NWCN E-bulletin 28 November 2018


1 Upcoming NWCN Events

2 FREE Equipment and Training for Sports Clubs

3 Free Training/Workshops For Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations

4 Free OCN Accredited Training in Sexual Health 

5 Upcoming Events with TUH

6 Upcoming Training & Events with AWARE

7 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

8 Employment Programme Event in Foyle JBO 

9 Are you interested in getting a job in the construction industry?

10 FWIN Launches Christmas Appeal 2018

11 Christmas Cookery Event with Chef Brian McDermott

12 Intergenerational Singing Workshop - Open Call



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1 Upcoming NWCN Events

  • Feedback on your experiences of Unscheduled Care

When: Monday 3rd December 2018, 1000am - 1200
Where: Holywell Building, Bishop Street
Representatives of the Western Health & Social Care Trust are keen to hear about issues and views of service users of Unscheduled Care. Unscheduled Care is when someone accesses health and social care services unexpectedly e.g.

  • Community Pharmacy
  • General Practice
  • GP Out of Hours Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Minor Injuries Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • 999 Ambulance Service

There is also an opportunity to feed into or to become a representative on the
Unscheduled Care Western Trust Locality Network.  Paul Cavanagh (Local Commissioning Group) will be in attendance to hear your views directly.
If you are interested in feeding back your experiences of Unscheduled Care please book your place with Neola
info@nwcn.org or 028 71 261941



  • RSA - NI Inquiry Food, Agriculture and Rural Life


NWCN are supporting this and are holding a meeting on 5th December 2018, Holywell building at 10:30 - 12.  If you are interested in attending please email info@nwcn.org

Brexit opens up the space to decide together what kind of country we want to be and what this means for our food, where it comes from and the countryside we share and enjoy.

People care about where their food comes from, how it is produced and how it affects their health and wellbeing. They believe the government should do its job, making sure that what they can buy really is safe and healthy for people, compassionate for animals, and sustainable for soils and biodiversity.
Second, they challenge the idea that ‘food poverty’ is best addressed by making food cheaper. Poverty is poverty. In rural areas, the cost of living can be up to 30 percent higher than in towns. If people can’t afford basic goods and services – food, housing, heating, transport – then the answer must be in getting a better balance between the price of goods, the provisions of services and basic incomes.

If you care about these issues then come along and be part of a conversation with the issues raised informing a major report being prepared by the RSA to be submitted to the UK government in March 2019.




2 FREE Equipment and Training for Sports Clubs


The CLEAR Project, in conjunction with the Public Health Agency, are offering constituted, voluntary sector sports clubs in the Western Trust area the opportunity to avail of training which will help them support their members and get £300 worth of relevant sports equipment for the club.

In order to receive this aid Clubs must:

  • Be a constituted voluntary sector sports clubs and enclose copy of this document and a list of committee members;
  • Have a bank or building society account in the name of the club;
  • Be appropriately insured or prepared to obtain appropriate insurance if awarded;
  • Enclose the most recent annual accounts or statement of income and expenditure which must be approved and signed by an office-holder;
  • Operate within the Western Trust area;
  • Have a significant impact upon or involvement from their local community;
  • Have a minimum of five members1 attend SafeTALK training. Please note: This must be 5 members who have not previously attended safeTALK; 
  • Attendance at Mental Health First Aid training; (Optional)

Equipment requested should help the club develop activities that meet the needs of the local community and support the delivery of the Five Ways to Well Being, simple steps to improve your mental health through the themes of ‘Connect’, ‘Be active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning’ and ‘Give’.

Clubs will be asked to seek out a quote for the equipment, pay the chosen supplier directly and then submit original invoices relating to the purchase of the equipment to claim back the finance.  If the Club does not have the finances, then requests for advance payment will be considered on a case by case basis.  

1who have a significant input in / involvement / role with the club

Any relevant club within the Western Trust area can apply for the funding however preference will be given to:

  • Groups operating in the top 20% most disadvantaged Super output areas.
  • Those with lower capacity.

Please note: Funding award will not be released until members have completed safeTALK training; All training must be completed by Tuesday 5th February 2019.

