NWCN E-bulletin 03 Oct 2018



1 Empowering Young People programme

2 Making Community Connections northwest

3 ESB Wind Farm Community Fund now open

4 Engage with Diversity

5 Free Workplace Health Support Service

6 ‘Community of Homes’: Digital Art project

7 'International Bake Bread for Peace Day'

8 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

9 ERASMUS+ Programme: Fully Funded Mobility Opportunities for UK Participants

10 Moving More Often Training Programme 

11 Job Opportunity with The Verbal Arts Centre

12 VACANCY- Box Office Staff (Casual)

13 HURT- 4k Walk For Mental Health

14 Health & Well-being Fair with Glenshane Care Association

15  The Incredible Edible Forest at the Playtrail

16  NWJCG presents: Film Showing "Little Voices From Fukushima"

17  Artists and Academics Come Together to Mark World Mental Health Day at Nerve Centre

18   ‘The Long Note’ - Helen Cammock at Void Gallery, Derry Curated by Mary Cremin

19  To Forget The Past Is To Endanger The Future 

20  Shindig Theatre Company presents....

21  Refuge Hot Chocolate




1  Empowering Young People programme

Do you want to learn more about BLF's Empowering Young People programme?

Why not come along to North West Community Network's information session on 23rd October, at 10:30am in the Holywell building, Bishop Street.

A funding officer from Big Lottery will be there to provide details for this programme


2-5 year projects by VCSE organisations that:

  • Give young people (aged 8-25) the ability to overcome the challenges they face, so that
  • More young people have the skills they need for the future
  • Young people have better relationships with their support networks and communities
  • Young people have improved health and well being

To register for this session please email info@nwcn.org or call 028 7127 9090
Light refreshments will be served



2 Making Community Connections northwest


An event co produced by: Grow Wild, Amplify NI, Eden Project Communities and supported by North West Community Network


11 October 12-3:30pm

Holywell, DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-14 Bishop St
Hot Lunch served at 12:00pm


We work hard to make connections within our communities but couldn't we be better connected with other projects? Join us for an afternoon of community conversation designed for volunteers and community organisers.

Share your local insights and get the inside word on Grow Wild funding. Find out how to Amplify your community ideas and get connected with #TheBigLunch and people across Northern Ireland, bringing people together and making good things happen where they live.

For more information and to book your place please see 



3   ESB Wind Farm Community Fund now open


This programme is now open for applications. To be eligible projects must focus on at least one of the following themes:

  • Education and skills
  • Health, safety and wellbeing
  • Environment and habitat conservation
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Culture and heritage
  • Recreation, sport and social inclusion

and must be located within:

  • 10 km of Crockdun Wind Farm
  • or 10 km of Crockagarran Wind Farm
  • or 7 km of Carrickatane Wind Farm
  • or 7 km of Curryfree Wind Farm
  • or 7 km of Eglish Wind Farm

To apply you must be a registered charity; voluntary/community sector organization; sports or recreation club; or school.

Typically awards will range from £3k to £5k.


The closing date for applications is Friday 7th December 2018 a 12 noon.

Information workshops for anyone interested in applying will be held on:

  • Tuesday 16th October at 7 p.m. in the Patrician Hall, Carrickmore
  • Wednesday 17th October at 7 p.m. in Diamond Centre, Claudy. 

Further details and an application form are available at www.groundworkni-esb.com

Or by contacting Richard Rogers at esbcommunityfund@groundworkni.co.uk



4  Engage with Diversity


Come along and Engage With Diversity on Wednesday 17th October at 7:00pm In the Guildhall Derry~Londonderry


Are you interested in learning how hate crime is treated by the criminal justice system? Reporting, investigating, court, sentencing? Have you been a victim of hate crime?


This event will see an interactive question and answer session on issues like identifying, overcoming or removing barriers to services and making services and justice accessible to everyone, especially those most vulnerable.

You will find out more about groups and services that can help you. This event is open to the whole community. Organisers are keen to engage with community groups, support groups, welfare associations, faith groups, advocacy services etc. who work with, support or consist of groups most affected by hate crime.


Light Refreshments Will Be Served - For catering purposes, it is requested that anyone attending should RSVP to Claire.kelly@derrystrabane.com or call 71253253 ext. 4292. 





