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NWCN E-bulletin 07 December 2017

 

1 Upcoming with NWCN

2 REMINDER - Free Equipment & Training for Sports Clubs in the Western Trust Area 

3 Entries are open for the 2018 Epic Awards

4 Launch of manual for Consensual Decision Making 

5 Invitation: 'Brexit and our Human Rights' Report Launch 

6 Circus for Everyone

7 Latest offers from Salto Youth

8 Are you over 50? Ready to make a healthy change in your life?

9 Christmas Readaloud Monday 18th December 11am

10 UU PEP & Santander Internships - Employer Interest

11  Job Opportunity with HURT 

12 **External Trawl** The Third Space Project - Job Vacancies

13 Job Opportunities with The Verbal Arts Centre

14 North West Migrants Forum Facilitator opportunity

15 Search begins for new board members for the General Consumer Council

16 Job Opportunities with Derry City and Strabane District Council

17 FWIN Christmas Appeal 2017

18 Consumer Parliament to be held in the Guild Hall, Derry/Londonderry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  Upcoming with NWCN

 

Save the date for our Big Lottery funded Celebrate event: Networking & Well-being

  • Monday 18th December at 11am in Holywell, DCCP with Mrs Ireland 2018!

Mrs Ireland 2018 aka Jennifer Taylor will speak about her very personal 5 year battle with Mental Health Issues, including Depression and Anxiety.

 

DCSDC's Community Safety Warden's will also be in attendance to focus on personal and home security plus other issues relevant to us all.

 

We will end with a lovely hot networking lunch with festive treats served throughout!

 

To register for this event please contact Neola on info@nwcn.org or call 028 7127 9090

 

  • Raising the Standards of Fundraising in NI Workshop 

18 January 2017, 1:30-4:30pm
Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership

This free workshop facilitated by the Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland and funded by the Halifax Foundation for NI will inform and educate on fundraising codes of best practice and self-regulation for any charity involved in fundraising. There are a number of workshops running across Northern Ireland with this one being in the North West.

The purpose of this project is to develop best practice standards and compliance with self-regulation in fundraising across the charity sector in Northern Ireland. This workshop will provide guidance and support to charities to understand implications of fundraising self regulation and grow best practice with trustees, staff and volunteers and essentially those who benefit from charity services such as supporters, donors and funders of charities.

Participants will get the chance to learn about developing their fundraising best practice and compliance with legal obligations as well as benefitting from being more aware of the legal and reputational risks to fundraising practice and understand better their responsibilities.

Numbers are limited for this event so early booking is advisable:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raising-the-standards-of-fundraising-in-n-ireland-workshop-derrylondonderry-tickets-38744169855

 

  • Free Basic book-keeping for small charities

24 January 2018, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership

A free two hour practical workshop for treasurers, or those that keep the financial records, of small charities to help them establish appropriate financial systems.

Good financial management is an integral part of ensuring good governance as it not only helps charity trustees to fulfill their legal duties but also helps to protect the charity from mismanagement of funds.  Having robust financial procedures in place will help to improve organisational capacity and effectiveness.

The focus of this workshop will be on basic bookkeeping and financial management including setting up and maintaining the books (cash book, cheque ledger, petty cash); cash handling, understanding charity funds and accounts and the role of the treasurer.  

As we’re expecting a lot of demand for this training, we’re limiting places to one per organisation in the first instance and holding a waiting list for other interested members of the organisation.  

Kindly supported by Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland.

http://www.nicva.org/event/basic-book-keeping-for-small-charities-derry-city

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2 REMINDER - Free Equipment & Training for Sports Clubs in the Western Trust Area 

Closing date Thursday 14th December 2017 at 12 noon

 

The CLEAR Project, in conjunction with the Public Health Agency have received extra money which allows us to fund additional Sports Equipment Grants of £300 for constituted, voluntary sector Sports Clubs in the Western Trust Area. 

Groups can apply for sports equipment for their club and avail of Suicide Awareness and Mental Health Training.

In order to receive this aid Clubs must:

  • Be a constituted voluntary sector sports clubs and enclose copy of this document and a list of committee members;
  • Have a bank or building society account in the name of the club;
  • Be appropriately insured or prepared to obtain appropriate insurance if awarded;
  • Enclose most recent annual accounts or statement of income and expenditure which must be approved and signed by an office-holder;
  • Operate within the Western Trust area;
  • Have a significant impact upon or involvement from their local community;
  • Have a minimum of five members[1] attend SafeTALK training; 
  • Attendance at Mental Health First Aid training; (Optional)

Equipment requested should help the club develop activities that meet the needs of the local community and support the delivery of the Five Ways to Well Being, simple steps to improve your mental health through the themes of ‘Connect’, ‘Be active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning’ and ‘Give’.

