NWCN Ebulletin 06 September 2023

1 ‌NWCN Community Leaders’ Support Network
2 Mapping exercise to identify researcher and community engagement in Derry & Strabane
Micro Community Investment Fund
4 Positive Ageing Small Grants
5 Apex’s Community Spirit Grants
6 Open call for Ulster-Scots Language Week 2023
7 Money Saving Expert Charity open
8 The Happiness Fund
9 Upcoming Deadline: Accessible & Inclusive Premises 
10 The Community Ownership Fund – Webinar
11 Derry City & Strabane District Council: September Funding Bulletins
12 T:BUC Engagement Forum – The Good Friday Agreement, 25 years on
13 Upcoming Events with The Integrated Education Fund
14 Ending Violence against Women and Girls Consultation – Have Your Say
15 Free Loss and Bereavement Training
16 Free Self-harm & Autism Training
17 Free Level 3 Emergency First aid At work Training
18 'Time for Me' - Wellbeing and Personal Development Workshop
19 Northern Ireland Screen Academies: Animation Academy 2023/4
20 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
21 Verbal Short Story and Poetry competition for Culture Night 2023!
22 Autumn Courses at Eden Place
23 Derry City and Strabane Job Fair
24 Job Vacancy at The Playhouse
25 Applications to become a PCSP Independent Member are now open

1 NWCN Community Leaders’ Support Network

We’re starting our Community Leaders’ Support Network very soon…. this will be a space for community leaders to share challenges, create opportunities to explore how we can overcome these together and to support each other. 

Together with you, we will create a joined-up approach to highlight where change needs to happen and to provide opportunities to collaborate with your peers.  62% of the respondents to our last survey indicated their interest in being part of this network.  

Watch this space for the date of the first meeting.


2 Mapping exercise to identify researcher and community engagement in Derry & Strabane

As a community or voluntary organisation in the Derry & Strabane area, if you are involved in any research or initiative with Ulster University – we need your help!  

Ulster University, North West Community Network and Developing Healthy Communities have partnered to run a project to address systematic challenges community groups and researchers face when working together.

The project will see the University and community partners set up a joint community research and innovation collective. The collective is undertaking a mapping exercise to establish a comprehensive picture of university and researcher and community partnership initiatives, taking place between Ulster University and the Derry & Strabane community and voluntary sector.

Following the mapping exercise, the collective will hold a series of events to showcase existing work and develop opportunities to foster new collaborative projects. Watch this space!

If you are involved in any research or initiative with Ulster University (current or ended in the previous 12 months) we would greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this 
FORM as best you can


 Micro Community Investment Fund

The fund will provide valuable investment for community initiatives making a difference in towns and villages across Northern Ireland.

The fund will enable those organisations who are making the lives of others in their communities better, by improving their financial, physical, and mental wellbeing.

Grant size: Up to £2,000
Ongoing - No Deadline

Further information available 


4 Positive Ageing Small Grants

The WHSCT has launched their Positive Ageing Small Grants (up to £500) . 
Applications welcome from non-profit making Community/Voluntary sector organisations/groups supporting people aged 60+ to deliver programmes/activities that improve physical activity and social connection

Applications for the DCSDC area of WHSCT can be obtained by emailing 

Closing date is 22nd September.


5  Apex’s Community Spirit Grants

Applications for Apex’s Community Spirit Grants are now being accepted from individual tenants, community groups and non-profit organisations. Individual Apex tenants can apply for up to £250 to deliver a programme that will bring their community together or address an issue that has been highlighted by tenants.

Community groups and non-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £500 towards providing assistance and support to communities in which Apex tenants live.

All applicants will be provided with guidance notes for making an application and the criteria that will be used to assess applications.

If you’re interested in applying, please contact our Tenant Engagement Officers Mieke Hegarty (for the North West) or Donna Richmond (for Greater Belfast, Enniskillen, Dungannon and Newry areas) on 028 7130 4800 or email TP@apex.org.uk.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday 15 September 2023


6 Open call for Ulster-Scots Language Week 2023

Derry City and Strabane District Council is set to partner with the Ulster-Scots Agency to host a week-long programme of events to celebrate Ulster-Scots Language Week or Leid Week which runs from 20 – 24 November 2023.

