North Belfast community groups and post primary schools, supported by Belfast Strategic Partnership will host and participate in the annual all Ireland Cycle Against Suicide, to raise awareness of the considerable help and support that is available for individuals and families battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.
The Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast will welcome the peloton of nearly 500 cyclists all dressed in orange as they descend on B [...]
Active Belfast have officially launched this year's Grant Scheme.
The team are calling on community, voluntary, statutory and private organisations across Belfast to apply for funding through the Active Belfast Grant Scheme 2017/18.
If you have an innovative and sustainable project which includes partnership working and enables more people in Belfast to be physically active and promote healthy eating, you may be eligible for a large citywide grant of £25,000 or a small grant of £10,00 [...]
Our Active Belfast Team are hosting four local information sessions across the city week commencing 27 February 2017 in preparation for the roll out of Active Belfast Grants Scheme 2017-18.
Sessions will include information on this year’s themes and the promotion of healthy eating, the grant application process and an overview of all policies organisations are required to have in order to be eligible to apply for funding.
Click here for the Information Sessions Schedule.
Please n [...]
Kick-start a healthier lifestyle and show your heart some love!
With coronary heart disease being a major cause of death, it’s so important to do what we can to look after our heart. There are many ways we can do this; quit smoking, maintain a healthy weight, drink less alcohol, do more exercise and eat healthily.
Check out these top nutritional tips for a healthy heart...
Choose fibre rich foods such as wholegrain cereals, pulses (beans, peas & lentils), five portions of fr [...]
Danderball has arrived at Better and we want you to get involved.
Walking Football is similar to five-a-side football but the difference is that players are not allowed to run, jog or sprint whether on or off the ball.
Age-friendly Belfast in partnership with Better Leisure Centres, Belfast Community Sports Development Network and Irish Football Association are hosting an open session in Girdwood Hub on Thursday 19th January from 11am until 1pm.
Guest speakers and current participan [...]
The December issue of our Age-friendly Belfast update is available to read online.
Highlights include coverage of the Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards, an update on the Age-friendly Belfast charter, important information on how to stay safe this Winter and much more.
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the Age-friendly Belfast Update please contact our Age-friendly Belfast team on 028 9050 2073 or email Anne Ross at email@example.com.
Danderball has arrived at Better and we want you to get involved!
Danderball is walking football, similar to five-a-side football but the difference is that players are not allowed to run, jog or sprint whether on or off the ball.
Age-friendly Belfast in partnership with Better Leisure Centres, Belfast Community Sports Development Network and the Irish Football Association are hosting an open session in Girdwood Community Hub on Thursday 19 January from 11am until 1pm.
Guest speakers and [...]
The five Northern Ireland Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (NIDACTs), alongside the Public Health Agency (PHA), would like to invite you to apply for grants of up to £500 (maximum of two per organisation) to develop and run events and or initiatives in support of Dry January/Feel Good February 2017.
The focus of Dry January is to support and encourage people to totally abstain from drinking alcohol for that whole month by providing alcohol related information, advice and/or support and su [...]
Age-friendly Belfast is delighted the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has signed up to the age-friendly Charter.
The Charter was produced to help organisations and business to sign up to shared standards that will help make Belfast a city where older people live life to the full.
[caption id="attachment_2527" align="alignright" width="300"] Pictured (back row): Belfast Health and Social Care Trust staff, Dr Cathy Jack, Bryan Nelson, Marie Heaney. Front row: Rita Murray, Dr Michael McB [...]
Footprints Women's Centre held a very successful "Fruit for the Future" event which involved children from Footprints Daycare and Senior Citizens Group, 50+ Group and Young Girls Group all helping plant local varieties of apple, pear and plum trees at the centre.
In the future, fruit from the trees will be used in the Footprints catering service and cooking programmes. Leftover fruit will be used to make jams and chutneys.
Each tree was named and dedicated to a particular person or or [...]
[caption id="attachment_2291" align="alignright" width="300"] Active Belfast's Rachel O'Reilly with SITLess Participants at NICHS Event[/caption]
The SITLess study is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project conducted by Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with six other institutions based in Europe.
The study aims to assess how combining an exercise referral programme with additional sessions to encourage active lifestyles can influence sitting time in older adults aged 65 years or ove [...]
The East Belfast Dementia Friendly Steering Group has won the Dementia Friendly Community of the Year (City) award at Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly awards.
The steering group members work with people living with dementia in East Belfast, helping them feel valued, safe and supported to live full independent lives. Together they are working to increase awareness and understanding, inclusion and support for people living with dementia.
The focus of the group over the next six mo [...]
Belfast City Council would like to invite you to join them for this year's International Men's Day being held on Friday 18 November from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm at Belfast City Hall. This event is perfect for you if you work in government, statutory agencies, community or voluntary organisations or are interested in men's health and wellbeing.
