NWCN E-bulletin 03 April 2019


1 Western Trust - How the Health Service Works

2 Department of Foreign Affairs Funding 

3 Workshop on Communities in Transition Project

4 Foyle Family Justice Centre - From Hurt to Hope Conference

5 "Guardians of the Flame”

6 Holywell Trust – Volunteer at Our New Honesty Cafe!

7 Volunteering Opportunity with the Stroke Association

8 Youth 19 - Mentorship Opportunities for Organisations

9 Volunteer Now - New Training Calendar

10 Free ASIST Training for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations

11 “Bereavement After a Suicide”

12  "All Aboard", the news-sheet of the Central Appointments Unit

13 Applications are invited for Temporary Creche Co-ordinator - Derry Well Woman

14 Vacancy and Space to Rent at The Playhouse

15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

16 Motorists urged to ditch the car and Walk to Work on Friday April 5th

17 Coming up at Eden Place Arts Centre

18 A Visibility Matrix – Sven Anderson & Gerard Byrne at Void Gallery



1 Western Trust - How the Health Service Works


NWCN are working with the Local Commissioning Group (LCG) in the Western Trust area to let people have the chance to give feedback on their experiences as a service user of the Health Service and to find out everything you need to know about how the Health Service works.   The workshop will last about an hour with a presentation followed by discussions.  

A summary of the main aims of the workshop are:

  • Increase awareness of HSC services and how they work
  • Increase awareness of responsibilities and challenges within HSC
  • Increase awareness on what we can each do to choose well and seek the most appropriate support when needed

We want to hear from as many people as possible so that we can gather feedback from the north west area. 

Let NWCN know if this is something that you think your group would be interested in taking part in and we can agree a suitable date.


roisin@nwcn.org / 028 7126 1941



2 Department of Foreign Affairs Funding 


The Department of Foreign Affairs has opened its latest round of funding and will be closing on Friday 12th April 2019.

The fund is moving to an online portal this year and a link to the fund can be accessed through the reconciliation fund website on: 

Criteria for funding and other relevant information is included on the website along with support phone numbers and email addresses.

· Applicants will have to complete a 2 stage process:
1. Registration – Applicants register details of their group and are then sent a link to apply which is stage 2 of the process.
· Letters of support, tax clearance certificates, etc. can also be uploaded to the system when applying. · The fund can cover small amounts of core costs including salaries but it should be noted that average awards are in the region of €5,000 - €25,000 and is for 1 year. · There is also capital funding available this year.

Applicants should ensure that they take a print out of the application before submission as this option is not available once it has been submitted.



3  Workshop on Communities in Transition Project

Building Capacity to Support Communities in Transition

We have been working with your local community to come up with a plan to help support your area to transition away from paramilitary influence

We want to take this opportunity to share details on proposed projects in your area and hear what you think:
We will be in your area on:
Brandywell / Creggan Thursday 11 April 2019

Holywell Trust, 7-9pm

Why not come along and find out how the Communities in Transition Project can support you and your community

The Communities in Transition project is part of the Executive Action Plan on Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime.


4 Foyle Family Justice Centre - From Hurt to Hope Conference 


Foyle Family Justice Centre will host a major international conference “From Hurt to Hope” specifically designed for local and international professionals working in all areas of Domestic Violence. The Conference will be held at the Ulster University (Magee Campus) in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on 4 and 5 June 2019.

Recognised as a ground breaking model for multidisciplinary agency working to combat domestic, sexual and child abuse, there are already more than 130 Family Justice Centres (FJCs) with a further 100 in development.

Conference Flyer:


Further Information:




5 "Guardians of the Flame”


"Guardians of the Flame”  produced by Jonny Clark, Director of Youth With A Mission Ireland and English film maker Josh Eaves of Global Fire Creative will be screened at the Holywell Building, Bishop Street on April 9th at 7 30 pm.  

Producer Jonny Clark and Beryl Quigley, whose story is featured in the film, will take part in a community conversation after the screening. To book a place, please contact Kirstie Wright at 028-71261941 or email:

“Guardians of The Flame” is about three individuals who have displayed inspirational courage and compassion despite great personal loss, and who continue to pursue their desire for peace and reconciliation.

Clark, who grew up in Belfast, talks to Alan McBride, whose wife Sharon and father-in-law was killed in the Shankill bomb, Eugene Reavey whose three brothers were killed in the Whitecross shooting, and Beryl Quigley whose husband, Bill McConnell, was killed by the IRA.

Others interviewed include musician and peace activist Tommy Sands and former SDLP MP Seamus Mallon who recalls visiting the Reavey family in Whitecross on the night of the massacre.

Also taking part are Padraig O’ Tuama (Corrymeela), Rev. Steve Stockman (Fitzroy Presbyterian Church) Ed Petersen ((Clonard Monastery) and Fr. Mark Ephrem (Benedictine Monastery Rostrevor).

