NWCN E-bulletin 20 March 2019

1 The Tesco Centenary Fund

2 Ulster Bank Social Entrepreneur Accelerator

3 Are you a Carer living in a Rural area?

4  Women's Regional Consortium Survey

5 Brexit Info Workshops for Citizens Advisors – Strabane

6 Introduction to Tendering for the Voluntary and Community Sector

7 Free Understanding Governance Training for C&V Sector

8 Western Trust - How the Health Service Works

9 Facilities Management Training 

10 Your chance to work with the MakeyUppers and smash the Patriarchy at the same time!

11 Imperialism on Trial: 'Fake News - Establishment Media & War On Journalism'

12 "The was is now"

13 Living Your Best Life

14 Field Notes

15 Discover An Intercultural NI Celebration Event

16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

17 CAWT in Action Newsletter Spring 2019 

18 Job Opportunity with the Londonderry Bands Forum

19 Job Opportunity with The Koram Centre

20 Space to rent & create at The Playhouse

21 Fault Lines: An Afternoon Symposium



1 The Tesco Centenary Fund


The Tesco Centenary Fund offers a unique opportunity to benefit communities in Northern Ireland. Projects must provide a significant benefit to communities across Northern Ireland.

Community charity Groundwork NI is working in partnership with Tesco to deliver the Centenary Fund which marks their 100th birthday by giving charities the chance to bag a share of £100,000 in funding.


Funding Priority
The focus for this round will be on supporting those charities that are improving Health and Wellbeing across Northern Ireland. Tesco have a particular interest in supporting groups tackling cancer, heart disease and diabetes in line with their National Health Partnership.


How does the Centenary Fund Work?
The Tesco Centenary Fund is now open for applications from not for profit organisations in Northern Ireland. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

Three community projects will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Northern Ireland, in July/August and November/December 2019.

Following each vote, the project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of up to £50,000, the second-place project receives up to £30,000 and third place project gets up to £20,000.


Apply for a grant
The Tesco Centenary Fund NI is open now to applications and expected to close in mid-April 2019. Applications will then be shortlisted and taken forward for a public vote in July / August this year.

Use the link below to take the eligibility quiz. This short quiz will check that your project meets the basic requirements to be eligible for a Tesco Centenary Fund grant. If your project meets the criteria you will be given a link to the application form at the end of the quiz.

Further information is available at:

or contact Niamh NicCana:
 on 028 90749494.




2 Ulster Bank Social Entrepreneur Accelerator


You are invited to attend our Ignition event for the fully-funded Ulster Bank Social Pre-Accelerator, in partnership with Social Enterprise NI and Work West.

At Ignition you will be introduced to pitching, business model canvas and the lean start up.
It is a quick-fire, immersive eight-week online learning course with an exciting Ignition event to kick it off in Belfast.

You can register here for the Ignition event here. It’s compulsory to attend if you want to join the programme. When you have registered you will be sent a link to make your application to access all of your digital modules.

Who’s it for?
Pre-Accelerator is for you if you have a great idea for a social enterprise that you want to bring to life or if you have begun your journey and want to validate your assumptions.

How much does it cost?
Everything is fully-funded for you. i.e. it’s free. All we ask is that you work as hard as we do to make the most of this opportunity to grow your business.

What is involved?
We concentrate on providing early-stage businesses with the best environment, digital learning and networks. This programme has a specific focus on the business side of things when it comes to social enterpirse that will compliment other support available.

The course is eight weeks long but starts with our exciting, immersive, ‘Ignition’ event which takes place at the Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator on the 21st March 09:00 – 12:00
At the midway stage we will hold a Customer Discovery Workshop at the Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator on the 18th April from 09:00 – 11:00
Our final event is an opportunity to celebrate your achievements and swap experiences at the Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator, 16th May from 16:00 – 18:00. There will be a pitching competition with a money cant buy prize up for grabs.

