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Sarah Maple’s Me + You Exhibition

7th-31st August 2014. Shankill Library, Belfast.

Come along to see the work of Sarah Maple, a rising artist whose work is diverse, challenging and frequently controversial. She uses painting, photography, film, humour and her own experience to explore identity, feminism and religion.
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Taking Place Exhibition

Monday 1st – Friday 12th September. Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

This exhibition brings together work by contemporary female photographers from Northern Ireland, whose photography explores architecture and the environment. Contributors include Victoria J. Dean, Joanna McNulty, Hannah Watson and last, but not least Joanne Mullin, the current Emerging Artist at The Crescent Arts Centre, who helped to arrange the exhibition.
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Action 4 Life: Health and well-being days

Various dates between 2nd and 23rd September 2014. Various venues.

Action Cancer and Active Belfast are holding these health and well-being days to give people across Belfast an opportunity to learn more about health issues and access free health checks. There will also be family fun, taster sessions, for freebies and more. Anyone interested should just come along to the session that most suits them:

Tuesday 2nd September, 11am-7pm - East Belfast Network Centre, Templemore Avenue.
Wednesday 3rd September, 11am-7pm – East Belfast Network Centre, Templemore Avenue.
Tuesday 23rd September, 10.30am-6pm – Flax Medical Centre, Ardoyne Avenue.

Some of those who attend will also be offered the chance to receive a free pass to a 12 week long physical activity and nutrition programme.p

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FWIN Annual Networking and Information Event 2014

Thursday 4th September 2014, 10.30am-1pm. Holywell, Bishop Street, L’Derry.

The aim of this event is to inform grassroots women about the range of services, support, advice and training that are available to them. There will be presentations from the organisations attending outlining their work. Lunch will also be provided. If you wish to attend this event, please email info@fwin.org.uk or telephone 028 7126 6291. Places are limited and will be on a first come basis. Please RSVP by Thursday 28th August 2014.
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Ecstatic Dance*In

Friday 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December 2014, 7-9.15pm. Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

Anyone aged 8-98 is welcome to join these dance sessions and try their moves to rhythms from around the world. No partner or experience needed. Participants can exercise their bodies, minds and spirits in a fun atmosphere of freedom and enjoy a healthy alternative to clubbing. First timers only pay £8, with the usual fee £10, though there are other concessions available. For more info, please contact Julia on aquajewel33@btinternet.com.
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Building a Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment

Saturday 6th September 2014, 10am-4.30pm. Gresham Hotel, Dublin.

The aim of this conference is to discuss how to build a broad-based coalition to campaign for repeal of the eighth amendment to make abortion available in the Republic of Ireland to protect and safeguard women’s lives, health and choice.

All interested groups, organisations, activists, campaigners and individuals in Ireland, North and South, are invited to come to the conference and get involved in building the coalition. Contact Ailbhe Smyth on 00353 087 2055 433 or smyth.ailbhe@gmail.com for more information.
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BELONG Childen’s Exhibition

Friday 8th to Sunday 31st September 2014. Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

This exhibition is made up of creative and educational artwork completed by children who have participated in the BELONG Programme, which supports black and ethnic minority children. It is centred on children’s right to play and express their culture. Call BELONG on 028 8774 1960 to learn more.
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Ten pin bowling club for young people with disabilities and/or special needs

Every Wednesday from 10th September to 15th October, 4.15-5.15pm. Dundonald Ice Bowl.

This club is open to local 8-25 year olds with some form of disability and/or special needs and costs just £1 per week. Spaces are limited. For more information, contact Christine Duncan at Castlereagh Borough Council on 028 9081 1962 or christineduncan@castlreagh.gov.uk.
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We’re Not Going Back

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th September 2014, 7.30-10pm

Produced by The Red Ladder Theatre Company and supported by Unite The Union, this musical comedy explores the 1984/85 miner’s strike, following the fortunes of three sisters from a pit village who become determined to set up a branch of Women Against Pit Closures. Find out more about the play here or give Claire Kelly a call on 075 4936 5149. Tickets are just £6.
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Hearing aid clinics

Thursday 11th September and Thursday 9th October 2014, 10am-12pm. Action on Hearing Loss, Belfast.

