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  • RNLI seeks opens recruitment for this season’s ambassadors

    Ready for a new challenge? Applications are now open for the RNLI face-to-face fundraisers for Northern Ireland. The role includes sharing vital safety messages and encouraging new supporters to sign up and donate.

    In 2020, face-to-face fundraising was severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the RNLI faced a significant shortfall in funding. This year, the lifesaving charity is looking to recruit face-to-face fundraisers, with most roles required for peak season.

    A role within the face-to-face fundraising team offers flexible working in some great locations around the coast and on some of the most beautiful beaches including Portrush in county Antrim and Bangor and Newcastle in county Down. The RNLI’s face-to-face fundraisers receive competitive rates of pay whilst developing valuable skills for life. If you are dynamic, engaging and have great interpersonal skills, this could be the role for you. Become an ambassador for the RNLI and help to save lives at sea.

    RNLI face-to-face fundraisers help thousands of people every year. Delivering lifesaving safety messaging will help people to enjoy the beach safely but lives are also saved by the money raised when inspiring new supporters to donate to the RNLI.

    Neal Somerville, RNLI Face-to-Face Fundraising Manager: ‘Our face-to-face fundraiser roles are the perfect fit for anyone who is friendly, relaxed, energetic and able to talk to anyone. Successful applicants will receive quality training which ensures they feel confident and capable in the role. Apply now for the opportunity to work at the beach and become part of the RNLI crew.’

    The face-to-face fundraising vacancies are available with a range of hours from part to full-time. Training will be given in all aspects required for the role.

    To apply or find out more information, visit RNLI.org/FundraiserJobs

  • Creative Arts competition unveiled as part of Council’s centenary programme

    Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Good Relations team is asking the public to share their creativity and love for the area as part of an art competition to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland.

    The NI100 project will showcase what residents are most proud of in the Causeway Coast and Glens area over the last 100 years.

    Whether a place, person, historical event, or just simply something within the area that means a lot to you, the project is asking people to get creative in any way you like. Entries can be submitted as a drawing, painting, poem, creative writing or any other arts or craft piece.

    Welcoming the project, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding, said: “With stunning landscapes and natural beauty, a rich history and culture, and a wealth of famous figures from the past, we are privileged to live in such a special place.

    “This project is a wonderfully creative way to celebrate the people and places that make the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough unique and I am calling on everyone’s help to showcase our shared love for the incredible place we call home.”

    There will be 4 prize categories:

    ·         Drawing / painting

    ·         Poem / written piece

    ·         Most creative

    ·         Original

    Winners will receive a Causeway Coast and Glens Gift Card that can be used in over 200 local independent businesses across the Borough.

    To take part in the project simply take a photo of your entry, if it’s not already digital or electronic, and submit via email to: good.relations@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk.

    The deadline is Friday 5th March 2021 at 12 noon. You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your submission. 

  • Playful Museums Week for Under 5’s

    Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is offering a week of virtual fun for children aged 1 to 5 during Playful Museum’s Week.

    Children can join Museum Services staff from Monday 15th to Saturday 20th February for ‘From Me to You’, which explores the journey of one little Bear’s postcard to his Granda Bear.

    From Me to You’ will be delivered virtually with animations, online instruction videos and downloadable resource packs posted on the Ballymoney Museum Facebook Page. These packs will have resources to help children create their own mailbag, postman hat, postcards, stamp, plane and posting games.

    A major part of this project is the creation of the child’s own portrait stamp and postcards. These can be posted to Ballymoney Museum and will then be delivered to care homes in the Borough as a way of connecting generations.

    Each child will be rewarded with a certificate to thank them for taking part in this year’s project and completed work will feature in an exciting new exhibition.

    To take part in Playful Museum’s Week email cms@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or visit Ballymoney Museum’s Facebook Page.

  • High Sheriff handover takes place at Cloonavin

    The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has offered his best wishes to the new High Sheriff of County Londonderry Paula McIntyre MBE.

    The popular chef officially accepted the Chain of Office at Cloonavin on Wednesday 26th January in the presence of outgoing High Sheriff, artist Ross Wilson, the Lord Lieutenant of the County Mrs Alison Millar and Alderman Mark Fielding.

    Paula is well known as a chef on both television and radio, as well as being a teacher, author and advocate of local produce.

    Speaking after the handover, Alderman Fielding said: “Paula is a fantastic ambassador for the area, and I am delighted to see her taking on this role. I wish her every success for the year ahead, and I know she will seize every opportunity to promote the Borough and showcase its many special attributes, not least our local produce and artisan sector.”

    Paula, who is originally from Aghadowey, will hold the office of High Sheriff for one year.

  • Good Relations programme continues with a virtual event

    Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Good Relations Hear Here programme continues with a virtual evening of Ulster Scots and Irish language onTuesday 2nd February at 7pm via Zoom.

    ‘From a KIST o WURDS to An CÚPLA FOCAL’, the live event will see Liam Logan and Linda Ervine share their extensive experience of working within Ulster Scots and Irish Language communities, recounting stories of working in the field of language promotion and their passion for Irish and Ulster Scots.   

    To take part in the free session register via Eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-a-kist-o-wurds-to-an-cupla-focal-tickets-138233352679, or contact bebhinn.mckinley@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

    The Hear Here programme began on Burns Night on January 26th with over 50 participants enjoying a talk by historian David Hume MBE on the history and background to Burns and his influence on the Weaver poets such as James Orr. Storytelling and poetry, which is a rich part of our culture and tradition, was provided by Liz Weir, Storyteller-in-residence with Libraries NI.  No Burns Night would be complete without the address to the Haggis which was kindly provided virtually by Ulster Scots Community Network along with music and songs by Robert Burns from An Corraiste/ The Luck Penny.  

