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Grapevine - March24

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Autism training sessions

Helping Hands autism support group, which offers weekly play days for children on the ASD spectrum, is offering the following training events to any family or community organisation that is affected by autism, ASD, Asperger’s or challenging behaviours.

All events will take place at |Hanwood Complex, Kinross Avenue, |Tullycarnet.

Tuesday, March 29: Siblings’ evening — Being a brother or sister to someone with autism.

Tuesday, April 12: Volunteers in the community — Supporting children and adults with autism and their families within your organisation.

If you require further information, please contact the group via email at helpinghandsbelfast@yahoo.co.uk, or telephone 07889 542960.

East belfast

Dr SHARON STONE AT CLC

Highly respected American prophet Dr Sharon Stone will be in east Belfast next weekend for a series of meetings.

She will be the guest of Kevin and Rosemary Sambrook, of Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road, on Saturday and Sunday, April 2/3, at 7.30pm.

Sharon, of Christian International Europe, usually gives insights into what is happening in the world as well as in the UK and ministers to individuals at her meetings as well. No admission fee.

Big bus drives cancer service

Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity Action Cancer is bringing its mobile unit, the Big Bus, to Ards, as part of its ongoing tour of the region.

The unit, which is the first of its kind in Europe, will be hosted by the Ballymac Friendship Centre and located at Ballymac Youth Club, Frazer Pass, Newtownards Road this Friday, March 25. It will be hosted by East Belfast Community Development Agency and located at Clara Way on March 30.

The 18 metre-long articulated vehicle with expanding side pods, houses cancer prevention and early detection services and staff on the unit also provide information about support services.

Services provided on the Big Bus, which is fully accessible for people with disabilities by means of a wheelchair lift, include digital breast screening for women aged between 40 and 49 and over 70 and health promotion and MOT health checks for men and women. Big Bus staff can provide information on complementary therapies and other cancer support services such as counselling, a Listening Ear Service and support groups, which are available for cancer patients, their carers and families at the charity’s headquarters in Belfast and at other locations.

It also includes a weightloss clinic using the latest technology provides clients with a full body composition analysis.

Anyone interested in making an appointment for the Big Bus should telephone Action Cancer in advance on 028 9080 3344.

Appointments will be available from 10am to 3pm each day. Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis as there are a limited number of appointments for all services.

Re-think waste workshops

Free workshops on how to revamp furniture and clothes will take place across Belfast over the next eight weeks to inspire local communities to ‘rethink’ their attitude to waste.

The Department of the Environment’s (DOE’s) Rethink Waste campaign and Belfast City Council Waste Management have teamed up with the popular Fashion Souk to deliver 32 workshops at centres across Belfast.

The Fashion Souk’s talented team of experts will share their top tips on restyling and refurbishing textiles and furniture. Working alongside participants they will demonstrate just how easy it is to give items already in your home a facelift and create new purposeful items — without the hefty price tag.

Knocknagoney Community Centre

From 6pm-9pm

Monday April 4

Monday April 18

Monday May 9

Inverary Community Centre

From 10am-1pm

Tuesday April 5

Tuesday April 19

Tuesday May 3

east belfast chelsea supporters fundraiser

A fundraising event in the Rosetta Bar function room will take place on Saturday, April 2. It will be attended by two former Chelsea players — Charlie Cooke and Ron 'Chopper' Harris. Tickets will be £15 and can be purchased from the Rosetta Bar 028 90 649297.

District-wide

Dunk your biccy for charity

By simply popping the kettle on and inviting family and friends round, you can help people affected by meningitis.

One call to the Meningitis Trust on 0845 120 4530, or by visiting www.dunkathon.org gets you a free pack, including lots of things to get you started, from biscuit recipes to fun-filled fundraising ideas.

North Down

Award winning journo visits bangor library

Geoff Hill, the features editor of the News Letter has either won or been shortlisted for a UK Travel Writer of the Year award nine times and is a former Irish travel writer of the year. He will be sharing his world-wide experiences, that largely took place astride his motorbike, at Bangor Carnegie Library as part of Creativity Month.

In 2006, Geoff completed The Nambarrie Run II: Chile to Alaska on a Triumph - a 16,500-mile journey along the Pan-American Highway. The event will take place this Thursday March 24 at 7pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. Contact Bangor Carnegie Library to book. Tel 9127 0591 or E: bangorcarnegie.library@librariesni.org.uk

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