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Be More Connected – A day of Action Tackling Loneliness – Belfast @ Belfast City Hall
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm

Be More Connected

Monday 17th June 2019 A day of action on loneliness in Belfast

  • Belfast City Hall 10am -12.30pm free events, activities, talks and information on loneliness
  • QFT 3.30pm showing of ‘Older than Ireland’ followed by Director’s Talk and audience discussion
  • Black Box 7.30pm strut your stuff at the ‘Slipped Disco’
  • Lots more happening in the grounds of the city hall and in shops and buses

Belfast is known as one of the friendliest cities in the world, but loneliness and social isolation are on the rise.

We want to celebrate the things that bring us together and help tackle loneliness across the city and we’re asking everyone in Belfast to take action by taking the time to connect with each other. A wave across the road to a neighbour or a cheery hello with a passer-by on the street can make a difference.

We are hosting this day to highlight as many solutions, programmes and facilities available to help people connect and be connectors.

Come along to Belfast City Hall on Monday 17th June anytime between 10am and 12.30pm for a fun and informative morning.  Please come along and join us.  There is no need to register, just call in, but for more information contact Tanya Hay 028 90502073 or email seniorsinfo@belfastcity.gov.uk

This event is supported by Campaign to End Loneliness (www.bemoreus.org.uk), Age NI, Belfast City Council, Belfast Health Development Unit, Red Cross, Clare, Volunteer Now and other agencies, organisations and groups across Belfast.

NIVCA Fundraising Clinic for BME Sector – Belfast @ NICVA
Jun 18 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Do you want to diversify your organisation’s income and increase your sustainability?
This clinic will provide an hour of free 1-1 fundraising advice for organisations specifically supporting ethnic minority communities.
You can use your one hour slot for discussing current funding applications, exploring potential new sources of income, developing a fundraising plan or a fundraising strategy or simply taking the opportunity to have a sounding board regarding anything fundraising-related. If you simply want to search for suitable grants we can also do that together on GrantTracker.  You are also welcome to bring along others from your organisation.

The hour is yours.

For those wishing to attend, it is recommended that you register your interest below.  I will then be in contact nearer the time to talk through in more detail what you are hoping to get from this clinic session so we can best maximise this time together.  At this time, you can also advise what time slot best suits you and I will do my best to accommodate you.  Clinic slots will operate on a first come, first served basis.

Home Safety Information Event – Magherafelt @ InVolve House MAgherafelt
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Home Safety Information Event – Magherafelt



  • Registration, Tea/Coffee / View Information Stands
  • Welcome and Introductions – Community Navigator
  • Tips on Fire Safety
  • Mid Ulster District Council Support Services
  • Mid Ulster Agewell Partnership Support Services
  • First Aid at Home Demonstration
  • Home Security & Scams
  • Ulster Bank Scam Awareness Workshop
  • Update from organisations
  • Chance to meet others over lunch and view information stands


For further information, please contact the Community Navigator for Mid Ulster Anita – 078 1419 6935 or email: communitynavigator.mu@ageni.org


To book your place, please contact Michele at AgeNI – michele.young@ageni.org or ring 028 9024 5729


Refugee And Arabic Culture Information Session – Diverse City Belfast @ Belfast City Centre TBC
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This is a free event

Please note that you must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

Would you like to learn more about the people, places and communities that make Belfast? Are you interested in visiting different places of worship, understanding why different communities celebrate the events they do? If so, come along to our Diverse City events to learn more about the culture and traditions of some of the communities living in Belfast. This is a year long programme with free events happening each month.

This awareness session will cover an introduction to asylum and refugee issues in the UK and NI in particular. It will provide a general awareness of Islamic and Arab culture and factual information about how the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme works.  You will also have the opportunity to meet refugees living in Belfast.

Health Literacy event: A Whole of Society Approach – Belfast @ Assembly Buildings
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Health Literacy is a priority across Northern Ireland, within Health and Well-being 2026 – Delivering Together; Making Life Better and at Local Government level within Community Plans across the 11 council areas.

Health literacy supports health professionals to empower people to make informed and shared decisions about health and well-being and enables people to develop the skills and abilities to navigate the health system.

