NWCN E-bulletin 28 March 2018


1 Holywell, A city centre gem!!

2 Thriving as a Carer – Conference Event


4 Participatory Budgeting Works 

5 The Good Friday Agreement at 20 - The promise of a rights based society

6 Research project: views/needs of young people in Claudy

7 New Community Group

8 Cross Border Health - CAWT in Action Newsletter - March 2018

9 Third Space

10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

11  “Blended” Masters in Social Care and Social Justice programme

12 Sessional Facilitators for 'Shaping Ourselves and Children' (SOOC) Project

13 Search begins for new Board Members for Northern Ireland Screen

14 Public Appointment Opportunities with Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee

15 All Aboard

16 Book Launch Invitation 

17 Waterside Women's Centre - New Timetable

18 Coming up at Eden Place Arts Centre

19 HURT - Volunteers Needed for TOMORROW!

20 Indian Culture with Savita

21 Bird Dawn Chorus at SCPH

22 Dementia Friendly Tea Dance @ The Millennium Forum

23 Special offers from Karuna Therapies for the month of March

24 Jazz with a Twist







Please note the next bulletin will be out on: 11 April 2018.  NWCN wish all our members and colleagues a Happy Easter break.


1  Holywell, A city centre gem!!


A excellent building, a shared and safe place to meet with 2 board rooms, 2 training rooms and 3 larger multi functional facilities for hire.  We also have 2 counselling rooms, a cafe bar area, a roof garden and access to the Garden of Reflection.  All rooms have state of the art AV equipment, a loop system.


We have 9 partner organisations, social enterprises and several network groups working within the shared space.  We welcome various groups and organisations as well as general public  events such as celebration events (anniversaries, christenings, celebration of life (after funeral gathering) and parties as well as corporate events, with approval by our Building Working    Group.  We also facilitate photographic opportunities for weddings with breath taking views of the City on our roof top garden and/or the Garden of Reflection as a backdrop.  

We also offer desk rentals and cityDESK, hot-desking facilities at exceptionally keen prices right in the city centre


Please come and visit us, come in, have a look around and let us show you our fantastic facilities at excellent prices.

Contact Una MacFarland, Centre Co-Ordinator, email una@diversecity.co or on 028 7126 1941 or speak to Amanda to book an appointment with Una.


We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful new building.


2 Thriving as a Carer – Conference Event


Thursday 19 April 2018
10am until 3:30pm
Whitehorse Hotel, Clooney Road

All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Derry Well Women and Foyle Hospice are working in partnership to host this one day event.  This conference is primarily for individual carers who care for people who have life limiting illnesses.  It is focused on helping delegates to better understand the services and support available to those who are caring for someone with palliative care needs including those at the end of life.  Representatives from community and voluntary organisations as well as health and social care professionals are also welcome to attend, but early booking is advisable as these places will be limited. 

Carers will also be encouraged to participate, interact and engage in discussions about the important role they have and challenges they face, as well as how they might work closer with professionals to support and influence change in policy and practice.

Lunch and light refreshments will be served.


Please note that places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.


To register please contact Andrena Arbuckle at Foyle Hospice Telephone 028 71351010 or email andrenaarbuckle@foylehospice.com




Positive Parties® ‘Training With A Difference’ is seeking a collaborative approach to build a platform in the community and voluntary sector, focusing on Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing, in a FUN and INTERACTIVE way.

We have 10 years of experience in this field of positivity, 1000’s of happy customers and for this new venture we wish we work with like-minded organisations to deliver a magnificent Positive Programme that will engage, empower and energise your community. For youth, older people, men, women, children, people with disabilities, all religious and cultural backgrounds, we want to include everyone in a project that will be educational, enlightening, practical but most of all FUN. You assist in the project content and involve your volunteers and community in creating this Positive Package for all.


Positively INTERESTED?  Contact us ASAP   

Phone Denise Devlin - 07790793130 



4 Participatory Budgeting Works 


Interested in finding out about Participatory Budgeting (PB)? Having a say in how public money is spent locally.


The PB Works Project is holding 4 regional PB events to raise awareness of and advocate for PB.

What can you expect at the event?

