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NWCN E-bulletin 26 October 2017

1 Please Vote for us at Aviva Community Fund - 'Glenshane Care's Health Matters' Project

2 Project Open Call - Peace IV Peace Tourism Project

3 Open Call Opportunity - Cross Cultural Strategic Initiative 

4 £1000 Bursaries released by Flax Trust for the 2018 Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise

5 Welfare Benefit Info Session

6 Joint Consultation Events – Equality and Disability Action Plans 2018-23

7 Paddy Armstrong and Mary Elaine Tynan Testimony event

8 Are you feeling down or anxious?

9 Stress Control - A 6-week stress management programme

10 Get Into Hospitality

11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

12 Multi Activity Programme in The Netherlands - Call For Participants

13 RNIB Living with Sight Loss six week Course at the City Hotel

14 Job Opportunity with St Columb's Park House

15 Job opportunities with Include Youth 

16 Job Opportunity with CK Sports Centre

17 An Afternoon of Music, Chat and Tea

18 Lives in Translation

19 Opening at Void, Derry - Where History Begins

20 Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement

21 Tree-planting ceremony at Centenary Wood: Saturday 11 November

22  Film Afternoon, The Story of McMahons' Garage








** If any other local organisation is involved in the Aviva Community Fund please do let us know so we can also include**


1 Please Vote for us at Aviva Community Fund - 'Glenshane Care's Health Matters' Project


Glenshane Care Asscoiation needs your support!


To vote please follow these steps:
Step 1: Go online and look up the link below:-…/project/view/17-5416

Step 2: Look to the right and click where it says, 'Register and log in'.

Step 3: Register your details and check your email address to activate your account before you can vote.

Step 4: Follow the instructions on the email from Aviva to confirm your email address and then complete your details.

Step 5: Scroll down and search for 'Glenshane Care's Health Matters' project and click on 'Vote Now'.


You can vote up to 10 times and we urge you to vote for us x10.

Please encourage your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues etc to vote for us. Your vote will will make a big difference to us.


Voting closes at 9am on 21st November 2017 so please vote sooner rather than later.



2 Project Open Call - Peace IV Peace Tourism Project


Natural Connections: Peace Tourism

Do you live in the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area or Donegal?

Are you passionate about peace, challenging prejudice and promoting diversity?


Natural Connections – Peace Tourism is actively seeking steering group members for a role which will help frame the project to be relevant to a wide range of identities.

We believe locally there’s a lot to visit, generate dialogue and share.  Many local groups already work in this field – tourism providers, community tourism projects and museums, diversity groups and good relations facilitators.   


The main aim of the project is to bring together community tourism, cultural and historical tourism, mainstream tourism and specialist facilitators in the good relations field to produce, pilot and promote a ‘Peace Tourism’ package suited to local, national and international demand.

The package will promote local opportunities and expertise to explore issues of conflict and reconciliation, and seek to bring sustainability to those organisations engaged with it. 


So whether you’ve a museum, an Irish or Ulster-Scots Centre, a heritage church building, Mosque or Gurdwara or have experience in facilitating peace or tourist groups – join our steering group!


To apply you must:
Bring relevant expertise, interest, contacts and knowledge to help steer and manage the project and be involved in community tourism, cultural and historical tourism, mainstream tourism, facilitation or good relations.


If you have time and interest to commit to monthly meetings routinely held in Derry City & Strabane District Council area, a residential and feel you could bring relevant input either on the project topic, different identities locally or different community contacts across our council area then please feel free to apply!


For further information or to get an application form contact


The deadline for return of application forms is 3pm 03 November 2017. 

Application forms must be returned to Linzi Simpson at or to Linzi Simpson, Derry City and Strabane District Council, 98 Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7NN. 


Please note there are limited places. 


