TWN were delighted to host another OCR Certificate Presentation Ceremony on the 28 June in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim to celebrate the success of participants achieving their OCR Level 2 & 3 Peace & Reconciliation achievements as part of the Extending Positive Relations Project. TWN were delighted that Jim Nicholson MEP was able to attend and present the certificates and he was particularly delighted to see so many young women achieve certificates.
In his speech Jim stated "If these funds are not here organisations like TWN will be in big financial trouble. This is where you have to lobby MEPs and Europe to fight for this. The good thing about TWN is that it is training their women beneficiaries to do this." Jim also assured the packed audience "I will fight to keep the women's measure in future PEACE funding. With your help and lobbying we can stop bureaucrats from taking it out; I congratulate everyone involved and wish you all well."
Jim concluded that it was vitally important that we publicise the good work TWN is doing and the good work European funding allows and we are in the process of drafting a newsletter for Europe.
As part of our 'Positive Relations' project, TWN currently offer the following qualifications:
OCR Level 2 in Reconciliation
OCR Level 3 in Peace & Reconciliation
OCR Diploma in Peace & Reconciliation
ilm Endorsed Award 'Women Leading the Way'
There are 23 centres involved in this project, child care, elder care, travel costs as well as workbooks, registrations are all covered as part of this project. Help will be given with confidence building and personal development. Why not find out where your nearest centre for delivery is and make new friends into the bargain!
To obtain further information on any of above or where your nearest delivery centre is across Northern Ireland and the border counties, contact TWN's Senior Project Officer, Karen Sweeney Tel No. 028 90 319888 or via e-mail Karen@TWN
Our trainers have taken a well deserved break over the summer months and we are currently taking names for the following autumn courses:
ilm Level 3 Award in Leadership & Management
ilm Level 5 Award in Leadership & Management
ilm Level 6 Award in Leadership & Management
ilm Level 7 Award & Certificate in Executive Management (only 2 places left on this course!)
We also have the following courses:
ilm Endorsed Award Train the Trainer
ilm Endorsed Award Women Leading the Way
ilm Level 3 Certificate in Workplace Mentoring
ilm Levels 3, 5 & 7 in Coaching
All of these courses are delivered by highly experienced trainers and we were delighted by the response from our June e-zine where we had mad a call for trainers – thank you to all of you who submitted CV’s, letters etc – the response was brilliant!
Further information and costs on above can be obtained by contacting Heather@TWN
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Introduction to Cranio-Sacral Therapy One Day Workshop
(6 places only) on Saturday 25 August 2012, 10.00am - 4.00pm
This is a great opportunity to experience a more in depth understanding of Cranio-Sacral Therapy. This one day programme is a mix of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. The workshop is designed to teach you the benefits of CST along with techniques you can use on family and friends and for our own health. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system – the physiological body system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
The workshop is open to anybody who is interested in CranioSacral Therapy, from those who are considering training to those who just want to know more about this wonderful holistic approach to healthcare.
For further information or to book your place, contact Sinead McGarrigle on 07779-121274
People 1st have just received word from the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) that funding for Apprenticeships will cease from the 27th August 2012 for candidates over 25 years of age on the date they start.
If you have staff that would like to complete an Apprenticeship and are over the age of 25, they MUST be signed up in the next two weeks to ensure they are on the system before the close date. Please talk to People 1st as soon as you can if you would like them to progress this for you.
Those candidates under the age of 25 (on start date) will still be able to receive full funding (as long as they meet DEL guidelines) and those people over 25 years of age currently on the system, will keep their funding until they complete.
This is now the last opportunity to get over 25's onto a funded programme, so if you have been thinking about this, we would urge you to contact: Caroline Bell – Centre Manager or Gillian Duffy – Apprenticeship Co-ordinator
Effective Online Communication and Marketing Training
A programme of hands-on training aimed at those who use social media in a professional capacity, equally suitable to the owner of a SME as to the marketing executive of a large organisation. Attendees will learn how to design and manage a cost-effective and results-orientated social media strategy and content plan within their specific business requirements.
Courses are delivered in a fully equipped training room with multiple power points and excellent wi-fi coverage at James Street South, Belfast.
The next course is on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd August 2012. (Pre-booking is essential).
