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1 Exciting News....The Ideas Fund – Development Coordination Partners

North West Community Network (NWCN) and Developing Healthy Communities (DHC) have been appointed as Development Coordinators to work with the British Science Association to deliver their Ideas Fund programme.  The Ideas Fund 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 has been designed to test a new way of funding that connects communities with researchers to access knowledge, research skills and resources.
There are two levels of funding available: grants of up to £18,000 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 fund will run from January 2021 to October 2023. NWCN & DHC will guide and support potential applicants in the Derry & Strabane area with developing their ideas and facilitate connections between communities and researchers. 
The Ideas Fund is for you if…

  • You have an idea (even one 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.. 

Groups that are interested in the Ideas Fund should register their interest on the Ideas Fund website (https://www.theideasfund.org/) Information webinars will run during February and March to provide potential applicants with more information.  Watch this space for updates!......


2 DCSDC Cultural Grant Aid Programmes 

The Cultural Grant Aid Funding programmes will be open for applications from Monday 25th January @ 10am with the deadline for submissions at 3pm on Friday 19th February @ 3pm. The available programmes are:

  • Access Programme for Cultural Organisations
  • Artist & Cultural Practitioner Award
  • Community Festival Fund
  • Cultural Organisation Fund
  • Headline Events Fund
  • Heritage Animation Fund
To Apply for any of the available funds please Login or complete the Registration form on Homepage - DCSDC Grant Aid

Deadline for submissions at 3pm on Friday 19th February @ 3pm


 Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) small project support open for applications

The Derry and Strabane PCSP call for small project and engagement support is now open for applications for projects taking place between April 2021 and February 2022.
Encouraging groups across the city and district that have an interest in community safety to apply the Chair of the Derry and Strabane PCSP Councillor Martin Reilly said, “The public notice inviting applications is being advertised in the local press this week. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 3pm on Monday 19th February. Last year the PCSP provided over £200,000 of support to a range of local initiatives and projects aimed at reducing fear of crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and addressing issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, road safety and domestic and sexual violence. This year’s call has a similar budget and will support projects running during 2021/22. I would encourage groups that are working to enhance community safety and reduce crime to submit their application to the PCSP. It is important that all applications are submitted to the PCSP before the deadline as applications submitted after the date will not be considered.”
Link for applications: 


4 Energy for Generations Fund

In order to apply to ESB’S Energy for Generations Fund, projects must meet the following criteria:
• The project must operate in one of the following areas:
1) Suicide

  • We will fund services and projects working to promote positive mental health and to build capacity, skills and training to make effective suicide prevention interventions.
  • We have a particular interest in funding programmes with a focus on youth suicide and positive mental health promotion for young people.

2) Homelessness

  • We will fund services and projects benefiting homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.

3) Educational Access and Support
Proposals are invited from the following:

  • Early years and early primary school projects focusing on literacy and numeracy;
  • Secondary level proposals promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM);
  • Adult education return-to-education programmes aimed at those long-term out of work.

The proposed projects should:

  • Be informed by evidence and focused on outcomes
  • Provide tangible and local benefits
  • Be sustainable after ESB funding ends
  • Leave a lasting legacy in local communities

The project must be located within the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

- 3rd February 2021

Full details available 


5 Consultation Launch - PfG Draft Outcomes Framework

The Executive Office has launched an eight week formal consultation on the new draft Outcomes Framework for the Programme for Government (PfG) along with a twelve week Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) Consultation, both commencing on 25 January 2021. We are inviting you to share your views.

Draft Programme for Government Outcomes Framework
The Programme for Government focuses on achieving wellbeing for all. The new draft Framework sets out nine ambitious Outcomes aimed at making a real and positive difference to people’s lives. To ensure that the PfG is informed by citizen and stakeholder engagement and codesign, we would like your views on the high level draft Outcomes Framework – that is, the Outcomes themselves and the key priority areas that underpin them.
The consultation document contains the new draft Outcomes Framework and sets out the wider context to the PfG. It explains how it will provide the starting point for longterm strategic policy planning by the Executive as well as delivery of key strategies and actions moving forward.
The document and alternative versions can be found on the NI Executive website: 

Responses to this consultation are invited until 11.59pm on 22 March 2021.

