NWCN Ebulletin 10 February 2021

1 The Ideas Fund: new grants programme to improve mental wellbeing

North West Community Network and Developing Healthy Communities, are delighted to be partnering with the British Science Association (BSA) and the Wellcome Trust on The Ideas Fund.

The Ideas Fund is a new grants programme that will enable the public in the Derry & Strabane Council area to think about, develop and test ideas to help improve mental wellbeing.

The Fund has been designed to help people tackle problems that matter to them by connecting them with research professionals who can help bring their ideas to life.

Initially the Fund will focus on ideas related to mental wellbeing, with £3.29 million funding to support community initiatives in four geographical areas of the UK including the Derry & Strabane District Council area.

The other three locations covered by the Fund include the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Oldham in Greater Manchester and the city of Hull.

Reaching people who may have been overlooked by research in the past is a key aim of The Ideas Fund – particularly in rural or minority ethnic communities, amongst the young, marginalised and socioeconomically disadvantaged people.

Register for the upcoming Webinar on 18th February.... to find out more information



2 Colmcille 1500 Grant Scheme

A new grants scheme as part of the Colmcille 1500 commemorations is now open for applications until 3.00pm on Friday 19th February 2021.

Colmcille 1500 is a year-long commemoration marking the 1500th anniversary of the birth of Colmcille.  The grant scheme is part of a programme for the year being coordinated by Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council with support from the North West Development Fund.

The scheme will provide grants of €2,000 or £1,800 to support projects that relate to any aspect of Colmcille’s legacy and is open to community organisations or groups/individuals working in partnership with communities.

You can access the guidance notes and application form at: 


 Supporting Sport To Build Back Better – Project Re:boot : Team Up

Sport NI is delighted to announce Project Re-boot as part of the initiative ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better.’

Project Re-Boot will invest in new and innovative projects which will support the engagement and re-engagement of participants into sport, particularly people from groups who have been especially impacted by Covid-19. It has three levels of investment:

  • We will invite applications in January 2021 that request support from £10,000-£25,000.
  • All projects must be delivered by 31st March 2022.
  • Collaboration and partnership working is key to the success of Team Up
  • While there is no requirement for Partnership Funding, organisations should consider the availability of other sources of funding (including in-kind support).
  • We will invite applications in the spring of 2021 that request support up to £5,000.
  • All projects must be delivered by 31st March 2022.
  • Applicants should be aware that partnership funding may be a likely requirement for this investment strand.
Sport Local:
  • We will invite applications in the early summer of 2021 that request support from £500 to £1,000.
  • There is no requirement for partnership funding.

Download: Re:Boot Programme Information & Guidance notes
Apply Here: Project Re:boot Application 
Full details available 


4 National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

Applications are now open for National Lottery Grants for Heritage from £3,000 to £5million. This marks a return to our core business, but it is not a return to ‘business as usual’.

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means we have revised our approach to what we will fund. We have created a supplementary document that sets out our Priorities for National Lottery Grants for Heritage for 2021-22. This is a formal part of the programme guidance until April 2022.

In short, we will prioritise heritage projects that will:

  • boost the local economy
  • encourage skills development and job creation
  • support wellbeing
  • create better places to live, work and visit 
  • improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage

Every project will need to achieve our inclusion outcome, ‘a wider range of people will be involved in heritage’.

We will also expect all projects to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability into their plans, as appropriate. 

Explore our Outcomes and Good Practice Guidance for more information.

Updates to application guidance
In line with the COVID-19 context, we have made some updates to our application guidance. 

Changes include:

  • COVID-19 considerations: you will need to factor in assumptions about social distancing and these assumptions should not entail significant financial risks for your organisation. Please refer to national and local guidance and restrictions about incorporating public health measures into your assumptions.  
  • Risk: when assessing your application, we will make a measured judgement on the potential risks your project might face due to the current pandemic situation. You should also carefully consider contingency costs within your application.
What level of grant are you interested in?

Full details available here


5 Free supplies for your charity and beneficiaries

Giving World are here to help charities access brand new life-essentials for free. We redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

We have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing for adults and children, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.

You can view available products on our website and register to request items and receive stock updates.


There is no charge to register with us and goods can be accessed as and when you need them.
Goods can be collected directly from us, or if this is not possible for you, we can arrange delivery at cost.

If you would like more information please call us on 0116 251 6205.
This dedicated support line is open 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday.
You can also send an email with any queries to 

6 Webinar: Rethinking loneliness and COVID-19

Thursday, February 25th, 
11am - 12.15pm

Register now for the Institute of Public Health’s webinar focused on the impact of Covid-19 on loneliness in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The webinar will take place on Thursday, February 25th between 11am - 12.15pm and you can register here.  