The filmmakers took their title from a quote by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his book The Dignity of Difference, “Religion is like a fire and like a fire it warms but it also burns, and we are the guardians of the flame.”

Beryl Quigley will be speaking in the Holywell Building after the screening



6 Holywell Trust – Volunteer at Our New Honesty Cafe!


Would you like to be part of an exciting new initiative in the city? Do you have 4 hours per week to spare? Would you like to support community activity in the city centre?


If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions we’d love you to volunteer with us. Holywell Trust is recruiting a team of volunteers who will help us to run the city’s first Honesty Café ‘The Tea Room’.


If you would like to support the café, engage with users of the Holywell building and the general public then we’d love to hear from you. The café will also make best use of the Garden of Reflection to the rear of our building. All volunteers will be part of the Holywell team and will receive training and support. Our building is a genuine shared space, a positive environment to be connected with.


If you are interested give us a call on (028) 7126 1941 or email hello@holywelltrust.com - we’d love to hear from you.


 7 Volunteering Opportunity with the Stroke Association

The Stroke Association are recruiting volunteers for its Foyle Stroke Support Group.

The group meet every Tuesday morning 10.00 – 12.00 in Choice Housing Association, Lisnavar Court, Irish Street, Derry.

Stroke Association voluntary groups play an important role in ensuring that stroke survivors don’t become socially isolated. They also help to build confidence and self-esteem.

As a Voluntary Group Supporter, you will be part of a team assisting in the running of this group.

What tasks can this role include:

  • Assist the group leader in arranging activities and events for the group by helping to provide information, researching and contacting local activity and/or service providers.
  • Supporting people to take part in activities organised for the group.
  • Supporting the group leader to set-up and clear away venues where the group meets.
  • Meeting and greeting group members.
  • Preparing and providing refreshments.
  • Potentially helping with other tasks that ensure the smooth running of the group such as risk assessments, first aid and compiling user feedback.

For further details and full role description please contact Janice Kirkpatrick, Volunteering & Community Officer

Email: janice.kirkpatrick@stroke.org.uk

Tel No 028 9050 8029 / Mobile 07958048963


8 Youth 19 - Mentorship Opportunities for Organisations


The Government Ambassador’s Programme (GAP) is one of the strategic projects under the Youth 19 Programme (www.youth19.com). 

The GAP is a 12 month mentorship programme for employees aged 24 and under (mentees) and managers (mentors) who work in government/statutory/voluntary and partner organisations.

The programme will aim to develop Mentee’s skills, knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • A professional attitude
  • Problem solving
  • Using initiative
  • Objective thinking
  • Social Skills
  • Leadership Skills

FREE training as part of the programme is available to Mentors and Mentees as detailed below:

Title of Training



Programme induction.  Facilitated by Mentorship Trainer and DCSDC Officers

Mentor and Mentee


Mentoring with mentor (over 12 months – at least one hour per month)

Mentor and Mentee


Personal Effectiveness Training (1 day)



Effective Decision Making & Problem Solving (one day)



Good Relations Training (half day)



Competency based interview skills (1 day)



Presentation Skills (1 day)



Introduction to Child Rights in Practice



Developing Mentorship Skills (1 day)



If your organisation would like to take part in the Government Ambassador’s Programme or would like to discuss the programme or Youth 19  please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

My contact details are
jackie.parkington@derrystrabane.com or 028 71 253 253 ext 6665.


9  Volunteer Now - New Training Calendar


Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd is pleased to launch our new training calendar on Monday 1 April 2019.  Courses include Developing a Volunteer Programme, Keeping it Legal: Volunteers & the Law, The 3 R’s: Recruit, Retain, Reward, and many more.

To celebrate the launch of our new training calendar, we have two offers available for all participants booking onto our accredited volunteer management courses:

  • If you book a place on all three of these volunteer management courses – Attracting & Selecting Volunteers, Managing & Motivating Volunteers and Train the Trainers – Accreditation is FREE! Saving £250!
  • If you prefer to attend all three of the above courses and do the Non-accredited courses – you will get a 10% discount! Saving £52!*

To view our new training calendar, please go to https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/training/courses-scheduled/.

When you visit our new training calendar, you will notice that we have a new website too!  Part of our new website is a new system for booking and payments.  To read more about this, please click here  -  https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/new-training-booking-systems/.

These are limited offers and expire on 30 April 2019.  These offers only apply to Attracting & Selecting Volunteers, Managing & Motivating Volunteers and Train the Trainers courses taking place during May & June 2019.  The same participant must attend all three courses.

*  £52 will be refunded back to you 4 working days before the first day of the third course.



10 Free ASIST Training for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognise risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.


