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NWCN E-bulletin 14 Sep 2017


1 Celebrate the Sector with NWCN - Save the Dates!

2 Holywell STEW - New Opportunity

3 Uniting Opportunities programme opened

4 2017 Aviva Community Fund is open!

5 Good Impact Practice & the Public Benefit Requirement 

6 Autumn Social Innovation Workshops

7 Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice

8 Free Workshop-Raising the standards of Fundraising in NI

9 'What would you do if your income were taken care of?'

10 Health Transformation Consultation Event: Strabane

11 NWMF - Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017

12 Get Started in Film with The Nerve Centre

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 Jobs & Volunteering Opportunities

15 What places and landscapes do you value and why?

16 Music Bridge Community Music Training Programme

17 Catch Yerself On- Mindfulness programme

18 Mindfulness Half Day Workshop 

19 REACH Across - Up The Foyle In A Bubble Fun Day

20 Upcoming with The Playhouse

21 Life Drawing Workshops with Creative Energy

22 Upcoming with Towards Understanding and Healing

23 Performance Art Showcase

24 Glenshane Care Association's Annual Christmas Craft Fair 








1 Celebrate the Sector with NWCN - Save the Dates!

  • Thursday 21st September - Sport & Leisure
  • Friday 6th October - Rural Inclusion
  • Tuesday 17th October - Children & Young People

North West Community Network is organising three Celebration/Master class events starting with a hot hearty breakfast at 9:30am and finishing at 12 noon.


You will have the opportunity to hear about successful and inspirational initiatives from the three themes above.


As well as a chance to hear from local groups and inspirational speakers you will also have the chance to network and make some new connections!


Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or to book your place: / 028 7127 9090 /



2 Holywell STEW - New Opportunity


Following the very successful delivery of the first phase of the Holywell STEW project we are recruiting 16 new organisations to take part in the next phase of the project. Groups that are selected to take part will have the chance to pitch for support from the local community. 


For more information and to complete an expression of interest visit


The deadline for the submission of completed registrations is 4.00pm on 29th September 2017.


3   Uniting Opportunities programme opened

Uniting Opportunities, a small grants programme administered by the Department for Communities (DfC) as part of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy, is now open for applications.    

Uniting Opportunities supports the wider Uniting Communities Programme by delivering projects which will promote good relations and reconciliation through sport, physical and creative activity by addressing the barriers to community participation that some young people face.

The Department recognises that the life experiences of young people varies widely and there are those who face multiple barriers when it comes to engaging with their local community.   To help support those most in need, the Uniting Opportunities programme will target young people, aged between 11 and 24 years, who identify with the following groups: 

  • Young and Homeless
  • Young People with poor mental health and/or addictions
  • Young refugees and asylum seekers
  • Young offenders (and young people most at risk of offending)
  • Young people in care
  • Young people with a disability

Stage one of the process is now open for applications.  The information provided will enable DfC to assess applicants’ suitability to deliver projects to the target groups above and compile a list of project delivery partners that will be held for a period of up to 24 months.  DfC will then issue a call for project proposals, subject to identified need.  It is envisaged that the first of these this will take place during October 2017.  

DfC will be holding a number of workshops during this week to discuss the programme in more detail with interested organisations.  Further information on these and the stage one application form can be found at  

Please note Derry/Londonderry workshop in on today: 14/09/17, 10am- 7pm

City Hotel
10am - 2.30pm (Drop-in)
3pm - 7pm (By appointment only)

Applications for the Programme close at 4pm on Friday 22 September 2017.


4 2017 Aviva Community Fund is open!

Do you know a local project that needs funding?

For community projects, an ordinary thing can mean everything, but funding can be a problem. The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference where you live.


All you have to do is tell us what you would do with the money and just how much of a difference it could make to the community. If you took part last year, you can submit the same project or a new one. Only the top-voted projects in each category will make it through to the Finals, so make sure you tell everyone about your project and its importance to the community.

Good luck!


Find out more 

Submit your project now


Submissions close: 10/10/17 


5 Good Impact Practice & the Public Benefit Requirement 

Inspiring Impact NI and Community Evaluation NI, in conjunction with the Charity Commission NI

Inspiring Impact NI and Community Evaluation NI, in conjunction with the Charity Commission NI are running a series of awareness sessions on Good Impact Practice & the Public Benefit Requirement .

