (15/05/2014)

The Antrim Community Excellence Awards, in association with Omniplex, are designed to give you the opportunity to recognise individuals, groups, organisations or business that you think deserve to be acknowledged for being very special and making a difference to the lives of others in the Borough of Antrim.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Good Neighbour Award sponsored by Total Mobile

This award acknowledges acts of goodwill, which may go unrecognised.  A good neighbour may assist in household chores or visit those in hospital or living alone, provide transport to those in need and generally, selflessly assist friends and neighbours.

Champion Award sponsored by Tascomi

This is an award for an individual who has championed the cause of others.  The cause could be support for older people, the disabled, carers or young people and can be local, regional or national.

Personal Achievement Award sponsored by I3

This award recognises individuals who, despite seemingly insurmountable problems resulting from personal ill-health, family ill-health, family circumstances or personal tregedy, continue to lead active, selfless lives in our community, working for others and contributing to society in general.

Individual Volunteering Award - Long Service 

This award recognises an individual voluteer who has shown long serving commitment to an organisation.  The panel will not only be looking at length of service but also will take into account what difference their work has made.

Individual Volunteering - Contribution

This award is for an individual volunteer who has shown commitment, enthusiasm and dedication, making a significant difference by helping their community or local groups and organisations.

Community/Voluntary Group - Contribution

This award recognises a community group that has shown commitment, enthusiasm and dedication thereby making a significant difference to the lives of individuals or their community.  Most members must be volunteers.

Environment Award

This award is for an individual, business or school working to protect the natural or built environment or promote environmentally responsible attitudes and behaviour eg helping others to recycle, improving green space or creating energy efficiency schemes.

Randox Business Award

This award recognises a business in the Antrim Borough Council area (not applicable to award partners) that has made a significant contribution to the social or economic well-being of the Borough and its residents.  Nominations from businesses that support Fairtrade are particularly welcome.

Culture, Arts & Sports Award sponsored by Coca-Cola Hellenic

This award is designed to recognise an individual, group, organisation of business that makes a contribution to improving community life in the Borough through, for example, arts & culture, sport, community development, civic leadership or health and well-being.

The shortlisted nominees will be invited to the Awards in the Templeton Hotel on Wednesday 11 June.

GO ON...COMPLETE A NOMINATION FORM AND GIVE SOMEONE THE RECOGNITION THEY DESERVE
 


Living Life to the Full (13/05/2014)

Living Life to the Full

Living Life to the Full Programme - A Life Skills Programme with a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach

Each participant on the Living Life to the Full programme will be required to attend 6 sessions (one a week) which will last a maximum of two hours. 

Our Life Skills programme can make a big difference to your life! It can help you sleep better, feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, get out more and enjoy better relationships.

 The free course has been developed by Dr Chris Williams, Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Glasgow, a recognised expert and trainer in cognitive behavioral therapy, who has years of experience of developing self-help resources. 

 The course includes the following topics:-

 Why do I feel bad?

This enjoyable, interactive session introduces the 5 areas approach and shows that what you think and do influences how you feel.

 I can't be bothered doing anything

Everything is achievable if broken down into small enough steps. This session introduces a 5 step plan to help you tackle problems and make positive changes in your life!

 Why does everything always go wrong?

We've all said this to ourselves when we're feeling down. This session encourages you to start doing things which can make you feel better.

 I'm not good enough

This session helps you to identify things such as drinking, comfort eating or spending money which may make you feel better initially but which may lead to problems over time.

 How to fix almost everything

This session teaches you to recognise and control your unhelpful thinking patterns. It encourages you to challenge your negative thoughts and replace them with more helpful ones

 The things you do that mess you up

This session helps you to recognise what winds you up and teaches you how to control your anger and improve your happiness and relationships.

 Are you strong enough to keep your temper?

We're not born with doubts like these! Things others have said creep into our heads and we begin to believe them. Re-build your self-confidence and learn to like yourself again!

 10 things you can do to feel happier straight away

This last session sums everything up and shows you some simple things that you can build into your everyday life to help you feel happier, fitter and more positive.

 If you need any further information, please contact  Denise McConnell-Dillon on 02871 260602

This course is provided by Aware Defeat Depression

 


Student Health Fair at St Marys Grammar School, Magherafelt (16/04/2014)

The Living & Learning Together project has co ordinated a schools health event held in St Marys Grammar school in Magherafelt, with over 500 pupils taking part.  At the event over 25 exhibitors have provided information on the services and activities that they provide for young people

Representatives at the Health fair included Magherafelt District Advice services, Barnardo's  Young Carers project, N.I. anti bullying forum, smoking cessation, TIPSA –Tackling issues and preventing substance abuse and the Police and community safety partnership.

The event also included advice on healthy eating and sample healthy snacks with demonstrations of quick and simple healthy eating ideas.

 The event is a partnership based initiative in association with Magherafelt Learning partnership and the Children and Young person’s strategic partnership.

 The schools wish to support young people and signpost them to a range of services that are available to them by promoting the services that are locally provided and to enable more information to be made available on what activities are in place across Magherafelt. 

The event gave young people the opportunity to see the range of services that can support them across the Magherafelt Council area.

 Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion.  The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

 For further information on the event please see the project website:

http://livingandlearningtogether.org or contact;

 


Living & Leraning Together project- your help needed (07/04/2014)

The Living and Learning Together project commenced in Jan 2010, since this date the project has provided 917 courses / activities to groups across the Magherafelt and Antrim council areas.  The project has engaged with almost 24000 participants.

As the project funding will only continue for a further year it is important that participants get an opportunity to show how the project has impacted on their lives.  Not only does this give our funders the opportunity to share in how successful the project has been but provides an evidence base for the steering committee to submit future bids for funding.

We are proposing collecting a range of testimonials from participants/ groups that have taken part in the project with a view to collating a booklet of these articles. These testimonials, stories from course participants can be anonymous and are often very powerful promotional tools.  I have a tutor that can carry out storytelling / reminiscence sessions and can work with groups.

I t would be nice to leave a legacy of the project, and of the vibrant links, friendships, partnerships and activities that we have all been able to establish across Antrim and Magherafelt Council areas.  This is something that I need your help with as you are closer to the participants and know the difference a project such as this has made. I can set up these workshops in your centre if there is an interest, and can fit in with your timetables.  Let me know what you think, your help is much appreciated and if you have any questions please give me a call.

Marie Donaghy


PHA funded Promoting Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Small Grants Scheme (07/04/2014)

Grants are available of £1,000 per project.  Applications may be considered for more strategic projects over £1,000 limit dependent on evidence of need and availability of resources.

Applications will be assessed on the potential to improve health and wellbeing and on the ability to complete the work by the end of Feb '15, including evaluation, by mid-March '15, the small grants are available in Antrim, Carrickfergus & Newtownabbey Council Areas.

All proposals must be submitted to SACN with all appropriate attachments by noon on 6th May 2014. Contact 028 9447 8645 for an application pack or you can download the Application Pack here southantrimcommunitynetwork.org/p-m-hs-p-small-grants-2/


Free Beginners computers class in Antrim Library (20/03/2014)

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion. 

 The project is carrying out a number of Free training Courses in association with local community organisations across Antrim, The project is working in partnership with: Rehability, The Family Caring Centre, Tidal Toome and the Mens shed at AMH.  Courses include: craft, ceramics, cross stitch and mosaic. 

For further details on course start dates and times please see the project website or give the project office a call.

A Beginners IT class will take place in Antrim Library, on a Wednesday morning commencing on 30th April 10.30-12.30, for 6 weeks

Tutors will be working with the participants to enable them to grasp basic IT skills, incorporating introduction to the internet and online shopping.

