NWCN E-bulletin 27 March 2019


1 Western Trust - How the Health Service Works

2 Change Something Fund

3 NI Music Industry Mapping Project - Open Public Meeting

4 Launch of  ‘Active Autism’ project

5 “Bereavement After a Suicide”

6  Upcoming with Towards Understanding and Healing

7 Maudsley Course for Eating Disorders 6-7 April 2019 Derry/Londonderry WHSCT

8 Opportunity for people interested in journalism - Breaking Into News programme

9 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

10 After BREXIT: NI Strategy for a Better Environment - Key Stakeholder Event

11 Petition: Protect Northern Ireland's Air and Water and Countryside

12 Date for your Diary / Save the Date

13 Photography Competition with The Loughs Agency

14 Job opportunities with Listen Share Change

15 Job Opportunity with HURT

16 Public Appointment Vacancy– Appointment of new Chair to the Board of Invest NI 

17 Energy of Light Disco



1 Western Trust - How the Health Service Works


NWCN are working with the Local Commissioning Group (LCG) in the Western Trust area to let people have the chance to give feedback on their experiences as a service user of the Health Service and to find out everything you need to know about how the Health Service works.   The workshop will last about an hour with a presentation 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



2 Change Something Fund


The Change Something Fund is your chance to change something in your community by awarding grants to young people’s projects.  It is part of Youth 19 and is funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund. The second round of funding is now open for applications by clicking the button below. 


A total of £100,000 is available in the fund where grants from £200 to £3,000 will be available to young people aged 12-24 who submit applications. £50,000 of the total fund was allocated in December 2018 and the second round grants will be awarded in April 2019. 

Change Something activities can be any activity or initiative that is important to you and that will make a difference in your local community.

Funding applications will be judged by a committee of  young people aged 13-24.
Applications will be accepted between 15th March 2019 and the 11th April 2019.


Below are a list of groups who received funding in the first round of the Change Something fund.

1.      Glen Development Initiative awarded funds towards the costs of an environmental classroom.
2.      Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership awarded funds towards the costs of a programme which includes exercise using a ‘Pole’ supported by a professional cognitive therapist to alleviate mental health conditions experiences mostly by girls e.g. eating disorders.
3.      Me4Mental awarded funds towards the costs of a programme focused on the health and wellbeing of young people.
4.      Education Authority Youth Service awarded funds towards the costs of running a mental health event for those young people who attend the Connect Youth Programme.
5.      Long Tower Youth Club awarded funds towards the costs of a setting up a Triax Area Youth Committee made up of 12 members. 
6.      Education Authority awarded funds towards the costs of the Drop In Sessions.
7.      Gasyard Wall Feile awarded funds towards the costs of Vicarious Impact Care Training.
8.      Our Future Foyle City Centre Initiative awarded funds towards the costs of a health and wellbeing programme for young people which will take place in the city centre in a bespoke bus.
9.      Creative Arts and Social Team awarded funds towards the costs of creative workshops leading to performances of excerpts from musicals.
10.   Strabane Sigerson awarded funds towards the costs of their ‘Have a Ball’ 10 week programme for children.
11.   St Mary’s Youth Club awarded funds towards the costs of a celebration event for all of the young volunteers from the Triax area who work within their community organisations and youth clubs.
12.   St Mary’s College awarded funds towards the costs of an intergenerational event for present and past pupils.
13.   St Mary’s School College Council awarded funds towards the costs of a campaign to reduce single use plastic in the school and to widen the campaign to the all schools in Northern Ireland.
14.   St Mary’s College awarded funds towards the costs of a forming a super council with other schools in the DCSDC area.
15.   Off the Streets Initiative awarded funds towards the costs of driving and theory tests for 12 local young men who are trying to do something positive in their lives.
16.   Equine Enrichment awarded funds towards the costs of a programme for two young peer leaders to co-facilitate equine assisted personal development courses for young people aged 11–15 years old.
17.   North West Football Centre awarded funds towards the costs of two young people to actively plan, deliver and evaluate a community outreach programme using football. The young people will receive coaching qualifications.
18.   Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Community Partnership awarded funds towards the costs of developing a toolkit for the promotion of mental health awareness and support.
19.   Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum awarded funds towards the costs of the productions of an interactive tool and avatar which will be used to promote awareness of mental health issues for young people.
20.   Bogside and Brandywell Initiative awarded funds towards the costs of the ‘Get Involved’ Programme.
21.   Clooney Estate Residents Association awarded funds towards the costs of skills programme for 25 young people in the area.
22.   Destined Limited awarded funds towards the costs of the Street Wise Programme for young disabled people under the age of 25 living in the DCSDC area.
23.   Foyle Women’s Aid awarded funds towards the costs of a programme for young people who feel isolated by their family circumstances.
24.   Gasyard Development Trust awarded funds towards the costs of exhibiting Sarah’s artwork and to provide a sensory experience for young people with ASD.
25.   Liberty Consortium awarded funds towards the costs of running ‘Inclusive Fest’.
26.   Reach Across awarded funds towards the costs of the developing a youth café to be run and managed by young people with support from others.



