NWCN E-bulletin 16 November 2017


1  Aviva Community Fund - Local groups need your votes!

2 Grow Wild Community Project funding 2018

3 Preparing for Universal Credit - Strabane/Lisnagelvin/Foyle

4 Help & Support for Universal Credit

5 BrexitLawNI Townhall Event at Magee

6 Brexit & Ireland: An Evening with Tony Connelly - 21st Nov 17

7 Women's Coffee & Chat event in Strabane - Rural & Brexit

8 Upcoming with Towards Understanding & Healing

9 30 Years of Erasmus+ & International Youth Work - Join the Celebrations

10 Get Started in Hair and Make-up

11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

12 Environmental Conference 

13 Q & A with Loughinisland Campaign

14 Positive Living Programme

15 Conflict resolution and mediation skills course

16 Communities United: Family Fun Day - 25 November 2017

17 The Playhouse invites tenders for: “Theatre Facilitators”

18 FWIN Christmas Appeal 2017

19 Bike Fit Monthly Family Cycle!

20 Launch of New Action on Hearing Loss Office

21 North West Tandem Club  - can you spare 1 hour to help? Friday 17th November

22  Dementia/Autism Friendly Panto performance

23  Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement

24  STRATA Exhibition

25  Ireland’s role in First World War remembered at Centenary Wood




1  Aviva Community Fund - Local groups need your votes!


Three local groups that we know of so far are seeking your votes, if you know of another group that would like to be included do please let us know!

  • Glenshane Care Association - Glenshane Care's Health Matters

This a health and wellbeing project to be based at Glenshane Care Centre which will primarily facilitate adults who have disabilities, plus their carers, to participate in various opportunities such as training, social and/or educational activities, which are related to all aspects of improved physical and mental health. The project also aims to engage the wider community through provision of activities which are inclusive, regardless of background and ability. 




  • R.E.A.C.H Across - S.T.A.I.R (Schools Together And Integ. Recreation)

The S.T.A.I.R Project (Schools Together and Integrated Recreation) is a chance for local schools to work together by planning, organising and hosting a shared Fun Day consisting of land and water activities. The project will promote a working collaboration between the community sector (REACH Across staff), education sector (teachers) and leadership teams within the respective schools, for the benefit of junior year groups (12 - 14yr olds).


  • Foyle Women's Aid - Camp Hope

Camp Hope is a project aimed at children & young people affected by domestic and sexual violence which will address these issues through outdoor activities designed to increase self-esteem and resilience. With the help of this funding we would like to deliver a service that promotes the physical health and emotional wellbeing of each individual young person.




*Voting closes 21/11/17*


2 Grow Wild Community Project funding 2018


Have you got a ridiculously exciting idea for a project that brings people together through activities that connect their community and celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi?

Grow Wild is awarding funding of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups and projects that:

  • Stand out from the crowd - think something creative, or even better something that hasn’t been done before!
  • Focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi, highlighting the importance of these species for the environment, and for quality of life.
  • Will engage one or more of these groups:      Young people aged 12-18
        Students and young people aged 18-25
        People living in urban areas
        People experiencing hardship and reduced access to services
        Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities
  • Will encourage large scale community involvement, ideally in the hundreds!
  • Will deliver the project in a space or location that is accessible to the general public i.e. is not in a restricted or controlled area

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • A voluntary, youth or community group, which is constituted, not-for-profit or charitable. In particular:

              Youth groups.
              Secondary schools.
              Parish, town and community councils.
              Health authorities, health boards and prisons.

  • A group that is able to deliver and be financially responsible for a community project.
  • A group that holds a bank account in the name of their group and can show evidence of this to Grow Wild.

Unfortunately, the following groups are not eligible to apply:

  • Local authorities
  • Primary schools
  • Organisations with a commercial focus and where Grow Wild funds may be directly involved with commercial activities.Groups previously funded by Grow Wild during 2014-17

But you can team up to support a group that is eligible in delivering their project! 


So, what happens next?

