NWCN E-bulletin 19 Sep 2018


1 Aviva Community Fund 2018 Opens for Entries

2 NIE Networks Charity Fund

3 Targeted Open Call - Local Community Planning

4 Free Training Opportunity - The Importance of Play

5 The Personal Impact of Homelessness

6 All About Us

7 North West Japanese Cultural Group - Japanese Language Courses

8 Stress Control classes in WHSCT area


10 FWIN AGM & Launch of New Website

11 The Prince's Trust: Get Started With Fashion Programme in October

12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

13 Erasmus+ training course - Video Making and Branding

14 Job Opportunity: Employment Officer (Probation in the Community)

15 Culture Night at Eden Place Arts Centre

16 Culture Night 2018 at Void Gallery

17 Bryson Culture Night Belfast




1  Aviva Community Fund 2018 Opens for Entries


This is an annual funding competition that offers grants to not-for-profit groups in the UK for projects that make a real difference in their local community and address the categories set by Aviva each year.Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations or groups working for the good of their community, which have been in existence for at least six months and have an income of £1 million or less.

To be eligible, projects must make a positive difference to people’s lives and address at least one of the following categories set out for 2018:

  • Health and wellbeing for projects helping people take control of their physical and mental health.
  • Skills for life for projects to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly financial literary and digital ones.
  • Environment (new for 2018) for community projects trying to improve their natural surroundings and make a positive change to the local area.

The Community Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote. Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible.

For 2018, the awards will be distributed as follows:

General awards - groups can apply for one of these four funding levels:

  • Up to £1,000 (400 awards)
  • Up to £5,000 (78 awards)
  • Up to £10,000 (44 awards)
  • Up to £25,000 (16 awards)

Insurance broker awards – this is a separate set of awards for projects submitted and supported by an insurance broker. The broker awards are open to any UK based Insurance Broker. It is not necessary to have an existing account or relationship with Aviva to enter into the broker awards.

Additional Awards - £500 will be given to every finalist in the £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 funding levels that does not win an award.

Customer and employee awards - £200 will be given to the first 1,000 customer entries and the first 1,000 employee entries, if they do not win any of the funding awards.

Crowdfunder UK – Working in partnership with Crowdfunder UK, groups can set up a crowdfunding page to run in parallel with their Aviva Community Fund campaign in order to bring extra funding to their project.

The deadline for entries is 9 October 2018 (12noon).





2 NIE Networks Charity Fund 


Who are we? 

Our staff and pensioners
have been contributing to
the NIE Networks
 Charities Fund’ for more
 than 20 years and during
that time in excess of £1million (including annual support from the company) has been distributed to local charities.


The charities committee is made up of employees and pensioners and it meets quarterly to allocate funds. Donations to the fund are received directly via salaries or pensions.


Essential criteria:

  • Must be a registered charity
  • Must be based in Northern Ireland
  • It has been at least two years since any
    previous support was given

What do we fund?

  • We like to support tangible benefits like special equipment, IT apparatus, promotional goods etc. that will improve and enhance lives in Northern Ireland
  • We actively support the advancement of education, health or saving of lives
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
  • Other charitable purposes
    Please note our funding can range from £200 to £750, although we reserve the right to make awards of a higher value depending on the circumstance.

Online application form here - http://www.nienetworks.co.uk/community/charities-fund/apply-for-funding   



3    Targeted Open Call - Local Community Planning


Seeking Members to join the 8 Local Community Growth Partnership Boards

Have you the energy and commitment to get involved in the development of your community? This is an opportunity to do so;

Derry City and Strabane District Council is leading the way in Local Community Planning, one of only two Councils taking community planning to a local level.  Following a comprehensive, co-design consultation process the Local Community Growth Partnerships will oversee service delivery at a local level.


The implementation of this innovative process will ensure social, economic and environmental interventions are achieved for local people at a local level by working collaboratively through effective partnerships to achieve long term results.


The commitment to develop 8 local community growth partnerships for the Derry City and Strabane District Council area will ensure that people and communities are genuinely involved in the decisions which affect them.


The 8 Local Community Planning areas are; Sperrin, Derg, Faughan, Strabane Town, Ballyarnett, Moor, Waterside and Foyleside.


The Local Community Growth Partnerships will oversee the Local Community Growth Plan for the particular DEA. Community representatives will bring skills and experience of the various thematic areas, in addition to a high level of commitment to their local community.


