NWCN E-Bulletin 16 October 2019

1 DCSDC Arts & Cultural Grant Aid programmes now open
2 Apply For A British Science Week Community Grant!
3 FREE Equipment and Training for Sports Clubs
4 Dormant Accounts Fund Update
5 Mental Health Action Plan Consultation Workshops
6 A Fair Deal for Derry?
7 Managing Mental Health In The Workplace
8 New “Make Art and Feel Good” Projects starting soon in Derry and Strabane
9 Ulster-Scots Language Week at DCSDC
10 Job Opportunity with The CLEAR Project
11 Job Opportunity with Zest
12 Job & Tender Opportunity with The Playhouse
13 Voluntary post available with CAJ
14 Blogging Inspiration Session
15 Coming up at Eden Place Arts Centre
16 Christmas Market at DiverseCity Community Partnership

1 DCSDC Arts & Cultural Grant Aid programmes now open

Derry and Strabane Council are calling on groups in the city and district to apply to their ‘Arts & Cultural Grant Aid programmes’.

Groups are being encouraged to apply for ‘Grant Aid’ from the Cultural Organisations Fund, Headline Events (formerly Tier 2 Festivals) Fund, Community Festivals Fund, Access Programme for Cultural Venues and the Heritage Animation, Artist and Cultural Practitioner Award Application Form and Visitor Servicing Programme Fund.

All Grant Aid programmes operate on a competitive scheme basis and applications will be determined on the basis of merit.

Our grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit the city and district.

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 15th November 2019

For further information visit: 
2 Apply For A British Science Week Community Grant!

Do you run, or are you part of, a community group that works with audiences who are traditionally under-represented or not engaged in science? You may be eligible for a British Science Week community grant!

We’re offering grants of up to £1,000 to community groups to run their own activities over British Science Week (6–15 March 2020), helping support and empower groups of people who may not typically engage with science.

Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes: 
  • people from ethnic minorities 
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income 
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment 
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people 
  • girls and women. 
If you’re looking for inspiration why not check out our case studies page on how previous recipients have used the grant? https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/support-us/community-grant-case-studies/

Applications close on: Monday 11 November 2019 at 17.00. Find out more
and apply online at: www.britishscienceweek.org/grants


 FREE Equipment and Training for Sports Clubs

The CLEAR Project, in conjunction with the Public Health Agency, are offering constituted, voluntary sector sports clubs in the Western Trust area the opportunity to avail of training which will help them support their members and get £300 worth of relevant sports equipment for the club.

In order to receive this aid Clubs must:

  • Be a constituted voluntary sector sports clubs and enclose copy of this document and a list of committee members;
  • Have a bank or building society account in the name of the club;
  • Be appropriately insured or prepared to obtain appropriate insurance if awarded;
  • Enclose the most recent annual accounts or statement of income and expenditure which must be approved and signed by an office-holder;
  • Operate within the Western Trust area;
  • Have a significant impact upon or involvement from their local community;
  • Have a minimum of five members1 attend SafeTALK training. Please note: This must be 5 members who have not previously attended safeTALK; 
  • Attendance at Mental Health First Aid training; (Optional)

Equipment requested should help the club develop activities that meet the needs of the local community and support the delivery of the Five Ways to Well Being, simple steps to improve your mental health through the themes of ‘Connect’, ‘Be active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning’ and ‘Give’.

Clubs will be asked to seek out a quote for the equipment, pay the chosen supplier directly and then submit original invoices relating to the purchase of the equipment to claim back the finance.  If the Club does not have the finances, then requests for advance payment will be considered on a case by case basis.  

1who have a significant input in / involvement / role with the club

Any relevant club within the Western Trust area can apply for the funding however preference will be given to:

  • Groups operating in the top 20% most disadvantaged Super output areas.
  • Those with lower capacity.

Please note: Funding award will not be released until members have completed safeTALK training; All training must be completed by Tuesday 4th February 2020.

