Events and training for women from

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.

Therapeutic Art Workshops

Every Friday at 10-2pm from 20th February 2015. Windsor Women's Centre, Belfast.

These workshops will provide a safe space to explore creative ways of taking care of your mental health. There will be space for fun and playful interactions with different art materials and each other. Everyone is welcome - you don't need to be an artist, you just need to like being creative. Materials aare free and refreshments will be provided. You can sign up by calling Wendy or Kathy on 028 9023 5451.

Networking events for self-employed women

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

Throughout 2015, 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.

Macmillan Cancer Support Workshops

Various dates, April to November 2015. Various Venues.

These free workshops are for self-help and support groups, volunteers or staff who work in health and social care and/or are in a role where they may need to understand and support individuals that have a cancer diagnosis or are living with or beyond cancer. They include; - Cancer and its Treatments, Listening and responding and Supporting others through loss and bereavement. Email nilearning@macmillan.org.uk for an application form, or contact Julie Hill at jhill@macmillan.org.uk or 028 9070 8610 for more info.

ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management

Every Tuesday from 14th April until 2nd June 2015. NICVA, Belfast.

Last few places remaining on NICVA's ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. An opportunity to improve your management skills, network with peers in the sector and gain an internationally recognised qualification. There are only a few places left, to book please visit the NICVA website.

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

Every Thursday from 16th April to 28th May 2015, 6-9pm. Realta Social Space, 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. For further information and to register on the programme please contact Kellie on kellie.odowd@btinternet.com.

ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

Every Thursday from 16th until 30th April 2015. NICVA, Belfast.

NICVA's course will give you knowledge, skills and confidence to be an effective coach or mentor. This three day programme is delivered in an interactive style by trainers who are experts in their field. There will be group activities, scenarios and time for reflection. Find out more about the course and book your place at the induction session via the NICVA website.

Ulster University: Unblocking Potential Programme

Every Thursday from 16th April until 18th June 2015, 10am-1pm. Conway Education Centre, Belfast.

A 10 session community outreach programme aimed at unblocking the potential of non-traditional learners; to build participants self-confidence and enhance their capacity to become independent learners and study at 3rd level. To apply or find out more, please contact Lorraine Lavery-Bowen at l.lavery-bowen@ulster.ac.uk

WIBNI: Networking Happy Hour

Friday 17th April 2015, 4-6pm. Malmaison, Belfast.

Women in Business NI presents this opportunity to network in an informal setting and develop new and existing business connections. If you are not currently a members of WIBNI, this event will allow you to discuss the benefits and opportunities of membership with other members and the team at WIBNI. Event is free for members, £10 + VAT for Non-Members. Spaces are limited, please book your place here.

Belfast’s March for the Homeless

Saturday 18th April 2015. Belfast City Centre.

An invitation to all charities, service providers and service users to come together, stand in solidarity and raise awareness that welfare reforms and service cuts will affect the most vulnerable in our society. Please RSVP to this email to confirm your attendance.

Belong NI: Children’s Court & Creative Showcase

Saturday 18th April 2015, 9:30am-1:30pm. Armagh City Hotel, Armagh.

Northern Ireland Children's Commissioner and BME Children hold Court on the issues affecting their day to day lives. An opportunity to listen to children speak through their art and presentations to the court in celebration at the BELONG Programme. For more info, visit Belong NI’s website or call on 028 8774 1960.

DEL Redundancy Clinic

Monday 20 April 2015, 9.30am -4.30pm. NICVA, Belfast.

NICVA is hosting a DEL Redundancy Clinic (drop in style) on to assist those facing redundancy due to funding cuts. This will be an opportunity for attendees to obtain information on job vacancies, CV and interview skills, money/debt advice and benefits. Advice NI and Reed Specialist Recruitment Agency will also be there on the day and NICVA staff will be on hand to offer advice on redundancy procedures to employers. Full information on the clinic and registration is available on NICVA’s website.

Multi Cultural Art Exhibition

Monday 20th April & Tuesday 21st April 2015, 11am-1pm. NI Muslin Family Association, Belfast.

This is a free exhibition showcasing the work of artists from different cultural backgrounds. For more details, please contact Brenda on 07516 063 115.

Giving Northern Ireland – Philanthropy Fortnight

Monday 20th April to Friday 1st May 2015. Various venues.

Philanthropy Fortnight is a programme of events to celebrate and encourage a culture of giving in Northern Ireland. There is a vast array of events during the fortnight, from Celebrating 20 years of Local Giving with the Fermanagh Trust to a Cultural Giving Tax Guide in the Lyric Theatre Belfast. For more details and to download a full programme of events – most of which are free to attend please visit Giving Northern Ireland’s website.

