NWCN e-Bulletin 27 June 2018

 Towards a New Common Chapter
Living Life to the Full
safeTALK Training
OUT North West
Latest offers from Salto Youth
Playhouse launches ambitious Truth Recovery Arts Project
Department of Health   - Reform of Adult Social Care
Volunteer: Dementia Friendly Community Champion NI
10 Recruitment of casual/sessional community tutors
11 Job Opportunity with Third Space
12 MPA Healthcare Open Day
13 Applications sought for Board Members for Arms Length Bodies (ALBS)
14 A Night at the Races
15 Book Launch: ‘The Untold Story – Peter & Jesus –The Gap Years’
16 GSCA Peace IV Project Launch - 'Don't Shoot my Wane, Shoot Me!' 

1  Towards a New Common Chapter

The Centre for Cross Border Studies in conjunction with Holywell Trust, North West Community Network and Community Dialogue cordially invites you to

Towards a New Common Chapter: A grass-roots vision for cooperation within and between these islands

Friday 29th June at 1100am, Holywell Trust, Bishop Street, Derry

This action research project, which has been undertaken by the Centre for Cross Border Studies, is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. It is intended to facilitate the development of a “New Common Chapter” representing grass-roots support for collaborative and sustainable North-South and East-West relations. The Centre for Cross Border Studies has been working with community organisations from both sides of the border – involving in particular, the active participation of women, young people and Protestant community organisations – to produce a New Common Chapter that voices the needs of civil society. This work will result in informed and motivated community organisations on the island of Ireland able to engage with policies and policy-makers on the value of cross-border cooperation and ensuring that it addresses the needs of civic society.

The project is now in its third stage, with the participating groups having agreed a draft “New Common Chapter for cooperation within and between these islands” at the end of the second stage.

During this event Dr Antony Soares, Deputy Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies, will explain how the project has progressed and invite your feedback on the document as well as providing the opportunity to network on a cross border basis. There will also be an input from Rachael Craig Derry City and Strabane District Council on their Community Plan and Carnegie application.

Don’t miss your chance to have a say.

For more information or to R.S.V.P please contact Roisin O’Hagan NWCN 
 Tel 028 7126 1941 or Jim O’Neill jim@communitydialogue.org Tel 028 9035 1450

To find out more, go to http://crossborder.ie/towards-new-common-chapter-grass-roots-vision-cooperation-within-islands/


2 Holywell STEW - TONIGHT

The next Holywell STEW will be held on the evening of Wednesday 27th June @ 7.00pm
Tickets are on sale now and are available online by clicking here or at Reception at Holywell. 

We'll hear from 4 groups at this event: 
  • Soul Shakedown 
  • Your Derry 
  • REACH Across 
  • Jigsaw Project
The money from the tickets sold will go to the winning pitch on the night voted for by everyone on the night. 

More information on the event can be found on Facebook and Eventbrite.


3   Living Life to the Full

This is a programme which can make a big difference to your life. It can help you manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried or depressed and learn simple practical skills to help you cope with life’s challenges. This is a six-session programme using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) concepts – the most evidenced-based talking therapy for people affected by low mood, anxiety or depression. The programme has been developed by Dr Chris Williams, professor of Psychiatry at University of Glasgow and a recognised expert in developing self-help resources based on CBT.

It introduces participants to the ‘Five Areas Approach’ which illustrates that events and situations in our lives affect how we think, how we feel, how we behave and also affect us physically. Thinking and behaviour are the two areas that we have most control over, if we tend to think and/or behave in extreme and unhelpful ways, it can adversely affect the other areas and lead to us getting caught in a ‘vicious circle’. The programme therefore focuses on how we can challenge and change our thinking and behaviour in order to turn the circle into a ‘virtuous circle’.

