NWCN e-bulletin 07 March 2018


1 Upcoming with NWCN

2 Pre Consultation - Draft Programme for Government in DCSDC

3 Stakeholder engagement events on the future Protect Life service announced

4 Why Bother Paying Tax

5 Focus Group - Older People Keeping Cash at Home

6 BBC Appeal Broadcasts

7 Can We Help Your Organisation?

8 DfC Creativity Month - Programme for Community Groups

9 Urban Villages Initiative Community Stakeholder Event - Rescheduled Event

10 Amplify Sessions #2 - Co-creation

11 Holywell Trust Activities - March 2018

12 Autism Impact Award Champion

13 Third Space at Extern

14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

15 International Women's Day at Eden Place Arts Centre

16 "The Friends of the Derry Walls" History Lecture

17 Services with Deafblind UK

18 Prehen Work Party

19 Launch of Northern Ireland’s first permanent Disc Golf Course at SCPH

20  Read All About It

21  All Shook Up

22  Lives in Translation 

23  Job opportunity with The Churches Trust

24  Are you experienced in letting property?

25  Office Space to Let at the Ebrington Centre


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1  Upcoming with NWCN

  • Data Protection reform: Introduction to GDPR

Monday 12 March 2018
The Junction, DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop St.
Have you heard about the reform to data protection law, which takes effect in 25 May 2018? Are you wondering what this means and how it might impact upon your organisation? Innovations in digital and communications technology have revolutionised the way in which data and information is created, stored, processed and shared.
The General Data Protection Regulation will build on the current data protection framework by providing more protections for consumers, and more privacy considerations for organisations. In this awareness raising session, NICVA staff will explore the key aspects of the GDPR in the format of what’s new, and what stays the same. Discover what your organisation can do to prepare for these changes through the impartation of information and group discussion.
This session is aimed at organisations who are at the initial stages of tackling GDPR.

**Please note this workshop is now fully booked**

  • Celebrate Older People with NWCN

Wednesday 14th March 2018

DiverseCity Community Partnership

1pm – 3pm


Join North West Community Network in our Big Lottery funded Celebrate event – “Older People”


This event will begin at 1pm with a lovely hot lunch and some nostalgic music from Fiona Gallagher to get you all ready to hear from:

  • Older People North West
  • Rathmor 50+
  • Run away and join the circus for a morning with an opportunity to test your circus skills with In Your Space Circus School!

 We will have stalls at the event from:

  • DCSDC Community Safety Wardens
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Drink Wise Age Well
  • Age Friendly Communities 

You will have the opportunity to hear about successful and inspirational initiatives, the journey’s they have come through and the difference they have made.


You will also have the chance to network and make some new connections as well as discuss the current needs of the sector.


To register for this celebration please contact NWCN on: info@nwcn.org / 028 7127 9090


Our AGM will be held after the Older Persons event (14/3/18) beginning at 3pm

Everyone welcome!


  • Good Governance and Charity reporting

Tuesday 20 March 2018

7pm - 9 pm

DiverseCity Community Partnership

Bishop St


Almost 6,000 charities are now registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and as such must adhere to the reporting requirements for all registered charities.  Unfortunately, not all charities are aware of the requirement to submit an annual monitoring return, annual accounts and a trustee’s report to the Commission within a specified time. 


North West Community Network in association with the Developing Governance Group and the Charity Commission would like to invite you to a free seminar focusing on the annual reporting requirements.  The session will also look at the Charity Commission’s new guidance on fundraising and data protection. 


This seminar will also focus on the importance of good governance and present how the newly revised Governance Health Check can be used to help charities adhere to regulations and good practice.   


Registration and light refreshments at 6.45pm.

Please note that places are limited.  


To register for either of these seminars please contact Neola on neola@nwcn.org or call 028 7127 9090


  • Raising the Standards of Fundraising in NI Workshop - Derry/Londonderry

Monday 26 March 2018

Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership 

This free workshop facilitated by the Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland and funded by the Halifax Foundation for NI will inform and educate on fundraising codes of best practice and self-regulation for any charity involved in fundraising.

