NWCN E-Bulletin, 28 Sep 2017


Upcoming with NWCN
Funding Opportunities with UnLtd
Crowdfunding Training and Fundraising Programme with CO3
 Reminder: PEACE IV Grants Programme
Welfare Reform Event 
FREE - Workplace Health Champion Training
Unheard Voices Testimony event with Hazel Deeney, October 3rd 2017
‘Concordia’: A T:BUC Camp for 11 – 13 year olds
NI Youth Survey
10 Princes Trust TEAM Programme Limavady
11 Fashion and Hospitality with The Prince's Trust
12 Opportunities with Momentum World
13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth 
14  ‘A sHERed Future’
15 Volunteering Opportunities with Reading Rooms & Alzheimer’s Society
16 Lots of Local Job Opportunities
17 Upcoming Courses with HURT
18  You’re invited for a tour of the new Health and Wellbeing Campus
19 Mindfulness Refresher with AWARE
20 Extern’s Young Graduates Programme Pop up Charity Shop
21 Call out for Community Venues
22 STRATA – A Solo Exhibition
23 Northern Ireland's Tree of the Year - Woodland Trust

1 Upcoming with NWCN

Join North West Community Network in our Big Lottery funded Celebrate event – “Rural Inclusion”

Friday 06th October
Clady Cross Community Development Association, BT82 9RP
Starts at 9:30am with a Big Breakfast!

This event will begin at 9:30 am with a hot hearty fry up for breakfast to get you all ready to hear from:

  • Clady Cross Community Development Association - Learn how this small Co Tyrone border village has tried to enhance the area with a team of volunteers
  • Karen Eyben - Family & Community worker at Corrymela and passionate about all things rural!

You will have the opportunity to hear about successful and inspirational initiatives, the journey’s they have come through and the difference they have made.

You will also have the chance to network and make some new connections as well as discuss the current needs of the sector.

To register for this celebration please contact NWCN on:info@nwcn.org / 028 7127 9090

Our final celebration event will be held on: 
  • Tuesday 17th October - Children & Young People at DiverseCity Community Partnership

Engagement Event: Medical School in the NW with UU

Friday 06th October 2017
DiverseCity Community Partnership

NWCN has invited Professor Hugh McKenna, Dean of Medical School Development at Ulster University to hold an engagement session with members of the community and voluntary sector to discuss plans for the creation of a Medical School based in the NW.

The establishment of a new medical school is a complex process involving both government and General Medical Council approval.  The University secured all-party support for the proposal from the Northern Ireland (NI) Assembly in November of last year and are in the process of finalising an Outline Business Case and working with the GMC on the accreditation process.

The proposal is for a four-year graduate entry programme (GEMS), with an annual cohort of 60 students (increasing to 120 over a five year period) and a planned first intake in September 2019. The provision will cover the full GMC curriculum and it is envisaged that Ulster’s programme will have a primary care and chronic disease management focus, along with an element of cross-border collaboration. 

There is no doubt that a medical school will have both academic and financial benefits for the NW as well as providing a supply of medical professionals for the health service in the West.  The proposal will require a range of support and endorsements, and given the significant work of the voluntary sector in promoting health & well-being through public health approaches it might be an opportunity to build some linkages for the future.

The meeting is scheduled for Friday 6 October 2017 at 10am in the Holywell Building (Stephen Connelly Room) on Bishop St. 

Could you please indicate if you are attending by e-mailing 
neola@nwcn.org or calling 028 7127 9090    

2 Funding Opportunities with UnLtd

Spaces for Change

For 16-24 year olds up to £5,000 Cash Award & Support
Expression of Interest deadline: 30th October 2017

Spaces for Change (S4C) is a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.
Awards will be available for young leaders consisting of up to £5,000 project funding, a dedicated award manager providing tailored support, cohort support, and peer to peer networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning.
Young people aged 18 – 24 will also have the opportunity to crowd fund alongside their award with support from 
. This will enable the young person to demonstrate tangible support from the local community for their idea, learn valuable skills, as well as increasing the chances of sustainability of the social venture.

  • Be between the age of 16-24
  • If over 18 be willing to crowdfund a minimum of £100 via Spacehive to support the sustainability of social venture
  • Live in the UK
  • Have an idea for a social venture that will unlock the potential benefits of unused or under-utilised spaces for the local community, especially other young people
  • Apply as an individual or an informal group of up to four people (with groups only the lead will complete the application form, the lead will also be responsible for the award)
  • Fulfil a clear demand and need, with clear outputs and goals

Next Steps: 
To apply for a Spaces 4 Change please go to 
http://youngunltd.org.uk/looking-for-support/spaces-4-change/ and complete an Expression of Interest. 
The closing date for expression of interest is 30th October 2017.