Duration: 6 weeks @ 1.5hrs per week
Location:  AWARE offices, 15 Queen Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 7EQ


Date 1 Date 2 Date 3 Date 4 Date 5 Date 6 Time Time
17/09/18 24/09/18 01/10/18 08/10/18 15/10/18 22/10/18 11am 12.30pm
17/09/18 24/09/18 01/10/18 08/10/18 15/10/18 22/10/18 7pm 8.30
14/01/19 21/01/19 28/01/19 04/02/18 11/02/19 18/02/19 11am 12.30pm

To apply please visit  the following link:  www.aware-ni.org/apply-to-living-life-to-the-full.html

If you need any further information or wish to speak with a member of the education and training team, please contact the AWARE office in Derry/Londonderry T: 028 71 260602.


4 safeTALK Training

safeTALK is a 3 ½ hour training workshop, which raises general awareness on how to prevent suicide in our community. Learn four basic steps to recognise persons with thoughts of suicide and help connect them with suicide intervention resources.

Why come to safeTALK? Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided – leaving people more alone and at greater risk.

safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

How can I get safeTALK training?
Date: Thursday 5th July 2018 
Venue: St. Matthews GAC, 297 Drumsurn Road, Limavady. BT49 0PX
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

For further information on training please contact: 

Email: clear@dhcni.com
Web: www.dhcni.com/training
Address: CLEAR Project, Unit 13, Strabane Enterprise Agency, Orchard Road Industrial Estate, Strabane. BT82 9FR
Tel: (028) 7138 3386

5 OUT North West

A programme for young LGBTQ+ people aged 14 - 25.  We have a range of activities, programmes and workshops to offer as part of our Summer Programme. 

We will be hosting an open day on 6th July from 12pm - 4pm in the Foyle LGBT Centre
(beside City Hotel). 

Come along and find out about all we have on offer! 

For more info contact: 
colleen@outnorthwest.org or 02871283030


6 Latest offers from Salto Youth
Digital Dialogue
29 July - 5 August 2018 | Georgia
Erasmus + training course for youth workers interested in exploring methods based on digital tools for fostering intercultural dialogue
Organizer: Caucasus Youth Nexus (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Armenia, Austria, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 11 July 2018

See details
13th Economic Forum of Young Leaders
3 - 7 September 2018 | Nowy Sącz, Poland
Economic Forum of Young Leaders is one of the biggest international social and economic meetings of young leaders. Its main aim is to strengthen cross-sectoral cooperation among young leaders from programme and EECA countries and policy makers.
Organizer: Foundation for the Development of the Education System (National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 18 July 2018

See details
17 - 24 September 2018 | Fondo, Val Di Non, Italy
ACT-ION is a training course which will be address to youth worker, social workers and educators who developed an interest in theatre and are working for social inclusion of young people in marginalized urban areas.
Organizer: S.S.D. ar.l. L'Orma (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 1 August 2018

See details
Noisy Stuff
8 - 15 October 2018 | Sokołowsko, Poland
Noisy stuff is a training course for youth practitioners as well as anyone interested in interfacing youth work with digital DIY and music making. Participants will exchange best practices and experiment hands-on workshops on digital DIY and music making.
Organizer: Digijeunes (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Finland, France, Poland, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 6 August 2018

See details


 7 Playhouse launches ambitious Truth Recovery Arts Project

“It’s unbelievable for me that I’ve sat in the room with, worked with, laughed with, had fun with, cried with, been emotional with a Presbyterian, a Protestant from the Shankhill and a cop...” Past participant Playhouse Theatre of Witness


The Playhouse in Derry. Londonderry has launched an ambitious £679,000 EU PEACE IV funded project to create a new truth recovery arts initiative.

The cross-border ‘Theatre Peace Building Academy’ will work with representatives from interface and highly segregated areas (e.g. Tigers Bay, Belfast), historical atrocities (e.g. Monaghan Bombings), victims and survivors (e.g. relatives of those killed or injured) and public sector (e.g. PSNI).

Theatre will be used as a tool to explore community relations issues in a safe and accessible environment, promoting healing and reconciliation in a liberating, healing and transformative way.

