25th February to 27th May 2014. Stormont.

How the Assembly Works

A free education programme to provide interested parties with a brief overview of the Assembly, how it works and how you can engage more effectively with it.

A number of different sessions are running throughout the next few months on 25th February, 25th March, 29th April and 27th May.

Registration takes place at 9.15am on all days, followed by presentations and an optional tour. Register your interest for one of the sessions by emailing outreach@niassembly.gov.uk, calling 028 9052 1195 or registering online.

You will need to state the date you wish to attend and also provide your name, organisation, email address, twitter tag, phone number and address.

21st March – 17th April. Various venues across Tyrone and Fermanagh.

Coffee mornings for self-employed women

The Network for Enterprising Women: Tyrone and Fermanagh is holding a number of coffee shop get togethers for local self-employed women.

They are taking place on:
21st March 10.30am in the Lemon Tree Belleek
17th April 10.30am in Bedeck Coffee Shop Moygashel.

The meetings normally last an hour and half and present an excellent opportunity for women who are self employed to meet, discuss, share, support and create.

Anyone interested should drop a line to think6@gmail.com.

25th April 2014. Stormont.

Insight into the Assembly Programme

Assembly Community Connect is staging a programme of free ‘Insight into the Assembly’ training seminars for 2014.

The last session left to run is, 'Insight into the Inquiry Process and Making Effective Submissions to Committees' on 25th April 2014.

To view a full programme, go to the Northern Ireland Assembly website. Register your interest by emailing outreach@niassembly.gov.uk or calling 028 90 521195. Alternatively, register online.

Please give your name, organisation, email address, twitter tag, phone number and address when registering. Places are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis.

25th April 2014, 4.30 - 6pm. The MAC, Belfast.

Accountability in NI

This Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) event will provide participants with knowledge of how to hold our political institutions to better account.

People with direct experience of trying to enforce accountability in NI today will speak at the event, including human rights barrister Laura McMahon BL and Political Correspondent Sam McBride.

RSVP by clicking this link, emailing fiona@pprproject.org or phoning 028 9031 3315. Please state if you have any specific access or dietary requirements.

29th April. Various times/venues

Professor Mary Mellor Lectures

Reclaim the Agenda and Belfast & District Trades Union Council proudly present two free May Day lectures by Professor Mary Mellor:

Women, the Economy and the Construction of ‘Economic Man’: 12 - 2 pm, Tuesday 29th April, St Luke's Church Hall, Northumberland Street. To book please contact Helen Crickard on 028 9074 9810

In Defence of Public Money and ‘Handbag’ Economics: 7- 8.30 pm, Tuesday 29th April, Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, Donegall Street. To book please contact Naomi Connor on 074 3578 6055

Professor Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Social Science at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Her two lectures will encourage a fresh look at public money, how it is generated, what it is spent on and how important it is to challenge TINA (there is no alternative). You will never view economics the same way again after this lively presentation and will demand more from the public purse!

29th April 2014, 11am. Old Museum Building in College Square North, Belfast.

Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society open day

The Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society is opening its doors for one day to community groups who are interested in visiting its fine Grade A listed building.

Mark O'Donnell from the Regeneration Office of DSD will attend the event. There will be a chance to hear about plans for the refurbishment of the Old Museum Building and work going on there.

RSVP by contacting Angélique on day.jica25@gmail.com.

30th April 2014, 2 - 4pm. The MAC, Belfast.

Charity Seminar: Making the Complex, Clear!

In association with Arts & Business Northern Ireland, local accounting firm JL Grant & Co are offering a free seminar for charities focusing on the complex issues of VAT and charity law.

To find out more or to register, please click here.

29th and 30th April, 10am (both days). Various venues.

BBC Children In Need Outreach

BBC Children in Need is hosting a series of outreach sessions across Northern Ireland to encourage new applications and to explain how its grant strategy works in practice.

