NEWS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND: MARCH

In these uncertain times, we will do all we can to maintain contact and share positivity and good ideas. Health and happiness go hand-in-hand.

No one wants a world with more loneliness than kindness and we recognise for many of you who organise community activity, these days of isolation will be just as tough as it will be for those living alone. 

Events

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Event Management Training with The Big Lunch - 1 April 

This free event management training will be useful for lots of community events, and focused around The Big Lunch and is open to anyone. This will be delivered online and will be of great use when we get to the other side of this pandemic.

NI Clean-up Groups Gathering - 16 May

Are you in a clean-up group or do you know someone who is? Please share this networking and celebration event for people who spend their free time bringing their community together to clean up our environment.

We will share inspiring stories and celebrate achievements, connect over lunch and a networking walk/litter pick, discuss common issues and collaborative opportunities. We'll also have a zero waste Big Lunch.

If you haven't started a clean-up group yet but are interested in getting involved, you're very welcome to come along. In light of the current coronavirus situation, this event will be moved online, as a Zoom meeting. We will update with a sign up link as soon as possible so please keep an eye on our Facebook page

Join our Network

Eden Project Communities hosts a peer to peer network of people who take positive action where they live. In Northern Ireland we stay in touch via a Facebook group  and events. Find out more and watch our animation.

Funding

We shout about any funding announcements as they come in so please register on our Facebook page and join our community. Here’s a taste of what we share:

New Coronavirus Community Fund

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland have set up a new Coronavirus Community Fund. The fund will be open to constituted community organisations throughout NI, who are supporting isolated older people at this time. Typically, they will be able to provide grants of £1,000, however, they will consider applications for up to £2,500. The funding is to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical regions. To find out or apply for funding, click here.

Tesco bag funding is available for community groups all across the UK

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Grants of up to £2,000 are available.

Other news

Eden Project Foyle

Eden Project are working with the people of Derry on Eden Project Foyle, some of you will have visited and heard from Claire McGee and other local partners about the proposals. You can stay in touch with developments here.

Funding news

Congratulations to Dromore 2000 and Good Morning North West who received Community Companions seed funding from RVS – if you would like to apply or reapply please contact Grainne.