NWCN E-bulletin 15 Aug 2018


1 DFC Small Grants for Volunteering Programme 2018/19 now open

2 Rosa Invites Applications to 'Now's the Time' Programme

3 Invite to Re-Thinking Engagement Learning workshop 

4 Upcoming with TUH

5 Introduction to Universal Credit training with Law Centre NI

6 DARE to Lead Change: Conflict Management

7 Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) sessions

8 Enterprise NW are now recruiting for the Exploring Enterprise4 Programme

9 Upcoming Events in Foyle JBO 

10 Fertility Network - Northern Ireland Job vacancy

11 VACANCY- Theatre Peace Building Project Community Coordinator

12 REACH Across - Up the Foyle in a Bubble Fun Day

13 TOUR DE FOYLE 1080: Celebrating its fifth year

14 Take a stand at FWIN's Annual Networking Event

15 Energy of Light Disco

16 Have you pounds ‘a round’ to cash in?





1  DFC Small Grants for Volunteering Programme 2018/19 now open


DfC have secured £250k towards the Volunteering Small Grants Programme for 2018/2019. This grant provides some much needed support to the Voluntary/Community Sector community.

North West Volunteer Centre will be running workshops in both Derry/Londonderry and Strabane to promote this funding and talk through process & requirements

  • Tuesday 21st August 2018 @ 11.00am, North West Volunteer Centre, 22 Bishop Street, Derry/L’Derry
  • Wednesday 22nd August 2018 @ 11.00am, Training room, DCSDC offices, Strabane

Please register your interest to attend by emailing strabane@volunteeringnorthwest.co.uk or telephone 028 71 271 017

To be eligible for grant assistance (minimum award £200 – maximum award £1,200) organisations must not have an annual income exceeding £100,000 per year.

Examples of grant awards – volunteer out of pocket expenses, supporting the recruitment of new volunteers, providing travel, training or small running costs like heat or light etc.

Application form and guidance notes attached or available from http://www.volunteeringnorthwest.co.uk/small-grants


Closing date for applications is 12 noon Monday 3rd September.


2 Rosa Invites Applications to 'Now's the Time' Programme


Applications for smaller grants are currently being accepted from women’s organisations across the UK who are seeking ways to establish what works in changing the culture of impunity and preventing future harassment and abuse.

‘Now’s the Time’ is part of the Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to make workplaces and other contexts just, safe and equitable for all and ensure that anyone who has been subjected to harassment and abuse, including sexual violence at work, is better able to access support and justice. The funding is provided by individuals and managed by Rosa, the only UK-wide fund for women and girls.

The Now's the Time programme will award up to £1 million through a Challenge Fund which asks: 'What would you do toward ending sexual harassment?'


The Fund is looking for ideas, solutions, the best next steps to support the following:

  • Prevention work (including education and other initiatives)
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Grass-roots activism
  • Influencing
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from.

There is particular interest in cross-sector partnerships where the expertise of specialist voluntary sector organisations at the forefront of this work is shared with others, to help drive broader change.

Up to £1 million will be awarded through this programme.


Two levels of grants are provided:

  • Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 for one year. (Women's organisations can apply by themselves or in partnership.)
  • Grants of £25,000 and £100,000 for over one to three years. (Women's organisations will need to apply in partnership with at least one other organisation.)

The funding is:

  • Mostly for revenue costs.
  • For new work or an extension, or continuation, of existing work.

Applications are currently being accepted for the smaller grants. Larger grant applications will be accepted from 24 September 2018.

The deadline for smaller grant applications is 27 September 2018.




