NWCN E-bulletin 10 October 2018


1 Making Community Connections northwest

2 Empowering Young People programme

3 FREE Fundraising Clinics 

4 Community Powered Change Session - Part 2

5 Future Leaders Programme

6 Your Service, Your Say

7 HMRC Grant Funding 2019-2020

8 Application advice from Big Lottery

9 ‘Self compassion and responding to trauma’

10 Level 5 Diploma in Substance misuse Theory & Interventions

11 ‘Community of Homes’: Digital Art project 

12 Youth Art Gallery 2019 - Get Creative!

13 The LID Programme - Call for participants

14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth 

15 The Third Space - Recruitment Opportunity

16  Appointment of a Chair to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

17 Invitation to the Launch of Dr G Moore Chair in Data Analytics

18  FWIN Upcycling Course

19 NWJCG presents: Film Showing "Little Voices From Fukushima"

20 Foyle Hospice Annual Coffee Morning

21 'International Bake Bread for Peace Day'




1 Making Community Connections northwest


An event co produced by: Grow Wild, Amplify NI, Eden Project Communities and supported by North West Community Network


11 October 12-3:30pm
Holywell, DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-14 Bishop St
Hot Lunch served at 12:00pm


We work hard to make connections within our communities but couldn't we be better connected with other projects? Join us for an afternoon of community conversation designed for volunteers and community organisers.


Share your local insights and get the inside word on Grow Wild funding. Find out how to Amplify your community ideas and get connected with #TheBigLunch and people across Northern Ireland, bringing people together and making good things happen where they live.

For more information and to book your place please see 


Please note there is only a few remaining spaces!!




2 Empowering Young People programme


Do you want to learn more about BLF's Empowering Young People programme?

Why not come along to North West Community Network's information session on 23rd October, at 10:30am in the Holywell building, Bishop Street.

A funding officer from Big Lottery will be there to provide details for this programme


2-5 year projects by VCSE organisations that:

  • Give young people (aged 8-25) the ability to overcome the challenges they face, so that
  • More young people have the skills they need for the future
  • Young people have better relationships with their support networks and communities
  • Young people have improved health and well being

To register for this session please email info@nwcn.org or call 028 7127 9090
Light refreshments will be served




3   FREE Fundraising Clinics 


On Monday 19th November organisations can book a free one hour slot with Lynn Kennedy, NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer, for discussing current funding applications, exploring potential new sources of income, developing a fundraising plan or a fundraising strategy or simply taking the opportunity to have a sounding board regarding anything fundraising-related. You can also just search for suitable grants on GrantTracker. 

The clinics are 1-1 but those attending are welcome to bring along others from their organisation. These clinics will be run in partnership with North West Community Network.


Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm  
Venue: Holywell - DiverseCity Community Partnership    
Contact:  Mary McCaughey (NICVA)  02890 877777 or email: 


4  Community Powered Change Session - Part 2


Tuesday 16th October: 12pm-2pm: Holywell Trust


Join us for an informal introduction to participatory and peer research. All welcome!

If you're looking for new ways to engage with the people who benefit from what you do, this Session could give you some useful ideas and tools. In these two Sessions, we'll be covering:

  • How participatory and peer research could benefit your project or organisation
  • How to carry out participatory and peer research
  • Research ethics
  • What to do with research findings 

Lunch will be provided. For further information, please contact Shannon: shannon.downey@youngfoundation.org.


5  Future Leaders Programme


Holywell Trust is rolling out a new programme - Future Leaders - to create a new cohort of community leaders in the North West. We are seeking up to 20 people to take part in the programme that will run from October 2018 - July 2019.


Through the programme participants will undertake a twenty-session programme on a range of topics (Personal Development, Good Relations, Innovation for Change, Conflict Resolution, Creative Thinking and more) engaging with experts and creating community connections.

Participants will also work in small teams to deliver a community-focused project by the end of the project.


The Future Leaders programme is open to people from all backgrounds and ages - we want to develop a cohort with a broad range of skills and experience who can work collectively to positively change our place for years to come.


If this interests you, or you would like more information, please get in touch. You will be asked to complete a short expression of interest form and there may also be a group recruitment process. We look forward to hearing from you!

T: (028) 7126 1941 / 


6  Your Service, Your Say


What do you think are the most important priorities for policing in your area and what aspects of local policing are important to you? 


The PSNI and Northern Ireland Policing Board are looking for your views to help shape the future of policing.


Their joint consultation is part of the Local Policing Review 2018 and will explore how police can best meet public need and demands and deliver the most effective local policing....

It is important that local communities have their say on what their policing priorities are and this is your chance to shape how things are delivered in the future.


You can take part in the consultation by coming to a public meeting on Wednesday 24th October at 5.00pm in St Columb’s Park House.


