Belfast Telegraph

Grapevine - March 24

South belfast

Pit your wits at charity quiz|THE Cedar Foundation is looking for |people to get their thinking caps on and come along to support a table quiz next Thursday, March 31, at Cooke Rugby Club, Shaw’s Bridge at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 each and all proceeds raised from the event will go to the disability charity. The quiz is being organised by the charity’s user forum which is made up of service users from the charity from across Northern Ireland with varying disabilities.

Tickets can be purchased from Christine Tweedie, call 028 9066 6188 or email

The Cedar Foundation works in |partnership with disabled people |across Northern Ireland providing |quality support, care, accommodation and training services to enable disabled adults and children to participate in all |aspects of community life. To find out more log on to

Sandy row

Health day for seniors

Charter Youth Club, Bentham Drive is the venue for an older people’s programme on health and will be held today (Thursday, March 24) at 10.30am. There will be information by Diabetes UK and a podiatrist will give advice on foot care. For full details, contact Adrienne Magill 07866 108484.

The programme is open to all senior citizens.

Footy fundraising night

South Belfast Spurs Supporters Club would like to invite everyone to A Night at the Races & Disco in the Naval Club, Great Victoria Street this evening (Thursday, March 24) starting at 8pm until late. Tickets are only £3.


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 Taughmonagh Community Forum and located at Taughmonagh Social Club, Finwood Park BT9 today (Thursday March 24).

The 18 metre-long articulated vehicle with expanding side pods, houses cancer prevention and early detection services. There is also staff on the unit to 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.

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.

City centre

Reading local interest

For those interested in the city’s architectural history and music legacy, Belfast Central library has a couple of special events lined up this month.

Next Monday (March 28), at 6.45pm Libraries NI will welcome Ralph McLean to Belfast Central Library , to give a talk on Irish, Ulster Scots and American music. Ralph, who is best known for his TV and radio presenting, will talk about the connection between the three types of music and will take questions from the audience.

This event is part of a programme of events to celebrate Creativity Month. Admission is free and booking is advisable. Contact the Belfast Central Library Information Desk on 028 9050 9162 or email

Childline needs volunteers

Childline, the NSPCC’s free, 24-hour helpline for children and young people, is urgently seeking local volunteers to answer calls from children and young people in danger or distress.

With 88,300 children having been counselled by local volunteers between 1999, when the Belfast base opened, and March last year, the impact of this service on young people dealing with a wide range of problems including bullying, abuse and family relationship worries is immense.

Unfortunately Belfast’s ChildLine base is currently experiencing a shortage of volunteer counsellors to cover shifts on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons and evenings.

Training courses for new volunteers will commence in May 2011, equipping counsellors with the skills to offer children vital support, practical advice and, where necessary, protection.

Mairead Monds, ChildLine service manager, said: “Our Belfast base needs more counsellors for a number of specific shifts to enable us to continue to reach children in need of help and advice. These shifts are Wednesdays from 7am to 11.30am and 10.15am to 2.30pm, and Saturdays from 1pm to 5.30pm and 4pm to 8.30pm.

“ChildLine Belfast relies on people who genuinely care about children and young people, are open-minded, non-judgmental and respectful. People who have some free time on a Wednesday or Saturday, and who are interested in volunteering for this vital service, are invited to book their place at an information evening to be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday, April 6, at Queens House, 14 Queen Street, Belfast. Come along and hear more about ChildLine, how to apply to become a volunteer and what the training involves.”

ChildLine gives volunteer counsellors initial training in counselling skills and child protection. Following successful completion of this training, ChildLine offers support during counselling, ongoing training and for experienced counsellors, further opportunities to develop their skills. To book a place at the volunteer information meeting or to find out more contact ChildLine on 0870 336 2945 or

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