NWCN Ebulletin 21 July 2021

1 ‌Community Ownership Fund
2 Good Relations Week Funding Now Opened For Applications
3 Culture Night 21 Derry Strabane - call for programming & small awards
4 Tesco Community Grants
5 The Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants
6 Grant funding for Community Fridge
7 Integrated Care Partnerships - Get Involved!
8 New Leadership Series of Courses from Volunteer Now
9 FREE bowel cancer awareness talk
10 Germ Defence
11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
12 New Job Opportunity at Gasyard Wall Féile
13 Would you be interested in joining La Dolce Vita Project Board of Directors?
‘Body Wisdom’ Digital Dance and Movement Programme Launched for the Over 50s
15 Destined Coffee Morning
16 FWIN's Your Voice, Your Stories Publication
17 Family and Public Summer Programmes at Void

1 Community Ownership Fund

The UK government is providing an additional £220 million funding through the UK Community Renewal Fund to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.

This Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

There are information session webinars for interested parties that will provide opportunities to ask questions, the second session will be held on:

Webinar session 2: Friday 23rd July, 10am – 11am, click here to sign up

Community Ownership Fund Information Pack

New levelling up and community investments - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


2 Good Relations Week Funding Now Opened For Applications
Good Relations Week 2021 will run from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th September 2021 and it will re-introduce a programme of face-to-face events, alongside an expanded virtual offering in the largest showcase of cross community and multi-cultural arts, history, music and culture.  The theme for this year’s showcase is ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ as it celebrates the efforts of young people in their everyday lives to break down barriers and unite communities. 
It will explore many of the challenges today’s youth are facing including sectarianism and racism, cultural diversity, isolation, mental health, education, employment and the environment, and acting as a catalyst for change.  This year’s blended programme of face-to-face and virtual events will include workshops, lectures, discussion panels, podcasts, storytelling and personal testimonies, exhibitions, music and theatre performances, archive video and new short films and lots more.
This funding is now opened for applications for up to £500 per group/organisation. 

Application forms can be downloaded here

The closing date is Monday 2nd August at 12noon and all forms have to emailed to Pauline.oneill@derrystrabane.com           

 Culture Night 21 Derry Strabane - call for programming & small awards

Derry City and Strabane District will join cities and towns across Ireland to celebrate Culture Night on Friday 17th September 2021
Culture Night is a night of entertainment, activity, discovery and adventure and across 35 towns, cities and counties in Ireland when Arts and Cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of inspiring and imaginative free events, tours, talks and performances for people to enjoy. 
In Derry City and Strabane District, Culture Night is chiefly programmed by our arts and cultural sector with council facilitating delivery and providing marketing support.
The event presents an opportunity to showcase and develop new relationships between cultural providers and audiences.
Derry City and Strabane District Council are seeking partnership involvement in programme delivery.  If you feel that your organisation can run an event, put on entertainment, organise late-night opening of an attraction or premises, or provide street entertainment on Friday 17th September between 5pm – 11pm ( in keeping with the times of the regional campaign), please get in touch to be part of a collective presentation alongside fellow arts and cultural venues, artists and organisations.
While the costs of programming are largely met by venues and organisations themselves, in 2021 DCSDC have made available some small awards to support the costs of programming of indoor and outdoor delivery. 
In 2021 council also hope to provide additional on-street animation linking venues and creating atmosphere as audiences move around over the evening.
If you have any queries, would like to discuss or submit details of your activity for inclusion in CN 2021 programme, please contact 
artsandculture@derrystrabane.com marking subject line Culture Night.

Please note the deadline for small awards applications is Monday 2nd August at 12noon using the 
proposal form.


