NWCN E-bulletin 13 March 2019

1 Enter The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards!

2 Launch of Youth Intervention Programme 2019-2020

3 Amplify NI: Community Powered Change Co-Creation Session

4 Managing Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers 

5 Domestic Abuse, Violence Safety Conference

6 Free training session for local groups/volunteers - Derry~Londonderry Urban Village area

7 Scam Awareness workshop for Deaf community 

8 Making the Future Project

9 "The was is now"

10 Developing Healthy Communities - Strategic Plan 2019-2022 Stakeholder Consultation

11 Appointment of Independent Members to PCSPs 

12 Youth Engagement Officer based in Dungiven and Gortnahey

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 Field Notes

15 Hands That Talk AGM

16 Free over 50's activities

17 "Arts in Mind" Showcase Invitation

18 Circus of Life - Belfast

19 BBC Documentary - The Search



1 Enter The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards!

This year, the Awards will reflect our 25-year legacy, giving us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the depth and breadth of funding over the last quarter of a century, as well as looking ahead to the next 25 years.

Who will you nominate?
Do you know any outstanding National Lottery funded people or projects that deserve to be recognised at a star-studded awards ceremony on BBC One AND WIN A £10,000 PRIZE? 

We want to hear about people and projects who are doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate unsung heroes in your community. You can even nominate a project you work on. 

So don’t delay, visit our website
HERE and enter by filling out a simple online form. 
Nominations close on the 30th April at midnight. 



2 Launch of Youth Intervention Programme 2019-2020


The Executive Office, in partnership with the Education Authority (EA), are inviting applications from groups, who are registered with the EA, to deliver a youth programme as part of the Youth Intervention Programme in 2019.  The application process opened on Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 4pm and closes on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 4pm.


The programme aims to target young people living in interface areas and areas where there is potential for heightened social unrest during the summer period of June, July and August.  A particular focus of the programme is in engaging young people on weekends, evenings and during times of high community tensions. 


The main outcomes of Youth Intervention Funding is to improve attitudes between young people from different community backgrounds and to reduce the number of crime and anti-social behaviour incidents carried out by young people in areas where the participants come from.

The application form and guidance notes are available at http://www.eani.org.uk/youthintervention The application form is available in both PDF and Word format and once completed should be emailed to youthintervention@eani.org.uk


Hard copies can be returned by post to Youth Intervention, Youth Service, Education Authority, Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, BT16 2HS.  Groups can also contact the EA Youth Office by telephone on

028 9056 6952 or 028 9056 6429

A number of support workshops have been arranged to provide advice, support and guidance to organisations who are considering applying for funding under the Youth Intervention Programme for 2019-2020.  Due to changes in the application forms this year we strongly recommend groups attend.  To register visit https://eafundingevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Awards will be made to successful groups subject to the availability of funds.



3  Amplify NI: Community Powered Change Co-Creation Session


Friday 15th March from 12pm-2.30pm in the Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop Street.

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 could give you some useful ideas and tools. During this session, we'll be covering:

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

Lunch will be provided. Please contact Shannon with any dietary requirements: shannon.downey@youngfoundation.org. RSVP here.



4 Managing Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers 


Tuesday 9th April 2019
2:00pm – 5:00pm
St Columb’s Park House – Derry/Londonderry
Tea/coffee and scones on arrival.

What you will learn:

  • Recognising early warning signs of mental health issues
  • The importance of good leadership and culture change in promoting
  • positive mental health in the workplace
  • How to provide high quality training for managers to spot the early warning signs and provide the appropriate support
  • Implementing strategies to promote mental health at work
  • Providing good working conditions and ensuring employees have a healthy work-life balance

Time: 3 hours
Cost: £80 Per Person
To book a space complete the
booking form and return to sabrina@dhcni.com
Spaces are very limited and are on a first come first served basis



5 Domestic Abuse, Violence Safety Conference


La Dolce Vita Project will be hosting a Domestic Abuse, Violence Safety Conference to highlight the real life safety and support implications of domestic abuse, violence victims. 


This conference will give you understanding into the importance of supporting someone while they remain living in or planning to leave an abusive environment. Particular attention will be placed on safety planning, resources available throughout Derry/Londonderry with the opportunity for you to network with various domestic abuse, violence, safety services.


Date: Thursday 06 June 2019
Location: Ballroom, City Hotel, BT48 7AS
Time: 10.00 am  to 13.00pm. 

