NWCN E-bulletin 12 February 2020

1 Creative Europe Calls Now Open

2 Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund Opening

3 Maintenance Matters – Protecting our Historic Buildings & Climate Resilience 

4 Riverine Environmental Project Taster Event

5 Regional Service User Network Conference 2020!

6 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020

7 Embrace Diversity Workshop

8 “Social Media are we becoming addicted” 

9 Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 – Awareness for Informal/Unpaid Carers

10 DHC Job Opportunity - Branding & Communications Officer

11 Upcoming Opportunities at The Playhouse

12 Childline Foyle – right in the city centre are looking for Volunteer Counsellors!! 

13 Board of Director Opportunities at La Dolce Vita Project

14 Translink Engineering Apprenticeship Programme 2020

15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

16 Upcoming events at An Culturlann

17 Festival of Music & Song in remembrance of Maisie Crawford 

18 On The Ground: Reaching New Audiences 

19 ‘ABANDONMENT’ Exhibition by Eamon Melaugh

20  Upcoming at Void Gallery



1  Creative Europe Calls Now Open


There are currently several Creative Europe calls open that cultural, arts and audio-visual organisations from Northern Ireland can apply for.
For one-to-one advice and support on applying for these calls or to discuss Creative Europe more generally, and how it might benefit your organisation, please contact the Northern Ireland Creative Europe Desk manager, Rosie Le Garsmeur –

The UK can fully participate in Creative Europe until it leaves the EU and during the implementation period agreed by the UK and the EU (until the end of 2020).  For more information on Brexit and Creative Europe please visit the Creative Europe Desk UK website here.

Current Calls:

Support to Film Education – closes 12th March 2020

The purpose of this fund is to support projects new and innovative film education projects that target under 19 yr olds.  Projects should provide mechanisms for better cooperation between film education initiatives across Europe and have a minimum of 3 partners from 3 different European countries. For more information please see here.


Video Game Development Fund - Closes 12th February 2020

This fund supports the development of narrative video games (from concept to the first version of a playable prototype), regardless of platform or expected distribution method, which are intended for commercial exploitation. For more information see here.


Cultural Cooperation Projects in the Western Balkans – closes 17th March 2020

The purpose of this fund is to support cultural projects with a minimum of 5 partners (min. 2 from the EU and 2 from Western Balkan region) that foster reconciliation and good neighbourly relations through cultural cooperation and creation, with an emphasis  For more information please see here.

Music Moves Europe: Co-Creation and Co-Production Scheme – Closes 30th March 2020
The objective of this call is to identify and support at least 10 innovative and sustainable pilot ‘co-production and co-creation programmes’ for emerging songwriters and musicians. Projects could include residencies, camps and artistic retreats that bring together European songwriters and music performers. For more information please see


Bridging culture and Audiovisual Content through Digital– Closes 15th May 2020

The purpose of this fund is to support projects that include at least one audiovisual and new digital technology aspect to be implemented in at least one of the following areas: publishing, museums, performing arts and/or cultural heritage.  Applications must be submitted by a consortium of at least three organisations from different countries participating in the Creative Europe programme. For more information please see here.



2 Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund Opening


The Reconciliation Fund operates two funding rounds each year (in spring and autumn). The most recent funding round was completed in December 2019.


The next funding round will open on Tuesday 18th February 2020.


Applications will be accepted only through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s online grant application system (see below), which will remain open for 3 weeks.


The final closing date for receipt of applications will be Tuesday 10th March.


Online application system

Many of our grant applicants will be familiar with the online system, which we had piloted during our spring 2019 funding round. Following review of that pilot phase and taking on board helpful feedback from spring 2019 applicants, we have worked to incorporate suggested improvements into the system, which we hope will make the application process as straightforward and user friendly as possible for all applicants.


Further information and details of how to apply through the online system will be added to this page in advance of the 18th February opening of the funding round, including a user guide and details of the application form itself (the contents of which will be familiar to past applicants).

As part of our outreach to support potential applicants, the Reconciliation Fund team will also be available in person to provide guidance and answer any questions on the online application process in two workshops (each lasting an hour and a half) to be held in advance of the funding round. We will host these sessions in Belfast on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th February and in Derry on Friday 14 February.


Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so early registration is recommended:

Those wishing to register for the Belfast sessions on Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th February should click here.


Those wishing to register for the Derry session on Friday 14th February should click here.


Any queries in relation to the Reconciliation Fund may be submitted by email through the link at the bottom of this page or by calling the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s switchboard on 00353 (1) 4082000 and asking for Reconciliation section in the IUKA Division.

Further information and the Application Portal can be found at the following link https://www.dfa.ie/reconciliation




3  Maintenance Matters – Protecting our Historic Buildings & Climate Resilience 


You are invited to a two-day seminar on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th February.  Day One will focus on the importance of carrying out regular maintenance of historic buildings, and Day Two will concentrate on how climate change will impact heritage sensitive environments. 
Day One “Maintenance Matters”
Monday 24th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Guildhall, Whittaker Suite

Among the speakers taking party in the seminar are:

  • Chris McCollum a building conservation surveyor with “McCollum Conservation”
  • Bronagh Lynch, Conservation Architect with Consarc
  • Vanessa Glindmeler, from Adapt Northern Heritage
  • Caroline Maguire, Architect with the Heritage & Regulation Branch of the DfC Historic Environment Division.

In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to have a one to one session with one of the Conversation surveyors, this will be by appointment only.
Please confirm when you RSVP if you wish to make an appointment
Day Two “Climate Change Adaption of Derry’s Historic Places”
Tuesday 25th February, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Guildhall, Whittaker Suite
The event will be led by Adapt Northern Heritage and will provide an insight into the potential climate change impacts on Derry’s historic placers using local case studies.
The seminars will be of interest to owners and custodians of historic building, architects,  and conservation specialists, engineers, building contractors, planners, historical societies, students or anyone with a interest in preserving our historic buildings.

The seminars are free of charge and include refreshments and a light lunch.
Spaces are limited so booking is essential.  To confirm you attendance please contact the regeneration team at

Please advise if you wish to attend Day 1 and/or Day 2.
RSVP by 17th February 2020 



4 Riverine Environmental Project Taster Event


The Alley, Strabane

Wednesday 26th February, 7.00pm - 9.00pm


All are welcome to drop-in to The Alley Theatre any time from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on the 26th February to learn about the exciting new Derry City and Strabane District project focusing on cross-community and cross-border relations in the Strabane, Lifford and surrounding areas taking place in 2020. 


A wide variety of environmental initiatives are available to sign up to including gardening,  foraging and heritage sessions.  Topics such as learning to read the landscape, why do field names matter, river wildlife, butterfly conservation and upland ecology will be covered throughout the year.  By taking part in the heritage sessions you can gain a LANTRA qualification.


This event will give you a chance to meet all the delivery partners, get more information and a taste of the programmes, then sign up to the one that suits you best.  Participation is FREE and all ages are welcome.


For further information contact Annie Mullan, Butterlope Farm: E:butterlope@btconnect.comTel: 07840194792


The Riverine Environmental Project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)




5 Regional Service User Network Conference 2020!


RSUN is a regional network of people with lived experience of addictions, we are platform on which people can help influence change through what they have experienced.  RSUN would like to invite you to our 7th Annual Service User Conference.
EVENT: RSUN Conference; Harm Reduction in the Community.
DATE: Thursday 26th March 2020.
VENUE: City Hotel, Derry.
TIME: Registration, 10:00am – 11:00am
           Start, 11:00am – 4:00pm.
Tea/coffee on arrival and lunch will be provided. Anyone with any dietary requirements please let us know when registering before 12th March.

Speakers to be announced, to register for the conference contact 
Sherlyn@chni.org.uk or call 07920557353.



6 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.




 7 Embrace Diversity Workshop


Thursday 27 February 2020
10.00 am - 1.00 pm
NW Migrants Forum, 10 Fountain Street, Derry - Londonderry

An event to promote public awareness of cultures and traditions.  The workshop will be delivered in two parts:

  1. Participation with trained chefs to prepare authentic meals from two different countries.
  2. Story telling: two people who have migrated to Derry-Londonderry will talk about their experience here and their culture, followed by everyone sampling the delicious meals prepared.

