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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Women of Belfast: Release, Relax & Rejuvinate Workshop

Various Saturdays from 25th April until 21st August 2015, 10am-12pm. WRDA, Belfast.

A series of Conscious Compass workshops for women to come together and celebrate strength, compassion and resilience through discussion, music, reflection and the sharing of experiences. View details of the workshops here. The cost is £10 per session, for more info please contact Colette at consciouscompass@gmail.com or 077 3377 9026.
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Resource Your Resilience: Mindfulness & Meditation for busy women

Various Saturdays from 25th April until 21st August 2015, 12:30pm-3:30pm. WRDA, Belfast.


This Conscious Compass series of workshops offers tools, techniques and strategies to create the resilience needed to help women cope better and be happier. It utilises a combination of NLP (neuro linguistic programming) mindfulness and meditation techniques needed for daily life. More details on the workshops here. The cost is £10 per session, for any more information or just to connect please contact Colette on consciouscompass@gmail.com or 077 3377 9026.
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Amelia Earheart Legacy Association Mini Festival

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015, 10am-4pm daily. Thatched Cottage, Craft Village, L’Derry.


This free family event will include a photographic and art exhibition, face painting and crafts, and a children’s book reading. More information is available here.
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Evaluating Commemorative Practice Workshop

Tuesday 26th to Wednesday 27th May 2015. The Playhouse, L’Derry.

A workshop to bring individuals, groups and organisations involved in commemoration in Northern Ireland together to reflect on its meaning and use in a divided society and think about what might constitute good practice in this contested realm. To register please contact the project leader Sara McDowell on sp.mcdowell@ulster.ac.uk or 028 7012 3399. More info available here.
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Avert Training: Perpetrator Training

Tuesday 26th May 2015, 9.30am-4pm. Ashleywood House, Armagh.

This full day Avert Training workshop will heighten awareness for practitioners who work in the voluntary/community and statutory and private sector, and who work within family support and intervention to understand the face and profile of a perpetrator. It will take into account gender equality, how grooming starts, prevention and reoffending. The cost is £30 per person and places are limited to 25 participants. For registration or further information please contact Jacqueline Hamill at Avert Training on 028 7141 6800 or email jacqueline.hamill@foylewomensaid.org
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CUT IT OUT - Next Steps

Tuesday 26th May 2015, 11am-1pm. WRDA, Belfast.

WRDA are holding an engagement event asking people their views on the cuts and how we can move forward with the Cut It Out campaign that launched with a great turn out of women wearing yellow at the May Day Trade Union Rally. This event is open to all members and other individuals who’d like to have some input into the next steps of the campaign. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to orlaith.hendron@wrda.net
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Austism Initiatives NI One Stop Shop

Tuesday 26th May 2015, 7-8:30pm. The One Stop Shop, L’Derry.

For those with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition/Aspergers and identify as LGBT or are exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity. Autism Initiatives NI are working in partnership with the Rainbow Project to hold this consultation evening and facilitate discussion on the need for ASC/LGBT specific support services. To RSVP please contact Maeve O’Neill on 028 7128 3030 or maeve@rainbow-project.org
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Community Relations Temperature Check: expectations for summer 2015

Wednesday 27th May 2015. Farset International, Springfield Road, Belfast.

Presentations and discussion around contentious dates and triggers within your area, areas where incidents are most likely to happen, and who is most affected. More info here. To help finalise catering etc. please confirm your attendance via email.
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Avert Training: Basic Awareness of Domestic Abuse

Wednesday 27th May 2015, 9:30am-4pm. Ashleywood House, Armagh.

This full day workshop for participants will further their awareness of MARAC and to develop skills to effectively respond to suspected or actual incidents of Domestic Abuse. It is suitable for those who have a responsibility to respond to victims and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse, including police officers, accommodation support workers social workers, counsellors or probation workers who work in the field of family support and family intervention. The cost is £30 per person and places are limited to 25 participants. For registration or further information please contact Jacqueline Hamill at Avert Training on 028 7141 6800 or jacqueline.hamill@foylewomensaid.org
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South II Hub 1st Stakeholder Meeting

Wednesday 27th May 2015, 12am-12pm. TATE Building, Windsor Women’s Centre.

Windsor Women’s Centre, have been appointed as Lead for the Family Support Hub South II and are holding their first stakeholder meeting in their TATE Building on Wednesday 27th May. The Family Support Hub South II extends from Sandy Row; following the railway route to Finaghy ending at the start of Dunmurray and will involve a wide range of stakeholders in this target area committed to providing services to improve the lives of children, young people and families. Please RSVP to windsorwomans@yahoo.co.uk by Tuesday 26th May 2015.
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BCC Community Planning Workshops

Wednesday 27th May, 6:30-9pm. Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

Belfast City Council are running community workshops for anyone who lives in, or has an interest in Belfast. Join the #belfastconversation and they’ll use your feedback to help lead the community planning process. The community plan will be known as the Belfast Agenda and it will set medium and long term measurable goals which aim to deliver real improvements for Belfast residents. To register, email communityplanning@belfastcity.gov.uk with the date of the event you would like to attend, or call on 028 9032 0202.
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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.
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Avert Training: The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children & Young People

Thursday 28th May 2015, 9.30am-4pm. Ashleywood House, Armagh.

