NWCN Ebulletin 15 December 2021

1 2022/23 Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) - NOW OPEN for online applications

The 2022/23 Central Good Relations Fund (CGRF) is now open for groups who wish to apply online for a project funding grant (for projects over £1,500).

Applications must be submitted online by: Thursday 13 January 2022 at 6:00pm

To access the online application portal, you must first register your organisation. However, if you registered in the last two years, you do not need to register again. Please follow the link below and enter your username and password in the ‘Local Account Login’ section to log in to the application portal.

Already Registered? Login to apply for a 2022/23 CGRF grant

If you have not already registered, please use the link below to register your organisation. Please note, you must register your organisation by 12:00 noon on Thursday 13 January 2022 to enable access to the online application portal. Any registrations submitted after that time will not be accepted.
Register to be able to apply for a 2022/23 CGRF grant

You should read the 2022/23 CGRF Guidance notes
 which include a step-by-step guide to registration and a step-by-step guide to the application form before you start.

To register (if you have not already done so), you will need:

  • Your contact information;
  • Details of your organisation, including address and organisation type; and
  • A copy of your organisation’s constitution (WORD or PDF).
Online Application
To apply online you will need:
  • Your online sign in details (username and password);
  • Details of your proposed project including proposed activities and costings; and
  • Copies of job descriptions, if applicable (for any salary(s) being claimed).

Got questions?
Contact our team on: 

2 Funding Opportunity - 'Illuminating the Walled City' Cultural Animation Programme

Following a successful application to Tourism NI DCSDC have an in year funding opportunity to support the delivery of a two-week long Festival of Light provisionally entitled ‘Illuminating the Walled City’ scheduled for February 2022.

The event will consist of three main elements; live illumination experiences, an intimate music programme and Cultural Animations of the Historic Walled City. This funding programme is designed to support the Cultural Animations of the Historic Walled City element of the overall event with an emphasis on commissioning family friendly arts and cultural activities. To this end Council now invite proposals from businesses, cultural organisations, artists and cultural practitioners for the creation of entertaining and engaging activities to enhance the events visitor experience.
The deadline for applications is Friday 7th January 2022. Instructions on how to submit your application are detailed within the documents below.

For any further information/queries please contact 
Catherine will be the primary point of contact for this funding programme as well as the wider ‘Illuminating the Walled City’ event.

Guidance Notes
Application Form
Scoring Matrix


 Pilot programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities in NI

The National Lottery Community Fund's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) Communities pilot programme is now open for applications.

Since February 2021, we have worked closely with groups and individuals from B.A.M.E. communities to co-design this pilot funding programme.

This has been an exciting opportunity for us to work together to ensure National Lottery funding supports people from B.A.M.E. communities in the challenges they face on a daily basis.

You can apply for grants of £300-£50,000 and the programme will close on 18 February 2022.

Read our 
 to find out more about how to apply.


4 Open Call for Social Partners - PEACE Plus Partnership Board

DCSD Council is moving forward on the formation of the new PEACE Plus Partnership Board. Attached is the Form for the Open Call for Social Partners. Detail is in the attached form.

The deadline for the return of applications is 31st January 2022.
In brief, the Social Partner open call is seeking to diversify the skillset and representation on our Board by seeking individuals (who represent organisations) which meet one or more of the following:

  •   Individual (and organisation) which represents the Black and Minority Ethnic sector in our council area.
  •   Individual (and organisation) whose core work (or a strong element of their core work) is in the field of Good Relations / peace and reconciliation / dealing with the legacy of the past.
  •   Individual (and organisation) whose core work is thematic, spanning across much of the council area geographically and which represent a Section 75 group (eg. Gender, Age, Disability, LGBTQ+ etc).
  •   Individual (and organisation) whose core work is thematic, and represents a sector of specific relevance to the PEACE programme eg. Irish Language and Culture, Ulster-Scots / PUL language and Culture, Faith / Inter-faith based organisations, those most impacted by the legacy of the past, organisations in other sectors who have a significant track record of delivering peace and reconciliation work through any field of expertise.

Please note that we are running 4 processes at the same time to set up the Board:

  1. An open call for Social Partners.
  2. A process (via council) for nomination of elected members by deHondt.
  3. A process for nomination for statutory representation.
  4. A process for nomination for Local Growth Partnership representation.