3   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


4 Upcoming with TUH


Towards Understanding and Healing Valued Voices programme in partnership with North West Community Network present -  

A unique testimony event with Belfast soul and blues singer Kaz Hawkins – Kaz will share her story of surviving the troubles, overcoming addiction, recovering her mental health.
Date: September 6th
Time: 12.30 pm – 2 pm
Light lunch will be provided
Venue: Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry. 
Places limited.
For more information contact: Eamonn Baker at 028-71261941 or email:
eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org or Roisin at NWCN roisin@nwcn.org 



Towards Understanding and Healing Valued Voices programme presents:
Post Traumatic Growth?  - A one day conference
Speakers include : Professor Stephen Joseph
(author of "Whatever doesn’t kill you”) somatic therapist, Brid Keenan and Peter Heathwood and Fiona Kelly, members of WAVE and former long-time  members of the Victim and Survivors Forum.
Date: Monday 17th September
Time:  9.30 am to 4 pm
Venue: Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership
For more information contact Eamonn Baker- 02871261941 or email: 

Places limited.

Valued Voices/ Towards  Understanding and Healing -Trauma Healing and Education Programme with Brid Keenan.
Trauma is a natural part of human existence and the capacity to integrate the experience and grow from it is also part of  our human capacity. The difficulty arises when whatever the person did to survive is no longer working and they are experiencing levels of distress including mystifying physical symptoms, mental health concerns, psychological and relational distress.
Facilitated by Brid Keenan, this six-day trauma healing education programme offers a range of activities – experiential learning, brief theoretical inputs, Q&A, reflection on the work participants are already doing and will consider- 
Ø  the recent developments in understanding how trauma impacts the physiology
Ø  basic concepts related to working with the somatic experience of trauma to support the resolution of traumatic experiences
Ø  healing the impact traumatic events across generations in the aftermath of armed political conflict.
This free programme (10am -4pm each day) will be delivered  in the  Junction Room Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership 8-14 Bishop Street Derry-Londonderry BT48 6PW
Day 1 28 th  September 
Day 2 5th    October
Day 3 12th  October  
Day 4 19th October
Day 5 2th  November
Day 6  3rd  November 
For further information and to register for a place on this programme, please contact Eamonn Baker @ 028-71261941 or email: 


Bríd Keenan MA is a Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and NARM Practitioner.


5 Introduction to Universal Credit training with Law Centre NI


The roll out of Universal Credit continues throughout NI and heralds massive changes for benefit claimants and advisers.

This half day course examines these changes and considers the impact on legacy benefits

In particular this course will focus on:

  • Providing an understanding of the challenges brought in with the introduction of Universal Credit
  • How to assist a client in making a claim
  • Entitlement to Universal Credit
  • Examining the Claimant commitment
  • ality and sanctions Condition

Who should attend? 

This introductory level course is specifically designed for new and/or inexperienced advisers.



  Belfast 4th September 2018

  Omagh 5th September 2018

  L’Derry 6th September 2018



  9.30am  – 1.00pm

  Tea & Coffee will be provided






  Members voluntary

£ 60


  Non members voluntary

£ 80


  Members statutory/private     

£ 80


  Non members statutory/private 


To book places please contact Louise Togneri for a booking form on training@lawcentreni.org or contact Louise Togneri, Training Manager 02890 244401.


6 DARE to Lead Change: Conflict Management


Dates: 28th, 29th & 31st August
Time: 9.30am- 4.30pm
Venue: Millennium Forum, L/Derry
What? Conflict Management OCN level 2 accredited course
Who? Anyone aged 16+
This event is offered as part of the DARE to Lead Change project, that aims to build improve and sustain positive relationships through training and dialogue with local people and their neighbours from different cultures and countries.

To participate please contact
Carole Kane Email:
carolekane@tidestraining.org Tel: 02890 751 686 // 07397 555905
Tides Training and Mediation Consultancy
This training is organised in collaboration with the Inter-act programme, organised with the Millennium Forum.


