NEWS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND: APRIL

The Big Thanks

We’d love to hear how you are helping, supporting and connecting with your neighbours during these strange times. We know loads of you that can are volunteering and perhaps there is someone you’d really like to recognise with #TheBigThanks – we are thanking people publicly and sending a little gift to let them know they are appreciated. Do nominate someone and get others to do it too.

It’s so important to share positive ideas and stories of what is going on across our communities so that we can take those ideas and try them where we live. The smallest act of kindness can make a difference, and sometimes it can grow into something much bigger!

This is Grainne’s street, they are using their messenger group to stay in touch and the children are so keen to do positive things. This idea was pinched from Ballysally Coleraine and is designed to jazz up the walk you’ve been doing daily. We think the kids have been so well behaved in lockdown they deserve to put mum and dad through their paces. What ideas can you pass on to inspire positivity and connection while physical distancing? Drop a line to Grainne

Community Action Response

Would you like to team up your organisation with us as part of a united Community Action Response. Heres how to join in!

Events

We have a few fantastic online events to keep us connected. Please see below. 

  • Knitting with invisible threads - 29 April 
  • Looking after you, to look after others - 6 and 20 May

You will find our events online herePlease register in advance so that you get a secure link in time. Top tip – save the event to your calendar, it's so easy to forget what you’ve booked.

We have postponed the following two events because you have told us you would prefer to wait until you can be together physically, we will review this mid May.

Funding

We shout about any funding announcements as they come in so please register on our Facebook page and join our community.

News

Keeping in touch

Please direct any queries to Grainne McCloskey. Niamh Scullion will be unable to help you for the time being. 

National COVID-19 Food Study

UCD Institute of Food and Health in collaboration with Dublin City University, have just launched a National COVID-19 Food Study in response to the current global pandemic. Using an online survey, it aims to capture changes that people have made to their food habits due to COVID-19 restrictions. Can I ask you to please complete the survey, which should take approximately 10-15 minutes to do. You will then be entered into a draw to win a €50 All4One voucher.