NWCN E-bulletin 02 October 2019

1 The Belfast Telegraph IT Awards 2019

2 Good Governance - helping you to get it right

3 Northern Irish Identity Workshops

4 SmartCity 2019

5 Foyle Foodbank Seek Volunteers 

6 Spill The Beans' Youth Mental Health Event

7  Emotional Intelligence & Youth Media Seminars in Slovenia & Austria

8 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

9 Small Worlds Workshop

10 TEDxStormont Masterclass

11 Launch of BBC Talent Cloud

12 All Aboard Issue 30

13 The Stories We Tell: Re-imagining Human Relations 

14 "What if"

15 Breast Cancer Awareness Session

16 Beginners Cycle Group Session

17 Spooky Paws Walk the Walls



1 The Belfast Telegraph IT Awards 2019


If IT is making exciting things happen in your organisation, enter the inaugural Belfast Telegraph IT Awards today.


IT is the fastest growing sector in Northern Ireland. The inaugural Belfast Telegraph IT Awards, proudly supported by Carson McDowell, seek to recognise and celebrate the significant contribution that IT businesses,  IT departments and IT professionals make to their organisations, their clients, the sector and the local economy, culminating in our awards ceremony at the MAC on Friday 8 November. You can buy tickets now by clicking here.


  • Best ‘Not for Profit’ Sector IT Project of the Year
  • Best Use of Cloud Services
  • Mobile App of the Year
  • Digital Project of the Year
  • IT Professional of the Year
  • Young IT Professional
  • Best Place to Work in IT
  • IT Project Team of the Year
  • IT Team of the Year
  • Small IT Team of the Year
  • Small Supplier of the Year
  • IT Woman of the Year
  • security Project of the YearCyber

Entries in each category will be judged against three key criteria:
- Innovation
- Measurable Success
- Customer Satisfaction


Entry Requirements
- Entry overview (100 words maximum) which can be used for PR purposes.
- A maximum of 750 words on how you/your organisation / the project or service meet the criteria of the category entered and with particular reference to innovation, measurable success and customer satisfaction.
- A summary statement of up to 150 words why you should win.

Full details can be found at 



2 Good Governance - helping you to get it right


The Developing Governance Group has been working on revising the Code of Good Governance to make it easier for trustees to use. The revised Code is now ready for consultation with the sector and will be presented to hear your views.


Good governance is essential for the success of any organisation and is now more important than ever, especially in today’s world of increased regulation and media scrutiny.   There is a higher expectation on organisations to have good governance, not just from the regulators but also funders, and the wider public. 


Recent media reports on the governance of several organisations, charities and non-charitable institutions, has shown how quick the public can be to judge a charity and it can result in harming an organisation’s reputation. Working to ensure good governance can be an effective way of enhancing and protecting your charity's reputation.  


Help to improve your governance

Find out how you can use the Code of Good Governance and its resources to help you improve/maintain good governance in your organisation as well as having your say in shaping the content of the revised Principles in the Code. 

To contribute to the consultation survey online please use this link: 
Code of Good Governance Consultation 

17 October 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB




3  Northern Irish Identity Workshops

We are a team of researchers from Newcastle University and the University of Birmingham conducting a study on citizenship and identities in Northern Ireland. Building on extensive previous research we’ve done and the interest in the idea of “Northern Irishness”, we’re holding workshops that will build an understanding of what it means to be Northern Irish. At the workshops we will explore lots of different ideas on identity so we are looking for people from any background who are prepared to discuss this. The workshops will feed into research and creative materials and you will have a say in what the most useful materials are, and how you would like them to be designed.

The workshop in Belfast will be held on Wednesday 16th October between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, or if you are based in Derry/Londonderry there will be a workshop on the 27th November between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. If neither of these locations is suitable for you but you wish to participate please email us at
PerformingIdentitiesProject@gmail.com and we will be happy to discuss other options with you.

To compensate you for your time we will offer you a £20 Amazon voucher or a £20 National Book Token. Tea, coffee and a light buffet will also be provided. We are also able to reimburse reasonable travel costs.

Our website is
http://performingidentities.org/ if you want to know more about us! You can also contact us at PerformingIdentitiesProject@gmail.com.

Sign up for a workshop here: 



4 SmartCity 2019


Friday 04th October 

Guildhall from 12.30pm


Join us on Friday 4th October 2019 to showcase our SmartVolunteer initiative and thank our volunteers for their support so far! It’s also an opportunity to SmartCity network and find out more about what’s coming next.

Lunch will be provided - please confirm your attendance via the
eventbrite link 

We look forward to seeing you




5 Foyle Foodbank Seek Volunteers

Foyle Foodbank are currently taking names for volunteers for a few events coming up:

• Street collection on 30th October
• Tesco store collection on 21st, 22nd and 23rd November.

If you are interested in lending a hand, please email
foylefoodbank@gmail.com to register your interest.

Foyle Foodbank will also be looking for volunteers to deliver and collect our Christmas collection boxes around businesses around the city at the start of November. Please email for more information.