  • Download the guidance document for everything you need to know about the process of applying for Grow Wild community project funding. Please read it all the way through, as there may be additional aspects you will need to take into account.
  • If your group or organisation is eligible, you will need to contact your local Grow Wild Engagement Manager to discuss your proposal and request the online application form. See page 5 of the guidance document for their contact details.
  • Applications must be submitted by midday on 15 January 2018
  • Grow Wild then assesses all applications, identifying a shortlist that is reviewed by an expert panel early 2018. You will be notified by 27 February 2018 if your group or organisation has not been shortlisted.
  • All shortlisted applicants will be notified if they have been awarded funding by 23 February 2018.
  • Projects will begin delivery in March 2018 and will be required to finish by October 2018. Once your project starts you will be visited by your local Grow Wild Engagement Manager.



3   Preparing for Universal Credit - Strabane/Lisnagelvin/Foyle


Welfare Changes – Universal Credit Briefing Session


You are invited to an event on ‘Preparing for Universal Credit’ in the Strabane, Lisnagelvin and Foyle area


This session follows an introductory presentation delivered in September 2017. The session will provide important information for those who may be working with Universal Credit claimants in the Strabane, Lisnagelvin and Foyle area, including information on the introduction of Universal Credit, support for claimants, the payment timeline, Universal Credit Advances and sanctions. There will also be a short presentation on the Department of Finance’s Rate Replacement scheme. 


This event is designed for those who work locally with claimants in the Strabane, Lisnagelvin and Foyle area.


Briefing Session Details

Date: Thursday 30 November 2017

Time: Registration 9.45am for 10am start

Venue: City Hotel, Queens Quay, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7AS


The event is expected to last about 3 hours.


Please confirm your attendance by return email to

WelfareChanges@communities-ni.gov.uk by Fri 24 November 2017.

Please advise if you have any special requirements.


4 Help & Support for Universal Credit


Do you need support getting online to your new Universal Credit account?
Supporting Communities can help.

Come along to our FREE training session to show you how to use the system, access your emails etc.

When? Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 10 am to 12 noon

Where? Roe Valley Community Association, 13-14 Keady Way, Limavady.

Limited spaces available.

Contact - Anita Doonan
Digital Inclusion Officer to register
anita@supportingcommunities.org 028 66329677


5 BrexitLawNI Townhall Event at Magee


Brexit Townhall

Great Hall, Magee Campus, Ulster University

December 7th, 1.00-2.30

RSVP at Get Invited


Welcome at 1.00 by the Provost of Magee, Dr Malachy Ó Neill


How will Brexit affect you? What are your priorities? Brexit will affect Northern Ireland more so than anywhere else: how should we shape a Brexit suited to our particular circumstances?

This Townhall will gather evidence about Brexit and consider possible solutions, as part of the BrexitLawNI project. Brexit has an impact on the Border and cross-border migration on the island of Ireland; it has implications for North South relations and the peace process; and exit from the European Union will also have repercussions for socioeconomics rights, equality and broader human rights protections.


Researchers from the BrexitLawNI project will discuss the background and outline some of the key issues and concerns. Views from the audience will be invited on all these and there will be an opportunity to identify possible solutions.


We welcome all participants potentially affected by Brexit, including public representatives, civil society, trade unions, workers, migrants, and employers.


This is a collaborative ESRC-funded research project between the Law Schools of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University and the region’s leading human rights organisation, the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ). The project will examine the constitutional, conflict transformation, human rights and equality consequences of Brexit and specifically six themes: the peace process, North/South relations, the border and free movement, xenophobia and racism, socioeconomic rights, human rights and equality.


For more on the BrexitLawNI project visit:
https://brexitlawni.org/ or follow @BrexitLawNI on twitter or like on facebook!


6 Brexit & Ireland: An Evening with Tony Connelly - 21st Nov 17


Holywell Trust will host a discussion on Brexit featuring Derry author and RTE’s Europe and Current Affairs editor Tony Connelly.


The event, entitled "Brexit & Ireland - An Evening with Tony Connelly" - will be held at the Holywell Trust on Tuesday next,  21 November at 6.30pm. It been organised to coincide with the launch of Tony’s new book “Brexit and Ireland: The Dangers, the Opportunities, and the Inside Story of the Irish Response.”


Gerard Deane from the Holywell Trust speaking ahead of the event says the Trust is delighted to host the event and to give the Derry public an opportunity to be part of a discussion on the complex issue of Brexit and the impact it will have on the North West region of Ireland.


