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NWCN E-bulletin 22 September 2016

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1 Upcoming Events with NWCN

2 Local Community Plans - Time To Have Your Say

3 Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Umbrella Programme - IOF Introductory Certificate to Fundraising

4 Branding and Marketing Masterclass for Social Enterprise

5 Land and Natural Resource Ownership Patterns and Future Options for NI

6 Apprenticeship NI - Free Upskilling Training Programme

7 Charities/Community Groups Can Benefit From A Fantastic Free Resource

8 Trócaire Volunteer Recruitment

9 Volunteering Opportunity with Nexus NI

10  Job Vacancy with Rainbow Rehoming Centre

11 Free Families Voices Conference 14th October - Booking Open!

12 Tenant Involvement in Governance – where next for Northern Ireland? 

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 Free Arabic culture workshops with Sole Purpose Productions

15 Inconspicuous Gallantry Launch

16 NI Open College Network Accredited - Conflict Management and Mediation Skills Course (Level 2- 2 Credits)

17 Spiritual talks, meditation, live music and a very special hug from Amma

18 Indian Head Massage at Focus on Family

19 WOW Festival Derry-Londonderry 2016

20  Rural Foyle Youth Forum

21 You are Invited to a Macmillan Coffee Morning hosted by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

22 Consumer Council Online Parcel Delivery Problems Survey 

23 FHC coaching starts this week on Thursday 6.30-8pm @ Foyle Arena




1  Upcoming Events with NWCN


A.  NWCN AGM + "Keeping It Real" Event 30 Sep 2016

“Keeping It Real – Community & Voluntary Sector in the North West”
09:30-12:00, The Junction, Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, BT48 6PW
This event which begins with a hot breakfast will see diverse groups from across Derry City and Strabane District Council area - who all do very different things - take a bit of time out to tell colleagues about their achievements, the challenges they have faced and their hopes for the future.

You will also hear from Derry City & Strabane District Council on a range of topics including the Community Planning process (and progress) and council’s commitment to the C&V sector and actively celebrating its continuing successes.

The event will culminate in a keynote presentation by local woman, Mairead Healy, a human rights lawyer who founded and now leads Future Voices Ireland, a coaching and mentoring charity working with young people (13-18) to break down the barriers of poverty and under-acheivement and improve access to personal and educational opportunities.

B.      North West Community Network Annual General Meeting - 30 Sep 2016

13:00, Ronan Downey Room, Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, BT48 6PW

Further details to follow.
All are welcome to attend both events though only paid up Network members have automatic rights to vote at the AGM, nominate towards the incoming Executive Committee and submit motions for decision.
If you are unsure whether your organisation is a current Network member please do not hesitate to seek confirmation via: / 02871279090.
Additionally you can download this year’s Network Membership form here and return to the Network with the £10 annual subscription.

C.  The Network invites interested parties from across the North West to participate in:

A Community Engagement Event with the NI Human Rights Commission


Thursday 29 Sep 2016, 2pm


Joe McQuaide Room

Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership

10-14 Bishop Street

Derry~Londonderry BT48 6PW


In attendance will be the Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby, and a number of his Commissioner colleagues as well as senior staff officers within the Commission.  This event represents the latest collaborative effort between the Network and NIHRC in recent years and local community groups are encouraged to make the most of the opportunity to engage with key influencers.


All are welcome especially those with a particular interest in the Commission's key areas of business for the current year which are:

  • Homelessness
  • Mental health
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Building tolerance in communities/dealing with the past
  • Social need and tax justice. 

It also seems inevitable that wider Human Rights concerns around potential BREXIT impacts will naturally occur in the discussion.


Places are limited.


D.  Good Governance and Charity Reporting


Over 5,000 charities are now registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and there is a few thousand more waiting to be registered. 


Charity registration is only the beginning of the new requirements as registered charities will then have to report to the Commission on an annual basis according to specific regulations. 


North West Community Network (NWCN) in association with the Developing Governance Group and the Charity Commission invites you to a free seminar focusing on the new accounting and reporting rules and regulations that have come into being which all charitable voluntary and community organisations need to be aware of. 


This seminar will also focus on the importance of good governance within charities and present the newly revised Code of Good Governance.  


