NWCN E-bulletin 24 October 2018


1 Upcoming NWCN Events

2 The Change Something Fund

3 Holywell Trust Seeks Future Community Leaders

4 Amplify NI events

5 Strategic Planning - NI Human Rights Commission

6 Strabane Shared Space Steering Group Recruitment

7 “Understanding Self Harm and Autism”

8 Upcoming Training with WAVE Trauma

9 The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) Workshop

10 FREE Substance Misuse Programme

11 'Time for Equality' Campaign

12  ‘Beyond rainbow-ism in South Africa: a restitutional reading of the “Black Christ”’

13 FWIN Theatre of Witness Workshop

14 Will you represent your youth organisation at Ulster University Marketplace event?

15 OUT North West recruiting for Certificate in Youth Work Practice

16 Youth Leadership training programme with HURT

17 Latest Offers from Salto Youth 

18 Upcoming Events in Foyle JBO 

19 Job Opportunities with Verbal Arts Centre

20 Job Opportunity with First Housing Aid & Support Services

21 Board Member Opportunity with Verbal Arts Centre

22 Community Places - Free Planning Advice Session (Claudy)

23 Launch of 'A LEAP OF FAITH' by David Latimer 

24 Halloween Energy of Light Fancy Dress Disco

25 Fire Starter Festival Comes to Dublin!



Please note there will be no bulletin service next week


1 Upcoming NWCN Events

  • North West Community Network – Strategic Plan Launch

Thursday 8th November, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Please join NWCN as we launch our new Strategic plan and hear about the benefits of being of member of your local Network.

Lunch Provided


  • Human Rights & Brexitin partnership with Human Rights Commission and Holywell Trust 

Thursday 15th November, 10.00 – 12.30pm


Our Rights and Brexit: where are we now?
With terms like ‘Irish backstop’, ‘Chequers’ and a ‘no deal Brexit’ dominating the media, we will cut through the jargon and explore what we actually know about Brexit and what it will mean for our rights and our peace settlement. 
In December 2017, the UK and the EU agreed that our rights would be protected and enhanced in Brexit. Our workshop will provide an accessible guide to the Brexit process and its impact on human rights and equality protections here, now and in the future.
We also want to hear your thoughts and concerns about Brexit and rights and how we can help keep you in the loop.  
Please RSVP to Claire
claire@humanrightsconsortium.org to let us know if you will be attending.


  • Heritage Lottery Fund - Funding Presentation for Diversity Groups

Thursday 15th November, 6.00pm


  • Fundraising Clinics (in partnership with NICVA)

Monday 19th November, 9.30 – 4.30pm (Book one hour slot)

NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer will discuss any current funding applications, explore potential new sources of income, develop a fundraising plan / strategy or simply take the opportunity to have a sounding board regarding anything fundraising-related. 

To Book:  Mary McCaughey (NICVA)  02890 877777 or email: mary.mccaughey@nicva.org


  • Data Protection Training

Friday 23rd November, 10.30 – 1.30pm

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

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

Who is it for?

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

What does it cover?

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

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

If you are interested in attending please book your place with us on info@nwcn.org or call
028 7127 9090



2 The Change Something Fund


What is the Change Something Fund?
The Change Something Fund has been established with support from the Big Lottery Fund and Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC). The fund will provide young people aged 13 – 24 living in DCSDC area with an opportunity to take the lead in their communities throughout the district’s dedicated Year of Youth in 2019.

The Change Something Fund is led by two panels of young people aged 13-17 and 18-25 living in our local area. The panels were recruited from an open call to young people from the district.


Who Can apply to The Change Something Fund?
Young people who are aged between 13-24 years old from Derry City and Strabane District Council area can apply.

Young people will require the support from a host organisation, such as a school, club, or an organisation who supports the community.

If you have an idea but you have not got a host organisation, please contact us for advice.

Organisations can apply if they can ensure that a young person/s is the lead.


How Much Can I apply for? 

There are two grant sizes:

  • Small grants from £200 -£500
  • Larger Grants from £501-£3,000

What is important to remember? 

The activity will take place in 2019 and will be led by young people with support from a host organisation.