To register for this event go to: www.tickettailor.com/events/ladolcevitaproject

Ticket price: £10.00. 


Information and tickets also available through the facebook page: La Dolce Vita Project.



6 Free training session for local groups/volunteers - Derry~Londonderry Urban Village area


Are you a committee member or volunteer who helps to organise the work of a community organisation, residents group, sport club, playgroup or any other community-based initiative?

Understanding Finance is a free practical workshop for treasurers, or anyone who keeps the financial records of small groups, to help them establish appropriate financial systems to keep their organisation safe. 

Venue: The Gasyard, 128 Lecky Road

Date: Tuesday 19th March

Time: 5.30pm -8.30pm 

(Refreshments served at 5.30pm with training starting at 6pm)


There is no charge to attend but places are limited and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


Use the link below to book online with NICVA




 7 Scam Awareness workshop for Deaf community 


The ScamwiseNI partnership is working with the British Deaf Association of Northern Ireland to provide free workshops to help the Deaf community protect themselves against scams.

The events, which will be facilitated by The Consumer Council and the PSNI, will take place in Omagh (21 March) and Derry/Londonderry (27 March). The events will be fully interpreted by British Sign Language and Irish Sign Language interpreters. 


Holly Lane from the British Deaf Association of Northern Ireland said: “We commend the ScamwiseNI partnership for reaching out to the deaf community in Northern Ireland to share this important knowledge. This will provide the deaf community with better awareness of scams and where to report them, keeping us all safer. We look forward to working with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and The Consumer Council to produce these important and informative events, without language barriers.”

When: Wed 27 March
Time: 6-8pm
Where: City Hotel Derry
Queens Quay
Derry/Londonderry BT48 7AS

If you would like to attend, please contact Holly Lane at 
aij@bda.org.uk or SMS 07814 674334


Further advice and information can also be obtained by visiting www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni

or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni



8 Making the Future Project


RCN, in partnership with the National Museums NI and NIRWN, is inviting rural women in the Mid Ulster District Council area to engage in a new free programme funded by Peace IV.


The project involves visiting museums and places of interest to view art work developed and designed over the last 40 years.  There will be a series of talks, workshops, and a site visit to view the Troubles Art exhibition in Derry/Londonderry on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.


An information session will be held at RCN on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 10.30am. To register contact Teresa at RCN on teresa@ruralcommunitynetwork.org


For further information visit https://www.makingthefuture.eu/project-info/troubles-art



9  "The was is now"


April 2nd 10am Holywell Building, Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry 


Her:" When we lose someone we love, we should remember that the person has not become nothing. “Somebody” cannot become “nothing”. Forgiveness is the one true gift that victims can offer. We destroy its power as a gift by making it a duty. Someone once said to me that not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. But no one can force me to forgive...does not forgiving make me a bad person?"


A  Valued Voices /Towards Understanding and Healing event funded by DCSDCPeace 4

Script :  Eddie Kerr
Actors: Bernadette McFarland and Paul O'Doherty


Performance will be followed by community dialogue on challenges posed  by drama.

A light lunch will be provided.


To book a place please contact Kirstie Wright at kwright@thejunction-ni.org



10 Developing Healthy Communities - Strategic Plan 2019-2022 Stakeholder Consultation


Developing Healthy Communities (DHC) has recently changed its name and legal status from ‘The Derry Healthy Cities Project’ to reflect the changing nature and geographical reach of our organisation.


It is as crucial as ever that we continue to champion inclusive attitudes to health and build capacity in our communities to challenge persistent rates of health inequalities.

Therefore, we are now entering a new phase for the organisation which will begin with the launch of our new strategic plan in 2019. This will set the direction for the work of our organisation over the next 3 years and beyond.


2019 will also include DHC leading Derry and Strabane’s renewed designation to Phase VII of the World Health Organisation’s European Healthy Cities Network.


The input and support of our partners and stakeholders is crucial to setting the direction for our organisation over the coming years. We would greatly appreciate your time in completing a short survey which consists of 3 questions by Friday 15th March.