This seminar will take place:

Wed 26 October, 7pm to 9 pm

North West Community Network

(Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership)

10-14 Bishop St, Derry~Londonderry


Registration and light refreshments at 6.45pm.


Please note that places are limited. 


Please register with Neola for any of the above events on 028 7127 9090 or



2 Local Community Plans - Time To Have Your Say

It’s time for you to have your say on how to improve your area as part of the Local Community Planning process.

The latest round of workshops will be taking place at venues across the city and district throughout October and are open to everyone.

We want to hear from local residents, businesses, community groups, voluntary groups and organisations in your area to develop a plan to improve local community areas.

The consultation and co-design workshop will help develop a plan to address areas of greatest need in your area - whether it’s addressing anti-social behaviour or developing a community arts programme - we want to hear what would most benefit you.

Each local plan once completed, will integrate with the wider strategic Community Plan to ensure the overall objectives and actions filter down and impact positively on each area.

You can register here to be kept up to date with latest information on the Local Community Plans.


Local Community Planning Meetings





Monday, 10th October 2016

10:00am to 12noon


Brooke Park Leisure Centre

Tuesday, 11th October 2016

10:00am to 12noon


Shared Future Centre


2:30pm to 4:30pm


Long Tower Youth & Community Centre

7:00pm to 9:00pm


Fountain Primary School

Wednesday, 12th October 2016

10:00am to 12noon


Earlsgift Hall, Donemana


Eglinton Community Centre

2:30pm to 4:30pm


Clady Community Hall


7:00pm to 9:00pm


Derg Valley Leisure Centre


Newbuildings Youth and Community Centre


St. Eithne’s Primary School

Thursday, 13th October 2016

10:00am to 12noon


Strabane Community Library


7:00pm to 9:00pm


Foyle Arena


Aughabrack Hall, Aughabrack


Strabane Community Library

Monday, 17th October 2016

2:30pm to 4:30pm


St. Brigid’s Centre, Carnhill

7:00pm to 9:00pm


St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Fairview Rd, Galliagh

If you have any questions about the local groups, please do not hesitate to forward your queries to:  


3   Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Umbrella Programme - IOF Introductory Certificate to Fundraising

Thursday 27th October 2016 10am – 4pm at RCN’s Premises, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown

Rural Community Network in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environmental Link is offering an accredited training opportunity for the delivery of the Institute of Fundraisers (IOF) Introductory Certificate to Fundraising. The course is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst Umbrella Programme. Northern Ireland Environment Link delivers the programme through its “Investing in Northern Ireland’s Heritage” project.

There will be an Institute of Fundraising NI accredited trainer that will deliver the course which is particularly relevant for anyone new to funding or fundraising within their own group or organisation.

There is a fee of only £20 per person, (normally fees are approximately £200) and this fee covers all training materials as well as refreshments and lunch for the day.

Furthermore, participant attendees and groups will have an opportunity for a free “one-to-one” consultation with an IOF member to offer fundraising advice and information that is specific for their project/organisation at a later date.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to complete the accredited process online with IOF, as well as become one of its members at a discounted fee.

Numbers are limited for this event so early booking is advisable. Please use this Eventbrite link to book your place here  Alternatively, contact Conor on 028 8676 6670 to book. Places are being reserved on a first come first served basis. There is free car parking onsite.

We aim for inclusive events so please let us know of any way we can make adjustments to enable you to take part fully.  The room has level access and accessible WCs.

For more information about this course please contact:

Murdo Murray at Northern Ireland Environment Link

James Laverty at Institute of Fundraisers NI

Conor Mc Gale at Rural Community Network or Tel: 028 8676 6670


4  Branding and Marketing Masterclass for Social Enterprise

For individuals or C&V organisations interested in the social enterprise model - during this session you will start to:

  • How to create a brand identity that gets you noticed
  • How to identify what is important about what you do, and why
  • How to target the people who could benefit most from what you have to offer
  • Understand how to use your brand and marketing techniques to reach and impact upon your target market or customers
  • Provide practical guidelines for building, protecting and maintaining a strong brand through IP
  • Case studies and conversations about your business and your brand.

Location: North Western Social Enterprise Hub, 12-14 The Diamond (Above HSBC Bank) Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6HW

Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016

Time: 09:30am – 12:30pm

Car Parking is available at the Pay and Display car parks located at Bishop Street (across from Courthouse) and William Street.