This year, the charity has over £3 million to spend on projects working with disadvantaged children and young people here. Grants of both less than £10,000 and more than £10,000 are available. The outreach sessions will include demonstrations of how to apply for this funding online and also provide detailed and useful information on BBC Children In Need and its aims.

The sessions will take place on:
29th April, 10am to 1pm - BBC Blackstaff, Great Victoria Street, Belfast
30th April, 10am to 1pm - Ballybot House, Newry

For more information, contact Siobhan on 028 9033 8221 or siobhan.mckenna@bbc.co.uk.

30th April 2014, 6pm-8pm. Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Northern Ireland's First Minority Ethnic Parliament

The Minority Ethnic Parliament will have its first ever session this month, providing a chance for minority ethnic communities to get directly involved in the political process, and hear Ministers answer questions that have been developed by communities at a grassroots level.

Registration is required in order to attend. Please email Elizabeth@nicem.org.uk and register no later than Wednesday, 23rd April.

1st May 2014, 2.30pm. NICVA, Belfast

Tweet Up

The annual NICVA Tweet Up will look at the use of social media in elections and campaigning with input from Aoife Morrison of The Charity Commission, Lynn Carvill of WOMEN’S TEC and US political strategist Jeff Lennan. TV reporter Marc Mallet will host.

There will also be breakout sessions on Twitter for Beginners; Search Engine Optimisation; and Social Media – The Emperor’s New Clothes?.

To book, follow this link.

1st May 2014, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Children in Northern Ireland, 40 Montgomery Road, Belfast

European elections Hustings Event

Children in Northern Ireland are holding a Hustings event for candidates in the forthcoming European Elections, giving the public an opportunity to quiz them on their policies for Europe.

The event will be co-convened by Eamonn Mallie and a young representative from the NEETS forum. Places are limited so book quickly. RSVP to ruairi@ci-ni.org.uk. p


2nd May, 10.30 am. SS Nomadic, Hamilton Dock, Belfast

A People's History Lecture

Community Change are hosting a ‘A People’s History’ lecture on East Belfast, led by Dr Eamonn Hughes, senior lecturer in the School of English at Queens University. Eamonn will focus on the area’s cultural figures, with particular reference given to the musician Van Morrison and the playwright Stewart Parker.

Refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend please contact Karen Brennan, Project Co-Ordination & Facilitation Officer on 028 9023 2587 or karen.brennan@communitychange-ni.org.

6th May 2014, 12.30 – 1.30pm. Dalriada House, Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster

How Conflict and Migration Affect Women's Rights in Central Asia

Visiting Scholar Natasha Warcholak will host this free Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) lecture exploring women’s rights in Central Asia. Natasha is a development consultant with a keen interest and experience in the former Soviet countries.

To RSVP, contact Elaine McCoubrey on e.mccoubrey@ulster.ac.uk. Lunch will be provided.

6th May to 10th June 2014, 7.30 – 9.30pm. Coleraine Area Child Contact Centre, Abbey Street, Coleraine.

Parenting Apart

Over six weeks, Parenting Apart will provide practical advice and guidance to parents who have separated on how to continue to meet their children’s.

The courses’ overall aim is to minimise the impact of separation on the family. To register, contact Parents Helpline on 0808 8010 722.

12th – 15th May 2014. Various Belfast venues.

International Business Women’s Conference 2014

Women in Business Northern Ireland (WIBNI) is delighted to be hosting the 2014 International Business Women’s Conference on Creating a New Economy in Belfast.

The core themes of the conference will be ambition, diversity, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, empowerment and potential.

Business leaders (private and public), government representatives, policy makers, business owners (both large and small), entrepreneurs, middle/senior managers, business organisations and academia from across the globe are expected to attend. Both men and women are welcome.

For more information, check out the official IBWC website.

12th - 16th May 2014, 10am – 4pm. Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster.

Short course in Community Development

University of Ulster is offering people the chance to complete a part-time, professionally endorsed course in Community Development.

