Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - February 17


Listen to the village people

Many people listened in to hear a BBC Radio Ulster programme, 'The Village People' on Sunday at 1.30pm.

In the programme, Colletta Smith |follows three people preparing to move out of the redeveloping Village area and asks what they think the future holds for them. For those who missed it, 'The Village People' will be repeated on the |station next Thursday, February 17, at 7.30pm.

Things to do

The Southcity Family & Youth Project at Maldon Street, off the Donegall Road, has launched an exciting programme of events involving social, physical activities and helping the unemployed, with an an Employment Club for those 16 and over. It is held on a Wednesday and Friday |between 2pm and 3pm.

Full details can be obtained by calling into the Southcity Resource and Development Centre at Maldon Street or phone 90 504747.

Show us your photos!

The Ulster Wildlife Trust is looking for old photographs of the Blackstaff River. There have been similar requests by other organisations in the past but |without success.

Do you have an old photograph of the Blackstaff? Do you have a book that contains a photo? Do you know of any library or museum that might have one? If you can help to find an old Blackstaff River photograph then please contact Deborah McLaughlin, Bog Meadows Wetlands Restoration Project Officer, on 07738 945052.

Good news good news

The Good News Club at Fane Street Primary School, held each Thursday from 2pm until 2.45pm, will give children the opportunity to learn sign language in easy stages as they go through the alphabet, linked to games, craft work, singing and Bible stories.

The school has a number of other after-school clubs and information about them is available from the school.

Worthwhile spendthrift?

The Thrift Shop is still open daily in St Aidan's Church Hall, corner of Donegall Road and Tierney Gardens.

A wide range of goods are on sale |including books, toys, games and clothes. Goods in good condition can also be |donated. The Thrift Shop is in aid of church funds.


Autism training sessions

Helping Hands autism support group, which offers weekly playdays 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.

Feel free to pass on this information to anyone in the east Belfast or Castlereagh area. 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, or telephone 07889 542960.


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 noon to 6pm.

If you think your skateboarding skills are up to scratch, come along and have a go, meet new friends and\[Thomas Hawkins\] get show off your talents on the number one skateboard destination in the whole of Ireland. (Helmets are compulsory for all competitors).

It’s £10 to ride but if you are new to the sport and just want to watch, there’s great news — spectators have free entry!

There will be music at the event, a barbecue and great prizes on offer. For more information visit


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

For more information on the charity’s work, visit or call 028 9080 3344.

Business boost event

Managing your business’ finances to boost profits is the key topic of 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.

Ross Boyd from Full Circle Management Solutions will host the BEN event next month and give advice to companies and entrepreneurs on how to reduce business costs and improve cashflows. 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

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