He said: "We are very pleased that Tony has agreed to give this talk on what is a very important topic for people in the North West. As the European Affairs editor for RTE and having lived in both Derry and Brussels, Tony is in a very good position to give us a unique insight into some of the issues faced by our region as a result of Brexit.

“We are delighted that he has taken time out of his busy schedule to travel to his home town to take part in the discussion and to give us an overview of his experience and an insight into how Brexit may impact Ireland and in particular the Derry/Strabane/ Donegal region."


The discussion event will be chaired by Eamonn Deane and will feature a Questions and Answer Session. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to purchase signed copies of the book.


Members of the public interested in attending the event are urged to register in advance to assist with catering arrangements as a buffet meal will be served from 6.30pm. To register email hello@holywelltrust.com or Tel. 028 7126 1941.


The event is part of the Holywell Trust’s Good Relations Programme supported through The Executive Office’s Central Good Relations Fund.



 7 Women's Coffee & Chat event in Strabane - Rural & Brexit


The Women’s Regional Consortium & NWCN in conjunction with NIRWIN invites you for a cuppa and a chat.

We would like to hear your views on BREXIT and key issues affecting women in Rural Areas.

Date: Wednesday 6th December
Time: 11am – 1.00pm
Venue: Melvin Sports Complex, Strabane, BT82 9PP
Festive treats will be served…
To book your place please contact Mary on:
marydeery@womencentre.co.uk /
028 7126 7672
Or Neola on:

info@nwcn.org  / 028 7127 9090
* If transport is an issue for attending this event please do contact us*
Supported by Halifax Foundation for NI


8 Upcoming with Towards Understanding & Healing


Job Re-advertisement


Valued Voices supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body (SEUPB).

Towards Understanding and Healing: Valued Voices Job Opportunity
Towards Understanding and Healing: Valued Voices welcomes applications for the post of Part-time Administrator. For a Job Application Pack please contact:
Eamonn Baker
Towards Understanding and Healing: Valued Voices
DiverseCity Community Partnership
8-14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW
Tel. (028) 71261941

The deadline for completed applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 22nd November 2017. 

  • Valued Voices Launch

Launch of SEUPB/Peace 4 funded project Valued Voices in association with Derry City and Strabane District Council

 11am  November 29th followed by light lunch

Venue: Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership
10-12 Bishop Street 

Guest speakers:
Hazel Deeney, Martin Mc ConnellogueProfessor Siobhan O'Neill, 

RSVP: Eamonn Baker, email: eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org 
Or phone 02871 261941


  • Testimony event with Paddy Armstrong of The Gilford Four 

Towards Understanding and Healing have organized a Testimony event with Paddy Armstrong of the Guildford Four and Mary Elaine Tynan at Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry-Doire.

Friday December 1st 2017, 7.30 pm

Places are available by contacting Amanda on 028 7126 1941 or by emailing 


  • Resilience and Forgiveness event

Monday December 4th 2017
10am til 12

Venue:  Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership
8-14 Bishop St.

With Maureen Wilkinson, Seamus Farrell and Archdeacon Robert Miller.

An initial non-judgemental exploration of possibilities.

To book a place please contact Eamonn Baker at 
eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org or phone 02871 261941

These events are all made possible by the support of SEUPB Peace IV and DCSDC


 30 Years of Erasmus+ & International Youth Work - Join the Celebrations


Book Your Stall!  - 'Market Place' Celebration Event


Celebrating 30 Years of Erasmus+ & International Youth Work Practice


Everglades Hotel,


Friday 8th December 2017


Join the rest of the Youth Work World as LID+ with the support of YouthActionNI, Education Authority, Boys & Girls Clubs Northern Ireland and EUROPE Direct Information Centre – Northern Ireland invite you to exhibit your work at: 

'Market Place'


An interactive celebration event that will not only mark the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+, 'Market Place' also provides an opportunity for local groups to exhibit and promote models of practice (past and present) that have been developed within and/or for the International Youth Work Sector.


We have a few remaining spaces for organisations to erect a stall to showcase the work they have been involved in currently or down through the years. 


Claim Your Space now!