To apply, please read all of the documentation below and complete the application or download it from our website

  1. Sports Grant Flyer 
  2. Application form 
  3. MHFA Flyer with dates 
  4. Process for purchase of Sports Equipment 
  5. safeTALK Flyer with dates 
  6. List SOA’s 
  7. Take 5 Flyer 
  8. Sports Coaches – Booking form 

Closing date Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 12 Noon




3  Free Training/Workshops For Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations

Please see below for details on upcoming Training/Workshops with the CLEAR Project until the end of March 2019.  

Click on the links below for further details and booking information or visit our website 



 Training Brochure:  https://eepurl.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=15a616a61b4afcc5c0cbfe08d&id=9c4d5d6f46&e=71ba61d858

Booking Form:



4 Free OCN Accredited Training in Sexual Health 


HIV/STI’S & CONTRACEPTION - 2 Day OCN accredited training course

The course
This 2 day workshop style course will be beneficial for those wishing to expand their knowledge of local Sexual Health issues, as part of their role in the wider community in the Western area.

Topics include

  • HIV: Overview of HIV and impact in Northern Ireland
  • STIs: Overview of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Northern Ireland
  • Contraception: Overview of locally available methods of contraception
  • How to reduce risk of acquiring HIV and other STIs
  • How to reduce risk of unplanned pregnancy

This course has been accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) as a Certificate in Sexual Health with 2 credits at Level 2

Who should apply?
Applications are welcome from people working in either statutory or voluntary sectors, with young people/adults in the Western area. Places are restricted to 15 participants.

Training Costs
ACET has been funded by the Public Health Agency to provide this accredited course in the Western area, and therefore ACET can provide this course free of charge to the course participants.

Dates for 2018/19
Wednesdays 5th and 12th December 2018, St Columb’s Park House, L/Derry, 9.30am-3.30pm on both days

I’m interested– what next?
For further information please contact Jonny Mitchell at 




5  Upcoming Events with TUH


A testimony event with Danny Toland whose father John was shot dead by members of the UFF in the Happy Landing Bar, Eglinton, November 22nd 1976. Danny was fourteen at the time. He is the eldest of seven children.


Date: TODAY - November 28th 

Time: 12.30 pm – 2 pm 

Light lunch will be provided

Venue : Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry. 


A free event.     All welcome


For more information contact:Eamonn Baker at 028-71261941 or email: eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org


Brid Keenan will speak about her somatic experiencing work (SE) -a psychobiological approach to trauma resolution and healing.
Somatic experiencing was pioneered over forty years ago by acclaimed American clinician and writer, Dr. Peter Levine and is now is taught worldwide.
Date: Saturday, December 1st
Time: 11.00 am – 1 pm
Light lunch will be provided
Venue: Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry. 

Places limited.
For more information contact:Eamonn Baker at 028-71261941 or email:



6  Upcoming Training & Events with AWARE


Tree of Remembrance

AWARE have been chosen as a charity for the Tree of Remembrance. We need volunteers to help us out at the Tree of Remembrance at Foyleside Shopping Centre. If you can help us for 2 hours during any of the following dates and times below, please get in touch.

  • Sun 16 December – 1pm-6pm
  • Mon 17 December – 10am-8pm
  • Wednesday 19 December – 12pm-2pm
  • Thurs 20 December - 12pm-2pm
  • Fri 21 December – 10am-8pm
  • Sun 23 December - 1pm-6pm

Get in touch via:

T: 028 71 260602


Foyle Women’s Aid Talk

AWARE the depression charity for Northern Ireland has teamed up with Foyle Women’s Aid to deliver a public featuring Dr Bronagh Sproule to raise awareness of the impact domestic and sexual violence on mental health.

Date:     Thursday 13 December 2018
Time:     9.30am-1pm
Venue: Whittaker Suite, Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry

This event is free to attend. For information or to register, please email louisa.young@foylewomensaid.org


AWARE – 2 day Mental Health First Aid Training Course

First aid as we know it is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) differs only in that it is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or who is in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

The course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to deal with a situation in which someone is experiencing difficulties in regards to mental health and how to deal with a situation in which someone is in crisis. The role is a supportive and signposting role, much like a physical first aider, whose training allows them to keep the individual safe and out of harm and either contact the right support organisation or signpost them to onward support and help.

