Events and training for women from

Parenting NI: Parenting Your Teen Programme

September – October 2015. Various venues across Belfast, Derry, Randalstown and Newry.

An evidence based, 8 session programme developed to improve communication and relationships between parents and their teenagers. Please email education@parentingni.org or call 028 9031 0891 for more info. To register for the programme, please call 0808 8010 722.

Health Improvement Western Area: Health Improvement Training

Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Thursday 31st March 2016. Various venus.

Health Improvement Western Area’s wide range of training opportunities is supported by Public Health Agency and Western Health & Social Care Trust. The full programme is available here.

Betty Sinclair Winter School

Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st November. Lustybeg Island, co. Fermanagh.

The fifth Betty Sinclair Winter School is a three day political school that gives activists the chance to listen, share and contribute to progressive left thinking within the labour movement. The conference will focus on: Post-crash economics; Austerity, debt and inequality; Capitalism, democracy and social movements; The Union; Reproductive Justice. The fees for attendance are £75 per person (£35 unwaged) and include accommodation and food for three days. Places are limited, so please register by sending your contact details to Alice McLarnon at alice@trademarkbelfast.com.

FWIN's Stress Busters event

Friday 20th November 2015, 10.30am. The Holywell Building, Derry/Londonderry.

For full details and registration please contact FWIN on 028 7126 6291 or info@fwin.org.uk.

European Funding Seminar

Friday 20th November 2015, 11am-1pm. The Guildhall, L’Derry.

The purpose of this funding seminar is to provide knowledge of how to access available EU funding streams. In attendance will be Martina Anderson and Matt Carthy, MEPs, a representative of the European Commission Office in Belfast, a representative of SEUPB and a representative from Intertrade Ireland amongst others. To register your interest in attending, please email mayor@derrystrabane.com. Alternatively, contact Shauna Lynch on 028 7137 6507.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Friday 20th November 2015, 12pm. Garden of Reflection, L’Derry.

The Rainbow Project’s Transgender Day of Remembrance starts with a Remembrance Service in the Garden of Reflection with Padraig O Tuama, followed by a Walk of Remembrance to Pilots Row, and concluding with the launch of Transderry’s photographic exhibition in Eden Place Arts Centre. Please RSVP to maeve@rainbow-project.org.


Friday 20th November 2015, 1:30-2pm. The Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast.

The NI Council for Ethnic Minorities' 20th Annual General Meeting will be taking place at the end of November in The Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast. There will be tea/coffee served on arrival. They will also use this occasion to organise the AGM Seminar with the theme “ESOL as essential skills for BME people” in which they will launch their Research Report “Overview of post-16 ESOL provision, accreditations, standards and delivery across Northern Ireland”. If you require additional information, please do not hesitate contact Kevin at 028 9023 8645 or RSVP at: kevin@nicem.org.uk.

Awaken Your Inner Goddess Workshop

Sunday 22nd November 2015, 10am-4pm. WRDA Training Room, Belfast.

Selina Quinn will be hosting a "journey of freedom and empowerment" on Sunday 22nd November, and has booked the WRDA upstairs training room for this purpose. Activities will include movement, yoga, breathing, music, dance and guided meditation. Please click here for the facebook event page.

QUB Diwali Night

Sunday 22nd November 2015, 4:30-10pm. Mandela Hall, Belfast

A cultural night organised by The South Asian Students' Society & The Malaysian Students’ Society to celebrate to Indian Festival of Light, Diwali. The event will include a photo booth, henna stall, cultural show with live musicians, dance performers and acts, a 3 course meal of authentic Indian cuisine, and a Bollywood dance floor. Tickets are £10 for members and £13 for non-members. For more info please visit the facebook page.

Consultation workshop on future of learning disability day care services

Monday 23rd November 2015, 2pm. West Belfast Partnership Board, Belfast.

West Belfast Partnership Board is undertaking a consultation meeting on the implications for future delivery of learning disability day services for adults in the west of the city. Please contact 028 9080 9202 or info@wbpb.org for more info.

Influence > Access Policy Pop Up: How to think like an MLA

Tuesday 24th November 2015, 12-1:30pm. Venue TBC.