Clubs will be asked to seek out three quotations for the equipment to ensure value for money, pay the chosen supplier directly and then submit original invoices relating to the purchase of the equipment to claim back the finance. If the Club doesn’t have the finances then requests for advance payment will be considered on a case by case basis.

Any relevant club within the Western Trust area can apply for the funding however preference will be given to:

  • Groups operating in the top 20% most disadvantages Wards/Super output areas,
  • Those with lower capacity.

Please note: funding award will not be released until members have completed safeTALK training; All training must be completed by 2nd February 2018.

To apply, please download the application form from our website www.dhcni.com/grants

 

Completed application forms and supporting documents will be accepted by email to carol@dhcni.com or by post to the CLEAR Project address below.

 

Applicants are responsible for ensuring the application is submitted in a timely manner. The CLEAR Project assumes no legal liability or responsibility resulting from any information technology problems when submitting the application.

 

If you are planning to email us your application, please make sure that all signatures are scanned copies of real signatures. We can’t accept a typed name.

CLEAR Project
Unit 13, Strabane Enterprise Agency
Orchard Road Industrial Estate
Orchard Road
Strabane
BT82 9FR

Tel: (028) 7138 3386

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3   Entries are open for the 2018 Epic Awards

 

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year. 

The 2018 Epic Awards is open for applications until 5pm, Thursday 11 January 2018!

 

Applications are simple and straightforward. Read more for an outline of eligibility and terms and click on Enter when you're ready to tell us about your Epic activities.

Follow Voluntary Arts on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news about next year's Epic Awards.

 

https://www.voluntaryarts.org/epic-awards

 

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4 Launch of manual for Consensual Decision Making 

 

This is the launch of a manual developed from a pilot project that promoted the use of Consensual Based Decision Making within councils, communities and consultations. The project specifically used the Modified Borda Count, promoting this as a tool to deal with contentious issues or to include minority voices in decision making.

 

When: Friday 15th December 2017

Time: 11-12.30pm (light lunch provided)

Where: St. Columb’s Park House

4 Limavady Road, Derry~Londonderry BT47 6JY

 

Please RSVP for confirmation: sharon@stcolumbsparkhouse.org

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5 Invitation: 'Brexit and our Human Rights' Report Launch 

 

Tuesday 12 December

You are invited to attend a report launch by the Human Rights Consortium.

Over the past year the Consortium has spent time researching the potential human rights impacts of Brexit and meeting and consulting with our members and civil society across Northern Ireland to gather their concerns.

 

Our report will combine and reflect all of this work and help highlight key human rights concerns in the Brexit process moving forward.

 

Join us on Tuesday 12 December from 13:30 - 15:00 at Unison, Galway House for the initial launch of this report. 

 

helen@humanrightsconsortium.org

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6 Circus for Everyone

 

In Your Space Circus, with support from The Executive Office, has developed a unique and innovative good relations programme for children and young people aged between nine and fifteen years. This programme, called Circus for Everyone, uses circus skills to creatively engage young people in a healthy and fun activity in order to increase their self-esteem and resilience. It is an activity that appeals to a broad range of participants because it has no alignment with a particular gender, age, racial group or community background. 

 

Alternatively, the Circus for Everyone programme can be a way for your organisation to reach out and work with another group. We can provide the means by which pupils/participants from different schools/groups can come together and, through shared experience to learn about diversity, tolerance and challenge stereotypes in a creative and fun environment.  Circus for Everyone is perfect if you are trying to engage your children and young people in wider community activities. 

 

This project is open to schools, community groups and cultural organisations within the greater Derry-Londonderry Area. However, we only have room for a few groups next term so if you are interested or would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can send an email Cara@inyourspaceni.org or call our office on 028 7137 7113. 

