NWCN E-bulletin 23 May 2018


1 Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund 2018 Opens for Round 2

2 NICVA'S GDPR toolkit launched

3 Beyond Tokenism Health Conference

4 FREE - Workplace Health Support Service - Call for 2018/19 registrations

5 Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice

6 Health and Wellbeing through Horticulture

7 Celebrating Commonality ~ Celebrating Difference

8 Valued Voices Testimony Event with Victor Montgomery 

9 Educational and awareness officer at NW Methodist Mission

10 Housing Benefit transitional payment for Universal Credit claimants - TOMORROW

11 Universal Credit & Housing Masterclass

12 Board Members/ Treasurer Expression of Interest

13 Would you be interested in becoming a Dementia Friendly Community Champion?

14 Job Opportunity with AMH

15 Open call for facilitators - Closes at 4pm today

16 Tender Opportunity with The Playhouse

17 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

18 Dementia Action Week: Vintage Afternoon Tea TOMORROW

19 Invitation to Culture Night 18 - Planning Meeting Strabane

20 Mindfully Me Meditation

21 Energy Of Light Disco



**Please note that there will be no bulletin service next week, next one 6th June 2018**

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1  Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund 2018 Opens for Round 2

The Greggs Foundation's Local Community Projects Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain for projects or for equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.

  • Projects can support a variety of people:
  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness
  • Living in poverty
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless
  • Isolated older people
  • Other demonstrable significant need. 

Eligible projects should also be able to demonstrate that they have achieved at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries:

  • Decreased social isolation
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Improved resilience/coping mechanisms
  • Improved life skills
  • Improved opportunities

Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be successful.

The Local Community Projects Fund is administered by seven charity committees through- out Great Britain.

Please note that the programme is over-subscribed and there is huge competition for the grants available. In 2017 only 27% of eligible applications were awarded

For more information, go to;

The deadline for applications is 22 June 2018 (midnight) with decisions being announced by 17 August 2018.


2 NICVA'S GDPR toolkit launched


The biggest overhaul of data protection laws in 20 years – The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – comes into force on May 25.


To help your organisation in its preparations, NICVA’s Data Protection Toolkit sets out some practical advice on the changes and records that you’ll need to update.


Data protection will be an ongoing challenge in the months and years to come. We will continue to develop this Toolkit to provide answers to the questions arising in the community and voluntary sector.




3   Beyond Tokenism Health Conference


Cohesive Neighbourhoods – Minority Inclusion
Beyond Tokenism Health Conference


Friday, 8 June 2018 @Guildhall, 10:00 - 14:30


The Conference will feature the launch of the BME Health Needs Research, the Traveller Needs and Issues research as well as talks about the challenges the BME, LGBT, disability, ex-prisoners and victim communities face when accessing healthcare and much more.


Beyond Tokenism Initiative is a strategic intervention with a strong Black and Minority Ethnic focus along with LGBT, ex-prisoners, victims and disability representation from wider society. The main work focuses on working alongside the Foyle Race Equality Forum (FREF) on delivery of the strategic priorities of the Beyond Tokenism Strategic Report. The initiative is being delivered by a partnership between Lettershandoney & District Development Group and FREF.


The PEACE IV Programme is an EU funded programme designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region. It is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


The specific objective for the programme is:
‘The promotion of positive relations characterised by respect and where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance.’






4 FREE - Workplace Health Support Service - Call for 2018/19 registrations


Health@Work NI are the lead for the Public Health Agencies Free Workplace Health Support programme for workplaces in the Western Trust area. 

Our FREE services include:

  • Access and support on how to use Public Health Agencies ‘workplace health resources’ and ‘online health needs assessment’ for staff
  • Support to develop a health and wellbeing action plan
  • Workplace Health Champion training for staff
  • Support to set up health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Volunteering opportunities for staff nearing retirement
  • Opportunities to link in with community/charity causes
  • Support and resources to promote local and regional health and wellbeing campaigns for example;  No Smoking Day,  Physical Activity Fortnight, Care in the Sun Week,  Bike to Work Days.
  • Stress Audit for staff

If you are interested in hearing more about what support and training we can offer you can I ask you to complete the workplace health registration which can be found under 'Useful Downloads' at www.nwcn.org and I will be in contact with you in due course to discuss your individual requirements.

