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How the Assembly Works

Every Tuesday from 27th January to 23rd June 2015, 9.15am-12.45pm.

By attending one of these free education sessions from Assembly Community Connect you will gain an understanding of how the Assembly works and how to engage with it more effectively. Issues covered include the work of the Assembly vs. work of the Executive, the Speaker and his role, the Assembly week and the scheduling of business and Committees. The session closes with a tour of Parliament Buildings. You can register your interest in joining one of the sessions by emailing outreach@niassembly.gov.uk or by calling one of the team on 028 9052 0321.

First meetings of Belfast Anti-Cuts Campaigning Groups

Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th January 2015. Various venues across Belfast.

The Trades Council is setting up campaigning groups across the city to oppose the upcoming local budget cuts. Come along to one of the inaugural meetings to get involved:
North Belfast Group – 28th Jan at 7.30pm in Unite, Antrim Road. Contact kevin.doherty@ictuni.org.
West Belfast Group – 28th Jan at 8pm in Realta Civic Space, King Street. Contact pmackel@nipsa.org.uk.
South Belfast Group – 29th Jan at 7pm in Ballynafiegh Community Centre, Ormeau Road. Contact naomi.connor@nipsa.org.uk.
East Belfast Group – 29th Jan at 7.30pm in Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, Donegall St (tbc). Contact kerry_c_fleck@hotmail.com.

Workshop on WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT)

Thursday 29th January 2015, 9.30am in Adelaide Exchange, Belfast, or 1.45pm at the in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim.

Either session of this workshop will offer a thorough introduction to HEAT, a new tool designed to conduct economic assessments of the health benefits of walking or cycling. The workshop will stimulate debate around the benefits of walking and cycling, look at best practice and feature a demonstration of the tool. Booking is essential. Email Caroline on caroline@belfasthealthycities.com.

Women and Economic Inequality Seminar

Thursday 29th January 2015, 11am-1pm. Oak Room, The Mansion House, Dublin 2.

The National Women’s Council of Ireland, Oxfam Ireland and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission are jointly hosting this seminar to highlight the gendered dimension to economic, income and wealth inequality in Ireland, Europe and the wider world. There will be a number of speakers including NWCI Director Orla O’Connor and Oxfam CEO Jim Clarken. Further information is available here.

Workshops from The Gender Initiative

Friday 30th January 2015. YouthAction Northern Ireland, Belfast.

The Gender Initiative is offering two free youth work themed workshops on the same day. From 9.30am-1pm, YouthAction Northern Ireland will run training for those currently working with girls and young women, introducing new exercises, resources and ideas from its recent publication, BULLSEYE – Hitting the Mark in Working with Young Women. Between 11am-1pm, Professor Sam McCready, University of Ulster, is hosting a dialogue seminar to gather together stories from anyone who worked with girls and young women in the 1960s and 1970s. These stories and experiences will be used in a new publication on the history on youth work in NI. Contact Eliz McArdle on 028 9036 6858 or e.mcardle@ulster.ac.uk to attend either event.

Inaugural Professiorial Lecture: Problems and Challenges for the UN Mission in Haiti

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 6.30-8.30pm. Conor Lecture Theatres, Belfast Campus, Ulster University.

Professor of Law Siobhán Wills will lead this lecture, drawing on her own experiences from visiting Haiti during 2013 to conduct research on the UN Mission. Light refreshments will follow. Register or find out more by following this link.

Focus Group on Shared Education

Thursday 5th February 2015, 11am-12.30pm. Holywell Building, L’Derry.

FWIN is holding a focus group to garner views on the development of a shared education policy and legislation as part of an ongoing consultation exercise from the Department of Education. Issues up for discussion include the potential barriers/challenges to shared education and how to address them. Anyone interested in taking part in this focus group can email rosie@fwin.org.uk or call 028 71 266 291.

Documenting Change Exhibition

Thursday 5th to Saturday 28th February 2015. Exchange Space, Belfast Exposed Studio.

