NWCN e-bulletin 18 April 2018


1 All Ireland Scholarships open for applications

2 Are you interested in getting involved in helping shape unscheduled care services?

3 Adult Social Care - Be a part of the Big Conversation

4 Can you help Fostering Services?

5 Free 6 week Parenting Apart Programme in Strabane starts Mon 23 April 2018

6 CLEAR Project – Training Needs

7 Annual Seminar - “Gender Equality and Patriarchy”

8 Hurt Courses

9 TEAM Programme @ NWRC Limavady

10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

11 Have fun, meet people and support people affected by dementia

12 Job Opportunity with Kinship Care

13 Job opportunity with Donegal Travellers Project

14 New Buildings and District Archaeological and Historical Society Talk

15 Live Historical Interpretation Workshop

16 The Goddess Within Course

17 Jazz with a Twist







1 All Ireland Scholarships open for applications


The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme for students in Northern Ireland is now open for applications.

The annual scholarships, funded by businessman JP McManus, are now in their ninth year in Northern Ireland and provide financial assistance to top-performing students from low income households who intend to take up full-time undergraduate courses from September 2018. The value of each scholarship is £5,500 per annum for the undergraduate degree course duration.

The 25 Northern Ireland scholarships will be awarded to the top 19 performing ‘A’ level students in grant aided post primary schools and the top six performing Level 3 Extended Diploma students in the further education colleges.


Applicants must be in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance at the time of application and due to commence an undergraduate degree at university in September / October 2018. 


For further information on eligibility and details on how to apply visit: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/all-ireland-scholarships


The closing date for receipt of application forms is 29 June 2018.


2 Are you interested in getting involved in helping shape unscheduled care services?


The Western Health and Social Care Board are seeking to recruit people who have had an experience of unscheduled care services to be part of a Reference Group.  We are engaging with service users and carers to listen to their insights on unscheduled care delivery and then use this experience to help shape plans and influence decisions to design and deliver future unscheduled care services both in the Western Trust area and regionally across Northern Ireland.

The term ‘unscheduled care’ includes services that cannot always be planned for ahead of time including Out of Hours services, Emergency Departments’ services and the discharge processes from hospital into different care settings, including returning home.  Unscheduled care happens for a variety of reasons including seasonal factors which may affect certain health conditions alongside an ageing population which can increase demand for such services.

Unscheduled Care has been identified as a priority area for action for Northern Ireland.  All Health and Social Care Trusts are required to put plans in place in relation to:

  • Effective, integrated arrangements – organised around the needs of individual patients – should be in place in community settings to provide care for people at home, avoiding the need for hospital attendance/admission.
  • Effective arrangements should be in place at the front door of hospitals to provide ambulatory, rapid-response services for patients on a same-day or next-day basis, avoiding the need for patients to be admitted to hospital.
  • Effective arrangements should be in place to optimise patient flow through hospital, both before and after the patient being declared medically fit.

The Unscheduled Care improvement project is a regional initiative which covers services in hospitals as well as in the local community. 


We are seeking members of the public (service users and carers) who have had an experience of unscheduled care services, to join us in this valuable work.  We are asking you to commit to at least 2 meetings a year and additional meetings may be required.  An induction and training will be provided to help you understand Health and Social Care and also information related to unscheduled care.


The PPI Team are available in an advisory capacity to support this work and advise on process in relation to the recruitment and induction/training for the programme of work.  Contact Clare Fordyce if  you require any further information on 028 9536 3012 / Claire.Fordyce@hscni.net


3   Adult Social Care - Be a part of the Big Conversation


You are personally invited to attend our 3rd annual members events entitled ‘The Big Conversation’. You must register to attend. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


The topic this year is Adult Social Care and we’ll be discussing the importance of helping to develop these services through co-production. You’ll also get a chance to meet with fellow members and find out about involvement opportunities from our colleagues across Health and Social Care. Refreshments and lunch will be provided and you are welcome to bring a friend.

This year two venues have been organised, please pick whichever suits you best to attend (you may only register for ONE event). Please note that photography and videos will be taken throughout both events.


Date: Tuesday 24th April 2018
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Venue: Silverbirch Hotel


Belfast City
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Time: 10:30am - 1:40pm
Venue: Crumlin Road Gaol


Reserve your place online by visiting: http://bit.ly/PCCEvents2018

Or contact Briege McAlister on tel: 028 9536 2550 email: briege.mcalister@hscni.net Please RSVP before 20th April 2018.