  • A practical introduction to Participatory Budgeting (PB)
  • The opportunity to try out a mock Participatory Budgeting (PB) exercise
  • Hear about good practice examples of Participatory Budgeting (PB)
  • Sign up to become a PB Works Network Member
  • Find out how PB Works can help you

Wednesday 11 April 2018
10:30 – 13:00

Holywell Trust
10-14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW

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Registration from 10 am

The events are free and open to everyone to attend


To find out more about the PB Works Project visit our website www.participatorybudgetingworks.org

- launching March 2018 or contact Louise O'Kane louise@communityplaces.info



5 The Good Friday Agreement at 20 - The promise of a rights based society


This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. As we reach this milestone, we believe that it is time to not only celebrate the achievement of the Agreement and the role that civic society played, but to reflect on its implementation and consider how its outstanding provisions regarding rights and equality can be delivered.

We are proposing a series of seminars, beginning on the date that the Agreement was reached, to consider the opportunities and challenges civic society faces in realising the rights-based society envisaged within the Agreement. We want to discuss how we can construct a new campaign in solidarity with each other in order to deliver this goal. We are asking for your input and participation in these seminars, which we hope will lead to a renewed, collective effort to implement the rights-based society promised within the Agreement.

On 10th April we intend to reflect on the provisions of the Agreement relating to human rights and equality, discuss the challenges facing their implementation, and outline the programme of seminars that will follow through the rest of 2018. Immediately following the event we would also invite you to join us at Stormont for a photo opportunity marking the 20th anniversary of the Agreement and calling for the implementation of a genuine human rights and equality framework and on that basis a return to devolved government.






Series Intro – The Promise of the GFA

10th April

9.00 – 11.00

Stormont Hotel

Overcoming Conflict & Division




Against Discrimination, For Equality




Building Social Justice




Rights for the New Society




Final Plenary – Reporting and Actions





To register please click HERE


6 Research project: views/needs of young people in Claudy


Research project into the views and needs of young people in immediate and surrounding Claudy area

Funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council, findings from The Claudy Visioning Project will be presented at a public information session in The Diamond Centre next Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm.


Supported by four schools - St. Patrick’s & St. Brigid’s College, Limavady High School, Foyle College and Lisneal College, research into the views of 260 young people from the Claudy area have just been completed by The Inside Out Programme. 

Information on a wide range of views of young people from Claudy will be presented including:

  1. Infrastructure in Claudy village and proposed responses
  2. Issues affecting young people on a personal level
  3. Opinion on issues at a global level
  4. how young people use their spare time
  5. how they perceive matters of religion and nationality

If you are interested in attending please reserve a place by e mailing: thelidprogramme@hotmail.com as light refreshments will be provided and we need to plan for numbers.

Places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis.  If you know of anyone else who might be interested in attending or think it would be relevant for them to be there please share this mail with them.




 7 New Community Group


We are a new community group looking to meet the needs of adults with special needs who are unable to access social groups without the support of another adult. We hope to not only be care providers but to focus on building relations and friendships that will grow over time. We will be based in Brooke Park and will access activities that will meet the needs of our members. We are open to all and no faiths and cross border interest is welcome. If you would like further information please contact annemccafferty46@gmail.com or phone 07488547527.


Looking for an individual with secretarial/computer skills who would like to volunteer as a member of our committee meeting the needs of adults with special needs. Please contact annemccafferty46@gmail.com or phone 07488547527.


8 Cross Border Health - CAWT in Action Newsletter - March 2018


See link below to view the latest issue of the CAWT in Action newsletter: 

CAWT in Action newsletter Spring 2018


 Third Space


What is it?
Third Space is a 5-day a week, 26-week programme that works with children and young people aged from 14-24 who have been identified as vulnerable and at risk.  Delivered by Extern and Verbal, it aims to promote positive relations and meaningful and sustained contact with individuals from different communities, cultural and religious backgrounds.  It is based on the 5-stage IR (Interventive Relationship) Model and will help reduce social isolation, develop and deepen a sense of community awareness and successfully negotiate and manage a programme of personal development. 

It will also provide OCN accreditation, an incentivised payment scheme of up to £40 per week (NI-only) and a range of diverse activity including digital storytelling, volunteering, group work, one-to-one support, residential and legacy element where opportunities to become involved in other post-programme activities will be available.


Who can get involved?
Third Space welcomes referrals from agencies and organisations working with young people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds who are from the most marginalised and disadvantaged parts of society, including those in need of mental health support, long term unemployed, young people living on interfaces and those living in rural isolation.


Where is the project being delivered?
The project will operate across Northern Ireland and the border regions covering the North West including Derry-Londonderry, Limavady, Strabane and Donegal; South West including Fermanagh and Cavan; and Belfast & Newtownabbey including North, East, West and South Belfast.