Equality Impact Assessment

An Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) Consultation has also launched on 25 January 2021 for a twelve week period. The EQIA document is available here: 

Responses to this consultation are invited until 11.59pm on 19 April 2021.

6 Translated census information leaflets

As the 2021 census date is fast approaching here is a link with translated census information leaflets in 18 languages which many people may find useful.

Northern Ireland Census 2021 is coming.  Here’s a guide to what the census is and why it’s important:

Get Involved: Information Leaflets - Helping everyone take part in Census 2021 - Census 2021


 7 NEW Free Online Training Courses Released!

Autism NI have released NEW virtual training sessions for parents/carers. These courses will be interactive, and include a question and answer session. These new courses are FREE and supported by the National Lottery, the Halifax Foundation, the Alchemy Foundation and Danske Bank Employees Charity Group.

Online courses available include:

  • Introduction to Sensory Processing and Autism - Tuesday 2nd February 6pm-9pm 
  • Managing Change and Transition - Wednesday 10th February 10am-1pm 
  • Introduction to Using Social Stories and Comic Strips - Tuesday 23rd February 10am-1pm 
  • Fundamentals of Autism - Tuesday 2nd March 6pm-9pm 
  • Autism, Adolescence and Growing Up - Wednesday 24th February, 3rd March and 10th March 6pm-9pm 

Visit our website to book online or for more information about our online training sessions, please email christine.kearney@autismni.org


8 Level 3 Award in Education & Training

Level 3 Award in Education & Training starting February 2021.

With great success after running the Level 3 AET this year, HURT is again running this course commencing February 2021 delivered via zoom for 8 weeks.

Please find more information by visiting our website or facebook by clicking on the links below.

Please register your interest today via email: 
hurttraining@outlook.com or phone 02871369696.


9  Fertility Network Events

On Wednesday 27th at 6pm we have a webinar on an ‘Update on Covid and Fertility Treatment from the HFEA and British Fertility Society.
If you would like to register for this webinar, please use the link below.

NI Support Group Meetings.
Our NI Support Group Meetings continue on Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30pm and we have Professor Sheena Lewis joining us to talk to us about her research on recurrent miscarriage.
Professor Lewis is an Honorary Professor at Queen’s University Belfast and CEO at Examen. Her research specifically looked at sperm DNA fragmentation and early pregnancy loss.
If you would be interested in joining the meeting, please let me know and I can send you the link.
The second meeting in February takes place on Tuesday 16th February at 7.30pm.
We are lucky to have Kathy from Fit and Fun back to do a session on Stretching and general pointers on physical wellbeing.
Please let me know if you would like to join the meeting and I will forward you the link.
The yoga with Annie Perry continues for the next 4 weeks on Thursday at 6.30pm.
To join the yoga please follow the link to register below.

Secondary Infertility Support Group
On Wednesday 3rd February at 8pm, we have peer led group, facilitated by Kate Brian from Fertility Network for those experiencing Secondary Infertility.
To join the group, please follow the link 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/secondaryinfertility or email secondary@fertilitynetworkuk.org  for zoom details.
Men-only Support Group
The next 'men-only' support group Wednesday 17th February at 8.00pm This online meeting will be via Zoom, and you're more than welcome to join with your camera on or off.
To register, please follow the link below:



10 Mindfulness Webinar

If you’re curious to see if mindfulness practices can help you—whether for everyday life or during periods of high stress—watch this FREE webinar. The presenter, Bridgeen Rea-Kaya from Immeasurable Minds has been practicing and coaching others in meditation skills for over 15 years. The Webinar will cover:

  • Health benefits of mindfulness
  • Types of mindfulness practices
  • The neuroscience of the practice
  • Tips on practicing
  • A 15-minute guided mindfulness of breath practice

This year has been full of challenges and stress, why not add to your own toolkit of self-care, and invest your time in exploring the practice of Mindfulness and what it can do for you.



11 Developing Healthy Communities - Recruitment

At Developing Healthy Communities NI, we are a small team working on several projects to offer people and communities the opportunity to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
We are currently recruiting for:

  • New Board Members
  • Branding and Communications Officer 
  • Clear Project Admin Assistant 

New Board Members
We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals with a broad spectrum of knowledge, skills and experience to join the Developing Healthy Communities’ Board during a time of diversification.
We welcome applications that reflect the diversity of modern society and the communities that we serve. Click below to find out more about the role or share with someone you think may be interested.
Closing Date for the above post is Friday 5th February 2021

Find out more...