The purpose of this project is to develop best practice standards and compliance with self-regulation in fundraising across the charity sector in Northern Ireland. This workshop will provide guidance and support to charities to understand implications of fundraising self regulation and grow best practice with trustees, staff and volunteers and essentially those who benefit from charity services such as supporters, donors and funders of charities.

Funded by the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland this is the first in a series of 6 workshops across Northern Ireland and offers charities the opportunity to understand the requirements for Fundraising Code compliance with regards to self-regulation of fundraising activity.

Speaking about the project, Chairperson of IOF NI, Neil Irwin said

"This is a great opportunity for charities right across Northern Ireland to raise their awareness in fundraising and regulation. Any groups involved in fundraising will become more aware of their responsibilities as regards fundraising and the requirements of the new funding regulations."

The workshop will use the Good Practice in Fundraising Guide (Northern Ireland) to support the development of self‐regulation in line with developing policy and practice in the rest of the UK" 

Participants from all charities across Northern Ireland will get the chance to learn about developing their fundraising best practice and compliance with legal obligations as well as benefitting from being more aware of the legal and reputational risks to fundraising practice and understand better their responsibilities. 

Numbers are limited for this event so early booking is advisable: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raising-the-standards-of-fundraising-in-n-ireland-workshop-derrylondonderry-tickets-43161521272 

For more information, please contact IOFNI at northernireland@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk or neola@nwcn.org



Join NWCN in our final Celebration event: Celebrate Rural Inclusion with NWCN

Wednesday 28th March at Learmount Community Development Group
Further information coming soon.......



2 Pre Consultation - Draft Programme for Government in DCSDC


Invitation from the Department for Communities to a Pre Consultation Event to discuss the future shape of employment programmes and services in the Derry City and Strabane District Council areas in line with the draft Programme for Government. 


The workshops will take place on Friday 23rd March 2018 at 9.30am in the City Hotel, Derry and 1.30pm at the Alley Theatre, Strabane.


The draft Programme for Government 2016-21 is committed to addressing economic and social outcomes. As part of this commitment you are invited to a pre-consultation event with the Department for Communities in relation to employment programmes and services. 

The Policy Review will result in a Work, Health & Wellbeing Framework being developed that will support a fresh suite of programmes and services designed to support people to move into good work and to stay in work.


Registration for the Derry event will start at 9.00am with pre-consultation commencing at 09.30.am. Lunch will be provided at 12 noon.


Registration for the Strabane event will start at 1.30pm with pre-consultation commencing at 2.00pm.


Please confirm your attendance by 5pm on Tuesday 20th March 2018 by emailing or phoning Nicky Gilleece at nicky.gilleece@derrystrabane.com / 02871308466. Please state who will be attending and which session they will be attending, thank you.


3   Stakeholder engagement events on the future Protect Life service announced


The Public Health Agency (PHA) is set to hold a number of stakeholder engagement events in the coming weeks throughout Northern Ireland. These will inform the future procurement of services to implement the pending ‘Protect Life 2’ suicide prevention strategy.  


Séamus Mullen, Regional Lead for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing at the PHA, said:

“It is really important that people have their say and we would encourage as many as possible to register and come along to the planned workshops in their area.  This engagement will help provide a basis for what and how services should be designed and commissioned in order to help ensure that they meet local needs.  We hope to gather a wide range of views that will help shape what and how services should be commissioned in the future.”


Engagement events will take place across Northern Ireland and the PHA wants to gather the views and expertise of as many people and communities as possible, especially service providers, service users, family members and anyone with an interest in the area of suicide prevention.  People will also have the opportunity to input into discussions online at: Protect Life 2 Stakeholder Engagement Survey


Service models discussed at this stage of stakeholder engagement will only be taken forward to phase two when there is ministerial approval for the new strategy.


The PHA has set out a proposed timeline for the procurement of services funded under the Protect Life 2 strategy, which would result in new services being in place for the beginning of the 2019/20 financial year. 


