NWCN E-bulletin 11 December 2019

1 Upcoming with NWCN

2 Community Relations Council Good Relations Award 2020

3 Steps To Healing Conference

4 Sharing Communities~Caring Communities Project

5 Nexus NI 2020 Conference

6 Innovation Recovery Project FREE Training Offers

7 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

8 Foyle Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Vacancy

9 Pin Boards for hire

10 Cross Border Health 'CAWT in Action' Newsletter - Dec 19

11 Culmore Crafts Pop Up Shop

12 Stories, Poems & Songs

13 Christmas at FWIN

14 Request for local groups/performers: Transport Hub Christmas Forest

15 Alternative Bedtime Stories & Alternative Christmas Stories

16 Music, Poems and Songs for the Soul Returns!



1 Upcoming with NWCN


  • Basic Finance for Small Charities

14 January 2020 
5:00pm to 7:30pm
Holywell Diverse City Community Partnership

A free practical workshop for treasurers, or those that keep the financial records, of small charities to help them establish appropriate financial systems to keep their organisation safe.

Good financial management is an integral part of ensuring good governance as it not only helps charity trustees to fulfil their legal duties but also helps to protect the charity from mismanagement of funds.  Having robust financial procedures in place will help to improve organisational capacity and effectiveness.

The focus of this workshop will be on basic record keeping and financial management including setting up and maintaining the books (income and expenditure ledger, petty cash); cash handling, understanding charity funds (restricted and unrestricted) and accounts and the role of the treasurer. 

As we’re expecting a lot of demand for this training, we’re limiting places to one per organisation in the first instance and holding a waiting list for other interested members of the organisation. Please note that refreshments will be available from 4.45PM

Funded by Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland and delivered in association with North West Community Network. 

Register here: 



  • Building Cyber Resilience for Small Organisations

22 January 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Holywell Diverse City Community Partnership

This session will take a practical approach to help trustees and personnel in voluntary and community organisations to build cyber resilience. NICVA has teamed up with industry experts to provide this tailored cyber security session that will focus on the particular challenges that face small voluntary and community organisations.

The session will include:

  • An overview of current cyber threats
  • Appropriate risk assessment practices
  • Practical, low cost, risk-mitigation controls 
  • Signposting to resources and further guidance for boards, staff and volunteers

As our ability to harness technology and digital services for voluntary and community activity grows, so too does the challenge of keeping our organisations safe from cyber fraud and data breaches.

Ensuring that organisations have the resilience to face threats from malicious and indiscriminate cyber-attacks is now imperative for boards and personnel in all sectors.   

Email fraud, ransomware attacks and data breaches are risks for all organisations regardless of size or sector. Local playgroups or sports clubs through to international household name charities are all vulnerable. Ensuring that we keep information about the people we work with secure is a top priority. In addition, preventing fraud and complying with regulatory requirements such as GDPR are key organisational governance issues.

Charities and voluntary organisations have an added challenge in terms of the tendency for being open and transparent about activities and finances, holding sensitive personal data, managing organisations with limited resources and an expectation to focus resources on front line services rather than back office services.

Improve your awareness of cyber security threats and help your organisation improve its cyber resilience. Please note that refreshments will be available from 5.45PM.

Funded by Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland and delivered in association with North West Community Network. 

Register here: 



2 Community Relations Council Good Relations Award 2020


The Community Relations Council (CRC) is inviting nominations for the 2020 Good Relations Award.

Since 2006, CRC’s Awards have highlighted exceptional achievement in promoting community relations, intercultural work and peace building in Northern Ireland.

Nominations for the Good Relations Award 2020 are now open. The deadline for submission of completed Nomination Forms will close at noon on 14th February 2020. Nomination Forms are available for download on the CRC website. Forms can also be requested by email using 
info@nicrc.org.uk or by telephoning 028 9022 7500.

Nomination Form

Download the Good Relations Award 2020 nomination form (Word 112 KB)




3  Steps To Healing Conference


Valued Voices presents: Steps To Healing
A two-day interactive & experiential conference

Friday 28 Feb. 2020, 10am to 5pm Saturday 29 Feb. 2020, 10am to 4pm

Facilitated by Fiona Bell, Anne Tracey and Shauna Quigley

Fiona is a dreamworker and intuitive artist with broad clinical experience as a healthcare professional. Passionate about the therapeutic value of the creative arts, Fiona is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Shauna is the Founder and Director of Wellnessseeker, an online school offering a variety of programmes, aimed at supporting mental and emotional difficulties. She has pioneered a healing programme called 'the Clearing Method', a unique process of therapy that guides participants to uncover core wounds and heal at the source of suffering.

