NWCN E-bulletin 19 October 2017

1 Pitching 4 Pounds

2 Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) Networks Charities Fund 

3 BBC Broadcast Appeals - talking about loneliness 

4 CO3 Leadership Awards 2018 Now Open!

5 2017 Pensioner of the Year

6 Holywell STEW - TONIGHT!

7 Universal Credit 

8 Welfare Reform - Information Event

9 Challenging in court: what to do after a bad decision

10 Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme

11 Facilitating Skills – Single identity Programme

12 Get Into Hospitality with The Prince's Trust

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 Teatime Event @ Holywell Trust - Dr. Martin Stern   

15 Upcoming Events & Job Opportunity with FWIN

16 Volunteer Counsellors with NEXUS NI

17 Music Bridge Community Music Workshops

18 Lives in Translation

19 Seamus Deane Annual Lectures 2017 – "The Right to Have Rights"

20 Kabalikat in North West's Pearl of the Orient Seas Event









1 Pitching 4 Pounds


Pitching 4 Pounds is an exciting Foundation initiative aimed at registered charities in Northern Ireland.  What makes this programme unique is that charities can pitch for funds based on the needs of their organisation.  It gives charity representatives space to develop their ideas and be creative.
Successful charities will be awarded at £15,000 grant over 12 months.
The overall aim of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is to support grass roots charities that enable disabled and disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in society.
The programme is now open for applications and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 1st December 2017.


Terms and conditions of grant

  • Shortlisted charities will be asked to submit their constitution and most recent account
  • Activity must be in line with the charity purpose/objects as outlined in your constitution
  • 12 month grant, starting with date of Letter of Offer
  • Grant must be used for the purposed for which it is intended
  • Progress activity including expenditure will be monitored on a quarterly basis in line with original objectives/budget 

To download an application form and for further guidance, go to www.halifaxfoundationni.org/pitch




2 Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) Networks Charities Fund 


The scheme aims to raise around £100,000 annually and since it began 20 years ago in excess of £20million (including annual support from the company) has been distributed to local charities.  Funding ranges from £200 to £750.

The deadline for applications is 13 November 2017.

For further detail and how to apply: 


3   BBC Broadcast Appeals - talking about loneliness 


The BBC is now inviting local charities to work with BBC Northern Ireland on its December 2017 Broadcast Appeal. It will look at issues around loneliness, including its impact on people of all ages and backgrounds, aiming to highlight how people can both access and provide support in dealing with the effects of loneliness and to raise awareness about it. The on-air campaign will involve interviews, features, discussions and reports.
If you can provide expertise in this area, operate in Northern Ireland and can provide a joint application please contact Paula Gilmurray via email at


For further information and an application form: http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/northernireland/appeals/broadcast/christmas_appeal_2017


4 CO3 Leadership Awards 2018 Now Open!


The CO3 Leadership Awards 2018 are now open for nominations and we would be delighted if you would share the below short piece with your contacts.


The Leadership Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate leaders within our sector that go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.


Nominations can be made online via the CO3 website here: https://www.co3.bz/categories-0

The deadline for all nominations is 12 noon Monday 30 October 2017.


This is your opportunity to nominate for the CO3 Leadership Awards 2018, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance!


Last year we introduced the addition of an all-expenses paid three-day leadership exchange to Sweden as part of the prize offered to all of the award winners.

The winners will be presented with their Awards at a high profile ceremony on 1 March 2018 at La Mon Hotel and Country Club.


There are TEN categories this year. Visit the CO3 website here to nominate online now.  

For more information contact Sarah Boyd sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356


5 2017 Pensioner of the Year


Older People North West (AGE Concern) are looking for the 2017 Pensioner of the Year

Older People North West (AGE Concern) have commenced the search for this year’s Pensioner of the Year. The award which first started rewarding and acknowledging the work of older people in the local community in 1987 is now in its 30th year and still marking the great work of local older people. The first winner of the award was Jimmy Duffy, who was well known in the City because of his tremendous contribution to the theatrical, musical and sporting life of the City. The standards that he set have in many ways been the gauge by which the award is judged. Since this, many older people in various fields of life have won the award, all of them making noteworthy contributions in their own unique way to their community and to society in general.