Managing or Working With Difficult Colleagues

Tuesday 21st April 2015, 9.45am. ARC NI, Belfast.

This course is aimed at managers and employees who want to develop techniques and strategies for working with difficult colleagues or staff. Learning outcomes will include: Have considered the causes of difficult behaviours in work colleagues, Recognised how their relationship with conflict impacts on themselves and others in the workplace and Identified strategies and techniques for working with a difficult colleague’s behaviour. For more information visit the ARC website or email training.ni@arcuk.org.uk or tel 028 9038 0960.

ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management

Wednesday 22nd April, Tuesday 28 April & Tuesday 5 May 2015. NICVA, Belfast.

This training course delivered by NICVA will equip new managers and those aspiring to be managers with the skills and knowledge to undertake and develop your roles in your organisation. This programme consists of three modules: Managing Staff; Managing finance and Managing projects. To complete the award participants must attend all three sessions and complete a work-based assignment for each subject. For more information and to book your place visit the NICVA website.

Human Rights Consortium 2015 AGM

Wednesday 22nd April 2015, 10am. Consortium Office, Cathedral Chambers, Belfast.

The Human Rights Consortium is holding their Annual General Meeting on Wed 22nd April. In advance of the AGM there are opportunities for members to make nominations to the Consortium Board of Directors and resolutions to the AGM. For more info email info@billofrightsni.org or call 028 9031 3780.

VCSE Independence Research Seminar

Wednesday 22nd April 2015, 10.30am-12.30pm. NICVA, Belfast.

Ulster University Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) has been commissioned by the Building Change Trust to carry out research on the independence of the Voluntary, Community and Social Economy (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland. At this seminar, participants will have the opportunity to hear more about the research, engage with the research team and find out how they can get involved. Book your place via the Eventbrite webpage. For more information, please contact Paul Braithwaite at pbraithwaite@communityfoundationni.org or on 028 9024 5927.

Translating Values Workshop

Thursday 23rd April 2015. The Playhouse, L’Derry.

CRAIC NI is working in partnership with North West Migrants Forum for the workshop to reach out for participants who speak English on a daily basis but English is not their first language. Queen’s University and University of Ulster invite you to share your thoughts, feelings and opinions of language and culture in relaxed atmosphere. To register please contact Eileen Chan-Hu, CRAIC NI Programme Manager/Co-Founder on email: info@craicni.com or mobile: 07411 236 220.

Behind the Headlines: Media Representation of Children and Young People in NI

Friday 24th April 2015, 9.30am-4pm. Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.

A conference on media representation of children and young people in NI. This event is supported by Youth Council for Northern Ireland and aimed at young people, those that work with or for children and young people, media and decision-makers. Participants will have the chance to take part in workshops, discussions and debate. For more information visit the Include Youth website. RSVP via Eventbrite.

CollaborationNI Seminar

Friday 24th April 2015, 10am–2:30pm. Belfast TBC.

The “Unpicking the Commission Process and the Opportunities” seminar will feature delegates from the Health & Social Care Board and 3SC, who will provide an overview of the current commissioning process for health & social care, and the challenges and opportunities of the commission process from England and Wales. More details here.

Law Centre (NI) and BFF present Films and Debate on Human Slavery

Saturday 25th April 2015, 12pm. Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast.

Three short films on trafficking and human exploitation will be screened at the QFT, followed by a Q&A session. This is a free event but it is recommended to book from the Belfast Film Festival website. This event is jointly organised by the Law Centre's Anti-Trafficking Young People Project and Belfast Film Festival. For more information visit the Law Centre NI website or contact Catherine Couvert on 028 9024 4401.

Narrative, Power & Commemoration in Conflicted Societies

Monday 27th April 2015, 9:45am-5pm. Ulster University, Belfast.

The Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University is hosting a one day conference on commemoration in deeply divided societies. The conference will provide insights into important case studies by a variety of experts on the politics of commemoration. Invited speakers will talk about their research, or practice, in settings such as Kosovo, Bosnia, Cyprus, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, and Northern Ireland. For more info, please visit the website.

Agenda NI: Growing an Enterprise Economy

Tuesday 28th April 2015. Craigavon Civic Centre, Craigavon.

This half day conference will discuss how local government, in partnership with other sectors, can lead the way in making Northern Ireland the best UK region to start and grow a business and social enterprise whilst positioning local government at the forefront of the development of a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship in NI. Online registration and more info here.

Free Inspiring Impact Masterclass

Tuesday 28th April 2015, 10am-4pm. Rural Community Network, Cookstown.

