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20/01/2014 - 13:09
A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.
News 

The Guardian: Top 85 as rich as poorest 3.5 billion people. Read more... 

BBC News: "Surge" in NI consumer confidence. Read more...

BBC News: Forum aims to tackle poverty in Belfast. Read more...

BBC News: Earth waits on comet chaser. Read more...

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Health

Belfast Telegraph: Exercise "aids cancer prognosis". Read more...

BBC News: Clegg attacks NHS mental health care. Read more...

BBC News: Many adults have "no-one to turn to". Read more...

Tributes

Italian conductor, Claudio Abbado, dies at 80. Read more...

Around the Web

Lions and donkeys: 10 myths about World War 1 debunked. Read more...

 

14/01/2014 - 16:12

 Advice NI scheme supported by Ulster Bank’s Community Impact Fund

Money Advice Support ProgrammeAdvice NI is training debt advisors to deliver financial education to its clients and others experiencing financial pressure in Northern Ireland with the support of funding from Ulster Bank’s Community Impact Fund.

This is part of an initiative to support those in debt, at risk of debt, or struggling with finances, to resolve their financial difficulties.  It is intervention-based, with the view of preventing people from getting into debt or re-occurring debt.

The initiative is one of eight Northern Ireland projects funded by Ulster Bank’s Community Impact FundThe £250,000 Fund was introduced by the bank this year to support community organisations to deliver financial education and enterprise creation projects in a local community setting.  In partnership with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Community Foundation for Ireland, Ulster Bank has funded 25 financial capability and enterprise support projects island-wide so far this year.

Fiona Magee, Deputy Chief Executive at Advice NI said:

“Advice NI has wanted for some time to be involved in an information awareness programme to reduce the cycle of debt and to benefit people who are struggling financially and/or are in debt. The Ulster Bank Community Impact Award has allowed us to offer and test such a programme.

We are at the early stages but the response to date has been positive and we are confident that we will be able to make a real difference to the knowledge, behaviour and attitudes of those who are having real difficulties managing their money and finances.”

Stephen Cruise, Head of Branch and Private Banking for Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, stated:

“We are delighted to support Advice NI in this project through our Community Impact Fund. Advice NI has a proven capability in debt advice and is well placed to deliver this wider financial education support at a time when people need extra help with budgeting and managing their money to transition to the new single household payment.

The funding we provide for community organisations is an important part of Ulster Bank’s long-term commitment to financial capability. It builds on the work we have been doing for many years with schools through our MoneySense for Schools programme, and more recently with parents and families through MoneySense at Home.”

Advice NI delivers the Debt Action NI service, Northern Ireland’s leading debt advice service, and is using the funding to develop a Money Advice Support Project (MASP).

The MASP is a two-stage project, including a Train the Trainer Programme and a Money Advice Support Programme. Initially, people from a financial, generalist advice or debt advice background are undertaking the Train the Trainer programme developed by Advice NI. All potential tutors will have completed this course by the end of January 2014 which will enable them to deliver the MASP efficiently.

The course has been extremely successful so far, improving knowledge, skills and confidence of debt advisers to deliver the project as reflected in feedback such as “Great course, inspired confidence. I am looking forward to delivering the training.”

The second part of the project will consist of running money advice sessions across a number of council areas including Ballymena, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Derry/Londonderry and Newry. It is expected that a four-week programme will run concurrently in council areas across Northern Ireland throughout February and March 2014. The programme involves advice in four key areas:

  • Better budgeting
  • Savvy borrowing
  • Coping with money problems
  • Talking about money at home

For further information including dates visit www.adviceni.net. If you are interested in the programme or would like to participate please contact Michelle at Advice NI michelle@adviceni.net or 028 90 645 919.

Further Information

1. Bob Stronge (Director) can be contacted for further information. Advice NI, 1 Rushfield Avenue, Belfast BT7 3FP Tel: (028) 9064 5919 or Mob: 07789756954 

2. Or contact Emma Murphy (Head of Training) Tel: (028) 9064 5919 or Mob: 07743496957

3. Advice NI is the umbrella body for the independent advice network in Northern Ireland

4. Advice NI members deal with over 270, 000 enquiries per year, with the majority being social security benefits and debt related

5. For further information please log on to www.adviceni.net

13/01/2014 - 10:51
A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.
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Belfast Telegraph: 300 victims of child homes horror to tell their stories. Read more...

BBC News: A&E "crisis" raised at NI Assembly. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Warning after five die on Northern Ireland roads in 10 days. Read more...