Documenting Change is the central theme of the 2015 Belfast Exposed Training Participant exhibition. This annual exhibition showcases work created by students who have taken part in Stage Three training over the last year, employing portrait, street and/or documentary photography skills. For more information please visit the Belfast Exposed website or email training@belfastexposed.org.

NUS-USI Liberation Conferences

Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th February 2015. Various venues.

Registration is now open for each of the three NUS-USI liberation conferences. The events are all taking place during mid-February:
Women’s Conference - 9th February 2015, North West Regional College, L’Derry.
LGBT Conference – 10th February 2015, QUBSU, Belfast.
Disabled Students’ Conference – 11th February 2015, NUS-USI, Belfast.

To learn more about any of the conferences, email laura.stobo@nistudents.org.

Age with Attitude

Friday 13th February 2015, 1-3pm (will run for six weeks). Windsor Women's Centre, Belfast.

Windsor Women's Centre has established a new therapy group for women who want to discuss both the hurdles and highlights of later life. Group members will take part in activities and be able to suggest topics for discussion that are important to them. If you are interested in participating, please contact the centre on 028 9023 5451 and leave your contact name and telephone number. pp

Northern Ireland Housing Conference 2015

Tuesday 17th February 2015, 8.30am-1.15pm. Crumlin Road Gaol.

Now is a crucial juncture in the development of the housing sector in Northern Ireland, with many changes set to occur in the next few years. This conference will bring together key stakeholders to take a wide-ranging and strategic look at the growing list of challenges facing the sector, with the aim of identifying innovative solutions. Speakers include Donald Hoodless, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, and Tracey Lees, Chief Executive of Barnet Homes. Delegates pay £210 (inc. tax) to attend, though there is a discounted rate of £180 for CIH and NIFHA members. Register by visiting this webpage, emailing registration@agendaNi.com or calling 028 9261 9933.


NICEM 20th Anniversary Conference

Thursday 19th February 2015, 9.30am-1.30pm. Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast (tbc).

NICEM invite you to attend its 20th Anniversary Conference, which is being held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Human Rights and Racial Equality Conference. The event will feature keynote speeches on racial equality and discrimination, as well as a panel discussion. The registration form and draft programme can be found on the NICEM website. Please direct all enquiries to kevin@nicem.org.uk or 028 9023 8645.

Ethical Fundraising Workshops

Thursday 19th February, 10am to 12.30pm. Lisburn Enterprise Organisation, Lisburn.

Tuesday 3rd March, 10am to 12.30pm. Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Banbridge.

These workshops, run by Community Change, will provide an overview of a range of ethical funders/charitable trusts interested in funding faith based activities. Participants will gain an understanding of the do’s & don’ts of funding applications, explore what makes a successful application and look at how to use social media for fundraising. The workshop costs £20 for Community Change Members and £30 for non-members. To register for either session, please contact Deirdre on 028 9023 2587 or office@communitychange-ni.org.

NI Science Festival

Thursday 19th February to Sunday 1st March 2015. Various venues.

Tickets are now available for the huge range of events taking place as part of the NI Science Festival, which will explore everything from space to the natural world. The full programme will be announced shortly. Check out the festival website or the official programme to see what's on offer.

Networking events for self-employed women

Various dates between 19th February and 12th June 2015. Various Fermanagh and Tyrone venues.

Throughout 2014/15, the Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) is running a packed calendar of events for self-employed women in Fermanagh and Tyrone. Get togethers are taking place throughout the year in local venues. Joining NEW as a member costs just £25 or you can pay £5 to attend one of the events. Check out the full programme here. Email Teresa on think6@gmail.com to learn more.

Supporting Parents: Sharing good practice, models and approaches

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 10am-2.30pm. Dublin Castle Conference Centre.

