Risk Assessments for Community Based Festivals and Events course

12 04 2013

Community festival

There are still a small  number of places left on the 3 hr Risk Assessments for Community Based Festivals and Events course that is due to run on

 Wednesday 17th April from 6.30-9.30pm in Sheskburn House

 Tues 14th May from 6.30-9.30pm in Old Schoolhouse, Cushendall  and

 Wed 15th May from 6.30-9.30pm in Bushmills Community Centre 

 Many local groups are planning summer festivals, fun days and other activities and this course will take you through the steps of carrying out appropriate risk assessments for your event. 

 Organisations that are receiving funding from Council through the Community Festivals Fund and Tourism Event Fund are advised to attend one of these courses as risk assessments should be submitted to Council prior to your event.

 Follow up mentoring support will be available to a limited number of organisations leading up to their event and this should be of great benefit particularly to organisations that are relatively new to organising events.

 This course is provided at no cost to volunteers within voluntary and community groups located in Moyle District Council through Council’s Community Support Programme.

 Please contact Community Services Manager Louise Scullion on 2076 2225 to book a place. Remaining places will be allocated on a first come basis.

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Community Festival and Tourist Event Funding

21 02 2013

Community festival
Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the joint initiative by Moyle Council’s Tourism and Community Services sections who have teamed up to introduce some exciting changes to its grants programme for Community Festivals and Tourism Events for this incoming 2013-14 year.

Cllr Cunningham who is a member of the Council’s Grant panel particularly welcomed the new flexibility between the programmes “Festivals make a significant contribution to communities and to the local economy. I fully support the rationale behind the introduction of a new Small Tourism Events Grant aimed at events that will create an economic benefit and encourage people to stay in the local area.

I would encourage anyone interested in organising a Community Festival or Tourist Event which would attract visitors to the area to come along to one of the following information sessions.”

Ballycastle: Wed 27th Feb, 7pm Sheskburn House,

Bushmills: Thurs 28th Feb, 2pm, Community Centre

Cushendall: Mon 4th March, 7pm, Old School House





‘Support for the Moyle Community Sector ‘ required to combat impact of cuts

19 01 2013

Calling for greater joined up thinking up between central Government Departments and local government, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said “In areas like Moyle we need to work together to support the strengthening of social relationships and improve people’s sense of wellbeing”

 “Moyle has many community and voluntary groups working across many sectors including health, recreation, sport, community development and the environment. Government needs to properly value their contribution and support their programmes of activity”

 “While Community programmes cannot substitute for the proper investments that are needed to transform local economies, they are helping people weather the recession, which we know is most likely to be felt for longer in marginal areas like Moyle.”

 “Ordinary local people need to be encouraged to protect communities from the worst impacts of impending spending cuts, I have seen at first had how the newly formed Ballycastle Community Development Group has been able to turn ‘strangers into neighbours”.

 The benefits of having strong networks embedded within communities include better health outcomes, lower levels of reported crime and anti-social behaviour.

 “The more we strengthen local assets – and people here are key- the more we will equip our communities to self-organise, help young people find opportunities, and bridge the vast gaps left by Government spending cuts.”





Congratulations and Good Luck Paul

23 08 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has congratulated fellow Ballycastle man Paul Kerrigan who has successfully reeached the final of the Calor Ireland Community Champion.

Wishing him well, Councillor Cunningham  assured Paul that he is already a winnner and the Ballycastle community greatly appreciates his efforts.

Paul has worked very hard in setting up the Ballycastle Community Development Group (BCDG). A group was inspired by the facebook page “What I would like to see in Ballycastle”.
“In the short period of their existence the group under Paul’s  guidance have

  • initiated the Youthlinks regeneration fund (saving a local youth club from shutting down),
  • delivered the first community festival recently to the town in many years as part of the Olympic torch day on the 3rd of June.
  • organised a Community games weekend
  • are in the process of developing a community radio station for all in the community, but specifically involving youth who are on the fringes of crime and getting them involved to help change their lives for the better.




Cunningham urges facebook users to vote for Paul Kerrigan

5 08 2012

 

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has urged facebook users to vote for local man Paul Kerrigan in the 2012 Calor Ireland Community Champion awards.

“Paul has worked very hard in setting up the Ballycastle Community Development Group (BCDG). This group was inspired by the facebook page “What I would like to see in Ballycastle”.
“In the short period of their existence the group under Paul’s  guidance have

  • initiated the Youthlinks regeneration fund (saving a local youth club from shutting down),
  • delivered the first community festival recently to the town in many years as part of the Olympic torch day on the 3rd of June.
  • are in the process of developing a community radio station for all in the community, but specifically involving youth who are on the fringes of crime and getting them involved to help change their lives for the better.

Should Paul be successful the community group could benefit from a prize fund of 10.000 euros.

To vote facebook users need to “like” the Calor Ireland facebook page before proceeding to vote for Paul the County Antrim Champion, you are entitled to vote once every day up until 17th August.

So “Vote Early – Vote Often – Vote Paul”





A weekend of Community festivals

4 08 2012

This weekend sees community festivals in Ballintoy (Saturday 4th August) and Rathlin Sports Day (Sunday 5th August) as well as The Marconi Festival in Ballycastle(Sunday 5th August).

 As well as attracting visitors to the area , each event is evidence of strong community participation. and  in their own way will  promote social inclusion and improve  community relations in their own and the wider communities  .

If you can attend any of the events please do so, and celebrate and  encourage each community who are already leading the way in terms of improving community relations and empowering themselves.





Cunningham congratulates Rathlin Development and Community Association

29 05 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has warmly welcomed the decision by Moyle District Council to grant aid Rathlin Development and Community Association’s funding for their Renewable Energy Project through the Community Infrastructure Fund.

The Project which proposes to install a 3 bladed 250kw wind turbine, will be the first community managed renewable energy project of its kind in the North. It will move the island further away from its reliance on fossil fuels and help develop Rathlin as a carbon neutral island generating electricity from renewable sources

The award of £4,225 will be used to fund technical costs and surveys required to bring the project to planning application stage.

” This is an excellent project, it presents fantastic opportunities in terms of community empowerment and as an environmental project. As well as the obvious environmental advantages of renewable energy, it also offers the island community the opportunity to generate income and employment. I congratulate the dynamism of the Rathlin Development and Community Association in particular the dedication to this project displayed by their newly elected Chairman Michael Cecil and wish them every success in this and other projects”