NWCN E-bulletin 30 January 2019

1 Upcoming with NWCN
2 Amplify NI Community Powered Change sessions
3 RCN Membership Event for Western Members
4 Arts & Culture Five Year Strategy Consultation at The Playhouse
5 Free Training/Workshops for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations
6 Upcoming Training with HURT
7 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
8 Injured on the day - photographic exhibition
9 Explore Africa with FWIN! 
10 2019 Year of the Pig - Chinese New Year Spectacular
11 PEACE IV Children and Young People tenders
12 Volunteering Opportunities at Childline Foyle
13 AWARE seeks Sessional Trainers 
14 Job Opportunities with NWMM/ Clarendon Women's Shelter
15 Rainbow Child and Family Centre seeks Youth Leader in Charge
16 Job Opportunity with HURT
17 Job Opportunity with Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum
18 VACANCY- Front of House Manager
19 Public appointment Recruitment Opportunity
20 Two day Irish language taster course
21 Opened Ground - Preview

1  Upcoming with NWCN

Free Data Protection Training for Strabane & District Organisations

When: Monday 11th February 
Time: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Where: Fountain Street Community Development Association, Training Room. 

To book your place email: info@nwcn.org

Training provided by NICVA & Supported by NWCN

Media Training
When: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Where: Holywell Building, Bishop Street
Time: 0930 – 1230pm

It’s important to get the right message across – YOUR message. What you say, and how you say it, can be the difference between success and failure, triumph and disaster. You need to get it right.
North West Community Network has sourced funding to hold a half-day media-training workshop.  This training is being delivered by Leapfrog Communications who have a combined 60 years experience in radio, TV and newspapers.  To book your place email 
neola@nwcn.org.  Places will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend the North West Community Network AGM on 
Friday 22nd February 2019
Holywell DCCP Building
10-14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW
1pm – 2.30pm (with lunch)
Please let us know if you wish to attend 
Only paid up Network members have automatic rights to vote at the AGM, nominate towards the incoming Executive Committee and submit motions for decision.
If you are unsure whether your organisation is a current Network member please do not hesitate to seek confirmation via: 
info@nwcn.org / 028 7127 9090.  Additionally you can download this year’s Network Membership form below and return to the Network with the £15 annual subscription.

NWCN Membership form 2018-2019 


2 Amplify NI Community Powered Change sessions

Want to create social change in your community? Come along to the Amplify NI sessions. 

Amplify Sessions is a series of workshops that will help people come together to understand how people in their communities experience inequalities, tell the stories of their communities that often get overlooked, and use these insights to work in collaboration with communities to create solutions. Come along to our first taster session on Wednesday the 6th February. We will be running a daytime session at 12pm-1pm and an evening session from 6pm-7pm, please come to whatever one suits. Refreshments will be provided.

Daytime session, RSVP here.
Evening session, 
RSVP here.

Email shannon.downey@youngfoundation.org for any enquiries or to book your place.


 RCN Membership Event for Western Members

Membership Focus Lunch
Wednesday 6th February 2019 from 1pm - 330pm
Omagh Enterprise Company, Great Northern Road, Omagh

Come and have your say on the future work of RCN over the next number of years.

To register ring 028 8676 6670 or email 


4 Arts & Culture Five Year Strategy Consultation at The Playhouse

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced  the publication of their draft Strategic Framework for the development of the arts in Northern Ireland over the next five-year period. ACNI now welcome your feedback on the draft document and invite you to attend the consultation workshop next month.

Where: The Playhouse, Artillery Street, Derry
When: Wednesday 13th February 2019, 10am – 12pm

The Strategic Framework document provides an overview of the strategic direction for the next ­five-year period, 2019-2024. It has been developed in consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector.

Public consultation on the draft document will close on 22nd March 2019 with the final strategic framework scheduled for publication in April 2019.

As well as attending one of the consultation workshops, we would encourage you to complete the
short online consultation survey here.