Learning and networks
We want to help early-stage social enterprises grow and succeed as quickly as possible, so we focus on giving our Pre-Accelerator entrepreneurs a fantastic digital experience with action-focused, online training. We’ll also help you connect with other entrepreneurs just like you and plug you in to the power of your local social ecosystem.

Register and Apply Now
Places are limited, so make the most of this opportunity, register now and apply as soon as you get the link.

Thursday , 21 March 2019
09:00 – 12:00
Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator
1st Floor, Donegall Square East, Belfast, BT15UB






3  Are you a Carer living in a Rural area?

Carers NI have launched the State of Caring 2019 Survey It's the most comprehensive research into the lives of carers and helps to push caring up the agenda for policy makers.

Please take part in this survey to ensure the voices of Rural Cares are heard.

Click the link: 



4 Women's Regional Consortium Survey


Please complete this short survey (3 minutes) to help inform the work of the Women's Regional Consortium



5 Brexit Info Workshops for Citizens Advisors – Strabane


This workshop will explore the implications of Brexit and the changing needs of citizens and the advice sectors in Ireland and Northern Ireland.


The session will last approximately 2 hours and will aim to update citizens advisors and information providers on the:

  • Current Brexit status
  • Possible outcomes
  • Areas of concern and change for citizens

Implications for the advice sector is also important so we would like to capture:

  • How you expect your citizens advice / information service to be impacted, and
  • The additional ‘supports’ your service will need as it responds to the changing needs of citizens.

**Please note these workshop are specifically for individuals working in community and voluntary sectors in Ireland and Northern Ireland. ** 


Thursday, 21 March 2019

10:30 – 12:30 

Fir Trees Hotel, Dublin Rd, Strabane






6 Introduction to Tendering for the Voluntary and Community Sector


Introduction to Tendering for the Voluntary and Community Sector training delivered by Copius Consulting 


28 March 2019 from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Mediate NI Training Room, Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street Derry/Londonderry. BT48 7ER,


Training Outcomes:

Increased understanding of tendering processes and opportunities amongst VCS organisations within the CIT target areas.


To register contact darren@copiusconsulting.co.uk or Michael at michael.doherty@mediateni.com or ring 07714494258 to register. 


There are only 10 places available.


This training is funded by The Executive Office



 7 Free Understanding Governance Training for C&V Sector

26 March 2019 
5:30pm to 8:30pm
New Gate Arts and Culture Centre
20-22 Hawkin Street
Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RE

Good Governance is essential for an organisation to have direction, plan ahead, be effective and meet legal requirements. This training will develop and improve your governance knowledge to ensure that your organisation is governed and led effectively.

This session is specifically designed for those who are newly elected/appointed onto the committee/board of a charitable organisation (charity trustees).  It will also be of interest to those charity trustees (committee members/directors) who wish to understand more about their role on the committee/board and what is expected of them.

This training has been arranged in the early evening to suit those who work during the day.  Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm and the training will start at 6.00pm.

Register here:



8 Western Trust - How the Health Service Works


Here’s the chance to give your feedback on your experiences as a service user of the Health Service and to find out everything you needed to know about how the Health Service works.   The workshop will last about an hour with a presentation and 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



9  Facilities Management Training 

DTNI is hosting another run of professional facilities management (FM) training events this spring, and for the first time one of those events will take place south of the border, in collaboration with Carmichael in Dublin.

For those already managing assets, such as community centres, heritage and arts centres, or those who are aspiring to, FM training is invaluable for understanding the standards, protocols and legal requirements of buildings management and maintenance.

A bespoke FM course has been commissioned by DTNI and designed by our trainer, Beth Goodyear, which will follow the 
Institute for Workplace and Facilities Management professional standards framework  and cover the fundamentals of health and safety, energy, contract management and much more.

