NWCN E-bulletin 25 March 2020

1 Community Support

2 Coronavirus Community Fund

3 Martin Lewis £1m fund for small-charity coronavirus poverty relief

4 Neighbourly Community Fund

5 Free Supplies through Giving World

6 Deadline Approaching - Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

7 COVID-19 Emergency: NICVA Update

8 COVID-19 Info Hub

9 Charity Commission issues new guidance

10 Positive Messaging for Young People - Stay at Home Covid19

11 Community Support News Sheet from FWIN

12 Apex announces emergency recruitment drive

13 Employability Support

14 FREE Online Safeguarding Training

15 UPDATE Fertility Network support - we're moving online

16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth 

17 Get creative with Void online!



1 Community Support

To all our members and groups within the community sector in the north west, we want to try and support you as best we can over the next few months.  If you need to put a call-out for support e.g. if you need volunteers to help you to continue to provide vital services within the community or have a support initiative that we can help you inform others about, please send on the information to us and we can post this in our weekly e-bulletin, Twitter or on our Facebook page.

Challenging times for us all but we want to work with you and work together so that we can support those in our community who will need it most in the coming weeks.  

Email any information to
neola@nwcn.org or roisin@nwcn.org




2 Coronavirus Community Fund

We want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities.  We will therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.


Criteria: The fund will be open to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland, who are supporting isolated older people at this time.


The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 50 and over), as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation of these older people.


The Fund is open from 9am 16th March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis.  We do, however, expect a high level of interest in this fund.  Depending on current funding available, and any future funds raised, we therefore may decide to close for applications within a relatively short space of time, if we do not have enough funds to meet the demand for support.


It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application. Should you have any further questions please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927.

Full details can be found 




3  Martin Lewis £1m fund for small-charity coronavirus poverty relief


We face an unprecedented challenge to our health, economy, businesses, personal finance and way of life. And many of those who normally help society – our charities – are going to face similar pressures right now too. 


To try and help I'm going to release £1,000,000 from my personal charity fund to provide grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.

Examples could include foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more. My hope is to get the money distributed within the next couple of weeks, and I'm looking for projects that are up and running, or are in the process of being set up – as we want to deliver help at speed. 


How to apply

If you are an appropriate official of a registered charity then we've arranged a simple

coronavirus poverty relief grant application form 


As this is all about speedy delivery APPLICATIONS CLOSE TONIGHT AT 11.59pm ON WED 25 MAR 2020 – I'll extend it in the unlikely event we don't get enough applications. If you've questions about the charity grant applications, contact Archna/Jonathan, but please keep them short and sweet – we want to keep this a nimble process.


Full details herehttps://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2020/03/i-m-making-p1m-available-to-fund-urgent-small-charity-coronaviru/



4 Neighbourly Community Fund


With the support of our partner businesses M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners, Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.


Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.


Grants are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.


For more information please visit https://www.neighbourly.com/NeighbourlyCommunityFund




5 Free Supplies through Giving World




We are here to provide free of charge clothing, food Items, toiletries, cleaning and household products so the most vulnerable people in our communities can stay safe and well.

COVID-19 presents us with one of the greatest challenges we have seen during our lifetimes. However, during this difficult time we, at Giving World remain committed to supporting people in crisis by providing our service in the time of their greatest need.


We understand the need in our communities will grow. Please be assured that we will continue to service our partners and your beneficiaries’ needs, whilst following all the latest government guidelines for employee and volunteers’ safety.


If you are not already registered with us to access free of charge business surplus stock, you can do so here: https://www.givingworld.org.uk/charity/


Browse the available products here: https://products.givingworld.org.uk/product-categories

Any queries contact us by email: admin@givingworld.org.uk



6 Deadline Approaching - Esmee Fairbairn Foundation


Deadline Approaching for Final Applications Under Esmee Fairbairn Foundation’s Current Strategy

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is in the process of revising its grant-making strategy and will be launching its new strategy in May 2020, with plans to close some of the current priority funding areas and announce new ones. In particular, all priorities under its Food and Environment funding strands are to be replaced.

The Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK, provides core and unrestricted grants to support the charitable work of organisations (with a regular annual turnover of at least £50,000) that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.

Under its current strategy, first-stage applications will continue to be accepted at any time until 3 April 2020 across the following priority areas:

  • The arts:
    • Art with a social impact.
    • Supporting emerging talent.
    • Organisations at a pivotal point (closing).
  • Children and young people:
    • Improving support for disadvantaged children and young people (closing).
    • The rights of vulnerable children and young people.
    • Addressing root causes of low educational attainment and challenging behaviour.
    • Empowering young leaders.
    • Young people leaving care.
  • Social change:
    • Participation – marginalised and excluded individuals and groups (closing).
    • Place – revitalising community life.
    • Injustice – systemic change around injustice and inequality.
  • The environment (all priorities to be replaced):
    • Connecting people with nature and environment issues.
    • Countering the effects of damaging activity.
    • Nature conservation on land and at sea.
    • Lesser known plants, animals and organisms.
  • Food (all priorities to be replaced):
    • Innovation in alternative approaches.
    • Food and wellbeing.
    • Working towards a more coherent food sector.

