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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.

VIEWdigital: e-Newsletter production workshop

Tuesday 31st March 2015, 10am-4pm. Cromac Regeneration Initiative (CRI), Belfast.

VIEWdigital co-founder Brian Pelan will be running a one day workshop in Digital Publishing - Magazines & Newsletters on March 31. The price for each one day workshop is £195 per person but in March there is a 3 for 2 offer and additional discount of 15% discount for women's groups and their members in celebration of International Women’s Day. To register, contact Brian Pelan at brianpelan@viewdigital.org or mobile: 07901 955999. More info available here.

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.

Homeless Action Conference

Thursday 9th April 2015, 10am-3:30pm. Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

The Homeless Action conference will explore homelessness in Northern Ireland through a range of perspectives, and most importantly through the expertise of those who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness themselves. Registration will take place from 9.30am and a light lunch will be served. Please register by 2nd April by clicking here and completing the registration form.

Big Donor Summit 2015

Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th April 2015. ILEC Conference Centre, London.

Set to take place as a leading event during Fundraising Week, the Big Donor Summit will look at the most effective fundraising strategies to reach and convert big donors to secure long-term investment. It is aimed at mid to senior management level and will features a range of major donor speakers. You can book to attend all three days of the conference or just a single workshop. More information is available via this link.

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.

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.

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. p

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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