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1 The Ideas Fund: Last chance to register for Webinar

This is a grants programme which enables groups to develop and try out new ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing.  Derry City & Strabane District Council is one of four areas within the UK who will benefit from the programme. 
The scheme will test a new way of funding that connects communities with researchers to access knowledge, research skills and resources. The North West Community Network & Developing Healthy Communities will guide and support potential applicants in the Derry & Strabane area with developing their ideas and facilitate connections between communities and researchers. 

There are two levels of funding available:
·         grants of up to £25,000 to help develop ideas that are at a very early stage; and
·         grants in the region of £90,000 to support, adapt and expand ideas that have already been developed and tested.
The Ideas Fund is for you if:

  • You have an idea (even at a very early stage) related to mental wellbeing that you want to explore and develop…
  • Your idea focuses on a problem that your community wants to solve
  • Your community is based in the Derry/Strabane area
  • You are keen to collaborate with professional researchers to bring your idea to life 

Pre-application workshops will be held as follows and will be recorded. Sign up for a session on this webpage:
· 18 Feb 2021 at 1400 – Why the Ideas Fund?
· 4 March 2021 at 1400 – What does Mental Wellbeing mean to you?
· 18 March 2021 at 1400 – What does your ideal partnership look like (Building Community-Researcher partnerships).
There will also be a local session for applicants from the Derry and Strabane Council Area on 
25 February 2021 at 1400. Contact the local coordinator Roisin McLaughlin
roisin@nwcn.org) to register.
Application forms will be available mid-April.



2 NI Trans Community Fund

We've been able to set aside a pot of money to help trans communities who are struggling with their finances through the coronavirus pandemic and especially after a tough Christmas period.

Belfast City Council has provided funding to support trans residents of Belfast through this community support fund. We have extended this support to trans individuals across Northern Ireland using our own funds.

We'll be providing between £50-£100 to individuals in need of support through this time. Due to funding rules, we can only provide up to 2 offers of support for each household, and 1 per person.

This form will be open until 11.59pm GMT on February 28th, but may be extended.



 Rosa & Smallwood Trust: Women Thrive Fund

Grants of up to £40,000 are available to specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Organisations should be working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience

  • Grants of up to £15,000 with a turnover of £200,000 inclusive
  • Grants of up to £40,000 with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.
They can also apply for an additional 25% of their grant request for work which will strengthen their organisation. 

This programme will fund work supporting the UK’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or under-represented women and girls to:
  1. Improve their mental health and wellbeing, gaining confidence, tools, skills and support to sustain those improvements; and/or
  2. Improve their financial resilience, increasing their routes out of poverty, gaining confidence, tools, skills and support to secure a stable financial future.
They will also build stronger women’s organisations that are more sustainable and better able to meet the needs of women and girls.
They particularly welcome proposals from women’s organisations that address the critical needs of women and girls who miss out the most, including: Black and minoritised women and girls, disabled women and girls, LGBT+ women and girls, financially vulnerable women and girls and women on low incomes, older women, women and girls using drugs or alcohol and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women and girls.
Please read the 
GUIDANCE DOCUMENT and FAQS thoroughly before applying via the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.

‘How to apply’ webinars 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project idea, please contact info@rosauk.org or phone 020368 72746 or visit the website 


4 British Ecological Society - Outreach Grants

We actively encourage our members to promote ecological science to a wide audience and offer grants of up to £2,000.

We define ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment. Applications should promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. Grants will not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.

We support projects that:

  • Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology
  • Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society
  • Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested
  • Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology

Deadline: 19 March 2021. 

To Apply:

When applications open, register/log in to our online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.

We aim to notify all applicants within two months of the grant deadline.

Applicants are only able to submit one grant application per round, across all grant schemes.

It is a condition of all of our grant schemes that applicants submit a report within three months of the end date of your award. Reports will be submitted via our online grants system.

Outreach Grants - British Ecological Society


5 Returning to Community Bases & Activities

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This online training session is designed to raise awareness among groups and group members about the key things to be aware of when re-opening community bases and resuming group activities.

Get the latest advice about how to open safely and start to bring back group activities.

You will gain an understanding and awareness of:

  • Essential steps to re-opening

  • Health & Safety Considerations

  • Physical measures (including PPE)

  • Risk Assessments

Register your place

Please note, this session is designed for community groups in Northern Ireland.