The Council is now inviting proposals for events and activities which, if selected, will form part of our Ulster-Scots Language Week programme later in the year. The Council welcomes proposals for events and activities which raise awareness of the Ulster-Scots language in creative and engaging ways and hopes to build on the success of previous years’ programmes which included music, poetry, drama, the spoken word and short film.

Applicants may apply for a maximum grant of £250 to support the development and delivery of each event or activity, and prospective applicants are required to complete a short proposal form available to download from the Council website: 
https://www.derrystrabane.com/services/ulster-scots/call-for-proposalsCompleted proposal forms should be returned by 12 noon on Friday 15 September 2023.

For further information please contact our Languages team at 
ulsterscots@derrystrabane.com or visit www.derrystrabane.com/ulsterscots

 7 Money Saving Expert Charity open
Funding theme: Life Changes - projects focused on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, resettlement.

Take our quick 
Eligibility Quiz to review our key grant making criteria, and to see if we are able to support in principle your project and organisation in our next grant round.

Please remember we ONLY accept applications electronically. The grant round closes on Friday 29th September at 5pm OR earlier if we have already accepted 40 applications.

Further information available 

8 The Happiness Fund

Objectives and outcomes

To build happy, strong, resilient communities by supporting grassroots, not-for-profit projects that enable sustainable outcomes in:

  • Mental health Wellbeing & happiness
  • Inclusion
  • Learning and skills development

The fund is intended to help new groups and activities, to be successful. Applicants will need to indicate how the activity/group can become self-sustaining or able to attract funding from other sources in the longer term. 

The fund will award £5,000 twice a year - allowing up to two different projects/ charities or CIC’s per year to apply. 

Applications close 6th Oct 2023

Further information available 


9  Upcoming Deadline: Accessible & Inclusive Premises 

Just over 1 week left to make an application for funding under the Accessible & Inclusive Premises Grantmaking Programme!
Our priority is to fund partner organisations which make a lasting difference to people’s lives; focus on reducing isolation, inequality and stigma; and inspire and empower individuals to realise their potential and share in the life of the whole community.
Identifying the right network of dedicated and ambitious partners enables us to deliver on our charitable purposes.

In this new ‘Accessible & Inclusive Premises’ Grant Programme we are interested in connecting with charitable organisations in Northern Ireland who have proposals to undertake modifications which will make their premises more accessible for those with disabilities and better equipped to welcome and serve the whole community. Please visit 
https://lftcharitabletrust.com/accessible-inclusive-grantmaking-programme/  for more information and to learn how you can apply for a grant of up to £7,000 for your project.

Submissions must be made by 5pm Tuesday 12th September 2023.


10 The Community Ownership Fund - Webinar

The Community Ownership Fund support programme delivery partners are here to take you through the changes in the latest round of the Community Ownership Fund and provide support for your application.

There are a series of webinars that will take you through how to write a strong application and putting together your management case.

Who are the webinars for?
  • Those looking to put in an EOI or COF application
  • Those looking to improve on their EOI/COF application
Northern Ireland (delivered by DTNI), 11 September, 11am-1pm
Book webinar


11 Derry City & Strabane District Council: September Funding Bulletins

Please find below the two DCSDC monthly Funding Bulletins for September 2023, there are some very short deadlines.

Funding Bulletin with deadlines
Funding Bulletin ongoing

The Council provides free access to the Community Funding Portal (called Derry & Strabane 4 Community).

Register for the Community Funding Portal by clicking on the tab at the right of the following webpage where it says “Register now”. Click on this link to register: Derry & Strabane 4 Community  . This is quick and easy to do. External users must have a postcode within the Council area to register as this is a service for users within our Council area only.

Online training sessions for the platform towards the end of September/beginning of October are being organised. These sessions will be useful for beginners and also as a refresher for current users. Further details will follow.