This year's focus is placed on health inequalities and physical activity with Patrick Nelson the Chief Executive of the Irish Football Association as our [...]
Belfast Festival of Learning would like to hear from organisations who would like to host an event at its festival on 20-26 March 2017.
The Festival aims to engage Belfast citizens in learning and to inspire interest and enjoyment through a week-long programme of interactive learning events and workshops. It also aims to showcase the range of learning opportunities that exist in the city.
Once again, we particularly wish to promote events that encourage the participation of grou [...]
Currently working with a group of overweight or obese adults who are keen to lose weight?
Keen to take part in an exciting new evidence based weight management programme pilot?
Able to attend 2 days of facilitator training on 1 and 7 December 2016
Already walk leader trained or free to attend walk leader training on 12 October or 13 December 2016
Free to facilitate a 12 week programme (1 face to face session per week) from Jan 2017- July 2017 (extended from March [...]
Tracy Montague (pictured above in middle) is a Diabetes Specialist Physical Activity Referral Coach on our Diabetes Type II Physical Activity Referral Pilot Programme.
The aim of the Diabetes programme is to empower participants to increase their physical activity levels over 12 weeks.
Participants are encouraged to make positive lifestyle choices and maintain their physical activity after the 12 weeks, one year and beyond.
The Pilot project is currently running acro [...]
Pictured | Active Belfast's Rachel O'Reilly with SITless Participants at NICHS Event
Our Active Belfast Team extends a special thanks to Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) and participants from their NICHS Support Groups who recently took part in the SITless Research Pilot Project.
The SITless study is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project which aims to assess how combining an exercise programme (ERS) with additional sessions to encourage active lifestyles (SMS) can influence [...]
Get cooking...making the most of your food parcel guide has been put together by the Health Promotion Team, Community Nutrition and Dietetics at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
This guide contains simple recipes based on common items that you will find in any food parcel received from a local food bank. It gives examples of how these foods can be used to produce more balanced meals on a budget.
Check out the ‘savvy shopping’ section to find some suggestions on budget friendl [...]
Positive Ageing Month is a month-long festival of events and activities for older people.
It celebrates the contribution older people make to their communities and the city of Belfast.
Now in its second year, the festival includes activities to suit all tastes, from movies to walks, from chocolate tasting to disco dancing. It also includes lots of great arts and cultural activities in the city’s best known arts and heritage venues.
Booking for some events is essential, so please check [...]
Bryson Energy in partnership with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are providing a Home Safety Check & Handyman service for older people living in Belfast. The service is aimed at those over 65 years (or vulnerable adult) living in the Belfast City Council area. The service provides a free home safety check and reduced handyman repair rates, the service is available 9am - 5pm (excl public holidays).
The service for those age 65+ (or vulnerable adult) and in receipt of benefits are [...]
Northern Ireland to be transformed into real-life walking and cycling game
Tens of thousands of residents are expected to take part in Beat the Street – a hugely successful community-health initiative which has helped hundreds of thousands of people in towns and cities across the UK to become more active. The project in Northern Ireland is being funded by the National Charity partnership – a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco.
Belfast - challe [...]
The Well on Wheels project aims to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and offers practical help for people to get about by bike. The event provides information and guidance on cycle training, bike maintenance information on planning routes to travel safely around Belfast. Dieticians from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust will be providing guidance on ‘food as fuel’ and information on basic nutrition to stay healthy and active.
There are two upcoming events in Septemb [...]
The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are pleased to offer the Boccia Leader’s Award training, the course is aimed at people who are interested in starting out on the Boccia coaching ladder and will equip them to run regular sessions. The Boccia Leaders Award is free of cost, with no previous experience required to take part.
Date| Wednesday 14 September
Time| 9.45am - 1.45pm
Venue| Knockbracken Hall, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, BT8 8BH.
Places are allocate [...]
A healthy, well balanced lifestyle is important to us all. The Eatwell Guide, which replaces the Eatwell plate, was launched in Northern Ireland in April 2016. The Guide shows visually what we should eat to have a healthy, balanced diet. We should aim to achieve this balance over a day or week.
The Eatwell Guide is suitable for most adults and children over 2 years. Children younger than this have different nutritional needs.
The Eatwell Guide is also suitable for vegetarians and those [...]
Are you looking to pass on your cooking skills to your community in a fun, sustainable way? Then consider signing up to become a Cook it! Tutor.
Cook it! is a 6 week practical nutrition education programme aimed at encouraging those cooking on a limited budget. It helps participants to enhance cooking skills and learn more about a balanced diet.
The Cook it! programme is a 2 day tutor training course provided by the Community Nutrition Dietetic Services (CNDS) and delivered locally by [...]
The Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards, supported by Volunteer Now, are an opportunity for Belfast-based community and voluntary groups and organisations to recognise their volunteers who are aged 60 years and over.
The awards celebrate the considerable contribution and positive impact that older volunteers make to the work of a wide variety of Belfast organisations and groups.
Nominations for the Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards are now open.
This year’s award cat [...]
Over the past few months we launched our living life to the full campaign.
It highlighted that older people work, volunteer, provide care and take part in community and family life.
We now want to find out how effective our campaign has been.
Please help us do this by completing our short questionnaire below.
Living Life to the Full – Online Survey
You can read about our contributors stories by clicking the links below
Eamon & Anne's Story
People living in Belfast are invited to share their ideas about emotional health and wellbeing by completing a Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) survey.
‘Have Your Say Belfast’ seeks views from people living in the city in regards to their emotional health and wellbeing, and that of their family and wider community. The results of the survey will inform future developments to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in Belfast.
Speaking about the survey, Dr Eddie Rooney, Chie [...]
Belfast Festival of Learning 2017
Save the Date: 20-26 March 2017
Following the first Belfast Festival of Learning in March this year, the Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) would like to build on all the positive energy, creativity and collaboration which was generated across the city, and BSP will co-ordinate a second Belfast Festival of Learning in 2017.
We encourage the many groups and organisations in the city who provide learning opportunities to pl [...]
Diabetes Physical Activity Referral Pathway- Expression of Interest
The pilot programme for the Diabetes Physical Activity Referral Pathway is now ready to commence and requires the use of appropriate community facilities in areas with a high prevalence of Diabetes. There will be four pilot programmes located within North, South, East and West of the city.
Active Belfast would like to invite interested parties to complete an Expression of Interest Form Diabetes Referral PDF for use of [...]
The Belfast Strategic Partnership’s (BSP’s) Active Belfast team has awarded 22 groups an Active Belfast grant. Each grant was awarded to help promote a physical activity and healthy eating project across Belfast communities. Many groups will benefit from this support including school children, young people, unemployed, and older people.
The projects have been awarded to help address health inequalities. This year nearly half a million pounds was awarded to groups to deliver projects under [...]
Take 5 Award Winners
Six community and voluntary groups have been awarded a ‘Take 5 Legacy Award’ for delivering and supporting the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’ across Belfast, presented by Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Arder Carson.
Each award recognised the work undertaken by each group for delivering the Take 5 message: Give, Be active, Connect, Keep Learning and Take notice.
The winners are:
Belfast Healthy Living Centres (HLCs) Network The HLCs developed a calendar o [...]
Do you and your colleagues want to increase your physical activity and feel great for the Summer? If so...the Active Belfast Challenge needs you!
The month long workplace challenge from 2-29 May, is a fun way to get active! All you have to do is log your journeys every day or all in one go.
Picture: Anne Ross (middle), a winner of the Active Belfast Challenge 2015.
You could replace your usual car journey with walking or cycling, take public transport or car share.
Do yo [...]
Would you like to be a part of our 2017 Age-friendly Belfast calendar? Then read on!
In our last edition of our Age-friendly update we told you to look out for Age-friendly Belfast's Living Life to the Full campaign. It highlighted that older people work, volunteer, provide care and take part in community and family life.
We now want you to get involved by sending us a photo of you living life to the full. We'll then consider your photo for our 2017 calendar and let you know if you h [...]
Congratulations to Cedar Foundation's 'On Yer Bike' project which collected the Healthy Lifestyle Award at this year's Belfast Sports Awards.
Supported through Active Belfast, 'On Yer Bike' is a recreational cycling club set up to support people with disabilities to lead more active lifestyles. the club is growing from strength to strength over 50 members. providing access to a range of specialised bikes for people with disabilities including mobility and visual impairments.
For more i [...]
Why not take the first steps...
Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra support to keep well.
There are five simple actions to help maintain and improve your emotional wellbeing in everyday life. Try to build these in to your daily life - think of them as your 'five a day' for emotional wellbeing.
Give – volunteer your time. Thank someone. Smile.
Be active – any amount of physical activity is good for you.
Press Release| Monday 7 March 2016
Be part of putting people at the heart of learning
The Belfast Strategic Partnership’s (BSP’s) Lifelong Learning Thematic Group has launched its first Belfast Festival of Learning today. This unique festival aims to demonstrate learning in all its forms across Belfast, covering:
Learning through education
Learning for life
Learning to live together
Learning for and in work
The theme of t [...]
Jog Belfast in partnership with Active Belfast is hosting its first ever 5K run through and around Ormeau Park on Sunday 20 March at 10.00am.