UnLtd Grow It Award (£15,000 Cash Award & Support)
Expression of Interest deadline: 13th November 2017
You’re a social entrepreneur creating compelling impact and you want to scale.
The Grow It Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture providing tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash.
About you:

  • You have identified a social issue and developed a business model that works to solve it
  • You have already achieved a compelling performance in your venture
  • You are committed to delivering local, regional or national social impact at scale and have a track record of creating social impact.
  • You are experienced, ambitious and capable of growing your venture
  • You have a realistic growth plan to scale nationally or internationally
  • You are committed to working full time in your social venture
About your venture:
  • Your venture is ideally less than 5 years old
  • Your venture is dynamic and has been running for at least one year
  • Your venture is ready to grow to local, regional or national scale and has a logical and appropriate plan to deliver this
  • You have a compelling performance to date and/or a logical and appropriate plan for rapid growth to reach local, regional or national scale
  • Your principle objective for the year ahead is not to secure (significant) investment
  • Your venture targets beneficiaries predominantly based in the UK 

Next Steps:
To apply for a Grow It Award please go to 
https://unltd.org.uk/grow-it-award and complete an Expression of Interest.

UnLtd Do It Award ( up to £5,000 Cash Award & Support)
Expression of Interest deadline: 13th November 2017
Do you have an idea to address a social or environmental issue?
We may be able to help with an UnLtd Do It Award:
What we look for in you:

  • You have an idea that will create social impact
  • You’re passionate about making this happen
  • You’d like some help getting started
What we look for in your idea:
  • It can deliver a social impact
  • It meets a clear social need
  • It has the potential to become financially sustainable
Our UnLtd Do It Award can offer you:
  • A package of support and funding tailored to suit you
  • One-to-one guidance from your UnLtd Award Manager
  • Specialist advice from relevant experts
  • Access to resources to help get you up and running

Next Steps:
To apply for a Do It Award please go to 
https://unltd.org.uk/doit and complete an Expression of Interest (EOI).  EOI’s can be submitted all year round.

For further information please contact:
Nuala Smyth, Award Manager
Room 112, City East Business Centre
Tel: 028 9094 1619 / 07545 933 816


3   Crowdfunding Training and Fundraising Programme with CO3

CO3 Launch New Fundraising Training Programme
October 2017 – February 2018

CO3, in partnership with 
Roger Courtney and Karen Gallagher, have developed a suite of training programmes focused on building the income generation capacity of leaders within the Third Sector.
The training is relevant to those who have responsibility for generating income within their organisation.  
The course has been developed for Trustees, Chief Executives and Senior Managers who want to deepen their expertise and widen the range of income generation sources available to them.  The training will include the:

  • Sharing of experiences, lessons learnt and practical tips from a range of experienced fundraisers
  • Perspectives from a range of funders which will strengthen future fundraising applications
  • Views from the corporate sector on developing compelling cases for strategic partnerships, funding and sponsorship
Participants can register for all nine modules at a cost of £995 or register for individual modules at  a cost of  £130. Each module is a full day of training and will take place at CO3's offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB - map).

Places are limited to a maximum of 15 per course.
To register please email 
 or Tel: 028 90 245 356.
Course Modules
  1. What is fundraising? 12 October 2017
  2. Individual giving 19 October 2017
  3. Legacies (Will to Give) 10 November 2017
  4. Big Gift Campaigns 17 November 2017
  5. Community fundraising 7 December 2017
  6. Generating income from statutory sources 14 December 2017
  7. Corporate Fundraising 11 January 2018
  8. Raising income through social enterprise development 18 January 2018
  9. Fundraising from Trusts and foundations 8 February 2018

Link to Fundraising Training Programme: https://www.co3.bz/news/co3-launch-new-fundraising-training-programme

Crowdfunding Training
5 & 6 October 2017
Do you:

  1. Want to raise money online for your charity or community group?
  2. Want to grow your individual supporter base?
  3. Want to learn more about crowdfunding, build your confidence & key skills for online fundraising success?
If you answered YES to the above questions then Crowdfunding (Level 1 and/ or level 2) may be for you!
Practical, informative and immersive training workshops with crowdfunding expert, GlobalGiving UK CEO Eleanor Harrison.
GlobalGiving is the world’s first and largest global crowdfunding community for non-profits and social entrepreneurs.

