NWCN E-bulletin 05 Dec 2018


1 Ecclesiastical Insurance: “12 Days of Giving”

2 Central Good Relations Funding Programme 

3 CRC Publications Grant Scheme

4 Time to Talk

5 Free Self-harm & the Family workshop 

6 The LEAD project: FREE programme for 13 to 17 year olds

7 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

8 ERASMUS+ Programme: Fully Funded Mobility Opportunity for UK Participants

9 Human Rights Events: Film Screening – The First Grader

10 Upcoming with FWIN

11 CAJ requires an Immigration Project Coordinator

12 Launch of Bilingual Book of Japanese Folklore

13 Poems and songs for the soul and the season

14 More Music, Poems & Songs for the Soul



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1 Ecclesiastical Insurance: “12 Days of Giving”


An online "nomination and draw" scheme from Ecclesiastical Insurance offering a £1,000 donation to 10 UK or Irish charities each weekday from 6th to 21st December, i.e. £120,000 to 120 charities in 12 days! The closing date and time for submitting an Application for each draw is 12.00 midnight the day before each draw.  Valid applications submitted after 12.00 midnight will be entered into the next available draw.





2 Central Good Relations Funding Programme 


The Central Good Relations Funding Programme (CGRF) supports constituted voluntary and community sector groups to deliver good relations projects where there is evidence of identified good relations need. Successful projects must contribute towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities.


The 2019/20 Central Good Relations Funding programme is now open for applications. The deadline to apply for project funding is 2.00 pm 31 January 2019. Small grants are open throughout the funding year. Access the links below to download the application forms and guidance.

The programme aims to promote good relations and build a united and shared community, through supporting projects that can deliver interventions where a good relations need has been identified.

There are two streams of funding available; project funding and small grants. For both, projects must be delivered within the specified funding year.

  • Project funding can offer funding for salary and programme costs proportional to the good relations project being delivered against one of the key T:BUC priorities.
  • Small Grants stays open throughout the specified funding year and offers up to £1,000 for programme costs, again proportional to the good relations project being delivered against one the key T:BUC priorities.

Apply for project funding for delivery between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020

The deadline for applications is 2pm on 31 January 2019.

Apply for a small grant for delivery up to 31 March 2019

Applications for small grants are open throughout 2018/19 for programmes to be delivered by 31 March 2019. Download the application and guidance notes at the link below.

Apply for a small grant for delivery between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020

Applications for small grants in 2019/20 are open for programmes to be delivered between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020. Download the application and guidance notes via the link below:


Full details here: https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/articles/central-good-relations-funding-programme




3  CRC Publications Grant Scheme


This scheme is now open for 2018/19.


Applications must come directly from publishers and the maximum award is £5,000. All grants are at the discretion of the Community Relations Council.


The aim of the Scheme is to encourage the production and dissemination of publications that will contribute to greater understanding and better community relations in Northern Ireland.


For further information and criteria click here

For Application Form click here

Application Form to be in by 12 noon on 28th February 2019


This Grant Scheme is funded under NI Executive's good relations strategy Together: Building a United Community. The strategy has four priority areas within which the outcomes of funded projects need to fit. To see these and to download the T:BUC Strategy click here 



4 Time to Talk


It’s time for the Big Conversation 2018!


Voluntary Arts are running our annual survey of your experiences in the creative sector.

Last year over 1,000 people responded in our first large-scale survey to gauge the scale, mood, ambitions and needs of the participatory arts sector. This research was extremely insightful and played a vital role in helping evidence the size and diversity of the sector, as well as providing a clearer picture of how best to support creative groups. The mix of clear data and personal feedback on the impact of creative participation has bee invaluable in building the case for more support and recognition across the UK & Ireland. 


We would be hugely grateful if you could take 6 minutes to fill in the 2018 survey and share it with your own network to help ensure we have a diverse range of views again this year.
The deadline is 11 December and each respondent can enter a draw to win a Google Home Mini smart speaker!



5 Free Self-harm & the Family workshop 


Self-Harm & the Family This two-day training session introduces participants to the issues of self-harm and the family.


Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the workshop the participants will have: 

1. Discussed the different behaviours, direct and indirect within the concept of self-harm

2. Examined and discussed the range of concepts that underpin the behaviour e.g. self-punishment, self-nurturing, relief etc.

3. Examined and discussed the life events and subsequent feelings that lead to the behaviour and how the behaviour functions for these.

