NWCN E-Bulletin, 21 Sep 2017

1 Celebrate the Sector with NWCN - Save the Dates!
Funding scheme launched to conserve our Heritage
3 Creative Europe: European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 call
4 Unite to Stop the Cuts
5 Countering Incitement to Hatred
6 Autumn Social Innovation Workshops
7 NI Pensioners Parliament Survey: Brexit
8 Are you interested in Holocaust Memorial Day 2018?
9 AWARE Support Groups
10 Blind Mums Connect - Supporting Visually Impaired Mums
11 In Your Space Circus launches the Circus for Everyone Programme
12 Upcoming Local Events with Erasmus+
13 TEAM Programme
14 Get Started with Fashion and Film with The Prince's Trust
15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
16 Upcoming with Towards Understanding and Healing
17 Job Opportunities at DiverseCity Community Partnership
18 Multi-Cultural Gathering
19 FREE Watersport Training Courses
20 Legenderry Motor Show in Aid Of TinyLife
21 Energy of Light Disco
22 Names, Townlands & Emigration

1 Celebrate the Sector with NWCN - Save the Dates!

  • Friday 6th October - Rural Inclusion
  • Tuesday 17th October - Children & Young People
North West Community Network are organising two more Celebration/Master class events starting with a hot hearty fry-up at 9:30am and finishing at 12 noon.
You will have the opportunity to hear about successful and inspirational initiatives from the three themes above.
As well as a chance to hear from local groups and inspirational speakers you will also have the chance to network and make some new connections!
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or to book your place: 
info@nwcn.org/ 028 7127 9090 / www.nwcn.org
2 Funding scheme launched to conserve our Heritage

A funding scheme to help conserve our historic built heritage has been opened to applications.

The Repair Stream of the Historic Environment Fund, managed by the Department for Communities (DfC), is focused on supporting scheduled monuments and priority categories of listed buildings such as those that are on the buildings at risk register, thatched buildings, and those with owners on certain qualifying benefits. All work has to be completed within the current financial year.

Launching the fund,  Director of Historic Environment Iain Greenway said: “Our historic monuments and buildings are a key resource which, in addition to their heritage interest, are: an important part of our surroundings; contribute to community pride; and help strengthen our economy, right across Northern Ireland, through tourism.

“Last weekend thousands of people visited historic heritage attractions across Northern Ireland as part of European Heritage Open Days, which demonstrated the great debt we, as a society, have to those who look after and maintain these structures.  It is therefore important that we provide support, particularly to those structures and owners most in need.

 “I would encourage owners and organisations to apply for funding before the closing date of 10 October.”

Further information on how to apply to the Fund is available at: https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/historic-environment-financial-support


3   Creative Europe: European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 call

The Creative Europe Desk has just issued a special call for transnational Cooperation projects that reflect the purpose of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage:  i.e. :

  • to encourage the sharing and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage as a shared resource, to raise awareness of common history and values and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common Europe
  • to promote cultural heritage as a source of inspiration for artistic contemporary creation and innovation and strengthen the interaction between the cultural and heritage sector and other cultural and creative sectors.

Projects are encouraged to consider within their timeline highly visible activities in their first year to mark the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage

  • You would apply as a partnership of a minimum of 3 partner organisations from 3 different eligible countries;
  • You can apply for a grant of up to €200,000

This overview is intended for guidance only. The guidelines for the deadline can be found on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which administers Creative Europe.  

Please note that the usual call for small and large Cooperation Projects that are not related to the Year of Cultural Heritage has a separate deadline of 18 January 2018. Applicants can only apply under one strand.

The following types of entities are not eligible as project leader:

  • Higher education institutions (including but not limited to Universities) and related research oriented foundations, associations or organisations
  • Research institutions and/or organisations, foundations or associations working in the research field
  • Tourism organisations and/or associations.

The applicants (the project leader and the partners) must be active in the cultural and creative sectors and be legally established in one of the countries participating in the Culture sub-programme of Creative Europe. Both the project leader and partners must be in a position to demonstrate their existence as a legal entity at the deadline for submission.  

Individuals may not apply for a grant. Full eligibility criteria is outlined in the guidelines.  

Partners can apply for a grant of up to €200,000 (maximum of 60% of the total project budget). Match funding is required and the partners decide how much each organisation agrees to contribute. 

The deadline for Cooperation Projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage is22 November 2017 at 11am GMT.