This interactive and practical masterclass will introduce you to the tools, techniques and resources available through the Inspiring Impact Programme. It is free to participants and is funded through the Inspiring Impact NI Programme – a Building Change Trust initiative. The masterclass is delivered in partnership with Rural Community Network. Find out more and book a place via the NICVA website.

Mental Health in The Workplace Conference

Thursday 30th April 2015, 9.30am-1pm. Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast.

This AMH Works conference will focus on managing mental health in the workplace namely stress. This conference will support managers dealing with mental ill health in the work place and offers practical advice and guidance including starting a conversation around this often sensitive issue. If you are interested in this free event please contact events@amh.org.uk.

Socioeconomic Rights in Transitional Justice Conference

Thursday 30th April 2015, 10am-5pm. Ulster Hall, Belfast.

The Transitional Justice Institute is hosting a one day conference on the role of socio-economic rights in transitional justice. The conference will consider the international legal framework for addressing socio-economic rights violations in the context of transition; consider examples of such work from Northern Ireland, South Africa and elsewhere; and conclude with a discussion of new frontiers in transitional justice. Please RSVP by emailing Deborah Magill at d.magill@ulster.ac.uk.

User and Carer Celebration

Thursday 30th April 2015, 11am-2pm. Great Hall, Belfast City Hall.

The Patient and Client Council invites you to come along and enjoy some time with fellow service users and carers. This celebration event will include speakers sharing their experiences of Health and Social Care services, light entertainment, lunch and the presentation of the ‘Making a Difference’ award. Refreshments provided. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Reserve your place online before 27th April. For more information contact Fiona McQuade on 0800 917 0222 or email fiona.mcquade@hscni.net

WIBNI: Effective Communication Skills Masterclass

Thursday 7th May 2015, 9:30am-12:30pm. Newry Conference & Banqueting Centre, Newry.

This participant-led session is designed to explore communication skills at every stage, and also give participants the opportunity to explore issues regarding effective communication skills in a leadership role. The format will include discussion, theory, diagnostics, and practical exercises. Event is free for members, £10 + VAT for Non-Members. Spaces are limited, please book your place here.

Teaching Clients to use Mindfulness Skills

Friday 8th May 2015. St Patrick's College, Maynooth.

A one day Mindfulness Workshop with the authors of 'Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills' (Routledge). A one-day event for anyone wishing to use Mindfulness with clients in any therapeutic capacity. If there is anything more that you need to know, please email info@grayrock.co.uk or call 023 80 487592. Full details and booking available here.

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.

Corrymeela 50th Anniversary (1965-2015)

Friday 8th May – Sunday 10th May 2015. Various venues, Dublin.

“Living Together Well in a Culturally Diverse Society.” A weekend of participative & engagement activities based around diversity, prejudice, upstanding and community, across the island of Ireland and beyond. Please note that space is limited and registration is essential. Please register here. For more information, email dublin@corrymeela.org or phone Pádraig on 086 683 6494

Fundraising Camp with Howard Lake

Monday 11th May 2015, 9:30am-4pm. Belmont Tower, Belfast.

A day of learning & discussion on the issues and challenges faced when fundraising. This event is a chance to make contacts, share your experience and learn from other fundraisers in your area. To find out more and book a place, follow this link.

Skills for Volunteers - Improving Wellbeing

Tuesday 12th May, 10am-4pm. Volunteer Now, Belfast.

Community Development and Health Network has developed this one day accredited programme to help volunteers to understand the factors which affect well-being and be able to demonstrate effective ways to support their communities on issues of health and well-being. It is accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) at Level 1. For more information and to book online, please visit the Volunteer Now website.


Wednesday 13th May 2015. Ashling Hotel, Dublin.

AONTAS are holding their AGM in Dublin on Wednesday 13th May. More info will be available on their website in the coming weeks.

WIBNI: May Networking Breakfast

Thursday 14th May 2015, 8am-9:30am. Ulster Museum, Belfast.

WIBNI's May Networking Breakfast provides delegates with the opportunity to share knowledge and experience and develop their business. Event is free for members, £10 + VAT for Non-Members. Spaces are limited, please book your place here.

Agenda NI: Public Affairs 2015

Thursday 14th May 2015. Baby Grand, Belfast.

Agenda NI has organised a half day public affairs and communications conference to bring together both local and visiting speakers to share their expertise in developing and executing an effective public affairs strategy. Online registration and more info here.

Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland: Implementing the Stormont House Agreement

Monday 18th May 2015, 9:30am-5pm. Conor Lecture Theater, Ulster University, Belfast campus.

