NWCN E-bulletin 09 November 2017


1 Aviva Community Fund - Local groups need your votes!

2 FREE Equipment for Training & Sports Clubs 

3 Upcoming Training with Dennett Interchange

4 Business Breakfast

5 Money Management: Supporting Communities with Welfare Reform

6 REACH Across - New Youth Leaders Training

7 Upcoming with Towards Understanding & Healing

8 Coffee & Chat event in Strabane

9 30 Years of Erasmus+ & International Youth Work - Join the Celebrations

10 Get Started with DJing

11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

12 EU-funded project opportunities for UK participants (Nov-Dec 2017)

13 One-Day First Aid Course

14 Job Opportunity with Action for Children

15 Public Appointments to the Historic Monuments Council

16 Disability Equality Group NI AGM

17 History of the Headstones Tour

18 Gathering of Environmental Campaigners

19 Special Screening of the Hillsborough film

20 Life drawing workshops

21 Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returns from 7th - 18th November


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1  Aviva Community Fund - Local groups need your votes!


Three local groups that we know of so far are seeking your votes, if you know of another group that would like to be included do please let us know!

  • Glenshane Care Association - Glenshane Care's Health Matters

This a health and wellbeing project to be based at Glenshane Care Centre which will primarily facilitate adults who have disabilities, plus their carers, to participate in various opportunities such as training, social and/or educational activities, which are related to all aspects of improved physical and mental health. The project also aims to engage the wider community through provision of activities which are inclusive, regardless of background and ability. 




  • R.E.A.C.H Across - S.T.A.I.R (Schools Together And Integ. Recreation)

The S.T.A.I.R Project (Schools Together and Integrated Recreation) is a chance for local schools to work together by planning, organising and hosting a shared Fun Day consisting of land and water activities. The project will promote a working collaboration between the community sector (REACH Across staff), education sector (teachers) and leadership teams within the respective schools, for the benefit of junior year groups (12 - 14yr olds).


  • Foyle Women's Aid - Camp Hope

Camp Hope is a project aimed at children & young people affected by domestic and sexual violence which will address these issues through outdoor activities designed to increase self-esteem and resilience. With the help of this funding we would like to deliver a service that promotes the physical health and emotional wellbeing of each individual young person.





2 FREE Equipment for Training & Sports Clubs 


The CLEAR Project will be holding an Information Session for the Sports Equipment/Training Grants on

Monday 13th November 2017 @ 6.45pm in the Omagh Enterprise Centre 

The CLEAR Project, in conjunction with the Public Health Agency, are offering constituted, voluntary sector sports clubs in the Western Trust area the opportunity to avail of training which will help them support their members and get £300 worth of relevant sports equipment for the club.

In order to receive this aid Clubs must:

  • Be a constituted voluntary sector sports clubs and enclose copy of this document and a list of committee members;
  • Have a bank or building society account in the name of the club;
  • Be appropriately insured or prepared to obtain appropriate insurance if awarded;
  • Enclose most recent annual accounts or statement of income and expenditure which must be approved and signed by an office-holder;
  • Operate within the Western Trust area;
  • Have a significant impact upon or involvement from their local community;
  • Have a minimum of five members[1] attend SafeTALK training; 
  • Attendance at Mental Health First Aid training; (Optional)

Equipment requested should help the club develop activities that meet the needs of the local community and support the delivery of the Five Ways to Well Being, simple steps to improve your mental health through the themes of ‘Connect’, ‘Be active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning’ and ‘Give’.

Clubs will be asked to seek out three quotations for the equipment to ensure value for money, pay the chosen supplier directly and then submit original invoices relating to the purchase of the equipment to claim back the finance. If the Club doesn’t have the finances then requests for advance payment will be considered on a case by case basis.

Any relevant club within the Western Trust area can apply for the funding however preference will be given to:

  • groups operating in the top 20% most disadvantages Wards/Super output areas
  • those with lower capacity

Please note: funding award will not be released until members have completed safeTALK training; All training must be completed by 2nd February 2018.

