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

We are moving!
From Friday 21st June we will be moving our East Antrim office to our new  Belfast office  30 Skegoneill Street, Belfast, BT15 3JP  Our phone number remains the same : 028 9336 2940 and there will be no disruption to services in the Mid and East Antrim area.

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.




Every year Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attends a large number of fires where the main factor is people under the influence of alcohol who have fallen asleep whilst smoking or cooking.  Unfortunately, on a number of occasions, this has resulted in someone being seriously injured or losing their life.


Alcohol significantly affects human behaviour, so it is not surprising to find that it is a major factor in fire related deaths and injuries.  If you are under the influence of alcohol, you are more likely to be careless when smoking or cooking.  Alcohol reduces your ability to properly detect fire and therefore renders smoke detection devices virtually useless.  You cannot escape from a fire if you cannot sense or heed a warning alarm, and this greatly reduces your chances of survival.


The following safety tips might just save your life:


  • If you have been drinking, never smoke in bed; often clothes or bedding are the first items ignited which leaves the person in a particularly vulnerable position.
  • Get into the habit of smoking outside; this will significantly reduce the likelihood of a fire starting in your home.
  • The risk of accidents in the kitchen increases if you have been drinking; get take-away food instead.
  • Don’t take risks with portable heaters; make sure there is sufficient distance between the portable heater and any combustible material.
  • Many fire deaths, where alcohol is a contributing factor, involve people who live alone; if you have family or friends like this, pay them a visit and make sure their home is safe from fire.
  • Alcohol may affect your judgement: don’t take risks tackling a fire; Get Out, Stay Out and Get the Fire Service Out.
  • Don’t forget, a working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to escape if a fire starts. Every home should have at least one smoke alarm per floor; check it every week to ensure it is working.
  • Take extra care if you have consumed any alcohol, and remember to carry out a bedtime routine.


Help and Support is Available


Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help.  Speak to your GP.  Try to be accurate and honest about how much you drink and any problems it may be causing you.  They will suggest different types of assessment and support options available to you. NIFRS has a partnership agreement with INSPIRE Wellbeing who can offer advice and provide information on free local support groups and other alcohol counselling services.


Julie Rea

Community Engagement & Volunteer Co-ordinator (Prevention & Protection)


Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters

1 Seymour Street


BT27 4SX

Tel:      028 9266 4221




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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:



Funding news & deadlines

We've selected some key new funding and upcoming deadlines from GrantTracker. Remember, as a NICVA member you are entitled to £45 off the normal GrantTracker price of £145, to get your June discount, please use the exclusive member code JUN198 and enter it at the checkout stage.

Funding news:   


Comic Relief: Children Surviving and Thriving

Managed by the Community Foundation NI, grants of up to £5000 are available to enable all children to survive and to achieve their potential during the first years of life - through good health, nutrition, opportunities for early learning, responsive and supportive caregiving, safety and protection.

Belfast City Council Small Grants: Support for Sport - Small Development Grant

Up to £1000 grants to provide assistance to Belfast based sports clubs and community organisations that participate in sport and physical activity.  This scheme aims to fund a small sports event, training, club development or equipment.  An additional award of £250 may also be awarded for the purchase of equipment if applicable.

Community Foundation for NI: Transformation and Growth Fund

Provides £10,000 to £25,000 organisational development grants of one year to support grassroots organisations addressing local housing and homelessness issues by providing organisational development grants to build sustainability, develop ideas and deploy innovative solutions; forming a more sustainable local sector with greater capacity to support people in vulnerable housing situations. 


Upcoming deadlines: 



For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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