These free sessions are designed for directors, coordinators, trustees and practitioners of independent voluntary & community organisations and charities.

Your impact is the reason you exist as a charity. Under the Charity Commission NI’s public benefit requirement, all charities are required to make a public benefit statement and report annually against this. 

Impact Practice can help you join the dots between this and other reporting requirements.

These workshops will look at how good impact practice helps you make sure your own goals remain at the centre of monitoring & reporting to stakeholders, funders & the Charity Commission NI.

They will be approx 2hrs, practical and interactive. 

The sessions are free but you will need to register  

Book now: eventbriteCENI. If you have questions or find eventbrite inacessible, e-mail:  or call  02890248005

See dates & venues below. If you would like to host a session in your area do get in touch and we can try to accommodate.

DATE        VENUE                                                 TIME
26 Sept     Fermanagh House, Enniskillen           10.30 – 12.30
27 Sept     Holywell Trust, Derry-Londonderry   11.00 – 13.00
28 Sept     PIPS Training Room, Newry              10.30 – 12.30
09 Oct      Craigavon Civic Centre – Lakeview 2  19.00 – 21.00
11 Oct      RCN Training Room, Cookstown        10.30 – 12.30
19 Oct      CO3, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast       17.30 – 19.00
                 (for Charity Trustees)                    
25 Oct      NICVA Conference Room B, Belfast    10.00 – 12.00


6 Autumn Social Innovation Workshops



Do you want to learn more about social innovation? What it is and how you can use it to improve what you do and how you do it? 

Simply put, social innovation is finding new and innovative solutions to existing social problems. These solutions can take the form of new products, services, models, markets or processes. Crucially, social innovation seeks not only to resolve the immediate social problem but also enhances society’s capacity to act in future.

The term ‘Social Innovation’ can be alienating to many people and with these workshops NICVA will hope to demystify the concept showing participants how social innovation is really something anyone can try.  You will hear from participants on the first year of the programme, many of whom accessed seed funding to bring their idea and concept to the next stage. 

There will also be an opportunity to try out one of the key methods involved in social innovation – Design Thinking –  so groups and organisations can see for themselves whether it can help them find new solutions to whatever societal challenges they are passionate about. ‘Design thinking’ is a creative approach to problem solving that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs.

Dates of the workshops are below, click on the links to book a place:  

All seminars will be scheduled for 10.00am - 1.00pm with the exception of Belfast and Derry which will be 3.00pm - 4.30pm




Council Area


12th September

Ballybot House, Newry 

Newry Mourne & Down


21st September

RCN, Cookstown

Mid Ulster


28th September

Ards Development Bureau, Newtownards

Ards & North Down


5th October

ABC Network Craigavon

Armagh Banbridge Craigavon


12th October

Ledcom, Larne

Mid & East Antrim


19th October

Playhouse, Derry

Derry & Strabane


20th October

Crescent Arts Centre

Belfast, Antrim & Newtownabbey


26th October

Fermanagh House, Enniskillen

Fermanagh & Omagh


7th November

Ballymoney Resource Centre, Ballymoney

Causeway Coast and Glens


16th November

Resurgam Trust Lisburn

Lisburn & Castlereagh


23rd November

Strabane Enterprise Agency

Derry & Strabane


 7 Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice
The PEACE IV Programme is a unique cross-border initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in the border Region of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Peace IV Programme will build upon the experience of previous programmes by tackling the remaining challenges that exist in building positive relationships and developing shared spaces.  The programme places a strong emphasis on promoting cross-community relations and understanding to create a more cohesive society.
What is the Programme about?

  • Patriarchy is a violent social and political system of male domination, which holds that there are only two genders, that men are superior to women, that heterosexuality is the ‘normal’ sexual identity, and that a male God sanctifies this world order.
  • This training programme on Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice will critique patriarchy, explore its violent consequences and practices, and suggest a more liberating alternative for all humans beyond patriarchy.
  • The intention is to expose the exclusive thinking and actions, systems and structures, that patriarchy pervades in Northern Ireland and that prevent the celebration and flourishing of real diversity, and the healing of divisive attitudes and practices, which reinforce prejudice, hate and intolerance.


What will the Training Programme cover?