This training workshop is free of charge and is part of the Social Enterprise Hub initiative. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To register for this workshop or for more information contact Brian O’Neill, Social Enterprise Hub Manager on Tel: 02871 277270 or email

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis


5 Land and Natural Resource Ownership Patterns and Future Options for NI

9.30am-4.00pm - Tuesday 27th September 2016 - HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-14 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PW

Tel. (028) 7126 1941

Holywell Trust and Fermanagh Trust are holding two connected conferences, supported by Carnegie Trust, to widen the public debate on land and natural resource ownership models in Northern Ireland to help influence thinking and practice towards increased community ownership and benefit. The first of these conferences will take place in Derry/Londonderry onTuesday 27th September 2016. This conference held will look at the the topic ‘Land & Natural Resource Ownership Patterns and Future Options for Northern Ireland’.

9.30-10.00 - Arrival & Registration

10.00-10.15 - Welcome & Setting the Scene - Gerard Deane, Holywell Trust

10.15-10.45 - The Rathlin Island Experience: The local experience of charting resource ownership

Michael Cecil & David Quiney-Mee, Rathlin Development & Community Association

Rathlin Development & Community Association led up the Ratlin Island Access and Interpretation Audit in 2012. A key objective of the process was to identify land ownership/management on Ratlin Island.

10.45-11.30 - Learning from Scotland - Towards Community Ownership

Peter Peacock & David Cameron, Community Land Scotland

Community Land Scotland was established in 2010 as a response to the need for a collective voice for community landowners in Scotland.They represent existing and aspiring community landowners to reflect their views in promoting changes to legislation to empower communities, while acting as a point of contact for any communities in Scotland who wish to find out more about community land ownership.

Peter Peacock - Policy Director. He has extensive experience in the voluntary, private and public sectors. He is a former Councillor, MSP and Government Minister of long standing, and he ran his own company, worked for a national voluntary organisation and has served on a range of public bodies.

David Cameron - David lives on the Isle of Harris and is involved in a variety of businesses on the island. A strong believer in the concept of community land ownership where the people are in favour, theory was put into practice by his involvement in the community purchase of North Harris in 2003 and its subsequent development. This has led to an equally strong belief that land reform is essential in a 21st Century Scotland with a re-balancing of landownership leading to a fairer, more socially just nation with the consequence of reversing decline in many fragile areas. He is a member of the Rural Economic Development Consultative Committee of Scotlands’ Rural University College and has served as a director of Community Energy Scotland.

11.30-12.30 - Workshop 1

Opportunity in small groups for attendees to reflect and consider key questions in relation to Northern Ireland.

12.30-1.15 - Lunch

1.15-2.00 - Further Learning from Scotland - Towards Collective Management & Responsibility

Iain MacKinnon - Coventry University

Iain MacKinnon’s interest in the cultural practices and belief systems of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have led him to study and contribute to political discussion on the politics of land and knowledge in the area. In addition to his academic publications he has contributed to a range of media on aspects of the area’s history and culture – particularly in relation to land governance and indigenous knowledge.

2.00-3.00 - Workshop 2

In small groups attendees will consider future actions and next steps arising from the conference.

3.00-3.15 - Coffee Break

3.15-4.00 - Plenary & Next Steps

This conference is supported by Carnegie Trust and made possible through core support received through Community Relations Council for Northern Ireland and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

To book a place at the conference please email or call (028) 7126 1941.


6 Apprenticeship NI - Free Upskilling Training Programme


Apprenticeship NI has been developed to enable you to gain industry led qualifications in the skills that you as an employer require.  The Apprenticeship study Frameworks are designed by Sector Skills Councils and Industry Representative Bodies ensuring that the training is always relevant and tailored to the needs of your sector.  Apprenticeships are all about giving your employees the skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future.  Learning is vocational, based around an employee’s everyday role and responsibilities, with additional training and support provided by Rutledge. The Employer receives a £500 bonus incentive for each candidate who achieves their qualification.  All qualifications are offered at Level 2 & 3


NVQ /Diploma Courses available:

  • Business Administration
  • IT
  • Team Leading / Management
  • Customer Services
  • Stores & Warehousing
  • Contact Centre Operations
  • Retail
  • Hairdressing
  • Child  Care, Learning & Development
  • Health & Social Care
  • IT and Telecoms Professional
  • Travel Services
  • Barbering
  • Beauty Therapy 

Michelle Doherty

Rutledge Recruitment and Training

Tel: 02871370300



7  Charities/Community Groups Can Benefit From A Fantastic Free Resource

Giving World offers charities access to business surplus for free.

