NWCN Ebulletin 09 August 2023

1 ‌The National Lottery Community Fund - The UK Fund
2 Accessible & Inclusive Grantmaking Programme
3 Good Relations Week 2023
4 The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund - Small grants 
5 Community Food Initiatives at Home Funding
6 Spotlight on Culture UK/France 2024 Fund
7 Health innovation and sustainable futures
8 'Together' | tenx9 event
9 Child Focused Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning Conference
10 After the Rain
11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
12 Job Opportunity with Sole Purpose: Development Officer
13 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
14 Job Opportunity with In Your Space Circus
15 Job Opportunities at Orchardville
16 Resumption of hearing aid support Service
17 Mayor launches calendar of Tea Dances for the year ahead
18 FÉILE 2023 - 12th – 19th August 2023
19 East Donegal Family History Festival

1 The National Lottery Community Fund - The UK Fund

The UK Fund is one of the NLCF first significant commitments as part of our new strategy, ‘It starts with community.'

We’re looking to fund organisations that want to do more to help communities come together and help make us a better-connected society.

We want to fund projects that:

  • strengthen relationships between people whose experiences of life have not been the same. For example, relationships between people of different ethnic backgrounds, generations, occupations or geographies
  • create connections between online and offline worlds
  • help make sure people from all backgrounds can shape the future of their communities.
You need to register to attend a webinar (more dates coming soon).  In the meantime, you can join a waiting list.

Further information available 


2 Accessible & Inclusive Grantmaking Programme

LFT Charitable Trust is a family foundation based in Belfast. Our priority is to fund partner organisations which make a lasting difference to people’s lives; focus on reducing isolation, inequality and stigma; and inspire and empower individuals to realise their potential and share in the life of the whole community.

In this new ‘Accessible & Inclusive Premises’ Grant Programme we are interested in connecting with charitable organisations in Northern Ireland who have proposals to undertake modifications which will make their premises more accessible for those with disabilities and better equipped to welcome and serve the whole community.

Please visit 
https://lftcharitabletrust.com/accessible-inclusive-grantmaking-programme/  for more information and to learn how you can apply for a grant of up to £7,000 for your project.

Submissions must be made by 5pm Tuesday 12th September 2023.


 Good Relations Week 2023
Good Relations Week 2023, is scheduled to run from Monday 18th September to Sunday 24th September 2023.

It will deliver a positive message of togetherness as it celebrates peace-building and cultural diversity in an effort to eradicate sectarianism, racism and inequality across Northern Ireland.  The annual celebration will highlight the importance of local organisations working collaboratively and collectively to drive meaningful progress towards building a shared future for everyone.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Together’ which will shine a light on individuals and organisations working together and sharing ideas and experiences in tackling everything from sectarianism and racism to gender inequality, shared spaces, peace-building, and cultural diversity. #GRWEEK23

Please see attached application form for Good Relations week. Maximum fund up to £500 per organization/individual. Please return to Pauline O’Neill via email Pauline.oneill@derrystrabane.com by Tuesday 15th August 2023


4 The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund - Small grants 

PWCF considers small grant applications from UK registered non-profit organisations supporting grassroots projects in diverse and deprived communities in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Internationally.

The small grants programme awards single or multi-year grants to a maximum value of £5,000 and £15,000 respectively. The average single award is £2,000. In order to maximize impact, we would also consider awarding multi-year small grants to UK registered non-profit organisations.

Applications close at 5.30pm on the 25th August.

Further information available 


5 Community Food Initiatives at Home Funding

The Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is a healthy eating programme funded by safefood.  The programme runs over a three year cycle (2022-24) and its purpose is to provide people with the knowledge and skills to provide healthy food options for themselves and their families.  safefood, as a North / South body established under the Good Friday Agreement, provides CFI funding to organisations in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.  The programme is managed by SECAD Partnership on behalf of safefood.

safefood is inviting organisations who are not currently involved in the CFI to apply for funding to deliver an online project, in their own local area, that meets the criteria of the CFI at Home Programme.  The purpose of the CFI at Home Programme is to support families in their own homes to develop their cooking skills and healthy eating habits.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to and including Friday, 16th September 2023.  As funding is limited, interested organisations are advised to apply as soon as possible.  All activities must be completed by Sunday, 5th November 2023.