028 7161 1384 or 07456 993 063 / 


5 Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice


Why is the earliest and first form of discrimination still with us?
It’s been a man’s world for too long, with serious consequences for all genders! You can help change this. This community education course is for everyone who wants to bring about positive change and a lasting peace.
Under Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice Project, we are offering a free course (complete with certificate). If you or your group is interested, we can bring the course to you. This is a unique opportunity to experience something completely fascinating and different, and we only have a few on offer! For further information, please contact Maureen,
mhetherington@thejunction-ni.org or Cathy cathyhiggins34@hotmail.com.


6 Health and Wellbeing through Horticulture


Derry City and Strabane District Council have partnered with The Conservation Volunteers to deliver a health and wellbeing programme for 14 residents of the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. This will see men and women of all ages and backgrounds enjoy learning the basics of gardening/growing your own vegetables whilst gaining a level 2 qualification in Horticulture over the summer months.


Are you thinking about a career in horticulture, looking to meet new people, gain confidence, or just focus on yourself for a change?  If you are not working, aged over 18, live within the Derry City & Strabane District council area and are interested in horticulture this could be ideal for you.


The Horticulture course will run 2 days a week for 13 weeks commencing mid-June. Working as part of a team you should gain skills and knowledge, make new friends, enjoy the outdoors and build the confidence to help you improve your health and wellbeing. Maybe you will even start to think as Horticulture as a career. You will be supplied with a daily lunch and the necessary protective equipment and all training will be paid for by Derry City & Strabane District Council.



On successful completion of the course participants will have the following qualifications and training:

  • 2 days per week volunteering at Brooke Park to carry out practical horticulture work
  • Level 2 Certificate in Work Based Horticulture. There will also be opportunities to travel to other sites.
  • First Aid training
  • Construction Skills Register (CSR card)

How to apply:

Please contact Shannon Healy at The Conservation Volunteer office in Brooke Park on 02871262664 or email s.healy@tcv.org.uk for an application form. The closing date for return of forms is Monday 08th June 2018.


 7 Celebrating Commonality ~ Celebrating Difference

Call for Participants

This Peace IV funded programme developed by the Churches Trust, will bring people together to explore the Abrahamic Faiths primarily in the context of the commonalities and differences between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 

The programme is open to people of all faiths and none, from across the community in the Derry and Strabane District Council area, and from Donegal. 
The programme will consist of 7 workshops and 3 study visits beginning in June 2018 and completing in March 2019.

If you are interested in taking part on this programme, please complete the registration form below and return it to Fiona Fagan no later than Friday 8th June 2018. 
*There are a limited number of spaces for the Celebrating Commonality~Celebrating Difference programme.








Contact Information




Can you confirm that you are able to commit to the ten- week training programme?



Please outline why you are interested in the programme and what you hope to achieve by participating on it.









Any other comments




For further information please contact Fiona Fagan at The Churches Trust.
phone: 028 71 311322; email:


8 Valued Voices Testimony Event with Victor Montgomery 


Friday 25th May at 12.30pm at Holywell

Victor Montgomery’s brother, David, a part-time member of the UDR, was shot dead by members of Provisional IRA at his place of work on February 10th 1981.

Victor will share his story as part of Towards Understanding and Healing's ongoing series of Valued Voices Testimony events.

The event will take place at 12.30pm on Friday 25th May in Holywell in Bishop Street.
A light lunch will be provided.

