Struggling to make ends meet? You are not alone, as a society we are facing a once in a generation cost of living emergency with unprecedented numbers of people facing a situation of acute need. Ahead of the Assembly election, local charity Vineyard Compassion are hosting an in-person hustings event when candidates from the main political parties will outline their priorities for the new mandate, with a particular emphasis on their plans for tackling poverty.
Established in 2012, Vineyard Compassion are a charity based in Coleraine. Their aim is to support people ‘from crisis to full potential’, by providing practical support for those who need it in the Causeway Coast & Glens community, whilst empowering them to tackle the underlying root causes of poverty.
The charity offers range of community-based services such as emergency assistance from their foodbank and longer term support which provides a holistic approach to tackling poverty and its underlying causes. Vineyard Compassion takes a multi-faceted approach in addressing these complex issues to maximise the potential for lasting community transformation.
Chief Executive Ricky Wright said: “Families across our local area are struggling to deal with the soaring cost of fuel, food and ever increasing energy bills. From working parents to elderly people, the cost of living crisis is impacting people’s daily lives across the Causeway Coast & Glens area. Our event will provide local people with the opportunity to ask political leaders how they plan to find solutions to this situation.”
“Northern Ireland’s Assembly has the opportunity to make some meaningful change to the lives of those in need. We look forward to welcoming those standing for election and members of the public, who we hope will share their experiences and ask the important questions of those who seek to represent them.”
The audience will include supporters from charitable organisations, media representatives as well as the wider public. The event will follow a traditional hustings format, with opening statements from all speakers followed by a Q&A with the audience. This event will also be livestreamed online for those who cannot attend in person.
Where: Causeway Coast Vineyard, 10 Hillmans Way, Coleraine BT52 2ED
When: Friday 29 April 2.30-4pm
You can register to attend in-person or online for this free event by visiting our Facebook page: