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    NI Environment Week – Benburb Castle

    Saturday 9th September
    Benburb Castle

    NI Environment Week – Picnic with nature at Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – The Park After Dark – Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Walk on the wild side – Creggan Country Park

    Saturday 9th September
    Creggan Country Park


    NI Environment Week – Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI

    Monday 11th September
    Lough Neagh Discovery Centre


    NI Environment Week – Batty about bats!

    Wednesday 13th September
    Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, Carnmoney

    NI Environment Week – Get your hands dirty!

    Thursday 14th September

    NI Environment Week – Creggan Heritage Trail for 50+ groups

    Thursday 14th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Power from the Planet – Creggan Country Park

    Friday 15th September
    Creggan Country Park

    NI Environment Week – Food from the Hills, Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre

    Saturday 16th September
    Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre
    £5 per person (Belfast Hills Friends discounted rate of £3)


    Social Investment Clinic

    Tuesday 20 June 2017

    Linen Hall Library, Belfast




    Are you trying to prepare for social investment? Need to know how? Then why not come along to our Social Investment Clinic and join the discussion from 10am – 12pm on Tuesday 20th June 2017 at Linen Hall Library.

    This clinic is open to anyone who wants to find out more about the social investment market and investment readiness. We are bringing together a panel with a wide range of experience – including the people who invest and those that have experience making the pitches.

    This workshop will be an ideal opportunity for you to consider what steps you can take to get ready for investment and will also provide an opportunity for you to meet with others working in this area.

    Suggested topics that may be covered in the session include:

    o   What is Investment Readiness?

    o   Understanding the financial landscape for social enterprise

    o   The Financial Management required

    o   Social Investment Tools and Resources

    o   Getting Started: to raise money for a new start–up

    o   Keeping Going: to support existing activities

    o   Buying Assets: to buy buildings or other equipment

    o   Scaling Up: to grow and expand

    The format of the morning will open with a panel of representatives from social enterprises that have been successful in social investment. This will be followed by four short pitches (who I am and what we do) from experts in the field. You will then be invited to participate in a speed networking session with each expert hosting small discussion groups at different tables on different themes, with groups rotating every 15–20 minutes.

    The Panel will include:

    Nicolas McCrickard, County Down Rural Community Network

    Alison Gordon, Open House Festival

    Jacinta Linden, Space NI

    Experts will include:

    Nigel McKinney, Building Change Trust

    Sandara Kelso Robb, Giving NI

    Barry Connolly, UCIT

    Charlie Fisher, Development Trust NI

    Who should attend?

    The session is open to anyone from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector that is thinking about, or has started their social investment journey. We are looking for organisations that are already investment ready and have a strong business idea identified that would suit social finance – as well as organisations that are just beginning the process to become eligible to apply for social finance.

    Date: 20 June 2017

    Time: 10am – 12pm

    Venue: Linen Hall Library, Belfast

    Cost: Free

    To book a place please email



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    N.B. Chief Officers 3rd Sector (CO3) and the Ulster University’s Business Institute, part of the Business School have partnered to deliver this event as part of a wider programme being supported under NI Environment Link’s Social Investment Pilot Mentoring programme for the Heritage and Environment sector.

    Cost   More Details Free
    Time   More Details 10:00 – 12:00
    Contact   More Details Tracey McCreanor
    028 9024 5356