This week's content:

1. CCF News and Events
2. Community News
3. Fundraising News
1. CCF News and Events 


Monday 16th September 2019 


1st Floor, 31 Lancasterian Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7AB
Under Article 11 (1) (a) of the Articles of Association of Carrickfergus Community Forum:
“twenty one clear days for an Annual General Meeting or a General meeting called for the passing of a special resolution;”
We hereby serve notice of our Annual General Meeting giving more than a minimum of 21 days notice. All member groups are entitled to nominate one person from their group to join the Board of Directors.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Carrickfergus Community Forum


Carrickfergus Community Forum will be hosting a meeting giving your group the opportunity to meet with your local MLA's to discuss issues affecting  your local community.

Why not come along and take this opportunity to engage with local representatives to improve your local area.

WHEN: Monday 2nd September @ 7.00pm
WHERE: CCF Offices

To register for this event please contact or

Does your group need support or advice on
  • organisational structure
  • policies
  • funding
  • managing your group
  • organising events

Carrickfergus Community Forum will be holding a clinic in the community forum offices to assist our member groups on

Wednesday 28th August

12 noon to 3.00pm

Please contact the office to register


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 or telephone the office on 02893359777
2. Community News

The Larne Line Passenger Group (LLPG) has joined forces with voices which are urging Translink to speed up the process for a Park and Ride Facility at Ballycarry Railway Station (Larne Line). 
Further to MP Sammy Wilson’s recent press comments that an ideal site has been found to implement Translink’s proposal for a new Park and Ride, the Larne Line Passenger Group wants to see public pressure from other local politicians and Mid and East Antrim Council to make sure this scheme gets the green light as soon as possible.

The Larne Line Passenger Group started to lobby for this scheme back in 2007.  Then in 2014 it carried out a wide public consultation exercise in the local Ballycarry and Islandmagee area to seek support for pedestrian safety improvements at the station’s railway bridge.  This proposal gained unanimous support at a public meeting held on 29th January at 7.30pm at Ballycarry Community Centre and since its implementation in 2016, feedback has been very positive.  Those present also urged further investment from Translink and the Department for Infrastructure for a pick-up/drop off/turning point and a Park and Ride facility at Ballycarry Station. 

These improvements would have major positive impacts for this whole area, including Islandmagee, Ballycarry, Whitehead and Larne Lough as a whole, as Whitehead Park and Ride is oversuscribed.  It would also be of major benefit for those visiting the Gobbins who may not have their own private transport.
Elena Aceves-Cully, Chair of the Larne Line Group, stated a further factor which could secure and consolidate the future of the Larne Line:

 “A Park and Ride, which we are confident will quickly increase passenger figures at Ballycarry, will justify the case for improved frequency of services from Ballycarry to Larne, a section of the line which was very negatively affected by Translink’s cuts implemented in the autumn of 2015. In the summer of 2015 we run a petition to oppose these cuts which gathered 2,383 signatures and was presented at Northern Ireland’s Assembly by MLA Stewart Dickson.  We believe that these cuts have severely affected our residents’ ability to use the line and which is unfairly competing with regular express bus services to Belfast and the new dual carriage way A8.

She also added:
“We also welcome another forthcoming Park and Ride at Trooperslane, which is due to commence in September 2020. This scheme appears to be at the procurement stage and once completed, it would provide an attractive public transport option for the Greenisland, Trooperslane, Straid and Carrickfergus areas.
The Larne Line Passenger Group was set up almost 14 years ago by train users who wanted to see improved services for all passengers on the Larne Line.  Over this time, its members have devoted much of their time and effort in lobbying for safety improvements and a Park and Ride at Ballycarry Railway Station. 

Note: The group photo relates to the Public Meeting held in January 2015 in support of the pedestrian safety improvements and park and ride at Ballycarry Station.
The Larne Line Passenger Group has been set up to lobby specifically on issues concerning the Larne Railway Line. For any queries regarding this press statement, please contact Elena Aceves-Cully, LLPG’s Chair, Tel. 07752422616,
It’s our favourite time of year at The Diana Award - nomination season! Which means that every day, we get to hear all about more incredible young people and the game-changing work they’re doing to transform people’s lives.
The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. The Award is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special. Young people do not work towards the award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without any expectation of reward.
But we’ve been thinking – what if we miss someone? What if there are young people out there whose stories aren’t being told? Which is where you come in.
We are excited to invite you to shine a spotlight on an unsung hero by nominating a young person from your organisation. The Award is open to young people aged 9 - 25 who have been engaged in at least 12 months of activities, who are selflessly transforming the lives of others, often in the face of adversity. We know that there are many young people in Northern Ireland who fit this criteria and we believe that they deserve recognition on a global platform.
Young people who receive The Diana Award are presented with a personalised certificate and invited to attend a sparkling award ceremony, if located in the UK. Diana Award Holders are also presented with an invitation to Althorp House, Princess Diana’s childhood home. These invitations are gifted to Diana Award Holders in kind by Princess Diana’s, brother Earl Spencer, in recognition of their continuation of Diana’s legacy.