1st & 2nd May 2019 - Derry (venue TBC) - £200*
*Price includes lunch and training materials

To book, contact Stevie McGirr: +4428 9031 1132; 


More information: https://www.dtni.org.uk/news/facilities-management-training-book-now




10 Your chance to work with the MakeyUppers and smash the Patriarchy at the same time!


MakeyUppers are leading a 3 month drama course that involves play, games, group work, connection, learning and developing critical thinking...and LOTS of fun. This course is the first of it's kind and is rooted in 'Liberation from Patriarchy for Gender Justice' training.



WHEN? Tuesdays 7.00pm - 9.00pm (12 weeks from 2nd April - 25th June 2019, not inc 23rd April 2019)

WHERE? Waterside Theatre, Derry

WHO? Anyone 18 years+ of any gender, background, age, experience, etc.


There will be a final performance, featuring the MakeyUppers and those who wish to participate, at the Waterside Theatre in June, and on International Men's Day on 19th November 2019.


REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE IS ESSENTIAL. SPACES ARE NOT GUARANTEED as places are limited. Please follow the link below, fill out the form by 31st March, and we'll be in touch:



Come learn about the Patriarchy and how to destroy it, one drama game at a time, with the MakeyUppers!


This is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) / Derry City and Strabane District Council / The Junction / FWIN.

*The Patriarchy: "a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it."

*Please note: Attendance on this course does not guarantee that the Patriarchy will be smashed in its entirety by the end of the course, but rather that you, the attendee, will be more aware of what it is and be more empowered to challenge, and change it. Ooooh Yeah!



11  Imperialism on Trial: 'Fake News - Establishment Media & War On Journalism'


An Imperialism on Trial event, titled, 'Fake News - Establishment Media & War On Journalism' will take place at the Guildhall, Derry, on Thursday March 21.


A former UK Ambassador, and a former CIA Analyst will be joined by three journalists as they discuss the role of the establishment media, and the demonisation and censoring of alternative outlets and voices.


As the mainstream media beat the war drums and target independent countries for regime change; the alternative media act as a counter-balance, presenting an opposing narrative. In recent times, we have seen trust in the mainstream media decline drastically; while more and more seek their information from alternative sources. This is not just about loss of revenue, but more importantly for the hearts and minds of the public.


While Donald Trump may have popularised the term 'Fake News', journalists, academics and activists, have been calling out the establishment media in their promotion of imperialism, for many years before he ever threw his hat in the ring, politically.


Some of the topics that will be covered at the event will include:'Russiagate'- allegations of Russian meddling, hacking and collusion with Trump; False narrative on the war on Syria; The Magnitsky Act; Iran, Saudi Arabia, and what's not been reported on Yemen; Venezuela, and the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes); Media & false consciousness,


The speakers are:

  • Craig Murray, Former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan
  • Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst
  • Patrick Henningsen, 21st Century Wire
  • Catherine Shakdam, Writer & Commentator
  • John Wight, Journalist

Imperialism on Trial is a theme for events that bring together an array of speakers from the world of politics, academia, journalism, former diplomats and clergy to offer their insights and expertise on the subject of imperialism and neoliberalism.

All speakers are driven by a profound and sincere desire for an end to these endless wars of aggression, and regime changes. We all want peace, diplomacy, and good international relations to replace what has become the norm for the hegemon - the US and it's vassal states- of coercive diplomacy, sanctions, threats of war, hot wars, cold wars and proxy wars.

Come join us at the Guildhall, on Thursday March 21, and hear alternative voices presenting a different analysis to that of the Establishment media.


Doors Open 7pm.

Tickets £5 online with EVENTBRITE, Imperialism on Trial.

OR £5 at the door.





12 "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 KerrActors: 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



13 Living Your Best Life


Thriving not just surviving growing older


The Families Voices Forum is a group of family members from across Northern Ireland who have been bereaved by suicide.  We have collaborated with the Age Friendly initiative and the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, to host an event which looks at how we can look after our mental health and well being as we grow older.


We're going to begin with a lunch together and you will get the opportunity to meet services, to have discussions about key topics that affect mental health as we grow older, to get some physical health checks done and to have a taster of different types of complementary therapies.


