NWCN E-bulletin 12 Sep 2018


1 Rural Micro Capital Grants Programme 2018 

2 Opportunities with Children and Young People

3 Community Powered Change Session

4 Invite to Re-Thinking Engagement Learning workshop

5 The Personal Impact of Homelessness

6 Refugee Awareness Session

7 Holywell Trust - Upcoming Events September 2018

8 Good Relations Week - 17th – 23rd September 2018

9 Positive Aging Month

10 Are you a community group interested in providing groups for people with a diagnosis of dementia?

11 Free Training For Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations

12 Mental Health Charter Seminar

13 Hurt Training Courses October 2018

14 I am just a normal mummy and a granny

15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

16 ERASMUS+ Programme: Fully Funded Mobility Opportunities for UK Participants

17 Upcoming Events in Foyle JBO 

18 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust

19 Book Launch - Friday 14th September 6pm 

20 St Columba: Towards 2020:  Celebrating our Shared Christian Heritage

21 Celebrate International Day of Peace with Peace in the Park

22 Call for Participant Groups- Halloween Carnival Parade 18

23  Practical Philosophy School Lecture/Talks Derry & Letterkenny

24  Derry workshop for NI savers




1  Rural Micro Capital Grants Programme 2018 


This Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.

Micro Capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and / or social isolation. 
The total project cost must not exceed £3,000.
Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and / or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding.

The scheme is being delivered by the Rural Support Networks on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Application forms, guidance notes and further advice and information is available from the Rural Support Network in your council area, details below.

Key objectives
The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018 has been designed to:

  • Help rural community-led, voluntary groups to address local issues of access poverty, financial poverty and social isolation; and
  • Improve the lives of rural communities, and in particular the wellbeing of isolated individuals. 

Projects must focus on one of the following three themes:

  • Modernisation  (of premises / assets)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Health and Wellbeing 

For further information about the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018, please contact the Rural Support Network for your council area.
Guidance Notes and Application Forms for the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2018 can be downloaded from your local Rural Support Network websites.
If you are unable to download the Guidance Notes and Application Form, the documents are available by e-mailing or phoning the Rural Support Network in your council area.


Derry & Strabane Council

Rural Area Partnership in Derry (RAPID)


Tel: 028 7133 7149       e-mail: philip@rapidni.com

Dennett Interchange

Tel: (028) 71 397990    e-mail:  dennettinterchange@gmail.com    


The Closing Date for Applications is 4PM on Friday 5 October 2018

Information on the scheme is also available on the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/topics/rural-development  



2  Opportunities with Children and Young People


Please find PEACE IV tender opportunities for Children and Young Peoples related projects at the following link: http://www.derrystrabane.com/Business/Tenders

If you would like a copy of the presentation from the Tender Opportunities Workshop, please email through to us.

If you work with… Young People (YP) aged between 12 and 24
There is a fun engaging creative event to inform YP of how to get involved in the PEACE IV 2019 Halloweens Shape Shifters Show and Programme.  Delivering this event will be Business and Culture project officers who deliver on Fashion Fest, an arts and culture facilitator and a PEACE IV project officer. 

The YP will hear of opportunities available to them such as:

  • Blogging/marketing of the Halloween Shape Shifters Show
  • Making costumes for the Catwalk
  • Special effects Make-Up
  • Back stage support/productions of Catwalk /Shape Shifters Show etc.

This event will:

  • take place on Saturday 15 September from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm at the Play House in Derry
  • includes lunch and refreshments
  • has FREE tickets to Fashion Fest 2018!
  • Along alongside creative fun activities

Limited spaces on a first come bases:


3    Community Powered Change Session


Wed 19, Sep 2018 - 1pm - 3pm

St Columb's Park House


Do you want to make your community a better place to live? Are you interested in exploring new ways of working with the people who benefit from what you do? Join us for our Community Powered Change taster session!

In this informal workshop, we'll explore tools and methods for engagement and participation for community-led social change. 


Amplify NI helps people take action together to create fairer communities where everyone can thrive.

We believe everyone can make a difference, and are passionate about developing the ideas, projects and campaigns that are making positive change happen. Join us for a lunchtime discussion on our support and how you can get involved.