Older People North West are encouraging people to acknowledge the work and value of older individuals in local communities and nominate an older person for this award. A spokesperson for the organisation said “Older people play a valuable role in our community, through volunteering work, caring roles and the experience and wisdom they share. It is vital that these contributions are recognised and appreciated and the Pensioner of the Year Award offers us the opportunity to properly celebrate older people in our community”. 2016 Pensioner of the Year Noreen Arnold commented “I was both shocked and honoured to receive this award. It gave me increased confidence and clout to be an ambassador for mental health, and the impetus and authority to get out around communities and empower others on this issue”.

Nominating is easy! Simply request a form from Older People North West, Malvern House, Chapel Road, or email development@olderpeoplenorthwest.org. On the nomination form provide details of the nominee and the reason why you feel they are worthy of this prestigious award. All nominees must be over the age of 60 and live in the Derry area. Nominations can be made by anyone- organisations, groups or individuals. Completed nomination forms must be returned by Tuesday 7th November. Each nomination form received is carefully assessed by an independent panel of judges with no association with Older People North West. Making a judgement and selecting a winner as always, proves to be a difficult task as the standard of nominations is always high. The following are examples of recognition;

  • Helping people who are disadvantaged by age, physical/ mental disability, illness or inequality.
  • Helping people who feel lonely or socially excluded to integrate into society.
  • Helping their community by contributing to the development or improvement of local facilities.
  • Helping to improve the environment for the benefit of all including community gardens.
  • Helping to campaign to raise funds for worthwhile causes.
  • Organising or assisting with projects to help improve the quality of life for other people.
  • Helping those less fortunate than themselves on a regular basis.
  • Helping out in local community centres/ organisations.

This year’s competition is supported by the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town. The winner will be announced at a GALA evening on Thursday 16th November at Malvern House. For further information please telephone 028 71 347478.


6 Holywell STEW - TONIGHT!


The next Holywell STEW event is taking place on Thursday 19th October at 7pm as part of the FusionFest festival. 

At this first event in the next phase of the project we'll hear from 4 community initiatives hoping to support the local community.  We're delighted that this STEW event will be part of #FusionFest - the Social Innovation Festival being held in Derry/Londonderry and Belfast on 19th & 20th October. 

This project is about local people helping each other. The available funds are the resources collected at the door.

At the session on 19th October we'll hear from: 

  • Extern
  • TrYou Group
  • Kippie CIC

We’d love to see you at the Holywell STEW community dinners. Tickets cost £10 each (which is used as the prize for the successful project) and spaces are limited.

Tickets can be purchased from the reception at HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership building in Bishop Street or from


The Holywell STEW events are held at our shared community building, HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership, 8-14 Bishop Street. We look forward to welcoming you! Feel free to bring a bottle of refreshment of your choice. 



 7 Universal Credit 


Universal Credit (UC) started to roll out in Northern Ireland from September 2017 and the roll-out is expected to be completed by September 2018. The roll out of UC is scheduled to commence in the Strabane and Lisnagelvin Jobs & Benefits Offices (JBO) from 17th January 2018.


The next date for a scheduled Universal Credit roll out event has been confirmed as: Preparing for Universal Credit,

City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry, Thursday 30th November at 10:00am (covering Foyle, Strabane & Lisnagelvin areas) 


This session will cover in detail the Universal Credit application process, sanctions, advances and vulnerable customers. Please note, there is no formal pre-registration process (simply turn up on the day).


How will Universal Credit be introduced?

Universal Credit will be introduced for new claims, on a phased geographical basis from 25th September 2017 until September 2018. As it reaches the respective geographical areas, people living in those areas will be able to make a new claim for Universal Credit instead of having to submit multiple claims for the benefits that it is replacing. The planned approach is detailed below.


What benefits are being replaced by Universal Credit?

The benefits that will be replaced are:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit (Rental)

A new Department of Finance Rate Rebate Scheme will pro-vide rates support for tenants or homeowners who are entitled to Universal Credit.


8 Welfare Reform - Information Event


Did you know that welfare reform is currently being rolled out across the North West?

Are you aware of the changes to the benefit system that may affect you?

  • 2 child policy and the associated rape clause
  • PIP
  • The 7 week waiting time for new claimants
  • Bedroom tax
  • Universal Credits / Tax Credits

CPTT are hosting an information event on Friday 20th October at 11am, guest speaker Goretti Horgan from University of Ulster will be here to explain these changes.