Monday 25th March 2019


The Gasyard Centre, 126-128 Lecky Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6NP


To book contact Developing Healthy Communities on 028 7161 1384 or go to the website to book online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-your-best-life-thriving-not-just-surviving-growing-older-tickets-56999266340?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse


Minibuses to the venue will be available from Strabane, Limavady and Derry City centre. Please let us know on booking if you require transport or have any special requirements, including dietary needs. Places are limited.



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 Discover An Intercultural NI Celebration Event

Saturday, March 30 will see the North West Migrants Forum celebrate another milestone with the film premiere highlighting the many wonderful achievements of the young people who took part in the Discover an Intercultural NI project throughout 2018-2019 being shown at the Playhouse in the city.

The family-friendly celebration is also a culmination of a series of activities delivered throughout the months of April 2018-March 2019 and will be held from 11am to 3pm.

Discover an Intercultural NI project worked with eight post-primary schools across the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area to strengthen social cohesion and inclusion by improving attitudes between young people from minority ethnic communities (BME) and young people from majority cultures.

The project itself focused on cultural diversity and inclusion around the DCSDC area. Presenting testimonials and experiences from project participants, the event will also feature the screening of our Discover an Intercultural NI short film and the official launch of our 2017 Shared Stories Safe Spaces policy brief.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Lilian Seenoi-Barr said: 'This will be a wonderful celebration of all that is good about intercultural activity in Northern Ireland. I would encourage  everyone out there to come along to what will be a great celebration in a family-friendly environment to witness what these young people have achieved.'

In addition to testimonials and presentations, the event will boast a line-up of exciting activities and local musical talent for the whole family to enjoy.

Also featured will be a children's craft and entertainment corner, Intercultural performances by St Cecilia's Irish dancers, Highland dancers, hip-hop fusion dance performed by our very own young cultural ambassadors and intercultural foods will bring voice and flair to the theme of this day.

This is a family friendly free event and it is open to the public! We look forward to welcoming you all! 



16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


The Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar at Utøya
12 - 17 June 2019 | Utøya, Norway
International training course on intercultural dialogue for youth leaders at Utøya. Utøya is one of the sites of the terror attack in Norway 22 July 2011. Today it is a learning center for commemoration, learning and engagement.
Organizer: The European Wergeland Centre (Others)
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

IC LAB - Intercultural Learning for Absolute Beginners
20 - 24 May 2019 | Oslo, Norway
A crash course on the concept of intercultural learning for youth workers with no previous experience in international youth work.
Organizer: Bufdir, Erasmus+:Aktiv Ungdom (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 April 2019

See details

12 - 17 May 2019 | Azores Islands, Portugal
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: Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 17 April 2019

See details


17  CAWT in Action Newsletter Spring 2019 

We are pleased to share our latest CAWT news on cross border Health and Social Care and EU INTERREG VA funded projects:

CAWT in Action newsletter Spring 2019 Download

For up to date news on CAWT follow us on twitter and facebook @cawtcrossborder



18  Job Opportunity with the Londonderry Bands Forum


Title;                LBF Co-ordinator
Reports to:     LBF Regional Manager
Duration:        For a period of 2 years with possible extension
Salary range;  NJC P01


The Londonderry Bands Forum (LBF) were set up in 2010 as an alternative leadership delivery alliance aiming to, ‘challenge preconceptions and misconceptions (of the bands community) through education and dialogue.’ In the convening years they have played a key strategic and local peace-building role, in providing high quality community relations work with a particular emphasis on encouraging cross-community collaboration.  Their aim is to provide a unique form of positive mentorship to all bands in the North-West and also deliver a range of ground-breaking grass-roots programmes and good relations initiatives.