The following themes will be explored over ten sessions:

  1. The Nature and Historical Development of Patriarchy – What is patriarchy and where did it come from?
  2. The History of Women’s Struggle for Equality in Ireland – What progress have women made in gender equality in Ireland in the last hundred years?
  3. Patriarchy, Sectarianism and Racism: ‘The Unholy Trinity’- What do these three forms of domination have in common and what of those women who suffer triple oppression?  
  4. The Sex / Gender Myth: Reclaiming the Human- An exploration of multiple sex and gender identities that redefine what it is to be human.
  5. Religion, Patriarchy and Violence – Is Christianity redemptive for women and can the churches be liberated from patriarchy?
  6. Policing Women’s Sexuality for the sake of Patriarchy’s Future - How and why has women’s sexuality been controlled in Ireland over the last hundred years. Is our legislation patriarchal?
  7. Patriarchy, Militarism and Para-militarism: The Irish Context – What is the connection between state or paramilitary violence and violence toward women? Can lessons be learnt from our own violent context?
  8. The Economics of Patriarchy: Capitalism and the Commodification of Women – Exploring how, within a capitalist economic system, women are objectified as commodities. It will ask the question what would a just economic system look like; and what impact would that system have on the lives and dignity of women?
  9. Women’s Rights are Human Rights – What are women’s human rights and how are they protected in international law? What progress has been made in eliminating discrimination against women?
  10. Gender based Justice: Strategizing for Peace – Women in Europe have been strategising for peace on the world stage since 1915. What process have women used to influence peace negotiations and move society toward gender justice?

Who is the Programme for?

It is open to women from across the community in the Derry and Strabane District Council area, women from Donegal. We would also encourage men to take part. As numbers on the Training the Trainers programme are limited preference will be given to those with a direct remit for women’s issues and those working at the grass roots.


Who to contact for further information:

If interested in this programme please contact Maureen Hetherington at the Junction Derry-

Londonderry - phone: 028 71 361942; email:    





6th October 2017 – 8th December 2017, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm (lunch included)


Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership Building, 8-14 Bishop Street, Derry Londonderry, BT48 6PW


There are a limited number of spaces for our first Training Programme, Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice. However, further opportunities will be available for attending training programmes, which will be rolled out over the period of the project. Our funding is dependent on attendance and commitment to the training programme and, if necessary, we may have to apply criteria to prioritise those who can help achieve the aims and objectives of the programme. If you wish to book a place, can you please complete and return this form:









Contact Information




Can you confirm that you are able to commit to the ten- week training programme?




Applicability of this training to your work/organisation?


Are you interested in rolling out the training with financial support?



Any other comments




Please do not hesitate to ring or email if you have any queries: Maureen Hetherington, Telephone No.: 02871361942, email:


8 Free Workshop-Raising the standards of Fundraising in NI

RCN are hosting a free workshop from the Institute of Fundraising NI on the 28th September from 2pm-4pm here in our premises in Cookstown.

With the UK Fundraising Regulator now covering Northern Ireland Charities, as well as the consultation on the new Codes of Good Practice in Fundraising, many charities are taking the opportunity to review their fundraising to reflect Best Practice.  This workshop will inform and educate groups on fundraising codes of best practice and self-regulation for any charity involved in fundraising. This workshop will provide guidance and support to charities to understand implications of fundraising self-regulation and grow best practice with trustees, staff and volunteers and essentially those who benefit from charity services such as supporters, donors and funders of charities.

The workshop will use the Good Practice in Fundraising Guide (Northern Ireland) to support the development of self‐regulation in line with developing policy and practice in the rest of the UK 

Participants from all charities across Northern Ireland will get the chance to learn about developing their fundraising best practice and compliance with legal obligations as well as benefitting from being more aware of the legal and reputational risks to fundraising practice and understand better their responsibilities. 

Numbers are limited for this event so early booking is advisable To book a place at this workshop contact me on 028 8676 6670 or  drop me an email


 'What would you do if your income were taken care of?'

A Basic Income: A Future with Dignity

Saturday 7th October 2017

St Columb’s Park House Derry


This event offers an afternoon of participative information sharing and conversation about the possibility of a Basic Income for every citizen. Brief presentations will explain the concept of a Basic Income and show that it can release human creativity, be a real alternative to the present welfare system and provide a solution to the increasing automatisation of work.