This project has been supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


3   Open Call Opportunity - Cross Cultural Strategic Initiative 


OPEN CALL OPPORTUNITY - An Gaeláras Ltd are seeking a member to join the Steering Group for its PEACE IV ‘Cross Cultural Strategic Initiative’.
The project will deliver a range of programmes, activities and events which will further develop strategic links and sustained partnership-working, dialogue, shared space and programming between the traditional Irish, Ulster Scots, Marching Bands communities and other identities across the council area and immediate border area.
Participation is welcome from across the community, arts, heritage and education sectors. We are particularly interested in people with experience in sustained participant engagement within the BME and female communities.
Deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 6th November 2017


Application forms are available by emailing:

The ‘Cross Cultural Strategic Initiative’ is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)


4 £1000 Bursaries released by Flax Trust for the 2018 Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise


Are you interested in social innovation? 

Could a social enterprise development programme be for you?


Come to us with a passion to make a change, develop something new, deal with a social problem – we will support you with the knowledge, skills and tools to turn ideas into real world projects that change lives.


The School for Social Enterprises in Ireland (SSEI) is a University of Ulster / Flax Trust initiative. This one year social enterprise development programme is delivered through the Ulster Business School and attracts a number of £1000 bursaries from The Flax Trust. These bursaries are provided to support individuals who have an idea to start a social enterprise or those in existing community organisations and charities who are trying to diversify their income streams.

Application forms are available on and should be returned by WEDNESDAY 29th November 2017


The total programme fee is £1,666.


5 Welfare Benefit Info Session


Destined are hosting an information morning on Friday 27th October 2017 from 10.00am to 12.00pm in the Foyle Valley Railway Museum, 1 Foyle Road, Derry.

The morning will provide information on the changes being made to welfare benefits including the new PIP benefit that will be replacing DLA, the Universal Credit that will replace a number of other benefits and the bedroom tax. These are serious changes that have proved to have had a negative impact on people’s financial lives and have in a lot of cases led to more poverty and hardship.

The information will offer a detail breakdown of the changes and how they will affect claimants and will offer advice on how to deal with them.

The speakers include Ken Breslin from the Housing Executive, Michael Murphy from Advice NI. Donna Burke from Dove House.
Refreshments will be available.

Contact: Aisling Doherty, 028 7136 2424 /   


6 Joint Consultation Events – Equality and Disability Action Plans 2018-23


This consultation is being held by a range of regional organisations in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland on their Equality and Disability Action Plans 2018-23.


We are inviting you to attend one of two consultation events. The purpose of the events is to provide an opportunity for you to share comments on the proposed action plans directly with any of the participating organisations.


The meetings are taking place on the following dates



Monday 27th November 2017
at 11-2pm

NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB

Monday 4th December 2017 at 11-2pm

St Columb’s Park, Limavady Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT47 6JY


Please click on the link below to register by Friday 10 November 2017. If you would prefer to contact us directly to register our contact details are below.
Lunch will be provided.



 7 Paddy Armstrong and Mary Elaine Tynan Testimony event




Towards Understanding and Healing have organized a testimony event with Paddy Armstrong of the Guildford Four and Mary Elaine Tynan at Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry-Doire, Friday December 1st 2017, 7.30 pm. 


Please see below Chris Mullin's very positive review of "A life after life."

This event is made possible by the support of SEUPB Peace IV and DCSDC


Life After Life, A Guildford Four Memoir - Best selling, critically acclaimed book now on sale


Please see link..


8 Are you feeling down or anxious?


AWARE are offering a FREE 1-to-1 service with a Well-being Coach for a limited time

This service is based on a guided self-help approach and can help you:

  • Improve low mood
  • Improve symptoms of anxiety including panic attacks or phobias
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Become motivated to improve your overall quality of life 

At a Glance:
How many sessions? It varies, but usually 6-8
How long does each session last? Around 40 minutes
How will it help me feel better? Provided the opportunity for you to work with the coach to:
1.   Identify and change unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours

2.   Identity problems and set goals to deal with them


If you are interested in learning more please contact Oisin on 028 7126 0602


 Stress Control - A 6-week stress management programme


The Western Health and Health and Social Care Trust are offering a FREE Stress Control programme in the Millennium Forum

Millennium Forum, Newmarket Street, Derry

Tuesday evenings 6:30-8pm

Commencing 07 November 2017, for 6 weeks


What is Stress Control?

