This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
Carrickfergus Community Forum have been preparing and delivering wellbeing packs to local volunteers over the last few weeks thanks to funding received from the Lottery Community Fund.

Some of our packs were given to the CHILL group who have been doing some amazing work delivering their own packages during carers week !!

2. Community News
It’s never too late to stop smoking to protect your health! If you want to quit, improve your chances of being successful by ordering your free Quit Kit from and take that all important first step to protect your health today.
It's time to #StandUpForMen in Northern Ireland 💛

👉 Check-in on 3 of your male friends
👉 Share this pic & tag 3 of your friends to do the same
👉 Donate £3 to AWARE (if you can)

Donate here:

Funds raised will go towards setting up a mental health awareness programme for men in N.I.

More info:

At Action on Hearing Loss we are reviewing our services to make sure they meet the changing needs of deaf people and those living with hearing loss and tinnitus. We want you to have access to reliable, up-to-date advice and support when you need it - and in ways that work best for you.

To help us do this, we are recruiting people who would like to offer up a little bit of their time to tell us more about their personal situation, help shape our ideas and be among the first to try new services.

We are looking for anyone who is deaf or has hearing loss or tinnitus to take part in our research which runs until the end of September. You can give as much or as little time as you are able to spare. We are also interested to speak with friends and family.

Due to social distancing most of our research will be conducted online, but for those that don’t have access to the internet, we are looking at carrying out phone calls or paper-based surveys. We are really keen to hear from as many people from all walks of life!

To sign up please go to…/help-improve-our-serv…/


Has your health suffered during lock down? Would you like to get your health back on track with the help of a health coach?

This is a great opportunity for anyone over 18 with epilepsy to make changes for the better:

If you would like to chat about this, please get in touch with Mary Spencer at or 01132108795.

NEW virtual wellbeing hub  

A NEW virtual wellbeing hub to promote positive mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched.
The Department for Communities and the Department of Health have partnered with 15 leading mental and wellbeing health charities and the Healthy Living Centre Alliance representing 28 local Healthy Living Centres to focus on promoting mental health and wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 emergency.
A UK wide study involving Queen's University Belfast has explored the psychological impact of lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic on people here.  The survey of over 2,500 people  included 470 people from NI of which one third have been found to meet the criteria for anxiety (30%) and depression (33%), and one in five (20%) meet the criteria for COVID-19 related PTSD due to the current pandemic.
The CovidWellbeingNI partnership is calling on people:
  • To acknowledge how they are feeling and coping at this time
  • Take positive action to look after their mental health
  • Reach out for help and support
The online wellbeing hub draws together information, self-help guides and ways to find support on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues.
Go to the online wellbeing hub

Public Consultation on Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay

The Department for the Economy is launching a public consultation on the introduction of new rights to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay in Northern Ireland.
The consultation document can be viewed, and returns completed and submitted, via
Alternatively the consultation document and a response document can be viewed and downloaded from the Department for the Economy website at
That response document may be completed and emailed to or sent by post to:
Parental Bereavement Leave & Pay Consultation
Department for the Economy
Employment Relations Policy and Legislation Branch
4th Floor
Adelaide House
39-49 Adelaide Street
However, due to the ongoing public health situation, we would encourage consultees to respond by electronic means if at all possible. 
The consultation document may be provided by the Department in other formats upon request.
Responses should arrive no later than 5 p.m. on 10 August 2020.
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 🆕


COVID-19 Charities Fund

This funding programme will provide financial support to charities who have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are not able to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020.

Closing date: Friday 10 July at 4pm  Visit the website here

BBC Children in Need: COVID-19 Next Steps Grant

The Next Steps programme is their response programme designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects commencing in September 2020.
Closing date: 1 July 2020  Visit the website here 

Comic Relief: 'Explore' (Tech for Good)

Comic Relief & Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Explore grant, is a new early stage digital funding strand of their existing Tech for Good programme.  The Explore programme will help charities to scope a digital solution to improve outcomes for the people they support, and to build the skills to develop a strong, user-led approach to digital service delivery.

Closing date: 22 June 2020 at 12noon   Visit the website here 

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