 The project also provides a free beginners painting class which is also based out of Antrim library     commencing on Thursday 1st May to Thursday 19th June. The class talks place 10.30 to 12.30 and new participants’ are very welcome.

‘’ I didn’t think I would have the confidence to try painting, but I’ve really surprised myself especially when I saw the finished painting. Can’t wait to get involved in another class’’ Chris K - 81years

 ‘’ Grace is very good and she took the time to show me how to paint at my own pace with no pressure…  I’ve really enjoyed the experience’’ Joe A -60years

 All courses available through the project will be promoted through the following website.

http://livingandlearningtogether.org/

 There are a wide range of activities that can be provided through the programme free of charge to the local community such as:  healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, and sports for young people. The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

 


Free Beginners computers class in Antrim Library (20/03/2014)

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion. 

 The project is carrying out a number of Free training Courses in association with local community organisations across Antrim, The project is working in partnership with: Rehability, The Family Caring Centre, Tidal Toome and the Mens shed at AMH.  Courses include: craft, ceramics, cross stitch and mosaic. 

For further details on course start dates and times please see the project website or give the project office a call.

A Beginners IT class will take place in Antrim Library, on a Wednesday morning commencing on 30th April 10.30-12.30, for 6 weeks

Tutors will be working with the participants to enable them to grasp basic IT skills, incorporating introduction to the internet and online shopping.

 The project also provides a free beginners painting class which is also based out of Antrim library     commencing on Thursday 1st May to Thursday 19th June. The class talks place 10.30 to 12.30 and new participants’ are very welcome.

‘’ I didn’t think I would have the confidence to try painting, but I’ve really surprised myself especially when I saw the finished painting. Can’t wait to get involved in another class’’ Chris K - 81years

 ‘’ Grace is very good and she took the time to show me how to paint at my own pace with no pressure…  I’ve really enjoyed the experience’’ Joe A -60years

 All courses available through the project will be promoted through the following website.

http://livingandlearningtogether.org/

 There are a wide range of activities that can be provided through the programme free of charge to the local community such as:  healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, and sports for young people. The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

 


The Living & Learning Together project assists The Antrim Learning Together event in Parkhall College 14th Feb. 2014 (10/03/2014)

Over 100 teachers from schools in Antrim joined local family support professionals to consider the emotional health and wellbeing of local children and young people at the Antrim Learning Together event held in Parkhall Junior School Antrim on 14 February 2014. The purpose of this event, organised jointly by Antrim Learning Together Partnership, the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP), the Antrim Locality Planning Group and the Living & Learning together project was to raise awareness among teaching staff about the range of issues that can affect young people today and how teachers can offer support within the school environment.

Welcoming them to the event, Mr George Beattie, Principal of Parkhall Integrated College and Chair of Antrim Learning Together Partnership quoted a recent Confederation of Business and Industry report which identified emotional health and wellbeing as the top indicator for future success in children and young people.

Councillor Mervyn Rea, Chair of the CYPSP Antrim Locality Planning Group stressed the ‘importance of organisations working together to support our children and young people who face a growing number of issues in today’s world.’

Speakers included Conor McCafferty from Zest who drew on his work with young people who self-harm to provide information about emotional wellbeing. He highlighted the key role teachers can play in seeing the signs and helping children and young people access the services they need. Conor’s second talk focused on the impact of alcohol on young people.  Billy McMillan and Louise Devlin from Barnardo’s described the impact on children and young people when parents misuse alcohol and drugs.  The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people was described by Clare Allen and Laura Dillon from Women’s Aid.

At the event representatives from family support services were on hand to provide information about services available in the local area. Teachers were also encouraged to look after their own mental and emotional wellbeing with demonstrations of techniques including complimentary therapies and meditation skills.

 

 


Christmas get together at Antrim Old Court House (11/12/2013)

The Living and Learning Together project has held a Christmas get together in Antrim Old Courthouse on Wednesday 4th December, participants from the courses and activities that the project runs across the Antrim Council area were invited to a Christmas event.  Those who had taken part in classes were given the opportunity to speak and tell their story of why they got involved in order to encourage those that attended to take advantage of the free courses on offer.

 Trevor Neilands Director of the Northern Regional College welcomed all those who attended and gave an overview of how the project has provided courses / activities for over 20000 participants.

 Marie Donaghy Project Manager discussed the great partnership the project has with Antrim Library, where we regularly run beginners Computers classes and Beginners painting, both to commence again in January 2014.

 Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion.  The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

 For further information on the event please see the project website:

http://livingandlearningtogether.org or contact;

 Marie Donaghy, Project Manager

Big Lottery Live & Learn Project

Northern Regional College

Room G20

22 Moneymore Road
Magherafelt
Tel: 02879 395237, Mobile: 07899915708
Email: marie.donaghy@nrc.ac.uk

 


Arts Council - Arts and Older People Programme (04/11/2013)

The Arts & Older People Programme 2013 – 2016 aims to strengthen the voice of older people and promote positive mental health and emotional well-being through the arts.

For further information [download] the flyer.


Community Change Conference and AGM (25/10/2013)

Community Change Conference and AGM

7th November 2013 - 9.45am - 1.00pm, Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim.

For further information [download] the flyer.

 


Assembly Committee for Employment and Learning Visits Magherafelt Lottery Project (18/10/2013)

 

The success of the Living and Learning Together project at Magherafelt has attracted a visit from the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Employment and Learning.

 The purpose of the visit was to see at first hand the benefits and opportunities the project has brought to the area and to view some of the free health and wellbeing activities, which have been set up, across Magherafelt and Antrim.

 During their visit to Magherafelt, MLAs called into Kilronan School and Magherafelt Council offices and spoke to project participants. Northern Regional College (NRC) Principal/Chief Executive Trevor Neilands welcomed the Committee to the College, which is the lead partner in the project, and provided a succinct presentation on the project’s successes and how it had engaged with over 2,000 learners to date.

 Heather Boyd from St Lurach’s informed the visitors how the project has enabled the young people from both sides of the community to come together in Maghera to participate in a dance programme. A watercolour painting was presented to the Committee by one group that had benefited from art classes. Each of the 10 students, who had participated in the class, produced a ‘Pen & Wash’ painting which was combined into one final art piece. NRC Lecturer Louise Lester said that “As a result of the project, these learners have gained new skills, grown in confidence and gained new friendships.”

 Inspector Christine Mills, PSNI and member of the steering committee, spoke about the success of the partnership working with youth groups across the Magherafelt area and highlighted the effectiveness of targeted resources on joint projects.

 Following the Committee’s visit to Magherafelt to see the Living and Learning Together project in action, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee, Thomas Buchanan, said:

 “During our visit, Committee Members saw at first hand some terrific examples of what can be achieved through partnership working, particularly in rural communities. This impressive project covers so many areas, from health, education and youth work to dance and art classes. It offers a range of activities and opportunities to young and old alike, bringing together people from all backgrounds. It is great to see how, taken together, the various strands of this project can have such a positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Hopefully, the success of this project in the Magherafelt area will inspire others across Northern Ireland to look for opportunities for collaboration in their areas.”

 The Living and Learning Together programme is a five-year Big Lottery funded project and is committed to real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. The project is now in its final year of funding and groups/communities are encouraged to engage with what the project can provide.

 Further information can be accessed at the project website at www.nrc.ac.uk/livingandlearningtogeher/ or by contacting Marie Donaghy, Project Manager, Big Lottery Live & Learning Together, Northern Regional College, 22 Moneymore Road. Magherafelt or by Email: marie.donaghy@nrc.ac.uk alternatively telephone 02879 395237.