Book your Place 
If you wish to attend one of the consultation workshops, RSVP to Shirley Hanna,
Phone: 028 9262 3521.


5 Free Training/Workshops for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations

Please find links below with details on upcoming Training/Workshops with the CLEAR Project until the end of March 2019.  This includes: Anger Management, Developing Personal Resilience, Importance of Compassion & Working with Self-harm and more.

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





6  Upcoming Training with HURT

HURT is now running THE LEAD PROJECT
This programme is to work with 60 young people aged from 13-17 representative of all sections of the community from Derry Strabane and Donegal Council area.
The programme is about young people from all sections of the community taking the lead to do a community project that they design themselves.
The 6 months will consist of an accredited O.C.N programme.
A number of away days, a 2 day residential and team building activities, 2 good relations workshops, a visit to Stormont, the peace walls, finishing in a celebration event and pod cast.
A 6 month contract funded through PEACE IV in conjunction with DCSDC
Apply here: 

Level 5 Diploma in Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions Course.
Saturday 30th March - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday 31st March - 9.30am - 5.30pm
In HURT, 14 Clarendon Street, Derry, BT48 7ET, 028 7136 9696
Level 5 Diploma in Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions
About this course:
This is a unique programme dealing with Substance misuse issues, theory and interventions.
Entry Requirements:
Minimum 19 years old.  Good reading and writing skills in English &  Ability to work at Academic Level 5
Photographic proof of ID
Who should do this course:
The course is suitable for those seeking to develop a career within the Substance misuse field or for those who are already trained as counsellors, to create a speciality within their practice.
What will I get on completion of the course?
Everyone who completes the Level 5 Academic course will receive a Level 5 Diploma in Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions.  Those choosing to complete the Counselling component, will be awarded, on provision of suitable evidence, The Specialist Practitioner Award.
Those seeking to be awarded the SMTI – Assessment Skills Specialist Practitioner, again, will receive this on the provision of suitable evidence.
Assessment requirements:
Learning Portfolio 2 assignments. 1 Academic essay and 1 case study 100% attendance
120 hours of classroom contact make up the guided learning hours and 100% attendance is required to receive the award.
Those seeking to achieve the Level 5 Academic Award – with a Specialism in Assessment, will be required to complete additional assessments and will find they are more than qualified to support people presenting with substance misuse issues.  This ‘assessment’ specialism will be of great benefit to anyone seeking to pursue a career in this field.


Youth Leadership Programme: Funded through PEACE IV and INTERREG VA
HURT in conjunction with Derry City and Strabane District Council

First 20  people registered will be entered into a draw!
Prizes include vouchers for : Dominoes, Foyleside, Primark, Bowling Alley, £50 photoshoot

Registration on Tuesday 12th February at 6.30pm

14 Clarendon Street

HURT is offering FREE training for young people/youth workers/volunteers aged 18 to 25 in the Derry Strabane Donegal area.

The Programme consists of 2 accredited programmes: Award In Education and Training, (6 weeks) and Equality and Diversity in Youth Work. (20 weeks)

On Completion of the program a number of visits visit to Bloody Sunday museum, Siege Museum, Fort Dunree Donegal.

Training venue: Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop St, Derry, BT48 6PW
Programmes will be delivered normally from 6.30 to 9.30 on Tuesday evenings.
Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in this FREE Programme please contact us on 02871369696


 7 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

The winner is: ESC - German speaking training for project managers and mentors in European Volunteering Projects
9 - 12 April 2019 | CJD Bonn, Germany
Training for project managers and mentors in European Volunteering Project who would like to exchange experiences, get some information about the general and specific conditions and want to learn more about working with volunteers.
Organizer: German National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth in Action JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 15 February 2019

See details
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, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 17 February 2019

See details
“Game Changing”
7 - 11 May 2019 | Cyprus
The project aims to link the ‘worlds’ of youth work and football, so as to foster constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation between them, with a specific interest in supporting youth participation, social inclusion and women’s empowerment.
Organizer: Youth Board of Cyprus (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 28 February 2019

