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Belfast City of Sanctuary Members and Supporters Meeting @ Duncairn Arts Centre
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Belfast City of Sanctuary are holding meeting for members and supporters on 20 November 2018 at Duncairn Arts Centre, Duncairn Avenue, Antrim Road from 10.30 (Registration from 10.00) to 1.00.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a report to on our activities since our incorporation in March 2018 and to discuss our future work including your suggestions for activities and events.

We shall be holding 4 workshops to discuss two existing areas of work (‘Streams of Sanctuary’) and to consider two further areas to be developed in co-operation with relevant voluntary organisations, public bodies and others.

The workshop areas will be:

Higher and Further Education – ‘Universities/Colleges of Sanctuary’
Primary and Secondary Education – ‘Schools of Sanctuary’
Health Services – Access to Services for Users and issues around Employment/Registration for newcomers
Faith Groups

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EmbraceNI Conference – Belfast @ The Duncairn
Nov 22 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

EMBRACE NI would be delighted if you would join us for their Conference

Church Responses to Destitution among People Seeking Asylum

Practical, Legal and Community Considerations

Thursday 22nd November

9.30am to 2pm

Lunch Provided

This Conference will provide up to date information and is focused on current efforts in Belfast to address destitution and practical ways that churches can make a difference.

The Conference is Free but all participants must RSVP to be registered. Send an email to info@embraceni.org


A welcoming Northern Ireland? Understanding sentiment towards asylum seekers and refugees. ARK Seminar – Belfast @ NICVA
Nov 22 @ 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

ARK is pleased to announce a seminar focusing on new public attitudes data on refugees.

A welcoming Northern Ireland? Understanding sentiment towards asylum seekers and refugees

by Dr Lucy Michael Ulster University

The seminar will take place on Thursday 22 November, at 2.45 to 4.00 pm Refreshments will be available at 2.30 at NICVA 1 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB In this seminar, Lucy Michael will review data from the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey and Young Life and Times Survey on attitudes to refugees, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities. In addition, she will consider the extent to which refugees both represent a unique focus for attention within the immigrant population and also offer a proxy for other kinds of views on immigration. Dr Lucy Michael is a Lecturer in Sociology at Ulster University.

This event is free of charge, but places need to be booked by Thursday 15 November, by emailing s.grant@ulster.ac.uk

Early Years Conference – Belfast @ Park Avenue Hotel
Nov 23 all-day
Celebrating Childcare Practice in Belfast Event @ Belfast City Hall
Nov 26 @ 9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Rural Community Network AGM and Community Conference – Bellaghy @ Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Nov 29 all-day

Join Rural Community Network at their Community Conference  ‘Celebrate Rural Life’.

The Keynote Speaker is Julie Harrison, Chair of Big Lottery Fund NI
There will be a Q&A panel comprising of Julie, Halifax Foundation NI & local community reps.

RCN will launch  new Strategic Plan, our “Knowing Your Rural Social Value” report and carrying out a site visit to a local rural community project.

Lunch will also be provided and cost to attend is free!
To register, ring us on 028 8676 6670 or email teresa@ruralcommunitynetwork.org

The AGM of Rural Community Network will also be  held on Thursday 29th November 2018 at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy. The business of the meeting will include the adoption of the audited accounts and annual report for the year ended 31 March 2018.

Please submit resolutions in writing to Kate Clifford, Director of Rural Community Network before then.

Resolutions must be proposed and seconded by two fully paid up RCN members or by the RCN’s Board and may be accompanied by an explanatory text of up to 500 words. Submitted resolutions will be circulated in advance to RCN members.

Please note that only paid up members are eligible to submit resolutions and vote at the AGM.


Stronger Together Policy Seminar Series Event – Omagh @ TBC Omagh
Nov 29 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Stronger Together Network would like to invite our members as well as other organizations and individuals to save the date in your diaries for the first event in our Policy Seminar Series entitled ‘All Things Language’.

The aims of this seminar are to

  • Explore communication & language as human rights and how they should be supported
  • Learn about Sign Language strategy and ESOL strategy
  • Showcase innovative language solutions and projects in NI
  • Discuss benefits and challenges of language diversity in education and bilingual education

The seminar is especially aimed at individuals and organizations from Ethnic Minority backgrounds who are not very familiar with policy issues around language and education or have limited knowledge of it and would like to know more as well as those who work in the field and would welcome an opportunity to raise and discuss any particular language related issues and/or solutions they have encountered.

At this seminar we will also offer information stalls for exhibitors to showcase language related services, projects or initiatives.

If you wish to attend as a participant or as an exhibitor (or both) please complete the relevant section of the  registration form below and either email to info@strongertogetherni.org

If you are not yet a member of the Stronger Together Network we would encourage you to consider joining. Please visit our website to find out more or apply for free membership http://www.strongertogetherni.org/membership/becoming-a-member/




Human Rights Festival 2018 – Call For Event Submissions @ various
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am – Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm

NIHRF 2018: 9-15 December

Each year the 10th December is celebrated as Human Rights Day across the world. The date marks the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Civil society groups across the world use this date as an opportunity to celebrate and mark the importance of human rights globally.

Every year a diverse range of organisations across Northern Ireland have traditionally held events in the week surrounding this date to mark the occasion and highlight different aspects of human rights as they apply locally and internationally. In 2012 a number of these organisations came together to pool those individual events into a programme of activities promoted together for the first time as the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival.

The dates for this year’s Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival have been confirmed as 9-15 December.

As with last year the Consortium will invite groups and individuals to submit events to be included in the festival programme.

If you have an idea for an event that you might like to host during these dates, please get in touch with Kevin (kevin@humanrightsconsortium.org) to discuss it.

For more information about the festival, please check out the website here.