NWCN E-Bulletin 06 November 2019


NWCN Funding Fair Strabane
The IFA Inclusive Clubs Funding Programme
3 Climate Action Fund
4 Wind Farm Community Funds Northern Ireland
5 Community Laptops 
6 Advanced Facebook for Business
7 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020
8 Safe at Home: Independent Living Solutions Helping Hands Launch
9 Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Training
10 Sole Purpose Productions presents: Theatre Lab
11 Connect Cafe
12 Volunteering Opportunities with Zest
13 ‘Stories of Healing: Seamus McDonald and James Greer in Conversation’
14  "Drawn From Borders": Telling our stories...
15 JOB CALL- Theatre Designer & Builder
16 Public Appointments: Invest NI
17 PHA: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Framework of Training Consultation
18 Building Community Capacity -Stakeholder Engagement Workshops
19 Prehen Woods in Autumn

1 NWCN Funding Fair Strabane

Friday 22nd November 2019
10:30am – 1:30pm

Fountain Street Community Centre, Strabane
Join NWCN in Strabane on Friday 22nd November 2019 for our next festival of funders where you will have the opportunity to hear about the latest funding on offer from a range of funding bodies.  You will have the opportunity to meet with them face to face and receive advice & signposting that is suitable for your organisation.  

Confirmed to date:

  • CLEAR Project
  • Community Development Health Network (CDHN)
  • Community Relations Council (CRC)
  • Supporting Communities NI 
  • The National Lottery Fund

You can call in any time between 10:30am- 1:30pm. 

Register your interest at 
info@nwcn.org or call 028 7126 1941

2 The IFA Inclusive Clubs Funding Programme

Disability or Women’s Clubs
The IFA through the Community Foundation are delighted to open a new Inclusive Clubs Programme. The Inclusive Clubs Programme is aimed at supporting football clubs, registered with the IFA, who are developing a disability or women’s section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society, particularly those most marginalised, and including the BME community, as well as those with a disability.

Closing Date: Nov 11, 2019 13:00
Grant size: Up to £1,000


Impairment Specific Disability Clubs Funding Programme
The IFA through the Community Foundation are delighted to open a new Inclusive Clubs Programme. The Inclusive Clubs Programme is aimed at supporting football clubs who are developing a disability or women’s section, and who wish to encourage participation from everyone in society, particularly those most marginalised, and including the BME community, as well as those with a disability.

Closing Date: Nov 11, 2019 13:00
Grant size: Up to £2,500



 Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund will support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. These communities will demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. With National Lottery funding, they will work together, share their learning and be active participants in a broader movement of change.

Area: UK-wide
Suitable for: Community-led partnerships 
Total available: £100 million over 10 years 
Application deadline: Initial ideas must be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 18 December 2019.
Full proposals must be submitted by midday Friday 27 March 2020.

All details can be found here 


4 Wind Farm Community Funds Northern Ireland

The Wind Farm Community Funds initiative was established by ESB Group and is managed by Groundwork Northern Ireland. The initiative seeks to support the communities neighbouring wind farms part of ESB group to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities.

The fund is open until Friday 22 November 2019 at 12 noon. 
To find out more please visit 

Who can apply?
Any registered charity; voluntary/community sector organization; sports or recreation club; or school.

What can you apply for?
The ESB Community fund is to support community projects which clearly address current and emerging local issues, needs and opportunities, while also seeking to develop and build upon existing initiatives.

From equipment to hire venue charges; from painting lessons to science books, you can apply for items that will help you address at least one of the following themes:

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

To be eligible to apply, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • Your project must address at least one of the above themes
  • Your project 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

OR the primary beneficiaries of your project must be drawn from one of the above areas of benefit.

Contact: Angelica Florez, Groundwork Northern Ireland
Telephone: 028 9099 2544


5 Community Laptops 

The Housing Executive has a
number of refurbished laptops
for registered groups /organisations who work with our communities on improving services and links with tenants. 

There are 500+ community groups who are part of our Housing Community Network who may apply. 

Applications may also be accepted with organisations who work in partnership with the Housing Executive across our range of communities strategies. 

The equipment will be allocated to groups who can demonstrate links with both the Housing Executive and their communities and who will use the equipment to increase support and capacity in our housing areas. 

Preference may be given to groups, working within Housing Executive Communities, on issues relating to Welfare Reform and Universal credit.

To request an application form contact 

Closing Date for Applications is: Monday 18th November 2019 

Completed Applications should be sent via email to: 
info@supportingcommunities.org or posted to: Supporting Communities, 34-36 Henry Street, Ballymena BT42 3AH


6 Advanced Facebook for Business

This workshop is aimed that those businesses and organisations already familiar with the Facebook platform and would like to increase their impact.