Key training objectives:
  • To introduce you to crowdfunding and how to deploy it to build your online fundraising community
  • To improve YOUR knowledge and skills in crowdfunding and online fundraising to raise more funds for your work
  • To enable you to practically test your skills and cement your learning in this essential area of fundraising
What we will cover:
Level 1
  • The basics of crowdfunding & platforms: how, what, where, who and why
  • How to tell your story for success: Delivering a compelling and effective pitch (verbal & written)
  • How to effectively map your network
  • Peer case studies: lived crowdfunding experiences
  • Planning a Crowdfunding Campaign
  • Digital Communications & Crowdfunding: the Basics
Level 2
  • Social media & crowdfunding success: choosing your story channels, top tips, applying best practice & measuring your impact (including peer case studies)
  • Your crowdfunding communications plan: How to win big! Practical examples & exercises.
  • Web Analytics: Understanding & using free analytics to capitalise and sustain your crowdfunding success for long term financial success (including practical exercise)
  • Re-mapping your network
  • After the crowdfunding campaign: How to build your crowd (supporter base) for long term financial success
  • Tops tips for success in matching campaigns

Course Details
Level 1:    Thursday 5 October | 9.30am - 4.30pm
Level 2:    Friday 6 October | 9.30am -4.30pm
Cost:        CO3 member rate £125, non member rate £150 per level
Venue:     Belfast Venue TBC  

Link to Crowdfunding Training programme: https://www.co3.bz/event/crowdfunding-training-level-1

To book your place please email sarah@co3.bz
 or Tel: 028 90 245 356.


4 Reminder: PEACE IV Grants Programme

Reminder: Expression of Interest Deadline 29th September 12 noon  PEACE IV Grants Programme. 
Details and applications on: 
Projects £10,000 - £50,000 from groups based in the council area must apply under ONE of the following criteria:
Criterion 1:    Projects with those most impacted by the Troubles.
Criterion 2:    Removal / Re-imaging of permanent political demarcation of territory.
Criterion 3:    Community Education/Programmes to tackle culture of punishment attacks.
Criterion 4:    Programmes intensively tackling reconciliation issues not covered in depth elsewhere in the local PEACE IV programme.
Criterion 5:    Cross-community programmes with strong reconciliation focus in geographical areas of DCSDC not already named in other PIV local programmes and which work with participants who have not previously engaged significantly in cross-community work.


Call for Applications

Opening Date: Monday, 11th September 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Two stage closing date (both mandatory):
Expressions of Interest Closing Date:   Friday, 29th September 2017 at 12 noon
Full Applications Closing Date:              Friday 20th October 2017 at 12 noon


5  Welfare Reform Event 

October 4th, 2017, 11.00am, Holywell Building

Welfare Reform is a broad sweeping term that covers a multitude of changes to the benefit system, including the 2 child policy and the associated rape clause.

FWIN have invited two guest speakers to come to explain exactly what these changes are and how they will affect you on Wednesday October 4th at 11am in the Holywell Building.

Goretti Horgan from the University of Ulster will talk about Welfare Reform in general and Louise Kennedy from Women's Aid will speak specifically about the rape clause.

Don't miss your opportunity to find out what Welfare Reform really means and how it will affect you!

To register for this event please email: 
 or tel: 028 71 266 291.


6  FREE - Workplace Health Champion Training
  • 2nd October 2017, 9.30am – 3.00pm, Omagh Enterprise Centre – Omagh 2017
  • 3rd October 2017, 9.30am – 3.00pm, Social Enterprise Hub – Hawkin Street Derry/Londonderry 2017

Registration is 9.45am and starting at 10am.

This training is open to anyone within your organisation that has an interest in staff health and wellbeing. The purpose of the training is to equip you with the tools and knowledge to become a workplace health champion for your organisation.

What you will learn; 
• What is Workplace health?
• Definition of a healthy workforce.
• Need for Healthy Workplaces
• The role of a Workplace Health Champion
• Benefits of being a workplace health champion
• The (WHO) World Health Organisation framework and model for Healthy Workplaces
• Developing a wellbeing plan
• Sources to support the role of the Workplace Health Champion

To register your place please contact Sabrina for booking form, complete and return to:



 7 Unheard Voices Testimony event with Hazel Deeney, October 3rd 2017

Local woman 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). Trevor was buried on the day the Good Friday Agreement was signed.
Hazel was left to raise four children on her own who were then 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 has recently become a member of the Victims and Survivors Forum. She will share her story during a lunchtime Testimony event at Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership from 12.30 pm till 2pm on October 3rd 2017.
There will be a light lunch available.
To book in and for catering purposes, please phone Eamonn Baker @ 02871261941.