Charities and community groups can register to receive these goods free of charge at

Giving World offers a simple solution for companies with surplus goods to dispose of. They register at and publicise their goods for charities and community groups to access the items free of charge to pass onto their beneficiaries.

Partnership Opportunity
Giving World wants to build on our existing delivery partnerships. We are committed to working closely with our partners to provide the best delivery mechanisms and to ensure that business surplus goods (food and other basic life essentials) reach the people we are all serving, those in our communities that need it the most.

We are therefore seeking lead partners to help strengthen our delivery models across all English regions.

Becoming a Lead Partner
We are particularly interested in partners who:

  * Demonstrate expertise and a proven track record in working with disadvantaged communities;
  * Have in-depth knowledge of local areas and have established links with other local community groups and charities;
 * Display a similar ethos and values to Giving World, sharing our vision of realising people’s potential and creating a fairer society.

To register an interest and to arrange an informal discussion, email by 30th October. Please provide your name, contact number and organisation details.


 8 Trócaire Volunteer Recruitment

Trócaire are now recruiting new volunteers across the NW to assist our work in a variety of ways from School & Youth Outreach to Community volunteering and Campaigns activism.  

Full details on these roles and information on how to apply are available at or by freephone 0800 912 1200.  

Closing date for applications is Friday 30th September.


9 Volunteering Opportunity with Nexus NI


Nexus NI, based in Derry, is looking to recruit volunteer counsellors.  For further information, please visit our website and look under job opportunities. 


Nexus NI offers counselling to adult survivors of sexual violence and abuse.


10   Job Vacancy with Rainbow Rehoming Centre

Rainbow Rehoming Centre invite applicants for the position of: OPERATIONS MANAGER

To act as the main point of contact and oversee and manage all day to day operations at the Rainbow Rehoming Centre, including the supervision and management of staff and volunteers.

This position is 37.5 hours per week, funded until October 2018

Salary:  £25,500 per annum (Fixed term 2 years)

Based at 4G Balllygudden Road, Eglinton, Co. Londonderry, BT47 3AF

  • At least 3 years’ paid experience managing and supervising staff and/or volunteers.
  • Experience of managing income and expenditure budgets and compiling financial reports.
  • Knowledge of statutory and voluntary sector agencies in Northern Ireland with responsibility for animal welfare.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation.
  • Competent in the use of IT software such as word processing, databases, publisher, spreadsheets, internet and e-mail.
  • A current driving licence with access to a car. (Can be waived in the case of applicant whose disability prohibits driving, but who is able to organise suitable alternative arrangements. 

For an application form and job description, contact Barbara Lowry on

Tel: 028 71346399

Application Forms can also be requested via e-mail from 

It should be noted that the criteria may be enhanced to facilitate short-listing.

Closing date for completed applications is: 12 noon, 3rd October 2016. 

We are an equal opportunities employer.


11 Free Families Voices Conference 14th October - Booking Open!

The Families Voices Forum (in conjunction with the PHA) is holding a conference day 'Connect, Care & Share' at The Junction in Dungannon on Friday 14th October.

It is aimed at all those who may have been touched by suicide in their lives.

There will be a mix of display art, workshops and speakers during the morning, followed by lunch.

Buses will be arranged from pick up points in each of the 5 health regions for those requiring transport.

Booking will be taken by telephone Mon-Wed on 028 7161 1384 or 24/7 on


12  Tenant Involvement in Governance – where next for Northern Ireland? 


Three Half Day workshops on Tenant Involvement in Governance – where next for Northern Ireland?

  • Wednesday 19th October 2016, Twickenham House, Ballymena 1pm-4pm,
  • Thursday 20th October 2016,  Belfast Castle, 1pm-4pm,
  • Friday 21st October 2016, Marlborough House Craigavon, 10am-1pm

These three workshops are being organised to enable tenants of the Housing Executive and housing associations in Northern Ireland to discuss the relevance of recent research on models of tenant involvement in governance by the University of Birmingham. Stakeholders from housing associations, local councils, and relevant government departments are also warmly invited to the Belfast Castle event on October 20th which follows the Housing Executive Intelligence Exchange event on the same day.