Further information available 


6 Spotlight on Culture UK/France 2024 Fund

Creatives across Northern Ireland, Scotland and France can apply now for grants through the Spotlight on Culture UK/France 2024 Fund*.

The programme Spotlight on Culture UK/France 2024 - Together We Imagine, led by the British Council France, will be a celebration of Franco-British artistic co-creation and cultural partnerships, taking place as France is in the international spotlight as host of the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and their Cultural Olympiad.

The £155k fund is designed to spark new and refresh existing connections between Northern Ireland, Scotland and France.  Open to organisations working in the field of arts and culture, cultural and creative industries, applications must be a partnership between at least one organisation in Northern Ireland OR Scotland and one in France

The deadline to apply is 11pm UK time on Friday, 8 September 2023. Applicants will be notified by Monday, 18 September 2023. 

Further information available 
 7 Health innovation and sustainable futures

Register for the 2023 Derry & Strabane Healthy City and District conference, in partnership with Ulster University, and join the movement for a healthier and more sustainable home.

Friday 8 September
Ulster University Magee Campus
(lunch and sustainable transport expo to follow)

Celebrate local leadership and global inspiration in health at the 2023 Derry City & Strabane Healthy City and District conference in Partnership with Ulster University, and play your part in making our home healthier and more sustainable. This year we have a fantastic line-up of expert speakers on health improvement, sustainability and innovation who will consider the critical roles that innovation and sustainability have in health.
Presentations will be followed by a lunch and expo which highlight key developments in sustainable food and transport within the Derry City & Strabane council area.
Contributors include Kira Fortune, World Healthy Organization Regional Advisor for Healthy Cities, Health Promotion and Well-being., who has extensive experience in implementation and practical application of Healthy Ageing, Social Determinants of Health, Violence & Injury Prevention, Community Engagement and Health in all Policies; and Professor Mark Taylor, Consultant HPB Surgeon and Visiting Professor at Ulster University’s School of Medicine

Register your place

8 'Together' | tenx9 event

Integrated Education Fund are again linking up with tenx9 to organise a story telling event in Derry~Londonderry, this time on the theme ‘Together’ and as part of the 2023 Good Relations Week.
Tenx9 is a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their own life.
We are now inviting submissions of true stories for this event on anything related to the theme ‘Together’. If this is something you are interested in and you happen to be available on Thu 21 September, 7.30-9.30pm, we’d be delighted if you could submit your story on 
We hope to see you on 21 September at the Nerve Centre, as a story contributor or of course just attending our free event!
If you have questions or want more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me (
Jessica@ief.org.uk) or email tenx9belfast@gmail.com directly.


9  Child Focused Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning Conference

Wednesday, 4 October 2023

10:00am - 14:00pm
Verbal Arts Centre

Domestic abuse is on the increase therefore more and more children and being witness to or caught up in domestic abuse incidents in their home, when the parent is planning to leave or has left the domestic abuse relationship.

Research indicates that children who are witness to domestic abuse or caught up in conflict post separating can have a traumatic impact on the child's brain that may go on to effect the child's self esteem, confidence, relationships and social development.

This conference will bring to you insight and knowledge of the behaviours seen in parents, and children how these behaviours can lead to parent-child relational distress and what we can do to safeguard and protect, children and families from this abuse.

You will hear from the real life experiences of our parents we have had the privilege to support.

La Dolce Vita Project ethos has always been to do no harm and to protect from harm with children at the core of our work.