This full day Avert Training workshop is for participants who would like to gain further awareness on the Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children and Young People. The cost is £30 per person and places are limited to 25 participants. For registration or further information please contact Jacqueline Hamill at Avert Training on 028 7141 6800 or email jacqueline.hamill@foylewomensaid.org
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Parenting NI Practitioner Training: Working with Hard to Reach Parents

Thursday 28th May 2015, 10:30am-1:30pm. Your organisation’s premises.

Training exploring why some parents are hard to reach, examining attitudes & encouraging realistic expectations to create effective outcomes. The price is £30 per person and the booking form is available here. For more info please contact Louise on 028 9031 0891 or louise@parentingni.org. Alternatively, visit Parenting NI’s website.

Parenting NI Practitioner Training: Engaging Families

Friday 29th May 2015, 9:30am-4pm. Your organisation’s premises.

An opportunity to explore best practice in engaging with families, and discuss how to adapt your approach to create more effective outcomes for the family. Lunch will be provided. The price is £55 per person and the booking form is available here. For more info please contact Louise on 028 9031 0891 or louise@parentingni.org. Alternatively, visit Parenting NI’s website.
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Domestic Abuse and Women with No Recourse to Public Funds: Where Human Rights Do Not Reach

Friday 29th May 2015, 12-2pm. Falls Road Library, Belfast.

A round-table discussion celebrating Africa Week by raising awareness on issues affecting BME women in NI. Its aim is to bring together Women’s groups, NGOs, policy-makers, victims of domestic violence, service providers, health practitioners and other public bodies to share information and establish a collaborative approach to addressing the issue, and to find practical short term solutions and long term policy changes. To RSVP please contact Nandi Jola at nandijproject@aol.com or by calling 077 1080 8519.
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TEDxStormont Women

Friday 29th May 2015, 2-7pm. Parliament Buildings, Belfast.

The TEDxStormontWomen event is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe that will expand on the ideas brought up from the live streaming of TEDWomen in Monterey, California. There will be a variety of speakers, including musicians, artists, journalists, authors, mindfulness practitioners, technicians, and more – as well as women’s sector lobbyist Orlaith Hendron. The event will take place in Stormont Castle from 2pm to 5.30pm followed by the networking reception from 5.30pm to 7pm. You can purchase tickets here.
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Keeping Children Safe Training

Saturday 30th May 2015, 10am-4:30pm. L’Derry.

This training programme is suitable for managers and supervisors of staff and volunteers working with children and young people, and members of voluntary management committees of groups and organisations that provide activities for children and young people. The cost is £35 per person + VAT. Book now at www.volunteernow.co.uk or for more info contact Veronica Gray (Safeguarding Manager) on 028 9081 8326.
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Through the Looking Glass: Workshops with Young Women on Body Image and Leadership

Saturday 30th May 2015, 11am-4pm. National Women’s Council of Ireland, Dublin.

Building on their work with young women through The Y Factor and their toolkit "Through the Looking Glass", NWCI are holding workshops with young women, aged between 16 and 24, on the topics of body image and leadership. The first workshop will take place in the NWCI offices, with a special guest to be announced at a later date. More info available here. To register please contact Sarah at sarahc@nwci.ie or Louise at louiseg@nwci.ie
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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.
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Assembly Community Connect – Annual Networking Event

Tuesday 2nd June 2015, 4:45-6:40pm. Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings.

Assembly Community Connect are celebrating their second year of creating connections under the theme “Staying Motivated”. The event will include a panel discussion - Eileen Chan-Hu (CRAIC NI), Kevin Doherty (Disability Action), Patricia Lewsley (TWN), Eileen Bell (TWN) - a buffet and a networking session with MLA’s and other Community & Voluntary sector representatives. To confirm your attendance please email outreach@niassembly.gov.uk by 26th May with your name, email and organisation.
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Mother Daughter Sister: celebrating the female identity and culture of Sandy Row

Thursday 4th June 2015, 10:30am. Boyne Bridge, Sandy Row, Belfast.

Belfast South Community Resources incite you to the unveiling of a new community sculpture funded by the Arts Council NI, Building Peace Through the Arts Programme. There will be a buffet reception afterwards at BSCR Office. Please RSVP to 028 9024 4449 or nikki@bscr.co.uk
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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.
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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.
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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

STEM Employers Equality Network meeting

Wednesday 10th June 2015, 10am-1pm. Malone House, Belfast.

