Archive for: December, 2014

Unwrapped and unloved? Advice on returning unwanted gifts

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving but there might be times when we wish we hadn’t received the novelty socks or pungent soaps! So what can you do about gifts that aren’t suitable, you already have or simply don’t want? The Consumer Council is providing some timely advice on returning those unwanted gifts. […]

Recycle your unwanted Christmas presents at Barnardo’s Newry

Recycle your unwanted Christmas gifts and help vulnerable children at the same time, is the message from the children’s charity Barnardo’s. Barnardo’s Newry shop is appealing for unwanted gifts to be donated so they can be sold to raise vital funds for local vulnerable and disadvantaged children. With an estimated 30% of the gifts given […]

£2000 worth of toys delivered by Firmus to St Vincent de Paul

Warrenpoint local, Tom McGuigan, Health and Safety Manager for firmus energy joined Cormac Wilson, Senior Regional Vice President of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) to help handover £2000 worth of toys from the natural gas company to the Christmas Family Appeal, which is also organised in conjunction with the Salvation Army. The longstanding joint charity […]

‘Stop smoking this New Year’ advises PHA

With the holiday season in full swing, minds will soon be turning to New Year’s resolutions, and once again quitting smoking will be at the top of many people’s ‘to-do’ list when the clock strikes midnight on 31st December. With this in mind, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging smokers to make a plan, […]

Vintage Tea Party at Cloughreagh Residential Home

Volunteers hosted a wonderful Vintage Tea Party for residents of Cloughreagh Residential Home in the run up to Christmas. Guests were treated to home made cakes and shortbread all served on beautiful china, while listening to some old time tunes from volunteers James and Jim. The event included some reminiscing on household objects from long […]

New Year, New Career?

Perhaps when making your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve given some thought to making a change of job or career. Support is available to help you make the right decisions. Johnny Nolan, careers manager for Newry, Downpatrick, Kilkeel and Newcastle in the Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service, offers the following advice, “It might be […]

Reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Health Minister Jim Wells has reminded parents and carers to take steps to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and to be particularly alert during the upcoming holiday period. SIDS, sometimes called cot death, is the unexpected death of a baby or young child. It usually occurs during a period of sleep […]

Supporting families affected by drugs and alcohol

Families affected by drugs and alcohol misuse in the Southern Trust area can independently avail of support even if their loved one does not want to engage with services. The festive period can be particularly challenging for families affected by drugs and alcohol but the Trust’s unique Early Intervention Team is at hand to help. […]

‘Check on older people during Christmas period’ – Clarke

Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke is urging people to look out for older family members and neighbours this Christmas and over the winter period. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “Older people, and people who are ill, are particularly vulnerable during cold weather. “We all have a role to play in remembering the needs of friends, […]

First year university students urged to get MenC vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging all first year university students who haven’t yet had their meningococcal C vaccine – better known as MenC, to get it as soon as possible. MenC protects against infection by meningococcal group C bacteria, which can cause two very serious illnesses, meningitis and septicaemia that occur mainly in […]

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