NWCN e-Bulletin 30 October 2019

1 Save the Date - NWCN Funding Fair
DCSDC Arts & Cultural Grant Aid programmes
The Grow It Award for social entrepreneurs
Provider Survey
Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020
Young Mothers Programme
FREE Talk - Understanding the family and the impact of alcohol
FREE Training: Impact of Alcohol on Self-harm & Self-Harm and the Family
FREE Menopause & Wellbeing Talk
10 ‘Stories of Healing: Seamus McDonald and James Greer in Conversation’
11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
12 Job Opportunity with Institute Football Club
13 Recruitment Opportunities with Verbal Arts
14 CCNI Invite you to join the SORP committee
15 COPNI Autumn newsletter
16 CALMS 25th Anniversary Celebration
17 Echo Echo International Festival of Dance and Movement
18 Colette Bryce Poetry Reading @ Holywell, Friday 1st November

1 Save the Date - NWCN Funding Fair

Friday 22nd November 2019
10:30am – 1:30pm

Fountain Street Community Centre, Strabane
Join NWCN in Strabane on Friday 22nd November 2019 for our next festival of funders where you will have the opportunity to hear about the latest funding on offer from a range of funding bodies.  You will have the opportunity to meet with them face to face and receive advice & signposting that is suitable for your organisation.  

Confirmed to date:

  • Community Development Health Network (CDHN)
  • Community Relations Council (CRC)
  • Supporting Communities NI 

You can call in any time between 10:30am- 1:30pm. 

Register your interest at 
info@nwcn.org or call 028 7126 1941

2 DCSDC Arts & Cultural Grant Aid programmes

Derry and Strabane Council are calling on groups in the city and district to apply to their ‘Arts & Cultural Grant Aid programmes’.  Groups are being encouraged to apply for ‘Grant Aid’ from the Cultural Organisations Fund, Headline Events (formerly Tier 2 Festivals) Fund, Community Festivals Fund, Access Programme for Cultural Venues and the Heritage Animation, Artist and Cultural Practitioner Award Application Form and Visitor Servicing Programme Fund.

All Grant Aid programmes operate on a competitive scheme basis and applications will be determined on the basis of merit.  Our grants are open to not for profit, constituted groups to deliver a wide range of activities and projects that benefit the city and district.

The deadline for all cultural related applications is 12 noon, 15th November 2019.

All details available here: 


 The Grow It Award for social entrepreneurs

The Grow It award is for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their venture, make a bigger difference and become sustainable.. 

You are running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people's lives. You have compelling evidence of your impact. You might want to continue to grow to acheive your ambitious, or want further support to make sure your idea is financially sustainable.

This award is designed to help you to get to the next stage. It gives you up to £15,000 to help you grow, as well as expert, tailored advice to help you to achieve your ambitions. Alongside the funding, you get a unique package of support including one-to-one coaching from a dedicated award manager (one of out local experts in supporting social entrepreneurs), training, mentoring and access to networks of other passionate people doing good.

Full details can be found here: https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-support/starting-up/grow-it

Expression of interest closing date 11 Nov 2019


4 Provider Survey

The local health service is exploring new ways of working in the Derry, Strabane, Limavady and Castlederg area. 

One of the areas of initial focus areas will be around tackling obesity by developing person centred care plans and pathways of care. This will include referrals to community based interventions tailored to those plans.

Elemental would love your feedback on building better connections between health, housing, community and local government. Please answer the questions below and help us get a better understanding of what’s required to deliver a more holistic service with our communities.




5 Parental Alienation United As One Conference 2020

La Dolce Vita Project in association with Parental Alienation Europe will be hosting "Parental Alienation United As One Conferences", on 21st April 2020 in Croke Park Dublin and in The City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry 23rd April 2020.

Both conferences are suitable for professionals to include psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists, counsellors, barristers, solicitors, guardians of court, family support workers and anyone working are involved  with those impacted by domestic abuse, violence and parental alienation.

Learning outcomes will include:

  • Understanding and knowledge of the prevalence of parental alienation across the world from expert speakers and worldwide research.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the impact of parental alienation on children and why it is emotional and psychological abuse.
  • Understanding and knowledge of links with parental alienation to coercive control and domestic abuse. 
  • Understanding and knowledge of the "5 Factor Model, 8 manifesting symptoms in a child, and the 17 strategies used by alienating parents".
  • Understanding and knowledge of Irish Case Law recognising Parental Alienation (Southern  Ireland).
  • Understanding and knowledge of child custody management strategies for assessing  parental alienation.
  • Understanding and knowledge of legal implications and potential resolutions. 