4 Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants support local good causes that focus on helping children and families and tackling food poverty.
Examples of eligible applications with a focus on supporting children and families could be;
  • a local school needing food for a children’s breakfast club, 
  • a voluntary organisation working with families to run holiday clubs,
  • a charity supporting  young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
  • a brownie or scout group needing new tents,
  • or a youth sports club needing new equipment,
  • a family advice centre wanting to recruit more volunteers,
  • or a local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area. 
Awards: Awards are available up to £1,500.
How to apply: Projects can apply online at: 
https://tescocommunitygrants.org.uk/. If you are a Tesco customer or colleague, you can nominate a cause that you’d like to see supported and we’ll contact them to encourage them to apply, you can do this online at https://tescocommunitygrants.org.uk/.


5 The Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants

Pebbles is our small funding stream for UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £150,000. This money can be spent on short breaks (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people), equipment (such as white goods), or capital costs (building work or refurbishment). 

Pebble grant applications are processed on a rolling basis. It can take up to 3 months for a decision and payment to be made. Grants are awarded on a discretionary basis; the Rank Foundation’s contribution ranges from £250 up to and including £4,000, depending on the total cost of the project.

If you have any queries, please contact pebbles@rankfoundation.com.

Please see the criteria to confirm if your organisation is eligible. 

6 Grant funding for Community Fridge

Applications now re-open for the Co-op Community Fridge fund! 

We‘re thrilled to announce that we have re-opened our Community Fridge fund with Co-op to support 100 groups all across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge project.  

This opportunity includes £4,000 funding to help cover project costs, along with full support, guidance and resources from Hubbub to help successfully establish your fridge.

Once set up, groups will be part of the 250 member strong Community Fridge Network which helps redistribute surplus food from businesses and households within the community, saving it from going to waste and bringing people together. Anyone and everyone can share and gift from a Community Fridge. 

If you want to take part in this exciting opportunity, feed your community and help the environment, we'd love to hear from you! We'll be welcoming applications until 9am 16th August

To access information on which groups can apply, the application criteria and next steps see our guidance here, or email ail us at communityfridge@hubbub.org.uk if you’d like to find out more. 



 7 Integrated Care Partnerships - Get Involved!

The Health and Social Care Board are looking for people who work or volunteer for a community or voluntary sector organisation with a health and well-being remit to join their local Integrated Care Partnership Committee.

Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) are groups which help to connect people who are working together to better understand and improve the health and wellbeing of their local communities to bring about positive outcomes and new ways of working in preventative health care, to address the wider social determinants of health. 
There is extensive work in the Health and Social sector to look at the future planning model which will likely be focused on collaborative and place-based approaches building on the work of ICPs. This is an exciting and important time to be part of an ICP and therefore we continue to welcome applications for Third Sector vacancies on ICP Committees.

There are currently 11 vacancies for C&V sector representatives in the following areas: 

  • Antrim/Ballymena
  • Armagh/Dungannon
  • Causeway
  • Craigavon/Banbridge
  • North Down
  • Strabane /Derry/Londonderry
  • Belfast

If you are interested, please contact Gillian Hamilton, ICP Third Sector Co-ordinator, Health and Social Care Board on 07917 514486 or email Gillian.hamilton@hscni.net  for further information including role description and application form

Closing date: Thursday 22nd July at 5:00pm

Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) - HSCB (hscni.net)


8 New Leadership Series of Courses from Volunteer Now
When we launched our new Training Schedule in April, we included a new Leadership Series, consisting of 4 different but complimentary sessions.  Each session covers a different topic regarding leadership of an organisation, programme or project.
Leadership & Why It Matters examines the difference between management and leadership, why leadership matters and what can be most difficult and challenging about leadership.
Thinking of Myself as a Leader explores communication styles (your own and that of others), conformity and why it matters when leading.
Leadership & Working with Teams looks at how to get the best from your teams and how to effectively manage change.
The last session – Leadership & Dealing with Conflict – examines leadership styles and theories, the principles of conflict management, recognizing the real problem and dealing with it through active listening and support and supervision.
The next round of leadership sessions is scheduled for September – details below.  The four sessions can be taken individually but as they compliment each other, why not think about attending all four?
“The training enabled reflective practice, allowing me to focus on the strengths and weaknesses within my role as a leader.  My focus for the future is to improve my listening skills, empower my team and let them shine!  Thoroughly enjoyed this training and feel that, given we get additional resources, it would be good for all my managers.”
Leadership & Why It Matters
Tuesday 7 September 2021
£35 +VAT

