NWCN E-bulletin 20 November 2019


1 Upcoming with NWCN
Upcoming Funding with The Arts Council NI
3 Open Data Fund
4 CLEAR Forum - Suicide Prevention, Building Hope & Resilience in Communities
5 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020
6 Free Training For Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations
7 Autism, Adolescence and Growing Up
8 Alcohol, Drugs & Your Mental Health
9 Instagram for Business Masterclass

10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
11 EuroApprentices 2020, DiscoverEU and ESCO Survey
Understanding the family and the impact of alcohol
13 Parentline 
14 Upcoming Events with Towards Understanding & Healing
15 Invitation to Tenx9 'School' event in Derry/Londonderry
16 Mayor's Day of Reflection
17 Invite to Autism Book Launch
18 Luxury Fashion Sale in aid of U3A Foyle
19 Galliagh Women's Group 25th Anniversary Celebration

20 Stories, Poems and Songs

1 Upcoming with NWCN 

Friday 22nd November 2019
10:30am – 1:30pm

Fountain Street Community Development Association
, Strabane
Join NWCN in Strabane on Friday 22nd November 2019 for our next festival of funders where you will have the opportunity to hear about the latest funding on offer from a range of funding bodies.  You will have the opportunity to meet with them face to face and receive advice & signposting that is suitable for your organisation.  

Confirmed Funders:

  • CLEAR Project
  • Community Development Health Network (CDHN)
  • Community Relations Council (CRC)
  • Eden Project Communities
  • Supporting Communities NI 
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • The National Lottery Fund

You can call in any time between 10:30am- 1:30pm. 

Register your interest at 
info@nwcn.org or call 028 7126 1941

General Election Hustings Event - Pizza & Politics

This event is mainly for youth but anyone is welcome to attend.

When: Wednesday 27th November 2019
Where: The Junction Room, Holywell, DiverseCity Community Partnership

10-14 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry

Learn about key issues
Ask representatives your questions directly
Practice with a ballot for the 12th December elections

This event has been organised in partnership with NWCN, YouthAction and REACH Across

2 Upcoming Funding with The Arts Council NI

The following funding schemes are now open 

Visit http://artscouncil-ni.org/funding for information


 Open Data Fund

The Department of Finance has opened a £30,000 Innovation and Outreach Fund to encourage the use of open data.

Awards of between £300 and up to £5,000 are available to fund the development of apps or other interactive visualisations that make innovative use of data on the Open Data NI portal. Organisations and individuals hosting engagement activities including hackathons, workshops, seminars or events that will raise awareness of open data will also be eligible to apply to the fund.

Further information about the Innovation and Outreach Fund can be found at 

Deadline to apply is Friday 7 February 2020.


4 CLEAR Forum - Suicide Prevention, Building Hope & Resilience in Communities

This free event is a follow on from the largest ever international Suicide Prevention Conference held in Derry~Londonderry in September 2019. 

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Barry McGale – Suicide Bereavement UK
  • Professor Siobhan O’Neill – Ulster University 

They will provide a synopsis of the Conference and highlight key areas of learning for community and voluntary sector working in the field of suicide prevention and emotional wellbeing

We will also be joined by the Public Health Agency and Education Authority looking at issues including positive media messaging and youth resilience. The event will end with an opportunity for lunch and networking. 

Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Venue: City Hotel, Queens Quay, Derry~Londonderry

Time: 9.30am – 1pm (Registration from 9.15am)

Booking Essential via Eventbrite: 


5 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020

La Dolce Vita Project in association with Parental Alienation Europe will be hosting "Parental Alienation United As One Conferences", on 21st April 2020 in Croke Park Dublin and in The City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry 23rd April 2020.

Both conferences are suitable for professionals to include psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists, counsellors, barristers, solicitors, guardians of court, family support workers and anyone working are involved  with those impacted by domestic abuse, violence and parental alienation.

Learning outcomes will include:

  • Understanding and knowledge of the prevalence of parental alienation across the world from expert speakers and worldwide research.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the impact of parental alienation on children and why it is emotional and psychological abuse.
  • Understanding and knowledge of links with parental alienation to coercive control and domestic abuse. 
  • Understanding and knowledge of the "5 Factor Model, 8 manifesting symptoms in a child, and the 17 strategies used by alienating parents".
  • Understanding and knowledge of Irish Case Law recognising Parental Alienation (Southern  Ireland).
  • Understanding and knowledge of child custody management strategies for assessing  parental alienation.
  • Understanding and knowledge of legal implications and potential resolutions. 

