NWCN E-bulletin 22 January 2020

1 Building Cyber Resilience for Small Organisations

2 Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) 2020/21 applicants

3 The Pathway Fund

4 Funding to Facilitate Accessibility & Inclusion Activities in Arts Programming

5 Urban Villages Initiative Community-led Funding Process 2020/21

6 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020

7 After Brexit: The Scope and Limitations of the Common Travel Area 

8 Would your organisation benefit from a FREE Health & Wellbeing Support Service? 

9 Launching Your Business Online Workshop

10 NW Volunteer Centre - Capturing health & Wellbeing benefits of Volunteering

11 New Year, New Community Space

12 Could you make a difference to a child's life?

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 Job Opportunity with Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum

15 Recruitment Opportunities at Verbal Arts

16 Board of Director Opportunities at La Dolce Vita Project

17 Public Appointment Opportunities

18 Creativity is contagious.... pass it on......

19 Irish Language Intensive Course

20 Festival of Music & Song in remembrance of Maisie Crawford BEM

21 Energy Of Light Disco

22  Monreagh Burns Supper



1 Building Cyber Resilience for Small Organisations


TONIGHT - 22 January 2020 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Holywell Diverse City Community Partnership

This session will take a practical approach to help trustees and personnel in voluntary and community organisations to build cyber resilience. NICVA has teamed up with industry experts to provide this tailored cyber security session that will focus on the particular challenges that face small voluntary and community organisations.

The session will include:

  • An overview of current cyber threats
  • Appropriate risk assessment practices
  • Practical, low cost, risk-mitigation controls 
  • Signposting to resources and further guidance for boards, staff and volunteers

As our ability to harness technology and digital services for voluntary and community activity grows, so too does the challenge of keeping our organisations safe from cyber fraud and data breaches.


Ensuring that organisations have the resilience to face threats from malicious and indiscriminate cyber-attacks is now imperative for boards and personnel in all sectors.   

Email fraud, ransomware attacks and data breaches are risks for all organisations regardless of size or sector. Local playgroups or sports clubs through to international household name charities are all vulnerable. Ensuring that we keep information about the people we work with secure is a top priority. In addition, preventing fraud and complying with regulatory requirements such as GDPR are key organisational governance issues.


Charities and voluntary organisations have an added challenge in terms of the tendency for being open and transparent about activities and finances, holding sensitive personal data, managing organisations with limited resources and an expectation to focus resources on front line services rather than back office services.


Improve your awareness of cyber security threats and help your organisation improve its cyber resilience. Please note that refreshments will be available from 5.45PM.

Funded by Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland and delivered in association with North West Community Network. 

Register here: 



2 Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) 2020/21 applicants


Registration is now open for groups who wish to apply for a Project Funding grant under the Central Good Relations Fund 2020/21.

This is the first stage of the new online application process and will be followed by an online application form in February 2020.

Register now at 


To register, you will need:

  • your contact information as the admin user (can be changed later)
  • details of your organisation, including address and organisation type
  • a copy of your organisation’s constitution (WORD or PDF)
  • a default password (used as the initial login for all of your organisation users)

If applicable, you will also need the Unique Reference Number of your organisation’s Government Funders Database account. Don’t worry if you don’t have an account, it’s not mandatory at this stage but if you are successful you will need one.

Application form summary available now
To allow you plenty of time to prepare, a summary of the application form is available to download from the CGRF webpage at the link below.
This summary contains the questions you will be asked so it’s really important to have a read, but please note this is for preparation purposes only, and cannot be submitted to The Executive Office.




You can find out more information about CGRF at the links below.




3  The Pathway Fund


The Pathway Fund in 2020/21 will be subject to the availability of Department of Education (DE) funding. 

Content relates to the Pathway Fund arrangements for 2020/21. Arrangements beyond 2020/21 will be determined at a later date.


In support of the DE vision “A system that is recognised internationally for the quality of its teaching and learning, for the achievements of its young people and for a holistic approach to education”.

The outcomes of the Pathway Fund are: 

  • Improved development of children who are at risk of not reaching their full potential within the school system; and
  • An enhanced, more sustainable early years sector.

In 2020/21 the Pathway Fund will be administered over two streams and applicants can apply to one or the other, not both. Only one application per organisation will be accepted.