The workshops will take place at the following locations, and booking is essential:


Southern Health and Social Care Trust area
Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay, Newry, 13 March 10.30am -12.30pm
The Junction, 12 Beechvalley Way, Dungannon, 13 March 7pm - 9pm

Western Health and Social Care Trust area   
Silverbirch Hotel, 5 Gortin Road, Omagh, 21 March, 10.30am - 12.30pm                 
St Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Derry/ Londonderry, 21 March 7pm - 9pm
Fermanagh House, Broadmeadow Place, Enniskillen, BT74 7HR, Thursday 29th March @ 10.30am

Northern Health and Social Care Trust area
Causeway Rural and Urban Network, 1 Brook Street, Coleraine, 22 March, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Dunsilly Hotel, 20 Dunsilly Rd, Antrim, 22 March, 7pm - 9pm

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust area
FARSET, 466 Springfield Road, Belfast, 26 March, 10.30am - 12.30pm
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, 26 March, 7pm – 9pm

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust area   
Trinity Community Venue, Ballymacoss Avenue, Knockmore Road, Lisburn, 27 March, 10.30am -12.30pm.
Castlewellan Regeneration Ltd, Lodge Building, 1 Dublin Road, Castlewellan,  27 March, 7pm - 9pm


Anyone who wishes to attend one of these events is asked to register by email, providing their name, contact details and preferred venue/ time to Carrie.Crossan@hscni.net 


4 Why Bother Paying Tax


Children in Crossfire and Debt and Development Coalition Ireland invite you to





When: Wednesday 14th March from 6pm to 9pm 

Where: St Columb's Park House, Derry.

Food will be provided from 6pm, with the workshop kicking off at 6.45pm. There will be performance pieces throughout by local artists - Bebeedeebe

To sign up please fill out the following survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3WT7K2G


The global cost of tax dodging is estimated to be $500 billion a year, and $200 billion of that comes from developing countries - more than they receive in development aid. The impact of these tax practices is that governments have less tax income to provide public services, affecting communities throughout the world. Less tax means less healthcare, less infrastructure, less money to pay for teachers, doctors and nurses. At the same scandals like the Panama and Paradise Papers expose those dodging their tax bill yet nothing seems to change. 

Join us for a workshop to demystify tax justice and explore how these practices continue to happen, and what action we can take for change!


5 Focus Group - Older People Keeping Cash at Home


When – Thursday 29th March 2018

Where - City Hotel, Derry

Registration and refreshments - 10.30-11am

Finish 12.30 followed by lunch until 1pm


The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland is keen to better understand the reasons why some older people keep cash and other funds at home rather than in a bank or financial institution.


The Commissioner is holding a focus group for all older people and the organisations who work with them, to better understand the reasons behind this. The Commissioner will discuss his priorities for his term including crime and scams, followed by a discussion to give participants a chance to give their opinion on why older people keep their cash at home.


COPNI will not attribute any viewpoints to an individual but will discuss overall findings from the focus group and this will help to inform work going forward. COPNI will also ask that individuals do not asked to disclose if they personally keep money at home, for security reasons. The purpose of the discussion will simply be to ask participants of any reasons that they are aware of as to why older people keep funds at home.


Please note as numbers are limited, places are on a first come first served basis.
Please RSVP to myself, Rebecca Kelly on
rebecca.kelly@copni.org or 02890 890 897.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any other information.


6 BBC Appeal Broadcasts


The BBC broadcasts charitable appeals as a public service in order to provide authoritative information and guidance about charities; raise money for good causes and encourage giving and; raise awareness about charities' work.  They hope to inspire charities to share stories with listeners and viewers.

Closing Date (Midnight) 19 Mar 2018

Find out more:  




 7 Can We Help Your Organisation?


Business in the Community has over 260 member companies, all willing to volunteer their time to help organisations in the community and voluntary sector. To date, hundreds of charities like yours have benefitted from the skills and experience from our members at absolutely no cost. Examples include: making over a garden, organising an event, providing some business assistance or helping with digital skills.