4 Can you help Fostering Services?


Fostering Services in the local area are under immense pressure as we do not have enough foster placements to meet the numbers of children who require foster care. 

As such, we need to recruit more carers and raise the profile of fostering in the locality. We would really appreciate support from your organisation, being able to attend any events where we could present some information about fostering services and our recruitment needs would be an ideal way for us to reach people within the local community.

Can you let me know of any such opportunities and any steps I would need to take to further this by contacting Vanessa on 


5 Free 6 week Parenting Apart Programme in Strabane starts Mon 23 April 2018


Starts: Monday 23rd April
Time: 10 am – 12 noon (registration and refreshments from 9:30am)
Duration: Every Monday for 6 weeks
Location: Strabane Community Project, Barrack Street (opposite St. Patrick’s Hall)


The Parenting Apart programme is aimed at parents who have separated, are separating, divorced or thinking of divorce.


The programme will provide practical advice and guidance about what children need to know, and what parents can do to meet their children’s needs. Although parents can feel immersed in their own difficulties, this programme can help parents focus on the child’s needs with the aim of minimising the impact of the separation.

The programme explores:

  • Emotional impact
  • Parenting roles
  • Changes in relationships
  • Legalities
  • Financial impact
  • Moving on

Parents who previously attended this programme said they would highly recommend other parents to attend.


Number of available places are limited. Parents can apply by sending a text to Clare on 078 2539 2136 or complete the online expression of interest via www.parentingni.org/programme/strabane-parenting-apart-programme/


6 CLEAR Project – Training Needs


The CLEAR Project, funded by the Public Health Agency,  offers a range of training and development opportunities to support Community and Voluntary Organisation’s based within the Western Health Care Area to address the themes of Mental and Emotional Well-being, Suicide and Self-harm.


To ensure that The CLEAR Project is offering appropriate opportunities to meet the training and development needs of participants, we invite you to complete this short survey which should only take 3-5 minutes.  Please click on the link below to complete the survey, your opinion is important to us.


Click here to complete survey  


 7 Annual Seminar - “Gender Equality and Patriarchy”


ChangeMakers invite you to Annual Seminar - “Gender Equality and Patriarchy”
The seminar will explore gender equality and patriarchy in a local and global context. 

There will be debate, discussion and lively conversation.
Opened by:  Anne McHugh, Chief Executive, Donegal  ETB

Keynote Speaker: Cathy Higgins, Senior Researcher Writer & Educator, The Junction, Derry, and Adjunct Asst. Professor, Irish School Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin  

Hosted by: Eileen Magnier, RTĖ

Date: Thursday 19th April, Time: 10am – 1.30pm followed by lunch
Venue:  An Grianan Hotel, Burt

RSVP to:
admin@inishowen.ie or by phone 074 936 2218 


8 Hurt Courses


HURT announces in partnership with TQUK - Excellence in Education, a range of NQF Accredited Training Courses.


Health and Social Care

Drugs & Alcohol

Mental Health Awareness

Level 5 Substance Misuse Theory and Interventions 

Level 6 Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Level 5 CBT


Education & Training


Equality & Diversity



Professional Development

Employability Skills

Drug & Alcohol Awareness

Train the Trainer in Community Addiction work


If you wish to avail of any of these courses or other courses HURT has to offer please contact us via email hurttraining@outlook.com or call 028 7136 9696



Darkness Into Light

A 5k walk where we are trying to challenge the stigma around suicide, self-harm, and replace it with hope, self-care and acceptance


Date: Saturday 12th May 2018

Venue: Sainsburys Car Park, Strand Road

Time: 4:15am 


To register just go to: http://dil.pieta.ie/



 TEAM Programme @ NWRC Limavady


Starts Tuesday 8th May 2018 @NWRC Limavady

(Taster Session Friday 27th of April 12pm-2pm Main Campus room D1)


Do you want to build Confidence, Motivation, Qualifications and Life Skills?

Aged 16 -24?

Join TEAM!

(Limited places)


"How it works...

Join the Princes Trust TEAM, our 12-week personal development programme, for the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people.