8 ‘Concordia’: A T:BUC Camp for 11 – 13 year olds

The Churches Trust is delivering a Together: Building a United Community Camp. The Concordia Camp offers post-primary school young people aged 11 - 13 years an opportunity to participate in a mix of group work, games, outdoor and residential activities.

Concordia will provide opportunities for participants to explore ideas of place, nature and heritage - all while challenging stereotypes and perceptions of 'otherness'

Friday 29th Sept 4:30pm – 7:30pm Churches Trust
Saturday 30th Sept 10am – 4pm St. Columbs Park House 
Friday 13th October 4:30pm – 7:30pm Churches Trust
Saturday 14th October 10am – 4pm Garden of Reflection 
Residential (Camp)
Friday 27th October 4:30pm – 7:30pm Churches Trust
Saturday 28th October 10am leave from Churches Trust to Corrymeela
Sunday 29th October 3pm leave Corrymeela return to Churches Trust
Friday 3rd November 4:30pm – 7:30pm Churches Trust
Saturday 4th November 10am – 4pm Churches Trust & St. Columb’s Park 
Friday 17th November 4:30pm – 7:30pm Churches Trust
Saturday 18th November 10am – 4pm Garden of Reflection

Registration fee £30 includes all camp activities and refreshments, residential and hoodie.

Registration forms are available at The Churches Trust:
Telephone: 02871 311322


 NI Youth Survey

EA Youth service is currently carrying out a review of young peoples’ needs to further inform the planning process. This includes not only the needs of your young people but also to seek feedback from parents/guardians and youth work staff.

The consultation is open from the 25th September until the 1st of October

Online Responses (Preferred Collection Method)

14 to 25 years Online Survey link

9 to 13 years Online Survey Link
Parents & Guardians Online Survey
Youth Workers Online Survey

Paper Responses
Please use the template for collection of paper based responses. There are two paper versions, one for each age band survey. On question 4 for each paper version “Please state what area/estate you are from” when entering the paper response, you will need to align the young person’s location to the best fit from the list within that council area.

If you are using paper based responses these must be inputted via the links below and before the end date of the survey period. These links are for internal admin use only and should not be shared with the public for online responses, only with the user responsible for entering paper based collections.  These paper based forms are in two different colours for each age band, but do not need to be printed in colour and will print clearly in black and white/grayscale. Attached also is the survey monkey paper format of the Parents and guardian’s questionnaire, and the Youth Workers questionnaire.

14 to 25 years Paper entry link

9 to 13 years Paper entry link
Parents & Guardians Paper entry link
Youth Worker Survey Paper entry link

10 Princes Trust TEAM Programme Limavady

Starts Monday 2nd Oct @NWRC Limavady

Do you want to build Confidence, Motivation, Qualifications and Life Skills?
Aged 16 -24?
Join TEAM!
(Limited places)
"How it works...
Join the Princes Trust TEAM, our 12-week personal development programme, for the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people.
When you come on board, you’ll be challenged to:

  • Take on your own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where you live
  • Take part in an action packed residential trip (optional)
  • Get two weeks work experience in something you’re interested in
  • Develop your English and Maths skills 
  • Develop your CV and Interview Skills
  • And much much more!!
 As part of the course, we also spend time on short and long term goals that are right for you."
Course Content
  • Week 1 – Induction Week- Team building, ice breakers and fun!
  • Week 2 –Residential – Team building and outdoor pursuits completely free (2nights)
  • Weeks 3 – 6 – Community Project – Making a difference in the Local community
  • Weeks 7 /8 – Work Placement – gain experience learn new skills and get working towards  a career
  • Week 9 – Next Steps – CV, Applications, Interview Skills, Careers Advice & Planning for the future
  • Week 10/11 – Team Challenge – Working with other local groups and planning activities
  • Week 12 – Final Presentation
To be eligible potential TEAM participants should be aged 16-24, unemployed or working/training part time less than 16 hours p/week.
Special Features
  • £30 EMA available
  • Benefits not affected
  • Childcare allowance
  • Travel costs reimbursed
  • Free Breakfast and Lunch Club
  • Completely free
  • A challenging programme that is delivered in a fun and interactive way
  • The participants will gain increased confidence, motivation and employability skills
  • Work towards a nationally recognised qualification
  • One-to-one support and careers guidance for the future
  • Full-time flexible programme centred around the needs of the young people

 Here's a short video also...