 

 


Living and Learning Together the story so far........ (16/10/2013)

Hi All,

 

Please check out our short DVD that the project has created telling the story of the project so far and some of the courses that have been provided.

Also gives you a chance to see and hear from some of the participants and community groups throughout Antrim and Magherafelt.

Click on the link below and this will take you directly to it

http://www.youtube.com/user/LandLT2010/videos?view=pl

 


Community Health Fair at Kilronan School Tuesday 1st October 1-4pm (26/09/2013)

Come along to find out about groups in the Magherafelt area who offer support for a wide range of health issues such as diabetes, stress, blood pressure, healthy eating, drug and alcohol dependency and more as well as information and support for carers.

At the event we will have:

  • Healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Information on local services

The event is a partnership based initiative in association with Kilronan School. The school wishes to support parents and the local population by promoting the services that are locally provided and to enable more information to be made available on what activities are in place across Magherafelt.  The event is open to everyone.

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion.  The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 


Princes Trust Programme at Magherafelt (23/08/2013)

A Princes Trust Team Programme will be starting in Magherafelt Northern Regional College on 23rd September 2013. The 12 week programme is for 16-25 years olds who are not in education, employment or training, at risk of offending or are in/leaving care. The programme is full time with the outcome of a Level ½ Certificate in Employment, Team Work and Community Skills and 2 NOCN's (Drugs and Alcohol Awareness and Sexual Health and Contraception).

Over the 12 weeks the young people will plan and complete a number of activities chosen as a group, these include:

  • Week residential
  • Community Project
  • Team Challenge
  • Work placement
  • Cv/Career building
  • and a final presentation

Travel or child care costs will be reimbursed and if they are receiving Jobseekers this will not be affected. 80% of young people who take part in this programme have entered employment during/after completing the programme.

If you would like further information or have any young people who are interested in taking part, please feel free to contact Ryan McMullan Team Leader on 07716032165


Funding Annoucement (22/08/2013)

NORTHERN AREA: Communnity based promoting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Small grants available (Districts: Moyle, Ballymoney, Ballymena, Larne, Coleraine, Magherafelt, Cookstown, Antrim, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus Council areas

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified non-recurring funding to address the themes of Suicide Prevention, Self-Harm, Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being and have commissioned the following Community Networks to facilitate this process.

  • North Antrim Community Network (covering Moyle, Ballymoney, Ballymena and Larne council areas);
  • Causeway Rural and Urban Network (covering Coleraine council areas);
  • Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network ( for Magherafelt and Cookstown council areas) and
  • South Antrim Rural Network ( for Antrim, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus council areas)

As such the Networks are inviting community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for non-recurring awards to address the outlined themes.

Two types of awards are available under this scheme. Award one grants of up to £1000 and Award two grants of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 (this upper limit vary depending on area).

Applications will be assessed on the potential to improve health and wellbeing and on the ability to complete the work by the end of February 2014, including evaluation, by mid-March 2014.

Dates for applications are as follows:

  • Tuesday 27th August 2013- open for applications
  • Monday 30th September 2013- close for applications

Small Grant Scheme aims:

  • Promote awareness of issues around mental health problems:
  • Encourage communities to be pro-active in promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide.
  • To build sustainable resilient communities through positive collaboration of organisations/groups.
  • Promote innovative interventions/programmes that promote positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide.

Applications also should promote protective factors and build resilience, including e.g. early intervention, emotional wellbeing awareness work, increasing the capactity for self-help and measures to improve quality of life.

For further information, guidance and examples of evidence based practice, along with support to develop a relevant programme, contact:

  • North Antrim Community Network, Tel: 028 2177 2100
  • Causeway Rural and Urban Network, Tel: 028 7034 4934
  • Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network, Tel: 028 8773 8845
  • South Antrim Community Network, Tel: 028 9447 8645

 


Upcoming Events (22/08/2013)

Kilronan School Health Fair Tuesday 1st October

General Autism training, Magherafelt Youth Centre, 18th September

Social skills training, Magherafelt Youth Centre, 25th September

Behavioural Management, Magherafelt Youth Centre, 2nd October

These sessions are provided in association with Peat Ni and booking is required

 

First Aid Training 8th October at Northern Regional College

 

What funding is available to groups -8th October 7.00-9.00pm, Venue: Northern Regional College

Struggling to find funding appropriate for your group or project idea?  This is your opportunity to discuss ideas and options and receive help in identifying income specific funding sources.

Fundraising- 22nd October 7.00-9.00pm Venue: Northern Regional College

The money your group needs can be raised in various ways.  This workshop will provide support to enable you to understand the different fundraising options from grant-makers, the general public and from charity trading activities.

Recruiting new committee members- 5th November 7.00-9.00pm Venue: Northern Regional College

It can often be difficult to recruit new committee members.  Hear about different ways to find those needed new members, the things to look for and what to do when you find them!


Funding Opportunity- Telecommunity Fund (04/07/2013)

The Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small locally based community projects run by or for teenagers, projects for people with disbilities and, in certain cases older people.

What will be funded:

  • Grass roots projects run by and for teenagers
  • Projects run by, and for, older people
  • Grass roots projects for people with disabilities
  • Applicants should be community based organisations
  • Projects must be in deprived or disadvantaged areas

For more information visit www.communityfoundationni.org/Grants/Telecomminty-Fund or call 02890245927

The deadline for the 1st round of funding is Wednesday 21st August 2013 at 4pm. The deadline for the 2nd round of funding is Wednesday 30th October 2013 at 4pm.


Sported. (24/06/2013)

Sported. have distributed over £85,000 worth of grants in Northern Ireland in the past 10 months to groups using sport to make positive impact on the lives of young people aged 11-25.

In order to access our support groups must be members of sported. Becoming a Member of sported. is free and you can find about our member eligibility criteria and apply on line for membership at www.sported.org.uk

Sported is the leading UK sport for development charity- empowering community groups to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through sport and providing a voice for the sport for development sector.

Having opened form membership in March 2012 we are now have over 170 members across Northern Ireland and these include sports clubs, community groups and youth groups. Local Northern Ireland member groups have already benefited from our grant funding, mentor support and capacity building training.

Groups interested in becoming Members must be working with young people aged 11-25 and use sport for development.

Sport for development outcomes include:

  • Devloping the confidence, workplace and lifeskills of young people;
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour;
  • Removing barriers to regular participation in sport marginalised groups
  • Building strong communities
  • Education in health and wellbeing.

Our skilled volunteer programme is now rolling out across Northern Ireland and we are now looking for volunteers throughout Northern Ireland. sported. Volunteers can support groups with a range of organisational development issues including: strategic planning; business planning; writing funding applications; finance and marketing.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member or volunteering opportunities with sported then visit: www.sported.org.uk or contact Brenda Kelly at b.kelly@sported.org.uk

 


Brighter futures Fund Grant Guidelines (14/05/2013)

The Women's Fund for Northern Ireland Brighter Futures Giving Circle was setup in 2012 by the steering committee of the Women's Fund NI in order to fill a gap in funding opportunities for individual women who require a small amount of financial aid to support them towards fulfilling their potential.

The Brighter Futures Giving Circle and Brighter Futures Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

In 2013/2014 the Circle will offer small grants (normally up to a maximum of £500) for individual women aged 18 or over, living in Northern Ireland who are striving to get into, or back into, employment.

Applicants must be affiliated to a constituted community/women's group and have the support of that organisation.

While not exclusive, the Fund welcomes applications that address the following:

  • Personal development and confidence building
  • Overcoming barriers to employment or training
  • Making the first steps towards re-entering the workplace

Priority will be given to applicants living in deprived/disadvantaged areas.