12 T:BUC Engagement Forum – The Good Friday Agreement, 25 years on

The next Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Engagement Forum will be taking place on Tuesday 19th September during Good Relations Week, at the Ebrington Hotel, Derry City, at 9.30am.

This T:BUC Engagement Forum will explore some aspects of the outworking from the Good Friday Agreement and its impact delivering good relations and a sustainable legacy by investing in regeneration. The event will be hosted by Tim McGarry and will include a panel discussion and presentations on the role of, for example, shared housing and regeneration. This Engagement Forum will provide us with the opportunity to look forward at what is being done as well as explore what can/is still being done.

For the first time ever the Engagement Forum will be extended into the afternoon.

Participants can choose an option from a series of afternoon sessions. These include:
• Whistle stop tour of community-based GR projects within Derry city;
• A tour of the Ebrington site and Peace Bridge and the development it has experienced; or
• Networking opportunity with a range of participating groups and organisations alongside fringe presentations, exploring a range of topics including social value.

Book your place 


13 Upcoming Events with The Integrated Education Fund

Together: Celebrating Diversity in Our Schools

Tuesday 19 September 2023
Malone House, Belfast
During the event, we will hear from a number of organisations working with schools on various diversity and equality focused themes, including CRAIC NICommunity Relations in SchoolsCara-FriendSolás and the Council for Integrated Education. Brief case studies will also be shared by different schools to reflect on how diversity is celebrated within their school communities. Our event will be chaired by Peter Osborne (Chair, Integrated Education Fund).
To register for this free event, please visit: 

'Together' | tenx9 storytelling event
Thursday 21 September 2023
The Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry
We are again linking up with tenx9 to organise a story telling event in Derry~Londonderry, this time on the theme ‘Together’ and as part of the 2023 Good Relations Week.
Tenx9 is a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their own life.
We are now inviting submissions of true stories for this event on anything related to the theme ‘Together’. If this is something you are interested in and you happen to be available on Thu 21 September, 7.30-9.30pm, we’d be delighted if you could submit your story on 
We hope to see you on 21 September at the Nerve Centre, as a story contributor or of course just attending our free event!
If you have questions or want more information, please email 

Opportunities and Challenges for Schools and Communities along the Border 
Monday 25 September 2023
Farnham Estate, Cavan

Over the past year, a research team at Ulster University’s School of Education have completed a project funded through the International Fund for Ireland’s Communities in Partnership Programme (supported by the Integrated Education Fund and Educate Together). Throughout this process, the UU team have engaged with a wide range of stakeholders from different border communities including local residents and political, statutory and community representatives. We hope you can join us to hear more about the research and its findings on the opportunities and challenges facing primary schools and communities on either side of the border.

Please note that this is a hybrid event and you can choose to attend in-person or online (a meeting link will be circulated to those who've registered closer to the time).
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided for those attending in person.

To register for this free event, please visit: 
For more information on any of the above events, please contact: Dr Jessica Blomkvist | 


14 Ending Violence against Women and Girls Consultation – Have Your Say

The Executive Office are consulting on a new draft Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Women and Girls. It sets the agenda for all of government and society here to end violence against women and girls. 


15 Free Loss and Bereavement Training

The Talk Together Project, in collaboration with Ulster University, looked at the impact of loss and bereavement on people with a learning disability and autistic people, their families and support network in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. The project was carried out over a year with workshops and interviews with members of local learning disability and autism organisations, family members and professionals.  The final report was launched at the start of 2023 and I have included the link to the report for your information. 

One of the recommendations from the report was to look at how to better support staff around loss and bereavement so they could better support their service users.  We were delighted when The Ideas Fund agreed to further fund us to design and deliver a training programme for support staff.
The training will be held in November and December with limited places for each date. Each session will last 2.5 hours and participants only need to attend one session.
To book a place on the training, please complete the 
booking form
16 Free Self-harm & Autism Training

Self-harm & Autism  
(Facilitated by Conor McCafferty - Zest NI)

* Open to staff & volunteers of community & voluntary sector organisations operating within the Western Trust Area *

Workshop Details
Date :  27th September 2023
Time:   9:30am to 12:30pm
Venue: Online

Self-harm & Autism Flyer

Please note that you must first  Register  your details on the site (if you are not already registered) in order to proceed to booking.