  • Stress Control was devised by Dr. Jim White in Glasgow and is now used widely around the world. 
  • The class runs once a week for 6 weeks and teaches skills and techniques for managing stress.
  • Topics covered include: an overview of what stress is, controlling your body, controlling your thoughts, controlling your actions, getting a good night’s sleep and planning for the future.
  • Stress Control is a class not ‘group therapy’ – you do not have to talk about personal difficulties in front of others.
  • You are encouraged to attend all six sessions to get the most benefit.
  • Stress Control classes are free.
  • Come along by yourself or feel free to bring a friend or family member with you.

 If you are currently suffering from stress, know someone who is or just want to be better equipped, then this is the course for you!


Booking not necessary just turn up on the day!



10 Get Into Hospitality


Are you age 16 -24? Out of employment or training? Meet new people and learn new skills with our free programme!

  • Gain a C&G Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Customer Service
  • Complete a work placement
  • Doesn’t affect your benefits
  • Travel expenses paid on programme

 Monday 13th November to Friday 1st December 2017
Taster: Tuesday 7th November
To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07484901934 or email


11  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Jump in EVS (Turkey)

11 - 16 December 2017 | Turkey

Step in EVS! Opportunity to know more about EVS and EVS accreditation in South-Med countries!

Organizer: SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed (SALTO)

This activity is for participants from: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 6 November 2017

See details


Call for Trainers

“Embracing Diversity”- Training course on diversity management

Online version

Application deadline: 20th of November 2017


12 Multi Activity Programme  in The Netherlands - Call For Participants 

Count Me In! 


Multi-Activity Programme in The Netherlands - November 2017 - April 2018

Social Inclusion of young people through The Performing Arts!

We are looking to hear from (i) individuals and/or (ii) organisations interested in becoming involved in the following multi-activity project that will take place in Enschede, Netherlands between November and April (Evaluation Meeting will take place in Finland).

Count Me In will explore Performing Arts (with a focus on Theatre and Circus) as a means of increasing Social Inclusion of young people. The project will explore concepts, cultural assumptions and social dilemmas.

Food and Accommodation is provided for all elements of the project and travel allowance up to €275 per person (€180 per person for Evaluation Meeting) is available.

If you or your organisation are interested in being part of this programme please send an e-mail to


13   RNIB Living with Sight Loss six week Course at the City Hotel


The Need To Talk (NTT) Project offers free counselling and confidence building for people with sight loss across Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland. NTT is a partnership between RNIB and Fighting Blindness (FB) and is funded under the Interreg VA programme.


Need To Talk will be running a 6 week Living with Sight Loss Course at the City Hotel in Derry/Londonderry throughout November and December 2017. This face to face confidence building course aims to provide practical and emotional support to people living with sight loss from the North West of Northern Ireland and the border county of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.


The course comprises of a combination of facilitated sessions and talks from RNIB and Fighting Blindness staff and external organisations about what help and support is available and how it can be accessed. A range of different themes are covered which include mobility and daily living, emotional support and wellbeing, assistive technology, eye health, peer support and leisure time.

As well as providing an opportunity for people with sight loss to meet and connect with each other, family and friends are also invited to attend and participate in this course. 


The dates for this upcoming 6 week course are as follows;

November:  Monday 6th, Friday 17th, Friday 24th, Tuesday 28th 

December: Monday 4th, Monday 11th

Each week the course will begin at 10.30am and finish at 3pm.

If you would like to attend or refer someone who has expressed an interest in this course or to find out more information, please contact:

Richard Craig, RNIB Confidence Building Coordinator,
Telephone  028 9033 4144 / Email


John Delany, Fighting Blindness Senior Counselling Manager
Telephone: 00353 1 674 6496 / Email:


14  Job Opportunity with St Columb's Park House


Common Ground Programme Co-ordinator 


St Columb's Park House (SCPH) opened in 1994 as a peace building centre offering a safe shared space for dialogue and community development. We host a range of outreach projects that animate communities and individuals to work together towards a fair, peaceful society where every individual feels valued and can make a positive difference.  This project is funded by the PEACE IV INTERFACE INVESTMENT PROGRAMME and is a partnership project between St Columbs Park House  and the Belfast Interface Project. St Columbs Park House are the lead partner.