If you feel you would benefit from support like this, simply complete the form on our website by clicking here.


Finding a Shared purpose - https://www.bitcni.org.uk/post-events/building-corporate-charity-partnerships-workshop/ - A few examples of our partnership workshops.

If you’d like more details please contact us on (028 9046 0606)


8 DfC Creativity Month - Programme for Community Groups


For DfC’s Creativity Month, we’re running a pilot professional development programme for voluntary / community sectors organisations




15 selected organisations will receive free access to 12hrs+ of online professional development courses focused on digital skills 


Interested organisations just need to complete the form at the bottom of the page in the link


Would be great to have a big bunch of NW community groups involved!


 Urban Villages Initiative Community Stakeholder Event - Rescheduled Event


As a result of the adverse weather conditions, we have postponed the Community Engagement event tomorrow. We have rescheduled the event for next Thursday, 08 March at 9.00am in the Fountain Primary School.


Venue: Fountain Primary School, The Fountain, Derry~Londonderry,

BT48 6RD

Date: 08 March, 2018

Time: 09.00– 10.30pm

(Breakfast will be provided)


If you wish to attend this event at the new date and time, sign up now to find out what’s happening in the Derry~Londonderry Urban Village area, and be part of continuing to shape the future of your area.


Join us...

We are committed to staying in touch with you, so join us for a yearly catch up on the Urban Villages programme. Hear about the great projects that have been rolling out in your area, and tell us what you think about the Urban Villages Initiative!


Have your say....

Help us to inform programmes that will meet the needs of all of the Urban Village areas. You know what skills or training is needed in your area; help us to build programmes that will strengthen community and increase sustainability.



Meet the finalists that will be representing your local area at the Urban Villages Awards and let’s celebrate what's making a difference in your Urban Village area.


***There is no parking at the school. Nearby car parks include Bishop Street and the Foyleside Shopping Centre.


Book your place on: info@urbanvillagesni.org


10 Amplify Sessions #2 - Co-creation


Friday 16 March, 12.00 – 2.00 incl. lunch
Holywell Trust, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PR

RSVP for catering purposes: 

Free - RSVP now


Amplify Sessions are back!
Amplify Sessions are a series of workshops that will help people come together to understand how people in their communities experience inequalities, tell the stories of their communities that often get overlooked, and use these insights to work in collaboration with communities to create solutions.
Join us for an informal introduction to co-creation.
If you are looking for ways to design with the people who will be involved or touched in some way by your idea or project, this session will give you some useful ideas and tools.  Over the next two Sessions, we'll be covering:

  • How co-creation could benefit your project or organisation
  • How to do co-creation
  • How it connects to participatory research

Lunch will be provided. 

If this sounds like something you want to hear more about, come and have lunch with us, and bring a friend or colleague!

For further information, please contact Rebecca: 


11  Holywell Trust Activities - March 2018


Teatime Event - City Deal

Holywell Trust is organising a Teatime Event from 6.00pm-8.00pm on Wednesday 14th March on ‘What Difference a City Deal for the City Could Make’. 

The purpose of the session is to inform local people on what a city deal is, what it might look like and the potential difference that it could make to the local economy. 

We have invited a panel of speakers including Paul Gosling (local economist) and Sinead McLaughlin (Londonderry Chamber of Commerce). There will also be an opportunity for you to have your say.

The event starts with a light dinner.

Book a place here. 


City Centre Forum - Local Citizens' Assembly

Through the Holywell Trust Good Relations Programme (supported through the Central Good Relations Fund of The Executive Office) Holywell Trust is holding a City Centre Forum on the theme ‘A Citizens’ Assembly for Local Issues’. Delivered in partnership with Community Dialogue and North West Community Network. 


This event will be held on: 

Date: Tuesday 20th March 

Time: 12.30pm - 5.00pm 

Venue: HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PW 


The purpose of the session is to look into the possibility of forming a Citizens’ Assembly for the Derry City and Strabane District Council area to allow local people to look into issues give local ownership and influence to solutions.