Book your place now and don't miss out by contacting:

Email: tracyfwin1@gmail.com or telephone: 028 7126 1941



8 “Social Media are we becoming addicted” 

Free Event - TALK being presented by Conor McCafferty
“Social Media are we becoming addicted” 
Thursday 20th February 2020
7.30pm -9.00pm
City Hotel Derry

The Talk is suitable for parents, carers, teachers and family members over 16.
"This project is supported by the community foundation through the A.R.N Foundation."
Please see below link to register for the upcoming talk, or you can telephone our office or email to register.

Eventbrite Registration Link-

Telephone - 02871266999  
Email - 



9  Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 – Awareness for Informal/Unpaid Carers
The following awareness sessions will be delivered by Bernadette Hamilton (Independent Trainer) and will be of specific interest to Carers looking after someone with Dementia/Alzheimer’s, Menatl Health diagnoses, brain injury or learning disability.





Fermanagh House

Broadmeadow, Enniskillen

2nd March 2020

10:30am – 1pm

Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh

5th March 2020

7pm – 9:30pm

Strabane Enterprise Centre, Orchard Rd, Strabane

12th March 2020

10:30am – 1pm

White House Hotel, Derry/L’Derry

12th March 2020

7pm – 9:30pm


Booking is essential.  Light refreshments will be served on arrival.
To secure a place please call Geraldine McLaughlin Tel: (028) 71 35 5023 or Cathy Magowan Tel: (028) 6634 4163 or email
Carers.Support1@westerntrust.hscni.net by 26th February 2020.



10 DHC Job Opportunity - Branding & Communications Officer

Contract: Fixed Term 18 months
Salary: £26,999
Location: Derry/Londonderry (including some travel across NI)
Hours: 36 hours per week (Full Time) Part-time working will be considered on a pro-rata basis, minimum 25 hours.

This is an exciting role for an ambitious, multi-skilled communications and brand professional based in Derry/Londonderry to join us, to help develop the work we do to improve the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

Our Vision is for people and communities in Northern Ireland to have the resilience and confidence they need to live their best lives, together. Following the launch of our strategic plan in 2019, Developing Healthy Communities (DHC) have created this new role in order to support the growth of our impact and reach.

You will deliver a range of communications and development activities with an emphasis on publicising the work of Developing Healthy Communities to key stakeholders including the media, potential funders/donors and wider stakeholders.

We are a hard-working, supportive team offering flexible working practices and opportunities for professional growth alongside healthy workplace practices.

An application form, detailed job description & person specification are available from 
www.dhcni.com or by emailing info@dhcni.com


Closing Date for the above post is 12pm (noon) on Friday 14th February 2020.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February 2020.

DHC Is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.



11 Upcoming Opportunities at The Playhouse


Invitation to Quote / Specification- Lighting Designer / Production Manager

The Playhouse Theatre Peacebuilding Academy is inviting a Lighting Designer / Production Manager (Shared Duties) to quote for ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN 1972: Voices from the Heart of The Troubles by Damian Gorman, directed by Kieran Griffiths. Damian is working with seven people impacted by 1972, the worst year of the ‘Troubles’. Through this production seven people will tell their own story of that year.


The Lighting Designer /Production Manager should be available from end of February. Production dates at The Playhouse Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th April, and Seamus Heaney HomePlace for one performance on May 1st. Full specification available to download at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk. Please send your response (including the information stipulated in the full specification) to elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk. The submission deadline is 6pm (UK Time) on 24th February 2020. A project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


Vacancy- Project Development Officer – Street Talk


The Playhouse in Derry~Londonderry are seeking a Project Development Officer to be responsible for the overall co-ordination, direction and programming of The Playhouse’s Street Talk Programme. 40 Hours Contract until December 2021. Salary: £25,900. Street Talk is a multi-year project that will improve relations between the PSNI and young people who have had negative encounters with the Police, are at risk of becoming offenders or who are victims of crime. This is a regulated position as defined by The Protection of Children / vulnerable adults and Vulnerable Adults (NI) Order 2003.


Download full job description, including Personnel Specification at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk. To apply please send your C.V, and a cover letter of no more than two A4 pages outlining how you meet the job specification to The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6RG or email max@derryplayhouse.com. Closing date for submissions is 5pm, Monday 24 Feb 2020.