Who has funded the project?
Funding for the project has been provided by the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB).  If you would like to get involved, or make a referral to the Third Space project, please feel free to contact John Beckett at:  


10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth



13 - 19 May 2018 | Budapest, Hungary

HUBsters is a Training Course for youth leaders active at a local level to create international networks and initiatives in order to support youth participation.

Organizer: Hungarian National Agency for ERASMUS+ Youth - Tempus Public Foundation (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 2 April 2018

See details


Art & Integration - ART+

10 - 16 May 2018 | Fethiye, Muğla, Turkey

Art & Integration - Art+ gives a special attention on the intercultural communication and dialogue to reach migrants that often closed in their own – with innovative methods in order to stimulate their sense of belonging to the new hosting society.

Organizer: Artis Youth Culture Art Training Association (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 3 April 2018

See details


ABC ON VOLUNTEERING MENTORSHIP, Training Course for newcomers!

13 - 18 May 2018 | Setúbal, Portugal

This Training Course is an opportunity for volunteering hosting/sending organizations to train their mentors (or potential), offering the basic learning for mentoring avolunteering project (preparation, implementation & follow up phases).

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): 13 April 2018

See details


Boost Recognition!!

7 - 9 May 2018 | Malta

A training course with the aim to support the compilation of Youthpass during youth work activities. Participants will explore methods and tools which facilitate the ‘Youthpass process’ and thus emphasise the recognition of non-formal learning.

Organizer: European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA MT-NA) (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 13 April 2018

See details


War Games

16 - 24 June 2018 | Sermugnano, Castiglione in Teverina (VT), Italy

Are you curious to explore games as learning tools to develop political participation, inclusion and non violent communication? Would you like to learn how to introduce tips and principles of "gamification" in your educational work? Then, the game is on!

Organizer: Cooperativa Sociale Muovimente (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 15 April 2018

See details


Together we are Stronger

20 - 25 May 2018 | Portugal

This PBA will offer the opportunity to establish an international cooperation in the field of youth activities, to increase the quantity and to improve the quality of KA1 projects.

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 2018

See details


Queerasmus+: A Contact Making Seminar

27 - 31 May 2018 | Haraldsheim, Oslo, Norway

Are you working for/with a group of young people that can identify with the big and diverse LGBTQI umbrella? Would you like to meet other queer youth groups to network and learn about how you can get grants to realise your international cooperation?

Organizer: Erasmus+: Aktiv Ungdom (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 20 April 2018

See details


Second EU - Western Balkans Youth Meeting: The Berlin Process - a new impetus for youth work?

23 - 26 May 2018 | Podgorica, Montenegro

What has been the impact of the Berlin process in the field of youth? How can we contribute to moving further ahead? This seminar will explore these questions focusing on the themes of youth participation, civic education and social inclusion.

Organizer: SALTO SEE Resource Centre (SALTO)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 20 April 2018

See details


Second Stop for Effective Inclusion

24 June - 1 July 2018 | Yerevan, Armenia

The main aim of the project is to equip young people with tools which increase the competences to find, direct and integrate young newcomers.

Organizer: World Armenian Youth Network WostAYN (NGO/Others)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 20 April 2018

See details


From knowing to being

24 June - 1 July 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


FITA 5 – From Idea To Action 5

18 - 24 June 2018 | Cercedilla (Madrid), Spain

From Idea to Action 5 is a 5 days training aimed to empower participants to develop their competences promoting and supporting Youth Entrepreneurship in social field. It is part of the Strategic Partnership Youth@Work on Employability and Entrepreneurship

Organizer: Spanish National Agency (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 6 May 2018

See details


ATOQ HU- Advanced Training on Quality in Hungary

17 - 22 September 2018 | to be define, Hungary

ATOQ training course aim at increasing quality within youth exchanges. Based on previous exchanges, an international group of youth workers will focus on quality aspects and improve management competences in order to raise quality of future exchanges.

Organizer: The National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth in Action in Hungary (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 15 June 2018

See details


Le Pouvoir des Educations - The Power of Educations

26 October - 1 November 2018 | Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

To promote complementarity between actors from formal and non-formal education towards a more inclusive society. The programme will be build around a diversity of interactive and participative methods.

