WORDS BY GRAINNE GLENNY

We rely on Twitter for everything from being the first to get breaking news to discovering local and global trends, from keeping up to date with events to getting a laugh from our fave celebs.  Over time feeds can become a bit yawn and need a little revitalisation to keep things interesting. Every Friday, which we have now re-christened #FollowFriday, we will suggest our top three Twitter accounts to pump up your feed and put some pow back into your Twitter experience. This week’s edition is a mixed bag aimed at reminding us of the clever, important and creative initiatives aimed at making life in Belfast and Northern Ireland even better.

Positive Life NI

World Aids Day earlier this week brought to life some of the outdated stereotypes, challenges, and myths associated to HIV. For instance, twice as many people have HIV now, than did ten years ago across the UK but most people diagnosed, now have a normal life-expectany. @Positive_LifeNI provides support and promotes positive living for people living with HIV in Northern Ireland.

The Foundry

The Foundry Belfast is a new co-working space in the City East Business Centre, a 5 minute walk from the city centre and across the road from the Titanic Train Station. The Foundry houses the Icons Festival gang as well as accountants, SEO masterminds and more. The Foundry offer private offices, meeting rooms and conferencing rooms to SMEs, micro-businesses and freelancers as well as business travellers who need an office environment for Skype calls or meetings. As if that wasn’t enough the guys at The Foundry will also manage your mail handling and tonnes of other good stuff! To find out more about the great services fuelling our city’s business and creativity, give the guys a follow.

Special Olympics Ulster

Special Olympics Ulster is first and foremost a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit; it’s about a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving quality of life. Special Olympics changes lives for the people in our community in so many different ways. Saturday December 12 will see their annual all island Polar Plunge take place aimed at creating awareness and funds for the charity. Belfast’s Polar Plunge will take place at 12pm at The Belfast Marina – to sign up or to support those taking part, follow @SO_Ulster for info.

 

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