NWCN E-bulletin 14 November 2018


1 Upcoming NWCN Events

2 Garfield Weston Foundation urge NI charities to apply for grants 

3 Honourable Irish Society Grants Programme

4 Techies in Residence Programme

5 Community Relations Funding

6 EU Settlement Scheme amongst vulnerable EU citizens 

7 Language Links, Irish & Ulster-Scots

8 Towards Understanding and Healing Valued Voices programme

9  FWIN Theatre of Witness Workshop

10 Upcoming Training with ACET in the Western Trust area

11 Upcoming Training with HURT

12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

13 RSA - NI Inquiry Food, Agriculture and Rural Life

14 Looking for volunteers for Reading Friends

15 Job Opportunity with Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership

16 Job & Volunteering Opportunities with In Your Space Circus

17 The Science of Happiness - A Talk in Derry / Londonderry

18 Chris Packham supports the protection of Prehen Woodland - can you help too?

19 North West Methodist Mission Annual Collection 29th and 30th November

20 Little Acorns Community Creche is now open for enrolment



NWCN's new Membership form is out now - to become a part of your local Network please see www.nwcn.org



1 Upcoming NWCN Events

  • Human Rights & Brexitin partnership with Human Rights Commission and Holywell Trust 

TOMORROW - Thursday 15th November, 10.00 – 12.30pm


Our Rights and Brexit: where are we now?
With terms like ‘Irish backstop’, ‘Chequers’ and a ‘no deal Brexit’ dominating the media, we will cut through the jargon and explore what we actually know about Brexit and what it will mean for our rights and our peace settlement. 
In December 2017, the UK and the EU agreed that our rights would be protected and enhanced in Brexit. Our workshop will provide an accessible guide to the Brexit process and its impact on human rights and equality protections here, now and in the future.
We also want to hear your thoughts and concerns about Brexit and rights and how we can help keep you in the loop.  
Please RSVP to 


  • Heritage Lottery Fund - Funding Presentation for Diversity Groups

TOMORROW - Thursday 15th November, 6.00pm


Heritage Lottery Fund will be giving a presentation on Funding Opportunities for potential applicants from Diverse Groups, followed by 1:1 discussions with interested groups.
Heritage is more than old buildings.  Heritage is about people and places, local community history, archaeology, wildlife and biodiversity, museum and archives.  Come and find out more about how Heritage Lottery Fund supports a diversity of groups to explore heritage important to them.



  • Fundraising Clinics (in partnership with NICVA)

Monday 19th November, 9.30 – 4.30pm (Book one hour slot)

NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer will discuss any current funding applications, explore potential new sources of income, develop a fundraising plan / strategy or simply take the opportunity to have a sounding board regarding anything fundraising-related. 

To Book:  Mary McCaughey (NICVA)  02890 877777 or email: mary.mccaughey@nicva.org



  • Data Protection Training

Friday 23rd November, 10.30 – 1.30pm

This FREE half-day training course will help you assess and plan what you need to do to meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will help you to think out your approach to meeting the data protection principles and take action to ensure that you are compliant with the GDPR.

The session will give you simple and practical guidance on the impact of GDPR on your organisation.  The training includes practical exercises and a discussion of real scenarios.

Who is it for?

All staff, volunteers and board members of small to medium sized organisations in the voluntary and community sector.


What does it cover?

  • Introduction to GDPR
  • Principles of data protection
  • Individual rights
  • Lawful processing
  • Privacy notices
  • Accountability and policies
  • Consent
  • Breach reporting
  • Subject access requests
  • Your GDPR compliance journey


All of the above events will take place in the Holywell Building, Bishop Street, BT48 6PW.

If you are interested in attending please book your place with us on info@nwcn.org or call
028 7127 9090



  • Media Training Opportunity

Are you interested in representing North West Community Network on local media? We have sourced funding to provide in-depth media training and we are working towards having a pool of community activists who will be able to raise issues, lobby and promote the work within their area of expertise e.g. young people, health & well-being, older people etc.
The media training will take place on 29th November 2018, Holywell Building. 

If you are interested please complete an expression of interest form (see homepage of 
www.nwcn.org) and return it to Neola info@nwcn.org




2 Garfield Weston Foundation urge NI charities to apply for grants 


The head of a UK foundation with a budget of £70 million has urged charities in Northern Ireland to apply to it for grants.