 

 

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 7 Latest offers from Salto Youth

 

Making Movies Matter
1 - 11 February 2018 | NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK, United Kingdom
Main aim of this project is to equip youth workers with competencies necessary for using movie-making as a methodology.
Organizer: Opportunity Global (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 14 December 2017

See details

 

A KIND OF MAGIC: long-term project promoting diversity
9 February - 27 May 2018 | Czech Republic and, Italy
Are you working with marginalised youth? Do you see diversity as a source of inspiration? Apply for A KIND OF MAGIC: long-term project (February-May 2018) with 2 residential training courses (9-16.2. & 21-27.5.2018) +coaching &practice phase in between.
Organizer: ANEV - Association for non-formal education (anev.cz) (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovak Republic, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 21 December 2017

See details

 
Call for trainers:
Campaigner for “Aware and Active (AAA)” project

 

Online version

 

Application Deadline: 15 December 2017

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8 Are you over 50? Ready to make a healthy change in your life?

 

If so, you may be interested in attending the Live Wise Age Well Programme,

The Live Wise Age Well programme is a six week programme to help people develop coping strategies and improve well-being.

The programme involves learning tools and techniques that you will hopefully find useful to help create a happy, healthy lifestyle. The course focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect our feelings and behaviour and teaches you coping skills for dealing with difficult problems. It will help us gain skills to change unhelpful ways of responding in difficult situations based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave.

 

Live Wise Age Well Programme

Session 1- Age Well – Adjusting to change as we age including the positives and the challenges.
Session 2 - Feel Well – Maintaining a healthier you.
Session 3 – Think Well – Maintaining a healthier mind.
Session 4 – Plan Well – What’s important to us in our life.
Session 5 – Connect Well – Exploring our personal relationships and the way we communicate .
Session 6 – In the last session we explore problem solving and recap on our learning. 

Start Date: Wednesday 24th January 2018

Time: 7pm to 9pm

 

Venue: St. Columb’s House Park, Waterside

Admission FREE

 

For more information or to book a place on Live Wise Age Well programme
Contact Mary on 02871365330 or E.mail to
mary@bbhealthforum.org

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 Christmas Readaloud Monday 18th December 11am

 

You’re invited to attend a Read Aloud Christmas Special, with friends of RNIB NI

Poetry and short stories will be read by sighted volunteers. Everyone welcome for a mince pie and some mulled wine. Come along and enjoy!

 

Monday 18th December 11.00-12.30pm
 

RNIB NI, Embassy Building, 3 Strand Rd, Derry/L’derry

Contact: Annmarie on 07864 067649 or Bernie on 028 71229 551

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10 UU PEP & Santander Internships - Employer Interest

  • Santander Graduate Internships – only SME’s are eligible

The Santander Universities initiative offers a paid 1 to 10 week internship with local SMEs across industry sectors. Vacancies are identified in consultation with faculties resulting in a full range of opportunity open to Ulster graduates and students. Placements up to 2 weeks can be fully funded at a rate of £300 per week. Placements between 3 - 10 weeks will be funded by Santander at a rate of £150 per week to the maximum of £1,500, this will then need match funded by the SME or another source to a minimum of £150 per week providing a wage of £300 per week.

  • Only SMEs or charitable organisations with employee/income restrictions of SMEs are eligible (Santander checks your SME status)
  • You, as the employer, will carry out the interviews and select the relevant candidate.
  • Ulster University administer the bursary payments
  • Ulster University will invoice you the employer

We encourage students/graduates to perform well on an internship on the hope they may be offered a permanent position.  

To express your interest please complete the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2361148/Ulster-University-Santander-SME-Employer-Interest

 

  • Professional Experience Programme (PEP) – start advertising in March 2018

This scheme offers local employers the opportunity to recruit an Ulster July 2018 graduate for a six month full-time role.

The graduate receives £6000 over the 6 month period with the employer contribution £3750. 

The following applies:

  • participating graduates complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice over the six month period.
  • the current six month period is September 2018 to March 2019
  • Ulster University administers the bursary payments

This will be the seventh year of this highly successful programme. In 2016/17 over 80% of participating graduates were offered further employment by their internship employer.

To express your interest please complete the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2559476/Ulster-University-PEP-Employer-Interest

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give Moira McCarthy a call on 028 716 75401 or email m.mccarthy2@ulster.ac.uk. Moira manages both programmes.

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11  Job Opportunity with HURT 

 

HURT wish to recruit for the following position:
 
Youth Outreach Officer (37.5 hours per week)
Salary: NJC Salary Scale 6
 
An application form, job description and specification for this post is available in electronic format by sending a request to
dessie@hurtni.org.uk or by telephone on 028 71369696. Please note that we will only consider the completed application form issued – CV’s will not be accepted.
 
Completed application forms must be returned to Dessie Kyle, HURT, 14 Clarendon Street, Derry / Londonderry, BT48 7ET by post on the 15th of December by 4.00p.m.
 
