1. CCF News and Events

2. Community News

3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News & Events
Carrickfergus Community Forum Coordinator Janice Cherry recently travelled to the United States of America as she was selected to represent Carrickfergus on the AMBIT programme. Now in its 17th year, the programme is funded by the International Fund for Ireland and organised in partnership with the US Consulate in Belfast and currently managed by the Washington Ireland Program. It is an annual intensive transatlantic study programme that enables community leaders from Northern Ireland and the southern Border Counties to engage and build long-term partnerships with similar projects based in the USA.
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
Gas is primarily used for domestic home heating, hot water provision and cooking. It is available either as natural gas (piped supply to your home) or as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG – normally sold as Butane or Propane in cylinders or bulk tanks).  It is also often used in cylinders for barbecues and for cooking when camping and caravanning.

Hazards associated with gas
The gas industry is well regulated and gas is safe to use if managed properly. However, gas leaks can result in a fire or explosion. Incorrectly installed or poorly maintained gas appliances can produce poisonous carbon monoxide (CO).

To ensure your home is ‘Gas Safe’ all your gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions. These checks should be carried out by a ‘Gas Safe’ registered engineer.  For more information on gas safety, CO and its symptoms, visit either, or call the Gas Safe Helpline 0800 408 5500.

Useful information
  • Purchase your gas appliances from a reputable outlet with a full instruction booklet. If you move house or sell the appliance pass on the instruction book to the new owner. These may also be found on the manufacturer’s website for download.
  • Never attempt to “Do it Yourself” on a gas installation.
  • When purchasing a property always check that any gas appliances have been suitably installed and regularly serviced by a ‘Gas Safe’ registered engineer.
  • If you have any doubt about the safety of an appliance contact a ‘Gas Safe’ registered engineer.
  • Flues and chimneys play a vital role in the safe operation of gas appliances as they allow the products of combustion to escape freely. Have chimneys and flues checked every year, no matter how often you use the appliance, to ensure there are no blockages.
  • Air vents allow a constant and sufficient supply of air to ensure appliances work efficiently. Never block these air vents. Blocking ventilation is dangerous and could result in the build up of CO in your home.
  • Fit a CO alarm, and ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to locate the alarm in the correct place.
  • Know how to turn your gas supply off in an emergency.
If you have a gas escape
  • Shut off the gas supply at the meter control valve.
  • Open all doors and windows for ventilation and go outside into fresh air.
  • Do not operate any electrical equipment.
  • Gas Emergency Service (24hrs) Freephone number 0800 002 001.
If you are affected by gas
  • If it is urgent, call 999 for an ambulance.
  • Go to your GP or the nearest A&E Department.
If you have a fire, always remember
Get out, stay out and get the Fire & Rescue Service out.
Landlords and tenants
For information on your gas safe responsibilities visit
Julie Rea
Community Engagement & Volunteer Co-ordinator (Prevention)
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters
1 Seymour Street
BT27 4SX
Tel:      028 9266 4221
Mob:   07889403103

The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase on 1 April 2019.

The national living wage which is for workers who are aged 25 or over, will increase on 1 April 2019 from £7.83 per hour to £8.21 per hour.  The rate depends on your age and whether you're an apprentice*. The 2018 rates together with the rates as of April 2019 are detailed below:


25 and over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18


April 2018 (current)






April 2019






If under 19 or in first year of apprenticeship (otherwise refer to age bands)

Further information on the national and living wage can be found on the NI Direct website:

3. Funding News

   New or Updated Funding Initiatives


New or Updated Funding Initiatives


Clothworkers Foundation: Main Grants Programme

The Clothworkers Foundation is the independent charitable arm of The Clothworkers Company. The Foundation aims to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage, deprivation and/or discrimination. Grants of over £10,000.  

Ballygrainey Fund

The fund will provide grants of up to £2000 for the provision and advancement of educational and developmental opportunities for young people in Northern Ireland.  

Nuffield Foundation Programme Grants

The Nuffield Foundation funds projects to improve the design and operation of social policy, particularly in the areas of Education, Welfare and Justice.  

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Act for Change Fund

A £3.6 million joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF) in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, both foundations are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund. Act for Change Fund promotes the potential of young people with experience of disadvantage to devise and develop activities and programmes to shape the world around them. 

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary

Architectural Heritage Fund: Project Viability & Project Development Grants

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) can provide grants to help with assessing the viability of a capital project involving a building, or to help fund development costs.
  • Application Deadline (over £7,500): 9am 23 Apr 2019.  Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.
  • Northern Ireland Closing Date 25 Apr 2019.  Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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