There will be opportunities for comments on a state of the art review of current practice in Northern Ireland with three case studies and an overview of international models.

Then in an exciting interactive session tenants will reality check four of these models – the Austrian model, the Dutch Model the Welsh model and the English model

All participants will have the opportunity to assess the relevance and potential benefits of these models for Northern Ireland tenants.

Come along and have your say on where next for your involvement in your housing. Listen to expert speakers from Amsterdam Tenants Association, Confederation of Cooperative Housing, University of Linz and Community Gateway Association, Preston. Hear assessments of relevance to Northern Ireland from the Supporting Communities team, ask questions and find out where to get more information.


To Book Your Place: Please contact Laura O’Dowd, Support Services Manager at Supporting Communities; 028 2564 5676



1.00/10am Arrivals and networking

1.10/10.10 Welcome and Background to the Project – Colm McDaid and David Mullins

1.20/10.20 Findings from State of Art Review and Case Studies in Northern Ireland – Peter Shanks, University of Birmingham:

  • Strengths of tenant involvement in governance in NI  
  • Views on main barriers and enablers for the future
  • Specific steps for HAs and NIHE and  others

1.40/10.40 Group Discussion of possible next steps 

2.00/11.00 International Models Overview and introduction to reality checking exercise  Professor David Mullins, University of Birmingham

  • What can we learn from different contexts?
  • How can strong involvement be established from the start?
  • What kinds of partnerships can be established with landlords?
  • How can tenants be involved in governance of housing across a council area?

2.15/11.15 Q &A

2.30/11.30 Reality Checking Specific Models – participative workshops 

We have invited four international speakers to each present one of the models

highlighted in the international review for critical discussion of relevance to Northern Ireland.  The response on relevance to Northern Ireland will be led by a member of the Supporting Communities team followed by your questions and assessment.

  • Austrian Model – building participation in to the development process – Richard Lang, University of Linz (Workshop 1 Weds 19 October)
  • Dutch Model – Local Area Agreements 2015 Housing Act –Daniel Bosch,  Board member Amsterdam Tenants Association (Workshop 2 Thursday 20 October)
  • Welsh Model – new start up coops in Wales – Nic Bliss, Confederation of Cooperative Housing (Workshop 3 Friday 21 October)
  • English Model – Community Gateway - tenant representation on the board, community links & innovative ways of involving & engaging tenants – Paul Kelly with Veronica McLintock, David Yates, and Angela Ayres, Tenant Board Members Community Gateway Association (Workshop 4 Friday 21 October)

3.45/12.45 Round up Discussion – Supporting Communities

4.00/1.00 Close 


NB: We hope to run workshops 1 and 2 on both Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th subject to travel arrangements. Workshops 3 and 4 will run in parallel in Friday 21st.



13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


European Value and Youth

Learn how to educate young people about European values, implement local activities and develop exchange experience with youth workers from 18 European countries.

Organizer: CET Platform (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 1 October 2016

› More details


Study Visit to the Hague

Study visit for youth leaders/youth workers to UN-institutions and other international organizations in the Hague to learn about their work and develop a network of youth organizations interested in working with international projects!

Organizer: UCG (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 14 October 2016

› More details


Job Hunting DIY - communication and employability skills

Is it challenging to match your strengths with your interests? Is it challenging to name your skills why to choose you and communicate it meaningfully for your future employer?

Organizer: Egyesek Youth Association (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 1 November 2016

More details


“Mentor Plus- Improving mentorship in EVS”

This training invites active EVS mentors who feel the need of developing their competences and improving the quality of their mentorship. They will reflect on the roles, responsibilities and challenges in Mentoring and share experiences and practices.

Organizer: Spanish National Agency (National Agency)

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

Application deadline: 11 December 2016

› More details



Create new bridges: further steps in EVS Euromed cooperation

The seminar will allow all the stakeholders to evaluate the EVS process in South Med countries and to meet and discuss new projects for wider the cooperation scope.

As EVS needs stronger impetus in the field of South Mediterranean cooperation, this activity will allow experienced and new comers NGOs to strength cooperation and to share their experiences.

