NWCN Ebulletin 16 August 2023

1 ‌Mapping exercise to identify researcher and community engagement in Derry & Strabane
2 Healthy Towns Sports Development Programme
3 Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants
4 The 7 Stars Foundation
5 PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 DCSD Council Bid - Public/Community Briefing
6 Charity Governance - upcoming Webinar
7 Apply now for the Apex Community Development Bursary!
8 Community Development Capacity Building for Health programme
9 UK City of Culture ‘10 Years On’ Conference – Cracking the Cultural Code
10 Child Focused Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning Conference
11 Workshop: Support Young People Who Disclose Abuse
12 Tackling ageism
13 BFI Short Courses: Open Call for Local Young People
14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
15 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
16 Job Opportunity with In Your Space Circus
17 Job Opportunity with NW Methodist Mission
18 Resumption of hearing aid support Service
19 Tower Museum Abseil
20 Funding Innovation for Net Zero E-zine

Please note there will be no bulletin next week,
back again 30th Aug

1 Mapping exercise to identify researcher and community engagement in Derry & Strabane

As a community or voluntary organisation in the Derry & Strabane area, if you are involved in any research or initiative with Ulster University – we need your help!  

Ulster University, North West Community Network and Developing Healthy Communities have partnered to run a project to address systematic challenges community groups and researchers face when working together.

The project will see the University and community partners set up a joint community research and innovation collective. The collective is undertaking a mapping exercise to establish a comprehensive picture of university and researcher and community partnership initiatives, taking place between Ulster University and the Derry & Strabane community and voluntary sector.

Following the mapping exercise, the collective will hold a series of events to showcase existing work and develop opportunities to foster new collaborative projects. Watch this space!

If you are involved in any research or initiative with Ulster University (current or ended in the previous 12 months) we would greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this 
 as best you can


2 Healthy Towns Sports Development Programme

Are you interested in working in partnership to to deliver sporting or physical activity programmes to your community?

• A Couch to 5k?
• A Walking group?
• A Sports Club?

Or something else that will get your community more active, more often! Derry City and Strabane Council Sports Development team would like to support you through our Healthy towns programme.

The programme funded by the Public Health Agency is looking to support sports clubs and community organisations to deliver physical activity and healthy living programmes.

By working in partnership we can provide support in 3 main categories up to a maximum value of £500.
• Coaching
• Facility Hire
• Equipment

Priority will be given to early and later years projects. Programmes must last a minimum of 8 weeks and be
completed before end of March 2024. We can also offer advice on planning and delivering your activities.

If your club/group is interested please complete the expression of interest form below and email it to  Sports Development Manager, Ryan Porter - 

Expression of Interest Form


 Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants of up to £15,000 are available for original, innovative projects that promote a healthy heart and help reduce the risk of developing heart disease in your area and across the country. They will award up to five grants at £15,000 in each region of the UK.

Projects must work solely with adults and have a main focus on one or more of the following areas: healthy eating, physical activity, smoking or alcohol.

Northern Ireland window opens 17 August 2023.
Application window closes: Thursday 14th September 2023

Apply for a Healthy Heart Grant - Heart Research UK


4 The 7 Stars Foundation

Prioritising the areas of: Abuse, Addiction, Child Carers & Homelessness

The Foundation offers three schemes for organisations working with young people aged 16 and under.

Project funding for charities aligned to our funding priorities and age range.

Project funding

Shine Bright funding enables charities across the UK to purchase items and resources to protect and support the children they serve through the cost of living crisis. Charities are asked to provide details of how our funding can assist, and which items would be purchased through an award. Grants are available up to £1,500 per successful application.
Shine Bright funding

Direct funding requests on behalf of individual young people by outreach/social/care workers and legal professionals.
Direct funding

Deadline: 1st October – 1st November for December funding review

Further information available here


5 PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 DCSD Council Bid - Public/Community Briefing

It’s been a long co-design path, but by the end of August the DCSDC PEACEPLUS Board will have submitted our £8m funding bid for the PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 funding. Although this is not an announcement that we have secured funding, it is a key milestone and will be a useful update for Local Growth Partnerships and key community groups who may ultimately be interested in tendering for any of the 58 project opportunities under our Action Plan.

We’re hosting a public/community update to feedback to communities about where we are in the process and what to expect over the next while. Once we’ve actually secured funding (not anticipated until January 24), then a more formal programme launch will be organised. Information about our bid, and a full copy of the PEACEPLUS Co-Designed Local Action Plan, will be available on our website from September.

If you would like to attend, it is essential to register on Eventbrite with the link below:

PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 DCSD Council Bid - Public/Community Briefing
Thursday 7th September 2023 – Holywell Trust Building, Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry
10.45am            Tea/Coffee/Registration
11am – 12pm     Briefing

Registration link on Eventbrite:

The nearest parking is at Bishop Street car park or Foyleside carpark. The nearest bus depot is in Foyle Street.
If you have any additional equality requirements, please contact 
 with sufficient time in advance of the event.


