NWCN Ebulletin 03 March 2021

1 Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund (CAF) is supporting communities across the UK to take action on climate change. These communities will demonstrate what’s possible when people lead in this work. With National Lottery funding, they’ll work together, share their learning and be active participants in a broader movement of change.

This second round will focus on supporting medium-scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption. Our focus remains on 
place-based, community-led partnerships that will make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Area: UK-wide
Suitable for: Community-led partnerships
Funding size: We’re offering two types of funding in this round - development funding and full awards. The maximum grant size for development funding is £150,000. For full awards, the maximum available is £1.5 million.
Total available: Around £8 million to 10 million is available for this second round of funding. We expect to make 12 to 15 awards in total in this round, and to award more development grants than full awards.
Application deadline: 5pm on 8 April 2021 for your initial idea. If you get to the next stage, we expect the rest of the application process to take six to eight months.

Full details can be found here


2 Enabling Growth Fund

Area: Northern Ireland
Grant size: 6 grants of up to £15,000, plus mentoring support of up to 30 hours.

Priorities: We will prioritise those that have a clear plan and can evidence potential growth in terms of number of beneficiaries, impact, service delivery and income generation; We are keen to see innovative approaches to growth; We will not be prescriptive about the theme or issue your organisation will be trying to address. We will, however, want to ensure that the support is to meet a charitable purpose.

The applications will be invited through an online application on the Community Foundation’s website www.communityfoundationni.org and will follow two stages:

Stage One: Initial online application via the Community Foundation’s website by 1:00pm on 12 March 2021.  This must include an organisation strength checker – https://vcsestrengthchecker.org.uk/.  This must be attached to your application, and must help shape the nature of what you are requesting financial assistance for.

Stage Two: Shortlisted applications will be invited to present their project to the ARN Foundation panel representatives, and other sector leaders, on 30 March 2021.  This will consist of a ten minute presentation, followed by approximately ten minutes of discussion and questions from the fund panel representatives.  Please note that depending on government restrictions and social distancing guidelines, this presentation may require to be done remotely using an online platform.

Full details can be found here


 People's Priorities - Health and Social Care

The COVID-19 pandemic had major impacts on health and social care in Northern Ireland during 2020/21. We at The Patient and Client Council are keen to hear how the pandemic has affected your healthcare or social care, and how appropriate and effective you feel the Health and Social Care (HSC) response to COVID-19 has been.
We are engaging with the public through this survey in an effort to understand:

  • People’s experiences of using HSC services during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • The consequences of COVID-19 for people’s routine / scheduled healthcare and social care.
  • People’s levels of satisfaction with the restrictions imposed on ‘normal’ HSC services due to COVID-19; and
  • The extent to which people feel that they have been adequately informed on how to keep themselves (and the wider population) safe and healthy.
The survey aims to evaluate the HSC response to COVID-19 to date, from the perspective of service users. This will allow the PCC and other HSC organisations to:
· Learn what people think has worked well, or not so well; and to
· Use this learning to adapt better to COVID-19 in future, and particularly to inform decisions around ‘restarting’ HSC services during 2021.
After the survey closes later in 2021, response data will be analysed and a report generated.  This report, including recommendations based on the findings, will be published online and shared directly with other HSC organisations (e.g. Department of Health, Health and Social Care Trusts). Findings will be reported in a way that will avoid identifying individuals or their responses.
The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Click here to complete the survey
Alternatively you can:
  • Complete the survey over the phone by calling our Freephone number on 0800 917 0222; or
  • Should you need a paper copy posted to you please contact David Cassidy on 0776 613 8810 or at david.cassidy@pcc-ni.net

Participate in a facilitated online group session -please contact Laura Bonnes on 0788 163 6320 or  anne-marie.doone@pcc-ni.net


4 Consultation Reminder NI Executive’s Programme for Government draft Outcomes Framework

This is a reminder that the consultation is still open and responses can be provided until 23:59 on 22 March 2021.
An Equality Impact Assessment consultation is also ongoing. It is set to close at 23:59 on 30 April 2021.
Full details on how to respond to both can be found in the 
attached letter.


5 Social Prescribing Network Conference

Elemental is exhibiting at the 3rd international Social Prescribing Network Conference on the 4th and 5th March 2021, Social Prescribing & Community - Beyond the Pandemic. 
This it the 3rd international event for the social prescribing network and is the only international conference for social prescribing in the world. The conference builds on a reputation for providing well organised, informative conferences with a range of speakers, learning opportunities and networking. 
The event will run over two days and will be held online, with Elemental showcasing our digital social prescribing platform during exhibition sessions, and available via AirMeet for a chat at any stage throughout both days.
If you’re already registered for the conference, you can pop over to our profile page 
here and join us at the following exhibition times.