The event is free, with a light lunch provided on arrival.

Places are therefore limited so early booking is very much advised.


10 Health Transformation Consultation Event: Strabane

As part of the Health Minister’s Vision Health 2026, set out in Delivering Together, a Community Development Work Stream was set up to examine how best community development can contribute to the HSC Transformation process. 

The work stream is Chaired by Mary Black, from the PHA, and its purpose is to set a clear direction and expand community development approaches to reducing health inequalities.

Work has been done on creating a Strategic Framework for Community Development and PHA are keen to get community input to the process by sharing your expertise to test these and inform the next stages of development.

I would like to invited to a workshop:

On: Thursday 14 September

At 6:30 pm

Venue: Strabane Library, 1 Railway St, Strabane, BT82 8EF 

The purpose of the workshop is to:

· explore how community development is carried out in your local level;

· look at outcomes and the rationale for the vital role that community development can play in reducing health inequalities;

· examine critical success factors, enablers and barriers to creating effective community development outcomes in Northern Ireland and in particular in the west.

You can register for the event at: 


11  NWMF - Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017

Saturday 30 September 2017 @ 11:00am to 1pm
Venue: Reach Across Offices:
21-22 The Diamond, Derry-Londonderry, BT48 6HP 


  • Election of members to serve on the Committee
  • The appointment of an independent person to examine the annual accounts
  • To receive and consider the Financial Report and the Reports of the directors and the Auditor for the financial year ended 31 March 2017
  • Approval of the Communities United Promoting Inclusion and Diversity Project Plan

Activities will include;

  • Continue to provide information and practical integration support to clients;
  • Continue to develop personal development programmes for all members;
  • Develop and implement initiatives that promote participation and inclusion of BME members;
  • Develop activities that increases partnership working with other groups and actors in the field of community relations;
  • Attend events and consultation meetings to increase representation of BME members
  • Continue to raise awareness on issues impacting negatively on BME members and promote social inclusion and good relations in the NW;
  • Continue to develop and implement events that promote the celebration of cultural diversity
  • Continue to develop and implement activities that work toward elimination or racism and hate crimes
  • Continue to create training opportunities for BME members to build capacity in community development, increase knowledge and skills that would enable them to competently contribute to the implementation of the Racial Equality Strategy shared aims.

Please submit any questions that you would like the management to respond to at the meeting by email at: by 25th September 2017. The management will respond to as many questions as possible at the meeting. Please note that individual responses will not be sent.

If you wish to nominate/ express your interest to be elected to the NWMF committee, please use the 
Trustees nomination form and/or Committee expression of interest Form  and Registration-form-NWMF-doc: which can be accessed by clicking the highlighted links, alternatively email us at
 to request a copy to be emailed to you.
Deadline for Nomination of Committee members is 25th September 2017



12 Get Started in Film with The Nerve Centre

Are you age 16 -24? Out of employment or training? Meet new people and learn new skills with our free programme!

  • Learn every stage of making a film, and unlock your creativity
  • Work alongside industry experts, with professional equipment
  • Travel expenses paid on programme
  • Up to three months of support after the programme

Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September 2017
Taster: Thursday 21st September
To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07484901934 or email


13   Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Spread the Word - Training Course

9 - 16 October 2017 | Dresden, Germany

The "Spread the Word" training course provides you tools and methods for the better visibility of your projects, the effective dissemination and exploitation of your projects' results ensuring a greater impact, fruitful networking and successful pitching!

Organizer: Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 22 September 2017

See details


Democracy & Human Rights Training Course

5 - 12 November 2017 | Moscow, Russian Federation

Do you want to develop your skills in the field of democracy and human rights and become a strong defender of those in your country and globally?! Then this course is for you!

Organizer: UCG (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): 1 October 2017

See details


The danger of a Single Story - Training Course

19 - 26 November 2017 | Horažďovice (1 hour from Prague), Czech Republic

Are you interested in global education? Do you want to fight intolerance, racism & hate speech? Do you believe that education should help to build different narratives based on equality, understanding of global issues & cooperation? APPLY NOW! :)

Organizer: Dobroti (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 5 October 2017

See details


14  Jobs & Volunteering Opportunities

  • Job Fair at Millennium Forum

Jobseekers in the North West are being encouraged to come along to a major Job Fair being held in Derry/Londonderry on Thursday 21 September 2017.