There will also be the opportunity for further consultation on the first draft of the strategy.  If you would like to feedback on our draft plan, or for a more detailed discussion about the future of our organisation, please do not hesitate to contact me at erin@dhcni.com 



11  Appointment of Independent Members to PCSPs 


The Policing Board is seeking to appoint independent members to the 11 Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs).
PCSPs are statutory bodies established under the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.  There are 11 PCSPs – one for each of the council areas in Northern Ireland.
Who can apply?
We are looking for people who can represent their community and convey local opinion on the policing issues and concerns most affecting their area.  To be considered you must:

  • Live in, or be able to show you have a close connection with the PCSP area;
  • Be able to demonstrate effective engagement and an active interest in your community; or local policing; or community safety issues;
  • Be able to work as part of a team to meet the PCSP objectives; and
  • Be able to communicate effectively

A meeting expense payment of £60 per meeting is available to all Members of a PCSP.  In addition Members will be able to claim travel.


How can I apply?

Write to:
PCSP Recruitment
Northern Ireland Policing Board
Waterside Tower
31 Clarendon Road
Clarendon Dock
Please provide details of your name, postal address and a contact number.
Application forms can be provided in a range of accessible formats and candidates who require assistance will be facilitated on request.
Completed application forms must be returned no later than 12 noon on Friday 12 April 2019.



12 Youth Engagement Officer based in Dungiven and Gortnahey


Job Title: Youth Engagement Officer
Person Specification
Post due to commence week beginning Monday 22nd April 2019 and run until January 2020 with the possibility of an extension dependent on funding. Applicants will be required to work 24 hours per week to include 2 evenings during term time.  Salary £28,470 per annum pro rata. Interviews will be held at the end of March. Please email cv to
youth.bcs@live.com by 5pm on Friday 15th March.
Qualifications & Experience
Level 6 Qualification
At least 3 years’ experience at a management level of a youth or community group.
Must have proven youth work experience.
Must have experience in completing applications and evaluations for a range of funding bodies
Be able to demonstrate an excellent level of written English and ability to learn quickly.
Qualification in Youth Work, Community Development or related field.
Experience working with young people from a wide age range of 4 to 18 years old.
Full Clean Driver's License and access to a car.
Up to date child protection training and first aid training. (Training will be provided if necessary)
Knowledge, Skills and Personal Qualities;

  • Ability to work with other agencies and other C&V groups.
  • Understanding of the needs/current issues of young people within the area.
  • Understanding of Child Protection and Health and Safety Issues
  • Strong organisational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to relate to young people.
  • Competence in initiating, evaluating and analysing.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • High standards and work ethic.
  • Flexible attitude to work.
  • Must be self-motivated and show excellent initiative.
  • Demonstrate adeptness at prioritising workload.
  • Excellent standard of writing skills.

Job description



13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


External Evaluators Training
13 - 15 May 2019 | Malta
The aim of this NET Activity is to increase the competences of external evaluators of European Solidarity Corps projects with the aim of enhancing the assessment & the quality level of the applications submitted under the Solidarity Corps programme.
Organizer: EUPA (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 29 March 2019

See details

Study Visit to Youth Councils
3 - 6 June 2019 | Kristiansand, Norway
This study visit aims to learn more about youth participation and youth councils in Norway, as well as sharing good practices and networking.
Organizer: Erasmus+: Aktiv Ungdom (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 31 March 2019

See details

TOOL FAIR XIV – #know-how
4 - 8 November 2019 | Rovaniemi, Finland
Tool Fair is an international event that brings together youth work experts all over Europe and beyond to discuss and learn from each other about innovative methods and best practices from the field of youth work.
Organizer: SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed & Good Practices Resource Centre (SALTO Resource Centre)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 1 April 2019

See details

The 4th Eastern Partnership Youth Forum
17 - 20 June 2019 | Vilnius Grand Resort hotel , Lithuania
This year we are celebrating 10th year anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. Lithuania will organise at that occasion the 4th Eastern Partnership Youth Forum. The event will focus on “Critical thinking through media literacy and active participation”.
Organizer: Agency of International Youth co-operation (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 5 April 2019

See details

Leader in Youth Exchanges - online training course
22 April - 31 May 2019 | Online, Romania
Leader in youth exchanges online course will give you the opportunity to take a closer look at youth exchanges and the human resources involved in organising them. You will arrive in a gamified world with e-books, tools, videos, 3D game and much more!
Organizer: “Online Training Courses for E+ Youth Workers” (Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 6 April 2019

See details

13 - 17 May 2019 | Czech Republic
Kambek brings together experienced beneficiaries and project managers of KA1 and KA3 to share best practices from their projects, reflect on the role of participation and learn innovative methods for dissemination of project results.
Organizer: Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS) - Czech National Agency (National Agency) This activity is for participants from:
Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 7 April 2019

