Connections 2012 Roadshow Tour

Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

Another successful schools conference roadshow has just ended. The 10 venues covered in the 2 week tour were well attended by pupils and teachers from all parts of Northern Ireland. There were two new venues this year—Carrick Town Hall and the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena—and some new schools who had not been at a conference before. Evaluation responses have been very positive.

One teacher who attended the Belfast conference commented: "As always it was an excellent event dealing with the issues in a relevant, engaging and age appropriate way. The feedback has again been extremely positive and given rise to interesting discussions in class".



The team behind the conferences work extremely hard to achieve high standards in both the presentations and the overall production, making each conference a polished, professional event.

More photos can be found on the Face Book page


Open Day at Life House

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

An Open Day was held at the new Life House on 25th September to raise awareness of the support service with health professionals and organisations and make new contacts in the local area.

It was also an occasion to mark the 25 years of the previous Life House and some of the staff and volunteers who had worked there came along to admire the new flats.

National Head of Housing, Margaret Coward and the Supported Housing Manager for Oaklee Housing, Eileen Dealy shook hands to mark the beginning of the new joint management partnership.



Skydiving for Life

Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

A spectacular way to fundraise!


Aislinn Madden, one of our Pregnancy Matters volunteers, took on a new challenge earlier this month when she completed a parachute jump from 13,000 ft to raise money for our Pregnancy Matters service! 


Aislinn explains "I've been a volunteer with Pregnancy Matters for almost 4 years and have helped with other fundraising events but this time I wanted to do something really special to spead the word about this fantastic service. Pregnancy Matters help women and their families deal with pregnancy issues or cope with pregnancy loss and provides practical help and support as well."

The skydive was an experience never to be forgotten and she loved every minute of it. 

A special page has been set up on the JustGiving website where people can donate online. Donations have been flooding in and looks like Aislinn will certainly exceed her target of £500. The page will remain open, so it's not too late to donate and show your appreciation for our brilliant and super brave volunteer!


Life House moves to East Belfast

Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00


Life Housing, which has been providing supported accommodation in Belfast for over 30 years, has begun a new chapter.  

The LIFE House in Belfast, which accommodates homeless pregnant women, mothers and young children with support needs, moved to a new building last month.

Vivien Hunter, Director of Life NI welcomes this move.

"We opened our first LIFE House opened in East Belfast back in 1981. We then moved to a better property in South Belfast in 1986 and now 25 years later we're back in East Belfast again, with an even better LIFE House, meeting all the current standards for supported housing."

Support workers, Julie Clark & Glenys Dunlop at the old Life House 

The new building comprises 6 self-contained flats, which means big changes for the staff and for the and the young women they support, but it is a change they welcome. "I'm so happy in the flats as we have plenty of space but still have the company of the other girls when we need it," said one of the six residents, mother to an 18-month-old boy."

Regional Manager, Sue Beades, said: "The tenants are over-the-moon with the new flats which have a large kitchen diner, new white goods and an outside patio area.  The previous LIFE House served us well with shared accommodation for over 25 years but these new self contained flats mean we can progress our unique service even further."

Tenants have an individual support plan tailored to their needs. The life skills programme helps them develop essential skills such as budgeting, nutrition and parenting skills as well as providing vital information about careers, further education and benefits.  "Our move to the new flats has given us all a new start. I have felt myself grow in confidence and I have LIFE Housing to thank for that," one of the girls commented.

The service is managed by the national charity's Housing Department, working closely with Life NI staff. LIFE Housing is one of the largest UK providers of supported housing for women made homeless through pregnancy. The flats are run in joint management partnership with Oaklee Housing Association.


A living room and bedroom in one of the new flats in East Belfast


Opportunities to learn

Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Life NI staff and volunteers participate in team meetings and conferences held by the national charity joining with their colleagues in the rest of the UK to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Director Vivien Hunter attended the National Care Forum ant LIFE head Office in Leamington Spa at the end of March. Then later in April, volunteer and Executive Committee member Katherine Bready joined Vivien at the National Shops Conference in Derby to learn about how to set up and run a Life charity shop.


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