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Network Personnel getting people ‘Up for Work’
18th November 2014
Network Personnel has congratulated another batch of local people who have gone through the Up for Work programme and successfully gained long term employment. Up For Work started in 2011, when Network Personnel saw many people (particularly those made redundant from the construction industry) going through other programmes, such as Steps to Work, without being able to secure perma...
Does the great switch on turn you on?
14th November 2014
Anna McDonald @Anna_McD91 Tomorrow marks the first day in Belfast's festive calendar - the Christmas lights switch on. This year we have the very popular Lord Mayor Cllr Nichola Mallon to do the honours. But could it be happening too early? If you're like me and love the Christmas period, then you'll believe that the sooner we see ‘lights-on’ the better! The win...
Renowned planners inspire good health in Belfast
14th November 2014
The urban design firm behind the project to reclaim green space in Times Square on behalf of New York’s pedestrians was in Belfast on Friday to share its innovative ideas on improving the quality of life in cities. Riccardo Marini from Gehl Architects was joined by Health Minister Jim Wells MLA, senior representatives from the World Health Organization and planning officials from a...
Time for a bit of democratic accountability
4th November 2014
Brendan Scott @BrenC_Scott The politics of Northern Ireland is more than used to frantic negotiations in the build up to d-day scenarios, which made the Westminster set deadline for budget agreement for 2015-16 seem like a bit of a damp squib. But this debate over public finances is much more important than to simply brush over - getting it right is fundamental to the needs of our dem...
Kids should have voice in planning our city
3rd November 2014
PLANNING MY CITY  As part of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) centenary celebrations, children in Belfast were last week encouraged to think about the environment around them and how it has been shaped. The week long event in the Ulster Museum was staged in partnership with WHO project Belfast Healthy Cities, and the planning schools at Queens University and the Ulster Un...
Local businesses can plug into renewable opportunities
1st November 2014
November is #getenergyconnected month Local businesses who have signed up to the Energy Connections NI programme sector are set for a busy November with a number of activities taking place to help them grow business in renewable energy, all grouped under the hashtag #getenergyconnected. Energy Connections NI is a business support programme aimed at companies in the South East of No...
Under the sea? What today could mean for Arts and Culture funding
28th October 2014
Carl Whyte @carldevlinwhyte Believe it or not, the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure owns £133,000 worth of fish (see picture right). Listed as ‘inventory’ on Page 114 of their 2013/2014 annual accounts, the valuation is some £100,000 lower than last year when then they owned a whopping £248,000 worth of edible sea creatures. That's certainly enou...
Ten things I’ve learned since moving to Belfast
27th October 2014
Anna McDonald @Anna_McD91 This week marks one year since I joined as a fully fledged member of MW Advocate. 365 days, countless photo-calls, two houses and one deceased laptop later I have decided that the PR world is for me. The year has flown by – probably in part due to the fact that I’ve moved to Belfast for the first time and had to adapt to new a lifestyle and schedu...
Belfast centre stage at WHO Athens conference
24th October 2014
The World Health Organization Healthy Cities International conference in Athens has heard tributes to work delivered in Belfast to improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens. The Athens gathering is examining health in the city and city living, inequalities and the impact, which all government policy has on the health of the population. The Belfast delegation, which includ...
Helm aim for continued improvement at annual staff conference
15th October 2014
Helm Housing have reflected on the successes of the past year and looked to improve on all targets in the year ahead at their annual Staff Conference held in the Ulster Museum.   Speaking after the conference, Michael McDonnell, Chief Executive, said: "Helm’s Annual Staff Conference allows all of us to come together to review what we have achieved over the last ye...
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