To apply, please download application form from our website www.dhcni.com/grants

Completed application forms and supporting documents will be accepted by email to carol@dhcni.com or by post to the CLEAR Project address below.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring the application is submitted in a timely manner. The CLEAR Project assumes no legal liability or responsibility resulting from any information technology problems when submitting the application.

If you are planning to email us your application, please make sure that all signatures are scanned copies of real signatures.  We can’t accept a typed name. 

Closing date Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 12 noon


3   Upcoming Training with Dennett Interchange

  • Child Protection Training:

Monday 13th November 2017, 7-10pm.  To register please contact Dennett Interchange on 028 7139 7990 as spaces are limited.  The cost for this training is £10.


  • How to avoid Blunders with Funders?

‘For many small groups, funding applications can be very complicated and difficult to complete.
This practical session will provide direction on how to identity suitable funders and guidance on how to develop more effective funding applications’.
This session will take place on Tuesday 14th November 2017, 7-9:30pm
Call 028 7139 7990 to book your place.


4 Business Breakfast


 PSNI in conjunction with PCSP
Tuesday 14th November 2017, 8am to 9am
You are invited to a Business Breakfast to discuss business safety.

  • Are your premises secure?
  • Does your staff know how to deal with shoplifters?
  • Do you know what to do in the event of a robbery at your business premises? 

Da Vincis Hotel, 15 Culmore Road, Derry/Londonderry
To register contact the Derry and Strabane PCSP:
Telephone: 028 7137 6565


5 Money Management: Supporting Communities with Welfare Reform


The Welfare Reform Act is introducing a range of changes to the benefits system in Northern Ireland. Many current benefits are going to be abolished and replaced by a new benefits system. How will you be affected?


Supported by the WRC, the Women’s Centre Derry in partnership with Advice NI will host a one day fully interactive training course which will look at the impact of Welfare Reform and how to support those affected within the community. Topics covered include borrowing, budgeting, and money management within households, spending, financial and digital inclusion and signposting to support services available.


This course is free for staff, members, and volunteers of women’s organisations, networks and community groups working with those who may be impacted by welfare reform.


There are 6 CPD points available through this course which can be used as evidence towards a range of units including Advice and Guidance Certificate or Diploma qualifications including   ‘Support Clients to Make Use of Advice and Guidance Service’.


Location/Time /Date

This course will be delivered by Advice NI at the Women’s Centre Derry on 14th Dec – 10am to 4pm


To register contact Mary Deery at Women’s Centre on 02871267672 or email marydeery@womencentre.co.uk



6 REACH Across - New Youth Leaders Training


Monday 13th November 2017,  6.30 - 9.30pm

In Holywell, Bishop Street (FREE).


REACH Across Are Seeking New Youth Leaders To Assist With The Delivery And Management Of Our Cross-Community Youth Programme And Schools Programme.


Participants Will Be Able To Assist With Our Weekly Group Meetings, Activity Residentials, Day Trips, Schools Courses and International Projects.

Leaders Will Be Offered A Range Of Training And Development Courses.


If Interested In Our Youth Leader Training, Please Reply On Facebook or E-Mail reach_across@hotmail.com or Text 078 5483 3371.




 7 Upcoming with Towards Understanding & Healing



Valued Voices supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body (SEUPB).

Towards Understanding and Healing: Valued Voices Job Opportunity
Towards Understanding and Healing: Valued Voices welcomes applications for the post of Part-time Administrator. For a Job Application Pack please contact:
Eamonn Baker
Towards Understanding and Healing: Valued Voices
DiverseCity Community Partnership
8-14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW
Tel. (028) 71261941

The deadline for completed applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 22nd November 2017. 



  • Valued Voices 

Launch of SEUPB/Peace 4 funded project Valued Voices in association with Derry City and Strabane District Council

 11am  November 29th followed by light lunch


Venue: Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership

10-12 Bishop Street 


Guest speakers:

Hazel Deeney and Professor Siobhan O'Neill, other speaker TBC

RSVP: Eamonn Baker, email: eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org 

Or phone 02871 261941


  • Testimony event with Paddy Armstrong of The Gilford Four 

Towards Understanding and Healing have organized a Testimony event with Paddy Armstrong of the Guildford Four and Mary Elaine Tynan at Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry-Doire.