4. Examined and discussed psychological development of the person behind the behaviour

5. Examined and discussed the Family System and its influence on the individual members

6. Examined and discussed how a family should respond to the person with special reference to risk management and promoting emotional health

7. Examined and discussed the importance of self-care for all family members




For further information on training please contact:

Email: claire@dhcni.com / Web: www.dhcni.com/clear / Tel: 028 7138 3386



6  The LEAD project: FREE programme for 13 to 17 year olds


A 6 month contract funded through PEACE 1V in conjunction with Derry and Strabane District
This Programme is to work with 60 young people aged from 13 to 17 representative of all sections of the community from Derry Strabane and Donegal council area.
The Programme is about young people from all sections of the community taking the lead to do a community project that they design themselves.
The 6 months will consist of an accredited O.C.N. programme,
A number of away days, a 2 day residential and team building activities,  2 good relations workshops, visit to Stormont, the peace walls, finishing in a celebration event and pod cast.
Registration: Saturday 15th December in the Acorn Centre (St Peters Church Culmore Rd Derry.
Registration starts at 11.30am
If you are interested in this FREE Programme please contact us on 02871369696

Please note, we have limited places available on this course so please only apply if you are genuinely interested!



 7  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Cross Over
13 - 17 January 2019 | Sigulda, Latvia
This is invitation to international phase of annual training course "Cross Over" about the quality of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership projects (KA2) in youth field. Everyone with potential KA2 project idea in youth field can apply for training.
Organizer: Latvian National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 16 December 2018

See details

PBA: Mountain spirit - Strategic EVS for Nature Conservation
22 February - 1 March 2019 | Peja, KOSOVO * UN RESOLUTION
Networking activity for NGOs, volunteers, youth workers, activists involved in nature conservation and youth volunteering activities. The aim is to provide space for establishing contacts, exchange and work on ideas and future cooperations.
Organizer: GAIA (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 14 January 2019

See details



8 ERASMUS+ Programme: Fully Funded Mobility Opportunity for UK Participants


We're happy to present a new training and development opportunity for UK attendees. This time we shall be sending 3 persons to Denmark in March 2019. 

Please note that the project listed below is fully-funded via the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Commission. The mobility (training course) is aimed at youth workers, volunteers, trainers, facilitators, community workers and anyone working with voluntary and charity organisations. Please take a look at further info in the link. In case you know anyone within your organisations who could potentially benefit from participation, feel free to pass the info further.

TRAINING COURSE: Utopia or Reality 

DATES: 3-11 March 2019
VENUE: Denmark
THEME: Education

DEADLINE: 10th Dec (Monday)

Information about the course can also be found on our Facebook page



9   Human Rights Events: Film Screening – The First Grader


8th December 5pm, The Nerve Centre, Derry

Children in Crossfire is delighted to be hosting a screening of The First Grader as part of this year's Human Rights Festival.

The First Grader follows the story of Kimani Murage, an 84-year old man from Kenya, and his journey to receiving education. Following the announcement in 2003 from the Kenyan government for free education for all, this film explores Kimani's struggles and triumphs as he decides to enrol himself into the school system.

Through exploring this heartfelt and uplifting story, The First Grader highlights the importance of the Right to Education for all, and the resistance which many face when trying to practice this right for themselves.

Whoopi Goldberg says "A great film! Run, do not walk to see this!", which we hope you will all do on the 8th December.


Human Rights v Human Wrongs – An evening of discussion, song, performance and music to celebrate 70 years since the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights

8th December 7pm, Hidden City Café, Derry

Come and join us on Saturday 8th December for an evening of discussion, song, performance, and music to celebrate 70 years since the signing of the UN Declaration of Human Rights

Speakers will include Roisin O' Hara - Trocaire and Ed O' Donovan – Front Line Defenders, along with a performance from the amazingly talented MakeyUppers!

There will also be music provided by the amazing Encore Contemporary Choir and DJ Vincent O' Callaghan 

Looking forward to seeing you there!



10 Upcoming with FWIN


FWIN Launches Christmas Appeal 2018


As the run up to Christmas begins FWIN are once again launching their Christmas Appeal where our members can remember and support local families who are struggling at this time. 


How you can get involved and help:  Buy an extra present when Christmas shopping for local families in need for a child aged 0 - 16 years. 


You can drop the gift, wrapped, unwrapped, shoe box or gift bag (stating clearly if it is for a boy or girl and what age group) into Holywell Building, 8-14 Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry. 


FWIN Co-ordinator, Catherine Cooke, said: 

"For most of us Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, full of fun and happiness. However for some local families it's a time of struggle and difficulty. We have held Christmas appeals for local families for the last three years and know just how tough

some people are finding it to cope at this time. In previous years when we've held our appeal we have been astounded by the kindness and generosity of 

people from our City.’