6 Spill The Beans' Youth Mental Health Event


Get dunked in beans to support the campaign!


Youth Action Northern Ireland is a regional voluntary youth organisation. We work with young people delivering resilience, building needs led programmes to support them in their lives.


We support young people to be happy, healthy and hopeful.


On the 12th October 2019 we are holding our second “Spill the Beans” event in Ebrington Square from 2pm-4pm. The event aims to raise awareness mental health working towards breaking down stigma and supporting young people to build their mental fitness and wellbeing. Spill the beans is a campaign encouraging young people to speak up to someone they can trust or someone in a position to listen. On the day we urge you to join in on all the fun and get 'dunked' in baked beans. The event is a chance for us all to take positive action, invite our nearest and dearest to come and watch and get involved whilst having lots of fun along the way. Mark H Durkan (MLA) is championing the event and will be our first enthusiastic participant!


Support organisations will also be about to provide information, refreshments will be available and music create an atmosphere of joy amidst all the baked bean dunking.





 7  Places available for Emotional Intelligence & Youth Media Seminars in Slovenia & Austria


The Inside Out Programme is looking to recruit two participants for each of the following programmes: 


 1. Emotional Intelligence Training Course, Slovenia 

 2. Youth Media Activism Training Course, Austria 


The Emotional Intelligence TC is the first of two inter-linked training courses, the second part being held in Italy in April 2020.  A commitment to both is necessary.

The course will run between Tuesday 19th November (arrival day) - Tuesday 26th November (departure day) to be held in AJDOVŠČINA, Vipva Valley, Slovenia.

The Youth Media Activism TC is currently being assessed for approval by the Austrian National Agency but in anticipation of a successful outcome we are looking to recruit two participants to take part.  The progamme is scheduled for late February 2020 and will be 7 working days in duration. 


In both cases food and accommodation are provided and a Travel Allowance of up to €275 is also available, all of which comes under funding from the Erasmus+ Programme.  Participation Fees of €50 applies to the Emotional Intelligence TC and €30 fee for the Youth Media Activism TC. 

Participants should be aged 18 and over and from the UK.  As The Inside Out Programme is based in Northern Ireland and we target participants primarily (but not exclusively) from Northern Ireland. Applications are welcomed from across the UK.


For both programmes we are looking to recruit participants who are involved in delivery of youth work - YOU can be a young leader (aged 18-30), a youth work practitioner or a practitioner with a remit for young people but you must be willing to actively and fully participate in either programme and be prepared to engage in post-programme activity including any local action projects.


Please note that participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements as a demonstration of commitment to taking part but we can offer advice where necessary.  You will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €275 for travel following completion of the programme.


How to apply to each programme
If you are interested then we would like to hear from you.  YOU can download an Application Form by clicking
here and returning it to thelidprogramme@hotmail.com by midnight Friday 13th October 2019.  Feel free to use the same e-mail address for any queries related to the programme.



8 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Plastic Solutions for Green Revolution
2 - 11 December 2019 | Latvia
This project is designed to explore and develop practical ways on how to become more environmentally-friendly in our daily practice through non-formal learning methods, DIY workshops, daily reflections and more.
Organizer: KALM International Trainings (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 October 2019

See details

Sounding Minds
2 - 5 December 2019 | Malta
This activity aims to provide youth workers with good practices on how to appropriately handle situations involving young people and mental health issues.
Organizer: EUPA (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 12 October 2019

See details

Inclusive ESC II
2 - 6 December 2019 | Zagreb, Croatia
The aim of the activity is to encourage, support and develop inclusive projects in the frame of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programme. The activity also aims at exchange of good practices between newcomers and experienced organisations.
Organizer: Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 18 October 2019

See details

Call for Trainers

Sounding Minds EUPA is looking for 2 trainers
Application deadline: 06/10/19

Online version

ETS - Trainer Skills Workshop on well-being in training practices
Interkulturelles Zentrum / Austrian National Agency, in cooperation with SALTO T&C RC is looking for 2 trainers (in principle, one of the two trainers will come from the Austrian NA pool of trainers, even though the application procedure is exactly the same).
Application deadline: 21 October 2019

Online version



9  Small Worlds Workshop
CPTT are hosting an event that will give us an insight into the lives of people from all over the world who, for many reasons, including conflict, have had to flee their homes and seek refuge here in Northern Ireland.
This workshop will allow you to meet the 4 hosts who will introduce themselves and share their stories and experiences.  It is hoped that this workshop will provide a fresh perspective and help overcome any fears and mistrusts of those seen as ‘different’.
Venue: CPTT
Date: 8th October 2019
Time: 11am – 12.30
Booking for this event is essential.




10 TEDxStormont Masterclass



Are you a woman living in one of the Urban Village areas in Belfast or Derry-Londonderry and over the age of 16 years?

  • Would you like to deliver a persuasive and memorable TED-style presentation?
  • Master the art of storytelling
  • Get the audience behind your ideas

This is your opportunity to become more confident in public speaking and able to connect with an audience.