Book your place


City Centre Forum - Creating a Voice for the Community Sector
North West Community Network is beginning a new phase of work. Holywell Trust is delighted to support this exciting opportunity to create a voice for the sector. There are many changes currently impacting the community and voluntary sector.  We need more than ever to come together in a unified manner to address issues that affect many of us. 
This session will also focus on identifying the needs within the community sector and how the Network can best support.  So we need to hear from you to help us shape our priorities for the next few months. Please come along and have your say.
The event will take place on Tuesday 27th March at Holywell, 8-14 Bishop Street, from 10.30am-12.30pm (finishing with lunch). 
ook your place... 

Brexit Focus Podcast
The most recent episode of the Holywell Brexit Focus Podcast is available now. As always, our Brexit Expert Paul Gosling is on hand to give us an update on Brexit and answer some Brexit questions. There are also interviews with Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister.
We also hear from Senator Mark Daly who is chairing a study looking at the impact of Brexit on the Republic of Ireland and what it will mean on the possible reunification of Ireland. Finally, Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson expresses her opinions on Irish reunification and negotiating with the British Government.
The podcast is available through
SoundCloud, iTunes and your podcast app. 
lick here to listen.


Garden of Reflection Event - Taiko Drumming Workshop
Come along and experience a Taiko Drumming workshop and learn more about the culture behind the drums. The session is open to all and is free. It will take place on Thursday 22nd March from 6.00pm-7.30pm in the Garden of Reflection, accessed through the Holywell building. 
A light dinner will also be provided. We hope that you can make it!
ook a place


Garden of Reflection Event - Screening
Join us for an outdoor screening (film to be confirmed) on Friday 23rd March 2018 at 6.00pm. The event will be held in the Garden of Reflection, accessed through the Holywell building. 
A light dinner will also be available.
ook your place.


12 Autism Impact Award Champion 

Investing in Autism Awareness & Training Excellence
FREE ticketed event
DCSDC’s Access and Inclusion Programme in association with the Public Health Agency invite you to the launch of our initiative to have Council and cultural venues work towards becoming Autism Friendly.
Wednesday 28th March 2018
The Alley Theatre, Strabane
With light refreshments afterwards in The Alley
RSVP by Friday 16th March 2018
The tickets can be reserved with The Alley Theatre on 028 7138 4444 or

Or alternatively with:

Tel: 028 7125 3253 extn 4349
Or text mobile on: 077 1370 7912
Please contact and inform The Alley if you have any additional requirements and or dietary requirements.
Please also ask about the Access for All membership scheme.


13   Third Space at Extern


What is the ‘Third Space Programme?’
Extern in partnership with The Verbal Art Centre will deliver a cross community and cross border programme which is young person centred.  It is intended for young people between the age 14-24 year olds.  The programme will be offered across the following regions: North West covering Derry, Strabane, Omagh, Limavady and Donegal/Inishowen, Belfast region & Newtownabbey – covering North, West, South and East Belfast.  Fermanagh (Roscor) and Cavan.
The Third Space describes a collaborative relationship that involves an emphasis on the quality partnership between Key worker and the service user with a consensus by both to engage in work that leads to improvement and supports the agreed outcomes of Personal Development, Good Relations building & Citizenship.
The Third Space model is based on Extern’s youth intervention process within a resiliency based framework know as the Interventive Relationship which will inform all practice delivery during this project.
The Third Space will deliver a structured OCN accredited format which encompassed citizenship, personal development and good relations complemented by a range of supported engagement activites.
Some of the core functions/activities of the project will be facilitated through the weekly contact with groups and individuals.  The Verbal Arts Centre will support this process with committed workers and the participant using a set of creative tools including:

  • Drama
  • Shared Reading
  • Story telling
  • Active listening

What will the programme entail?

It is a 26-week programme to include:

  • Participant engagement (on-going support, Extern’s Youth Intervention Process)
  • Daytrips – social.  Cultural, reactional, recreational and educational
  • Residential – providing a range of activities including outdoor pursuits
  • VAC DIGITAL Storyteller/Audio visual/ Arts development/info Graphics
  • Volunteering opportunities through Extern and VAC infrastructures

 Participants will achieve a Level 1 OCN Qualification in each area at the end of the programme.