Anne is a practising counselling psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council and the Psychological Society of Ireland. For the past 20 years she was a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Ulster University, Magee and recently completed 26 years with Cruse Bereavement Care as a counsellor, trainer, supervisor and committee member.

Places are limited and participants are kindly asked to commit to both days of this conference. Please call Kirstie on 02871 261941 or email

to book your place.


4 Sharing Communities~Caring Communities Project

Domestic Abuse and Consent

GUEST SPEAKER: Donna Marie Hancock, La Dolce Vita

Monday 16 December 2019
10.00 am - 12.00 noon
The Junction, Holywell Trust, 8 - 14 Bishop Street, Derry - Londonderry

Foyle Women’s Information Network will be hosting an information session on Domestic Abuse and Consent as one of their events in the Sharing Communities - Caring Communities Project. 

We would like to invite women’s groups and individuals from various communities to participate.  This is an excellent opportunity to help women become more aware of Domestic Abuse, recognise the signs, reach out for support and deal with the emotional trauma. 

If you wish to book a place on the event please contact:
tracyfwin1@gmail.com / Telephone: 028 7126 1941




5 Nexus NI 2020 Conference


Our 2020 Conference is all about HOPE. We will hear inspiring personal accounts of healing and recovery in the face of adversity as well as the ongoing and developing work that will continue to give survivors of sexual violence and abuse hope.

Day: Thursday February 6 2020
Riddel Hall Belfast

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm approx (lunch included)
Cost: £40


Tickets can be bought here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nexus-ni-2020-conference-tickets-84852689679?mc_cid=d16a3f57ee&mc_eid=bc3e11596d


Speakers Include: 
Charmaine Richardson: survivor and author of Pick Up the Pieces
David Gillan: Social Work Practitioner
Dr Helen Beckett: Director of ‘The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ and a Reader in Child Protection and Children’s Rights at the University of Bedfordshire.
Dr Dympna Browne is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Belfast Trust.

For more information on our speakers or the conference visit:
https://nexusni.org/2020conference/ or email communications@nexusni.org 



6 Innovation Recovery Project FREE Training Offers


Innovation Recovery Project has some capacity due to training being cancelled unexpectedly - would you be interested in having some free workshops around mental health delivered to your organisation between now and the 19th  of December. 


We have a range of free workshops from ‘Getting a good nights sleep’, ‘Living with and managing anxiety’, ‘5 Steps to Well-being’ ‘Alcohol, drugs and your mental health’ ‘Mental Health and work related issues’ and ‘Introduction to mindfulness’. Each workshop is between 2 or 3 hours and we can deliver to large groups. 


If you have any queries please get in touch and complete the Request form if you wish to arrange a workshop. 


Tel:  + 44 2871 296183  / Mob: + 353 877817947  / Email: david.mcbride@hse.ie    



 7 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Ready, Set, Make the change! European Solidarity Corps Online Course - Phase II

7 January - 31 March 2020 | N/A, United Kingdom
A free online course which allows people interested in the European Solidarity Corps to learn about the programme opportunities in a flexible way. A perfect opportunity for learning in between work or travels, enrol now (no application required)!
Organizer: UK National Agency (National Agency)
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): 23 December 2019

See details

Come as you are - work meeting for street Youth workers
3 - 6 March 2020 | Finland
Street based Detached Youth Work, Outreach Youth Work, Street Youth Work, Mobile Youth Work – Just name it! Come as You Are meeting aims to get together those who work with young people in NEET situation to share their practices and learn from each other.
Organizer: Finnish National Agency for Education (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 12 January 2020

See details

“One 2 One” – supporting learning face-to-face
23 - 29 March 2020 | Hattingen, Germany
The main aim of this training course is to empower and equip youth workers with the competences needed to work in a One 2 One relationship with young people in order to support their learning and development processes.
Organizer: SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre (SALTO Resource Centre)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 19 January 2020

See details

Mobility Taster for Inclusion Organisations - Focus on Volunteering - Vienna
9 - 13 March 2020 | Europahaus, Vienna, Austria
Did you know you can organise international volunteering projects for your young people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Come and discover what the European Solidarity Corps can do for you and the young people you work with.
Organizer: SALTO Inclusion (SALTO Resource Centre)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 31 January 2020