10:30 – 11:00
11:40 – 12:00
13:00 – 14:00
15:00 – 15:30
08:45 – 09:25
10:30 – 11:30
12:45 – 13:45
16:00 – 17:00

We'll showcase the power of Elemental, our award-winning digital social prescribing platform via a live demo of our most popular features including: 
  •  Express referral
  •  Triaging of patients
  •  Day to day task management for Link Workers
  •  Case management
  •  Our monitoring and reporting suite
  • Our in-built Directory of Services

We will also be talking about: 

  •  How Elemental supports reporting on DES PCN funding for social prescribing
  •  Organisations currently leading the way in digital social prescribing
  •  How Elemental can customise our platform based on your local needs e.g. hub set up and data flow
  • How the platform supports social prescribing projects to produce necessary reports for Commissioners

If you haven't booked yet and would like to attend the conference, you can register via the link  BOOK MY PLACE  

6 Notice & Invite to FWIN's EGM & AGM

On International Women's Day, Monday 8th March 2021, 11am via Zoom

Guest Speaker: Local author Jane Buckley 'Stones Corner: Turmoil'

A link will be emailed to you to join the event.

Have you ever thought of becoming a FWIN Board Member?
FWIN have a number of vacancies to fill on their management Committee.  The Committee are responsible for the overall strategy and future direction of the organisation.
If you are interested in a nomination and have the required skills please email 
info@fwin.org.uk to receive an application form.  The closing date for return of the completed nomination form is Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 12 noon.
Successful candidates will be appointed at FWIN's AGM Monday 8th March, 11am


 7 Starting Next Week - Free Men's Mental Health Course

Be kind to your mind
FREE Men's Mental Health 6 week programme

This course will include 4 individual coaching sessions
Starting Tuesday 9th March, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Delivered via Zoom
Limited to 10 places - 6 places left!

"Unexpressed emotions will never die.  They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways".

To apply contact HURT on 
hurttraining@outlook.com / 028 7136 9696


8 Fingerpost - Issue 4 Launch Webinar

The new Youth Issue of Fingerpost will be launched at a webinar this Friday, 5th March at 1.30pm. The webinar will feature a chat with guest editor Anna McAree and some of the contributors to the issue. This issue features articles by the young people involved with the REACH Across youth group.

Register for the webinar here - 


9  OUR Generation training - positive mental health and emotional well-being in children

PlayBoard’s OUR Generation programme offers a suite of training on supporting positive mental health and emotional well-being in children through play. The training is aimed at staff working with children aged 4 - 11 years in a School Aged Childcare setting, school, or community group.
The training is open to individual settings within the Urban Village areas (North, South, East and West Belfast, and Derry/Londonderry) and will be delivered via Zoom at a time suitable to you. Settings outside the Urban Village areas that have children attending from within the areas are also eligible to participate.

If you would like further information please contact Roberta Johnson, E: 
roberta.johnson@playboard.co.uk or T: 028 9080 3380.

Funding for OUR Generation has been awarded through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by SEUPB.


10 Quaran teens!

ACET have spaces remaining on the following courses:

LEVEL 3       Facilitator’s Training

Accredited remote training


……….Get me Outta Here!

Click on the above links for full details.

For any further information or to book a place contact Linda Allen on 07971065641 or linda@acet-ni.com 


11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for all the latest offers from Salto

  • ID Talks Abilities
  • Training of Facilitators (ToF) on External Recognition of Open Badges
  • The Confusion of Inclusion
  • Calls for Trainers


12 Fertility Network events


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th March at 7.30pm and it is a chance to catch up with the group and meet new members.
The following meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th March at 7.30pm and we hope to have Dr Ishola Agbaje Consultant at the Regional Fertility Clinic and Paul McCarthy Manager at RFC joining us.
If you would like to join either meeting, please email me and I will forward you the link.
The HIM Fertility Support Group is a men only group and will have a special guest comedian Rhod Gilbert joining. Men can join with or without camera and new members are welcome.
The meeting is being held on Friday 19th March at 8pm.
To register for the meeting, please use the link below.

The next Fertility Network webinar will be held on Wednesday 3rd March 6.30pm on Juggling work and Fertility Struggles. To register for the webinar, please follow the link below. 

There is a free webinar run by the MAC centre in Belfast for International Women’s Festival being held on Sat 6th March, via Zoom.  The topic for discussion is Fertility, Infertility & Assisted Reproduction: Routes to Parenthood. The panel includes writer, actor and comedian, Diona Doherty, Clare Murphy, Director of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Jessica Hepburn, one of the UK's leading voices on fertility, and Ciaran Moynagh, human rights and family lawyer, as they combine lived experience and expertise to discuss fertility, infertility and assisted reproduction. The discussion is chaired by Lynette Fay, presenter and producer. For more details and to book, please use the link : https://themaclive.com/international-womens-day-2021

To view the list or access previous webinars, please follow the link below.