 7 Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) sessions

Future dates are as follows;

Date (10.00am-12.30pm)


Tues 11th Sep 18

Volunteer Management Training – perspectives across Ireland

Thurs 29th Nov 18

Consent, Capacity and Safeguarding

Thurs 7th Feb 19

Welcoming Newcomers into Volunteering


The next session for VOLT will be: Volunteer Management Training - perspectives across Ireland


11th September 2018, 10.00am - 12.30pm in Volunteer Now, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DB


Join Maria L Gallo (Director of Lifelong Learning at St Angela’s College, Sligo (NUI Galway)), Stuart Garland (Training & Programmes Manager, Volunteer Ireland) & George Gillespie (Manager, Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd) to discuss;

  • An overview and context to possible accreditation across Ireland
  • To gain insight on whether this does appeal to Volunteer Managers and if so what types should be covered in a proposed programme.
  • Logistics of such a programme (open forum to discuss types of assignments, possible location, price etc.)

Please confirm your attendance with Nicole.Gorman@volunteernow.co.uk by 4h September 2018


8 Enterprise NW are now recruiting for the Exploring Enterprise4 Programme

  • Are you over 16?
  • Would you like help and advice in gaining employment or even the confidence to start your own business?  

This could be the Programme which will help you gain the know how to take the steps you need! 

Exploring Enterprise4 Programme is an initiative which helps support those who are unemployed, in education or training and who would like to change their career path.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Unemployed or working less than 16 hrs per week
  • In education or training
  • Available to commit to the programmes’ training days

Please note that places are limited – contact us today on 028 71352693 or email Veronica at  info@enterprisenw.com


This is an Enterprise Northern Ireland initiative which is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020, the Department for the Economy and Local Enterprise Agencies


 Upcoming Events in Foyle JBO 


Next week North West Regional College will be in Foyle Jobs and Benefits Office on Tuesday 21st August from 10:30am -1:30pm.

Representatives will have an stand set up providing information on courses available for 2018/2019 academic year.


The Women’s Centre will be in Foyle Jobs and Benefits Office on Wednesday 22nd August from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Representatives will have a stand set up providing information on courses available from September and also will promoting their Jobs Hub and crèche facilities.


Trackars Healthcare will then be in Foyle Jobs and Benefits Office on Friday 24th August from 10am-1pm.

Representatives will have a stand set up for anyone who is interested to come along and register an interest with them as they have job opportunities available in the local area.



10 Fertility Network - Northern Ireland Job vacancy


Would you like to join the Fertility Network team in Northern Ireland or do you know someone who would? Could you make a difference to Fertility support for the 1 in 6 couples needing support?


Support Coordinator Northern Ireland; (Part-Time 10 hours)

We have a vacancy for a Support Coordinator, to work with the Northern Ireland Coordinator and other staff to promote Fertility Network Northern Ireland and provide support and advice to patients. You will also help to coordinate Fertility Groups for our FN UK, More to Life and ACeBabes communities, working to improve the wellbeing of those on a fertility journey. The role will require connecting with individuals, local groups, relevant agencies, hospitals and clinics to promote our support and increase awareness.

If you feel you could meet the challenge please complete the application form and monitoring form, available to download from our website along with the full information pack from  
http://fertilitynetworkuk.org/about/vacancies/ and return to hilary@fertilitynetworkuk.org  Closing date Mon 20th August 2018 at 1pm.


It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Tues 4th September in Belfast. We may decide to interview those people with both essential and desirable criteria. Due to the need for some of the hours to be during working day, this 10 hour role can be undertaken in conjunction with another part-time role, but not with a full time job.

For more information about the role please contact Hilary Knight at



11  VACANCY- Theatre Peace Building Project Community Coordinator


Holywell Trust are inviting applications for the position of Theatre Peace Building Project Community Coordinator. The Playhouse, Holywell Trust, Thomas D’Arcy Foundation & Queens University Theatre Peace Building Project has received funding from the EU Peace IV programme for a programme of work Jan 2018 - June 2020 that will be delivered in locations throughout Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. The project will programme a range of nationally/ internationally based theatre artists with significant experience of using arts activity in areas of conflict & post conflict / areas of social breakdown to promote understanding, healing and reconciliation within Northern Ireland / Border Counties.


Hollywell are seeking to appoint a Community Coordinator who will assist with the delivery of the project from September 2018 – March 2019.


