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Assembly Community Connect Calls on North Belfast Community Groups to 'Get Involved'

The Northern Ireland Assembly will host a ‘Get Involved’ event in North Belfast on Friday 28 November. The free event is part of the Assembly Community Connect (ACC) initiative which aims to help local community and voluntary sector groups work more effectively with the Assembly and its Committees.

A ‘Speed Networking’ session will give community groups and individuals the great opportunity to speak directly to local MLAs about their issues and concerns. The event will also include training workshops, presentations on the work of the Assembly as well as advice on how groups can give evidence to Assembly Committees and contribute effectively to Committee inquiries.

Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Assembly Community Connect Advisory Group, Maeve McLaughlin MLA said: “I am delighted that the Assembly is taking its ACC Initiative to North Belfast. The Assembly values the opportunity to meet with individuals, groups and organisations in order to learn more about the individual needs of all our local communities.”

Notes to Editors:

The ACC ‘Get Involved’ event will be held in NICVA, Duncairn Gardens, North Belfast on Friday 28 November 2014. The event will start at 9.00am and end at 2.00pm. To find out more about the work of Assembly Community Connect and/or to register to attend please visit our webpage

The event will comprise:

  • A presentation on how the Assembly works;
  • Roundtable discussions where community and voluntary sector participants can put their questions directly to MLAs; 
  • Workshops providing an introduction to getting your voice heard at the Assembly and the role of Committees and how to give evidence effectively. 
  • An opportunity for you to advise the Assembly how best to engage with you and those you represent.

The MLAs on the panel will be:

  • Paula Bradley MLA
  • William Humphrey MLA
  • Nelson McCausland MLA
  • Alban Maginness MLA
  • Gerry Kelly MLA
  • Carál Ní Chuilín MLA

Assembly Community Connect Advisory Group:

  • Maeve McLaughlin, MLA Chairperson
  • Sammy Douglas, MLA Deputy Chairperson
  • Anna Lo, MLA Advisory Group Member
  • Alban Maginness,  MLA Advisory Group Member
  • Sandra Overend, MLA Advisory Group Member
  •  Andrew McCracken, (Community Foundation for Northern Ireland) Advisory Group Member
  • Kate Clifford, (Rural Community Network) Advisory Group Member
  • Seamus McAleavey, (NICVA) Advisory Group Member
  • Nora Smith, (CO3) Advisory Group Member


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