The Change Something Fund will welcome applications to support activities or events which helps young people with:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • The World around us and our environment
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Employment
  • Youth Democracy- Get your Voice Heard
  • Disability
  • Inclusion
  • Arts activities
  • Any other ideas

If you are unsure of which theme best describes your project, please contact us.


How do I Apply?
You will be required to submit an online application and, if you wish, supplement this application with a short video clip on what your project will help to change in their community.  This should be “WhatsApped” in your preferred language to Shauna Kelpie on 07796 264635.

If you are successful, you will be asked to keep a record of your budget and ensure you spend the right amount of money you receive.


What if I need support to apply to The Change Something Fund?
If you are a young person with a disability and require support to apply to the Change Something Fund, please contact us.

Other Important Information
Decisions made by the Change Something Fund Panels are final.


The Fund is open for applications for two rounds

  1. Opens in Autumn 2018 from Wednesday 17th October and closes at 5pm on 7th November 2018.
  2. Opens again in Spring 2019 tbc

Contact information:
Should you have any further questions you can either contact:
Grant’s Team 028 9024 5927 or Acorn Fund Officer Shauna Kelpie telephone on 02871 371547





3   Holywell Trust Seeks Future Community Leaders

Holywell Trust is recruiting a new cohort of future community leaders for its new Future Leaders Programme. The programme will take these new leaders through a programme of residentials and training concluding with the delivery of community relations focused projects.
This project will build on Holywell Trust’s track record of supporting innovation and partnership working, as explained by Gerard Deane, Holywell Trust Director, “Holywell Trust knows the value of creating meaningful relationships and partnerships between people who have a stake in our local community. Our experience has taught us that harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of committed individuals can have a lasting impact on our community.”
The Future Leaders programme is recruiting a team of 20 people, aged 18+, who feel as though they have the potential to play a leadership role on community relations and community development issues. The team will be lead through a programme from November 2018 until July 2019 starting with a residential and followed by 20 engagement sessions on a range of topics, some of which will be selected by the group.
The culmination of the programme will be 4 community projects delivered by small teams from the Future Leaders programme.
Central to the programme will be the consideration and promotion of an independent community and voluntary sector. Preference on the programme will be given to applicants who are not members or representatives of political parties.
Speaking on the potential for the project Gerard stated, “We have seen the potential for this project through leadership programmes that we have delivered in the past. Our past participants have gone on to become vital members of our community and we expect the same from this programme.”
If this is something that interests you get in touch with Holywell Trust by email
hello@holywelltrust.com or call (028) 7126 1941. Those interested will be asked to complete a short online expression of interest form. Deadline for applications is Friday 23rd November 2018.
The Future Leaders Programme is supported through the Reconciliation Fund of the Department for Foreign Affairs.



4  Amplify NI events


At Amplify NI we are passionate about amplifying people's stories and lived experiences; using this as a spur for THEM to drive locally-led community action. Co-Creation is a participatory way of taking this action.

We have a series of FREE lunchtime sessions explaining Co-Creation in a bit more detail, as well as sharing the tools we use to start to plan and take action. Whether you are working with local communities to address inequalities, or are a concerned resident wanting to make your community a fairer place, this would be a useful approach.

  • Community Powered Change session: Co-Creation. Thursday 1st November 12pm-2pm in the Holywell Trust. RSVP and more info here.
  • Community Powered Change session: Co-Creation 2. Tuesday 20th November 12pm-2pm in the Holywell Trust. RSVP and more info here.



5  Strategic Planning - NI Human Rights Commission


The Commission is beginning work to produce the priorities for its strategic plan for 2019-2022.

As a result, we would like to invite you or a colleague to a roundtable discussion on carrying our work forward.


On 8 November the half day will commence with a round-table discussion facilitated by Helen Ferguson, one of the NIHRC Commissioners. The Chief Commissioner and staff will also be in attendance. The event will finish with a sandwich lunch.


The event will take place in:

HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership | 10-14 Bishop Street | Derry/Londonderry | BT48 6PW


We want to ensure the views of our external stakeholders are heard as we plan for the future.


Our intention will be to hold a further roundtable in early 2019 once we have produced an initial draft.


Our previous strategic plan 2016-2019 can be found here:





What if I have any special requirements (i.e. dietary requirements, access requirements etc)?