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Demosthenes Lorandos
  • Professor William Bernet
  • Dr. Steve Miller
  • Brian O Sullivan
  • Brendan Guildea 
  • Caroline Langl
  • Mairead Stewart

Both conferences will give you the opportunity to network and to come together to support,  promote and protect the rights and best interests of children, throughout Ireland from the harm caused by parental alienation.

Early bird offer available to 30 November 2019: £120.00. Tickets purchased after this date will be £150.00.

For further details and to book tickets:



6  Free Training For Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations

For details on the available training with the CLEAR Project until the end of March 2020 please see Training Flyer 

To apply for a place please read carefully the Booking and Cancellations Policy, complete a booking form and return via 

Email: clear@dhcni.com or 
Post:  CLEAR Project, Unit 13, Strabane Enterprise Agency, Orchard Road Industrial Estate, Strabane, BT82 9FR.

 7 Autism, Adolescence and Growing Up

FREE Parent/Carer Training available in Derry/Londonderry
Two Day Workshop for Parents/Carers

  • Support your child with Autism during the adolescent years
  • Help them increase independent life skills needed for adulthood.

There are still have some places left for our Autism, Adolescence and Growing Up course being facilitated on 27th and 28th November (9.30-2.30pm), which explores strategies for teaching young people about puberty, body awareness and adolescent development.

To book your place and for more information, please contact christine@autismni.org.


8 Alcohol, Drugs & Your Mental Health

FREE Workshop
Your mental health can be affected by drug and alcohol use but sometimes mental health issues can be a reason why people turn to these substances.  This course will examine the relationship between alcohol, drugs and your mental health.  it will also provide information and advice around improving your mental health and supports available.

Tuesday 26th November 2019
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Letterkenny Central Library

To enrol, please ring 028 7129 6183 from NI or 004428 7129 6183 from the ROI
or email 


9  Instagram for Business Masterclass

From Insta Stories to DM's, Hashtags to Shopping Direct, this workshop will give businesses and organisations all the tools they need to use the Instagram platform to connect with customers, promote products or services and build their brand.

Tuesday 10th December 2019
6.30pm – 8.30pm
North West Business Complex, Skeoge Industrial Estate, BT48 8SE

Tickets £20 each, follow the links to reserve your place:




10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Embracing Inclusion: Cross-sectoral Transnational Conference

22 - 24 January 2020 | Birmingham, United Kingdom
The cross-sectoral transnational ‘Embracing Inclusion’ conference will gather and disseminate the realities, achievements and aspirations of national and international inclusion projects under the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes.
Organizer: Erasmus+ UK National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 24 November 2019

See details
Storytelling for Global Change
11 - 19 February 2020 | Newbold House, United Kingdom
Do you want to explore STORYTELLING as a tool of promoting democratic values, inclusion & critical thinking of young people? Are you interested in GLOBAL EDUCATION? Do you want to work on MEDIA literacy of young people? Apply now! :)
Organizer: Coyote Initiatives (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 25 November 2019

See details
The Power of non formal education - I Euromed edition
13 - 19 January 2020 | Amman, Jordan
The main aim of this TC is 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 ANG (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Southern Mediterranean countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 6 December 2019

See details
Do IT in Youth Work
10 - 13 February 2020 | Zagreb, Croatia
The main aim of this training course is to educate youth workers and IT professionals in methods and tools necessary for development of digital competencies of young people.
Organizer: Agency for mobility and EU Programmes (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 15 December 2019

See details
European Solidarity Corps: TOSCA
24 - 28 February 2020 | Austria
The training activity aims to support and build up the capacities of organizations that actively participate in Volunteering Actions of the European Solidarity Corps, in order to ensure quality and impact in the respective projects.
Organizer: IZ - Austrian NA (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 2 January 2020

See details
YOCOMO - the 3rd ETS learning experience for youth workers: a systemic approach to competence development
2 - 8 March 2020 | Jurmala, Latvia
We are glad to invite you to participate to the 3rd edition of YOCOMO, learning experiences based on the ETS Competence Model for Youth Workers Working Internationally. This one is about a systemic view on competences.
Organizer: Jaunatnes starptautisko programmu aģentūra - Latvian National Agency for youth (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 6 January 2020

