NWCN E-bulletin 02 May 2018


1 Data Protection Important Reminder

2 Holywell STEW - New Call for Pitchers

3 Boardroom apprentice programme

4 Get Real Programme - Supporting Those Involved in Hate-Crime

5 Free Theatre of Witness workshops @ The Playhouse

6 Tea & Tour Open Day at Islamic Centre, Sunday, 13th May 2018 (1-5pm)

7 Resilience and Forgiveness

8 You are invited to Action MS open evening

9 Third Environmental Gathering

10 Creativity and Cake - The Big Lunch Networking and Prep

11 Volunteering Opportunities at Childline Foyle

12 Holywell Trust invites applications for the position of:

13 CAJ seeks Communications and Equality Coalition Coordinator

14 Latest offers from Salto Youth

15 Free Meditation sessions

16 Upcoming events with Friends of the Park

17 Budding volunteers required for wild flower survey

18 Dementia Friendly Tea Dance

19  Jazz with a Twist @ Holywell - This Weekend!!








1 Data Protection Important Reminder


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In order to comply with the new data protection regulations coming into force on 25th May 2018, NWCN needs to get permission from you to allow us to hold your email details in order to send this information to you.  

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2 Holywell STEW - New Call for Pitchers


Have an idea that needs some support?


Do you have an idea for a community project that you would like to pitch at an upcoming Holywell STEW event?We are recruiting new groups for the next Holywell STEW event. This is a chance of you to pitch for support from the local community. At each STEW event we have 4 organisations deliver a 4 minute pitch. Following the pitches the audience present decide on the group to win the prize on offer - the money taken at the door. 


Each Holywell STEW event is a community dinner - people come together to share a meal and to support new community initiatives. Tickets cost £10 each and all the money goes to the winning project. 


If this is something of interest to you then simply complete the  online form, that you can find by clicking here, by the deadline of 9th May. 


We look forward to hearing your pitch!

Holywell Team


3   Boardroom apprentice programme


The Boardroom Apprentice is 12-month board training and placement programme to encourage new people to come forward to give their time and share their skills with our third and public-sector boards. It is built on three core pillars:

  • Provision of a 12-month Board Apprentice placement to gain experience
  • The transfer of knowledge and learning to the Boardroom Apprentice through the delivery of a suite of training
  • Support for the Boardroom Apprentice through an assigned board buddy

Board members are also referred to as Trustees and Non-Executive Directors. These roles exist across the third (Charity), public (Public Body) and private (Private Company) sectors.  For this programme, the agreed host boards all come from within the third and public sectors.

The overarching vision is:

To move the Board Member role from aspiration to reality
Its aim is to:

  • To create a diverse pool of capable board ready Board Members
  • To provide a sustainable pool of capable board ready Board Members
  • To enable practical boardroom experience for aspiring Board Members
  • To provide the transfer of knowledge, skills and experience to aspiring Board Members
  • To increase the knowledge and awareness of the role of Board Members

Find out about the training provided, the host boards, the criteria to apply, and hear from previous apprentices and check is this for you. 

The closing date for applications is 12:00noon, Tuesday 15th May 2018.

Apply here https://strictlyboardroom.com/apprentice/


4 Get Real Programme - Supporting Those Involved in Hate-Crime


Get Real is a 3 year PEACE IV funded programme. It will support those involved in hate-crime, their victims and those vulnerable of committing these actions to acknowledge the hurt and damage caused and to move forward with greater understanding and hope.

This will be achieved through three strands:

  • Get Real about Justice: restorative practice interventions with offenders and victims
  • Get Real about Identity: community-based accredited education programmes with those at risk of perpetuating these crimes
  • Get Real about Society: diversity training delivered to criminal justice agencies across Northern Ireland and Ireland to equip public servants with knowledge and skills to work towards acceptance of diversity.

 Please get in touch if you are aware of a victim or perpetrator of hate crime who would benefit from engaging in a restorative process.
We are beginning our 8-week community education programmes in Derry/Londonderry, so please contact us if you have individuals or a group who may benefit from this training.
getreal@niacro.co.uk / Phone: 028 9032 0157
*** Please note this programme is launching in Belfast 16 May 2018 with keynote address by Professor Paul Iganski, Lancaster University.  4 Amelia Street, Belfast 11.30-13.30 (with Lunch)
by 10th May


5 Free Theatre of Witness workshops @ The Playhouse


Theatre of Witness Workshops explore the power of storytelling – the power of giving a voice to those who have been marginalised or forgotten.

True life stories, presented by the people themselves as they take audiences on a journey of self-discovery and creating a pathway to peace. Powerful, engaging & Inspiring workshops free for groups within the Triax area.

