NWCN E-bulletin 27 February 2019


1 Keadue Community Grants Fund

2 DCSDC Grant Aid Funding Workshops

3 Applications open for Youth 19 Arts Festival Funding

4 Open call restricted list Summer Animation programme

5 Invitation To Older People In Derry/Londonderry on behalf of COPNI

6 Linking Generations NI Information Sessions

7 Upcoming events with Participatory Budgeting Works

Talk on “Understanding Suicide” 

9 Red Cross seeks Youth Group

10 Who's streets? Your streets!

11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

12 Upcoming Events in Foyle JBO 

13 Job Opportunity with First Housing Aid & Support Services

14 Job Opportunities with PPR

15 Short film “birdwoman”

16 Coffee morning in support of La Dolce Vita Project being held at various venues

17 Friends of the Park event

18 Functional Reflex Therapy Workshop

19 New Accessible Bank Note Launched

20 LMS Presents Guys and Dolls




1 Keadue Community Grants Fund


Keadue Community Grants Fund was established by a local family to provide support to local organisations tackling the growing social need in Derry~Londonderry and surrounding rural areas including Limavady, Strabane and Dungiven.  The total annual amount available will be £100k per annum, over ten years from 2019 - 2029.


How does it work?
Organisations and constituted groups which are supporting local people through short and long term crises caused by a range of social factors including issues such as poverty, addiction, and low educational attainment, can apply for a grant. The organisations which support people can also apply for running costs to maintain the support offered to those in crisis and need.

Social factors can include but, are not exclusive to: poverty, ill health, addiction, disability, family breakdown, abuse, bereavement, loneliness and isolation, or low educational attainment.


Key objectives

With these grants we aim to fund local organisations who are already making a difference in the lives of people who are struggling with difficult life issues and their subsequent effects.

Grants can be used to fund any of the following activities:

  • An existing support programme
  • Creation of a new programme
  • Staff costs including salaries, core costs and specialist training
  • Small scale capital costs including premises refurbishment and the purchase of equipment
  • Events and awareness raising activities
  • Capacity building activities to address elements of organisational sustainability
  • Partnership building activities to strengthen support and impact
  • Volunteer costs and associated expenses

Grants available
Grant sizes will typically be between £10k and £20k to be awarded over periods of up to two years. Organisations can re-apply in subsequent years following completion of grant evaluation and monitoring reports.


Basic eligibility 
The fund is open to constituted groups, organisations and small registered charities based in Derry~Londonderry and surrounding rural areas including Strabane, Limavady and Dungiven.

Partnerships are encouraged to apply, with one organisation identified as the lead.

Applicants must have a signed, locally adopted governing document as well as associated paperwork such as accounts, current bank account, management committee, relevant policies, in the name of the applicant organisation.



The fund is not open to:

  • Projects located outside of the stated geographical area
  • Non registered or unconstituted groups
  • Activities connected to a political party
  • Individuals or individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit
  • Faith groups are welcome to apply but we do not fund religious activities
  • Large scale charities and organisations with an income level over £500k
  • Statutory agencies

The Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes.  Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.



For the shortlisting process we will prioritise organisations that:

  • Are embedded in the local community and can evidence knowledge of local issues
  • Can provide impact stories of meeting need at a point of crisis
  • Can provide long term support by the people they are helping if needed
  • Can specify organisational need
  • Recognises the need to provide skills-building for staff and volunteers
  • Are well regarded in the local community, and if needed, can provide 2 references

Guidance for applicants

The Fund will be managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

The Fund is open for applications from Monday 11th February 2019 and will close for applications on Friday 8th March 2019 at 1:00pm.

Applicants are required to provide supporting documentation with their applications including:

  • Governing document
  • Financial annual accounts or income and expenditure
  • Safeguarding policies

Applications must include the required documentation or they may not be assessed.

Should you have any further queries please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927.




2 DCSDC Grant Aid Funding Workshops


DCSDC grant aid programme 2019-20 opens at 10.00am on Monday 25th February and closes at 3.00pm on Friday 22nd March 2019.
Funding opportunities are for:

  • Good Relations Programme Core and Project,
  • Community Support Fund and
  • Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) small project support programme. 

A number of funding workshops have been arranged to provide further information on the process for potential applicants, for further information on the application process or the list of dates please visit https://www.dcsdgrantaid.com/index.asp 
Or contact: Community Development/Good Relations/PCSP Tel. No.: 028 7125 3253



3  Applications open for Youth 19 Arts Festival Funding


Young people aged 12-24 are being encouraged to avail of grant funding of up to £500 to host events in this summer’s Youth 19 Arts Festival that will take place from 26 June – 7 July.  The core audience for all activities will be 12 – 24 year olds.

