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West Belfast Partnership Board
November Update


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Welcome to West Belfast Partnership’s ezine update with our latest news and links to some of our resources and programmes!

West Belfast Partnership promotes and supports the regeneration of West Belfast. We work with community, statutory, political and business sectors to improve the lives of people living in the west of the city and to get a better deal for West Belfast, its people and places.

Please feel free to circulate and share with interested groups and individuals!
Jim Donnelly
Chairperson
West Belfast Partnership Board
Introducing Kevin Bailey
Our new Strategic Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator.
We are delighted to introduce new staff member Kevin Bailey who will focus on our priorities of preventing the spread of COVID 19, improving health and wellbeing, building resilience, and tackling health inequalities across West Belfast. Kevin will support the West Belfast Partnership Health Committee and work collaboratively with a broad range of groups and individuals in the community, voluntary, statutory, business sectors to improve the health and wellbeing of the West Belfast population.
 
A native of West Belfast, Kevin has solid experience working in the areas of mental health, self-harm, suicide prevention, homelessness and training and is happy to be back working in West Belfast.
 
 “I am eager to engage with the many fantastic people and organisations across West Belfast that are actively working to support a West Belfast community that is resilient and enjoys improved health and wellbeing.  I will be out and about (Covid permitting) over the coming weeks and months to develop these connections.  I can be contacted at the West Belfast Partnership Board on 028 9080 9202 or kevin.bailey@wbpb.org “.
 
West Belfast Partnership thank the Public Health Agency for funding this post.
West Belfast Annual
Community Environment Awards
DEADLINE EXTENDED!!

Now in its 18th year, the West Belfast Annual Community Environment Awards celebrate the work of local people in west Belfast who improve and enhance the quality of the environment in which they live, work or are educated. Through the Awards, West Belfast Partnership and our sponsors actively promote environmental regeneration efforts across west Belfast.

This year our sponsors include Ark Housing Association, Translink and Bryson Recycling. In this year of the Covid pandemic we have also introduced the Living Through the Lockdown Award – sponsored by McCloy Consulting - to celebrate how the west Belfast community were inspired by the environment in their response to the pandemic.

 
Due to the extended schools closure in Oct - Nov,
we are extending the applications deadline to:
Friday 20 November 4 p.m.

Click Here for Application:
West Belfast Annual Community Environment Awards Application
The Adventures of Harper the Wonder Dog
Based on Harper the Wonder Dog, written for West Belfast Partnership by local author Liz Gough, The Adventures of Harper the Wonder Dog with Emer and Lorcan videos have been produced to disseminate key education and health messages during Covid-19 to young children and their parents.

For the last five years the puppets have been used to promote literacy in all local schools and community based day care centres, which means they are familiar to children and a great way to deliver key Covid-19 messages.
  
Many thanks to Liz Gough and Michael McGlade at Yellow Design for their hard work and help with this programme.

 
The Adventure of Harper the Wonder Dog with Emer and Lorcan can be accessed using the links below:
Having fun indoors
Playing in the garden
Helping at Home
Washing your hands
The World Around Us
Playing and meeting friends
They are also available on the Department of Education website via the link below.
https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/articles/support-parents-and-pupils    

This programme is funded by the Department of Education and Future Screens NI.
GCSE Maths and English Online Classes 
West Belfast Partnership GCSE Maths and English Online Classes are beginning next week and will be delivered via Zoom by qualified teachers. Maths support will be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and English support on Wednesday evening.

Places are limited and to book a place contact
louise@wbpb.org or ring West Belfast Partnership Monday-Friday 10.a.m.-1.p.m.

In response to Covid-19, we have worked with local teachers David Bell and Catriona Donaghy to develop new GCSE Maths and English Support Facebook pages to provide extra supports to students. This has proved to be a resounding success, with 52 videos uploaded and over 88,000 engagements and views. Have a look via the links below:


https://www.facebook.com/West-Belfast-Partnership-Maths-Support-108108034160705/

https://www.facebook.com/West-Belfast-Partnership-English-Support-121841999454983/

 
Transformative Leadership Programme Is Back!
West Belfast Partnership are delighted to be delivering the ILM accredited Level 3 Transformative Leadership Programme (TLP), which is part of Belfast City Council’s wider Peace IV Transform for Change programme. This online, interactive course builds leadership skills and solution-focused approaches that contribute to positive change in local communities and across Belfast.

Each participant will gain new skills for building collaboration and learn new ways of working between people in the community and voluntary sector, the public sector and political sector who want to make life better in Belfast’s interface areas.

Participants will also be able to take part in other PEACE IV events run by Belfast City Council, including area and city wide networking events, community engagement events and study visits (Covid restrictions permitting).

The Transformative Leadership Programme is funded by the PEACE IV through Belfast City Council with NICVA as the lead partner.  

For further information contact Joe Duffy at joe@wbpb.org
New Funding Opportunity from
Department of Communities
Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has launched the £3.3million Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund to continue her Department’s support of this vital Sector.

This fund will help to safely deliver essential services during the Covid-19 crisis, with an allocation of £2.5m to assist with the safe reopening of the VCSE sector and additional funds of £800,000 to provide IT and digital devices to VCSE groups which need to move services to an online platform.

The fund opens for applications on Thursday 12 November 2020 and will be distributed by Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network.

Groups can apply for awards up to £5,000 for purchase of PPE and IT and digital devices. 
Further information is available at:

https://cooperationireland.org/projects/covid-recovery-application/ 
For further information on our work and programmes please contact:


Unit 11, Curran House
Twin Spires Centre
155 Northumberland Street
Belfast, BT13 2JF

Email: info@wbpb.org
telephone: 02890 809 202

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