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The Open University – Information Sessions @ The Open University
Aug 25 all-day

As part of our commitment to helping people groups who face additional challenges in accessing Higher Education in Northern Ireland, The Open University is running two information sessions specifically for members of minority ethnic communities and foreign nationals in our Belfast Centre.

The sessions will take place on 25th August, one in the afternoon and one in the early evening.  Sessions will look at residency and Higher Education, fees and funding, studying in English, and the OU’s mode of delivery and additional support structures.

We would be grateful if you would forward this information and the attached links to members or groups you are connected to that may benefit from this opportunity.

Attendees are required to register for the event using the links below:

Afternoon: http://www3.open.ac.uk/forms/BMEInfoafternoon/

Evening: http://www3.open.ac.uk/forms/BMEinfoevening/

For further queries, please contact Ireland-Widening-Access@open.ac.uk


Onam – The Kerala Harvest Celebrations – Ballymena @ The Braid Arts Centre
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Belfast Mela @ Botanic Gardens
Aug 27 all-day
Community Intercultural Programme Information Session @ CIP Centre
Sep 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Universal Credit is being introduced from September 2017 and will be the biggest change to the Welfare system in 20 years and will affect many Welfare Claimants in Northern Ireland.   Citizens Advice is presenting a series of information sessions aimed at informing Councilors, Statutory and Voluntary Community Workers regarding the introduction of Universal Credit.

CIP is pleased to host a FREE information session at the CIP Centre and will provide an overview of how the entitlement will be calculated and implemented across Northern Ireland.

The session is open to community/voluntary groups working with those effected by Welfare reform.   As places are limited and Citizens Advice will be providing information packs for participants, so we would appreciate if you could confirm your attendance asap.

To book a place contact: Beata Osinska phone: 028 38393372 or email: beata.osinska@cipni.com

4 Day Accredited Course in Housing @ Housing RIghts
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm

Our best selling Housing Advice Training Programme is the must have foundational course for those working in housing.  The course will be held on Wednesdays over a four week period.

The four day format will concentrate on key themes that will enable participants to obtain a qualification which enhances the skills and knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive housing advice.

Dates – Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th September 2017.

The course will cover:

  • Understanding housing options available for clients
  • Accessing various types of accommodation
  • Using homelessness legislation
  • Selection scheme
  • Private rented accommodation
  • Sustaining accommodation and affordability

Who should attend?

  • Generalist advice workers
  • NIHE & housing association staff
  • Hostel workers
  • Constituency office staff
  • Environmental Health Departments
  • Social Services
  • Solicitors
  • Community/residents groups

Accredited through the Open College Network.

Participants will attend training one day per week and also be required to complete some additional study hours and work based learning tasks such as case studies and research activities to build their portfolio of evidence.

To assist in achieving this, participants will have the support of the lead tutor and a specialist casework adviser. Those wishing to register for the level 2 or 3 accreditation will have an additional fee of £75.00.

For more information please contact: Geraldine Fitzsimons 02890245640







Our Rights and Brexit Workshop – Derry @ DiverseCity Community Partnership
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you have an interest in Human Rights and Brexit then why not join us for an informal discussion where we can chat openly with a nice cuppa! Wednesday 6 September, all welcome…

Mid-Ulster Festival of International Culture @ The Junction
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
AdviceNI Welfare Reform Free Information Session – Cookstown @ Rural Community Network
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Changes to the Benefit System-How it will affect local people? 

AdviceNI Free Half Day Information Session Session in RCN, Cookstown

Universal Credit is a new payment for working age people, aged 18 to 64, who are on a low income or out of work. It will be introduced in Northern Ireland on a phased geographical basis from September 2017.

How will it affect you and the groups/communities that you work with?

Delivered by Advice NI, this FREE half day training session focuses on the most significant reform to Social Security since the inception of the Welfare State. It provides participants with an overview of which means tested benefits Universal Credit replaces, how entitlement is calculated, how it works for different groups of people interfacing with the benefit and when it will be implemented in the different geographical areas of Northern Ireland.

The session is FREE and open to all of our members and Community/Voluntary groups working with those affected by Welfare Reform (e.g. Advice Agencies, Rural Support Networks, Community Groups, Housing Associations, Food Banks, Faith Groups etc.).

To book your place on this, contact Conor on 028 8676 6670 or email conor@ruralcommunitynetwork.org


Sanskriti Exploring India’s Heritage – Limavady @ Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm
Together: Building a United Community Engagement Forum – Antrim @ Dunsilly Hotel
Sep 19 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Together: Building a United Community Engagement Forum


 CRC would like to invite you to the fourth Together: Building a United Community Engagement Forum

 The theme of this forum is the T:BUC priority ‘Our Safe Community’ which commits to ‘create a community where everyone feels safe in moving around and where life choices are not inhibited by fears around safety’.

 The event will allow reflections and debate on key issues relating to safety, current government interventions as well as work being driven by groups on the ground.

 Forum delegates will hear from a number of speakers who will discuss the nature of the problem, key characteristics and current trends.  Others contributions will highlight a range of responses that have sought to transform our community from unsafe to safe.

Government will also use the event to update the sector on progress regarding the implementation of other T:BUC priorities.

Finally, this forum is an opportunity for the sector to continue to influence and support the development of a safe community.  CRC & TEO encourages you and your colleagues from the sector to attend this forum and to strengthen the delivery and implementation of T:BUC – your participation, your views and your engagement in this event are crucial. CRC and TEO look forward to welcoming you to the September event. 

Please register by clicking on the following link Together: Building a United Community Engagement Forum .