NICVA’s Social Enterprise Sector Matters will be supporting the targeted nomination process. Nomination forms and information packs are available to download at:

http://growderrystrabane.com/ open-call-opportunity 


Alternatively, hard copies can be provided by contacting Community Development at Derry City and Strabane District Council Community Development Section 028 71 253253 Ext 6994. 

Please note that completed nomination forms must be returned to Sector Matters, on or before Friday, 28th September 2018 at 4pm.


4  Free Training Opportunity - The Importance of Play


We are pleased to invite you to a series of training delivered by Playboard NI as part of their ‘Play Shapers’ programme. ‘Play Shapers’ is part of a wider ‘Play Matters’ project which aims to build a better understanding of the importance of play and leisure, and the role that staff have in enabling (or restricting) play within the public realm. ‘Play Shapers’ aims to support children’s right to play by influencing decisions and action taken at both strategic and operational levels.


This training is open to Council staff, representatives from the Western Area Outcomes Group (WAOG) and coordinators/ managers from the Community and Voluntary sector.  We advise that people attend one from each of the four sessions however this is not mandatory.


Places are limited, please reserve your place by emailing youth@derrystrabane.com by Wednesday 19th  September 2018. If there are any specific queries regarding the training please contact Iain Mc Afee, Playboard NI directly on Iain.Mcafee@playboard.co.uk / Tel: (028) 90803380 ext 216.


Promoting Play
Policy Context / The importance of play / Barriers to Play
Wednesday 26th September 2018, 10am- 12.30pm OR 2pm-4.30pm

Venue: Foyle Arena

Influencing Play
Play deprivation / Championing Play / Engaging Teenagers
Friday 19th October 2018, 10am-12.30pm OR 2pm-4.30pm

Venue: TBC

Challenging Play
Challenge in Play / A risk benefit approach to play
Tuesday 6th November 2018, 10am-12.30pm OR 2pm – 4.30pm

Venue: TBC

Shaping Play
Three pillars for play / Creating Areas for Play / How to co-produce areas for play
Thursday 29th November 2018, 10am – 2pm

Venue: TBC


5  The Personal Impact of Homelessness


North West Methodist Mission and North West Community Network are working in partnership to deliver an event, which will highlight the personal impact of homelessness.
Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Holywell Building, Bishop Street
The aim of this event is to raise awareness about the issues around homelessness and to hear about some of the work that takes place to support those who find themselves in this situation.  Light refreshments will be provided. 
To register for this event contact Roisin on 028 7127 9090 / 
or Neo on 028 7130 9388.


6  All About Us


Ever wonder what we do at North West Community Network..........

A chance to hear about the work of the groups based in the Holywell building. If you’ve always want to know what we do call in for a bit of lunch and a chat.

Date: Friday 21st September
Time: 12.30pm-2.00pm (lunch provided)

Venue: Holywell, Bishop Street (The Junction Meeting Room)


 7  North West Japanese Cultural Group - Japanese Language Courses


2 Japanese courses will commence on the first week of October at Holywell DCCP on Bishop Street in Derry/Londonderry.


- A:  Basic course, 7:00pm-8:15pm every Monday, will start on 1st October.

This course is for the people who have already studied very basic Japanese language (like: “(Noun) desu” sentences) and want to go forward. The course itself started last year and the present students already have some words and expressions. But the class goes slow enough and the teacher will help each student to catch up. You’ll have good opportunities to use the Japanese you already have.


-B:   Intermediate course, 7:00-8:15pm every Thursday, will start 4th October.

This course is for the people who have finished their basic Japanese language (like: the Te-form, the dictionary-form etc. ) and want to brush up their Japanese and/or go forward. You’ll have good opportunities to use the Japanese you already have.

Inquiries:  send an e-mail to preabsanol@gmail.com


8  Stress Control classes in WHSCT area

The Stress Control sessions are designed for people who want to help them control common problems such as anxiety, depression, panic, poor sleep, burnout, loss of confidence or low self-esteem (in other words, ‘stress’). The sessions will teach people to ‘become their own therapist’ and participants will be encouraged to work hard at practicing the skills they learn.

