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Routes to Resilience Celebration End Event

1 Day to go to the live event

Have you contacted Aiveen.Kavanagh@burc.org or Aisling.Cartmill@burc.org to let them know you want to attend?  If not, send an email and you will get the login details.

1 day to go to the R2R live event

Join us for the celebration of a great 5 years

Routes to Resilience Celebration End Event

2 days to go, have you registered with Aiveen.Kavanagh@burc.org or Aisling.Cartmill@burc.org. If not, email to register your interest and you will receive the login details for the live event.

2 days to the live event

Join us for the celebration of a great 5 years

Routes to Resilience Celebration End Event Countdown

Don’t forget if you plan to join us in our celebrations, drop an email to either Aiveen.Kavanagh@burc.org or Aisling.Cartmill@burc.org to confirm your attendance and receive login details

Countdown begins for the live event

Join us for the celebration of a great 5 years

ROUTES TO RESILIENCE END OF PROGRAMME CELEBRATION EVENT

The  Routes to Resilience programme is coming to an end in it’s present form. It’s hard to believe the five years are up !

To celebrate the programme and mark the end of the five year funding, we are having an online event which will showcase the programme and the families involved.

You are invited to come along,  so please if you can,  hold the date of Thursday the 13th May at 10.30am to attend and a  link will be sent to you.  There will an opportunity to win some prizes  and you never know you may see yourself in the showcase!

The event is expected to last 30 – 40 minutes, if you plan to attend, email Aiveen.Kavanagh@burc.org or Aisling.Cartmill@burc.org so you can receive the login details for the event.

Join us to celebrate a great 5 years

Belfast Unemployment Resource Centre Provides Additional Support for Learners Whilst Streamlining Volunteer Training Processes Through a Partnership with Thrive.App

Belfast Unemployment Resource Centre Provides Additional Support for Learners Whilst Streamlining Volunteer Training Processes Through a Partnership with Thrive.App

29th April 2021 – Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre (BURC) has today announced its partnership with Thrive.App, to help improve the access to learning resources for English language students as well as sign up and training process for its volunteers.
The Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre was established in 1984 to provide support, education training and facilities to the unemployed and other groups living with social and economic disadvantage. During national lockdown, the centre needed to find a new way of providing training materials for volunteers, in order to continue its vital work supporting Belfast’s unemployed citizens.
The partnership with Thrive.App enables BURC to successfully provide learning resources and support of English language to non-native speakers, with virtual support and training.
The app enables students to access material provided during classes to enable them to practice and consider material at their own speed. An added bonus to the app is that volunteer tutors can easily sign up to various training sessions, all stored in one easy to access location within the app. Other resources needed, such as zoom room codes and logins are all hosted within the app also, simplifying processes and saving valuable time.
Centre Co-ordinator at Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, Aisling Cartmill says;
“We needed an easily accessible, cost-effective way to provide all the necessary materials for our learners, between classes, to make the learning experience more effective. English language is one of the most important skills needed for the successful integration of new communities. No matter what, we always strive to offer learning and development opportunities, through enjoyable and sociable learning engagements, which result in definite actions and outcomes benefiting the individuals and communities represented. Our volunteers are key in enabling us to carry our mission, and choosing the right partnerships has been a cornerstone of our success. “
In the long-term, the app will become a one stop shop for information. Students will be able to access learning resources and additional support and volunteer tutors will be able to access everything they need such as course programmes, repository for admin purposes, a general information hub and training materials.

Aisling Cartmill adds;
“The app has meant we can successfully continue with our great work in the community, but also means we are set up for the future, with a central hub of resources and materials that are accessible to our students and volunteers at any time, from any place.”

James Scott, CEO, Co-Founder of Thrive says;
“We are delighted to be supporting BURC in their important work, especially during a time when unemployment has risen so rapidly. The work that the centre does is vital to helping with the economic recovery from this pandemic, and we are proud that our work with them is making a difference to both volunteers and the communities that they are helping.
We aim to help as many organisations as we can in shifting from traditional methods of employee communications, training and engagement, making all materials and resources accessible to all. Strong partnerships are vital for us to successfully implement mobile apps that employees love. Our work with BURC has only just started, and we are excited to be on this journey with them”

About Thrive
Thrive provides the technology and support to assist organisations in igniting their internal communications through the successful launch of employee apps. With the Thrive app, every employee can easily access real-time information they need to support their role, organisational updates across all areas of the business and feel supported and recognised as they carry out their duties.
The Thrive App brings everyone together, including desk-less workforces with limited or no access to corporate emails or intranets. Its client-base includes councils, healthcare companies, manufacturing businesses, food firms, retailers and other organisations across the UK, Ireland and internationally.
This software as a service solution enables HR, Marketing, Internal Comms, Corporate Comms, IT, Operations and other professionals to create and promote important, relevant, timely and customised information. Reaching everyone, everywhere, every time with an engaging, secure mobile app that is ridiculously easy to use. https://www.thrive.app/

About Belfast Unemployment Resource Centre
The Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre (BURC) was established in 1984 to provide support, education training and facilities to the unemployed and other groups living with social and economic disadvantage.
The BURC aims to be innovative in what they do, and drive this innovation through project provision, addressing issues such as unemployment, employability, good relations, human rights, basic skills, peace and reconciliation, equality, social justice, the environment and others. They strive to offer learning and development opportunities, through enjoyable and sociable learning engagements, which result in definite actions and outcomes benefiting the individuals and communities represented. Partnership has been a cornerstone of success. https://www.burc.org

Welfare Advice Service

The Welfare Advice Service is now closed for Easter, we will reopen on Monday 12 April 2021.

If you need urgent advice, ring AdviceNI Freephone Helpline 0800 915 4604

Happy Easter to you all

Easter Break

BURC will close on Friday 2 April 2021 and reopen on Monday 12 April 2021. 

The ESOL classes are on Easter break as well and will resume on the 12th.

BURC would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter, stay safe.

Remember to check out the R2R YouTube channel Routes to Resilience BURC – YouTube

Message from the Chief Medical Officer

“It is understandable that many will wish to spend time with or visiting their mother on Mother’s Day. The risks to older people and those with underlying health remains very real. While vaccination will over time protect many of those at risk of severe disease no vaccination is 100% effective and not everyone at risk is yet vaccinated.

Please remember that a third of people infected with COVID have no symptoms and don’t know they have it. The more we mix the more we risk passing the virus on to others particularly older people.

Please continue to follow the advice and protect those who most at risk and who matter to you most”

For ideas on celebrating safely follow this link Mother’s Day from Home | At Home, Belfast Plus, Family Friendly, Food and Drink, Things To Do | A blog full of ideas and inspiration | Visit Belfast

Happy Mother’s Day to all, hope you have a lovely day, stay safe

Happy Christmas. We look forward to working with you again next year, stay safe. From the staff and committee of Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre.

Arthur McKeown IATEFL ESOL SIG Champion 2020!

Our very own Arthur McKeown, who set up our ESOL programme a few years ago, was awarded the prestigious ESOL SIG Champion award by IATEFL. He was due to collect his prize at IATEFL’s conference in April, but that unfortunately fell through due to the lockdown. We are now very excited to know that he will be recognised at next year’s conference.

IATEFL published an interview with Arthur on their August newsletter, which we are proud to share with you.

 

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