3  NI Music Industry Mapping Project - Open Public Meeting


NI Music Industry Mapping Project

Open Public Meeting - Calling all those engaged in live music, music creation, music education and music tourism & heritage

NWRC – Level 4 Student Zone, Foyle Building
TODAY: Wednesday 27th March @ 2pm


Help Musicians NI is set to partner with Phil Nelson to map Northern Ireland’s music industry.

Never before has a region’s music infrastructure been fully mapped and joined together as a working infrastructure in order to look at how the music scene works, and where gaps and needs are in terms of skills, jobs and investment.


Help Musicians NI is now set to partner with Phil Nelson on a project to map Northern Ireland’s music industry. This work will lead to a standalone website, displaying a conceptual map of the ecosystem, showing the four categories (live music, music creation, music education and music tourism & heritage) showing all key organisations and stakeholders identified through the ‘mapping and gapping’ methodology.  


The project is funded by Help Musicians UK, the UK’s leading independent musician’s charity, and coordinated through the charity’s dedicated office in NI. HMNI works to improve the industry through synergistic partnership with like-minded organisations across musical genres, and supports artists directly through our various creative funding opportunities, health and welfare offerings and industry-related learning events throughout the year.


Help Musicians NI invite you to an open public meeting to allow for a more in-depth discussion regarding the process of mapping as well as providing opportunities for feedback

For more information, or to register interest, please contact:
Phil Nelson – 
phil@firstcolumn.co.uk  07770 576652

Keith Millar - Keith.Millar@helpmusicians.org.uk  07701 381012

Liam Craig - liam.craig@nwrc.ac.uk 07851155005 


4 Launch of  ‘Active Autism’ project


You are invited to attend: The launch of our ‘Active Autism’ project by Cllr. John Boyle, Mayor, Derry and Strabane District Council


Friday 5th April 2019 @ 11.30am

Holywell DCCP Building

10-14 Bishop Street



Autism Initiatives' Floating Support service empowers individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) to live independently. To celebrate the success of this service, we invite you to come to the launch of our ‘Active Autism’ project and meet Service Users, hear some of their success stories and find out more about this new project.


RSVP: lauren.watson@ai-ni.co.uk or 02871 369287

Supported by The Honourable The Irish Society



5 “Bereavement After a Suicide”


Talk on “Bereavement After a Suicide” By Conor McCafferty

City Hotel, Queens Quay, L’Derry
Alexander Suite
18th April 2019, 7:30pm - 9pm

FREE of charge!

Contact Zest on:
02871 266999 or email
zest@zestni.co.uk www.zestni.co.uk
To register please follow

‘Supported by Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland’



6 Upcoming with Towards Understanding and Healing


The Was is Now--Complexities around forgiveness


April 2nd 2019 in the Junction Room of the Holywell Building, 10am start.


This Valued Voices/Towards Understanding and Healing event will feature scenes from 'The was is now', which explores  complexities around forgiveness.


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?"

Script:  Eddie Kerr
Actors: Bernadette McFarland and Paul O'Doherty
Performance will be followed by community dialogue 
A light lunch will be provided.