If you can’t make it, you can try out the simulator online at https://psni.prioritysimulator.com/ and answer some quick questions about what you think it important for policing in your area.



 7  HMRC Grant Funding 2019-2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a £1.6 million grant programme which is available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in the UK.

VCS organisations with an income that exceeds £40,000 a year and that provide advice and support to HMRC customers who need extra help understanding and complying with their tax obligations can apply now for funding that covers 2019 to 2020.


Grants will range from £10,000 to £450,000 with a maximum threshold set at 50% of the organisation’s turnover (last audited accounts).


Organisations must be able to help HMRC customers that are hard to reach and who cannot or will not interact directly with HMRC either due to culture, language, trust, or geography.

The funding is for bids that include one or more of the following activities:

  • Advice and support.
  • Digital inclusion.
  • Specialist support and referrals.

Applicants must have the infrastructure and capability to handle in the region of 700 referrals per year and would be responsible for bringing individual cases to conclusion.

The deadline for applications is 2 November 2018




8  Application advice from Big Lottery


If people in your community have some great ideas, but aren't quite sure how to move ahead, develop their plans and get them funded - we have some tips that can help.  This short blog gives you an introduction to how we work and the basics of how to make a funding application.

See also our website for information on:

  • People and Communities - supporting work with local people to bring about positive changes in your community.
  • Empowering Young People - support for projects in Northern Ireland that give young people aged 8 to 25 the ability to overcome the challenges they face.
  • Awards for All Northern Ireland - Giving groups a quick and easy way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.

Ring 028 90551455 to talk to us (opening hours are Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm)



  ‘Self compassion and responding to trauma’


WAVE Trauma Centre are holding a ‘Self compassion and responding to trauma’ course in their Derry Londonderry Centre. 

This is a 1 day workshop taking place on 1 November 2018 from 10 am–4 pm at cost of £50.

This one day workshop which will explore the impact of psychological trauma on an individual’s ability to develop and maintain compassion for themselves and others. The workshop is influenced and informed by Gilbert’s model of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) applied within the Northern Ireland context of the Troubles. Students will be provided with an overview of the Compassion model with an emphasis on the role of shame, self-criticism and trauma symptomology.

The workshop would be of interest to those working with individuals and families who have experienced trauma and subsequent shame, self-criticism and low mood. 

Please register on



10 Level 5 Diploma in Substance misuse Theory & Interventions


Entry requirements

Evidence of the ability to study at this level.  A Level 4 Diploma or equivalent.

  • Hours of study – 120 classroom contact hours plus home study.
  • Assessment Structure (completed portfolio plus assignment)

Candidates will be required to complete a portfolio based on the taught modules and complete a theoretical assignment, plus a case study.


What will I get on completion of the course?

Candidates will receive a Level 5 Diploma in Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions

Who should do this course?

The course is suitable for those seeking to develop a career within the Substance misuse field or for those who are already trained as counsellors, to create a speciality within their practice.




Email: hurttraining@outlook.com

Call:  02871369696


11  ‘Community of Homes’: Digital Art project 


Beginning October 2018
The Churches Trust in partnership with the Inner City Trust and the Nerve Centre are recruiting 16 young people (16 – 24 years) to take part in this imaginative, creative art project, funded by the Department for Communities.  
The platform on which the project will be framed is the creation of a public art piece as a team.  This is a themed project of ‘togetherness’ where participants will explore good relations, diversity and citizenship, create a wall art mural and ultimately produce a piece of public art.
Benefits of taking part:

  • £50 voucher on completion of project (attendance dependent)
  • Free Lunch
  • OCN Award in Digital Fabrication
  • OCN level 1 in Diversity
  • Residential
  • Public transport costs reimbursed
  • Childcare allowance
  • Public display of completed art in Garden of Reflection

For further details contact Wendy at The Churches Trust:
Telephone: 02871 311322



12 Youth Art Gallery 2019 - Get Creative!


We are looking for artistic young people aged 12-24! 

#Youth19 and the Garden of Reflection are offering young people aged 12-24 the chance to take part in a Youth Art Gallery in 2019.

Expressions of interest close on Monday 15th October 2018. 


For further information & to register please see: http://www.derrystrabane.com/youthartexhibition



13    The LID Programme - Call for participants


The Inside Out Programme, Claudy, is looking for participants for the following Programmes from that will take place from November to December in Slovenia and Austria:

  • 4 Participants  for   'Embrace the Reality' - Media Literacy Youth Exchange  in Slovenia, 19th (arrival day) - 28th November (departure day) 2018 
  • 1 Participant  for    'Humour is Serious Business' Training Programme  in Austria, 5th November (arrival day) - 12th November (departure day), 2018 
  • 1 Participant  for  'reActive' Training Programme  in Austria, 10th December (arrival day) - 17th December (departure day), 2018 (1 participant)

Food and Accommodation provided; Travel Allowance of up to €275 reimbursed upon receipt of invoices and boarding passes, all of which is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.