The usual, annual call for Cooperation Projects has a separate deadline of 18 January 2018.Please see the separate Cooperation Projects funding opportunity page for details. 

If you require any more information or help in finding project partners, please let me know - Karen.Dyson@derrystrabane.com

The new timetable, new guidelines and eForms can be accessed here.


4 Unite to Stop the Cuts

The proposed £70 million in cuts to the health service could have a potentially life theatening impact. The impact of the Western Trust's £12.5 cuts is already forewarned with the closure of a residential home, fewer surgeries, longer waiting lists, a reduction of domicillary care, the lay-off of workers and the suspension of other critical services. 

As a society, we all depend on our health service. All of us know the impact of relentless cuts over the last two decades. For those who are driving forward austerity it is a political choice designed to destroy public services in order to open more aspects of health care for privatisation. Privatisation allows a few to become rich but doesn't benefit the vast majority. Stopping the proposed £70 million in cuts must be part of reversing the privatisation health care and renewing the fight to properly fund all of our public services. 

To do this, we need everyone opposed to austerity to speak with a united voice against the planned cuts. We urge you to join with us, trade unions, health workers and campaigners to support the protest planned at the Western Trust public consultation meeting on Tuesday September 26 at 6pm at The Verbal Arts Centre. The larger the numbers and the broader the representation of political parties, trade unions, community organisations, campaigning networks, cultural groups, sports clubs and student groups who mobilise for protests now can give confidence to workers, patients and all of us to speak up now and organise to defend our health service and all our public services. 

Please contact us at StoptheCutsEndAusterity@gmail.com to let us know if you organisation will support the protest on Tuesday September 26 and join to end austerity. 


5 Countering Incitement to Hatred

Friday 13th October 2017, Canada Room, Queens University Belfast

Defining public duties to tackle incitement to hatred whilst respecting free expression: Reviewing the legal & policy framework

A conference hosted by the Equality Coalition in partnership with the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at QUB, to address the ‘threshold’ and ‘intervention’ questions increasingly defined in human rights law as to when public authorities can or must act against speech and cultural expression in order to protect the rights of others.

Conference will include both international and local speakers.

Please RSVP to 


6 Autumn Social Innovation Workshops

Good Impact Practice & the Public Benefit Requirement 

Inspiring Impact NI and Community Evaluation NI, in conjunction with the Charity Commission NI are running a series of awareness sessions on Good Impact Practice & the Public Benefit Requirement .
These free sessions are designed for directors, coordinators, trustees and practitioners of independent voluntary & community organisations and charities.

Your impact is the reason you exist as a charity. Under the Charity Commission NI’s public benefit requirement, all charities are required to make a public benefit statement and report annually against this. 

Impact Practice can help you join the dots between this and other reporting requirements.
These workshops will look at how good impact practice helps you make sure your own goals remain at the centre of monitoring & reporting to stakeholders, funders & the Charity Commission NI.

They will be approx 2hrs, practical and interactive. 
The sessions are free but you will need to register  

Book now: 
eventbriteCENI. If you have questions or find eventbrite inaccessible, e-mail: aongus@ceni.org  or call  02890248005

See dates & venues below. If you would like to host a session in your area do get in touch and we can try to accommodate.

DATE        VENUE                                                 TIME
26 Sept     Fermanagh House, Enniskillen           10.30 – 12.30
27 Sept     Holywell Trust, Derry-Londonderry   11.00 – 13.00
28 Sept     PIPS Training Room, Newry              10.30 – 12.30
09 Oct      Craigavon Civic Centre – Lakeview 2  19.00 – 21.00
11 Oct      RCN Training Room, Cookstown        10.30 – 12.30
19 Oct      CO3, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast       17.30 – 19.00
                 (for Charity Trustees)                    
25 Oct      NICVA Conference Room B, Belfast    10.00 – 12.00

 7 NI Pensioners Parliament Survey: Brexit

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament has launched a survey seeking views from older people on the implications of Brexit and how they feel following the EU referendum vote.
The Parliament wants to know:

  • Whether you would vote differently now
  • If you feel older people have been villainised following the vote
  • What impact you think Brexit will have on your life

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete, and responses should be submitted by Sunday 15 October.