We wish to appoint a Project Co-ordinator on a fixed term 3 year contract starting January 2018.  Gross salary £18,074 per annum, 30 hours per week over 5 days as determined by the needs of the project.


Purpose and function of post: Employed by St Columb’s Park House, the Programme Coordinator will work closely with the Tullyally Community Partnership and Currynierin Community Association to design and deliver the full PEACE IV Interface Investment Programme in the Tullyally and Currynierin areas.


Essential criteria include but are not limited to:

  • 5 years experience of working in a relevant field within community development/education/empowerment programmes.
  • Or a relevant 3rd level qualification related to community education/ peace & reconciliation/social enterprise and a  minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a relevant field

Shortlisting criteria may be enhanced in the instance of large numbers of applications.


Further information and application packs are available from Sharon Doherty St Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT47 6JY.  Telephone: 028 71 343080. Packs can also be requested using email;


Completed Applications must be returned to the Operations Manager in an envelope clearly marked “JOB APPLICATION” no later than 12noon on Friday 10th November 2017. We will only accept completed and signed application forms issued with the job information. We do not accept CVs. Applications received after the closing date / time will not be considered. Interviews for short-listed applicants will be held on the week beginning 20th November 2017.


15 Job opportunities with Include Youth 


Include Youth in partnership with Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre wishes to recruit for the following posts:

  • Strive Coordinator, 35 hours per week (Fixed term until Dec 2021, £30,785 - £35,949)

To support the Programme Manager in the implementation of Strive and in particular to be responsible for the coordination and delivery of all cross-community, cross-border, and programme wide activities for Strive; support and supervision of Youth Workers in Donegal and Derry/L’derry areas across the programme; and monitoring of achievement of outcomes within this sites. The post holder will lead on recruitment, support and facilitation of the ‘Expert by Experience’ (EBE) steering group and Young Leaders group.


  • Strive Youth Worker X 2, 35 hours per week (Fixed term until Oct 2021, £25,951 - £30,513)

To be responsible for the implementation of Strive within the Donegal area, to include Lifford, Castlefinn, St Johnston and Milford.


  • Strive Youth Support Worker X 2, 25 hours per week (Fixed term until Oct 2021, £19,430 - £22,132 pro-rata)

To work alongside the Strive Youth Worker to provide a youth support role to young people on the programme in the Donegal area, to include Lifford, Castlefinn, St Johnston and Milford.


The closing date is Friday 3rd November at 12noon.  Interviews for the post are planned for week beginning Monday 13th November.  A reserve list of candidates will be maintained for 6 months.


These posts have been supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.


Application packs and full job details are available at


16 Job Opportunity with CK Sports Centre


Title of Post:  Centre Manager, 6 months, Part-time
Job Location:  Derry
Salary: Pro rata £28,000
Hours: 20 per week
Work time:  To be discusses
Closing date:  Friday 27th October, at 12.00 noon
Employer:    CK Centre Unit 3-6 Murdocks Yard, Skeoge Business Park, Derry
Postcode:    BT48 8SE
Job Duties:  The post holder will be responsible for driving the centre forward, establishing relationships with the wider community, overseeing the daily operation of the centre and progressing its establishment as a social enterprise project. 
Minimum ‘A’ Level standard with either degree in Business or related subject and one years’ Project Management experience,
or Minimum ‘A’ Level standard with two years’ Project Management experience.
Or equivalent experience.
See job description for full list of essential and desirable criteria. 
Application Method:  Application Packs may be obtained from

Other:  This is a six month post with the possibility of extension pending funding. The successful applicant will be reporting into a management committee of volunteers elected by the charity members.
Equality Statement: The CK Centre respects and promotes equal opportunity and positively welcomes applications from all groups.