See details

Changemakers' Room 2020 - Bengaluru, India
30 April - 8 May 2020 | Bengaluru, INDIA
International Training Forum, gathering some of the world’s most aspiring minds to identify the world’s most pressing local and global problems, ideate solutions, develop international mobility projects and launch socially relevant social businesses.
Organizer: Make Room (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): 5 March 2020

See details

Sports as a tool for education and fighting discrimination
11 - 16 May 2020 | Alsasua (Navarra), Spain
Sport plays an important role in our societies. It can be a very powerful tool for education and fighting discrimination when working with young. This TC will explore the different possibilities of Sport as a tool for education and inclusion
Organizer: Spanish national agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 14 March 2020

See details



8 Foyle Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Vacancy


Volunteer Coordinator Vacancy
Foyle Hospice has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Volunteer Coordinator for its Compassionate Communities Project. 

Role: Volunteer Coordinator
Salary: Agenda for Change Band 4 (£19,951 - £23,131)
Hours: Full-time 37.5 hours per week
Term: Temporary until 31 March 2022

We are seeking a candidate with community development experience and who has an interest in Palliative and End of Life Care. You will be enthusiastic, and driven with a creative and innovative flare, able to work with a variety of different people in the local community. It is essential that you have experience of delivering training and group sessions for people in the local community. Your personal drivers will be people motivated, putting others first and helping them to achieve their goals.

You will need:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of working with community development projects and working with volunteers.
  • Experience of facilitating groups and delivering training.
  • Experience of being part of monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  • The ability to work with lots of different types of people.

For an application pack please contact:

Rachael Osbourne, HR Officer at rachaelosbourne@foylehospice.com or visit our website www.foylehospice.com or www.compassionatecommunitiesnw.com.

Deadline for applications is Friday, 20th December 2019 at 5.00 p.m.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 8th January 2020
(confirmation of interview will be made via email)



9  Pin Boards for hire


Are you planning any conferences, seminars or similar type meetings in the New Year?  Then Pin Boards might be just what you're looking for! Pin Boards bring that extra special dynamic to your meeting, conference, seminar or event. 


Pin Boards are an invaluable multi-purpose tool for supporting meetings, workshops, exhibitions, conferences, training programmes and seminars.  They are free-standing and support your group needs especially when space and time is at a premium and seeing 'the bigger picture' is necessary by offering a panoramic view not afforded by the humble flipchart which also helps to encourage greater input from staff and volunteers.


Pin Boards are lightweight, mobile, flexible, durable, easily transportable and environmentally friendly.  They have a wide variety of use, are lighter than most flipchart stands yet can hold up to four times the capacity allowing you to reference both current and previous notes at the same time rather than wasting time searching back and forth through numerous pages.


Pin Boards can be used as room dividers by creating a multitude of break-out space and can be adapted for 'Visual Harvesting' (Graphic Facilitation).They also act as a substitute for wall mounts ensuring no damage to venue through the use Blue-Tac or sticky tape and thus help to reduce costs of materials.   Each board comes with fold-back clips, protective cover and pins.


Pin Boards are available for hire to groups, organisations and businesses across the voluntary, statutory and corporate sectors.  We will deliver the boards to your setting, set them up and return to collect them.  You can hire the boards for as long as you want and there are no hidden costs - you pay per board per session, e.g., one session equates to a morning, an afternoon or an evening.


For more info click here or contact us at: thelidprogramme@hotmail.com



10 Cross Border Health 'CAWT in Action' Newsletter - December 2019


The latest CAWT news has been published and is available to read online CAWT in Action 

Inside this Issue!
 Irish Healthcare Award Winners!
 Acute Hospital Services Project
 CoH-Sync Project
 Innovation Recovery Project
 mPower Project  MACE Project
 EU INTERREG VA projects in pictures



11 Culmore Crafts Pop Up Shop


The unique variety available of locally Made n Culmore handcrafts gives Christmas gift seekers an opportunity to be original and contribute to this year’s identified worthy cause that our social enterprise will support.

The shop is next to Centra and opposite the Magnet Pub in Culmore and open now.


12 Stories, Poems & Songs


With Liam Diver, Ben Dillon, Julieann Campbell, Damian Gorman, Caitlin Browne, Anne Tracey and The Cromore Beatles!