Branding and Communications Officer 
This is an exciting role for an ambitious, multi-skilled communications and brand professional to join us, to help develop the work we do to improve the lives of people in Northern Ireland. We have remote working practices in place and as such, the location of the individual is flexible, subject to discussion with the recruitment panel.

You will deliver a range of communications and development activities with an emphasis on publicising the work of Developing Healthy Communities to key stakeholders, in order to drive our impact and sustainability.

Our organisation transformed in 2020 to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and we plan for our activity and communications to continue to be predominantly online over the next 12 months.
You will use your digital communications skills and experience to help effectively communicate and engage with our stakeholders, using a variety of tools including online events platforms, social media, digital media and publications.

We are a hard-working, supportive team offering flexible working practices and opportunities for professional growth alongside healthy workplace practices.

Closing Date for the above post is 5 pm on Friday 12th February 2021

Find out more..

Clear Project Admin Assistant 
The Clear Project, which is part of Developing Healthy Communities (DHC) Ltd is a capacity-building project for community and voluntary sector organisations working in the field of Suicide, Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol. DHC wish to recruit a part-time Admin Assistant to support the needs of the Clear Project.
Applicants will have 4 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grades A* - C including English and Maths, 1 years’ experience of providing administrative and finance support and ECDL or equivalent.
We are looking for a dedicated individual who through strong administrative and organisation skills will support the Clear Project Manager and wider Clear Project's team.
Closing Date for the above post is 12 pm (noon) on Monday 8th February 2021

Find out more...


12 Recruitment Opportunities with Verbal Arts

The following positions are available through our PeaveIV programme Third Space:
1. Education & Training Officer Full Time – 36 hours per week to Dec21
Based in Derry~Londonderry or Belfast
2. Audio Visual Facilitator Full Time – 36 hours per week to Dec21
Based in Derry~Londonderry or Belfast
3. Youth Worker Full Time – 36 hours per week to Dec21
Based in Derry~Londonderry or Belfast
4. Digital Communicatons Officer Full Time – 36 hours per week to Dec21
Based in Derry~Londonderry or Belfast

These are Fixed-term posts Application Packs can be downloaded from the below link: 
For further information please contact
• Andrea Doran / Sinead McLaughlin
• Email: 
• Tel: 028 7126 6946

Closing date for applications is: 12noon on Friday, 12th February 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 22nd February 2021.
Verbal operates a Child Protection Policy.
Verbal is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
This project has been supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by SEUPB


13 Call for Conference Rapporteur! 

The Inside Out Programme invites applications for the position of Rapporteur for the on-line conference, The Last Hurrah!  Goodbye EU.  Implications for Intercultural Dialogue, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in the UK on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February 2021.  Four days (32 hours) has been set aside for completion and comes with a fixed (maximum) fee of £800.    
The application process is simple – please send a short letter of motivation with an outline of how you propose to document the conference (max one page) and attach up to three examples of performing a similar role.  All submissions to: 
thelidprogramme@hotmail.com by midnight Wednesday 3rd February 2021.   
This report/publication has received support from the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council which aims to promote a pluralist society characterised by equity, respect for diversity, and recognition of interdependence.  The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Community Relations Council. 

14 The Youth Work and Trainers Bazaar seeks Presenters

The Youth Work and Trainers Bazaar is looking for contributors from outside the Non-Formal Education (Youth Work) Sector to make presentations on the following topics:   
  1. Positive Psychology – The new panacea.  
  2. Team Digital – No turning back!  
  3. Disinformation – reclaiming the agenda!  
  4. Entrepreneur – Room for everyone.  
  5. Funding – removing dependency culture.  
  6. Being thePostin a Post-Capitalism Era.  
  7. Mind your own business – sustainability in an unstable world.  
  8. Values – It’s all relative.  
  9. DNA and your behaviour– you’ve been lied to the whole time.  
  10. Identity – being all things to everyone.  
  11. Ecological Warfare – Joining All the Dots. 
Presentations should be a maximum half-an-hour in length followed by Q & A and will be held on-line during March. The audience will be Youth Work practitioners and Non-Formal Educators from across the Europe. There are no financial payments for presenting but we guarantee a diverse audience and an enriching experience.  More information on the topics is available by clicking here