17 An Afternoon of Music, Chat and Tea


Presented by “Peace in the Park” through St. Columb’s Park house and City Centre Initiative

With performances from Colmcille Pipe Band and Janice Caldwell and a special presentation from historian Ken McCormack, presenting “Old Photos of Derry”


Come along and enjoy!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
St. Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Waterside, Derry/Londonderry BT47 6JY


For inquiries and to RSVP, please contact Eliza Browning at: 028 7134 3080 Or email: 


18 Lives in Translation


Kabosh’s new production, Lives in Translation, celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, Asha, who in fleeing the conflict of her home becomes trapped in a different struggle. She is trapped within the suffocating bureaucracy surrounding asylum seeking.

Based on interviews with female Somali asylum seekers, local support workers and community organisations, this poignant new drama explores how asylum seekers are forced to navigate support systems through translation. It highlights how disempowering and frustrating this system can be, and ultimately how time is controlled most by those it affects least.

The performance follows a ten-year journey through Mogadishu, Dublin, Belfast and London, as one woman fights for a life free from constant fear and a place to make home.


Belfast – S13 Boucher Road, BT12 6HR (Old B&Q Building)
Wednesday 25th October – Saturday 28th October 7:30pm / Saturday 28th October 3pm Tickets £15 / £12 / Saturday matinee £10
Phone: 028 9089 2707

Downpatrick – Downpatrick Courthouse 21 English St, Downpatrick, BT30 6AB Tuesday 31st October | 8pm Tickets £10 / £8
Phone: 028 4461 0747

Ards – Ards Arts Centre
Wednesday 1st November | 8pm Tickets £8
Phone: 028 9181 0803

Dungannon – Dungannon Courthouse 46 Killyman Road, Dungannon, BT71 6DE Thursday 2nd November | 8pm Tickets £10 / £8
Phone: 028 8772 8600


Derry/Londonderry – Cultúrlann Úi Chanáin

Saturday 4th November | 8pm Tickets £8 / £5

Phone: 028 7126 4132



NB: We are also currently operating a free community ticketing scheme and if you need to avail of this please contact Bobbi or Dominic at Kabosh 028 90243343

Written by Rosemary Jenkinson, Directed by Paula McFetridge

Set Design by Stuart Marshall, Costume Design by Liz Cullinane Film created by Conan McIvor and Original Music by Dónal O’Connor Performed by Tony Flynn, Julie Maxwell and Raquel McKee


19 Opening at Void, Derry - Where History Begins

Kader Attia | Duncan Campbell | Ali Cherri | Christodoulos Panayiotou |
Curated by Mary Cremin