Examples of the types of activities that may be supported

  • Basic training support materials- books for example
  • Interview training
  • Mentoring
  • Interview clothes (where need can be clearly demonstrated)
  • Travel costs to access relevant training (public transport for up to six months)
  • Childcare during employability training (up to six months)
  • Access course

What we will not fund:

  • Salaries
  • Formal education fees
  • Travel outside of NI
  • Holidays/residentials
  • Vechiles or related costs
  • Equipment
  • Parties and shopping trips
  • Promotion of religion

Please note:

References will be sought and applicants may be required to demonstrate need for support. Successful grant recipients will be required to keep a record of expenditure including receipts. Grant recipients will be required to write a short report detailing how the grant helped them. Decisions on grants made by the Committee of the Women's Fund for NI are final. ANy canvassing for grants may lead to disqualification.

For further information or an application form, please contact Bryony Livesey:

Email: blivesey@communityfoundationni.org

Tel: 028 9024 5927

Fax: 028 9032 9839


Free Level 2 Food Safety in Catering (28/03/2013)

Free Level 2 Food Safety in Catering
3rd, 10th and 17th June 2013 (must attend all three evenings)
At NRC Magherafelt


CIEH Level 2 Awards in Food Safety
Who needs this qualification?
Anyone working in a catering, manufacturing or retail setting where food is
prepared, cooked and handled.


Why is this training important?
Everyone who works with food has a special responsibility for safeguarding the
health of consumers and ensure that the food they serve or sell is perfectly safe to
eat.


Learning outcomes
• Firm grasp of the importance of food safety and knowledge of the systems,
techniques and procedures involved;
• Understanding of how to control food safety risks (personal hygiene, food
storage, cooking and handling);
• Confidence and expertise to safely deliver quality food to customers.


Refreshment of this qualification is recommended at least every three years.

Facts
Duration: 3 Monday evenings 6.30 - 9.30
Assessment: Multiple choice examination
Ofqual Accredited: Yes
Ofqual qualification reference:
Catering - 500/5476/4


Free Pre-Mediation coaching sessions available (06/03/2013)

ARE YOU SEPARATING, SEPARATED OR DIVORCED?

AND DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS?

Would you like to know more about how you could prepare to negotiate a future as separated parents to benefit your children.

FREE PRE-MEDIATION COACHING SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE

Please send an expression of interest to:

Administration@familymediationni.org.uk

or phone 02890243265 to learn more

Venue: Ballymena

Cost: Free

When: March (dates to be confirmed)

Note: Both ex-partners are not obliged to attend the same course.

FMNI (Family Mediation NI) acknowledges funding from CYPSP Northern Outcomes Group


Look After Yourself & Others (06/03/2013)

Look After Yourself & Others


Open to anyone living or working in the Magherafelt and Cookstown District


The Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown
Wednesday 13th March

9.30am - 1.30pm (A light lunch provided)


Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre in partnership with key suicide prevention/ postvention services invite you to attend a half day event. The aim of the event is to provide training in suicide prevention & emotional resilience. The event will highlight Mental Health and Suicide Prevention services freely available in the Northern Area.


To confirm your place please contact Michele on:
028 7930 1862 or info@cookstownmagherafeltvc.org

AGENDA

9.30 am                       Tea/Coffee & Registration

9.45 am                       Settling the Scene

 

10.00 am                     Emotional Resillience Workshop A

                                        Conor Mc Cafferty – ZEST

                              Suicide Talk Workshop B

                              Aine Wallace

11.00 am                     Comfort Break

11.15 am                     Emotional Resillience Workshop

12.15 pm                     Showcasing local Services

                                       NHSCT Bereavement Support

                             NEELB Young Mens Worker

                             Barnardos Children & Young People Bereaved by Suicid

                             Lifeline

                             Volunteer Centre

12.45 pm                     Closing Remarks & Evaluations

13.00 pm                     Lunch


Living and Learning Together Projects Success at Northern Ireland children and young people? participation awards (21/02/2013)

Living and Learning Together Projects Success at Northern Ireland children and young people’s participation awards

TRANSLINK and the Patient and Client Council tonight lifted the Gold Award in their respective categories at the Children’s Commissioner’s 2012/13 Participation Awards.

Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney, announced the winners of her Participation Awards at the Stormont Hotel on Monday 18th February

The gold winners Translink, received their award for their yLink project in the ‘Putting Young People to the Forefront’ category, while the Patient and Client Council were presented with gold for their Young People’s Priorities project in the ‘Creating Space for Young People in Decision-Making’ category.

“These awards are for government departments and public bodies who demonstrate they have involved children and young people in planning services and in the decisions that affect their lives,” Mrs Lewsley - Mooney said.

“Members of my Awards Panel of young people have been central to the success of these awards, and from the beginning have shaped them and helped define what they represent”

The Silver awards went to Millquarter Primary School and Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Highly Commended awards were presented to Carrickfergus Children and Young People Strategic Partnership, Police Service NI (Strand Road), Northern Regional College and Sport NI.

“While it was very difficult to choose the winners from the many excellent entries, these eight organisations stood out for my Awards Panel and I. They demonstrated an outstanding commitment to involving children and young people, listening to them, and more importantly acting on their input.”

The Commissioner praised the work of her Awards Panel of young people from across Northern Ireland who, over the past eight months, restructured the awards process based on their experiences last year and judged all entries to the awards.

Stephen Beattie, A NICCY Awards Panel member said “I congratulate all the winners of Participation Awards this evening for their ongoing work in involving children and young people in what they do.”

“These organisations base their services on actual needs rather than presumed needs and create a more effective service adapted for children and young people.

  • The list of winners as follows:
  •           Gold (Category 1) –  Translink, yLink Project
  •           Gold (Category 2) – Patient and Client Council, Young People’s Priorities in Health and Social Care
  •           Silver (Category 1) – Millquarter Primary School, School Council
  •           Silver (Category 2) – Southern Health and Social Care Trust, 16 Plus Leaving and After Care Website for   the HSCNI
  •           Highly Commended (Category 1) – Carrickfergus Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership, Chill and Spill
  •           Highly Commended (Category 1) – Police Service of Northern Ireland (Strand Road), Street Talk
  •           Highly Commended (Category 2) – Northern Regional College, Living   And Learning Together               
  •           Highly Commended (Category 2) - Sport NI, Activ8 Programme and Web
  •           Resource

This year applications were invited under two categories:

Category 1 ‘Putting young people at the forefront’ - This category was for projects which were set up by organisations who specifically aim to include children and young people in decisions directly affecting them.

Category 2 ‘Creating space for young people in decision making’ - was designed for projects working directly with young people but in this category young people were involved in wider decision making


Making a Change Programme and development of Health Champion (14/02/2013)

A new 'Health Champion' initiative within the Mid Ulster area.

Are you interested in helping to put health and well-being higher on the agenda in your group, community or workplace? If yes, here is a DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!

The Mid Ulster Cluster Joint Working Arrangements group is offering a new programme which aims to support local people in their communities, volunteers and employees in local workplaces to become more aware of small steps that they can take to help to improve health and well-being- for themselves. for their friends and neighbours, their customers or service users or even their work colleagues.

The programme will bring interested individuals together to explore the possible role of Health Champions in communities,groups and workplaces in the Cookstown, Dungannon & South Tyrone and Magherafelt Council areas. It will build on participants' prior experiences and includes an accredited element as well as a supporting non-accredited Health Champion module. While the programme is open to anyone with an interest, the initial emphasis will be on supporting new Health Champion roles in communities, groups and organisations that often come into contact with people who are unemployed or who are not in work. However, you do not have to be unemployed yourself to take part in the programme.

