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On the grapevine - June 22


Positive living

Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity, Action Cancer is currently inviting people living with a cancer diagnosis to participate in a free two day positive living programme at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Antrim Road, Belfast on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, 10am — 4pm).

The initiative, funded by Big Lottery’s Healthy Minds programme, will incorporate information, coaching and coping strategies and will provide people with practical tools they can implement immediately. Ongoing support via coaching or counselling will also be available if it is felt appropriate.

At the end of the two days, people will have the option of moving ahead and creating this change themselves, referring into our counselling or complementary therapies for ongoing support, or availing of one-on-one coaching for an agreed time period to continue maintaining the change they have already begun to create.

If you are interested in attending this new programme, please contact ElizabethBoyd by emailing eboyd@actioncancer.org or phoning 028 9080 3351.


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Hidden treasures are on carnmoney hill

On Saturday June 25, treasure hunters are invited to discover the natural gems of Newtownabbey’s Carnmoney Hill. The Woodland Trust invites you and your family to the launch of its exciting new treasure trail, free of charge from 1 to 4pm.

The 90 minute trail, funded by Northern Ireland Environment Agency, invites adventurers to solve puzzles, while enjoying Carnmoney Hill’s magnificent views, woodland and wildlife. Pit your wits against the clues and you could win a £100 prize courtesy of IKEA or a selection of outdoor equipment kindly supplied by Hobson Sports.

Visitors will be greeted by traditional fiddle music; while an impressive dryad (or tree spirit) will extend her leafy arms to show you the way. Children also have the chance to enjoy complimentary face-painting before embarking upon their woodland mission.

The leaflet will also be available to download after the event from www.woodlandtrust.org or by calling the Trust’s office on 028 9127 5787. For similar treasure trails in the Belfast Hills please visit www.belfasthills.org.

Start your woodland adventure at Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, off the O’Neill Road. As the Hill has some steep inclines, the treasure trail is unsuitable for pushchairs or children under the age of seven. Sturdy footwear is required. For further details, email michellemccaughtry@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Tennis taster session at Ulster Wimbledon weekend

Children aged six to ten years are invited to get a free taste for tennis at Mossley Pavilion on Saturday June 25

Get a free taste for tennis at Mossley Pavilion on Saturday June 25.

For the first time in 2011 Ulster Tennis are working in partnership with Parks Tennis NI and Asda Sporting Chance to organise the Ulster Tennis Wimbledon Weekend to provide free Tennis Taster sessions and promote tennis throughout the province to a wider audience.

Whether new to the game or experienced, this is an ideal opportunity to join many others in learning new skills and meeting new friends, and at the same time enjoy the valuable health benefits that playing tennis can bring.

The session will take place between 2-3pm and is free with a Free Asda Holiday Weekend voucher.

For further information and bookings, contact 07540 466750. More information about the event, and further Parks Tennis NI schemes can also be found on www.ulstertennis.co.uk

Gear up for two wheels

DRD Travelwise NI is calling on the public to ‘gear up’ for two weeks of cycling celebrations as part of ‘Two Wheels: Two Weeks’ running from June 18-26.

The ‘Two Wheels: Two Weeks’ initiative aims to highlight the numerous health, financial and environmental benefits associated with cycling and is celebrated as part of National Bike Week which takes place across the UK and Ireland.

During the two weeks Travelwise NI will collaborate with local councils, employers, schools and cycling organisations to promote a wide variety of cycling events including Bike to School Day on Wednesday June 22. After-work Spinathon at the City Hall on Thursday June 23, Bike to Work Day on Friday, June 24, and Pedal in the Park events in parks throughout Belfast. For a full list of events visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/travelwiseni.


Free help and advice for self-employed

Today's businesses are facing tough times and the most successful know when to make use of the available help. That help is at hand for businesses during June when HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) continues to bring its programme of free workshops to Belfast.

Janet Timmins, business advice team manager for HMRC, said: “These are challenging times but our attitude has always been to assist businesses during good times and bad.

“These events allow us to bring our advice directly to the local business community and offer practical assistance where it is needed.”

The workshops planned for June for HMRC Custom House, in Custom House Square, are:

Wednesday June 29


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For information on how to book a seminar place visit the website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/bst/advice-teams-area/nirelandtraining.htm or email bst.northernireland@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

You can also contact the HMRC Advice Team on 0845 603 2691.

Further workshops will take place in July and details will be released towards the end of June.

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