Applicants should send a short proposal (max 2 pages) including one-page resume outlining their proposal to address the theme. This should be sent to 
ywbazaar2021@gmail.com by midnight Friday 29th January 2021.  
15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Intercultural Mediation as a Tool for Integration and Social Inclusion of Young (Vulnerable) People
24 - 26 February 2021 | online, Germany
Through this online training you will learn how to actively intervene in social dialogue and promote positive interaction. You will be trained on how to be a good Mediator, the power of Intercultural Mediation, culture and conflict.
Organizer: Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 6 February 2021

See details
EuroPeers Training Course (Online)
25 - 28 March 2021 | Online, Germany
A training course for young people who took part in European Solidarity Corps/Erasmus+ YOUTH IN ACTION projects and want to share their European experiences with their peers.
Organizer: JUGEND für Europa - National Agency for the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme in Germany (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - DE, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 14 February 2021

See details
16 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 

  17 Launch of a public appointment recruitment competition for the Drainage Council 

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is launching a recruitment campaign to appoint 6 Non- Executive Members to the Drainage Council Northern Ireland. DfI are looking to appoint a member from each of the following specialist areas; Tourism, Conservation, Drainage, Agriculture, Industry and Fisheries.
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 examples from within working or personal life.
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. 
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability and experience across a number of competences, including one from the specialist area. Further details about the competition can be accessed through the link below from 26 January 2021 and for your reference I have enclosed a copy of the 
information flyer.
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process please do not hesitate to contact the DfI Public Appointments Unit at;  

18 Bring Down The Walls special preview screening

Void Gallery has partnered with Derry Radical Bookfair for a special preview screening of Bring Down The Walls – a new film by the artist Phil Collins. We are delighted to invite you to register for free to view on Saturday 30th January between 7-12pm. Please find details to book below.

Book now

Over the last four decades the prison population in the US has soared to more than 2 million. Through privatisation and disproportionate targeting of people of colour, the marginalised and the poor, the justice system has been used as a tool of oppression and the source of corporate profit. Today, ‘the land of the free’ is the world’s biggest jailer. Coinciding with the escalation of mass incarceration in the 1980s, a new dance culture emerged from Black, Latinx and Queer communities embattled by the criminal and law enforcement policies. 

Bring Down The Walls looks at the US prison industrial complex through the lens of house music and nightlife. The connection between a system that locks the body up and music that sets it free comes from the years in which the director Phil Collins worked with a group of men incarcerated at Sing Sing, a maximum-security prison in upstate New York. After access was revoked, he recorded a compilation of house classics with vocalists who have formerly been incarcerated, and in 2018 set up a communal space in the heart of Manhattan’s court district dedicated to the struggle for social justice and prison abolition. During the day, discussions were led by people who have been directly impacted by the system, and those working to radically change or abolish it. At night, the space transformed into a dance party hosted by collectives from New York City’s vibrant club scene. 

Pulling these strands together, Bring Down The Walls reflects a coexistence of two fields of knowledge; the political/academic and the physical/experiential – one born out of education, advocacy and activism, the other through sharing time, space, and energy – proposing the dance floor as a site of personal and collective liberation and new ways in which we could come together as a society.

The screening will be accompanied by a set of reading lists on prison abolition and prison struggle from radical, independent publishers.

This online screening is free, but booking is essential. Bookings can be made via the link or via our website at 

The film will be available online 7-12pm, Saturday 30th January and it will be available on 
www.derryvoid.com. A private link will be sent to all registered viewers on the evening of the event.

19 New Courses for the New Year!

As Eden Place is still currently closed we are delighted to offer 5 new online painting courses. The following courses will be available on our website: 
www.edenplaceartscentre.com via upcoming classes page on Monday 25th January from 3pm
Painting with Oils for absolute Beginners
Palette Knife Painting 
Portrait Painting
Contemporary Watercolours
Painting Reflections

The cost will be £15 per course and will include all 6 lessons. The course will be delivered via Zoom.

20 Free Online Crochet Classes

FWIN presents: 6 week FREE Online Crochet Class
Every Thursday from 18th February 2021 x 6 weeks, 11.00am-12noon.

Places are limited
To register Email:


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