Mental & Emotional Well-being and Suicide Prevention(Small Grants Scheme 2014-15)

27 08 2014


 mental health

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 North Antrim Community Network and Causeway Rural and Urban Network to facilitate this process.

 As such the North Antrim Community Network and Causeway Rural and Urban Network is inviting community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for non-recurring awards to address the outlined themes.

 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. 

 GRANT SCHEME RE-OPENS 26th August 2014 and  CLOSES 19th September 2014 @ 12 noon

PLEASE NOTE: Any organisation previously funded within this year of 2014-15 are not eligible to apply.

 Training Directories for the Northern Area (available on request)

 For further details please contact:

Amanda Elliott , North Antrim Community Network & Causeway Rural & Urban Network, Old School House, 25 Mill Street ,Cushendall,BT44 0RR

02821772100 / 07740282650

Gallagher welcomes SDLP Minister’s rejection of proposed exploratory drilling

17 08 2014
SDLP Fermanagh District Councillor Brendan Gallagher has welcomed the news that the Minister for the Environment has rejected Tamboran’s proposals for exploratory drilling in the Cleggan Quarry in Belcoo.

“The SDLP in Fermanagh have been very vocal opposing fracking in Fermanagh.  Local people are fearful about the impact hydraulic fracturing may have on our environment and our health with worries about noise and air pollution, water contamination, irreversible damage to our landscape and the link between fracking and seismic activity as seen in Blackpool.

“There were significant fears locally that this drilling was the first step to fracking in Fermanagh.

“Now Minister Mark H Durkan has taken the bold step of rejecting Tamboran’s proposals for exploratory drilling which they believed was allowable under permitted development rights. The Minister took the view that this was an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development requiring full planning permission. The Minister also took the view that the environment must be protected at all times and that full consideration must be given to any impacts of drilling.

“With our local economy heavily reliant on agriculture and tourism, we are very concerned that the impact of fracking on these sectors could be devastating for Fermanagh.

“It is now vital that the DETI Minister, Arlene Foster, listens to the concerns of the Fermanagh people, reflects on the decision made by Minister Durkan and places a moratorium on the licence granted by her department to Tamboran Resources.”

My Boy Jack

12 08 2014

My Boy Jack by Rudyard Kipling an anti-war poem written in 1915, after Kipling’s 18-year-old son was killed in the First World War

Have you news of my boy Jack?
Not this tide.
When d’you think that he’ll come back?
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

Has any one else had word of him?
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind —
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.

Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!


‘Craft Connections’ should be Arts and Craft centre for the area

6 08 2014



Following a proposal from Ballycastle SDLP Councillor, Dónal Cunningham, Moyle Council have agreed to explore all the possibilities for the future of the ‘Craft Connections’ building on Ann Street as an Arts and Crafts exhibition centre for the area.

The Ballycastle said he believed that the centre could act as a link for locally based artists and craftspeople, and would further promote the Arts and Crafts sector which exists in Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens of Antrim.

Councillor Cunningham said: “We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople. We are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more.”

“Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back.”

I believe there is still a huge potential for this industry to grow further by targeting the tourism industry and encouraging visitors to visit Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens to sample art and craft.

“Once we mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career”

Chairman’s Diary 04/08/14

5 08 2014