To book a place call (028) 7126 1941 / michellerosetuh@thejunction-ni.org


 Educational and awareness officer at NW Methodist Mission


My name is Neo Martin Maboee. I am from Johannesburg in the Republic of South Africa and I am a Global Mission Fellow with the General Board of Global Ministries.


The global mission fellow program gives young adult mission service opportunity to serve in social justice ministries across the globe. I am here in Northern Ireland to work with the North West Methodist Mission homeless services, as the Educational and Awareness Officer. My job is to raise awareness particularly amongst young people in the community about the issues surrounding the problem of homelessness.


I am available to speak and make a presentation about this to any North West Community Network Members or community group in the area.


Please contact me to further discuss the details:

Neo Martin Maboee

Cell: 07706 203958

Tel: (028) 7134 8531

Email: nmaboee@umcmission.org


10 Housing Benefit transitional payment for Universal Credit claimants - TOMORROW


Back in November 2017, Chancellor for the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, announced a £1.5 billion package to address some of the concerns which have been raised in relation to Universal Credit.
One of the main measures introduced was the concept of a “Housing Benefit transitional payment for Universal Credit claimants”.

The regulations which introduce this Housing Benefit “run-on” were laid before Parliament on 17 April 2018 and will not come into operation until 8 May 2018.

However, in Northern Ireland, extra statutory approval was given to allow the payment of Housing Benefit to continue for two weeks after a claim for Universal Credit has been made from the 11 April 2018.

This change means claimants who have been receiving Housing Benefit immediately prior to claiming Universal Credit would receive a transitional payment of two weeks housing benefit “run-on” when they claim Universal Credit, without it affecting Universal Credit entitlement.

The claimant will receive both the housing benefit and the Universal Credit housing element for those 2 weeks.

It has been confirmed that where housing benefit is paid directly to the landlord, the double payment will be offset against rent arrears and any surplus would be returned to the claimant.
It is hoped that these measures will reduce the potential for rent arrears to accrue as claimants transition onto Universal Credit.

Find out more about the Universal Credit Housing Rights have lots of training courses coming up to help you learn about the impact of Universal Credit on housing in Northern Ireland.
Universal Credit and the social rented sector 11:00 – 12:30: 24 May L/Derry
Universal Credit and Housing Masterclass 11:00 – 12:30: 5 June L/Derry & 12 June Belfast
Universal Credit and Housing: Elements and Impact 10:00 – 16:00 19 June Belfast

You can book training online or email 


11  Universal Credit & Housing Masterclass


Seminar - Holywell Trust - Derry/Londonderry - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 

10:30 to 12:00

This session aims to offer a forum for attendees to ask questions relating to UC and housing, to our specialist panel. Universal Credit (UC) is being introduced on a phased geographical basis across Northern Ireland between September 2017 to December 2018.

When introduced in an area, claimants will no longer be able to make a new claim to the benefits being replaced, and will need to claim UC. People experiencing a change of circumstances during this “roll out” period will also need to apply for UC. The managed migration of all claimants is scheduled for July 2019 – July 2022.
UC affects tenants and landlords across all tenures, it also impacts owner occupiers.

This session provides a fantastic opportunity to have any housing related UC questions answered by an expert team. It will also offer a platform to engage with other housing professionals and enhance your understanding of the emerging issues and impacts.
By the end of the session you will have a specialist understanding of the impacts of UC.
For more information on Housing Rights Training

Courses and seminars and to book places, go to;




12 Board Members/ Treasurer Expression of Interest


La Dolce Vita Project is a local community based organisation set up to address the issues surrounding domestic abuse and violence, by all individuals throughout Northern Ireland. 


As an organisation our aim is to bring awareness, educate, empower and encourage communities in  understanding  the impact of domestic abuse and violence, 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 affected by domestic abuse, public sector business skills, Human Rights, who can demonstrate core responsibilities within these roles.


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


Please include in your expression of interest ; Name, Address, Contact Number, Email address, Education.


