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Village Catalyst Grant Scheme

The Village Catalyst grant scheme is a partnership initiative between the Department for Communities (DfC), the Department for Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). Applications are invited from charities, social enterprise and other not for profit groups in rural villages of less than 5,000 people, who want to …

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Fundraising Regulator: Five tips if you are in a new fundraising role

  Joanne McDowell, Northern Ireland Manager at the Fundraising Regulator, reflects on responses to enquiries from people moving into new fundraising roles and where guidance from the regulator can help with planning next steps. It’s evident many charities in Northern Ireland are working through the question ‘what next?’ in terms of their fundraising teams and strategies. I have spoken with …

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The National Lottery Community Fund – Northern Ireland

The National Lottery Community Fund are reviewing their grant making and want to hear from community groups about what matters most to their communities. Paul Sweeney, Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Northern Ireland Committee, shared a blog recently to let groups know more about this and explain how you can get involved in discussions. We want to chat to all …

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South Tyrone Empowerment Programme & Children’s Law Centre Joint Submission

This STEP and Children’s Law Centre submission to the European Commission Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities Advisory Committee, is essential reading if you work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees.  Please see the document below: Joint Submission – Asylum Seeker Children in Contingency Accommodation – April 2022  

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Lifeline Translated Voice Notes

Please see below translated voice notes for the following message: Lifeline; the right support at the right time, anytime Lifeline counsellors are experienced in working with trauma, suicide, self-harm, abuse, depression and anxiety. For immediate help call: 0808 808 8000. This message has been translated into the following languages: Polish Arabic Lithuanian Romanian Bulgarian Tetum Portuguese Slovak Russian Mandarin Hungarian …

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Census 2021 – First Results Published

  The first results from Census 2021 were published on Tuesday 24 May 2022. The results are available on the NISRA website. This first release consists of headline population statistics by age and sex, number of households with usual residents, and communal establishment population. Other main Census 2021 statistics will be released in stages up to summer 2023. The Census 2021 Outputs …

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Local services available in East Belfast – Various translations available

Please see below some translated documents about local services in East Belfast, that the East Belfast Race Relations Network and EBCDA have compiled and had translated: A guide to local services English, Polish, Romanian A guide to local services Somali, Slovak, Arabic

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Ukraine Information – access to free immigration advice

  Please also find below a link to guidance on Ukraine Family Scheme – this scheme is free of charge and will be prioritised. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-ukraine-family-scheme-visa?fbclid=IwAR2gS09HI1FG74BuEb_JG5q2W6InepiAK6VO9BdEBAczPuT4ALJUG5-moYE IAS is launching a new free service  to help victims of the current Ukrainian conflict. The scheme has been launched due to incorrect and dangerous advice that people have received from the home office help …

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Northern Ireland minority communities ‘overlooked’ by policy makers

The interests of minority ethnic and migrant communities in Northern Ireland are too often an afterthought amid the desire to balance the demands of Green and Orange politics according to a unanimous report published today by the cross-party Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. Please click here for all the information.  

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North West Migrants Forum – The Common Travel Area & the Island of Ireland

Message from Lilian Seenoi-Barr,  North West Migrants Forum I am writing to you as a fellow social justice and human rights advocate to seek your endorsement and support for the North West Migrants Forum campaign which is highlighting the shortcomings of the CTA and the injustices this causes for those residents of this island who are not covered by it. As well as raising awareness, …

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