Friday December 1st 2017, 7.30 pm

Places are available by contacting Amanda on 028 7126 1941 or by emailing 


  • Resilience and Forgiveness event

Monday December 4th 2017
10am til 12

Venue:  Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership
8-14 Bishop St.

With Maureen Wilkinson, Seamus Farrell and Archdeacon Robert Miller.

An initial non-judgemental exploration of possibilities.


To book a place please contact Eamonn Baker at eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org 

Or phone 02871 261941


 These events are all made possible by the support of SEUPB Peace IV and DCSDC


8 Coffee & Chat event in Strabane 


The Women’s Regional Consortium, WCD & NWCN in conjunction with NIRWIN invites you for a cuppa and a chat.

We would like to hear your views on BREXIT and key issues affecting women in Rural Areas.
Date: Wednesday 6th December
Time: 11am – 1.00pm
Venue: Melvin Sports Complex
Festive treats will be served…
To book your place please contact Mary on:
marydeery@womencentre.co.uk / 028 7126 7672 
Or Neola on:

info@nwcn.org  / 028 7127 9090
* If transport is an issue for attending this event please do contact us*
Supported by Halifax Foundation for NI


 30 Years of Erasmus+ & International Youth Work - Join the Celebrations


Book Your Stall!  - 'Market Place' Celebration Event


Celebrating 30 Years of Erasmus+ & International Youth Work Practice


Everglades Hotel,


Friday 8th December 2017


Join the rest of the Youth Work World as LID+ with the support of YouthActionNI, Education Authority, Boys & Girls Clubs Northern Ireland and EUROPE Direct Information Centre – Northern Ireland invite you to exhibit your work at: 

'Market Place'


An interactive celebration event that will not only mark the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+, 'Market Place' also provides an opportunity for local groups to exhibit and promote models of practice (past and present) that have been developed within and/or for the International Youth Work Sector.


We have a few remaining spaces for organisations to erect a stall to showcase the work they have been involved in currently or down through the years. 


Claim Your Space now!


This will be an opportunity for groups from across Northern Ireland (and the rest of the UK) that have been involved in International Youth Work over the decades to showcase and promote their work to a wide audience including young people, youth workers, trainers, policy makers, educators and academics. 


We will also have International Practice on display from countries including Portugal, Belgium, Slovenia, Greece and Norway.  There will be a number of events that will run in parallel with 'Market Place' including 'Monumental Moments', 'Human Library and 'Practice Workshops'.  Come along and celebrate with us.


For a full 'Market Place' Brochure click here


Whether it has been a youth exchange or job shadow, study visit or EVS, perhaps even a training programme, seminar or conference, if you have been involved in any of these or similar within an international setting at any time over the last 30 years, we would like to hear from you.  This event is an open invitation to the entire youth work community across the UK.


If you or your organisation are interested in being part of this programme please send an e-mail to thelidprogramme@hotmail.com


For more information on The LID Programme click here and 'LID+' click here.


For all information on the Erasmus+ Programme click here.  If you'd like some Erasmus+ literature please click here


10 Get Started with DJing


Are you age 16 -24? Out of employment or training? Meet new people and learn new skills with our free programme!

  • Gain an OCN Qualification in DJing skills
  • Use CDJ’s and the best DJ software 
  • Doesn't affect your benefits and travel expenses paid on programme
  • Up to 3 months support after the programme

Monday 20th November to Friday 24th November 2017
Taster: Thursday 16th November 2017
To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07484901934 or email


11  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Tuning In: to Learning and Youthpass

19 - 24 February 2018 | Italy

This four-day training course provides practical support to facilitating learning in youth work activities, based on the concept of the Youthpass process.

Organizer: Agenzia nazionale per i giovani (ANG) (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline (24h CET): 15 November 2017

See details


Game of Cultures: inclusion of young migrants and refugees

29 January - 5 February 2018 | Cascais, Portugal

For all those who work in multicultural environments and face the challenge of newly arrived cultures, wishing to encourage intercultural dialogue in their local communities in order to enhance its openness to the inclusion of Young migrants and refugees

Organizer: Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 10 December 2017

See details


Study visit: Integration of Young Refugees

20 - 24 February 2018 | Arnhem, Netherlands

A study visit for empowering youth workers working with young refugees and asylum seekers. Exchange of good practices and development of concrete ideas for implementation on a local level.