Lunch will be provided. Please contact Alice with any dietary requirements: alice.neeson@youngfoundation.org.

Register here on our website or on our Eventbrite page.


4  Invite to Re-Thinking Engagement Learning workshop

  • How do we engage better with citizens on the decisions that affect their lives?
  • What opportunities and challenges arise when creating spaces for dialogue?

If you are interested in community engagement or if it’s part of your role then this workshop will share lessons from the Rethinking Engagement Project developed and delivered by Rural Community Network and Community Places. 


The Keynote speaker, Dr Claire Bynner from the University of Glasgow will reflect on insights from Scotland on her work on citizen engagement and participatory democracy.  Dr Bynner is research associate with What Works Scotland an initiative that is working to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform. 


Where Crescent Arts Centre Belfast
When Friday 14 September 10am-1pm

Registration Workshop is FREE to attend but registration is required.  To register email aidan@ruralcommunitynetwork.org Tel 028 8676 6670.


Places limited register early to ensure your place.  Lunch provided


5  The Personal Impact of Homelessness


North West Methodist Mission and North West Community Network are working in partnership to deliver an event, which will highlight the personal impact of homelessness.
Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Holywell Building, Bishop Street
The aim of this event is to raise awareness about the issues around homelessness and to hear about some of the work that takes place to support those who find themselves in this situation.  Light refreshments will be provided. 
To register for this event contact Roisin on 028 7127 9090 / 
or Neo on 028 7130 9388.


6  Refugee Awareness Session


Thursday 20th September 2018
Holywell, Bishop Street
Lunch included

This awareness session will cover an introduction to asylum and refugee issues in the UK and NI in particular. It also  includes small world workshops which allow participants to engage with those from different backgrounds and other parts of the world.

Email: amandaleightonfwin@gmail.com or Telephone: 028 7126 6291


 7  Holywell Trust - Upcoming Events September 2018

The following events will be held over the coming weeks as part of the Garden of Reflection End of Summer Programme: 

  • Tai Chi Taster Session - Friday 14th September at 4.00pm
  • Culture Night Event - Friday 21st September at 6.00pm 
  • Screening Event - Saturday 22nd September at 2.00pm
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning (with Foyle Women's Information Network) - Friday 28th September at 11.00am
  • Japanese Pop-up Cafe - Saturday 29th September from 12.00pm-3.00pm 
  • All events are open for all to attend.

email hello@holywelltrust.com



Volunteers Needed - Barefoot & Fancy Free
On Sunday 23rd September Holywell Trust is a partner (with The Playhouse, An Culturlann and The Playtrial) in the delivery of the Barefoot and Fancy Free event at The Playtrail. This is an action packed family fun day- featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí, Basork (Balkan Alien Sound Orchestra), Inishowen Gospel Choir to name a few. The all-inclusive family friendly event as part of Good Relations Week 2018 will see an eclectic and culturally diverse mix of music, dance, arts and lots of alternative barefoot activities!

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the activities on the day. If you are interested please email. 

We are also hoping for some brave soles to take part in a sponsored Firewalk (part of the overall event) that will raise funds for The Playtrail. If you feel that you are up for the challenge then let us know


8  Good Relations Week - 17th – 23rd September 2018


Good Relations Week is a fantastic platform to showcase the good work that organisations in our area are doing in the field of community relations and cultural awareness. This week will celebrate all aspects
of our culture and heritage, promotes cultural diversity and tackles sectarianism and racism. It is about inspiring new ideas, promoting understanding, respect and engagement between and amongst all sections of our community.


Good Relations Week will run from Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd September 2018 and the theme of the week is Then, Now... Next? Which focuses on 20 years after the Good Agreement, how far we have come and what we should do next.


Over 30 events are taking place throughout the Derry City and Strabane District including workshops, training events, launches, music events, showcases of work, public events and private events.

The Executive Office, The Department for Communities, The Department of Justice and other Government Agencies are supporting the week, and events are being organised by a wide range of bodies, including the Council, libraries, museums, community and voluntary groups, and youth organisations.