The workshop will focus on ads, manager tools, insights, competitions, content automation and account management.

Thursday 14th November 2019 6.30pm-8.30pm
North West Business Complex, Skeoge Industrial Estate, BT48 8SE

Tickets £20 each, follow the links to reserve your place:

Better Business with Enterprise North West

 7 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020

La Dolce Vita Project in association with Parental Alienation Europe will be hosting "Parental Alienation United As One Conferences", on 21st April 2020 in Croke Park Dublin and in The City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry 23rd April 2020.

Both conferences are suitable for professionals to include psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists, counsellors, barristers, solicitors, guardians of court, family support workers and anyone working are involved  with those impacted by domestic abuse, violence and parental alienation.

Learning outcomes will include:

  • Understanding and knowledge of the prevalence of parental alienation across the world from expert speakers and worldwide research.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the impact of parental alienation on children and why it is emotional and psychological abuse.
  • Understanding and knowledge of links with parental alienation to coercive control and domestic abuse. 
  • Understanding and knowledge of the "5 Factor Model, 8 manifesting symptoms in a child, and the 17 strategies used by alienating parents".
  • Understanding and knowledge of Irish Case Law recognising Parental Alienation (Southern  Ireland).
  • Understanding and knowledge of child custody management strategies for assessing  parental alienation.
  • Understanding and knowledge of legal implications and potential resolutions. 

Guest Speakers:
Dr Demosthenes Lorandos
Professor William Bernet
Dr. Steve Miller
Brian O Sullivan
Brendan Guildea 
Caroline Langl
Mairead Stewart

Both conferences will give you the opportunity to network and to come together to support,  promote and protect the rights and best interests of children, throughout Ireland from the harm caused by parental alienation.

Early bird offer available to 30 November 2019: £120.00. Tickets purchased after this date will be £150.00.

For further details and to book tickets:



8 Safe at Home: Independent Living Solutions Helping Hands Launch

22nd November 2019 
Strabane Enterprise Centre
9am – 1pm
There is no charge for the event and refreshments will be provided. 

The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded funding to our Project GABLE's Helping Hands Service operating in Derry and Strabane. Our fantastic handymen support older and disabled people living in the private sector, carrying out repairs, maintenance and minor adaptations such as hand and grabrail installations, essential to keeping safe and secure within their own homes. 

This funding is enabling us to expand to keep up with increasing needs in the north west, allowing us to reach more people who really need our help, and we are delighted to be launching our transformed Helping Hands Service.  

To mark this occasion we are presenting a seminar 'Safe at Home: Independent Living Solutions', to showcase the fantastic work being done to support older and disabled people to maintain their safety and independence at home, and to explore future solutions in our workshop session. We have a brilliant line up of speakers presenting detailed here: Programme

We hope you will be able to join us on this occasion to raise awareness of the importance of independent living solutions and to celebrate some of the work being done in the sector. 

Please RSVP to ellie@shelterni.org by 15th November. 


9  Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Training

Wednesday 4th December 2019 - Nexus Derry Office
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Free Admission - Spaces Limited

Due to high engagement, Nexus NI are running courses on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness. This subsidized training will be delivered free of charge to designated Health and Social Care Staff, as well as anyone who works directly with young people at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation.

CSE is ‘sexual abuse in which a person or persons exploits, coerces and/or manipulates a child or young person into engaging in some form of sexual activity in return for something the child needs or desires and/or for the gain of the person or persons perpetrating or facilitating the abuse’.

CSE can take many different forms. Victims come from across a range of different social groups, but most will have additional vulnerabilities such as problems in their home life, having been previous victims of child abuse, experiencing emotional and mental health needs or being affected by substance misuse problems. There can also be an overlap with other areas of need such as going missing from home or care or being involved in offending behaviour.

Free training is available to anyone working or volunteering with children and young people, particularly those who are considered at risk of, or currently being, sexually exploited.


Training Overview - CSE LEVEL 1 (Duration ½ day)

Participants will develop a deeper knowledge and improve their skills in relation to understanding and identifying the sexual exploitation of children and young people and will be clear about their role within the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency context.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this training participants will have knowledge of:

  • The nature and scope of CSE in Northern Ireland
  • The risks and indicators of sexual exploitation and going missing
  • The underlying processes associated with CSE
  • The links between abuse, current behaviour and vulnerability to CSE
  • Key legislation, policy and agency responses/roles to the issues of CSE and children missing from home and care

Tea and coffee will be provided at this event. Please book through Eventbrite using the following link:


10 Sole Purpose Productions presents: Theatre Lab

Saturday 16th November 2019
10.00 am – 4.30pm
£45 / £35 concs

Do you have scripts or parts of scripts you would like to try out with other writers? Part of a stage play you've written, scenes from a screenplay or radio drama?