Loneliness is emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence shows loneliness is a significant issue for population health, as people who experience loneliness have a poorer overall quality of life and physical and mental health.

You will hear from leading experts and community organisations on emerging evidence, policy and challenges for public health.

Opening Address

Minister Mary Butler TD
Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People 
Professor Siobhan O’Neill
Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland

Professor Roger O'Sullivan
Institute of Public Health
Loneliness and population health - what do we know 

Panel Discussion
Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma
Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children & Young People
Martin Rogan
CEO at Mental Health Ireland
Professor Brian Lawlor
Consultant Psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin
Denise Hayward
CEO at Volunteer Now Northern Ireland
Moderator: Professor Roger O'Sullivan

Register for the webinar


 7 Council seeking responses from older people to Age Friendly survey
Derry City and Strabane District Council has launched a baseline survey aimed at establishing how older people feel about various issues that can impact on their quality of life.  The findings of the survey will contribute towards the development of a new Age Friendly Strategy for the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. 
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, said that “Derry City and Strabane District Council and its partners are committed to improving the quality of life for older people living within the City and District and by taking part in the survey, older people will shape how age friendliness is approached and addressed moving forward.
“Older people know best what they need, so it is really important that they are at the centre of any efforts to create a more age-friendly community and ultimately support individuals to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.”
Jackie Parkington, Council’s Age Friendly Co-ordinator added: “As an Age Friendly Community, it is important for us to all work together to identify and make the changes in both the physical environment and social environment that are relevant to enable people to lead healthy and active later lives.  I would really encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey so that we can clearly identify the issues that are important to older people and where they feel improvements need to be made. The baseline survey is a tool that can help us to gather this information. 
To complete the survey please click 

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the survey for completion or would like any further information regarding the Age Friendly Programme then please contact: agefriendly@derrystrabane.com


8 Ubuntu Festival consultation 

Since 2013, the Ubuntu Festival has celebrated the vibrant, multi-cultural diversity of our local community. 

While it is not possible to run the festival this year due to the pandemic, Derry City and Strabane District Council is taking the opportunity to reflect on the success of the festival – and explore how we can build on this for the future. 

Please come along to one of our online Zoom workshops to share your thoughts and ideas. The workshop will last no more than two hours. 

The workshops are free, but you need to book a ticket. You can do this by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ubuntu-festival-consultation-workshop-tickets-138613652165 

If there is anything we can do to meet your access needs so you can comfortably and confidently take part in the workshop, please do contact Janice at JMSConsultingNI@gmail.com or on 07960978257. 


9  Census 2021 is almost here……
The census only happens every 10 years and the next one is happening in March 2021. 
The information collected in the census is used to help make decisions about how vital public services such as education, transport and health are planned and funded in your local area.    It is also used by community groups and charities to apply for funding so that they can provide the resources needed by the people they support. 
Census 2021 data will help to shape many different aspects of life in Northern Ireland over the next 10 years and that is why your answers are so important.  Your answers are completely confidential and your personal information will never be shared.
Census day is on March 21st, but you will receive letters with an access code to complete online in the post from the beginning of March 2021.  As soon as you get the letter you can fill in the census.
You can complete online or on paper and we have a range of help and guidance available including accessibility and language support.  Anyone you trust can help you to complete. 
To find out more visit 
census.gov.uk/ni or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NICensus2021

BME Article / Youth Article / Health Article / Older Persons Article


10 Women Embracing Global Change Together

This year to mark International Womens Day, Enterprise North West are delighted to be collaborating with Donegal Women in Business Network, LYIT and European Women Association to offer this FREE online event, showcasing some of the most resilient and inspiring female entrepreneurs both here, on the island of Ireland as well as from mainland Europe.

Join us on 8th March at 11am, to hear how these business women have navigated one of the toughest years and how they have learned to adapt, to thrive and to inspire others. Meet the organisations committed to supporting women in business and learn how you too can overcome the challenges we all now face.
When – Monday 8th March
Time – 11am-1pm


11 11th Gathering of Environmental Campaigners

11th Gathering of Environmental Campaigners Saturday 13th Feb 2021 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Meeting ID: 979 4587 0950
Passcode: 266504

Main Presentations:
• ‘UNSEEN SUCCESSES: The Hidden Impact of Our Campaigns’ Dean Blackman will highlight instances of where environmental campaigns HAVE led to change in how government conducts its business
• ‘THE POWER OF LANGUAGE’: Colum Sands shares his love of language and how it has positively shaped his campaignign
• Also included:
• Moments of Joy and Laughter
• Updates from The Gathering sub groups
• Breakout room and
• The Creativity of Environmental Solidarity to sustain us in these challenging times! ````` (aka poems and songs!)