    This programme is supported by The Executive Office through the District Council Good Relations Programme as part of the Together: Building a United Community and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

  • Mobile masts to boost 4G rural coverage

    O2, Three and Vodafone will partner to build and share 222 new mobile masts to boost rural coverage across the United Kingdom and deliver the first stage of the Shared Rural Network (SRN).

    This programme of investment will increase coverage in each of the UK nations, with 11 new sites in Northern Ireland.

    The construction of the new masts will commence in 2021 and is scheduled to be completed by 2024 in line with the agreement reached with the UK Government and Ofcom.

    The construction of the new masts will commence in 2021 and is scheduled to be completed by 2024 in line with the agreement reached with the UK Government and Ofcom.

    The three mobile operators will now engage with local stakeholders and other key parties to ensure a timely and efficient roll out that unlocks the benefits of 4G for these rural communities offering customers in very remote areas increased choice and fuller value from their contracts where they live, work or travel.

    The exact number and location of masts will be subject to finding suitable sites, obtaining power supply and backhaul and securing the necessary permissions through the planning system.

    The new investment as part of the programme, will extend the proportion of UK landmass where all mobile networks provide 4G services from 67% to 84%, and virtually eliminate Partial Not Spots (PNSs) – areas where at least one, but not all four of the UK’s mobile networks provide 4G coverage.

    In Northern Ireland the SRN will see 4G coverage rise to at least 85% of landmass from 75%.

  • Mayor honours Portrush man after house fire rescue

    The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has honoured a Portrush man who rescued his neighbour from a house fire earlier this month.

    Conard McCullough raced to the aid of the woman when her home went up in flames on January 8th. He used a ladder to scale the outside of the building and was able to help her to safety. Alderman Mark Fielding met with Mr McCullough on Tuesday (January 19th) at West Strand where he presented a certificate and a token of appreciation.

    Alderman Fielding said: “Conard did a very selfless thing and as Mayor I wanted to recognise his bravery which helped to avert a potential tragedy. His decision to take immediate action to help his neighbour undoubtedly saved a life, and during these difficult times it’s been encouraging for all of us to see community spirit in action in this way.

    “On behalf of the Borough, I want to thank Conard for his actions which are an example to us all. Since the fire, the wider locality has rallied to support those directly affected and this further demonstration of community strength and resilience is something which we are also grateful for. We are certainly stronger when we look out for one another, and this outpouring of support offers much needed hope at this time.”

  • Success for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s pre-loved toy appeal

    Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is celebrating the success of its pilot pre-loved Christmas toy appeal.

    In the run up to the festive period, Council asked residents to donate used toys and games which were then distributed to deserving families.

    A special collection point was set up at Limavady Household Recycling Centre from Monday 7th December until Wednesday 18th December, with generous residents donating items ranging from bikes and bouncers to Scrabble and scooters.

    Working in partnership with Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI), over 350 pre-loved items were donated to 54 different families.

    The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding, said: “As part of Council’s LiveSmart ethos, we wanted people to reuse and recycle where they could at Christmas. By donating toys that they no longer needed, participants have also made a positive impact on the lives of those within our community. 

    “We cannot underestimate the difference this will have made at such an important time of year. I want to thank all of those who donated to this appeal, along with our partners at LCDI, who were central to its success.

    “All donations were gratefully received, and will have brought untold joy to many children. We look forward to building on this pilot success next year.”

    Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s LiveSmart initiative aims to encourage, inform and involve all our residents, businesses and visitors to live more lightly on our planet by taking simple steps to protect our environment.

  • Improve your well-being with an online mindfulness course from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Arts Service

    Flowerfield Arts Centre and Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre are offering a creative way to improve well-being with a new online mindfulness course for adults.

    Starting on January 27th, the Restore course will take place online each Wednesday evening for four weeks, starting at 7.30pm via Zoom.

    Restore features four sessions exploring mindfulness and relaxation techniques combined with drawing and creativity.

    The course, which aims to help people find ease in mind and body and equip them to manage stress more effectively, will be delivered by Deborah Mullan of Tree & Tide, an accredited psychotherapist and nature therapy guide living on the Causeway Coast.

    The friendly and informal course is part of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Arts Service’s ArtBeat Initiative which focuses on creativity and well-being.

    The course costs £20 per person. Places are limited so for more information and to book visit www.flowerfield.org or www.roevalleyarts.com. ​​

  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council launches centenary civic gift initiative

    Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will present a civic gift to individuals, organisations or businesses who celebrate their 100th birthday in 2021.

    It’s part of Council’s programme of events to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland, which will showcase the very best of the Borough through the century, and what makes it such a special place.

    The Council is now calling on the public to help identify those eligible to receive this honour throughout the year.

    The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding explained: “A centenary birthday or anniversary is a very special occasion, and even more so in 2021 as we prepare to mark 100 years of Northern Ireland.

    “If you know of a family member, friend or neighbour who will turn 100 this year then let us know so we can include them in this once-in-a-lifetime initiative. Similarly, if you know of a business who will celebrate its 100th anniversary please come forward. We want to reach out to all those for whom 2021 marks 100 years of achievement and history, and help to celebrate this with a token of our congratulations.

    “As a Council, it is our aim to utilise the centenary to celebrate our people, places and products and this includes our oldest residents and institutions who have been a part of the fabric of our society for the past century.”

    The scheme is now open, and will apply to all centenary birthdays and anniversaries from January 1st 2021 until December 31st 2021.

    If you want to nominate an eligible recipient then please email mayorsoffice@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or ring 028 7034 7010.