In particular, if you are booking for large parties of 50 people or more making a booking at this stage will guarantee you the date you want! the Ramada Plaza Belfast, have amazing offers for large groups who wish to attend one of their Party Nights: Parties over 50 people FREE bottle of House Wine for every 5 people, Parties over 75 people FREE bottle of House Wine for every 5 people, complimentary accommodation, including breakfast for 1 person. Parties over 100 people FREE bottle of House Wine for every 5 people, complimentary accommodation, including breakfast for 2 people. Don't forget, you also get 10% early Booking discount if you book before 30th September.
Check out what's on offer and contact the Christmas Co-ordinator if you wish to make a booking by emailing:
or by telephoning her on 028 9092 3500.
BTCommunity Connections is now open for applications!
If you know of a community group which helps, or wants to help, people access the internet and improve their ICT skills, they could be eligible to receive 12 months' free broadband from BT.Silver surfers, after school and youth clubs, even 'IT for the Terrified' groups have benefitted from an award in the past and are now encouraging even more people to get online. Applying for an award is easy. Simply go to www.bt.com/communityconnections to access the online application form and read the full rules and guidance notes. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 September at 5.30pm. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Anita Kelly on 078 1857 3617 or
. Visit BT Community Connections for details
BT Internet Rangers open for Northern Ireland applications
The awards are looking for outstanding schools and children under the age of 16 who are bridging the generational and digital divide by helping older people to get online and teaching them basic IT and internet skills. BT Internet Rangers form part of both BT's wider Get IT Together and Connected Communities programmes, which are aimed at instilling confidence and empowering people to get online. There are fantastic prizes to be won: iPads, laptops and IT vouchers for children and teachers and cash prizes up to £4,000 for individual schools. Children can be nominated by their friends, family, school, or even by themselves. It's easy to apply, all you have to do is visit the website and complete an online application form before Friday 2 November.
Switch on to Volunteering......
Would you like to get involved as a volunteer in a project aimed at raising awareness of the
Digital Switchover that will be happening in Northern Ireland in October 2012?
TV is going digital in Northern Ireland and soon the traditional TV signal will be switched off in your area. If you don't have digital TV by the time of the switchover, your screen will go blank.
As a volunteer you can help raise awareness of the switchover to people who are most in need within your community. Your role will be to speak to key and trusted people within local communities to find ways of reaching and helping those people who need it most.
Training and support will be provided to help you in your role, you will be part of a local team ensuring that no-one gets left behind when switchover happens! Training will include more information about the Switchover Help Scheme, which offers everything eligible people need to convert one TV to digital.
Volunteer Now are recruiting volunteers in your area. If interested please contact:
, Tel No. 02890 232020
TWN are hosting Antje Otto from Volunteer Now on Thursday 27 September from 6.30 – 8.00pm who will be explaining about Volunteering in NI, Antje will also explain how individuals can get involved and how they can benefit themselves from volunteering. She will also talk about how Volunteer Now work with organisations to develop their capacity to make the best use of volunteers and how they support and assist organisations to develop volunteering. Antje will finish the evening by showing part of a brand new video clip It shows volunteering in action, how people can get involved and the variety of roles and the rewards of volunteering. It also demonstrates how Volunteer Now can help people who want to volunteer and organisations who would like to involve volunteers. Antje will also show some of the different projects and campaigns they run.
Do you collect names, addresses and personal contact details from your clients for business purposes?
Did you know all public and private organisations are legally obliged to protect personal information they collect?
As a business, can you respond appropriately to requests for information from the public?
Did you know the Information Commissioner's Office have the authority to impose financial penalties on businesses who are deemed to be 'reckless' with personal information?
Are you aware of your responsibilities and obligations to protect the information you hold?
Yearn2Learn are a recognised training provider for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ilm) and TWN are delighted to hold a further free taster session in mid-September. Come along to this interesting, fun and interactive session to find out more on how to meet your legal responsibilities and obligations.
If you cannot attend this session and wish to hear more, contact Yearn2Learn directly, to make arrangements for a one-to-one bespoke visit at your work location: Tel: 07761586390 – Deirdre Allison Yearn2Learn – Training Tailored For You.
Date: Wednesday 3 October at TWN - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) are delivering an Introduction to Employment Law seminar on Wednesday 3 October in TWN from 6.30pm - 8.30pm start running until 8.30pm. The speaker will be Morna Blaney, an LRA Employment Relations Officer. This will be an opportunity to gain an Introduction to Employment Law and this seminar will raise awareness of the many legal issues that impact on the workplace. The seminar will cover employment rights at the beginning, during and at the end of employment. This is a perfect opportunity to ask questions of the experts.