NWCN Ebulletin 25 August 2021

1 ‌Aviva Community Fund
2 The Hedley Foundation
3 Grants for Good - The Matthew Good Foundation
4 The Smiles Fund by Walkers & Comic Relief
5 The Prince’s Countryside Fund
6 Support For Sport Grant Aid Programme 2021/22
7 Join The Dots Participatory Budgeting – Creating Connections!
8 The Global Majority Fund
9 Food for Life Get Togethers
10 Access brand new life essentials for free
11 October Get Going with your Community Ideas 
12 Programming for older people across the DCSDC area during autumn
13 Rural Shared History Programme
14 BFI Film Academy (16-19 years) Now Open for Recruitment
15 'Skills for Life and Work' programme @ DYCW
16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
17 Apprenticeship and Job Opportunities
18 Job Opportunity with DEEDS @ Old Library Trust
19 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
20 Job Opportunities with Verbal Arts
21 Research Opportunity with Holywell Trust
22 Appointment of 12 new members to the Board of the Construction Industry Training Board
23 Child Maintenance: register for virtual stakeholder event
24 Fertility Network News and Events - August Sept 2021
25 Petition: Protect the freedom and safety of Afghan women and girls
26 Autism NI: Step into our 'Walk 5K a Day' challenge!

1 Aviva Community Fund

Applications are now open for the next round of the Aviva Community Fund until 5 October

Funding is available for fresh ideas looking to secure up to £50,000. Every three months, £250,000 will be shared equally among their UK employees to donate to the forward-thinking projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000 and Aviva employees will decide how the funding is distributed.  Eligible causes will be able to submit their projects to the Aviva Community Fund through Crowdfunder. Funding applications are open to projects looking to raise up to £50,000.

They want to support forward-thinking causes that are helping push communities forward, so your submitted project must align with one of their purposes and be raising funds in the following key areas:

Funding areas
  • Develop a new approach, product, or technology
  • Implement a new initiative or pilot a new scheme
  • Expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group
  • Adapt services to meet today's needs without compromising those of future generations
  • Building back better: helping society to bounce back from the pandemic by addressing the health and wellbeing, and economic impacts on communities and individuals
  • Climate champions: helping communities to prevent, prepare for, and protect against the impacts of climate change
  • Financial empowerment: supporting financial inclusion and giving people the tools to become more financially resilient and independent

To be eligible your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered charity or social enterprise
  • be based in the UK
  • have existed for at least 12 months at the time of submission
  • have an annual income of no more than £1,000,000 (can be averaged over the last three years)
  • have a bank account in its own name
  • have a safeguarding policy if it supports children or vulnerable people
  • be a living wage employee (if the organisation employs people)
  • have an active board of trustees or directors or management body.

To submit a project, you must be:

  • age 18 or older
  • a UK resident
  • using a UK IP address and not use a disposable email address.

Submit your projects online and use the Crowdfunder platform to promote your project to your network of supporters to raise public funds. The project will then go live to Aviva employees to vote for projects. 

For further information, access FAQs here or contact Aviva at communityfund@aviva.com.
You will also find a video on their website that explains the application process.

For support on submissions and promotion using Crowdfunder, click here.
About | Aviva Community Fund


2 The Hedley Foundation

The Hedley Foundation is an endowed grant-giving charitable foundation that supports small to medium-sized UK registered charities operating across the spectrum of social needs. Grants are available from £250 - £5,000 plus.

The Trustees seek to help and improve the quality of life of people in the UK, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is achieved by making grants, within budget, to registered charities for the benefit of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people, and their carers. 

They award grants to those charities that are able to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes to beneficiaries. Typically, grants of up to £5,000 are regularly made and occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Similarly, smaller charities often benefit from smaller grants of £250 upwards.  

You should meet the following criteria:

  • You are a small- to mid-size UK registered charity
  • Your application is not for salaries, building construction, general running costs, transport, financial deficits, or overseas projects
  • Your application is not on behalf of a church, museum, an individual, or an exclusive group of people
  • You have not received a previous grant from The Foundation within the last 18 months.

The following categories of funding are supported by The Foundation:

Youth Support
Projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people. Typically, grants are made to broaden the horizons of young people through sport, adventurous activities, education, the arts, training, or sustainable employment. These might include youth engagement initiatives that help counter anti-social behaviours within their communities and activities that help to keep young people away from the Criminal Justice System.