TONIGHT - Wednesday 11th December

8pm at an Cro Mor, Creggan Community Collective.

Come along to this FREE event for some Christmas craic!



13 Christmas at FWIN

Christmas Appeal: 
As the run up to Christmas begins FWIN are once again launching their Christmas Appeal where our members can help support local families who are struggling at this time. 

How you can get involved and help:
1. Buy an extra present when Christmas shopping for a child aged 0 - 16 years.
2. The gift can be wrapped, unwrapped, shoe box or gift bag and clearly labelled stating if it is for a boy or girl and what age group it’s for.
3. Drop the gift into Holywell DCCP, 8-14 Bishop Street before 18th December 2019.

The gifts will be distributed throughout the City by local Charities to local families.

For further details please Email: 
info@fwin.org.uk or Telephone: 028 7126 6291.

Christmas Craft Event 

Thursday 19th December, 10.30-12.30pm
Holywell (DCCP), 8-14 Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry

Celebrate the festive season with a Christmas Craft event at FWIN!
Come along and make decorations ranging from seasonal slates to Christmas frames, baubles, card-making, flower arranging, felt decorations and so much more!

Everyone Welcome!
Lunch is included


14 Request for local groups/performers: Transport Hub Christmas Forest


Request for local groups and performers to take part in the Christmas Forest at the Northwest Transport Hub  - 14th – 23rd December 2019.


Urban Scale interventions in partnership with Translink are looking for Artists and Community Groups that may wish to promote there activities during the Christmas Period within the new opened Northwest Transport Hub - between the 14th - 23rd December. The 14 meter squared open space has power and an open space that can be pretty much used for anything, for gathering people to the space or capitalising on the commuting footfall over the festive period. 

If your interested in using the space or have a performance in mind - please enquire studio@urbanscaleinterventions.com 


(Example of uses at Halloween - https://vimeo.com/374872150 ) 



15 Alternative Bedtime Stories & Alternative Christmas Stories


TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR DOUBLE BILL: Alternative Bedtime Stories AND Alternative Christmas Stories, 

Echo Echo Dance Theatre, Derry. 
22nd and 23rd December. 
Doors 7pm. Show 7.30pm.
 £18/ticket  age 14+ limited tickets available. :-)

SUNDAY 22ND:https://www.wegottickets.com/event/490006

MONDAY 23RD: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/490009

MAKEYUPPERS are back at Echo Echo this Christmas with a DOUBLE BILL of shows.


"Once upon a time, two fair maidens dragged fairy tales kicking and screaming into the 21st century in this sharp and original review of all things “happily ever after”.

Follow the trail of breadcrumbs into the mind of the MakeyUppers where you will stumble across the stories you thought you knew…they may not be as sweet as you remember.

'Topical, 'hilarious' and 'face-achingly original'- these Derry girls have been wowing audiences across the UK and Ireland and received 5 star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe, 2018. You cannot miss this 'thought-provoking' and 'strikingly different' show.


A Christmas antidote for grown ups with all the seasons’ favourites. A Panto Nativity, an alternative carol service, the Krampus, a wandering babushka, and Christmas like you’ve never experienced it before. The comedy storytellers delve into the furthest recesses of the festive season from across the world, find strange and familiar traditions, and give them the skew-whiffed MakeyUpper makeover to bring you a hilariously irreverent show with humour and horror in equal measure.

From the people who brought you ‘Alternative Bedtime Stories’, this is festive foolery not for the faint of heart.

(Suitable for 14+ due to strong language adult themes)

Gemma Walker-Farren & Sorcha Shanahan



16 Music, Poems and Songs for the Soul Returns!


Anne Tracey and friends invite you to join them for another afternoon of music, song and poetry to lift the heart and soul at the beginning of 2020.


Saturday 11th January 2020 at 2pm

The Helicon, Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Tickets: £10


In this brand-new show, there will be songs from Anne, her brother Michael Corey and from Roy Arbuckle all accompanied by gifted musicians.  Eddie O'Donnell on piano and guitar and Tom Byrne on harmonica and accordion, Moneymore poet, Maura Johnston, will read from The Whetstone, her most recent launched with much excitement in Seamus Heaney HomePlace last year.  Brendan Corey will be making the trip from New York to add his songs and stories to this intimate afternoon of performances that celebrate people, place and the creative impulse.



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