IMPORTANT:  Please clearly label the gifts stating if it is for a boy or girl and what age group it’s for. All gifts can be left at: Holywell Building, 8-14 Bishop Street before 20th December 2018.


The gifts will be distributed throughout the City by local charities.


For further details please Emailinfo@fwin.org.uk or Telephone: 028 7126 6291. 



Christmas Cookery Event with Chef Brian McDermott

Thursday 13th December
Foyle Foodbank, Unit 15  Apex Living Centre, Springtown Industrial Estate 

Celebrate the festive season with a cookery demonstration from Foyle Hotel Moville’s Head Chef, Brian McDermott.

Learn how to prepare, cook and store your seasonal foods.
Tastings included!

If you wish to book a place on the event please contact FWIN on:

Email: info@fwin.org.uk or telephone: 028 7126 1941



You are Invited to Around the World: A series of intercultural events with FWIN!

Events series begins:
Friday 14th December 2018 @ The Junction, Holywell
And continues in the New Year:

  • Africa: Friday 18th January 2019 @ Joe McQuaide Room, Holywell
  • Europe: Friday 25th January 2019 @ Joe McQuaide Room, Holywell
  • Asia: Friday 8th February 2019 @ The Junction, Holywell
  • Intercultural lunch: Friday 15th February 2019 @ North West Migrants Forum

All events between 10.30am-12.30pm

Tea and coffee is included

maevefwin@gmail.com or telephone: 028 7126 6291



11  CAJ requires an Immigration Project Coordinator


The purpose of this post is to lead and implement a programme of work designed to promote a positive and welcoming migration regime, using devolved powers as possible; offer expert legal support to NGOs working with migrants; monitor the activities of immigration enforcement agencies; and undertake strategic litigation as appropriate and possible.


The person appointed will be a solicitor or barrister, qualified and able to practise immigration law in the UK and with the ability to carry out social research and policy advocacy.

This post is for a fixed term of two years. The salary grade is New NJC Points 35-36 (£37,849 – £38,813; Scale Points and figures valid from 1 April 2019) plus 8% employer’s contribution to pension.


For more information and application forms, please contact Liz McAleer on liz@caj.org.uk.

Deadline for the return of completed application forms is 5pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 15 January 2019.



12 Launch of Bilingual Book of Japanese Folklore


A unique bilingual (Irish-English) book of Japanese folklore and ghost stories – Sayonara - will be launched by The North West Japanese Cultural Group.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr. John Boyle will officially launch the book on Saturday 8th December at 4:30pm at Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop St, Derry/L' Derry.


Sayonara consists of twenty-three Japanese folk stories and ghost stories collected by Irish-Greek writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, and includes a selection of essays written by the author and presented in a dual language, Irish-English format. 


Attendees at the launch will be able to enjoy a performance of a reading from the book "Yuki-Onna (Fairy Woman of Snow/Bean Sí Sneachta)". The book will be available on the day of the launch and afterwards from North West Japanese Cultural Group preabsanol@gmail.com or gaeilge@derrystrabane.com.


No RSVP needed. All welcome!

This project is supported by The Big Lottery Fund.

Further information: Junko Okura, North West Japanese Cultural Group   




13 Poems and songs for the soul and the season


The Junction and Towards Understanding and Healing invite you to:

Poems and songs for the soul and the season



Damian Gorman (Poet, Playwright and Film maker)

Roy Arbuckle, Anne Tracey & Eddie O’Donnell


(original comedy storyteller)


With mince pies and mulled wine!


Thursday 13th December, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Holywell, DCCP, 8-14 Bishop Street


For hospitality, please confirm with Maureen or Eamonn



028 7136 1942 or 028 7126 1941




14  More Music, Poems & Songs for the Soul


Following on from the success of last year’s sell-out show, Anne Tracey and friends return to The Helicon to start the New Year with words, wit and warmth.

Join some of Mid-Ulster’s finest talent for an afternoon of song, music and poetry exploring the emotional pull of home. Words and music that spring from their home place promise nourishment for both heart and soul.

Singers Anne Tracey and Roy Arbuckle are supported by musicians Michael Corey and Eddie O’Donnell and poetry will be read by Moneymore poet, Maura Johnston. Brendan Corey, who lives in Long Island, will return to HomePlace this year to share his songs of place.

Saturday 12 January at 2pm

Tickets: £8 

To book call 028 7938 7444
or book online at www.seamusheaneyhome.com

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