Disabled Support
Projects to improve the quality of life of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities, sensory impairment, and learning difficulties.

Supporting the Elderly and Terminally Ill
Projects to help elderly people to maintain a level of independence and projects to support those in the closing stage of life, in hospices or hospitals. 

Miscellaneous Support
Projects to support carers, homeless people, ex-offenders, and those about to leave custody.

How to apply
Download the application form on the Hedley Foundation 
website and post with any supporting documentation (including audited accounts) to:

Lucy James
Appeals Secretary
The Hedley Foundation

1-3 College Hill
London EC4R 2RA

Email: ljanes@hedleyfoundation.org.uk

The Trustees meet four times per year to review grant applications. Applications should be received at least 28 days before the review meeting.

The next meeting is on 27th October 2021.


 Grants for Good - The Matthew Good Foundation

Grants for Good invites local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have an average annual income of less than £50,000 to apply to them for funding.

Every three months, the Foundation will share £10,000 between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.

To stay true to their ethos of donating funds to causes close to the hearts of our members, every three months, five shortlisted projects will be voted for by John Good Group employees. These five charities will all receive a share of £10,000 – the more votes a cause receives, the bigger the donation. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of  £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 and fourth and fifth place will both receive £1,000.

Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment and has an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

They want to make it easy for very small charities or new community interest companies to apply, so organisations/groups do not need to be a registered charity, however, you will need to have a bank account in your organisation’s/project’s name such as a community bank account. They are not able to provide funding to personal bank accounts.

Next deadline: 15 September 21

Grants for Good – Matthew Good Foundation (Reg Charity 1143550)


4 The Smiles Fund by Walkers & Comic Relief

Funding is available for a minimum of 18 months to a maximum of 30 months.
We will fund investments from £100,000-£300,000

We believe that every person has the right to 
good mental wellbeing and support. We also believe in the power of humour and the potential for the arts and comedy to help bring about positive change for individuals and communities. We want to reduce the stigma and reinforce the importance of looking after our mental wellbeing, by supporting people to seek help at an early stage.

The Smiles Fund by Walkers and Comic Relief is inviting proposals which use participation in the arts and comedy to challenge stigma and provide community-based support for people who are experiencing emerging symptoms of poor mental wellbeing at an early stage. Research during the Covid-19 pandemic shows that some groups have been the worst affected in terms of mental wellbeing and we are particularly keen to reach them as the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt. This includes, but is not limited to, people facing

  • discrimination and disadvantage 
  • prolonged uncertainty and unemployment 
  • emerging mental wellbeing challenges
  • loss and isolation 
This is a one stage application process. Please note that applications received after the closing date of 11am on Wednesday 15th September 2021 will not be considered. 

Apply Now
The Smiles Fund By Walkers and Comic Relief | Comic Relief


5 The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is open for grant applications until midday on Friday 17 September 2021. We are particularly seeking projects in East Anglia, the north east of England, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

There are two grant programmes to which you can submit an application:

Supporting Rural Communities
Apply for a grant of up to £25,000 over two years, for innovative projects that will create a long-term difference in remote rural areas of the UK.

This funding forms part of a new programme of larger, flexible grants which focus on innovative and longer-term projects that support people in rural areas to resolve existing and emerging community issues, circumstances and priorities. With this funding we are looking for applications from community-led projects that are pursuing innovative and strategic solutions to the challenges facing their rural area and which will improve the long-term viability and resilience of their community and replicable for other rural communities too.
Find out more

Project Village Survival
Apply for a grant of up to £10,000 over one year, for projects that are addressing rural community resilience and ensuring their village’s future viability and “thrivability”.

Successful projects will do one or more of the following:

  • Protect or boost community assets and enterprises.
  • Reinvigorate service provision.
  • Strengthen the sense of community, therefore tackling isolation in the countryside.

Find out more

We know it can be helpful to discuss your project proposal before submitting an application to us, so we will be holding a series of PCF grant application surgeries – you can book onto these and speak to a member of our team. The surgeries will run from 9 August to 15 September from 14:00 to 15:00 on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

All appointments will be 15 minutes long; to book a slot, please email grants@countrysidefund.org.uk. Alternatively, you can email us at the above address with any questions or queries you may have. Please note that we are a small team so may not be able to respond to you immediately if you call us outside of these allotted times.