The aim of the festival is to bring different types of talent together into one big celebration of arts and culture. Young people can apply to the support fund to host any initiative that celebrates arts and culture including performances, exhibitions or discussion forums in any art form for example music, dance, theatre, poetry, digital etc. 

The closing date for applications is 15th March 2019 at 5pm and all details can be found 


There are many ways you can support Youth 19 and all of the information is on our website - Youth19.com

  • Submit your existing event/ activity to feature as part of the Youth 19 programme;
  • Complete the PEACE IV BIG Youth Survey with young people – results will be used to shape the Youth Manifesto
  • Encourage young people to express an interest in the Youth 19 Opportunities – Get Creative with Marketing and Events, Have your Voice Heard with the NW Ministry of Youth and much more.
  • Use the Youth 19 Brand (guidance to using the online toolkit is attached)
  • Share details of Youth19 with all your networks and contacts.
  • Follow our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat


4 Open call restricted list Summer Animation programme


Derry City and Strabane District Council is seeking applications  from suitably qualified individuals/organizations for inclusion on a restricted list for a range of animation services for Summer Animation Programme within the City from the period June – Sept 2019.


Lots include:
Lot 1: Music
Lot 2: Street Performance / Dance
Lot 3: Craft Workshops
Lot 4: Creative or interactive installations, displays or shows

For more information & application documents please visit www.derrystrabane/tenders



5 Invitation To Older People In Derry/Londonderry on behalf of COPNI

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch, is seeking the views of older people in Derry/Londonderry on the topic of social isolation and loneliness to explore  how together we can come up with solutions to loneliness and social isolation as we age.  We want local participants to take part in a workshop focusing on possible solutions to this issue.
Make sure your voice is heard.
This workshop which will take place in Derry/Londonderry on the morning of Tuesday 26th March (Full event details including venue and time will be given once your place has been confirmed)
Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.
Please note, there is limited availability to this event, if you do wish to attend, please secure your place by emailing
Eimear.cassidy@copni.org or by calling 028 9089 0885.
Places will be on a first come, first served basis.
There is no cost for attendees at this event


6 Linking Generations NI Information Sessions

You are invited to attend to find out more about what we do and our exciting new project 'EngAGE Together'

Join our local 'Networks' and benefit from:

  • Updates on what is happening in your area
  • Advice and Support
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Training and Development

All Welcome.  Contact infolgni@bjf.org.uk

Derry City & Strabane District Council Area Sessions 
Wednesday 27th March 2019

Morning Session:
 10 am - 12.30 pm, St Columb's Park House, Derry~Londonderry

Afternoon Session:
 2 pm - 4 pm Strabane Enterprise Agency, Strabane 


 7 Upcoming events with Participatory Budgeting Works


Participatory Budgeting Works - What PB can do for Community Planning
Thursday, 14 March 2019
10.00 am to 13.00 pm (registration from 9.30 am) 
Lough Neagh Discovery and Conference Centre, Oxford Island, BT66 6NJ
Lunch will be provided
PB Works hosted by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Community Planning Partnership invite you to explore what PB can do for Community Planning.
The workshop will be facilitated by Alan Budge from PB Partners 
What can you expect at the workshop? 

  • An introduction to Participatory Budgeting (PB) a flexible engagement and decision-making tool giving citizens a direct say in how public funds are used to address local needs.
  • Hear about good practice examples of  PB - including local practice from Communities Leading Change, Newry Mourne and Down Community Planning Partnership.
  • Explore how Participatory Budgeting can link with and enhance engagement in community planning processes. 
  • Opportunity to join the PB Works Network or become a PB Champion. 

Register for the free workshop


Imagine Democracy - you decide!
Saturday, 30 March 2019
2.00 pm - 5.00 pm 
Apply for up to £500 to help make the change you want to see in the world.
Get involved in a live PB process! In the run-up to and during the
Imagine Festival we’ll be inviting people and groups to submit ideas for actions they would like to take to support and enhance local democracy in Northern Ireland.
Awards of up to £500 will be available courtesy of the Building Change Trust. Everyone submitting an idea will then have an opportunity to pitch their proposal to the audience who will vote for their favourites.
To submit an idea click
To register for the event click


8 Talk on “Understanding Suicide”

By Conor McCafferty
City Hotel, Queens Quay L’Derry
Alexander Suite

14th March 2019, 7:30pm - 9pm
FREE of charge!

