NWCN E-bulletin 21 November 2018


1 Upcoming NWCN Events

2 Small Capital Grants Programme

3 Deep RiverRock Funding Available For Community Groups

4 Our Future Foyle - Bubble Workshop

5 Upcoming Events with TUH

6 Women’s lives and the troubles: a panel discussion

7 Youth 19 - Information Sessions

8 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

9  FREE Youth Leadership Training Programme

10 CPD Training on Professional & Ethical Record Keeping (GDPR Compliant)

11 Job Opportunity with Cúnamh

12 Job Opportunities with Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum

13 ZEST Healing the Hurt Self Harm & Suicide Collection Day

14 North West Methodist Mission Annual Collection 29th and 30th November

15 Latest Cross Border Health News Autumn 2018

16 Heritage Research Event and Book Launch 

17 Invitation to launch of 'Voices of 68' exhibition

18 Little Acorns Community Creche is now open for enrolment

19 Christmas Light Switch on and Competition



NWCN's new Membership form is out now - to become a part of your local Network please see www.nwcn.org



1 Upcoming NWCN Events

  • Data Protection Training

Friday 23rd November, 10.30 – 1.30pm

This FREE half-day training course will help you assess and plan what you need to do to meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will help you to think out your approach to meeting the data protection principles and take action to ensure that you are compliant with the GDPR.

The session will give you simple and practical guidance on the impact of GDPR on your organisation.  The training includes practical exercises and a discussion of real scenarios.

Who is it for?

All staff, volunteers and board members of small to medium sized organisations in the voluntary and community sector.


What does it cover?

  • Introduction to GDPR
  • Principles of data protection
  • Individual rights
  • Lawful processing
  • Privacy notices
  • Accountability and policies
  • Consent
  • Breach reporting
  • Subject access requests
  • Your GDPR compliance journey


All of the above events will take place in the Holywell Building, Bishop Street, BT48 6PW.

If you are interested in attending please book your place here http://www.nicva.org/event/gdpr-fundamentals-derrylondonderry



  • Media Training Opportunity

Are you interested in representing North West Community Network on local media? We have sourced funding to provide in-depth media training and we are working towards having a pool of community activists who will be able to raise issues, lobby and promote the work within their area of expertise e.g. young people, health & well-being, older people etc.
The media training will take place on 29th November 2018, Holywell Building. 

If you are interested please complete an
expression of interest form (also can be downloaded on the homepage of www.nwcn.org) and return it to Neola info@nwcn.org



  • Feedback on your experiences of Unscheduled Care


When: Monday 3rd December 2018, 1000am - 1200
Where: Holywell Building, Bishop Street
Representatives of the Western Health & Social Care Trust are keen to hear about issues and views of service users of Unscheduled Care. Unscheduled Care is when someone accesses health and social care services unexpectedly e.g.

  • Community Pharmacy
  • General Practice
  • GP Out of Hours Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Minor Injuries Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • 999 Ambulance Service

There is also an opportunity to feed into or to become a representative on the
Unscheduled Care Western Trust Locality Network.
If you are interested in feeding back your experiences of Unscheduled Care please book your place with Neola
info@nwcn.org or 028 71 261941



  • RSA - NI Inquiry Food, Agriculture and Rural Life


NWCN are supporting this and are holding a meeting on 5th December 2018, Holywell building at 10:30 - 12.  If you are interested in attending please email info@nwcn.org

Brexit opens up the space to decide together what kind of country we want to be and what this means for our food, where it comes from and the countryside we share and enjoy.

People care about where their food comes from, how it is produced and how it affects their health and wellbeing. They believe the government should do its job, making sure that what they can buy really is safe and healthy for people, compassionate for animals, and sustainable for soils and biodiversity.
Second, they challenge the idea that ‘food poverty’ is best addressed by making food cheaper. Poverty is poverty. In rural areas, the cost of living can be up to 30 percent higher than in towns. If people can’t afford basic goods and services – food, housing, heating, transport – then the answer must be in getting a better balance between the price of goods, the provisions of services and basic incomes.