Course 1: Tue 14th and Wed 15th May 2019
St Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Rd, Derry~Londonderry, BT47 6JY 

Course 2: Tue 25th & Wed 26th June 2019
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 Main St, Limavady, BT49 0FJ

Course 3: Tue 24th & Wed 25th September 2019
Strabane Enterprise Agency, Orchard Rd Industrial Est, Strabane, BT82 9FR

Booking Form: 


11  “Bereavement After a Suicide”


By Conor McCafferty

City Hotel, Queens Quay, L’Derry
Alexander Suite
18th April 2019, 7:30pm - 9pm

FREE of charge!

Contact Zest on:
02871 266999 or email


To register please follow https://bit.ly/2ExdNJY


12 "All Aboard", the news-sheet of the Central Appointments Unit


Included in this edition is a list of the public appointment vacancies expected to arise during the second half of 2019.  Any vacancies arising after we go to print will be added to the nidirect website.



For further information on public appointments visit our website or nidirect at:



Please also find below a link to the Public Appointments Guide which provides an overview of Public Appointments in Northern Ireland and helpful information for those wishing to apply.




13 Applications are invited for Temporary Creche Co-ordinator - Derry Well Woman


30 hours per week/9 month contract

Salary £17,210 + Pension P.A.


Derry Well Women is a women’s community health organisation.

Registered with the Western Health and Social Care Trust, the Creche provides short time child care to mothers attending a broad range of programmes and courses including Counselling and Mother and Baby Programmes.


Essential Criteria:

  • A Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children's Care, Learning and Development.
  • 2 years Leadership experience including supervision of staff and volunteers in the last 5 years, working in an Early Years setting with children 0-5 years.
  • Current Paediatric First Aid Certificate.
  • Current training in Safeguarding Children
  • Current Health and Safety Certificate

Application Form, Job Description and Personnel Specification may be obtained from:

Oonagh Butler,

Derry Well Women,

17 Queen Street,


BT48 7EQ

Telephone Number 02871360777


Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26th April 2019 at 12.00 Noon

This position is supported by BBC Children in Need



14 Vacancy and Space to Rent at The Playhouse



The Playhouse Invites applications for Casual Cleaning Staff.

The Playhouse is currently updating its list of Casual Labour. Flexibility is desirable, depending on the building’s needs and event schedule. Previous cleaning experience is preferable.

For your name to be considered for our Casual Cleaning Staff list please submit a CV to:

Interim CEO, The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry

BT48 6RG Tel - (028) 71 268027

Email: max@derryplayhouse.co.uk

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 5th April.



Are you looking to expand your creative business in Derry/ Londonderry? Need a city centre space to work from?

The Playhouse has affordable Office/incubation space available to rent. Preference will be given to those working in the creative/cultural sector. 

For additional information and a tour of the office space please contact:
Max Beer, The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street,
Derry/ Londonderry,
BT48 6RG Tel - (028) 71 268027


15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Project Lab for inclusive (NEET situation) projects
5 - 9 June 2019 | Latvia
This is the right training course for you if you have a project idea within programmes Erasmus+: Youth in Action or European Solidarity Corps aiming to involve young people in NEET situation.
Organizer: Latvian National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 15 April 2019

See details

18 - 23 June 2019 | Cluj Napoca, Romania
In a nutshell: CONNECTOR is a space aiming to bring together professionals passionate about learning in a participative and interactive manner, with a focus on practical experience. The event is based on sharing, learning and testing.
Organizer: ANPCDEFP (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET):  10 May 2019

See details

Towards Collaborative Practice (TCP) Forum 2019 - Social Entrepreneurship for Local impact and Solidarity
15 - 19 October 2019 | El Escorial (Madrid), Spain
“Towards Collaborative Practice” Forum: A cross-sectoral event exploring the potential of Youth Work and Erasmus+ to foster Social Entrepreneurship among young people.
Organizer: Spanish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 31 May 2019

See details



16  Motorists urged to ditch the car and Walk to Work on Friday April 5th


Local people are being asked to put their best foot forward to promote fitness and support the local environment by joining in Walk to Work Day on Friday April 5th.

Whatever the weather, Derry City and Strabane District Council is calling on everyone to support the campaign, which endeavours to get everyone walking part or all of the way to work to promote better health and cleaner air.


Participants who take in the city side of the Peace Bridge on their journey between 8.30am – 10am will be rewarded with free giveaways, including safety lights, tote bags, reusable coffee cups and breakfast snacks (while stocks last).


Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor John Boyle, lent his voice to the campaign, encouraging drivers to ditch the car on Friday.


“Walk to Work Day provides an opportunity for those people who take driving for granted to try walking to school or work, or even just enjoying the fresh air and fitness benefits of walking 15 minutes of their daily commute,” he explained.

“We all know that walking is good for us and the environment and in a city that boasts an ever expanding greenway network and beautiful surroundings, we have no excuse not to get out there and get walking!”

