NWCN Ebulletin 27 September 2023

1 ‌NWCN Membership
2 Human Library @ NWCN
3 British Science Week 2024 Community Grants open now!
4 Electrical Safety Fund
5 New traffic light display for charity accounts
6 Violence against Women and Girls Strategic Framework 
7 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
8 Carers monthly drop in group
9 Menopause after cancer workshops
10 Positive Ageing Month
11 Impact of Alcohol on Self Harm & Crisis Intervention Training
12 Webinar - Movement for all: Getting and staying active with a disability
13 Discovering the Power of Volunteering 
14 AWARE NI-Shine Bright, Glow Yellow for World Mental Health Day!
15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
16 AWARE NI are moving!
17 Recruitment competition: Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners

1 NWCN Membership

North West Community Network would like to invite you to join us as a member.  There are so many benefits to joining including:

  • Support for members e.g. governance, committee skills, strategic planning
  • Invitation to member only networking events throughout the year
  • Relevant and bespoke training
  • Plus much more....
Your membership also gives us a stronger voice in the north west and helps us to achieve our Vision of a vibrant, sustainable, inclusive C&V sector in the NW.

If you would like to renew membership or join us for the first time you can access our membership form 


2 Human Library @ NWCN

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the Halifax Foundation to continue our Human Library Project.
What is the Human Library?

  • A conversation at the Human Library is an interactive experience that engages people.
  • The Human Library creates a safe space for a conversation where topics are discussed openly between our human books and their readers.
  • You will hear lived experience from someone from a community you might not have met before, someone who is different from you.
  • A place to ask questions about difficult issues.
  • An opportunity to challenge stereotypes.
Here’s what previous participants had to say: 
  • “Powerful – emotive”
  • "I thought all the human books were amazing.  I really enjoyed listening to all their stories and I would really like to come back again."
  • “This was mind-blowing.  My first experience and something I look forward to experiencing again.  The speakers are all inspirational.” 

For more information or to book a FREE Human Library session contact Roisin McLaughlin – roisin@nwcn.org or 028 71 261941

 British Science Week 2024 Community Grants open now!

Supported by UK Research and Innovation and delivered by the British Science Association, Community Grants help eligible community groups to organise events and activities for their audiences during British Science Week (8-17 March 2024), expanding the number of people who enjoy and take part in science.

For British Science Week 2024, grants of £500 and £1000 are now open to community groups that work with people who are typically underrepresented in science, and which set out to deliver an event or activity that involves the local community, challenges science stereotypes and inspires ongoing science engagement.

Please check the 2024 Community Grant guidelines to find all the information you need on how to apply, and whether your community group is eligible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at communities@britishscienceassociation.org.

The deadline for applications is 11.59 pm on Monday 6 November 2023, so be sure to complete your form in good time!

Why not take a look at our Community Grant case studies to discover how previous grant recipients used the funding for their own British Science Week projects?

You can find a printable poster of the grants here.


4 Electrical Safety Fund

We fund local projects which aim to keep people safe in their homes with a focus on tackling risks associated with electrical products, increasing the public’s awareness of electrical safety, and promoting changes in behaviour.

 Although applications are invited for grants of up to £5,000 per organisation, we may consider larger funding amounts of up to £10,000 for joint and/or larger projects, which focus on or incorporate a data capture element and require cross-agency working.

Who can apply? 
Fire and rescue services, trading standards authorities, community safety organisations, schools or other educational institutions, not-for-profit organisations. 

Your application must have a focus on helping to keep people electrically safe and be related to ensuring the safety of electrical products in the home.

Applications deadline22 October 2023

Further information available 


5 New traffic light display for charity accounts

A new traffic light display, which will indicate if a charity has submitted their accounts and reports to the Commission on time, is being rolled out on the register of charities.

The public register lists all the charities registered in Northern Ireland as well as providing information such as what they do, where they work and their annual accounts for applicable years.

Under the traffic light system, due to go live in early December, the public will also be able to see if a charity has submitted their accounts and reports to the Commission on time or late, and by how many days they are overdue if not submitted at all.