MHFA aims are to:

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem becoming more serious
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

MHFA teaches participants:

  • How to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems
  • How to provide initial help
  • How to go about guiding a person towards appropriate professional help

Topics covered include:

  • What is meant by mental health / mental ill health?
  • Dealing with crisis situations such as suicidal behaviour, self-harm, panic attacks and acute psychotic behaviour
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders
  • Where and how to get help
  • Self-help strategies


  • Mental health problems are common – the most common of these is depression which will affect 1 in 4 people in the course of their life
  • There is stigma around mental health problems and this can prevent people seeking help
  • People generally don’t know how to recognise mental health problems or what help is available
  • People with mental health problems may be unable to think clearly and may not realise they need help or that effective help is available. They may be in some distress and would benefit from the support of an individual with the awareness and confidence to respond calmly
  • Professional help is not always immediately available
  • In a mental health crisis situation, the helper’s actions may determine how quickly the person gets appropriate professional help

Dates:              17th and 18th January 2019
Times:             9.30am-4.30pm
Venue:            St. Columb’s Park House, Limavady Road, Derry/Londonderry
Cost:                £100 per person

To book a place visit the following link: https://www.aware-ni.org/mhfa-booking/



 7  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


All dreams matter
13 - 20 January 2019 | Mersin, Turkey
Training course for bringing new non- formal learning methods and pedagogical approaches for higher inclusion of young migrants and refugees.
Organizer: Lucky Punch Jugendhilfe gGmbH (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 7 December 2018

See details

The Art to Reflect – About meaningful reflection in trainings
26 February - 1 March 2019 | De Glind, Netherlands
This trainer skills workshop (TSW) intends to expand trainers’ toolkits with reflective approaches and to equip them with the skills to plan and implement reflection as part of the learning processes.
Organizer: Erasmus+ Jeugd (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 December 2018

See details

The Art of Dialogue
16 - 20 March 2019 | Vienna, Austria
How can you apply the “Art of Dialogue” approach in EU Youth Dialogue activities? The main focus of the training is to support those who facilitate the dialogue process or specific activities planned by National Working Groups within their work plans.
Organizer: NA Austria, IZ-Verein zur Förderung von Vielfalt, Dialog Bildung (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Serbia, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 7 January 2019

See details

Training for Trainers (Beginners)
24 February - 3 March 2019 | Moscow, Russian Federation
We invite youth workers and youth leaders who would like to learn how to become a youth trainer to join the course - Training for Trainers.
Organizer: UCG (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 January 2019

See details

Tuning In - To Learning and Youthpass
8 - 13 April 2019 | Czech Republic
This five-day training course provides practical support to facilitate learning in youth work activities, based on the Youthpass process.
Organizer: Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS) - Czech national Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 14 January 2019

See details

What Could Go Wrong? How to Deal With Meestaeks in Erasmus+ projects
24 - 30 March 2019 | Hungary
Organizer: Tempus Public Foundation - Erasmus+ National Agency of Hungary (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 20 January 2019

See details

European Conference “Regaining Europe – The Role of Youth Work in Supporting European Cohesion”
12 - 15 March 2019 | Leipzig, Germany
The current developments in Europe raise some concern about its future. The main concern these days is to preserve European principles and prevent a return to nationalist tendencies.
Organizer: JUGEND für Europe, MOVIT, Agencia Nazionale per i Giovani, CoE-Youth Partnership (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 20 January 2019

See details


BiTriMulti (BTM) - Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges
9 - 13 April 2019 | Poland
The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects;especially newcomers to this field
Organizer: Polish Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 27 January 2019

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YOCOMO 2 – The Trigger for attitudes and behaviours - Second pilot course on working on and with the ETS competence model for youth workers to work internationally
6 - 12 May 2019 | Bornheim-Walberberg, Germany
In professional development one of the challenging parts to approach is our attitudes: not so tangible and easy to measure, yet crucial in our work with young people. They manifest in our behaviours, which influence our work, relations and social context.
Organizer: JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 17 February 2019

See details

C.O.A.C.H. Training Course
3 - 9 June 2019 | Bulgaria
Coaching is the process of helping another person to perform at the peak of his or her abilities. Coaching emphasizes generative change, concentrating on defining and achieving specific goals. R. Dilts
Organizer: Human Resource Development Centre (Bulgarian National Agency) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 5 April 2019

See details

Call for Trainers:
Pilot Training of Trainers on the role of youth work in the integration of young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers (YMRA).
JUGEND für Europa is looking for 2 Trainers
Application deadline: 12/12/2018

Online version.