8 Are you interested in Holocaust Memorial Day 2018?

Would you like to organise a local activity in your area?
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is running a free workshop providing guidance to those wanting to know more about marking Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2018. The session is aimed at first time and previous activity organisers from schools, local authorities, voluntary/ community groups, trade unions, prisons and many other organisations.
Attending a workshop will help you gain a better understanding of HMD and how to create a meaningful activity for your audience. During the session you’ll learn more about this year’s theme, The power of words,and the free resources available to help you to mark HMD in your community. Participants will discuss the practicalities of organising events, participate in interactive activities and networking sessions and hear tips from organisers who have previously marked HMD.
Last year, more than 700 activities took place across Northern Ireland, bringing people from all walks of life together to mark HMD.

Participants in the Northern Ireland  workshop will have the opportunity to meet Dr Martin Stern, a holocaust survivor, as he is planning to attend the workshop, as preparation for a project in the area later in the year.  Don't miss this opportunity to get involved.

The Northern Ireland workshop is taking place at DiverseCity, Hollywell Trust in Derry/ Londonderry on Monday 9 October 2017, from 1pm – 4pm
To find out more and book your place visit hmd.org.uk/workshops

There will also be a main event taking place in the Millennium Forum on 25th January and your group could attend this.


 AWARE Support Groups

AWARE provides Support Groups for people affected by depression, Bipolar disorder and other related conditions such as anxiety.

·       Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm (15 Queen Street)
·       Wednesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm (Shared Future Centre, 61 Irish Street)
·       Thursday 11.00am - 12.30pm ( 15 Queen Street)

The groups are free of charge and no need to register, just turn up. Close friends and family members are also welcome. Come along and find out what you can do to help yourself or people close to you.

For more information visit  www.aware-ni.org

10 Blind Mums Connect - Supporting Visually Impaired Mums

All our services are completely free and offered by our dedicated team of volunteers, all of whom have a visual impairment themselves.

We never turn down enquiries from dads, family members, friends or professionals and will help in whatever way we can, whether you need an occasional question answering, or want everything we can give you.

We support first-time mums to be through to great grandparents, and our lively community sees a constant flow of questions, information and stories from our members.

 website: www.blindmumsconnect.org.uk
 free, confidential membership form so we can provide the correct support quickly and efficiently: www.blindmumsconnect.org.uk/membership
 tel: 01905886252 (answering machine service, we aim to return your call within 48 hours, often sooner),
 Or E-Mail: info@blindmumsconnect.org.uk

11  In Your Space Circus launches the Circus for Everyone Programme

The Circus For Everyone project is an opportunity for children and young people aged between nine and fifteen to take part in circus workshops aimed at promoting good relations.

At In Your Space Circus, ‘acceptance’ is a core value. We want people to accept both themselves and others. Everyone is of equal worth, with diversity and shared experiences having equal value. Our aim is to allow children and young people to explore diversity, challenge stereotypes and improve communication skills in a supportive way. Our project will provide a safe and respectful environment in which to do this. Activities will be carried out by highly skilled facilitators and carried out in a fun and relaxed way. Grounded in Circus skills, such as tightwire, diablo, juggling, unicycle, clowning,  we also hope to incorporate and explore the individual cultural traditions of our participants.

This project is open to schools, community groups and cultural organisations within the greater Derry-Londonderry Area. We can come out to you or, if you would like a change of scenery, you can come to visit us.

For more information, or if you are interested in taking part, please contact
Cara@inyourspaceni.org.  Phone: 02871377113.

The Circus for Everyone Project has been launched with support from The Executive Office’s Good Relations funding Programme 2017/1018.

12 Upcoming Local Events with Erasmus+
  • Celebrating 30 Years of Erasmus+ and International Youth Work
On December 8th, 'LID+' will host a Pearl Anniversary Celebration to mark 30 years of Erasmus+. 'Market Place' provides a wonderful opportunity to exhibit any international youth work you have been involved in over the last three decades. 

Please click 
here for more information
  • What is the true impact of Erasmus+? 
'LID+' is organising a two-day evaluation residential event in late October in Derry to identify the true impact of Erasmus+.  We are looking to hear from anyone involved in any previous or current Erasmus+ activity, be that a training programme, seminar, youth exchange, EVS, study visit, job shadow or similar. 

Have you participated in any Youth in Action or Erasmus+ Programme in recent years?  Want to be part of in depth interactive evaluation of the impact of Erasmus+?  If so we want to hear from you.  

