NWCN E-bulletin 11 March 2020

1 NWCN Logo Launch & AGM

2 Free Resource for people you support - Giving World

3 Healthy Cities Civic Workshop

4 Self-Care & Compassionate Workplaces Workshop 

5 Keeping Adults Safe

6 Steeper Steps Seminar

7 Ecotherapy Courses available 

8 Riverine Environmental Explorers

9 HURT Training

10 PHA Workplace Health Support Service 

11 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020

12 DARE to Lead Change: Interactive Workshop

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 Talks in Northern Ireland in March 

15 Livestock and Meat commission board member vacancy



1 NWCN Logo Launch & AGM
When: Thursday 25th March 2020 at 2pm - 4 pm
Where: Holywell Building, Bishop Street
We’ve been working on a new logo in partnership with North West Regional College and we’re ready for the big reveal! Come along to our AGM and logo launch on 25th March.  Afternoon Tea will be provided.

We also want to have a catch-up with our members – are there emerging issues that we can support you with? 

To book your place email



2 Free Resource for people you support - Giving World


Giving World is a registered charity. We redirect new business end-of-line and discontinued stock (e.g. warm clothing, food, toiletries) for free to the most deprived communities in the UK.


Our evidence indicates charities across the UK are struggling to meet the increasing level of need in their communities.  

And that beneficiaries face multiple and complex problems. Amongst the highest are loneliness, unemployment, low income, homelessness, and mental health needs. With the removal of institutional safety nets there is now a greater need than ever to draw people in to safety.


You can help your clients and beneficiaries by registering with Giving World and accessing free resources for people you help and your charity. Our partner charities tell us that the goods help to:

  • Extend services - The goods provided by Giving World enable charities to diversify their approach and meet the needs of their local communities.
  • Reach more people – Life essential goods are a unique source of recruitment for the hard to reach, drawing in those in need who are not actively seeking support e.g. those suffering with addiction
  • Increase charity capacity – Increased reach and awareness of the charity can attract more volunteers and funding.  Many beneficiaries go on to give back by volunteering themselves. 

To access free goods register at www.givingworld.org.uk or you can contact Louise on 0116 251 6051



3  Healthy Cities Civic Workshop

You are invited to join us for Derry Strabane’s Healthy Cities Civic Workshop taking place on Friday 13th March from 10am-1pm at The Guildhall.

The Workshop is an opportunity for connecting and engaging political and civic leaders in a discussion about the wider determinants of good health as we move towards Phase VII of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. See invitation for full details.

To ensure we have a complete picture of the initiatives, priorities and gaps in our City and District we are inviting all local organisations to complete the following survey, whether or not you are able to attend the workshop. 



Places are limited at the workshop and you are asked to email info@dhcni.com to book a place.


Your time and input is much appreciated.



4 Self-Care & Compassionate Workplaces Workshop 


Are you a manager/team leader or supervisor?
Does your organisation have a compassionate culture? Do you practice self-care?
What difference will this make to your business? 

Within our workplaces, both our professional and personal experiences impact on our work. 

Understanding and knowing how to support colleagues, particularly with stress and emotional distress can improve their professional quality of life. 

By creating a workplace where compassion is part of the culture, we can build a more resilient workforce, which in turn improves our productivity and effectiveness. 

This half day session aims to: 

  1. Define a culture of compassion
  2. Introduce strategies to build resilience and compassion personally and
    within your organisation
  3. Define compassion fatigue v’s compassion satisfaction
  4. Describe the importance of and identify ways to practice self-care 

Date: 7th April 2020
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: City Hotel Derry/Londonderry
Cost: £55 per person 

To register complete the
booking form and email to sabrina@dhcni.com  



5 Keeping Adults Safe


Adult Safeguarding Champion and Appointed Person Refresher Training
The Adult Safeguarding Champion role combines responsibility for strategy, operations and oversight for an organisation in relation to adults at risk of harm under “Adult Safeguarding: Prevention and Protection in Partnership” (2015) and the “Adult Safeguarding Operational Procedures” (2016).  Some organisations will also have Appointed Persons, with delegated responsibility for day to day adult safeguarding operations.
This is a half day’s refresher training for Adult Safeguarding Champions and Appointed Persons who have already attended a full day’s training.  It covers:
-The role and responsibilities of the Adult Safeguarding Champion/Appointed Person
-The safeguarding adults structure for Northern Ireland
-Determining the correct course of action in relation to safeguarding concerns
-Consent, capacity and coercion
-Organisational and Trust responsibilities
-Monitoring and reporting duties of the Adult Safeguarding Champion.
Places are allocated in a first come, first served basis and are limited to a maximum of 5 per organisation.
Date: 16 March 2020
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Derry Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, L’Derry BT48 6AL
£50.00 + VAT per person (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise
£65.00 + VAT per person (Public/private sector)
To book a place visit: 



6 Steeper Steps Seminar


Bringing the inside outside


Building on YouthAction’s gender conscious youth work practice Steeper Steps is delivered through a very successful partnership with Far and Wild, an organisation passionate about nature and its impact on physical and mental well-being.


