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NWCN E-bulletin 07 February 2018


1 All Ages April 2018 Small Grants Scheme: Applications Now Open!

2 Tender for DAERA - Local Rural Community Development Service

3 DARE to Lead Change

4 Consumer Parliament coming to Derry/Londonderry 23 March

5 Drink Wise Age Well – FREE Training for Staff/Volunteers

6 Positive Encounter Storytelling and Dialogue

7 Age Friendly Communities Update

8  Latest Offers from Salto Youth 

9 Opportunities with The Education Authority 

10 The Playhouse / Call for Socially Engaged Theatre Practitioners

11 Sole Purpose Productions 21 Years Festival of Theatre for Social Change  

12 The Man Who Fell To Pieces - Musical Comedy Drama Focusing on Mental Health in NI

13 'One Night Stands'

14  ‘Every Day Words Disappear’ at Void Gallery

15 Pancakes And Coffee

16 Special offers from Karuna Therapies for the month of February

17 Centenary Wood immortalised in writing by Northern Ireland poet







1  All Ages April 2018 Small Grants Scheme: Applications Now Open!


Got an idea on how to bring generations together in your local area??
Apply for an #AllAgesApril18 small grant.....
Click the button below for more details and how to apply - deadline for applications Monday 26th Feb


2 Tender for DAERA - Local Rural Community Development Service


DAERA Rural Affairs Division is inviting proposals for the provision of a local community development support and advice service for each of the 8 rural areas of the Local Government Districts of Northern Ireland. The tender will be split into 8 lots and each must cover all of the District and provide an equal level of service in all rural areas.


Full details available here:  


3   DARE to Lead Change


The DARE to Lead Change Project (DARE) is a new and exciting project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It is lead by Bryson Charitable Group in partnership with TIDES Training and Consultancy.


DARE stands for Dialogues About Race and Ethnicity. The programme seeks to inform and change what citizens know and think about the mix within Northern Ireland society by introducing multifaceted conversations about cultural, racial and ethnic interdependence.


The DARE programme is reaching out to people across Northern Ireland and the border region, from different cultural, community and religious backgrounds with the aim of building sustainable relationships. We are inviting people who come from both sides of our traditional backgrounds as well as those who find themselves, for one reason or another, living in Northern Ireland and the border counties. We are keen to engage individuals, community groups, schools, workplaces in various ways in this diversity/integration programme, over the next three years.


There are various ways for people to get involved. If you are an individual, represent a community group, school or workplace who could benefit from this opportunity or would like to know more, please get in touch in the following ways:


Iulia Picu-Iwaisi Email:          Tel: 028 9075 1686 / 07397554102


Carole Kane Email:                   Tel: 028 9075 1686 / 07397555905


Updates will be found on this website link:



4 Consumer Parliament coming to Derry/Londonderry 23 March


Consumers get to have their say!


Residents in Derry City and Strabane District Council area will soon get to have their say on the consumer issues that concern them, thanks to The Consumer Council which is staging a 'Consumer Parliament', in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, at the Guildhall on Friday, 23 March.  


Welcoming the Consumer Parliament to the City, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, encouraged residents to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity: "Whatever your age, wherever you live and whatever you do, I hope you will come along to this event and raise any consumer concerns you have directly with the people who can help you," he said.

"Not only will you be able to have your voice heard, you will also be able to learn about your rights as a consumer, get tips to reduce your household bills, and get help with your enquiries and complaints."


Sheila McClelland, Chair of The Consumer Council, expressed her appreciation of the support that Derry City and Strabane District Council had provided, including the use of the Guildhall: "We received extremely positive feedback from participants at our first Consumer Parliament in Belfast last year, so we are very excited to be able now to provide the same opportunity to consumers in Derry City and Strabane District Council," she said.

"Northern Ireland may be small, but the issues consumers face can be very different depending not only on their situation but also where they live.  For that reason, the Consumer Parliament will include a dedicated session on flooding as well as sessions on postal services, transport issues and home energy.


"We want to hear directly from residents about the issues they have and ensure they are provided with the necessary support."  


The Consumer Parliament will run from 10.00am to 3.30pm on Friday 23 March at the Guildhall.  Registration will open at 9.00am.


A consumer clinic - to provide one-on-one support to residents - will run simultaneously throughout the day.

There will also be exhibition stands from a range of consumer organisations, utilities and service providers.  