To book a Theatre of Witness Workshop contact Claire @ The Playhouse on 028 71268027 or e-mail


6 Tea & Tour Open Day at Islamic Centre, Sunday, 13th May 2018 (1-5pm)


"The Muslim community in the city is going to mark the arrival of the month of fasting (Ramadan), with an open day at the North West Islamic Centre (8 Hyde Business Park, Pennyburn Industrial Estate, BT48 0LU), on Sunday 13th May 2018 between 1-5pm.    

In the spirit of friendship and conversation, we hope to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the Muslim community and to promote greater understanding of Islam. We anticipate welcoming local people from all walks of life to visit the centre and meet with its diverse Muslim members. Last year, the Tea and Tour open day event has attracted more than 200 local people to visit the centre.


The open attitude of the Islamic centre and its people hope to make a major contribution in fostering interfaith and intercultural understanding within the city.


During the course of the afternoon visitors will be given the opportunity to talk with members of the Muslim community, observe their religious practices (including live mid-day prayer at 2:00pm), receive some information through an exhibition about Islam, and get the chance to ask questions at the "Ask A Muslim Q & A" session (at 4:00 pm). In addition to this, we will have a Hijab and Henna desk, Arabic Calligraphy and provide some local and ethnic snacks with tea.

We would be honored to have your presence on the day at our Islamic centre.


Please reply at info@nwia.org.uk to confirm your attendance or for further information. Please feel free to extend the invite to your family, friends and colleagues."


 7 Resilience and Forgiveness


A Valued Voices/Towards Understanding and Healing event: Resilience and Forgiveness
Stephen Travers, survivor of the Miami Showband Massacre and founding member of the Truth and Reconciliation Platform (TARP), in conversation with Archdeacon Robert Miller (co-author, with Father Paul Farren of: "Forgiveness Remembers" and co-mediator with Michael Doherty MBE in Peacebuilding across Northern Ireland)
Chaired by Paul McFadden 
Thursday 17th May 2018,  7.30 pm @ Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership.
To book a place, please contact Amanda Clarke at 028-71261941


8 You are invited to Action MS open evening


Action MS are delighted to host an Open Evening in the Waterfoot Hotel, Caw Roundabout Derry~Londonderry on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 @7.30pm 


When we will outline our work and as importantly meet and listen to the people of the local area as to how they feel they may benefit from our support services.

Support this initiative by Action MS and the MS specialist nurses, trauma therapist and Action MS personnel who will be in attendance on the night.


This will be a very informal, relaxed evening when there will be an opportunity to chat to professionals on a one to one basis over a cup of tea or coffee.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event .Your support of this informative evening will be much appreciated not only by the people with MS but as importantly their families.

Any further information please contact us on: 028 9079 0707 or 


Your opportunity to meet us in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and find out how we can support you



 Third Environmental Gathering


Saturday 19th May @ 1pm, St Columb’s Park House



  • Registration: 1:00pm
  • 1:30 – 3:00pm – Presentations from James Orr (FOE) and Dean Blackwood (Faughan Anglers)“How an Independent Environmental Agency would look” 

“Over a decade ago a blueprint for this was published.  Foundations for the Future was a report written by former Friends of the Earth Director, Tom Burke, and the then Environmental Law Professor at QUB, Sharon Turner.  If its recommendations had been implemented, we would have had the strongest environmental protection agency in the UK or Ireland.


“Unfortunately, TEN YEARS AGO in 2008, the then Environment Minister, Arlene Foster, rejected the report in its entirety, condemning us to yet another lost decade for Northern Ireland’s people and nature.”

  • 3:30-5:00pm: Working in sub-groups to action our ideas from the last 2 Gatherings.

Please also SAVE THE DATE for: Saturday 30th May: ONE BIG ENVIRONMENTAL MARCH (an action from our previous 2 gatherings) More information to follow soon….



10 Creativity and Cake - The Big Lunch Networking and Prep


Tuesday 08th May 2018, 6pm-8pm @ Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop St


For our members in the North West....Join us on the 8th of May for an evening of creative preparation ahead of Big Lunch 2018 day for neighbours. (the Big Lunch mass participation date is the 3rd of June) Come along and get creative, share your skills and pick up great ideas to make a community day beautiful on a budget. This will be a day to meet other people who are bringing The Big Lunch to their neighbourhoods, and to network and find out more about Eden Project Communities from existing members.


We will share Big Lunch and The Big Walk 2018 plans, and provide some food, advice and activities. Please come along willing to share a skill or an idea and bring props/ingredients to make this happen. Let us know what you would like to sign up to help with here: https://patchworkit.com/18917/cake-and-creativity-derry


The good news is, you are welcome to bring your children along to this event, or a friend who may be interested in bringing the Big Lunch to another street, but you must book a ticket for them for catering numbers.


