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 April Newsletter

 Have your say on Training!

The NID Training Team want to hear what you think about Queen's Badge Training Courses, Youth Leadership Training, KGVI Leadership training for young people, and any of the other training courses run throughout the year.  The focus is on quality, to ensure that The Boys' Brigade NI provides the highest quality youth and children’s work provision through equipping our leaders with the best possible skills, understanding and knowledge. Our aim is that children and young people accessing BB have a high quality experience that enables them to have fun, to achieve and to have the opportunity to participate fully at all levels of our organisation.

 Brigade Conference 2017

Brigade Conference 2017, 1 - 3 September 2017, Manchester.

 Professional Qualification For Youth Workers and Volunteers

The Education Authority is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative to support the professional formation of youth workers in the Voluntary Youth Work Sector. Working in collaboration with the Ulster University (UU), the Education Authority has developed a Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship in Youth Work. This is a very important development for the youth service in Northern Ireland and is built on the successful practice developed by both YCNI and the previous Education and Library Boards.

 EA Engagement Framework Training Sessions

In 2017 the Education Authority in Northern Ireland is introducing a new standardised format for reporting for all registered EA youth groups that will collate information on the impact of the work done with children and young people. Read on for all training dates for the Uniformed Sector.

 Join us in Manchester for Brigade Conference 2017

Brigade Conference 2017 was due to be held in Cardiff, but due to clashing with an international sporting event this year's event has been moved to Manchester. Manchester’s central location and great transport links make it the ideal location and we hope that as many leaders as possible will join us at Conference in 2017.

 Chess - not just for Kings!

1st Knocknamuckley BB ran an open chess competition on Fri 20th Dec for all BB members and Past members. A shock win by Andrew Calvert over James White in the last round meant a mini knockout round of 10 min games was needed to determine the outright winner. Some excellent technical play( and the odd blunder) was witnessed and the eventual winner was Neill Adamson.

 Residential Accomodation for Newport Coming Soon!

We are delighted to announce that The Boys’ Brigade NI District has received funding from the Alpha Programme to commence work on the residential phase of our project at Newport. This is very welcome news and a great boost to our fundraising efforts.

 Andrew Receives President's Commendation

Anchor Boy Andrew Roundtree of 1st Lylehill, received a President’s Commendation for the courage he has shown despite health difficulties and for his commitment and enthusiasm at The Boys’ Brigade.

 InCREDibly It's Child's Play

Following on from the very successful ‘Preparing to be inCREDible Conference’ run by the Uniformed Groups we are now planning another FREE one day conference in partnership with Playboard NI for those working with under 11s.

 BBNI KGVI Celebration Evening

The Boys' Brigade NI 2016 KGVI Celebration took place at NIHQ Newport on Friday 18 November.  BB is greatly blessed and delighted to see these young people successfully complete the course and take on Leadership roles within the organisation.

 Minister announces funding for equipment for community groups

Communities Minister, Paul Givan, MLA visited the Northern Ireland headquarters of the Boys’ Brigade to announced funding of £270k for a small grants pilot programme to provide assistance to voluntary and community organisations to purchase equipment.

 Congratulations to 4th Ballymoney

The Junior Section Quiz was held at NIHQ Newport on Saturday 22 October 2016. The results were as follows:   1st    4th Ballymoney 2nd   3rd Dromore 3rd    1st Magherafelt

 Keelan gets MAD Award

Keelan Leeper from 1st Bluestone Boys’ Brigade has been presented with the Making a Difference Award (MAD Award) at a ceremony at the BBC Broadcasting House in London on Wednesday 12 October 2016. 

 The Education Authority seeks view of Young People

The Education Authority is establishing Local Advisory Groups of young people to provide advice and support the development and implementation of local Youth Service provision. Even if you are not involved, or have never benefited from the Youth Service, we are keen to have your views represented. This is your opportunity to have your say and influence the services in your area.

 Male Teens’ Body Image : what are your concerns?

A recent survey has shown that young men struggle as much as young women when it comes to body image.  The survey of 1,000 secondary-aged students, carried out by Credos on behalf of the Advertising Association, showed that 55% would consider changing their diet to look better.  23% of respondents believed there was such a thing as a ‘perfect male body’.

 New Statistical Return Process for 2016/17 with OBM

Following the launch of Online Brigade Manager (OBM) earlier in the year, from this session onwards the statistical return process forms part of the functionality of OBM. This will mean that once the initial set up has been completed, each year you will simply need to ensure the records are up to date and you will no longer need to collect statistical information from the sections in order to complete the return.

 Presbyterian Junior Section Boys raise £1,000 for World Mission

 Together - Youth Ministry Gathering

Together -A national youth leadership gathering for all those working in youth ministry. One of the most significant youth ministry conferences for many years is taking shape for Saturday 3rd September 2016. At a key time for churches we are bringing together volunteer leaders and paid workers for worship, training, resourcing and prayer together. The ‘Together’ gathering is being organised by church denominations and other youth ministries with the vision to equip and inspire leaders toward great youth ministry.

 BB Scottish Parliament

Members of The Boys’ Brigade have been making history as they took part in the opening of the Fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament

 Common Protocol for Protection of Children Re-Launched

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI), Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland, together with representatives from uniformed organisations, have launched a revised edition of ‘The Common Protocol’ leaflet for the protection of children. In 2005, the three churches, along with the uniformed organisations - Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade, Scouts NI and Girlguiding Ulster - came together to develop a joint approach to child protection.

 BBNI recognised with Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Northern Ireland District of The Boys’ Brigade welcomes the announcement today (2 June 2016) that it is being honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

 First Minister Presents Annual Queen's Badges

First Minister Arlene Foster was the special guest at the Annual Queen's Badge Celebration on Friday 13 May 2016 at Wellington Presbyterian Church.

 DofE Celebration at Buckingham Palace

On 16th May 2016, eight members from The Boys’ Brigade Northern Ireland District (BBNI) attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London.

 Further Sucess for Greenisland Football!

Members of 1st Greenisland company, The Boys’ Brigade, have been crowned National Football Champions (UNDER 14S) at the UK & ROI Finals Grangemouth Sports Complex, near Falkirk, on Saturday 30th April.

 Down Battalion Fundraiser for Uganda Heath Centre

Down Battalion of The Boys’ Brigade will hold a Tractor Road Run, Barbecue and Auction at 20 Ballyknock Road, Hillsborough on Friday 27th May 2016. Profits from the event will be divided between the Stroke Association NI and Rapha Health Centre, Uganda, which is supported by The Down Battalion of the Boy’s Brigade

 1st Greenisland win Junior Section Football

The Junior Section Five-a-Side tournbament took place on Saturday 23 April 2016 in The Meadwobank Sports Arena, Magherafelt. 1st Greenisland were the winners.

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