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Battling for Connection

Friday, July 10, 2020
Battling for Connection

When lockdown began, a group of young men contacted north Belfast youth worker Sean Madden. Anxieties were heightened, they were feeling uncertainty, cut off from friends & some of them had been furloughed. They were reaching out, looking for connection… Sean, who works for Youth...

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Space to call home

Sunday, July 5, 2020
Space to call home

“I feel I haven’t been able to be myself since this began.” This is the hard to hear lockdown experience of one young person, who’s part of the Rainbow Project’s ‘Out North West’ programme. And it is truth like this that galvanizes those who head...

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Restoring Lost Connections

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Restoring Lost Connections

“People have been in tears on their doorsteps; they were asking – how did you think of me?” Wendy Kerr, who manages Impact Network NI, talks with passion as she articulates how many of the connections they forged during the coronavirus period had a depth...

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Seeing the Gaps

Saturday, June 6, 2020
Seeing the Gaps

“When you answered the phone you just didn’t know what you were going to be asked…” That’s how the last few months have been for Mandy Kearns, who’s manager of east Belfast Alternatives. Whether it was cries of help for food, someone to talk to,...

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Home by Home

Monday, May 4, 2020
Home by Home

“We’ve all come through so much in Belfast; there’s so much more to these communities than ever gets out; the number of people who are just so quick to switch on & help.” Seamus Corr, from Blackmountain Shared Space Initiative, reflects on the last few...

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Taste of Freedom

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Taste of Freedom

What’s the link between hot chocolate, a heart for the underdog and rehab opportunities for human trafficking survivors? Well, in the first of a series of spotlights on change makers here, David McIlroy has been speaking to social activist Tara Mullen of Refuge Hot Chocolate...

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Spotlighting the Change Makers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Spotlighting the Change Makers

With big picture politics here in paralysis, it can seem that real change is forever eluding us. There’s a sense that the political breakdown is costing us – when it comes to the advancement of peace & reconciliation. In fact the tragedy is that some...

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For the silent majority …

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
For the silent majority …

An open letter to those with power & influence… Just a few months ago we sat among people who gathered to remember the Good Friday Agreement 20 years on. The sense of history in the room couldn’t be missed. News reel images & stories from...

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A mother’s battle; a community’s shadow

Monday, April 30, 2018
A mother’s battle; a community’s shadow

“My son is a recovering addict & spent most of his teen years involved in gang life,” writes Lorna*. “He’d been thriving – but suffered a mental health breakdown and during that time he got into real trouble… “I’ve always had a sense of pride...

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Space to Breathe

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Space to Breathe

It started with a chat among friends about their struggles with modern life & a purchase of six chickens; now a space of unused countryside in County Antrim has been transformed into a community retreat space that is helping to change lives. Origin Space, near...

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