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

Towards Understanding and Healing is a project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body (SEUPB).

"Guardians of the Flame”

"Guardians of the Flame”  produced by Jonny Clark, Director of Youth With A Mission Ireland and English film maker Josh Eaves of Global Fire Creative will be screened at the Holywell Building, Bishop Street on April 9th at 7 30 pm.  

Producer Jonny Clark and Beryl Quigley, whose story is featured in the film,   will take part in a community conversation after the screening. To book a place, please contact Kirstie Wright at 028-71261941 or email:

“Guardians of The Flame” is about three individuals who have displayed inspirational courage and compassion despite great personal loss, and who continue to pursue their desire for peace and reconciliation.

Clark, who grew up in Belfast, talks to Alan McBride, whose wife Sharon and father-in-law was killed in the Shankill bomb, Eugene Reavey whose three brothers were killed in the Whitecross shooting, and Beryl Quigley whose husband, Bill McConnell, was killed by the IRA.

Others interviewed include musician and peace activist Tommy Sands and former SDLP MP Seamus Mallon who recalls visiting the Reavey family in Whitecross on the night of the massacre.

Also taking part are Padraig O’ Tuama (Corrymeela), Rev. Steve Stockman (Fitzroy Presbyterian Church) Ed Petersen ((Clonard Monastery) and Fr. Mark Ephrem (Benedictine Monastery Rostrevor).

The filmmakers took their title from a quote by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his book The Dignity of Difference, “Religion is like a fire and like a fire it warms but it also burns, and we are the guardians of the flame.”



 7 Maudsley Course for Eating Disorders 6-7 April 2019 Derry/Londonderry WHSCT


Do you want to know how you can best support them and help them on the road to recovery?

The next New Maudsley Model workshop, which is designed specifically for parents/carers who have a loved one with an eating disorder, will be held on:

Date: 6th & 7th April 2019 Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm both days
Venue: Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6PW
Cost: Cost is £50 per family, must be booked online but money is being reimbursed in cash by The Laurence Trust to families upon attendance on the weekend.

To find out more about the New Maudsley workshop and to book your place, please visit our website


This course is being brought to you by: Eating Disorders NW


8 Opportunity for people interested in journalism - Breaking Into News programme 


Breaking Into News is run by Media Trust in partnership with ITV News, the competition offers people the chance to write and create your own news story about a local issue that they are passionate about. They don't have to have any experience in journalism.

Ten finalists, one from each ITV News region, will be selected and given the opportunity to work with top industry mentors to develop their own ideas and turn them into a news report for their local ITV newsroom. Each report will have the chance to be aired on an ITV News platform. The overall winner will also win £400 worth of journalistic equipment.

The programme would suit those who have recently finished education, have limited media or broadcasting experience and have a keen interest in journalism. It is open to all ages. 

Find out more the competition and past winners here —> https://www.breakingintonews.co.uk


9  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


National Tool Fair in FR language (Foire aux outils pédagogiques francophone), Paris 2019
27 - 29 May 2019 | Paris, France
The French National Agency in cooperation with the SALTO EuroMed & Good Practices Resource Centre and with the support of the CNAJEP, the 4th Tool Fair in French language on 27-29 May 2019 in Paris.
Organizer: Agence Nationale FRANCE (National Agency)
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

A society for all, still a dream? Youth participation, E-participation, Intercultural dialogue and youth work (930)
6 - 11 May 2019 | Cagliari, Italy
The seminar aims at bringing together youth workers and youth leaders that are involved in projects of youth participation.
Organizer: Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani - Italian National Agency for 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

Re-centering weekend for female youth workers
3 - 6 May 2019 | Kegums, Latvia
How can a woman in youth work stay connected to her center, creative energy, emotions and nature cycles? Re-centering weekend is a space of a sisterhood of female youth workers growing together and weaving a new pathway of non-formal education.
Organizer: Dark Soils women sanctuary (Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 17 April 2019

See details

From Knowing to Being - ETS Training for Trainers
10 - 16 September 2019 | Yspertal, Austria
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: Interkulturelle Zentrum (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 27 May 2019

