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On the grapevine - June 9

DISTRICT-WIDE

AA convention

Antrim Area of Alcoholics Anonymous are holding their annual convention in the Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus over the weekend 17-19 June.

A full programme of events will be taking place including an open public Information meeting at 8pm on the Saturday evening. If you or a member of your family or friends feel they have a problem with alcohol you are welcome to come along and get some information, which will be available all weekend.

The fellowship of Al-Anon, which helps the families of the suffering alcoholic, will also be in attendance. They will offer help to those that need it.

For further information on the convention please contact our Central Service Office on 02890434848.

Gear up for two wheels

DRD Travelwise NI is calling on the public to ‘gear up’ for two weeks of cycling celebrations as part of ‘Two Wheels: Two Weeks’ running from June 18-26.

The ‘Two Wheels: Two Weeks’ initiative aims to highlight the numerous health, financial and environmental benefits associated with cycling and is celebrated as part of National Bike Week which takes place across the UK and Ireland.

During the two weeks Travelwise NI will collaborate with local councils, employers, schools and cycling organisations to promote a wide variety of cycling events including Bike to School Day on Wednesday June 22, After work Spinathon at the City Hall on Thursday June 23, Bike to Work Day on Friday June 24, and Pedal in the Park events in parks throughout Belfast. For a full list of events visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/travelwiseni.

Andy Bready of Travelwise NI said: “’Two Wheels: Two Weeks’ is a great opportunity for everyone to get their bikes out whether you are a seasoned cyclist, a bit out of practice or totally new to it all. The initiative is designed to highlight the benefits of cycling and encourage the public to incorporate more sustainable modes of transport into their daily lives whether it’s cycling to work, school, down to the shop or even just to get some exercise. Not only is cycling good for you, good for the environment and even good for the bank balance, it’s quick, easy and most of all it’s fun. The two weeks are action packed with events organised across the country for those of all abilities and I would encourage everyone to get involved to experience first hand the benefits of cycling.”

To find out more about cycling events in your area or to register an event log on to www.nidirect.gov.uk/travelwiseni

The British Transplant games needs your help

Do you want to be a part of a national sporting event, actively contribute to a fun and engaging atmosphere and are over the age of 16? If ‘yes’, then apply to be a volunteer at the 34th British Transplant Games.

To support the event a strong team of volunteers will be involved to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. Volunteers will be asked to undertake a range of roles, from involvement in the opening ceremony and registration, to stewarding, branding and helping with the individual sports.

All selected volunteers will be required to attend an orientation training event prior to the Games, undertake an Access NI check at Enhanced Disclosure Level and be 16 years old by June 1. For further information and to download an application form go to www.volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering/volunteering-and-2012-sports/latest-news.

CITY CENTRE

Missing dog

Co Dublin man Jim Loughrey is anxious to trace his dog, a shiba inu, which got lost at Belfast’s Great Victoria Street in April.

Mr Loughrey was a visitor to Belfast and has returned numerous times since to search the streets for his family pet.

The dog answers to the name of Mia, she is about three years old, golden coloured with a foxy face and curled tail. She is microchipped and neutered.

The family are devastated at losing Mia and are offering a reward for her return.

Call 07729932328.

Free help and advice for |self-employed

Today's businesses are facing tough times and the most successful know when to make use of the available help. That help is at hand for businesses during June when HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) continues to bring its programme of free workshops to Belfast.

Janet Timmins, business advice team manager for HMRC, said: “These are challenging times but our attitude has always been to assist businesses during good times and bad. These events allow us to bring our advice directly to the local business community and offer practical assistance where it is needed.”

The workshops planned for June for HMRC Custom House, in Custom House Square, are:

Thursday June 9

10am-12.30pm

Self Assessment Online

2pm-4.30pm

How VAT works

Tuesday June 14

10am-1pm

Statutory Pay and leave for | Maternity Paternity & Adoption

2pm-4pm

Introduction to International Trade

Wednesday June 15

10am-12.30pm

Becoming an Employer

1.30pm-4pm

Employer's Annual Return of |Expenses & Benefits

Wednesday June 29

10am-12.30pm

Newly Self Employed — The Basics

1.30pm-4pm

Business Expenses & Capital Allowances for the Self-Employed

For information on how to book a seminar place visit the website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/bst/advice-teams-area/nirelandtraining.htm or email bst.northernireland@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

You can also contact the HMRC Advice Team on 0845 603 2691. Further workshops will take place in July and details will be released towards the end of June.

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