This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 
Big thank you to Allied Bakery who have been donating bread weekly for our Community Forum food parcels and for local groups to distribute to people in their areas.
2. Community News
Carer ID cards are issued by the Health Trusts. Carers who are known to their local Trust and are in receipt of services will receive an ID card shortly – there is no need to apply for a card. Please contact your Trust Carer co-ordinator if you have not received a card within the next 2 weeks. Northern Trust - Telephone Carer Hub: 028 2766 1210 - Email:
#COVID19 #AgeingWell #PCSP #MEABC
VOLT (Volunteer Organisations Linking Together) sessions have gone online!

The next in a special series of COVID-19 related sessions is Rethinking Volunteer Driving in Light of COVID-19

Volunteers have been at the heart of the local community response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Whether helping out a neighbour to get some shopping, joining up with a community group to deliver food parcels or telephoning someone isolated, volunteers have been making a difference to how people are coping in these challenging times. Some organisations have had to rethink how they involve volunteers and unfortunately some have had to stop what they are doing completely.

So what does this mean for volunteering as we move out of these difficult days? What will volunteering look like in the future? Will COVID-19 change how we think about and manage volunteering?

The session will give you an opportunity to talk to colleagues working in a similar field about experiences of Volunteering in Lockdown and share ideas, tips and strategies for Volunteering after Lockdown:

- Issues and challenges
- Existing and/or new roles
- Doing things differently
- Profiles of volunteers and implications for going forward
- Impact on volunteering
- Making the most of volunteer stories

If you interested in attending, please contact to book a place. You will then be sent a link and joining instructions the day before the Session.

Childcare Availability
As we see more and more businesses open up across Northern Ireland the demand for childcare is on the rise.  Up until now a number of organisations and schools, including many women’s centres remained open to care for children of key workers and vulnerable children.  Although childcare will still only be available to vulnerable children and those of key workers, as of 04 June, the definition of key workers has been extended and will now include all those that work in retail which coincides with all retail stores being able to open from Friday 12 June.  This will result in more childcare facilities opening up again to accommodate this increased demand and as of 08 June child-minders can increase the numbers of children from two families to three. 

You can read more here.
Reading Rooms is a group based session for children where a trained volunteer reads a story and have guided conversations about current issues such as bullying, climate change and poverty. With covid-19 restrictions we have been able to move this online and created Digital Reading Rooms. This gives children the chance to have some fun interacting with one another, having a chat and enjoy a story being read to them by one of our fantastic volunteers. WellRead has joined the Jo Cox Foundation to celebrate the Great Get Together on 19th June. The Jo Cox Foundation are asking people across the country to embrace Jo’s words and celebrate the belief that community makes us. This year we have opened up our online Digital Reading Rooms to allow us all to come together. Sessions are available from 11am and can be booked on  

The Helplines NI website lists a variety of organisations throughout Northern Ireland that are providing support services, including crisis support, counselling and advice:

National Children’s Bureau and PlayBoard NI invite you to join us for an open and informed discussion on re-opening schools in Northern Ireland.

As COVID19 continues to challenge our whole-system capacity to nurture children through education and play, we’re asking: “Can we respond with curiosity, courage and compassion?”

The ‘Reimagining Education’ webinar is an opportunity to share creative ideas, concerns and practical solutions for restarting education in Northern Ireland.

Celine McStravick, National Children’s Bureau will chair the event, inviting contributions from a panel of presenters before opening the discussion to participants.

Register here to join us on Zoom at 10am on Friday 19 June!
Epilepsy can be such an isolating condition.⠀

When you’re growing up, it can be really difficult to see your friends trying new things, and feeling that you can’t do the same. Sometimes it can feel like nobody understands.

That’s why we’ve created The Epilepsy Space, an online space for you to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with other people growing up with epilepsy 💜

Visit The Epilepsy Space now 👉
3. Fundraising News


New Funding This Week 🆕


Arts Council NI: Organisations Emergency Programme

Small and medium sized organisations will be able to apply for maximum funding of £25,000 to help them continue creative work, assist with operational costs, where these have been affected as a result of the COVID-19, and to help plan for recovery.

Closing date: Friday, 12 June at 4pm.  Visit the website here

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

This first stage response fund aims to provide quick and straightforward grants with very basic eligibility criteria of up to £10,000 to specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Organisations can apply for what they identify as a short-term funding need that has arisen as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Rolling deadline  Visit the website here

Co-Op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that their members care about. They want to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

Application deadline: Sunday, 28 June at midnight.  Visit the website here

The Forces Communities Together Programme

The Forces Communities Together programme will award small grants of up to £10,000 towards creative and engaging projects, that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Application deadline: Tuesday, 30 June 2020  Visit the website here

Upcoming Deadlines 📅


For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker


Funding at your Fingertips

Northern Ireland’s leading funding toolkit. Helping charities and communities thrive.



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