Participants should be aged 18 and over and from the UK.  As Inside Out is based in Northern Ireland we target participants from Northern Ireland primarily (but not exclusively so). 

If you are interested then we would like to hear from you.  You can download an Application Form by clicking
here and returning it to thelidprogramme@hotmail.com by midnight Monday 15th October.  Feel free to use the same e-mail address for any queries related to the programme.



14  Latest Offers from Salto Youth 


Game of Wellness

8 - 16 December 2018 | Brno (Kaprálův Mlýn) , Czech Republic, Czech Republic

We will explore the concept of “wellness” as a state of complete physical, mental, social & spiritual well-being and introduce practical & fun tools, games, strategies of promoting holistic health and personal development in young people & youth workers.

Organizer: Dobroti (Youth NGO)

This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 October 2018

See details


Participation out of office

5 - 9 December 2018 | Slovak Republic

The aim of the TC is inform about Structured Dialogue (SD) and what can be achieved through KA3 projects in practice, exchange of good practice, and while developing a common strategy on the implementation of the SD at national, regional and local level.

Organizer: IUVENTA- Slovak Youth Institute, Slovak NA E+ (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 7 November 2018

See details


The Power of Non Formal Education TC in Estonia

11 - 17 February 2019 | Tallinn, Estonia

Improving the impact of Non Formal Education (NFE), principles and methods in empowering young people as real actors of the society (from local to Europe) and building bridges between different educational methods, approaches or reflections.

Organizer: Archimedes Foundation Youth Agency (National Agency)

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


Application deadline (24h CET): 11 November 2018

See details


ESC/EVS Partnership Building East West Dialogues

7 - 10 March 2019 | Utrecht, Netherlands

East-West Dialogues is a partnership building and quality improvement training which aims at setting up high quality volunteering partnerships in which partners from Western European, Eastern European and partner countries cooperate.

Organizer: Eastpackers | Stichting UcDean (Youth NGO)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 13 November 2018

See details


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

28 January - 1 February 2019 | Hungary

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: Hungarian Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agency (National Agency)

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


Application deadline (24h CET): 2 December 2018




15  The Third Space - Recruitment Opportunity


Third Space is a new cross border project delivered by Extern and Verbal. The project will transform the lives of 800 children and young people identified as being vulnerable and at risk.

Across key locations project leaders and creative professionals will be working with young people, opening them up to new opportunities by promoting self-esteem and resilience.

The project will help highly vulnerable young people from different communities, cultural and religious backgrounds to:

  • Reduce social isolation
  • Develop a deeper sense of community awareness
  • Successfully negotiate and manage a programme of personal development.


We invite applications for the following position:

• Psychology Guide (Research Assistant (36 hours per week over 5 days) This is a Fixed-term post to December 2021 based in Derry~Londonderry.

For an application pack please visit our website: https://www.theverbal.co/Pages/Category/jobs


Or contact us as follows:
• Email –
• Tel - 028 7126 6946.


Closing date for applications is: 12 noon on Wednesday, 24th October 2018.

It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

Interviews are due to be held week beginning 5th November 2018.


The Verbal Arts Centre operates a Child Protection Policy. The Verbal Arts Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


This project has been supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by SEUPB



16  Appointment of a Chair to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking to appoint a Chair to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). AFBI is a DAERA Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDBP) set up under the powers of the Agriculture (NI) Order 2004. It is empowered under the Order to undertake scientific work (research and development, testing, advice and information on scientific matters and dissemination of the results of scientific research) in the fields of agriculture, animal health and welfare, food, fisheries, forestry, the natural environment and rural development and enterprise. Further information about the organisation, can be obtained from the AFBI website at www.afbini.gov.uk.


Time Commitment and Remuneration: Chair role requires approximately 40 days per annum. This position is remunerated at £26,510 per annum (currently under review). Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will also be reimbursed along with reasonable costs relating to care of dependents, including childcare.


Terms of Appointment: The successful candidate will be appointed for a 3 year period from 1st April 2019. An additional 2 year term may be offered, subject to satisfactory performance and attendance.


Application Process: A merit based process will be applied alongside the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability. Applicants will be expected to complete an application form demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria for appointment. The essential criteria are: Experience in a Field of Activity Relevant to the Discharge of the Functions of the Institute; Strategic Thinking and Direction; Leadership; Influencing and Directing Change; Financial Planning and Management; Corporate Governance and Accountability; and Communication.

A sift of applications will be carried out and short listing criteria applied if necessary. A panel interview will follow. The panel will agree a ranked order of successful candidates for consideration of appointment.


More information about this competition and about public appointments in general is available from the NI Direct website: www.nidirect.gov.uk/public-appointment-vacancies.  An application form can also be downloaded from this website.