What else is included?

  • Engagement activities fun cross-border trips
  • Lunch and snacks will be provided???
  • £ allowance per day if not entitled to EMA
  • Benefits will not be affected
  • An opportunity to engage with other young people from similar and different backgrounds
  • Projects in the local community

 For any further information call Fergal 028 7126 6946



14  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


VR EDU: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the field of youth work and informal education
21 - 29 May 2018 | Le Mans, France
VR EDU aims to introduce and teach educators, social workers or youth workers some of the usages of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the context of informal education.
Organizer: Digijeunes (SALTO)
This activity is for participants from: Albania, Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, France, Italy, Luxembourg, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 9 March 2018

See details

26 May - 2 June 2018 | Woodrow High House, LONDON, United Kingdom
Training course for youth workers to equip them with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to support the young people they work with to run a social action campaign, to change the issues that affect them most.
Organizer: Creative Opportunities (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 18 March 2018

See details

From inner peace to social progress
2 - 10 May 2018 | Merzouga (Moroccan desert), Morocco
This projеct aims at еvolving pеacе еducation in youth work by implеmеnting thе positivе outcomеs of innеr pеacе through meditation and mindfulness, along with a practical reflection on how inner peace can promote global pеacе and social progress.
Organizer: Center for Intercultural Exchange (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 20 March 2018

See details

PBA Make the Move V
Partnership-building Activity
25 - 30 September 2018 | Vila da Marmeleira, Portugal
A contact making seminar co-organized by NA BEFR and PT, in order to promote partnerships and develop quality Youth Exchanges, with a strong focus on Inclusion. Programme countries + EECA + Russian Federatio,and SEE. Max 50 participants.
Organizer: Bureau International Jeunesse (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 22 June 2018

See details 


15 International Women's Day at Eden Place Arts Centre


Thursday 08 March 2018 from 5-6pm at Eden Place Arts Centre

Join our celebration through Song, Poetry and The Spoken Word on International Women's Day


  • Pilots Row Youth Club
  • Bishop Street Youth Club
  • Falcarragh Women's Group
  • Tullyally Sewing Group
  • Irish Street Older Peoples Group
  • The Pink Ladies

Tel: 028 7126 9418


16  "The Friends of the Derry Walls" History Lecture


On Thursday 8th March, 7pm, The Friend’s of The Derry Walls have organised another history and heritage talk in The Playhouse as part of this endeavour to  unpack the story of the building of the Derry Walls and their enduring legacy, both physically and culturally.  In a talk entitled, Mapping the Plantation City, Dr Annaleigh Margey, Lecturer in History at Dundalk Institute of Technology will discuss the place of the walls in landscape and in perception with a particular focus on the livery company maps of the Londonderry Plantation. While to modern viewers, they appear as basic drawings with little by way of modern cartographic expectation, the maps became fundamental tools in the development and shaping of plantation landscapes in the city and county.


The event is free but the  organisers would be grateful if everyone attending could book their  place in advance on www.thederrywalls.com/events


Thursday 8th March, 7pm, The Playhouse



17 Services with Deafblind UK


We are a national charity founded in 1928 we offer tailored support, information and advice to people living with both a vision and hearing impairment, at any level, we have  projects across England, NI and Wales and we are keen to reach out to more people who have a dual sensory loss. 


When some people hear the name of our charity they automatically think about the profoundly deaf and blind. However, what most people don’t realise is that, according to the Department of Health, they are deafblind if their combined sight and hearing loss cause difficulties with communication, access to information and mobility. Which means there are thousands and thousands more people who could be accessing our FREE services but don’t realise we are here for them.


