NWCN E-bulletin 13 February 2019


1 Upcoming with NWCN

2 Small Capital Grants Programme 2018/19 - Call for Applications

3 Small Grants Scheme Open For Submissions!

4 New Action Grants - Democracy Needs Imagination

5 2019 Young People's Awards Nominations Now Open

6 Amplify NI: Community Powered Change Research Session

7 Regional Service User Network Conference

8 International Women's Day 

9 Long and short terms causes of the civil rights movement

10 Arts in Mind Workshops

11 Level 5 Diploma in Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions Course

12 Registration Day - Lead Project

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 Open Day at Little Orchids

15 Join FWIN for an Intercultural Celebration!

16 Back to the 80’s party to support Shelter NI

17 LMS Presents Guys and Dolls

18 Public Appointment Vacancies - Commissioners for the Equality Commission

19 Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group (mag) for Architecture & the Built Env



1  Upcoming with NWCN


Media Training
When: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Where: Holywell Building, Bishop Street
Time: 0930 – 1230pm

It’s important to get the right message across – YOUR message. What you say, and how you say it, can be the difference between success and failure, triumph and disaster. You need to get it right.
North West Community Network has sourced funding to hold a half-day media-training workshop.  This training is being delivered by Leapfrog Communications who have a combined 60 years experience in radio, TV and newspapers.  To book your place email
neola@nwcn.org.  Places will be filled on a first come first served basis.  


Please note there is only one space currently available - a reservation list will be in operation in case of cancellations.



Notice of Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend the North West Community Network AGM on 
Friday 22nd February 2019
Holywell DCCP Building
10-14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW
1pm – 2.30pm (with lunch)
Please let us know if you wish to attend

Only paid up Network members have automatic rights to vote at the AGM, nominate towards the incoming Executive Committee and submit motions for decision.
If you are unsure whether your organisation is a current Network member please do not hesitate to seek confirmation via:
info@nwcn.org / 028 7127 9090.  Additionally you can download this year’s Network Membership form below and return to the Network with the £15 annual subscription.

NWCN Membership form 2018-2019 





2  Small Capital Grants Programme 2018/19 - Call for Applications


Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2018/19 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland. 

The purpose of this Programme is to promote Partnership and Collaboration among Voluntary and Community organisations. As such the amount of grant available to applicants will be dependent on the number of partners included on an application:

  • 2 partner groups  = can apply for £1,500
  • 3 - 4 partner groups = can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups  =  can apply for up to maximum £5,000

To be eligible for grant assistance organisations must:

  • be constituted voluntary /community sector organisations located in Northern Ireland
  • have an annual income of less than £100,000 per year.  

This grant is only eligible for expenditure on capital items and groups must be able to incur the expenditure before 31 March 2019.

Completed applications should be emailed to smallcapitalgrants@cooperationireland.org, and must be received by 6.00 pm on Sunday 17th February 2019.


Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:






3  Small Grants Scheme Open For Submissions!


Linking Generations NI are receiving applications from today for our intergenerational small grants scheme. If you have an idea for an activity then please apply- grants are available of up to £150.

Closing date is 25th Feb. Good luck! 




4 New Action Grants - Democracy Needs Imagination


We are looking for your projects that breathe new life into European democracy.

Apply now for our action grants!


The European Union is an open and free society.

A place we created together and where Europeans have lived peacefully for almost 75 years. A place that guarantees freedoms for which many others around the world are fighting. 

But we are facing a newly divided Europe. A new kind of polarisation threatens the gains of decades of European cooperation. New levels of inequality erode the social fabric of our societies. Culture and identity are misused to divide communities.

Do we really want to watch this happen?

This new call is permanently open as of February 2019 until the available budget has been spent. We select projects on a rolling basis, meaning: first come, first serve.




5 2019 Young People's Awards Nominations Now Open


We are pleased to announce that the nomination forms for the 2019 Derry Credit Union Young People’s Awards are now open. 

The deadline for receipt of completed nomination forms is Monday, 4th March. 

The Awards themselves will take place Monday, 15th April, in the City Hotel.

There are so many remarkable young people in our city who deserve public recognition for their good work and the example they set to others.  I hope you will find the time to complete a nomination form (or two!) for this year’s awards!

For an nomination form please see: 



6  Amplify NI: Community Powered Change Research Session


Friday 22nd February from 12pm-2.30pm in the Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop Street.