5  Free Workplace Health Support Service


Call for 2018-2019 registrations
Health@Work NI are the lead for the Public Health Agencies Free Workplace Health Support programme for workplaces in the Western Trust area. 
Our FREE services include:
· Access and support on how to use Public Health Agencies ‘workplace health resources’ and ‘online health needs assessment’ for staff
· Support to develop a health and wellbeing action plan
· Workplace Health Champion training for staff
· Support to set up health and wellbeing initiatives
· Volunteering opportunities for staff nearing retirement
· Opportunities to link in with community/charity causes
· Support and resources to promote local and regional health and wellbeing campaigns for example;  No Smoking Day,  Physical Activity Fortnight, Care in the Sun Week, Bike to Work Day
· Stress Audit for staff
If you are interested in hearing more about what support and training we can offer you can you complete the workplace health registration which can be found under Useful Downloads at 
www.nwcn.org and Sabrina will be in contact with you to discuss your individual requirements.

028 7161 1384 or 07456 993 063



6  ‘Community of Homes’: Digital Art project 


Beginning October 2018


The Churches Trust in partnership with the Inner City Trust and the Nerve Centre are recruiting 16 young people (16 – 24 years) to take part in this imaginative, creative art project, funded by the Department for Communities.  


The platform on which the project will be framed is the creation of a public art piece as a team.  This is a themed project of ‘togetherness’ where participants will explore good relations, diversity and citizenship, create a wall art mural and ultimately produce a piece of public art.


Benefits of taking part:

  • £50 voucher on completion of project (attendance dependent)
  • Free Lunch
  • OCN Award in Digital Fabrication
  • OCN level 1 in Diversity
  • Residential
  • Public transport costs reimbursed
  • Childcare allowance
  • Public display of completed art in Garden of Reflection 

For further details contact Wendy at The Churches Trust:

Telephone: 02871 311322

Email:  wendymccloskey@thechurchestrust.org.uk  



 7  'International Bake Bread for Peace Day'


To celebrate 'International Bake Bread for Peace Day'....

Baking and Breaking Bread for Peace in Peace with Breezy Kelly and Dolores O’ Hare.

A lively evening that promises to lift hearts!

Come along for the scones, the craic and the music with Breezy, Dolores O’ Hare, Roy Arbuckle and Anne Tracey.

Wednesday 24th October
7:30 pm 
Venue: Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership,10-14 Bishop Street 


Organised by North West Community Network (NWCN) and Towards Understanding and Peace (TUH).


For more information, please contact: Roisin at NWCN or Eamonn at TUH
Phone 028 - 71261941
Email :
roisin@nwcn.org; eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org



8  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


B.O.M.B. Building Organisation’s Media Brand
6 - 15 November 2018 | London, United Kingdom
B.O.M.B. is a 2 phase project to learn how to build a social promotional video with low cost equipment as well as to learn and experiment with 34 more people, how to use video by creating a video for a London based non-profit initiative.
Organizer: Abroadship.org (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 9 October 2018


Inclusion of Refugees in Non-Formal Education Context in Youth Work
7 - 15 November 2018 | Eskişehir, Turkey
We would like to carry out project to address the problem of inclusion of refugees in non-formal education context in youth work while create synergies among the participating organizations to future cooperation for the inclusive education methods.
Organizer: NICOLA UK (New International Company of Live Arts) (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 7 October 2018

See details

Tackling Racism and Radicalization
11 - 15 November 2018 | Bristol, United Kingdom
This Training will bring together professionals, youth workers, and organisations invested in tackling racism/radicalization. Through a series of lectures, activities, and events the participants will become better agents of social change.
Organizer: The Sociological Mail (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 27 October 2018

See details

ATOQ BU- Advanced Training on Quality in Bulgaria
11 - 16 March 2019 | to be defined, Bulgaria
ATOQ training course aim at increasing quality within youth exchanges. Based on previous exchanges, an international group of youth workers will focus on quality aspects and improve management competences in order to raise quality of future exchanges.
Organizer: The National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth in Action in Hungary (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 January 2019



Call for Trainers

  • Call for Trainers for the annual National Agencies Newcomers Staff Training Course - Jump into the European Youth Programmes 

The National Agency of Belgium - Flanders (host), at the request of the KMST working group. And Preparatory team: Greek NA, Belgium FR NA and Dutch NA + is looking for 2 Trainers

Application deadline: Sunday 14nd of October 2018 – 23:59 (UTC+1)

Online version


  • European Academy on Youth Work, first edition (21 - 24 May 2019, Slovenia) 

MOVIT - Slovenian National Agency for Erasmus+, youth chapter is looking for 3 facilitators, including 1 digital facilitator, and 1 rapporteur
Application deadline: 30th October 2018

Online version



  ERASMUS+ Programme: Fully Funded Mobility Opportunities for UK Participants


Please note that the projects listed below are fully-funded via the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Commission. These are aimed at youth workers, volunteers, trainers, facilitators, community workers and anyone working with voluntary and charity organisations.

