Events and training for women from

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.

Parenting NI: Parenting Your Teen Programme

September – October 2015. Various venues across Belfast, Derry, Randalstown and Newry.

An evidence based, 8 session programme developed to improve communication and relationships between parents and their teenagers. Please email education@parentingni.org or call 028 9031 0891 for more info. To register for the programme, please call 0808 8010 722.

Health Improvement Western Area: Health Improvement Training

Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Thursday 31st March 2016. Various venus.

Health Improvement Western Area’s wide range of training opportunities is supported by Public Health Agency and Western Health & Social Care Trust. The full programme is available here.

FWIN six week training course on PR, Media and Engagement

Friday 18th September to Friday 23rd October 2015, 10:30am-12pm. Holywell Building, L’Derry.

The course aims to ensure participants have the ability to promote their organisations/events through both traditional and social media. Participants will learn how to get the best publicity for their organisation/event, how to write a press release, how to deal with media enquiries, how to use social media as a tool and more. Anyone interested in this course must book, to do so please email at rosie@fwin.org.uk or phone at 028 7126 6291.

VIEWdigital new training schedule

Various dates from Tuesday 22nd September to Thursday 19th November. Various venues.

VIEWdigital has just released a range of training available during September and November. From Infographics, to Cloud Technology, to handling TV & Radio interviews, they are committed to helping charities and community organisations tell their story more effectively. For the full training schedule click here. To register your interest click here. For further information email: unamurphy@viewdigital.org.

DiverseCity Programme: Visit to the Belfast Islamic Centre

Tuesday 13th October 2015, 11am-2pm. Belfast Islamic Centre.

The purpose of the programme is to enable participants to learn about the people, places and communities that make Belfast. As part of this visit participants will be able to view the Mosque, hear about the history of the Muslim community in Belfast, as well as learning about Islam. You will also be provided with the opportunity to ask questions and observe prayer. The event is free but booking is essential. For more information or to book your place please email: goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or call: 9027 0663.

Help Improvement Western Area: Domestic Violence and its Impact on Children and Families

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October 2015,9:30am-4pm. Omagh Enterprise Centre.

Facilitated by Avert Training this two day course is aimed at those who work with children, young people and families in a range of settings (e.g. teachers, social workers and other allied health professionals, police etc.) It will enable practitioners to identify signs of domestic abuse, be aware of its effect on the family and to provide appropriate and relevant intervention. More info available on the flyer.

1916 – What’s it All About?

Thursday 15th October 2015. Ulster Museum, Belfast.

A Creative Centenaries networking and resources fair focusing on anniversaries in 2016 and how events such as the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme, amongst many others, will be explored, remembered and commemorated. Admission to the resources fair is free, however booking is essential. For more information, view the flyer or contact Deirdre MacBride on 028 9022 7500 or email dmacbride@nicrc.org.uk or Niall Kerr at the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 0562 or email n.kerr@nervecentre.org.

Austerity and Inequality: A threat to peace?

Thursday 15th October 2015. UNISON, Galway House, Belfast.

This Equality Coalition one day conference will explore perspectives on the impacts of austerity from home and abroad; and will seek to address the question of the immediate and long term impacts of austerity on inequality in Northern Ireland. It will be chaired by Susan McKay and opened by Daniel Holder, CAJ Equality Coalition co-convener, and is run in partnership with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Human Rights Consortium (HRC). To register for this conference please use Eventbrite here or alternatively email equalitycoalition@caj.org.uk.

Break the Silence on Sexual Violence

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th October 2015, 9:30am-4pm. First event in Maldron Hotel, Derry and second event in Spires Centre, Belfast.

Nexus NI presents a seminar with leading specialist in sexualised trauma, Zoe Lodrick, a psychotherapist, trainer and consultant working with law enforcement across the UK. Also including information on The Rowan, NI’s new Sexual Assault Referral Centre, and the work of Nexus. The event is on two dates in two different locations. Ticket cost (including lunch) is £55 until Wednesday 15th July 2015 – after this date it is £75. For further information visit the Nexus NI website or contact training@nexusni.org.

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.

Welfare Reform Events: Learning from Scotland – One Parent Families

Thursday 15th October 2015, 10am-12pm. NICVA, Belfast.

A short free seminar/discussion focusing on the impacts of welfare reform on one parent families, learning from the experiences of those who work with one parent families in Scotland. Marion Davies, Policy and Research Adviser from One Parent Families Scotland will be there to share her experiences and engage in a discussion. Book Now.

Understanding and Accessing Justice: Older People and Abuse

Thursday 15th October 2015, 12:30pm-2pm. Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, L’Derry.

This seminar will explore what justice means to victims of elder abuse. John Williams, Professor of Law at the University of Aberystwyth will discuss a new Big Lottery funded project in Wales, which is examining the ability of older people who are victims of abuse to access justice and assessing their experience. This is a joint initiative between Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, with the aim of supporting engagement between the age and academic sectors. Lunch will be provided so please confirm your attendance by emailing lisa@holywelltrust.com.

Community Health Event

Saturday 17th October 2015, 10.30am-1.30pm. St.Columb’s Park House, L’Derry.

