NWCN e-bulletin 06 March 2019

1 Small Charities Challenge Fund

2 The Edward Gostling Foundation

3 Living Your Best Life: Thriving not just surviving growing older

4 Wave Trauma Event

5 Domestic Abuse, Violence Safety Conference

6 Come along and #HaveYourSay at our Consumer Parliament 

7 Opportunity to meet local Prince's Trust Teams

8 Amazing FREE opportunity for 12-17 year olds!

9 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

10 Job Opportunity | Helping Hands Deputy Technician | Strabane

11 Cookery with Celebrity Chef Brian McDermott

12 St Patrick’s Day Event - An Cultúrlann

13 Kids Fun Day at Currynerin

14 Dementia Friendly Tea Dances at The Millennium Forum

15 I.W.D 2019 @ EPAC - Art and Poetry... An Emotional Journey

16 Signed Performance - We Will Rock You - Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm



1 Small Charities Challenge Fund

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to 2 years.

A leaflet is available to download here.


In brief, the SCCF welcomes applications for projects strengthening the capacity of grassroots development organisations by working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised to carry out work in priority countries towards achieving the Global Goals. It also particularly welcomes applications focused on securing better outcomes for widows.


The SCCF is a rolling funding opportunity – applications are reviewed on a 6-monthly basis.

The closing date for the next review of proposals is Thursday 28 March, 2019 at 17:00 (GMT).

Submitting an SCCF grant application is a 1-staged process: the submission of an application form.


Certain criteria apply to interested organisations so please review the full eligibility criteria on https://www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/sccf/




2 The Edward Gostling Foundation


At The Edward Gostling Foundation, we believe that people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.  To help us achieve this goal we provide a fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications of £5K or less and a Large Grants Programme for applications of over £5K.


We like all of our grants to have a significant impact across one or more of our 4 life "themes" and to become one of our charity partners you will need to demonstrate how your project outputs meet our objectives in one or more of these themes.  Our themes are broad ranging and we support many activities within each.  A summary can be found at Themes


Whilst there is no restriction as to the size of the charitable organisation that can apply, we will prioritise applications from small to medium size charities who are making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.


Please note that we only accept requests for funding from Charities registered and regulated by a UK Charity Commission using our online application form


Before starting the application process it is important that you read our Application Guidelines, examples of what we will not fund which are below and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  For charities applying under our Large Grants Programme we also recommend that you read our Guidance for Preparing Your Large Grant Application before applying.

Full details available here: 




3  Living Your Best Life: Thriving not just surviving growing older


The Families Voices Forum is a group of family members from across Northern Ireland who have been bereaved by suicide. We have collaborated with the Age Friendly initiative and the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, to host an event which looks at how we can look after our mental health and well being as we grow older.

We’re going to begin with a lunch together and you will get the opportunity to:

  • Meet services
  • Have discussions about key topics that affect mental health as we grow older
  • Get some physical health checks done 
  • Have a taster of different types of complementary therapies

Date: Monday 25th March 2019

Time: 12 Noon - 4.30 pm
Venue: The Gasyard Centre, 126-128 Lecky Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6NP

To book a place
Tel: Developing Healthy Communities on 028 7161 1384
Web: Go to the website below to book online anytime of the day or night 
click here or copy the link


Please Note
Minibuses to the venue will be available from Strabane, Limavady and Derry City centre.  Please let us know on booking if you require transport or have any special requirements, including dietary needs.  Places are limited.



4 Wave Trauma Event


Two representatives from WAVE Trauma will speak at an event this Thursday, March 7 at the Holywell Community Partnership  building on Bishop Street.


Peter Heathwood was severely injured in a loyalist attack at his home in Belfast in 1979. He is also featured in a photographic exhibition current on display at the Holywell building called ‘Injured on That Day’. This highlighted the catastrophic injuries suffered by victims of the Troubles and is part of a campaign to secure a government pension for them.