Thinking of Myself as a Leader
Thursday 9 September 2021
£35 +VAT

Leadership & Working with Teams
Tuesday 21 September 2021
£35 +VAT

Leadership & Dealing with Conflict
Thursday 23 September 2021
£35 +VAT



9  FREE bowel cancer awareness talk

Bowel Cancer UK deliver bowel cancer awareness talks to workplaces and community groups.  Due to the Covid-19 situation, we're now offering these talks online over Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Why we need to build awareness
Bowel cancer is currently the third most common cancer in Northern Ireland and the second biggest cancer killer. More than 1,100 people in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and almost 450 people die annually from the disease.

However, it doesn't have to be this way, as bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially when caught early. That's why we're dedicated to raising awareness through our volunteer-led awareness programme.

What will be in the talk?
Our volunteers will deliver a 30-minute virtual presentation and highlight the following key awareness messages:

  • signs and symptoms – learn the most common symptoms of bowel cancer
  • risks – gain an awareness of the risk factors associated with bowel cancer
  • bowel screening – learn about the NHS bowel screening programme and the importance of taking part

Our volunteers will also be happy to answer any questions you might have. Very often, they have had personal experience of bowel cancer, and therefore have a great deal of knowledge and wisdom to share.

Would you be interested in a free bowel cancer awareness talk for your organisation?

Book a talk 


10 Germ Defence

Germ Defence gives practical advice to reduce the spread of infection in the home. It is based on scientific evidence.  It helps people think through and adopt better home hygiene habits and find ways to solve any barriers. This is especially important with the emergence of new variants of Coronavirus that spread more quickly and easily.

After around 10 minutes answering questions online, Germ Defence offers tailored advice to fit personal circumstances. 

A research study with 20,000 people found:

  • People who read the advice in Germ Defence are less likely to catch viruses
  • If they do become ill, the illness is likely to be less severe

The trial showed that people who used Germ Defence advice got fewer and less severe infections, and so did the people they live with.

We believe that the Germ Defence website (updated for COVID-19) will help prevent infections, including coronavirus infections. We believe then that it could help save lives by reducing the spread of the virus.

By reducing the number of infections and use of health care services, it could stop the HSC being overwhelmed at its busiest time.

Germ Defence can be accessed in many languages from the homepage or here http://lang.germdefence.org/ 


11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for all the latest training opportunities from Salto Youth, including:

  • Cultural Embodiment: from stereotypes towards empathy
  • “Taking action against gender stereotypes and sexism in media
  • ”Being inclusive is "IN" - Study visit in Slovakia
  • VulnerABILITY in and after Covid times - Transforming weaknesses into strengths for social inclusion
  • Call for trainers


12 New Job Opportunity at Gasyard Wall Féile

Post:                        Volunteer Investment Project Coordinator
Salary:                     £23,708                                        
Hours of Work         37.5 hours per week
Based:                     Gasyard Wall Féile Office
Responsible to:       Gasyard Wall Féile Board
Reports to:              Féile Manager
Contract:                 to 31st March 2022 (subject to funding after 31 Mar 22)
Closing Date:          5pm at Wednesday 28th July 2021
Now in its 29th year, Gasyard Wall Féile is Derry’s biggest community arts and cultural organization.
The Volunteer Investment project was set up by Féile in 2006 to engage and recruit Volunteers through an Active Citizen programme, Participants are supported through learning pathways and on the job training and work experience, in roles associated with event organisation / management, stewarding, health and safety, production/stage management. The Project Co-ordinator will be responsible for the development and implementation of Gasyard Wall Feile’s Volunteer Investment Project both on an operational and strategic level.