When you come on board, you’ll be challenged to:

  • Take on your own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where you live
  • Take part in an action packed residential trip (optional)
  • Get two weeks work experience in something you’re interested in
  • Develop your English and Maths skills 
  • Develop your CV and Interview Skills
  • And much much more!! 

As part of the course, we also spend time on short and long term goals that are right for you."


Course Content

  • Week 1 – Induction Week- Team building, ice breakers and fun!
  • Week 2 –Residential – Team building and outdoor pursuits completely free (2nights)
  • Weeks 3 – 6 – Community Project – Making a difference in the Local community
  • Weeks 7 /8 – Work Placement – gain experience learn new skills and get working towards  a career
  • Week 9 – Next Steps – CV, Applications, Interview Skills, Careers Advice & Planning for the future
  • Week 10/11 – Team Challenge – Working with other local groups and planning activities
  • Week 12 – Final Presentation

To be eligible potential TEAM participants should be aged 16-24, unemployed or working/training part time less than 16 hours p/week.





Special Features

  • £30 EMA available
  • Benefits not affected
  • Childcare allowance
  • Travel costs reimbursed
  • Free Breakfast and Lunch Club
  • Completely free
  • A challenging programme that is delivered in a fun and interactive way
  • The participants will gain increased confidence, motivation and employability skills
  • Work towards a nationally recognised qualification
  • One-to-one support and careers guidance for the future
  • Full-time flexible programme centred around the needs of the young people

 Here's a short video also...



For more details or to register contact Denis on: t: 07527 389281 e: denis.mclaughlin@nwrc.ac.uk


10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Beyond Boundaries – European perspectives on youth work as a democratic institution in preventing racism and discrimination

9 May 2018 | Dresden, Germany

What specific qualifications do youth workers require to confront right-wing populism, racism, sexism and homophobia? The event provides a forum for those with practical experience of dealing with discrimination to get impulses and exchange ideas.

Organizer: AGJF Sachsen e.V. (NGO/Others)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 22 April 2018

See details


From Knowing to Being

24 - 30 June 2018 | Nideggen/Eifel, Germany

Are ready to live through and reflect on using and applying competence models with a specific focus on attitudes, values and inner readiness? Then we are looking forward to meet you in this training course!

Organizer: JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Southern Mediterranean countries, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 25 April 2018

See details


Accreditation and beyond: developing European volunteer projects

12 - 15 June 2018 | Birmingham, United Kingdom

Are you an accredited organisation that never quite made the next step towards European volunteer projects? Or perhaps you’ve started on your European volunteering projects but encountered challenges with your first projects or the accreditation process?

Organizer: UK National Agency for Erasmus+ (Ecorys UK) (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 30 April 2018

See details


YOCOMO - 1st pilot course for youth workers based on the ETS competence model for youth workers to work internationally

4 - 10 June 2018 | Rome, Italy

CALL WITH ADDITIONAL INFO! This very first pilot training course is based upon and articulated around the ETS Competence Model for Youth Workers To Work Internationally, developed in the context of the European Training Strategy (ETS) by SALTO T&C RC.

Organizer: Agenzia nazionale per i giovani (ANG) (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 30 April 2018

See details


Level up! Training Course on Transnational Youth Initiatives

11 - 15 June 2018 | Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland

It is an international training course that offers youth workers opportunity to gain useful knowledge to inspire young people and support them in developing and implementing an Transnational Youth Initiative in cooperation with peers from other countries.

Organizer: Polish National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 30 April 2018

See details


Missing Opportunity: Migrants and Refugees

18 - 24 June 2018 | Gaziantep, Turkey

We’re sure, that in nowadays life we have to face with such things, as inequality, mistrust, racism, bigotry and selfishness, but also we’re sure that by informing youth about such problems and letting them use effective instruments.

Organizer: Sof Mountain Youth and Sports Club (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Greece, Italy, Norway, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 2 May 2018

See details


eXploring Youth eParticipation

18 - 20 June 2018 | Tallinn, Estonia

This seminar is for youth workers, policy makers, developers and initiators of eParticipation processes interested in exploring youth eParticipation and gaining skills and knowledge for setting up successful digital youth participation processes.

Organizer: SALTO-YOUTH Participation and Information Resource Centre (SALTO)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 4 May 2018

See details


MOOCyouth: Erasmus+ funding opportunities

7 May - 11 June 2018 | (online), Germany

This MOOC will equip you with the basic knowledge and understanding how to use Erasmus+ funding opportunities: https://www.canvas.net/browse/salto/courses/erasmus-funding-opportunities The course starts on 7 May, but you can still join till 31 May.