The PEACE IV Programme is an EU funded Programme designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region.  It is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The project, launched at The Playhouse on Tuesday 26 June, will recruit eight local artists and a range of national / international artists, with significant experience of utilising arts activity in conflict areas/ areas of social breakdown throughout the world.

An estimated 76 cross-community participants will be reached, and four touring Multi Media Theatre productions will be created and eight creative art projects (through Local Projects). An estimated 4,000 people will attend the Multi Media Theatre productions / Creative art events created.

The Playhouse will work in partnership with Holywell Trust, Thomas D’Arcy McGee Foundation and Queens University Belfast to deliver the two and a half year project.

Playwright, trained oral archivist, theatre producer, director and facilitator Jo Egan is the first of four Socially Engaged Theatre Practitioners for the project. Jo's six month residency will culminate in a theatre production at The Playhouse in November 2018 and she will be working in and around the North West of Ireland region.

Theatre and film director, writer and producer Robert Rae’s six month residency will begin in September 2018 and end in March 2019 and will be based in South Armagh and Border counties. Robert’s work will be concerned thematically with the tragedies that occurred in the South Armagh and Border counties region in the darkest days of The Troubles.

Pauline Ross, Founder & Artistic Director at The Playhouse said: “Previous work delivered by The Playhouse in our Theatre of Witness project has demonstrated that art can be an exceptional catalyst. It can be deeply transformational, meaningful and purposeful, it can create positive community relations, bring about attitudinal and behavioural change, and create enduring friendships among people from significantly diverse backgrounds.

“This work will also develop wider meaningful creative collaboration, work which aids the delivery and impact of quality Arts & Peace Building work, as well as enhancing the Local Artists' creative practice.”

Speaking at the launch Gina McIntyre, the CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body said: “One of the core objectives of the EU’s PEACE IV Programme is to promote positive relations between people from all backgrounds and cultures. This project will have a profound impact in fostering greater levels of understanding and reconciliation, on both sides of the border, using creativity as the medium. It will draw upon the skills of internationally-renowned artists with extensive experience in the use of drama and art to help heal divided communities emerging out of conflict.”

Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Executive Office and the Department for Rural and Community Development.


8 Department of Health   - Reform of Adult Social Care

*IMPORTANT* Opportunity for individual Involvement for local family carers

The Department of Health is asking for family or informal carers across the five Trust areas to complete an expression of interest in being involved in the upcoming 
Reform of Adult Social Care.   
Independent Expert Panel (IECP) is being established made up of carers across the five Trusts who have experience within one of the adult Programmes of Care (POCS), older persons services, adult mental health, adult learning disability and adult physical disability.   

You can apply online or ask for an application to be mailed to you. DOH Contact Tel is 028 90 765630. Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses including cos of alternative care arrangements will be provided in accordance with current guidelines.  

Closing date 10 August 2018

 Volunteer: Dementia Friendly Community Champion NI
The Dementia Friendly Community Champion role is essential in creating dementia friendly communities across Northern Ireland.

What’s involved?
  • Delivering interactive dementia awareness workshops
  • Delivering targeted dementia information sessions within your local community, networking at relevant events, gatherings and groups
  • Raising the profile of Dementia Friendly Community Programme through posters, leaflet distribution, social and mass media
  • Supporting local campaigning activity which champions the rights of people affected by dementia
If you would like to find out more about this or any of our volunteering opportunities please contact Rosario Mc Hugh, Volunteering Officer (r
osario.mchugh@alzheimers.org.uk /028 71 384570) or visit our website at www.alzheimers.org.uk.
 Will you join the thousands of volunteers already taking on dementia?
10 Recruitment of casual/sessional community tutors

