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 August Newsletter

 NEW Code of Good Practice Card Launched

A new Code of Good Practice card has been launched. The card is something that all leaders in The Boys' Brigade should have a copy of and carry with them.

 InCREDible working together

Friday 30 June 2017 not only marked the end of term for many school pupils in NI but also a celebration of a very special ‘InCREDible’ partnership, of working together on community relations equality and diversity, (CRED) for six of the main uniformed youth organisations in the Province: Scouting Ireland, The Boys' Brigade, Catholic Guides of Ireland, The Girls’ Brigade, Girlguiding Ulster and The Scout Association. All six groups came together to mark the occasion and celebrate in the beautiful and historic buildings of The Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office. Special guests on the evening included Brenda Shearer, Youth Work Policy Team, Department of Education, Maire Young, Chairperson, Youth Council for Northern Ireland and Joe Hawkins from the Education Authority Youth Service along with of course young people from each of the groups that took part.

 Brigade Conference 2017

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

 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.

 Juniors 100 - Get involved in the celebrations!!!

In 2017 we will be celebrating the centenary of the Junior Section (Juniors), a significant anniversary in the life of our organisation and one that we hope members will want to celebrate locally and nationally.

 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

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