Contact Zest on:
02871 266999 or email
zest@zestni.co.uk www.zestni.co.uk
To register please follow 


‘Supported by Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland’



9  Red Cross seeks Youth Group


Youth Group wanted to participate in a six-week course (one hour per week).
There will be First Aid Training, Conflict – what is it, discussion and Stigma with Stereotyping – discussion on migrants, why are they here, who are they and other groups who are stigmatised or stereotyped.
There will be a selection process so please contact
gfitzpatrick@redcross.org.uk or phone 07808243707



10 Who's streets? Your streets!


In Your Space Circus are proud to announce our fantastic upcoming street arts youth festival. 

Thanks to Peace 4 Funding, Derry city and Strabane District Council has sparked the exciting Take Back The Streets festival, aligning with Youth 19's campaign. 


In Your Space Circus will be teaming up with Jump NI/The Playground, (Parkour), UV Arts (Graffiti) and dance company Create Dance to develop an amazing festival celebrating street art.  It is a completely free project for 12-24 year olds living in the Derry/Donegal area.  Grounded in good relations themes, and Derry's young talent at its heart, and will have as its end a Youth Street Art Festival which will bring together performances in Circus, Dance, Parkour and Graffiti art. 


No previous experience required, the participants pick one element that they would like to learn about. It would involve one 90min workshop a month (evenings/weekends) during March, April, May and June (dates still tbc); a week long performance academy beginning 1st July and the grand finale festival at the end of the week. 


Spaces are filling up fast, so anyone interested must sign up before 1st March. If you have any questions or need any more information, please give me a ring. 


We really want to make sure that we reach children and young people who, for whatever reason, don't get a chance to take part in something like this.


For more info on how to get involved, contact Jack at streetarts@inyourspaceni.org or call the office on 02871377113





11  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Impact+ Seminar for Youth

8 - 10 April 2019 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

The seminar will equip participants with the skills to plan and implement impact assessment activities. Participants will learn how to use the Impact+ Exercise to explore, understand, prioritise and disseminate the impact of their activities.

Organizer: Slovenian National Agency of Erasmus+: Youth in action and European Solidarity Corps (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 10 March 2019

See details


The Learning Impact for You(th)!

25 - 30 May 2019 | Beaufort, Luxembourg

Your activities have great potential for learning so would you like to increase their impact?Do you want to acquire tools to engage youngsters in reflective learning?Do you want to use Youthpass to reflect/communicate competences?If yes, this is for you!

Organizer: Anefore asbl (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 29 March 2019

See details



12 Upcoming Events in Foyle JBO 


Thursday 28th February NIACRO will be in the office from 10am-1pm promoting their Working Well programme aimed at those who have been through the criminal justice system


Friday 1st March Sodexo will be in the office from 10am-12pm for a recruitment event for temporary food and beverage staff during the golf Open in Portrush in July.


Thursday 7th March MPA recruitment will be holding an Open Day in Foyle JBO from 10:30-2:30pm with information on a range of vacancies.


Thursday 28th March Foyle Jobs and Benefits Office will be hosting an employer event with a range of employers and organisations taking part from 10am-12pm

Foyle Jobs and Benefits Centre | Asylum Road, L’Derry BT48 7EA |  | 07788364670 |


13 Job Opportunity with First Housing Aid & Support Services


(Registered Charity No: XR19886)


First Housing Aid & Support Services invite applicants for the post of:



Salary:  £17,314 per annum

37.5 Hours per week (Rota Shift Work)

Based in our Jefferson Court Accommodation Project, Derry/Londonderry 


The post holder will provide advice, assistance and support to young people.  Attending to their practical, physical and emotional needs, you will act as an appropriate role model and to work closely with them to address their difficulties and achieve their full potential. Our aim is for young people to learn to do as much as possible for themselves, gradually decreasing their dependence on support staff, working towards total independence.


Minimum Criteria (a Full Job Description and Personnel Specification is available with an application pack)

  • Minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language.
  • A relevant recognised qualification in health and social care or related field (Minimum NVQ level II or equivalent).
  • At least two years recent experience of working in an accommodation or community work setting with vulnerable 16-21 year olds.
  • 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 www.first-housing.com


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 karlaokane@first-housing.com


If you do not have an e-mail address, please contact Karla on 02871 266115

It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate short listing.


Closing date for completed applications is:  Friday 8th March 2019 at 12 noon.


First Housing operates a child protection and vulnerable adults policy, Access NI checks will be carried out before an appointment can be confirmed.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer


14 Job Opportunities with PPR


PPR is currently hiring a Director, a Policy Officer, an Administrator and a Communications Coordinator! 

If you are interested in joining the PPR team, details of the jobs and how to apply are below.