Jog Belfast's aim is to tackle obesity across Belfast by promoting physical activity. This can help people lose weight as well as boost their confidence. Exercise improves mental health and physical health and can help reduce certain chronic illnesses.
The race is open to anyone over the age of 14 and limited to a thousand people. Everyone will g [...]
Eamon and Anne - “We’re here for our grandchildren as much as possible.”
Eamon and Anne are grandparents. Their daughter, Claire, is mum to two young children.
She works full-time so Eamon and Anne help out as much as possible. They help with the school-run, picking their grandchildren up and dropping them off to school.
They help with homework, shopping and meal times and always fun with their grandchildren along the way! [...]
Sam Glenn, butcher, “I’m passing on my skills and experience.”
Sam is a butcher on the Shankill Road, Belfast.
Butchering is the only job he has ever had. Before he left school he was working in a butcher’s shop.
Sam his craft over 45 years ago and has passed these skills on to a couple of dozen people – including William (pictured) his future son-in-law.
Sam says: “It’s a pleasure for me to pass on 45 years of experience and hopefully someone will take over from [...]
Janet - “My voluntary work helps people settle in to our culture.”
Janet taught Spanish and French for 30 years.
One day at a dance class she was asked if she could help teach English to speakers of other languages. She lived in Tanzania before and says she knows how difficult it is to settle into a new culture.
Janet says her voluntary work has taught her a lot. She has learned all sorts of tips from her students.
Volunteering has given Janet a new insight into other culture [...]
Eleanor and Billy – “I’m helping him stay in our home.”
Husband and wife, Eleanor and Billy live together in their Belfast home.
Billy is in the early stages of Dementia. Billy goes to a day centre three times a week but for the rest of the time, Eleanor cares for him, on her own.
Eleanor does everything that is necessary to help Billy, from getting ready in the morning, making food and looking after his general wellbeing. [...]
Self Assessment Form for this year's Active Belfast Grant Scheme 2016-17 deadline has now passed.
Applicants should know if they have been successful to receive Stage 2| Application Form week commencing Monday 14 March 2016.
More information on the application process can be found here. [...]
This year's Active Belfast Grant Scheme application process is in full swing. Each grant must encompass a physical activity and nutrition component.
The themes are
Active Travel| To increase the number of people cycling/walking throughout the city and encourage healthy eating.
Active Neighbourhoods| Using local community resources such as places, equipment or people, to allow more people to be physically active and to eat more healthily.
Stage 1 of this process is to complete and [...]
After the huge success of their Danderball sessions across the city Age-friendly Belfast are hosting a celebration event on Wednesday 2 March 2016, 12 noon to 2.00 pm in Girdwood Community Hub.
Come along to see for yourself how the game is played & receive more information on Danderball sessions in your local area!
For more information please download the Age-friendly Belfast Danderball Celebration Event Flyer or contact Anne Ross on email at firstname.lastname@example.org o [...]
The Belfast Strategic Partnership’s (BSP) Age-friendly Belfast team has launched a campaign today called ‘Living Life To The Full’.
The campaign aims to demonstrate how older people contribute to society through:
Working-older people are passing on their skills and contributing to the workplace
Volunteering – by giving their time and skills, older people are helping others in society and in their local communities
Caring – older people play a key role in helping their [...]
Following the launch in 2015 of Belfast Strategic Partnership’s “Belfast a Learning City” and the Learning Charter for Belfast, BSP’s Lifelong Learning Thematic Group is hosting Belfast’s first Festival of Learning in 2016.
This unique festival aims to engage Belfast citizens in learning, and inspire interest and enjoyment, through a week long programme of interactive learning events and workshops.
During the week of 7- 13 March 2016 organisations will be showcasing a diverse ran [...]
This is the fifth year of the Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Active Belfast Grant Scheme. To support the Active Belfast Grants Scheme this year there will be four workshops held across the city during the week commencing the 22 February 2016, supported by the Belfast Area Partnerships.
The workshops will include information on the application process, what information is expected within each question and an overview of all policies organisations are required to have in order to be elig [...]
To celebrate the great work taking place across Belfast on the Take 5 steps to wellbeing, Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Thematic Group is inviting entries for a Take 5 Legacy Award.
The awards will be given to Belfast community groups who are supporting and delivering the Take 5 steps to wellbeing.
If you’d like to nominate your own group or enter another group for an award, download a Take 5 Legacy Awards Nomination Form and Guidance Notes.
The Roles We Play is a photography exhibition from ATD Fourth World, a human rights based, anti-poverty organisation.
The exhibition aims to challenge negative stereotypes of people who experience poverty and social exclusion.
The exhibition is open to the public from Monday 18 to Thursday 28 January 2016 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm) in the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast.
If you would like to meet some of those featured in the exhibition at special viewings in the Group Sp [...]