Have Your Say

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Sexual Health Survey with Polish Community 2017

5 thoughts on “Have Your Say

  1. Awareness talks:

    Would you like to host an awareness talk that will really make people sit up and listen? Bowel Cancer UK staff and volunteers deliver talks to workplaces and community groups, covering:
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Risk factors
    • Healthy lifestyle
    • NHS Bowel Screening

    We have trained volunteers with personal experience of bowel cancer who give memorable talks that present the facts, highlight their story and provide ‘living proof’ that bowel cancer is treatable. Talks can be tailored to the setting and time available, however, we do recommend at least 30 minutes per presentation. We recommend that the talk is promoted with a poster or email, or takes place at a time when a group normally meets, in order to maximise attendance.

    Further information:

    For more information or to arrange for Bowel Cancer UK to come to your workplace or group, please contact Bernadette.mcgarry@bowelcanceruk.org.uk or call 077985 23668.

  2. Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP) and Causeway Older Active Strategic Team (COAST) are local fora which local communities are involved in. These partnerships are always looking for new members.

    Many villages also have partnership forums e.g. Cushendun Village Forum, Glenarm and Carnlough Village Forum and Rasharkin Village Partnership.

    The Rural Development Programme is now holding information events throughout the Northern area to encourage people to join the new Local Action Groups (LAGS).

    The contact for MEAAP is Deirdre McCloskey who is based in Ballymena and her contact details are Tel: 028 2565 8604 Email admin@meaap.co.uk

    The contact for COAST is Denise Pemrick and her contact details are Tel: 028 2766 5068 Email denise.coast@outlook.com

  3. Both myself as an individual and some of the groups I am involved with collectively are becoming increasingly concerned with what seems to a top down rather than bottom up approach to their new powers of Community Planning by the Mid and East Antrim Council. Although they have had a number of public and semi public meetings these were based around pre-defined themes rather than allowing those present to priorities their own concerns and interests. We are hopeful that the statutory partners such as the PHA and Trust will not allow themselves to collude in this and adopt a more open approach to these processes. One way of doing this might be to establish a community based open forum particularly with respect to health and well being matters and we would like to hear from any other like minded groups or individuals on this issue,

    If you are interested please contact Carrick Community Cultivators Tel: 028 9336 4693 or Email Austin Herron – austinhero@googlemail.com

  4. PAUSE Ballymena

    Late in 2013 the PAUSE committee thought it might be a good promotion to widen the group’s status by applying for an award which for a small group would appear unachievable. After much searching I happened across The Queens Award for Voluntary Services. This I felt would be just reward for all the efforts the members had put in to the group and would be a prestigious recognition for our services.

    I approached a lady who had inside knowledge of the group but was not a member. This lady was eminently qualified to draft a letter of application, and thus the idea became a reality. We had numerous visits both to working group meetings and with the committee, all of which appeared to go well. It was quite a convoluted process and the sponsor and I attended a meeting in the Braid Centre to make us more aware of what was acquired.

    At all times the individuals we came into contact with were professional, sympathetic to our group’s aims, but most importantly they were very considerate. We waited for the lists of recipient’s names to be released, but unfortunately PAUSE were not included in the 2014/15 list.

    The people connected with the award in Northern Ireland were quick on the phone and emails to assure us that we could still be selected the following year. And so it came to pass that this year we were graciously given the award. As secretary my wife and I attended a Royal Garden Party in Buckingham Palace and the treasurer and his wife attended the Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle, then on 27th August the Mid and East Antrim Council hosted an event in the Braid Centre where the Lord Lieutenant of Antrim and the Lord Mayor presented the award to the chairman of the group, in attendance were a number of the group and invited guests.

    If I may through this article pass on the sincerest gratitude from the members of the PAUSE Group to all the hard working individuals connected with the award in Northern Ireland and most importantly to the very gracious lady who first proposed us.


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