View the full programme here: 


  Positive Aging Month


The Mayor Councilor John Boyle has the pleasure in inviting you to the Launch of the Positive Aging Month Programme

To be held on Wednesday 18th September 2019 at 2:30pm in The Whittaker Suite, Guildhall
Light refreshments provided
RSVP Joanna Boyd
T: 027 7125 3253 ext 6923


10  Are you a community group interested in providing groups for people with a diagnosis of dementia? 


The Western Trust are providing a one day workshop on Friday 21st September for staff and volunteers that will cover

  • Understanding how groups benefit people with dementia. 
  • Planning a group work session
  • Choosing appropriate activities 
  • Becoming a dementia friendly organization

If you are interested in finding out more or to book a place contact Una Hume (Dementia Navigator) on una.hume@westerntrust.hscni.net



11   Free Training For Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations


For details on the available training with the CLEAR Project until the end of December 2018 click here: http://www.dhcni.com/training.html

To book a place please read carefully the Booking and Cancellations Policy, complete a booking form and return to clear@dhcni.com on our website: www.clearproject.co.uk



12  Mental Health Charter Seminar


This is the the first seminar for organisations in the North West who are interested in learning more about the Mental Health Charter . It will be an opportunity to share useful tips, resources, advice and knowledge, and will look at how to implement action measures and best practice in the workplace. The seminar will include stands from the partner organisations and a buffet lunch.


Dates & Location
Tue 9 Oct 2018, 10am - 2pm

St Columb's Park House, L/Derry


More details and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-charter-seminar-tickets-48482724133 



13    Hurt Training Courses October 2018


HURT (Have Your Tomorrows) is an independent training organisation.  Qualifications are offered through TQUK (Training Qualifications UK), a leading provider of Accredited National Qualifications. O.C.N. (Open College Network) and C.P.C.A.B. (Counselling Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body). Counselling programmes are validated by the N.C.S. (National Counselling Society).

HURT is a leading organisation in the Substance Misuse Intervention area for, providing intervention and support for over 15 years and during that time has come to the realisation that learning and empowerment are key factors in helping people to move forward

As well as the courses listed, where HURT, can organise and facilitate a wide range of qualifications or help design bespoke training for your organisation.

  • Programmes can be delivered in our training rooms in Clarendon Street, Derry or in your own work place if suitable. 
  • Consultation Services are also available, and we can support your organisation to develop and implementing a company drug and alcohol policy.
  • Programmes are priced competitively and reflect the level of qualification being offered.

Please feel free to contact us with any enquiries, we will be only too glad to help if we can.




Drugs and Alcohol Awareness – Level 1 & 2


Award in Education & Training


Level 5 Diploma in Substance misuse and Theory Interventions


Mental Health


Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Skills and Practice


Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling




14   I am just a normal mummy and a granny


“ It doesn’t take anyone with  A levels or degrees to do this. I am just a normal mummy and a granny.. …I think there are a lot of people out there who could do this as well. It’s just about lifting the phone and making the first move.

There are so many children out there who need a loving home to be safe. It’s about nurturing and caring and showing them a little love, giving them a bedroom that is theirs. If you have caring abilities, are willing to open your home and your heart to some little child who really, really, needs care and love and support and nurturing, it is very, very worthwhile” 

WHSCT Foster carer Heather Cummings


Could you be someone like Heather?

 Maybe you have thought about fostering before and thought I can’t do this because:

….I am single

….I am unemployed

….I already have my own children 

….I am gay

….I am too old


The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) is seeking to dispel the common myths surrounding who can and can’t become a foster carer.


Vanessa Nelis, Fostering Recruitment Officer for the Western Trust said:

 “People often believe these myths. Don’t.  Foster carers come from all walks of life and we welcome enquiries irrespective of age, race, religion, language, culture gender, disability or sexual orientation – don’t rule yourself out. You may be exactly who we need!


If you are resilient, flexible and feel that you could help a child to grow and develop through your care then get in touch with Vanessa on T: (028) 028 8283 5264 / 7131 4244 or email: Vanessa.nelis@westerntrust.hscni.net



15   Latest Offers from Salto Youth


MOOC Essentials of youth policy


8 October - 18 November 2018 | online, France

Online course the essential elements of youth policy, its steps (development, delivery, evaluation) and impact in the lives of young people. You can enrol here https://www.canvas.net/browse/council-of-europe/courses/essentials-of-youth-policy

Organizer: EU - CoE youth partnership (NGO/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): 7 October 2018

See details


THE VALUE FAIR 2018 - How non formal education can contribute to a better living together

Conference – Symposium - Forum
14 - 18 December 2018 | Cascais (European Youth Capital 2018), Portugal

The VALUE FAIR supports stakeholders in the youth field to share, understand and identify social changes our NFE work creates, analyse it and plan how NFE can contribute more against the current trend of general radicalisation.