TRAINING COURSE: Really Including Inclusion

DATES: 18-25 Nov 2018

VENUE: Worcester, UK

THEME: Inclusion in youth and community projects


LINK TO THE INFO PACK and APPLICATION: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5z245gkkgfl9j54/TC%20Really%20Including%20Inclusion%2C%2018-25%20Nov%202018%2C%20UK%20-%20Call%20for%20participants.pdf?dl=0

DEADLINE: 23rd Sept (Sunday)  



DATES: 10-19 Dec 2018

VENUE: Szczawnica, Poland

THEME: Animated movies in youth and community work 


LINK TO THE INFO PACK and APPLICATION: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/paggc3n1nzdalvq/AABbRQNouf2tN7CsLKCY8bFca?dl=0

DEADLINE:  28th Sept (Friday)     

All documents related to the projects can also be accessed via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/consiliumdt/



10 Moving More Often Training Programme 


Date & Venue
19 November 2018, Lecture Theatre 1, MDEC, Altnagelvin Hospital, L’Derry                               
Health Improvement, Equality & Involvement Department
3.5 hours (9.30 am – 1.00 pm)
Targeted Audience
Those working or volunteering with older people, especially frailer older people.
Aim of Course
Moving More Often is a training programme for health and social care workers and volunteers who work with frailer older people and who wish to promote physical activity and movement in a range of community, residential and social care settings.
Learning Objectives

  • To highlight the importance of moving more often in later years.
  • To explore practical considerations when promoting physical activity and movement with frailer older people.
  • To enable participants to provide a range of activities which enhance existing physical activity programmes including group games. 

Course Content

  • Activity levels in later years
  • Benefits of being active in later years
  • Barriers to being active
  • Motivation for physical activity and movement
  • Preparation and safety for activity
  • Activities and games to promote physical activity and movement.

Participants will receive a ‘Moving More Often’ resource pack, set of games cards and equipment bag.

Please find application form under Useful Downloads at 



11  Job Opportunity with The Verbal Arts Centre


Our vision is a world in which every story matters where everyone regardless of background, age or ability can gain the skills to tell their story, have it heard and listen to the stories of others.

We are seeking to appoint the following permanent, part-time positions:

  • Caretaker (16hrs per week)
  • Cleaner (12.5hrs per week)

    Application packs can be downloaded from the following:

    Alternatively please contact us as below:
    • Email:

    • Tel: 028 7126 6946
  • Closing date for applications is: 2.00pm on Monday, 15th October 2018.
  • It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.
    Interviews are due to be held week of 22nd October 2018.
    The Verbal Arts Centre operates a Child Protection Policy. The Verbal Arts Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


12  VACANCY- Box Office Staff (Casual)


The Playhouse Derry/Londonderry are currently looking for casual Box Office Staff.

Based at The Playhouse, to be responsible for the Playhouse Box Office/Reception, welcoming customers to our reception area and selling tickets for events through our Spektrix Box Office system.


Apply with a CV to info@derryplayhouse.co.uk.

Deadline for applications Monday 22 October.  
Full job description at

The Playhouse is an equal opportunities employer.



13    HURT- 4k Walk For Mental Health


In the UK and Ireland, more than 6,000 people die by suicide each year - an average of 18 a day.

Join JP Corry L'Derry and Hurt NI on Tuesday 9th October in a unique, early morning 4k walk to help raise awareness of mental health, suicide and self-harm stigmas.

Venue: St Peters Church, Culmore Road, Derry/Londonderry BT48 8JB

Start Time: 6am

Click here to register>>>https://www.jpcorry.com/hurt-ni-4k-walk-for-mental-health/



14   Health & Well-being Fair with Glenshane Care Association


Information stalls on all aspects of physical, mental and financial health and well-being, including health checks, advice on benefits etc.


Plus find out about the launch of an exciting, new ‘Community Fridge’ initiative opening soon!


Date: Friday 19th October 2018

Time: 11am – 3pm

At: Glenshane Care Centre, Unit 4, Glenshane Business Pk, 50 Legavallon Road, Dungiven. BT47 4QL


Admission Free -
Open to the General Public – Everyone Welcome


For updates, follow/like us on Twitter/Facebook @GlenshaneCare 



15  The Incredible Edible Forest at the Playtrail


In this exciting project, permaculture and forest garden principles will be used to care for a piece of the earth so that we can share in its abundance. The team of volunteers are currently preparing the ground for planting a forest of nut and fruit bearing trees along with fruit bushes and ground covering fruit plants. The Edible Forest will be open to the public to visit and learn about permaculture – and to eat the produce.