Book your place
17 Free Level 3 Emergency First aid At work Training

North West Volunteer Centre are running a Level 3 Emergency First aid At Work on Wednesday 13th September from 10 - 4 at the Volunteer Centreit is free to participants in the Moor DEA area.

For further information and to book your place click 
18 'Time for Me' - Wellbeing and Personal Development Workshop

Would you like a day for yourself?
A day to
  • Connect with others in a safe and interactive environment
  • Build your confidence and self-belief
  • Increase your awareness of your own unique qualities and values
  • Discover why Self Care is not selfish
  • Learn ways to enhance and sustain your physical and mental wellbeing and increase your positivity
  • Consider small changes that can have a positive, lasting impact on your life!
Delivered by Helen Quinn (Life Coach) in a lively, interactive and thought-provoking way, this is an opportunity for you to take time to refocus on YOU, pritorise your wellbeing, and put 'Caring for Me' at the top of you 'TO DO' list!

Saturday 16th September, 10am - 4:30pm
Derry Central Library
Cost: £50 per person
Places are limited and will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.

To book your place or to find out more, contact Helen
Phone: 078 1444 1701
Home (helenquinnlifecoach.co.uk)
19 Northern Ireland Screen Academies: Animation Academy 2023/4

Applications for the Screen Academies Animation Academy 2023/4 are now open. 
An overview and showcase of past Academies work can be seen here: 

This is suitable for pupils 16-19 (as long as they are 16-19 on the first day of the Academies 07/10/23 they can apply) who may wish to apply for a place this year. 
Our participants over the course of the Academy get a full breakdown of how animation is approached & conducted on an industry level, with masterclasses, animation studio visits and practical advice on their own animation projects from our industry mentors.
We welcome young animators whether they have animated before or not, and indeed whether they are currently studying MIA or not. (If you have gifted students presently not studying MIA but just have an interest in learning more about Animation they too will be most welcome!)
For our Derry~Londonderry Animation Academy We have changed the Academy delivery this year to a mixture of Online and in person delivery. 
Online: Thursday evenings will be online only so they can attend online from home. 
In Person: Practical in person sessions to compliment these Online sessions will be taking place on selected Saturdays from mid October through to February with our resident Animators. (All dates are set out in the application form below) 
Places will be limited and we will prioritise those that Apply who have not yet been through the Animation Academy.

You can access the Application form here: 


20 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for latest opportunities with Salto Youth including:

  • Graphic Design Basics
  • Basics in Management of Volunteers
  • Youth Work Hillgrimage
  • Volunteering Teams as a Tool to support Inclusion
  • Call for Trainers
21 Verbal Short Story and Poetry competition for Culture Night 2023!

You are invited to enter our short story and poetry competition for Culture Night 2023. 
The theme is culture: if you look out your window and think about if you could travel to a place or country, home or away, where would you go? What would you eat? Who would you meet? Write a short story (500 words max) or poem to tell us about your experience.
For children and young people aged 7-13 years old. Entries will be part of an exhibition with open mic readings in Verbal on Culture Night - Friday 22nd September 2023, 5-7pm. There will also be prizes for the winners. 
Submit your story or poem by emailing it to 
laura@theverbal.co or drop it into Verbal's reception. 
Closing date: Monday 11th September 2023
Inspiration: We have attached two poems for inspiration - 
Everyone Comes From Somewhere | Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (clpe.org.uk) & Travel For Fun, Poem for Kids (familyfriendpoems.com) and check out World Kid Lit month for inspiration and books to read here - What is #WorldKidLitMonth? (wordpress.com)
Plus download the free activity sheet
Happy writing!
22 Autumn Courses at Eden Place
Courses will be available to purchase on our website from MONDAY 11th September 2023 from 9.30am on the ‘Upcoming Courses’ page of our website: 