The Pathway Fund will be open to all facilitators or registered providers of early years education and learning provision focused on children 0-4 such as:

  • Registered Sessional Day-care Settings (Out of Schools, Summer Schemes, Playgroups, Crèches)
  • Registered Full Day Care Settings (Day Nurseries)
  • Registered Childminders.

Stream A
A competitive funding application process open to all providers or facilitators with the following conditions in place:

  • Awards will be made from £15,001 up to £30,000.
  • Confirmation of need for the project and the funding requested.
  • Proposed projects will be assessed against the 7 Fund criteria.

Stream B
A competitive funding application process open to all providers or facilitators with the following conditions in place: 

  • Awards will be made up to £15,000.
  • Confirmation of need for the project and the funding requested.
  • Proposed projects will be assessed against the 4 Priority Fund criteria.

For further information please contact The Pathway Fund office 028 9066 2825 (option 2) or email thepathwayfund@early-years.org

Download The Pathway Fund 2020 information leaflet >>




4 Funding to Facilitate Accessibility & Inclusion Activities in Arts Programming


The Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Pilot Premium Payments Programme, which is provided through investment by the Department for Communities, offers funding to smaller not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 to enable them to provide a wider and more diverse group of people access to a high-quality arts experience.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to assist with activities that will encourage the engagement of one or more of the groups of people who fall under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in exchequer- or lottery-funded arts activity (regardless of the programme that the support was provided under).

This pilot programme aims to:

  • Increase engagement in the arts by each of the nine Section 75 categories.
  • Support arts organisations diversify audiences/participants.
  • Respond to project-level need in a timely and systematic way, enabling engagement with existing or planned arts activity.
  • Target small- to medium-sized arts organisations without dedicated capacity or resources to facilitate the engagement of Section 75 categories.

Any applications that seek to increase access to Section 75 groups will be considered and funding can be used towards any relevant costs including signage, captioning, transport, childcare, translation or support worker costs.

Funded projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.
Closing date: Friday 13th March 2020
For more information, guidance and application forms, see:



5 Urban Villages Initiative Community-led Funding Process 2020/21

REMINDER - There are only 2 days left to apply for the Urban Villages Initiative Community-led Funding Process 2020/21. 
Applications must be received by 12.00 noon on Friday 24 January. 

Please see below for project identification template for completion by those interested in submitting Community Led Project proposals within Urban Village areas across Belfast and Derry~Londonderry. We are pleased to be able to maintain the overall budget for community projects at £250k in each of the five Urban Village areas.  

All project templates will be assessed by a panel and allocated a score against the following criteria:

  1. Good Relations; 
  2. Financial/Economic; and
  3. Alignment to Urban Villages Outcomes & Strategic Frameworks and links to Urban Villages Capital and/or Cross Cutting Projects.

All project proposals should be completed and returned on the attached template to UVCommunityProjects@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk by 12.00 noon on Friday 24 January, 2020. Please note that only the information contained in the template will be considered and no additional information should be provided. This is in line with the returning instructions within the attached guidance notes.

Please contact your Local Coordinator or Local Support Officer should you require any further assistance with your template.
Any personal information (e.g., name, personal email/home postal address) included in correspondence to the Executive Office, will be handled in accordance with data protection legislation.  This information will be retained for no longer than is necessary, and in line with the Department’s retention and disposal schedule.

Download the documents by clicking on the links below:



6 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.


International guest speakers include:
Dr Demosthenes Lorandos: PhD, Forensic Psychologist, member of California, Michigan and New York State bars and member of the Supreme Courts of the United States. 

Professor William Bernet: Graduate of Harvard Medical School. Expert in Forensic Psychiatry. Dr Bernet, evaluates adults, children, and families involved in legal situations, both civil and criminal. 

Dr Steve Millar: A Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical. M. D in Psychology and Medicine from Brown University. Dr Steve Millar is an International expert on estrangement and parental alienation with a particular focus on differentiating between the two. 

Bachelor of Education (Hons). Masters in Development and Co-Production of Social Care Research candidate. Leadership in Parental Alienation Certified. Family Mediator. Independent Parent Advocate.

Mairead Stewart: Bachelor of Education (Hons). Masters in Development and Co-Production of Social Care Research candidate. Leadership in Parental Alienation Certified. Family Mediator. Independent Parent Advocate. Mairead has studied the effects of parental separation, high-conflict and parent-child relationship breakdown on children of divorce and separation as part of her Masters Course in the Development and Co-Production of Health and Social Care Research.