The types of service we can offer:

  • An information and Advice Line provides members with emotional support and practical advice on a wide variety of topics, such as giving people who have acquired the disability tips on helping family and friends use different ways of communicating with them.
  • We make outbound calls to members, Send out birthday and Christmas Cards.
  • Volunteer befrienders provide companionship and light touch support at home that enables members to do everyday things such as shopping, going for walks, meeting friends.
  • A quarterly members’ magazine (Open Hand) in accessible formats keeps members informed and involved.
  • Awareness talks to staff, carers and family members around deafblindness, useful tips. We also offer training around communication and guiding.

For any further information please feel free to contact Paula on:
Mobile: 07876881012

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Deafblind-Northern-Ireland-1701115970162475/timeline

Twitter: @PMeenanDNBI

Website: www.deafblind.org.uk

DEAFBLIND UK – Celebrating 90 years 1928 -2018


18 Prehen Work Party


Where - Prehen Wood work party – Salmonberry control, invasive species management
When Thursday 8th March – 11am – 3pm

What – Tea, coffee and refreshments provided. Tools and gloves provided.


You are invited to join Woodland Trust volunteers at Prehen Wood to carry out some invasive species removal work using hand tools and gloves provided. Salmonberry is an American woody shrub with a small pink flower, similar to that of the wild raspberry. Over time the salmonberry plant will spread through the woodland and eventually choke out areas for tree re-generation and the beautiful bluebells we come to know so well about Prehen Wood.


Management involves burning the debris so there will hopefully be a chance to have some baked potatoes on the fire to keep us going!


If you are planning to attend please let George know by emailing georgeprehen@gmail.com or calling 028 7131 1910


19  Launch of Northern Ireland’s first permanent Disc Golf Course at SCPH


St. Columb’s Park House is thrilled to announce the launch of Northern Ireland’s first permanent Disc Golf Course, on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Disc Golf is a sport played around the world, and is popular with people young and old alike! Come and play in the Disc Golf Tournament, or just to enjoy the Family Fun day, complete with BBQ, Bouncy Castle, and ‘Learn Disc Golf’ area for beginners!


Saturday 24th March

10:30 am – Disc Golf Course Launch and Tournament Tee Off

10:30 – 2:00: Bouncy Castle, Disc Golf, BBQ

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


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


For more information, contact Eliza at eliza@stcolumbsparkhouse.org, or call 02871243080


20  Read All About It


The Young Graduates Programme hosting Spanner in the Works latest Production “ READ ALL ABOUT IT”

Tuesday 6th March 2017 @ 7pm,  Free
Venue @ Verbal Arts Centre


Spanner in the works theatre company in Partnership with Policing and Community Safety Partnership Manager Derry City and Strabane District Council


Read all about it – Five young people meet in detention at school.  Chelsea is from Belfast. Mary is from the traveller community.  Hamza is a Muslim who was born in Northern Ireland.  Aneta is from Ukraine - her mother moved to Northern Ireland to work as a nurse.

And Yasser a Syrian refugee who family settle in Northern Ireland as part of a British government resettlement scheme.


Join us to see how they learn about each other’s cultures and their own prejudices  - and how their parents and families have influenced them.


One hour in detention changes all their lives for the better.


21  All Shook Up
Get your tickets booked for this fabulous musical production.  A hilarious storyline combined with music ‘inspired and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley’!!
Superb talent from our city playing the lead roles – you are in for an absolute musical treat!
Performances: 8pm from 7th to 10th March 2018 in The Millennium Forum.
Tickets available online from:
www.millenniumforum.co.uk or phone 028 7126 4455.


22  Lives in Translation 


Lives in Translation celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, Asha, who in fleeing the conflict of her home becomes trapped in a different struggle. She is trapped within the suffocating bureaucracy surrounding asylum seeking.


Based on interviews with female Somali asylum seekers and local support workers, this poignant drama explores how asylum seekers are forced to navigate support systems through translation. It highlights how disempowering and frustrating this system can be, and ultimately how time is controlled most by those it affects least.


The performance follows a ten-year journey through Mogadishu, Dublin, Belfast and London, as one woman fights for a life free from constant fear and a place to make home.

Suitable for 15 years and older.

