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weavers_courtThe Multiplier Effect of Funding Social Bodies

By Tom Ekin, former Lord Mayor of Belfast and business owner of Weavers Court Business Park

The running of economy in NI is a mess. It is worse than the old Banana Republics of South America. Because of the inefficiency of the political processes and the attendant bureaucracy there are many semi government, or "arm's length" bodies, which do good work but which cannot pay their way. They enter into ordinary business transactions with other small local businesses, the goods and services are delivered, the body delivers its service yet the funders do not pay up.

This is the old disease of decent hard working people being uncertain of their futures, of them being put on redundancy notice, where suppliers don't get paid, and the needy in society don't get the service which they have been led to expect. Being a supplier to some of these bodies, I hear that the money due to them is 9 months late in coming, and they don't know when or if it will come.

The recent budget talks about low productivity, in NI it starts with the Government here. Sinn Fein talks about austerity affecting the vulnerable, well how about releasing the funds promised to these bodies where they are working with the people who most need help. That is nothing to do with "Tory Cuts".


Soundtrack to Success

"Soundtrack to Success was one of a number of innovative programs delivered through Training for Women Network's Gateway to Progression Project, funded under the Department for Employment and Learning's Collaboration and Innovation Fund (CIF). The Soundtrack to Success - Just for Girls DJ Course used the medium of modern dance music to seek to re-engage participants with learning whilst at the same time help them build confidence in facing a totally different learning experience. 

Read more: Soundtrack to Success


Vote for A Time for You: Active & Healthy Ageing 

to receive an Aviva Community Fund award

Did you know that you can help us raise funds with just a few taps of a keyboard?
We're in the running to receive much-needed funding in the category of: Supporting the older generation.

Winning this would make a real difference, allowing us to improve the lives of older women who are most at risk of isolation.

You can place up to 10 votes until 30 May 2015 by visiting


Read more: Vote for A Time for You: Active & Healthy Ageing


Celebrating International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament


Join Frances Shiels and women across Northern Ireland who are walking across the Peace Bridge in Derry/Londonderry to support the thirty international women peacemakers from around the world meeting in Korea to walk with Korean women, North and South, to call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea.

Sunday 24th May at 3pm at St Columb's Park in Waterside.

Read more: Celebrating International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament


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