Rural Communities - The Prince's Countryside Fund (princescountrysidefund.org.uk)

6 Support For Sport Grant Aid Programme 2021/22

Derry City and Strabane District Council, in partnership with the District Sports Forum, welcomes applications for funding under its grant-aid programme, to support voluntary sports clubs within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

Support for Sport is a small grants programme primarily aimed at grassroots sports. The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver demonstrable increases in sports participation amongst identified target groups.

EBA Pre Assessment – Stage A 21-22
Application 21-22
guidance notes
Scoring Matrix

Closing Wednesday 8th September 2021 at 3.00pm
Aiden Lynch,
Sports Development,
Tel 02871 253253 ext 4395
or by email on 


 7 Join The Dots Participatory Budgeting – Creating Connections!

NWCN is one of the partnering organisations working with Collaboration for Change (CfC) and others on the Join the Dots Participatory Budgeting (PB) process around the theme of creating connections.  We are having an online event to launch this evening.  See below for zoom details!

Who can apply for the Creating Connections Participatory Budgeting fund?

  • Anyone aged 8 years old and over. If you are aged between 8 and 17 years you will need an adult signature to support your idea. 
  • Individuals or groups can submit an idea. Groups do not have to be constituted. 
  • A maximum of 2 bids can be submitted from each individual or group. 
  • Schools can submit an idea if they are clearly supporting young people in having control of the idea. 
The criteria 
  • Does your idea fit with the theme ‘Creating Connections’? 
  • Do you support the Collaboration for Change Declaration for the Common 
  • Good? (Check it out here https://www.cfctogether.org/about)
  • Can your idea be carried out within the island of Ireland? 
  • Can you deliver your idea with £500 or less? 
  • Can you deliver your idea by March 2022? 
  • Is your idea safe and legal (remembering COVID restrictions)? 
You can find out more at https://www.cfctogether.org/pbintro 


8 The Global Majority Fund

Migrant Centre NI has launched its Global Majority Fund which aims to help diverse communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19.
Expressions of Interest are sought from groups and organisations led by communities experiencing racial inequality or, in other words, BAME-led community groups working in Northern Ireland.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 15th September 2021 at 5pm (GMT).
Applications in the form of an expression of interest are accepted online and further details on how to apply, links to the application process and guidance notes can be found on the Migrant Centre NI website: 
There are two online info sessions scheduled on ZOOM for those wishing to apply to the fund on Thursday, 2nd of September at 1pm and Tuesday, 7th September at 6:30pm.
Link to join the meetings:


Meeting ID: 526 173 3110
Passcode: GMF2021
Migrant Centre NI is delighted to be able to make a third round of grants available to support communities experiencing racial inequality across Northern Ireland. The grant funding is possible as we have been chosen as one of the intermediary technical partners with the fund from Comic Relief.


9  Food for Life Get Togethers

Our grants of £150 are here to help you and your community take part in Cook and Share Month, running from World Food Day 16th October - 16 November 2021.
Whether you’re dishing up dal, sharing a sarnie or passing round the pasta, food is a great way to break down barriers and bring people together.  
The grant can be used for food, tools, and materials to bring your community together this autumn. 

We're looking for food-based community projects that:  

  • are focused on a Cook and Share activity and happen within Cook and Share Month (16th Oct-16th Nov 2021)
  • have potential to be long term
  • are community led 
  • include people from disadvantaged and diverse communities 
  • bring people together 
  • reduce experience of loneliness or social isolation
  • encourage a positive attitude to ageing and diversity 

These can be virtual or take place in person. We are no longer limited to specific geographical areas so anyone in the UK can apply.

If you want to have a Get Togethers activity with people from households or your neighbourhood you will need to apply for the grant through a not-for-profit group that has its own bank account.  

Please refer to full terms and conditions here.

How to apply 

  1. Register your activity
  2. Complete the grant application form 

You must complete both steps to apply. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 8th September. We reserve the right to close funding applications early if we are oversubscribed. 

Apply Now

Email us at fflgtsmallgrants@foodforlife.org.uk 

We can help with: 

  •  any questions about the grant or application process 
  •  if you'd like this form in a different format 
  •  if you'd like to submit part of your application as a video or voice recording 


10  Access brand new life essentials for free
Giving World are here to help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. We redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

We have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.
Our website is regularly updated with new stock so register here (no charge) to receive stock updates and access goods as and when you need them.


Goods can be collected directly from us, or we can arrange delivery at cost – you will only pay for transport.
If you would like more information, please call us on 0116 251 6205 between 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday.