The deadline for first stage applications is 3 April 2020.





 7 COVID-19 Emergency: NICVA Update


NICVA are asking if all organisations could complete this survey as best they can to help represent your issues.  The survey should only be completed by voluntary/community/social enterprise/charities: Access survey here


Second, to let you know that the Minister Deirdre Hargey has established an Emergencies Leadership Group for our sector, her department and local government. The group will report in to the Minister and onward to the NI Executive Emergency Contingencies Group.  The Group met last Friday and will establish a number of sub groups to develop our response.  The group will report to the Minister and onward to the NI Executive Emergency Contingencies Group. The sub groups are: Communication & Engagement; Volunteering Response; Food Response; Medicine/Pharmacy and utility supplies; Single freephone helpline.


NICVA will lead on Communications and Engagement and we will let you have information on the others as soon as agreed.  This will be a two way flow from Government to us but also from us to Government.


Many of you raised the issue of funding flexibility with other Departments and their Agencies after Deirdre Hargey's announcement about her Department last week.  The Minister has been in contact with all other Departments seeking the same commitment and requesting they follow DfC on this.  We expect that will follow and that there will be an announcement soon.  During Friday's meeting the Minister matched CFNI's Community fund with a further £200k to help community organisations respond practically on the ground. Please see practical help on Infection Control below.  There will be other aspects of the Community Fund, currently being worked on.


CFNI Community Fund here

Infection Control  here

Please keep checking the NICVA web site for updates here


Be safe everyone, and if helping on the front-line practice safe infection control.  For most volunteers that's 'physical distancing' of 2 metres 



8 COVID-19 Info Hub


Developing Healthy Communities (DHC) exists to offer people and communities the opportunity to live healthier and more fulfilling lives so we have pulled together resources and links to information to help support you through this difficult time.  Along with communities all over the world, we’ve been watching the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves.  We recognise how stressful this particular situation is, and we share your concerns.  We stand with all of you during a time when everyone and every community is affected.

Staying informed about the impact of COVID-19 around the world is vital to ensuring the safety and the wellbeing of everyone.  In addition to your local public health officials and local authorities, be sure to follow the Public Health Agency (PHA), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which will include up-to-date guidance for gathering safely.



Regularly updated information

If you have information you would like to share please email info@dhcni.com



9  Charity Commission issues new guidance


In line with government advice on the management of the Coronavirus outbreak, it has become necessary to make changes to the way the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland delivers its services. The changes are aimed at protecting the Commission’s service users and staff, while supporting charities in getting through what is a difficult and anxious time.


We want to assure charities that our approach to regulation during this period will be as flexible and supportive as possible. Charities’ primary interest, and ours, must be looking after the public and the communities that we serve.


You can find guidance on running your charity during the pandemic, and the main changes being implemented by the Commission, below:




10 Positive Messaging for Young People - Stay at Home Covid19

Following the recent concerns regarding large groups of young people meeting up in local communities Youth 19 have worked with communications/ marketing to develop a short video tailored to a young audience which encourages staying at home/ social distancing while keeping a positive message about young people in our district at this difficult time. This approach is in line with our Unicef CFC efforts to embed a Child Rights based approach. 





11 Community Support News Sheet from FWIN


Please see link below from Foyle Women's Information Network regarding current community support available.  This includes Food, Transport and general Advice, Support and Assistance - a great resource.





12 Apex announces emergency recruitment drive


As a result of staff shortages due to the spread of Covid-19, Apex Housing Association has launched an emergency recruitment drive to fill much needed roles in its supported living schemes and nursing homes in Derry~Londonderry, Coleraine, Omagh, Castlederg, Strabane, Limavady and Belfast. Essential roles include nurses, support workers, care assistants, catering and housekeeping.

Apex owns and manages a range of schemes including accommodation and nursing homes for older people and supported housing for people with mental health difficulties, learning disabilities, alcohol/drug addictions, those who are physically disabled and young people in need of support.





13  Employability Support


The PULSE Centre (Based in Strabane & Derry) is helping out anyone seeking employability support in these unpredictable times. You can access us through the Facebook link below.  

We are offering free online qualifications and online advice as our office remains closed to the public.



Anyone aged 16-24 can avail of our support, anyone over 24 can also find support through Customized Training Services

Its free – it won’t affect any benefits.

If you have any other questions then you can contact me on 

daviddougherty@customizedtraining.co.uk028 71382260 / 07889647779



14  FREE Online Safeguarding Training


Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd recently launched their free online safeguarding training, which is supported by the Health & Social Care Board and the Department of Health.  The online training acts as an introduction only and does not replace face to face training, which should be attended following completion of any of the sessions below.