Please email events@nihrc.org or telephone +44 (0)28 90243987 to submit any special requirements you have.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you need to contact the Commission regarding the event, please email events@nihrc.org or telephone +44 (0)28 90243987.


Register your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/derrylondonderry-nihrc-strategic-planning-consultation-tickets-51140642037



6  Strabane Shared Space Steering Group Recruitment


Holywell Trust is delighted to be working with groups from the Strabane area on the Strabane Shared Space project. There are a few spaces on the Steering Group that will help us deliver the project with local communities over the next couple of years and we are keen to fill them with people from the programme area.


About the Strabane Shared Space Programme 

The Strabane Shared Space Programme is being delivered as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s PEACE IV Programme. The programme was developed following engagement with organisations from the area and will have 4 main elements:

  1. Partnership Development Programme
  2. Cemetery Project
  3. Women’s Peacebuilding Programme
  4. Music Programme 

Participants & Time Commitment 

We are seeking 4-5 more people to commit to help support and deliver this project. Ideally anyone interested will have be active in community relations issues and supportive of building relationships in the greater Strabane and Donegal areas. Participants will advise and support the delivery of the programme and will play an active role in attracting participants to take part in the four project elements.


In addition to the Steering Group commitment participants will also have the opportunity to take part in the Partnership Development Programme element of the Strabane Shared Space project.  


There is a minimum engagement of 26 hours over a 6-month period. Participants will be required to complete all registration and evaluation forms as required by the project funder, PEACE IV Programme.


We are particularly keen to recruit Steering Group members from Donegal.



If you are interested in being a member of the Steering Group for this project and working with groups already in place, please complete below:





Organisation (if applicable)







Phone Number



Email Address



Keep me informed about this and other Holywell Trust opportunities (please tick)


Yes, keep me informed ☐ No, do not keep me informed ☐


If you have any questions or queries about this opportunity please contact Gerard Deane (gerard@holywelltrust.com or (028) 7126 1941).



 7  “Understanding Self Harm and Autism”


By Conor McCafferty

City Hotel, Queens Quay, Derry
Alexander Suite

15th November 2018, 7:30pm - 9pm

Contact Zest on: 02871 266999 or email zest@zestni.co.uk




8  Upcoming Training with WAVE Trauma


Self-Compassion & Responding to Trauma

This one day workshop will explore the impact of psychological trauma on an individual’s ability to develop and maintain compassion for themselves and others.  The workshop is influenced and informed by Gilbert’s model of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) applied within the Northern Ireland context of the Troubles. Participants will be provided with an overview of the Compassion Model with an emphasis on the role of shame, self-criticism and trauma symptomology. 

Who is this workshop suitable for?
This workshop will be of interest to those working with individuals and families who have experienced trauma and subsequent shame, self-criticism and low mood.
The workshop will use a variety of training methods including group discussion, small group work and interactive presentations of theory through case illustrations (with clients’ consent).

Workshop aims
On completion of the workshop participants will gain:

  • An awareness of the psychological theories that inform compassion and a compassionate focused approach to working with those who experience trauma
  • Experience of applying a compassionate mind towards themselves and others

Booking details
Venue:                         WAVE Trauma Centre, 25-31 The Diamond,
Derry Londonderry, BT48 6HP
Date:                           Thursday 1st November 2018                        
Time:                           10:00am-4:00pm
Workshop fee: £50.00 – this includes light refreshments and a CPD certificate.
Please follow link for booking process:





Psychological Trauma and Family Systems
This one day workshop has been designed to explore the development and maintenance of psychological trauma within the Northern Ireland context of the ‘Troubles’.  This one day workshop will provide an overview of theories of trauma within the family, the influence of trauma on attachment styles and explore the evidence base for systemic work and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Who is this workshop suitable for?
This one day workshop would be of interest to those working with traumatised individuals and families and those working within conflict and post-conflict contexts.