Woodsculpture: Monday 10am-12pm (10-week course) £55
Woodsculpture: Monday 12.30-2.30pm (10 week course) £55
Spinning and Weaving: Monday 7-9pm (10 week course) £55
Ceramics: Tuesday 11am-1pm (10-week course) £55
Ceramics Tuesday 6-8pm (10-week course) £55
Oil Painting for Beginners: Wednesday 10.00am-12.00pm (10-week course) £55
Ceramics: Wednesday: 1-3pm (10 week course) £55
|nner Landscapes- Abstract Art: Wednesday 4-6pm (10-week course) £55
Landscape Painting: Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm (10-week course) £55
Recreational Art: Thursday 10.00am-12.00pm (10-week course) £55
Iconography Course: Thursday 1.30-3.30pm (10 week course) £55
Printmaking for Beginners Course: Thursday 7-9pm (10 week course) £55
Mosaic: Friday 2-4pm (10-week course) £55
Woodsculpture   Friday 7-9pm (10-week course) £55
Basket Weaving 1 day Workshop; Friday 15th September 10am-4.00pm £35

All courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and over. Places are limited.
For more info contact Judi on: 07902172080 or email: 
 23 Derry City and Strabane Job Fair

Tuesday 12 September 2023, 11.00am – 3.00pm City Hotel, Derry~Londonderry

Find job opportunities, chat with local employers from various sectors and improve your employment prospects with practical advice and support.

Local organisations from various sectors will attend and there will be information available on local support services

BSL and ISL signers available 11.00am – 1.00pm

For more information: 
JobApplyNI.com or email: dfcemployerservices@communities-ni.gov.uk

24 Job Vacancy at The Playhouse

JOB TITLE: Technical Manager (Full-Time 40 Hours)
BASE: The Playhouse, Derry- Londonderry, and offsite locations
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: CEO and Senior Management Team, support line management of Development Director, Asst. Producer/Technician, Visitor Experience (In-House), and Casual Theatre Technicians
SALARY: £23-28K
Our Technical team play a leading role in ensuring we provide work of the highest quality by delivering technical excellence for every performance, rehearsal and event, and ensuring our facilities are well maintained.

We are seeking a Technical Manager (In-House) to work closely with colleagues to ensure operational and production requirements of rehearsals and performances are carried out to the highest possible standard of safety, efficiency, and quality.

The ideal candidate has:
• A good level of technical experience in stage skills (lighting, sound and AV) in a receiving house and/or producing theatre.
• Experience of supporting a diverse range of events and activities (conference, learning & engagement,festivals for example).
• Demonstrable experience in rigging and scenic construction.
• A good level of experience in supporting facilities management.
• A broad range of technical skills and understanding of the requirements of other teams/ departments within a dynamic arts organisation.
• A strong commitment to safe working practices including CDM 2015.

More information and application pack can be accessed at 
Please send your application and monitoring form to Shauna at 

Interviews will be scheduled in September 2023.
DEADLINE: 5pm Monday 11th September 2023

Technical Manager Application Pack


25 Applications to become a PCSP Independent Member are now open

We’re appointing 119 Independent PCSP and DPCSP Members across Northern Ireland following the May 2023 local government elections. These Independent Members will sit alongside local Councillors to achieve the strategic objectives set out by the Policing Board and Department of Justice.

You can access the applicant information booklet here, and the appointment timeline here

Who can become an Independent Member?
You must be at least 18 years old and live in or be able to demonstrate a close connection and active interest to the council area for which you are making an application.

You can find out more about the role of PCSP and DPCSP members in the Members’ Handbook.

Applications will close at 12 noon on Friday 13 October 2023. You can visit the online application portal by clicking here(external link opens in a new window / tab)

If you need additional information on the application process, or an alternative format of application form, email us on pcsp@nipolicingboard.org.uk


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