12 TV Licensing – Zoom Meeting
In August 2020, there was a policy change to the TV Licence for those over 75.  BBC is writing to customers they are yet to hear from to explain the changes.  Anyone aged 75 or over and receiving Pension Credit is now eligible to apply for a free TV Licence. 
MCE Publications Ltd will be hosting a zoom meeting for community groups and charities to get up to speed with the latest updates.  The meeting we will cover:

  • TV Licence basics
  • Over 75 policy change
  • 75+ Payment Plan
  • Concessions
  • Vulnerable customers
  • Supporting materials available

The intended audience for this meeting is staff and volunteers of community groups so they can relay information to their service users. 
When: Monday 1st March 2021
Time:  2.30pm – 3.00 pm
To Book: Email 
tvlicensing@mcepublicrelations.com or call 07759 631614.


13 Break-Time: Children & Young People's Free On-line Arts, Mental Health Well-being Resources

Please find attached an information poster and below on Arts Care’s new dedicated Online Arts and Well Being Workshop Resource accessed via our Website to support the mental, emotional and physical well-being of children and young people.  All the videos are built on the ‘5 Steps to Well-being’ themes.


14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for all the latest offers from Salto
  • Traditional and Digital Woodworking Techniques for Inclusion
  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Digital Youth Work
  • Juice Up Your Meetings
  • Roma policies! From Inclusion towards Empowerment
  • Personal Development
  • RESOLVE: Peace Camps Online Dialogue Activity
  • The Pow(d)er of Non-Formal Education
  • Calls for Trainers
15 Cloth Nappy Library Development Worker

Zero Waste North West wishes to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated person to support the development and delivery of our Cloth Nappy Project. 
This is a new and varied role where you will have the opportunity to input into the wider development of Zero Waste North West, which will help support the community transition to a zero waste circular economy within the local council area. 
Applicants must have two years paid or voluntary experience of successfully managing or coordinating a project. You will have excellent communication, networking and organisational skills. Knowledge and passion for the zero waste vision, environmental justice and community development are central to this role.
This post is for 16 hours per week for a 6-month period. 
An application form, detailed job description and specification are available on email from 
Closing date for completed application is 5.00pm Monday 22nd February 2021.
Zero Waste North West (ZWNW) is open to everyone who is committed to the Zero Waste Circular Economy journey as one of the solutions for a resilient, sustainable future. We aim to work in an atmosphere of friendship, respect and care for each other. In particular, we aim to treat every member equally, regardless of their age, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status, caring responsibilities, race, religion or belief.
16 Job Opportunity with Benbradagh Community Support

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Benbradagh Community Support & Gortnaghey Youth Club
POSITION: Youth Engagement Officer
LOCATION: Dungiven, Co.Derry
DUTIES: Management of all youth related programmes for the groups including finance, funding, planning, delivery and monitoring.
SALARY: £28,470 per annum, pro rata. (Post is 24 hours per week)
For a full job description, person specification and job application form please email Colleen on 

Closing date for applications is Sunday 7th March.

  17 Job Opportunity with Verbal Arts

We are recruiting for the following new positions to complement our Listen Share Change Programme and Creative Outreach Programme:
Health Promotion Officer x 4
Full Time – 36 hours per week to Dec21
Based in Derry~Londonderry or Belfast
These are Fixed-term posts
Two for each of the programmes as above.
Separate Application Packs can be downloaded from the below link:

For further information please contact

Closing date for applications is:  12noon on Monday, 22nd February 2021.
It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.
Interviews are due to be held week beginning 1st March 2021.
Verbal operates a Child Protection Policy.
Verbal is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
The Listen Share Change Programme has been supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by SEUPB


18 Bookkeeping Support Needed

The Playhouse Derry is seeking temporary bookkeeping support on a part time freelance basis to assist its Finance Manager. Specifically we are looking for someone or a service that has experience in:

  • Working with Sage Accounts Package
  • Basic accounts administration and communication

The role is available immediately and is needed to help complete year end accounts with an end date in April 2021 to be agreed with the preferred candidate. It is imagined that the role will take 15 hours (2 days) per week