Salary: €12,000 - 6 month contract starting in September 2018 – March 2019 at 40 hours per week. 


Job Specifications & Application Forms are available from hello@holywelltrust.com.

Closing Date for Applications:  Wednesday 5th September at 4.00pm.

Interview Date: Wednesday 12th September (in Newry area).

Holywell Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.



12 REACH Across - Up the Foyle in a Bubble Fun Day


Local cross-community youth group REACH Across, are staging a Family Fun Day at Prehen Pitches on Sunday 16th September (1pm – 5pm). The event will include a water zorbing challenge on the River Foyle and family fun activities on the football pitch area

REACH Across organizes cross-community residentials, international youth exchanges, outdoor activities and training courses for young people from throughout the N/W region.

We are inviting teams from workplaces, youth groups, schools, community groups, sports teams etc to take part in the water zorbing challenge on the River Foyle, with prizes for the category winners The entry fee is £40 per team of 4 people (£60 for 2 teams), which can be raised through sponsor forms or business sponsorship.


The Family Fun area will include inflatable slides, bouncy castles, a mini farm, cultural drumming, beer goggle penalty kicks, face-painting, parachute games, etc and a broadcast by Drive 105. Community groups are also welcome to set up a Bring and Buy table for £10

Admission to the Family Fun area is £2 per person and £5 for a family of 3 or more.


We would also welcome drama groups, dance groups, musicians, clowns, tv character costumes etc from schools, youth and community groups.


For more information please contact Barney Mc Guigan at the REACH Across office on
028 71 280048 or e-mail

Please find entry and interest slip under Useful Downloads on the home page of 

This event has been funded by the DCSD Council PEACE IV Programme


13   TOUR DE FOYLE 1080:  Celebrating its fifth year


Church Leaders Invite Public to join them on the Tour de Foyle 1080

The countdown is on as leaders of the city’s four main churches invite people to get on their bikes or to put on their walking/running shoes for the Tour de Foyle 1080 Charity Event, which will begin at the Foyle Arena on Saturday 25th August.


The event is being organised jointly by The Churches Trust and the North West Methodist Mission, and is supported by church leaders in Derry-Londonderry.  Now in its fifth year, the event has attracted participants from far and wide, and organisers hope this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.


The event caters for all, with three aspects to choose from: 10k Walk: 10k Run: or 80k Cycle 

Registration details for the walk/run/cycle can be found on the website: www.tourdefoyle.co.uk


Alternatively, you can call Michael on 028-71348531 to request a registration form or call in to the office at Clooney Hall Centre, BT47 6AR.


Book early to avoid disappointment. 


14  Take a stand at FWIN's Annual Networking Event


Date: Thursday 13th September 2018 

Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm (lunch included)

Venue: Holywell Building, Bishop Street


FWIN's Networking Day is always a highlight on our annual calendar of events. The day offers a great networking opportunity to share your range of services, support, advice, volunteer work and training available to women in the North West and throughout the region.


If your organisation wishes to take a stand at this event then please contact FWIN by Monday 10th September 2018, Email: info@fwin.org.uk or Telephone: 028 71 266 291.



15  Energy of Light Disco


Book now for our Beach themed 80’s and 90’s disco


Friday 31st august – 8.30pm – 10.30pm – Millennium Forum


Free raffle – come along and don’t forget your beach hats & sunglasses



16  Have you pounds ‘a round’ to cash in?


The Consumer Council is encouraging consumers to check their homes for old round £1 coins, following the announcement that 169 million of the coins remain unreturned.


Round £1 coins were replaced by the 12-sided, two-tone version in March last year, and round coins ceased being legal tender from October 2017. However, round coins can still be swapped at banks. The Royal Mint confirmed this week that some 169 million coins have not been returned.

Philippa McKeown-Brown, Head of Consumer Empowerment and Protection at The Consumer Council, said: “Check your piggy-banks and money jars for round £1 coins. Although no longer legal tender, these coins can still be exchanged at your bank for the new version.”


For more information visit www.thenewpoundcoin.com

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