See details


8 Injured on the day - photographic exhibition

Wave Trauma Centre Presents: Injured on the day
A photographic exhibition featuring ten people injured during the “Troubles”

Mayor John Boyle will launch the exhibition with keynote speaker: Denis Bradley
Wednesday 13th February 2019
 2pm the Whittaker Suite Guildhall
Please RSVP to reception : 02871 266655
Or by email: 


9  Explore Africa with FWIN! 

You are invited to Explore and Learn about Africa

Friday 25th January 2019 @ Joe McQuaide Room, Holywell
Tea and coffee is included

As part of our intercultural Around the World Series, we will take a journey to Africa to explore the cultures, traditions, dance, food and lives of people in this magical and varied continent.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about new experiences and share your own.

RSVP: maevefwin@gmail.com or 028 7126 629


10 2019 Year of the Pig - Chinese New Year Spectacular

Chinese New Year Spectacular 2019 - Face changing Act, Acrobatics, Dance & Song

11th February 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Waterside Theatre

Cost: £8, £5 Children (<12), Seniors (65+), Groups (10+ people)



11  PEACE IV Children and Young People tenders

In relation to the PEACE IV tender information session in August of 2018, we are delighted to announce four PEACE IV Children and Young People tenders are now live on the Derry City and Strabane District Councils website (http://www.derrystrabane.com/tenders).  These tender programmes will be delivered as part of the wider Youth 19 programme (www.youth19.com).

  • Delivery of a PEACE IV Love the Life you Live programme
  • Delivery of a PEACE IV Emotional Health and Wellbeing programme
  • Delivery of a PEACE IV Youth Council programme

Closing Date: 12 noon 15 February 2019

Delivery of a PEACE IV Thematic Youth Let’s Talk programme (broken into four separate lots)

  • Lot 1: Let’s Talk Disability
  • Lot 2: Let’s Talk Cultural Diversity
  • Lot 3: Let’s Talk Health and Wellbeing
  • Lot 4: Let’s Talk Gender Identity

Closing Date: 12 noon 22 February 2019

To register your interest and to obtain the tender documents, please email tenders@derrystrabane.com.
Deadline for receipt of intent to tender is 12 noon 1 February 2019.


12 Volunteering Opportunities at Childline Foyle

Childline Foyle invites you to attend our Volunteer Information Meeting
On Friday 8th February, 2-3pm at 1st Floor Exchange House, Queen’s Quay, BT48 7AS
RSVP by email to 
Learn more about our volunteer roles, training, and the application process.
Hear from our staff and volunteers about the valuable work we do.

13 AWARE seeks Sessional Trainers 

We are seeking to add to our register of sessional trainers to deliver our Mood Matters mental health awareness programmes in the Southern and Western areas of Northern Ireland.  Mood Matters is delivered to a range of adult groups and to young people in post-primary schools and other appropriate settings.
Applicants should ideally have at least one year’s recent experience of delivering training.  However we will consider applicants who meet the other requirements of the post, have the necessary enthusiasm and energy and demonstrate in their applications and at interview an ability to learn to deliver this interactive programme.
On completion of training, successful applicants will be paid a sessional rate and mileage allowance where appropriate for all courses delivered. Applicants must have a reasonable amount of daytime availability Monday to Friday.
Minimum requirements:

  • One year’s recent experience of delivering training (or demonstrate an ability to learn to deliver the programme)
  • Good IT skills – in particular competent in the use of power point
  • Good knowledge and understanding of mental health/mental illness
  • Access to a suitable means of transport 
  • A recognised training qualification e.g. Award in Training and Education (formerly PTLLS) or higher
  • Qualification/work experience in the field of Mental Health
  • Mental Health First Aid certificate
  • ASIST certificate (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
(Criteria may be enhanced for short listing)
For further information and application form please contact: 
pat@aware-ni.org or telephone Pat on 028 71260602. CVs will not be accepted.
Completed applications must be returned by 12 noon on Monday 18th February
Interviews will be held in our Belfast or Derry/Londonderry offices.
We are an equal opportunities employer


14 Job Opportunities with NWMM/ Clarendon Women's Shelter

North West Methodist Mission and the Clarendon Women's Shelter at Ashmore are recruiting for the posts of full-time and casual Support Workers.