Tea and refreshments served!


 Challenging in court: what to do after a bad decision


Sat 21 October 2017, 11:00 – 17:00 

Friends of the Earth, 7 Donegall Street Place, Belfast, BT1 2FN


We are delighted to announce that on Saturday 21 October 2017, we will have Richard Honey QC attending and sharing his expertise of environmental law.


We have the following objectives for this Saturday Surgery

1. Getting legal support How to get a good lawyer to support you

2. Representing yourself Sharing the skills, insights and lessons of litigants in person

3. Money Examples of how groups have raised money and the costs of seeking a judicial review

5. Help and Advice Where can we go for further support

You do not need to be an expert, just have an interest in protecting our environment and a thirst for knowledge.

There will be lots of opportunities to network and gain new knowledge.

Lunch will be provided - please at the point of booking let us know of any dietary (and access) requirements.





10 Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme


Derry City and Strabane District Council are recruiting participants for a Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme (subject to Council Approval).  This is a 10 day programme which will explore the events of the Holocaust and how the lessons from it can be utilised to tackle issues today, further information is contained in the attached document.  The programme will relate to Local Community Planning and will encourage participants to become active community leaders. This project will involve 5 days of training, an overseas study visit to Krakow to visit sites associated with the holocaust and a final closing session. 

Participants have to attend in all sessions, dates for sessions are:

  • Monday: 6th, 13th and 20th November
  • Wednesday 22nd November
  • Overseas:  Sunday 26th November – Thursday 30th November
  • Closure: Thursday 14th December

Should you wish to take part, please contact Angela Askin or Claire Kelly for an application form and return it by 3pm on Tuesday 31st October.  


Angela.askin@derrystrabane.com / Claire.kelly@derrystrabane.com


DCSDC reserve the right to select participants as outlined in the application form.


11  Facilitating Skills – Single identity Programme


OCN Accredited Course Level 2 – 1 Credit


Venue        Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street, Derry/

                   Londonderry, BT48 7ER

Dates         Tuesday 7th and 8th November 2017

Time           9.30am – 4.30pm


Who For 

The programme is designed for anyone working in a Single Identity community to give participants the skills and knowledge of what is required to deliver and eventually initiate a good relations programme with another group.


Course Content

The workshop is delivered through an experiential learning process that will include tutor input, group activities and discussion. 


Participants will explore ways to develop group cohesion by looking at the difference between ice-breakers and trust exercises, how groups develop and ways to eventually evaluate different types of Good Relations Programmes.


The background to key developments in the Northern Ireland peace process will be explored to help participants prepare their eventual Good Relations programme.


Each participant will receive a copy of the tutors resource book ‘The Peace Builders Handbook’ 


Places on this workshop are limited to 10 so early booking is advisable


For more information and a booking form please Email or call Michael on michael.doherty@mediateni.com / 07714982546          


12 Get Into Hospitality with The Prince's Trust


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

  • Gain a C&G Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Customer Service
  • Complete a work placement
  • Doesn’t affect your benefits
  • Travel expenses paid on programme

 Monday 13th November to Friday 1st December 2017

Taster: Tuesday 7th November


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


13   Latest Offers from Salto Youth


"Empower You(th)!" Regional Workshop

16 - 17 November 2017 | Villa Olanda, Luserna San Giovanni (TO), Italy

Training organized by Diaconia Valdese within the Erasmus+KA2 project "Empower You(th)!" by Eurodiaconia. To promote&develop high quality youth work by equipping youth workers with methodological and practical tools to respond to current social challenges

Organizer: Diaconia Valdese (NGO/Others)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 26 October 2017

See details


Public Speaking (Acting) Training

10 - 17 December 2017 | Moscow, Russian Federation

Public speaking is one of the most important skills for a youth worker or youth trainer! We invite you to join Public Speaking (Acting) Training Course where you will improve your public speaking skills!

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): 2 November 2017

See details


The Power of Non Formal Education

23 - 28 January 2018 | Turin, Italy

Improving the impact of Non Formal Education (NFE), principles and methods in creating empowerment opportunities for young people as real actors of the society (from local to Europe).