13 UU students help Lecturer in his quest to raise £10,000 for local charities

First year students at Ulster University’s Business School at Magee are calling on people to turn their COVID-19 blues into community action and to help raise much needed funds for Foyle Search and Rescue, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Foyle Hospice and Pink Ladies Cancer Charity.

These future business leaders have joined forces with well-known lecturer, Dr. Éamonn Ó Ciardha to devise Éamonn’s Charity Chop which will see Éamonn shed his signature long locks on 9 March 2021.

As part of their induction, students are introduced to the work of The Science Shop which is a resource for the community and voluntary sector across Northern Ireland which identifies students from a relevant subject discipline to do a charity project as part of their University coursework.

The students form teams to come up with creative and novel fundraising ideas.

Donations can be made via Éamonn’s Charity Chop
Full story here


14 Enrolment Open! CAWT Innovation Recovery College March 2021 Programme

Our latest online courses are now open for enrolment and include:

  • Finding Hope After Bereavement
  • Understanding Depression
  • Ideas for Creativity for Wellness
  • Self-Care for Carers
  • Top tips for Anxiety
  • Trauma & Healing
  • Coping with Change

Plus much more...

To Enrol Via email, Please complete the 
enrolment form and return to the email address listed below.

15 FREE Live Workouts this March with Autism NI

We are inviting you to take part in our ‘Motivational March’ workouts with personal trainer Stephen Brennan. The free workouts will be hosted live every Wednesday at 7pm on our Facebook page. 

With the current lockdown in Northern Ireland making so many people feel deflated, drained and unmotivated, Autism NI is offering ‘Motivational March’ workout sessions to improve mental health and physical well-being for our parents, supporters, and anyone else who wants to join us for a fun workout! 

The workout sessions will be fun, interactive, and suitable for people of all ages. The first session will be held live on Autism NI’s Facebook page on Wednesday 3rd March at 7pm with personal trainer Stephen Brennan and will continue every Wednesday throughout March.

www.facebook.com/AutismNI to access the live workouts from 3rd March.
16 North West Virtual Jobs Fair TOMORROW! 

Registration for the North West Virtual Jobs Fair taking place on Thursday 4th March from 10am-2pm is now open
Anyone who would like to attend the event needs to register online- the link to register is now available on the nidirect.gov.uk website; it is also available on Jobcentre Online NI website’s homepage under latest news and you can also visit the Jobs & Benefits NI Facebook page for more information
This is the department’s first virtual jobs fair in the North West
At the event attendees can find job opportunities, interact with local employers online and improve employment prospects with practical advice and support
The virtual job fair will move the interaction between potential candidates and employers into the online environment and will allow employers to promote vacancies within their company as well as speak with candidate attendees using either the built in text or video chat. We intend to follow our previous physical jobs fair event format where possible but simply replacing the physical venue with the virtual environment.
For your information employers are currently being added to the platform -
The employers involved are:
  • Fleming Agri
  • Firstsourse Solutions
  • Concentrix
  • Mencap
  • Sensee
  • Strabane & District Caring Services
  • Strabane Training Services
  • Aroloco Engineering
  • Metacompliance
  • Fabplus
  • Majestik Care
  • Brook Street
  • MPA Recruitment
  • Rutledge
  • Job Directions
  • Craft Training Ltd.
Vacancy information for each should be posted on Jobcentre Online prior to or from day of the event, if not a link to the employer’s website will be available at the event.
There will be a sign posting service to local provision at the reception area which will be manned by the Employer Services Branch if there is anyone who feels they need any additional support

17 Job Opportunities at Derg Valley Care

Cleaners-Part time (2 posts)
Derg Valley Care and Healthy Living Centre
Hours per week: Post 1 – 17 hours per week; Post 2 – 14 hours per week
Rate of Pay: £8.72 per hour
The cleaner will be responsible for maintaining high standards of cleanliness. throughout the premises occupied by Derg Valley Care, Castlederg.  In addition to provision of cleaning the successful applicant will be required to have key holding responsibilities including opening and closing of premises.  In the current climate due to the risks presented by COVID-19 this post is a critical post to ensure good standards to safeguard the staff, service users and members of the public utilizing our services.
Applicants must:
  • have previous experience of cleaning in a work context; and
  • be able to act as a keyholder with the requirement to participate in an on-call arrangement. 
Applicants who meet the criteria are eligible to apply for both posts if they wish.
Applications are available from reception at Derg Valley Care (9.30am - 3.30pm) or by emailing 
michael@dergvalleycare.com. Applications can be returned by email, by post or in person to Derg Valley Care, 5-7 Parkview Road, Castelderg. BT81 7BN
Closing date for applications will be 12 noon on Friday 12th March 2021. Applications received after this date will not be considered.