For more details or to register contact Denis
t: 07527 389281 e

11  Fashion and Hospitality with The Prince's Trust

Get Started in Fashion

Are you age 16 -24? Out of employment or training? Meet new people and learn new skills with our free programme!
  • Learn to use professional sewing equipment & how to up-style garments
  • Gain hands on experience in preparing garments for fashion show
  • Travel expenses paid on programme
  • Up to three months of support after the programme
Monday 9th October to Friday 13th October 2017
Taster: Wednesday 4th October

To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07484901934 or email 
Get Into Hospitality
Are you age 16 -24? Out of employment or training? Meet new people and learn new skills with our free programme!
  • Gain a C&G Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Customer Service
  • Complete a work placement
  • Doesn’t affect your benefits
  • Travel expenses paid on programme
Monday 9th October to Friday 27th October 2017
Taster: Tuesday 3rd October

To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07484901934 or email 


12 Opportunities with Momentum World

International opportunities for young people & Youth Workers from the UK

Do you work with young people who are looking for the next step to boost their employability? We have the following life-changing experiences on offer.  All you need to do is put them in touch with us at 
office@momentumworld.org and we will do the rest...

See here for full details: 

Training opportunity for youth workers

A short-notice opportunity has arisen for a one week training course for youth workers, focusing on the challenges of volunteering. The course will take place in Ireland from 8th to 14th October. It is being run by Youth Work Ireland (Tipperary). It may be of particular interest to people working in more rural areas, although it is open to all.

There is a £150 administration fee. All other costs, including travel and full board accommodation, are covered.

4 places are available.

We are awaiting the full information pack, but meanwhile if you or anyone in your networks are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sarah 
 to reserve a place.


13   Latest Offers from Salto Youth 

Find Partners and Organize Successful Project!

Partnership-building Activity
12 - 19 November 2017 | Moscow, Russian Federation
Do you want to find reliable partners for future youth projects together?! Then we have an event for you!
Organizer: UCG (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 6 October 2017

See details
Flash workshop “International cooperation for newcomers”
20 - 24 November 2017 | Konstancin - Jeziorna (Warsaw area), Poland
Training course aiming at encouraging newcomers to start international projects in Erasmus+ Youth Programme. 20.11.2017 - arrival day 21-23.11.2017 - working days 24.11.2017 - departure day
Organizer: Polish National Agency of Erasmus+ (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 12 October 2017

See details
ACE – Peace Action Cooperation in Europe
27 November 2017 - 23 March 2018 | Georgia,Poland
Long term Training Course PACE aims to enhance the competences of youth educators and peer educators in planning, implementing and evaluating educational short-term activities on peace education in order to empower young people to become change makers.
Organizer: Polish National Agency of Erasmus+ (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 15 October 2017

See details
FITP– From Idea to Project (15-20 December 2017 (residential) and 8-31 January 2018 (online)
15 - 20 December 2017 | Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Our project tends to go beyond standard informative events and offer quality support for Youth workers, Youth leaders and Project managers. Project will gather 25 participants from all organisations / countries that apply on this call.
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 15 October 2017

See details
Practicing Democracy – Betzavta Training Courses
7 - 13 December 2017 | International Youth Meeting Center Krzyzowa, Poland
Betzavta is an internationally renowned democracy education programme used in schools and non-school educational institutions.
Organizer: Kreisau-Initiative e.V. (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 31 October 2017

See details
Tuning In: to Learning and Youthpass
19 - 24 February 2018 | Italy
This four-day training course provides practical support to facilitating learning in youth work activities, based on the concept of the Youthpass process.
Organizer: Agenzia nazionale per i giovani (ANG) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 15 November 2017

See details
Leadership from Inside-out – Being an Exemplary Leader for Intercultural Teams
20 - 26 March 2018 | Creative Space, Hollókő, Hungary
It is an intensive experience-based programme that will enable you to explore key leadership and cultural concepts and theories (e.g. situational leadership, Hoefstede’s cultural dimension theory) and their associated skills.
Organizer: CCIVS - Coordintating Committee for International Voluntary Service (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 1 December 2017

See details
BiTriMulti (BTM) - Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges
20 - 24 February 2018 | Ireland
The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects;especially newcomers to this field
Organizer: National Agency Ireland - Léargas (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 1 December 2017

See details
SOHO - European Training Course for EVS Support People
21 - 25 February 2018 | United Kingdom
SOHO aims at enhancing quality of EVS projects through development of essential competences of support persons. It also provides up-to-date information to its participants on the opportunities given by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme.
Organizer: YiA National Agency United Kigdom (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Belgium - FL, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Eastern Partnership countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 1 December 2017

See details


14  ‘A sHERed Future’
The project aims to look at the issue of women’s political participation in the broadest sense. It seeks to make visible the way women have shaped our political life throughout history, challenges the invisibility of women from the dominant narrative of our history in Northern Ireland, including ‘the Troubles’, and explores the impact this has had on our political present.