Organizer: ANEFORE (National Agency) in collaboration with the Service National de la Jeunesse (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 20 June 2018

See details


Outreach - Exchange and innovate for mobile youth work targeted to NEET's

23 - 26 October 2018 | Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

This transnational exchange between professionals from youth work will be about proved and new practices of mobile youth work that reaches out for young people in “NEET” situation. We aim new partnerships and networks in order to generate new practices.

Organizer: ANEFORE (National Agency) (National Agency)

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

Application deadline (24h CET): 26 August 2018

See details 


11  “Blended” Masters in Social Care and Social Justice programme


“Blended” Masters in Social Care and Social Justice programme at IT Sligo offers online access to a valuable qualification  


A Masters programme at IT Sligo is the first online blended programme in Ireland to make post-graduate accreditation in the rapidly growing field of Social Care and Social Justice accessible to students based anywhere in the country.

The Masters in Social Care and Social Justice programme, which is currently being run at IT Sligo for the first time, is a part-time, two-year course that has already attracted students from all over Ireland.


“You can be anywhere in Ireland – or the world for that matter – and still do this Masters,” said Dr. Karin White, a social anthropologist at IT Sligo. “Normally opportunities like this are only accessible to people who take up residence near a university.”

Each module that Dr. White teaches with Community Arts Practitioner Kate Brown and other members of the IT Sligo Social Sciences Department includes weekly, two-hour online lectures that students can attend in the comfort of their own homes. The online portion is then blended with two on-site residentials of several days each, one at the start of the semester and the other at the end.


“This course gives a critical platform to people who want to use a social justice base in their work and to contribute to social change in a meaningful, effective way,” Dr. White said. “It trains students in both the theory and practise of social care, providing them with the capacity to actively participate in policy development and decision-making which promotes social inclusion and equality.”

The eight modules in the programme include Introduction to Social Justice Theory and Practice; Social Transformation; Human Rights Policy and Law; Management and Leadership in Social Care; and Research Design and Development. The fourth semester involves writing a Social Inclusion and Diversity Research Project.


“Karin and myself lecture on historical and contemporary social movements, as well as approaches to mobilising for social justice,” Ms. Brown said. “Our students explore questions about the contexts of global social movements and community empowerment. This includes critically analysing the transformational potential of the arts, such as Theatre of the Oppressed and the work of specific arts-based agitators. Also, as part of their learning students research and assess community organisations in the context of civil society in order to gain practical knowledge about the most effective ways to promote positive social change in their own areas.”

Students attend lectures by logging in to an online portal on their computers. They are then able to interact with the lecturers and other students either by typing questions and comments on their keyboards or by activating their webcams and microphones. Online discussion forums and interactive quizzes are additional aspects of the programme which enhance students' learning experiences. 


“Even if you aren’t available to log in during the actual lecture you can still view it afterward because all lectures are recorded,” Dr. White said. “This is just one of a number of ways that we support students who are on the course, including through one-to-one contact and mentoring.”

Dr. White added that in recent years IT Sligo has become a national leader in the area of blended learning, with offerings including a Masters in Leadership and Advocacy for the Early Years.

“Both the Social Care and the Early Years fields are ones that are well developed in other countries but at a critical stage of development in Ireland,” Dr. White said. “The IT Sligo blended Masters programmes in these fields and others provide students with convenient, supportive access to a professional qualification from a highly respected institution which will allow them to advance in their careers and to become leaders in their chosen areas.”


More information about these and other blended learning opportunities at IT Sligo is available on the school's website at itsligo.ie.


12 Sessional Facilitators for 'Shaping Ourselves and Children' (SOOC) Project


‘Shaping Ourselves and Our Children’ (SOOC) are looking to recruit Sessional Facilitators to support the delivery of a new group-based parenting programme in communities in Northern Ireland and the border region of the Republic of Ireland. This would be of interest to people working within the child and parenting field. More information about these posts, including a Personal Specification and Application Form can be downloaded from the EU public procurement websites (eSourcingNI & eTenders-see instructions below) or by contacting Veronica Keenan on  028 71 365 363 or emailing veronica@lifestartfoundation.org.

The SOOC programme aims to support parents of young children to create a home conducive to good child social and emotional development, inclusiveness and a respect for social and cultural diversity. The project partners will deliver 240 interactive SOOC parenting programmes within nine areas of Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Republic of Ireland.  The SOOC project is supported by the EU’s PEACE IV programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


To view each Tender follow the instructions below:


eSourcing NI

  • Go the eSourcingNI website https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml
  • Choose the option ‘View Current Opportunities’ (On left hand side of the home page)
  • The SOOC  Tender is currently  listed as NO. 14
  • Click on the SOOC Project title to view the Tender
  • To Download the Tender & Application Form scroll down to the bottom of the page and under  ‘Opportunity Attachments’ if you click on the ‘Tender & Application Form Attachment’, the documents should open.