This intensive one week programme provides an opportunity for people in the community, voluntary or statutory sector to convert learning from experience into university credits with the prospect of entry into the second year of the part-time community development degree programme in September 2014.

The course costs £172, but if you are 16+ and have a household income less than £19200, you may be eligible for funding to cover the cost of this module. For registration, email Lorraine Lavery-Bowen on l.lavery-bowen@ulster.ac.uk or 028 9036 6695.

13th - 14th May 2014. Istanbul, Turkey

International workshop on women’s roles in countering extremism

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) have come together to host an international workshop examining, “Supporting Civil Society Initiatives to Empower Women’s Roles in Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism”.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, Arabic, French and Russian. A second workshop will also be held in October 2014 in Vienna, Austria, with a focus on gender mainstreaming in policies and strategies to counter violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism.

On the basis of these workshops, a draft good practices document will be elaborated for possible adoption by the GCTF.

The May event is open to participants from civil society, with expertise in one of the following fields: community-engagement programmes in preventing terrorism and violent extremism; women’s participation and gender aspects in addressing other security and safety issues; and women’s participation and gender aspects in promoting tolerance, dialogue and education.

Contact Mehdi.Knani@osce.org to learn more if you think you may be eligible to attend. A limited number of travel sponsorships are available.

15th May 2014. Peatlands Park, Dungannon.

Community Walk Leader Training

To help encourage local people to get outdoors, Walking In Your Community has an excellent opportunity for individuals to attend a free Community Walk Leader training event.

Specifically designed for community groups and organisations, this course will allow community leaders and volunteers to gain the essential skills needed to lead short, safe and accessible walks with people of all ages and abilities.

If you have an interest in starting up walking group or if you simply would like to join an existing group in your area, this scheme is perfect for you. With a limited number of spaces make sure to book onto this exclusive Community Walk Leader course soon.

For more information please visit www.WalkingInYourCommunity.com or email info@walkinginyourcommunity.com.

14th May 2014, De la Salle Community Centre, Wicklow.

Wokshop on traveller women's experience of domestic and sexual violence

Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre and Co. Wicklow Primary Health Care Project are planning to hold a workshop to explore ‘Best Practice for Services Working with Traveller and Roma Women Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Violence’.

This event will explore specific issues and barriers that Traveller and Roma women face in dealing with domestic and sexual violence, while informing the best practice for service providers.

To register, please email vaw@pavee.ie. For further information, please contact Laura Pohjolainen or Tessa Collins on 00353 1878 0255.

15th May 2014, 1.30pm. Long Gallery, Stormont.

Sustainable Economy seminar

The latest event in the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) will feature two speakers discussing the creation of a sustainable NI economy.

Dr Sandra Moffett of the University of Ulster will speak on the role of knowledge management in building a sustainable economy here, while Dr Leslie Budd from the Open University will discuss whether peace and devolution can economically transform NI.

You can register for the seminar or contact KESS by emailing raise@niassembly.gov.uk.

15th to 17th May 2014. Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast.

Europe in Action Conference - Growing up with an intellectual disability

This year’s annual Europe in Action conference will take place in Belfast, exploring the impact of learning disability on the lives of individuals and families from different perspectives.

It is being hosted by Mencap and Inclusion Europe. For more information on the conference see the Europe in Action website. To register to attend, click here.

16th May 2014, 9.30am - 1.30pm. Mediation NI, 83 University Street, Belfast

Migration Awareness Training

Migrant Awareness Training is a half-day workshop designed by South Belfast Roundtable and staff from BCC Good Relations Unit, with supported from Belfast City Council. It is an interactive session open to community workers and organisations, which explores inward and outward migration and the rights of migrant workers in Northern Ireland.

Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or, to book a place, email denise.wright@sbrtr.org.uk.

20th and 27th May. Belfast Campus, University of Ulster.

Crossing Cultural Barriers short course

University of Ulster is running two half day accredited training course designed to equip participants with the strategies to overcome cultural barriers to communicate effectively in a range of contexts.