To apply, please read all of the documentation below and complete the application or also available to download from our website 

  1. Sports Grant Flyer 
  2. Application form 
  3. MHFA Flyer with dates 
  4. Process for purchase of Sports Equipment 
  5. safeTALK Flyer with dates 
  6. List SOA’s 
  7. Take 5 Flyer 
  8. Sports Coaches – Booking form 

Closing date Thursday 7th November 2019 at 12 Noon


4 Dormant Accounts Fund Update

Under Section 22 of the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008, we will distribute money under direction from the Department of Finance to increase capacity, resilience and sustainability in the Northern Ireland Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector.

These funds are not derived from National Lottery activity.

To ensure this funding has maximum impact in communities across Northern Ireland, we are now consulting with the sector, with a view to opening the fund in early 2020.

What are we consulting on?
Based on the 
policy directions, we have developed this consultation framework. We are asking you to review this framework and tell us what you think.

How can I respond?
There are several ways you can get involved:

Review the framework and share your views, thoughts and comments – send them to us at dormantaccountsni@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Come along to one of our events – To book a place, email us at least one week before your preferred event.

Please let us know if you have any specific access or dietary requirements.

  • Belfast, Mossley Mill – 13th November – 9.30-1.30
  • Enniskillen, Killyhevlin Hotel - 27th November - 9.30-1.30
  • Craigavon, Civic Centre – 2nd December – 12.30-4.30
  • Derry-Londonderry, Guildhall – 12th December – 9.30-1.30

You can also organise your own roundtable event and invite people from your area or sector together. We can come along to facilitate the discussions so drop us an email
to let us know your event details.

If you have any other comments or questions then contact us on the above email address.


5 Mental Health Action Plan Consultation Workshops

Inspire Wellbeing, Action Mental Health, the Patient Client Council and the Department of Health are hosting a series of consultation workshops relating to the Department's upcoming mental health action plan.

The free-to-attend workshops offer the opportunity to learn more about how the plan is developing and have your say on emerging themes and areas of focus. These sessions are aimed at voluntary and community sector organisations interested in mental health and wellbeing.

The consultation workshops will take place as follows:
• City Hotel, L'Derry, 21st October, 10.00am-1.00pm
• The Junction, Dungannon, 24th October, 10.00am-1.30pm
• Lombard House, Lombard Street, Belfast, 25th October, 1.00pm-4.30pm

If you wish to book a place, please contact L.McCarthy@inspirewellbeing.org and specify the date you wish to come along. Please also confirm your organisation and the names of those who will be attending. Lunch will be provided at these events.


6 A Fair Deal for Derry?

What does Derry and the North West need to prosper? Join our expert panel and give your views.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019
19:00 – 21:30 
The Playhouse

For decades we have heard about the need to invest and connect the North-West. But how do we deliver on this promise and ensure that we help build a more prosperous city that can creates good jobs and improves the lives of all of its people. This Slugger O'Toole event will examine the challenges and the opportunities that face this part of the island.


More to be confirmed...
In Association with 
Queen's University Belfast.


 7  Managing Mental Health In The Workplace

A ½ day training workshop for managers/supervisors

You will learn:

  • The importance of, and strategies for, promoting mental health in the workplace
  • The impact of attitudes to mental health / mental ill-health on productivity
  • What influences mental health inside and outside the workplace 
  • The role and responsibility of an employer / manager in supporting staff with mental ill-health
  • Guidance on approaching and responding to staff who may have poor mental health or be experiencing mental illness
  • Where to signpost for appropriate professional help
  • How to look after your own mental health 

(Please note it will be expected that participants attending the workshop already have a basic understanding and knowledge of mental health through, for example, attending a mental health first aid course or mental health introduction session)
Venue: Waterfoot Hotel, Derry/Londonderry
Date: Tuesday 29th October 2019
Time: 9.15am registration/tea/coffee/scones
9.30am – 1pm (lunch not provided)
Cost: £80 per person

Venue: Station Centre Omagh
Date: Tuesday 5th November 2019
Time: 9.15am registration/tea/coffee/scones
9.30am – 1pm (lunch not provided)
Cost: £80 per person

To book your place complete the 
booking form and email to info@dhcni.com, your place will be confirmed upon issue of invoice and receipt of payment