  • Go the eTenders website http://www.etenders.gov.ie/
  • Choose the option ‘Notice Search’ (On the left hand side of the home page) which will take you into Published Tenders
  • This will give you the Published Tender List & scroll down until you see the SOOC Project Tender (ID No. 131456)
  • Click on the SOOC Project Title (this will take you into the Tender)
  • To Download the ‘Tender & Application Form’ scroll down to the bottom of the page and under  ‘Attached Information ’ if you click on ‘Documents’ option this will take you to a page where the ‘Tender & Application Form’  Attachment can be downloaded.
  • Download the documents by clicking on the ‘Tender & Application Form’ Attachment and the documents should open.

If there is any problems with accessing the documents or any other queries please do not hesitate to contact Veronica on 02871 365 363.

The deadline for applying for the SOOC Sessional Facilitators Posts has been extended until noon on Friday 6th April 2018; with the queries and questions deadline extended until noon on Thursday 29th March 2018. 


13   Search begins for new Board Members for Northern Ireland Screen


Northern Ireland Screen is the lead agency for the film, television and gaming sectors, committed to maximising the economic, cultural and educational value of the screen industries for the benefit of Northern Ireland. In addition to a deep commitment to high standards in public life we are looking for nine new people with specific skills to join the Board of Northern Ireland Screen. The successful candidates will contribute to the Board’s mission to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland. 




You do not need to have previous experience of serving on a Board.


No specific academic qualifications are required for the posts. The application form asks you to demonstrate one specialist skill from a list of eight. If shortlisted, for interview, you will be asked questions on your chosen skill plus two other general skills. Appointment will be made on merit from those individuals who best satisfy the criteria.

We particularly welcome applications from people with a disability, those from ethnic minorities and young people under 30 as they are currently under-represented on the Board.

We are operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.


The Information Pack with full details can be obtained from the Department for the Economy’s Public Appointments Unit (PAU):- 
Telephone: 028 9052 9282
(Yvonne Green) Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9282 or 028 9052 9531
(Marcin Klimasz) Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9531

Write to: DfE Public Appointments Unit, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast, BT4 2JP

Alternative formats available on request. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Tuesday 10 April 2018.

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.


14  Public Appointment Opportunities with Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee


The Department for Communities will shortly be seeking applications from people interested in the following appointments – Chair and / or Member to the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee.


Applications are welcome from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service. The Department wishes to recognise less traditional career patterns and experiences such as community involvement or voluntary work, as well as those experiences found within the employment field.


We would particularly welcome applications from women, people with a disability, young people and people from minority ethnic groups for these positions.


Details are available on the Department for Communities website - www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-public-appointments 



15 All Aboard


"All Aboard", the news-sheet of the Central Appointments Unit.



Included in this edition is a list of the public appointment vacancies expected to arise during the second half of 2018.  Any vacancies arising after we go to print will be added to the nidirect website.


For further information on public appointments visit our website or nidirect at:

https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/articles/public-appointments / www.nidirect.gov.uk/public-appointments


Please also find below a link to the Public Appointments Guide which provides an overview of Public Appointments in Northern Ireland and helpful information for those wishing to apply. 



16  Book Launch Invitation 


UMISKIN PRESS and the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
invite you to a book launch.
Launch by Francis Devine, Author and Labour Historian.
STEPHEN McGONAGLE - Ombudsman    Trade Unionist     Senator
By Owen McGonagle

The launch will take place at: 7.30 pm on Wednesday 11 April, in the City Hotel, Derry.

Available from: Eason’s Foyleside, Derry; Foyle Books, the Craft Village, Derry;
Mac’s Books, Buncrana.
Regrets only to:


Stephen McGonagle’s skill and experience was recognized in appointments, not only within the trade union movement, when he became Chairman of the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in 1968 and President of the Irish Congress in 1972-1973, but also by both British and Irish governments. He was – Vice-chair of the Londonderry Development Commission, Ombudsman (Commissioner for Complaints and Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration), Chairman of the Police Complaints Board, Senator in the Republic of Ireland, and an Irish Labour Party representative on the New Ireland Forum. The proceedings of the Forum, in 1984, were to resonate with policies and principles of peace, non-violence and democracy, which Stephen had consistently upheld since the 1940s.