The new traffic light system will indicate if a charity is:
  • Registered – this will display on a registered charity’s entry up until their first annual reporting deadline date has been reached.
  • Received: on time – displays on a charity’s entry when they have filed their annual reporting information on time.
  • Received: x days late – displays on a charity’s entry when the charity’s annual return has been filed after their deadline date, including the number of days overdue.
  • Overdue: x days – displays on a charity’s entry for the X number of days after their 10-month deadline. The text will be amber if the charity is in default for two weeks or less. 
  • Overdue: x days – displays, in red text, on a charity’s entry when the charity’s annual return is outstanding for more than two weeks.
  • Removed – displays on a charity’s entry when they have been removed from the register. This is usually because the charity has closed or merged with another charity.

Once a charity is registered, the trustees have a legal duty to report annually to the Commission on the charity’s finances, resources and activities. To check when your charity is due to submit their accounts and reports, please click here.


6 Violence against Women and Girls Strategic Framework 

During 2022, two reports were commissioned by the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Directorate in The Executive Office (TEO), which focused on women and girls experience of violence across Northern Ireland. The research reports were launched recently and have been published on the TEO EVAWG webpage. 

‘It’s Just What Happens’ Girls and Young Women’s Views and Experiences of Violence in Northern Ireland - Research led by Dr Siobhan McAlister Prof. Dirk Schubotz and Dr Michelle Templeton from Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr Gail Neill Ulster University - 
Research Publication: 'It’s Just What Happens’ Girls and Young Women’s Views and Experiences of Violence in Northern Ireland | The Executive Office (executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk)

Every Voice Matters! Violence Against Women in Northern Ireland - Research led by Dr Susan Lagdon, Prof. Dr Marcin Owczarek, Dr Ngozi Anyadike-Danes and Prof. Mark Shevlin, Ulster University, and Dr Claire McCartan and Julie-Ann Jordan from the IMPACT Research Centre - Research Publication: Every Voice Matters! Violence Against Women in Northern Ireland | The Executive Office (executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk)

One week left for Consultation!
We only have less than a week left to the end of the public consultation (03 October 2023) on the Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Women and Girls and the foundational Action Plan. 
EVAWG Consultation – Citizen Space 
If you have plans for the 16 days of Action in November we would be keen to hear about them, let us know on 
 7 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

NIAPN invites you to: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Poverty is a Political Choice
Tuesday, 17 October
The Guildhall, Derry
Whittaker Suite 
The Focus Project; The Women's Centre, Derry; and others.
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Ciara Fitzpatrick and Bernadette McAliskey
Refreshments will be provided.
Space is limited, booking is essential:

For more information contact Becca: 
 or 07519470305

8 Carers monthly drop in group

For carers looking after someone with dementia

This is a monthly support group - which alternates between day and evening runs to enable those who work to attend the evening sessions. Just simply turn up at the session. We will cover a range of topics during these sessions.  

All Sessions are held in the Old Library Trust, 2 Central Drive in Creggan on following dates:
28th  September at  6pm
26th October at 11am
23rd November at 6pm
14th  December at 11am

For more information contact Sinead on 028 71 37 38 70 or email 


9  Menopause after cancer workshops

WHSCT and Macmillan Health & Wellbeing Campus at Altnagelvin are delighted to be working in partnership with Action Cancer and SWELL (Supported We Life Live) to offer two workshops to support anyone experiencing menopause following treatment for any type of cancer.

The workshops will be led by Dr Gwyneth Hinds and include input from a WHSCT Women’s Health physiotherapist. Content includes how to manage menopausal symptoms, reduce side effects of treatment and improve long term survival.

These workshops have been jointly funded by Action Cancer and WHSCT Endowments & Gifts Fund for patients with cancer.

Workshops take place as follows:
Venue: Fermanagh House, Enniskillen
Date: Friday 20th October
Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm

Venue: Waterfoot Hotel, Derry/Londonderry
Date: Monday 23rd October
Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm

Click here to register
 or contact Action Cancer on (028) 9080 3344


10 Positive Ageing Month

Information Events:

Tuesday 3rd October, 2-4pm
Derg Valley Leisure Centre, Castlederg

Wednesday 11th October, 11am - 2pm
Foyle Arena Leisure Centre, Derry

Places are limited, to book contact Alexandra Wallace on (028) 7125 3253 or email 


11 Impact of Alcohol on Self Harm & Crisis Intervention Training

( Facilitated by Conor McCafferty - Zest NI)

