Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - March 31


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 today, 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.

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RUC reserve remembered

Former south Belfast members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve joined in a act of worship marking the service and sacrifice of the Police Reserve on Sunday, March 20 in St Anne's Cathedral.

The RUC Police Reserve initially consisted of circa 500 part-time officers in 1970 rising to a peak of approximately 5,000, both full-time and part-time officers in the 1980s/1990s.

Approximately 13,000 people have served in the Police Reserve from its inception. Billy Dickson, a former reserve who attended, told the Community Telegraph: “The packed Cathedral heard the Chief Constable, Matt Baggott say that part-time members were particularly vulnerable to attacks as they were often well known in their local communities as they continued with their full-time employment whilst serving within the RUC Reserve.

“Between 1972 and 1997, 102 members of the Police Reserve were murdered by terrorists, a further 21 officers died whilst in the execution of their duties and 13 former reserve officers were murdered by terrorists after they had left the Police Reserve.”

The address was given by The Very Reverend Dr. W. D. Patton.


Relief from your struggles and strife

LifeRing, a new recovery group for people with alcohol and substance abuse issues will be holding meetings at 8pm on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Quaker Meeting House, Frederick Street, Belfast.

This recovery group is the first in the UK to welcome both carers and families along to the meetings.

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an international organisation which adopts a non 12-Step approach for people who want to live free of alcohol or other addictive drugs. LifeRing follows the three S’s: Sobriety, Self Help and Secularity. The group encourages people to build a treatment plan which suits them individually.

Philip Henderson from Lifering said: “We see LifeRing as an extra choice in the on-going struggle against drug (including prescription drugs) and alcohol addiction. There are more women than men using our service as women enjoy the group sharing and interaction. The women we have spoke to say that they find Alcohols Anonymous (AA) as a male dominated organisation and LifeRing offers an alternative.”

In you want to find out about anymore information about the organisation Lifeline’s designated number 07908489522 or visit

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.

An information evening is 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


Up for an adventure

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has teamed up with to encourage people across the country to get outdoors and try something new by taking part in the first ever Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend which takes place on Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10.

Families and individuals can try coasteering, kayaking or Sea Safari. The Adventureland Weekend also marks the launch of an entire summer of outdoor activities in Northern Ireland.

To get people started, NITB and have compiled a list of sample providers and activities on offer during Adventureland Weekend with more information and ideas available at

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