If you care about these issues then come along and be part of a conversation with the issues raised informing a major report being prepared by the RSA to be submitted to the UK government in March 2019.




2 Small Capital Grants Programme


Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2018/19 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland. 

The purpose of this Programme is to promote Partnership and Collaboration among Voluntary and Community organisations. As such the amount of grant available to apply for will be dependent on the amount of partners within the application:

  • 2 partner groups  = can apply for £1,500
  • 3 - 4 partner groups = can apply for up to £3,500
  • 5+ partner groups  =  can apply for up to maximum £5,000

To be eligible for grant assistance organisations must:

  • be constituted voluntary /community sector organisations
  • have an annual income of less than £100,000 per year.  

This grant is only eligible for expenditure on capital items and must be incurred from the date of award until 31 March 2019.


Application forms and guidance notes can be accessed at:



Completed applications should be emailed to smallcapitalgrants@cooperationireland.org, and must be received by 12noon Wednesday 19th December 2018




3  Deep RiverRock Funding Available For Community Groups


Enter the unique code found on the reverse of the label on #ThirstForBetter bottles of Deep RiverRock then choose the community group you want to donate to!


Please remember for donating to a Community group of your choice, if you are logging on to the website in the Republic of Ireland, you will only see groups in this region. Likewise, if you are located in Northern Ireland you will only be able to see and donate to those in the North.


The chatbot can be used to donate to groups in either ROI or NI.





4 Our Future Foyle - Bubble Workshop


Our Future Foyle invites you to attend a Bubbles workshop, to focus on how the Bubbles will be utilised and maintained, along with additional information about the project


Date: Tuesday 27th November@12pm-1pm
Venue: Nerve Centre
Running order of workshop:  Presentation on Foyle Bubbles and discussion.

Your participation and attendance is highly valued, in order to ensure the successful design and implementation of the Foyle Bubbles project.


Workshop RSVP’s send to hollyfuturefoyle@gmail.com



5  Upcoming Events with TUH


A testimony event with Danny Toland whose father John was shot dead by members of the UFF in the Happy Landing Bar, Eglinton, November 22nd 1976. Danny was fourteen at the time. He is the eldest of seven children.


Date: November 28th 

Time: 12.30 pm – 2 pm 

Light lunch will be provided

Venue : Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry. 


A free event.     All welcome


For more information contact:Eamonn Baker at 028-71261941 or email: eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org


Brid Keenan will speak about her somatic experiencing work (SE) -a psychobiological approach to trauma resolution and healing.
Somatic experiencing was pioneered over forty years ago by acclaimed American clinician and writer, Dr. Peter Levine and is now is taught worldwide.
Date: Saturday, December 1st
Time: 11.00 am – 1 pm
Light lunch will be provided
Venue: Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry. 

Places limited.
For more information contact:Eamonn Baker at 028-71261941 or email:



6  Women’s lives and the troubles: a panel discussion


Derry Central Library Presents: Women’s lives and the troubles: a panel discussion

Thursday, 22nd November, 12.00 – 2.30pm


A special one-day seminar will be held as part of the ‘Speeches Strikes and Struggles’ series.  Consisting of three separate panels, each will be held in different locations around the city, and hosted by a member of the Peter Moloney College Partnership; Tower Museum, Libraries NI and The Museum of Free Derry.


From 12noon – 2.30pm Derry Central Library will host a panel focusing on the Women's lives and the troubles:


12.00 Lunch and  networking                                                                             

1.00 pm Panel – Women's lives and the troubles                                                    

Chairperson – Susan McKay, Journalist and Author

Panellist 1 – Maureen Hetherington, Director of the Junction

Panellist 2 – Grainne McCafferty, former Principal of St. Cecilia's College

Panellist 3 – Hazel Philson, Local Author, Historian and Poet


It will be followed at 3pm-5pm by a discussion at the Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington on Conflict Art. The Seminar will conclude with a session at 7pm – 8.30pm hosted by the Museum of Free Derry looking at the Reform of the Londonderry Corporation.