A conference for those working in or with an interest in services for parents, children and families across public and voluntary sectors to share good practice models and approaches in supporting parents throughout the island of Ireland. The event is being organised by the Special Interest Group: Supporting parents in their Parenting Role of the Centre for Effective Services. There will be a keynote speaker, Ministerial representation from both jurisdictions and attendees will have the opportunity to present their work around the conference themes at parallel sessions. The call for abstracts for these presentations will be circulated shortly. For further information or to register your interest in this conference please contact Breda Ryan at bryan@effectiveservices.org.


Thursday 26th February 2015, 11am. Holywell Building, Bishop St, L’Derry.

Celebrate another successful year with the FWIN team at their 2015 AGM. More information to follow soon, but you can register now by emailing info@fwin.org.uk or calling 028 7126 6291.


Wednesday 26th February 2015, 9am-1.15pm. Baby Grand, Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Northern Ireland's leading conference for communication professionals. Over a half-day, delegates will discover more about the range of channels that should form part of any effective communications strategy and explore the importance of skills such as talking to the media and responding to crises. Speakers include Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of Aware Defeat Depression and Deborah Harris, Public Relations Manager at Belfast International Airport. The conference fee is £210 (inc. VAT). There is a discounted rate for the voluntary/community sector at £180 (inc. VAT). Find out more here.

Towards A Better Future Conference

Thursday 5th March 2015. Hilton Templepatrick Hotel and Country Club.

Save the date now for the Commission for Victim and Survivors’ latest conference. More details, including how to register, to follow shortly.

Introduction to Drama and Movement Therapy

Saturday 7th March 2015, 9.30am-4pm. Maitri Studio, The Mount, Belfast.

This all day course explores how drama and movement can be used as tools for working therapeutically with other people. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to all participants by the Sesame Institute UK, a charity that promotes the use of drama and movement therapy. It costs £100 to register (£80 if booked before 20th February). To learn more, contact Meabh Ivers on 079 6962 4402 or meabhivers@yahoo.co.uk.


Feminism and Democracy

Sunday 8th to Saturday 28th March 2015. La Galleria Pall Mall, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London.

An exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Teresa Vanneck-Surplice to make International Women’s Day. It will explore a number of key themes including efforts to achieve the equality for women and the development of the Magna Carta. Visit Teresa’s website for more information.

Informing Local Development Plans: Delivering certainty for communities and investors

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 8:50am-2pm. Riddel Hall, Belfast.

Chambré Public Affairs, in association with Turley, are hosting this half-day conference to explore the local development plans that will soon be put together by the new super councils, which come into being in April. Click here to learn more. Standard tickets cost £135, but discounts are available for some groups. If you have any queries then please contact Iain Hoy on 028 9026 8602 or email iain@chambrepa.com.


Big Donor Summit

Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th April 2015. ILEC Conference Centre, London.

This new fundraising conference will look at the most effective fundraising strategies to reach and convert big donors to secure long-term investment. It is aimed at mid to senior management level and will features a range of major donor speakers. You can book to attend all three days of the conference or just a single workshop. More information is available via this link.

Post-graduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender

Friday 8th May 2015, 9am-6.30pm. York Street Campus, Univeristy of Ulster.

A symposium to explore the interface between occupation, transitional justice and gender. The starting point for exploration will be feminist concerns that are broadly focused on issues of power, control and hierarchies. The symposium will feature Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as the keynote speaker. Gender experts from the Transitional Justice Institute and IRiSS will also participate. Full details here.

Summer School on Transitional Justice

Monday 22nd June – Friday June 2015. Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster.

In 2015, the annual summer school will take an in-depth look at Gendering the Practices of Post-Conflict Resolution: Investigations, Reparations and Communal Repair. More details, including how to register, to follow soon.

Wise Woman Weekend

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th of August 2015. Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Held annually, the Wise Women Weekend celebrates female wisdom and gives women an opportunity to connect with each in a safe and nurturing environment. This year, the event will focus on the theme of ‘arising’. Organisers are currently seeking facilitators to hold workshops that can loosely incorporate this theme. To find out more about the weekend or to apply to hold a workshop, please email workshops@wisewomanweekend.com. Click here to visit the event website.



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