Keeping Adults Safe: See Something, Say Something  –  This session is suitable for staff and volunteers who may have some interface with adults at risk of harm but who do not work closely with them, to introduce them to adult safeguarding issues.


Adult Safeguarding Champion: Meeting the Requirements  –  This taster session is suitable for managers, supervisors and management committee members in organisations which deliver services and/or activities for adults, to find out about the role of the Adult Safeguarding Champion (ASC) and provide guidance on how this role should be implemented within their organisation.


Keeping Children and Adults Safe: An Introduction for Management Committee Members  –  This session is suitable for management committee members in organisations which deliver services or activities to children, young people and/or adults and provides a brief overview of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.


Click here to register for any of the above online courses.



15 UPDATE Fertility Network support - we're moving online


Are your patients/clients feeling a little stressed at the moment about their fertility journey? Do you have patients/clients whose treatment cycles have been cancelled? Are they trying to decide how to stop treatment and wondering about their options?


Although sadly we have had to postpone our jam packed Spring-Summer programme of meet-ups and workshops for a while (including free Fertility Yoga and CBT Lifeskills programmes) along with some great speakers we had organised, ☹ we have been busy putting in place more online and digital support, so that patients can feel less isolated



Zoom online social groups Our next Zoom chat will run next Weds 25th March at 7.30-8.30pm and is open to everyone to join and have a chat. More and more people are using Zoom for work and social events.

Click on this link on your phone, tablet or computer if it has a camera https://zoom.us/j/125970780 and it will prompt you to launch Zoom, then click on Join with Video.  

Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/FNUKNI/ 


Supportline Our lovely Fertility Nurse Diane is available to speak to patients for information and support Monday, Weds and Friday 10-4pm 0121 323 5025 and she can provide callers with a wealth of knowledge from her long experience. You can also email her at support@fertilitynetworkuk.org


Fertility Network Health Unlocked - If patients don’t know about the support on this supportive and informative forum which can be joined anonymously have a look here www.healthunlocked.com/fertility-network-uk 


Trying to Conceive Webinars – We will be moving our speakers planned for our support groups over to an additional webinar series and are currently putting in place a new schedule of free webinars that you can join live or watch the recording. Forthcoming topics will include Nutrition, Fertility Yoga, Consumer rights for Fertility Patients, Coping skills, Male Infertility and many others. To see the recordings of previous recorded webinars go to https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/how-we-can-help/online-support-webinars/.


Fertility Network website  - Our website has lots of information and factsheets, Frequently Answered Questions www.fertilitynetworkuk.org 


Help for Emotional Impact Our website has a lot of resources about dealing with the emotional impact with articles on Coping skills, Talking to friends and family, ending treatments and resource links to other many other organisations. Go to ‘Trying to Conceive’ on our Home page for a list of resources. www.fertilitynetworkuk.org   


One-to-one Zoom calls If patients or your organisation would like to talk to myself, or Rachel, you can contact us to book a Zoom face-to-face personal Zoom call. Email hilary@fertilitynetworkuk.org or rachel@fertilitynetworkuk.org .


Affinity Magazine Register on our website to receive free digital copies of our FNUK magazine Affinity to keep abreast of fertility news and read back copies https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/how-we-can-help/online-support-webinars/you-are-not-alone-news/


hilary@fertilitynetworkuk.org / rachel@fertilitynetworkuk.org



16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth 

Please find the latest offers in the
attached document from Salto Youth

  • "Another Extraordinary Educational Adventure. Trans-Siberian" - Partnership Building Seminar with study visits elements
  • European Solidarity Corps: Get started with Jobs & Traineeships
  • Calls for Trainers 



17 Get creative with Void online!

Void is looking forward to bringing you online tours of the current exhibition by Ima-Abasi Okon. We will explore the 15 year exhibition history of the Void programme through images, talks and videos. We will post suggested readings, artists talks and links to artists films.

Void Engage will take place online, where we will bring you activities designed to keep you and the kids entertained while we are all practicing social distancing. Over the coming weeks, our lovely artist-facilitators, Karen Cassidy and Sinead Crumlish will be coming to you online with activities for the kids, including bubble making (get those kids outside!), slime and messy play workshops. These videos will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and our YouTube channel so that you can come back to them again and again.

Each week while the gallery is closed, we will look at different artists who use a specific medium in their work.

From Monday 23rd - Friday 27th, we will focus on collage and look at the artists;
Picasso, Matisse, Lee Krasner, and Louise Bourgeois. Please go to www.derryvoid.com/ for more information about the artists and activities inspired by their work. We encourage you to make your own artwork inspired by these artists and post them to our Void Online Facebook Group. For Instagram post as normal and tag us @derryvoid


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