This will be an opportunity for groups from across Northern Ireland (and the rest of the UK) that have been involved in International Youth Work over the decades to showcase and promote their work to a wide audience including young people, youth workers, trainers, policy makers, educators and academics. 


We will also have International Practice on display from countries including Portugal, Belgium, Slovenia, Greece and Norway.  There will be a number of events that will run in parallel with 'Market Place' including 'Monumental Moments', 'Human Library and 'Practice Workshops'.  Come along and celebrate with us.


For a full 'Market Place' Brochure click here


Whether it has been a youth exchange or job shadow, study visit or EVS, perhaps even a training programme, seminar or conference, if you have been involved in any of these or similar within an international setting at any time over the last 30 years, we would like to hear from you.  This event is an open invitation to the entire youth work community across the UK.


If you or your organisation are interested in being part of this programme please send an e-mail to thelidprogramme@hotmail.com


For more information on The LID Programme click here and 'LID+' click here.


For all information on the Erasmus+ Programme click here.  If you'd like some Erasmus+ literature please click here.  


10 Get Started in Hair and Make-up


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

Not only will it boost your confidence and employability, but you’ll also have the chance to benefit from the support of one our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

  • Doesn't affect your benefits
  • travel expenses paid on programme
  • Up to 3 months mentor support upon completion of programme

Monday 4th December to Friday 8th December 2017
Taster: Tuesday 28th November

To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07484901934 or email christopher.mcdonagh@princes-trust.org.uk.


11  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Strategies for Digital Youth Work

Seminar / Conference

12 - 16 February 2018 | Lappeenranta, Finland

The aim of the Strategies for Digital Youth Work seminar is to raise awareness of how digitalisation is shaping the societies, including its impact on youth work and on young people.

Organizer: Finnish Agency for Education (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 3 December 2017

See details


"In and Out" Training course on emotional dimension of young people in and after imprisonment

Training Course

4 - 10 February 2018 | Latvia

Activity aims at giving opportunity for staff members of closed institutions, probation centres and NGOs to explore how non-formal methods can support the work with emotional dimension of young people and to develop cooperation and concrete initiatives.

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): 10 December 2017

See details


Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop

Training Course

11 - 16 February 2018 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop is the activity for youth leaders from all over the world who would like to develop their entrepreneurial skills and apply learning outcomes in their professional work in their organizations!

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): 28 December 2017

See details


Like a Boss! Making Erasmus+ work for you. A Training for Senior Managers

Training Course

27 February - 2 March 2018 | Dublin, Ireland

This training is for CEOs and senior youth work staff to support them to integrate international youth work opportunities into their organisational plans and strategies. The event also aims to develop leadership and dialogue skills.

Organizer: Léargas (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 8 January 2018

See details


The Art of Dialogue Training

Training Course

24 - 28 March 2018 | Vienna, Austria

The aim of the training is to support participants in getting a better understanding and useful analytical tools to analyse their local, regional and national realities when it comes to youth participation and the Structured Dialogue.

Organizer: NA Austria - Interkulturelles Zentrum (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 January 2018

See details


COMETS – Understanding and facilitating individual and group learning processes

Training Course

2 - 8 May 2018 | Vienna, Austria

Training for Trainers on ‘Understanding and facilitating individual and group learning processes’ based on the ETS competence model for trainers working at international level.

Organizer: INTERKULTURELLES ZENTRUM (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 1 February 2018

See details


The Difference Between 3rd Edition

Training Course

5 - 11 March 2018 | Hollókő, Hungary

In our everyday communication we have a different impact with people. How would your working performance benefit if you could create the impact you aim for? What if you start communicating more effectively and creating better connection with others?

Organizer: Egyesek Youth Association (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): 15 February 2018

See details


Quality Matters II. A cross sectoral approach to mobility projects within Erasmus+ programme

Training Course

5 - 8 June 2018 | Konstancin Jeziorna, Poland

Successful implementation of mobility depends on aspects like management, mentoring, risk prevention, encouraging participants to be active and self-aware of the learning process. That is why PL NA organises training Quality Matters.