See details

The Power of Non Formal Education
11 - 16 June 2019 | Greece
Improving the impact of Non Formal Education (NFE), principles and methods in creating empowerment opportunities for young people as real actors of the society (from local to Europe).
Organizer: Youth And Lifelong learning Foundation (INEDIVIM)/ Hellenic National Agency of Erasmus+/Youth (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 7 April 2019

See details

24 - 29 June 2019 | Brussels, Belgium - FL
Refugees+ aims to develop the capacity and competences of youth workers who work with young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers (YMRA) in order to foster the inclusion in local communities. The programme is built on non-formal education.
Organizer: JINT vzw (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 19 April 2019

See details

Connecting the Dots: Coaching for employability with Erasmus+
22 - 28 June 2019 | Mollina (Málaga), Spain
A 5-day learning activity to develop and improve employability and entrepreneurship competences of youth work practitioners by experiencing and experimenting with coaching tools and methods to be applied back at their organisations.
Organizer: Spanish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 6 May 2019

See details



14 Field Notes


A specially commissioned poem by Damian Gorman (Poet, Playwright and Film Maker)
Featuring music and songs from Roy Arbuckle, Anne Tracey & Eddie O'Donnell

Light lunch and refreshments provided

Saturday 23rd March, 11am
Holywell, DCCP, 8-14 Bishop Street

For hospitality, please confirm with Maureen or Eamonn

mhetherington@thejunction-ni.org / eamonnbaker@thejunction-ni.org  

028 7136 1942 / 028 7126 1941



15  Hands That Talk AGM


Hands That Talk will hold their Annual General Meeting on FRIDAY 12th APRIL 2019 at 7pm in their premises, 116 Main Street, Dungiven, BT47 4LG. 


Everyone is welcome to come along to the meeting and an interpreter will be present.


We look forward to seeing you there and refreshments will be provided.



16 Free over 50's activities


FREE activities for the over 50’s in April.


We are never too old to learn new skills and meet new people, Live Wise Age Well are organising a range of activities including swimming lessons, relaxation and gentle movement, cookery classes and online for beginners classes!

For further information and to book a place contact 02882839240.



17  "Arts in Mind" Showcase Invitation

You are invited to attend an "Arts in Mind" event: Make Art and Feel Good Showcase

21 March 2019, 12 - 2pm
Studio 2 Arts Centre
Skeoge Road

Phone 028 7135 8750



18  Circus of Life - Belfast


Have some family fun and learn together...

We are all walking the tightrope of life, balancing the pressures of work, school, friends and family.
Restore and maintain that balance with The Circus of Life

Circus skills. art & music workshops, virtual reality, science, yoga, storytelling and sports. A whole host of fun things to do with the whole family! An action-packed programme of workshops, drop in sessions, for all ages and abilities.

Discover how your brain reacts when you listen to music. Learn how circus skills, music and art can have therapeutic value. Never done yoga? Try it with the kids! You'll be amazed how calming and relaxing you'll find it; Or try out creative play, storytelling and treasure hunts. The programme includes some short, engaging presentations on the key factors of child and adolescent well-being.

Food and refreshments available

13th & 14th April, 10am-5pm
Campbell College, Belmont Road, Belfast

Tickets: £5-£30
More information and booking: 




19  BBC Documentary - The Search


Did you live through the conflict in Northern Ireland
Was there somebody who helped you, or someone special you lost touch with, during this difficult time?

Did you lose touch with friends or neighbours because of The Troubles?
Did you or your family have to evacuate or relocate to escape violence?
Did someone help you or your family during this challenging time and you'd like to thank them?

The Search is a new documentary for the BBC, focusing on the personal stories of ordinary people who were caught up in major historic events - and their quest to reunite with someone special.

Each episode is themed around a human experience or event in modern history - for example being caught up in a natural disaster, riot, strike, war, wave of migration or terror attack.  We follow individuals as they look for a long-lost friend, family member or significant stranger who had a lasting impact on them.  The aim of our programme is to highlight moments of human kindness, resilience and reconciliation in some of modern history's most challenging times.

To find our more about the documentary or to apply, please get in touch:
thesearch@blinkfilmsuk.com or call: 0203 150 2724
We look forward to hearing from you.

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