The Department for Communities, in partnership with Derry City & Strabane District Council, is hosting the event in the Millennium Forum between 10am and 3pm. 

More than 20 employers will take part from a range of sectors including Retail, Hospitality, Care, IT and many more. Admission is free.  The employers will be promoting the vacancies they have available to prospective jobseekers.  Advice and training organisations will also be on hand for anyone looking to get new skills and enhance their employability.

Further information about the Job Fair is available by contacting the Employer Engagement team at or telephone 02890 829374 or visit nidirect(external link opens in a new window / tab)

  • Volunteering Opportunities with Samaritans

The Derry Branch are seeking volunteers so if you could spare some time please talk to our recruitment team to find out more plus what volunteer roles are available please contact us on 07562 669080 to speak with one of our team members.


  • 2 x Job opportunities with Kinship Care:

Job Opportunity 1 - Finance Officer

Kinship Care NI invite applicants for the position of:

To provide a comprehensive financial administration service, ensuring effective financial control and oversight in the day to day running of services for children and young people in kinship care.

This position is 12.5 hours per week, funded until January 2019

Salary:  £14,427 per annum pro rata
Based at 67 Carlisle Road, L’Derry, BT48 6JL

  • At least 3 years’ experience (out of the last 5) in a financial role.
  • Experience of preparing and monitoring budgets and financial projections.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills. 

Application Forms can be requested via e-mail from

It should be noted that the criteria may be enhanced to facilitate short-listing.

Closing date for completed applications is 12 noon, 25th September 2017.

Kinship Care NI operates a child protection and vulnerable adults policy.
AccessNI checks will be carried out before an appointment can be confirmed.

We are an equal opportunities employer.


  • Job Opportunity 2 - Advocacy Worker

Kinship Care NI invite applicants for the position of:


To provide advice, information and support to children and young people in kinship care.

Fixed Term for 6 months
Salary:  £20,697 per annum
Based at 67 Carlisle Road, L’Derry.

  • Degree (or equivalent) qualification in social work, law or other related field.
  • At least 2 years’ experience (out of the last 5) working with children and/or young people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current law, policy and issues relating to children and young people in kinship care in Northern Ireland.
  • A current driving licence with access to a car. (Can be waived in the case of applicant whose disability prohibits driving, but who is able to organise suitable alternative arrangements).
  • IT skills.

For a Job Information Pack contact: Kinship Care NI, 67 Carlisle Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6JL

Tel: Jacqueline on 028 71373731

Application forms can also be requested via e-mail from

It should be noted that the criteria may be enhanced to facilitate short-listing.

Closing date for completed applications is 12 noon, 25th September 2017.

Kinship Care NI operates a child protection and vulnerable adults policy.
AccessNI checks will be carried out before an appointment can be confirmed.

Our ‘Kinship Care Support Service’ is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through the Reaching Out Empowering Young People Programme. 

We are an equal opportunities employer.


  • Sessional Counsellor Position

Application are sought from BACP/IACP accredited counsellors with a minimum of 2 years face to face counselling experience in the area of Self-harm/suicide.

To obtain an application pack please email Johnny at or telephone Zest on 02871266999.

Completed application should be returned with relevant documentation no later than 12pm on Monday, 9th October 2017.

Please address completed applications to Noella McConnellogue, Director of Clinical Services, Zest – Healing the Hurt Ltd, 15A Queen Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7EQ, Phone 028 71266999


  • Job Opportunity: Claudy Afterschools

We have a maternity cover position for a Manager in the Nest Afterschools in Claudy starting from the end of September 2017.

The applicant is required to have a Level 5 qualification or be at least studying towards it.

This could be an ideal secondment opportunity for someone who wanted some leadership experience or a useful development opportunity for someone ready to take the next step.

We will take application by CV up until noon on Friday 22 September. Application can be e-mailed to


For a full job description please go to,  Useful Downloads


  • Paid Placement Opportunities with DCSDC

Are you aged 16-24?

Would you like a job for 30 weeks?


Derry City and Strabane District Council has been successful in securing funding from the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Our exciting new programme which gives local unemployed residents a valuable work opportunity in the community and business sectors is now open!