See details
Alternative Perspectives on Education of Youngsters in Prison
23 January 2020 | Dresden, Germany
"Authentic Enquery" is an method for learning, which starts mainly by the interest of any learner. In this project the method is used to work with young persons in critical life-situations. Participants of the event will expereance the method in one day.
Organizer: University of Applied Science Dresden (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): 8 January 2020

See details
Creating Safer Spaces – Human Rights and Diversity as Foundations in Youth Work
2 - 5 March 2020 | Helsinki, Finland
The training discusses the understanding of human rights in youth work by looking at examples of groups that may face exclusion. How can we make youth work spaces safe for all kinds of young people?
Organizer: The Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 January 2020

See details
EYE Opener in Hungary
2 - 7 March 2020 | Budapest, Hungary
EYE Opener offers an international learning experience to young people and practitioners active in youth work, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects within the E+ YiA Programme.
Organizer: Tempus Public Foundation - Hungarian National Agency for ERASMUS+ (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 12 January 2020

See details
VI Wilderness Therapy - International Training
19 - 24 May 2020 | Barcelona- Girona , Spain
We offer an experiential approach to learning about Wilderness Therapy through a backpacking expedition in the mountains of Barcelona and Girona. The participants will also get to know about Adventure Therapy, Outdoor Education, Experiential learning.
Organizer: Asociación Experientia (Youth NGO)
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): 1 March 2020

See details
PBA Make the Move VI
28 April - 3 May 2020 | Centre of Portugal, Portugal
A contact making seminar co-organized by NA BEFR and PT, in order to promote partnerships and develop quality Youth Exchanges, with a strong focus on Inclusion.
Organizer: Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ) (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): 3 March 2020

See details

Call for Trainers
Europe talks about Solidarity
European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre is looking for 2 trainers
Application deadline: 24th of November 2019, 23:59 CET

Online version


11 EuroApprentices 2020, DiscoverEU and ESCO Survey

We are pleased to announce two opportunities available for young people for you to promote and a survey for youth information workers:

EuroApprentices 2020
The Erasmus+ funded scheme ‘EuroApprentices’ is seeking apprentices who have participated in an Erasmus+ mobility to represent the UK at the EuroApprentice Network Meeting in Poland (2020) and at national UK events. This is a wonderful opportunity for apprentices to gain valuable skills, share their experiences, motivate other apprentices and attend events. Costs are 100% covered by the UK National Agency.

You can find attached in this email the Information Sheet for 2020 with more information about the role of an EuroApprentice. Find also attached the Guide for Applicants with the links to the application process, eligibility criteria and the costs funded by the programme.

If your organisation is interested in encouraging and supporting Apprentices to participate in this opportunity, please fill the registration forms as indicated in the Guide for applicants document attached. You can also send this opportunity to other organisations you work with. The deadline to apply is 2nd December 2019 at 5pm.

If you have any questions or require more information, please email the UK National Agency at erasmusplus@ecorys.comwith the subject ‘EuroApprentices’.

DiscoverEU is back! Almost 50,000 young people were awarded a travel pass since the first application round in 2018. Another round will take place from 7 - 28 November 2019 (deadline 11.00am (UK time)) with 20,000 travel passes are available for young people to travel across Europe.

You can find all the information on the European Youth Portal ► https://europa.eu/youth/discovereu_en

There are a few communication materials for you to use. We also have quite a few printed postcards, let us know if you need any and we will send them to your office as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions regarding DiscoverEU, please let us know, happy to help!

ESCO Survey
Some of you might have received this survey through ERYICA or SALTO to contribute to better recognition of youth workers and youth information workers in Europe. 
ESCO is the European multilingual database on Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations run by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. 

The aim of this survey is to clarify the occupation of a youth worker and to add a specific occupation of a youth information worker in ESCO. Please fill it in here.
Deadline: 31 November


12 “Understanding the family and the impact of alcohol”

FREE Talk on “Understanding the family and the impact of alcohol”
By Conor McCafferty

"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you."

Wednesday 27th November 2019,
City Hotel, Queens Quay Derry, Alexander Suite
7:30pm - 9pm

To register for the talk please click on this link https://bit.ly/2Pe7r7W
Or Contact Zest: 02871 266999 / talk@zestni.co.uk

“This Talk has been supported by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland through the A.R.N Foundation”.


13 Parentline 

Parents, carers, family members... if you need us we're here.
Call Parentline NI today for advice, support or guidance.

Parenting a child or young person can be hugely rewarding, however at times it can be challenging. Many carers can often feel like they are on their own with little or no support.