The event is jointly organised by Amnesty International, CAJ, Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (QUB) and Transitional Justice Institute (Ulster University). This conference brings together expertise in academia, NGOs and other practitioners to discuss, examine and provide an independent perspective on the key elements of SHA’s new legislation. To RSVP please contact Emma Patterson-Bennett on 028 9031 6016 or emma@caj.org.uk. For further info, please click here.

EXPO NI Social Media & Marketing Show

Wednesday 20th May, 10am. Ramada Plaza, Belfast.

The region’s biggest business-to-business event features a host of speakers, seminars, masterclasses, workshops and networking opportunities. Book online here, or find more info here.

Women in Business NI 7th Annual Conference & Exhibition 2015

Thursday 21st May 2015, 9am–pm. Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

All NI business women and men are welcome to Northern Ireland's largest conference for business women. Event will include local & international role models & speakers, a mentoring market, facilitated peer networking, an exhibition hall and more. Book online at the WIBNI website. Members £80 + VAT, non-members £100 + VAT. Early bird member rate £65 + VAT available before Friday 27th March.

Doctrina Workshop: Core Skills Management

Wednesday 27th May 2015. Belfast City Centre.

Doctrina Training & Consultancy is offering a one-day workshop on how to accelerate the development of line managers and team leaders. The use of interactive and practical exercises and a mix of practical learning methods equip participants with the skills to help their team members reach maximum potential. 20% discount available for charities. Book your place by completing this booking form and emailing it back. For more info, visit the website or call the office on 028 90772937.

Mindfulness for a Better Working Life Masterclass

Tuesday 2nd June 2015, 12-2pm. Canal Court Hotel, Newry.

Join WIBNI and Bridgeen Rea for a unique Workshop that will explore mindfulness, the different methods of practice, and tips for implementing these into your working life. Event is free for members, £10 + VAT for Non-Members. Spaces are limited, please book your place here.

NI biennial ASE Conference 2015

Friday 5th June 2015, 9am-3pm. St Mary’s University College, Belfast.

The Association for Science Education presents and all-day conference, offering a wide variety of lectures, workshops and experiments – from wireless chemistry to practical astronomy to women in STEM. Event will include tea/coffee and lunch. Tickets are £40 for members, £50 for non-members. To book your place, contact Lorna Monroe on lornamonroe@yahoo.co.uk, or for more info visit the website.

Big Lottery Fund Holds Big Lunch

Sunday 7th June 2015. Across the UK.

The seventh annual Big Lunch aims to bring communities together and reduce loneliness and isolation. From street parties to community picnics, millions take part in the Big Lunch each year. Get involved in a Big Lunch your area, or organise it yourself with the help of the guidelines on their website.

Public Health Annual Scientific Conference

Wednesday 10th June 2015, Riddel Hall, Belfast.

The theme of the conference is “Making Life Better - Improving Health and Care for Adults” Anyone wishing to attend must register with Lesley Armour by Friday 8th May at the latest. They can only accommodate 200 attendees so it will be on a first come first served basis. Further details can be found on their website. p

Xchange Summer School 2015

Thursday 11th to Friday 12th June 2015. Magee Campus, University of Ulster, L’Derry.

Xchange Summer School will be a series of conversations all linked by a common theme, Alternative Voices – Changing the Conversation and will be focused on the following themes: Action; Bravery; Change and Diversity. Book your place via the Eventbrite webpage or find out more on the Xchange website.

Summer School on Transitional Justice

Monday 22nd June – Friday 27th 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 the programme, are available from this webpage. Deadline for applications is 13th March 2015.

Wise Woman Weekend

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

Held on an annual basis, 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.

The National Diversity Awards 2015

Friday 18th September 2015. Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

This prestigious black tie event celebrates the excellence achievements of grass-root communities that tackle issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work. There are several award categories including Positive Role Model and Community Organisation Awards, which will be split into five categories including race & religion/faith, age, disability, gender and LGBT. Other awards include the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award, Diverse Company of the Year Award and Lifetime Achiever Award. More info available here.

WISE Awards & Conference 2015

Thursday 12th November 2015. IET London: Savoy Place, London.

The annual WISE Awards and Conference celebrates female talent in science, technology and engineering (STEM) from classroom to boardroom. WISE awards include; the Apprentice Award, the Research Award, the Influence Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. You can buy tickets now for the event by contacting WISE Communications Director Sarah Shaw via email: s.shaw@wisecampaign.org.uk. Additional info can be found here.

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

ALLY Foyle – Network of Older People’s Groups Events

Range of events, various venues.

ALLY Foyle present a range of events for Older People’s Groups, including plays, workshops, health awareness sessions and more. Full details available here.


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