These walk-in clinics are designed to help people learn how to make the best use of their NHS hearing aid and will provide advice on maintaining the aids, as well as information about hearing loss and support services. For more information, contact Angela Stanbridge on 028 9023 9619, 028 9024 9462 (textphone) or angela.stanbridge@hearingloss.org.uk.

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BFN Diva Disco

Saturday 13th September 2014, 8.30pm. Hudson Bar, Belfast.


Belfast Feminist Network is inviting people to dress as their favourite Diva (whatever that means to them) and come to dance the night away to DJ Venus Dupree. Admission is just £5, with all proceeds going to BFN.


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Turning the Tide: A sea change in action on fuel poverty?

15th-17th September 2014. Scarborough Spa, North Yorkshire.

Held by National Energy Action, this is the main UK conference focused solely on tackling the serious issue of fuel poverty. The event provides a unique opportunity to hear from experts, challenge their views, share best practice and help inform future strategy.

All sectors involved in developing policies and programmes to deliver on fuel poverty targets are encouraged to attend. Register here.
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CultureTech

15th-21st September 2014. L’Derry.

This newly launched festival will celebrate creative innovation in digital media, technology, music and arts with dozens of independently organised events, showcases, exhibitions and conferences. Most of the events are free and open to the general public. Find out more here.
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Relaunch of Magherafelt Women’s Group

Tuesday 16th September 2014, 11.30am-3pm. 27-29 Moneymore Road, Magherafelt

Join Magherafelt Women’s Group in celebrating its relaunch with some light refreshments. RSVP to Kellie on kellie@thelearninglodge.co.uk by Thursday 11th September.
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The Dementia Challenge

18th September 2014. School of Music, Leed’s University.

The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back conference is for those that live with, work with or are affected by dementia. A line up of expert speakers and contributors will highlight the most recent developments since the UK took the lead on dementia at the G8 summit. Call 0161 713 3880 or email alicia.greally@gtevent.co.uk to learn more.
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Too Gay to Foster

Thursday 18th September 2014, 12.30-2pm. 18 College Green, Queen’s University Belfast

Daniel Monk, Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality, will present a paper on the experiences of a gay couple who were rejected as foster parents because they were in an open relationship. He will examine different understandings of child welfare and the limits to equality. Contact h.bryson@qub.ac.uk to register. A sandwich lunch is included.
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Stakeholder Event: Inquiry into Inclusion in the Arts for Working Class Communities

Thursday 18th September 2014, 10am-1.30pm. Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

Stakeholders are invited to attend this workshop, which will give people an opportunity to discuss the evidence so far collected by the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure as part of its ongoing Inquiry into Inclusion in the Arts for Working Class Communities. The event will take a roundtable format and include lunch. To book your place(s), please contact the Committee Office on 028 90521602 or committee.cal@niassembly.gov.uk.
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Culture Night Belfast

Friday 19th September 2014. Belfast.

Culture Night Belfast (CNB), has become one of the highlights of Belfast’s cultural calendar. It began in 2009, following in the footsteps of Culture Night Dublin, with the aim of bringing a new and exciting cultural showcase to Belfast.

Venues, galleries, artists’ studios, historic buildings, cultural organisations, churches and many more will open their doors to invite the public to explore what they do and enjoy free performances, events, talks and tours. There will be also be a host of on-street activities and events across the city. Highlights for women include a feminist fotobooth at the Deli Lights Cafe, where women can channel their feminist spirit with props and costumes.
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Get Outdoors Weekend

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September2014. NI-wide.

Get Outdoors weekend is two days of outdoor recreation activities across the whole of Northern Ireland. Sessions include walking, climbing, canoeing and much more. To see a full list of outdoor activities on offer, please download the event flyer by clicking here. All events will be open for bookings at the end of August via www.getoutdoorsweekend.com. Please note some activities require pre-booking but details of this can also be found online.

Transport cost funding is available for community groups and organisations that wish to attend.
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Sexual Health Education: Facilitators training course

24th September - 26th November 2014 (ten training days throughout the period). Konckbracken Healthcare Park, Belfast.

This course is designed for people who would like to develop their knowledge and skills to become providers of Sexual Health Education, as part of their current role. It is accredited by the Open College network (OCN) as a Certificate in Sexual Health Education with 12 credits at Level 3. All ten training sessions must be attended to receive the qualification.