The programme is open to anyone living or working in the Cookstown, Dungannon or Magherafelt Council areas.

The accredited part of the programme will be deliver in two locations in March 2013. This is the one-day Understanding Health Improvement course from the Royal Society for Public Health.

The same course will be held twice as follows (you only need attend on one of these days):

Cookstown Leisure Centre on Thursday 14th March 2013 from 9.30am to 5.00pm

Magherafelt District Council offices on Wednesday 20th March 2013 9.30am to 5.00pm

To find out more, register your initial interest in the 'Health Champion' programme and book a place on the Understanding Health Improvement course, please contact Therese Kelly, Cookstown District Council on 028 86762205 or via email at therese.kelly@cookstown.gov.uk

The Mid Ulster Cluster Joint Working Arrangements group comprises the following partners:

  • Cookstown District Council
  • Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council
  • Magherafelt District Council
  • Northern Health & Social Care Trust
  • Public Health Agency
  • Southern Health & Social Care Trust

Free Classes in The Lurach Centre (22/01/2013)

The project is working in partnership with The Lurach Centre Maghera in providing free courses to Easter.

We have a timetable of classes setup please see below or check out The Lurach Centre facebook page

 
Days of week   Time
Monday Painting                       Mary T Gribben         21st Jan - 11th March  10.00-12.00                                  St Lurachs, Maghera    
Tuesday Soft furnishings       Anna Margaret Jamison          22nd Jan - 19th March    10.30-12.30                       St Lurachs, Maghera    
Wednesday      
Thursday Healthy eating     Brenda Scullion         24th  Jan - 21st  March    10.30-12.30                        St Lurachs, Maghera    
Friday Yoga                           Phena Quinn              25th Jan -22nd Mar 10.00-11.30            VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED Basic Food Hygiene  Vivien Carson                     1st - 15th feb                         10.00-1.00                               St Lurachs, Maghera    Martial Arts                      Darren Dougan                     25th Jan - 22nd March         6.00pm-7.00pm                                    St Lurachs, Maghera

Santander Foundation Launches Community Plus Fund (25/10/2012)

The Santander Foundation has launched a new £1.23 million fund.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help with specific costs, such as the cost of salaries, equipment or materials, for projects that directly benefit disadvantaged people within the UK.

The scheme is open to small local UK registered charities. National charities can also apply for local projects.

Nomination forms may be submitted at any time.  For further information go to

http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/aboutus.aspx


'Do you look after someone'- Taster sessions for Carers across the Northern Trust (10/10/2012)

The Living and Learning Together projeect in association with Northern Health and Social Care Trust is able to offer a number of taster sessions specifically aimed at those in a caring role, 'whether you look after your spouse who is frail or disabled, your parent or a child with additional needs , this session is for you. Anne Cummings the Northern Health and Social Care Trust Carers co-ordinator adds

'This is a great opportunityfor family carers to take a break from their caring role, to try something new that they may find relaxing, and to meet other family carers. The day will also be an opportunity to learn more about support for family carers in the Antrim area'

The session will take place in Farrenshane House, 1 Ballygore Road, Rathenraw, Antrim on Friday 9th November between 10.30 and 1.30pm, it is an opportunity to call in and try out a new activity.

A range of tutors will be in attendance throughout the day and you can try the followinf activities for free:

  • Art- Acrylic painting
  • Healthy Eating
  • Yoga/Tai Chi

For additional information on the project or to confirm attendance at the event please contact:

Marie Donaghy, Project Manager

Tel:02879395237 or by email: marie.donaghy@nrc.ac.uk

 


FREE Beginners Computer Course at St Lurachs Hall Maghera (01/10/2012)

The Project is continuing its partnership with St Lurachs Parish in Maghera and has planned a number of courses commencing in September/October 2012.

A beginners painting class will commence with members of the FACE project led by Heather Boyd. This will be an intergenerational programme where youth and adults will learn side by side. The course tutor is local artist Mary Gribben. Mary will begin the course by looking at the colour wheel and will encourage participants to develop their learning utilising acrylic paint which for beginners is one of the easiest mediums to try.

A beginners Computer course is also planned to commence at the start of October. This is aimed at those who are interested in learning the Basics and the course will give an overview of the main parts of a computer and introduce you to how to use the internet, email and perhaps even try a bit of online shopping.

Course Content will include:

Getting Started: The basics of a computer system; understanding the desktop, and icons; using the mouse.

Word and the keyboard: An introduction to using the keyboard, typing a letter and simple tools of Word; also covers some of the basics of saving and organising your work.

The Internet: An introduction to 'the Web'; how websites work and how to search and use 'the net' effectively.

Email: The course will enable you to get you up and running with e-mail; how to get an address and basics of sending and receiving messages.

To enrol for the course, which will take place during the daytime in St Lurachs church hall please contact Sinead Brady 02879395245


SAFE TALK Roadshow in the Mid-Ulster Area (18/09/2012)

The Northern Area Suicide Prevention Development Officers are co-ordinating a SAFE TALK Roadshow which will be facilitated by Dare to Stretch and funded by the Public Health Agency, Protect Life Strategy, Northern Area.

This Roadshow will involve ten safe talk sessions in the Northern Ares delivered to people who are interested in building upon their skills in suicide prevention.

Click here to download the poster for further information.


Our Town - A Youth Diversity project in Magherafelt (10/09/2012)

inspire - create - fun
starting from 29th September 2012

Calling all 14 to 18 year olds from Magherafelt Town.

Click here to download the poster for further information.


Men's Shed at Antrim (03/09/2012)

MEN'S SHED AT ANTRIM

Every Thursday from 10.00am-2.00pm

The Men's Shed

23d Ballymena Road

Antrim

BT41 4JG

Location of the Men's Shed-

From Antrim Chapel corner roundabout on the right behind Maxol Fuel Station. Enter through gates beside car wash between Maxol Station and Adam Erwin car sales, proceed towards rear of yard then to the right....Shed straight ahead.

Men's Shed is for any men who need meanigful activity in their life. It may be helpful for men who are unemployed, redundant or retired but finding that life without work brings boredom and depression. It may also benefit men who live with illness or disability, or who are going through rehabilitation following illness or men who are feeling isolated and need some opportunity for socialinclusion and to utilise individual skills and interests.

This is a voluntary opportunity and men can make their own choice on their involvement in terms of time and activity. Places may be limited for the first few months and will be allocated on first come first served basis. A waiting list may be formed if necessary.

While some particular activities will be made available as a starting point, it is hoped that the future various activities within the Men's Shed will develop from the particular skills or interests of the individuals attending. Further open days will be arranged in due course.

You are very welcome to come along and see if this project is for you.

Any enquiries and correspondence to Project Manager Kevin J. Keenan, contact details as below-

Ethiopian Schools Project. 3-5 New Street, Randalstown, BT41 3AF

Tel:02894479138 Mobile: 07544496000


Department for Regional Development (DRD) Apply for a 100 pound Transport Voucher (15/08/2012)

The Rural Transport Fund Scheme is administered by the Department for Regional Development (DRD) and is pleased to annouce the release of application packs for the voucher scheme in your area. The vouchers will cater for trips being made during the months of October, Novemeber & December 2012. The scheme allows groups to apply for a £100 voucher for one trip which they can use to subsidise part of their transport costs.

Applications are now open to groups in all rural areas and the closing date is 31st August 2012. To request an application pack contact 02890540620 or email: melanie.parker@drdni.gov.uk or geraldine.finnegan@drdni.gov.uk

 


PHA Northern area health improvement small grants- now open (24/07/2012)

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is working to improve the health and social wellbeing of people in the Northern area by inviting local community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for small grants of up to £10,000.

