NWCN Ebulletin 01 November 2023


1 ‌Volunteer Voices
Police Property Fund Grant Schemes
3 West Area Funding Fair Date
4 Join NICVA Focus Groups on VCS Workforce Issues
5 Victim Charter and Witness Charter Awareness Sessions
6 Labour Relations Agency - Regional Office Events Programme 
7 NI Active Travel Delivery Plan - Derry City
8 Unlock the Power of Healthy Relationships
9 Let's Talk about Mental Health when Living with Cancer
10 Fertility Week 30th October -5th November
11 Stress Awareness Week – take positive action for better wellbeing
12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
13 Job Opportunity with NW Methodist Mission
14 Vacancy- Technical Manager at The Playhouse
15 North West Virtual Job Fair
16 Iona Art by Paul Kelly
17 An open letter to ‘at risk’ groups regarding the autumn vaccinations

1 Volunteer Voices

North West Community Network in partnership with North West Volunteer Centre presents: Volunteer Voices.

So many reasons and benefits to volunteering in your local community, come along and hear first hand local volunteer stories.

Wednesday, 8th November, 12 - 2pm
North West Community Network, 8 Bishop Street

This will be an interactive but intimate event based on the 'Human Library' concept were real people, in this case volunteers, are like a book that is on loan to members of the public to read and find out more about, asking questions and having meaningful conversations. Volunteers will be representing a range of local voluntary organisations who will also be attending and actively recruiting volunteers on the day.

Book your place here


2 Police Property Fund Grant Schemes

The Police Property Fund is made up of assets recovered by the PSNI as a result of criminal investigations, and administered by the Board in line with the Police (Property) Regulations NI 1997. The Policing Board agreed to implement the Fund through a Small Grants Scheme (80% of available Funds) and a Large Grants Scheme (20% of available Funds). 

Applications for funding will need to demonstrate that the project:

  • Engages with local police;
  • Contributes to building community safety and/or confidence in the police in your area; and
  • Is aligned to a charitable purpose.
Opens today - find out more and how to apply here
Email:  policepropertyfund@nipolicingboard.org.uk


 West Area Funding Fair Date
Wednesday, 22nd November 2023
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Waterside Shared Village 61 Irish Street, Londonderry/Derry, BT47 2DB
Come to our West Area Funding Fair to meet funders face to face, find out what they have to offer, and discuss your ideas! Supporting Communities and the Housing Executive are hosting this event at Waterside Shared Village.
If your organisation would like to take a stand at this event, get in touch with Anita! More Information Contact Anita Doonan, Supporting Communities Funding and Social Value Officer anita@supportingcommunities.org / 078 4084 9453.


4 Join NICVA Focus Groups on VCS Workforce Issues

NICVA wants to hear about the issues sector organisations are currently facing in relation to staffing and workforce and is holding a series of focus groups to engage with the sector. 

Register to join one of the workshops:
Monday 20 November 2023, NICVA, Belfast , 10 am – 12 pm.
Wednesday 22 November 2023, Ballybot House, Newry  2pm - 4pm.
Thursday 23 November 2023, Holywell Trust, L/Derry 2pm - 4pm.


5 Victim Charter and Witness Charter Awareness Sessions

DoJ and partners are holding a series of Charters Awareness Sessions for those working in the voluntary and community sector.  The Victim Charter sets out the entitlements and services that victims of crime in Northern Ireland can expect to receive from a range of service providers. 
These entitlements are protected by law.  The sessions will provide an overview of what the Charters mean and why they are important for victims. 
Why should I attend? We want to ensure that those working in the voluntary and community sector understand why the Charters are important and how to signpost victims and witnesses to relevant information.    
Who should come along? Staff and volunteers who come into contact with victims or witnesses of crime.
Dates, venues, Eventbrite links:

  • Wednesday 22nd November @ 10.30am virtual via teams – register here
  • Thursday 23rd November @ 11.30am at the Verbal Arts Centre, Londonderry – register here
  • Wednesday 29th November @ 10.30am virtual via teams – register here
  • Thursday 30th November @ 10.30am at NICVA, Belfast – register here

If you have any issues registering or need any further information please contact: DoJ Charter Comms DoJcharterinfo@justice-ni.gov.uk


6 Labour Relations Agency - Regional Office Events Programme 

The Labour Relations Agency (Regional Office) have released our new Events Programme with our first event starting next week.
  • Line Manager Certificate
  • Supporting Mental Health
  • Essentials of Employment Law
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Managing Absence
  • Discipline and Grievance
  • Managing Performance
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Dignity at Work
See attached flyer for dates and booking information
 7 NI Active Travel Delivery Plan - Derry City

As part of the development of the Department for Infrastructure Active Travel Delivery Plan for Northern Ireland Sustrans have been sub-contracted to undertake targeted stakeholder engagement. This engagement will take the form of online workshops to discuss Active Travel needs in a particular local area.