This seminar will explore an understanding of health literacy taking a four level approach; policy, organisational, community and individual. It will be of particular interest to those working in policy development, community planning, social prescribing, community development, Making Every Contact Count, Integrated Care and public health.

We are delighted to welcome expert speakers to present most recent research and experience in the field and explore the way ahead in Northern Ireland at this four level approach.
Keynote Speaker:
Professor Gill Rowlands
Institute of Health and Society
Newcastle University
Gill Rowlands is a General Practitioner and a Professor in the Institute of Health and Society. Gill’s main research interests are in the area of health inequalities, particularly the role of health literacy in health, and the role of GPs in identifying and addressing the problems faced by patients with lower health literacy.

Gill is committed to developing and implementing evidence-based policy and practice to promote equity and equality in health and recently led a WHO evidence synthesis on the effectiveness of policy and activities for improving health literacy at national, regional and organisational levels in the WHO European Region.

Jim Phillips
Centre for Empowering Patients and Communities

CEmPaC promote and develop the empowerment of patients and health professionals and inform policy makers on the benefits of patients and health professionals working in partnership to improve health and healthcare.  CEmPaC is an online virtual network and community supported by European Health Futures Forum.

Jim Phillips has over twenty years’ experience in the design, development and implementation of approaches that enable empowerment. He led on the setting up of the NHS Expert Patient Programme and has worked with health organisations across Europe, the USA and Australia.

To register, please email
Caroline Scott  
stating any access, dietary or other requirements


Inspire Mental Health; Encourage Connectivity Event – Dungannon @ The Junction
Jun 21 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Inspire Mental Health Encourage Connectivity with Free Event

Friday 21st June is National Loneliness Day and Inspire Mental Health Community Wellbeing Service are hosting a free event, to inspire and encourage connectivity, unity with others and alleviate loneliness for those most in need… together we can make a change. The free event will take place at Inspire Mental Health, The Junction, Dungannon, from 10.30-2.00.

Inspire Mental Health wish to show local people how they can access services and recreational activities which can stimulate both mind and body and provide a welcome diversion to feelings of isolation.

This function is open to everyone of all ages and those in attendance will be treated to taster sessions from community groups and businesses in the Dungannon and surrounding areas. There will be a chance to win spot prizes and a Tea Dance over lunchtime will offer dancing and refreshments for participants. Wellbeing packs will also be available to take home.

For good mental health everyone can incorporate the five steps to wellbeing into their routine. Staying connected, continuously learning or refreshing skills, volunteering time or giving to others, being active and taking notice through mindful activities all help to alleviate loneliness and encourage togetherness in the community.

For more information you can contact Team Inspire by telephone on 028 8772 3321 or emailing thejunction@inspirewellbeing.org

Notes for Editors:

Loneliness has been recognised as a national epidemic and can affect anyone of any age. A recent survey, conducted by Radio 4’s All in the Mind in collaboration with Welcome Collection, indicated that 16-24 year olds experience loneliness more often and more intensely than any other age group. 29% of people aged 65-74 also experienced loneliness whilst 27% of those over 75 also dealt with similar feelings.

According to the BBC Loneliness Experiment – people gave valuable insight into how loneliness can be created through living alone, having caring responsibilities, employability concerns and facing discrimination.

Pamela Qualter, Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester, says “We need to be kinder to ourselves when we feel disconnected from others, but also there is a whole toolkit of potential solutions we can try.”

ESOL/ELT Teacher/Volunteer’s Workshop and Networking Event – Belfast @ Girdwood Community Hub room GW-G-002A and B
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ESOL NI (in collaboration with SERC ESOL team, YMCA North Down and Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre – BURC) invites  you to an exciting FREE ESOL/ELT Teacher/Volunteer’s Workshop and Networking event.

WHEN and WHERE?  Friday, 21st June from 2pm to 5pm at Girdwood Community Hub – Belfast

WHO should attend? This opportunity is open to all ESOL qualified tutors and volunteers who teach with any of our FE Colleges or informally in the community.

The workshop is taking place at the Girdwood Community Hub (Belfast Met wing – room GW-G-002A and B).

There are free car parking spaces at the back of the building and easy access to public transport via Crumlin Road (the venue is located at the back of the Crumlin Goal – 5 minutes walking from the bus stop).

