NWCN Ebulletin 10 May 2023

1 ‌Cost of Living Crisis - Tough Times, Smart Solutions
Coca-Cola Thank You Fund 2023
3 Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme
4 National Express Foundation 2023 Funding Programme
5 Independent Advice and Debt Services 2025-2030 workshop
6 Peace Summit Report Launch 
7 Action Mental Health Mindset Programme
8 FREE Leadership and Management Skills Academy
9 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
10 Resumption of hearing aid support Service
11 Fertility Network Events
12 Job Opportunity with Foyle Hospice
13 Mencap Recruitment Day
14 Void welcomes new Director

1 Cost of Living Crisis - Tough Times, Smart Solutions

How can we best support your organisation and help fight your corner through the current cost of living crisis?
Date: 25 May 2023
Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Venue: DiverseCity Community Partnership, Holywell Building, 10-12 Bishop Street.
NWCN in partnership with NICVA would like to invite you to this timely event.  This workshop is an opportunity for you and your organisation to share the challenges you are facing.  Voluntary and community organisations are on the front line of the cost-of-living crisis supporting people and communities, all while facing rising demand for services, falling income, and rising operational costs.
Our sector can't continue to respond to this crisis without support.
This event will be a safe space to share your concerns, learn from other organisations and have a say on the support your organisation and beneficiaries need.



2 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund 2023

A fund of €200,000 will be available to support community-based projects and programmes across Ireland and Northern Ireland that are focused on empowering young people aged 16-25 by engaging in models of innovative and inclusive practise under the following three focus areas:
  • Empowering Learning
  • Empowering Sustainable Development
  • Empowering Inclusion
The deadline for applications is 6pm on Thursday 15th June 2023.   

Further details and application link available 

 Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme

Applications for 2023 will open on Thursday 11th May, 9am!

The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme is an incredible opportunity for local communities to apply for a grant between £500 to £3,000 to improve their environment and promote a cleaner, greener and safer place to live.

Grants are available for community & voluntary groups and schools across 10 council areas and for communities in Housing Executive areas in the Causeway Coast & Glens area.

To find out more, please visit the Small Grants Scheme.


4 National Express Foundation 2023 Funding Programme

The Foundation was created following the public order disturbances in July 2011, which highlighted the issues facing young people living in inner-city areas.

To help groups that support young people continue to build back from the pandemic, the trustees of the Foundation have chose to use its 2023 funding round to support initiatives which fit into one or more of the following funding themes.

  • Diversionary Activities
  • Environmental
  • Employability
  • Wellbeing
First-stage application to be submitted before Tuesday 6th June

Further details are available 

5 Independent Advice and Debt Services 2025-2030 workshop

Help DfC to identify the priorities for the Advice Sector for the next five years, to ensure the needs of citizens are met.

  • What is the headline need and drivers for change?
  • Categories of advice sought/ the profile of individuals coming forward for advice.
Fri, 12 May 2023 10:00 - 13:00
Hillcrest Trust 10 Trench Road Eglinton BT47 2DZ

Further information and registration available 


6 Peace Summit Report Launch 

On behalf of the John and Pat Hume Foundation and Community Dialogue, you are cordially invited to the Peace Summit Report Launch from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday the 24th May 2023 at Ulster University Belfast Campus.
We will be launching the Peace Summit report that has been composed through the contribution of 700+ young people, peacebuilders and the local community over the last 7 months and outlines actions on how we preserve and strengthen the peace process for future generations. 
The launch will consist of a report presentation, panel discussion and key-note address. 
To register to attend the launch please complete the Microsoft form here: 


 7 Action Mental Health Mindset Programme

Funding for our Mindset Programme has been extended until March 2024, so we can offer it at no cost to the booking Organisation!

Mindset is a Mental & Emotional Health & Wellbeing Awareness programme for young people, 14 – 17 years and also adult groups. Mindset is funded by the Public Health Agency and will run continuously throughout the year.  Programmes will be delivered in all youth & community settings across all Health Trust areas for groups of 12 - 20 people. The Programme is 3.5 hours in length, it can be delivered face to face or on-line and can be delivered over one session or split over two sessions.

AMH MensSana Project Workers will provide and deliver a high quality, evidence based programme which is responsive to the needs of the groups above in the all HSC Trust areas.


  • raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • raise awareness of signs and symptoms of mental ill health
  • promote self-help/resilience techniques and how to maintain a safe level of positive mental/emotional health and wellbeing
  • promote self-care
  • information and/or resources on mental health support organisations available (locally and regionally) 

See attached flyer for further Programme information. If anyone is interested in booking the programme or if you have any queries please feel free to contact Michael on 079 7663 9909 / mmclean@amh.org.uk 

8 FREE Leadership and Management Skills Academy

NWRC are recruiting applicants for a FREE Skills Academies that can leads individuals into employment.

These short programmes are fully funded through the Derry City and Strabane Labour Market Partnership and will give individuals the skills that employers are looking for.
You need to be over 16, unemployed and a resident of Derry City and Strabane District Council, you can complete our simple online form and a member of staff will contact you.

Starts on Monday 15th May

For further details and to apply see link below:

Skills Academies | North West Regional College (nwrc.ac.uk)


9  Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Weaving Songs and Stories
  • TOGENDER - A Course on Gender Awareness and Building Inclusivity
  • Give Peace a Chance
  • "Keep it Real! 2023"
  • Call for Trainers


10 Resumption of hearing aid support Service

RNID is resuming its free drop-in support session for hearing aid users in:

Old Bridge House (the old Waterside Health Centre), Glendermott Road, on Wednesday 10th May from 3.30-4.30pm
The socially distanced drop off and pick up service provides new batteries, cleaning and retubing of ear moulds for NHS hearing aids.
The sessions are run by trained volunteers and funded by the Health & Social Care Board.

For more information visit 
www.rnid.org.uk or contact Mary Cruickshank; email mary.cruickshank@rnid.org.uk
 or call 07918767640


11 Fertility Network Events


Our next Support Group Meeting is being held on, Tuesday 16th May at 7.30pm via zoom. Our topic is PCOS and we will be joined by Dr Ishola Agbaje from the Regional Fertility Centre.
Following on from our mindfulness courses over the last couple of years we thought it might be useful to run some refresher sessions as an opportunity to revisit aspects of mindfulness that were explored on the 6 week courses.
We plan to run these sessions in May and June and the dates and topics to focus on are listed below.
Thursday 18th May 6.30-7.30pm 1: Revisiting the topic of self-compassion and Loving Kindness.
Thursday 15th June 6.30-7.30pm 2: Revisiting the topic of Nourishing Happiness and Resourcing

Email Rachel for the link to both of the above on 
We have had a great selection of webinars in March and April, and all of these are free to view via our  webinar page. Please use the link below to access previous webinars.

Other groups
As well as our NI Support Group meetings, we also have other meetings running for specific groups.
Please have a look at our events page using the link below 



12 Job Opportunity with Foyle Hospice

Van Driver
25 hours per week
Permanent, Band 2, Agenda for Change (£13,513)
Foyle Hospice are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Van Driver to join our team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the collection and delivery of goods to and from the Foyle Hospice, the Retail Shops, members of the public and other agencies as required while ensuring compliance with Health and Safety legislation.   They will enjoy a range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement, contributory pension scheme and access to a Health Care Plan.
The successful candidate will have the following

  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Age 25 or over (as required to drive Hospice van)
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Experience working with the public
  • Excellent communication skills 

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is
Wednesday 10th May 2023 @ 12pm
Interviews will be held on:  18th May 2023

For an application pack or further details on the above posts please contact:
Patricia Ferguson, HR Department, Foyle Hospice
61 Culmore Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 8JE
Telephone: 028 71 351010
Alternatively you can download an application pack from 
www.foylehospice.com or email: hr@foylehospice.com
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer


13 Mencap Recruitment Day

We are hiring Support Workers

Date: Thursday 11th May
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Mencap NI Office, 17-19 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PR

Come and speak to our dedicated team to find out what exciting opportunities are available.

Support Worker Job Description

Bring photographic ID to be interviewed on the day

 / 028 8225 9249


14 Void welcomes new Director

Void Gallery is delighted to announce the appointment of Viviana Checchia as Director.
Viviana Checchia is a curator, programmer, and researcher active internationally and joins Void Gallery from her recent roles as Residency Curator at Delfina Foundation, London, and Senior Lecturer on the MFA at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg. Viviana brings with her long-standing experience as Co-Director of ‘Vessel’, an international curatorial platform based in Puglia, South of Italy, for the support of social, cultural, and economic development through and with contemporary art.

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