Workshop aims
On completion of the workshop participants will be;

  • Students will be aware of the influence of culture and context on a system’s ability to manage trauma and develop resilience
  • Students will develop an awareness of treatment approaches for systemic work and PTSD

Booking details
Venue: WAVE Trauma Centre, 18 Holmview Avenue, Omagh, BT79 0AQ
Date: Thursday 25th October 2018
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Workshop fee: £50.00 – this includes light refreshments and a CPD certificate.
Please follow link for booking process




  The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) Workshop


Dr Anne Kilgallen, Chief Executive, Western Health and Social Care Trust would like to invite you to attend a creative and interactive workshop exploring health services research.  The workshop will be facilitated by THIS Institute (The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute).
THIS Institute, at the University of Cambridge, is working with a Wellcome Trust award for public engagement to produce a series of creative and interactive workshops exploring health services research.
The workshops are for NHS staff, patients, carers, researchers and anyone else who interacts with the healthcare system. They aim to show how research evidence is essential for improving the design and delivery of health care as well as how research can have a real impact on patients and staff working within the system. The workshops are based around a short theatre piece showing a patient’s journey through care, and then use participatory forum theatre techniques to start conversations around the impact and importance of research.
When: Friday 30 November 2018
Where: Lecture Theatre1, Trust Headquarters, MDEC Building, Altnagelvin Hospital
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00 pm 
If you wish to attend please RSVP by Tuesday 20 November 2018 to:
Health Improvement, Equality & Involvement Department,
Western Health & Social Care Trust,
Maple Villa, Gransha Park, Londonderry, BT47 6WJ
Telephone: 028 71865127; E-mail:

If you have any specific support needs please notify the office as soon as possible.



10 FREE Substance Misuse Programme


Are you a community worker living or working in the Waterside area?


HURT are offering a 6 week FREE programme detailing the issues of substance misuse.

This course will be of particular interest to those working in the community or volunteering in the community.


The course will run on a Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 9pm for 6 weeks (please see details of course content).


If you are interested please contact HURT ASAP as places are limited.


This is a six week program which will cover the following topics:-

  • Understanding Addiction
  • Legal and Illegal highs.
  • Substance Abuse.
  • Alcohol
  • What are inhalants, Cocaine, Cannabis, Prevention among adults, children.
  • Mental Health
  • Prescription and over The Counter Misuse
  • Alcohol Quiz
  • The Law – PSNI
  • Interview with an ex user.

028 7136 9696




11  'Time for Equality' Campaign


Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK which does not provide or recognise same-sex marriage, despite huge support among the public and Northern Ireland Assembly members.


In the absence of functioning devolution, only Parliament can undo the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. To do this, Conor McGinn MP has introduced a Private Member’s Bill, which is due to have a second reading on Friday 26 October 2018.


The Equality Coalition's campaign – directed towards the Prime Minister, Northern Ireland Secretary of State and the Minister for Women and Equalities – calls on the Government to back this legislation by providing the necessary time for Parliament to vote on extending marriage equality to Northern Ireland.

To support this campaign please click this link to send an email to Theresa May, Karen Bradley and Penny Mordaunt in support of this campaign.


Thank You from all at Love Equality www.loveequalityni.org


12 ‘Beyond rainbow-ism in South Africa: a restitutional reading of the “Black Christ”’


Professor Brandon Hamber
John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace Incore, Ulster University cordially invites you to a Guest Lecture: ‘Beyond rainbow-ism in South Africa: a restitutional reading of the “Black Christ”’ by Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd


5.30pm, 8 November 2018 Followed by refreshments

MU114, Teaching Centre Magee campus

Register Attendance
ulster.ac.uk/verwoerd-guest-lecture E:
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3266

In this 1962 protest art work Albert Luthuli - then president of the African National Congress and Nobel Peace Prize winner - controversially replaces (a typically pale-skinned figure of) Jesus on the cross. The then Minister of Justice, John Vorster, is portrayed as the soldier in the background, with Prime Minister Verwoerd as the centurion-with-the-spear.

As South Africa’s post-1994 dream of a “rainbow nation” is increasingly being challenged Wilhelm will treat this painting as an icon to help explore some of the deep wounds of the past that have not been fully recognised, let alone addressed, especially within the white “beneficiary community”. Since the centurion-with-the-spear is also his grandfather he will focus on the intergenerational challenge of restitutional shared responsibility with this relational dynamic in the foreground.

Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd is a former lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch and a former researcher within the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Between 2002 and 2012 he facilitated dialogue and storytelling between ex-combatants, survivors and members of wider society, mostly in connection with the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. During this period, he was a programme co-ordinator for the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and the Irish Peace Centres, as well as a Director of Beyond Walls Ltd. From 2013 he is based again in South Africa and works as a researcher and facilitator attached to the Transformation Office of the University of Stellenbosch. 



13   FWIN Theatre of Witness Workshop


Thursday 6th December
Holywell, Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry
Finding the medicine in stories of suffering, transformation, and peace
Theatre of Witness explores the pathway to peace and engages with real life stories and experiences of The Troubles in accessible, moving and inspiring workshops.
This workshop will offer the opportunity to engage with performers and storytellers from all sides and realties of The Troubles to explore the path to healing from conflict. This is an event not to be missed.
Lunch will be provided.
If you wish to book a place on the workshop please contact:
info@fwin.org.uk or telephone: 028 7126 1941



14  Will you represent your youth organisation at Ulster University Marketplace event?


As part of the Context of Youth Work module on the Certificate in Community Youth Studies, which explores the diversity and breadth of youth work across the sector, YouthAction would love you to come and have a ‘stall’ to promote the work of your organisation and contribute to the students learning experience.


Date: Tuesday 30th October

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm (Please allow time for set up)

Place: Great Hall (MD Building), Magee campus, Ulster University


If you, or someone from your organisatiion are able to attend, could you please confirm with connor@youthaction.org  or by contacting YouthAction Northern Ireland (NW Office) on 02871318854.



15  OUT North West recruiting for Certificate in Youth Work Practice


Our OUT North West project are currently recruiting for this Youth Work Training programme. This programme will be free of charge and delivered in partnership with Youth Action NI.

Open to young LGBTQ+ people aged 18+.

The qualification will be delivered in Derry-Londonderry.

For applications or more information please contact Colleen O’Neill –



16  Youth Leadership training programme with HURT

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

Two accredited programmes will be provided over an 8 month period

Programme 1 - Award in Community Relations, Equality and Diversity In Youth Work Practice:
This is a 25 week programme by 3 hours per week (75 hours approx) which includes sessions on:  The principles of Equality Diversity and Interdependence in Youth Work

  • Community Relations within a Youth Work Settings
  • Diversity Work with Young People
  • Skills and Knowledge for Community Relations Equality and Diversity Work
  • Understanding Prejudice  and Discrimination
  • Understanding and Managing Community Conflict
  • Understanding Equality and Human Rights Legislation
  • Understanding Discrimination within  Youth Work Practice
  • Leadership Skills for Community Relations Equality and Diversity in Youth Work Practice
  • Mediation Skills for Community Relations Equality and Diversity in Youth Work Practice
  • Understanding Conflict

Programme 2 -

Level 3 Award in Education and Training


 This is a 6 week by 4 hour programme class contact.

      Participants will receive training in;

  • Understanding roles responsibilities and relationships in training.
  •  Understanding and using inclusive learning approaches in training and facilitation. 
  • Facilitating learning and development for individuals and groups.
  • Understanding assessment in education and learning.
  • For facilitators or tutors delivering training for others.
  • Knowledge of the relationship between theory/principles and practice in the context of your existing or future role
  • Consideration of how professional values impact on working in your area
  • Evidence of a reflective approach

Programme participants must agree to undertake both programmes and a 90% attendance record is required to achieve accreditation and award of certificate.
  On completion participants will be awarded a level 3 Award in Education and Training and an award in Community Relations Equality and Diversity In Youth Work Practice:
 The qualifications will enhance the capacity of the participants to be empowered within a youth leadership context.

Please contact Dessie on 02871 369696 or
hurttraining@outlook.com as places are limited.