Please register free via Eventbrite link below.


We envisage the session to be highly interactive, hands-on and practical which should benefit and encourage novice and experienced teachers/ volunteers alike.

Experienced ESOL teachers will be leading a discussion group exploring free and accessible teaching resources and the many ways they can be manipulated in the classroom. The idea is to have different stations with approximately 4 – 8 participants per group. Once all stations have rotated and the ideas generated by each group discussed, each designated station leader will summarise the brainstormed concepts back to the wider group, giving participants a large repertoire of ideas on how to use every day, affordable resources.

The ESOL VPRS Coordination point and BURC will then provide an overview of the collaborative ways English classes have been successfully implemented across Northern Ireland to date using a ‘joined up’ approach. The day will close with a brief workshop around the use of the ESOL NI Network website and a discussion on a way forward.


2pm- 2.30pm tea/coffee and refreshments – registration and networking

2.30pm – 2.40pm – Introduction to the task and organisation of each station teams

2.40pm – 3.45pm – Brainstorming discussions on resources presented

Break – 3.45pm – 4pm

4pm – 4.30pm station leaders’ feedback on the discussions

4.30pm – Presentation on the ESOL ‘joined up’ approach and ESOL NI website workshop – by ESOL VPRS Coordination and BURC

4.55pm – Prize Draw to workshop participants (participants who leave early will not be entered into the draw)

5pm – Close

Great Refugee Week Picnic – Belfast @ Ormeau Park, Belfast
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Save the date: The third annual Great Refugee Week Picnic is here.

To mark the end of Refugee Week 2019 , Belfast City of Sanctuary and Amnesty International NI invite you to join us for the Great Refugee Week Picnic – a community picnic for anyone who would like to celebrate Refugee Week with friends!

As in previous years, the venue is Ormeau Park and you’ll find us next to the entrance facing Ormeau Library.

We’ll have a host of entertainment on the day including live music, face-painting, a bouncy castle and a even special visit from the Northern Ireland Fire Service. Lots more is planned and we’ll be posting about it here on Facebook- click attending to receive updates.

A huge thanks to Big Lottery Fund NI who have kindly provided us with support this year.

If you have any access requirements please get in touch with Amnesty Northern Ireland or Belfast City of Sanctuary. Amnesty can be contacted via telephone on 02890643000. The Belfast City of Sanctuary organisers can be contacted by e-mail on belfastcityofsanctuary@gmail.com. Alternatively you can contact us via Facebook Messenger tab on this event page.


Barnardos Family Learning and Integration Project Report Launch @ Crescent Arts Centre
Jun 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Save the Date

Barnardo’s Family Learning and Integration Project (FLIP) funded by The National Lottery Community Fund would like you to please save the date to the:-

FLIP Report Launch



Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Breakfast from 9.30 am, event finishes at 11.30am 


Formal invites will be sent in a few weeks 

If you require any further information please email:  flip@barnardos.org.uk


‘Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules? Report Launch – Belfast @ UNISON, Galway House
Jun 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Equality Coalition are holding a special event to launch the ‘Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules?’ conference report and discussion of the ‘Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing’, featuring a keynote address from Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Tony Lloyd MP.

Launch of the ‘Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules?’ conference report and discussion of the ‘Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing’, featuring a keynote address from Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Tony Lloyd MP.

In March 2019, the Equality Coalition, in partnership with BrexitLawNI, held a major conference on ‘Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules?’ in the Moot Court Room at Queen’s University Belfast. Featuring expert practitioner and political panels, the conference explored how Brexit will transform the citizenship landscape in Northern Ireland and could lead to hardened entitlement boundaries between different groups of citizens here.

Following on from the announcement of talks to reinstate the Stormont institutions, the Equality Coalition published a ‘Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing’ in late April 2019. The manifesto calls for the reestablishment of power sharing on a sustainable basis, centred on three key strands: the implementation of rights provisions in the peace settlement, adherence to international rights obligations, and ensuring power is ‘working within the rules’.

This will be held on Thursday 27th June in Unison from 1.30pm – 4pm.

Find out more about this event here.

If you are interested in attending, email events@caj.org.uk to register. Please state any access or dietary requirements.