Whether you're a young person (over 18), a young leader, practising youth worker, teacher, academic, policy maker or you work for a National Agency, SALTO or otherwise, if you have been involved in any Erasmus+ activity down through the years and you can set aside time over two days in October to contribute to our evaluation we'd like to hear from you.

Want to be involved? Click here


13   TEAM Programme

Starts Monday 25th Sept @NWRC Limavady and Derry-Londonderry

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 contact… 
Limavady TEAM- Denis - t: 07527 389281 e: 
Derry-Londonderry TEAM- Sean - t: 07794 215217 e: sean.curran@nwrc.ac.uk


14  Get Started with Fashion and Film with The Prince's Trust

Get Into Fashion 

16-24 and interested in Fashion?

We're teamed up with the The Fashion and Textile Design Centre - FTDC in Derry/Londonderry to give you a free snapshot of working in the Fashion industry.

Starting with a taster session on 4th Oct, our five day 'Get Started in Fashion' will help you to learn new skills, work as a team and build your confidence. Discover new talents and develop your new skills with skilled mentors.

- Learn to use professional sewing equipment & how to up-style garments 
- Gain hands on experience in preparing garments for a fashion show
- Travel expenses paid on programme 
- Up to three months of support after the programme

To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07484901934 or email christopher.mcdonagh@princes-trust.org.uk.

Get Started in Film

25th – 29th  September  2017
If you are not currently in full-time employment, education or training, come and meet new people, learn new skills, work as a team and build your confidence.
Not only will you discover new talents and develop new skills, but you’ll also benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

  • Learn every stage of making a film, and unlock your creativity
  • Work alongside industry experts, with professional equipment
  • Travel expenses paid on programme
  • Up to three months of support after the programme
In Partnership with The Nerve Centre 

To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07484901934 or email christopher.mcdonagh@princes-trust.org.uk

15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Informal Revision: Integration of non-formal education approach to the formal education system for youth empowerment at local level
27 October 2017 - 9 April 2018 | Cahkadzor, Armenia and Weimar, Germany
This long-term training course is an attempt to use non-formal education as a tool for youth empowerment in addressing societal issues and to build a stable and productive co-working platform for educators coming from formal education and youth field
This activity is for participants from: Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Russian Federation, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 1 October 2017

See details
PROFIT: cooperation between organizations working with youth and business sector
23 - 28 October 2017 | Lviv, Ukraine
The training course will provide participants with the possibilities to explore links among NGO’s and business sectors as well as to learn more about Social Corporate responsibility: forms, methods, needs of business, best practices, role of NGO’s.
Organizer: SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre (SALTO)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 2 October 2017

See details
Work with young people in NEET situation: Innovative approaches from reaching out to ensuring constant motivation

14 - 17 November 2017 | Sigulda, Latvia
The overall aim of training course is to improve life situation of young people in NEET situation through building capacity of experts with particular focus on outreach and involvement through non-formal methods
Organizer: NA Latvia (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 9 October 2017

See details
TYE - Tools for Youth Exchanges

11 - 17 December 2017 | Budapest, Hungary
A Youth Exchange needs content – behind the content there are tools. This training helps to explore tools around group processes, (intercultural) learning, involvement of young people and more.
Organizer: Hungarian NA for ERASMUS+ Youth - Tempus Public Foundation (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline (24h CET): 29 October 2017

See details
Call for Trainers
Eco-connection Training course
Concordia Sud-est is looking for two trainers
Application deadline: Before the 29th September
All details can be found here: 
online version.


16 Upcoming with Towards Understanding and Healing

  • Launch of Burning Issues Graphic Novel

Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop St

THIS EVENING: 21 September, Commencing 6pm with light dinner

Please book on: 02871261941

  • Testimony event with Hazel Deeney, October 3rd 2017

Hazel Deeney was with her husband Trevor when he was shot dead on 8th April 1998 by the INLA in the driveway of their home at Kilfennan (Derry-Londonderry). Hazel was left to raise four children on her own, ranging in age from 6 to 12. Trevor was the last person killed  before the Good Friday Agreement was arrived at and was buried on the day the Agreement was signed.  