After 3 years of intense work in the accreditation, there is need to develop new tools that can better support the volunteers in the intercultural understanding and also the NGOs in develop projects that can really provide a learning experience for the volunteers.


Objectives of the seminar:

• To Evaluate the process of EVS in South Mediterranean Countries;

• To explore the challenges encountered in the implementation of Euromed EVS projects by Programme Countries NGOs and South Med NGOs;

• To promote partnership and direct contacts between organisations from South-Mediterranean and programme countries ones

• Create network of cooperation about content /methodology within EVS training cycle

• Explore current geopolitical framework and its impact on the EVS development in the region.

Number of participants: The Seminar will host 50 participants from South Mediterranean and Programme Countries;


Profile of participants:

Representatives of accredited EVS organisations from South Med countries with specific experience in sending/receiving EVS volunteers

Representatives of accredited EVS organisations from Programme countries with specific experience in sending / receiving volunteers to/from South Med countries and interested in enlarge their cooperation

Trainers/Accreditors involved in Salto Euromed pools of  EVS trainers and Accreditors

Staff of Erasmus + Youth National Agencies involved in EVS/Accreditation

Language: The language used will be English.


Palermo (Italy)


Arrival on 12th December 2016 by 18.00 and Departure on 16th  December 2016 after breakfast.


How to apply?

If you are from a Programme Countries please to use this link: (deadline 10 October 2016)

If you are from South Med countries as Tunisia Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel: (deadline le 30 Septembre)



14   Free Arabic culture workshops with Sole Purpose Productions

A series of free workshops to share Arabic cultures will be held by Sole Purpose Productions in The Derry Playhouse.

Ten workshops will cover many aspects of Arabic cultures including food, films, fashion and family histories. Workshops will be facilitated by local people who speak Arabic and are  organised by Jo Bird and Fadl Mustapha. Most events will be held in The Derry Playhouse Theatre at 7-9pm on Wednesday evenings.

Places are limited, so its best to book in advance at Tailored sessions in other venues are also available upon request.

Everyone is welcome to take part in The Sharek Project, which is funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council (Good Relations Grant Aid). Sharek means share in Arabic.

Patricia Byrne, Artistic Director of Sole Purpose Productions said, “In the past, Derry Londonderry was a major port for emigration, as well as a destination for settlement. In recent years, our city has offered a home to people from overseas, including Jewish refugees from Europe, and migrants from Poland, India, the Philippines, countries in Africa and more. Recently, a dozen families from war-torn Syria found safe harbour in Derry. The Sharek Project celebrates this latest diversity, and provides channels for friendship and integration with new residents.”

Free Workshops

21 Sept            Arabic music and dance
28 Sept            Arabic poetry and books
5 Oct               Islam and new year
12 Oct             Arabic films
19 Oct             Arabic songs
26 Oct             Arabic family histories and stories
2 Nov              Arabic fashion and clothes
Sat 12 Nov, 2-4pm Arabic culture showcase


15   Inconspicuous Gallantry Launch

Lunchtime Event
Friday 30th Sep 12:30 - 14:00
HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PW map 

Towards Understanding and Healing(TUH) in partnership with Blue Eagle Productions have created a 40 minute DVD, “Inconspicuous Gallantry”, (shot with highly talented local professional and semi-professional actors including Marie Dunne, Maureen Wilkinson, Orla Mullan, Gordon Fulton, Conor Barr, Sophie Doran, Harry Burgess, Gary Crossan, Michelle Lake, Megan Armitage, Peter Hughes, Andrew Porter, James Lecky, Elaine Fox and, Gavin Logue) from the five scenes that made up the November 2014 “Inconspicuous Gallantry” community outreach theatre production with an extra scene written and shot specifically for this DVD. These six vignettes dramatise stories from the lives of Tyrone based members of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) exploring the contemporary consequences of traumatic events in the past, bringing into focus hidden lives and presentingstrong female voices seldom heard or sought.

The “Inconspicuous Gallantry” DVD (funded by Community Relations Council, Awards for All and Derry City and Strabane District Council) will be used in community based good relations programmes and workshops as a training tool/ stimulus. The DVD offers human stories of UDR men, their wives and their families and encourages understanding of the legacy of the conflict within the UDR community in north and west Tyrone. In particular it promotes understanding of the impact of bereavement and trauma, the impact of terrible hurt and ongoing stress within UDR families during and after the many years of the conflict. The DVD also explores that sense of state betrayal and abandonment felt (and still felt) by many in that Tyrone UDR community. In significant ways, this community is unheard - its voice silenced either by self censorship or by misrepresentation.

