NWCN Ebulletin 24 May 2023

1 ‌Last chance to register - Cost of Living Crisis - Tough Times, Smart Solutions
2 Stand up against the cuts - Rally 
3 AIB Community Fund
4 Henry Smith Holiday Grants for Children
5 Open Call for Culture Night 2023
6 BBCNI Broadcast Appeal
7 Parenting NI - UTV Peoples Project nomination
8 WHSCT Macmillan Health & Wellbeing Campus open day
9 Drop in event - Volunteer Recruitment
10 Compassionate Communities seeks Community Engagement Facilitator
11 Foyle Hospice seeks Staff Nurse
12 Job Opportunity with An Cultúrlann
13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
14 Give Blood Save Lives
15 Echo Echo's Summer Programme of Classes

16 Introduction to Contact Improvisation

1 Last chance to register - 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 Stand up against the cuts - Rally 

As part of the Day of Action led by the 36 Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships, a protest will be held on:

Thursday 25th May 1pm at Ebrington Square
Thursday 25th May 1pm, Pagoda, Abercorn Square, Strabane

Ebrington will be chaired by Alison Wallace Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership Board with speakers from; Surestart, Schools, Pathways, Youth Sector, Nursing/Physiotherapy at Magee
It is very important that we take a stand against these cuts and support the most vulnerable in society who are being impacted most.  Many of these cuts are on services that support children, young people and families.

The community sector in the Derry City and Strabane area is calling on all of our community groups, childcare providers, schools, health service workers, and all those affected by the current government cuts to join in the protest.

Members are encouraged to share this information across the community.

 AIB Community Fund

The AIB Community €1 Million Fund was first launched in 2022 and supported 72 charities across six regions in Ireland, NI and the UK. This year we will continue to support communities through the fund which will support a further 72 charitable organisations in 2023. The AIB Community €1 Million Fund enables customers, the public and our employees to support the local charities that mean most to them, within their region. 

Nominate a charity that matters most to you before 14 June.

For further information and to nominate click 


4 Henry Smith Holiday Grants for Children

The purpose of the Holiday Grants programme is to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities.

Grants range from £500 to £2,750.   Grants are only available to support children who are aged 13 and under.

Now accepting applications for trips between 1 July and 30 September.

Further information available 

Deadline 18 August 2023

5 Open Call for Culture Night 2023
Culture Night- One Night for All - Friday 22nd September 2023

The call for programming is now open. If you have events or activity for inclusion in the Derry Strabane Culture Night programme, please get in touch to be part of a collective presentation alongside fellow arts and cultural venues, artists and organisations.
Some key dates coming up for event organisers:

1. Open call for applications for events requesting support - close 9th June
2. Open call for events to be included in programme and marketing campaign – close 30th June
Suggested programme development areas for 2023 are not exclusive but aim to encourage organisers to think about events focusing on:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Young People
  • Families
  • Late Night

While the costs of programming are largely met by venues and organisations themselves, in 2023 Derry City and Strabane District Council have made available some small awards to support the costs of delivery. If you require support to deliver your event, please find attached application form – CN23 Proposal for Programming Support to be returned no later than Friday 9th June 2023 by email to artsandculture@derrystrabane.com

If your event would benefit from In-Kind support such as use of a venue or equipment, please contact us and we will do our best to help you match with this.
If you do not require delivery support but would like your event included in the programme and associated marketing campaign, please get in touch to submit details for inclusion.

Any queries email Sharon on 
artsandculture@derrystrabane.com or call 07701377494 


6 BBCNI Broadcast Appeal

You can now apply for upcoming Broadcast Appeal slots on BBC television and radio in Northern Ireland.

These opportunities will be available from September 2023 onwards.

Application forms and assessment criteria for Broadcast Appeals can be downloaded on our website.

Completed application forms should be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday 19th June 2023.


Broadcast Appeals on BBCNI – Short Briefing Session

Our short, c75mins briefing session will provide some useful advice on the application process (including the information that we’ll need about your organisation, its work and governance) and what makes a successful Appeal on BBC radio or television.