“We gave away our £1billionth pound this year – and to cap it all, that came in our 60th anniversary year,”
said Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation who was talking to VIEWdigital in the Ulster Museum at the recent launch of Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure exhibition which opened in Belfast.

The number of applications coming from Northern Ireland has fallen slightly, so in this anniversary year, Philippa wants to encourage registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations here to apply for grants from Garfield Weston.
“It’s all about making a difference. We have a budget of £70 million across the UK and we are keen to encourage groups in Northern Ireland to apply”.

The Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference. They fund a wide range of causes and charities and their grants vary according to the size of the charity and the work being undertaken. These case studies are examples of charities the Foundation has supported recently and the difference that funding has made.

A list of our current grants can also be accessed here -

To apply and to read their guidelines please visit https://garfieldweston.org/apply-to-us/



3   Honourable Irish Society Grants Programme


Application to our Co. Derry Grants programme has now re-opened. Our next allocation will be in Feb 2019 so please remember to complete and submit your application in good time.

Applications may be submitted via the office or our website 



4  Techies in Residence Programme


What could your organisation do with up to £25,000 support?
The Techies in Residence Programme is hosting a number of workshops aimed at the VCSE community to give people a little insight into the programme, what are the steps and what type of project would suit the programme. We’re hosting these at a range of venues across Northern Ireland, over lunch times, and the Innovate-NI team will be on hand to help answer any questions about the programme, what the supports on offer are, and also with case studies of projects that we’ve supported in the past and how Techies in Residence helped them on their journey.

The dates of the programme are:

  • Newry Mourne & Down
    14/11/18- Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency, 27 WIN Business Park Road, Newry, BT35 6PH, 12:30-14:00
  • Greater Belfast (How to get the best out of Social Media Event)
    15/11/18 –  Conference room, Social Economy Village, Work West, 1B Hannahstown Hill, Belfast, BT17 0XS 09:30-12:30
  • Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon (Social Economy Event)
    15/11/18- Ulster Carpets, Garvaghy Road, Portadown, 12:00-14:00
  • Greater Belfast
    16/11/18- NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh
    22/11/18-Elm Room, Civic Headquarters, Lisburn BT27 4RL- 12:30-14:00

Each of the sessions is free, but for catering purposes, please register at the links provided. Some of these events are in conjunction with other events and are listed as such.

What is Techies in Residence?
Digital technology holds huge potential to help the VCSE sector develop new solutions to social problems. The Techies in Residence programme, now in its fourth year, brings together the respective expertise of digital technology experts and the VCSE sector to create, develop and implement new digital social innovations in Northern Ireland.

Social Innovation simply refers to the creation and implementation of new solutions to social problems, that are more effective or efficient than existing solutions. Community Foundation NI is committed to supporting the Northern Ireland Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector to expand its knowledge and practice in the field of social innovation.

Techies in Residence harnesses technical expertise from Northern Ireland’s leading technology firms to support new social innovation projects devised by local VCSE sector organisations.
The Techies in Residence programme is an initiative of Social Innovation NI, managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, and is funded by Comic Relief. Innovate-NI have been appointed by the Foundation as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.

In this session, we’ll provide information for the Techies in Residence Programme and outline how your organisation can benefit and get involved.

***First stage applications close on 5pm Friday 7th December.***


Apply here: http://www.techinres.com/


Don't take our word for it- check out some of the amazing projects that have been supported in 2016-18!



5  Community Relations Funding


Cultural Diversity
The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.
There are a number of changes to the 2018/19 Scheme which include a new application form.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submitting an application please contact a member of the Funding & Development Programme. Phone 028 9022 7500 or email
Deadline date: 31 January 2019
For more information and an application pack visit



Core Funding Scheme is now open 
Deadline date: 23 November 2018
The Core Scheme provides support for organisations which are considered of strategic importance in promoting community relations work across Northern Ireland. The scheme contributes towards salary and organisational running costs.

Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC)
Applicants are required to outline the outcome in Together: Building a United Community to which the proposed project will contribute. The ‘Together: Building a United Community’ Strategy, published on May 23 2013, reflects the Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.
For more information click here

The Core Funding Programme is now open and accepting applications for grant aid beginning April 2019. The submission deadline is 4pm on Friday 23rd November 2018. Late applications will not be
accepted. Complete application forms and all supporting documentation must be submitted in hard copy.