Dates for classes across the Western Trust area are:   

Foyle Arena
Thursday 13th September to Thursday 18th October 2018
6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Fermanagh House
Thursday 4th October to Thursday 8th November 2018
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Thursday 4th October to Thursday 8th November 2018
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Omagh Enterprise Centre
Monday 1st October to Monday 5th November 2018
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Each session builds together like pieces of a jigsaw to enable people to deal with their individual difficulties. Booklets, relaxation CDs and general information leaflets will be also provided. The sessions are classes and not ‘group therapy’ so you will not have to talk about your problems in front of others. Although it is preferable to start at Session One, you can join a class at any time and sessions are open to everyone regardless of age. Everyone is welcome to bring a friend, relative or carer along with them. 

There is no referral system, just turn up, take a seat, then sit back and learn some great ways to control stress. It is a very relaxed informal setting and people can come and go as they need.









Waiting…. was written by Dave Duggan for Sole Purpose Productions in 2000 to explore the issue of political ex-prisoners and victims and the theme of ‘moving on’. The production toured across Ireland and was staged in the Writing on the Wall Festival in Liverpool, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in New York. The Rehearsed Reading, for Good Relations Week, will be performed by John Mulkeen and Sorcha Shanahan and will be followed by a discussion with Dave Duggan, chaired by Patricia Byrne. This event will look at the legacy of the conflict 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement and explore issues for political ex-prisoners and victims then and now.

Free admission. 18+ All welcome. 


Contact Patricia Byrne at Sole Purpose Productions 028 7127 9918


10  FWIN AGM & Launch of New Website


25th October 2018,


Holywell, Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry


You are invited to FWIN’s 2018 AGM and Launch of our new website. Zoo Creative will be at hand to show you around the new site.


Lunch provided RSVP by Monday 15th October 2018

Email: info@fwin.org.uk or Telephone: 028 7126 6291 / 028 7126 1941



11   The Prince's Trust: Get Started With Fashion Programme in October


GET STARTED WITH FASHION in conjunction with the Derry Fashion and Textile Design Centre programme for 16-24 year olds not in full time education, training or employment. 

This 5 day programme offers the chance for young people to discover new talents and develop new skills.


Taster Session: 3rd October 2018 at 1pm

Programme Dates: 8th October – 12th October 2018 

Do you want to create catwalk worthy outfits?

You will choose fabrics, design garments, cut patterns, learn sewing techniques, create your own garments & you'll attend the Derry Fashion Festival, with your designs even having an opportunity to be on show!

  • Travel expenses paid on programme
  • Doesn't affect benefits
  • Childcare costs available
  • Up to 3 months mentoring support

PM The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland Facebook page, call Freephone 0800 842 842 or make an query through the Prince’s Trust website! 


12  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


NE(E)T working - towards inclusion in international youth work

18 - 22 November 2018 | Tallinn, Estonia

This training course will give time and space to share and gain knowledge and skills on how to work strategically with young people in NEET situation, how to cooperate to use Erasmus+Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps as a tool in youth work.

Organizer: Archimedes Foundation Youth Agency/Estonian National Agency for the Erasmus + Youth in Action programme (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 27 September 2018

See details


Understand to ACT

2 - 10 November 2018 | Nicas pagasts, Latvia

A training course that will take place in Nicas pagasts, Latvia, from 2/11-10/11 2018. It will gather 32 youth actors from 10 countries - Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Turkey, UK, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia

Organizer: KALM International Trainings (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Croatia, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 September 2018

See details


ScribersHive Europe

4 - 10 November 2018 | St Albans, United Kingdom

ScribersHive Europe is an intercultural project using an innovative approach to develop journalism and creative media skills for young people. It will last for 12 months and involve activities in UK, Poland and participants' home countries.

Organizer: You Press (UK) (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 30 September 2018

See details


Let's talk - using dialogue to build community

21 - 27 October 2018 | Maastricht, Germany

Dialogue can bring people together, and facilitate empathy, understanding and personal growth. The Maastricht Dialogue Foundation has developed innovative formats for such conversations and invites youth workers to experience and learn to lead them.

Organizer: Maastricht Dialogue Foundation (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 2 October 2018

See details


Young migrant voices - 3rd edition

9 - 15 December 2018 | Portugal

Young Migrant Voices aims at addressing the gap of participation of migrant youth in decision-making processes at the local level. Training Course is designed for civil society representatives and municipality representatives working with youth issues.

Organizer: DYPALL Network (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 3 October 2018

See details



9 - 15 December 2018 | Slovak Republic

The main aim is to support youth workers in enabling young people to better assess and express their competences for employment purposes.

