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Issue 6: The latest news and events from the SHINE Northern Ireland team.

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SHINE Northern Ireland Newsletter

  1. 1. NI NewsletterRegistered Charity No. 249338GREASE raised platform. And that’s not all ... Following the show, we were given a “Meet &From curtain up to the final encore we thoroughly Greet” with the cast and production team andenjoyed our night at GREASE in the Millennium every one of them, after a long night, came toForum. The show was action packed with a few spend some time talking to us all and posing forsurprises in the production including an exploding photographs (we weren’t posing of course!). Marycar exhaust and plenty of special effects to keep Byrne was in big demand and nobody was in anyus entertained! rush so we made the most of photo opportunities as you can see!The cast was brilliant and worked hard to put ona fantastic version of the GREASE story. But the I have written a letter of thanks to the Millenniummoment we all looked forward to see was our Forum staff and to the cast of GREASE for makingvery own Mary Byrne appearing, white curly wig sure we had a great night out. Keeping an eye onand glittery suit and singing her heart out from a Autumn programme – CHICAGO on it’s way! Peace Bridge Event Saturday 5th May 2012 Peace Bridge - Londonderry/Derry Meet at Ebrington Square at 11am for a 11am - 12pm really exciting event and WEAR SOMETHING YELLOW. We will be doing a film for YouTube on the day and it will be posted on to our site at Northern IrelandPO Box 132, Cushendall BT44 OWAEmail: no: 01733 555988
  2. 2. young people making the transition from school to further education/employment. I carried out my own research and found that there is a lack of communication, information, training, and understanding between agencies and resources which can limit options. In addition to my social work role I have been working as a learning support mentor. This has provided me with the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with young people who have learning and physical disabilities. By Identifying needs, I provide advice and information to other Dolores Black professionals about implementing reasonable adjustments to ensure inclusive learning.I was thrilled to be appointed as a project worker I left social work in 2008 and joined the voluntaryto the Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Information sector. I worked for two years as a family support• Networking • Equality - SHINE NI team on worker with the National Autistic Society. This5th March. It is an honour to work with such a provided me with the opportunity to developdecitated, hardworking, and committed team and services and training to meet needs that themembers. My role as project worker will involve statutory sector are unable to provide.developing services-user groups according tointerest/need, supporting existing groups, and I have personal experience of having a sister withproviding any relevant training that is seen to be a disability. Experiencing first hand some of thebeneficial. social barriers, negative attitudes and stigma faced by people with disabilities, has given meIn addition I am here to offer confidential a drive to empower and enable people to reachsupport and information on any concerns or their potential and achieve their goals.issues members may have, through home visits,telephone contact etc. I am looking forward to I am really looking forward to getting out there inmeeting members, families, carers, and welcome the field, so to speak, meeting you all and hearingyour calls, ideas etc. about the everyday issues that are relevant to you. I am hoping to assist with arranging a family funMy background is in social work. I have worked day on the 16th June in the Valley Leisure a social worker in both adult and children’s If you have any queries please do not hesitate todisability teams for 15 years. Subsequently I contact me on:have gained a level of understanding into the E. and issues that people with disabilities T. 02890814116 M. 07816966866of all ages, their families and carers have to dealwith on a daily basis. Throughout my many years’ Best Wishesexperience I have identified a gap in services for DoloresMagherafelt Parents Group Mid Ulster Adults Group.A group of parents of children who have spina Shine Adult members from the Mid Ulster andbifida and/or hydrocephalus from Magherafelt surrounding areas have met on a number ofand surrounding areas have been meeting in the occasions in the past few months in Cookstown.Meadowvale Leisure Complex in Magherafelt. We have held events such as Bowling, Boccaccio, New Age Curling and a social night out. MembersThis provides an environment for parents to have enjoyed these nights and have requesteddiscuss various topics related to their children’s that there are more of these events organised incondition. Siblings are also welcome. the future. Some of the group attended “Blood Brothers” in the Opera House in Belfast withWe are organising an outing to a local donkey Shine Members from other adult groups in April.sanctuary in July, for more details contact Pamela Any member interested in joining this group canon: T. 028 25652273 contact Pamela on: T. 028 25652273E. E.
