NWCN E-bulletin 26 February 2020

1 The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Fund 2020

2 Are you developing a project idea in the North West?

3 Future Leaders Recruitment 2020

4 Growing Your Online Business Workshop

5 PHA Workplace Health Support Service

6 FWIN’s Annual Conference 2020 ‘Mind in’ the Peace’

7 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020

8 The Exploring Enterprise Programme

9 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

10 Open Call - The Walker Plinth Commissions

11 Current vacancies with Northern Ireland Screen

12 Board of Director Opportunities at La Dolce Vita Project

13 Hidden Harm: Awareness Raising and Networking Event

14 FREE Health Checks

15 Would you like to have a say in your local art scene?

16 All-Ages Clothes Swap Shop!

17 Coming up at Centre for Contemporary Art



1 The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Fund 2020


The Begin Together Fund will support new project-based activities with grants of up to €5,000 (or the sterling equivalent) for local, not for profit groups working to improve the physical and/or mental and/ or financial wellbeing of the communities they serve across all counties on the island of Ireland.

Closing Date: Tuesday, March 31st @ 16:00



Applications will only be eligible if:

  • The applicant organisation has an annual income less than €500,000.
  • The proposed project addresses at least one strand of ‘wellbeing’ listed below. 

Preference will be given to applications that:

  • Serve disadvantaged communities or minority groups.
  • Will have an ongoing impact within their community.
  • Address more than one strand of wellbeing.

Applications are welcome from community groups and charities that address one or more of the following strands of wellbeing.  

  • Strand 1- Physical Wellbeing – projects that aim to increase levels of physical activity and improve overall physical wellbeing within their local communities.
  • Strand 2 - Mental Wellbeing: projects that promote positive mental health within their local communities.
  • Strand 3 - Financial Wellbeing:  projects that provide people with the skills and knowledge to access services/manage their money with confidence.


All further details and online application can be found here:




2 Are you developing a project idea in the North West?


Are you currently working with people to develop a project idea to benefit your community?


Thomas Carlin and Lorraine Gallen from our funding team are hosting a funding information session on Monday 2nd March 2020.


The session will take place from 6.30 - 8.00pm in the Junction room, The Holywell Building, Bishop Street, Derry/ Londonderry.


This is your opportunity to hear more about our funding programmes and priorities in Northern Ireland and meet other groups working in your area.


Places are limited so reserve your place now:




3  Future Leaders Recruitment 2020

Holywell Trust is recruiting participants for the next phase of the Future Leaders project. The Future Leaders project, which was piloted last year, will create a new cohort of community leaders in the North West. We are recruiting 20 people to take part in a year-long programme that will include: 

  • Residential opportunities – focused programme visits and sessions to include a visit to Dublin. 
  • Training programme – a 20-session programme examining a range of issues from Good Relations to Movement Building (final programme to be agreed with the programme participants). 
  • Community projects – 4 community projects will be led up and delivered by participants. 

Participant Profile 

We are recruiting people who - 

  • have an interest in supporting community activity in the city
  • are from all community backgrounds and willing to work collaboratively to improve the lives of local people
  • are are not members or representatives of political parties
  • are aged between 18 and 35
  • are able to participate in at least 90% of programme activities

Participation in the project is a voluntary commitment. Reflecting this, the course will be participant-led, engaging and challenging. Our aim to do connect local people who will form the backbone of the sector for years to come. 

There will be an information session, which is open for all to attend, about the Future Leaders programme on: Monday 2nd March 2020 at 2.00pm in Holywell – DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street.

If you would like to apply
follow this link to the online application or call to reception at the Holywell building to collect a form. 

We also welcome nominations from community organisations and hope that this is something that you will consider. To nominate someone to take part in the
programme click here

The deadline for the receipt of applications/nominations is 5.00pm on Friday 6th March.




4 Growing Your Online Business Workshop


The last in the current series of our 'Better Business' workshops, will focus on growing your online business through search engine optimization, Google business tools, social media and blogging.

Learn how to grow your business by using digital tools that help you connect with customers, expand to new markets, and work more efficiently.