The SOLE PURPOSE THEATRE LAB is a place where you can try out your ideas in a safe and creative environment. This will be an active 'on the floor' event, with professional actors ready to act out and experiment with your work under your direction. It will be facilitated by writer-director Don McCamphill, who has worked with a number of major theatres including Soho Theatre in London, 7:84 (Scotland) and Aisling Ghear (Belfast). His own writing includes a number of screenplays for BBC, Calipo Theatre & Picture Company, and his own company Dancing Eye Films. It will be convened by Patricia Byrne, Artistic Director of Sole Purpose Productions.

Sole Purpose is a multi award winning theatre company, having won the Special Jury Prize for its production of Blinkered by Patricia Byrne at Origin Theatre’s 1st Irish Festival in New York earlier this year.  It has toured work throughout Ireland and the UK, and has staged work in USA. It has been developing new and emerging writers for over 20 years.

To book please contact 
 or call 028 7127 9918. Participants do not need to have completed a full-length script but are required to submit up to 5 pages of a script they are working on with a short synopsis.
The deadline to receive scripts is Friday 8th November 2019.
Book early as places are limited!


11 Connect Cafe

Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership presents: Connect Cafe

All those who are 50+ are welcome to join us.
Light lunch and entertainment will be provided

Venue: The Community Hub, Trench Rd, Derry/Londonderry
Friday 8th November
12.00 - 2.00pm

Transport can be provided if required
For more information call Niamh 028 7134 2959


12 Volunteering Opportunities with Zest

Are you interested in Volunteering?
Gain real work-place experience and receive excellent training.

We currently have roles available in:

  • IT
  • Administration
  • Database Input
  • Website design and content management • Fundraising
  • Housekeeping

For further information contact erin@zestni.co.uk , call 0287166999 or call into our office at 15a Queen Street Derry


13 ‘Stories of Healing: Seamus McDonald and James Greer in Conversation’

Organised in partnership with PeaceBytes, Towards Understanding and Healing’s upcoming event is entitled ‘Stories of Healing: Seamus McDonald and James Greer in Conversation’.

Seamus’ parents were killed by the UFF/UDA in July 1976. James is a former loyalist activist who is now deeply engaged in peace building. At this event they will bring their stories of healing to you.
All are welcome at this free event, which will take place from 6-9pm on Monday 11 November at PeaceBytes, First Floor, 
14 The Diamond, Derry/Londonderry
Please contact PeaceBytes on 02871 373374 if you wish to attend.
Towards Understanding and Healing and PeaceBytes are projects supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

14 "Drawn From Borders": Telling our stories...
Clady Community Hall
Saturday 9th November
10am – 3pm
Storytelling is at the heart of human communication. We can learn from, heal through and connect by sharing our experiences.
Collecting research through conversation and hearing what others have to share is the aim of the event.
During the day there will be stories from artists who have made or are working on art that draws from their own perspective of Partition, Borders, Brexit.
Anyone who wishes to participate through sharing or observing is welcome to attend.
The event is free. Please email 
 so that we can put a chair out for you and make you welcome.
Hosted by Artlink Ltd, Donegal and Nerve Centre, Derry.
Lunch provided 12.30pm.

Everyone Welcome.

15 JOB CALLTheatre Designer & Builder

The Playhouse Theatre and Peacebuilding Academy is seeking a dynamic and ambitious set designer / builder to create and realise the set for ‘First Response’, a participatory arts piece created with people who worked on the front line during The Troubles. 

The ideal candidate will be experienced in conceiving and creating exciting, interactive, conceptual spaces;  will be adept at constructing tour-able sets (to fit in 1x long wheel based medium height transit van); will have an enthusiasm for cross-form collaboration; and will ideally have experience working in a devising theatre process. Maximum available fee: £2,640 to cover design, build, and any subsistence or personal expenses. There is a materials budget of approx. £2,500.

Schedule at Playhouse Derry-Londonderry- Rehearsals: Dec / Feb 2020, Get-In - Build Monday Feb17th - Wednesday Feb 19th, Tech from Sunday Feb 23rd, Preview Tuesday 25th, Opening Wednesday 26th Feb and runs until Saturday 29th. Schedule at Riverside Theatre, Coleraine- Get-in: Tuesday March 3rd, Show and Get-out: Wednesday March 4th.

To apply send a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role and your fee, portfolio / images of your set design and your CV to Elaine Forde at elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 29th November 2019.