For an application form please email gasyardfeilederry@gmail.com

Job Description


13 Would you be interested in joining La Dolce Vita Project Board of Directors?

La Dolce Vita Project is a gender neutral local community based organisation. Our aim is to bring awareness, educate, empower, promote and encourage communities in  understanding the affects of domestic abuse, and parental alienation.  Not just on the individuals but also on the family, friends and communities.  

We are inviting individuals to express an interest in joining our Board of Directors. These positions are voluntary.

We would ask those who have a passion or background knowledge, education in the area of domestic abuse and or parental alienation to consider expressing an interest.

This is not a mandatory requirement and we would also welcome those with a background in Community Development, Law, Funding, Fundraising, Social Work, Human Rights, Work related to Children and Young people,  public sector business skills, who can demonstrate core responsibilities within these roles.

All members must be over 18 years of age, will be subject to an Access NI or a Gardai Vetting check and will be required to attend 6, x 1 1/2 - 2 hour meetings per year. 1 Annual General Meeting.

If you are interest forward an email to include in your expression of interest;
1.  Name, Address,
2. Contact Number
3. Email address.
4. Any conflict of Interests regarding membership of any other organisations or a member of other Boards. 
5. A short personal statement to include education, and what you feel you could bring to La Dolce Vita Project.


Additional information on La Dolce Vita Project can be found across our social media platforms:

Facebook: La Dolce Vita Project
Twitter: @projec_vita 

14 ‘Body Wisdom’ Digital Dance and Movement Programme Launched for the Over 50s

by Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company

As part of Echo Echo’s summer long Digital Programme, the Derry based dance-theatre company, is releasing a free online course in dance and movement for over 50s. This course of 8 sessions is for anyone who is interested in dance and movement and offers a relaxed and gentle exploration of how to move in a more poetic way. The course is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and is led by highly experienced Echo Echo Ensemble member, Kelly Quigley.

The course starts from the perspective that the wisdom you have gained from life resides within your cells and is waiting to be accessed for the purpose of dancing and creating dancing.

The course is an extension of Echo Echo’s popular Body Wisdom class for 50 years+, which has been running for over 10 years. If you enjoy the digital programme, why not get in contact with Echo Echo to try out their new ‘in person’ Body Wisdom programme which will be starting this September and is open to new members in their state-of-the-art dance studios on Magazine Street.

A regular Body Wisdom Participant says:

“I have a big smile on my face by the end of each session regardless of how I felt before. It’s a place I am accepted and encouraged unconditionally. Any perceived limitations are not the point, the point is to explore the limitless possibilities of my expression exactly as I am.”

You can sign-up for the Digital Body Wisdom programme below at the link provided, it can be accessed online at any time from the comfort of your own home.


Contact Echo Echo to find out more or register for their new ‘in person’ Body Wisdom programme this September

Website www.echoechodance.com
Telephone: 028 713 08883
Email: info@echoechodance.com


15 Destined Coffee Morning ☕

Destined will be hosting a coffee morning on Sunday 25th July in the Gasyard Bistro Café between 10am & 12 noon.

There will be live music and lots of delicious treats on offer.  Everyone welcome!

All proceeds from this event will be donated towards Destined.

Destined Empowering People with Learning Disabilities , Promoting Social Inclusion.


16 FWIN's Your Voice, Your Stories Publication

FWIN are currently compiling stories of women’s experiences during Covid-19 and are working on producing a publication to record them. We are looking for short stories, poems, artwork or photos which capture your life during these very unusual times.

We’d also love to hear about any projects you undertook or something positive you achieved, what books you read, films you watched, box sets you binged on, board games you played or anything else that helped you cope.
Please send any pieces to Email
info@fwin.org.uk or by Post: Foyle Women’s Information Network, Holywell, 8-14 Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry, BT48 6PW.

Closing date for submissions 27th August 2021.
Please indicate if you wish to remain anonymous.


17 Family and Public Summer Programmes at Void

At Void Gallery we have recently launched our Summer 2021 Public Programme.  and Family Summer Programme

Find all the details in the attached programmes!


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