Organizer: Dutch NA Erasmus+ Youth (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 23 December 2017

See details



BiTriMulti (BTM) - Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges

24 - 28 April 2018 | Germany

The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects;especially newcomers to this field

Organizer: National Agency JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 25 February 2018

See details                     


12 EU-funded project opportunities for UK participants (Nov-Dec 2017)


Next month a unique ERASMUS+ Training Course will take place in Worcester.  Within 8 days participants from 9 different countries (including the UK) will have the chance to both discover and polish skills in creating short animated movies.  Such mobility projects are very rare among the European Programmes and therefore participation in one of these is highly encouraged.
We still have 2 more places left for the UK participants. The opportunity is open to the British citizens as well as nationals of other countries residing in the UK. We are looking especially for any youth workers, youth/group leaders, facilitators, teachers, volunteers, etc. Feel free then to spread the calls to whoever may benefit from attending the course. 
TRAINING COURSE: Animate to Participate 
DATES: 8-17 Dec 2017
VENUE: Worcester, United Kingdom
MAIN THEME: animated movies, creativity 

Application Deadline: 14th Nov (Tues)
Please note that the above course is funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Commission and as such 100% of food and accommodation expenses are covered, as well as up to 100% of travel costs can be reimbursed.


13   One Day First Aid Course


We are running an Emergency First Aid at Work (1 Day) course in our Derry/Londonderry Training Venue that you may be interested in.

Course Details:

  • Date: 17th November
  • Start Time: 9:30am
  • Venue: Catalyst Inc., Bay Road, L’Derry, BT48 7TG
  • Cost: £60+VAT

If you wish to book a place or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to ask.

yasmin@ghskills.com / 02882 256772 


14  Job Opportunity with Action for Children


Administrative Officer with Action for Children Western Early Intervention Support Service


Application closing date: 17/11/2017

Location: Derry~Londonderry

Salary: 15,296.00 pro rata

Fixed Term Contract until 31/08/2018 (Working 21 hours per week)


How we work:

Action for Children does what's right, does what's needed and does what works for children in the UK. Every year, our team changes the lives of 390,000 children, young people and families. 


The Western Early Intervention Support Service delivers services to families at an early stage when problems arise. Services are provided across both urban and rural surrounding areas in Derry-Londonderry and Tyrone.


As an Administrative Officer you'll be working in our Ebrington Office in Derry-Londonderry.


How you'll make a difference:

By providing a good quality range of administrative services across the service

By being effective, intuitive, flexible and able to work to deadlines

By having an excellent knowledge of IT programmes and able to follow and set up systems

By having excellent customer service skills and being a good communicator


What you'll need:

A-C grade in GCSE Maths and English

Experience in a paid administrative role

Excellent communication skills

Advanced IT Skills and experience of use of various IT systems

Good at prioritising and meeting deadlines with excellent organisation and planning skills

Be able to work on own initiative and as part of a busy team

Understanding the principles of Safeguarding and Confidentiality


For further information and to apply please click on the link below:



15 Public Appointments to the Historic Monuments Council


The Department for Communities recently issued information regarding a public appointments competition in respect of the Historic Monuments Council.

Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications for the Chair position has been extended to noon on Thursday 16 November 2017


The Department is committed to the principle 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 applications from all suitably qualified people irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependants. We would particularly welcome applications from women, people with a disability, young people and people from minority ethnic groups.

Further details including an application form can be found on the Departments website: www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-public-appointments


16 Disability Equality Group NI AGM


Annual General Meeting


Friday 10th November 2017
At 2.30pm
In Holywell Trust, Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry.