6 Charity Governance - upcoming Webinar

Join Admor Business Solutions for the 
Charity Governance and the Effective Board (free) live webinar, where we'll delve into the world of charity governance and how to build an effective board. Whether you're a trustee, or you aspire to be one, or you work closely with a charity board, this online event is perfect for you.

During this insightful and practical session, we'll explore the importance of good governance in charities and how it can positively impact your operations and outcomes.

Our expert speaker 
Tony Haren will share his experiences and provide practical tips on not just what governance is but how to assess it and implement real change to achieve high standards and improve board effectiveness.

Save the date: Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM BST.

Register now
 7 Apply now for the Apex Community Development Bursary!

Apex Housing Association has announced it will award a bursary worth up to £18,000 to two individuals currently working in the field of community development in Derry~Londonderry or Dungannon.

Supported by the ‘Housing for All’ Shared Housing Programme, the successful candidates will begin a community development course at Ulster University in September 2023. The course duration is flexible, with candidates completing between one and four years of study. A condition of the bursary will be the promotion of good relations outcomes in their ongoing community work.

The course is delivered at Ulster University’s Belfast campus one day per week (27 days per year).

Please email your CV and cover letter to 
Your cover letter should be no longer than one side of an A4 page and should state how you believe you could benefit from a qualification in community development and how you would use that to promote good relations in your current role.

Closing date for applications: Saturday 26 August 2023

Further information available 

8 Community Development Capacity Building for Health programme

Are you a Community Development Practitioner? 
do you work/volunteer in a role which promotes using community development approaches to tackle health inequalities?

If yes, can you help shape our Community Development Capacity Building work at the Public Health Agency?

A Community Development Capacity Building Programme has now been established and delivered for the last 3 years. Further details on the current programme can be found here: 
The Elevate Programme.

We have a series of conversations planned to seek to inform the next phase and help shape the onward development of this Community Development Capacity Building for health work. We invite you to take part. 

You do not need to have been involved in the current Capacity Building Programme to participate. 

• Thursday 31st August 10am – 12.30pm
• Monday 4th September 2pm – 4.30pm
• Tuesday 5th September 6.30pm – 9pm

To register to attend, please complete the registration form at: 

If you are unable to attend any of the sessions but would still like to be involved, there is an option within the form to register for details of an online survey.

Register now


9  UK City of Culture ‘10 Years On’ Conference – Cracking the Cultural Code

A look at Derry-Londonderry's experience as the first ever UK City of Culture, ten years on.

Fri, 22 Sep 2023 09:30 - 14:00
The Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry 

Chaired by Sir Phil Redmond, the conference will reflect on Derry~Londonderry's experience as the first ever UK City of Culture ten years on, and will bring together the experience of other subsequent Cities of Culture.

The journey, the learnings and the impact of such an accolade, as well as the importance of culture and creativity to unlock a places potential.

Speakers to include a range of representatives from across the cultural landscape.

Register your place 


10 Child Focused Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning Conference

La Dolce Vita Project 3rd Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning conference will be hosted this coming October in the  Verbal Arts Center.
The conference will be “Child focused” with an aim of raising awareness into:
➡️ Domestic abusive 
➡️ Coercive Controlling
➡️ Alienating behaviors. 
We are thankful to NLCFNI who have provided a contribution to support costs to host this event. Local and regional media  will be covering the conference. 
Link to book

La Dolce Vita Project look forward to welcome many of you on Wednesday 4th October 2023.


11  Workshop: Support Young People Who Disclose Abuse

Working with young people? Do you want to gain awareness and understanding of abuse and how to handle a disclosure of abuse appropriately?

Title: Empowering Professionals to Support Young People who Disclosure Abuse
Date: Tuesday 29th August
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: £30 per person

If you work with young people in any capacity and want to improve your knowledge and understanding of sexual abuse and domestic abuse/abusive relationships to enable you to respond appropriately and safely to a disclosure of this nature, then this workshop is for you!

By the end of this workshop, we aim that you will have a better understanding of:

  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • The types and effects of domestic and sexual abuse
  • Coercive control
  • The impact domestic and sexual abuse has on young people
  • Barriers young people may experience to disclosing and engagement
  • How to respond to disclosures
  • Risks around domestic and sexual abuse, and disclosures
  • Safeguarding responsibilities and safety planning
  • Referral pathways for support for young people
Book Now

Nexus is a charity supporting people impacted by sexual abuse and abusive relationships in Northern Ireland.


12 Tackling ageism

Tackling ageism and ageist attitudes is central to the work of the Commissioner for Older People and one of his key priorities until the end of his term in 2024.  

Ageism is the stereotyping, prejudice and/or discrimination of people based on their age, or perceived age.

The Commissioner proposes to act against ageism through: 
- Encouraging Government to improve policy and legislation affecting older people.  
- Examine why ageism happens and how to reduce it.    
- Educating the public on why ageism happens and how to stop it.