12 Childline Foyle – right in the city centre are looking for Volunteer Counsellors!! 


We believe every child has the right to be happy and safe.  So when a child feels like there’s nowhere else to turn, they can talk to us. 

Find out how you can become a Volunteer Counsellor or Switchboarder with ChildLine Foyle by coming along to one of our Volunteer Information Meetings on: 

Monday 10th February 2020 at 2pm or Friday 6th March at 6pm 
The meetings will take place in Childline Foyle, Exchange House, Queen’s Quay, BT48 7AS 

You can find out what we do at ChildLine, the volunteering opportunities we have available and the and the commitment that we ask. 

Book your place now by emailing: 
amanda.doherty@nspcc.org.uk or call 028 2044 1733 



13  Board of Director Opportunities at La Dolce Vita Project


La Dolce Vita Project is a local community based organisation set up to address the issues surrounding domestic abuse, violence, sexual violence and parental alienation.

As an organisation our aim is to bring awareness, educate, empower and encourage communities in  understanding the affects of domestic abuse,violence, parental alienation, not just on the individuals but also on the family, friends, communities.  


We are inviting individuals to express an interest in joining our Board of Directors. These positions are voluntary although out of pocket expenses regarding travel to meetings will be reimbursed.

We would ask those who have a passion or background knowledge, education in the area of domestic abuse and violence to consider expressing an interest.


This is not a mandatory requirement and we would also welcome those with a background in Community Development, Law, Accountancy,  working with Children and Young people,  public sector business skills, Human Rights, and who can demonstrate core responsibilities within these roles.


All members must be over 18 years of age, will be subject to an Access NI or a Gardai Vetting check and will be required to attend 6 meetings per year.


Please include in your expression of interest ; Name, Address, Contact Number, Email address. Any conflict of Interests regarding membership of any other organisations or a member of other Boards. A short personal statement to include education, and what you feel you could bring to La Dolce Vita Project.


Email: ladolcevita5277@gmail.com

Application can be completed at: becollective.com/search/opportunites

Or if you would like additional information telephone 02871377272.



14 Translink Engineering Apprenticeship Programme 2020

The Translink Engineering Apprenticeship Programme is now open for applications. 
Transport company, Translink is looking for 14 talented individuals to join its dynamic engineering teams. The new campaign, which comes ahead of the first National Apprenticeship Week (February 3-7), will see opportunities for anyone 16 years or over to become a Translink apprentice. 
There are currently 14 Translink apprenticeship opportunities within both bus and rail engineering across a range of trades including a combination of mechanical and electrical systems, sheet metal, bodybuilding and painting and specialist rail technical engineering trades.
Apprenticeship positions will be available in Belfast, Bangor, Newtownards, Antrim, Ballymena, Newtownabbey, Lisburn, Derry/Londonderry, Newcastle and Enniskillen. 
Applicants will need a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C or above/equivalent, including Maths and English, or be expecting to obtain these by the time of appointment. 
Applications close 12 noon on Friday 14th February 2020.
For more information on the Translink Engineering Apprenticeship Programme and to apply, 
visit nijobfinder



15  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Please see attached document for all the latest training offers from Salto Youth including:

  • YES, U2 - Engage NEET with community
  • Get Your PhD in Youth Work - Portable Happiness Device and use of emotion in creating a safe space for youth
  • Meeting of the National Working Groups EU Youth Dialogue
  • Your Voice - Your Choice
  • ETS Trainer Skills Workshop: Well-being in training practices
  • Study visit on the topic of Youth work in Schools in Finland
  • APPETISER - An introduction on how to use the ‘Erasmus+ Youth in Action’ Programme for international youth work
  • Training for Trainers (beginners)



16  Upcoming events at An Culturlann


Placenames Taster Session
Wanted to learn about the history of place names in Derry, the North West and their Irish origins? Join us in a taster session with Diarmuid Mac Giollacholaim on Saturday the 15th of February at 2PM.


Gaeltacht Trip & Oíche Ghaelach
We are excited to announce 2 new events for this year.