HURT is an equal opportunities employer and adheres to all fair employment and section 75 legislation.

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12 **External Trawl** The Third Space Project - Job Vacancies

 

Due to significant growth within EXTERN NI and its subsidiaries, we are currently seeking to recruit a team of motivated individuals for our Third Space project in the North West.

THE THIRD SPACE – A PEACE IV PROJECT


The Third Space, delivered in partnership with Verbal Arts Centre, is a new and innovative programme merging creative activities with the Interventative Relationship Model to deliver high impact and transformative engagement with 800 young people who are marginalized and disadvantaged from Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Donegal, Cavan and Fermanagh.

This programme aims to

  • Nurture and develop personal and civic capacity among young people who struggle to engage with their community and wider society
  • Contribute to lower levels of community divisions through positive personal development, purposeful learning and interaction.
  • The Third Space utilizes the existing infrastructure within Extern as well as Community and Youth Centres, healthcare settings and other local venues to deliver a fully accessible, customised programme of activities tailored to meet the needs of all participants.

This project has been supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the SEUPB.

We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:

Project Manager (SC1062/11/17)

Hours:             40 hours per week (current funding secured until December 2021)
Location:         Verbal Arts Centre, Derry/Londonderry
Salary:             Grade 6 - £27,316 per annum

Assistant Manager x 2 (SC1063/11/17)

Hours:             40 hours per week (current funding secured until December 2021)
Location:         1 x Belfast base – Queens Street

                        1 x Derry/Londonderry base – Verbal Arts Centre
Salary:             Grade 5 - £25,439 per annum

Keyworker x 12 (SC1061/11/17)

Hours:             40 hours per week (current funding secured until December 2021)
Location:         5 x Belfast base – Queens Street

                        5 x Derry/ Londonderry base – Verbal Arts Centre

                        2 x Enniskillen – Erne Family Centre, 15 Elliott Place
Salary:             Grade 5 - £21,618 per annum

Project Worker (SC1060/11/17)

Hours:             40 hours per week (current funding secured until December 2021)
Location:         Roscor Village, Fermanagh
Salary:             Grade 4 - £16,936 per annum

Please also ensure that this advert and its content is shared with staff who may be currently absent due to holiday leave, illness, maternity, paternity and also with Bank and agency workers.

 

The Job Description, Person Specification and Application forms can obtained from www.nijobs.com, www.communityni.org, www.extern.org and www.activelink.ie

Please note, ALL sections of the application forms (Parts A – F) must be completed and returned in order for Parts A and B of your application to go forward for shortlisting (please do not amalgamate the separate sections of the form). Please return your completed application form to jobs@extern.org

 

The closing date for all completed applications is: Friday 15th December 2017 at 12noon

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13   Job Opportunities with The Verbal Arts Centre

 

THE THIRD SPACE – A PEACE IV PROJECT

 

The Third Space, delivered in partnership with Extern, is a new and innovative programme merging creative activities with the Interventative Relationship Model to deliver high impact and transformative engagement with 800 young people who are marginalized and disadvantaged from Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Donegal, Cavan and Fermanagh.

This programme aims to

  • Nurture and develop personal and civic capacity among young people who struggle to engage with their community and wider society

Contribute to lower levels of community divisions through positive personal development, purposeful learning and interaction.

The Third Space utilizes the existing infrastructure within Extern as well as Community and Youth Centres, healthcare settings and other local venues to deliver a fully accessible, customised programme of activities tailored to meet the needs of all participants.

We invite applications for the following positions:

  1. Creative Manager (Part Time – 28 hours per week)
  2. Visual Artist (Info graphics/ Animation) (Part Time – 10 hours per week)
  3. Content Producer (Part Time – 20 hours per week)
  4. Literary Guide- Story Mapper (Full Time – 36 hours per week)
  5. OCN Portfolio Manager (Part Time – 20 hours per week)
  6. Mobile Field Officer (Part Time – 15 hours per week)

These are Fixed-term posts for four years based in Derry~Londonderry.

Please contact us for an application pack:

Contact: Sinead McLaughlin
Email:
sinead.mclaughlin@theverbal.co
Tel: 028 7126 6946

 

Closing date for applications is: 12 noon on Friday, 15th December 2017.

 

It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

In order to fulfil Funder requirements, Interviews will be held on 21st and 22nd of December 2017.