To register for the Consumer Parliament visit or call free on 0800 121 6022.

Residents unable to attend can still have their say by completing a short survey available at

Refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge - register early as spaces will be limited.


5 Drink Wise Age Well – FREE Training for Staff/Volunteers 


‘Helping people make healthier choices about alcohol as they age’ 


What Is Drink Wise Age Well?

The Drink Wise, Age Well Project is a BIG Lottery funded programme which aims to influence and inform policy and practice in preventing alcohol misuse amongst adults aged 50 and over


FREE Training for Staff/Volunteers

Training sessions can be delivered over half day, one day or two days. These courses are designed for staff/volunteers who directly support individuals who are over 50 and who want to increase their knowledge and skills around alcohol issues.   While sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of the group, they usually cover the following topics: 


- Consider older adults and the reasons why they may be at increased risk of alcohol misuse

- Identify alcohol misuse in the over 50's, and consider ways in which alcohol may impact on their live

- Consider, and practice, the ways in which to respond to alcohol misuse in the over 50's whom you encounter

- Reflect on your own confidence and skill-base in relation to over 50's and identifying alcohol misuse and/or potential alcohol related harm in later life

The training is informal and relaxed and will help increase your confidence in supporting older people

In the recent past sessions have been delivered to health & social care teams, students, carers groups as well as a wide variety of community/voluntary organisations throughout the project areas.


Should you be interested in arranging a training session for you or your team or would like any further information, please contract Adrian Loughrey, Training Officer on 02871 160 236 or


6 Positive Encounter Storytelling and Dialogue


Advance Notice - Valued Voices - Towards Understanding and Healing

Positive Encounter Storytelling and Dialogue
Commencing on February 28th.
Then 7th March, 14th and 15th March, 21st March and 28th March.  
OCNNI level 3 Accredited Training Programme
Programme Modules
1. Storytelling Rationale
2. Storytelling Methodology
3. The Ethics of Storytelling
4. Understanding Dialogue in Conflict
5. The Politics of Victimhood
6.Truth and Truth Recovery
7.Remembrance and Commemoration
8. Forgiveness and Reconciliation
This six-day programme (10am-4pm) will be facilitated by Craig Barr and Eamonn Baker. The programme is geared towards community activists who have an interest in facilitating storytelling and dialogue in support of grassroots peace building.
As the programme is Peace 4 funded through DCSDC, the venues for the delivery of the programme will be located throughout the Council area beginning on the first day at the Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership and then on second day moving to St Columb’s Park House.  Other venues to be confirmed.

For further information please contact Eamonn on /
028 7126 1941




 7 Age Friendly Communities Update

What is age friendly?
An Age Friendly Community is one were older people are supported to age safely, enjoy good health and participate fully in their community. The Age Friendly Process is designed to ensure the region is informed and ready to meet changing needs, interest and aspirations of its’ citizens.


Older peoples voices matter to us!
We want to grow and want you to get involved with having an impact on age friendly topics in your area. If you are 50+ and interested in supporting the

Age Friendly agenda by becoming a member of the Positive Ageing Forum then please get in touch with Joanne at Derry Healthy Cities. Our next meeting will be Friday 2nd March, with a guest speaker from the Pensioners Parliament.

T: 028 7161 1384 E: or


To see the full newsletter please see under Useful Downloads



8 Latest Offers from Salto Youth 


The Allianssi Cruise

11 - 12 April 2018 | Cruise boat on the sea in front of Helsinki, Finland

The annual Finnish youth work conference, hosted on a cruise ship every other year. The cruise will have two days of programme and approximately 1400 youth workers attending it. English workshops on youth work and possibility to take part on a field trip.

Organizer: EDUFI - Erasmus+ Programme Finnish NA (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 February 2018

See details


Marginalization and Ostracism of the Roma in the past and today

Seminar / Conference

25 - 28 April 2018 | Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

International conference

Organizer: Roma Youth Center (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Albania, Austria, Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 4 March 2018

See details


Fostering youth activity for sustainable tourism development

22 - 26 October 2018 | Floriana, Malta

This is a course for youth workers and youth leaders on how to help youths develop activities that support the development of sustainable tourism practices. The course will also cover aspects of entrepreneurship.

Organizer: Future Focus (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): 8 September 2018

See details


The Incubator - less WORK for more IMPACT

13 - 16 April 2018 | De Glind, Netherlands

This training course aims to support the youth field to identify and understand how the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme can be used to achieve a desired local social change and transformation.