Organizer: IUVENTA- Slovak Youth Institute, YiA NA Slovakia (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 28 October 2018

See details


The Art to Reflect – About meaningful reflection in trainings

26 February - 1 March 2019 | De Glind, Netherlands

This trainer skills workshop (TWS) intends to expand trainers’ toolkits with reflective approaches and to equip them with the skills to plan and implement reflection as part of the learning processes.

Organizer: Erasmus+ Jeugd (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 10 December 2018

See details


13    Erasmus+ training course - Video Making and Branding


We have just launched a call for participants (18+ years old), who would like to learn video and brand making techniques to apply in their organisations or initiatives.


Please read further more information and apply here: http://abroadship.org/trainining-course-b-o-m-b-building-organisations-media-brand-united-kingdom/


Training course: B.O.M.B.: Building Organisation’s Media Brand
Location: London, United Kingdom
Dates: 6-15 November 2018


14   Job Opportunity: Employment Officer (Probation in the Community)


NIACRO Derry/L’Derry


“Working Well” is an employment support programme for people with convictions (in the community and prison) funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).


The programme will operate across Northern Ireland until March 2022 in partnership with Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) and the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS).  It is predicated on the principle that securing employment (or progressing towards education and training) is the single most significant contributor factor towards helping to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.


All Working Well’s Employment Officers and (Enrolment Officers) will be employed by NIACRO but based within PBNI Offices.  This will help to maximise opportunities to receive referrals from PBNI and update Probation staff on participants’ progress. 


Ref:             EMPLOY/PC/3

Salary:        Starting at £23,866

Hours:        35 hours per week

Duration:    Until March 2022 (Subject to Funding)


NB: To secure an interview all the essential criteria must be clearly demonstrated on the application.  If required we may consider the desirable criteria when shortlisting.


Closing date for applications will be Friday 28th September 2018 @ 4pm

Interviews will be held Wednesday 10th October 2018


For full Job Description and relevant documents please follow the link below:



NIACRO is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

NIACRO works to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities



15   Culture Night at Eden Place Arts Centre


"Imagine" Exhibition by Jean Julien

Exhibition of prints from Amnesty’s latest children’s book entitled ‘Imagine”, a collection of illustrations accompanying the words of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. 

Launch on Friday 21st September @ 12.30pm. Runs Friday 21st September – Friday 5th October 2018. 02871269418

Family Peace Pigeon Workshop

Interactive workshop exploring the importance of Peace, for young people & families. Work will be displayed alongside the illustrations of Jean Jullien’s Imagine exhibition.

Age 4-11years accompanied by parents/ guardians. 02871269418


Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilot's Row Centre, Rossville Street, Derry, BT48 6LP 

Tel: 07902172080 


16  Culture Night 2018 at Void Gallery


Friday 21st September
(Off Site Event)

The Astronomic Weather Choir by Alex Cecchetti, 7 - 7:40pm Walker Plinth, Derry Walls

Join us as local choir Voices of The Foyle - Glórtha an Fheabhail sing every variation in a landscape as if they were in front of a music score. From the clouds in the sky, to the breeze on top of the trees, from the celestial movement of the moon to the flickering appearing of the first stars of the evening, the choir will sing atmospheric events like rain and fog and also astronomical events that will happen in front of them, such as the movements of astral objects.

In association with the Derry Walls, the Siege Museum and Derry 400.


(On-Site Event)
Children’s Treasure Trail 8pm – 9pm, Void Gallery

Using a treasure trail to explore our current exhibition At the Gates of the Music Palace, ignite your children imagination and inspire them to think about Art.
Members of the public are invited to join musician Daryl Martin as he plays Alex Cecchetti’s work 500,00 Azaleas and dancer Zoe Ramsey as she activates the work Music Hall.

Void Gallery, City Factory, Patrick Street, Londonderry, Derry, BT48 7EL .
 028 71308080 / 


17   Bryson Culture Night Belfast


DARE to join us on Culture Night Friday 21st September 2018 @ Costa Coffee, 18 – 22 Castle Place, Belfast

We would love to see you for a great opportunity to meet new people and find out about different cultures all living here in Northern Ireland

Come along between 4pm to 9pm for Coffee, Chat & Culture

Be part of Culture Night 2018 - www.brysonintercultural.org/dare

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