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Reel Life Data

ARK - based in Queen’s University and Ulster University - is seeking partners to develop a range of short films which draw upon their social survey data from 2013 focusing upon public attitudes towards lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) equality in Northern Ireland.  These films will then be added to the ARK website, shared via social media, and publicly screened at a local event in early 2018 - when the film makers will be invited to attend and discuss their work.  The challenge is to use the ARK data as the basis for short films (maximum 3 minutes) and to present this material in an interesting way.  It doesn't have to be a documentary - it could be fiction, animation, discussion, vox pop, interviews, music video, game show etc.  The more creative the better!  To be considered, a 600-word brief must be submitted by Monday 23rd October 2017.  To find out more, visit: www.ark.ac.uk/film17

Invitation to Join 'KEY16' in Belfast

Belfast Community Sports Development Network (BCSDN) invites applications from enthusiastic and committed representatives of community groups for their new KEY (Keep Empowering Yourself) 16 programme.  This initiative seeks to develop the capacity of local groups to run their own activity programmes with people aged 50+.  During the training there will be opportunities for each participant to achieve coaching and leadership qualifications, attend coaching development workshops, and complete 10 hours of peer mentoring.  The KEY16 volunteers will also receive a uniform, coaching equipment, and will take part in a two day residential experience.  The aim is to build a team who are willing and able to support the coaching and activity needs of local communities across Belfast.  Male volunteers are especially needed!  To find out more, contact John at Tel: 02890 297661 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It’s Irish Heart Month!

September is Irish Heart Month, and this year the campaign is focusing upon stroke prevention.  Over 2,000 people under 65 have a stroke each year, but the good news is that 80% of premature strokes are preventable.  By making small changes to your lifestyle you can reduce your chances of having a stroke both now and in the future.  Find out what you can do to avoid having a stroke by visiting: www.irishheart.ie/campaigns/strike-stroke

Chill Out and Laugh Evening

The Laurence Trust invites you to a ‘Chill Out and Laugh’ evening on Wednesday 27th September 2017 in The Blackbox, Belfast.  This event will provide: ‘lite bites’ of alternative therapies; information on courses being run by Belfast Met that give people an opportunity to proactively channel energies into an enjoyable hobby or pastime; leisure activities to participate in.  The main attraction is a young man called Dave Chawner from London who suffered an Eating Disorder.  Dave is now a regular Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedian who has turned his mental health issues into a comedy show which highlights the issues people face and how he has overcome them.  His motivational routine is well worth hearing. Families of sufferers are very welcome.

Cancer Focus NI Men’s Health Conference 2017

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland invites you to apply for a free place at their 2017 Men’s Health Conference.  This will take place on Wednesday 27th September 2017, from 9.15am to 1.30pm, in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim.  The event will focus upon integrating mental, social and physical wellbeing for men.  To register, or for further information on this event, contact Denise Bownes by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Working Together for Better Health and Wellbeing: Understanding What Works

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland and partners (Department of Health [NI], Department of Health [RoI], Public Health Agency, Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI and the Health Service Executive) are organising a free one day conference on Wednesday 15th November 2017 to share learning and facilitate discussion on what works in public health in Ireland, North and South.  The aim of the conference is to provide an open platform to: share learning in public health policies and programmes; provide networking opportunities both inside and outside public health; present personal development opportunities; promote greater use of resources; provide all-Ireland networking and sharing.  To find out more or to book a place, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/working-together-for-better-health-wellbeing-understanding-what-works-tickets-36923074911

Men’s Experience of Caring for a Partner with a Long-Term Illness or Disability

The number of male family carers in Northern Ireland is rising and, currently, around 42% of family carers are male.  Ulster University is conducting research into the experience of men who are at home looking after a spouse/partner who is living with a long-term illness or disability.  The researcher, Anne Fee (PhD Student), is recruiting male participants for the current phase of the study which comprises one-to-one interviews about their experience of caring for their spouse/partner.  Interviews will last around one hour, and will be conducted at home or in a local day centre.  If necessary, expenses can be provided to arrange alternative care while the interview is taking place, and all participants will be offered a £20 voucher in recognition of their time.  For further information about the study, or to register interest to be interviewed, contact Anne Fee at Tel: 0790 7579875, or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.