Thursday 27th February 2020
6.30pm – 8.30pm
North West Business Complex, Skeoge Industrial Estate, BT48 8SE


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






5 PHA Workplace Health Support Service


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

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

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


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

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


An overview of what is provided:

✓  An opportunity to complete an evidence-based and employee wide health & wellbeing survey to identify areas of priority;

✓  A comprehensive and informative report outlining the health of employees;

✓  Health Champions training for a nominated individuals who will implement and lead the

workplace strategy internally;

✓  Provision of resources such as action plan templates, guides, questionnaires and literature;

✓  Assistance with the development and implementation of a 3-year action plan;

✓  Delivery of 2 health & wellbeing sessions/initiatives your staff; &

✓  Assistance with the evaluation of all health & wellbeing initiatives implemented

✓  FREE Mental Health First Aid Training

✓  Networking Opportunities

✓  Presentation of certificate on completion of year 1


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



6 FWIN’s Annual Conference 2020 ‘Mind in’ the Peace’ 


You are cordially invited to FWIN’s Annual Conference

Date: Thursday 12th March 2020 

Time: 9.30am-1.30pm

Venue: The Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry

Tea, coffee & danish on arrival and lunch provided.


Join us in the Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry from 9.30am-1.30pm on Thursday 12th March 2020 to celebrate International Women's Day at our annual conference.


We are delighted to announce that Allison Morris, Security Correspondent and columnist with The Irish News and political commentator, has agreed to be our key note speaker this year. She will give her perspective on the ever changing political landscape and the implications of this for women.


We will also hear from Clodagh Dunlop who will share her experience with and recovery from ‘Locked in Syndrome’, Pure Mental a youth-led Mental Health lobby group who will speak on their work, information and monologues from First Responders (Theatre of Witness) and the views of young women on mental health & peace.


Anita Robinson will sum up the conference in her own formidable way and as ever we will be uplifted and inspired by the Pink Ladies choir.


To book your place, please Telephone: (028) 7126 6291 or Email: info@fwin.org.uk

RSVP by: Friday 6th March 2020 


The conference is funded by The Executive Office, T:buc



 7 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020


La Dolce Vita Project in association with Parental Alienation Europe will be hosting "Parental Alienation United As One Conferences", on 21st April 2020 in Croke Park Dublin and in The City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry 23rd April 2020.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tickets: £150 per person
Group booking for 10 or more people available.

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

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



8 The Exploring Enterprise Programme


We are now recruiting for The Exploring Enterprise Programme 

Are you over 16? Would you like help and advice in gaining employment or even the confidence to start your own business?

This could be the Programme which will help you gain the know how to take the steps you need!

Exploring Enterprise4 Programme is an initiative which helps support those who are unemployed, in education or training and who would like to change their career path.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Unemployed or working less than 16 hrs per week
  • In education or training
  • Available to commit to the programmes’ training days

Please note that places are limited – contact us today on 028 71352693 or email Veronica at clients@enterprisenw.com



9  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Please see attached document for all the latest opportunities from Salto Youth 

  • Participate! Youth Participation Forum
  • The Future of Youth Workers
  • Intercultural Playback Theatre
  • Let's Talk About Mental Health
  • MOVE IT – Youth mobility in the digital era
  • Expert seminar on the past, present and future of validation of learning in the youth field
  • The Confusion of Inclusion
  • You go Youth Goals!
  • Call for Trainers



10 Open Call - The Walker Plinth Commissions


Void Gallery is seeking applications from artists from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for The Walker Plinth Commission, part of Void Offsite. Through generous funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, two opportunities are now available for 2020 and 2021. 

The Walker Commission is a collaboration between Void Gallery, The Siege Museum and Friends of the Derry Walls, its ambition is to create a series of sculptural interventions by artists both North and South of the border. Artists will be asked to respond to the context of the Walker plinth on the Derry walls. Void will work with both the artists and the communities in the area to create sculptural commissions that re-imagines and represents contemporary Derry. 


Taking the Walker Plinth on the Derry Walls as a starting point, artists will be asked to develop a project with the community that surrounds the plinth, animating the area and encouraging residents and visitors to look at where they are from, from a different perspective.

For more details please visit https://derryvoid.com/void-sites/the-walker-plinth-commissions.php




11 Current vacancies with Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen would like to make you aware of the following open opportunities: 



12 Board of Director Opportunities at La Dolce Vita Project


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


Email: ladolcevita5277@gmail.com

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

Or if you would like additional information telephone 02871377272.