The form attached here is specifically for the Open Call for Social Partners.
If you’ve any queries, please feel free to contact Sue Divin: 
Sue.Divin@derrystrabane.com / 07725413379


5 Call to Action - Derry and Strabane Learning City Lifelong Learning Festival

2nd Life Long Learning Festival Derry City and Strabane Learning City
25-29 April 2022
“Call to Action”
In July, 2019 Derry City and Strabane became a member of UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities; a programme which promotes lifelong learning in all sectors and communities and to all ages.   Derry City and Strabane Learning City is pleased to be hosting its second lifelong learning festival in April 2022 which will be a celebration of all learning across the city and region.  
The festival aims to make learning accessible to all citizens and is an opportunity to showcase all the amazing learning activities / events happening across the city and region.  We are inviting community groups, individuals, workplaces, schools and colleges across the city and region to host a learning event during the festival. 
Any event / activity you wish to run must be FREE and open to ALL citizens.  
Your event can be any type of event including performances, taster sessions, tours, displays, lectures, walks, demonstrations and workshops as long as there is an element of learning attached to the event.  It can be any topic from digital skills, parenting, children’s activities, family events, business, science, art, history to health or sport.  Your event can take place online, face to face indoors or outdoors, for example, on water, in libraries, museums, colleges, resource centres, community centres, parks or in your street. 
We want the Derry City and Strabane Lifelong Learning Festival to offer learning for everyone, wherever you live, whatever your age and whatever your interests, we want there to be something for everyone. 
If you would like to run an event/activity during the festival, please complete the 
Events Template form with your event(s) details or you can complete an online form here

Template to be returned to learning.city@derrystrabane.com by 12 noon, 10 January 2022
The Learning City Programme is funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council.  If you would like more information on Learning Cities or the Lifelong Learning Festival  please visit: 
Any queries please email: 

6 Free Cyber Security Clinics with NICVA

Cyber Security is a key risk for organisations of all sizes. NICVA is developing a range of measures to support voluntary and community organisations that want to improve their cyber security capability. 

With support from the Northern Ireland Cyber Security Centre we can now offer 
free one-hour clinics through to March 2022.  The clinics provide an opportunity to discuss the pressing issues for your organisation around cyber security and will be followed up with an appropriate action plan based on an initial assessment.

Book a clinic


 7 Intermediate Care Public Engagement Sessions

The Patient and Client Council (PCC), in partnership with the Department of Health are hosting an engagement event to inform you about Intermediate Care and to explore and understand your experiences.

Intermediate Care refers to a range of integrated services which promotes faster recovery from illness, prevents unnecessary hospital admissions, prevents premature admission to long term care and supports timely discharge from hospital. The aim of which is to maximise independent living and improve outcomes for patients to enable them to live the best life possible.
We are hosting a range of engagement events this week to provide further insight into this programme of work and to gather your views and experiences of intermediate care provision in Northern Ireland. Should you wish to learn more about the programme or to share your experiences please register for one of our events taking place this week 
Wednesday 15th December 20201 from 2pm to 4pm.
Thursday 16th December 2021 from 3pm to 5pm.


8 FREE - ‘Menopause and Me’ Online Zoom Sessions

This is a 6 week programme of information and support via Zoom.
The next programme will start on the week commencing 10th January 2022.

 to register.


9  Calling Young People aged 14-18 to apply for the NW Ministry of Youth

Young people aged 14-18 years old can ‘Be the Voice’ and ‘Make Change Happen’ by becoming a member of the NW Ministry of Youth – the Youth Voice for Derry/ Londonderry and Strabane.

Applications can be made online before Monday 10th January 2022.

Check out the 
‘Voices for Change’ Youth Manifesto video
 developed by the first Cohort of Youth Councillors during lockdown.

To join, young people must live within the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area and be aged 14-18 years old.
Being a member of NW Youth Voice will provide young people with the opportunity to:

  • Have Their say on local issues.
  • Meet new people and build relationships.
  • Be a representative voice for young people across the area.
  • Engage with key decision makers.
  • Undertake training to grow and develop skills.  

Please direct any queries to Chris Nicol – the NW Ministry of Youth is part of the Youth Voice in NI.
chris.nicol@eani.org.uk / 028 7772 3808 – mob - 07902701110


10 Independent Review of Education – Public Consultation – Initial Views

You may be aware that the Independent Review of Education commenced in October 2021. Further information on the Review, including its terms of reference and panel biographies, can be accessed at the Independent Review of Education website at 

We are conscious that everyone may have an interest in this work. To that end we are launching a public consultation in the form of a survey for all those who wish to express their views on the current education system. This will help us in our thinking on what good education in Northern Ireland should look like and in identifying the priorities for our future work.

The survey is available at 
Your views | Independent Review of Education
 and includes versions in English and Irish, as well as a one aimed at primary school aged children.

The closing date for responses is 4th February 2022 (5pm).

11 Latest Offer from Salto Youth

Introduction training for newcomers to Youth Exchanges - BiTriMulti
14 - 18 March 2022 | Oslo, Norway
This training course takes you through the different stages of setting up and running a quality Youth Exchange project. The training is designed for newcomers to Youth Exchanges and Erasmus+.
Organizer: Erasmus+ Ungdom, Bufdir (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 17 January 2022

See details


12 RNID Hearing Aid User Support Service

This is a socially distanced drop off and pick up service. Please follow the instructions below to help us keep everyone safe.