Organizer: National Agency of the Erasmus+ (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 February 2018

See details


Call for Trainers

“Embracing Diversity”- Training course on diversity management

Application deadline: 26th of November 2017

Online version        


12 Environmental Conference 


18th November 2017, 1.00pm – 5.00pm, St Columb's Park House


1:00 PM –Welcome and Registration

1:30 PM –3:00PM


 Introductions from all campaign groups (2 min limit)


Presentations by:

“Stop the Drill” – running a successful campaign. (15min max)

Fiona Joyce and Majella McCarron will talk about the tactics their group used to successfully drive legislative change in the planning regulations around exploratory drilling for hydrocarbons.


“Save Our Sperrins” briefing on their campaign to date. (15min max)

Greencastle Voices/SOS will present on their local community’s ongoing campaign against gold mining in the Sperrins.


“Prehen Historical and Environment Society” Experiences with planning. (15mins max)

George McLaughlin will share his group’s experiences on engaging with the planning system in attempting to protect Prehen ancient woodland.



3:30 PM- 5:00PM


River Faughan Anglers (15mins max)

Dean Blackwood will speak on systemic failures of planning and environmental regulation impacting the River Faughan, including the Mobuoy Illegal Landfill Site, Derry.(15 mins max)


Eamonn McCann – the need for a public inquiry (15 mins max)


Questions and Answer Panel


 A final Brainstorming on “Where to from here??” and identifying support needed etc


To register for the event or for further information, please Mary McGuiggan by email marymcguiggan@btinternet.com or text 07871902584 or message on my landline 71810626


13   Q & A with Loughinisland Campaign


No Stone Unturned is a powerful, profoundly disturbing documentary” - The Irish News

Question & Answer panel with:

  • Emma Rogan-daughter of Adrian Rogan
  • Niall Murphy-KRW Law
  • Barry McCaffrey-Journalist
  • Trevor Birney-Producer of No Stone Unturned

3 PM Saturday, 25 November
At Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
Gt James St, Derry

Organized by the Pat Finucane Centre
(NOT a film screening)

For further information: 02871 268846 / 


14  Positive Living Programme


A Life Coaching Programme for People Affected by Cancer


Date: 20/21 January 2018, 9.15-4.15pm

Venue: Everglades hotel, Derry/L’Derry
To book a place contact Mary on 078 1304 4178 or call Action Cancer on 02890 803344 (


Supported by the Public Health Agency through the CLEAR Project


15 Conflict resolution and mediation skills course

Accredited Conflict Management and Mediation Skills Workshop.
Northern Ireland Open College Network (Level 1 – 1 Credit)
Venue:  Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT 48 7ER.    
Dates:   28 November 2017
 Time     9.30am – 4.30pm
 Cost:    £100.00 (includes Sandwich Lunch, NIOCN registration fee and course workbook)         
Who for?
This course is designed for Solicitors, Police Officers, Social Workers, Probation Officers, Human Resource School Teachers, Good Relations Officers, Project Officers, Health Officers, Care Workers and facilitators who work in group settings
Workshop Aims

  • To introduce participants to the principles of Conflict Management and the use of Mediation as tool for resolving conflict.
  • Explain to participants that Mediation is a process, which helps people in dispute to have a difficult conversation with each other that enables them to work through their issues and hopefully reach an agreeable outcome.
  • To give participants an overview of the Learning Outcomes for the course and explain the Northern Ireland Open College Network Accreditation procedure.


  • At the end of the Workshop the participants will be able to: -
  • Identify different ways people deal with conflict
  • Be aware of the skills of a mediator
  • Have an understanding of how mediation works in practice
  • Help disputing parties create their own agreements
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of co-mediation 

(This course may qualify for 5 CDP points under self-notification)
Please contact Michael Doherty for further information or to book:
Tel: 02871 365636 ex 229
Mob: 07714494258


16 Communities United: Family Fun Day - 25 November 2017


An intercultural family fun day with lots of fun for all ages. Includes activities such as, swimming, climbing, face painting, intercultural arts, craft, games and food completely free of charge! 

A chance to spend time with other families from different backgrounds in an indoor setting, have some fun and make new friends! 

Who; Families of all backgrounds 
When; Saturday 25th of November 2017

Where; Foyle Arena (2 Limavady Road Derry BT47 6JY)

Time; 2pm -6pm

To sign up please fill in a registration form which can be downloaded here (
Booking form_Family fun day): or email, events@nwmf.org.uk to request a registration form.
Tel; 0287 126 8748 or 0788 020 7223

IMPORTANT Information: Communities United Family fun day is open to families and children of all ages and abilities. However, to ensure that everyone at the event is catered for and enjoy the event registration is essential. For health and safely reasons parents are required to be responsible of their children. At least, one parent is required to attend the same activity of their own child or children.