Lunch will be at 12.30pm followed by the launch event at 1.00pm. Everyone is welcome but for catering purposes please ring Lisa at (028) 7126 1941 to signal your attendance or email by clicking here.

This Lunchtime Event is part of the DCCP Activities II Programme supported by the Central Good Relations Fund through The Executive Office.


16 NI Open College Network Accredited - Conflict Management and Mediation Skills Course (Level 2- 2 Credits)
Venue: Mediate NI, Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street,                                              Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7ER.        Tele No: 02871 365636
Dates: Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November 2016         Time 9.30am – 4.30pm both days
Cost:  £200.00 (includes NIOCN registration fee and course workbook)     
Tutor: Michael Doherty – Mediate NI
Who for?
This course is designed for Solicitors, Police Officers, Social Workers, Probation Officers, School Teachers, Youth and Community Workers, Good Relations Officers, Project Officers and Facilitators who work in group settings.

Learning Outcomes:

  • By the end of the course participants will be able to;
  • Understand the legal framework of mediation as a conflict Management tool.
  • Identify different ways people deal with conflict
  • Differentiate between Mediation/Negotiation/Arbitration/Litigation
  • Be aware of the skills of a mediator
  • Have an understanding of how mediation works in practice
  • Be able to understand the difference between Facilitative, Evaluative and Shuttle mediation processes
  • Help disputing parties create their own agreements
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of co-mediation.

The course will be delivered over two days that will include an experiential learning process involving tutor input and practical case studies that will be supplemented by a course workbook and hand-out material.

The course is restricted to 12 participants and early booking is advisable
*NB - This course may qualify for 5.75 CDP points under self-notification

Michael was trained as a Mediator at Fordham Law School in New York and at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents College, London.
Since 1996 Michael has become recognised as one of the lead Mediator/Trainers in the field of conflict Resolution/Transformation and has successfully mediated some of the major parades disputes in Northern Ireland.  He is also recognised internationally, as he has been engaged by universities in parts of the world to deliver lectures and workshops on the practical application of mediation as a tool for resolving conflict.
In his work as a trainer in the field of community relations work he is a strong advocate for the use of mediation, as an alternative to violence, as a way of resolving disputes and to building a peaceful society that is free of sectarianism and racism and other forms of hate crime.
In 2012 Michael was invited by the British Commonwealth to facilitate workshops in Sri Lanka on tools for helping communities reconcile.
In 2013 Michael received the Northern Ireland Community Relations Councils Award for Exceptional Achievements in Community Relations Work.
In 2014 Michael produced a ‘Peace Builders Handbook’ for facilitators working in areas of conflict through the world.

Conflict Management and Mediation Skills course
Dates:        Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th November 2016        
Time:               9.30am to 4.30pm both days
Venue:              Mediate NI, Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street,
Derry/Londonderry BT48 7ER
Name:             _______________________________________________________________
Organisation: _______________________________________________________________
Address:          _______________________________________________________________
Contact Tel:     _______________________________________________________________
Payment Of:   £200.00 – which includes NI Open College Network Accreditation Fee &                             Course Workbook
Payment to:   Michael Doherty, Mediate NI
                        Clarendon Street Chambers
                        67 Clarendon Street
                        BT48 7ER
                        TELE: 02871 365636 Ext: 229 Mob: 07714494258


17  Spiritual talks, meditation, live music and a very special hug from Amma

Amma in Dublin
Citywest Convention Centre, Citywest Hotel, Co Dublin
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2016

All welcome, doors open 8:30am
Spiritual talks, meditation, live music and a very special hug from Amma

Amma has travelled the world for more than 30 years, bringing love, hope and peace through her talks and signature embrace “Darshan” a personal hug that touches so many hearts. Accessible to one and all, she has hugged an estimated 36 million people worldwide and inspired a global volunteer based charitable network Embracing The World  that helps meet the basics needs of the poor-food-shelter-education-healthcare and livelihood.                                                                                                        