As a Community Group or Workplace in the Derry City area, we are inviting you to attend an online workshop on the following date:  

8th November at 3pm. The Workshop will be hosted on MS Teams and is expected to last approximately 1hr.

The workshop will aim to compile Active Travel needs in your locality. These needs could be general, or more specific items. A mapping tool will be available that includes your town/locality, and you will have the opportunity to add locations to this during the workshop.

When we get confirmation of your availability a Teams link will be sent to allow you to accept and join the workshop.  

Register your place by emailing 

8 Unlock the Power of Healthy Relationships

Join Nexus on Wednesday 8th November for our "Consent - Empowering Healthy Relationships" workshop.

This session is designed to equip you with the essential tools to foster strong, respectful, and empowering connections, and to be able to impart this knowledge and skills on those around you.

Date: Wednesday 8th November
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: £30 per person

Book Now


9  Let's Talk about Mental Health when Living with Cancer

Join AWARE NI, Macmillan Cancer Support and The RCPsych as we discuss how cancer impacts your mental health and what help is available.

Monday, 20th November 2023
18:30 - 20:30
City Hotel Derry

We'll be discussing issues around mental health and living with cancer.

We'll also be highlighting some of the local support services available.

We'll have a range of guest speakers delivering short presentations followed by a Q&A session.

Speakers will include representatives from AWARE NI, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Royal College of Psychiatrists and local stories of lived experience.

This event is free-to-attend, open to everyone and tea and coffee will be provided.

Click here to get your free ticket!


10 Fertility Week 30th October -5th November

Wednesday 1st November: MORE TO LIFE  #ChildlessNotByChoice 
Please join us for a webinar on The Power of Adventure To Change Your Life For The Better, with Jessica Hepburn, at 7.30pm. To register please use the link below.

Thursday 2nd November: LGBTQ+ #LGBTFamily
Join the Q&A webinar to learn more about the support available during your fertility journey as an LGBTQ+ person, starting at 7pm.
To register for the event, please use the link below.

Friday 3rd November FERTILITY IN THE WORKPLACE #FertilityintheWorkplace
  1. Early Morning Mindfulness Course from 7-7.25am. To register for the mindfulness, please use the link below.
  1. 15 min Fireside Chat + Q&A on Instagram @FertilityNetworkUK at 12pm
  2. Yoga and hour of yoga with Bernadette King from 2-3pm. To register for the yoga, please use the link below.

Saturday 4th November HIMFERTILITY #HIMfertility
Join the webinar: Nutrition for Wellbeing, with Regan Heatly.
Note this is being held on Wednesday 1st November at 8pm. To register for the event, please use the link below.


Trauma in Infertility Survey


11 Stress Awareness Week – take positive action for better wellbeing

This week is Stress Awareness Week (30 October – 3 November) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging those experiencing stress to participate in free online stress control classes throughout November.

Stress is the feeling of being unable to cope as a result of too much mental or emotional pressure. It can affect our physical health as well as our mental health and wellbeing. 

Common signs of stress include sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, feeling anxious, irritable, low in self-esteem, have racing thoughts, worrying constantly or going over things in your head.

Topics in the programme include:

  • an overview of what stress is;
  • controlling your body, controlling your thoughts, controlling your actions and controlling panic;
  • getting a good night’s sleep;
  • boosting your wellbeing.

The stress control course is available online, free-of-charge. You can watch each of the six sessions (90 minutes each) for 48hrs after they go live on YouTube.