Register your place


10 After the Rain

Guildhall Square, Derry
27th & 28th August at 3pm
Free Event.
*If inclement weather presents, this performance will be moved inside The Guildhall and numbers will be limited.
The world premiere of AFTER THE RAIN, a specially commissioned production featuring globally acclaimed French circus collective Compagnie XY and a local ensemble of artists (spoken word, acrobatics, music, parkour) will be taking place on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August in the Guildhall Square in Derry.
Inspired by the people and communities of the city in sustaining 25 years of peace-building since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, ‘After the Rain’ explores physical and spiritual resilience in the face of obstacles. This will be Compagnie XY’s first ever work produced on the island of Ireland and is one of only two new works produced by this 40-strong collective of acrobats. The other for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The production, two years in the making, included a visit by Compagnie XY to Derry in September 2022 where they delivered a surprise week-long series of pop-up performances across the city. Over five days, Les Voyages Derry-Londonderry interacted with thousands of city residents in their neighbourhood parks, shopping centres, pubs and local hairdressers before a moving reunion event in St. Columb’s Park.
Those acrobatic performances marked the beginning of a journey, getting to know the people of the city, building trust and collaborations; it involved the city’s citizens interacting with the troupe in a series of encounters during their everyday lives- being carried, lifted and falling into their arms – each interaction a unique and uplifting experience for those involved. AFTER THE RAIN sees Compagnie XY, in collaboration with local artists, return to deliver a one-off performance inspired by the resilience of the people and the city like no other seen before.
An Imperial War Museum (IWM) 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund commission in partnership with Ulster Presents at Ulster University, it is co-produced by In Your Space Circus and delivered in association with Circusful and Institut Francais.


11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for latest opportunities with Salto Youth including:

  • Boosting Youth Activism on Climate Change
  • Let's get Real: truth skills for conflict transformation
  • Coaching in Solidarity Projects
  • Soft Skills for personal and professional youth development
  • Migration Shaping Youth Work
  • Conference on Value and Recognition of Youth Work


12 Job Opportunity with Sole Purpose Productions: Development Officer

Sole Purpose Productions is a vibrant award winning theatre company based in Derry Londonderry. The company has been making theatre for social change for over 25 years, and has toured nationally and internationally.

We are seeking a Development Officer to support Sole Purpose to achieve its fundraising targets. The role will work closely with the Artistic Director to support our key areas of responsibility.

Part time role, 15 hours per week, £11700.
Deadline for applications: Thursday 17th August.

For more information see here: 


13 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust

Churches Trust is seeking an inspirational leader to join us as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). If you are passionate about building cohesive and resilient communities, and about addressing deprivation, social injustice, and health inequalities, this is the perfect opportunity to make a lasting impact.

Reporting into the Board of Directors, the CEO will ensure that the values of the charity are upheld, lead the organisation, having overall responsibility for the management and administration of the Charity, within the strategic, policy and accountability frameworks approved by the Board of Directors. Together with the Chair, you will enable the Board to fulfil its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the Charity.

This post is supported by the Community Relations Council (Northern Ireland).
Churches Trust wishes to appoint:
Chief Executive Officer
Full Time 37.5 hours per week: Permanent subject to ongoing funding
Purpose and function of post:

  • To further the mission of the Churches Trust, by promoting a united, shared, and cohesive society working in collaboration with churches, schools, and community groups
  • To lead and manage the charity strategically, financially, and operationally, working closely with the Board of Directors and the management team.
  • To safeguard the future of the charity, ensuring the delivery of high-quality services that positively impact the lives of those we support, and the ongoing sustainability of operations.
  • To develop and implement innovative strategies to enhance services, expand outreach, and improve the quality of life for communities we serve.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, funders, partners, and the wider community to inspire and drive positive change.
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A degree in a relevant discipline.
  • 5 years’ management experience, 3 of which should be in a senior management position.
  • Strong organisational and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, engagement, and negotiation skills

For information and application packs, please e-mail recruitment@thechurchestrust.org.uk  

 Closing date for applications: 2pm on Monday 11th September 2023


14 Job Opportunity with In Your Space Circus

Heritage Project Manager Post 

About the role 
In Your Space Circus (IYSC) is seeking an exceptional candidate for the new role of Heritage Project Manager, supporting the Cathedral School development project.