17 The Playhouse invites tenders for: “Theatre Facilitators”


Tender Fee:  €25,500 Approx.


The Playhouse is seeking tenders from “Theatre Facilitators” for its Theatre Peace Building Project funded by EU Peace 4 that will work in partnership with Holywell Trust, Thomas D’Arcy Foundation and Queens University.  The project will use Theatre as a tool to explore truth recovery, peace building & community relations issues in a safe, accessible environment. The project will target those people and communities most affected by the conflict, including representatives from interface & segregated areas, historical atrocities and victims & survivors who were significantly involved/impacted upon.


Tender Specification is available to download from www.derryplayhouse.co.uk  under the heading “About”, or from info@derryplayhouse.co.uk  To apply please send your CV and Tender Specification response (see Selection Criteria and Weighting) to:


CEO, The Playhouse, Artillery Street, Derry/ Londonderry, BT48 6RG  Tel - (028) 71 268027

Or email Email: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk


Closing Date for Applications: Monday 4th December 2017, 12noon


The Playhouse is an Equal Opportunities Employer

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


18 FWIN Christmas Appeal 2017

FWIN’s Launches Christmas Appeal for Local Families
As the run in to Christmas begins FWIN are once again asking people to remember the local families who are struggling at this time.
We are asking people to buy an extra present when Christmas shopping this year for families in need, for children aged 0 - 16 years. You can drop in a single item, wrapped or unwrapped  (stating clearly if it is for a boy or girl and what age group if it's wrapped). If you prefer to drop in a 'shoe box' or gift bag,  this will be fine as long as it is clearly labelled.
FWIN Co-ordinator, Catherine Cooke, said: "For most of us Christmas is a wonderful time of year full of fun and happiness, however for some local families it's a time of struggle and difficulty. 
"We have held Christmas appeals for local families for the last few years and we know just how tough some people are finding things and the drastic need out there for appeals of this nature. 
"In previous years when we've held this appeal we have been astounded by the kindness and generosity of the people of this area."
If you wish to drop in a wrapped gift it is important to label it stating if it is for a boy or girl and what age they are:
0-2yrs                3-5yrs             6-10yrs            
10-12yrs            13-14yrs        15 -16yrs
All gifts can be dropped off at:
The Holywell Building
8 - 14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW
The gifts will be distributed throughout the city and district by local charities. 
For further information contact FWIN on
tel: 028 71 266 291 or email:


19 Bike Fit Monthly Family Cycle!


Join us for the Bike Fit Monthly Family Cycle! This monthly cycle is an inclusive cycle for disabled and non-disabled people with availability of inclusive bikes and fully qualified instructors. This is a perfect Sunday activity for children and families!


Date: November 26 (and the last Sunday of every month)
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Location: Start at the Foyle Arena and end at St. Columb’s Park House.
Cost: Free
Pre-Registration: at the Foyle Arena or St. Columb’s Park House.


For more information, please contact Kieran Coyle at kcoyle@liveactiveni.co.uk or 077 9903 8327.

This monthly inclusive cycle is in collaboration with St. Columb’s Park House’s “Peace in the Park” project funded by The Executive Office, Get Out Get Active and Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Everybody Active Programme.  


20 Launch of New Action on Hearing Loss Office

You are cordially invited to celebrate the launch of the Action on Hearing Loss North West office

When? Wednesday 6 December 2017, 1pm–2.30pm
Where? Embassy Building, 3 Strand Road, L’Derry BT48 7BH

Refreshments, communication support and Christmas cheer will be provided
Please RSVP to
edel.williamson@hearingloss.org.uk or call 028 9023 9619 by 24 November


21 North West Tandem Club  - can you spare 1 hour to help? Friday 17th November


The local cycling club which enables people who are blind or partially sighted to enjoy cycling needs your help. Over the past few years,  more than 20 people living with sight loss have been enabled to cycle regularly on tandem Cycles  thanks to the support of sighted volunteers.  In order to keep our tandems in a safe state of repair, the North West Tandem Club requires funds to pay for puncture repairs and servicing. All club members are volunteers, so all monies raised on our flag days goes directly to the upkeep of the bikes.