Are you involved in a project that focuses on positive social change? Community Powered Change sessions offer tools and approaches for working in participatory ways with the people who benefit from what you do. If you're interested in the following questions, these sessions could be for you:

  • How can we get our community involved?
  • How can we get them involved in a meaningful way?

At this session, we'll be looking at participatory community research. This could be useful for anyone who wants to better understand the values and priorities of people in communities, as well as the issues and challenges they face.

Participatory community research helps to ensure that projects are aligned with the priorities and needs of the people who are intended to benefit from them.

This session focuses on the practical tools, ethics and analysis that you would need to run your own participatory community research project.

Lunch will be provided. Please contact Shannon with any dietary requirements: shannon.downey@youngfoundation.org. RSVP here.



 7 Regional Service User Network Conference


We invite you to our 6th Annual Service User Conference. 

Discussions on Addiction, Harm Reduction with speakers that include front line staff, service users, researchers, activists and advocates. 

Pushing The Envelope 
"Testing limits and trying out new ideas "

Thursday 28th February  9.30-4pm

Registration, Tea & Coffee 9:30-10:15
Linen Hall 
Tens Square Hotel 

10 Donegal Square 



Registration for the conference is now open either through contacting  Sherlyn@chni.org.uk or Anna@chni.org.uk please remember to notify us of any dietary requirements for the lunch. 



8 International Women's Day 


Speaker’s event to mark International Women’s Day 2019
Supported by the Assembly Women’s Caucus

Friday 8 March 2019, Parliament Buildings

IWD Theme 2019: “Better the balance, better the world”

An exciting opportunity for young women to make their voices heard


The Northern Ireland Assembly wants to encourage more young women to get involved in politics by making their views known on the issues which affect them.  For example: What are young women’s concerns in day-to-day life? How can we build a more gender-balanced society?

This event will give young women the opportunity to meet with female MLAs before having the rare privilege of participating in a session in the Assembly Chamber chaired by the Assembly Speaker, Robin Newton MLA. The discussions will be led by the young female contributors and responded to by the Assembly Women’s Caucus.   



10.30 – 11.00    Registration

11.00 – 12.00     Welcome by the Speaker, meeting MLAs from the Women’s Caucus and preparations for the Assembly Chamber session

12.00 – 13.00    Lunch (provided)

13.15 – 14.45    Event in the Assembly Chamber

Schools, colleges and youth organisations may nominate up to 5 young women aged 16-18 and are encouraged to select those who have not previously visited Parliament Buildings or participated in Assembly initiatives. Please note that in order to maximise the number and diversity of organisations who can be represented, and for logistical reasons, it may not be possible for all nominees to attend


To apply please email IWD@niassembly.gov.uk before midday on 12 February, with the name of your organisation and contact person; your constituency (or postcode); and the number of places requested. Please note that space is limited and attendees are sought from all 18 Assembly constituencies.


Further details, including the number of places available for each organisation, will be provided as soon as possible after the closing date for applications. In addition, support material will be provided by the Assembly’s research team.

For further information or special assistance, please telephone 028 90 521833. Assistance with the cost of transport may be available.



9  Long and short terms causes of the civil rights movement


Long and short terms causes of the civil rights movement 
1921 North and South to August 1969

Four evenings of public lectures and discussions, in Belfast, Derry Londonderry, Dungannon and Larne.

Chaired by Dr Eamon Phoenix

A four-part series with inputs from historians and discussion with member of the audience. 

Change without change: from Welfare State to O'Neill
Speakers: Professor Emmet O’Connor, Dr Eamon Phoenix, and Goretti Horgan
Tuesday February 19th 7.00 pm commencing at 7.30pm
Whittaker Suite Guildhall Derry Londonderry BT48 7BB

O'Neillism and the rise of the civil rights movement
Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, Dr Myrtle Hill, and John Gray
Tuesday February 26th 7.00 pm commencing at 7.30pm
Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Glenarm Rd, Larne BT40 1DT

From Craigavon Bridge to August 1969 
Dr Eamon Phoenix, Dr Lawrence Fitzpatrick and one to be confirmed
Tuesday March 5th 7.00 pm commencing at 7.30pm
Events Space Hill of the O’Neill 26 Market Square, Tyrone, Dungannon BT70 1AB


Each session will also cover the Northern Ireland civil rights movement and will be recorded for later viewing on line. Refreshments tea/coffee provided

The series is designed to take a longer term view of the causes and origins of the civil rights campaigns in Northern Ireland based on the historical record.