You can also send an email with any queries to 

Reg. Charity No. 1105883


11 October Get Going with your Community Ideas 

1-2 October Get Going with your Community Ideas

Join people with a shared passion for community from other parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Connect, share knowledge and support each other to realise your own ideas.

1 October   6pm - 8pm
2 October 10am - 6pm

Note: this is for people early in their community journey and suits volunteers on projects who with a little more confidence would be suited to take on more leadership.
Or individuals who have ideas for their communities who could benefit from mutual support and wider connection.


12 Programming for older people across the DCSDC area during autumn

Has your organisation any programming planned in your location for your older residents?  Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Arts and Culture Department are collating possible programming opportunities suitable for older residents and visitors  across the district.
This  is part of a cross border project raising awareness and seeking to encourage people to participate in arts and culture activities happening the North West in DCSDC and Donegal CC as we come into autumn season. (Similar to what was arranged for North West Summer Project for Families)
Please find 
attached a form to complete details of your activities  so we can help promote that is happening. If you’re willing  to share your thoughts or details stating if they are definitely happening or in planning  stages.  My contact details are below if you would like to have a chat about projects /programming in your area.
Jean Smyth, DCSDC Arts Development Officer
Mob:07730900610 (work from home)



13 Rural Shared History Programme

 Rural Community Network are pleased to announce an investment of £35,000 for a new project working across rural NI called "100 Years of Change - Rural Shared History Programme" 

The project is part of the Shared History Fund, which the National Lottery Heritage Fund is delivering on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office, to help groups mark the centenary of the creation of the state of Northern Ireland in a thoughtful, inclusive and engaging way.

The project aims to work with all sections of the community right across rural NI through a wide range of programmes, including:
  • 100 years of Change Lectures
  • Partition Couse in partnership with The Junction
  • Rural storytelling & Digital Arts
  • State of NI course with Martin Snodden
Plus much more.... See link below for full details 
14 BFI Film Academy (16-19 years) Now Open for Recruitment

The BFI Film Academy helps to train and inspire the next generation of filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film.

BFI Film Academy offers young people passionate about film a chance to learn together, working in production teams to create short films in an industry led environment. BFI Film Academy courses are supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.
Masterclasses with industry professionals during the course offer insight into careers and the working life of the Screen Industries.
Previous masterclass speakers include cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Avengers Assemble, Atonement) directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Andrew Eaton (Rush, 24 Hour Party People), Ivanna MacKinnion (Slumdog Millionaire), Chris Martin (Good Vibrations) and Writers Glen Leyburn, Lisa Barros D’Sa (Good Vibrations).
BFI Film Academy Alumni go on to work and train in the screen industries with previous participants working in the fields of directing and producing, VFX, animation and sound design. Alumni join the growing BFI Film Academy network supporting young people up to the age of 25 with access to talent labs, Industry masterclasses and networking events.
The course is an accredited NCFE level 2 Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification. This qualification has been driven by the needs of industry and education partners.
In 2021 to 2022 the BFI Film Academy will deliver in line with government guidelines on social distancing and will involve face to face and online delivery.
In order to apply you must:
  • be aged 16 to 19-years-old on the first day of the course
  • be a UK resident
  • have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry
  • be able to commit to the duration of the course
  • not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts
  • not have previously enrolled on a BFI Film Academy course
Any evidence you have of your passion or talent will help your application. The course is open to young people from anywhere in Northern Ireland with BFI Film Academies based in Derry-Londonderry, Belfast and Armagh. No academic education or degree is necessary and the Nerve Centre welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and intersectionality across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, and socio-economic circumstances. Candidates must be available for all dates of the programme.

The deadline to apply for 2021/22 BFI Film Academy is Friday 10th September at 5pm. 
Click here to apply at your chosen location. 

The course will commence on 23rd September 2021.

15 'Skills for Life and Work' programme @ DYCW

Attached is the latest flyer for the new 'Skills for Life and Work' programme starting September 2021

  • Choices of Essential Skills and Vocational Areas
  • Weekly Allowance
  • £25 for enrolling 
  • Cash bonuses 
  • Quality Work Placements

Call 028 7126 8891 or email training@dycw.co.uk for further information.