If you think this is a charity that you can support, then on behalf of Chairman John Mc Namee, I invite you to join us for even one hour next Friday, 17th November to assist with our bucket collection. We will be collecting outside Supervalu, Guildhall Square and outside the Mc Donald’s entrance to Foyleside between 10.00am and 4.00pm. If you feel that you have one free hour on the 17th, please give Bernie a call on 02871 229551 to book a time slot.


Anyone not in a position to join the collectors is welcome to make a donation to keep the wheels of this great club in motion.


22  Dementia/Autism Friendly Panto performance

Dementia/Autism Friendly performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Waterside Theatre on Friday 8th December at 7.30pm. at Waterside Theatre

To book or for more information contact the Box Office on 028 71314 000 or online @ 


23  Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement

7th - 18th November
Echo Echo Dance Studios, Magazine Street, Derry

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returns for its 5th edition from 7th-18th November with an outstanding programme of dance, movement and physical theatre performances including  members of Moldovan dance group ‘Voices’ leading a series of improvisations in city locations; acclaimed German children’s dance company Mini-a-Tour with their magical work,’ Fallen From the Moon’ for ages 4 and up;  Swedish company Lavadans  presenting a multi-media production addressing  the impact of war specifically on the lives and experiences of children;  Swiss company Junebug will return to Derry with their internationally acclaimed production ‘WICCA’  a celebration of Womanhood and the power of Gentleness; 4 piece band ‘This is How we Fly’ and Sean Nos dancer Sibeal Davitt and Irish step-dancer Kristyn Fontanella present a double bill of music and dance at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin; festival also includes two evenings of Short Works by local and visiting artists created from the Festival Open Call.

Come and see some shows and join us for a packed programme of daily classes and workshops, artist talks,a concert by the fantastic, funky, flavoursome Velvet Alibi, Festival Symposium, and family friendly Dance Picnic!
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24  STRATA Exhibition

Solo Exhibition by Sashka B Sheils

Exhibition from 7th November - 30 November 2017
FREE Admission

Garden of Reflection, Bishop's Street, Derry-Londonderry

Strata are different layers that function to form a barrier to protect and conceal what is underneath.


25  Ireland’s role in First World War remembered at Centenary Wood


A Centenary Wood in the beautiful Faughan Valley was in the spotlight on Saturday (11 November) when Chelsea Pensioners Walter Swan and Eddie Reid took part in a poignant tree-planting ceremony.


The Woodland Trust-owned Brackfield Wood, not far from Derry/Londonderry, is one of just four flagship woods taking shape across the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. 


Local people and visitors rallied to watch the scarlet-coated veterans plant an oak in memory of those who lost lives and loved ones during the war, before making their own tree-planting mark.

Still in its infancy, Brackfield Wood will be home to 40,000 native trees, with swathes of vibrant wildflowers including the iconic poppy. 


The conservation charity aims to create a beautiful, living focal point of remembrance, and a place in which wildlife can thrive.


Patrick Cregg is the Woodland Trust’s director and says: “Brackfield Wood will be a living, lasting and unique tribute to the people of Ireland who played a part in the First World War; it’s estimated that as many as 40,000 lost their lives, with countless others affected. In contrast to the sadness and suffering, this will be a special place of remembrance, right by the banks of the stunning River Faughan.


“We’re grateful to the Chelsea Pensioners, members of the public, and representatives from a range of organisations for joining us today.  The act of tree planting is a simple but poignant and positive gesture. And today, Remembrance Day, it offers an opportunity to remember those who sacrificed so much in the two World Wars and other conflicts.”   


With Brackfield at the core, the Trust has ambitious plans to extend and enhance its Faughan Valley landholding.  New planting, in strategic locations, will link and bolster the precious fragments of ancient woodland that dot the banks of the River Faughan, offering a glorious stretch of woodland for walkers and a continuous corridor for the valley’s wild inhabitants.

The First World War Centenary Woods project is supported by the Trust’s lead partner Sainsbury's. 


Take a closer look at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/fww  


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