Gasyard Wall Féile is in the process of recruiting tutors to deliver Community Learning Courses. We wish to draw up a register of experienced and enthusiastic community tutors in the following sectoral and vocational areas:
  • Health & Social Care
  • Food Safety in Catering
  • First Aid Appointed Person
  • Manual Handling
  • Infection Control
  • Risk Assessment
  • Administration of Medication
  • Volunteering
  • Child Protection & Vulnerable Adults Training
  • Certificate – Horticulture
  • Applying for Work
  • Teamwork
  • Personal Success and Wellbeing
Tutors must hold at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject they wish to deliver and GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths.  Suitably qualified individuals/organisations should submit their CV with a covering letter outlining the courses they will deliver. Additionally, please include:
  1. Evidence of previous experience.
  2. Tutor cost per hour and the number of hours required to deliver the course.
  3. 2 references.
Applications will be accepted by either post or email to:
Gasyard Wall Féile, 128 Lecky Road, BT48 6NP, Derry.
feilederry@gmail.com by 12 Noon on Tuesday 3rd July 2018

All expressions of interest will be acknowledged.
Inclusion on the register does not guarantee work.
11  Job Opportunity with Third Space

Third Space is a new cross border project delivered by Extern and Verbal. The project will transform the lives of 800 children and young people identified as being vulnerable and at risk.

Across key locations project leaders and creative professionals will be working with young people, opening them up to new opportunities by promoting self-esteem and resilience.

The project will help highly vulnerable young people from different communities, cultural and religious backgrounds to:

  • Reduce social isolation
  • Develop a deeper sense of community awareness
  • Successfully negotiate and manage a programme of personal development
We invite applications for the following positions:
  1. Education & Training Officer (28 hours per week over 4 days)
  2. Graphic Designer (28 hours per week over 4 days)
  3. Digital Communications Officer (28 hours per week over 4 days)

These are Fixed-term posts to December 2021 based in Derry~Londonderry.
For an application pack please visit our website: 
Or contact us on 028 7126 6946.

Closing date for applications is: 12 noon on Monday, 9th July 2018.

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

Interviews are due to be held week beginning 23rd July 2018.

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

This project has been supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by SEUPB

12 MPA Healthcare Open Day

Wednesday 4th July, 10:30am - 2:30pm
Jobs & Benefits Office, Asylum Road, Derry/Londonderry

Currently Recruiting:
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Auxiliaries
  • Support Workers
  • Care Assistants
  • Cooks/Chef
  • Kitchen Assistants
We will be offering free Access NI checks to any successful candidate with relevant experience.
If you are interested in full time/ part time or casual posts please drop in and chat with Erin, Clair or Amy to find out further about the exciting opportunities available or please call the Healthcare team on 028 7136 0070. 


13   Applications sought for Board Members for Arms Length Bodies (ALBS)

The Department of Education (DE) has launched a public appointments competition to appoint members to fill vacant member positions on the Boards of the following ALBs:

Youth Council NI (YCNI) is a non-departmental public body responsible for advising DE, the Education Authority and other bodies on the development of the Youth Service; encouraging cross‑community activity by the youth service; encouraging the provision of facilities for the youth service and facilities which are especially beneficial to young persons; and encouraging and assisting the co‑ordination and efficient use of resources by the youth service.

Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) is a non-departmental public body responsible for keeping under review all aspects of the curriculum, examinations and assessment for schools and colleges of further education including developing, conducting and moderating qualifications and assessments.

Applications are invited for the following positions:

  • YCNI – Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and at least five members;
  • CCEA – three members.

DE is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. DE is also committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants and to improving diversity and eradicating under-representation on the boards of its ALBs.

Applications are welcomed from all backgrounds regardless of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependents.  Applications are particularly welcome from women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. For YCNI, applications are also welcome from individuals with a background and experience in youth work and/or youth service. For CCEA, applications are also welcome from individuals with a background and experience in business, primary/higher education or finance/accountancy.

Details of the roles and the full selection criteria are set out in the application pack which is available by contacting the Department.

Telephone: 028 9127 9461/9704
Website: www.education-ni.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 10 July 2018.   