Hazel is a member of the Victims & Survivors Forum

She will share her story during a lunchtime Testimony event happening at Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership from 12.30 pm till 2pm on October 3rd 2017

Please book on: 028 7126 1941


17 Job Opportunities at DiverseCity Community Partnership
Foyle Women’s Information Network, wishes to appoint the following:
Job Title: Policy, Communication & Engagement Officer
Hours: 20 hours per week
Grade: NJC Scale SO1 Point 29 - £24,646 pro rata
Length of contract:Until 31st March 2018 
For an application pack for this post please contact:
Foyle Women’s Information Network
DiverseCity Community Partnership

8-14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW
Telephone:  (028) 71266291
The deadline for completed applications is 1.00pm on Thursday 28th September 2017.
This post is funded through the Department for Communities (DfC), Regional Infrastructure Fund for Women.
FWIN are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Maintenance & Support Worker at Holywell Trust, DCCP


The deadline for completed applications is 2.00pm Friday 6th October 2017.
Applicants must be available for interview on Tuesday 10th October 2017.


18 Multi-Cultural Gathering

You are invited for a multi-cultural gathering on Sunday, 24th September, 2017 at Hollywell Trust, 10-12 Bishop Street, BT48 6PW, Derry-Londonderry from 1 - 3 pm . 

Please join us for fun and Indian vegetarian food. You are requested to bring something which represent your culture and if you wish you are welcome to wear traditional attires. There will be a photo session along with the stuff you will be bringing.

The entry is free. The event will start at 1 pm so please make sure to be on time. Allow yourself some time for parking.

You would require to confirm the number of members attending from your family including adults and kids for catering purposes.

Please confirm to: 
chughjyo3@gmail.com or jyotisuri03@gmail.com -  ASAP as the places are LIMITED.

Looking forward to the fun-filled afternoon with the cultural exchange values!


19 FREE Watersport Training Courses

The training is being run through Derry City and Strabane District Council and the Loughs Agency. We’re recruiting people who are not currently working or partaking in training or education and that reside in the Derry City and Strabane district council area which includes Claudy, Park and Castlederg.

On offer is angling and angling coaching, canoe and kayak coaching and powerboating within the council area. We want to better utilise the natural resources on our doorstep and see people get onto the first step toward a career in watersports.

If you or someone you know could benefit please contact Michael Cosgrove via email (
Michael.cosgrove@loughs-agency.org) or calling 028 71 342100 or alternatively Geraldine O’hEara at 028 71 308466  geraldine.oheara@derrystrabane.com

More info here: http://www.derrystrabane.com/Subsites/Kickstart/Maritime-Tourism-Programme


20 Legenderry Motor Show in Aid Of TinyLife

Legenderry Motor Show, Sunday 24th September 12-4pm, St Columbs Park, Running Track, BT476HN All Vintage, Classic, Retro, American. Modern, Modified Cars, Bikes, Vans, Tractors and Trucks Welcome. Proceeds In Aid Of TinyLife ( Northern Ireland

  • Bikes/Moped £5:00
  • Cars /Vans/Tractors £10:00
  • Trucks £15:00
  • Shown `n` Shine
  • Live Action Arena 
  • Real Life accident Scenario - In Memory of Given Gillespie
  • Kids Entertainment 

We need Volunteers on the day to help out with our show collection, 2 hours please, contact Brians  Mob 07709257251


21 Energy of Light Disco

TONIGHT: Thursday 21st September  at 7.00pm-9.00pm

The Alley Theatre, Strabane.
£3 admission with carers/parents free.

Other dates in Strabane, at The Alley Theatre include:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017    7.00pm- 9.00pm
  • Thursday 14th December          7.00pm- 9.00pm


22 Names, Townlands & Emigration

A SERIES OF ENTERTAINING TALKS With Two Local Expert Speakers And Authors:
Brian Mitchell & Seoirse Ó Dochartaigh.

With Refreshments and Musical Interval 

Saturday 23rd September 2017
2 pm - 5 pm
FREE admission

Author of 'The Great Name Book of Inishowen' Seoirse Ó Dochartaigh, will be presenting some very interesting facts about local names and townlands

Come along and meet Brian Mitchell at Monreagh: 
He is the author of a number of Irish genealogy reference books such as A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, A Guide to Irish Parish Registers, Irish Passenger Lists 1847-1871, and Genealogy at a Glance: Irish Genealogy Research.

Brian has been involved in local, family and emigration research in the North West since 1982. The database whose construction he supervised from 1982 to 2007, containing one million records (dating from 1642 to 1922) extracted from the major civil and church registers of County Derry, can now be accessed at Roots Ireland


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