For course information and dates visit www.ni.stresscontrol.org


12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document for the latest offers from Salto, including:

  • Coaching/Mentoring Course 2023/2024
  • How to make your own game using Learnus+
  • Unlocking Opportunities
  • Call for Trainers
  • Youth Work Beyond Boundaries – Virtual Reality in Action


13 Job Opportunity with NW Methodist Mission

North West Methodist Mission has been delivering services to the homeless in Derry / Londonderry for 90 years.
We provide temporary accommodation and support, encouraging independent living and progression to permanent accommodation.
Immediate employment opportunities are open for:
Full-time and Bank
Salary: £23,740.08 per annum (£10.87 per hour)
Applicants must have Essential Skills Level 2 Communication and Application of Number, or equivalent OR NVQ Level 2 Health and Social Care, or equivalent AND a minimum of 1 years’ experience in a formal care/support role.
If the above qualifications are not held, be prepared to complete a relevant qualification within 12 months of appointment AND have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a formal care/support role.
Closing Date for Applications:  9th November 2023 @ 5pm

For a full job profile and application form please email: hr.talent@nwmm.co.uk
Support Worker Application Form / Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

North West Methodist Mission is an Equal Opportunities Employer


14 Vacancy- Technical Manager at The Playhouse

The Playhouse wishes to recruit a Technical Manager to work collaboratively with colleagues to deliver our diverse and exciting programme of activities, rehearsals and performances.

CLICK HERE to view full recruitment pack.

Deadline Friday 10 November 2023 at 12:00 noon.
Interviews will be scheduled Thursday 16 November or Friday 17 November.


15 North West Virtual Job Fair

The Cross Border Partnership for Employment Services (CBPES) will host a virtual cross border jobfair – North West Border Region on Wednesday 8th November from 10am–  3pm. This job fair will be for all sectors and there is no cost involved.
Attached is a 
flyer for the event and a guide on how employers can register.
If you wish to register you can do so by following the link and selecting Employer Registration 
https://www.crossborderjobfair.com/ (Please select the relevant event).
You can view details of local employers already registered.
You can upload you company profile, contact details and logo. 
If you wish, you can upload a short video to promote your company.
Once you have registered for the event you can upload any vacancies you have at that time. 
Employers are not required to be available for the event.
During the event jobseekers will be able to upload their CV or complete an expression of interest form and send this directly to you.
You can then go through applications in your own time. 
Please ensure that the email address being used by your organisation for receiving CVs, is current and not blocked by firewalls if working remotely.
This jobfair will be promoted in all the local offices and Work Coaches will be encouraged to share with their Jobseekers. 
Our Dept for Social Protection colleagues will also be promoting the event with employers and claimants from their border region offices in ROI.
This event is advertised on the CBPES website -  
It will also be promoted on Dept for Communities Social Media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. 
If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact Barbara Gibson at 

16 Iona Art by Paul Kelly

Join Eden Place Arts Centre on Thursday 2nd November 2023 @ 1pm for the launch of 'Iona Art' an exhibition of paintings by Paul Kelly

Exhibition Launch: Thursday 2nd November @ 1pm, All Welcome
Exhibition continues until 16th November.
Viewing Times: Mon - Fri 9.30am-6.30pm

Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Centre, Rossville Street, Derry, BT48 6LP

For more info contact Judi on: 07902172080 or email: 

17 An open letter to ‘at risk’ groups regarding the autumn vaccinations

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people who fall into an ‘at risk’ group to take up the offer of the autumn vaccinations as soon as you are invited.
All individuals in clinical risk groups who are aged from six months to 65 years, as well as those aged 65 years and older, are advised to receive the vaccines.
If you are ‘at risk’, either due to older age, a health condition, medical treatment or are pregnant, you are at increased risk of becoming seriously unwell if you contract influenza or COVID-19. Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases as they teach our immune system how to recognise and fight viruses. They are safe, effective and free for all those in the eligible groups.
Some people may be offered the flu jab and COVID-19 booster vaccine at the same appointment. It is safe and effective to receive it in this way.
Being vaccinated against both viruses will give you the best protection from a potentially devastating double threat this winter.
People who are eligible for vaccination should make themselves aware of their own GP surgery’s, community pharmacist’s or trust’s vaccination arrangements.
Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals and carers are also eligible. Find out more at 
So, if you are eligible for either the flu vaccine, COVID-19 vaccine or both, take up the offer when invited to help protect yourself and those around you this winter.


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