The second speaker will be Alan McBride who lost his wife and father-in-law in a IRA bomb attack on the Shankill Road in Belfast in 1993. Mr McBride works for  WAVE Trauma and have been one of the driving forces behind the development of the exhibition as a campaigning tool.

The event will commence at 11am on Thursday 7th and will mark the closure of the ‘Injured on That Day’ exhibition in the Holywell Building.

The conversation with Peter and Alan will be followed by a light lunch.

To book a place, please call Eamonn Baker or Kirstie Wright at 02871261941 or email 
eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org/ kwright@thejunction-ni




5 Domestic Abuse, Violence Safety Conference


La Dolce Vita Project will be hosting a Domestic Abuse, Violence Safety Conference to highlight the real life safety and support implications of domestic abuse, violence victims. 

This conference will give you understanding into the importance of supporting someone while they remain living in or planning to leave an abusive environment. Particular attention will be placed on safety planning, resources available throughout Derry/Londonderry with the opportunity for you to network with various domestic abuse, violence, safety services.


Date: Thursday 06 June 2019
Location: Ballroom, City Hotel, BT48 7AS
Time: 10.00 am  to 13.00pm. 


To register for this event go to: www.tickettailor.com/events/ladolcevitaproject.  Ticket price: £10.00.  Information and tickets also available through the facebook page: La Dolce Vita Project.




6 Come along and #HaveYourSay at our Consumer Parliament 


You are warmly invited to attend our annual Consumer Parliament which takes place on Friday 8 March 2019 from 10am to 1.30pm, at Spires Conference Centre Belfast.

This event gives you a chance to have your say about consumer issues that affect you. We also have an expert panel discussing the impact of the EU Exit to consumers. We will also be joined by Linda McAuley MBE from BBC Radio Ulster’s On Your Behalf. 

It is free to attend, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you have a group, we can arrange transport for you. 

For more information call 0800 121 6022. To register, use the link below. 

Our panel includes:

  • Aodhán Connolly, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium 
  • Conor Lambe, Danske Bank
  • Damien Doherty, Trading Standards Service Northern Ireland 
  • Prof David Phinnemore, Queen’s University
  • John French, Chief Executive, The Consumer Council 




 7 Opportunity to meet local Prince's Trust Teams


Please join us to meet your new team from The Prince’s Trust in the NW.  Explore our new flexible support for young people and chat about collaboration over lunch.

When: Friday 29th March
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Where: Holywell, DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-14 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PW

myra.mckeown@princes-trust.org.uk by 15th March.



8 Amazing FREE opportunity for 12-17 year olds!

The LEAD project
Starting this Saturday/registration on the day 2pm - 5pm
In the Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop St, Derry, BT48 6PW
The LEAD project:
6 month contract funded through PEACE 1V in conjunction with Derry and Strabane District Council
A Programme to work with 60 young people aged from 12 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,
 Running from Saturday 9th March the Program includes 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.
Call HURT on 02871369696 for any queries


9  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


17 - 24 May 2019 | Castle Saunderson, Cavan, Ireland
Kaleidoscope is a training programme designed to give youth workers (professional and volunteer) the confidence and competence to explore the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and citizenship with the young people they work with.
Organizer: Development Perspectives (Others)
This activity is for participants from: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 2 April 2019

See details

Get Transnational Get Solidarity (Youth Initiatives, first step towards empowering youngsters to be actors of solidarity actions)
1 - 6 July 2019 | Cercedilla (Madrid), Spain
Get Transnational is a 5 days training course about preparing, running and evaluating quality European Youth Projects for young people within ERASMUS + Programme and the European Solidarity Corps.
Organizer: Spanish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET):
30 April 2019

See details

Training for Trainers (beginners)
2 - 9 June 2019 | Moscow, Russian Federation
We invite youth workers and youth leaders who would like to learn how to become a youth trainer to join the course - Training for Trainers.
Organizer: UCG (Youth NGO)
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): 20 May 2019

See details

Call for Trainers

  • A society for all, still a dream? Youth participation, E-participation, Intercultural dialogue and youth work 