The book outlines the life of Stephen McGonagle, sketching the origins of the family into which he was born, the influences that shaped the individual person, his views, attitudes, instincts and motivations. From the very particular Irish context of his birth in Derry, his education and upbringing, in Donegal and Derry, he energetically engaged in a fundamental and principled interest in humanity. From trade unionist to politician, to human rights activist, he faced any opposition, in the pursuit of improved human conditions and peaceful, non-violent solutions to our more recalcitrant problems. Many issues that he dealt with might seem to have belonged to the past, yet they are still with us.


17 Waterside Women's Centre - New Timetable


Please see link for the new Waterside Women's Centre timetable: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/logs.omnibuilder/7975bd64-a20e-487a-b1a6-32d29fee0cc2/d8a13e3d-3e80-4739-9401-7accab0f273f.pdf  

Includes: Intro to Mobile/Tablet Technology, Yoga, Mindfulness,Painting, Walking, Cooking and so much more!  The centre also provides a creche. 


18 Coming up at Eden Place Arts Centre

Easter Student's Exhibition showing until 29 March 2018.
Spring Brochure for courses beginning in April, enrolment day is on Monday 9th April from 10am-6pm.




Eden Place Arts Centre
Pilot's Row Centre
Rossville Street
BT48 6LP 
Tel: 028 71 269418 


19 HURT - Volunteers Needed for TOMORROW!


HURT will be having a Bagpacking Day on Thursday 29th March 2018 to raise funds for our charity!

This will be held in Tescos, Strand Road, Derry.


If you can spare 1 or two hours of your time please call us or pm with your name and number.


Slots are 11am - 1pm
1pm - 3pm
3pm - 5pm
5pm - 6pm

028 7136 9696


20  Indian Culture with Savita


Do you want to find out more about Indian culture?
We provide many different workshops and cater to what you want and what budget you have.

Range of services available includes:

  • Indian Hair and Beauty
  • Sari Dressing
  • Indian Language
  • Indian Food
  • Customs and Culture

To book your workshop call Savita on 07952390101 or email savitavij@hotmail.co.uk


21 Bird Dawn Chorus at SCPH


Friends of the Park are hosting a Bird Dawn Chorus. Come and enjoy bird songs at dawn! We will be meeting at St. Columb’s Park House at 6:15 am, and then heading out to listen to the birds. Families welcome! Please bring your own flask of tea/coffee if you want. Light refreshments are provided at the end of the event.

Time: 6:15 – 8:00 am
Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Location: St. Columb’s Park House

This is a Friends of the Park event, and is supported by St. Columb's Park House and Peace in the Park, funded by The Executive Office. For more information, contact
eliza@stcolumbsparkhouse.org, or call 028 7134 3080.


22 Dementia Friendly Tea Dance @ The Millennium Forum


Book now for our Dementia Friendly Tea Dance

Thursday 26th April, 2018
Studio Theatre, Millennium Forum
Time: 2pm – 4pm – Admission Free

Refreshments sponsored by Arbutus at the Forum


The Millennium Forum are delighted to announce our first Dementia Friendly Tea Dance on Thursday 26 April in our Studio Theatre, 2pm – 4pm.  The music on the day will be provided by the Melody Makers who will be known to many as they regularly perform in homes around the city.  The Dementia Friendly Tea Dance is designed to create an enjoyable and supportive atmosphere for people with dementia and their families/carers to make their visit to the Millennium Forum a little easier.  The Tea Dance will be specifically designed with the needs of people with dementia in mind. 

If you have any queries on the Tea Dance or would like to book your ticket please contact our Box Office on 02871 264455 (chose option 1), tickets can also be booked on our website


23  Special offers from Karuna Therapies for the month of March
Dermalogica facial with neck & back massage £40 treatment time 1hr 15.
Reflexology £35 with free pressure point facial massage.
Contact Karuna Therapies on 07596658851
Karuna Therapies “making profit not taking profit”, all profit made is gifted to Foyle Women’s Aid,
Karuna Therapies is a Social Economy Business


24  Jazz with a Twist
Anne Tracey & Band
David Bell, Frank Cassidy, Brendan Harley, Sean McCarron, Peter McDonald & Ben McGonigle
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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