All welcome, Light lunch provided, admission free

T: 028 7122 9990

E: derrycentral.library@librariesni.org.uk



 7  Youth 19 - Information Sessions


Since the record breaking consultation with over 10,000 young people as part of the EYC19 campaign, we have been using the feedback to shape an exciting Youth 19 Programme.  The Youth 19 Programme will have festivals and events, opportunities for young people to get creative, learn new skills, get active, be the voice and make important decisions about how funding is allocated. 


During the consultation phase, one of the key areas identified was the need for greater awareness about the exciting opportunities available for young people in our communities.  As a result, the Youth 19 website was co-designed with students from the University of Ulster (Magee Campus) and is now live with further testing with young people taking place over the coming weeks. 


Youth 19 – Information Sessions
I am pleased to invite you to the Youth 19 Information sessions that we have planned for December 2018.  These sessions are tailored towards adults working with young people, additional information sessions are being organised for young people.


Please register your attendance with youth@derrystrabane.com for one of the dates outlined below:



Monday 3rd December 2018 at 10.00 am

  Coach Education Room, Foyle Arena

Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 2.00 pm

  Room 5, Strabane Library

Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 6.30 pm

  Derg Valley Leisure Centre

Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 6.30 pm 

  Glenelly House, Plumbridge

Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 2.30 pm 

  Eglinton Community Hall, Eglinton

Thursday 6th December 2018 at 3.30 pm    

  Holywell Trust, Bishop Street, Derry


In the meantime there are many ways which you can support Youth 19 and all of the information is on our new website:

  • Submit your existing event/ activity to feature as part of the Youth 19 programme;
  • Apply to the Youth 19 Golden Events Grant Aid – closing date - 3.00 pm on Friday 23rd November 2018;
  • Complete the PEACE IV BIG Youth Survey with young people – results will be used to shape the Youth Manifesto
  • Encourage young people to express an interest in the  Youth 19 Opportunities – Get Creative with Marketing and Events, Have your Voice Heard with the NW Ministry of Youth and much more.
  • Use the Youth 19 Brand (guidance to using the online toolkit is attached)
  • Share details of Youth19 with all your networks and contacts.
  • Follow our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat



8  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


BiTriMulti (BTM) - Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges

28 January - 1 February 2019 | Hungary

The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects;especially newcomers to this field

Organizer: Hungarian Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agency (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 2 December 2018

See details


European Digital Youth Summit 2018

14 December 2018 | Brasov, Romania

EDYS 2018 is a one-day event taking place on December 14th in Brașov, Romania, which will tackle the impact of the European funded projects in the context of a digitalized society through two workshop sessions.

Organizer: Asociatia GEYC (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): 3 December 2018

See details



Call for Trainers

SALTO Inclusion & Diversity and the Romanian National Agency for the E+ is looking for

2 trainers: one from Romania & one international trainer

Application deadline:10th of December 2018

Online version.



9   FREE Youth Leadership Training Programme


HURT are providing a free Youth Leadership training programme for young people in the Derry, Strabane and Donegal area aged 18 to 25.  The programme is focused on young people who are interested/ already involved in youth /community /voluntary work and will empower them in their leadership skills.


Two accredited programmes will be provided to include –

  • Programme 1 - Award in Community Relations, Equality and Diversity In Youth Work Practice
  • Programme 2 -
    Level 3 Award in Education and Training

 This is a 6 week by 4 hour programme class contact.
 Programme participants must agree to undertake both programmes
On completion participants will be awarded a level 3 Award in Education and Training and an Level 1 award in Community Relations Equality and Diversity In Youth Work Practice:
The qualifications will enhance the capacity of the participants to be empowered within a youth leadership context.



Please contact Dessie on 02871 369696 or hurttraining@outlook.com as places are limited. 
Other opportunities include 4 educational trips for eg. Visit to cross community places of interest as well as a fun filled day having a go at surfing and paddle boarding!!


Refreshments provided, accreditation costs and scope to create a group identity!!