16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Creative Digital Learning E-learning

14 September 2021 | Online, United Kingdom
Creative skills through Digital Learning are free monthly training workshops delivered between July and December 2021 for youth workers and those interested in youth work!
Organizer: AsfarEurope (Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 3 September 2021

See details

Include Transform Realise Transnational Forum II

16 - 20 November 2021 | Ankara, Turkey
It is aimed to reach out trainers/facilitators, youth workers/leaders with or without disabilities in order to improve their capacities for working with young people with disabilities in local/national/international level in terms of E+ YiA Programme.
Organizer: Turkish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 19 September 2021

See details


17 Apprenticeship and Job Opportunities

There are a range of apprenticeship and job opportunities currently being advertised in the Job Market and on Councils Website 

  • Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship (2 positions)
  • ETCAL Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship (1 position)
Closing date for apprenticeship opportunity applications is Wednesday, 1 September 2021 at 12 noon.
  • Technical Support Assistant (Various)
  • Customer Service Assistant (Permanent)
  • Facilities Cleaner (Temporary)
  • Irish Language Officer (Temporary)
  • Internal Auditor (Permeant)

See website for closing dates https://derrycityandstrabanedistrict.getgotjobs.co.uk/home
Also a reminder that the Apprenticeship.me website is kept up to date with wider Apprenticeship Opportunities. 


18 Job Opportunity with DEEDS @ Old Library Trust

The Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre invites applications for the following post for the National Lottery people and communities funded project
DEEDS (Dementia Engaged and Empowered Derry & Strabane)
Project support worker Salary: £22,020 pro rata 25 hrs per week

The DEEDS Project Support Worker will be responsible to the project co-ordinator and work as part of the ‘DEEDS’ Team focusing on supporting people living with dementia to live better for longer within their community.

Applicants must have:
• A third level qualification in a health or social sciences subject AND one year’s paid experience working with people with Dementia AND experience of facilitation of groups.
• OR four years’ paid experience working with people with Dementia AND experience of facilitation of groups

Application packs can be obtained by telephone on 7137 3870, by emailing 
roisin@olt.ie or calling into the Healthy Living Centre.

Completed applications must be returned to the Chairperson, The Old Library Trust, Healthy Living Centre, Central Drive, Creggan, Derry, BT48 9QG no later than Friday 3rd September @ 12 Noon.

The Old Library Trust is an equal opportunities employer and all applicants will be considered on merit


19 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 work is characterised by two main facets:  on the one hand addressing deprivation and social injustice, working with people at the margins of society; and on the other hand, standing together with a united voice in an area plagued with the legacy of division through the troubles in Northern Ireland, aiming to create a shared and better future for all.   Hence, ‘standing together with those in need’.
The Churches Trust wishes to appoint the following post:
Project Worker
Permanent part-time position: 20 hours per week
Salary £24,108 pro rata (£13,776 for 20 hours per week)
Purpose and function of post:

  • To coordinate and administer Special Projects:  current projects include ‘The Columba Journey: Celebrating Christian Heritage’ and a ‘Building Community Pharmacy Partnership’ project.  Projects will vary year on year.
  • To further the mission of the Churches’ Trust by providing effective and timely administrative support and project co-ordination
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A minimum of 5 GCSE grade A*- C, including English and Maths.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in administration/ office management / project management / other relevant posts.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

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

Closing date for applications: 3pm on Thursday 16th September 2021


20 Job Opportunities with Verbal Arts

Due to our ongoing growth we have a number of exciting opportunities opening up over the next few months.

We are now recruiting for the following new posts:
1. Research Assistant x 1 Cross Community Area Network Project (CCAN)
Fixed Term to Sep22
Full Time – 36 hours per week
Salary £21,589
Based in Belfast

2. Health Promotion Officer x 2 Cooperation and Working Together Programme (CAWT)
A project supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by Special EU Programmes Body
Fixed Term 12mths (extension depending on funding)
Full Time – 36 hours per week (flexible)
Salary £21,589
Based in Derry~Londonderry or Belfast

The Application Packs can be downloaded from the below link: 

If you have any queries please contact, in the first instance:
• Clare Moore
• Email: 

• Tel: 028 7126 6946

Closing date for applications is: Noon 13th of September 2021.
It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting. Interviews are due to be held week beginning 20th of September 2021.

Verbal operates a Child Protection Policy. Verbal is an Equal Opportunities Employer


21 Research Opportunity with Holywell Trust

Holywell Trust, through the Future Relationship Conversations project, wishes to appoint four individuals/organisations to carry out the following four pieces of research:

Terms of reference for each of the contracts are available by clicking here

The deadline for completed submissions is 4.00pm Friday 10th September 2021.


