SHINE Northern Ireland Newsletter - Issue 9


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SHINE Northern Ireland Newsletter - Issue 9

  1. 1. NI NewsletterRegistered Charity No. 249338Winter 2013Our MLAs Wear Yellow for ShineAs part of Spina Bifida and HydrocephalusAwareness Week 2012 we held five Mayor’sreceptions across Northern Ireland. These tookplace in Derry City Council, Ballymena BoroughCouncil, Ards Borough Council, Belfast CityCouncil and Craigavon Borough Council, and theMayors in each of these areas were delighted tobe part of our Awareness Week.We also visited Stormonton the 25th October andmet a large numberof MLAs (Membersof LegislativeAssembly). Allthe main politicalparties wererepresented. Wespoke to a partyleader, a deputy partyleader, a Minister andseveral of our MLAs. Wepresented them with yellowShine ribbons and they wereall delighted to wear these in support of Shine.Shine Northern IrelandPO Box 132, Cushendall BT44 OWAEmail: no: 01733 555988
  2. 2. Christmas Party at Castle Coole 2012The 17th December was a cold and frosty took out his naughty list and checked all thenight but all our children (and adults!) came names, and none of our children were on the list!well prepared to enjoy a fantastic Christmas He gave presents to the children, we sangexperience at the beautiful National Trust songs by the fire, and lovely photos were takenmansion at Castle Coole, Enniskillen. of us with Santa himself. Many thanks to allMrs Claus was waiting for us in her kitchen, of the families who came and to the staff whobaking cookies for the children and warming assisted at Castle Coole. Mrs Claus and Santathe mulled wine for the big people. Well, her sent a message to say they had never met suchhusband, Mr Santa Claus, ate too many cookies good children before and hoped we could comeand fell asleep, but Emma gave a big loud knock back next year. I think we will be there ... thoseon the door and woke him up. We were so glad cookies were delicious!she did because he sat on his rocking chair andGroups in Northern Health There are currently several groups running in theand Social Care Trust area Northern Health and Social Care Trust area.The Ballymena Adult Social Group provides new relationships. This group is mostly olderopportunities for members to meet up month/ members from the surrounding areas. Activitiesbimonthly and engage in social activities, for proposed for the future include horse-riding,example bowling, dinner, quiz/comedy night. crafts sessions, and Boccia. A member of thisThis group originated out of a small knitting group recently stated that this was the first timegroup which met to learn how to knit, have they have been provided with an opportunitycoffee and a chat. The group bonded as they to meet together like this and do activities thatlearnt to knit and they grew in confidence. they actually want to do. The older members within the group setting have tried things theyThe Cookstown Adult Social Group meets would never have considered doing before, forbimonthly. The group provides members example abseiling.with an opportunity to socialise and develop Belfast Marathon This year the Belfast Marathon takes place on Monday May 6th. We are hoping to get as many individuals and relay teams as possible to take part for us. If you or someone you know is interested in ‘running for SHINE’ contact Bill Manwaring on 07968416644 or
  3. 3. Carrickfergus Parent’s group meet monthly feel it is also beneficial for the children to meetin the Carrickfergus area. Previous events have together too, so we have held a few Saturdayincluded coffee mornings, an outing to a soft activities to accommodate this. Some of theplay area, and the zoo. This was the first parent families who have attended this group since thesupport group in the Northern Trust area and start see each other outside of the group andas most of the children are now at school, we keep in touch via Facebook.are revaluating what will work best. The parentsMagherafelt Parent support group is similarto the Carrickfergus Group. Parents from bothgroups have found the opportunity to meet withthe local Support and Development Workerhelpful and to get tips and support from parentsin a similar situation to themselves. There arealso professionals who come along to giveinformation on a wide range of issues, such aseducation and continence.The newest parent support group is theBallymena Group. They meet every monthare provided with information and support forparents of preschool children. This group wasstarted as a result of 5 babies being born inthe Ballymena area within a year of each otherand the parents agreed they would benefit frommeeting each other. If you would like to join any of these Groups or would like further details about them contact Pamela Dickey E: or T: 028 25652273 or 07816966863.
  4. 4. We would like to invite you to our Working Together NI Big Lottery Celebration On Saturday 9th March 2013 Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown, BT80 8JQ 10.30am - 3pm The event will showcase the NI Big Lottery events of the last 3 years. There will be fun events and activities and a guest speaker. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome and we encourage every family to attend. To book places please contact us by Friday 1st March 2013 by telephone/texting Cathy McKillop: on T: 07762574861 or by emailing E: or by writing to Shine, PO Box 132, Cushendall, BT44 0WA Fundraising round-up Eglinton Classic Car Club Christmas DinnerWith thanks to Martin Henderson, Shine was to attending the next show and enjoying thosechosen as Charity of the Year by the Eglinton delicious tray bakes and treats and a great dayClassic Car Club in January 2012. The club out in April. We are indebted to Martin and Johnhas been a great support to us throughout the for their support to Shine – Thank you.year and has raised an amazing total of £3000to date, with another cheque presentation nextweek for over £1000.The final event of the year was the ChristmasDinner at the White Horse Hotel, where we hada great night with the members of the club and abrilliant turnout from Shine membership, whichI am told was greatly appreciated by the club.The dinner was delicious and John kept us wellentertained with his repartee!We hope to keep up our friendship withEglington Classic Car Club and look forward Contact details for Shine NI First Contact T: 01733555988 Cathy McKillop, NI Director Shine Pamela Dickey E: E: T: 028 25652273/07816966863 T: 07762574861 Sandra Campbell E: Marie McGonnell, Health Adviser T: 028 71359900/07789616451 E: T: 07789616420 Irene Kean E: T: 028 90423067/07525965434 Catherine McCurry, Education Adviser E: Dolores Black E: T: 028 90 830382 T: 02890814116 /07816966866 Postal Address: Shine Northern Ireland, Janet Davidson E: PO Box 132, Cushendall BT44 OWA T: 028 40662868 If you haven’t already joined us on facebook ‘like’ us today at