This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 

15th September 2020
2.00pm -4.00pm
An afternoon of fun
Would you like to make your own Poppy?

If you are interested
Please come along all materials will be provided

Anyone wishing to attend please book a place by contacting the office
02893359777 or   

Our office opening hours are currently

Monday                       9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Tuesday                      9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Wednesday                 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Thursday                     9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Friday                          9.30 am to 2.00 pm
To make an appointment during these hours please contact the office on 02893 359777 or email

2. Community News


My name is Carla O’Neill and myself and my colleague Christopher Deconink work for Extern on a new project called Communities in Transition Health & Well-Being Project. We cover Larne and Carrickfergus. As part of our project we are developing a community resource guide in which we hope to include all support services within the local area along with information on what they offer, contact details etc. We are planning on this being initially electronic and interactive but also paper copies.

The headings we plan to use are:

-          Urgent/Emergency help and support

-          Mental health & anxiety

-          Abuse

-          Alcohol / Drugs / Smoking

-          Bereavement

-          Sexual Health

-          Sexual orientation and gender identity

-          Children / Youth Support

-          Benefits & Financial advice

-          Housing / Homelessness / Supported Living

-          Older People

-          Employability

-          Foodbanks

-          Counselling

-          Carers

-          Family support

-          Suicide and self - harm


If this is something you would like your service to be included in then please provide the following:

-          Permission
    (a response to this email stating you give permission is suffice )

-          Name of your service

-          Logos

-          Which category (s) your service should be included in (can be more than one )

-          A brief description of what your service offers including opening hours

-          Key contact information

-          Service user testimonies / quotes / good news stories (if applicable and possible)


If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Carla O’Neill

Intervention Worker

CIT Health & Well-Being Project

T: 07483428559




4 session online OCN L2 training in HIV, STIs and Contraception for anyone working with young people or adults in Northern Area of NI

About this Event

  • Course consists of 4 online zoom sessions (Mon 12th October, Wed 14th, Mon 19th and Wed 21st October 10.00am-11.30am each day)
  • Accredited with OCNNI at L2
  • Suitable for anyone working or volunteering in either the statutory or voluntary sectors with young people or adults in Northern area of Northern Ireland
  • Funded by the PHA so free of charge to participants
  • This is an application process, so someone will be in touch to confirm if you have been allocated a place on the course. ACET will give priority to applicants living or working in the Northern Area, but we hope to have courses running for other areas in the coming months, so if you're interested, contact

Date And Time

Mon, 12 Oct 2020, 10:00 –

Wed, 21 Oct 2020, 11:30 BST

Add to Calendar

Click here to register


Online Event

Do you know that there is local support to help your community through these difficult times?
If you need help with getting food, medicine or supplies please call Mid and East Antrim Community Advice Service.
            Tel       028 96 001 333- advice line open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
                        (closed 12-1 for lunch)

This support is being offered by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and other partners. We are working together to ensure our residents can stay safe and well at home.
Are you or anyone you know struggling to heat your home, have difficulty understanding energy bills, or how to work your heating controls? 
If so Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have a free home energy service to help with these issues around the home.  We can:
  •          Refer you to energy efficiency grant schemes available for a range of home improvements (includes wall & roof insulation and heating) to maximise the energy efficiency of your home (eligibility criteria apply).
  •          Provide advice on current household energy use and managing your heating system.
  •          Provide advice on budgeting for fuel.
Should you require further information, please contact one of our Community Health and Wellbeing Officers.
Email  (giving your name, address and a contact telephone number)
Tel       028 28 262 498 - open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Community Health & Wellbeing Team Larne Office
Smiley Buildings
Victoria Road
Larne    BT40 1RU
(Public Protection, Health and Wellbeing)
This September why not mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month by hosting your own 'Big Red Tea Party'. By taking part you'll be raising money for life-saving research that Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI is funding in Northern Ireland. 

Email to get your Big Red Tea Party fundraising pack
Did you know that those fleeing domestic abuse are now entitled to free public transport? If you've been offered refuse or emergency accommodation through the Housing Executive, Domestic & Sexual Abuse Helpline or Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland, it's one less thing to worry about.

"Am I normal?" What's 'normal' when you're grieving? Everyone will experience #grief in their own way. And that's ok.

If you'd like to speak with someone, give our Helpline a call on 0808 808 1677. We're here for you 💜

Do you know how many units you drink? Give yourself an alcohol MOT at and assess your drinking and take steps to reduce your alcohol intake

**New dates added due to popular demand** - Healthy lunch and snack ideas for kids 🥝

Looking for some inspiration or tips to feed your family for less?

No need to sign up, just click the link to join at the dates/times below:

🗓 Friday 11th Sept
🕧 12-1pm

Link to attend 👉

🗓 Thursday 17th Sept
🕧 6-7pm
Link to attend 👉
Passcode: 531965
3. Fundraising News

National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland (New COVID-19 restriction)

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. Suitable for voluntary or community organisations. In a statement, CEO Dawn Austwick stated all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. This is restricted to:
Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.
Application deadline: rolling

Community Foundation for NI: The David Cross Young People's Fund

Managed by CFNI, grants of up to £15,000 are offered to community and voluntary sector organisations, youth groups, schools and colleges who are working with young people aged 12-25 in NI to support youth entrepreneurship; enhance young people’s skills and employment prospects; encourage cross community working and reconciliation and to support creative and innovative thinking and problem solving
Scheme details
Who can apply?
  • Registered charities
  • Constituted community organisations
  • Companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims
  • Community interest companies
  • Youth groups
  • Schools and colleges, providing the proposal is additional to statutory obligations
  • Social enterprises
Application Deadline: 1pm on 11 September 2020


Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland -
Small and Medium Grants Programmes

It is vital in these emergency circumstances that our limited resources serve the neediest people in the most efficient way. We understand that most charities in Northern Ireland will face significant pressure on their finances, and also that some activities will now be impractical under social distancing restrictions. Some charities may need to freeze their work, while others will need to ramp up their activities.
Our Community Grants Programme will support charities to REACT to this pandemic, PREPARE to reopen services or adapt their services accordingly, and to RESTORE/RENEW in order to deliver what may be for many a new way of life.
If you feel your proposed project can commence within the next three months, you are eligible to apply to the Foundation or support.
Our average grant for 2019/20 period was approximately £4,900 however we expect demand to be extremely high, as charities are under extreme pressure. We may not be in a position to offer you all what you need, however we will discuss viability with you. Please continue to understand what other charities and the government is doing in your field, and ensure that what you propose fits in.
Grants are only open to charities operating in Northern Ireland. Please do not apply if you are serving another region of the UK or beyond. 
Income under £1m
In order for organisations to be eligible, they must have an income of less than £1 million as shown in most recent set of accounts. (For registered charities with a Headquarters based outside Northern Ireland, the income of their Northern Ireland operation will be the figure used to assess eligibility).
Crisis Support
We will only consider applications from charities for a period of time in which they are/will be active and providing support to their users/the community. Unfortunately, we cannot support your costs during closure. Please contact your service provider(s) for support. 
Charitable Status
The following groups may apply:
  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission
  • Charities 'deemed' on CCNI's combined list
  • 'Non-deemed' on CCNI's combined list, provided they can supply their HMRC letter confirming charitable status
  • Constituted groups with a governing document, board of trustees/directors and a recent set of accounts (£1,000 max award) *
Application deadline: rolling


Telecommunity Fund


Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects across NI.  It prioritises work with young people, older people and people with disabilities.  Priority is also give to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000 and to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.  Grants range from £500 to £2000.

Application deadline: rolling
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