To apply you must be:

  • Aged 16-24 years old and;
  • Unemployed and;
  • Living in Derry City and Strabane District Council and;
  • Willing to work 30 hours per week for 30 weeks (paid at £7.50ph) and;
  • Committed to attending 48 hours of cross community training

If you are interested please come along to one of our information sessions to find out more, details of which are below:





Monday 18th September 2017

10am – 11.30am

The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Derry

Monday 18th September 2017

3pm – 4.30pm

Derg Valley Leisure Centre, 7 Strabane Road, Castlederg

Monday 25th September 2017

10am – 11.30am

Foyle Arena, 2 Limavady Road, Derry


Or download an application form here :


The deadline for return of application forms is noon on 29th September 2017.  


Application forms must be returned to Hollie Carroll at or to Hollie Carroll, Derry City and Strabane District Council, 98 Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7NN.


15 What places and landscapes do you value and why?

This is the key focus of an online map-based survey centred on the cross-border cultural landscape of the North West. Please take the time to complete the survey at the following web-link and share it with your social network in the North West:

The #MyValuedPlaces survey forms part of an EU-funded research project at Maynooth University. It is open for public participation until 30th September 2017. The survey will improve our understanding of the different ways in which different people value different places in the North West. It will also inform recommendations to local and central government about how to improve public participation processes and place-making.
The Maynooth University researcher leading the project, Dr Andrew McClelland, is hoping to engage face-to-face with interested local groups over the course of the #MyValuedPlaces exercise. He can be contacted at and/or +44 (0) 7736778132.


16 Music Bridge Community Music Training Programme


*** Starts October 2017, registration now open ***

This accredited training programme is a collaboration between
Musicians without Borders and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin to train musicians, youth and community workers in community music-making, leadership and workshop facilitation skills.
The programme builds the capacity of local organisations to facilitate community work through musical interactions, making a meaningful contribution towards community development and peace-building in the region.
Training Goals & Structure
The goal of the training corresponds with the overall mission of Musicians without Borders, which is to use music to help connect communities and bridge divides: There are three core values that we aim to convey during the training:

  • Cultivating a culture of nonviolence
  • Increasing empathy among all participants
  • Using music as a tool for community development


  • Introduction to community music making
  • Principles of nonviolent communication
  • Importance of nonverbal communication
  • Behaviour management and Group Safety
  • How to promote teamwork and creative leadership
  • How to provide constructive feedback
  • How to structure a workshop/series of workshops
  • Body percussion
  • Singing/vocalising/song writing
  • Rhythm instrument techniques

 This is a two-year training programme. Each training year consists of six periods of intensive training sessions spanning from October to May.
At the completion of the training, trainee participation will be evaluated by the Musicians without Borders trainers and the local music coach. Pending positive evaluation, they will receive a certificate and be qualified to work as MwB Community Music Workshop Leaders.
OCN acreditation is also available for this course.
All training sessions take place at
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
37 Great James Street,
Derry, BT48 7DF
More information:

t: +44 (0)28 7126 4132


17 Catch Yerself On- Mindfulness programme

‘Catch Yerself On’
Mindfulness Autumn Courses at Clarendon Chiropractic Clinic, Derry/Londonderry

Date:     Thursday 21st September for 6 weeks
Times:   Morning course 10.30am to 11.30am Or  Evening course 7pm to 8pm
Cost:      £60

For further details contact Helen McDonnell on T: 07719302988


18 Mindfulness Half Day Workshop 

Dr Hugh M Quigley PhD has been training and working in the field of personal growth and development for about 27 years now.  Hugh is trained as a Mindfulness teacher and facilitator with a number of schools including John Moores University.  He has been practising meditation and mindfulness for over 30 years and has experienced the great benefits of both of these.

The workshop will explore Mindfulness as a way of being able to control and regulate emotional upset.  The ability to apply mindfulness to various areas of life has been well researched and the benefits highlighted in major studies.  This introduction workshop will give you a flavour of incorporating mindfulness into your daily life.

Introducing Mindfulness into your life allows you to take a step back and learn to respond rather than react.

Date:  Sunday 1st October 2017

Time:  10am – 1pm

Venue:  Waterfoot Hotel, Derry

Cost: £17.50 per person, or book with a friend 2 for £30!

Please contact HURT on 02871369696 to book your place! 


19 REACH Across - Up The Foyle In A Bubble Fun Day

Sunday 17th September At Prehen pitches. 