Guest Speakers:
Dr Demosthenes Lorandos
Professor William Bernet
Dr. Steve Miller
Brian O Sullivan
Brendan Guildea 
Caroline Langl
Mairead Stewart

Both conferences will give you the opportunity to network and to come together to support,  promote and protect the rights and best interests of children, throughout Ireland from the harm caused by parental alienation.

Early bird offer available to 30 November 2019: £120.00. Tickets purchased after this date will be £150.00.

For further details and to book tickets:



6 Young Mothers Programme

You're invited to an exciting new Young Mothers Programme!

YouthAction Northern Ireland in partnership with the Hillcrest House invite you to attend an information session on this 8 week programme. The course is free of charge and all you need to do is bring your lovely self and your little ones and come and sign up!

Date: Friday 15th November
Time: 10.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: Derryview Child and Family Centre, 
21 Derryview Terrace

Childcare is provided in house, transport and food for participants and children is catered for.

Interested? To get involved please contact Emma on 
078 4638 4211 or youthactionniemma on Facebook

 7 FREE Talk - Understanding the family and the impact of alcohol

“Understanding the family and the impact of alcohol”
By Conor McCafferty

"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you."

Wednesday 27th November 2019
7:30pm - 9pm
City Hotel, Queens Quay Derry, Alexander Suite , 

To register for the talk please click on this link https://bit.ly/2Pe7r7W Or Contact Zest:
02871 266999 / 

“This Talk has been supported by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland through the A.R.N Foundation”.


8 FREE Training: Impact of Alcohol on Self-harm & Self-Harm and the Family

This two-day training session introduces participants to the issues of the Impact of Alcohol on self-harm on day one and self-harm and the family on day two.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the workshop the participants will have:

  1. Discussed the different behaviours, direct and indirect within the concept of self-harm
  2. Examined and discussed the range of concepts that underpin the behaviour e.g. self-punishment, self-nurturing, relief etc.
  3. Examined and discussed the life events and subsequent feelings that lead to the behaviour and how the behaviour functions for these.
  4. Examined and discussed psychological development of the person behind the behaviour
  5. Examined and discussed the Family System and its influence on the individual members
  6. Examined and discussed how a family should respond to the person with special reference to risk management and promoting emotional health
  7. Examined and discussed the importance of self-care for all family members

Date: Wed 6th & Wed 13th Nov 2019
Venue: Holywell Trust, 
10-14 Bishop St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6PW.
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm (Registration from 9.15am)

Booking is essential as places are limited 

Full Details / Booking form 


9  FREE Menopause & Wellbeing Talk

Come along and find out how you can cope better with symptoms of the menopause and effects of alcohol

Wednesday 6th November, Bishops Gate Hotel, Derry/Londonderry

For further information or to book a place call 028 828 39240


10 ‘Stories of Healing: Seamus McDonald and James Greer in Conversation’

Organised in partnership with PeaceBytes, Towards Understanding and Healing’s upcoming event is entitled ‘Stories of Healing: Seamus McDonald and James Greer in Conversation’.

Seamus’ parents were killed by the UFF/UDA in July 1976. James is a former loyalist activist who is now deeply engaged in peace building. At this event they will bring their stories of healing to you.
All are welcome at this free event, which will take place from 6-9pm on Monday 11 November at PeaceBytes, First Floor, 
14 The Diamond, Derry/Londonderry
Please contact PeaceBytes on 02871 373374 if you wish to attend.
Towards Understanding and Healing and PeaceBytes are projects supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)


11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

(Re)discovering Europe with young people
8 - 11 December 2019 | Ljubljana, Slovenia
Would you like to co-develop together with other youth workers and youth leaders approaches and methods to bring Europe closer to young people?
Organizer: SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre (SALTO Resource Centre)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 November 2019

See details
Call for Trainers
Creative person or team: Video animations and graphic illustrations
European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre is looking for Experts on video animations and graphic illustrations
Application deadline: 03.11.2019, 23:59 CET

Online version


12 Job Opportunity with Institute Football Club

Institute FC wish to recruit a commercial administrator who will support current volunteers and staff meet the aims, objectives and priorities of the club’s strategic plan. He/she will become a key focal point for the club in driving forward primarily the objectives of the Commercial sub-committee but also in providing a reasonable secretarial role supporting our Chairperson, youth staff, club secretary, treasurer and sub-committee chairs.

