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On the grapevine - July 29

CASTLEREAGH

Lisnasharragh High School Fun Day

Lisnasharragh High School’s reunion committee is inviting everybody to its latest fundraising activity — a special fun day at the school.

Expect bouncy castles, chocolate fountains, tombola, dinky donuts, disco, face painting and even a visit from your local friendly fire engine.

All money raised from the event is going to the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity.

A family ticket (for two adults and two children) is £12.

It’s £5 for adults and £3 for children over two years of age. Children under two are free.

There will also be buckets around some of the activities for any loose change you may have in your pockets.

The high school reunion committee supports charities on rotation and at random. If you attended this school and would like to join their committee or be kept up to date on their events, email lisnasharraghreunion@live.com

Alternatively, you can find them on Facebook if you type in ‘Lisnasharragh High School.’

A reunion party is also to be held on September 24 for all ex-classmates.

EAST BELFAST

Community education

Enrollment has begun for a variety of 15 week long courses to be taught at Wandsworth Community Centre — all commencing on the week beginning September 13.

The courses and times, offered through the Belfast Metropolitan College, are:

Creative writing — Monday, 10am - 12noon;

Creative needle work — Wednesday, 10am-12noon or Thursday, 10am-12 noon;

Painting for pleasure — Thursday, 10am-12noon or 1pm-3pm; Flower arranging — 10am - 12 noon.

The cost to take part in a 15 week long course is £75. For those on benefits, the cost is £60. To book your place on a course call 90 265 265. Wandsworth Community Centre is located on 26a Belmont Church Road.

CITY CENTRE

Crippen’s showcase

A new exhibition at the Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) on Royal Avenue is bringing issues which affect the disabled community to the fore, showcasing satirical cartoons by renowned cartoonist Dave Lupton, aka Crippen. The show, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, will run until August 12 at the Arts and Disability Forum’s premises in Belfast, before touring disability accessible day centres, colleges and exhibition spaces across Northern Ireland. Through cartoons Crippen exposes the barriers that continue to exclude disabled people from many aspects of everyday life. As a disabled artist himself, Crippen’s cartoons challenge discrimination and prejudice with a sense of humour and impudence that frequently make his work controversial.

Over the next few months disabled people living in Northern Ireland are invited to identify the disability issue they would most like to see referenced in a cartoon. Crippen will then draw a new piece representing the issue with the most nominations. As part of celebrations for the International Day of Disabled People, the Arts and Disability Forum will present this cartoon to key politicians on December 3.

CULTRA

Folk it — I'll volunteer

Summer is here and there is no better time to enjoy a fun day out in the fresh air with friends old and new and to try your hand at volunteering.

Volunteer Now has teamed up with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, Holywood and is calling on over 60s to come along on Wednesday August 18 to have a go at volunteering.

The day will run from 10am – 2pm and is free of charge. As well as getting involved in reminiscing and conservation activities, volunteers will be free to spend some time in the afternoon to have a look around the museum. Everyone will be made very welcome, whether they come along by themselves or with a friend. So, if you love local history, why not give it a go.

The free taster day is part of the One Good Reason campaign which encourages over 60s in Northern Ireland to give volunteering a try and to see first hand how beneficial, enjoyable and satisfying it can be both for them as an individual and for others within their community.

The campaign has been developed with the underlying thinking that we can all find plenty of reasons not to do something — but when we find one good reason to do something we usually do it.

Wendy Osborne, CEO of Volunteer Now, said: “We hope that over 60s in the greater Belfast area embrace this opportunity to have a great day out.

“As well as being a chance to get out in the fresh air and meet new people, it might just be the reason you need to make volunteering a more permanent part of your life.”

Volunteer Now is also hosting a One Good Reason Action Day on September 29, which will offer a range of volunteering opportunities across Northern Ireland.

To find out more or to register to come along on August 18, please contact Helen Connolly on 9020 0858 or email helen.connolly@volunteernow.co.uk.

To find out more about other volunteering opportunities, visit www.volunteernow.co.uk

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