Conflict of Interests regarding membership of any other organisations or a member of other Boards and a description of yourself and what you feel you could bring to our organisation.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Please forward your Expression of Interest to:
Board of Directors
La Dolce Vita Project 
13 Queen Street
BT48 7EQ

TEL: 02871377272


13   Would you be interested in becoming a Dementia Friendly Community Champion?


This Volunteer role is essential to creating dementia friendly communities across Northern Ireland. You will do this through providing interactive dementia awareness workshops to develop knowledge about dementia and provide opportunities to develop confidence and skills on how to communicate, relate and support someone with dementia.


Previous experience in the delivery of presentations and group facilitation is desirable but not essential, as training will be provided. The role may be ideal for you if: 

  • You wish to develop your own understanding of dementia and the impact it can have
  • You have developed verbal and non-verbal communication skills and listening skills
  • Are willing to engage in training in facilitation skills and peer support
  • You can show empathy, patience, consideration and a caring nature
  • You are comfortable in attending future development and support meetings. 

If you would like to find out more about this or any of our volunteering opportunities please contact Rosario Mc Hugh, Volunteering Officer (r
osario.mchugh@alzheimers.org.uk /028 71384570) or visit our website at www.alzheimers.org.uk.


14  Job Opportunity with AMH


Skills Coach General (temporary for 6 months with possible extension) based at AMH New Horizons, Unit 13 Springtown Road, Springtown Industrial Estate, L/Derry.


Please find application form under 'Useful Downloads' at www.nwcn.org


15 Open call for facilitators - Closes at 4pm today


A Project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme
Managed by the Special EU Programme Body (SEUPB
Rainbow Child and Family Centre has received PEACE IV funding support through Derry City and Strabane District Council for a Cross Community Community Project and is seeking to appoint 3 facilitators for the Programme. The programme will run for 9 months working with 30+ young people aged between 10 years and 18 years.
£12 per hour for total of 120 hours plus £40 overnight allowance for two nights of residential.
The project will consist of the following:
Working 2 evening/day one week (for workshops) and 1 evening/day the alternative week(for trips) Engaging with 30+ young people from Catholic/National and Protestant/Loyalist communities plus a two night residential. Includes liaising with Programme Coordinator for planning, preparation of workshops and evaluation 
Essential Characteristics

  • At least OCN  Level 2 Youth Work , Early years or Playwork or  Certificate in Youth Work  
  •  6 months experience in workshops with Young people in  Good Relations, Cross Community projects 
  • Child Protection training
  • Access NI (if successful this will be carried out by Rainbow Child and Family Centre) 

Desirable Characteristics:

  • Degree Level  Youth Work, Early years or equivalent   
  • 12 months or more experience of working  with young people on Good Relations Programmes 
  • First Aid
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Report writing experience 

Please email CV to rainbowcfc@btinternet.com or post to Rainbow Child and Family Centre, 104 Bracken Park, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 8AZ
Closing date of Open Call is 23rd May 2018 @ 4pm


16 Tender Opportunity with The Playhouse


The Playhouse invites tenders for:
4 x Socially Engaged Artists  (Open to individuals from Northern Ireland & the Border Counties who are practicing in any art form e.g. theatre, film, art, music etc.)


The Socially Engaged Artists will deliver Local Projects, as part of the Playhouse’s EU Peace IV project:

•  Two Local Projects to be completed by December 2018
•  Two Local Projects to be completed by March 2019.


Tender Specification from: http://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/content/tenders/76


The deadline for Tenders is: 12noon (UK Time) on Thursday 31st May.