There are two small grants (£5,000 to £10,000) which promote healthy choices and build local communities.

These are:

  1. Health Improvement Small Grants- for work that tackles drug and alcohol issues across the Northern are including the impact of parental alcohol and drug misuse on children and yound people, often referred to as "hidden harm"; along with building sustainable communities through allotments and community gardens.
  2. Health Inequalities Small Grants- for work that improves health and wellbeing for: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people, Travellers and Minority Ethnic communities.

The deadline for applications is 12 September 2012 and the PHA particularly welcomes proposals that:

  • Target the top 20% most disadvantaged Super Output Areas in the PHA's Northern area and
  • Demonstrate community involvement.

Madeline Heaney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Imrovement (Northern area), PHA, said: "The Public Health Agency is committed to supporting local voluntary and community sector organisations in the Northern area, funding their work to improve the health and wellbeing of local people, helping them to make healthier choices and tackling inequalities through a range of programmes supporting disadvantaged and minortiy groups."

"As in previous years, we welcome applications that address local drug and alcohol issues, the effects of which reach far beyond the individual concerned, affecting families and communities.

"This year we are inviting applications to develop community gardens or allotments, as they are a recognised catalyst for encouraging healthy living, social interaction and a resource for growing local food.

"We are also keen to hear from organisations working with vulnerable and at-risk groups in the Northern area, as we know these are among the most disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland, and have the poorest health outcomes."

For further information, application forms and guidance notes, including relevant criteria and conditions, contact Jayne McConaghie Tel: 028 2531 1192, Fax: 028 2531 1100, Textphone: 028 2531 1001, Email: jayne.mcconaghie@hscni.net Closing date for applications is Wednesday 12th September 2012 at 4.00pm


Autism Training in Antrim October 2012 (20/07/2012)

Living & Learning Together Autism Courses October 2012 – Antrim Civic centre

The Living & Learning Together project is continuing its partnership with Peat NI in order to provide further training courses to support parents, carers, teachers of Autistic children.  Peat NI’s goal is to improve the quality of life of children and adults with Autism.

From past course evaluation forms we have focused in on the following training sessions, if you would like to reserve your place please contact us to complete an enrolment form.d adults with Autism

Course Title

Location of training

Date of Course

Time

Tutor

Autism -How to deal with different aspects of behavior/ appropriate strategies

Whinstone Suite Antrim civic centre

01/10/2012

6.30-8.30

Nichola Booth

Autism -difficulties and how to solve them

Whinstone Suite Antrim civic centre

08/10/2012

6.30-8.30

Nichola Booth

Autism -Practical examples of coping with situations at home

Whinstone Suite Antrim civic centre

15/10/2012

6.30-8.30

Nichola Booth

 

The three week training event will look at inappropriate/challenging behaviour and introduce appropriate strategies for effective behaviour management. Training will identify why behaviour occurs and how it can be changed when understanding the function of the behaviour. The trainer will be giving practical solutions to the most common behaviour issues when dealing with children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and introducing the delegates to the application of the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) – a scientific method used to help people to learn. ABA comes from the science of learning and ABA methods have been used to support individuals with autism for several decades. These evenings will be relevant to both those in a professional and personal capacity for dealing with those living with Autism.

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in theMagherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion. 

 

There are a wide range of activities that can be provided through the programme free of charge to the local community such as:  healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, and sports for young people.

The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

 

For further information on how to get involved contact Marie Donaghy at Northern Regional College.  All courses available through the project will be promoted through the following website.

http://www.livingandlearningtogether.org/

 


Antrim Library Beginners computer class (20/07/2012)

Free Beginners IT and art classes in Antrim Library

 

 

The Living & Learning Together project is carrying out Free Beginners IT and Art classes in Antrim Library, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings commencing at the end of September 2012.

Tutors will be working with the participants to enable them to grasp basic IT skills, incorporating introduction to the internet and online shopping.

Likewise with the painting class, the tutor will introduce students to acrylic paints and participants will learn about  the colour wheel, and the relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, complementary colors, etc.

 

Course

Location

Day

Date

Time

End date

Beginners ICT

Antrim library

Wed

19/09/2012

10.30-12.30

24/10/2012

Painting class

Antrim

library

 Thur

04/10/2012

10.30 -12.30

 

     29/11/12

 

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion. 

 

All courses available through the project will be promoted through the following website.

http://www.nrc.ac.uk/livingandlearningtogether/

There are a wide range of activities that can be provided through the programme free of charge to the local community such as:  healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, and sports for young people.

The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 


Tai Chi courses in Antrim (20/07/2012)

Tai Chi Courses in Antrim

The Living and Learning Together Project has recently provided funding for St Comgall’s senior citizens to take part in a beginners Tai Chi course based in Muckamore community centre in Antrim. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art, known as the moving meditation; it is a series of slow, controlled movements, developing strength, balance, posture, and calm. Tai Chi is practiced for health benefits to help relieve tension and stress and it emphasises complete relaxation. The activity is excellent for stretching, building up strength and energy, de-stressing and can be practiced at any age and physical ability.

There were over 15 participants taking part in the 8 week programme, which has been such a success the class will continue again in September 2012.  On speaking to the participants in the group they felt that even though they were completing an exercise programme they found the activity very calming, relaxing and enjoyable. The group along with course tutor Margaret O’Hagan are now advocates of the health benefits of Tai Chi.

Please have a look at our timetable of activities planned for the Antrim area as updated on the project website: www.livingandlearningtogether.org

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion. 

There are a wide range of activities that can be provided through the programme free of charge to the local community such as:  healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, and sports for young people.

The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

For Information on how to enrol for either course please contact:

Marie Donaghy, Big Lottery Live & Learn Project


English for Speakers of other languages Classes (20/07/2012)

ESOL –English for speakers of other Languages classes in Randalstown  Arches

A Pre-ESOL Beginner’s Class started in April 2012 in The Arches, Randalstown, following on from the success of the Living and Learning Together Project’s pre-ESOL Improvers class in Randalstown. Pre-ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is for people who have not attended any previous classes, or perhaps, who do not have the confidence to attend college.  The class ran for 8 weeks with numbers averaging out at around 13.  Participants learnt simple, everyday English phrases helping give them the confidence and motivation to progress further.

The course was attended regularly by mainly Lithuanian nationals but also included a few Hungarian and Polish nationals and a Ukrainian, all of mixed age groups. The tutor, Paula Robinson from the NRC encouraged the learners to use English as much as possible and the stronger learners were able to help and encourage their peers.

The course will recommence on Monday 24th September 2012 7pm to 9pm in the Arches Randalstown.  To join please contact us at the project office.


Summer Scheme for Kids at St Pius X College Magherafelt (16/07/2012)

The Living and Learning Together project in partnership with St Pius X college has offered a summer scheme to children from across primary schools in the Magherafelt Council area.  The school has been inundated with numbers attending with 150 children taking part, a range of activities take place, from dance, football, orienteering to games.  The objectives of the sessions are to encourage the young people to be more active and to enjoy sampling new sports/ activities.  Teachers in St Pius, Peter Young and Padraig O Kane have co ordinated the range of activities on offer and their enthusiasm has really made the summer scheme a fun activity for the kids.  The summer scheme runs until Friday 13th July.

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion. 

There are a wide range of activities that can be provided through the programme free of charge to the local community such as:  healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, and sports for young people.

The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

For further information on how to get involved contact Marie Donaghy at Northern Regional College.


