On the grapevine - March 17
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.
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 email@example.com, or telephone 07889 542960.
Texan pianist Mike Herron is special guest for a worship concert — ‘Encountering God in Worship’ at Willowfield Parish Church, My Lady’s Road, on Tuesday, March 22.
The concert is part of the church’s New Tuesdays in March, led by George Newell. Mike’s focus in this worship concert is that people can encounter God. Mike, who is a minister, author, pianist and composer, has ministered in over 60 nations.
The concert is at 8pm. There is no admission fee, just a freewill offering and everyone is welcome to come along. Tel: 9045 7654 for further information.
Robert Neill, an Ards man working as a missionary to western China, will be sharing some of his adventures at Highway of Holiness Church on the Ravenhill Road on Tuesday, March 22.
Robert, who lives in the Himalayan foothills in the west of the country with his wife Maritta, is currently working with a group of people in a remote part of the country who still practise head hunting.
He spoke at Covenant Love Church last Sunday and had everyone on the edge of their seats.
For details of his appearance at Highway of Holiness call 9046 9298.
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 the Ballymac Friendship Centre and located at Ballymac Youth Club, Frazer Pass, Newtownards Road on Friday, March 25. It will be hosted by East Belfast Community Development Agency and located at Clara Way on March 30.
The 18 metre-long articulated vehicle with expanding side pods, houses cancer prevention and early detection services and staff on the unit also 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.
A weightloss clinic using the latest technology provides clients with a full body composition analysis and offers tailored guidance on reaching and maintaining an ideal weight.
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.
East belfast chelsea supporters fundraiser
A fundraising event in the Rosetta Bar function room will take place on Saturday, April 2. It will be attended by two former Chelsea players — Charlie Cooke and Ron 'Chopper' Harris.
Tickets will be £15 and can be purchased from the Rosetta Bar 028 90 649297.
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.
For more information visit www.unltd.org.uk/level2 and www.unltd.org.uk/engage/ignite.
Dunk your biccy for charity
Would you like to take part in a fun, easy, family-friendly event this March?
By simply popping the kettle on and inviting family and friends round, you can help people affected by meningitis.
One call to the Meningitis Trust on 0845 120 4530, or by visiting www.dunkathon.org gets you a free pack, including lots of things to get you started, from biscuit recipes to fun-filled fundraising ideas.