  • Support Worker - (Full-time / Permanent)
  • Support Worker - (Casual / Permanent)
  • Bank Support Worker - (Casual / Temporary)
  • Female Support Worker - (Full-time / Permanent)

Links to the job vacancies are posted on the jobcentreonline website: www.jobcentreonline.com  

Please note that the closing is Monday 11 February 2019, and NOT 4 February 2019 as stated on the website.


15  Rainbow Child and Family Centre seeks Youth Leader in Charge

Rainbow Child and Family Centre are recruiting for a: Youth Leader in Charge
Salary: £27885.00 (pro rata for 30 hours £22308.00)    

This position is funded By BBC Children In Need until Nov 2021

The Youth Leader will have responsibility for the continued development and management of the Rainbow Child and Family Centre  youth service and will maximise the use of the centre by young people for the agreed purposes
Essential Criteria:

  1.  A  3rd level  qualification in Youth work or equivalent
  2. Have a minimum of 2 years post professional qualification experience
  3. Evidence of experience of managing youth work staff and resources
  4. Evidence of planning, implementation,  monitoring and report writing  of programmes of activities for young people

For an application pack please contact:
Rainbow Child and Family Centre
104 Bracken Park, Galliagh, BT48 8JT


RainbowCFC is an equal opportunities employer. The post is subject to Access NI checks

Closing date for application is Friday 8th Feb @ 5pm


16  Job Opportunity with HURT

HURT (Have Your Tomorrows) is a leading community based addiction treatment centre in the North West.

We are recruiting for the following position: Project worker (30 hours per week) 4 year duration.
Salary: NJC Salary Scale 6

An application form, job description and specification for this post is available in electronic format by sending a request to 
dessie@hurtni.org.uk or by telephone on 028 7136 9696.  Please note that we will only consider the completed application form issued – CV’s will not be accepted.
Essential criteria:
Minimum of a Foundation Degree in Drug & Alcohol Awareness.
A minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with people in a Community based setting or a similar environment, designing, developing and facilitating substance misuse programmes.

Completed application forms must be returned by post to Dessie Kyle, HURT, 14 Clarendon Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7ET by 1st February 2019 by 4pm

This position is funded by National Lottery Players via the Big Lottery Fund through their People and Communities Programme.

We are an equal Opportunities Employer.  Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (NIC 101727).


17  Job Opportunity with Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum

The Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum are seeking applications for the position of Health Development Worker (Part time). The postholder will assist the Programme Manager in the development, targeting and delivery of a range of health improvements programmes within the greater Bogside and Brandywell neighbourhoods the wider Triax area and across Derry City & Strabane District Council.

Salary:                                  £23,698 per annum pro rata
Hours:                                     20 per week
Contract:                             to 30 June 2019 with a view to renewal, subject to funding

Candidates must possess:

A university degree or equivalent in a health/sports/social sciences/business management subject plus one year's experience of implementing community development, health, education or youth programmes.


At least two years experience of implementing community development, health, education or youth programmes.

A full application pack can be requested by emailing: info@bbhealthforum.org  Closing date for applications is 1pm on Monday 11th February 2019. 

It is anticipated interviews will be held on Friday 15th February 2019.

Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum is an Equal Opportunities employer


18 VACANCY- Front of House Manager

The Playhouse Derry, Londonderry are inviting applications for Front of House Manager.
40 Hours (including evening and weekend work).
Permanent Contract (subject to a 6 month probationary period). 
Salary £19,000.