8 New “Make Art and Feel Good” Projects starting soon in Derry and Strabane

They say everyone has a book in them... or maybe you are a budding Picasso? Or the next Ed Sheeran or Banksy? Or maybe you're that undiscovered talent waiting for the spotlight?.. Then maybe you just want to meet new people and share a story..... well a new project can start you on that creative road. Two free 10 session projects will be starting; one in Derry, based in Studio 2 Arts Centre, on a Tuesday morning and in Strabane, based at the Strabane Health Improvement Project, on a Friday morning. These projects are supported by the Clear Project, the Public Health Agency and the Arts Council NI. 

Project promoters Greater Shantallow Community Arts, with their “Arts In Mind” programme, believe that everyone can benefit from participation in creative activities. As a group you decide what your want to learn and we will provide the tutors, equipment and materials to make it happen. All we need is 2 groups of 15 men and a room and then together we can make the creative magic take place.

Whether you have an interest in art, or not, you can benefit from our ’Art for Well-being’ programme. We are looking for 2 groups of 15 men (over 30 years of age) to get involved in an exciting new project where you can learn new skills, make art and have a great time for 10 weeks starting in later this month. The groups will get to try out new arty stuff and meet other people, have a cuppa, share a story or just have a chat or maybe a giggle or two. Artistic activities are agreed from a creative menu and delivered by professional artists and facilitators. This is a wonderful chance to learn, share and experience an exciting 10 sessions of making stuff. Starting this month “Arts in Minds” believe that creativity is fundamental to a fulfilled life and contributes towards good positive mental health and we want you to be part of this.

Our programme will provide groups with the tools of self-expression in order to enrich their experience of life. By providing a safe space and a supportive ’group’ ethos, individuals are encouraged to flourish and build self esteem and confidence by making art and sharing their story with likeminded others. This project encourages exploration of different artforms in order to identify ways in which individuals can best express themselves. Come and enjoy the sessions and use your art tell your story.... only 15 places available in both venues and did we say....it is all free... Interested? Don't delay as places are limited.

For more details contact: 
Greater Shantallow Community Arts; 
info@gscaderry.com or phone 028 7135 8750


  • Jarlath at Strabane Health Improvement Project phone: 028 7138 3557
  • Fionnula and Lisa at JobDirectionsNI phone: 028 7188 3662   
  • Damien Gavigan at Lisnafin and Ardnalee Trust phone: 028 7188 0658 


9  Ulster-Scots Language Week at DCSDC
Derry City and Strabane District Council will be participating in the first Ulster-Scots Language Week which runs from the 25th – 30th November 2019.
This is an exciting new initiative being led by the Ulster-Scots Agency to promote awareness and appreciation of the Ulster-Scots language.
The Council is currently in the process of collating information from groups and organisations throughout the Council area who may be running events during Ulster-Scots Language Week for inclusion in our calendar of events. If you would like to register your event for inclusion in the local Council calendar please submit all relevant information to 
 by Friday 15th November 2019 at 12pm including where possible the following information:

  • Title of event
  • Event description
  • Date and time
  • Venue
  • Organiser name and contact details
  • Disabled Access (Yes/No). If you would like guidance in relation to this area please request our ‘Code of Practice for Organising Accessible Meetings and Events’.
  • Website and URLS for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram 

If you would like to find out more information about the wider Ulster-Scots Language Week initiative please get in touch with the Ulster Scots Agency: T: 028 9023 1113, info@ulsterscotsagency.org.uk


10 Job Opportunity with The CLEAR Project

The CLEAR Project, which is part of Developing Healthy Communities (DHC) Ltd. is a capacity building project for community and voluntary sector organisations working in the field of Suicide, Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol. DHC wish to recruit a part-time Admin / Finance Assistantto support the needs of the CLEAR Project.

Applicants will have 4 GCSE’s (or Equivalent) at grades A* - C including English and Maths, 1 years’ experience of providing administrative and finance support and ECDL or equivalent.

We are looking for a dedicated individual who through strong administrative and organisation skills will support the CLEAR Project Manager and wider CLEAR Project team.