Date :  12th October 2023
Time:   9:30am - 3:30pm
Venue: Online

Alcohol-Self Harm & Crisis Intervention Flyer

** Final places available **

** Register **
Book your place


12 Webinar - Movement for all: Getting and staying active with a disability

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is hosting a webinar on “Getting and Staying Active with a Disability – Insights from Research, Policy and Practice” on Thursday, 26 October between 10am – 12 noon.
Opening remarks will be provided by Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte TD and confirmed speakers include Catherine Carty, Munster Technological University, Brett Smith, Durham University and Kwok Ng, University of Limerick. 
Topics covered will include the importance of physical activity for people with disabilities, guidelines and recommendations for disabled adults and older adults, language and messaging, findings from the all-island report card on physical activity in children and adolescents with disabilities.
IPH Director of Ageing Research & Development, Professor Roger O'Sullivan will also chair a Q&A discussion with a panel of academics, advocates, coaches on the theme on of “Getting and Staying Active with a Disability”.


  • Catherine Carty
    UNESCO Chair Manager, Munster Technological University
  • Brett Smith
    Professor of Disability and Physical Activity, Durham University
  • Kwok Ng
    Adjunct Professor of health promotion and adapted physical activity, University of Limerick
  • Geraldine Lavelle
    Author, advocate, science graduate
  • Caroline Millar
    Player, voluntary coach and voluntary referee for Disability Sport NI for Boccia
  • Peter Kearns
    Development Officer, Independent Living Movement Ireland and Post-Graduate Disability Equality Studies Lecturer, Atlantic Technological University - St Angela's College
  • Louise Lynch PhD Student & Research Assistant, Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin

Register for the webinar


13 Discovering the Power of Volunteering 

In today's rapidly evolving world, the landscape of volunteering is undergoing a transformation.  Are you ready to seize the opportunity and engage a new wave of volunteers effectively? 

Volunteer Now are delighted to partner with Martin J Cowling and Rob Jackson to bring you Discovering the Power of Volunteering for International Volunteer Manager’s Day in November! 

This dynamic and engaging seminar is designed to equip your organisation with the insights and practical tools to attract, engage, and retain dedicated volunteers who will drive your mission forward.  Your organisation will walk away with actionable tips and insights to attract and retain volunteers in the current volunteering landscape.  

We'll also explore the development of methods for measuring the contribution volunteers make to an organisation and society, how those methods work, their pros and cons, why you should measure volunteering and how to use the data you produce. 

Together, let's create a powerful force for positive change in our communities. 

Date:   Wednesday 8 November 2023 
Time:  9.45am-3.30pm 
Venue: Belfast City Hall 
Cost:   £40 +VAT

Book here: https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/course/discovering-the-power-of-volunteering/cid_0/


14 AWARE NI-Shine Bright, Glow Yellow for World Mental Health Day!

Shine Bright, Glow Yellow!
This campaign is encouraging everyone to embrace the power of yellow, the colour of positivity and hope, in support of those with depression this World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October) ---- and beyond!

Whether whipping up tasty yellow cupcakes or donning your brightest yellow attire, we’re inviting everyone to Shine Bright, Glow Yellow to raise awareness for mental health in NI!

You can receive your fundraising pack and support by emailing 


15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for latest opportunities with Salto Youth including:

  • Populism, transparency and integrity
  • Video Games to Support Youth Participation
  • Youth Trainers Academy
  • Solution Focus in Youth Work
  • Call for trainers
16 AWARE NI are moving!

AWARE in Derry/Londonderry are moving! The new office address is AWARE2 Crawford SquareDerry/Londonderry BT48 7HR
Please find attached the 
support group poster
 with days/times of meetings and the new office address.

AWARE would also wish that the new office can be a useable community space so would like to offer the training room as available to others when internally not in use. A small fee will be applicable just to cover set up/cleaning/ tea & coffee.

If anyone wishes to make enquiries please contact the office on T: 028 71 260602
17 Recruitment competition: Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has launched a recruitment campaign to appoint a Chair to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners (LPHC).
No specific academic qualifications are required for the posts and experience within the field of shipping or ports is not essential. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability across a number of competences. Further details about the competition can be accessed through the link below.

Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the community.
Women, younger people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented on DfI Boards. Applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome. 
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process please do not hesitate to contact the DfI Public Appointments unit at  


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