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.

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.

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.

We’re Not Going Back

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th September 2014, 7.30-10pm. Duncairn Centre, Belfast.

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.

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.


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.


Social Saturday

Saturday 13th September 2014, across NI

The UK’s first Social Saturday will celebrate and promote social enterprises across Northern Ireland, focusing on the quality of their goods and services, and the contribution they make to communities. Contact Social Enterprise NI on 028 9046 1810 or email amanda@socialenterpriseni.org for support to develop your idea. For more information visit the Social Enterprise NI website.

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.


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.

Information days for WRDA Community Facilitator Programme

Tuesday 16th September, 11am-1pm. Clotworthy House, Antrim.

Wednesday 17th September, 11am-1pm. Dukes Hotel, Belfast.

Come along to one of these open days if you are interested in joining our 2014/14 Community Facilitator Programme. This award-winning programme gives women the opportunity to learn leadership and facilitation skills, gain a level 3 qualification and potentially secure future employment with WRDA.

The information event will provide interested applicants with an overview of the programme and the application process. You can apply for a place at your preferred delivery location at either event. Please contact Isobel Loughran at isobel.loughran@wrda.net or 028 9023 0212 to reserve a place.

NWCI Budget Direction 2015

Tuesday 16th September, 11am-12pm. EU House, Dublin.

At this event, NWCI will unveil their pre-budget submission, Budget Directions 2015. Short testimonials will be shared by a number of NWCI member organisations and proposals will be presented for moving towards a more equal and sustainable society and economy for women and men in the Republic of Ireland. The event is open, but advance RSVP is appreciated. Email sclarkin@nwci.ie.

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.

Writing for the Web Tuesday

16th September 2014, 12-2pm. CRI, Belfast.

This lunchtime learning session will be led by Amanda Verlaque, an award winning script writer. She will teach how to write effectively for the web and make your site stand out. Please email marketing@viewdigital.org.

Women’s emancipation before, during and after World War 1

Tuesday 16th September 2014, 4.30-7pm. TUC Congress House, London.

Held by SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee, this lecture on women’s emancipation will feature input from Professor Mary Davis and Christine Coates. You can register via email on sertuc@tuc.org.uk.

Networking events for self-employed women

Various dates between 18th September 2014 and 12th June 2015. Various Fermanagh and Tyrone venues.

The Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) has just released its 2014/15 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Atlas Women’s Centre AGM

Friday 19th September 2014, 4.45-7pm. Atlas Women’s Centre, Lisburn.

Join the team at Atlas for their AGM, which will feature an exhibition and refreshments, followed by a multicultural arts and crafts workshop. All welcome. Please call 028 9260 5806 or email atlascentre@hotmail.com to register.

Zero-hours Contracts: Consultation Event

Friday 19th September, NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast

The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) is carrying out a consultation on the use of zero-hours contracts in NI. The Centre for Economic Empowerment is hosting a discussion on the issue which will inform NICVA’s response to the consultation. Speakers from the Work Foundation and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) will give their views, followed by an open discussion. Follow this link to register.

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. There are opportunities to try your hand at climbing, canoeing, archery and bushcraft, among other things, or join one of the many themed and guided walks. This year there is the added bonus of 5 activity days taking place in parks across Omagh, Enniskillen, Newry, Derry and Belfast, comprising of a range of outdoor activities, such as low ropes, treasure trails and laser clay pigeon shooting, as well as fun activities like face painting and arts and crafts.

To see a full list of outdoor activities on offer and learn more, please visit the Get Outdoors Weekend website. Please note some activities require pre-booking but details of this can also be found online.

Action 4 Life: Health and well-being days

23rd September 2014, 10.30am-6pm. Flax Medical Centre, Belfast.

Action Cancer and Active Belfast are holding this health and well-being day 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 welcome.

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.

Fuel Poverty Coalition Workshop – Where to Next?

Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 10-12:30pm. NICVA Conference Centre, Belfast.

This Fuel Poverty Coalition will use this workshop to provide updates from its working groups; launch a new Oak Foundation funded research report, commissioned by Bryson Energy; and set out its future plans. If you wish to attend this event, please confirm by email to info@fuelpovertyni.org no later than 18 September 2014. Include any dietary requirements. p

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.

Families and Work: A Chance for Change

Thursday 25th September, 9am-1pm. European Parliament Building, Dublin.

NWCI, ICTU and Start Strong have banded together to hold this event so women and men can comment on The Family Leave Bill, which will change how leave operates in the Republic of Ireland. Professor Peter Moss from the University of London will be the keynote speaker. Find out more here.

Irish Film Institute Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September 2014. Irish Film Institute, Dublin.

This festival will screen some of the best international and Irish documentary features and shorts, as well as host industry events for filmmakers. A packed programme is on offer, featuring two world premieres, seven Irish premieres and a number of documentaries by female directors. Highlights include:

Blood Fruit, Friday September 26th (6.30pm) – Dublin Premiere
Sinead O’Brien’s Blood Fruit tells the story of the 11 Dunnes Stores workers who went on strike in support of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. Sinead will be in attendance.

Love is All, Saturday, September 27th (6.15pm) – Irish Premiere
Renowned filmmaker Kim Longinotto presents Love is All, a journey through the 20th century, which explores love and courtship on screen (with a score provided by Richard Hawley). She will take part in a Q&A following the film.