Working Days at present are:

Wednesday 9.30am to 3.30pm and Saturday 11am to 5pm.


For further information, call in to the Playtrail Office, 17 Racecourse Rd BT487RE or email marianfarrell@mac.com




16  NWJCG presents: Film Showing "Little Voices From Fukushima"


(2015, Japan, English subtitles, 119mins)

14th Oct (Sun)  Door open 12:45  Showing starts 13:00
at Holywell DCCP (Bishop St. Derry・L'derry)


Admission Free, Followed by a discussion with the director of the film, Hitomi Kamanaka (Japan) and Rob Davies and Phil Steele (People Against Wylfa B, Wales), who will all be connected over Skype.

This film shows the tremendous efforts made by mothers who live in Fukushima, based in the area outside of the forced evacuated zone but which is nonetheless highly contaminated by radiation.

They are determined to protect their children from radiation after the nuclear accident. The only precedent for them is Chernobyl, where a big percentage of children are still suffering from various diseases and lacking in physical strength.


Because of lack of reliable instructions or information from authorities, they had to start their attempt from scratch.

We will not forget the terrible things that happened. But if we need hope it will start only from people's solidarity. You can find out about it in this film.


*Hitomi Kamanaka—a Japanese documentary filmmaker and media activist who has been working on nuclear power and radiation issues for two decades.

* Rob Davies and Phil Steele—Core members of People Against Wylfa B, a local community group against the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project in the isle of Anglesey. Rob visited Fukushima in May. Three delegates, 2 farmers and a journalist from Fukushima visited Anglesey in July


This project is financially supported by the Big Lottery Fund



17 Artists and Academics Come Together to Mark World Mental Health Day at Nerve Centre


Northern Ireland’s leading experts in mental health, wellbeing and the creative arts will meet at the Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry in celebration of World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th October.

The Movies in Mind Festival is a new initiative funded by Ulster University and delivered by the School of Arts and Humanities (Cinematic Arts and Drama) at the Magee Campus in partnership with the Nerve Centre. The free event will feature live music, film screenings, discussion panels and creative arts workshops; all themed on the link between mental health and wellbeing and how creative arts are raising awareness and providing positive intervention.


Movies in Mind opens on Tuesday October 9th at 7pm with a special fifth anniversary performance by Six Strings & Stigma. Six Strings & Stigma was an album launched in 2013, inspired by the true stories of local people struggling with their mental health. Introduced by Barry McGale from Suicide Bereavement UK, the evening will include live music from Ruairi O’Doherty, Jeannette & Noella Hutton, Paddy Nash, John Deery, Decky McLaughlin and Roy Arbuckle. Tickets are free but booking is essential.


On Wednesday October 10th the Nerve Centre will host leading academic researchers, creative arts practitioners and local youth and mental health support services for a day of talks, wellbeing workshops and screenings.


Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University and leading authority on trauma and mental health, will deliver the keynote address, 'Mental Health in Northern Ireland and What We Can Do To Help', while Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick, Senior Lecturer in Drama, will present ‘Research and Impact at Ulster (Creative Arts and Health/Wellbeing)’.

John Peto, Director of Education at the Nerve Centre, will also speak about its range of creative media programmes and their impact in his talk, 'The Nerve Centre and Mental Wellbeing, from Awareness Raising to Therapeutic Intervention'.


A range of mental health focused short films made by BFI Film Academy, local youth organisations and from filmmaker John Deery (Cinematic Arts PhD Candidate at Ulster University) will be screened whilst panel discussions on how creative arts can be used to tackle mental health issues will be facilitated by Dr Victoria McCollum, Lecturer in Cinematic Arts, Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Tom Bradley (Samaritans NI) and Emma Johnston (Youth Action Northern Ireland).


In the afternoon a series of Creative Arts Workshop sessions, ranging from music and comedy to cinematic arts, will be available to participate in. Roy Arbuckle will focus on voice and breathing exercises in his Music and Mindfulness Workshop, while local artist Sorcha Shanahan, who forms one half of the Makeyuppers, will look at how play, games and having fun can reconnect us to ourselves and others in Feeling Funny (Comedy for Connection and Confidence).


Cinematic Arts and Drama PhD candidates from Ulster University will also screen a range of short films including Quiet, a story of economic uncertainty, by playwright and filmmaker Don McCamphill, Far From the Reach of the Sun, an LGBT/queer short, by Dublin visual artist Kevin Gaffney, and new work, on conflict and identity, by award-winning Iranian video artist Hamideh Javadi Bejandi.