  3. 3. Coleraine Young Adults Group During the month of February 2012, a four-week course took place between the Lodge Hotel and the University of Ulster Sports Complex, Coleraine. This course was aimed at young adult members of Shine from Coleraine and surrounding areas. The course was well attended with 8 Shine members taking part. Week one looked at the conditions of spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and how each person can be affected individually. There was lively discussion among the group on their experiences and time Lisa law was allocated for individuals who had more personal questions at the end of the night.Hello! For those of you who don’t know me Week two looked at the importance of diet andalready my name is Lisa Law. I wanted to take healthy eating. Continence, skin care and folicthis opportunity to introduce myself as a new acid were also discussed briefly. Members hadmember of the Shine Adult Member’s Council an opportunity to try out Pamela’s home-made(SAMC), representing Northern Ireland. smoothies which went down very well!It is my responsibility to act as a communication Week three was held in the University Sportschannel between the adult members here in Complex. Once again members had theNorthern Ireland, and at national level. This is opportunity to try out different sports includingan exciting development as it is the first time table tennis, basket-ball and new age curling.NI adult members have had a representative. I Everyone enjoyed the night and requested thathave witnessed first-hand the eagerness of the more events like this be organised.members in Northern Ireland to get involved in The final week looked at self-esteem and theand support the work of Shine and as a fellow importance of looking after our mental health asmember who benefits from the Shine NI team I well as our physical health. Two volunteers fromwant to say thank you and keep up the momentum. the Beauty Department in Coleraine College ofI am here to work for the adult members too. Further Education gave a demonstration on good skin care. Hand massages, and nail painting wereSince taking my place on the council I have also available.had productive discussions as to how I cancommunicate with any adult member here in The evaluations were very positive and newNorthern Ireland and encourage the promotion friends were made among the group. It is hopedof Shine throughout the province, both with to repeat a similar programme to this in other areas of N. Irelandmembers of the council and locally. So far thishas included the promotion of the work of Shinethrough fundraising through sponsorship for theupcoming ‘Shine Across the Bridge’ event on 5thMay, encouraging primary schools in my localarea to hold a Benny Bear Birthday Party andpossibly a province-wide media work involvinginterested members willing to share their stories.I will be getting out and around our adult groupsin the coming days to meet as many of you aspossible; in the meantime anyone who believesthere is something we are missing, or feels weshould be directing our energies towards anyother issue, can contact me on 028 94464435 or07851142111 or find me on Facebook. An emailaddress will follow in my next update.
  4. 4. For more information on any of these events Forthcoming Events Email: or Contact no: 01733 555988 May 2012 June 2012 2 Foyle Toddlers Group 2 Wheelchair Basket ball - Magee 3 Omagh Group 6 Foyle Toddlers Group 5 Foyle Peace Bridge Event and Fun Day 7 Omagh Group 9 Lurgan Group 13 Lurgan group 10 Enniskillen Group 14 Enniskillen Group 24 Foyle Parents Group 16 Wheelchair Basket Ball – Magee 27 Belfast Forum 16 Fun Day Valley Leisure Centre 31 Multi sports - Magee 21 Multisport - Magee 28 Foyle Parrnts group 30 Wheelchair Basket BallChallenge KarenShine supporter Karen Tilson is raising money for the charity byundertaking a variety of unusual challenges.So far ‘Challenge Karen’ has included learning 100 words ofGerman, swimming 100 widths, and reading 100 books. Withmore challeges and a fundraising ‘Cinema Night’ planned Karenis well on her way to raising her target of £1000 for Shine.Thank you Karen! turn out at the event and some amazing cars. WeFundraising round-up were chosen by the Club as their Charity of the Year - more information later about how muchFundraising - Eglinton Vintage rally. The we received. Thanks to Martin Henderson ourEglinton Classic Car Rally was held on 1 April in Member who is also a member of the Eglintonthe City of Derry Rugby Club. There was a brilliant classic Car Club. If you haven’t already joined us on facebook ‘like’ us today at