A free family health fun day for Black, Minority & Ethnic individuals and families in the North West. The event will include talks, stalls, health checks, information on Internet Safety, healthy eating, physical activity, parenting tips, domestic violence, men’s health, sexual health, cancer prevention, smoking cessation and housing. Free food and children’s activities are also available. View the flyer here.

Launch of campaign film “Chains”

Monday 19th October 2015, 12pm. The MAC, Belfast.

Amnesty International invites you to join them at the launch of ‘Chains’; campaign film on abortion in Ireland. Multi award winning scriptwriter and director, Graham Linehan, will speak at the event alongside Helen Linehan about their role in the film and the accompanying interview which will also be screened. Please note this event is invitation only, RSVP by the end of Monday 12 October to grainne.teggart@amnesty.org.uk.

One in four - putting miscarriage on the agenda

Tuesday 20th October 2015, 10.30am. Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick.

One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and it’s important the views of those who have experienced miscarriage are used to help improve future Health and Social Care services. This event will demonstrate what support services are available in Northern Ireland and highlight the gaps in providing services to women and their partners following a miscarriage. For more information visit the Patient and Client Council website or contact Briege McAlister on 028 9536 2550 or briege.mcalister@hscni.net.

Community Change Lunchtime Training Sessions

Tuesday 20th October – Tuesday 1st December 2015 (fortnightly), 12:30-2pm. The Thinking Cup Café, Belfast.

Are you setting up a charity or social enterprise? Community Change are running a series of lunchtime training sessions on Structures & Establishment; Governance; Sustainability; and Financial Management. The sessions offer an opportunity to meet experienced facilitators, gain essential information and network with like-minded people. Full details available here.

Consultation event on proposed changes to Lifeline Service

Tuesday 20th October 2015, 2-4pm. Spectrum Centre, Shankill Rd, Belfast.

The Greater Shankill Suicide & Self Harm Reference Group have invited the Public Health Agency to host an information event on the proposed changes to the future Lifeline service. The workshop will enable local stakeholders to gain understanding of the proposal and to consider a Greater Shankill Response to the consultation. You can access PHA's Strategic Outline Business Plan here.

FWIN Conference 2015: Peace, Power & Patriarchy II

Tuesday 20th October 2015, 3:30-9:30pm. Maldron Hotel, L’Derry.

Join FWIN and keynote speaker, Mona Eltahawy (award-winning columnist, international public speaker and author) for their annual conference. The speakers will include Maureen Hetherington, Cathy Higgins and Lilian Seenoi. The Conference will feature, workshops, round table discussions, musical interludes & lunch. To register, please call 028 7126 6291 or email info@fwin.org.uk by Monday 12th October. Early registration is advised as places are limited.

School of Important Mistakes

Tuesday 20th to Wednesday 21st October 2015. Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle.

Corrymeela is holding its Autumn 'School of Important Mistakes' on 20th - 21st October 2015. At the School of Important Mistakes practitioners will make connections across sectors, refresh their energy and vision and hear about Corrymeela behind the scenes, mistakes and all. For more information visit the Corrymeela website or email kimberly@corrymeela.org.

NICEM Coffee Mornings to Discuss Child Care Issues

Wednesday 21 October 2015, 6.00pm - NICEM Befast. Thursday 22nd October 2015 and Tuesday 27th October 2015, 10am and 5:30pm - NICEM Lurgan Office. Friday 30th October 2015, 10.00am and 5.30pm - NICEM L’Derry Office.

NICEM are holding some informal coffee mornings across NI to discuss childcare issues. The meetings will be held in Lurgan, Belfast and Derry and will be an opportunity to talk about how childcare issues affect you e.g. the cost of childcare, how childcare fits around your job and the different types of childcare that are available. Those that fill in a short questionnaire at the end are in with a chance of receiving special gifts from LUSH. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Jude Coulter at jude.nicem@gmail.com.

Older People and Health and Social Care – Getting the ‘Right’ Approach

Thursday 22nd October 2015, 9:30am-4:30pm. Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.

This free conference will bring together leading experts on older people, human rights and health and social care in order to provide an evidence based analysis of key challenges affecting older people in the area of health and social care. It is aimed at political representatives, policy makers, those involved in service delivery, academics and older people. Lunch will be provided. To book your place, please contact Michele Young at Michele.young@ageni.org or by calling 028 9089 2606.

NICEM Conference on Global Refugees Crisis: European Union and National Action on Human Dignity and Rights

Friday 23rd October 2015, 9:30am-5:30pm. Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast.

NICEM and the Northern Ireland Community for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS), have organised a joint conference to mark the support of our welcoming society on refugees, not just Syrian refugees. The conference will look at three levels of intervention: International, EU and National. For further details please visit the website, or contact NICEM on 028 9023 8645 or kevin@nicem.org.uk.

Perinatal Peer Support Group

Saturday 24th October 2015 and the 4th Saturday of every month thereafter. WRDA Building, Belfast.

