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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.

Thursday, March 3: Dads’ evening — Parenting a child with autism.

Tuesday, March 15: Grandparents’ evening — Grandparenting a child with autism.

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

Craft fair

Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church on the Ormeau Road We are holding a craft fair inthis Saturday March 5 from 2pm-4pm.

Come along and get some great presents for birthdays, Mothers Day and St Patrick's Day! There is a kids craft room, tea and coffee, wide range of craft stalls. All funds going to our GLU summer community project run by Ormeau Churches Together. Adults - £1 entry fee, children 50p. Contact 07824849204 or glubelfast@gmail.com for more information.

Women’s group meeting

Alison Breadon, chairperson of Downshire Women’s Group would like to invite you to a public meeting on Wednesday March 9 at 7pm in Cregagh Community Centre, Cregagh, meeting room 2.

The public meeting will provide the platform for the group to give an overview of their action planning to any groups or individuals who wish to attend. constitution will then be adopted by the newly formed group and a committee will be elected.

To confirm attendance or request more information please contact Alison Breadon on 07834 163254 or Alisonbreadon@sky.com.|

Mini-man jam

T13, the new urban sports park at |Titanic Quarter (Queen’s Road, Belfast), is hosting a Mini-man jam — a national skateboarding event for kids aged 14 and under on Saturday, March 12 from 12 noon to 6pm.

If you think your skateboarding skills are up to scratch, come along and have a go, it’s £10 to ride. If you are new to the sport and want to watch, there’s great news — spectators have free entry.

There will be music at the event, a barbeque and great prizes on offer.

For more information, visit www.t13.tv.

City centre

Cancer can be prevented

Action Cancer is offering a series of information and support sessions for those affected by the disease.

They will run every Monday until March 14 at |Action Cancer House, Belfast (6-9pm). They aim to assist those affected and their families to readjust to life with cancer.

The sessions will look at counselling and therapeutic support, reactions within the family and living with the consequences of cancer.

If you would like more information or are interested in attending any of sessions, please contact Elizabeth Boyd at Action Cancer on 028 9080 3351 or eboyd@actioncancer.org.

Wednesday lunch club

BCM’s (Belfast Central Mission) highly successful midweek Lunch Club for older people is back up and running after its festive break.

Each Wednesday in BCM’s Grosvenor House headquarters on Glengall Street, any older person who wishes to come along can enjoy good food, companionship and a bit of a laugh, all for £2 a week. (It is always advisable to contact BCM prior to the lunch club to ensure there are places available that day.)

For more information on the Wednesday Lunch Club and other BCM projects, such as the Holiday Programme for Older People or befriending older people in the community, please contact Community Services Manager Janet Sewell on 028 9024 1917.

Business boost event

Managing your business’s finances to boost profits is the key topic for discussion at the next Belfast Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) event in Belfast.

The Counting the Costs, Planning the Profits event will take place in the Harbour Commissioner’s Office on Thursday, March 3 from 5.30pm until 8.30pm.

(BEN) is facilitated by Belfast City Council and the upcoming BEN event is jointly organised by the council and the Federation of Small Businesses in Northern Ireland. The event is free to attend and is open to all businesses in Belfast. For further info on the event and others coming soon, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/ben/events.asp


Funding available for social entrepreneurs

UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs opens a new round of funding to support social ventures in Northern Ireland.

Their Level 2 funding for individuals looking for investment to grow their social venture. Funding of up to £15,000 will be available to up to three established social entrepreneurs, who have already created a project with an income of £20,000, who now wish to replicate or scale up the venture.

Meabh Cormacain, development manager at UnLtd explained: “We especially welcome applications from people who are 50+, who can apply for our Ignite Development awards. These awards really do allow social entrepreneurs the freedom to develop projects that have a real impact in local |communities.’’

For more information visit www.unltd.org.uk/level2 and www.unltd.org.uk/engage/ignite

Belfast Telegraph