8  Employment Programme Event in Foyle JBO 


We are interested in organising an event in Foyle Jobs & Benefits Office to promote employability programmes and their providers in the local area.

The plan is to have information stands set up to give you an opportunity to promote the programme(s) you have to offer.

  • On Wednesday 16th January from 1:30-3:30pm we will be focusing on 18-24 year olds
  • On Wednesday 23rd January from 1:30-3:30pm we will be focusing on those 25 and over.

Please let me Natasha know if you would be interested in taking part in the event by emailing: ucemployeradviser.foyle@nissa.gsi.gov.uk or calling 07788364670



9   Are you interested in getting a job in the construction industry?


Construction Apprentices – full time job available


People 1st are working with a major construction company and are recruiting for a majoy infrastructure in the North West area, with a full salary and paid training included.  With People 1st and funding from the Northern Ireland European Social Fund and the Department for the Economy (DfE), you can gain a nationally recognised qualification through our Construction Apprenticeship.


Through this Apprenticeship, you will learn about the industry, including the principles of constructing, and about the types of information used in building design and construction.  You will learn about health, safety and environmental issues faced on construction sites, and how to communicate with others on the job.


The ApprenticeshipsNI project is part funded thought the Northern Ireland Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.


Eligibility for the course:

Applicants must be between the age of 16-24

Qualifications include:

Level 2: NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations

Essentials Skills:

Application of Number, Communication and Information, Communication Technology


For more information contact Shane Larkin on s.larkin@people-1st.co.uk or call 07710711958




10 FWIN Launches Christmas Appeal 2018


As the run up to Christmas begins FWIN are once again launching their Christmas Appeal where our members can remember and support local families who are struggling at this time. 


How you can get involved and help:  Buy an extra present when Christmas shopping for local families in need for a child aged 0 - 16 years. 


You can drop the gift, wrapped, unwrapped, shoe box or gift bag (stating clearly if it is for a boy or girl and what age group) into Holywell Building, 8-14 Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry. 


FWIN Co-ordinator, Catherine Cooke, said: 

"For most of us Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, full of fun and happiness. However for some local families it's a time of struggle and difficulty. We have held Christmas appeals for local families for the last three years and know just how tough

some people are finding it to cope at this time. In previous years when we've held our appeal we have been astounded by the kindness and generosity of 

people from our City.’


IMPORTANT:  Please clearly label the gifts stating if it is for a boy or girl and what age group it’s for. All gifts can be left at: Holywell Building, 8-14 Bishop Street before 20th December 2018.


The gifts will be distributed throughout the City by local charities.


For further details please Emailinfo@fwin.org.uk or Telephone: 028 7126 6291. 




11  Christmas Cookery Event with Chef Brian McDermott


Thursday 13th December
Foyle Foodbank, Unit 15  Apex Living Centre, Springtown Industrial Estate 

Celebrate the festive season with a cookery demonstration from Foyle Hotel Moville’s Head Chef, Brian McDermott.

Learn how to prepare, cook and store your seasonal foods.
Tastings included!

If you wish to book a place on the event please contact FWIN on:

Email: info@fwin.org.uk or telephone: 028 7126 1941



12 Intergenerational Singing Workshop - Open Call


Are you aged between 13-18 or 50+? Join artist Helen Cammock for a female intergenerational singing workshop at Void this December!

Tues 11th - Fri 13th Dec, culminating in a unique performance at Void on Friday 14th.

Void is looking for participants for a female intergenerational singing workshop with artist
Helen Cammock. Helen will work with local Derry women of different generations to write the words to The Long Note - a tune she wrote in response to her time in Derry making the film of the same name. The performance that follows will involve the singing of this new collaborative composition from one group of women to another.

Helen's exhibition which is currently installed at Void, The Long Note, celebrates women’s involvement in the 1968 civil rights movement and Derry’s shirt factory history.

The workshop will take place from Tuesday the 11th until Friday the 13th of December and will culminate in a unique performance at Void on Friday 14th. Tuesday, Wed, and Thurs to take place with each group separately. Times can be discussed to suit the participants. 

Friday rehearsal with both groups at 6pm before performance at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be provided pre the performance.

Email engage@derryvoid.com to register your interest and for more information today.

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