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Social Investment Fund Consultation Events

OFMDFM's recently launched consultation on the Social Investment Fund will run until Friday, 23 December 2011. The Fund consists of £80 million over a four year period and its strategic objectives are to support communities to:

  • build pathways to employment;
  • tackle the systemic issues linked to deprivation;
  • increase community services; and
  • address dereliction.

The consultation document can be accessed on the OFMDFM website.

OFMDFM has now arranged a series of public meetings in order to hear your views (on the proposed operation of the SIF, including options for applying to the Fund, application and assessment criteria, how the Fund should be managed and the structures to support its delivery). The events will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at 7.00 pm (Holiday Inn, Belfast)
  • Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 7.00 pm (City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry)
  • Tuesday, 8 November 2011 at 7.00 pm (Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim)
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2011 at 7.00 pm (Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen)
  • Monday, 21 November 2011 at 7.00 pm (Civic Centre, Craigavon)
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 7.00 pm (Town Hall, Newry)

 You can register your attendance by e-mail (policysec@ofmdfmni.gov.uk) or by telephone (9052 2542 or 9052 0584).

21 October 2011

The Power of Community Planning Conference

The Irish Planning Institute has organised a half-day conference: "The Power of Community Planning - A Fresh Approach to Plan Making". The conference will look at how Community Planning can be integrated into the development plan making process and its potential to change the way we plan our environment. The conference will be held in The Ulster Hall, Belfast on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

20 October 2011

Funding Information Days

Community Places staff will be in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 between 5.30 pm and 9.00 pm for COSTA’s Funding Day. We will provide information about Community Places, as well as free planning advice for community groups attending.

We will also be at North Antrim Community Network’s Funder Information Fair on Tuesday, 8 November 2011. This will be held at the Leighinmohr House Hotel, Ballymena from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

18 October 2011

Free Planning Advice Sessions

Our series of free planning advice sessions continues throughout the region - see below for dates, times and venues. Information will be available on recent developments in the planning system including how PPS 21 has been interpreted in recent planning decisions and other planning issues. We can give advice on how to submit a planning application for a house on a farm, on how to choose the best site for a new house or on the best way to make your case for a house.

Wednesday

05-Oct-11

12 noon - 4.00 pm

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Diamond Centre

630 Bairnilt Road

Claudy

 

Monday

10-Oct-11

12 noon - 4.00 pm

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Ballymoney Community Resource Centre

25 Ballymena Road

Ballymoney

 

Monday 

17-Oct-11

12 noon - 4.00 pm

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Ballymote Centre

40 Killough Road

Downpatrick

Anyone with a query is welcome to call in and we will provide follow-up advice to everyone who needs it. Appointments are not needed but it would be helpful if people could let us know if they will be calling in by telephoning us on 9023 9444.

4 October 2011

Social Investment Fund Consultation Launched

OFMDFM has now launched a 12 week consultation period on the Social Investment Fund.

The Fund consists of £80 million over a four year period and its strategic objectives are to support communities to:

  • build pathways to employment;
  • tackle the systemic issues linked to deprivation;
  • increase community services; and
  • address dereliction.

In launching the consultation the First Minister said: “The Social Investment Fund aims to reduce poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration. The Fund will encourage communities, statutory agencies, business and departments to work together in a co-ordinated way, reducing duplication, sharing best practice and enhancing existing provision for the benefits of those communities most in need. The aim of the consultation is to seek the views of the public on the proposed operation of the Social Investment Fund, including options for applying to the Fund, how the Fund should be managed and the structures to support its delivery.”

The consultation closes at 5.00 pm on Friday, 23 December 2011 and the consultation document can be accessed on the OFMDFM website. OFMDFM will be arranging a series of consultation events, details of which will be published soon. 

29 September 2011

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