Organisations who make a successful nomination also gain the opportunity to raise their profile by being featured in The Diana Award Roll of Honour released to the media by The Diana Award in July every year.
The Award is also a vehicle for inspiring many more young people to engage in social action, mobilising new generations to make a positive change in the world, as Princess Diana believed they could. Click here for a full list of the 2019 Diana Award Holders.
Nominations must be made before the 12 March 2020 deadline at where further information about the nomination process and our programmes can also be found. Attached is a nomination guideline document for more details on the nomination application. We would also welcome your support in helping us spread the word even further, encouraging others to nominate for The Diana Award so that we can celebrate the amazing things that your young people are doing!
Thank you so much for your time. Let’s give these young people the recognition they deserve!
Free Session: Volunteers: Who? What? When? Up to Date Findings

Join Us!

A further two session of VOLT (Volunteer Organisations Linking Together) have been arranged.  This is a great opportunity for volunteer involving organisations to get together to network, share and learn.  Feedback from previous sessions has been very positive so please take this your personal invitation to attend.



An opportunity to network, learn and share!

Volunteer Now Members’ Free Session:


26 September 2019
10.00am – 12.30pm

Volunteer Now, Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF.

This session will give you the opportunity to find out more about the recently published volunteering statistics for N Ireland. Carried out for The Department for Communities by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, these are the first results for volunteering since the questions were moved onto the Continuous Household Survey and cover the period of 2017/8.

It will also give you an opportunity to look at evidence around what makes volunteers do what they do and help you to make your volunteering more appealing for them. We will be joined by Clair Stewart and Celeste McCallion, Analytical Services Unit, Department for Communities who will provide the overview of the findings.

Please confirm your attendance with by 19 September 2019.
3. Fundraising News
Open for applications NOW
·         Monday 16th September 2019 at 12noon – close for applications
PLEASE NOTE: Any organisation previously funded within this year of 2019-20 are not eligible to apply.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified non-recurring funding to address the themes of Suicide Prevention, Self- Harm, Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being and have commissioned Northern Area Community Network (NACN) to facilitate this process.
As such the Northern Area Community Network is inviting community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for non-recurring awards to address the outlined themes.
Due to limited funding only a small number of projects will be supported.
Grants are available at the level of £1,000 per project.  Applications may be considered for more strategic projects over £1,000 limit dependent on evidence of need and availability of resources (PLEASE READ GUIDANCE NOTES). Groups with a total income over £100,000 will not be considered.
Please find attached:
  •         Guidance notes
  •         Application form
  •         Training Directory
  •         Sharing Ideas for Small Grant Applications
For further details please contact: Northern Area Community Network, The Old School House, Mill Street, Cushendall, BT44 0RR, T: 02821772100, E: or E:
Northern Area Community Network Ltd, Old School House, 
Mill Street, Cushendall, BT44 0RR
Tel: 028 2177 2100 
Email: Website:
A Northern Ireland Charity Registered as NI32592, Charity Number XR61052


New and Updated Funding Initiatives


Clarion Futures: One Digital Project

Funding is available to help organisations to replicate an approach to embedding Digital Champions into employment programmes to address the essential digital skill needs of clients.  The funding partnership is highly collaborative as grantee organisations work together to solve problems and discuss the challenges and impact of this work.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Hedley Foundation

Supports small to medium sized charities which work with young people.  Most grants will be of a capital or one-off nature, but they sometimes agree to help fund the introduction of new and innovative projects with a series of up to 3 annual grants.  Few grants exceed £5,000 and the average is £3000. 
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Music for All

Music for All provides grants for both individuals and groups to enable more people to access musical instruments and lessons and music programmes for the community.  Their typical Community Grant is in the region of £2500.
Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Key Dates for your Fundraising Diary


SSE Airtricity Community Fund

Supports communities around each of their 29 wind farms across the island of Ireland through an annual fund, which is distributed to local activities and projects with a focus on energy efficiency, safety, social and environmental sustainability.

Bin Mountain and Tappaghan Wind Farm Fund Closing Date 23 Aug 2019

Bessy Bell Wind Farm Fund Closing Date 23 Aug 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

Dunhill Medical Trust

A UK-based charitable trust which invests in innovation in the care of older people and research into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty relating to ageing.

Research project grants outline application deadline: 5pm  30 Aug 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

William and Jane Morris Fund: Church Conservation Grants

This church conservation scheme awards grants of £500-£5000 to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs. 

Closing Date 31 Aug 2019

Find out more on GrantTracker or on the website

For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker



For a full list of upcoming dates see GrantTracker

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