Hearing aids must be placed in a labelled envelope with name and contact details. They will be collected at the entrance and brought inside for maintenance.  Users can wait in their car or return later to collect hearing aids. Hearing aids can be dropped off by friends or family members.
Place:  Carnhill Resource Centre, 42 Racecourse Road, Derry, BT48 8DA
Date: Thursday 16th December 2021
Time: 11am-12.30pm
Contact details: MaryCruickshank/07918767646
Web: www.rnid.org.uk


13 Sole Purpose Productions is hiring!

Sole Purpose Productions is delighted to announce that we are hiring for the role of Festival Coordinator, for our exciting Festival For Social Change in February 2022. The role is perfect for someone who is organised, punctual and passionate about theatre.

The role will be a temporary post, lasting 4 weeks, where the successful candidate will work closely with Patricia Byrne on the management and production of the festival.

If this sounds up your street, please contact Patricia Byrne at 
 with your CV to express your interest.

Get ready to see a 2022 filled with theatre, creativity and live performance!
14 Opportunity with In Your Space Circus

YSC is looking for that special someone to help develop its brand new Circus Play Strategy (how exciting!).

The strategy will underpin IYSC’s work for the coming year and will recognise the powerful and beneficial impacts of ‘Play’ in the context of Circus. 

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in this opportunity, and has relevant skills and experience in strategic planning, please contact 
 for further information and details of how to make a submission. We are excited to hear from you!!

This project is funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council through the Community Support programme


15 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust

The Churches Trust was established over 30 years ago in recognition of the fact that deprivation and disadvantage are key barriers to building a united community, equality of opportunity and good relations. The Churches Trust reaches across all communities in a unique and practical way, to deliver services on an equitable basis to the unemployed, young people, the elderly, individuals, and families disadvantaged through low education attainment and/or low-income levels.

The Churches Trust wishes to appoint:
Youth Support Worker
Part-time position: January 2022 – December 2022 (With possible extension subject to funding)
Salary £10,860.48 (20 hours per week)

Purpose and function of post:
• To support the Youth Personal Development Team in the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of projects and ensuring adherence to all policies and procedures.
• To work directly with children and young people to facilitate their active participation in projects and create opportunities for personal development, good relations, and skills development

Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
• A youth work qualification at OCN Level 2 minimum or equivalent in a relevant discipline
• A minimum of 1 years paid or 2 years voluntary experience of working directly with young people
• GCSEs English and Maths, Grade C or above or equivalent.

For information and application packs, please contact Veronica Keenan Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail 

Closing date for all applications: 11am Thursday 13th January 2022


16 Job Opportunity with North West Methodist Mission

North West Methodist Mission has been delivering services to the homeless in Derry / Londonderry for 80 years.
We provide temporary accommodation and support, encouraging independent living and progression to permanent accommodation.
Immediate employment opportunities are open for:
Full-time and Bank
Salary: £20,190.69 per annum (£9.22 per hour)
Applicants must have Essential Skills Level 2 Communication and Application of Number, or equivalent OR NVQ Level 2 Health and Social Care, or equivalent AND a minimum of 1 years’ experience in a formal care/support role.
If the above qualifications are not held, be prepared to complete a relevant qualification within 12 months of appointment AND have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a formal care/support role.
Closing Date for Applications: Monday 20 December 2021 at 12 Noon.

For a full job profile and application form please email: hr.talent@nwmm.co.uk
North West Methodist Mission is an Equal Opportunities Employer


17 Advance Notice: Public Appointment Competition

The Department for the Economy will be advertising an open competition to recruit 7 new members to the Board of Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) on 16 and 17 December 2021.

The recruitment process involves an application form and interview process. Appointments are made on merit and applications are welcome from all sections of society.

Remuneration amounts to £12,768 per annum (under review). Following appointment, travel and subsistence expenses are payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) rates.

The time commitment is approximately 3 days per month including monthly Board meetings, sub-committees, ad hoc Committee meetings, casework approval panels, and attendance at occasional evening engagements.

It is important that people from a wide range of backgrounds take up public appointments so that the Boards of public bodies reflect the rich diversity of our society and better understand the needs of the communities they serve. Applications from women, people with a disability and those from ethnic minority communities would be particularly welcome. 

An application pack with full details and guidance may be obtained from the 
Department's website or by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button below from 9am on Thursday 16 December 2021.

Apply Now

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 14 January 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

18 Christmas-themed activities from the Consumer Council

Fun, educational activities to keep you entertained this Christmas break!

To help keep everyone entertained this Christmas, the Consumer Council has designed a range of free games, quizzes and activities for all to get involved with.
You’ll be learning about scams and consumer rights alongside our mascot, Peanut the Squirrel. Activities include snap, Pictionary and bunting making. They've been designed to have a learning element too so you may learn something new yourself!
In addition, you may even win a prize! The Consumer Council is asking you to tag it in photos of you and your family playing these activities on 
Twitter or on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning £25 Love2Shop voucher.
The activities can be downloaded from 


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