We are planning another trip to Teac Jack, Gweedore in May.
There will be a bus leaving Derry on Friday evening, the 22nd of May and returning on Sunday the 24th of May.
The cost of the trip will be £125pp.
Included in the cost is 2 nights B&B, an evening meal, classes, céilí and transport to and from Gweedore.
£60 depsoit is required by the 30th of April to secure your spot.

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin are hosting an Oíche Ghaelach on Saturday 28th of March.
The night will be taking place at An Croí, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin at 8pm  
The night will feature a 3 course meal and LIVE music.
Tickets are £30 and available to purchase at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. There are 100 tickets available for the Oíche Ghaelach.




17 Festival of Music & Song in remembrance of Maisie Crawford  

Saturday 29 February 2020
7:30pm (Doors open 7pm)
Main Hall, Guildhall, Derry

With Voices of the Foyle, The Pink Ladies Choir, Thyme to Sing Choir, Roy Arbuckle, Anne Tracey, Richard Laird, Tracey McRory, The Singing Butcher Mark McCafferty, Ella McCafferty and the Wheezing Warblers.
MCs Joanna Boyd and Mark Patterson

Tickets £10
Tickets available from the Crawford Family
Holywell Building: 028 7126 1941
Pink Ladies: 07710025494 / 028 7141 4004
Caw/Nelson Drive Action Group: 028 7131 8100

Raffle and auction on the night
Proceeds in aid of Ward 26, Altnagelvin Hospital and The Pink Ladies

This event is kindly supported by Mayor, Cllr Michaela Boyle



18 On The Ground: Reaching New Audiences
Want to learn how to make the most of your marketing and reach new audiences? Want to learn tips and tricks from other inspiring community cinemas in your region? Want to take part in a marketing and social media workshop delivered by the Cinema For All team?

Cinema For All is the national support and development organisation for community-led cinema: community cinemas, film clubs and societies.
Since 1946 Cinema for All has been helping communities across the country to develop and sustain the type of film screenings they want.
The work is funded by the BFI, member subscriptions, sponsorship, film licence fees as well as project funding from trusts and foundations.
The On the Ground event will bring together community cinemas from across the region with those looking to get started or set up a community cinema in their community.

The event will take place at The Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry on Saturday 21 February 10.00am - 4:30pm.

The event is free and will feature:
• An exciting panel discussion with other community cinemas
• A marketing workshop delivered by the Cinema For All team
• A film screening of a new release title

• Plus a free lunch and plenty of opportunities to network with other groups.

More information about the event and a link to register for free tickets can be found here.



This event will be part of a wider programme of activity set to take place in Derry/Londonderry over the course of the next year or so. So please let us know if you know of any organisations or groups that would be worth us getting in touch with.



19 ‘ABANDONMENT’ Exhibition by Eamon Melaugh

‘My photographic exhibition of the Derry traveller community in the 1960’s shows in graphic detail the degrading living conditions, in which fellow human beings survived in. I became aware that a traveller couple were to be married in St. Patrick’s Church in Pennyburn, I decided uninvited to photographic the wedding.  On the day in question the wedding was cancelled; several days later I presented myself at the campsite in Ballyarnet where the traveller community lived and I was truly appalled that human beings were living in abject squalor’. 

This selection of photographs will be on display in Eden Place Arts Centre from Monday 10th until Friday 28th February and can be viewed anytime from 10am-6pm Monday-Friday.

For more info contact: 

Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Centre, Rossville Street, Derry.

Eden Place Arts Centre is supported by ACNI through Lottery Project Funding.



20 Upcoming at Void Gallery


Family workshop:
Void Tots - Early Years Programme
Saturday 22 February
Session 1 - 10:30am-11:15am
Session 2: 11:30am-12:30pm
Be prepared to get messy!

Our Early Years Programme continues this Spring 2020 with the popular Void Tots workshops. Come along and experience multi-sensory activities for early years children in Void's Process Room. Mums, dads, grandparents and carers are all welcome to come and get stuck in!

Suitable for ages 1-5.

Book via this link: 

Cost £2
Spoken word event:
Poetry evening - with Frank Rafferty and friends
Wednesday 19th February
Join us for a poetry evening - inspired by Derek Jarman - with spoken word artist Frank Rafferty, James King, Peter O' Doherty and Abby Oliveira.

Bring along your favourite poem or just come by to be inspired.

This event is free - just come along!

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