An application form, detailed job description & specification are available from 

Closing Date for the above post is 12pm (noon) on Monday 21st October 2019


11 Job Opportunity with Zest

Zest - Healing The Hurt

Closing date: Friday / 18 October 2019 12:00pm

Job Role: Fundraising
Salary: £21k pro rata
Hours per week: 16.00

Zest Healing the Hurt a mental health charity supporting those living through Self-Harm and Suicide are recruiting for a Fundraiser to support our activities.

For full job pack please email careers@zestni.co.uk


12 Job & Tender Opportunity with The Playhouse

Community Relations Coordinator

Salary: £25,000 pro rata. Hours: 20 hours per week. Contract: Job Share until March 2021, with the possibility of extension.

The Community Relations Coordinator is a full time role, and will be job shared with an existing Playhouse employee. The role is to be responsible for the co-ordination of The Playhouse’s Community Relations Programme, and is supported by the Community Relations Council. For more information and to download an job description and personnel specification, go to www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/content/vacancies/27

To apply, please send your CV and a Cover Letter of no more than two A4 sides outlining how you feel you meet the job description and personnel specification to: Interim CEO, The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6RG, or email max@derryplayhouse.com.

Deadline for applications Wednesday 23 October at 4pm.


TENDER- Socially Engaged Artist

Our Theatre Peacebuilding Academy is seeking applications for a Socially Engaged Artist. The tender is open to individuals from Northern Ireland & the Border Counties who are practicing in any art form e.g. theatre, film, art, music etc.) The selected Local Artist will work with communities and people most affected by The Northern Ireland Troubles. The Theatre and Peace Building Academy is particularly interested in addressing historical events within Northern Ireland’s and the Border Counties’ fractured and divided communities including bombings, shootings, paramilitary activity, and allegations of collusion by State bodies. 

The selected Local Artists will work closely with, and be mentored by International Artist Damian Gorman. The aim is to develop meaningful creative collaboration which aids the delivery and impact of quality Arts & Peace Building work, as well as enhancing the Local Artists’ creative practice.

Deadline:12 noon GMT, 1st November 2019.
Full Tender specification available at 

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


13 Voluntary post available with CAJ

We are currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to help support our volunteers. This is a voluntary, part-time role suitable for an empathetic person with excellent communications skills and a strong interest in human rights. 

This post is an excellent fit for someone who wishes to gain experience in coordinating other team members. The successful applicant will be asked to donate approximately two days per month to CAJ.

Full details available on the CAJ website: http://bit.ly/2IH7HZj

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2019.

14 Blogging Inspiration Session

Derry Central Library presents Blogging Inspiration Session
With special guests
Dr Ava Eagle Brown and Patience Bradley

Thursday 17th October
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Booking essential: 

 to book your place

028 7122 9990 / derrycentral.library@librariesni.org.uk

15 Coming up at Eden Place Arts Centre

For The Love of Mary Exhibition by Mel Bradley
Launch on Friday 18th October @ 7pm

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award, For The Love of Mary is a project that examines the relationship between Marian Iconography, the grotto shrine culture and the position of women in Ireland. 

Looking closely at the Virgin Mary and the ideals prescribed to her, this exhibition details the stories gathered through conversations with women around their experiences of this figure that is so prevalent in Irish culture.

For The Love of Mary is an exhibition that maps the journey to finding the Virgin Mary through these conversational stories.  It will include an interactive shrine, a video installation, spoken word and poetry pieces as well as the interview/conversations as a series of podcasts that are available to listen, both online and as part of the exhibition. On set days throughout the duration of the exhibition there will be single performances of a piece from the collection that has been written in response to the experiences shared.

Click here to see information on upcoming Christmas Workshops

16 Christmas Market at DiverseCity Community Partnership

DCCP - Holywell Trust, Bishop Street, Derry
Presents A Christmas Market

Gifts, Crafts, Cakes, Tea & Coffee

Free entry
Table £10

Saturday 9th November
11am - 3pm

For more information ring Catriona 07972 040236 OR Vivienne 07548 253125


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