To register for this course, please contact Aidan Kearney

6 Invitation to the Pre-consultation for suicide and post-vention services

The Public Health Agency want to actively engage with stakeholders who have a role in helping reduce levels of suicide. In order for the PHA to develop future services, it is important they review current services and most importantly listen to the views of service users, local communities and other organisations delivering services, through a pre-consultation process.
PHA are having stakeholder engagement Zoom meetings and in order to attend this there is a Registration that needs to be completed. 
The event for the Western area is next week (see below)

PHA Stakeholder Engagement Zoom Meetings Registration Form
To register, please complete the form and return it to by email to Engage.PL2@hscni.net  .
Please note that there are limited places.

Date Time Area
Thursday 25th February 2 – 4pm Western


 7 Reminder - Webinar: Rethinking loneliness and COVID-19

COVID-19 and rethinking loneliness and social isolation
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.
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


8 Free Men's Mental Health Course

Be kind to your mind: Free Men's Mental Health six week programme

This course will include 4 individual coaching sessions 
Starting Tuesday 23rd February 1.30pm-3.30pm

Delivered via Zoom
Limited to 10 places - 6 places left!

Contact Us / 028 7136 9696.

"Unexpressed emotions will never die.  They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways"


9  Love the Life You Live

Our FREE "Love the life you live" programme is currently running every Friday via zoom!
Enrolment open for those aged 13-24.

Start Date: 26.02.21 from 1.30pm to 3pm
This is a Drug, Alcohol & Mental Health Awareness Programme for 13 to 24 year olds.

HURT is now offering the above FREE Programme – Funded by Derry & Strabane District Council through the Peace IV Programme.

How your Young People will benefit from this programme.
Zoom availability.
Topics Addressed:

  • Drug Alcohol & Mental Health Awareness.
  • Equality & Diversity.
  • First Aid Training
  • Suicide Prevention:
  • Practical knowledge and skills to keep someone safe in the event of mental health crisis.

Apply Here  

📞 02871369696


10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for all the latest offers from Salto

  • Meet Up, Network and Share Volunteering Practices
  • Live Q & A With Social Media Influencer Ahmad Mosen: Creating Compelling Content & Building Communities
  • BiTriMulti (BTM) - Online Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges
  • Mobility Taster for Inclusion Organisations - Digital
  • Call for Trainers


11 FREE intergenerational activity resource booklets
Calling community orgs / schools/ foodbanks!

FREE fun intergenerational activity resource booklets available to get out to your community to help people of all ages stay connected safely.

Fill out form to arrange bulk collection/ postal delivery 


12 Play Matters

Please find 
attached some useful information. Never before has play been so important for children’s health and wellbeing. It is through play that children make sense of the world that they are living in – a world at the minute, that for many, is full of change and uncertainty.

Make sure you take time to play every day.

PlayBoard (the lead agency for children’s play) are kindly sharing the following Play Matters – Play for Parents guide 
https://www.playboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/PlayBoard-Play-For-Parents-Guide-2019.pdf in which parents will find lots of tips and information on the importance of play.

Also being shared is a flyer and link 
https://www.playboard.org/play-ideas/ to a resource bank full of playful ideas for parents to try at home.

We suggest that parents will find these resources most helpful at this time.
For further information or support contact Angela Stallard at PlayBoard 


13 ParentlineNI

Children in Northern Ireland and Relate NI have been commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board to deliver a regional parenting helpline. The helpline is called Parentline NI, it is for parents, carers and family members.

ParentLine NI is here for all parents, offering support, guidance or advice, wherever you are on the parenting journey.
Parentline NI is open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 9-5pm Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Our Service is available through a range of different channels including telephone, face to face and online.