14  A Night at the Races

On Behalf Of DiverseCity Community Partnership

Saturday 30th June 2018



To Sponsor A Race (£30) or Buy A Horse (£5), Text Barney Mc Guigan on 07854833371 or
Tel 71 261941 E:Mail 


15 Book Launch: ‘The Untold Story – Peter & Jesus –The Gap Years’

BOOK LAUNCH & SIGNING of ‘The Untold Story – Peter & Jesus –The Gap Years’ – By Denise Devlin  

On - 29th June 2018  
Time - 7-8.30pm 
Venue - Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop St, Derry  


‘The Untold Story’ is based on its own true story of an very ordinary woman with two teenage daughters, a supportive husband with a dynamic business she had put all her energies into.  Denise Devlin was living her life like all of us in a challenging and hectic world until one day it came to a full stop when she became a channel for St. Peter. Her right arm would shake uncontrollably for her to write. Her task was to tell the world the untold story of St Peter’s early years and friendship with Jesus and in his words

Book Back Cover – ‘The Untold Story is a channelled book, brought to you, the reader, by an ordinary woman, mother, and wife. Nothing like this had ever happened to her before – it was a major shock and way beyond her normal reality. Writing a book was the last thing on her mind, and to discover that she could channel St. Peter was an even bigger surprise. By leaving her business ambitions aside and trusting her spiritual journey, her faith was strong enough for her to believe and listen for the strong signs she was being given. She was then able to open herself up to hearing these important messages that were coming through from St. Peter.

Was there ever doubt? Of course, there were many times she felt like she was just making it all up. Yet her right arm would shake uncontrollably for her to write. If she didn’t rise at 6am when her alarm went off for her channelling duties, the energy was so strong there were times when her husband, as he lay sleeping, got caught in the frenzy of the right arm flings! It was a sure sign to get up straight away! Also it would shake when she talked about this book to others who understood this calling, those who would not be alarmed by this special gift of communication.

Each day during Lent 2017 and consistently until the twenty-ninth of June, the Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul, Denise scribed for St. Peter. On the last day of scribing, the Cross pen that had been gifted by a friend for the purpose of this book, ran out of ink on the last sentence.

This book is a series of stories about Jesus and Peter’s life together as friends, from when they first met in their teens to bonding in their twenties, up until the night before Jesus’s thirtieth birthday. Each chapter has a story and is concluded with Peter’s message. Peter’s message gives wisdom and advice relevant to twenty-first-century living in the language of today, which everyone can relate to.

The Untold Story’s time has come. People are ready to read and hear the truths about a time when Jesus’s acts and messages were all centered on unconditional love. Religious institutions have distorted these truths. Now is a time for telling the untold story. Now is a time for raising consciousness. Now is a time for unconditional love in a world that needs to know. St. Peter’s time has come to tell and spread the word.’

This is the book YOU have to read, it is a book for everyone one young or old, believer or non believer to gain an insight into the issues challenging the world at every turn today.  It touches on the most profound and contemporary  issues facing society today including the role of women, genocide, refugees, suicide bombings, environmental challenges, digital detox, same sex relationships, termination. Among many other relevant issues for modern day life.

This book is controversial, it will ruffle some feathers, especially with religious institutions, yet the overall message for us all is one of unconditional love.

This is a book that everyone who want to make sense of the world today, must read.

The Untold Story -  Website & Info  - http://authorwebservices-vip.net/gem/BalboaPress/769128/author/

Available on Amazon or for a signed copy contact Denise on denise@positiveparties.com



16 GSCA Peace IV Project Launch - 'Don't Shoot my Wane, Shoot Me!' 

Re-scheduled Project Launch

Greater Shantallow Community Arts cordially invites you/your group/organisation to the Launch their PEACE IV project,

'Don't Shoot my Wane, Shoot Me!' 

Friday 29th June
11.00 am
The Wee Theatre, STUDIO 2, Skeoge Industrial Estate, BT48  8SE.

Be delighted if you could support us on Friday at 11.00am

RSPV asap, pm@gscaderry.com or 028 7135 8750



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