 

The Verbal Arts Centre operates a Child Protection Policy. The Verbal Arts Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

 

This project has been supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by SEUPB

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14  North West Migrants Forum Facilitator opportunity

 

The North-West Migrants Forum seeks expressions of interest from individuals wishing to tender their services as a facilitator for Intercultural/ Diversity projects activities at North West Migrants Forum events.

Please click on the link: 
NWMF Facilitators – EOI to download an expression of interest form. 

Deadline for submission of this form is the 11th of December 2017 at 12.00pm. 

We look forward to receiving your interest. 

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15 Search begins for new board members for the General Consumer Council
 
The Department for the Economy (DfE) is seeking to appoint three new members to the Board of the General Consumer Council (the Consumer Council). 
 
The Consumer Council is a public body, independent from government, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland consumers. Its aim is to make the consumer voice heard and make it count. It has specific functions in relation to energy, water, transport, postal services and food.
 
The appointments will commence on 1 April 2018 and the term of office is three years.
 
We wish to appeal to people from as wide a range of backgrounds and experiences as possible to help maximise the relevance of the Consumer Council to all of our citizens. We would encourage people of all ages, in particular those with a community or voluntary sector background and those from the rural communities to apply to bring some fresh perspectives on consumer issues.
 
We are operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.
 
The time commitment is normally 1 day per month with a remuneration of £106.50 (over 4 hours per day) and £53.26 (under 4 hours per day) plus travel and subsistence. All reasonable receipted dependant carer expenses will also be reimbursed where applicable.  
 
Meetings of the Board are normally held in Belfast, although they may occasionally meet in other venues across Northern Ireland.
 
No academic qualifications are required for the post. Appointments will be made on merit from those individuals who best satisfy 4 essential  criteriathinking strategically; working in partnership; communication skills plus a choice of 1  from the following -financial understanding; good governance or practical experience of consumer issues and representation.
 
Application Packs can be obtained from DfE Public Appointments Unit, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast, BT4 2JP. Contact details are:
Yvonne Green on 028 9052 9282           Textrelay: 18001 028 9052 9282                 Marcin Kilmasz on 028 9052 9531         Textrelay: 18001 028 9052 9531
Email:
pau@economy-ni.gov.uk

Website:  www.economy-ni.gov.uk (search under Current DfE Vacancies)
 
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 10 January 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted.
 
Interviews are scheduled to take place on 20th 27th and 28th February 2018.
 
This material will also be made available, on request, in other formats such as braille, large print, audio, etc.  All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.
 
Equality of Opportunity: The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes application forms from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.                

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16 Job Opportunities with Derry City and Strabane District Council

 

https://goo.gl/Cz9Ggw

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17 FWIN Christmas Appeal 2017

 

As the run in to Christmas begins FWIN are once again asking people to remember the local families who are struggling at this time.

We are asking people to buy an extra present when Christmas shopping this year for families in need, for children aged 0 - 16 years. You can drop in a single item, wrapped or unwrapped  (stating clearly if it is for a boy or girl and what age group if it's wrapped). If you prefer to drop in a 'shoe box' or gift bag,  this will be fine as long as it is clearly labelled.

If you wish to drop in a wrapped gift it is important to label it stating if it is for a boy or girl and what age they are:

0-2yrs                3-5yrs             6-10yrs            

10-12yrs            13-14yrs        15 -16yrs

 

All gifts can be dropped off at:

The Holywell Building
8 - 14 Bishop Street
Derry/Londonderry
BT486PW

 

The gifts will be distributed throughout the city and district by local charities. 

 

For further information contact FWIN on
tel: 028 71 266 291 or email:
info@fwin.org.uk

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18 Consumer Parliament to be held in the Guild Hall, Derry/Londonderry

 

Following on the hugely successful inaugural Consumer Parliament in Belfast earlier this year, The Consumer Council is now pleased to announce we are organising a similar event in Derry/Londonderry on 23 March 2018. 

 

The Parliament will provide consumers with the opportunity to raise the issues most important to them, learn about their consumer rights and, most importantly, how to save money and reduce their household bills.

 

The event will take place in the Guild Hall, Derry/Londonderry from 9.00am – 4.30pm.

The Parliament will allow attendees to have their say and vote on matters relating to energy, public transport, water services, postal services as well as general consumer issues.

We will also have opportunities for stakeholders to take an active part in the Parliament and engage with regional organisations, groups and individual consumers. Further updates on these opportunities will be released shortly.

 

If you wish to learn more please email thomas.mccaffery@consumercouncil.org.uk