TEDxStormont Masterclass – opportunity to learn about TED and develop new ideas and communicate what makes you and your story unique.


Derry/Londonderry TEDxStormont Masterclass


Thursday, 17 October

Belfast TEDxStormont Masterclass


Thursday, 24 October


TEDxStormont Open Mic – then you can pitch your idea with a possibility to secure a speaking spot at TEDxStormont-Women event in Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Thursday, 12 December 2019.


Derry~Londonderry TEDxStormont Open Mic




Tuesday, 12 November


Belfast TEDxStormont Open Mic




Thursday, 14 November



There is potential for you to share your unique idea on the TEDxStormontWomen stage in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, on 12 December!

This year's theme, "Bold + Brilliant," speaks to the ways in which 2019 is the year to be bold and brilliant – without apology.

We want you to be bold and brilliant too!

For further information contact Kaja Choma kaja@tedxstormont.com

Register for FREE at: https://getinvited.to/cdpb/


Supported by Urban Villages Initiative 



11 Launch of BBC Talent Cloud


BBC NI & BBC Radio Foyle would like to invite you to the launch of the BBC Talent Cloud
During this event you will get the opportunity to;

  • Learn about our new database for freelance staff seeking bookings, the BBC Talent Cloud, and how to utilise it
  • Hear about career paths in the BBC
  • Network with BBC NI and BBC Foyle staff to find out what we’re working on 

Venue: Millennium Forum (Derry/Londonderry)
Date: Thursday 3rd October
Time: 6pm – 8pm
We want to meet individuals from all career backgrounds who are interested in working with the BBC – whether this is in administration, content production, journalism or even operations engineering!
To sign up click the following link -

Or email nicola.mcconville@bbc.co.uk



12 All Aboard Issue 30


Please see link below to Issue 30 of "All Aboard", the news-sheet of the Central Appointments Unit:


Included in this edition is a list of the public appointment vacancies expected to arise during the first half of 2020.  Any vacancies arising after we go to print will be added to the nidirect website.


For further information on public appointments visit our website or nidirect at:




Please also find below a link to the Public Appointments Guide which provides an overview of Public Appointments in Northern Ireland and helpful information for those wishing to apply.




13 The Stories We Tell: Re-imagining Human Relations

The Stories We Tell: Re-imagining Human Relations  by Cathy Higgins will be launched on Thursday 3rd October 2019 in The Junction, DCCP, 8-14 Bishop Street, Derry Londonderry, BT48 6PW from 11am to 12.30pm.

A second launch will take place in the Buncrana Community Library, St. Mary’s Road, Ardaravan, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, on Thursday 17th October 2019 from 12.30-1.30pm.

The resource is produced as part of the Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice Project, which was initiated and developed through the Junction, Derry Londonderry.

A copy of the book will be given to those who attend each launch.

To reserve a place at either event please email
rhetherington@thejunction-ni.org or telephone Richie on 02871-361942.



14 "What if "


17th of October , 7. 30 pm, Glassworks, 33 Great James Street,
Written and directed by Patricia Downey.


“A piece of work that will resonate with all people, regardless of class, colour or creed” - Audience Member.


"What If " was performed on the Shankill in October 2018 during the 25th anniversary of the Shankill bombing and had a profound impact on those that saw it.


Since then it has been the desire of those in the Shankill community who organised Shankill 25 that the play should be seen by a wider audience.'


Organised and sponsored by the Pat Finucane Centre, the Bloody Sunday Trust and Towards Healing and Understanding. 


Donations at the door.

The play lasts approx 45 minutes.


A Spanner in the Works production



15 Breast Cancer Awareness Session


As part of Hillcrest's Health programme, we are having a Breast Cancer awareness session on Thursday 3rd October at 10:30am 


If you wish to reserve a place, contact Rosemarie on 71347515.



16 Beginners Cycle Group Session


Bogside and Brandywell Health Fourm are holding a Beginners Cycle Session on Saturday 5th October - this is a great way to find out about their weekly adult cycle which caters for all abilities and a chance to experience a social group ride.

The session will leave Long Tower Youth Club at 10am and bikes and helmets can be provided - booking essential.

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the cycle please contact Oonagh on 028 7165 330 or email



17  Spooky Paws Walk the Walls
Thursday 24th Oct 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Diamond, Derry-Londonderry BT48 6HW
Join in the Halloween celebrations by taking part in our fancy dress dog walk around Derry Walls. Organised by The Rainbow Rehoming Centre, all donations raised will go into their new site fund.
The local Pets at Home have kindly donated 3 x Hampers filled with doggy goodies for winners of: Most Sponsorship Raised and Best Dressed.

Route: Derry Walls - Start Point: The Warehouse No1 Bistro and Cafe, Guildhall Street.
Cost: £5 to register (payable on the night)
Sponsor Forms: Email
rainbowrehoming@gmail.com | 028 7181 2882

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