18 Job Opportunity with Benbradagh Community Support
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Benbradagh Community Support & Gortnaghey Youth Club
POSITION: Youth Engagement Officer
LOCATION: Dungiven, Co.Derry
DUTIES: Management of all youth related programmes for the groups including finance, funding, planning, delivery and monitoring.
SALARY: £28,470 per annum, pro rata. (Post is 24 hours per week)
For a full job description, person specification and job application form please email Colleen on 
youth.bcs@live.comClosing date for applications is Sunday 7th March. Post due to commence mid April.


19 Job Opportunity with Zero Waste NW

Job Title
: P/T Cloth Nappy Library Development Worker
Salary: £5103 (£25,517 pro-rata) 
Length of contract: April - Sept 2021
16 hours per week
Location of job: Home working/office venue to be confirmed

Project background:
Zero Waste North West have been working to realise a zero waste and circular economy vision in the North West region since 2013. Covid-19 has shown the need for innovation in supporting communities and protecting our environment. This project will positively impact both by supporting financial relief from expensive disposable nappies alongside decreasing waste.
Summary of role:

We are now seeking a coordinator to set up and manage a Cloth Nappy Library
Essential and desirable criteria
Applicants must have experience in developing and managing projects, experience in liaising with people and coordinating networks, awareness of funding in the community sector and also be conversant in and enthusiastic about the zero waste vision. Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate knowledge of the rationale behind Cloth Nappy Libraries.
A full job description, person specification and the application form are available from: 
The closing date for completed applications is 5pm Friday 12th March 2021
Zero Waste North West (ZWNW) is open to everyone who is committed to the Zero Waste/Circular Economy journey as one of the solutions for a resilient, sustainable future.
We aim to work in an atmosphere of friendship, respect and care for each other.
In particular, we aim to treat every member equally, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. 


20 DfE Energy Strategy - Energy e-bulletin

Please find attached the ninth edition of the Energy Strategy E-Bulletin, which aims to keep stakeholders informed about progress on the new Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland.
In this edition:

  • Placing you at the heart of our energy future
  • Fuel poverty in NI
  • COP26 Expression of Interest

Links to the e-bulletin can be found directly below:


21 March is No Smoking Month

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health is more important than ever. Join with us and others around the world, supporting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ‘Commit to Quit’ campaign.

Stop Smoking services are available across NI. They are offered through many community pharmacies, GP practices, HSC Trust premises, community and voluntary organisations and by Cancer Focus NI.

These services can make a quit attempt four times more likely to succeed!

They help create a stop smoking plan to make the quit attempt as easy as possible and can give tried and tested tips to make quitting that bit easier. This includes coping with cravings, managing stress, avoiding weight gain and developing a healthy lifestyle. 

Go to 
www.stopsmokingni.info to find a service for you. 

The financial benefit of quitting can be huge! Someone who smokes 20 cigarettes a day could save themselves nearly £4,000 in one year. 


22 Void Gallery announces move to new location

We are pleased to announce that in April 2021 Void Gallery will move to a dedicated exhibition space in the heart of Derry city

This exciting move will enable Void to bring its visual arts programme to a wider audience. Void’s new home will be located at the foot of the Derry Walls, at Waterloo Place, and will provide an exciting new tourist attraction for the area with two main gallery spaces and a walk-in education space. The building is street facing with a wide glass front, which will enable the gallery to present its programme, even in lockdown.

Chair of the Board of Directors, Void Gallery, Eamonn McCann, said: “Relocating to Waterloo Place is a big step forward for Void, and a great move for Derry, too. Art will now have a home at the heart of the city, not set apart but amidst the swirl of everyday life.”

As part of the move, Void has commissioned the artist collective Forerunner to design the gallery’s reception and office spaces. Forerunner is a platform for collaborative visual arts practice bringing together artists from different disciplines and backgrounds.

The inaugural exhibition will be Before the Cypress Broke, launching April 17th; a fundraising exhibition that was initiated in response to the recent catastrophic events that have taken place in Beirut, Lebanon. It is presented in partnership with the Beirut Art Residency (BAR). Bringing together works by contemporary Lebanese artists and past BAR artists-in-residence, the exhibition will combine works on paper, photography and video works depicting personal investigations of artists in relation to the city.

Void is delighted to welcome upcoming artists to exhibit in its new space this year including Elizabeth PriceEva Rothschild, and Aleana Egan.

Void’s education programme will have a dedicated drop-in area at the front of the building where members of the public can call in and get involved. The new building will also be fully wheelchair accessible.


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