Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell, deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, joined three leading local charities at the launch of a £1 million fund for community based groups.
The charities have joined forces to unlock the money for groups making a positive difference to society across Northern Ireland and the ‘Building Better Futures’ fund will help charities, community and voluntary groups, and social enterprises by providing small, unsecured loans that are not currently available from traditional financial sources.
Funded by Belfast Charitable Society, one of Northern Ireland’s oldest charitable organisations, Building Change Trust and Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) the launch event at Clifton House, featured the original money chest of the Belfast Charitable Society.
Building Better Futures will provide unsecured loans of between £1,000 and £25,000 to help groups become more financially sustainable. The loans can be used for a wide range of purposes, including buildings and repairs, equipment purchase, making facilities more energy efficient or funding shortfalls in larger grant assisted projects.