Organizer: JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline (24h CET): 6 May 2018

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What’s really going on? Challenging discrimination with youth mobility projects

4 - 8 June 2018 | Dublin, Ireland

To understand how KA1 Youth in Action projects can be used to support young people to challenge discrimination, promote intercultural learning (ICL), and meet partner groups who want to develop projects on these themes.

Organizer: Léargas (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 6 May 2018

See details


Learning for Work

30 May - 2 June 2018 | Slovak Republic

The training focused on the development of EVS volunteers’ competences in order to promote their employability after the EVS projects. The main aim is to support mentors and supervisors in designing a quality learning process of EVS volunteers.

Organizer: Iuventa, National Agency Erasmus+, Slovakia (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 8 May 2018

See details


Transnational Youth Initiatives for V4+EaP

19 - 22 June 2018 | Slovak Republic

Training course is about preparation, run and evaluation of quality transnational youth initiatives for young people meant for participants from V4 countries and countries of Eastern Partnership.

Organizer: Iuventa- Slovak Youth Institue, NA Erasmus+ (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 25 May 2018

See details


P.E.A.C.E. – Peace, eACTIVISM & Campaigning Education

16 - 22 September 2018 | European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary

This project aims to train youth workers and leaders that work with young people, how to encourage their respective beneficiaries to interact more by creating and sharing digital stories, online campaigns or learning about e-Activism.

Organizer: YMCA Europe (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline (24h CET): 8 June 2018

See details


SOHO - European Training Course for support people in E+: Youth in Action Volunteering Activities

18 - 22 September 2018 | Romania

SOHO aims at enhancing quality of Volunteering Activities through development of essential competences of support persons. It also provides up-to-date information on the new EU initiative European Solidarity Corps to support volunteering for young people.

Organizer: YiA National Agency Romania (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): 10 June 2018

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Eye Opener – Greece

4 - 9 September 2018 | Greece

EYEOpener offers an international learning experience to young people and practitioners active in youth work, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects within the E+ YiA Programme.

Organizer: YiA NA Greece (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 15 June 2018

See details


EYE OPENER - SouthMed Edition

16 - 21 October 2018 | Italy

"This edition of EYE Opener is designed for voluntary and professional youth workers working directly with young people for setting up together international youth exchange projects within EuroMed context."

Organizer: Italian National Agency (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 20 July 2018

See details


Y.E.A.H.! Youth Engagement into Activism, How to?

4 - 10 October 2018 | Bulgaria

In times of socio economic crisis, еuroscepticism, populism and growing nationalism, the role of youth workers and educators becomes more and more complex, but important in the same time.

Organizer: Human Resource Development Centre (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 19 August 2018

See details


11  Have fun, meet people and support people affected by dementia


Foyle Volunteer Fundraising Group
Join a group of like-minded people in your area to plan and organise events and activities.

What will you be doing?
Working with the local Community Fundraiser, you will attend meetings with other core members, research, contribute ideas, promote and attend events. You may also take on an area of further responsibility, such as Group Leader or Treasurer. This could be a couple of hours per months for planning meetings plus attending events.
Why volunteer?
When you volunteer as part of team Alzheimer's Society, you are helping us to get one step closer to a world without dementia.
If you would like to find out more about this or any of our volunteering opportunities please contact Rosario Mc Hugh, Volunteering Officer (r
osario.mchugh@alzheimers.org.uk /028 71 384570) or visit our website at www.alzheimers.org.uk.


12 Job Opportunity with Kinship Care


Kinship Care NI invite applicants for the position of: FINANCE OFFICER


To provide a comprehensive financial administration service, ensuring effective financial control and oversight in the day to day running of services for children and young people in kinship care.

This position is 25 hours per week, funded until 27th March 2019 (then subject to funding)

Salary:  £15,337 per annum

Based at 67 Carlisle Road, L’Derry, BT48 6JL

  • Proven work experience as a Finance Officer or similar role
  • Experience of preparing and monitoring budgets and financial projections
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.

Application Forms can be requested via e-mail from  kinshipcare.ni@gmail.com

It should be noted that the criteria may be enhanced to facilitate short-listing.

