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  • Visiting the Royal Mail East Belfast Delivery Office
  • Titanic Building
  • Launching '1 More in 4' proposals for All Party Group on SMEs
  • C.S. Lewis - Holywood Arches Library
  • Maths Week with Strandtown Primary
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Any spare change? Put it toward the 'Crossroads in Your Prime' annual Christmas project, which provides lonely elderly people with a group Christmas dinner. The festive evening will be a social and emotional highlight for many, and will include a traditional dinner, carols, cards and crackers at a local restaurant.

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Judith is reminding parents of children born between 2nd July 2011 and 1st July 2012 that they will need to apply for a nursery place in the coming weeks.

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The Programme for Government gives a commitment to provide a year of pre-school education for all those who want it, however this does not mean that children will always be placed in their preferred setting. Preparations are currently underway for the admissions process for pre-school places in September 2015 and Judith is encouraging parents to visit their local nurseries and pre-schools in advance of the application deadline on 9th January.

Judith Cochrane MLA said, "As a Mum of young children, I know how busy this time of year can be but I cannot emphasise enough the importance of visiting your local pre-school providers to ask about specific entrance criteria so that you make the best choices when completing the application form."

"In previous years I have seen children miss out on a place in one of their preferred settings because of poorly informed selections at the time of application."

Judith has compiled a list of the relevant open days in the East Belfast area. Additional information for parents will be made available on the Education & Library Boards' websites later this month as well as at the pre-school providers. If you would like to discuss the application process further, please contact Judith at her Ballyhackamore office - 028 9065 2317 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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During their 3-day European Programme, members of NIABT met with representatives from various organisations and government bodies to discuss civil and economic issues in the EU and Northern Ireland. On 19 November, the group met at the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels (ONIEB) to examine potential opportunities for SME engagement.

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The Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust (NIABT), a partnership between parliamentarians and business representatives, met with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, Belgium on 18 November. The meeting was part of the NIABT's three-day European Programme, which included meetings with the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels, Stuttgart Region European Office and other EU organisations.

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The Titanic Foundation is calling on everyone to vote for their urban beach project, which would create a public man-made beach near the Titanic Belfast building. The project is one of 10 candidate projects on the People's Millions shortlist. Next week, the polls open for public votes across the UK — and the winner receives a £50,000 funding prize.

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