13  Hidden Harm: Awareness Raising and Networking Event

Join us for some breakfast and talks from:

  • Ed Sipler (SEHSCT)
  • Geri O'Kane (Voices, Start360)
  • Gregg Nichill (Ascert)

Wednesday 25th March 2020
Mellon Country Inn
10am - 1pm

To book your place please email
jennie@ascert.biz no later than Wednesday 18th March 2020.




14 FREE Health Checks

Thanks to funding from DAERA Libraries NI are able to offer free 30 min health checks in libraries across NI, provided by NI Chest, Heart and Stroke.

This can help detect early warning signs associated with various health conditions, includes tests for atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), blood pressure, cholesterol and more.

Book your 30 minute slot now: 028 9026 6748

  • Tuesday 3 March - Strathfoyle Library
  • Monday 9 March - Limavady Library
  • Tuesday 10 March - Dungiven Library
  • Friday 13 March - Omagh Library
  • Thursday 19 March - Castlederg Library
  • Thursday 19 March - Magherafelt Library



15  Would you like to have a say in your local art scene?

Does the prospect of programming your own contemporary art events excite you?

Come one, come all, as we invite you back to the gallery at Centre for Contemporary Art, for our next meet-up on Friday 28th Feb, 4:15 - 6:30PM, as we continue to plan and develop a programme of events, by the youth, for the youth. 

Moving on from our initial ideas, we aim to create and curate the events we want to see.  

Don't worry if you haven't made it to any of the other meetings, we love seeing new faces!

As always, open to over 16s with a curiosity in contemporary art.



16  All-Ages Clothes Swap Shop!


Saturday Swap Shop organised by Nelly’s Clothing Swap!

With a special talk by activist Lucinda Graham

Saturday 14th March
1.00pm - 4.00pm
Holywell DCCP

Help fight ‘fast fashion’ and climate change by bringing along clothes you don't wear anymore, which are still in good condition, and swap them for 'new to you' clothes.   

All welcome!  
Vegan lunch provided on the afternoon by Bonnie Appetit!  



17 Coming up at Centre for Contemporary Art


Julieta Aranda film screening, Thursday 27 February 2020 


Join us in the gallery for a screening of Julieta Aranda’s trilogy of films Stealing one’s own corpse (An alternative set of footholds for an ascent into the dark) on Thursday 27 February 2020. These films present the artist’s exploration of the cultural and political imaginary of escaping, with an equally upsetting and intense assemblage of found and recorded footage.



“The Conquest of space is part of the planetary hope of an economic system which, saturated with commodities, spectacles and power, ejaculates into space when it arrives at the end of the noose of its terrestrial contradictions.” This statement, by the Venezuelan thinker Eduardo Rothe (an ex-member of

the International Situationist as well as an Hugo Chavez collaborator), opens Julieta Aranda’s Stealing one’s own corpse (an alternative set of footholds for an ascent into the dark) Part 1 (2014).


On this video, a scripted conversation between six blurred-out characters is combined with footage found on the internet, high-end computer animation and documentation of the artist’s experience in a reduced-gravity aircraft, creating a narrative that observes the interconnection between neoliberal economies and their reliance on growth, environmental destruction, genetics, and space exploration. The result is a complex, expanded investigation of escapology, the practice of escaping. Presented as a basic animal drive, a human desire, an utopic possibility, an economic and political strategy, and a science, the act of escaping is analysed in its historical and contemporary significances and considered under biopolitical and environmental optics.



Stealing one’s own corpse (an alternative set of footholds for an ascent into the dark) Part 2 – Swimming in rivers of glue – The perspective of perspective (2016) adds another chapter to the artist’s exploration of the cultural and political imaginary of escaping with an equally upsetting and intense assemblage of found and recorded footage. This time, the combination of digital sounds and computerized, distorted voices that composed the audio of the first part of the series gives way to an equally immersive soundscape of organic noises, in which bodily fluids and syncopated heartbeats connect the viewer’s own physicality with the absent body of the artist.


Julieta Aranda is and artist and an editor of e-flux journal.


This screening coincides with The Dark', our exhibition comprising of four artists’ works that look out into space, back at Earth and consider science fiction, fact and artist projections.


There is no need to book, you are welcome to come by for the screening for 7pm when the films will begin.


Arts Careers Fair, Saturday 7 March


For students, artists and enthusiasts alike, come along to this Arts Careers Fair to find out more about arts organisations and careers paths in the arts. This event is organised by and will have participation from CCA Derry~Londonderry, Void and Visual Artists Northern Ireland. Admission free, all welcome.

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