This is done through interviews with six female MLAs in each party that has a female Assembly representative, Women’s Coalition founders Monica McWilliams and Avila Kilmurray, four podcasts with historian Margaret Ward exploring the lives of four women from across the political spectrum in Northern Ireland over the last 150 years, and one with Avila Kilmurray exploring the life of Cathy Harkin the Founder of Foyle Women’s Aid. We feel this project is particularly pertinent given next year will be both the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. 
The website is available at: www.sheredfuture.com and a short promo video is available here on YouTube. 
We’ve also developed an event toolkit for anyone who works with young women. It walks the reader through how to host an event using the videos and podcasts to engage young women in a conversation about their role in Northern Ireland’s political future.
The website itself is designed as a platform to access information about Northern Ireland history, the Northern Ireland Assembly and ways they can get more involved in politics. The project seeks to look at politics as a spectrum and discusses many kinds of political action including volunteering, activism and electoral politics.

15 Volunteering Opportunities with Reading Rooms & Alzheimer's Society

Reading Rooms is a Verbal Arts Centre programme that uses reading aloud and shared reading to open up conversations that encourage the sharing of personal stories and ideas, and brings pleasure to everyone involved. 

It gives everyone involved something to share.

Our Reading Rooms in Care Homes initiative is helping to create a society where care homes are a great place to live, work and visit, for residents, staff, family, friends and the local community.

A Reading Room is a great place to get to know each other better.

Reading together, talking and sharing stories and developing ideas collectively creates powerful and beneficial connections. A Reading Room benefits everyone involved. For residents: Reading Rooms helps bring peopletogether, and provides a platformfor the sharing of stories, memories, thoughts and opinions. It gives residents a chance to make their voice heard. A Reading Room, creates a sense of relaxation and calm, while also improving concentration and memory.

We need YOU to get involved. Currently we are looking for readers for our CARE HOMES project. Become a reader, join in theconversations and help residentsto be a part of the community. We are looking for people who love reading and can read aloud and help a group start a conversation. You do not have to be an expert in English Literature. 

So how does it work?
• We recruit volunteers from the community to become readers. Each leader receives three days training spread across three weeks. Dates are: 19th/26th October and 2nd November 10am - 4pm daily. 9th November 2.00pm - 5.00pm Safeguarding Adults Training. You must complete all training dates to begin to deliver. Training is accredited: OCN Level 2 Course in Facilitation Skills for Shared Reading. This training is free. Volunteers are mentored until they are ready to lead themselves.

•  Further support is given with monthly Volunteer Meetings and we have an open-door policy to feedback to us. We also thank our Volunteers with two annual celebratory events.

Come, help to make lasting connections for older people – get involved in Reading Rooms.

Contact Sinead Devine on 028 71 266 946 or email info@theverbal.co

Cafe Group Support with The Alzheimer's Society, Foyle

Do you have 3 hours to help once a fortnight?

Group Services in Foyle inform, educate, support and provide structured activities for attendees in a relaxed group setting.
In this role you will provide support to the Group Leader helping to set up the room, recording attendees, talking to people living with dementia and carers or family members and friends, preparing and distributing refreshments and encouraging group participation.
No specific qualifications are needed and this role will suit you if you have an interest in supporting people with dementia, have good listening and communication skills, and enjoy meeting new people.
If you would like to find out more about this or any of our volunteering opportunities please contact Rosario Mc Hugh, Volunteering Officer (r
osario.mchugh@alzheimers.org.uk /028 71 384570) or visit our website at www.alzheimers.org.uk


16 Lots of Local Job Opportunities

  • Job opportunity with Regional Service User Network

Temporary Regional Service User Network (RSUN) Project Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover, Derry)

Job Purpose: To enhance the involvement of adult service users in the planning of drug and alcohol services
Location: Based in Derry to cover the Western and Northern Trust
Hours: 35 hours per week (flexibility required)
Duration: Until 31/03/18, subject to review, dependent on funding, and return of employee to the post from maternity leave
Salary: Commencing at NJC Scale 6, point 26, £23,166

**Secondments will be considered**

*******Contact CHNI by 29th September******** at 02890 246440 or
admin@chni.org.uk for essential criteria, job description.