Health

BBC News: Obesity projections "underestimated". Read more...

BBC News: Green spaces "improve mental health". Read more...

Business

The Guardian: Older people delaying retirement to change careers or start a business. Read more...

Tributes

Actress Alexandra Bastedo dies at 67. Read more...

Around the Web

Charlie Brooker: Benefits Street - poverty porn or just the latest target? Read more...

Titanic replica to be built in Chinese theme park. Read more...

 

 

10/01/2014 - 10:43
A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.
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BBC News: Dr. Haass - Parties must justify decision. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Chaos at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital - ex-Health Minister urges reopening of City Hospital. Read more...

BBC News: Nurses crying over A&E problems. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Construction industry "recovering". Read more...

BBC News: Wreck of 19th century schooner Sunbeam laid bare on Kerry beach. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Heating oil firm ripped off old people's home. Read more...

The Guardian: Important test case on credit black mark reaches UK supreme court. Read more...

Benefits

The Guardian: Bedroom Tax - up to 40,000 people wrongly targeted in GB. Read more...

Environment

Belfast Telegraph: Friends of the Earth warn over fracking in Northern Ireland. Read more...

Tributes

Radical playwright and poet, Amiri Baraka, dies aged 79 in Newark. Read more...

 

09/01/2014 - 12:50

An important call-out by the office Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland to carers aged 60 and over: please complete our survey.

Claire Keatinge, the Commissioner for Older People in Northern IrelandAs a carer aged 60 and over the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Claire Keatinge (right), wants to hear from you.

This survey has been developed to help us understand your views or experience of carers' assessments and how we can improve their uptake. Your input is extremely valuable to the Commissioner as we will use the results of this survey to inform our policy and hope to announce the results later this year.

There are two ways to complete the survey
  1. You can download a copy of the survey (PDF), please print, complete and return it to us either by post or in person at our office.
  2. You can complete the survey online by clicking this link and filling in the questionnaire.

We would appreciate if you could complete the survey either online or return the printed form to us by 5pm on Monday 31st March 2014.

Further Information

Check out the Commissioner's website.

If you would like further information about this survey, please contact Dr Romana Khaoury via telephone on 028 90 890 885 or via e-mail at Romana.Khaoury@copni.org

06/01/2014 - 11:47
A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.
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Belfast Telegraph: Pensioners staying in bed to keep warm. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Huge tidal surge on the way. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: British Prime Minister faces pensions battle. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Irish President in religious speech row. Read more...

Health

BBC News: Reduced A&E hours "may cause deaths". Read more...

Benefits

BBC News: George Osborne warns of £25bn more cuts. Read more...

Tributes

Guardian journalist, Simon Hoggart. Read more...

Around the Web

Bedroom kit promises better sleep. Read more...

 

12/12/2013 - 11:55
A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.
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Belfast Telegraph: Ulster Bank customers report payment and account problems. Read more... 

Belfast Telegraph: Catholic-Protestant work gap closer. Read more...

BBC News: Call to secure mental health unit. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Damian Lewis makes and apology to Sir Ian McKellen. Read more...

Health

BBC News: Global cancer cases reach 14 million. Read more...

Around the Web

What got us tweeting in 2013? Read more...

Man Booker Prize announces 2014 judging panel. Read more...

10/12/2013 - 10:25
A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.
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BBC News: Pensioner benefits in the spotlight. Read more...

BBC News: Nelson Mandela's memorial has begun! Listen, watch and read...

BBC News: Exercise cuts risk of dementia. Read more...

BBC News: Ulster Bank delays MLA questions. Read more...

UTV News: House prices rise for the sixth month. Read more...

BBC News: Haass talks - Human rights "central to resolution". Read more...

The Gaurdian: State surveillance of personal data is theft, say leading authors. Read more...

The Guardian: Canada to claim the North Pole. Read more...

The Guardian: Pensioners exploited over annuities. Read more...

The Guardian: Consummatum est - Dictionary completed after a century in preparation. Read more...

Health 

BBC News: Wii games "help control diabetes". Read more...

BBC News: Dementia - five priorities for research. Read more...

Technology

BBC News: Google lets users create own street view. Read more...

BBC News: Facebook develops "sympathise" button. Read more...

Tributes

BBC News: Sound of music actress, Elaeanor Parker, dies at 91. Read more...

Around the Web

BBC News: From space with love. Read more...

BBC News: Rare painting of Jane Austen to be sold at auction. Read more...

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