Call us for FREE on: 0808 8020 400
Chat online at  

Parentline Leaflet / Health&WellbeingofparentsinCOVID / CiNIconcernsofparentsduringlockdown
14 Fertility Network February Update 


The next men only group meeting will be help on Wednesday 17th February at 8pm.
The link to register for the meeting is

Men-Only Support Group (Online) | Fertility Network (fertilitynetworkuk.org)
The current yoga series concludes this week on Thursday 18th at 6.30pm.
The link for registering is:

MINDFULNESS COURSE for those on a Fertility journey.
We are delighted to be able to extend the our series of Mindfulness sessions with Veronica Ellis to 4 more, one hour sessions starting on Monday 1st March at 6.30pm and running each Monday until and including  Monday 23rd March.
These sessions are open to new comers to Mindfulness, as well as a continuation for those who have already taken part in the Mindfulness series.
The session topics include:
Session 1 - What is mindfulness? - an introduction
The breath and the body as anchors to the present moment.
Session 2    Finding ways to be present
Loving Kindness - calming the inner critic
Session 3     Self-compassion
Our breath as our strength - how to take care of difficult emotions
Session 4   Nourishing Happiness
How to cultivate joy and gratitude.
Audio Recordings of the mindfulness practices will be made available to all participants for use in their own time and practice.
To register for the Mindfulness sessions, please email me at  
Places are very limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis and previously this course has been very popular.
15 Current Job Opportunities with AWARE

Please see below for job opportunities that are currently advertised on the AWARE website.
To view these visit the link  
  • Education and Training Officers  (2 positions)
  • Head of Service Development
  • Fundraising and Communications Assistant
16 Vacancy: Coordinator, Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh

We have an upcoming vacancy as Coordinator of our music academy, Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh. The successful candidate will design, coordinate and play a key role in the delivery of classes, workshops, masterclasses and other music education programmes.

CVs to be sent to 
padraig@culturlann.orgby 5pm next Friday, 19 February 2021. Go raibh maith agat.

More details / Níos mó sonraí: 

More information
17 Vacancy: Public Health Development Officer

Keen to inform policy to support healthier populations in Ireland and Northern Ireland?
The Institute of Public Health is looking for a 
Public Health Development Officer to join our team.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday, 26th February 2021. 



18 Job Opportunities with The Human Rights Consortium

The Human Rights Consortium is currently recruiting for two new staff posts to complement our existing staff team and help enhance our work to protect and advance human rights in Northern Ireland.

Research Officer FT - 3-year Fixed Term position
£27,741 - £29,577 (plus 8% salary employer’s pension contribution)


Administrative Officer PT -(2 days p/w) 3-year Fixed Term position
£22,183 p.a. Pro Rata (plus 8% salary employer’s pension contribution)

Full details of the two positions, job descriptions, person specifications and application forms are available 

Deadline for applications - Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 5pm


19 MellowDEEDS- New Choir Leader Needed

Mellow Deeds is an integrated choir made up of those living with dementia and their carers, volunteers and Deeds staff based in the Old Library Trust in Creggan. The emphasis is on enjoying music, making friendships and participating in music in the wider community.

We aim to work towards two to three annual performances such as: Deeds Events/Seasonal Events e.g. Christmas/Community Events like the Every Voice Festival/Intergenerational Events with Schools and also any other opportunities that arise. We are looking for a choir leader, preferably with experience of both leading a choir but also working with dementia either on a voluntary or paid basis.

The new choir leader would be asked to lead live sessions weekly on Facebook during Covid restrictions but then face to face thereafter based here in the Old Library Trust. This would be paid on a sessional basis.

For more information and to obtain an expression of interest form please contact Sinead on 028 71 373870 or email 


20 OPEN SPACE: An exciting opportunity for local artists with IYSC

The team at In Your Space Circus are SUPER excited to announce our newest project...

A paid 6-week training placement with us, right here at IYSC HQ in Derry-Londonderry.

We are now seeking applications from suitable artists to come and train and develop their work with us over the coming weeks.

At IYSC we are passionate about supporting local artists and are keen to develop the skillset of our team so the successful candidates will be expected to work with IYSC post-placement.

Training will be based in circus performance and facilitation and will include masterclasses from professional artists and self-led training and the IYSC Company Director and Creative Director (Cath and Rach) will be there to support the artists every step of the way.

For an application pack please email info@inyourspaceni.org and please note there is a SUPER quick turnaround time on this as the project will start ASAP.