This is a Commissioner for Public Appointments in Northern Ireland (CPA NI) Regulated appointment.

An application pack and further information is available by contacting Dolores Kelly, Ballykelly House, 111 Ballykelly Road, Ballykelly, Limavady BT49 9HP (Tel: 02877 442025 or e-mail EqualityDiversityPublicAppointments@daera-ni.gov.uk). This material will also be made available, on request, in other formats such as Braille, large print, audio, etc. All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.


Closing date: Completed applications must be returned to the Department by 4.00pm on Friday 26th October 2018.


Equality of Opportunity: DAERA is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. DAERA is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependents. Since young people, people from ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities are currently under represented on the AFBI Board, applications from these groups would be particularly welcome.



17 Invitation to the Launch of Dr G Moore Chair in Data Analytics


Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Paddy Nixon invites you to the official launch of the 

Dr George Moore, Chair in Data Analytics based at Ulster University’s Magee campus

When: 15:00, 17 October 2018
Followed by light refreshments

Where: Teaching Centre, Block MU, Magee campus


This event celebrates the philanthropic investment of £5 million made by the Moore Family to endow this Chair.


Dr George Moore is often cited as a founding father of the data analytics industry. As an Honorary Graduate of Ulster University, the establishment of this prestigious endowed Chair in his name honours his significant contribution to this increasingly important field.  This Chair supports Ulster’s ambitions, as a centre of excellence in the field of data analytics, by providing funds to engage a stellar, world-class academic as well as an associated research fellow to increase our research power and impact.


This gift is the largest private donation to Ulster University’s work and builds on Magee’s history of philanthropy when the campus was established in 1865 with the support of a gift of £20,000 (equivalent to £2 million today) from Martha Magee.


Mark Briers is Programme Director at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. Prior to this, Mark spent 17 years working in industry as a senior research lead in the area of cyber security and statistical inference.  He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and a Royal Statistical Society Council member. Mark holds a PhD in Information Engineering from University of Cambridge.


Mark will deliver a talk on the future of data analytics and highlight the importance of this investment in Ulster University’s global impact.


Register attendance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-the-dr-george-moore-chair-in-data-analytics-registration-50637727807


events@ulster.ac.uk+44(0)28 7012 3266


18  FWIN Upcycling Course

Commencing Monday 22nd October 2018
6 Week Programme
Holywell, Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry
Cost £2.00 per head per week
If you wish to book a place on the course please contact:
info@fwin.org.uk or telephone: 028 7126 6291 



19  NWJCG presents: Film Showing "Little Voices From Fukushima"

(2015, Japan, English subtitles, 119mins)
14th Oct (Sun)  Door open 12:45  Showing starts 13:00 at Holywell DCCP (Bishop St. Derry・L'derry)

Admission Free, Followed by a discussion with the director of the film, Hitomi Kamanaka (Japan) and Rob Davies and Phil Steele (People Against Wylfa B, Wales), who will all be connected over Skype.
This film shows the tremendous efforts made by mothers who live in Fukushima, based in the area outside of the forced evacuated zone but which is nonetheless highly contaminated by radiation.
They are determined to protect their children from radiation after the nuclear accident. The only precedent for them is Chernobyl, where a big percentage of children are still suffering from various diseases and lacking in physical strength.

Because of lack of reliable instructions or information from authorities, they had to start their attempt from scratch.
We will not forget the terrible things that happened. But if we need hope it will start only from people's solidarity. You can find out about it in this film.

*Hitomi Kamanaka—a Japanese documentary filmmaker and media activist who has been working on nuclear power and radiation issues for two decades.
* Rob Davies and Phil Steele—Core members of People Against Wylfa B, a local community group against the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project in the isle of Anglesey. Rob visited Fukushima in May. Three delegates, 2 farmers and a journalist from Fukushima visited Anglesey in July

This project is financially supported by the Big Lottery Fund



20 Foyle Hospice Annual Coffee Morning


Foyle Hospice will host their annual coffee morning on Saturday 13th October 2018,
10am-2pm in our Day Hospice, 61 Culmore Road.

Everyone welcome and please bring a friend!



21  'International Bake Bread for Peace Day'


To celebrate 'International Bake Bread for Peace Day'....

Baking and Breaking Bread for Peace in Peace with Breezy Kelly and Dolores O’ Hare.

A lively evening that promises to lift hearts!

Come along for the scones, the craic and the music with Breezy, Dolores O’ Hare, Roy Arbuckle and Anne Tracey.

Wednesday 24th October
7:30 pm 
Venue: Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership,10-14 Bishop Street 

Organised by North West Community Network (NWCN) and Towards Understanding and Peace (TUH).

For more information, please contact: Roisin at NWCN or Eamonn at TUH
Phone 028 - 71261941
Email :
roisin@nwcn.org; eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org

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