Organizer: Erasmus+ Youth Netherlands (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 February 2018

See details


The winner is: EVS/ESC - German speaking training for project managers and mentors in European Volunteering Projects

17 - 20 April 2018 | CJD Bonn, Germany

Training for project managers and mentors in European Volunteering Projects (EVS/ESC) who would like to exchange experiences, get some information about the general and specific conditions and want to learn more about working with volunteers.

Organizer: German National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth in Action JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 February 2018

See details


EuroPeers Training Course (German-speaking)

23 - 27 May 2018 | Bonn, Germany

A German-speaking training course for young people who took part in Erasmus+:YOUTH IN ACTION projects and want to share their European experiences with their peers.

Organizer: JUGEND für Europa - National Agency for the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme in Germany (National Agency) (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Belgium - DE, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 26 March 2018

See details


Enterprise your daily life!

18 - 23 May 2018 | Cyprus

A training course aiming at strengthening the capacity of youth workers in developing the entrepreneurial potential of young people, as to enable them to adopt a proactive approach in their personal, civic and professional life.

Organizer: Youth Board of Cyprus (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 11 March 2018

See details


Calls for Trainers:

  • CORRECTED: Youth Councils – local and international realities

Polish NA is looking for

1 trainer from Poland, 1 trainer from Programme Country

Application deadline: 14.02.2016

Online version.

  • Let's Gamify

Nomadways is looking for 1

Application deadline: 10.02.2018, midnight in CET

Online version.


 Opportunities with The Education Authority 


Applications sought for school governors across Northern Ireland:  


The Education Authority is recruiting two Equality Business Partners.
The Job description can be found at:

The closing date for applications is 15th February 2pm.


10 The Playhouse / Call for Socially Engaged Theatre Practitioners


The Playhouse (Derry/Londonderry - Northern Ireland) is looking for a Socially Engaged Theatre Artist / Community Theatre Artist / Applied Theatre Facilitator for its Theatre Peace Building Project* funded by  the European Union's PEACE IV Programme (managed by the Special EU Programmes Body - SEUPB) that will work in partnership with Holywell Trust, Thomas D'Arcy Foundation and Queens University.


In that frame, we are seeking to receive Tenders from Socially Engaged Theatre Practitioners who will deliver the National / International Residencies. 


The tender is published here


11  Sole Purpose Productions 21 Years Festival of Theatre for Social Change  


To celebrate theatre specialising in 'Social Change' we've got a festival on to celebrate Sole Purposes 21st birthday. Covering 21 years of our own work, as well as the works of some fantastic theatre companies, we welcome you to like, share, attend and discuss all things socially engaging


For 21 years Sole Purpose has been producing consistent, hard hitting & ground breaking theatre highlighting social causes, issues and barriers to those less fortunate in our society. Our festival is to celebrate, engage and promote societal causes.


This is a link to our  programme


This is the link to tickets for our events:


12 The Man Who Fell To Pieces - Musical Comedy Drama Focusing on Mental Health in NI


Tinderbox presents: The Man Who Fell to Pieces

Friday 16th February, 8pm

Tkts: £10


The Man Who Fell To Pieces is a story about John who is falling apart, literally. He spends days holding himself together with tape and cling film and other DIY tools from B&Q. He keeps his traumatic experiences to himself even though Caroline, his partner knows that something is not quite right. Meanwhile Mum is in the habit of breaking things around the home just so she can give Henry a ring and have him come round and save the day. When Ivan does eventually fall apart, Caroline pops him into a suitcase and travels around Belfast trying to work out how to put his life back together.


The Man Who Fell To Pieces is a ground breaking musical comedy that deals with the profound themes of Mental Health in Northern Ireland. The project is supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

Alongside this there will be a workshop running on Friday 16th February from 1pm – 3pm.



Culture NI:


Book Now: or call 028 7138 4444


13   'One Night Stands'


Yes believe all the hype this is the real feel good show, stuffed with great comedy, brilliant performances, sing along songs and foot tapping music.

'One Night Stands'; (the showband play) is the right medicine to get you back on your feet and give your face a smile. Wear you best 1950's costume and bring your jiving shoes.