A project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

16 Public Appointments: Invest NI

Public Appointment Vacancy– Appointment of 6 new members to the Board of Invest NI – Closing date 29 November 2019
DFE will be advertising an open competition to recruit 6 new members to the Invest NI Board on 7 & 8 November 2019 in the three main local papers. The process involves an application form and interview process.  Appointments are made on merit and applications are welcome from all sections of society.
The appointments begin in February 2019 and attract remuneration of £12,240 a year (under review). The time commitment is approximately three days per month including monthly board meetings, ad hoc committee meetings and attendance at occasional evening engagements. There may also be some overseas travel.
It is important that people from a wide range of backgrounds take up public appointments so that the Boards of public bodies reflect the rich diversity of our society and better understand the needs of the communities they serve.
Applications from women, people with a disability and those from ethnic minority communities would be particularly welcome. 
An application pack with full details and guidance may be obtained from 
https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/department-economy-public-appointments or;
DFE’s Public Appointments Unit, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP
 Telephone: (Yvonne Green) 028 9052 9282 Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9282 or Janet McCrum (028) 9052 9492 Text Relay 18001 028 9052 9492 from Thursday 7 November 2019.
Application packs can be made available in other formats upon request. 
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 29 November 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.
Equality of Opportunity: The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes application forms from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.
The Department is operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme in this competition for applicants with a disability. Applicants with a disability who meet all of the criteria at the sift stage will automatically be guaranteed an interview.


17 PHA: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Framework of Training Consultation

The Public Health Agency invites you to participate in a consultation of the draft Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention Training Framework.   

The Framework has been developed following extensive engagement and consultation events held in 2017 and 2018. 

We would recommend the following steps if you would like to participate:

The consultation on the draft training framework will close on Thursday 12th December.

If you have any queries please email: helen.gibson@hscni.net


18 Building Community Capacity to Address Health Inequalities Across NI - Stakeholder Engagement Workshops

Public Health Agency (PHA) is holding a series of stakeholder events to engage with users, service providers, families and other stakeholders in relation to services commissioned by PHA which seek to build community capacity to help address health inequalities in Northern Ireland.

This builds on previous engagement carried out by PHA in 2018 to seek views on how Community Development approaches could support the transformation of our Health Service.

This further engagement will help inform a consultation on how future services should be shaped to contribute to improved health outcomes.

This is a critical step in contributing to the development of a PHA commissioning plan for future community development infrastructure and is underpinned by a commitment to co-design and co-production. 

Events are being held across Northern Ireland and you are welcome to attend any event which suits you best.
Places are limited and booking is essential.  To reserve a place, please complete the attached template and return it to 

If you are unable to attend any of the events but would like to contribute to this process, an online questionnaire will be made available upon request if an email is shared.  Please note that this period of consultation will remain open until Friday 13th December 2019.

Date/Time Venue
18th November AM
Roe Park Resort
(10 Lisnakilly Road, Limavady, BT49 9FB)
28th November PM
Everglades Hotel
(Prehen Rd, Derry/Londonderry, BT47 2NH)

Registration form


19  Prehen Woods in Autumn

Experts have encouraged the Derry public to explore their natural surroundings this autumn and experience all the health benefits it brings.

Taking a walk in the woods is the easiest way to get closer to nature and enjoy the outdoors.
Trees, woods and forests help people feel better, encourage more active lifestyles and alleviate the symptoms of some debilitating conditions. So, it makes perfect sense to combine your daily exercise with a trip to the great outdoors.

Derry is home to stunning woodland and riverside walks such as the recently restored Ness Woods with its impressive new adventure playpark for children.
You also have Burntollet, Brackfield and Prehen Woods - which dates back to the 1600s – amongst others.

A spokesperson for the Woodland Trust expounded on the "countless benefits" of spending time in woodlands saying scientific studies have shown that “green exercise” can improve self-esteem and mood, as well as reducing stress, anxiety disorders and depression.
She explained: “On top of that autumn offers the keen nature watcher the opportunity to enjoy the flurry of wildlife gearing up for winter.

“At this time of year you can spot migrant fieldfares feeding on hawthorn berries or catch a glimpse of jays burying acorns for winter, which in turn makes them excellent tree planters as they usually leave a few behind.
“Combine that with the vibrant autumn colour on offer and what’s not to like about being outside.”
She continued: “Prehen Wood is one of the Woodland Trust’s rare and irreplaceable ancient woods, dating back as far as 1600.
“The woodland is a natural treasure trove, a place of great beauty offering a peaceful walk along a looped pathway – and all on the doorstep of the city.

“Venturing 12 miles south of the city and into the Faughan Valley you can explore 5 Woodland Trust woodlands offering beautiful walks with picturesque views including Burntollet Wood, Brackfield Wood, Kilaloo Wood, Oaks Wood and Bonds Glen.
"With neighbours Ness Country Park owned by NIEA this area offers bountiful choice for visitors to enjoy.”



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