Italian National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth (Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani) is looking for 4 trainers (with facilitation competences too)

Application deadline: 17/03/2019

Online version


  • External Evaluators Training

EUPA is looking for 1 Trainer

Application deadline: 20/03/19 - 12.00 - GMT+1

Online version


  • Conference on Human Rights Education in the Field of Youth

Estonian National Agency is looking for 2 facilitators
Application deadline: March 29th, 2019

Online version



10 Job Opportunity | Helping Hands Deputy Technician | Strabane


Job Title: Helping Hands Deputy Technician
Salary Scale: £18,795 from 1st April 2019
Hours: 37h

Closing date: 08/03/19
Interview date: 19/03/19


Context: Shelter NI provides a technical service through its GABLE project and we require a person with a technical background to identify, scrutinise, specify and carry out minor works at the homes of our clients.

More information please visit http://www.shelterni.org/get-involved/careers



11  Cookery with Celebrity Chef Brian McDermott


FWIN invites you to join Celebrity Chef Brian McDermott for an evening of cookery lessons and tips at Apex Social Supermarket.


Date: Wednesday 6th March
Location: Apex Social Supermarket, Unit 15 Apex Living Centre, Springtown Industrial Est, BT48 0LY
Start: 6.00 pm
Finish: 8.00 pm


Following our successful Christmas cookery event, we are delighted to partner with Chef Brian McDermott (Radio Foyle) and the Apex Social Supermarket to create a springtime cookery event. Places are limited so booking is essential.

Please RSVP by calling (028) 7126 6291 or email



12 St Patricks Day Event - An Cultúrlann


Date: Thursday 14th March 2019
Time: 12:00 noon - 2:00pm
Venue: An Cultúrlann


Why is St Patrick so important to the Irish? Come along and join us for a celebration of all things St Patrick, enjoy some Irish stew, partake in a Ceili and enjoy some traditional Irish music and Dancing.  This will be a free fun event which will also incorporate some interesting facts about St Patrick and why he is still so central to Irish Culture.  This event has been organised by the Good Relations Team in Derry City and Strabane District Council in conjunction with An Cultúrlann. 


Please contact Angela Askin on angela.askin@derrystrabane.com or call 71253253 ext. 8220 to register to attend this event. 

NB: Transport can be arranged if required.



13 Kids Fun Day at Currynerin


Kids fun day Sunday 10th March at Currynerin Community Centre 
2pm to 4.30pm.

Everyone welcome!!



14 Dementia Friendly Tea Dances at The Millennium Forum

Book now for our Dementia Friendly Tea Dances
May 2019 – November 2019 dates on sale now
Book early to avoid disappointment
Admission free





15  I.W.D 2019 @ EPAC - Art and Poetry... An Emotional Journey

Exhibition of paintings by Marjorie Laville Pain
Poetry by Trocaire staff

This exhibition aims to highlight the suffering inflicted by gender based violence

Exhibition Launch: Friday 8th March @ 7-8pm
in Eden Place Arts Centre

Exhibition will be officially opened by Marjorie Laville Pain and Roisin O'Hara from Trocaire
Exhibition continues until 25th March


There will be a short I.W.D themed Drama by young people from Pilots Row, Youth First and Bishop Street youth clubs  in EPAC on Friday 8th March @ 5.30pm. All are welcome to attend. 




16  Signed Performance - We Will Rock You - Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm

The Millennium Forum are delighted to have confirmation that we will have a Signed Performance of We Will Rock You Musical on Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm.  ISL and BSL signage will be provided.  Book now to avoid disappointment.  Tickets are selling fast!


The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK. The multi-million-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed!


Since 2002 over 16 million theatregoers in 19 counties have thrilled to this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances.

Signed Performance – Tuesday 22nd October


‘An Unmissable event and a sumptuous piece of musical theatre. The Show Must Go On, and on’ -Capital Radio 
A kind of magic. Spectacular. Magnifico!’ – The Sun



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