The meeting will cover the group’s priorities, namely mentoring, networking and unconscious bias. This will be followed by a range of speakers including Roseann Kelly (Women in Business NI) Karen Lawther (Ulster Bank/Women in Touch) Shauna Burns (Ulster Bank/Business Women Can) and group discussions. A light lunch will be provided. More info on STEM Employers Equality is available on their website. To confirm your attendance please contact Michael McKeown at mmckeown@equalityni.org
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Towards a Wellbeing Framework: taking the next steps

Wednesday 10th June 2015, 10am-4pm. Crumlin Rd Gaol, Belfast.

Carnegie UK Trust’s conference on wellbeing in NI. The event will offer fresh evidence and a change to shape NI’s high-level policy outlook. Further details and booking available here.
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Formulating ICESCR Submissions

Wednesday 10th June 2015, 12:30pm-4pm. Galway House, Belfast.

This second Equality Coalition/Human Rights Consortium ICESCR event is aimed at helping NGOs discuss the potential content of their own submission to the UNCESCR in a group setting and hear the plans of other NGOs in this regard. Please RSVP at equalitycoalition@caj.org.uk
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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.
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NWCI AGM

Thursday 11th June 2015, 10am-12:45pm. Ashling Hotel, Dublin.

The National Women's Council of Ireland will be exploring the theme of “Feminist Futures” at their AGM, exploring what feminism means in a contemporary context, and what a feminist future would look like. In the lead up to the AGM, women will be tweeting about what this would look like for them, using #FeministFutures, and these tweets will help to shape discussions on the day. The event is free to NWCI members, and a €25 charge will apply to non-members and is payable on the day. For registration and further info, please follow this link.
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An Introduction to Policy Consultations

Thursday 11th June 2015, 2pm. Holywell Building, L’Derry.

FWIN and Women's Support Network, as members of the Women's Regional Consortium, are holding this event for those who have wondered exactly what a focus group is or what a policy consultation really means, or who want to engage with political decision making but don't know how. To register for this event please call FWIN on 028 71 266 291 or email rosie@fwin.org.uk
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Book Reading with Emer O’Toole

Friday 12th June 2015, 9:30-10:30am. Location TBC.

NWCI is holding this special fundraising evening with author and blogger Emer O’Toole. Emer will read from her new book "Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently." A Dublin City Centre venue will be confirmed shortly so please check back here for updates. Register your interest at reception@nwci.ie.
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Adult Learners' Week Event

Tuesday 16th June 2015, 10am-1.30pm. NICVA, Belfast.

The Forum for Adult Learning NI (FALNI) is hosting a half-day seminar to celebrate Adult Learners' Week and to reflect on the current state of adult learning in NI and ways to move forward. Find out more and book your place via the NICVA website.
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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.
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Introductory Certificate to Fundraising

Thursday 25th June 2015, 10am–4pm. Rural Community Network, Cookstown.

Rural Community Network in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environmental Link is offering a Vocational and Accredited Training opportunity at RCN, which will be of particular benefit to anyone new to funding or fundraising within their own group or organisation. There is a fee of £10 per person, which covers refreshments and lunch. Numbers are limited for this event so early booking is advisable, contact teresa@ruralcommunitynetwork.org to book your place or phone RCN on 028 8676 6670.
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Health Improvement Western Area: Mental Health First Aid

Thursday 2nd & 9th July 2015, 9:30am-4:30pm. Post Graduate Centre, Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh.

This two-day course is aimed at adults wanting to increase their knowledge/skills in providing initial support for someone with a mental health problem. It will be facilitated by Health Improvement Officer and Aware Defeat Depression. For more info, please call Aware Defeat Depression on 028 9035 7820, or visit their website.
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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.
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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.
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Nexus NI seminar with Zoe Lodrick: Break the Silence on Sexual Violence

Thursday 15th October 2015, 9:30am-4pm. Maldron Hotel, L’derry.

Also running on Friday 16th October, 9:30am-4pm in the Spires Centre, Belfast. Zoe Lodrick is a registered psychotherapist, trainer, consultant and specialist in sexualised trauma. The seminar is available on two dates in two different locations, and will provide delegates with valuable insights into: the psychology of sex offenders; the long term effects of sexual violence on victims; therapeutic tools and treatments for survivors of sexual violence, and more. To book your place please follow this link.
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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.
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“Understanding the Law” Course

Training available on request & onsite.

This Empowerment Training & Consultancy course is delivered in 2-3 hour practical workshops over a 4 week period, on site by Eileen Fegan, a former legal academic with ten years' experience of delivering training in the women's and voluntary sector in NI. Its aim is to help demystify the law, by explaining legal jargon and showing each individual how to carry out their own research. The course can be tailored to the needs and interests of your organisation. Visit the website for further info, or contact Eileen at this email or on 077 1710 4086.
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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
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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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