Rounding off the day from 4pm-10pm are three feature films themed around mental health and wellbeing; Boy Interrupted; A Girl Like Her and Silver Linings Playbook, presented by Ones to Watch at Nerve Centre and supported by Foyle Film Festival. 


Dr Victoria McCollum, Lecturer in Cinematic Arts at Ulster University, said: 'Movies in Mind is inspired by the foundation of high quality research being conducted within the Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies research unit at Ulster University (Magee) as well as the impact and reach that film and digital media projects from organisations like the Nerve Centre can have on positive mental health and wellbeing. 

‘The event aims to challenge, touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life and will provide a shared space whereby academics, creatives, health and wellbeing organisations and the public are united by their desire to contribute to social change.'


Movies in Mind is supported by a range of local charities and mental health service organisations on the day including Youth Action Northern Ireland, Samaritans Derry, Foyle Search & Rescue, Men's Action Network, Lifeline, Aware and more to be announced.


Information on support and services will be available on the day and representatives from a variety of charities will be there to hear from and speak to anyone about what services are on offer to support mental health locally.

Tickets for the event including workshops and film screenings are free and all are welcome, however booking is essential.


To register your place for anything across the two days visit www.nervecentre.org/whats-on.



18  ‘The Long Note’ - Helen Cammock at Void Gallery, Derry Curated by Mary Cremin

Preview Friday 5 October, 6:30-9pm

Launched by Bernadette Devlin McAliskey 7pm

Exhibition runs from 6 October - 15 December


The Long Note is a solo exhibition by artist Helen Cammock, celebrating the involvement of women in the civil rights movement in Derry in 1968, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the first march in Derry on October 5th. Cammock has created a new film work that explores the history and role of women in the civil rights movement in the city. The complexities of the politics in Northern Ireland have overshadowed the social history of the region and women’s history more specifically. The Long Note (2018) is a partial move towards redressing this disparity and to recognise the need to expand the narrative and highlight the centrality of women in what was a pivotal moment in Derry and Ireland’s history.


Cammock’s practice often explores social histories through film, photography, print, text and performances creating multiple and layered narratives that are not linear in nature allowing for the cyclical nature of history to be revealed. Through these devices she will explore the motivation for women’s participation in the civil rights movement, the influence of the black civil rights movement and the invisibility of women in the historical narrative of the time, and how it impacted family life and the notion of loss. The film is an attempt to articulate the variety of political positions taken by women at that time, there was no one unifying position or one identity but a multitude of voices that permeated a tumultuous time in the city’s history.


Shouting in Whispers (2017) will be exhibited alongside the new work. This hour- long film takes edited YouTube clips along with original footage that moves through moments of conflict, political resistance, and protest from the 60’s to the present day. The film is punctuated by the artist singing and appearing intermittently throughout the film giving the past a voice in the present. Both films are connected through their ability to relay the universal struggle and to give a voice to the invisible, to lay bare the importance of the collective experience, and acknowledging the power in the universal experience.


Both films address geopolitics in all its complexities, The Long Note brings women’s distinctive and diverse voices and perspectives to the fore while Shouting in Whispers traverses the history of conflict from the period of the Vietnam War to the present day. Cammock retells history, making links between the past and the present and creating alternative histories, giving a voice to the unheard.



19  To Forget The Past Is To Endanger The Future 


Photographic Exhibition by Eamon Melaugh opens on Tuesday 9th October @ 7.30pm and will continue until 30th October.

Retrospective glimpse of poignant memories that are etched into the physic of those who lived through the cataclysmic events beginning on fifth of October 1968 that caused much unnecessary physical and emotional suffering including thousands of violent deaths and tens of thousands of painful injuries.




20 Shindig Theatre Company presents....


The RHI inspector by Paul O' Doherty

A topical comedy about heat, chickens and greed 

Waterside Theatre  
Thursday 11th October at  8 pm
Tickets £10. 

For box office: 
Phone : 028-71314000 



21  Refuge Hot Chocolate


Refuge is a social enterprise established to help support survivors of human trafficking. Made a Ltd company February 2017. Fully operational from August 2017.
Refuge has 5 main aims:
-Use ethically sourced and eco products as far as possible.
-Raise awareness of the extent of human trafficking.
-Donate funds to Flourish NI to continue to strengthen the work they do to abolish slavery.
-Increase employability for survivors of human trafficking and others who need increased work skills and confidence.
-Make amazing hot chocolate.

From the 17th September this product will be available in Lidl supermarkets right across the island of Ireland. 
Further information on Refuge Hot Chocolate visit:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/refugehotchocolate/ and https://www.instagram.com/refugehotchocolate/

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