6  EU Settlement Scheme amongst vulnerable EU citizens 


Please see below for information on a grant scheme for eligible Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to help raise awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme amongst vulnerable EU citizens and their family members, and to provide application assistance to those who need it. Please communicate this to any organisations in your network who you think may meet the criteria and be interested in applying to the scheme.


More information is also available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-fund-to-support-vulnerable-eu-citizens-apply-for-settled-status



 7  Language Links, Irish & Ulster-Scots


Language activists, Liam Logan and Linda Ervine share their experiences of working within the fields of Ulster Scots and Irish.

Stories of humour, honesty, frustration and farce which illustrate the complexities of language in Northern Ireland.

Come along and hear two refreshing perspectives on our regional languages and the special place they have in our shared society.


Friday 16th November 2018


Eglinton Community Centre

Friday 23rd November 2018


Derg Valley Leisure Centre


All welcome. Booking essential. Lunch provided


To book your place contact:                                                       

Pól Ó Frighil                    or           Pauline O’Neill
Policy Officer                                 Good Relations Officer
T: 028 71 376 579                         T: 028 71 253 253

pol.ofrighil@derrystrabane.com     pauline.oneill@derrystrabane.com



8  Towards Understanding and Healing Valued Voices programme

A testimony event with Danny Toland whose father John was shot dead by members of the UFF in the Happy Landing Bar, Eglinton, November 22nd 1976. Danny was fourteen at the time. He is the eldest of seven children.
Date : November 28th
Time: 12.30 pm – 2 pm
Light lunch will be provided
Venue : Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry. 
A free event.     All welcome
For more information contact:Eamonn Baker at 028-71261941 or email:



9   FWIN Theatre of Witness Workshop


Thursday 6th December
Holywell, Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry

Finding the medicine in stories of suffering, transformation, and peace

Theatre of Witness explores the pathway to peace and engages with real life stories and experiences of The Troubles in accessible, moving and inspiring workshops.

This workshop will offer the opportunity to engage with performers and storytellers from all sides and realties of The Troubles to explore the path to healing from conflict.

This is an event not to be missed.
Lunch will be provided. 


If you wish to book a place on the workshop please contact:

Email: info@fwin.org.uk or Telephone: 028 7126 1941



10 Upcoming Training with ACET in the Western Trust area



The course
This 2-day workshop style course will be beneficial for those wishing to develop and extend their knowledge in the area of parent/teen communication as part of their role in the wider community in the Western Trust area.
Topics include

  • Overview on general teenage development.
  • Exploring practical ways in communication between parents & teenagers may be enhanced.
  • Recognising the rights and needs of parents & teenagers.
  • Exploring the impact that positive parenting has on building self-esteem in teenagers.
  • Looking at issues around puberty and sexual health.  

This course has been accredited by the Open College Network (OCNNI) at Level 2. It has the value of 2 credits.
Who should apply?
Applications are welcome from people
working or volunteering with young people/adults in the
Western Trust area. Places are restricted to 15.

Training Costs
ACET has been funded by The Public Health Agency to provide this accredited course
in the Western Trust area;it is therefore free of charge to successful participants.
Dates and Venue 2018-19
The training days will be held at St Columb’s Park House on Thursdays 24th & 31st January 2019.
Both days will start at 9.30am and finish at 3.30pm.
I’m interested – what next?
For further information please contact: Linda Allen on



HIV/STI’S & CONTRACEPTION - 2 Day OCN accredited training course

The course

This 2 day workshop style course will be beneficial for those wishing to expand their knowledge of local Sexual Health issues, as part of their role in the wider community in the Western area.

Topics include

  • HIV: Overview of HIV and impact in Northern Ireland
  • STIs: Overview of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Northern Ireland
  • Contraception: Overview of locally available methods of contraception
  • How to reduce risk of acquiring HIV and other STIs
  • How to reduce risk of unplanned pregnancy


This course has been accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) as a Certificate in Sexual Health with 2 credits at Level 2

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from people working in either statutory or voluntary sectors, with young people/adults in the Western area. Places are restricted to 15 participants.

Training Costs

ACET has been funded by the Public Health Agency to provide this accredited course in the Western area, and therefore ACET can provide this course free of charge to the course participants.