No prior knowledge of a foreign language is required. The course is worth 5 credits at postgraduate level and costs £149.75.

For further information, email postgradcpd@ulster.ac.uk or call 028 9036 6680. To apply for this course, visit www.ulster.ac.uk/postgradcpd.

23rd May or 13th June 2014, 9.30am - 1.30pm. Mediation NI, 83 University Street, Belfast.

Ending Hate in our Communities Training

Ending Hate in our Communities is a free half day workshop from Belfast City Council Good Relations Unit and South Belfast Roundtable. It aims to give participants an understanding of the extent of bias, harassment and hate crimes in their community, and the impact of bias and harassment on those targeted, as well as practical skills to help them respond to and prevent hate crime.

Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or, to book a place, email denise.wright@sbrtr.org.uk.

28th May 2014, 2 – 5pm. Belfast Campus of the University of Ulster.

Faith Communities and Transitional Justice

This seminar from the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, presents perspectives and encourages debate on the roles – past and future – of faith communities in relation to transitional justice.

Speakers include Prof Cath Collins, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster; Dr David Tombs, Trinity College Dublin; Fr Tim Bartlett, Catholic Church; and Reverend Dr Lesley Carroll, Minister, Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

For more details click here. To RSVP contact Elaine McCoubrey on e.mccoubrey@ulster.ac.uk.

28th May 2014, 9.30am - 1pm. Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

Ageing research workshop

The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland is holding a free workshop exploring, “Why and how to get involved in ageing research”.

This half day event is aimed at older people and voluntary and community organisations with an interest in participating in ageing research. The day is structured around a number of short presentations with ample time for discussion and a practical exercise, followed by lunch.

Areas covered will include:
• Language of research, roles and ethics - Professor Peter Lansley, Reading University
• Getting involved in research partnerships – Margy Washbrook, Engage with Age
• Older people as co-researchers – Dr Janet Carter Anand, Queen’s University Belfast
• Tips for talking to the media – Nicola Donnelly, CARDI

A copy of the full programme can be viewed on www.cardi.ie. To confirm your attendance at this event, please RSVP by email to events@cardi.ie by 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 21st May 2014.

30th and 31st May 2014, 10am to 4pm (both days). Kings Hall Belfast.

Disability Exhibition 2014

Northern Ireland’s largest disability exhibition will take place at the King’s Hall Pavilion, Belfast, providing people with disabilities, their families, carers and healthcare professionals with a great opportunity to find out about the latest products and services for disabled people.

Entertainment will be provided for children so the event promises to be not only informative but also a fun day out for all the family.

The exhibition is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm on both days and is free of charge to attend. For more information on the venue, how to get there and how to book a stand, visit the Disability Action website.

5th June 2014, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Belfast City Hall.

Why won’t my teenager talk to me?

Dr John Coleman OBE, psychologist and author, will give a presentation on ways to improve communication and relationships with adolescents. The event is free, but booking is essential.

To confirm contact Sharon McWhirter on 028 9031 0891 or Sharon@parentingni.org. Registration will open at 6pm and refreshments will be available.

23rd to 27th June. Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster.

Transitional Justice Institute Summer School

The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) has announced its 7th annual Summer School on Transitional Justice on the theme of, ‘Addressing Sexual Violence and Gendered Harm in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings: Addressing Enforcement, Essentialism, and Masculinities’.

The Summer School will be held from 23 - 27 June 2014 at the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster. It is a week-long residential course, consisting of a series of interactive lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions, aimed at both postgraduate students and practitioners working in the field of transitional justice and human rights.

The academic component of the Summer School is also complemented by an interactive social programme which provides the opportunity for participants to gain greater knowledge of the conflict, transition and affected communities in Northern Ireland.

A number of social events such as: a murals tour in Belfast, film screenings, interactions with local civil society actors and a Summer School dinner at Belfast Castle are included in the programme. Full details are found here.


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