See details

Developing Youth Workers' Competences in Finland
29 September - 3 October 2019 | Virrat and Ilmajoki, Finland
The cross sectoral study visit both explores the curriculum and teaching of youth work in secondary level vocational institution in Finland and helps to understand how what is learned in the education can be put into practice in daily youth work.
Organizer: The National Agency of Erasmus+ in Finland (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 22 August 2019

See details


Call for Trainer
Edu4Europe: Education for European democratic citizenship annual forum
The first edition will be hosted by the French Agency for Erasmus + Youth and Sport in co-operation with: the French ministry of Education and Youth, the EU-CoE youth partnership, the Council of Europe, the German and Italian National Agencies is looking for
1 project coordinator
Application deadline: 7 April 2019

Online version


10 After BREXIT: NI Strategy for a Better Environment - Key Stakeholder Event


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is currently developing policy to support a long term Northern Ireland Environment Strategy, with a view to issuing a “call for evidence” on key environmental policy issues via public consultation by the end of April 2019. 

To inform that consultation process, we are hosting a stakeholder engagement event on Tuesday 7th May 2019 from 9:30 am – 3.00 pm at the Greenmount Campus Conference Hall, 45 Tirgracy Road, Muckamore, Antrim, BT41 4PS. The Department’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Denis McMahon, will be giving the opening address and this event will give stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the main issues and provide information to assist them in responding to the call for evidence. 

Confirm your attendance by email to
lisa.frazer@daera-ni.gov.uk by 15 April 2019. 

The Department is very much aware of the potential for Brexit to impact stakeholders and their availability to participate in this event.  Should it prove necessary the Department will review the date of this event in order to minimise any additional pressure on stakeholders at what could prove a challenging period.


11  Petition: Protect Northern Ireland's Air and Water and Countryside


Extend Great Britain's Environment Bill to include Northern Ireland. Establish an Independent and Accountable Agency for the Environment for Northern Ireland to ensure separation of duties between Regulation and Enforcement. Amend the Statutory Instrument for Habitats Regulations for Northern Ireland, replacing the European Commission with an Independent and Accountable Agency for the Environment instead of DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) .



12 Date for your Diary / Save the Date


Environmental Gathering
St Columb's Park House
Saturday 8th June 2019 @ 1:30pm

All welcome!
More information to follow soon...


13 Photography Competition with The Loughs Agency


The Loughs Agency are excited to announce the opening of a photography competition to celebrate the beautiful Foyle and Carlingford catchments and International Year of the Salmon.


The competition has 3 categories, each with a great prize:

– Adult Professional – £250 of vouchers for an on-line camera shop
– Adult Amateur – £150 of vouchers for an on-line camera shop
– Under 18 – £100 of vouchers for an on-line camera shop

Photographs submitted should depict one of the following themes:
– The Atlantic Salmon in celebration of International Year of the Salmon.
– Landscapes and seascapes that have as their subject the river or marine environments within Foyle and Carlingford catchments.
– Wildlife of Foyle and Carlingford that have the river or marine environment as their natural habitat.


  1. The deadline for entries is 12 noon on 29th March 2019.
  2. Photographs must be entered by e-mail to competition@loughs-agency.org in the format of a digital jpeg at no more than 20mb.
  3. Each entry must be accompanied with the following information: first name, surname, email address, entry category, location and photo caption otherwise your entry will not be considered.
  4. Valid entries will be confirmed within 48 hours.
  5. The photographs must be taken within the Foyle or Carlingford catchments or sea areas in the 12 months previous to 29th March 2019.
  6. The competition is open to all photographers within the categories of Adult Professional, Adult Amateur and Under 18.
  7. Drone and terrestrial photography is accepted.
  8. You may enter a maximum of two photographs (black & white or colour)
  9. Hard copies cannot be accepted.
  10. Photographers must seek the permission of those people featured in the photograph (or the permission of guardians for photographs of minors) or events/properties before submitting your entry in order to ensure GDPR compliance. By submitting an entry the Agency will assume this permission is in place.
  11. Photographs must not have been previously published.
  12. By submitting images the photographer grants Loughs Agency the licence to use/edit /publish/broadcast the photograph in any Agency marketing or other promotional activity including press and other publicity purposes.
  13. Pictures must be taken within the last 12 months
  14. A panel of judges will choose the winning entries. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. All winning entries will be notified.
  16. Any entry/winner in breach of the rules will be withdrawn.
  17. Loughs Agency staff and their families are not eligible to enter.