Application process; Please forward up to date Curriculum Vitae, to 
secretary@institutefc.co.uk by Friday 8th November 2019 at 5pm.

For further information or discuss the role in more detail please contact Brian Dougherty on Tel; 07729356637

Full details can be found


13 Recruitment Opportunities with Verbal Arts

Due to our continuing growth, we invite applications for the following positions:

  1. Participation Manager – The Third Space Full Time – 36 hours per week to Dec21 Based in Derry~Londonderry

  2. Youth Worker – The Third Space
    Full Time – 36 hours per week to Dec21 Based in Derry~Londonderry

  3. Digital Communications Officer – The Third Space
    Full Time – 36 hours per week (Maternity Cover) to Aug20 Based in Derry~Londonderry

  4. Participation Manager – Listen Share Change Full Time – 36 hours per week to Aug21 Based in Derry~Londonderry

These are Fixed-term posts
Application Packs can be downloaded from the below link:


For further information please contact

Closing date for applications is: 2.00pm on Friday, 1st November 2019.

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

Interviews are due to be held week beginning 11th November 2019

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

These projects have been supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by SEUPB

14 CCNI Invite you to join the SORP committee

New members are being sought for the committee that oversees the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (the SORP).
The SORP is the set of rules which governs charity accounting for charitable companies and larger charities (charities with an income over £250,000). The main purpose of the SORP Committee is to identify potential changes to the SORP and advise the SORP-making body.

The role of a SORP Committee member includes the following.

  • To contribute to the development of the SORP.
  • To ensure the SORP reflects good sector practice.
  • To ensure the SORP is effective and distinguishes, as far as is reasonable and appropriate, between different parts of the charity sector.

The current committee has been in place for nearly five years, however the plan is to change the composition of the committee to include a greater weighting from smaller charities, which make up the greatest proportion of users of the SORP, and to include more funders who have an interest in the impact the sector has in transforming lives through charitable endeavour.  

If you are an individual who has a passion for high quality financial reporting and accounting, and you would also like to be involved in writing the next SORP, then this position is for you.
Recruitment of this new committee will be undertaken by the Charities SORP-making body comprised of the UK and Irish charity regulators.

Further details can be found in the 
recruitment information packThe closing date for applications is 22 November 2019. Existing committee members can reapply.

*The Charities SORP sets out the financial reporting requirements that apply to almost all charities preparing accounts designed to give a true and fair view.

15 COPNI Autumn newsletter

Please find link below to the Commissioner for Older People NI latest newsletter to include:
  • Owen Mor Care Home
  • Scammer Warnings / Training
  • Christmas Card Competition
  • Plus more....


16 CALMS 25th Anniversary Celebration

C.A.L.M.S - Community Action For Locally Managing Stress
Charity Fundraising Evening

Saturday 23rd November 2019
Waterfoot Hotel
Champagne Reception at 6:30pm
Followed by dinner and entertainment

£35 pp
Everyone Welcome

Tickets available now contact CALMS on 028 7126 8698


17 Echo Echo International Festival of Dance and Movement 

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement will return from 5th - 16th November for a seventh edition, with a major series of performances and events in Echo Echo's studios on Magazine Street as well as other venues around Derry and beyond.

This year’s festival features world-class circus theatre from England, contemporary dance from around Ireland, cutting edge physical theatre from Hungary and Austria, and acclaimed step dance from Ireland and the USA. It also includes performances and classes for children as well as a rich programme of dance workshops for people of all abilities and levels of experience.

Irish choreographers are well represented in this year’s programme with work by Ayesha Mailey, Oona Doherty, Eileen McClory, and Liam Ó Scanlaín; as well as a host of other opportunities for local people and visitors to move and be moved.

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The Full programme can be viewed at the following link:


For more information visit please call 0208 71308883 or visit www.echoechodance.com


18  Colette Bryce Poetry Reading @ Holywell, Friday 1st November

Join FWIN for a very special morning of poetry with the renowned poet Colette Bryce at 11.30AM-12.30PM on Friday 1st November 2019 at Holywell.

Lunch is included.

Please RSVP by emailing 
 or call 028 7126 6291. 


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