Exhibition launch - Saturday 28 October 2017

Christodoulos Panayiotou in Conversation 6pm

Curators’s talk 7pm; Launch 7:30-9pm

Exhibition continues until 16 December 2017

Where History Begins, explores the complex relationship between material culture and historical truth. The development of archaeology in the early 19th century is closely associated with the categorisation of material culture, preoccupied with the construction of a timeline through which artefacts determine the culture of a society in a space and time. These materials have become indexes within the field of research and when placed within a museum context have become valuable evidence or artefacts evoking a history. This interest in history or preservation has been traced back by historians to ancient art collections that predate the museum at the end of the third century B.C. The museum as collector or preserver of culture has become a contested site for artefacts. The collection of these pieces is often associated with the colonial project, the construction of the Nation State and a symbol of capitalism.
Artefacts that demonstrate the complex history of Derry City and its surrounding area, from the early Neolithic period (c.4000 – 3500 BC) to the Ulster plantation period of the 17th century are exhibited with national and international contemporary artists revealing comparative histories with other cultures. The artists address the difficult relationship between destruction, conservation, appropriation and collective memory.
Ali Cherri’s film work Petrified (2015) questions the fetishisation of historical artefacts, by looking at the value we place on provenance and authenticity. The current prevalence of looting and the trafficking of artefacts, especially in conflict zones in the Middle East, open a timely debate on the reconstruction and restoration of demolished heritage. How does this alter the notion of authenticity? What historical traces are deemed valuable and why? Filmed between Sharjah’s Arabian Wildlife Centre and an excavation site in Northern Sudan, Petrified takes a journey into the life of dead objects.
Christodoulos Panayiotou, Real Fakes (2015) questions this notion of authenticity, and what becomes part of the historical lexicon. The work is made from stones that were discarded from archaeological excavations in Cyprus; they become ready mades, sculptures that are formed through a process of creation and destruction. Within the act of digging in archaeology there is the act of revealing and hiding, as often times the site is covered over once excavated and in its becoming it dies returning again to this idea of the dead objects.
Duncan Campbell’s, It For Others (2013) is an essay film that examines how we understand certain histories through objects and how we assign value on material goods. The piece takes as its starting point the 1953 film by Alan Resnais and Chris Marker called Statues Also Die, which asserts that colonialism is responsible for the demystification and commericalisation of traditional art from African culture. The film moves from the appropriation of traditional art from Western Africa, to the death of purpose of these objects from the colonial classes from here Campbell moves to popular culture and the construction of historical narratives through images and objects.
Kader Attia’s film Reflecting Memory (2016) splices interviews with academics and medical professionals with footage of individuals engaged in solitary pursuits: contemplating nature, sitting in a church pew, and admiring urban monuments. The subject discussed is the phantom limb pain experienced by amputees. This pain is aligned to cultural trauma, the history of colonialism and the appropriation of territories, people and objects and the repairing of the past pains or traumas of colonies. In film theory ‘suture’ refers to the phenomenon by which the mind produces a narrative whole from the fragments combined through cinematic cuts, creating a semblance of totality even when we should know better than to expect one. Attia’s film deftly exposes how the desire to perceive a whole subject can itself operate as an act of erasure.
The works reflect on regimes of knowledge both past and present. Questioning perceived notions and casting a critical eye on accepted canons. Where does one position oneself when looking at an artefact, what does it reveal, what does it have in common with other contemporary propositions in the world? In Glissant’s theory of relation, what brings things together is first of all the connection between differences, as they meet one after the other. The basis for which cause ideas, identities and intuitions to meet, revealing to us the common grounds that we share. It is within this commonality that one finds the universal and where history begins.


20 Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement


From 7th - 18th November
Echo Echo Dance Studios, Magazine Street, Derry

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returns for its 5th edition from 7th-18thNovember with an outstanding programme of dance, movement and physical theatre performances including  members of Moldovan dance group ‘Voices’ leading a series of improvisations in city locations; acclaimed German children’s dance company Mini-a-Tour with their magical work,’ Fallen From the Moon’ for ages 4 and up;  Swedish company Lavadans presenting a multi-media production addressing  the impact of war specifically on the lives and experiences of children;  Swiss company Junebug will return to Derry with their internationally acclaimed production ‘WICCA’  a celebration of Womanhood and the power of Gentleness; 4 piece band ‘This is How we Fly’ and Sean Nos dancer Sibeal Davitt and Irish step-dancer Kristyn Fontanella present a double bill of music and dance at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin; festival also includes two evenings of Short Works by local and visiting artists created from the Festival Open Call.

Come and see some shows and join us for a packed programme of daily classes and workshops, artist talks,a concert by the fantastic, funky, flavoursome Velvet AlibiFestival Symposium, and family friendly Dance Picnic!

Learn more:


21 Tree-planting ceremony at Centenary Wood: Saturday 11 November

The Woodland Trust’s Brackfield Wood, a Centenary Wood in the beautiful Faughan Valley, is the venue for a special tree-planting ceremony on Saturday 11 November at 2pm. 

The poignant occasion will remember people across Ireland who lost lives and loved ones during the First World War.

Find out more and book a place at


22 Film Afternoon, The Story of McMahons' Garage


Ireland's Biggest Car and Tractor Dealer, based in County Donegal

Saturday 28th October @ 2pm
Monreagh Heritage Centre Carrigans, County Donegal

Admission FREE