This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
Carrickfergus Community Forum are absolutely delighted to have been presented with Exceptional Volunteer Certificates by the Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Councillor Peter Johnston in recognition of the work carried out during the Covid 19 crisis.

CCF has a voluntary Board of Directors made up of representatives from ten local community organsiations across the Borough and they have all worked very hard to ensure vital food supplies and well-being packs have reached the most vulnerable people in our area.

We are very thankful for the nomination !!








CCF secured funding from Co Operation Ireland to purchase this fabulous tent for Kragfergus Living History Group to help them develop their historical village project!!

Pictured above are members of the group testing it out and it looks amazing !!!

2. Community News

🌟We have an exciting announcement! 🌟

The full line-up for HOMEFEST – ‘Camp Dalfest At Home’ is here! 🏕️ 🎉

Coming to your screens LIVE from Glenarm Castle, the festival will be broadcast on Saturday 18th July and you can enjoy the performances from the comfort of your own home!

Further information below:

🔹 You can watch for FREE online, however virtual tickets will be available to help cover the cost of the event. Buy a virtual ticket for your chance to win a spot prize on the day!

🔹 BBQ packs, drink packs, treat packs and merchandise will be available to order and will be delivered to you in advance.

🔹 Luxurious glamping tents are also available to hire and these will be set up in your garden for the weekend!

Full details can be found on the website ⬇️

#HOMEFEST | #RediscoverMEA
Dalriada Festival
Maternity services are open for business.

If you are pregnant please seek help if you have any concerns about you or your baby’s health. Don’t just wait and see or think it’s nothing important.

Call your team, either on the helpline or the phone numbers you were given. You can find these in your green maternity folder or on

#Pregnant #maternity #baby
In our latest blog, Claire Dorris from the National Children’s Bureau and the PHA's Maurice Meehan, look at how families can make the most of screen time during lockdown by finding a balance, avoiding information overload, & prioritising safety & healthy behaviours.

The programme starts on Monday 6th July and runs for 2 weeks. The programme is open to any Young Person aged 16-30 (ideally not being in employment above 16 hours a week).
For more information (including some taster content), and to register please visit
Induction [6th Jul 2-3pm]
  1. Social Media [7th 2-330]
  2. Employment Opportunities [8th 2-330]
  3. Applying for a Role [9th 2-330]
  4. CV Writing [13th 2-330]
  5. Interview Skills [14th 2-330]
  6. Confidence / Work Ready [15th 2-330]
  7. My Vision / Next Steps [16th 11-1230 & celebration 2-3]
All sessions will be delivered via MS Teams

Help Us Record the Impact of Universal Credit

Before lockdown Siobhán Harding, Policy Worker at Women's Support Network, had been working on some Consortium research with women on Universal Credit and the impact of the 5 week wait on them and their families but was unable to get it completed as the pandemic hit and scheduled focus groups and interviews had to be cancelled.  
We know from previous Consortium research that Universal Credit is a big issue for women and impacts negatively on their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Siobhán is keen to get this piece of research completed and published as soon as possible as there will be a forthcoming Government review on the mitigations package for Northern Ireland and there is a possibility of getting a new mitigation for Universal Credit.  We would very much like this research paper to feed into this Review and highlight the impact of Universal Credit and the 5 week wait on women.
But we need feedback from women to do this!  So Siobhán has developed an online questionnaire - see the link below.  This questionnaire is only for women who have claimed Universal Credit.  It is designed to be filled in fairly quickly with as many questions multiple choice as possible.  The deadline for receipt of completed questionnaires is Friday 10th July 2020.
Please can you circulate/email the online questionnaire link below to all the women you support along with the following message:
The Women's Regional Consortium is completing a piece of research on Universal Credit and its impact on women and their families.  Universal Credit, and particularly the 5 week wait for the first payment, has caused many people hardship and made it difficult for them to provide for themselves and their families.
It is important for Government to hear about the difficulties that you have experienced with Universal Credit.  Please complete the following online questionnaire only if you/your family unit have claimed Universal Credit by clicking on the link below.  The deadline for receipt of your completed questionnaire is Friday 10th July 2020.
Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the questionnaire.
Our FREE webinar for Volunteers will offer you advice and guidance about your role, your safety and the safety of others. It will be followed by a Question & Answer session. More info
We have another Online VOLT Session on 2 July 2020 at 11am-12pm titled Rethinking Volunteering: Has COVID-19 Changed Volunteering? With special guest Rob Jackson! These sessions have been filling up fast! Find out more & book your place
Your GP practice is now asking which pharmacy you want your prescription sent to.
When ordering your medicines, have you asked your GP surgery to send your prescriptions to the Healthcentre Pharmacy?
We ask you to consider nominating the Healthcentre Pharmacy - we offer exceptional medicines support and extensive services.
To do this, just pick up the phone, call your GP and nominate us.
3. Fundraising News
Co-op Members have already helped over 21,000 local causes across the UK through our Local Community Fund. We’re now looking to help projects that are supporting those most in need, improving mental & physical wellbeing or building community resilience. Apply by 28 June at #ItsWhatWeDo


New Funding This Week 🆕


Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund

The Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund is a grant fund set up by the Edge Foundation to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis.  The Fund will be a responsive programme of grant funding, open to educational institutions and educational charities to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build back better.

Closing date: 9 July at 12noon  Visit the website 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Emergency Heritage Fund (Criteria expanded & deadline extended)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need. Heritage Emergency Fund grants can now be used to help organisations reopen after the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, while the application deadline has been extended.

Closing date: 31 July 2020 at 12 noon  Visit the website

SwitchAid: COVID-19 Telecoms Fund

In this national crisis, SwitchAid has launched a rapid response fund to help smaller registered charities and not for profits that have been affected by the impact of COVID-19. The aim of this fund is to support charitable organisations that are having communication issues as a result of COVID-19 by provided a professional cloud phone system, fully funded for 3 months.

Visit the website

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker



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