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Dormant Bank Account Fund to be established in Northern Ireland
12 September 2019

The Department of Finance has today announced that a Dormant Account Fund will be established to support projects in the third sector.

£16m has been made available to the Northern Ireland fund from dormant bank and building society accounts to fund work to support resilience, capacity and sustainability in the sector. 

Making the announcement, Permanent Secretary Sue Gray said: “Northern Ireland has a really strong third sector that is doing fantastic work and making a positive and meaningful impact on so many people’s lives.  

European Ethical Banking Federation Visits Belfast
10 September 2019

The European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers (FEBEA) has held a board meeting for the first time in Northern Ireland. The federation, which represents 28 European social finance institutions with assets totaling €30bn, was invited by the Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT Group), its only UK and Irish member.

Texthelp and the NOW Group - working together to promote inclusion in Northern Ireland
5 September 2019

Proud to be a Disability Confident Employer, Antrim based software company, Texthelp, is delighted to be supporting the community and promoting inclusion even further in Northern Ireland alongside the NOW Group by becoming part of the JAM Card family. The JAM Card, which stands for Just A Minute, is a social innovation from NOW Group, an organisation that supports people with learning difficulties and autism into employment. A group of participants came up with the idea of the JAM Card – a discreet way of telling people that sometimes they need a little extra time and patience.

Portadown restaurant helping young people with learning disabilities gain hands-on experience
3 September 2019

A Portadown restaurant has just celebrated assisting 10 young people with learning difficulties gain experience in hospitality and take their first steps into employment.

One Eighty restaurant was established in 2011 and trains 16 to 22-year-olds with learning difficulties to work in the hospitality business.

Earlier this month, 10 young people celebrated their graduation with a Level One in introduction to hospitality after engaging in the restaurants program.


Employers For Childcare - Family Friendly Employer Awards
2 September 2019

Family Friendly Employer Awards – limited exhibition opportunities now available

Employers For Childcare still has a few exhibition spaces available at this year’s Family Friendly Employer Awards, which take place on Wednesday 16 October (over lunchtime) in Galgorm Resort & Spa. The Awards recognise those employees who go above and beyond legal requirements to support their employees through family friendly policies and initiatives.