Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - August 26


New abuse recovery group

A new recovery group Lifering will be starting soon in Belfast.

Lifering is open to people with substance abuse problems and their families — it has a secular approach and is non 12 step.

Taking off in Dublin with six new meetings in the past year, this meeting in Belfast will be the first face to face meeting in the UK.

Friends Meeting House in Frederick Street, Belfast will be the venue for the introductory talk at 8pm on Tuesday, September 7 — after which regular meetings will start from Tuesday, September 14, at 8pm.

Lifering will appeal to the non denominational cross community mind set. The Belfast meetings will have close links with Dublin instead of the UK simply because its more practical than ideological.

You are not required to label yourself as an “alcoholic” or “addict” to participate at the meetings. A desire to be clean and sober is the only requirement for being there. It is also a requirement you be clean and sober at the time of the meeting in order to speak.

Lifering will be seen as a cross border, peaceful initiative which will make it easier for networking with other community groups. For further information visit


Not bored with board

A new community display board has appeared on the front wall of Sandy Row Community Centre.

It gives lots of information about the work of Sandy Row Community Forum's work in the community. There are many photographs and five thought provoking quotations in large print, among which is: 'If we as adults take pride in our community and show good citizenship, then hopefully children of our community will follow in our footsteps.'

It well worth taking the time to go along and read the other four inspirational quotations and the wonderful photographs. Members of the public have contacted the Community Telegraph to say “well done” to Sandy Row Community Forum.

Gentlemen please

You are invited to go along to the men's morning that takes place every Tueday from 10am until 12 noon at the Friendship House (located at 1-5 Blythe Street, near the corner with Sandy Row.)

If your free then go along for a chat and some refreshments.

Black saturday

'Black Saturday' marks the end of the marching season for the loyal orders and this Saturday, August 28 members of the Royal Black Institution from Sandy Row and Ballynafeigh will go to Carrickfergus for their annual demonstration.


Registration week for windsor women’s centre

The Windsor Women's Centre at 136 – 144 Broadway, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has launched its education and training Programme, which is to begin in September 2010.

Registration week is this week week, (beginning on Monday, August 23) from 10am until 12noon and then 1pm until 3pm evert week day

Please phone 028 9023 5451 to make an appointment with a member of the education department.

Support needed for urban walk booklet

Urbanwalks is to work with Blackstaff Community Development Association (BCDA) in hoping to deliver a 12 page booklet displaying urban walking routes around the Blackstaff and Windsor Wards of South Belfast.

The company Urbanwalks specializes in the production of urban walking routes, providing all the mapping and measuring of the routes and independent risk assessments. They have their own in-house graphic designer to produce a unique, user friendly and simplistic booklet.

It is hoped that the booklet will show much of what this part of south Belfast has to offer. The main route will be a 3.1 mile circular one which includes the Boucher Road, Stockmans Lane, Lisburn Road and Tates Avenue.

BCDA hope to get support from the local business community in developing a draft booklet before seeking funding.

If you are interested in helping the project then please phone Billy Dickson at 9029 2631. Mr Dickson said: “We would love to hear what local and business people feel should be included in the booklet.”


American football

It may be an up and coming sport in this country but American Football teams from across Ireland will come together this weekend to participate in the inaugural Irish American Football League (IAFL) Charity Shield to support the work of the Stroke Association of Northern Ireland.

The Belfast Trojans will play host to the inaugural IAFL Charity Shield on Sunday, August 29, starting 12pm at Aircraft Park, Holywood Road, Belfast; with all donations in aid of the Stroke Association of Northern Ireland.

The charity tournament is being hosted by Belfast Trojans player/coach and former NFL and San Diego Chargers Linebacker, Rob Lyttle.

Lyttle said: “The American Football League will put on a great show and we hope that as many local people and families as possible will come to see us in action, have a fun day out and most importantly show their support for a great local charity in the process.”

Teams including the current IAFL Champions Dublin Rebels, Craigavon Cowboys, Carrickfergus Knights and Belfast Trojans will compete in support of the Stroke Association.

For further information visit

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