14 Job opportunities with Listen Share Change



Listen Share Change is being delivered in partnership with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. It is a volunteer-led, innovative, shared reading programme based in the community that uses poetry and prose to engage with a range of constituent groups from young people who are hard to reach and at risk to older people.


Listen Share Change utilises the existing infrastructure within the Northern Ireland Housing Executive as well as Community and Youth centres, healthcare settings and other local venues to deliver a fully accessible, customised programme of reading activities tailored to meet the needs of all participants.

The purpose of Listen Share Change is to create an inclusive, safe and nurturing environment for participants to engage, flourish and develop by listening to stories and to poems read aloud specifically selected to address diversity, cultural identity and build community cohesion.


We invite applications for the following positions:

  • Volunteer Coordinator Belfast (Part Time – 20 hours per week)
  • Volunteer Coordinator Omagh (Part Time – 16 hours per week)
  • Psychology Guide (Research Assistant) Maternity Cover (Part Time – 30 hours per week)

Application packs can be downloaded from the following: https://www.theverbal.co/Pages/Category/jobs

Or contact us as follows:

  • Contact: Sinead McLaughlin
  • Email: sinead.mclaughlin@theverbal.co
  • Tel: 028 7126 6946
    Closing date for applications is: 12 noon on Thursday, 4th April 2019.
    It should be noted that the criteria for these posts may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.
    Interviews are due to be held week of 8th April 2019
    The Verbal Arts Centre operates a Child Protection Policy. The Verbal Arts Centre is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
    This project has been supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by SEUPB


15 Job Opportunity with HURT


HURT wish to recruit for the following position:
Project Youth Officer (37.5 hours per week)
Temporary contract until 31/01/20
Salary £23,866 per annum (pro rata)

An application form, job description and specification for this post is avaliable in electronic format by sending a request to 
Dessie@hurtni.org or by telephone on 028 7136 9696.  Please note that we will only consider the completed application form issued - CV's will not be accepted.

Completed application forms must be returned by post to Dessie Kyle, HURT, 14 Clarendon Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7ET by Friday 29th March by 3pm.

HURT is an equal opportunities employer and adheres to all fair employment and section 75 legislation.



16 Public Appointment Vacancy– Appointment of new Chair to the Board of Invest NI 
DFE will be advertising an open competition to recruit a new Chair to the Invest NI Board on 28 & 29 March 2019 in the three main local papers. The process involves an application form and interview process.  Appointments are made on merit and applications are welcome from all sections of society.
The appointment begins in July 2019 and attracts remuneration of £42,790 per year. The time commitment is approximately four days per month including monthly board meetings, ad hoc committee meetings and attendance at occasional evening engagements. There may also be some overseas travel.
It is important that people from a wide range of backgrounds take up public appointments so that the Boards of public bodies reflect the rich diversity of our society and better understand the needs of the communities they serve.
We would particularly welcome applications from women as they are
currently under-represented on the Board of Invest NI.
An application pack with full details and guidance may be obtained from
https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/department-economy-public-appointments or;
DFE’s Public Appointments Unit, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP
Telephone: (Yvonne Green) 028 9052 9282 or Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9282 from Thursday 28 March 2019.
Application packs can be made available in other formats upon request.  Applicants with a disability who meet all of the criteria at the sift stage will automatically be guaranteed an interview.
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Thursday 18 April 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.
Equality of Opportunity: The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes application forms from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.
The Department is operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme in this competition for applicants with a disability.



17  Energy of Light Disco

Don’t Miss Our Next Energy Of Light Disco
Friday 29th March
8.30pm – 10.30pm
Admission: £3.00 (Carer’s Go Free)
Millennium Forum
These are monthly discos for young people aged 15+ who are experiencing limited physical, sensory and/or learning disability.

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