The LBF wish to appoint a Co-ordinator (35 hours per week) with a remit to work with membership across the North-West region primarily the urban and rural Derry/Strabane District Council area. Reporting to the LBF regional manager, the worker will have operational responsibility for the LBF’s programmes, expansion and execution of its mission as agreed by membership in their strategic plan. They will develop the core aims of the LBF as outlined in their strategic documentation.


Candidates must be educated to 3rd level in a relevant subject including community relations/community development or cultural awareness.

OR 3-5 years relevant experience in the cultural or community sector.

For a full job description and application form please contact;

Regional Manager; Derek Moore; Tel; 02871342084 or email moore.derek@hotmail.co.uk


Deadline for Applications; 12 noon Friday 27th March 2019 with interviews scheduled for Monday 1st April 2019

It is a fixed-term contract for 2 years (with a possibility of extension) beginning in April 2019.

This post is funded by the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council core funding programme.



19  Job Opportunity with The Koram Centre


Receptionist With Administration Duties


Salary: £1,772.32

Hours per week: 4.00


Main Purpose:
To act as first point of contact for the Koram Centre, extending a warm welcome to service users and visitors at reception.

The post-holder will support all functions within the Koram Centre to ensure that operational targets are met. This will include administrative support throughout the organisation.


Personnel Specification

Essential Criteria

  • 5 GCSE.s (Grade A – C) or equivalent, to include English & Maths or NVQ Level 2 Administration
  • 2 years’ relevant experience working within an administration environment.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc.
  • Current full driving license, valid in the UK, and access to a car or other form of transport which will permit you to carry out the duties of the post in full (successful candidates will be required to ensure that their insurance allows them to use their car for business purposes).

N.B: Alternative transport methods will be considered for those who have a disability and cannot obtain a driving license. Successful candidates will be required to ensure that their insurance allows them to use their car for business purposes.

Desirable Criteria

  • 1 years’ experience of performing administrative duties within a voluntary sector/charitable organisation

To request an application pack please contact ad.koram@gmail.com

Closing Date
Wednesday / 27 March 2019, 1:00pm

Contact Details
2-3 Mourne Villas, Lower Main Street
BT82 8BG
02871 886181



20  Space to rent & create at The Playhouse



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! Leases are available for 1-3 years at a minimum. 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



Are you considering running some classes or workshops in Derry/ Londonderry? Do you need a creative space to do it in?

Our busy building is home to several cultural/art based groups and tenants, and you could be one of them!

We can offer space for all types of weekly or monthly workshops and classes, including dance, drama, music, art, yoga, and much more!

For additional information and a tour of our building contact:

Max Beer, The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street,

Derry/ Londonderry,

BT48 6RG Tel - (028) 71 268027

Email: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk



21  Fault Lines: An Afternoon Symposium – Void Gallery in collaboration with Paper Visual Art Journal

Saturday 23rd March 2019, from 2-5pm
Launch 5-7pm
Void Gallery, Derry

The idea of the border has become a key cultural preoccupation of our times. In Europe and in the US, specific complex geopolitical borders are charged ideological devices, instrumentalised by right-wing commentators and politicians, and reduced in the process to simplified emblems. Anxieties about sovereignty, nationalism, cultural identity, and overpopulation, gravitate around these agitated symbolic fault lines. As new conflict zones proliferate internationally, and patterns of forced migration concentrate, the issue of the border becomes part of a broader crisis: a crisis of cohabitation. This is a crisis of which Ireland – with its own long-troubled border – has a particular vantage point.

This event, a collaboration between Void Gallery, Derry, and Paper Visual Art Journal, will bring together writers, artists, and researchers whose work investigates the uses, impacts, and cultural repercussions of borders in everyday life. The contested border in Ireland will serve as one major starting point for a discussion with deep pre-historical as well as wide global parameters, exploring how borders divide and how they connect.

This afternoon of presentations and talks is free and open to all, and booking is advised (please see www.derryvoid.com/openedground for further details). The symposium will be followed by the launch of the latest issue of Paper Visual Art Journal in the gallery from 5pm. Do join us.

This event is kindly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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