NRC Autism Awareness Fair Saturday 28th April 2012 (19/06/2012)

The Living and Learning Together project in partnership with the committee of the National Autistic society Mid Ulster branch have held an Autism awareness fair on: Saturday 28th april, 11-1pm, in Magherafelt Parish Centre, King Street, Magherafelt.

The aim of the day was to support parents with Autistic chidren. Representatives from a range of organisations attended the event and provided information to parents:

  • ASD Paediatric team                                 Music Therapist
  • Middletown Centre for Autism support         DADS- Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
  • Multi Agency Support Team                       Physiotherapists
  • Autism NI                                               Camphill Communities Trust
  • Parenting NI                                            National Autistic Society
  • Magherafelt advice Centre                         Kilronan School

The event was aimed at assisting parents through the provision of information and knowledge to enable them to implement strategies to best assist their child/young person.

"Autism affects 20,000 people and their families throughout Northern Ireland and the recent passing of the Northern ireland Autism Bill in Stormont marks the condition's heightened position in terms of public acknowledgement," says Ms Donaghy. "The Living and Learning Together programme is part of NRC's initiative to broaden knowledge and information about issues which affect our daily lives and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most significant."

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said: "The grants awarded from the Live and Learn programme mark a mjor investment by the Big Lottery Fund into creating partnerships to run innovative projects to boost the learning and health of people in Northern Ireland's most disadvantaged communities.

Northern Regional College's Living and Learning Together project will improve the education, health and well-being of disadvantaged people in the Magherafelt area."


'Lets Talk' (19/06/2012)

This is a five session programme designed to help parents feel more confident in discussing the subject of sexual health and relationships with their children.

The programme will give tips on:

  • How to answer awkward questions.

  • How to raise your child's self-esteem so that they feel confident to delay sexual relationsips or to say NO.

  • How to communicate mor effectively with your children

For more information contact Pamela Armstrong on 028 9023 0212


Just Ask Programme (19/06/2012)

An innovative Northern Ireland wide FPA project which aims to improve the sexual health of people with learning disabilities.

Just Ask offers:

  • Workshops for people with learning disabilities.
  • One to one information and support sessions for people with learning disabilities.
  • Workshops for family carers and support workers of people with learning disabilities.
  • One to one information and support sessions for family carers and support workers of people with learning disabilities.

The Just Ask programme will cover topics such as:

  • Who am I, What makes me, me?
  • My likes and dislikes.
  • Masculinity/Femininity.
  • Relationships- What types of relationships are there?
  • Touch- Appropriate and inappropriate.
  • Growing up.
  • Body parts/Body changes
  • Public and Private places.
  • Consent/Choice.
  • Sexual Health/Awareness.

The format above can be changed to suit the individual group/s worked with and may cover all or some of the above.

Sessions can last from one hour to an hour and a half.

Each programme can be tailored to the group/individual needs and can be adopted at any point to continue to meet group/individual needs.

For further information, contact
Roisin Flanagan
FPA
3rd Floor Ascot House
24-31 Shaftsbury Square
Belfast BT2 7DB
Telephone: 02890316115
Email: roisinf@fpa.org.uk

 


Unveiling of Olympic Sculpture at Magherafelt Carnival (11/06/2012)

Trevor Neilands Chief executive/ Director of the Northern Regional College unveiled the tile art sculpture created by community groups and schools across Magherafelt.  The sculpture gave local groups the opportunity to mark the Olympic Torches journey through Magherafelt.  The sculpture will be located in the new Leisure centre in Magherafelt when it opens later this year.  The creation of the sculpture was a joint venture with the Northern Regional Colleges art department, Magherafelt District Council and the Living & Learning Together project.

For further information on the work of the Living & Learning Together project you can contact:

Marie Donaghy, Project Manager, Northern Regional College, 22 Moneymore Road, Magherafelt

Tel: 02879 395237


Window Blind Cord Safety Campaign- 20th June 2012 (29/05/2012)

Child Safety Week

18th – 24th June 2012

Home Accident Prevention Magherafelt & District

Invites you to attend the launch of

Window Blind Cord

Safety Campaign

on

Wednesday 20th June 2012

11.00am – 12.00pm

Venue

Civic Room

Magherafelt District Council

50 Ballyronan Road

Magherafelt

RSVP: envhealth@magherafelt.gov.uk

on or before Wednesday 13th June 2012 or alternatively phone Joanne Robinson, Environmental Health Dept 02879397979.

We welcome requests for information stands, talks and content for newsletters on the topic of Window Blind Cord safety

Who we are!

Home Accident Prevention is a voluntary network that works locally in the community to raise awareness on home accidents to help prevent death and unintentional injuries. Home Accident Prevention Magherafelt & District is one of 22 such groups in existence throughout Northern Ireland. The local group consists of employer supported and traditional volunteers. E.g. NIHE, Social Workers, Environmental Health, Occupational Therapists etc

What we do!

The group works together with various partner organisations in an effort to fulfil the aims of the DHSSPS Home Accident Prevention Strategy and Action Plan for Northern Ireland.  Through our yearly action plan we organise various campaigns, training and resources. These activities create awareness, education and consistent messages regarding the most prominent dangers in and around the home.  Additionally the HAP group works in partnership with the Council and Health Visitors to provide practical support, information and equipment to vulnerable groups i.e. under 5's and over 65's.

Why do something!

Thousands of homes in Northern Ireland may contain a potentially lethal trap for children, especially those under the age of three. They can become entangled in the loop created by a blind or curtain cord and are often unable to call for help and lack the strength to get the cord away from their neck.  Since 1999 at least 22 children have died as a result of blind cords.  The Mid-Ulster Mail 3rd February 2011 ran an article on the heartbroken grandfather, Martin Regan from Bellaghy, calling for a ban on looped blind cords following the death of his grandson in Tralee last January.  We have been working with Mr. Regan in an effort to raise awareness on this topic as the public is still very unaware of the dangers window blind cords and chains pose.  The campaign was launched in Stormont and we wish to launch it locally in Magherafelt to inform the parents and grandparents in our community of these dangers.

What we plan to do!

  • Launch HAP Week on 20th June 2012 from 11- 12pm at the Civic Room, Magherafelt District Council, Magherafelt. 
  • Martin Regan, grandfather of Dean Regan Russell from Tralee, will be the key note speaker at the event.
  • We will show an excellent 15 minute dvd
  • We will provide leaflets, posters and cleats
  • We will hold two complimentary workshops (normal cost £150+vat each). One of these Blind Cord Safety workshops will be delivered to childminders in the area.  The other will be offered to those that are in an ideal position to educate people in the community e.g. Day care providers, Health Visitors etc You will have the opportunity to enrol at the launch.
  • We welcome requests for information stands, talks and content for newsletters.

Joanne Robinson

Home Safety Officer and Secretary HAP Magherafelt & District.

02879397979 / envhealth@magherafelt.gov.uk


Living and Learning Together project assists local communities to create Olympic art work (29/05/2012)

 

The Living and Learning Together project has provided a number of workshops to local groups in order to generate ideas on creating Olympic themed tile designs that highlight the work of their groups.  The groups have designed art work that will be imprinted onto ceramic tiles, the 56 tiles will be added to a sculpture as a piece of community art to commemorate the Olympic Torch arriving in Magherafelt on 7th June 2012.

 A number of organisations have worked collaboratively on this project, Art department staff in the Northern Regional Colleges Magherafelt Campus, Magherafelt District Council, local schools across Magherafelt  and community groups have all got involved in developing this idea and in seeing it come to fruition.

 The sculpture will be unveiled at the Magherafelt District Councils carnival on the evening of the 6th June.  The project has enabled local people to mark this unique occasion and get active in their communities designing a tile which represents their organisations role in the local community.

 Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion. 

 There are a wide range of activities that can be provided through the programme free of charge to the local community such as:  healthy eating, stress management, fitness activities, and sports for young people.

The programme is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. 

 For further information on how to get involved contact Marie Donaghy at Northern Regional College.  All courses available through the project will be promoted through the following website.

http://www.livingandlearningtogether.org/

 Marie Donaghy Project Manager

Big Lottery Live & Learn Project

Northern Regional College

Room G20

22 Moneymore Road
Magherafelt

Tel: 02879 395237 / Mobile: 07899915708 /

Email: marie.donaghy@nrc.ac.uk


Free Autism Training April / May 2012 Parkhall College Antrim (03/04/2012)

Free Autism training

 

Wed 18th April 6.30-8.30    What Autism/Aspergers is?  -

Looking at the spectrum in detail, how a diagnosis can impact differently on each child, the impact on the family life.

 

Wed 25th April 6.30-8.30, Understanding Behaviour

Why behaviour happens, what is maintaining behaviour, how our behaviour can impact on that of our children

 

Wed 2nd May 6.30-8.30, Socially appropriate Behaviour –

Methods to increase socially appropriate behaviour and methods to decrease challenging or inappropriate behaviour.

 

Wed 9th May 6.30-8.30, Behaviour Management –

Including how to manage challenging behaviour

 

The training will take place in Parkhall College, Senior school, Birch Hill Road, Antrim in the library.

 

Living and Learning Together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to Enhance and develop skills, to address health and wellbeing issues and to develop social inclusion.  We are holding a series of workshops focusing on supporting parents / classroom assistants/ teachers in assisting young people with Autism. 

 


AUTISM AWARENESS FAIR (03/04/2012)

Autism Awareness Fair

Magherafelt Parish Centre

45 King Street Magherafelt

SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2012

11.00am-1pm

The event has been organised in partnership with the National Autistic Society Mid Ulster Branch Support group.  Representatives from across a range of organisations will be attending.

ALL WELCOME

For additional Information please contact; Marie Donaghy,  Big Lottery Live & Learn Project,      Tel: 02879 395237       Mobile: 07899915708      


Olympic Flame Visit to Magherafelt (03/04/2012)

Magherafelt Council Partner NRC Art & Design Students and Local Schools to Commemorate Olympic Flame Visit

 

Northern Regional College Art and Design students, at the Magherafelt Campus were given a unique opportunity to make their mark in history. Through the collaboration with Magherafelt District Council, local schools and community groups a sculpture has been produced which is aimed at celebrating and commemorating the forthcoming Olympic Flame visit to Magherafelt, an event which takes place on June the 7th.

 

The task required by the Council, was for a sculpture to be created that would take its inspiration from the current torch design by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The design also had to incorporate a number of winning tile paintings from local schools and community groups, based on the Olympics/Olympic Flame visit to Magherafelt. The project was then taken forward by NRC Foundation Art and Design Student, Claire Donnelly. Claire who has secured a degree place at the University of Ulster for Product Design said, “I was delighted to be involved in this project, putting my skills to good use and that my sculptural design will be a part of this fantastic event. It will be something for all of us to remember”. The production of the sculpture has been supported by the Big Lottery, Living and Learning Together Project through materials and lectures on tile painting. Marie Donaghy, NRC Project Manager for Living and Learning Together project stated that “We recognised the importance of this project to the local community and we were pleased that we could offer support to ensure that many local groups had the opportunity to become involved.” 

 

Darlene Hagan-Bezgin Senior Lecturer in Art and Design said,” What an amazing and historic opportunity this provided for our students and for NRC to be involved with the local community, by producing a sculpture which is there for everyone. We very much welcomed this collaboration with Magherafelt District Council, local schools and the various community groups. We are extremely proud that our students are playing their part, in this historical event “.

 

Michael Browne, Magherafelt District Council said ”We have been overwhelmed with the response both from the schools and community groups. We are delighted to be working with the Northern Regional Collage on this collaborative art project. The Council was very excited by the local art talent overall and the additional knowledge and skills NRC brings to the table, has been invaluable. We want to leave a legacy and collectively we feel this project will fulfil our aspirations.”

 

The production of the sculpture will take place over this next two months and will be unveiled on the evening of the 6th of June as part of pre torch visit celebrations and carnival events. Anyone wishing further information please contact the Art and Design department Magherafelt Campus 028 7963 5223 or Magherafelt District Council on 02879 397979.


How to get involved in the Big Lunch (03/04/2012)

About The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

Last year on Sunday 5th June the best part of two million people took part in 2012 The Big Lunch falls on the same weekend as The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Sunday 3rd June and as announced by Buckingham Palace The Big Jubilee Lunch will be a part of the main programme of events over the central weekend of the Diamond Jubilee. A record number of people are expected to take part. Why not be one of them!

A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown street party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.

Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities across the UK and the best part of a million people get involved each year.

For further information and to get an activity pack check out the website:

www.thebiglunch.com/join-in/index.php


Film To Support Young People Coming Into Residential Care In NI (06/03/2012)

A short film entitled ‘Our Time in Care’ created by young people from the Northern Trusts Residential Care Units to help those entering into residential care, has had its premiere at an ‘Oscar’ themed event at the Old Courthouse Antrim.

The DVD is a joint initiative with the Northern Trust’s PAL Project for young people in care, Living and Learning Together and the media department at NRC Ballymena.

In the 15 minute film young people who have experienced the residential care system share their stories and reflect on the questions they had, to help children who are just coming into residential care and their social workers. Seven young people over 13 years of age took part in the filming process, three were involved in the music and an additional four under 13’s contributed art work.

Explaining the need for the film Claire Martin & John Finnigan, Project workers with Participation And Lifeskills (PAL) said:

“The aim of this project was to produce a young person friendly DVD and it has been young people led throughout. They felt that sharing their own experiences would better prepare some young people for their move into residential care.  We’re very proud of what they have achieved in the DVD, the new skills they have learned and how it has built on their confidence and self esteem.  We would hope that this DVD can also be used as a training video to support new Social Workers coming into the Trust” 

 


Project host Speaker Insight into Living with Autism (22/02/2012)

More than 600 parents, teachers and health professionals attended events at St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt recently (Monday February 20) to hear Ros Blackburn give an insight into her life with autism. The events has been organised by Northern Regional College’s Living and Learning Together Big Lottery funded project.

There continues to be a high demand for practical coping strategies, advice and support as Marie Donaghy, the Northern Regional College (NRC) Living & Learning Together project manager explained:

“Families, teachers and health professionals welcome the access we can provide to such internationally renowned speakers. Ros Blackburn (34) lectures nationally and internationally on facing her fears and tackling life’s challenges. Professor Rita Jordan speaks with a wealth of experience in teaching and both creating and running professional development programmes in autism studies.”

“Ros eloquently makes the case for high expectations for people with ASD linked with equally high levels of support. She introduces herself saying “I happen to be blessed with autism.” and continues to inform and entertain while giving invaluable insights into her condition.

“As Ros explains: “I learnt to lie – the hardest thing of all for me. I am meticulous, but I have learnt to say ‘Nice to meet you’ even when I would really rather be trampolining!” Her coping strategies and advice on supporting children and adults with autism has been well received on previous visits to Northern Ireland with the Living and Learning Together Project.”

The one day programme included a morning session, jointly organised by the Magherafelt Learning Partnership, for all staff from local schools including Kilronan School, St Pius X College, St Mary’s Grammar School, Sperrin Integrated College and Magherafelt High School and professionals working with pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The evening session was attended by health professionals and parents of children with ASD.