Rory O’Connor PhD CPsychol AFBPsS FAcSS, a native of Derry, is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research and a current Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. 

Brian O Sullivan (PAE) A Consultant Systemic (Family) Psychotherapist. .Brian has developed two M.Sc. programs, in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, and in Family Therapy both validated by Middlesex University in London. His primary undergraduate award is in Emergency Medical Science. 

Brendan Guildea: Brendan was called to the Irish bar in 2011 and has developed a specialized practice in high-conflict child access cases, acting for both custodial and non-custodial parents. 

Caroline Langley B.L: A world expert in family law. With nearly three decades of experience, she is a pre-eminent specialist in international family law with a focus on parental alienation, the Hague Convention. She has worked with the US Department of States, the US Citizens Service, foreign governments and inter-pol.

Tickets: £150 per person

Group booking for 10 or more people available.


Ticket Link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/ladolcevitaproject/297479?fbclid=IwAR1nEZ4jJwXsmO4muH61dPE5BO6coVkrsPmmtdmaK0ajXW2LVwzD5sj5194


Invoice payment: Tel Cindy Mc Cafferty (Mon and Tues Only between 9.30 - 5pm)
Telephone 028 7137 7272 for more details.



 7 After Brexit: The Scope and Limitations of the Common Travel Area 

A North-South roundtable discussion comparing Common Travel Area provisions and EU rights retained under the Withdrawal Agreement.

11am-4pm, Friday 31st January 2020
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry 

Much has been made of the protections of the Common Travel Area following the UK’s exit from the European Union but is it enough to plug the gaps post Brexit? Facilitated by CAJ this roundtable discussion will bring together leading experts from across the island of Ireland to discuss the reality of the Common Travel Area, the issues arising post Brexit and the protections the Common Travel Area offers compared with the EU rights provided for in the UK Withdrawal Agreement. 

‘The Scope and Limitations of the Common Travel Area’ will be divided into two themes; Freedom of Movement and the Common Travel Area and Reciprocal rights and the Common Travel Area. These discussions will be chaired by Professor Colin Harvey QUB and Patricia McKeown Unison, with introductory remarks from Equality Coalition Co-convener Daniel Holder CAJ. 

Tea and Coffee will be served from 10.30 am and lunch will be provided, please contact
una@caj.org.uk to register and to notify us of any access or dietary requirements. 



8 Would your organisation benefit from a FREE Health & Wellbeing Support Service? 


Due to a fantastic funded initiative (supported by the Public Health Agency) your organisation may be able to avail of a free Workplace Health & Wellbeing support.


The aim of the initiative is to mentor and support businesses through a structured four stage process to improve the health, safety and well-being of their employees within the workplace setting.


This is currently year 4 of 4, and the programme has been a resounding success with over 600 business in Northern Ireland having availed with huge benefits to employee health being realised. Businesses range from large multinationals to small micro businesses.


Registration is now open for new workplaces, for a limited time only and best of all it is completely funded by the Public Health Agency. 

An overview of what is provided:

  • An opportunity to complete an evidence-based and employee wide health & wellbeing survey to identify areas of priority;
  •  A comprehensive and informative report outlining the health of employees;
  •  Health Champion training for a nominated individual who will implement and lead the
    workplace strategy internally;
  •  Provision of resources such as action plan templates, guides, questionnaires and literature;
  •  Assistance with the development and implementation of a 3-year action plan;
  •  Delivery of 2 health & wellbeing sessions delivered by our specialist coordinators for your
    staff; &
  •  Assistance with the evaluation of all health & wellbeing initiatives implemented

How to register your interest?
Complete a
Registration of Interest Form and your area provider will be in touch. Alternatively, please contact your area provider via email:
Western Trust area, Sabrina Moore Health@Work NI 



9  Launching Your Business Online Workshop

Get to grip with the basics of bringing your business or organisation online.
Unlock the mysteries of web hosting and domains, wrap your head around platforms such as WordPress and Shopify and understand shipping, legal requirements and plugins.

Thursday 23rd January 2020
6.30pm – 8.30pm
North West Business Complex, Skeoge Industrial Estate, BT48 8SE

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




Better Business with Enterprise North West



10 NW Volunteer Centre - Capturing health & Wellbeing benefits of Volunteering

NW Volunteer Centre are looking to gather the impacts of volunteering in terms of health & Well being.