Cross-Community Youth Group REACH Across are organising a Family Fun Day and Water Zorbing Challenge on Sun 17th Sept at Prehen Pitches.

Teams Of 4 are needed for the Water-Zorbing Challenge, with a prize for the school, company, sports club or community group, that achieves the highest rotations. Sponsor forms are available.

Our Fun Day Area will Include a mini-farm, inflatable slides, disco dome, laser quest, soft play area, drumming sessions etc and there will also be bring & buy tables available and a competition area. 

Entries are now being taken for the Water Zorbing Challenge and the cost is £60 per team. Admission to the Fun Day is £2 or £5 for a family of 3 or more. For more information, check the REACH Across Facebook page or tel/text 07854833371. For an entry form please see under Useful Downloads.


20 Upcoming with The Playhouse

Irish and UK graffiti, parkour, DJing, Slacklining and Skateboarding artists come to St Columb’s Park

Irish and UK in graffiti, parkour, DJing, Slacklining and Skateboarding artists will visit St Columb’s Park for a free day of demos on Saturday 16 September.

Park Art aims to encourage 13-16 year olds to get in touch with their creative side with local and national artists.

The project is a result of a park focused steering group created by St Columb’s Park House, which includes police, street wardens, park manager, residents, community workers, and The Playhouse.

The free demo day will take place next Saturday 16 September from 2-7pm at St Columb's Park running track. Artists involved include UV Arts, Liverpool graffiti artist Betarok75, Painter/Illustrator and Designer Elph, parkour company JumpNI, and DJing, Music Production company Movin Music Academy.

Park Art is a Playhouse project funded by Hope For Youth, Youth Justice Agency, BBC Children in Need and the Department for Justice.

Booking is essential- contact Elaine on or (028)71268027.




Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller will visit The Playhouse for an exhibition this month.

Presented by 14-18 NOW and the National Theatre, the exhibition runs from Thursday 7 to Wednesday 27 September and tells the story of contemporary memorial ‘We’re here because we’re here’, an event that took place on 1st July 2016, where thousands of volunteers participated in a UK-wide contemporary memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, the work was conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.

Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 23 UK theatres including The Playhouse.

Jeremy Deller will visit The Playhouse for the exhibition closing event on Monday 25 September from 6pm – 8pm. During this event Jeremy will discuss this artwork and he will contextualise it within his art practice. The closing event is free, and open to everyone.

For more information contact The Playhouse on (028)71268027 or visit


21 Life Drawing Workshops with Creative Energy
Beginning Wednesday 20th September, 7-9pm
Above Derry Print Workshop
£60 for the course, all materials provided except sketch pad
Call 07821 410616 to book or search for Creative Energy on Facebook and Pm


22 Upcoming with Towards Understanding and Healing

  • Launch of Burning Issues Graphic Novel

Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop St

21 September, Commencing 6pm with light dinner

Please book on: 02871261941


  • Testimony event with Hazel Deeney, October 3rd 2017

Hazel Deeney was with her husband Trevor when he was shot dead on 8th April 1998 by the INLA in the driveway of their home at Kilfennan (Derry-Londonderry). Hazel was left to raise four children on her own, ranging in age from 6 to 12. Trevor was the last person killed  before the Good Friday Agreement was arrived at and was buried on the day the Agreement was signed.  

Hazel is a member of the Victims & Survivors Forum

She will share her story during a lunchtime Testimony event happening at Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership from 12.30 pm till 2pm on October 3rd 2017


23 Performance Art Showcase

Saturday 16th September
Glassworks Basement, Great James Street Derry.
A variety of local and all Ireland innovative performance artists, including Sandra Corrigan Breathnach, Christoff Gillen and James King will showcase their most recent works, using imagery, voice sound and movement. Earlier in the day, from 11.00am - 8.00pm, there will be a durational Equinox group improvisation.
All welcome.


24  Glenshane Care Association's Annual Christmas Craft Fair 

Glenshane Care Association: Annual Christmas Craft Fair

When: Saturday 4th November
Where: Glenshane Care Centre, Glenshane Business Park
50 Legavallon Road, Dungiven, BT47 4QL
Pick up unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones made by local crafters
Contact: Tel – 028 777 42948
Email –

Admission: £2
Please support this local charity