  • Job Opportunities with First Housing Aid & Support Services

(Registered Charity No: XR19886)
Employment Support Coordinator, (‘#WorkItOut’ Project) Fixed Term (3 years)
(Ref:  ESC.WIO.R1.01)
£24,880 per annum, 37 ½ hours per week, flexibility required, Derry/Londonderry
First Housing Aid & Support Services supports individuals and families who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
The aim of the #WorkItOut Project, funded for 3 years by the Big Lottery Fund under the Empowering Young People programme, is to give young people the ability to cope with challenges in their lives.
Position will involve delivering an employment programme to hard to reach young people whilst working in partnership with Business in the Community.
The #WorkItOut Coordinator will ensure the appropriate management structures and systems are in place to meet the needs of the project to deliver the service in line with the outcomes agreed for the project.
Closing date for completed applications is:  Friday, 6th October 2017 at 12 noon.
We expect to interview from the week beginning 16th October 2017 for the Employment Support Coordinator post
We are also recruiting (but will not appoint until the Employment Support Coordinator is in post)
Employment Support Officer, (‘#WorkItOut’ Project) Fixed Term (3 years)
(Ref: ESO.WIO.R1.01)
£19,478 per annum, 37 ½ hours per week, Derry/Londonderry, area
The successful candidate will be expected to support young people that are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless to develop employability skills to enable employment opportunities.
Closing date for completed applications is:  Friday, 6th October 2017 at 12 noon.
Employment Support Officer to be interviewed late October 2017 
Interested candidates should contact for an application pack, quoting the appropriate Job Reference Number to:
Personnel Services, First Housing, 23 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6PR; Tel:  02871 266115
By e-mail: 
Application packs can also be downloaded from 

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

  • Job Opportunity with Business in the Community & First Housing

(Registered Charity No:  297716)
Employment Engagement Executive (‘#WorkItOut’ Project) Fixed Term (3 years)
£21,000 - £23,000 per annum, 35 hours per week, flexibility required, Derry/Londonderry area
For over 20 years Business in the Community has been supporting local businesses to act responsibly and make a positive impact on their local communities.  With over 260 members from both the public and private sectors, we have a committed resource ready to make a change where it is needed most.  We aim to use this unique relationship with employers to create positive change in relation to corporate responsibility including assisting companies improve their impact on communities, the environment and their own workforce.
Funded for 3 years by the Big Lottery Fund’s Empowering Young People Programme, the aim of the ‘#WorkItOut’ Project is to give young people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless the ability to cope with challenges they face in their lives.
Working in partnership with First Housing the successful candidate will have an employability focussed role facilitating interventions and engaging employers to ensure positive outcomes for young people on the ‘#WorkItOut’ Project.
Closing date for completed applications is:  Friday 6th October 2017 at 12 noon.
For an application pack interested candidates should contact BITC.
Business in the Community, Beam Centre, INVISTA House, Third Street, Maydown, Derry/Londonderry BT47 6TH
By e-mail:  
It should be noted that criteria for all posts might be enhanced to facilitate short listing.
Access NI checks will be carried out before an appointment is confirmed
First Housing Aid & Support Services and Business in the Community  are Equal Opportunities Employers.


  • Job Opportunity with Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership

Waterside Shared Village - Project Manager 
JOB TITLE:                                Waterside Shared Village Project Manager
RESPONSIBLE TO:                      Project Steering Group  
CONTRACTED HOURS:             35 Hours per week
SALARY:                                   £28,485 SO2 Point 32
DURATION:                               Post funded until 31st December 2020

Waterside Shared Village is a partnership project based at the Interface of Irish Street and Top of the Hill.

The post-holder will have the responsibility for developing and implementing the Waterside Shared Village Programme Action Plan, the line management of staff and volunteers, the development of programmes, projects and activities and the recruiting of residents from within the Top of the Hill and Irish Street area’s of the Waterside.
Essential Criteria
It is essential that candidates possess the following: 

A.         Experience / Educational Attainments:  
  1. A proven track record of at-least five years’ experience in a paid capacity of working within community development or equivalent field at a Project Manager or Event Manager level
A third level qualification and / or recognised professional qualification in a relevant field alongside a proven track record of at least 3 years paid experience of working in the field of community development at a Project Manager or Event Manager level.
  1. At least 2 years evidence of line management of staff and or volunteers.
  1. Experience of project planning, implementation and review.
  2. Experience of working with or reporting to a Management Committee.
  3. Experience of liaising with or managing a finance function for reporting purposes.
  4. Experience of fundraising in a community setting.
  5. Experience of large scale event management.
  6. Computer literacy: proficient in MS office packages.
  7. Driving licence and car /or access to a form of transport which would enable you to fulfil the requirements of the post.
  8. Clear, concise written English (as assessed from the application form)


  • Job Opportunity with Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

Outdoor Learning and Development Worker   MATERNITY COVER
Foyle Down Syndrome Trust are seeking to appoint a passionate and enthusiastic team member to motivate, engage and support young people with Down syndrome to participate in and enjoy outdoor learning and development activities.
This temporary post is to cover Maternity leave and will be for a period of 10 months.  Salary - £15,025 per annum.  Hours of work – 20 per week.
For further information on this role, please request an Application Pack by emailing 
The closing date for the receipt of all applications is 13th October 2017.



