NWCN E-bulletin 18 March 2020

1 NWCN Update

2 Coronavirus Community Fund

3 Live Here Love Here - Small Grants

4 2020/2021 Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF)

5 Job Opportunities with Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum

6 Minister announces measures to protect the most vulnerable

7 Personal Independence Payment – Call for evidence

8 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

9 New Website for Maiden City Soccer

10 Step into our 5k a Day Challenge!



1 NWCN Update
The Holywell Building has been closed to the public from Monday until further notice. North West Community Network staff will work remotely and are still contactable on email and phone.  

Stay safe and we will keep in touch with updates via Facebook/Twitter and our E-bulletin.

NWCN have decided to bring the date of our AGM forward. The AGM will now take place on Thursday 19th March 2020 at Clooney Hall Centre at 10:00. Anyone wishing to attend can email
info@nwcn.org to register.

We will keep you updated on our plans for our new logo launch...

We are not going to advertise any planned events on the e-bulletin as in current circumstances most are being cancelled.



2 Coronavirus Community Fund


Who can apply: Constituted organisations based in Northern Ireland.

We want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities.  We will therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.


Criteria: The fund will be open to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland, who are supporting isolated older people at this time.


The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 50 and over), as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation of these older people.


The Fund is open from 9am 16th March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis.  We do, however, expect a high level of interest in this fund.  Depending on current funding available, and any future funds raised, we therefore may decide to close for applications within a relatively short space of time, if we do not have enough funds to meet the demand for support.

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927.

Full details can be found 




3  Live Here Love Here - Small Grants

The Small Grants Scheme will launch online on the 6th April and close on the 18th May 2020

Launched by Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McDonald's UK, Coca-Cola and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:

  • Improve the health and well being of communities whilst helping to improve and/or maintain public spaces
  • Use innovative ways to reduce littering and dog fouling where you live
  • Improve the way your local environment is looked after, whether urban, rural or coastal
  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement.

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout Northern Ireland.

Small Grants Information Sessions

This year, the Live Here Love Here team will be travelling around the country and stopping off in different locations to tell you more about the Small Grants Scheme. We'll be telling you all about how to apply in April 2020 and how to write that grant winning application!  

To see our list of locations and dates please click here.


all further information can be found: https://www.liveherelovehere.org/cgi-bin/generic?instanceID=30



4 2020/2021 Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF)


The 2020/21 Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) is now open for applications.

Closing date for receipt of all applications is 2pm on 6 April 2020.


Further information, including the guidance notes and application form can be found at: https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/articles/racial-equality


Any queries, please contact: race.equality@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk or by telephone on 028 9052 8560.



5 Job Opportunities with Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum


Job Title:                  Health Facilitator (two positions available)
Responsible To:       Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum
Based at:                  The Gasyard Centre
Hours of Duty:          35 hours
Salary:                      £25,295 NJC Scale 6 Pt 20
Contract:                   To 31 March 2021 (with a view to renewal, subject to funding)


Main Aim
To support the development, targeting and delivery of the Communities in Transition – Health & Wellbeing Programme in Brandywell & Creggan areas of Derry in partnership with the Old Library Trust.

The closing date for the post is 30/03/2020 @ 5.00pm.

For further information contact Nora on 
Nora@bbhealthforum.org / 028 7136 5330




6 Minister announces measures to protect the most vulnerable


Minister announces measures to protect the most vulnerable to ensure delivery of social security services


Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced a series of measures to ensure the continued safe delivery of important benefit services in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.


Please find information at:




 7 Personal Independence Payment – Call for evidence


Second Independent Review of the Personal Independence Payment Process (Northern Ireland).

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was introduced in Northern Ireland from June 2016. It helps towards some of the extra costs that result from a long term condition and is based on how a person’s condition affects them, not on the condition they have.


Initially PIP replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in Northern Ireland for new claims and a limited category of DLA recipients. In December 2016 the Department for Communities commenced a phased reassessment of all remaining DLA working age recipients.


As you may be aware, the Department for Communities (DfC) has appointed Marie Cavanagh to undertake the second independent review of how the PIP assessment process is working. A key aspect of this review will be the call for evidence, which was launched on Wednesday 4th March 2020. The call for evidence is focused on:

  • How the assessment process is operating;
  • Claimants’ experience of taking part in the process;
  • Perceptions of health care professionals and other staff involved in carrying out the assessment; and
  • How effectively further evidence is being used to assist the correct claim decision.

The call for evidence is aimed at organisations and individuals who have information that is relevant to how the PIP assessment is operating for new claims, award reviews and change of circumstances and will be one of several methods used to gather information during the review. Other methods include engaging directly with operational staff and Capita the Northern Ireland assessment provider for PIP, as well as voluntary organisations who provide advice and support to claimants.


Evidence submitted will be used to inform a final independent report which will be laid in the Assembly in accordance with Welfare Reform legislation.

As you know, any review can only be as good as its evidence base. In launching this call for evidence I hope that everyone who is able to provide me with relevant, robust evidence and analysis will do so.


The call for evidence is open until Wednesday 29th April 2020.
More detailed information and details of how to respond are available at:




8 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Please see attached document for all the latest opportunities from Salto Youth 

  • Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Information Forum
  • Competencies of Youth Workers in preventing violent radicalization and extremism
  • Volunteering & solidarity as a social capital of the city
  • Solidarity Projects MEET-UP 2020
  • Call for Trainers


9  New Website for Maiden City Soccer

The new website for Maiden City Soccer, is now up & running.
We currently have over 41,000 photos & over 200 videos online. Over the next few weeks & months, we will be adding more & more content to expand the range of information & services that we will provide.
To view details about our Community sessions, Easter Camps, Academy Teams & much, much more, please view the attached link.
We welcome all feedback, so please let us know what you think of the site.
Thank you….




10 Step into our 5k a Day Challenge!


This April, Autism NI are asking everyone to walk, run, skip or jog 6,975 steps every day for 30 days!

Sign up today to receive a free fundraising pack which includes a T-shirt, Pedometer and Record Chart!

Send your Completed Chart and Sponsorship Money back to us at the end of April to receive a Medal and Certificate!

All money raised will go directly towards providing life-changing services for the 30,000 people living with autism in Northern Ireland.

Sign up today on: 


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