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

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 17 October 2018

See details



16  ERASMUS+ Programme: Fully Funded Mobility Opportunities for UK Participants


We are pleased to be sharing with you some new, fully-funded ERASMUS+ project opportunities for youth workers, volunteers, trainers, facilitators, community workers and anyone working with voluntary and charity organisations. Please take a look at the list of current projects mentioned below. In case you know anyone within your organisations who could potentially benefit from participation, feel free to pass the info further.


DATES: 15-19 Oct 2018

VENUE: Dresden, Germany

THEME: Validation of youth workers competences 


LINK TO THE INFO PACK and APPLICATION: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hfq12ci7eglmner/AACqKhRttYaF1q4Bu5C4otC0a?dl=0

DEADLINE: 12th Sept (Wednesday)



DATES: 7-14 Nov 2018

VENUE: Worcester, UK

THEME: Emotional intelligence in youth work


LINK TO THE INFO PACK and APPLICATION: https://www.dropbox.com/s/si6zstqny5wsl3m/INFO%20PACK%20TC%20EI-Positive%2C%207-14%20Nov%202018.pdf?dl=0

DEADLINE: 17th Sept (Monday)


TRAINING COURSE: Really Including Inclusion

DATES: 18-25 Nov 2018

VENUE: Worcester, UK

THEME: Inclusion in youth and community projects


LINK TO THE INFO PACK and APPLICATION: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5z245gkkgfl9j54/TC%20Really%20Including%20Inclusion%2C%2018-25%20Nov%202018%2C%20UK%20-%20Call%20for%20participants.pdf?dl=0

DEADLINE: 23rd Sept (Sunday)  



DATES: 10-19 Dec 2018

VENUE: Szczawnica, Poland

THEME: Animated movies in youth and community work 


LINK TO THE INFO PACK and APPLICATION: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/paggc3n1nzdalvq/AABbRQNouf2tN7CsLKCY8bFca?dl=0

DEADLINE: 23rd Sept (Sunday)    

All documents related to the projects can also be accessed via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/consiliumdt/



17   Upcoming Events in Foyle JBO 


Firstsource will have a representative with an information stand in the Foyle Jobs and Benefits Office on Thursday 13th September from 10am until  1.00pm recruiting for current vacancies.

Enterprise North West will be in Foyle Jobs and Benefits Office on Thursday 27th September from 10am-12pm


They will be promoting their upcoming programme “Exploring Enterprise” open to anyone over 16 who is unemployed, the programme is designed to help and advise participants in gaining employment or becoming self-employed.


Derry Youth and Community Workshop Ltd will be in Foyle Jobs and Benefits Office on Wednesday 3rd October from 10:30am-12:30pm

They will be  promoting their new SEEDS programme which is a new project offering support and help to those clients aged 16-24 moving them forward to their best option be that training, education or employment.



18   Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust


The Churches Trust was established over 30 years ago in recognition of the fact that deprivation and disadvantage are key barriers to building a united community, equality of opportunity and good relations.  The Churches Trust reaches across all communities in a unique and practical way, to deliver services on an equitable basis to the unemployed, young people, the elderly, individuals and families disadvantaged through low education attainment and/or low income levels.   

The Churches Trust wishes to appoint:
Youth Work Assistant
Part-time position: October 2018 – June 2019
(with possible extension subject to funding)
Salary £10,858 pro rata (£19,001 Full time equivalent)  
20 hours per week
Purpose and function of post:

  • To support the Youth Personal Development Worker in the planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of projects and ensuring adherence to all policies and procedures.
  • To work directly with young people aged 11 – 25 years to facilitate their active participation in projects and create opportunities for personal development, good relations and skills development

Essential criteria include but are not limited to:

  • A recognised training or youth work qualification at (QCF) Level 3 minimum or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1 years paid or 3 years voluntary experience of working directly with young people
  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths, Grade C or above.