Closing date for completed applications is 12 noon, 27th April 2018.

Kinship Care NI operates a child protection and vulnerable adults policy.
AccessNI checks will be carried out before an appointment can be confirmed.

We are an equal opportunities employer.


13   Job opportunity with Donegal Travellers Project


Part time (21hrs) Community Development and Advocacy Worker (with the Roma community).


Donegal Travellers Project is a county wide organisation which works to promote Traveller and Roma Human Rights in Donegal through community development, policy development, advocacy and collective community action.


Job Description

  1.  Build relationships and participation with the Roma community across the county. 
  2. Produce a population profile and conduct a needs analysis.
  3. Provide support and promote inclusion for the Roma community in Donegal addressing human rights, poverty and equality.  Promote access to services.
  4. Develop participative structures to empower the community to develop an independent voice to articulate the needs and interests of the community.
  5. Enable/empower the Roma community to influence change and exert control over the social, political, and economic issues using a community development approach.

Required Qualifications

  • Associated Third Level degree in social sciences, community development, human rights or other related discipline
  • Min 2 years in community development or human rights work
  • Min 2 years in development/implementation of programmes in advocacy, human rights and/or community work.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Excellent organisational and communication skills;
  • Skills in advocating to challenge racism and promoting equality and human rights;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • Understanding of community development and the human rights framework;
  • Well-developed people skills with the ability to demonstrate care and consideration;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and show creativity in solving problems;


  • Access to suitable transport to carry out the post is a requirement.
  • The salary will be in line with the pay scales for the post by the company.
  • This position (21hrs per week) is funded for 3 years by the Department of Justice and Equality with an initial probation period of 6 months.


To Apply:

Apply in writing with a Curriculum Vitae to Catherine Conaghan, Donegal Travellers Project, Port House, Port Road, Letterkenny.


Closing Date: 27th April 2018


14  New Buildings and District Archaeological and Historical Society Talk


You are invited to a talk this Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 7 30pm in New Buildings Community Centre.

The speaker is Ken McCormack and he will be giving some new information about the mysterious affair at Dunmore House, Carrigans. He has new information which has come to light and enhances this fascinating story.

We would love to see you all there!

Any further information please contact
Bridgeen Rutherford (Sec - NDAHS) 028 7186 1696


15 Live Historical Interpretation Workshop


Ulster University and the Friends of the Derry Walls would like to invite you to attend our first Live Historical Interpretation Workshop. We are delighted to be joined by Mark Wallis, Founder and Managing Director of Past Pleasures, who is recognised as a leader in this area providing the best live interpretation in the business. Past Pleasures hold Europe's largest contract for daily live interpretation for Historic Royal Palaces in London.

The workshop will commence by focusing on the economic value that can be delivered through live historical interpretation of our monuments and cultural attractions. We will highlight some of the recent collaborative initiatives between the Friends of the Derry Walls and our business and drama students, delivering new opportunities and community engagements.

The second part of this practical workshop is targeted specifically to performers that currently or would like to work in the area of living history performance as well anyone involved in the management of heritage sites. Topics covered include: understanding the visitor; being an interpreter; storytelling. Be prepared to get involved in this inspiring workshop.

The workshop takes place in at the Magee campus (New Teaching Block MU201). Places are limited and you are advised to book early by emailing Edel Griffin: e.griffin@ulster.ac.uk

Link to campus map: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/pdf/campus-maps/UUMageeCampusMap_UpdateBGFINAL_SM_2Feb18.pdf  


Outline Programme Schedule

Thursday 19 April 2018 (Refreshment and Lunch Provided)
9.00 Registration and Coffee
9.30 Welcome & Overview: Why live historical interpretation makes business sense. 10.30 Introduction to Live Interpretation: What is It, Why Do It and How to Do It. 12.30 Lunch
1.30 The New You: Playing the Part.
4.00 Close

For further information contact: Edel Griffin (028 NI/048 ROI) 9167 5196 or email: e.griffin@ulster.ac.uk


16 The Goddess Within Course 


By Catriona Jones

An 8 week practical course raising Self Esteem, Boosting Confidence and increasing Self Worth in Girls and Women.

Building our Sisterhood

The Holywell Trust, Bishop Street, Derry Beginning Thursday 19th April 10am - 11.30am, £10 a week.


17 Jazz with a Twist
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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