This exciting project will involve the re-development of a stunning heritage building, transforming it into a Circus School and arts venue. Most significantly, this will become IYSC’s new home, housing our work and allowing us to reach our potential as joy bringers and change makers.  

We are seeking an excellent candidate for this post who possesses the energy, enthusiasm, initiative, and creativity to support us on this exciting journey. The role will require flexibility as the path is likely to change along the way, and new tasks and priorities will arise as we progress. This will require both a proactive and responsive approach to the role.

So…if this sounds like something you (or someone you know) would love to get your teeth into…then please get in touch or download the application pack!

All enquiries can be directed to 
cath@inyourspaceni.org or you can access the application pack from https://www.inyourspaceni.org/the-news/iysc-job-fairy 

Recruitment Pack

Closing Date: Monday 4th September 2023
15 Job Opportunities at Orchardville

Training and Placement Officer
Employment Officer
Sales and Print Operative

Send your CV to 
Deadline: Friday 11th August at 3pm

here for further details
16 Resumption of hearing aid support Service

RNID is resuming its free drop-in support session for hearing aid users in:
Old Bridge House (the old Waterside Health Centre), Glendermott Road, on Wednesday 9th August  from 3.30-4.30pm
The sessions are run by trained volunteers and funded by the Health & Social Care Board.

For more information visit 
www.rnid.org.uk or contact Mary Cruickshank; email mary.cruickshank@rnid.org.uk or call 07918767640


17 Mayor launches calendar of Tea Dances for the year ahead

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council is delighted to bring back the much-loved Tea Dances for the year ahead, as she bids to raise money for her two chosen charities.

The ever-popular Mayor’s Tea Dances will return to Derry and Strabane from September 2023. They will be held on a Wednesday afternoon from 2pm until 4pm and guests will be treated to live music from local musicians while enjoying a sweet treat as well as tea or coffee.

The Tea Dances will take place in the Guildhall on the following dates: 6th September, 11th October, 1st November & 6th December 2023, 7th February, 20th March, 10th April & 8th May 2024.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tea Dance will take place in the St Pat’s Hall, Strabane on Tuesday 12th December from 2pm until 4pm. A special Tea Dance will also take place in The Alley Theatre on Wednesday 10th January 2024.

While the Tea Dances remain a free event, donations to the Mayor’s charities are welcome. Mayor Logue is committed to raising much-needed funds for the Foyle Hospice and The Ryan McBride Foundation while she is in office.

Registration for the events is essential and you can do so by contacting the Mayor’s Office either by calling 028 71376508 or email mayor@derrystrabane.com.

18 FÉILE 2023 - 12th – 19th August 2023

The dates have been announced for the 31st annual edition of Féile, Derry’s leading community arts festival!  Féile 2023 will take place from 12th – 19th August! 

This year, over 100 events will take place across the Bogside, Brandywell, Creggan, Bishop Street and Fountain neighbourhoods and Derry City Centre, including music, literature, sport, education, visual arts, theatre, carnival, fun days, health, discussions, lectures, conferences, community consultation and tours. 

Féile 2023 is the result of the commitment of a multitude of groups, initiatives and volunteers who come together each year to shape and manage a fantastic programme of events. 

The full Féile 2023 programme will be available from  
19 East Donegal Family History Festival

Monreagh Heritage Centre are hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there. Join us for East Donegal Family History Festival, Monday, August 21, 2023 at 10:00 AM.

Register soon because space is limited.
We hope you’re able to join us!



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