Please be aware we will be taking photos at this event to share with the media and on social media. If for any reason you are unable to be photographed, notify us in advance.


Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creativity-and-cake-derry-tickets-45194488933



11  Volunteering Opportunities at Childline Foyle


Your time can make a big difference for children and young people.


We believe every child has the right to be happy and safe.  So when a child feels like there’s nowhere else to turn, they can talk to us.


Find out more about becoming a Volunteer Counsellor at our Volunteer Information Meeting

on Friday 11th May 2018 from 6pm–7.30pm.

At ChildLine Foyle, Exchange House, Queens Quay, Derry


Book your place by:

Emailing :Amanda.doherty@NSPCC.org.uk or calling 028 2044 1734


12 Holywell Trust invites applications for the position of:


Theatre Peace Building Project Delivery Advisor / Administrator

The Playhouse, Holywell Trust, Thomas D’Arcy Foundation & Queens University Theatre Peace Building Project has received funding from the EU Peace IV programme for a programme of work Jan 2018 - June 2020 that will be delivered in locations throughout Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. 

The project will programme a range of nationally/ internationally based theatre artists with significant experience of using arts activity in areas of conflict & post conflict / areas of social breakdown to promote understanding, healing and reconciliation within Northern Ireland / Border Counties.

We are seeking applications for the role of a Delivery Advisor / Administrator who will assist with the delivery of the project, with a particular focus on the Armagh, Down, Louth, Monaghan & Cavan areas. The Advisor will be employed by Holywell Trust, and will be managed by the Thomas D'Arcy Foundation who are based in Carlingford, Co Louth, with input from the other project partners.

Salary:  £5,250 / 8 hours a week (Fixed term contract until end June 2020)

Job Specifications & Application Forms are available from hello@holywelltrust.com


To apply complete the Application Form and send it to:CEO, Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop St, Derry Londonderry BT48 6PW

Email: hello@holywelltrust.com

Closing Date for Applications:  Friday 11 May 2018 at 5pm

Interview Date: Thursday 24th May 2018


Holywell Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer 

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


13   CAJ seeks Communications and Equality Coalition Coordinator


Position: Communications and Equality Coalition Coordinator
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: NJC Points 33-36 (£29,323-£31,601) (pensionable) This post is permanent (subject to funding)
As CAJ’s
Communications and Equality Coalition Coordinator, you will provide communications services to both CAJ and the Equality Coalition and to organise and co-ordinate the latter. You will co-ordinate communications, press, and PR activity for CAJ and the Equality Coalition, lead and coordinate the organisation of events such as seminars and conferences, manage the online presence including the websites, and ensure that all CAJ and Equality Communications are compliant with current data protection standards.
Please apply to
for job description, person specification and application form.
Completed application forms should be returned by 5pm, Friday,18th May 2018.
Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 30th May 2018.


14  Latest offers from Salto Youth


Youth Work Reality in Rural Areas - Study Visit to Moldova

28 May - 2 June 2018 | Moldova

Aim of this study visit is to present experience of youth workers and youth organisations working in rural regions of Moldova. It is a chance to understand better reality of youth work in this country and to create partnerships for future cooperation.

Organizer: SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus (SALTO)

This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 8 May 2018

See details


OMG! (Other Museums Generation!). 2018 European year of culture and heritage: Youth in action at the Museums

26 June - 1 July 2018 | Madrid, Spain

OMG! (Other Museums Generation!). Cultural heritage shapes our identities and everyday lives. The purpose of this seminar is to create new synergies between youth, art and cultural heritage.

Organizer: Spanish NA (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 20 May 2018

See details


Foundation Diploma in NLP for Those Working With Young People

29 September - 5 October 2018 | Sermugnano, Italy

A 5-day course for those working with young people, leading to the Foundation Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). The aim is to share the knowledge and use of NLP techniques to enrich the lives of participants and young people.

Organizer: THINK FORWARD CIC (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 23 July 2018

See details


15 Free Meditation sessions

A Two Day Retreat...Meditation; The aim of this retreat is to attempt to grasp the higher consciousness.

The retreat will include understanding the sub-conscious mind as well as guided meditation experiences. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions.

Facilitator: Dr Prashant Kakoday; Prashant has spoken on these subjects in many countries and institutions, including the W.H.O. and the Medical Teaching Program within the U.S.A.