Organizer: Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani (IT NA) (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 25 November 2017

See details


Mobility Taster for Inclusion Organisations - Hungary

29 January - 2 February 2018 | Budapest, Hungary

Did you know you can organise international youth projects for your young people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Come and discover what Erasmus+ Youth can do for you and the young people you work with.

Organizer: SALTO Inclusion (SALTO)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 1 December 2017

See details


Conference: "On track - Different youth work approaches for different NEET situations"

6 - 10 March 2018 | Istanbul, Turkey

This cross-sectoral conference will address the NEET issues and showcase good practices, with the emphasize on cooperation between youth work and other sectors (formal education, employment, social & business sector...).

Organizer: NA Turkey & SALTO Inclusion in cooperation with NA Turkey and NA BE FR (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 10 December 2017

See details



Call for Trainers

  • Deadline Extended: Europe in transition: Perspectives on cultural diversity in a changing Europe

Online version


Application deadline: Tuesday 17 October (Midnight UK time)


  • Mobility Taster in Russian language for Inclusion organisations new to Erasmus+ 

Online version


Application deadline: Sunday 19 November



14  Teatime Event @ Holywell Trust - Dr. Martin Stern  


Holywell Trust is delighted to be hosting an event with Dr. Martin Stern on Wednesday 25th October. Dr. Stern is a survivor of the Holocaust and has an incredible story to share of his childhood experiences. 
This is a not to be missed opportunity and we encourage people to register their attendance to ensure they don’t miss out.
A light dinner will also be available at the event. 
To book a place at this event please call (028) 7126 1941 or email
This event is part of the Holywell Good Relations Programme supported through the Central Good Relations Fund of The Executive Office.


15 Upcoming Events & Job Opportunity with FWIN

  • Women Involved in Community Transformation Information Roadshow

Would you like to be involved in a programme that gives you the confidence and skills to help make the changes you want to see in your community.
Women are often at the heart of local neighbourhoods but when it comes to making decisions about these areas they are frequently ignored.
The Women Involved in Community Transformation Programme (WICT) aims to offer women training and skills to build confidence and increase their participation in their communities.
Participants will receive training, hear from inspiring speakers, attend events and learn vital new skills in an environment that is safe and enjoyable. Women taking part will also receive support to enable their participation including childcare.
If you are interested in taking part in this programme please come along to one of the following WICT Roadshows.

  • Monday October 23rd, 7pm, Causeway Rural & Urban Network, Coleraine
  • Tuesday October 24th, 7:30pm, Irish Street Community Centre


  • FWIN Halloween Bingo

DATE:    Wednesday 25th October 2017 
TIME:     7.00pm 
VENUE:  Holywell Building, 8-14 Bishop Street
COST:     £10 per person
Join FWIN for a spooky bingo bonanza on October 25th in the Holywell Building on Bishop Street.
There will be a host of fantastic prizes on the night and it's sure to be a great evening's entertainment for everyone. Don't miss out!!!
Feel free to come in fancy dress!!!
To book a place please contact FWIN on:
Tel: 028 71266 291or email: 


Job Opportunity with FWIN
Foyle Women’s Information Network, wishes to appoint the following: 
Job Title: Policy, Communication & Engagement Officer
Hours: 24 hours per week
Grade: NJC Scale SO1 Point 29 - £24,646 pro rata
Length of contract: Until 31st March 2018 
For an application pack for this post please contact:
Foyle Women’s Information Network
DiverseCity Community Partnership
8-14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW
Telephone: (028) 71266291

The deadline for completed applications is 3.00pm on Thursday 2nd November 2017.
This post is funded through the Department for Communities (DfC), Regional Infrastructure Fund for Women.
FWIN are an Equal Opportunities Employer.


16 Volunteer Counsellors with NEXUS NI


Nexus NI is currently recruiting volunteer counsellors for their Derry/Londonderry office.

Candidates must be working towards their diploma in counselling having completed one year of a recognised counselling course, have 100 supervised counselling hours and have an awareness of sexual abuse and its impact. 