We've devised a short 5 minute questionnaire for volunteers and we'd be really grateful if you would take the time to give us your views.  This is supported by the Clear Project and Public Health Agency.

Click here for questionnaire and we'd love it if you would complete and return to Strabane@volunteeringnorthwest.co.uk  or pop it in the post to North West Volunteer Centre, 22 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6PP or Strabane office at 42 Barrack Street BT82 8HD by Monday 3rd February 2020.





11 New Year, New Community Space


Translink is on the lookout for community groups to take-over the vibrant community and civic space in the brand new North West Transport Hub.


The space is free-of-charge to use and can be hired for a range of uses including performances, talks, exhibitions, meet-ups, pop-up markets and more!


This year we are inviting more community groups to get involved in the space. Whether you need a meeting-point for a walking group, a place to rehearse to a live audience, or have an exhibition to display – we want to hear from you.

To be part of the 2020 programme get in touch by emailing northwesthub@turley.co.uk


See the latest newsletter here



12 Could you make a difference to a child's life?


Our Fostering and Recruitment Team are calling for people to think about the positive difference they can make to a child’s life.

There is an urgent need for Foster parents who can keep brothers and sisters together on both a long-term and a short-term basis. Some very young children in particular need the safety and security that a loving family environment can provide.

With this in mind, the Trust’s Fostering and Recruitment Team will be holding information events across the Trust, where the fostering team will be available to answer any questions people may have.

  • Tuesday 28 January 2020 - Da Vincis Hotel, Derry/Londonderry, 7.00pm–9.00 pm
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020 – Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane, 7.00pm–9.00 pm

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/37crUQQ



13  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


The Power Of Non Formal Education 2020
17 - 22 March 2020 | Portugal
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: Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 17 February 2020

See details

5 - 13 May 2020 | Lugo to Santiago de Compostela, Spain
The training course will take the format of a 100km hike-pilgrimage using what is known as the first European Cultural itinerary, the Camino of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, while exploring the power of inner peace through meditation for youth workers.
Organizer: Coconutwork.org and LEAPSports (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 26 February 2020

See details

11 - 16 May 2020 | Sofia, Bulgaria
The TC is designed to discover various reasons why youngsters disconnect from school, to experience different ways of learning, to reinforce synergies between formal and non-formal education and to share and learn tools, methods and best practices.
Organizer: Human Resource Development Centre (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 17 March 2020

See details

8 Senses Training Course
15 - 21 June 2020 | TBC, Bulgaria
8 Senses is 5 days (+ 2 days for travelling) TC for youth workers to learn, practice and apply methods for inclusion, participation, creativity and sustainability in their work with youth, including NEETs and young people with fewer opportunities.
Organizer: Human Resource Development Centre (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 24 April 2020

See details

Call for trainers
Meeting of the EU Youth Dialogue National Working Groups 
Romanian NA in cooperation with the Slovenian NA, European Youth Forum and Strategic partners such as such as European Commission, FI, HR, DE and PT NAs (from the current and future EU Youth Dialogue Cycle) is looking for 3 Facilitators
Application deadline:  17th of February 2020

Online version

Online training on the Youthpass and learning in European Solidarity Corps
SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre is looking for 2 facilitators/experts
Application deadline:  24.01.2020 (24h CET)

Online version



14 Job Opportunity with Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum


The Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum are seeking applications for the position of Support Worker (Part time 25 hours per week) to co-ordinate and actively contribute to the development of the Young People Support Service on behalf of the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum and the Triax area.   A key aim of the project will be to maintain an prevention  model to support young people and their families in the TRIAX area to increase their health and wellbeing.

Salary: £26,292 Per Annum - Pro Rata 


Qualifications/Experience: An appropriate third level qualification in a health/social sciences subject and 12 months 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.