Applications are welcome from individuals within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust who are working in either the statuary or voluntary sector. Please click here for full details.
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Workshop on Ireland’s Second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Thursday 2nd October 2014. Iveagh House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

This workshop is being held as part of the consultative process currently under way to develop Ireland’s Second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. It will seek views on how Ireland can progress the women, peace and security agenda and will feature a panel of experts Contact the Conflict Resolution Unit on wpsconsultation@dfa.ie or 00353 1408 2812 to learn more.
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Engaging with the Assembly & MLAs

Thursday 2nd October 2014. Mount Conference Centre, Belfast.

This half day training workshop offers those who have an interest in influencing the Assembly an insight into how the Assembly works and how to engage with the Assembly, its structures and its personnel. The event, which costs £252 per delegate, is for both active practitioners who wish to refine their public affairs strategy, as well as those who are new to what goes on at Parliament Buildings and want to learn more. Expert speakers will include Chris Lyttle MLA. Register by contacting Agenda NI on registration@agendani.com or 028 9261 9933.
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Parenting Your Teen Programme Begins

Thursday 2nd October or Monday 6th October. Various venues.

This eight week programme for parents of 12-18 year olds is specially developed to improve the parent/teen communication and long term relationship. It looks at parenting styles, teen development, rules and consequences, dealing with conflict, improving self-esteem and problem solving. The programme starts in Coleraine on 2nd October and Belfast on 6th October. Call Parenting NI on 028 9031 0891 if you are interested in attending.
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Get Involved

Friday 3rd October 2014, 9am-2.30pm. Glenada Holiday Conference Centre, Newcastle.

The Northern Ireland Assembly is holding this event to help community and community groups connect with local government representatives. In addition to a speed networking session, there will also be training workshops and presentations about the work of the Assembly. To attend, register by emailing outreach@niassembly.gov.uk or calling 028 9052 0321/028 9052 1195.
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NI Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

9th-13th October 2014. Various venues.

Back for another year, this festival is aiming to be even better and bigger than ever before and will explore ‘transformation’ as its central theme. Highlights will include music, poetry, film, photography, workshops, drama and discussion. You can check out the events already confirmed by visiting the festival website.
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Mum’s The Word

Tuesday 14th October 2014, 7.30-10pm. Orangefield Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

An evening of encouragement, insight and inspiration for all mums, presented by Cathy Madavan and Diane Louise Jordan. The event from Care for the family will feature practical tips on parenting, real life stories and new ideas. A free tote bag will be given to mums on arrival and there will be refreshments served. Tickets are £5, but buy four or more and you will get a reduced rate of £5. Book now by calling 028 9262 8050 or visiting www.careforthefamily.org.uk/mtw.
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BFN Activism Training Saturday

18th October 2014. NICVA, Belfast.

This training from Belfast Feminist Network will help women gain a better understanding of how feminism relates to their everyday experience and develop confidence and skills to challenge sexism (and related forms of oppression) in their daily lives. It will also be an opportunity to get to know other members of BFN offline. Email belfemnet@gmail.com to learn more.

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Gulabi Gang screening

November 2014. QUB.

Queens University Belfast is inviting Nishtha Jain to Ireland in early November with her film 'Gulabi Gang', about a women's group organising against violence against women. The trailer is available here. Full details will be released closer to the time.
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Reuniting Planning and Health Conference

Friday 14th November 2014. Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

Planning and public health have shared origins, both disciplines arising from the need to tackle poor living conditions in 19th century cities. Exploring planning and health collaboratively today can still create positive health outcomes for all of society. This conference will feature experience and expertise from leaders in the field of reuniting planning and health, and share fresh thinking to help inform new ways of working in the context of local government reform and community planning. It will also showcase how local initiatives can help create healthy cities. Registration will open in December.

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Obesity – A National Epidemic Conference

Saturday 8th December 2014, 8.15am-5pm. The Mermaid Conference and Events Centre, London.

An event for all those working in this area of the public health agenda who are tasked with producing a positive impact in reducing levels of obesity. An overview of the current trends will be provided along with a reflection into the causes and how these can be addressed. A number of speakers have been confirmed, including Prof David Haslam of the National Obesity Forum. Register here. Charity sector delegates pay a reduced fee.
  

 

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