As part of this crucial work, the Commissioner wants to hear directly from older people on their experiences of ageism.  He will be hosting events in every county in Northern Ireland in September and inviting local older people to come along and take part in a lively discussion on this topic.  Details of these events and how you can take part are below.  If you cannot make the event in person but wish to have your say, please complete our 
survey.  It takes just 5 minutes to complete.

Event details:
Antrim, Monday 4 September, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Downpatrick, Tuesday 12 September, 10.30 - 12.30pm
Armagh, Wednesday 13 September, 10.30 - 12.30pm 
Omagh, Friday 15 September, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Fermanagh, Tuesday 19 September, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Derry/Londonderry, Thursday 21 September, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Venue details will be provided once your place has been confirmed.

Register your interest: We anticipate high demand for this event, and we will offer places on a first come first served basis. To register your interest, please contact 
 or call 028 9089 0878.

The events are free of charge to attend. Refreshments will be provided.


13 BFI Short Courses: Open Call for Local Young People

My name is Tomala White. I’m a local filmmaker and the coordinator for the 
BFI Film Academy Short Course at Nerve Centre (Derry-Londonderry). We’re currently recruiting young people aged 16-19 interested in filmmaking for this year’s BFI Film Academy Short Course. 
I will be conducting site visits out to schools and community groups with information sessions from Monday 4 September to Monday 11 September. I would love to come and talk to your young people about this opportunity. Please let me know a date and time that suits you! 
Applicants must be aged 16–19 years old, a UK resident, not be enrolled at university when the course starts and not have previously enrolled on a BFI Film Academy course. Application deadline: 5pm Friday 15 September
Applicants must apply online: 
Application Link
Check out some testimonials from previous BFI Film Academy participants: 
Break into Film (Nerve Centre Testimonials)
Course Information
BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for ambitious 16-25 year olds, anywhere in the UK, to get to know more about film and how to forge a career in the screen industries. Nerve Centre has been the lead delivery partner in Northern Ireland for over 10 years now!
This free, industry-led short course is designed for those wishing to take their first steps into the screen industries as well as those more experienced. With a focus on building knowledge and skills while showcasing diverse career pathways, this is the perfect introductory course for budding filmmakers and crew.
The short course is open to young people aged 16-19 and will take place from the end of September to December, film production will take place in October over Halloween break. 
Session Times: Nerve Centre, Derry-Londonderry
In Venue: Thursdays | 4.30pm-8.30pm
In venue: Saturdays | 10.30am-4.30pm
After attending events and masterclasses with leading names like Danny Boyle, Andrea Arnold and Seamus McGarvey, over 600 BFI Film Academy alumni have benefited from the programme — with many securing work at Disney, HBO, Sky and RTÉ. Over 50 graduates have also gone on to complete a residency at the prestigious National Film and Television School.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information!



14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

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

  • Train the Trainer
  • Inclusive Evolution 2023
  • Connect for Inclusion
  • Leaders of Change
15 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

16 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
17 Job Opportunity with NW Methodist Mission

North West Methodist Mission has been delivering services to the homeless in Derry/Londonderry for 80 years.
We provide temporary accommodation and support encouraging independent living and progression to permanent accommodation.
Job Vacancy – Support Worker
Ref: SW/B/NWMM/0823
Position: Bank/Casual
Hours: 0 (As and when required)
Hourly rate: £10.87 per hour
Location: Men’s Hostel Crawford Square
Essential Criteria:
  • GCSE Maths & English or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience in a formal care/support role
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications 
If qualifications are not held:
  • Be prepared to complete a relevant qualification within 12 months of appointment
  • Have a minimum 2 years’ experience in a formal care/support role
  • NVQ Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification or equivalent 
For a full job profile and details on how to apply please email hr.talent@nwmm.co.uk
Closing date for applications: Monday 21 August 2023 at 5pm
North West Methodist Mission is an Equal Opportunities Employer
18 Resumption of hearing aid support Service

RNID is resuming its free drop-in support session for hearing aid users support service in
Carnhill Resource Centre on Thursday 17th August  from 11am-12.30pm

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 07918 767640.
19 Tower Museum Abseil
Sunday 8th October 2023
Reach new heights and abseil down the historic Tower Museum in Derry/Londonderry for Autism NI!
Whether you are an adventure seeker or confronting your fear of heights, all participants will benefit from experiencing the adrenaline rush of taking that significant first step and conquering the museum.

Click here to sign up or email events@autismni.org for more information.
20 Funding Innovation for Net Zero E-zine

The Department for the Economy is pleased to publish Edition 7 of the Funding Innovation for Net Zero E-zine. The aim of the e-zine is to keep you informed of funding opportunities available in the clean tech and green innovation space.
As ever, we would be keen to receive feedback on the e-zine’s usefulness and any improvements you feel could be made. Please direct your comments to us at: 


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