Full information about the films above, as well as the others playing during the festival, can be found here.

March for Choice

Saturday 27th September, 2-4pm. Parnell Square East, Dublin.

Women (and men!) are invited to speak with their feet in favour of abortion rights and join the third annual March for Choice. The rally is being held by the Abortion Rights Campaign on International Decriminalisation of Abortion Day, starting from the Garden of Remembrance. Marchers are encouraged to bring a wheelie case to emphasise how many women have to cross the pond to get access to safe, legal abortions. Full details are available from this Facebook page.

How the Assembly Works

Tuesday 30th September, 21st October and 25th November 2014, 9.15am-12.15pm. Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

A free education programme that will provide you with a brief overview of the Assembly, how it works and how you can engage more effectively with it. An optional tour of Parliament Buildings is also offered at the end of the session. Contact outreach@niassembly.gov.uk or call 028 9052 1195 to learn more. To book, please state which date you would like to attend and give your name, organisation, email address, phone number and address.

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.

Transforming Your Care in Action: One Person At A Time

Thursday 2nd October 2014, 3.30pm, Seagoe Parish Centre, Portadown

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust are holding this conference for everyone within the Southern Trust area who would like to share or hear experiences of how healthcare has changed as a result of the Transforming Your Care plan. Please RSVP by 12th September to Jennifer Comac on 028 3861 3953 or email Jennifer.Comac@southerntrust.hscni.net.

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.

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.

Get Involved

Friday 3rd October 2014, 9am-2pm. Glenada Holiday Conference Centre, Newcastle.

This event from Assembly Community Connect will include useful training workshops and advice on how to engage with the Assembly, plus a speed networking session featuring a number of MLAs. Lunch is provided. Please confirm attendance by 12th September on 028 9052 0321 or 028 9052 1195.

Ecstatic Dance*In

Friday 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.

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.

Remedying the Past, Healing for the Future Conference

Friday 3rd October 2014, 10am-3.30pm. The Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.

The keynote speech during this conference will be given by Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, a Brazilian judge at the International Court of Justice, former President and judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and a professor of international law. Panel discussions will follow, bringing together local practitioners to discuss appropriate remedies in dealing with the past in Northern Ireland. A workshop will also allow participants to share their own thoughts on this issue. A light lunch is to be provided. Learn more by emailing Deaglan Coyle on d.p.coyle@qub.ac.uk.

Parent/Teen Communication Facilitator’s Course

Four training days on 7th, 14th, 24th October and 4th November, 9.30am-2.30pm. All Saints Parish Centre, Ballymena.

Supported by ACET and the Public Health Agency, this course will be beneficial for those wishing to develop and extend their knowledge and skills in the area of parent/teen communication as part of their role in the wider community in the Northern Trust area. For further information and to download an application form, please visit this site. Alternatively, contact Carol Sweeney on carol@acet-ni.com or 077 9276 8401 to learn more.

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.

Judges, Law and War Seminar

Monday 13th October, 12.30-2pm. Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster.

In this seminar, Dr Shane Darcy from the National University of Ireland Galway will discuss his recently published book, Judges, Law and War: The Judicial Development of International Humanitarian Law. He will explore in detail the formative role played by international courts and judicial bodies developing international rules applicable to situation of armed conflict. RSVP to Elaine on e.mccoubrey@ulster.ac.uk.

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.

Transforming Your Care Seminar

Wednesday 15th October 2014. Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast.

This seminar will look at how health practitioners can provide a safe and sustainable health and social care service which is fit for the future under the new Transforming Your Care plan for DHSSPS. Speakers will include Janice Smyth, RCN Director, and Neil Jordan, Worldwide Head of Health at Microsoft. To register or learn more, visit the events section of organiser Agenda NI’s website.

Opportunity to engage with the Assembly

Wednesday 15th October, 10.30am-2.30pm. Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

To celebrate World Rural Women’s Day 2014, NIRWN is offering women in disadvantaged and rural areas a chance to engage directly with the NI Assembly. Eighty places are available on a special training session, run by the Assembly Community Connect team, which will include an overview of the inner-workings of the Assembly, a networking session with MLAs, lunch and an optional tour of Parliament Buildings. Spaces are going quickly. Contact Majella on 028 8775 3389 or majella@nirwn.org to book.

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.

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.

Challenges and Choices: A women’s Guide to the 21st Century

Every Wednesday from 5th November to 10th December 2014, 10am-1pm. WRDA, Belfast.

Alliance for Choice is running this six week training programme to help women understand their position in 21st century Northern Ireland and how to bring forward positive change. Subjects covered will include women and the influence of religion, reproductive rights and modern perceptions of feminism. There are only 15 spaces available so book early to avoid disappointment. For further information and to register on the programme please contact Kellie on kellie.odowd@btinternet.com.

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.

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.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival

8th-13th December. Various venues.

Organisers’ are hoping this year’s festival, celebrating human rights both at home and abroad, will be the biggest yet. Event proposals are currently being sought from civil society groups. Find out more here. Proposals should be submitted before 1st October. Last year more than twenty great events were held in the space of just one week.

Summer School on Transitional Justice

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

This summer programme 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.

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