Voluntary and community organisations have high levels of access to decision makers. But do we have influence? In order to help NICVA members get an insight into key decision making processes we have developed a new series of one hour, off the record talks and conversations on a wide range of topics. For this event we have secured a former MLA to come along and discuss with us their experience of being an MLA, how they make decisions, and decide priorities. Followed by a Q&A. More info and booking here.

Meningitis Research Foundation: Ladies Charity Evening

Tuesday 24th November 2015, 6-8pm. Rituals, Victoria Square, Belfast.

The Meningitis Research Foundation are holding a Ladies Evening in Victoria Square, which will include beauty demonstrations & tips, refreshments, 20% off all products, goodie bags with every purchase, and raffle prizes. Tickets are £10 and available by calling 028 9032 1283 or emailing karend@meningitis-ni.org. All proceeds go towards the vital work of Meningitis Research Foundation. Further details available here.

Erasmus+ Information Session

Thursday 26th November 2015, 9am-12:30pm. The MAC, Belfast.

This event is especially for new applicants and is designed to provide an introduction to Erasmus+, the European Union funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It will help you determine the funding opportunities most suitable for your organisation. Refreshments will be served from 9am, and the event starts at 9.30am. You can book your place here, and the agenda is available to download here. If you have any other questions about the event, please email the events team at eplusevents@ecorys.com.

Disability Employment Network (DEN) Launch

Thursday 26th November 2015, 10:45am. The Guildhall, L’Derry.

Disability Employment Network (DEN) is a group of organisations who have come together to promote training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council is hosting the launch, so if you are an employer or a person with a disability interested in work or training you are invited to come along and hear what the DEN can do for you. Please confirm your attendance and if you require any particular requirements by Wednesday 18th November by emailing disabilityemploymentnetwork@gmail.com.

‘From Syria to Sanctuary Here?’ Conference

Friday 27th November 2015, 9:20am-2pm. Foyle Arena Leisure Centre, L’Derry.

A number of Syrian refugees are likely to be resettled in Northern Ireland under the UK government scheme, with some possibly placed in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area, and the Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion has begun an initiative of Civic Action on refugees. The aim of the conference is to explore perspectives on the migration crisis internationally and locally with a view to local people being in a more informed position if and when refugees from Syria arrive in their local area. Advance registration is essential, to do so, please contact Niamh.scullion@derrystrabane.com or phone 028 7125 3253 (extension 8225). A light lunch will be provided.

Eating disorders training in Belfast

Friday 27th November, 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Years, Wildflower Way, Belfast.

Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, is running an eating disorders training workshop in Belfast on 27th November 2015. The CPD-accredited full day course has been designed for a wide variety of professionals to expand their knowledge of eating disorders. The training requires no previous knowledge of eating disorders; offering a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the subject. For further information visit the Beat website or email training@b-eat.co.uk.

Second Annual International Human Rights Lecture

Saturday 28th November 2015, 3-5pm. St Muredach's Cathedral, Ballina.

The Mary Robinson Centre is holding their Second Annual International Human Rights Lecture, featuring guest speaker Graca Machel: founding member of The Elders and international advocate the rights of women and children. Booking available here. For further info, please contact info@maryrobinsoncentre.ie or call 086 809 3965.

Reclaim the Night 2015

Saturday 28th November, 7-8pm. Gather at Writer’s Square, Belfast City Centre.

The second annual Reclaim the Night Belfast march is taking place to show the need for action against gender violence and harassment, and aid mutual support. As part of the 16 days of Action against Gender Violence, crowds will take to the streets and reclaim public space for all. Everyone welcome, but it is asked that women and the LGBTQ Community lead the march.

CHNI Homelessness Awareness Week 2015

Saturday 28th November to Saturday 5th December 2015. Various venues across NI.

HAW is an annual week to highlight the issue of homelessness across Northern Ireland, and to mark the continued efforts of organisations, staff, volunteers, and service users working in the sector, as well as highlighting the ongoing issue of homelessness. This will be its eight year in its current incarnation. Further details will be available at the website in due course.

Sector Matters: Free employment seminar on ‘Whistleblowing'

Monday 30th November, 10am-12pm. NICVA, Belfast.

