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Employment Support Charity Shortlisted For UK Award

A local employment support charity that supports local adults with learning disabilities and autism has been shortlisted for a UK-wide award.

A spokesperson for Orchardville, a social enterprise committed to changing lives, said they are "delighted" to be considered for the UK Social Enterprise Award in the Education, Training and Jobs category.

The firm supports any individual with a learning disability or autism to reach their full potential and achieve their employment aspirations.

Providing services in the Belfast, South Eastern and Western Health & Social Care Trust areas, they support people aged 16-65 through a range of individualised services and programmes.

Representatives of the charity will attended the awards ceremony in London's Guildhall next month.

"We feel honoured to even be named among some of the UK's finest Social Enterprises, whatever the result!" the spokesperson added.

Public Urged To Submit Feedback On Irish Language Services In L'Derry & Strabane

Derry City and Strabane District Council is seeking feedback from the Irish language community in relation to its Irish language services.
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Erin Hamilton, Irish Language Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council said: "It is important that the Irish language community avails of this opportunity to provide us with feedback in order to shape and improve the services and to identify any gaps in service provision."

The survey can be accessed at the following link and must be completed by Friday 29 November 2019.


NI Water Assures Safety Of Mourne Reservoirs

The Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs in the Mourne Mountains have been found to be safe following a recent inspection.

NI Water has no concerns about the structural integrity of the reservoirs and is set to continue with maintenance work.

This work is being carried out to mitigate against deterioration into the future.

NI Water will proceed with the identified work, ensuring it is completed as per the recommendations of the Independent Reservoir Panel Engineer. This will ensure the maintenance of the Reservoirs continues in line with good industry practice.

The issues regarding planning applications have arisen due to how monitoring reservoir management has changed, rather than any actual change in NI Water's reservoir inspections and maintenance. DfI Rivers and DfI Water Policy are working to try to find a resolution to this issue with planning applications.


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