17 Latest Offers from Salto Youth 

YES, AND... - Improvisation in the learning process
11 - 16 December 2018 | Warsaw, Poland
Introducing applied improvisation as a non-formal educational methodology in both formal and informal educational settings Cross sectoral seminar for Youth and School Education sector participants.
Organizer: Polish Natonal Agency (FRSE-FDiES) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 4 November 2018

See details

Let's mediate - Training course on Alternative Dispute Resolution in EVS/ESC
2 - 10 December 2018 | Worcester, United Kingdom
Let’s mediate is a training course for EVS coordinators, mentors, trainers, youth workers who work in context of international volunteering and would like to develop skills connected with mediation as a method of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Organizer: Consilium Development and Training (Others)
This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 4 November 2018

See details

COMETS – Cooperating successfully in teams
13 - 19 March 2019 | Greece
Training for Trainers on ‘Cooperating successfully in teams’ based on the ETS competence model for trainers working at international level.
Organizer: Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (I.NE.DI.VI.M) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 5 November 2018

See details

Queens of the Theatre of the Oppressed
4 December 2018 - 27 March 2019 | Czech Republic and, Slovak Republic
This is a long-term training course on the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology. The target group are LGBT+ activists and educators. This method offers empowerment to disadvantaged groups through the innovative cooperative artistic expression.
Organizer: LEAP Sports Scotland (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 7 November 2018

See details

Training for Trainers
31 January - 6 February 2019 | Olde Vechte Foundation, Ommen, Netherlands
Training for Trainers is a 7-day international course for trainers experienced in the youth field and it's build upon 4 elements: provocative training, unique method of training design, somatic aspects of trainership and contextual learning.
Organizer: Olde Vechte Foundation (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 6 January 2019

See details

SALTO SEE RC Newsflash 6/2018

Online version

Call for Trainers


HOP council
The HOP e-learning platform and the council is fostered by SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre, in spite of its regional responsibilities, as a general support to European youth work are looking for 5 Trainers
Application deadline: 24/10/2018

Online version.

Jugend Bildung und Kultur JUBUK is looking for 1 trainer
Application deadline: 29.10.2018 at 12:00 (Brussels time)

Online version



18  Upcoming Events in Foyle JBO 


Monday 29th October 9:30am-12pm Business in the Community will be holding an information stand to promote upcoming training programme in partnership with Skills North West with job opportunities in the food and beverage team in the City Hotel.

Monday 5th November  10am-12:30pm Extern Positive Learning will be holding an information stand promoting their programme available to disadvantaged adult males who are long term unemployed, ex-offenders, homeless or refugees.

Tuesday 6th November 10am-1pm Lucas Love Healthcare will be holding an information stand and conducting interviews for care assistants and nurses with vacancies in the local area.

Wednesday 7th November 10am-12:30pm Extern will be returning to the office to hold another information stand.

Natalie from BT Work Ready programme will also be in the office to speak to anyone interested in attending the upcoming programme starting 26th November.



19  Job Opportunities with Verbal Arts Centre

Our vision is a world in which every story matters where everyone regardless of background, age or ability can gain the skills to tell their story, have it heard and listen to the stories of others.

We are seeking to appoint the following permanent, part-time positions:

  • Caretaker (16hrs per week)
  • Cleaner (12.5hrs per week)
  • Application packs can be downloaded from the following:
    Alternatively please contact us as below:
    • Email:

    • Tel: 028 7126 6946
    Closing date for applications is: 2.00pm on Friday, 2nd November 2018.

    It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.
    Interviews are due to be held week of 12th November 2018.

    The Verbal Arts Centre operates a Child Protection Policy.
    The Verbal Arts Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer.



20 Job Opportunity with First Housing Aid & Support Services


First Housing Aid & Support Services (Registered Charity No: NIC105748)

Invite applicants for the post of:



Salary:  £17,314 per annum

37 ½ Hours per week (shift rota basis)

Based in our Shepherd’s View Young Parents’ Project, Derry/Londonderry


The successful candidate will be part of a team providing supported residential provision for young parents and their children, under appropriate shift pattern cover. 


Minimum Essential Criteria

(A Full Job Description and Personnel Specification is available with an application pack) 

  • Minimum of three GCSE’s at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language.
  • A relevant qualification in Health and Social Care or related field (minimum NVQ level 2 or equivalent)
  • At least two years recent experience of working in accommodation or community work setting, providing support to vulnerable young parents aged 16-25 years.
  • IT skills

Interested candidates should e-mail for an application pack, quoting the appropriate job reference number to: karlaokane@first-housing.com

Application Forms can also be downloaded from

Please Note:  All recruitment correspondence for this position will be done through e-mail. Please provide a suitable e-mail address for correspondence and e-mail completed applications to

If you do not have an e-mail address, please contact Karla on 02871 266115
It should be noted that criteria for this post might be enhanced to facilitate short listing.
First Housing operates a child protection and vulnerable adults policy.  Access NI checks will be carried out before an appointment can be confirmed.  This position is subject to compulsory registration with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.
Closing date for completed applications is: Friday, 9th November 18 at 12 noon.
We are an equal opportunities employer.