It is anticipated interviews will take place on Wednesday 12 February 2020 and closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 3rdFebruary 2020 at 12 noon. For an Application Pack please email Susan on susan@bbhealthforum.org

Project funded by: BBC Children in Need



15  Recruitment Opportunities at Verbal Arts


The following positions are available through our PeaveIV programmes:

  1. Participation Manager – The Third Space Full Time – 36 hours per week to Dec21 Based in Derry~Londonderry
  2. Participation Manager – Listen Share Change Full Time – 36 hours per week to Aug21 Based in Derry~Londonderry

These are Fixed-term posts
Application Packs can be downloaded from the below link:


For further information please contact

  • Andrea Doran / Sinead McLaughlin
  • Email: - sinead.mclaughlin@theverbal.co
  • Tel: 028 7126 6946
    Closing date for applications is: 12.00noon on Friday, 31st January 2020.
    It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.
    Interviews are due to be held week beginning 10th February 2020.
    The Verbal Arts Centre operates a Child Protection Policy. The Verbal Arts Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
    These projects have been supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by SEUPB 



16  Board of Director Opportunities at La Dolce Vita Project


La Dolce Vita Project is a local community based organisation set up to address the issues surrounding domestic abuse, violence, sexual violence and parental alienation.


As an organisation our aim is to bring awareness, educate, empower and encourage communities in  understanding the affects of domestic abuse,violence, parental alienation, not just on the individuals but also on the family, friends, communities.  


We are inviting individuals to express an interest in joining our Board of Directors. These positions are voluntary although out of pocket expenses regarding travel to meetings will be reimbursed.

We would ask those who have a passion or background knowledge, education in the area of domestic abuse and violence to consider expressing an interest.


This is not a mandatory requirement and we would also welcome those with a background in Community Development, Law, Accountancy,  working with Children and Young people,  public sector business skills, Human Rights, and who can demonstrate core responsibilities within these roles.


All members must be over 18 years of age, will be subject to an Access NI or a Gardai Vetting check and will be required to attend 6 meetings per year.


Please include in your expression of interest ; Name, Address, Contact Number, Email address. Any conflict of Interests regarding membership of any other organisations or a member of other Boards. A short personal statement to include education, and what you feel you could bring to La Dolce Vita Project.


Email: ladolcevita5277@gmail.com

Application can be completed at: becollective.com/search/opportunites

Or if you would like additional information telephone 02871377272.



17 Public Appointment Opportunities


Northern Ireland Police Fund - Chairperson and Board Members
The Department of Justice is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson and four Board members to the Northern Ireland Police Fund (NIPF). 
The NIPF is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department of Justice. It provides care and financial assistance to police officers and ex-officers injured or disabled as a direct result of terrorism and to the widows and families of police officers injured or killed through terrorism. The appointments will begin in April 2020, for a term of four years for the Chairperson and two Board Members and a term of three years for the other two Board Members. 
The Chairperson is required to provide effective strategic leadership and ensure that the Board carries out its essential functions in an efficient and effective manner.  The Chairperson will be required to commit to a minimum of four days per month to NIPF business.  The remuneration for the position is currently £6,000 per annum. 
Board Members
Board Members of NIPF are required to carry out the functions of the organisation and decide on the appropriate disbursement of funds commensurate with NIPF’s objectives.  Board Members will be required to commit to a minimum of one day per month to NIPF business.  Board Member positions are not remunerated.
We particularly welcome applications from women, people under the age of 40, ethnic minorities and people with a disability, who are currently under-represented on the NIPF Board.
Essential criteria
All applicants must meet the following essential criteria: Performance Oversight and Financial Management; Building Effective Relationships; and Strategic Thinking.  In addition, applicants for the Chairperson position must also meet a Leadership criterion. 
It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 2 March 2020.
Further information and an application pack can be downloaded direct from:


By emailing: 

By telephoning:   028 9052 8584 or 028 9052 8122
Or by writing to:   NIPF Competition 2020, Department of Justice, Policing Policy & Strategy Division, Room A4.21, Block A, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3SG.
Candidate information packs and application forms can be provided in alternative formats and applicants requiring assistance will be facilitated on request.
Equality of Opportunity
The Department of Justice is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.  The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants. Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.  In keeping with the NICS Policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we would also welcome applications from those not currently serving on public bodies.



Appointment of Local Government Boundaries Commissioner 

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to contribute to the important work of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner and to lead a review of the electoral landscape and help maintain the smooth running of the electoral system in Northern Ireland?

If so, applications are now invited for the appointment of a Local Government Boundaries Commissioner. The role of the Commissioner involves reviewing the number, boundaries and names of electoral districts or wards, and making recommendations to the Department.

Applications are welcome from across the community, voluntary, business, private or public sectors particularly from women, people with a disability, people from minority ethnic groups and young people. No professional qualifications are required. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme is in place for those applicants with a disability.