The seminar will walk and talk workers through a range of exercises and activities that use the outdoor environment in new and exciting ways to transform young women’s lives.


Date: Tuesday April 7th, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Venue: St Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Waterside, Derry-Londonderry, BT47 6JY


For further information or to book your space contact Emma Johnston on 028 7131 8854 or email emma@youthaction.org

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.



 7 Ecotherapy Courses available

Ecotherapy is connecting with nature for better mental health.
Nature in Mind course are:

  • An educational and experiential means of strengthening the innate therapeutic value of spending time in and with nature.
  • Imbedded in the community, connecting participants with sources and resources that remain accessible after the course has ended
  • Varied to include:
  •  ‘Introduction to Ecotherapy’ - A stand alone, 3 hour  workshop
  • ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing with Nature in Mind’ - 6 week x 3 hr workshops  
  • ‘Disconnect to Reconnect’ - A full day retreat in secluded Woodland 

Currently seeking

  • Organisations wishing to book a course for their group
  • Workplaces seeking staff wellbeing courses
  • Hosts with suitable outdoor space
  • Co-facilitators with skills in horticulture, care-farming and other nature based activities 

Please contact Michaela Mc Daid Ecotherapy

Tel:      00447517936613



8 Riverine Environmental Explorers


Far and Wild would like to invite you to join us at the Sollus Centre in Bready, on Thursday 12th of March. We will be hosting an information and taster session to share some exciting new opportunities taking  place in 2020 as part of the Riverine Environmental Project. Sign up to hiking for 40+'s, mountain biking for teens, kayaking for families and clubs for younger kids that will get them outdoors and exploring.


We want to help local people realise how much the local environment has to offer in terms of nature, heritage and healthier lifestyles. Our programme caters to a wide range of ages and abilities. There is literally something for everyone!


This event will allow you to get more information, get a taste of the activities and register for the one that suits you best.


All ages are welcome. The Riverine Environmental Project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). @SpecialEUProgrammesBody #PEACEIV @dcsdcouncil


For further information or, to register with the project, please get in contact via any of the following ways: email hello@farandwild.co.uk; on Facebook, @farandwild; instagram @farandwildadventure or phone 07775911198



9  HURT Training
Accredited Level 5 Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions
Applications now open for 2020 course
Spread the cost of the course! – Monthly payment plan available!
028 7136 9696 / 

HURT, 14 Clarendon Street, Derry, BT48 7ET



10 PHA Workplace Health Support Service 

Would your organisation benefit from a FREE Health & Wellbeing Support Service? 

Due to a fantastic funded initiative (supported by the Public Health Agency) your organisation may be able to avail of a free Workplace Health & Wellbeing support.

The aim of the initiative is to mentor and support businesses through a structured four stage process to improve the health, safety and well-being of their employees within the workplace setting. 

This is currently year 4 and the programme has been a resounding success with over 700 business in Northern Ireland having availed with huge benefits to employee health being realised. Businesses range from large multinationals to small micro businesses. 

Registration is now open for new workplaces, for a limited time only and best of all it is completely funded by the Public Health Agency. 

An overview of what is provided:

  • An opportunity to complete an evidence-based and employee wide health & wellbeing survey to identify areas of priority;
  • A comprehensive and informative report outlining the health of employees;
  • Health Champions training for a nominated individuals who will implement and
    lead the workplace strategy internally;
  • Provision of resources such as action plan templates, guides, questionnaires and literature;
  • Assistance with the development and implementation of a 3-year action plan;
  • Delivery of 2 health & wellbeing sessions/initiatives your staff; &
  • Assistance with the evaluation of all health & wellbeing initiatives implemented
  • FREE Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Presentation of certificate on completion of year 1

Complete a Registration of Interest Form and your area provider will be in touch. Alternatively, please contact your area provider via email: 
Western Trust area:
 Sabrina Moore Health@Work NI



11 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020


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


International guest speakers include:
Dr Demosthenes Lorandos: PhD, Forensic Psychologist, member of California, Michigan and New York State bars and member of the Supreme Courts of the United States. 

Professor William Bernet: Graduate of Harvard Medical School. Expert in Forensic Psychiatry. Dr Bernet, evaluates adults, children, and families involved in legal situations, both civil and criminal. 

Dr Steve Millar: A Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical. M. D in Psychology and Medicine from Brown University. Dr Steve Millar is an International expert on estrangement and parental alienation with a particular focus on differentiating between the two. 