Organised by 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Movement Commemoration Committee http://www.nicivilrights.org/category/events/


All welcome please come and if you can register through Eventbrite https://sluggerotoole.com/2019/02/04/long-and-short-terms-causes-of-the-civil-rights-movement-1921-north-and-south-to-august-1969-four-evenings-of-public-lectures-and-discussions-in-belfast-derry-londonderry-dungann/



10 Arts in Mind Workshops


"Make Art and Feel Good"

Are you are a budding Picasso, or the next Ed Sheeran or JK Rowling? 
An undiscovered talent waiting for the spotlight...?
Or maybe you just want to meet new people and share a story...


This new project can start you on that road. Supported by the Public Health Agency, “Arts In Mind” believes that everyone can benefit from participation in creative activities. Whether you have an interest in being creative or not, you can enjoy our ’Art for Well-being’ programme.

We are looking for 15 men over 50 years of age to learn new skills, meet new friends and make art in a relaxed and supportive setting. With no previous experience necessary, try out new arty stuff, have a cuppa, share a story or just have a chat...


As a group you will agree which artistic activities appeal from a creative menu, designed and delivered by professional artists and facilitators. This is a wonderful chance to learn, share and experience art in 12 exciting sessions, only available in Derry.


Arts in Mind” believe that creativity is fundamental to a fulfilled life and contributes towards good positive mental health. We want you to be part of this, helping you to “tell your story”...... Share your story with like-minded others to build self-esteem and confidence, by being creative. Come and enjoy the sessions and use your art to tell your story...Only 15 places available and if you are referred by a support agency then it is all free...


Starting 10am Thursday 14th February in Studio 2 Arts Centre Skeoge Road, Derry.
Contact Ollie tel: 02871358750



11  Level 5 Diploma in Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions Course


HURT start date for Level 5 Diploma in Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions Course.

  • Saturday 30th March - 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Sunday 31st March - 9.30am - 5.30pm

Held in HURT, 14 Clarendon Street, Derry, BT48 7ET, 02871369696


Please return your application forms in a.s.a.p. to confirm your place if you are interested in this course as only a few places remaining! 
028 7136 9696



12 Registration Day - Lead Project


Lead Project: 13-17
Want to enhance your skills for the future?
Free Training, Free daytrips, Free residential, Free hoodies

Registration on Saturday 16th February at 11am
HURT, 14 Clarendon Street, Derry, BT48 7ET
028 7136 9696 / 



13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


YES!GAM-EU PROJECT? - Developing digital tools to engage young people in Politics

10 - 16 March 2019 | Portimão, Portugal

During this training course in Portugal, youth workers will gain experience, knowledge and training in order to use digital gamification tools and activities to engage young people in European politics and elections.

Organizer: YEU & partners (Youth NGO)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 February 2019

See details


imPACT. unlock Passions, ACtions and Talents of youth in need

16 - 23 May 2019 | Calalzo di Cadore, Italy

6 days training course designed to offer new skills and tools to enhances competences and knowledge of youth workers working with young people in need, especially NEET and young people with fewer opportunities.

Organizer: Jonathan Cooperativa Sociale (Others)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 4 March 2019

See details


Citizenship in a Digital Era

7 - 10 May 2019 | Dublin, Ireland

The main aim of this training is to equip youth workers with the tools to increase the levels of media literacy amongst the young people they work with and support them to be responsible digital citizens.

Organizer: National Youth Council of Ireland (Youth NGO)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 15 March 2019

See details


Think BIG, start SMALL

27 May - 1 June 2019 | Budapest, Hungary

This four-day training course provides innovative tools, methods and inspiration for youth workers who would like to develop the active participation of young people in their communities.

Organizer: Tempus Public Foundation - Hungarian National Agency for ERASMUS+ (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 27 March 2019

See details


V International training: An Experiential approach to Wilderness Therapy

24 - 29 May 2019 | Valencia, Spain

Asociación Experientia offers the 5th edition of their International Training: An Experiential Approach to Wilderness Therapy. Come to learn, feel and live the wilderness in Spain. Learn about key elements of Wilderness Therapy in an experiential way.