10 CPD Training on Professional & Ethical Record Keeping (GDPR Compliant)


Due to a high level of interest we are deilvering a second training day on the following
Professional & Ethical Record Keeping (GDPR Compliant) and
Clinical Assessment for Talking Therapies
Topics being covered:

  • Confidentiality & it’s limitations
  • Record keeping
  • The legalities of record keeping
  • What happens when clinical notes are subpoenaed to court
  • Report writing
  • Maintaining ethical practice
  • Clinical Assessment

Saturday 8th December 2018 at Headucate, 9 Clarendon Street Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7EP
From 9.30am to 4.30pm
£55 per participant
Light lunch provided &Tea Coffee & light refreshments on arrival
To obtain a booking form email
info@musecounselling.co.uk or call 02871500200
Limited places available
“Keep your records legal and ethical”



11  Job Opportunity with Cúnamh


Job Title:                     Health & Well-being Caseworker (Fixed term Maternity Cover)
Organisation:             Cúnamh
Location:                     171 Sunbeam Terrace, Bishop Street, Derry.
Hours of Work:           37.5 hours per week (from 4th February - 16th August 2019)
Salary:                         £26,130 Gross per annum + pension contribution
Reports to:                  Co-ordinator, Cúnamh
This post will be based at Cúnamh, a community led mental health organisation that supports individuals and families affected by the conflict.
The post has been developed as part of the PEACE IV Programme which provides investment for cross-border health and wellbeing services by increasing the quality of care in the sector for victims and survivors and their families, and collecting information on victims’ and survivors’ needs.

Purpose of the Role
The Health & Wellbeing Caseworker will work directly with individual victims and survivors and their families in a pro-active and innovative way to facilitate engagement with services and activities within the statutory, community and voluntary sector in keeping with their needs.
Application Form Submission

  • Full job details and applications can be obtained by contacting cathy@cunamh.org or Tel: 028 71288868
  • Completed applications must be submitted by Friday 30th November 2018 at 1.00 pm
  • Email, post or delivered by hand to:  Cúnamh, 171 Sunbeam Terrace, Bishop Street. Derry. BT48 6UJ. Email: cathy@cunamh.org
  • We will not accept incomplete application forms; application forms received after the closing deadline or reformatted application forms.
  • Should you have any queries please contact Cathy Nelis on 02871 288868.



12 Job Opportunities with Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum


Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund though their Empowering Young People Fund to offer a ‘Resilient Youth’ project in partnership with St Joseph’s Boys and St Cecilia’s Girls Schools and we have an number of exciting positions available for


Resilient Youth Project Co-ordinator

RESPONSIBLE TO:                                             BBHF Programme Manager

LOCATION:                                                         BBHF offices at Gasyard Centre and Longtower Youth Club

HOURS OF DUTY:                                              30 hours per week – until December 2023

SALARY:                                                               NJC Scale PO 32 £29055 pro rata per annum


Primary Function
To coordinate and lead the Resilient Youth Project on behalf of the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum.  A key aim for the Project Coordinator will be to build and maintain relationships with St Josephs Boy’s and St Cecilia’s Girls schools and the wider Statutory and C and V services to support Young People and their families in the TRIAX area and to develop Health Champions to lead on peer led health improvement services.

Candidates must have at least a HNC or higher in Youth, health/social sciences/business/management subject plus two years’ experience of implementing youth, community development or health programmes


At least three years experience implementing health, youth or community development programmes


2 x Family Support Workers 

Responsible To:                                                Resilient Youth Project Coordinator

Location:                                                              BBHF offices at Gasyard Centre and Longtower Youth Club

Hours of Duty:                                                   20 Per Week – until December 2023

Salary:                                                                   NJC Scale 28 £25463 – pro rata per annum


Primary Function
To actively contribute to the development of the Resilient Youth Project on behalf of the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum.  A key aim for the Family Support Work will be to maintain an early intervention model in collaboration with St Josephs Boy’s and St Cecilia’s Girls schools to support Young People and their families in the TRIAX area.

The Family Support Workers will target families with children & young people aged 11 – 18 years from the Triax Area who are deemed to be at levels 1 and 2 on the Hardiker Model, i.e. families who are experiencing some level of difficulty and who require support on a short-term basis.