The seminar will be delivered at NICVA by Mark McAllister, Employment Relations Manager, the Labour Relations Agency Noon. The whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work defines whistleblowing as a member of staff telling their employer, a regulator, customers or the media about a 'dangerous or illegal activity' that they are aware is happening in their workplace. For more information visit the NICVA website or email Louise Foster at louise.foster@sectormatters.com.

Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s Christmas Crime Prevention and Safety Event

Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 10am-1pm. Great Hall, City Hall, Belfast.

Come along for free practical advice, information and support on a range of crime prevention and safety issues for this festive season. Visit stands from statutory, community and voluntary groups including the police, Victim Support, Samaritans, Fire and Rescue Service and Belfast City Council. Admission is free and tea, coffee and mince pies will be provided. Full details here.

Our Lives Should Not Be Sweated: Belfast Women Workers, 1910 – 1915

Saturday 12th December 2015, 1:30pm. Linen Hall Library, Belfast.

The Irish Labour History Society (ILHS) is to hold a free event about Belfast women workers in the Linen Hall Library. Ms. Theresa Moriarty, ILHS honorary president, will give a lecture at 1:30pm focusing on Belfast trade unions organiser Mary Galway, who was appointed General Secretary of the Irish Textile Operatives’ Union in 1897. To learn more please contact the Linen Hall Library on 028 9032 1707.

TJI Roundtable Discussion: Where Next for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland?

Monday 14th December 2015, 9:30-10am. TJI Belfast Campus.

Participants include political parties, NIHRC, Professor Gordon Anthony, Professor Monica McWilliams, Dr Anne Smith, Professor Brice Dickson, Professor Colin Harvey, Human Rights Consortium and a range of NGOs. Full details here.

Capacity Building Seminar Series 15/16: Session One, Shaping Places for Healthy Lives

Wednesday 16th December 2015, 12:15-4:30pm. Belfast Healthy Cities Building, Belfast.

An opportunity to explore how place making can effectively support health and wellbeing, and how urban design can help create healthy places, learning from leading international practice and local initiatives. Key note address is Planning Cities for People, featuring Leo Kosonen, Finland; followed by a Place Standard for Scotland, featuring a Scottish Government Representative. Learn more here.

TJI Event: Masculinities, Violence and (Post-) Conflict

Thursday 14th January 2016. TJI Belfast Campus.

The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University are hosting a one-day postgraduate conference on 'Masculinities, Violence and (Post-) Conflict'. This student led event will offer academic presentations, peer discussion, networking opportunities and expert feedback in a supportive environment. The conference will be followed by a high level workshop on Masculinities and Violence on Friday 15 January 2016 organised by International Alert, Saferworld and Conciliation Resources, providing a forum for both practitioners and international academics to engage on the topic. Full details here.

“Understanding the Law” Course

Training available on request & onsite.

This Empowerment Training & Consultancy course is delivered in 2-3 hour practical workshops over a 4 week period, on site by Eileen Fegan, a former legal academic with ten years' experience of delivering training in the women's and voluntary sector in NI. Its aim is to help demystify the law, by explaining legal jargon and showing each individual how to carry out their own research. The course can be tailored to the needs and interests of your organisation. Visit the website for further info, or contact Eileen at this email or on 077 1710 4086.

LLM Gender, Conflict & Human Rights programme 2015-16

Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus, Newtownabbey.

The Transitional Justice Institute are currently accepting applications for the LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights, for 2015-16 entry. This programme is offered by the TJI in cooperation with the School of Law, and is delivered by active researchers at the Jordanstown campus on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two+ years) basis. The programme will enable you to develop skills relevant to legal practice, and to gender policy, research and advocacy roles. For more info visit the website, or contact Ms Emer Carlin on 028 7167 5146 or LLM@ulster.ac.uk

Science and Innovation Programme 2015/16

Various dates and venues.

As part of the legacy of City of Culture 2013 the city and district will host a dedicated programme of activity for Science and Innovation. This programme is designed to enthuse children, develop their awareness of the vast potential of STEM subjects and support educators and business people to develop a positive environment in which STEM can flourish. For more information please visit the website, or contact Elsa Edwards by calling 028 7125 3253 or emailing elsa.edwards@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com.


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