Bachelor of Education (Hons). Masters in Development and Co-Production of Social Care Research candidate. Leadership in Parental Alienation Certified. Family Mediator. Independent Parent Advocate.

Mairead Stewart: Bachelor of Education (Hons). Masters in Development and Co-Production of Social Care Research candidate. Leadership in Parental Alienation Certified. Family Mediator. Independent Parent Advocate. Mairead has studied the effects of parental separation, high-conflict and parent-child relationship breakdown on children of divorce and separation as part of her Masters Course in the Development and Co-Production of Health and Social Care Research.

Rory O’Connor PhD CPsychol AFBPsS FAcSS, a native of Derry, is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research and a current Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. 

Brian O Sullivan (PAE) A Consultant Systemic (Family) Psychotherapist. .Brian has developed two M.Sc. programs, in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, and in Family Therapy both validated by Middlesex University in London. His primary undergraduate award is in Emergency Medical Science. 

Brendan Guildea: Brendan was called to the Irish bar in 2011 and has developed a specialized practice in high-conflict child access cases, acting for both custodial and non-custodial parents. 

Caroline Langley B.L: A world expert in family law. With nearly three decades of experience, she is a pre-eminent specialist in international family law with a focus on parental alienation, the Hague Convention. She has worked with the US Department of States, the US Citizens Service, foreign governments and inter-pol.


Tickets: £150 per person
Group booking for 10 or more people available.

Ticket Link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/ladolcevitaproject/297479?fbclid=IwAR1nEZ4jJwXsmO4muH61dPE5BO6coVkrsPmmtdmaK0ajXW2LVwzD5sj5194

Invoice payment: Tel Cindy Mc Cafferty (Mon and Tues Only between 9.30 - 5pm)

Telephone 028 7137 7272 for more details.



12 DARE to Lead Change:  Interactive Workshop


‘Stepping into Diversity’ on Monday 16th March at 7pm in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen. This is a non-accredited taster session that is part of the DARE Element 2 training which aims to recruit and train participants from Black Minority Ethnic, and Traveller Groups to become cultural and community Champions. In addition to the above, this Workshop leads into the following training, (should the participants decide to carry on):

  1. Good Relations & Civic Leadership OCN Level2 – 15 hours.
  2. Conflict Management OCN Level 2 – 15 hours
  3. Advanced Group Work and Mentoring OCN Level 3 – 30 hours (possibly OCN Level 2 at 15 hours).

Interested or want to know more? Please contact Michael McLean on michaelmclean@tidestraining.org or telephone the TIDES Training office on 02890 90751686.


DARE to Lead Change: Café Culture Event- Conversation

This event is a discussion entitled ‘A Conversation About Culture’, 6th April, 7.00pm-10.00pm at Fermanagh House, Broadmeadow Place, Enniskillen, BT74 7HR.

This is part of a community dialogue that comes out of an on-going conversation that has been taking place with different groups between communities in Fermanagh. They have highlighted the importance of culture, how it ties into identity and the importance of respecting and understanding other cultures. This conversation will be facilitated by TIDES Trainer, Michael McLean.  He is keen to invite as many different cultures as possible to attend, to enable a wider multicultural conversation to discuss peoples’ place in society, how “newcomers” can be accommodated, and what the local society can do?  

Interested or want to know more? Please contact Michael McLean on michaelmclean@tidestraining.org or telephone the TIDES Training office on 02890 90751686.



13  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Please see attached document for all the latest opportunities from Salto Youth 

  • All you need is LEARN
  • Live Q&A with Experts on Youth Participation
  • Be active! Make a change in 2020!
  • FOCUS Learning! Concepts and practices of learning in youth work education and training!
  • “Special Puzzle"
  • Soft Skills for Youth Workers
  • Active and Engaged - Supporting young people's conscious active citizenship
  • Power of Positivity - Youth Exchanges
  • Youth centres of the future
  • ETS Trainer Skills Workshop (TSW) - Coaching mind-set and coaching skills for trainers
  • Call for Trainers



14 Talks in Northern Ireland in March 


Talk Title: Healing the Subconscious Mind on 10th March
Venue: Girdwood Community Hub in Belfast
Timing: 6.30-8pm


Talk Title: Science of Happiness on 11th March
Venue: Hollywell Trust in Derry-Londonderry 
Timing: 6.30-8pm


Talk Title: A New Consciousness on 12th March
Venue: Hollywell Trust in Derry-Londonderry 
Timing: 10am - 11.30am





15 Livestock and Meat commission board member vacancy

Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland have a vacancy for an (LMC) board member  (with responsibility as audit and risk assurance committee chair).

Please find link below and associated documents:



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