21 Public Appointment recruitment competition for the Drainage Council NI

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has recently launched a public appointment campaign to appoint six Non- Executive Members to the Drainage Council NI. We are seeking to appoint people who have experience in one of the following areas: Tourism (to include hospitality), Industry, Fisheries, Agriculture, Drainage and Conservation.
The Department will recognise less traditional career patterns and experiences, such as community involvement or voluntary work, as well as those found within the employment field. Applicants can use experience from within their working or personal life in their application forms.
No specific academic qualifications are required for the posts.  Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability, skills and experience across a number of competences. Further details about the competition can be accessed through the link below.
Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the community.
Women, younger people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented on DfI Boards. Applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome. 

Closing date for application is 12 noon 19th February 2021


22 Every Move You Make  

A dramatic monologue on abusive relationships among young people
by Patricia Byrne, performed by Roma Harvey
Available for schools and youth centres to book online!
Jenni's 16th birthday is coming up, and her new boyfriend Jamie will be there. He is so nice. He is interested in everything she does. He always wants to know where she is and what she is doing. He texts her all the time and follows her every move on Facebook. But things start to take a turn, and Jenni isn't so sure anymore.
The play follows the ups and downs of a young woman's relationship as it goes from being near perfect to becoming an impossible nightmare. The production explores the issue of abusive relationships among young people. It was developed in consultation with Foyle Women’s Aid, NSPCC and Youth Action NI. The performance is followed by a Q+A with representatives of organisations working to stop domestic violence against women and children.
Now available for schools and youth centres across Northern Ireland to book online!
“The Sole Purpose dramatisations are a powerful tool which enables us to address some very sensitive issues within the Preventative Curriculum. I wholeheartedly support the work of Sole Purpose.” Ms S Mallett, Principal, Thornhill College Derry
"This was a very moving piece of theatre. The aim is to disturb and that was achieved fully. None watching this play would ever again be victim to such abuse having witnessed a relay of classic symptoms.”  Imelda Foley, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Sole Purpose Productions is a multi award winning theatre company that has toured work throughout Ireland, the UK, and the USA. It is core funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This project is supported by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland through the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

To book an online performance and Q&A for your school or youth centre please contact Patricia Byrne at solepurpose@mac.com or phone 028 7127 9918.


23 Curatorial Ethics Workshop

Void Online - Friday 19 March, 10am-2pm
Nanne Buurman I Annie Fletcher I Irit Rogoff I nynnyt
Chaired by Mirjami Schuppert
Introduction by Mary Cremin, Director, Void Gallery
Director of Titanik, Turku and independent curator Mirjami Schuppert, in partnership with Void Gallery, is organising a workshop on Curatorial Ethics.
Stemming from her PHD research, this workshop aims to produce a working definition of ethics within the framework of contemporary curatorial practice, and to answer the question: What do we talk about when we talk about curatorial ethics? Whilst in museology, different guidelines have been established (for example Code of Ethics for Museums, defined by the Museums Association) to guarantee ethical conduct, in contemporary curatorial practice, which is very much about communication, dialogue, interaction, change, and creation, a normative approach would not seem to suffice, but a more flexible approach to ethics is needed. The expertise of the invited speakers ranges from the question of curatorial authorship, institutional practices, the curatorial, curating as a critical practice to ethics more widely, and feminist curatorial practice. Local curators, artists, and students are invited to participate as active workshop members.
The day will consist of presentations by the speakers, Q&As, and break out sessions to give all participants an opportunity to engage in the conversation.
Maximum participants: 30
Cost: £5
To sign up please follow the link below.
This project is kindly sponsored by Visual Artists Ireland. It is presented in partnership with the Finnish Institute in London.

Book now

24 Upcoming with VOID

Two online family workshops
  • Filling in the squares - a drawing meditation for beginners
With Stephanie Gaumond
Saturday 20th February, 11am
  • Blind Drawing workshop
With Zoe McSparron
Saturday 27th February, 11am
Void Offsites
  • David Beattie - Slowtime
Online workshop Saturday 6th March, 11am
Online interactive workshop - live
  • Curatorial Ethics Workshop
Online - Friday 19th March, 10am-2pm
Please find below a Dropbox link with full details of each event along with images. Do let me know if you have any difficulty in accessing the content in this folder and I can send it via email attachment instead.

25 Not the Knitting Police | Arts & Culture News from the North West

 In this latest issue find news and information on:
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Culture News
  • Training News
  • What's On
Not the Knitting Police | Arts & Culture News from the North West (mailchi.mp)


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