For information and application packs, please contact Wendy

Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail info@thechurchestrust.org.uk


Closing date for all applications: 2pm on Monday 17th September



19  Book Launch - Friday 14th September 6pm 


You are invited to the launch of PLAYS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT by Patricia Byrne. One of the events to mark  21 YEARS of SOLE PURPOSE PRODUCTIONS. These are four plays that have toured widely since 2004 and that have tackled important social issues: Don't Say A Word - a play on domestic violence; See No Evil - a portrayal of elder abuse; A Wee Taste - a play on underage drinking; Every Move You Make - a drama on abusive relationships among young people. These scripts will now be available for teachers, social workers and community workers to use with groups. Each book includes a workshop plan that can be used to explore the issues.

Come along to the launch on Friday 14th September at 6pm in The Derry Playhouse.
Refreshments provided.
RSVP by 12th September to 028 7127 9918.

Supported by the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland.



20  St Columba: Towards 2020:  Celebrating our Shared Christian Heritage
The Churches Trust invites you to take part on 18 September 2018 in a cultural event of common interest to different local faith traditions where we will explore the shared history and faith of St.Columba, the patron Saint of Derry~Londonderry.

The event will involve meeting in St Columb’s Park House at 10am, for an introductory session about Columba, followed by a guided tour of the Columba Heritage Trail, and concluding with lunch and an address from a guest speaker. 

Participants will learn about our common Christian Heritage and consider how we should celebrate the 1500th anniversary of Columba in 2020.

For more information and to register for the event, contact Fiona Fagan on 028 7131 1322, or



21  Celebrate International Day of Peace with Peace in the Park


Peace in the Park is celebrating the 2018 International Day of Peace with a “Growing Peace” event at St. Columb’s Park House. This  event will highlight the importance of building peace in our community through fun and interactive activities and arts and crafts, a perfect way for children to become involved in thinking about peace building. There will be live music and the installation of a Peace Pole, an international symbol of a commitment to building peace.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 11:00 – 3:00

Location: St. Columb’s Park House

Cost: Free

Peace in the Park is a programme run through St. Columb’s Park House and funded by The Executive Office.



22  Call for Participant Groups- Halloween Carnival Parade 18


North West Carnival are currently recruiting participants for this year's 'Return of the Ancients' Halloween Carnival Parade and are eager to engage groups in our carnival arts programmes, culminating in the Halloween Carnival Parade Showcase.  

Its important that interested parties return the "Expression of Interest" forms by the deadline of Thursday 13th September, we have limited resources but will endeavour to facilitate everyone who wishes to take part.  Our priority will be ensuring that groups are representative of the geographical spread of the Council area.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries. 

Expression of Interest form available under Useful Downloads at www.nwcn.org



23  Practical Philosophy School Lecture/Talks Derry & Letterkenny


Everyone is welcome

"Philosophy and the Grand Illusion" Is this the real life or is it just fantasy?
Date: 13th September 2018 at St Columb's Park House at 19:30
Speaker: Declan Fitzmaurice
Door Charge: £9 / €10

"Philosophy and Equality" Has the concept of equality been turned into a weapon?
Date: 12th September 2018, at The Silver Tassie at 19:30
Speaker: Rutger Kortenhorst
Door Charge:  £9 / €10



24   Derry workshop for NI savers

Free workshop to help you reach your saving goals

Are you saving towards a deposit for a house or aiming for one last big holiday before you settle down? As part of Northern Ireland Savings Week Progressive Building Society will be hosting a free workshop on Wednesday 12th September at 5.30pm in its Derry~Londonderry branch.


The workshop which is in partnership with the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland will focus on reviewing your finances and look at different ways you can start your savings journey.

Commenting on the workshop Derry Branch Manager Noel Murray commented, “As part of Northern Ireland Savings Week which is running from 10th – 15th September we want to highlight how saving small amounts on a regular basis can lead to big gains. This workshop will provide attendees with practical hints, tips and resources that will showcase how to start saving for the future and the unexpected and how taking even the smallest steps towards saving can deliver huge benefits.”


If you are interested in attending, PM Progressive Building Society on Facebook @ProgressiveBSoc to secure your place now and be in with a chance of winning a Savings Starter Pack!

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