A guaranteed cure for the wintertime blues at An Grianan Theatre on the 10th February/ Waterside Theatre 16th/17th feb, Plaza Buncrana 22nd Feb and St. Patrick's Hall Strabane 23rd Feb..... limited tickets available.

Discount for Community and Voluntary Group bookings


14  ‘Every Day Words Disappear’ at Void Gallery


‘Every Day Words Disappear’ - Johan Grimonprez at Void Gallery, Derry Curated by Mary Cremin

Exhibition runs until: 10 March

Johan Grimonprez’s critically acclaimed work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Informed by an archeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalisation. It questions our contemporary sublime, one framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasises a multiplicity of realities.

For further information on Void Derry or to arrange a tour or interview, please contact: Tansy Cowley, Press & Marketing Coordinator, Void Derry / 028 7130 8080


15 Pancakes And Coffee


People Plus are facilitating a coffee morning in aid of The Princes Trust on Tuesday 13th February 2018 from 10.0am to 11.30am at our premises: City Factory | 19 Queen Street | Derry/Londonderry | BT48 7EF


I would like to extend this invitation for you to join us and offer support for our young people.

The Princes Trust have supported numbers of young people who are in, or leaving, care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health issues, or have been in trouble with the law.

They have returned £1.4 billion in value to society through the help for disadvantaged young people over the last 10 years alone.


Their free programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. They help them develop key skills while boosting their confidence and motivation so they can continue to dream big.


16  Special offers from Karuna Therapies for the month of February

Choose one of our Dermalogica treatments:

  • Hydrating facial
  • Anti-Ageing facial
  • Deep cleansing facial
  • Resurfacing facial

Includes an aroma sensory head, neck and shoulder massage
£40 for 60mins
Contact Karuna Therapies on 07596658851
Karuna Therapies “making profit not taking profit”, all profit made is gifted to Foyle Women’s Aid, Karuna Therapies is a Social Economy Business.


17  Centenary Wood immortalised in writing by Northern Ireland poet


A new poetry collection, by local writer and poet Sam Burnside, pays tribute to a special Centenary Wood in the beautiful Faughan Valley.

The Woodland Trust-owned Brackfield Wood, not far from Derry/Londonderry, is one of just four flagship woods taking shape across the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. 

Still in its infancy, Brackfield will be home to some 40,000 native trees – a flourishing, respectful and lasting reminder of those lives lost, from across the island of Ireland, during the war. 

Sam Burnside’s poems in By Brackfield Bawn: On being in Brackfield Memorial Woods1 show his deep-rooted love of the natural, rural world; with the famously scenic Faughan Valley, its river and wildlife, at the core. 

The acclaimed poet gives his nod of approval for the creation of this new memorial woodland.  The thousands of saplings, a thriving tribute, will one day link the fragments of ancient woodland that dot the banks of the beautiful River Faughan.

It seems that the strength of nature – from the longevity of the valley’s centuries-old trees to the predictable cycle of the seasons – is in stark contrast to the frailty of human life.

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, said: “The poems are ready and waiting to be enjoyed by anyone with a love of words, nature, and the countryside.  They are also incredibly poignant and, alongside the beauty of the natural world, there’s a real sense of sadness and loss that many of us can relate to.

“We’re so grateful to Sam for capturing and immortalising the essence of Brackfield through his unique style of writing.”

BBC presenter Helen Mark, in the Foreword, said: “From his words you’ll know that Sam’s been at Brackfield in all weathers, through all seasons and has drawn both inspiration and pure joy from the character and beauty of wood and vale, of the river and wildlife.  His deep sense of place for this landscape is palpable and I relish walking in his footsteps with this collection in hand.”

Dr Sam Burnside MBE added: “Spending time at Brackfield became a true learning experience.  The most important thing for me was the discovery of the profound silence that lies at the heart of this – and indeed any – woodland.”

Extracts from some of the poems will also form a poetry trail at Brackfield Wood.  Eight stone sculptures, strategically placed and each carved with lines of poetry, will lead visitors into and through the wood, finishing at a central commemorative feature.

With almost 30,000 saplings already springing to life and new entrances, pathways and benches in place, a visit to Brackfield is an absolute must.


By Brackfield Bawn, published by Lapwing Publications, is available to purchase at   or at the Warehouse Gallery, 1 Guildhall Street, Derry/Londonderry.

The First World War Centenary Woods project is supported by the Trust’s lead partner Sainsbury's. 


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