This week's content:

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

PASS PROGRAMME - Promote, Advance Support for Success
Are you female aged between 16 - 24 and NOT in education employment or training? (NEET)

If you are interested in participating in a project please
contact or telephone 02893 359777

The project offers Level 1 training in
Health and Fitness
Community Development
How to start your own business
Access NI Enhanced Checks
Carrickfergus Community Forum is a registered Umbrella Body with Access NI. This means that we submit enhanced criminal record checks for community organisations in Carrickfergus. Access NI authorises umbrella bodies to provide these services to organisations.

For more information on this service please contact: or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News
Learning Disability Pride is back in Carrickfergus on Saturday 22 June to celebrate and raise awareness of learning disability. This free event will start with a carnival parade leaving from Taylors Avenue at 12pm and travelling via Marine Highway to Carrickfergus Castle. From 1-5pm there will be family fun day activities in the Castle Car Park, including live entertainment hosted by Q Radio DJ Stephen Clements.

The line-up includes dance and drama performances from learning disability organisations and music from local band This Way Up. There will be activities taking place in the car park, including arts and crafts, face painting, bouncy castles and a petting farm.

There will also be lots of information and market stalls, food vendors, and workshops such as drumming and drama to ‘give it a go’ and try something new, in keeping with the event’s theme, ‘Do Your Thing’. Learning Disability Pride is proudly hosted by Carrickfergus and District Senior Gateway Club in partnership with Mencap NI.
For more information please contact and 07825225633.

Are you aged 16-30 and interested in football? ⚽
The Prince’s Trust are running a one week Get Started with Football programme this July at Sandy Bay Pitches in Larne.
There is a taster session on Wednesday 26th June and the course runs Monday 1st – Friday 5th July. Get in touch with Prince’s Trust NI on Facebook to find out more and sign up.

New Service for Patients with a cancer diagnosis in NHSCT
My name is Aaron Irwin, and I am the Macmillan Move More Co-ordinator for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. My role is to get people living with cancer back into physical activity. I am getting the word out about this exciting new scheme within Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with cancer. The service is for all people who have had a cancer diagnosis at any stage of their cancer journey, from diagnosis, in treatment, palliative, end of life or now cancer free.  They can self-refer on to the scheme by phoning me directly 079 3963 4434 or via email  or be referred from Health Care Professional by email or phone.  I also have posters promoting the service and referral cards and am happy to bring you some, or to come and speak to your Team about the Move More Service.
Why be more active when living with cancer?
Becoming more physically active is a positive change when you are living with or after cancer. Cancer and it treatments can make things feel very uncertain. Doing something for yourself like becoming more active can help you feel better and more in control. Research suggests that along with having a healthy diet, being physically active can help reduce the risk of some cancer types coming back. It can also help reduce the risk of developing other health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Being active before, during and after treatment is safe. It can:
  • Reduce tiredness (fatigue)
  • Help look after your heart
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Help you keep to a healthy weight
  • Strengthen your muscles
  • Improve bone health
  • Improve flexibility and ability to stretch
  • Improve balance
  • Increase confidence
In my new role, I will be offering specific exercise for people living with cancer through the gym and cancer specific classes, which also provide socialisation and peer support.  I will also be providing swimming and other physical activity opportunities to allow people to live longer with cancer.
All activities I will be providing on the move more service will be free of charge and delivered by myself, the Move More Co-ordinator.
Currently the Move More Service is providing
  • 3months free gym and swimming in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne Leisure centres.
  • Cancer specific classes such as circuits, pilates and many more activities.
  • 1 – 1 support for up to a year on living with and dealing with your cancer
 If you have any queries regarding the move more service, please feel free to contact me.
Kind Regards
Aaron Irwin
Phone: 079 3963 4434
3. Fundraising News
Our friends at @PowerNI are passionate about contributing to a better community for everyone!

Their local initiative – Brighter Communities – helps power the everyday of community groups across Northern Ireland with £1,000 funding given away every month!

To find out more visit:


New or Updated Funding Initiatives


NEW Comic Relief: Global Health Matters

Managed by the Community Foundation NI, this programme provides grants of up to £5,000 to enable people with mental health problems to be able to access the support they need to recover and to be empowered to speak out and to live free from stigma and discrimination.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Allen Lane Foundation

Funds small registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations across the UK. They are interested in funding charitable causes which they believe to be unpopular both in society, and with other funders. Over a typical year, they make around 150 grants, to a total value of between £750,000 and £800,000. 
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

The Magdalen Hospital Trust

Grants to promote the welfare of young people under 25, who suffer from various effects of social deprivation, abuse, mental and physical handicap, inadequate housing, lack of education or training, and the problems derived from unemployment and broken families. Grants normally within the range £500–£2,000 and are usually one-off and project-based.  
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary


The Froebel Trust: Innovation Grants

The Froebel Trust offers Innovation Grants to enable the application of Froebelian principles in new areas and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively.  The Trust has allocated a fund of £40,000 in 2019 for Innovation Grants. Projects may be spread over 1 or 2 years. Closing Date 24 June 2019
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Music for All

Music for All provides grants for both individuals and groups to enable more people to access musical instruments and lessons and music programmes for the community.  Please be aware their typical Community Grant is in the region of £2500. Application deadline 1 July 2019
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

National Churches Trust: Cornerstone Grants

The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT. Application deadline for 1 July 2019 (decision November)
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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