Director, based in Belfast, full time/ 35 hours per week,  salary £39,961 - £42,806 (plus 8% pension).  Deadline for applications: Monday 25th March, 9am.  Interviews will be held on Friday 12th April 2019.
Please click to download:


Policy Officer, based in Belfast, 17.5 hours per week (initially a 1 year post), salary £26,470 pro rata (plus 8% pension).  Deadline for applications: Wednesday 20th March, 9am.  Interviews will be held on Thursday 28th March 2019.
Please click links to download:

Administrator, Belfast, full time/ 35 hours per week, salary £21,074 (plus 8% pension).  Deadline for applications: Wednesday 27th March, 9am.  Interviews will be held on Wednesday 10th April 2019.
Please click links to download:

Communications Coordinator, Belfast, 17.5 hours per week (3 year post), salary £26,470 pro rata (plus 8% pension).  Deadline for applications: Friday 15th March, 9am.  Interviews will be held on Thursday 21st March 2019.
Please click links to download: 


Please send all completed application forms (and any queries) to avril@pprproject.org



15  Short film “birdwoman”
Short film “birdwoman”, filmed in the Brandywell in June 2018, will be shown in the Gasyard Centre on Friday 1st March 2019 at 08:00 p.m.
All welcome.
Please arrive by 07:45 p.m.
Admission free.
Gasyard Centre, 128 Lecky Road Brandywell Derry BT48 6NP, Phone: 028 7126 2812



16  Coffee morning in support of La Dolce Vita Project being held at various venues:
Friday 01st March 2019 - 10am - 12.30pm

  • The Wee House, 13 Queen Street,
  • North West Community Network, Holywell Building, Bishop Street
  • Elisha Mc Callion’s Offices, Creggan

These events will help to support LDVP’s counselling, telephone & online services for those affected by domestic abuse, violence, sexual violence, parental and grandparental alienation.
Please do come along and support plus enjoy some treats!



17  Friends of the Park event


The next Friends of the Park event is a Park Litter Pick on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from

2:00 – 3:30 pm. This is a great free event for the whole family!

We will be cleaning up the park, and if there are enough volunteers, we may also do some rhododendron clearing as well.
Materials will be provided, but if you have work gloves please bring them along.


Check out our Facebook event for more information:


For questions, please call 028 7134 3080, or email Eliza at: eliza@stcolumbsparkhouse.org




18  Functional Reflex Therapy Workshop

When: Saturday 6th of April
Where: The Gatelodge Holistic Centre, Strand Road
This is a workshop for parents, carers and family members/friends supporting children and adults with:
- High levels of anxiety & stress
- Special educational needs & disabilities
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- Mental health conditions
- Alzheimer's & Dementia

For more information please contact Ann McElholm on 07871501838 or Andrea Lockhart on 07845527943

Price: £65

Second date to be confirmed by participants who attend.



19  New Accessible Bank Note Launched
RNIB welcomes the introduction of new tactile £10 polymer bank notes to Northern Ireland
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has welcomed the introduction of new bank notes which will make handling money easier for blind and partially sighted people. Three banks here - Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland UK and Danske Bank are introducing £10 polymer bank notes today (February 27th 2019). 

Jacqueline Witherow, Director at RNIB NI, said:
“To help people with sight loss distinguish between denominations, the £10 polymer notes will have a tactile feature created by two clusters of four dots, helping people to exchange money more easily and with confidence. As well as the presence of four dot tactile clusters, the new notes will feel different to paper notes.” 

Tactile markings were first introduced by the Bank of England in 2017 and were designed with input from RNIB, including testing with blind and partially sighted people. The learning from that process has been embedded in the design of these new notes. 
The new £10 notes being introduced here will have the same tactile markings as the Bank of England and Scottish £10 notes. It’s important to add that the tactile markings are not a form of Braille. While a cluster of four dots signifies the letter ‘g’ in Braille, the pattern on the notes only exists to be distinguishable for blind and partially sighted people. 

First Trust Bank have switched to issuing Bank of England notes, as of 13th February but their current notes will still be legal currency up to 30th June 2022 
All media enquiries to Laura Cummings on: 028 9033 4132, or email:
laura.cummings@rnib.org.uk. For urgent out-of-hours enquiries, please call: 07763 579 141



20  LMS Presents Guys and Dolls


Guys and Dolls is a classic Broadway musical by Frank Loesser, set in 1950’s New York . 

It tells the stories of the lives and loves of the colourful characters of the Times Square underworld, the gamblers, gangsters, dancers and other good living people. Mayhem and morals clash with hilarious results.

Date: 6 March 2019 - 9 March 2019

Price: £13.00 - £18.00. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) from £48.

Where: Millennium Forum



This is a community based show preformed by Londonderry Musical Society, who are award wining. The cast of young people and adults come from across the North West and beyond.

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