Parentline is here for you and offers an impartial, non-judgemental listening ear.

For advice on something specific or general support and guidance, just give us a call.
It’s completely FREE for anyone caring for or concerned about a child or young person.

FREE LOCAL HELPLINE - 0808 8020 400

CHAT ONLINE: www.ci-ni.org.uk
EMAIL: parentline@ci-ni.org.uk

Mon-Thur 9am-9pm Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-1pm

14 Upcoming Events with Towards Understanding & Healing

Valued Voices is organising two events in partnership with Fr Joe Gormley of St.Mary’s Creggan.

The first event will take place at 8pm on 26th November with Johann Coyle and Alan McBride from WAVE as guest speakers.

The second event will take place at 8pm on 3 December, where poet playwright and film maker, Damian Gorman will be the guest speaker. Damian will be joined by well known local singer Anne Tracey.

Both of these free events will take place in the Community Room at St Mary’s Chapel, Creggan.

All are welcome.

15 Invitation to Tenx9 'School' event in Derry/Londonderry

Following the success of our September event in Belfast, we’ve again partnered with Tenx9 to organise a storytelling event – this time on the theme ‘School’ and in Derry/Londonderry.

We’d be delighted if you could join us on Wed 4 December, 19.30 at Sandinos Café Bar!

This is a free event and no pre-booking required, just turn up. We do however recommend that you arrive early to ensure you get a seat! 

Tenx9 is a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their own life.  It was founded in Belfast in 2011 by Paul Doran and Pádraig Ó Tuama. For more information, please visit: http://www.tenx9.com/


16 Mayor's Day of Reflection

The Mayor Councillor Michaela Boyle invites you to attend
A Day of Reflection

In memory of all those who have list their lives as a result of war and conflict from and within the City and District
Thursday 5th December, 1pm, Guildhall Square

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Mayor's Parlour

RSVP no later than Friday 28th November 2019
mayor@derrystrabane.com / T: 028 7137 6508


17 Invite to Autism Book Launch

You are invited to the book launch of 
Music Therapy and Autism Across the Lifespan
A Spectrum of Approached
Edited by: Henry Dunn, Elizabeth Coombes, Emma Maclean, Helen Mottram & Josie Nugent

The use of music therapy is long established with people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.  This book celebrates the richness of music therapy approaches and brings together the voices of practitioners in the UK.  With a strong focus on practice based evidence it showcases clinicians, researchers and educators working in a variety of settings across the lifespan

Launched by Dr Brenda Friel, SFHEA
Course Director, School of Applied Sociall and Policy Sciences, Ulster University, Magee, Derry
Launch date: 3rd December 2019
Venue: Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, 1st Floor, Shared Future Centre, 61 Irish Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT47 2DB
Time: 6:30pm


18  Luxury Fashion Sale in aid of U3A Foyle

U3A Foyle is holding a Luxury Fashion Sale on Friday 22nd November from 10am - 2pm in their Premises at Gransha Park.

All items will be excellent quality - of 'nearly new' or 'worn once' standard. There is also a great assortment of handbags, hats, fascinators, scarves, jewellery & accessories.

This event is open to everyone.
All proceeds from the event will go towards U3A Foyle funds.

U3A Foyle, Pascal McDonald House, Gransha Park, Derry BT47 6TG
Call  028 7186 0123 or email 
info@u3afoyle.com for further details.


19 Galliagh Women's Group 25th Anniversary Celebration

Galliagh Women's Group are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for their upcoming celebration of 25 years in existence planned for The Point Inn on Friday, 15th November, 2019 at 9pm.

It's hoped to have some of the city's most talented artists taking part in proceedings with the likes of Mickey Doherty, Eddie Breslin and the talented Big Billy Carlin lined up so far. There will also be a 60s disco on the night

So, anyone looking for a fantastic night of nostalgia, fun and a bit of craic, why not come along the Point Inn, 9pm-1.00am and help us celebrate a magnificent 25 years of Galliagh Women's Group.

Tickets (£5.00) are available from GWG members or simply by calling us on 02871 356092.


20  Stories, Poems and Songs

With Liam Diver, Ben Dillon, Julieann Campbell, Damian Gorman, Caitlin Browne, Anne Tracey and The Cromore Beatles!

Wednesday 11th December, 8pm at an Cro Mor, Creggan Community Collective

Come along to this FREE event for some Christmas craic!


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