21  Board Member Opportunity with Verbal Arts Centre


We wish to recruit individuals to serve on Verbal’s Board of Directors

We invite applications from those individuals who have a background in the private, public or community/voluntary sectors and that have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas: Financial; Strategic vision; Human Resources; Networking; PR/Marketing; Digital Technology; Health & Safety; Risk; Knowledge of Core business; Legal; Commercial. (This position is not renumerated)


Overview of the organisation

Verbal’s vision is a world where Every Story Matters.
The organisation believes that storytelling is a transformational, leadership art, open to all, through which we translate values into action: engaging heart, head, and hands.

Storytelling is accessible & participation based created from the experience of challenge, choice and outcome which we all have encountered.


Everything Verbal does aims to give everyone regardless of ability, background or circumstances the opportunity and the means to; tell their story & listen to the stories of others.

For further information on our programmes and projects please go to: www.theverbal.co


The board is instrumental in leading and supporting the organisation. In order to continue organisational development and growth we are now looking to re-energise our Board through the recruitment of new directors.

This is an opportunity for those with board experience to join a dynamic organisation and make change happen; and an opportunity for those new to boards to join a team where you will be offered training and support to develop your skills. We provide full induction for all Board members.


How to apply

Application documentation can be downloaded from the following: https://www.theverbal.co/Pages/Category/jobs

Alternatively please contact us as below:
• Email:

• Tel: 028 7126 6946

Closing date for applications is: 2.00pm on Friday, 16th November 2018.



22  Community Places - Free Planning Advice Session (Claudy)


Community Places continues its free planning advice sessions for people and community groups - the next one is on Thursday, 8 November 2018 in The Diamond Centre (Baranailt Road, Claudy) and the drop in session runs from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.


We provide free, confidential and impartial planning advice to people who cannot afford a planning consultant.  Our qualified planning staff can give advice on how to comment on or object to a planning application, how the local council deals with planning applications and development which is built without approval and any other information on the planning system. 


There is no need to make an appointment.  If you are not able to get to the advice session, we can also provide planning advice by telephone (9023 9444) or by email (info@communityplaces.info).


Community Places is an independent charity and we provide free planning advice to people and communities who cannot afford private consultants.  Our free Planning Advice Service is part-funded by the Department for Infrastructure.  



23  Launch of 'A LEAP OF FAITH' by David Latimer 


A new book entitled 'A LEAP OF FAITH' by David Latimer, recounting his special friendship with Martin McGuinness, will be launched by Blackstaff Press on WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER at 7pm in First Derry Presbyterian Church.

All royalties will be given to the North West Cancer Centre. 

Everyone welcome.



24  Halloween Energy of Light Fancy Dress Disco

Don’t miss our Halloween Energy of Light Fancy Dress Disco – Prizes for the best costume!!!!
Friday 26th October – 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Admission £3.00 (carer’s go free)

Millennium Forum, Newmarket Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6EB
Tel:  +44 (0) 28 71 272779



25  Fire Starter Festival Comes to Dublin!


For the last three years the Fire Starter Festival in Scotland has been holding collaborative learning events to illuminate creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which people across Scotland are trying to make Scotland the best place to live and flourish.

We warmly invite you to the first Fire Starting event in Ireland (organised by U Lab Ireland in partnership with the Scottish Government and being held in Croke Park).

Please join us to:

  • Learn from members of the Scottish Government, the key curators of the Fire Starter Festival Scotland
  • Share your stories and ideas for supporting fires of change locally and nationally.
  • Make connections and consider what a Fire Starter Festival in Ireland could look like.
  • Ignite the spark of an idea, fan the flame of creativity and innovation, cast off the shackles of the norm and create disruptive and innovative ways to create transformative and systemic change.


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