Application forms are available on our website
www.nexusni.org.  For further information please email derry@nexusni.org


17 Music Bridge Community Music Workshops


Music Bridge is currently offering a number of community music workshops aimed at cultural and youth organisations and community practitioners who wish to use music as a tool for community engagement and development.
The workshops have been developed in collaboration with Musicians without Borders and train youth and community workers in the principles of community music-making, leadership, facilitation skills and nonviolence and help build the capacity of local organisations to facilitate community work through musical interactions, making a meaningful contribution towards community development.
While the workshops use musical activities to illustrate workshop leadership skills, a musical background is not required to benefit from them. Previous trainees have come from diverse backgrounds such as music therapy, art, psychology, community and social work.
The next workshops are:
1) Introduction to Community Music
- What is community music?
- Theory and Practice
- Enhancing existing skills sets and building new skill sets
Next training dates:
Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Date: Wednesday 8 November 2017
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
2) Community Music: Music and the body
- Body percussion
- Internalising Rhythm
- Improvisation
- Vocalising
Next training dates:
Date: Wednesday 29 November 2017
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Date: Saturday 2 December 2017
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
For more information visit


18 Lives in Translation


Kabosh’s new production, Lives in Translation, celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, Asha, who in fleeing the conflict of her home becomes trapped in a different struggle. She is trapped within the suffocating bureaucracy surrounding asylum seeking.

Based on interviews with female Somali asylum seekers, local support workers and community organisations, this poignant new drama explores how asylum seekers are forced to navigate support systems through translation. It highlights how disempowering and frustrating this system can be, and ultimately how time is controlled most by those it affects least.

The performance follows a ten-year journey through Mogadishu, Dublin, Belfast and London, as one woman fights for a life free from constant fear and a place to make home.


Belfast – S13 Boucher Road, BT12 6HR (Old B&Q Building)

Wednesday 25th October – Saturday 28th October 7:30pm / Saturday 28th October 3pm Tickets £15 / £12 / Saturday matinee £10
Phone: 028 9089 2707


Downpatrick – Downpatrick Courthouse 21 English St, Downpatrick, BT30 6AB Tuesday 31st October | 8pm Tickets £10 / £8
Phone: 028 4461 0747


Ards – Ards Arts Centre

Wednesday 1st November | 8pm Tickets £8
Phone: 028 9181 0803


Dungannon – Dungannon Courthouse 46 Killyman Road, Dungannon, BT71 6DE Thursday 2nd November | 8pm Tickets £10 / £8
Phone: 028 8772 8600


Derry/Londonderry – Cultúrlann Úi Chanáin

Saturday 4th November | 8pm Tickets £8 / £5

Phone: 028 7126 4132

Online: www.culturlann-doire.ie 


NB: We are also currently operating a free community ticketing scheme and if you need to avail of this please contact Bobbi or Dominic at Kabosh 028 90243343


Written by Rosemary Jenkinson, Directed by Paula McFetridge

Set Design by Stuart Marshall, Costume Design by Liz Cullinane Film created by Conan McIvor and Original Music by Dónal O’Connor Performed by Tony Flynn, Julie Maxwell and Raquel McKee


19 Seamus Deane Annual Lectures 2017 – "The Right to Have Rights"


FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER, 2017, 7pm 
“The Right to Have Rights”

Field Day presents the 2017 Seamus Deane Annual Lectures over the course of two evenings this October. The lectures are themed on “The Right to Have Rights” in contexts of migration. This evening, 
October 14th, at NUI Galway, Dr Bryan McMahon will speak on Direct Provision. The second keynote lecture in the 2017 series will be given by Dr Conor Kenny at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry within a programme beginning at 7pm on Friday 20th October.


Stephen Rea will introduce this event and the lecture will be preceded by Seamus Deane’s reflections on Hannah Arendt’s concept of “the right to have rights.” At the beginning of the evening, the renowned Donegal fiddle player Dermot McLaughlin will perform. Dr Conor Kenny will then deliver a keynote lecture drawing on his experience as a field medical doctor working with Médecins Sans Frontières around the Mediterranean. This lecture will be followed by contributions from local activists Bernadette Devlin McAliskey and Sipho Sibanda, who will discuss how local politics can better serve asylum seekers and migrants, before a Q&A session moderated by human rights lawyer Michael Farrell.

Tickets cost £10/£8, with free admission for asylum seekers. Tickets will be on sale at the door, but to avoid disappointment please book online at




20 Kabalikat in North West's Pearl of the Orient Seas Event


Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returns from 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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