“This simple but powerful drama explores the asylum industry, where the future is determined by interpreters, and hope is dashed in transit” – Belfast Telegraph

“Lives in Translation is sharp and an international look at the appalling situation of those asylum seeking” – Irish News


Playhouse Theatre Derry/Londonderry
Saturday 10th March | 8pm Tickets £10 / £8
Book Online www.derryplayhouse.co.uk Book by Phone on 028 7126 8027

Written by Rosemary Jenkinson, Directed by Paula McFetridge
Set Design by Stuart Marshall, Costume Design by Liz Cullinane
Film created by Conan McIvor and Original Music by Dónal O’Connor
Performed by Tony Flynn, Julie Maxwell and Raquel McKee


23  Job opportunity with The Churches Trust

THE CHURCHES TRUST - Standing together with  those in need
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 reaches across all communities in a unique and practical way, to deliver services on an equitable basis to the unemployed, young people, the elderly, individuals and families disadvantaged through low education attainment and/or low income levels.   

The Churches Trust wishes to appoint:
Part-time position: Salary £9,461 pro rata (£22,076 Full time equivalent)   15 hours per week
            Purpose and function of post:

  • To support the Chief Executive in the finance function including maintaining finance records (Sage and various excel spreadsheets), and ensuring adherence to finance procedures.
  • To administer payroll, ensuring timely payments to employees, Inland Revenue and pension provider.
  • To maintain records to support project finances and grant claims ensuring that funding obligations are met.

Essential criteria include but are not limited to:

  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths, Grade C or above.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in finance and administration.
  • Excellent IT skills and effective written and oral communication skills

For information and application packs, please contact Veronica:

Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail info@thechurchestrust.org.uk

Closing date for all applications: 2pm on Friday 15th March


24  Are you experienced in letting property?


We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and experienced person to join our private rented sector access scheme in the Derry/Londonderry area. This is an exciting opportunity to manage housing and related services; involving regular contact with tenants, looking after rental income, dealing with repairs, properties and Landlords.


About the Job 


(ref:  HOSM/R21/01)

Salary:  £17,314 per annum (Basic rate), a Payment by Results Scheme will operate in addition to the basic rate, 37.5 Hours per week


We work with specific clients, such people that are homeless, minority groups or people with disabilities.


Minimum Criteria (a Full Job Description and Personal Specification is available with an application pack)

  • A Relevant Professional Qualification or degree in the field of Housing or related field (minimum NVQ Level 3 or equivalent)
  • One year proven track record of working within a housing/Property/support related service.
  • A current driving licence with access to a car. (Can be waived in the case of applicant whose disability prohibits driving, but who is able to organise suitable alternative arrangements).
  • IT Skills

Interested candidates should e-mail for an application pack, quoting the appropriate job reference number to: karlaokane@first-housing.com


Application Forms can also be downloaded from www.first-housing.com


Please Note:  All recruitment correspondence for this position will be done through e-mail. Please provide a suitable e-mail address for correspondence and e-mail completed applications to karlaokane@first-housing.com


If you do not have an e-mail address, please contact Karla on 02871 266115


It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate short listing.


Closing date for completed applications is:  Friday, 9th March 2018 at 12 noon.


First Housing operates a child protection and vulnerable adults policy, Access NI checks will be carried out before an appointment can be confirmed.


We are an Equal Opportunities Employer



25  Office Space to Let at the Ebrington Centre





Ample free parking in large car park attached to building

Kitchen facilities on each floor

Toilet facilities on each floor

Disabled access

Lift to each floor


Room 1.  962 sq ft (can be rented hourly/by day/by week etc) This room is ideal as a dance studio, yoga studio, fitness classes, meetings, conferences, seminars etc  EPC rating C72  (1st floor )


Room 2.  576 sq ft (room available for long term rental) EPC rating C72  (floor 3)


Room 3.  423 sq ft (room available for long term rental) EPC rating C72  (floor 3)


Room 4.  412 sq ft (room available for long term rental) EPC rating C72  (floor 3)


Please contact 02871311005/07551300478 for more information

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