Her life and message can  be expressed simply as –love, Compassion and selflessservice.     Ammaireland is the Irish branch of Embracing the world                                                                         
Call us:  Julie 07544571061  or  Mary 00353868780912                                                                        
General info:


18 Indian Head Massage at Focus on Family
Focus on Family, Ballysally, Coleraine are starting an 8 week course on Indian Head massage on 29th September '16 (Non-accredited).
In this class you will be taught by a fully qualified therapist how to give an Indian Head massage treatment. Everybody works in pairs, one person receives a treatment while the other gives, and then there is a changeover. 
During the treatment, while one is having their shoulders and head massaged, they will also be enjoying a foot bath and then after the feet are dried, special oils which have been made up will be massaged into them.
The oils used on the back, shoulders and head are also specially made up by our therapist. This is a very unique class and there are limited spaces, so it is a first come first served basis.
Class starts at 11am until 1pm. £3.00 per class, £6.00 on first initial sign up, all towels and gowns are provided.
If you would like to speak to someone regarding the class or need any further information about it, please call Catherine on 0779 313 1094.  
Made possible by funding through DfC Neighbourhood Renewal, this course is mainly targeted at people living within the Ballysally, Millburn and Churchlands Wards.


19 WOW Festival Derry-Londonderry 2016

The festival takes place on Saturday October 1st in The Playhouse Theatre.  The full list of events can be found at 

This is a free event for the people of the North West, and all ages, genders and nationalities are welcome to attend this celebration of women and girls. WOW Festival is a global movement, and WOW Derry-Londonderry is the only event of its kind happening in Ireland.

What is happening?
This year we have a free dance workshop for all bodies, free activist art workshops, panel discussions on women's mental health, diversity and equality in publishing, social media and women, lots of inspiring women speaking including Margaretta D'Arcy (Ireland's Guantanamo Granny), and an all day WOW Market where you can pick up Lush BELFAST products, vintage clothes, books and more!                                                          


20 Rural Foyle Youth Forum

Are you aged 14 to 25 years & want to have a say in youth services in your village/area?

Why not find out about this new opportunity

Rural Foyle Youth Forum will meet 7 - 9.30pm on Tuesday evenings every 2 weeks

Venue to be confirmed & transport will be provided.

The main aim of the Rural Foyle Youth Forum will be to provide young people with the opportunity to express  and represent the views of their peers, develop links to enhance youth services within their community and the wider Rural Foyle area and to make a difference in the personal and social development of all young people.

To find out more contact:
Michelle Reid on 028 7131 2252


21  You are Invited to a Macmillan Coffee Morning hosted by Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

You are invited to support the Young People aged 20+ from Foyle Down Syndrome Trust as they hold a coffee morning at our Centre to support Macmillan Cancer next Friday 30th September at 12.30pm.

Event name



Foyle Down Syndrome Trust 20+ age group


12:30PM on 30th September 2016


Shared Future Centre

1st Floor

61 Irish Street
Derry / Londonderry
BT47 2DB



22  Consumer Council Online Parcel Delivery Problems Survey 

The Consumer Council has launched an online survey to help find out more about NI consumers’ experience of delivery exclusions, restrictions or surcharges as a result of ordering online. Given that almost half of Northern Ireland consumers shop online and a third of online retailers apply delivery restrictions/ exclusions to NI, we are keen to gather as much information as possible to help us lobby for change on behalf of all NI consumers.

We are calling all online shoppers to fill out our short survey at:

which takes just a few minutes to complete.


23 FHC coaching starts this week on Thursday 6.30-8pm @ Foyle Arena


Primary School Kids step up for Local Hockey Blitz:-

Primary Schools will again be taking part in a hockey blitz soon from Hockey Ireland, supported by Ulster University Magee and Foyle Hockey Club.  Hockey as it is great fun with physical and emotional learning in a team context as the following video link demonstrates the excitement of the winning goal scored at Ulster University @ Magee last May between Model PS & Rosemount PS.  


Additional schools are now being sought through expressions of interest to Hockey Ireland.  This will add to the challenge to win the title next year and share in the fun during a competitive series of matches on a single blitz day final at Magee campus. 

Meanwhile - for more hockey, Club hockey practice for boys and girls will start back this week Thursday 22nd September 6.30 - 8pm at Foyle Arena (St Columb's Park).  New registration forms will available on the night - price £10. All welcome.