Organised by Dr Mukesh Chugh on behalf of Brahma Kumaris
Registered Charity no. 269971


1 - 6pm Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May

Venue: Whittaker Suite, Guildhall, Guildhall street, Derry BT48 6DQ

For further details t: +44(0)1223 464616

e: derryretreat@outlook.com


Admission Free - Booking Essential


16 Upcoming events with Friends of the Park 


“Derry Girls” Disc Golf Tournament is happening on May 12, 2018 at St. Columb’s Park House!

Join us, as women across the world get out onto disc golf courses to play in friendly competition. Hosted at St. Columb’s Park, the only permanent course in NI, this event wants to encourage women of all ages to get out and try this great sport, competing against peers in a fun competition. Many will be playing for their first time!

Day starts with registration, with play scheduled to commence at 10:30. It is free to enter. Before competition starts, you will get some instruction on how to play and learn some easy rules. Then you play 2 rounds of 9 holes, with a break for a FREE BBQ! (first come, first served).

The day ends with an award ceremony at around 3:30pm.

Where: St. Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Derry/Londonderry BT47 6JY

When: Registration starts at 9:30, tournament starts at 10:30.

Cost: Free!


For more information, contact eliza at: eliza@stcolumbsparkhouse.org, or call 028 7134 3080. St. Columb’s Park House,

Hosted by Peace in the Park, funded by The Executive Office


Friends of the Park are hosting a Wildflower Walk.

Join us as we take a moment to appreciate the coming of Spring, by taking a relaxing walk around the park, enjoying the wildflowers and other signs of Springtime! Suitable for all ages. Dogs are welcome if on a lead. Light refreshments provided. 

Time: 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Date: May 12, 2018
Location: St. Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Derry/Londonderry BT47 6JY

This is a Friends of the Park event, and is supported by St. Columb's Park House and Peace in the Park, funded by The Executive Office.

For more information, contact
eliza@stcolumbsparkhouse.org, or call 028 7134 3080.


17 Budding volunteers required for wild flower survey


Volunteers are being sought to monitor wild flower and plant populations across Northern Ireland.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is an important UK-wide survey to assess habitats and ecosystems, as well as species and diversity.


Lorna Somerville from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) explained: “Thanks to volunteers, we have a very good understanding of changes in the populations of birds, butterflies and bats. However, plants are the foundation of habitats and ecosystems, yet currently we do not have a good measure of changes in plant populations across the country.

“We’re hoping to change this, and are seeking volunteers to help create a detailed record of wild flowers and plants across Northern Ireland.”


The survey – which takes place from April to September – will look at specific areas across the country.

Lorna added: “Across Northern Ireland, a total of 115 squares, measuring one kilometre by one kilometre, have been randomly selected. These represent all types of terrain and habitats. We’re asking for volunteers to select a square near them to monitor. If there are currently no suitable squares, you can register on the website and get notified when a square becomes available in your area.

“Volunteers will be provided with a survey pack. This will include a list of common species found in each habitat and an easy to use species identification guide, based on flower colour.

“You don’t have to be a botanist to volunteer,” Lorna explained. “Other than being able to cover the ground, no special skills are required. All the information you need will be provided and you will be guided through the process.

“Once surveyed, this information will give us a detailed picture of a key aspect of our flora. This is a real chance to make a difference and help the nationwide effort to catalogue our natural resources.”

For more information, to find out which squares are available near you, or to sign up as a volunteer, log on to the National Plant Monitoring Scheme website at: http://www.npms.org.uk.


18 Dementia Friendly Tea Dance 


Our first Dementia Friendly Tea Dance at the Millennium Forum sold out and booking is now open for our next tea dance on Thursday 24th May at 2pm.

The event is free and will start at 2pm in the Studio Theatre and finish at approx. 3.30pm.

Tea/coffee, sandwiches etc., will be served from 2pm – can you please advise if you have any dietary requirements or wheelchairs in your group when booking?

The entertainment this month will be provided by Dougie Breslin and will have a few more dance numbers included.


If you have any other access requirements, please advise.

You can book your tickets online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk or telephone 028 71264455 (chose option 1)


We look forward to welcoming you to our Theatre.


19 Jazz with a Twist @ Holywell - This Weekend!!
Anne Tracey & Band
David Bell, Frank Cassidy, Brendan Harley, Sean McCarron, Peter McDonald & Eddie O'Donnell
Special Guests:
Roy Arbuckle, Michael Corey, Oonagh Derby, Felix Healy, Sarah Hughes, Maura Johnston, Joel Tracey & introducing Eve Corey
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May
Starting at 8.00 on the dot!
Holywell DCCP
10-14 Bishop Street
028 7126 1941 for details/bookings
Bring your own drink/refreshments
Admission: £10

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