Those who can’t walk all the way are encouraged to mix their walk with public transport, leaving the car a good distance from the office, or taking a walk at lunchtime.


Council Sustrans Officer Emma Hagger said: “We know that everyone leads busy lives and we can all argue that we simply don’t have time to Walk to Work. Well Friday 5th April is your chance to switch up your routine and see how walking to work enhances your day.


“In such a fast paced world we can forget there’s more to life than working and sleeping - taking a walk can help us appreciate things we normally miss. Whether it’s enjoying nature and reconnecting with the natural environment or taking time to catch up with a friend, the health benefits are unmistakable. I want to encourage everyone to give it a go.”


Don’t forgot to plan a stop by Council’s Walk to Work hub where you can pick up giveaways and reward yourself for your efforts. You can find out more about the North West Greenway Project and Council’s Active Travel campaign at www.derrystrabane.com/Subsites/Northwest-Greenway-Network/Our-vision                                                                      


17  Coming up at Eden Place Arts Centre


Muterial – Siobhan Meehan at the Eden Place Arts Centre

Launch at 7.00pm Thursday, 4th April 2019
Exhibition runs until 11th April 2019

‘Muterial’ is a body of work by Siobhan Meehan which includes painting, printing, photography and sculpture. This work explores concepts around the female voice and body, presence and absence.  She uses the associations of thread, cloth and embroidery with ‘women’s work’ and ‘craft’ to make work that eschews objectification.  The physicality of thread is a female signifier and it is the materiality of this medium that speaks of her presence, her voice.

She references the complex history of women and its connections to making to challenge traditional perceptions of value systems in the history of art. The work asks questions about the cultural hierarchy that defines these ‘female’ practices and materials to be substantively and intellectually inferior to painting and sculpture. 

The history of the thousands of women in Ireland whose long hours of sewing and making in their homes and factories was an important reference point in bringing this body of work to exhibition.


Easter Students' Exhibition 
Launch on Wednesday 17th April at 7:30
Exhibition continues on Thursday 18th April from 10am - 5pm

Spring Programme Brochure: 



18  A Visibility Matrix – Sven Anderson & Gerard Byrne at Void Gallery

Exhibition Launch Saturday 13th April, 6:30-8:30pm
Artists In Conversation, 5:30pm
Exhibition runs 16th April – 8th June 2019
There is now an expectation of visibility, from any place, at any time and by anyone.
- Sven Anderson & Gerard Byrne
A Visibility Matrix is an artwork that explores the politics and conditions of visibility. Initiated by Dublin-based artists and long-term collaborators, Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne, A Visibility Matrix assembles contributions from a distributed panel of artists, film-makers and others within a synchronised, multi-channel video installation.
A Visibility Matrix emerges as a response to the ambitions of abandoned art and technology projects from the 1960s–1980s that prioritised multi-screen video projection, monitor arrays, communications networks and algorithmic composition principles. These projects explored visual excess and hyperstimulation prior to the development of the Internet, and before multi-screen video displays expanded into the vernacular backdrop of everyday public and private life. Considered now, the plural voices of these experiments in perception and communication simultaneously prophesise and bypass the homogenised conditions that have come to be accepted as network culture.
Exploring the paradigms of what we see and how we construct visual knowledge, A Visibility Matrix returns to the instincts of these projects. It proposes a condensed counterpoint to the migratory, hyper-networked nature of visibility in contemporary culture by conjuring an offline matrix of video material presented in the gallery space for communal observation. The artwork speculates on an alternative to the composite formed by subject + smartphone + online-video-sharing-platform that has come to represent the current standard of visibility. It gathers content through an associative network of collaborators including visual anthropologists, cinematographers, documentary filmmakers and others from across the globe. By shifting focus from the production of images for sharing online to their reception in a shared, fixed-time spatial context, A Visibility Matrix offers another window on visual excess, confronting its own situated spatiality in order to reflect the more universal conditions that it addresses.
A Visibility Matrix manifests as a network of screens and spatial gestures, in which we observe images being duplicated, mirrored and displaced. These gestures unfold over days and months of exhibition, pursuing both repetition and re-assembly. The system that determines these patterns reveals itself through its precision but also through moments of uncertainty, asserting its presence through a series of vocal cues that punctuate the relationship between the database of video and the space of exhibition. This system speculates on the possibilities of video not as passive image but as an active signal, and the gallery as a site of condensation; a shared space and a space of reflection.
A Visibility Matrix is an artwork formed through its infrastructure, system design and spatial permutations, which will continue to evolve as it moves from space to space. To date it has progressed through The Douglas Hyde Gallery (Dublin), Le Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse) and Secession (Vienna) before the current exhibition at Void.
A Visibility Matrix is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Sven Anderson (b. 1977) 

Gerard Byrne (b. 1969) http://www.gerardbyrne.com/ 

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