Thursday 08 June 2023, 10.30am – 11:45am, Broadcasting House, Belfast

Pre-registration is required. To confirm attendance, or to find out more about this event, please telephone Paula Gilmurray on 07813968839 or contact us by email at paula.gilmurray@bbc.co.uk.


 7 Parenting NI - UTV Peoples Project nomination

You may be aware that Parenting NI has been shortlisted for The People’s Project - with a prize fund of £70,000 if we get the highest number of public votes! Please share with others to support our project entry.
This money will go towards ‘The Empathy Tent’ project, which will provide a safe, welcoming space for all (men & women/mums & dads) to talk and access support from others who have had similar experiences. The Empathy Tent will travel around Northern Ireland visiting community events, high streets and public spaces for easy access and to improve awareness of mental health & emotional wellbeing.
If you’d like to view and read up some more on the project, click on the People's projects link below . Voting closes on Friday 26th May at 12 noon and we need your support and your vote.


8 WHSCT Macmillan Health & Wellbeing Campus open day

Western Health and Social Care Trust, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, are delighted to invite you to our Macmillan Health & Wellbeing Campus open day.  The day is aimed at NW Cancer Centre staff, Trust staff and community and voluntary organisations and will take place on Wednesday 14th June 2023, 11.00am – 1.00pm.
This is a celebration to showcase our beautiful campus and the services we provide.  Colleagues from North West Cancer Centre and some community and voluntary sector partners will also be in attendance to highlight the services they provide throughout the Western Trust area for people with cancer and their families. 
A light lunch will be provided.
We have limited space in our premises.  To help us manage numbers please RSVP to confirm your attendance by emailing:

HWB.Campus@westerntrust.hscni.net and including your:
Email address:
Contact number:
Dietary or other special requirements:
If you wish to bring information about your organisation or service to display on the day, please let us know in advance.
We ask that you to do a lateral flow test and do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID 19 or have been a close contact of anyone who has tested positive for COVID in the last 10 days.
We look forward to welcoming you to Macmillan Health & Wellbeing Campus.


9  Drop in event - Volunteer Recruitment

The Red Cross are holding a Volunteer Recruitment event in collaboration with NW Volunteer centre, GAA and Volunteer Now on 2nd June 2023

The Volunteer Recruitment Event is being held in the Green Room in the Guildhall from 10am – 1.30pm.

The Red Cross are currently recruiting for various volunteer roles within the Derry/Londonderry area. 
The requirements of the roles are within the role descriptions here 
Emergency Response Volunteer (Derry/Londonderry) | British Red Cross Volunteering.
For our Volunteer Emergency response role people do need to be over 18, the ability to drive, access to a car and live within 30 minutes of our Derry office.

Everyone Welcome!



10 Compassionate Communities seeks Community Engagement Facilitator

Compassionate Communities (NI) require a
Community Engagement Facilitator
22.5 hours per week, fixed term contract until 31/3/2025
Salary: Agenda for Change Band 5 (£16,233 for 22.5 Hours per Week)

Do you want to make a difference to people’s lives? Compassionate Communities NI is a community development project of Foyle Hospice, committed to improving end of life and death experiences for everyone.  The project is seeking an experienced community development professional to engage key partners and stakeholders, locally and regionally.

The successful candidate will be responsible for tailoring support, delivering training and education to co-develop more resilient communities that are better able to support people impacted by death, dying and bereavement.

The successful candidate will have:
• Minimum of 5 GCSE’s including English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalent.
• Experience of working on community-based projects
• A proven track record of delivering training and/or learning workshops/educational activities

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptionally enthusiastic and driven professional.  If you would like to become part of a project committed to making a difference to people life’s, please request an application pack from:
Mrs Patricia Ferguson, HR Department, Foyle Hospice, 61 Culmore Road, BT48 8JE
Telephone: 028 71351010 / Email: hr@foylehospice.com
The successful post-holder will enjoy a range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement and a contributory pension scheme.   A secondment would be considered.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Wednesday, 31st May 2023 (Late applications will not be considered).
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer
Please visit 
www.compassionatecommunitiesni.com for more information on the Compassionate Communities project.