22 Appointment of 12 new members to the Board of the Construction Industry Training Board

Applications open Thursday 26 August 2021

The Department for the Economy will be advertising an open competition to recruit 12 new members to the Board of the Construction Industry Training Board Northern Ireland.

There are 5 employer, 5 employee and 2 educational member posts.

The process involves an application form and interview process. Appointments are made on merit and applications are welcome from all sections of society.
The appointments will be made in tranches between December 2021 and June 2022 and the posts attract remuneration of £77.50 for under 4 hours per day and £155.00 for over 4 hours per day.

The CITB (NI) Board normally meets six times a year and as a member you will be expected to participate in sub-committees and attend events. The estimated total time commitment is approximately 15 days per year.

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, young people, 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 Thursday 26 August 2021 from the Department's 
Public Appointments webpage or by clicking on the button below.

Alternatively please contact the DfE Public Appointments Unit, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP.
Telephone: (Yvonne Green) 028 9052 9282
Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9282 from Thursday 26 August 2021.

Application packs can be made available in other formats upon request.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 17 September 2021.
Late applications will not be accepted.

Equality of Opportunity: The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes application forms from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.
The Department is operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme in this competition for applicants with a disability. Applicants with a disability who meet all of the criteria at the sift stage will automatically be guaranteed an interview.

Click here to apply (from 26th August 2021)


23 Child Maintenance: register for virtual stakeholder event

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is committed to continuing to improve the current child maintenance scheme to make it fairer and more affordable for both parents.

We would like to engage with stakeholders with the aim of hearing your views on the existing child maintenance policy and legislation as well as exploring areas for possible improvement.

We are particularly keen to hear your thoughts on the following areas, although there may be other areas that you may wish to discuss:
• Pre-child maintenance application support;
• Family based child maintenance arrangements;
• Direct Pay and Collect and Pay services;
• Child maintenance calculation; and
• Compliance and enforcement arrangements for child maintenance payments.

We are planning to host a virtual stakeholder engagement event in the coming weeks to seek your views on the above areas. You can register your interest by emailing 

Deadline to register for this event is 5pm Friday 27 August 2021. After you have registered your interest, and once the date and time of the event has been agreed, event information will be issued to interested parties.


24 Fertility Network News and Events - August Sept 2021

The Competition and Marketing Authority
 (CMA) have issued new Consumer Guidelines for patient rights when purchasing Fertility Treatments from Private Clinics or considering making a purchase from the Complimentary Therapy or Coaching sector. I have attached the Guidelines which help to address questions over pricing, changes to treatment and the important issues you should consider when purchasing fertility treatment. This link gives the key points of the Guidelines. 
This is also a link to a short video which explains the guidelines well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JbCxCbZA_A

 is a calendar of events for you to see all our different specialist support groups that are also meeting up in August.   
We will meet up again via Zoom on the 14th Sept when we have Rachel Cutting from the HFEA to talk about whether there is any evidence for Add-on Treatments and explain the HFEA Traffic Light system.
Yoga with Annie -  Yoga starts back again on Thursdays by popular demand! To register 

Our Fertility Nurses are now available to speak to 5 days a week. For contact details 
Our website is undergoing improvements and updates, so is still a work in progress to ensure all links are correct. Do let me know if you find anything that isn’t working. 


25 Petition: Protect the freedom and safety of Afghan women and girls

Please find link to a petition circulated by the London School of Economics' (LSE) Gender, Justice and Security Hub: 

The lives and freedoms of women and girls are in the balance as the Taliban takes power in Afghanistan. Under Taliban rules, women and girls are banned from studying, working, showing their skin in public, accessing healthcare, being involved in politics or speaking publicly. Sexual violence and forced marriage to Taliban fighters is common.


26 Autism NI: Step into our 'Walk 5K a Day' challenge!

Our 'Walk 5K a Day' challenge is back this September! 
Whether it’s increasing your steps in work or taking on an extra walk in the evening with your friends and family, this fun challenge will increase your fitness levels and raise awareness within the wider community. Your fundraising efforts will also help us deliver our services for our autism community throughout Northern Ireland.

Sign up today and receive a free fundraising pack including a t-shirt and a pedometer!

events@autismni.org or call 028 9040 1729 option 3 to register.


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