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Community Development Cafe @ East Belfast Network Centre, Meeting Room 1
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am
Heat Solutions for Rural Areas
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The EU NPA Cluster Project HEATER welcomes you to the first in its series of webinars.

This event will showcase the innovative outputs and renewable energy pilots featured in HANDIHEATSMARTRenew and eLightHouse projects, and address the challenges of finding heat solutions for rural, sparsely populated areas within the NPA region. We aim to educate and inform rural householders on the potential energy solutions available to them.

About this event

HEATER is a cluster of projects with synergies across HANDIHEAT, SMARTRenew, TechSolns, SENDoc and eLightHouse. The partnership with WiSAR Lab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (SMARTRenew project), Ulster University (SENDoc/TechSolns), Oulu University of Applied Sciences and HANDIHEAT, Northern Ireland Housing Executive aims to collaborate and cluster the transnational outputs from previous projects to educate and empower local communities to effect positive behavioural change and inform decision makers to influence policy across climate change mitigation and adaptation and sustaining communities. HEATER is funded under the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014 – 2020.


  • Robert Clements, Northern Ireland Housing Executive (HANDIHEAT)

Pilot: Hybrid boiler/ASHP, Battery Storage and deep retrofit

  • Dr Nick Timmons, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (SMARTRenew)

Pilot: Solar array with battery storage and grid back-up to power EV slow charging stations in Northwest Ireland

  • Anu Montin, Oulu University of Applied Sciences (eLightHouse)

Pilot: Retrofitting of public buildings, Waste as energy and the reuse of waste, Smart energy solutions for public infrastructure and housing, Domestic energy retrofit.

Registration Information:

Our event will be hosted via Zoom Webinar. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email. Further details on how to join the event on Wednesday 9th February 2022 will be sent to your registered email, prior to the start date.

**NOTE** – Spaces for this event are limited, so please register early to secure your spot.

Link to tickets: Heat Solutions for Rural Areas Tickets, Wed 9 Feb 2022 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

To find out more details and to keep up to date with the HEATER project, please visit our websiteFacebook and Twitter pages.

The Unequal Pandemic Health Inequalities Conference @ Online via Zoom
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am

The unequal distribution of the social determinants of health, such as education, housing and employment, drives inequalities in physical and mental health, reduces an individual’s ability to prevent sickness, or to take action and access treatment when ill health occurs. COVID-19 was no different.

In this webinar Professor Clare Bambra will share the findings of her recent co-authored book ‘‘The Unequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities’. In her talk, she will outline how the pandemic is unequal in three ways: it has killed unequally, been experienced unequally and will impoverish unequally. Professor Bambra will be joined by a range of speakers from across the sector.

Confirmed speakers:
Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman, LGA Community Wellbeing Board
Professor Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University

Useful Links:
The Unequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities

This is a virtual Zoom webinar.

Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) Event – Can Stormont Rollback the Home Office ‘Hostile Environment’?
Feb 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for the launch of a new legal research paper by barrister Mark Bassett on the application of the ‘hostile environment’ in NI

About this event

Commissioned by the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) Immigration Project, barrister Mark Bassett has authored a legal research paper mapping out the interface between devolved and non-devolved matters in respect of immigration and associated issues. This report examines where Northern Ireland Executive departments would have the legislative competence to push back against the hostile environment, as well as similar Home Office policies that have a detrimental impact on migrant rights. Against the backdrop of the Immigration Project’s interventions to counter the hostile environment in Northern Ireland, this report seeks to provide a blueprint for the future. The launch of Can Stormont Rollback the Home Office ‘Hostile Environment’? will be led by Mark Bassett BL, who will present the headline findings from his report.


Introduction from CAJ Immigration Project Solicitor and Coordinator, Úna Boyd.

Panel discussion on the impact of the hostile environment with Maria McCloskey (Children’s Law Centre) and Lilian Seenoi-Barr (North West Migrants Forum). Additional panellists tbc.

Presentation of key findings by Mark Bassett BL.

Q&A session facilitated by Professor Colin Harvey.

This event will take place on Zoom. Joining instructions will be sent to via email the day before the event. If you have any questions, email events@caj.org.uk.

The Law Society have confirmed delegates may be able to claim two Group Study CPDhours for attendance at this event and can advise solicitors on an individual basis if necessary. For barristers, we have also approached the Bar of NI for CPD confirmation.

Register here.

The IATEFL Conference coming to Belfast May 2022
May 17 @ 9:00 am – May 20 @ 10:00 am

For more information and to book your place, please click HERE