A project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The Playhouse is an Equal Opportunities Employer


17 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Lick into Shape
12 - 15 June 2018 | Malta
This Training aims to bring together trainers including EVS trainers to exchange ideas and methodologies to further improve the quality of projects within Erasmus+ Youth In Action Programme.
Organizer: European Union Programmes Agency - EUPA (MT NA) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 28 May 2018

See details


Cross-Sectorial Conference on Strategic Partnership Between Business and Education Sectors
27 - 30 June 2018 | ISTANBUL, Turkey
This international conference will be organized to provide a ground for a solid cooperation among youth, education and labour sectors with the aim of improving the employability of young people.
Organizer: Turkish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 31 May 2018

See details

EUtopia? Diversity in Changing Europe - Creative youth work lab for rethinking diversity solutions
8 - 14 September 2018 | KOSOVO * UN RESOLUTION
If you are ready to dive deep in the meaning of diversity and use what you find to reshape the practices of youth work – then EUtopia is for you!
Organizer: Latvian National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 24 June 2018

See details


stART-up your creative exchange
29 August - 2 September 2018 | De Glind, Netherlands
This Partnership Building Activity aims to support (fairly) newcomers in Erasmus+ Youth in Action in finding project partners and developing quality youth exchanges with art and creative forms as a tool.
Organizer: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Netherlands (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 1 July 2018

See details


Star of Europe
6 - 10 November 2018 | Youth Centre Vasatokka, Inari, Finland
“The Star of Europe” training course tackles each step of a youth exchange project and takes a step by step journey through youth participation and partnership by using visual material from the old Finnish game called “The Star of Africa”.
Organizer: The Finnish National Agency for Education - EDUFI (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 17 September 2018

See details

Calls for trainers

  • Inclusive Volunteering in Social Enterprises Training course

Erasmus+ UK National Agency and SALTO Inclusion & Diversity is looking for 2 trainers

Application deadline: 08/06/2018 - 12.00pm (CET)

Online version

  • Youth for Peace - 100 Years after World War I, 100 Ideas for Peace OFAJ DFJW is looking for 60

Application deadline: June 17, 2018

Online version


18 Dementia Action Week: Vintage Afternoon Tea TOMORROW


Vintage Afternoon Tea

Thursday 24 May, 2-4pm
Strabane Enterprise Agency
Orchard Rd, Strabane, BT82 9FR
Please text/contact Joanne Aiken Dementia Support Worker on 07715800031 if you are planning to attend
Dress up for the occasion and enjoy some remininisence over tea!


19 Invitation to Culture Night 18 - Planning Meeting Strabane


Thursday 24th May at 6pm to 7pm in Room 4 of Strabane Library (adjacent to the Alley Theatre on Railway road.  BT78 8EF)

Derry City and Strabane District will join cities and towns across Ireland to celebrate Culture Night on Friday 21st September 2018.


Culture Night presents a great opportunity to showcase our cultural offering and develop new relationships between cultural providers and audiences locally.

The event is chiefly programmed by our arts and cultural sector with council facilitating delivery and providing marketing support.


Council also offers some support to the delivery of “linking animation” and on street activity designed to create atmosphere and encourage audiences to move around events.

The number of events and audiences to Culture Night in Derry & Strabane grew significantly in 2017 and we have had lots of positive feedback as to how we can collectively grow and plan the event better together.


We very much hope you can make it along to the planning session, if you have not been involved with Culture Night before, it will be an opportunity to hear more and have a chat with other programmers.




20  Mindfully Me Meditation

By Catriona Jones

Every Friday 12.30pm or Wednesday 7.00pm in Holywell Trust, Bishop Street.
Cost £10 per session

Relax, Be Mindful and Learn to Meditate - This is a Max Meditation System TM

Some Benefits of Meditation
• Reduces stress and tension
• Physical and emotional pain reduction
• Gain more control over thoughts
• Detachments of situations - less drama
• Happiness and peace of mind
• Increased concentration
• Spontaneity and creativity
• Builds self confidence
• Enhances energy, strength and vigour
• Helps increase clarity
• Increases serotonin which influences moods and behaviour.
Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, headaches and insomnia.
• Align and manifest

To book your space or for more information
Telephone: Catriona on 07972 040 236


21 Energy Of Light Disco

A Disability Friendly Disco
Friday 25th May from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. 
Book your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.  Limited tickets available.



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