For full job description visit 
To apply please send your C.V, and a cover letter of no more than two A4 pages outlining how you meet the job specification to The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6RG or email 

Closing date is 5pm Thursday 31st January 2019.


19 Public appointment Recruitment Opportunity

The Department of Justice is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson and three Board members to the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust (PRRT).  
The PRRT is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department of Justice which supports police officers planning to retire from service, or those who have already retired from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) or the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC (RUC GC).  The appointments will begin in April 2019, for a term of four years, for the Chairperson and one Board member and a term of three years for the other two Board members.  Both positions are required to perform a representative role on behalf of the PRRT at a variety of events.    
The Chairperson is required to provide effective strategic leadership and ensure that the Board carries out its essential functions in an efficient and effective manner.  The Chairperson will be required to commit to a minimum of two days per month to PRRT business.  The remuneration for the position is currently £10,000 per annum. 
Board Members
Board members of PRRT are required to carry out the functions of the organisation and decide on the appropriate disbursement of funds and the funding of services commensurate with PRRT’s objectives.  Board Members will be required to commit to a minimum of one day per month to PRRT business.  The remuneration for the position is currently £5,000 per annum.
We particularly welcome applications from women, people under the age of 40, ethnic minorities and people with a disability who are currently under-represented on the PRRT Board.
Essential criteria
All applicants must meet the following essential criteria:  Building Effective Relationships; Performance Oversight and Financial Understanding; Communication and Negotiation Skills; and Strategic Thinking.  In addition, applicants for the Chairperson position must also meet a Leadership criterion. 
Further information and application pack can be downloaded direct from:

By emailing: 
By telephoning: 028 9052 0037 or 028 9052 8122
Or by writing to: PRRT Competition 2019, Department of Justice, Policing Policy & Strategy Division, Room A4.15, Block A, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3SG.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 14, 15 and 19 March 2019.
Candidate information packs and application forms can be provided in alternative formats and applicants requiring assistance will be facilitated on request.
Equality of Opportunity
The Department of Justice is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.  The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants. Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.  In keeping with the NICS Policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we would also welcome applications from those not currently serving on public bodies.


20 Two day Irish language taster course

Intensive Irish Course
Complete Beginner / BEG / INTER / ADV / Accuracy
02-03 February 

Would you like to practice & improve your Irish language skills?  Is your Irish grammar in need of a touch up?  If so, then come along to our Irish language intensive course taking place the IMBOLC festival 2019.  Guest tutors providing classes at 5 levels. 
Déan teagmháil linn/ Contact us.

(028)71 264132 

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, 37 Great James Street, Derry, BT48 7DF


21 Opened Ground - Preview

Saturday 9 February 6:30-8:30pm
(Exhibition continues 12 February - 30 March Tuesday - Saturday 11am-5pm)

Join Void for the preview of Opened Ground. The exhibition will be launched by Eamonn McCann.

The title Opened Ground is taken from a collection of poems by Seamus Heaney; written between 1966 and 1996. The poems span a turbulent time in Northern Ireland and delve into both the physical and psychic landscape of that period. The presence of the border is part of the complex narrative of Northern Ireland creating divisions and divides. Since the Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998 the infrastructures of the military checkpoints have been decommissioned and have become part of the past. With the approaching deadline of Brexit, and the lack of clarity on how the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will manifest, it gives rise to the tension of the possibility of the re-emergence of a 'hard border'.

Borders are a contentious issue locally, nationally, and internationally. The idea of territorial markings has historically been a constantly shifting ground. The invited artists in this exhibition have a shared history as each have a unique relationship with the landscape they reflect on; there is a biographical element to each, bearing witness to the lived experience of both past and present borders, and their effect on society as a whole.

For more details visit https://derryvoid.com/exhibitions/opened-ground.php


Director’s Tour - Opened Ground

Wednesday 20 February 13:00-14:00

Join curator Mary Cremin on a tour of Opened GroundMary will discuss the core themes of the show and answer any questions you may have.


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