To apply simply send your CV or company details including your availability and fee structure to rosemary@derryplayhouse.co.uk 


19 ‘Feel Good Families’ - Feel Good February 2021
This past year has been tough on everyone and we have all had to get creative in order to look after our own wellbeing and that of those we love and care for. With that in mind, we would love to know some of the ways families’ have tried to stay connected and feel good this February.
Most of us are now familiar with the ‘Take 5’ Steps to Wellbeing and probably do many of these things on a regular basis:
Connect with the people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Be active
Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Take notice
Stop, pause, or take a moment to look around you. What can you see, feel, smell or even taste? Look for beautiful, new, unusual or extraordinary things in your everyday life and think about how that makes you feel.
Keep learning
Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. Take on a different responsibility, fix a bike, learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
As part of our Dry January/ Feel Good February 2021 campaign the South Eastern and Western Trust Drug and Alcohol Connections Service’s want to hear back from you.
We want you to show us some of the ways your family takes some of the ‘Take 5’ steps to support your wellbeing.
To enter, please send a photo with a short explanation (approx. 100 words) letting us know what parts of the ‘Take 5’ you use to boost your family wellbeing.
Our favourite family entries will win vouchers to retail stores that can be used to boost family fun time/ activities in the future.
Get involved! Send your entry by 5pm Friday 19th February 2021
Submit to the email addresses below:
connections@sedact.info (South Eastern Trust)
connections@wdact.info (Western Trust)
Terms and conditions:

  1. Entries must be submitted by an adult aged 18 or over
  2. Only one entry of is allowed per family
  3. All entries must be original photographs/ videos
  4. Entrants must live or work in the South Eastern or Western Health and Social Care Trust area.
  5. Entrants must be willing to allow their photo to be displayed publicly and used for promotional purposes. By entering the competition, you are giving consent for the image to be used publicly. Children’s names will not be published.
  6. Prizes are not transferable and no cash alternatives will be offered
  7. Employees and family members of employees of NI Connections Service, ASCERT and Public Health Agency are not eligible to enter this competition.


20 Void workshops - February events lineup
Dragon puppet workshop
With Sinead Crumlish
Saturday 13th February, 11am
Join artist facilitator Sinead Crumlish to make your own dragon puppet to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
Filling in the squares - a drawing meditation for beginners
With Stephanie Gaumond
Saturday 20th February, 11am
Tap into your creative mind and practice deep breathing with short mindfulness drawing meditations that allow you to to take a break and relieve stress.  No fancy supplies are needed - just paper and a pen. It’s easy for beginners and fun for experienced artists. These sessions are devised so that they can be accessed at any time – during a break from school work, first thing in the morning as part of a mindfulness practice, or in the evening time with the whole family.
Blind Drawing workshop
With Zoe McSparron
Saturday 27th February, 11am
Learn to explore your own environment through Blind Drawing.
Once uploaded, all the workshops are available for free on our website at 
www.derryvoid.com, social media @derryvoid on Facebook and Instagram IGTV, as well as our Vimeo channel @derryvoid. You can go back and forth to view them as many times as you’d like.
Art Packs
Make your own kaleidoscope!
Available while stocks last
This activity allows you to make your own kaleidoscope from some simple materials. We have 30 packs available so send an email with your name and address to get yours! Email 
hello@derryvoid.com today to order yours.


21 Glashedy Island Exhibition 12th-26th February 2021
Whist all us Derry ones are missing days out in Donegal why not visit our online exhibition of paintings by Eden Place Art Centre’s Wednesday Evening Painting Class.
 While enjoying the craic at the Wednesday evening painting class some time ago, one of the ladies vocalised it would be a good idea to put on a Glasheady exhibition as three or four students were painting different versions of that scene. And so the idea was born!
Glasheady is an un-inhabited island 1 mile offshore from Pollan Bay. The island is mostly rock with an expanse of green on top hence the name: Glashedy or Gláis éidigh which means green garment or cloak.
The sea surrounding it is quite shallow giving rise to the impressive waves which crash ashore giving it a very appealing painterly view.
The class tutor David Fahy explains ‘One of the big draws for artists is the vast variety of views which are constantly changing, be there a storm or a calm day, but what ties the island to the canvas is the amazing light and of course, the dramatic Donegal sky. We hope the viewer enjoys the many works in a variety of mediums and styles in this thought provoking, eye opening exhibition.’
The exhibition will be available to view on our website on the ‘Current Exhibitions’ page from 12th-26th February. 
For more information on the exhibition or Eden Place Arts Centre contact Judi: info@edenplaceartscentre.com


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