Dates for 2018/19

Wednesdays 5th and 12th December 2018, St Columb’s Park House, L/Derry, 9.30am-3.30pm on both days

I’m interested– what next?

For further information please contact Jonny Mitchell at jonny@acet-ni.com



11  Upcoming Training with HURT


Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Level one and two.
This qualification is suitable for those working in the community or youth work field.
Ability to work at Level 1 & 2
Hours of study (Each qualification) 20 guided learning hours

  • Assessment Structure (coursework)
  • Entry requirements: Ability to undertake course work identify substances their legal classification and category.
  • Hours of study 20 Guided learning hours, plus course work.
  • Assessment Structure (completed portfolio marked against outcomes)

The courses we run are assessed on an evidence based structure.  This means that a lot of the work is completed throughout the duration of the course and is marked against the outcomes set for the course


What will I get on completion of the course?

Participants who complete this course will receive either a T.Q.U.K. level One or Two Certificate.

Apply here: https://hurtni.org.uk/drug-alcohol/




Entry requirements
Ability to work at this level

  • Hours of study 24 guided learning hours.
  • Assessment Structure (completed portfolio)

What will I get on completion of the course?
Participants who complete the 24 hour guided learning hour programme will be awarded a T.Q.U.K. Level 1 certificate in awareness of Mental Health.

Apply here: 



12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Factory of Skills Development

15 - 22 February 2019 | Rucar/Arges, Romania

The project aims to develop and improve certain soft skills at youth a workers, youth trainers and youth leaders for their professional development and raising the quality of youth work.

Organizer: Dare to Take Your Chance (Youth NGO)

This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 10 December 2018

See details


POWER - Project Factory for Empowerment of Young People in and after Imprisonment

3 - 9 March 2019 | Latvia

Activity for staff members of closed institutions (detention services, prisons etc.), probation centres and NGO’s to explore non-formal learning* and develop common Erasmus+ & European Solidarity corps projects involving young people in/after imprisonment

Organizer: Latvian National Agency (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from:

Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 6 January 2019

See details


SMS 4 “Show My Skills”

22 - 28 March 2019 | Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Training course in the sunny Egyptian Oasis on leadership and event-management skills communicate through non-formal learning, intercultural and experiential learning and designed for highly motivated young people active in youth organizations.

Organizer: MI HI for Training and Development (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): 12 February 2019

See details



Call for Trainers

Training of Trainers on Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship (TOTEE) & Youth@Work PoT

SPANISH NATIONAL AGENCY is looking for 30 PARTICIPANTS (trainers, facilitators, educators)

Application deadline: 02/12/2018

Online version.




13   RSA - NI Inquiry Food, Agriculture and Rural Life


NWCN are supporting this and are holding a meeting on 5th December 2018, Holywell building at 10:30 - 12.  If you are interested in attending please email info@nwcn.org


Brexit opens up the space to decide together what kind of country we want to be and what this means for our food, where it comes from and the countryside we share and enjoy.

People care about where their food comes from, how it is produced and how it affects their health and wellbeing. They believe the government should do its job, making sure that what they can buy really is safe and healthy for people, compassionate for animals, and sustainable for soils and biodiversity.
Second, they challenge the idea that ‘food poverty’ is best addressed by making food cheaper. Poverty is poverty. In rural areas, the cost of living can be up to 30 percent higher than in towns. If people can’t afford basic goods and services – food, housing, heating, transport – then the answer must be in getting a better balance between the price of goods, the provisions of services and basic incomes.

If you care about these issues then come along and be part of a conversation with the issues raised informing a major report being prepared by the RSA to be submitted to the UK government in March 2019.



14  Looking for volunteers for Reading Friends


Older People North West is working with Reading Friends to share stories, poems and experiences with the over 60’s.   Reading Friends is a project of the National Reading Agency designed to bring older people together using literature and valuing  the fact that everyone of us has a story to share.


So if you love reading and would like to share this passion with older people, why not volunteer with us?  Full training and support is provided.


Contact development@olderpeoplenorthwest.org or ring 028 71 347 478 by the 19th of November 2018.