Further details on the positions including responsibilities and selection criteria are currently available on the NI Direct & Department for Communities websites - www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-public-appointments or www.nidirect.gov.uk/public-appointment-vacancies .

The closing date for applications is 6 February 2020 at 12 noon.



18 Creativity is contagious.... pass it on......


Thursday 30th January sees the culmination of an artistic journey with the launch of the “Never 2 Late 2 Create” showcase exhibition at the Studio 2 Arts Centre on Skeoge Road in Derry. The Greater Shantallow Community Arts Group invite you to see the fruits of the imaginative processes from over 65 people involved in the “Arts in Mind” programme in Derry and Strabane. Starting from scratch, with no experience at all, the diverse group of participants have created poetry, made block prints, string art, pebble and stone art, photography, and put oils to canvas. They now extend an open invitation to see their work at their showcase in Studio 2 Arts Centre from noon to 2.00pm.. But for many of the 65 artists involved this is just the start of their artistic journey as the project has ignited a creative spark! Be prepared to be amazed at the results of their artistic abilities.


The “Arts in Mind” programme is a twelve session creative arts programme focused on people coming through the support programmes with existing community agencies. The aim is to deliver a high quality, culturally-sensitive, and contextually-appropriate support project that will provide participants with skills, knowledge and confidence by using creativity as the vehicle to improve wellbeing. The programme is delivered by professional facilitators and artists in both Derry and Strabane. This is a positive step towards mental well-being and personal recovery and clearly shows the creative potential inside everyone. The Arts in Mind project is supported by the Arts Council NI through the Lottery Programme and the Public Health Agency through the Clear Project. It aims to provide connection, hope, identity, meaning and empowerment. The sessions are delivered in a supportive and relaxed setting, aiming to build confidence and skills, enable personal recovery from mental distress and support access to moving on.

If interested in getting involved or finding out more contact Studio 2 Arts on 02871-358750 or Strabane Health Improvement Project (SHIP) on 02871383557 or Mobile 077191085. Light lunch provided. Opens from Noon until 2.00pm at Studio 2 Arts Centre Skeoge Road. 

We invite you to join with us and celebrate the creativity of these emerging artists and share some time with us to see what art can do to help you on the road to a better life. 



19 Irish Language Intensive Course


IMBOLC International Music Festival is holding an Irish Language Intensive Course on the 1st of February with Coláiste an Phobail as part of the festival.


The intensive course will range from Beginner to Advanced.

The course starts at 10:00am Saturday morning and runs right through until 4:00pm that afternoon.

The cost of the intensive course is £15 for the day.


This is a great opportunity to learn and develop your Irish.


Tel: 028 7126 4132



20 Festival of Music & Song in remembrance of Maisie Crawford BEM

Saturday 29 February 2020
7:30pm (Doors open 7pm)
Main Hall, Guildhall, Derry

With Voices of the Foyle, The Pink Ladies Choir, Thyme to Sing Choir, Roy Arbuckle, Anne Tracey, Richard Laird, Tracey McRory, The Singing Butcher Mark McCafferty, Ella McCafferty and the Wheezing Warblers.
MCs Joanna Boyd and Mark Patterson

Tickets £10
Tickets available from the Crawford Family
Holywell Building: 028 7126 1941
Pink Ladies: 07710025494 / 028 7141 4004
Caw/Nelson Drive Action Group: 028 7131 8100

Raffle and auction on the night
Proceeds in aid of Ward 26, Altnagelvin Hospital and The Pink Ladies

This event is kindly supported by Mayor, Cllr Michaela Boyle



21 Energy Of Light Disco


First Night Back in 2020

FRIDAY 31st JANUARY - 8.30PM – 10.30PM

Millienum Forum


Come along to the monthly Energy of Light Disco’s, a monthly disco for adults aged 15+ who are experiencing limited physical, sensory and or learning ability. DJ Oliver will have you have you dancing to a range of music including pop, country and the very best of dance hits. So come along and enjoy the music, dance and have fun! Carers and Parents go Free



22  Monreagh Burns Supper


Burns Night Supper 

Friday 24 January at 8pm 

Halfway House Burnfoot - €15 (Euros)


Come Join us for a traditional Burns Supper with Scottish dancing and entertainment.

You can reserve your tickets by emailing office@monreagh.net or telephone +353 074 9140708

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