Candidates must have an appropriate third level qualification in a Youth or health/social sciences subject and 2 years experience implementing programmes in health, education, youth or family support


NVQ level 3 or equivalent in health/social care with three years experience of implementing programmes in health, education, youth or family support work


How can I get more information or apply?

A full application pack can be requested by email: info@bbhealthforum.org

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 3 December 2018 

It is anticipated that interview will take place 12/13 December.   

Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum are an Equal Opportunities employer




13   ZEST Healing the Hurt Self Harm & Suicide Collection Day


Thursday, 20th December 2018
10:00am – 17:00pm

Volunteers needed for 1-2 hour slots


Locations: Foyleside, Richmond Centre, Sainsburys, Quayside Centre, Credit Union.


Contact Zest at zest@zestni.co.uk or telephone 028 7126 6999




14  North West Methodist Mission Annual Collection 29th and 30th November


Dates for the Collection this year are Thursday and Friday, 29th and 30th November 2018, and our volunteers will be outside local shopping centres collecting for our social welfare fund, which helps the homeless and addresses social issues throughout the city.


Please look out for us and any donations will be gratefully received!




15 Latest Cross Border Health News Autumn 2018


We are pleased to share our latest CAWT news on cross border Health and Social Care and EU INTERREG VA funded projects:

CAWT in Action newsletter Autumn 2018 Download

Annual Progress Report for 2017 Download


For up to date news on CAWT follow us on twitter and facebook @cawtcrossborder



16  Heritage Research Event and Book Launch 


Minor Hall, Ulster University, Magee Campus

Thursday 6 December, 7pm

You are invited to celebrate the launch of Dr Adrian Grant’s new book The Irish Revolution: Derry, 1912-23 and to hear about an ongoing research project exploring the history and heritage of Magee and its surrounding area.

The ‘Hidden Heritages’ project is a collaboration between Ulster University and the National Trust being carried out by Dr Adrian Grant, Dr Malachy O’Neill and Dr Philip McDermott. Adrian will give an update on the heritage project and talk about his recent experience of interviewing former students and residents of the Magee Campus.

The book will be launched by Eamonn McCann, journalist and political activist.

This will be followed by the launch of The Irish Revolution: Derry, 1912-23. For catering purposes please RSVP to info@fourcourtspress.ie  



17 Invitation to launch of 'Voices of 68' exhibition


On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland, and in collaboration with National Museums NI, Dr Chris Reynolds (Nottingham Trent University) has developed a multi-facetted project that seeks to re-examine the events of Northern Ireland’s 1968.

The ‘Voices of 68’ exhibition, which encourages a fresh look at this crucial period in Northern Ireland’s history, will be hosted at the Magee Campus of Ulster University between 26 November – 1 December. It is told in the words of some of those most directly involved at the time.

The project has involved producing filmed testimonies capturing the personal accounts of events which occurred in 1968. As well as the touring exhibition on display, the project has also included a temporary exhibition hosted at the Ulster Museum, a three-day conference, a digital version of the exhibition, the creation of bespoke GCSE educational resources and a series of extended videos to allow visitors to further explore this seminal moment in Northern Ireland’s recent history.


To mark the hosting of this exhibition, a launch event/discussion will take place on

Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at 11am (refreshments from 10.30am)


Location: Minor Hall (MD106), Magee campus, Ulster University, Derry~Londonderry.

If you would like to attend, please register on the link below:






18  Little Acorns Community Creche is now open for enrolment.


The community childcare facility offers morning child care sessions from its beautiful premises at Coshquin.

Places are offered to children between the ages of 2-4years.


Enquiries regarding enrolment, provision and facilities can be directed to Katie Taylor on 028 7130 8058, by email

info@littleacorns.org.uk or find us on Facebook by searching @littleacornscoshquin



19 Christmas Light Switch on and Competition


22 November, Guildhall Square, 6pm

To be in with a chance of winning a meal voucher for Fitzroy's Bistro on the night, take a photo with  Reeds Prototype, post it to your Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags and follow/tag @OurFutureFoyle in your picture.


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