Organizer: Asociación Experientia (Youth NGO)

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): 10 April 2019

See details



Call for Trainers


Eastern Partnership Youth Forum 2019

Agency of international youth cooperation is looking for 12 Facilitators/moderators

Application deadline: 14th February 2019, 24:00 (CET)

Online version


Call for facilitators for the European Solidarity Corps Staff Meeting June 2019 

Austrian National Agency Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps together with the European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre is looking for 2 facilitators

Application deadline: 24th of February 2019

Online version


“Embracing Diversity”- Training course on diversity management

SALTO Inclusion and the Italian National Agency for the E+: Youth in Action programme is looking for 2 trainers: one from Italy & one international trainer

Application deadline: 6th of March 2019

Online version



14 Open Day at Little Orchids

Supporting Children with additional needs in their pre preschool year

Friday 22nd February 2019
9:00am - 12:00

Professionals and parents welcome to drop in and visit the centre

We look forward to seeing you

Woodlea House, Gransha Park, Clooney Road, L/Derry, BT47 6TF
029 7186 4338



15  Join FWIN for an Intercultural Celebration!


You are Invited to an Intercultural Celebration!

Friday 15th February 2019 @ North West Migrants Forum
10 Fountain St, Londonderry BT48 6QX 


Join us for a celebration of different cultures, dance and stories, as well as arts and jewellery from all over the world!


You will also have the opportunity to taste home made foods from various parts of the world.

We want to showcase the cultures of minority ethnic communities and highlight the contribution of minority ethnic communities in the north west area.


This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about new experiences and share your own.



Lunch is included


Email: maevefwin@gmail.com or telephone: 028 7126 6291



16  Back to the 80’s party to support Shelter NI


Shelter NI is very excited to announce our 1st ever themed party in Strabane on Friday 1st March, at The Fir Trees Hotel at 9pm.


This will be a night to remember, with DJs, Karaoke, photo booth with props to get your best selfies, finger food buffet, prizes for the best 80’s female and male costumes and a raffle with fabulous prizes.


It’s going to be a real Thriller, totally Neon, but most of all a chance to Express Yourself on the dance floor!!!!

So get your skates (and legwarmers) on and buy your tickets today. Call GABLE on 028 7188 2147 or SLATE on 028 8226 7010.


All proceeds raised from this event will help Shelter NI to continue to provide housing services and advice through our locally based GABLE and SLATE projects, which helped over 500 people last year alone.


Every day across Northern Ireland 50 families and individuals present as homeless. It doesn’t have to be this way.


DATE: 01/03/2019
TIME: 9pm
LOCATION: The Fir Trees Hotel
TICKETS: GABLE on 028 7188 2147
SLATE on 028 8226 7010
Online -

For further info email events@shelterni.org or call Shelter NI on 028 9024 7752



17  LMS Presents Guys and Dolls


Guys and Dolls is a classic Broadway musical by Frank Loesser, set in 1950’s New York . 

It tells the stories of the lives and loves of the colourful characters of the Times Square underworld, the gamblers, gangsters, dancers and other good living people. Mayhem and morals clash with hilarious results.

Date: 6 March 2019 - 9 March 2019

Price: £13.00 - £18.00. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) from £48.

Where: Millennium Forum



This is a community based show preformed by Londonderry Musical Society, who are award wining. The cast of  young people and adults come from across the North West and beyond.



18 Public Appointment Vacancies - Commissioners for the Equality Commission


The Equality Commission NI is seeking a Deputy Chief Commissioner and seven Commissioners. The positions are part-time and all are remunerated.

See this weblink for further details. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 February 2019.



19 Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group (mag) for Architecture & the Built



The Department for Communities is currently seeking applications from people interested in joining the MAG as either Chair, Member and / or Expert Advisor.


The MAG advises on the implementation and development of the Architecture and the Built Environment Policy, as well as promoting the highest quality of places for all those involved in using and shaping them. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to help influence government policy and change the design of places across Northern Ireland.


Applications are welcome from a wide range of people including those with experiences such as community involvement or charitable and voluntary work, as well as experiences found within the business/private sector. We would particularly welcome applications from women, people with a disability, young people and people from minority ethnic groups for these positions.

I would encourage you to draw this competition to the attention of those within your organisation or membership and to promote applications from those within your sector.


Further detail, including an application pack and remuneration rates, can be found at - 

www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-public-appointments or


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