17 Upcoming Courses with HURT

Level 5 Diploma in Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions (SMTI)

The Course consists of 20 days training on either a 10 weekend basis or 35 weeks of 3.5 hours per week.

Approved at specialist training level by the National Couselling Society.

This course looks at the theory and practice of working with people presenting with substance misuse issues.

It proposes an Integrative model of practice.


OCN L2 Drug & Alcohol Awareness

This is an online drug and alcohol awareness programme designed for schools and community groups.

It has 3 credit points and can be used in conjunction with other Level 2 credits towards the completion of an OCN Level 2 complete qualification.

Please email dessie@hurtni.org.uk or call HURT on 02871369696 for more info. 


18 You’re invited for a tour of the new Health and Wellbeing Campus
Please join us for a tour of the new Health and Wellbeing Campus at Altnagelvin Hospital.  The Campus is the joint vision of Macmillian Cancer Support and the Western Health and Social Care Trust where people affected by cancer and long-term conditions can find support and information.
30 min tours of the campus are available Mon 16, Tue 17 and Wed 18 October with evening tours also provided on Tuesday.  Come and see the new state-of-the-art Macmillan Support Centre and recently refurbished Agnes Jones House.
RSVP to Julie Marti , Macmillan Information Support Worker, to book your place on 028 7132 0105 or email 

By Friday, 6 October 2017-09-28
Paid parking is available close to the campus in the multi-storey car park – please allow adequate time for arrival
Tours start from Agnes Jones House and are limited to 10 people.


19 Mindfulness Refresher with AWARE

AWARE will host  a Mindfulness Refresher/Part 2 on:
Date: Friday 6th October 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm
Location: North West Social Enterprise Hub The Old Fire Station, 
1A Hawkin Street, Derry.
The price of this course is £80 and to book by click this link: 


20 Extern’s Young Graduates Programme Pop up Charity Shop

Call out for donations of:

Books, Clothes Adults & kids, Shoes, Toys, Gift sets, Household etc

Donations can be left at Extern, Bishop Street before 04 November 2017

Telephone Bernie/Helena: 028 7126 2104


21 Call out for Community Venues
CDHN are delivering Community Development and Health Inequalities training in November in the following locations:

  • Strabane
  • Armagh
  • Belfast
  • Carrickfergus 

If you have a venue we could use, please contact Caroline McNulty, carolinemcnulty@cdhn.org / 028 3026 4606


22 STRATA – A Solo Exhibition
By Sashka B Sheils
Opening Artist’s Reception Saturday 30 September at 1:30pm-4:00pm
Exhibition from 22 September – 27 October (FREE Admission)
Echo Echo Studios, Hangman’s Bastion, Magazine Street, Derry-Londonderry
Strata are different layers that function to form a barrier to protect and conceal what is underneath


23  Northern Ireland's Tree of the Year - Woodland Trust

These six trees are the finalists in Northern Ireland's Tree of the Year, an annual search for the nation's best loved tree.
Read the incredible stories behind our shortlisted trees and vote for your favourite.
Derry/Londonderry entry:
The College Tree, Foyle College/Londonderry High School, Derry-Londonderry
During the 1850s, Scottish manufacturers Tillie and Henderson developed a booming shirt enterprise in Derry. Spurred on by their success, Tillie built a local gentleman’s residence in 1870 called ‘Duncreggan House’. The house was completed with impressive landscaped grounds boasting a variety of fine, now mature, trees including this beautiful cut leaved hornbeam. Tested over some 150 years by the harshness of the elements, this astonishing tree has served as a great inspiration for students.

Londonderry High School moved to Duncreggan House in 1928, and – with an amalgamation – Foyle College followed in 1976. The tree and grounds are closely associated with the talented ‘green fingers’ of Hazel Cathcart – an esteemed and fondly remembered vice principal and talented gardener who passed away in tragic circumstances. Likewise no Tillie survived to inherit Duncreggan since all three sons died in WWI. The College plans to move to a new campus in 2018, and it is hoped that the new owner will treasure the historic grounds.

Vote College    
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