Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - March 30

CASTLEREAGH

Community festival fund

Applicants are welcome from Community / Voluntary groups, operating within the Castlereagh Borough, wishing to obtain funding to support local community festivals.

All applications will be assessed against a set criteria and both small and large grant funding is available up to the following maximum amounts: small grants up to £2,000 and large grants up to £5,000

For an application pack please contact Administration and Community Services Department, Castlereagh Borough Council on 028 9049 4550 or email alisondunbar@castlereagh.gov.uk

The closing date for completed applications is Friday April 8 at 12noon. Late applications will not be accepted.

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, 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

Dancers want to say thanks

Technik Dance school in east Belfast would like to thank everyone who contributed to their street collection that took place between Monday March 7 and Friday March 11.

The childrens’ dance troupe that practise their free style disco dancing moves at Knocknagoney Community Centre were raising money to go to the Euro dance championships in England that take place this April.

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. She also ministers to individuals at her meetings . No admission fee.

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 this 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.

CITY CENTRE

Relief from your struggles and strife

LifeRing, a new recovery group for people with alcohol and substance abuse issues will be holding meetings at 8pm on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Quaker Meeting House, Frederick Street, Belfast.

This recovery group is the first in the UK to welcome both carers and families along to the meetings.

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an international organisation which adopts a non 12-Step approach for people who want to live free of alcohol or other addictive drugs.

LifeRing follows the three S’s: Sobriety, Self Help and Secularity. The group encourages people to build a treatment plan which suits them individually.

Philip Henderson from Lifering said: “We see LifeRing as an extra choice in the on-going struggle against drug (including prescription drugs) and alcohol addiction. There are more women than men using our service as women enjoy the group sharing and interaction.

“The women we have spoke to say that they find Alcohols Anonymous (AA) as a male dominated organisation and LifeRing offers an alternative.”

In you want to find out about anymore information about the organisation LifeRing’s designated number is 07908489522 or visit www.lifering.org

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