11 Foyle Hospice seeks Staff Nurse

Foyle Hospice
Have an immediate vacancy for
Staff Nurse (Agenda for Change, Band 5) Permanent 30 hours per week.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Staff Nurse for the above permanent position. The nurse we are seeking should have a minimum of one year’s post registration experience, be flexible, a good team member and have excellent communication skills.   They should be interested in the rewarding field of Palliative Care.  Applicants must be on the NMC live register Adult Nurse on Part 1 and have an up-to-date NMC revalidation.

We are also seeking to create a waiting list for future Staff Nurse vacancies both full time, part time, temporary and permanent. We will consider staff who want to work: day/night or night shifts only.
Bank Staff Nurses are also required for as and when hours.

Closing date for the receipt of all completed applications is Thursday 8th June 2023 @ 12pm (Late applications will not be considered)
If you like any further information about the job role, please contact Marie Dunlop Ward Manager or Bernie Michaelides Director of Nursing and Clinical Care at Foyle Hospice on 02871 351010.
Application packs are available from:
Human Resources Department, Foyle Hospice, 61 Culmore Road, DERRY, BT48 8JE
Or email 
hr@foylehospice.com / Telephone: 028 71 351010
Alternatively, you can download an application pack from 
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer


12 Job Opportunity with An Cultúrlann

Vacancy: Coordinator Acadamh
Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh

We are currently hiring for the position of Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh Coordinator.

Closing date: completed applications must arrive by 5pm on Thursday 1st June 2023.

Salary: £22,500

Please click the link below to find out more and contact eibhlin@culturlann.org with any questions.



13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Quality Youth Exchanges in Erasmus+
  • EGL Study Visit in Western Georgia
  • Art in Transition: International Mobility for Youth Workers
  • Step into Cooperation Partnerships
  • Seminar-Facilitators of Learning
  • Carpe DIEM!
  • Partnerships Beyond Borders


14 Give Blood Save Lives

There will be a Give Blood event at the Guildhall: Monday May 29th from 10.30am - 3.30pm

Pre book at 08085 834 653


15 Echo Echo's Summer Programme of Classes

Zoe Ramsey’s Dance Classes for Adults starts Tuesday 23rd May
Zoe Ramsey's popular dance class for adults is starting back on Tuesday 23rd May, next week!! This will be a 6 week course aimed for beginners but all levels welcome. Promoting health and well being in a fun and active way!! Click link to book!!


Echo Echo offer a Programme of Meditation Classes this Summer
Take some time out of your busy day to join us at Echo Echo studios for various meditation led sessions to help you find peace and clarity within...

Click link below to find out more and book!

Sitting Meditation
Fridays 12th May - 30th June
12.30pm - 1pm

Meditation to Movement
Thursdays 25th May - 29th June
7pm - 8.30pm

Guided Meditation
Thursdays from 1st June - 29th June
12.30pm - 1pm

Echo Echo Summer Scheme 2023
Join experienced professionals of Echo Echo Ensemble for a week of dance and movement for primary school ages! The course will run from 3rd-7th July, from 10am-1pm daily. It is suitable for kids aged 5-11 (the youngest should at least have completed P1).

In our kind and playful environment kids will spend time dancing, playing, storytelling and engaging in arts and crafts. Click link below to find out more and book!



16 Introduction to Contact Improvisation

By Zoe Ramsey and Tonya Sheina of the Echo Echo Ensemble

One off Session Saturday 3rd June
2pm - 4pm  Echo Echo Studios
Zoe and Tonya invite you to a special one off introduction to Contact Improvisation class, Saturday 3rd of June, 2pm-4 pm. Absolutely no experience necessary!

In Contact Improvisation we are making the dance up as we go along with our partner. In the class we will start with a warm up and some exercises which introduce principles used in Contact Improvisation, for example moving together, sharing point of contact, sharing weight, leading and following, meeting and parting.

Here is a welcoming video by the Echo Echo dancers Zoe and Tonya.
Link to sign up below:




HURT's annual walk with our fur babies has great physical and mental health benefits. Join us again this year on 24th June 2023 at 11am, Destined, Foyle Road, Derry

Register for £10 before 31st May.
All fur babies welcome!

Get your tickets here: 

Contact Leanne for further information:
leanne@hurtni.org / 028 7136 9696


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