15 Job Opportunity with Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership


Job title:                                        Finance & Administration Officer
Reporting to:                                Strategy Manager
Location:                                       Shared Future Centre, Irish Street
Hours of Duty:                              35 hours per week
Salary:                                                £19,126.44                                         
Funded by Department for Communities until 31st March 2019, with extension subject to further funding
Job Purpose
To maintain and develop financial systems, procedures and controls and administration for the efficient and effective operation of the organisation.  To provide supervision to Reception and other administration staff.
The Finance & Administration Officer will work with a wide range of people and at times vulnerable groups such as children and older people, therefore having a warm, positive and friendly personality is a key requirement.
Essential Criteria

  1. 5 GCSE’s or equivalent to include Maths and English
  2. A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a financial and administrative role
  3. Use of HMRC Basic Tools or other payroll system
  4. Experience of operating Accountancy/Administration Systems
  5. Excellent IT skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite particularly Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  6. Ability to work unsupervised, prioritise workloads and work on own initiative.

For further information and application pack please ring 02871342959 or email watersidenp@hotmail.co.uk
Applications must be completed legibly and returned on or before Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 5.00pm, by post marked ‘Confidential’ to Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership or by email to
to arrive before the closing date/time as stated above. 
Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.



16  Job & Volunteering Opportunities with In Your Space Circus


1. Job Opportunity with In Your Space Circus

In Your Space Circus is seeking an Admin and Finance Officer to join the team. The full Job Description, Person Specification and details of how to apply can be found on our website: https://www.nijobfinder.co.uk/job/791582/admin-and-finance-officer/


2. In Your Space Circus is seeking volunteers for its Board of Directors

In Your Space Circus, the North West's only Circus School and Street Theatre company is seeking Directors for its governing Board. In Your Space Circus is at an exciting junction in terms of growth and development and we have identified the need to grow our governance Board in-line with this growth. We are particularly keen to hear from potential candidates with financial and legal expertise, however other areas of skill and experience, relevant to Company governance and/or the arts are also of interest to us.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please send your CV and an expression of interest to cath@inyourspaceni.org. Many thanks!


For more information about our work please see our website www.inyourspaceni.org



17 The Science of Happiness - A Talk in Derry / Londonderry

Thursday 15th November 2018, 6-8pm, Guildhall

A simple smile creates harmony in relationships and heals societies. An inner smile promotes harmony within the body and creates health in body and mind.

Through the methodology of science and spiritual practices, this talk will explore the roots of a happy and meaningful life and how this can be practically applied.

Free of charge. No need to book. All welcome.

Speaker: Dr Prashant Kakoday
Prashant is based in Cambridge and has a background in surgery and integrated health. His main interest is in the relationship between the psyche, emotions, behaviour and health. Prashant has spoken on these subjects in many countries and institutions, including the W.H.O. and the Medical Teaching Program within the U.S.A.





18  Chris Packham supports the protection of Prehen Woodland - can you help too?


A petition, supported bymmmhange.org to Protect the Prehen Woodland, see https://tinyurl.com/prehenwoodland.


 The petition has been supported by Chris Packham who has stated about Prehen: "This is not just about four houses and one beautiful old wood full of bluebells and wonderful wildlife - this is about a catastrophic failure in the accountability of politicians , greed and idiotic short-termism . We must preserve space , green space for the benefit of future generations , space which benefits our physical and mental health , space to ensure that we can retain the functional ecosystems we rely upon to produce our food and other resources . To progress here would spit in the face of democracy, tarnish the reputation of the council forever...' 


To read the full petition and sign it click here: https://tinyurl.com/prehenwoodland


We have had a fantastic response so far with nearly 7000 supporters since going live on Friday.


As well as your support it would be fantastic if you could post this on any social media platforms that you use. We all understand the power of "Going Viral"

Thanks for your support 
George and Damian



19 North West Methodist Mission Annual Collection 29th and 30th November

Dates for the Collection this year are Thursday and Friday, 29th and 30th November 2018, and our volunteers will be outside local shopping centres collecting for our social welfare fund, which helps the homeless and addresses social issues throughout the city.



20 Little Acorns Community Creche is now open for enrolment


The community childcare facility offers morning child care sessions from its beautiful premises at Coshquin.

Places are offered to children between the ages of 2-4years.

Enquiries regarding enrolment, provision and facilities can be directed to Katie Taylor on 028 7130 8058, by email

info@littleacorns.org.uk or find us on Facebook by searching @littleacornscoshquin

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