  1. Welcomes and apologies
  2. Minutes from last meeting (25th Nov 2016)
  3. Chairperson’s report
  4. Treasurer’s report
  5. Appointment of independent financial examiner
  6. Election of committee members
  7. Date and time of first committee meeting

RSVP to Teresa at disabilityequalitygroupni@gmail.com 


17 History of the Headstones Tour




To mark Remembrance Day 2017, Derry City and Strabane District Council is providing a FREE tour around the City Cemetery looking at WW1 and WW2 Graves.

Tour will be followed by a facilitated discussion and a light lunch in the Rathmor Centre.

Booking is essential please contact
Pauline.oneill@derrystrabane.com or telephone 028 71253 253 to book your place.

NB: Tour will begin at top gate of the City Cemetery

Transport can also be provided if you have large group wishing to attend the tour.


18 Gathering of Environmental Campaigners

When: 18th November 1.00pm – 5.00pm               
Where: St Columb’s Park House

**Guest speakers from Stop the Drill, Save Our Sperrins/Greencastle Voices, Faughan Anglers, Prehen Woodland and Zero Waste North West

TEXT – 07871902584 OR 02871810626


19 Special Screening of the Hillsborough film


CRAFT (Derry) Ltd is holding a special screening of Hillsborough, followed by a question and answer session with Professor Phil Scraton, primary author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's Report and factual consultant to the film. 

There will also be a book signing of the new edition of his definitive book.

The event will take place on Thursday 9th November at 7pm in the CRAFT Hub, 3rd floor Rosemount Factory (entrance via the car park at the back of the factory).

Ticket entrance only - tickets are priced at £7 and available from Glenview Community Centre (71268748) and BHCP (71271977).

Seating is limited on each night.


The Film:
Made for ESPN and the BBC and screened to great acclaim around the world in 2014 Dan Gordon’s two-hour documentary, Hillsborough, could not be shown in Britain or Ireland while the recent inquests were in session. Short-listed for an EMMY, the film was broadcast on BBC2 in following the momentous unlawful killing verdict at the Hillsborough inquests. Public reaction was unprecedented and in 2017 it won a BAFTA for best factual documentary. Informed by over two decades of research by Queen’s professor, Phil Scraton, the film uses original footage of the disaster and its aftermath interspersed with harrowing first-hand accounts by the bereaved, survivors, and police officers, exposing the institutionalised injustices and media-fed myths that prevailed for a quarter of a century.


Ninety-six people died, hundreds were injured and thousands traumatised, their pain and suffering exacerbated by a hostile media fueled by ‘official’ accounts purposefully laying the blame at the door of the fans who survived. Beginning on the fateful day in 1989, Hillsborough explores the key developments in the preceding years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes leading to the horrific loss of life. It tells the story of the families’ resilience in their quest for justice, the eventual findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel that exonerated the fans and demonstrated the culpability of the police and other powerful institutions. It concludes with the inquest verdicts and the families’ responses.


20 Life drawing workshops

Five weeks of life drawing commences 8th November to the 6th December with a male model, £10.00 per workshop. Drawing mediums provided except paper.


Derry Print Workshop, 9-11 Pump Street, Unit 5, BT48 6JG Derry



21 Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returns from 7th - 18th November

Echo Echo Dance Studios, Magazine Street, Derry

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returns for its 5th edition from 7th-18th November with an outstanding programme of dance, movement and physical theatre performances including  members of Moldovan dance group ‘Voices’ leading a series of improvisations in city locations; acclaimed German children’s dance company Mini-a-Tour with their magical work,’ Fallen From the Moon’ for ages 4 and up;  Swedish company Lavadans  presenting a multi-media production addressing  the impact of war specifically on the lives and experiences of children;  Swiss company Junebug will return to Derry with their internationally acclaimed production ‘WICCA’  a celebration of Womanhood and the power of Gentleness; 4 piece band ‘This is How we Fly’ and Sean Nos dancer Sibeal Davitt and Irish step-dancer Kristyn Fontanella present a double bill of music and dance at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin; festival also includes two evenings of Short Works by local and visiting artists created from the Festival Open Call.

Come and see some shows and join us for a packed programme of daily classes and workshops, artist talks,a concert by the fantastic, funky, flavoursome Velvet Alibi, Festival Symposium, and family friendly Dance Picnic!
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