The perinatal period (the months surrounding pregnancy and post birth) can bring about heightened emotional vulnerability for many reasons. This is a new peer support group for new and expectant parents to promote positive emotional adjustment to parenthood. This group is open to all women who are concerned for their emotional wellbeing in this vulnerable period. Partners/spouses are also welcome. Feel free to contact Carol for more details 079 2040 7191. Donations to cover the costs of the room would be welcome.

Diwali Indian Festival of Light 2015

Sunday 25th October 2015, 4-7pm. Millennium Forum, L'Derry.

Experience ‘Diwali,’ an Indian annual national festival of light. The celebrations include family friendly Indian craft activities, henna tattoos, saris and turbans, Bollywood and Bhangra, Indian fashion, food and much more. 2000 attended last year so expect a packed party with everything Indian. Ticket prices range from £5 - £20, please book online here or contact the box office on 028 7126 4455. For further info please email icdldiwalicommittee@gmail.com.

Remembering Savita Halappanavar

Wednesday 28th October 2015, 4-7pm. Outside Belfast City Hall.

Alliance for Choice will have a stall from on Wed 28th October outside City Hall, where people can leave messages and flowers in memory of Savita Halappanavar, who died in Galway University Hospital on 28th October 2012. She was suffering through a protracted miscarriage. Her repeated requests for an abortion to end her ordeal were denied, because the foetus was still alive. There will be a candlelit vigil at 6pm in which everyone who wishes to commemorate Savita will be welcome. As this is a vigil, Alliance for Choice are asking that you do not bring any party political material; this includes newspapers, posters and banners. You are encouraged, however, to bring flowers and candles.

FWIN Hallowe’en Charity Fundraiser

Thursday 29th October 2015, 7:30pm. Holywell Building, L’Derry.

Join FWIN for a night of fun and entertainment for the “Stars in Their Eyes” charity fundraiser, and pay tribute to all your favourite singers. Turn up in fancy dress to be in with a chance of winning one of several great prizes for best costume. Tickets are £10 and must be purchased prior to the event as places are limited. For further info, please contact FWIN on 028 2126 6291 or email: info@fwin.org.uk. View the poster here.

International Experts in Volunteer Management come to Belfast

Thursday 12th November 2015, 9am-4pm. Volunteer Now, Belfast.

The second of Volunteer Now’s two opportunities to hear from international experts. On 12th November Volunteer Now will welcome Australian volunteer management expert Andy Fryar whose workshop is Volunteer Management: Keeping You and Your Organisation at the Cutting Edge of Change. For more information and to book click here.

STEM Conference

Thursday 12th November 2015, 10am-1pm. Stormont Hotel, Belfast.

The Equality Commission and the STEM Business Subgroup are holding a free half day conference which will provide an opportunity to learn of good practice from leading employers in STEM industries in Northern Ireland on how to promote gender equality and diversity within an organisation. Speakers will include Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ltd and Sharron Pamplin, HR Director of Atkins. See the full programme here, and to book your place please contact Michael at mmckeown@equalityni.org or call 028 9050 0560, indicating if you have any dietary or access requirements.

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.

Women in Business Awards 2015

Thursday 19th November 2015, 6:30pm – late. Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast.

Women in Business invite you to join them in celebrating some Northern Ireland's most successful business women in their most splendid ceremony yet. Guests will enjoy a sparkling reception, a four course dinner, guest speaker, prestigious awards ceremony and special entertainment. The event is strictly limited to 500 guests so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. The charge for member is £80 + VAT and for non-members, £100 + VAT.

Betty Sinclair Winter School

Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st November. Lustybeg Island, co. Fermanagh.

The fifth Betty Sinclair Winter School is a three day political school that gives activists the chance to listen, share and contribute to progressive left thinking within the labour movement. The conference will focus on: Post-crash economics; Austerity, debt and inequality; Capitalism, democracy and social movements; The Union; Reproductive Justice. The fees for attendance are £75 per person (£35 unwaged) and include accommodation and food for three days. Places are limited, so please register by sending your contact details to Alice McLarnon at alice@trademarkbelfast.com.

Eating disorders training in Belfast

Friday 27th November, 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Years, Wildflower Way, Belfast.

Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, is running an eating disorders training workshop in Belfast on 27th November 2015. The CPD-accredited full day course has been designed for a wide variety of professionals to expand their knowledge of eating disorders. The training requires no previous knowledge of eating disorders; offering a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the subject. For further information visit the Beat website or email training@b-eat.co.uk.

CHNI Homelessness Awareness Week 2015

Saturday 28th November to Saturday 5th December 2015. Various venues across NI.

HAW is an annual week to highlight the issue of homelessness across Northern Ireland, and to mark the continued efforts of organisations, staff, volunteers, and service users working in the sector, as well as highlighting the ongoing issue of homelessness. This will be its eight year in its current incarnation. Further details will be available at the website in due course.

“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.

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

Science and Innovation Programme 2015/16

Various dates and venues.

As part of the legacy of City of Culture 2013 the city and district will host a dedicated programme of activity for Science and Innovation. This programme is designed to enthuse children, develop their awareness of the vast potential of STEM subjects and support educators and business people to develop a positive environment in which STEM can flourish. For more information please visit the website, or contact Elsa Edwards by calling 028 7125 3253 or emailing elsa.edwards@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com.


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