NWCN Ebulletin 16 November 2022

1 ‌Funding Workshop - Last chance to register
2 Cultural Grant Aid Programmes Call for Applications 2023/24
3 Available funding from The Woodward Charitable Trust
4 The Keystone Fund
5 12 Days of Giving
6 Good Relations Awards 2023
7 The State of the Social Sector Survey is now open!
8 Peace Summit 2023 – Engagement Events Invitation
9 Easilink Survey
10 Education Authority- Draft Interim Language Policies, Public Consultation 
11 SP-OT Suicide Prevention Tutorial
12 safeTALK Training
13 Free Workshops from Compassionate Communities
14 Annual Joint Public Health Conference: Healthy Planet, Healthy People
15 Upcoming with RNIB
16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
17 Irish Doctors Choir Concert
18 Singing Group for Women at Echo Echo Studios and the Waterside Theatre
19 Upcoming at Echo Echo
20 Isabel Nolan - flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict
21 Job Opportunity at Holywell Trust
22 Job Opportunity at North West Methodist Mission
23 National Museums NI Chair Competition

1 Funding Workshop - Last chance to register

Last few places remaining for tomorrow's workshop....Register today using the details below.

Thursday 17th November 11:00 – 2:30pm, DCCP, Holywell Building, Bishop Street

Fundraising can be very competitive, so being organised and prepared to communicate your appeal to funders and donors is a must.
Join Jocelyn Horton, NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer and learn how developing a Case for Support can improve your fundraising efforts whether you are focusing on trusts and foundations, major donors, or individual giving. The session will also explore what funders want to know and ways to use your Case for Support in your communications and opportunities to chat with others. 
Lunch included. 

To book your place email
 info@nwcn.org or call Roisin on 028 7126 1941


2 Cultural Grant Aid Programmes Call for Applications 2023/24

DCSDC's Cultural Grant Aid Programmes which will be opening soon as follows:
Cultural Grant Aid Programmes Call for Applications 2023/24
  • Community Festival Fund
  • Headline Events Fund
  • Heritage Animation & Visitor Servicing Fund
  • Access Programme Fund
  • Artist and Cultural Practitioner Award
Opening Date: 10.00am Monday 21st November 2022
Closing Date: 12 noon Thursday 12th January 2023
Online Grant Aid Information Session
Monday 21st November 2022 @ 12noon.

This online information session will provide an overview of the grant aid programmes and provide groups with an opportunity to gain further advice on specific applications, ideas and queries.

To register your attendance at the online grant aid workshop contact 


 Available funding from The Woodward Charitable Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust offers funding for core costs of small charities

Priority groups:

  • Children and Young People (up to 25 years),
  • Disadvantaged Families & Prisoners and
  • Ex-Offenders

Deadline NOON 16 Dec

Further details available 


4 The Keystone Fund

Does your charity address social equity in the UK?
The Keystone Fund is now open for applications! 

Keystone Fund offers unrestricted grants towards core costs! Grants of £5,000 to £50,000 addressing social equity in the UK - 50% of the Fund for organisations supporting refugees.

Stage 1 deadline midnight 23 Nov

Further details available 

5 12 Days of Giving

Christmas has landed at Benefact Group! 12 Days of Giving is now open, and we’ll be giving £120,000 to 120 charities over a 12-day period.

The first draw takes place on the 1st of December so nominate your favourite charity today



6 Good Relations Awards 2023

Since 2006, the Community Relations Council’s Good Relations Awards has highlighted exceptional achievement in promoting good community relations, intercultural work and peacebuilding in NI.

For 2023 the Community Relations Council are delighted to be able to bring you an expanded Awards programme. Working together with partners in The Executive Office, NICVA, NI Youth Forum, Volunteer Now and The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland we have five Awards categories. We invite you to submit nominations to any or all five awards and particularly welcome nominations from the T:BUC family of programmes.

  • Community Relations Council Exceptional Achievement Award (peace building)
  • Good Relations Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Good Relations Community Champion Award
  • Good Relations Youth Award (Under 25)
  • Good Relations Connecting Communities Project of the Year Award

Nominations for Awards close on 9th January 2023.

Nominate here


 7 The State of the Social Sector Survey is now open!

The State of the Social Sector Survey is now open. To help build an accurate picture of what is taking place we need your input.  

Please click here to take part in the survey 
The cost-of-living crisis is having a huge impact on both individuals and organisations. Unfortunately, there is almost no data available on how inflation and energy costs are impacting charities, community groups and voluntary organisations.  

You can help to change that. The State of the Social Sector Survey has been backed by all major national membership bodies and carried out by independent experts at Pro Bono Economics and Nottingham Trent University’s National VCSE Data and Insights Observatory. By completing the survey, you’ll be feeding your views directly into the reviews by decision makers regarding public spending in the Autumn. 

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. It contains questions about your organisation's finances, demand, volunteering and staff, as well as questions about energy costs. You might want to have your latest accounts and energy bill (if relevant) available. If you're unsure on any answer, please do seek input from your colleagues if you have them, and if you're not the right person to fill it in at your organisation, please do ensure someone else fills it out by Monday 21st November.

A breakdown of the questions can be found 
here. For further information about the survey click here 

8 Peace Summit 2023 – Engagement Events Invitation

The John and Pat Hume Foundation and Community Dialogue are leading on the delivery of a Peace Summit in 2023 together with other partners that include Youth Action NI, Ulster University, Holywell Trust, International Fund for Ireland and Integrated Education Fund.

We recognise the value of engaging peacemakers, academics, funders, international advisers, local communities and others engaged in peace building. Therefore, we wish to invite you to participate in one of the engagement events that have been organised during autumn 2022 to help prepare for the main Peace Summit in 2023.

The Derry-Londonderry engagement event will be held from 9.30am-3.00pm on Friday 18th November 2022 at Ulster University Magee Campus.

Sign up here - 


9  Easilink Survey

Are you an Easilink Community Transport service user?
We would like to hear from you.

Easilink Community Transport are currently in the process of outlining our new strategic development plan.
This plan sets out our priorities for the next five years and reflects our ambition to provide outstanding, high quality transport services for our users.
We want all our transport service provisions to deliver to the level of our absolute best; in providing a positive difference to people's lives.

In order to do this we require feedback from our service users. Your feedback will be used to let us know how we are doing and how we can improve.

You can complete the survey online by clicking the link here: 


10 Education Authority- Draft Interim Language Policies, Public Consultation 

The Education Authority (EA) recognises that everyone is entitled to respect and courtesy, which extends to their language and the Irish and Ulster-Scots languages as an expression of the cultural wealth of Northern Ireland.  EA has drafted Interim Language Policies for the Irish and Ulster-Scots Languages (Draft Interim Language Policies).
EA has launched a Public Consultation on its Draft Interim Language Policies which will run from:
Monday 14 November 2022 until Monday 27 February 2023 at 6:00 pm

Responses received after the closing date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Respondents can reply in either English, Irish or Ulster-Scots. The full policies, equality screenings and easy reads are all available here too.
There are open stakeholder engagement sessions you can avail of:

  • Thursday 8th December 2022, 10:00am -11:00am - MS Teams
  • Tuesday 13th December 2022, 10:00am -11:00am - MS Teams
  • Tuesday 17th January 2023, 10:00am -11:00am - MS Teams
  • Tuesday 24th January 2023, 10:00am -11:00am - MS Teams

To register for any of the above sessions please use the following link-  https://forms.office.com/r/xSFdg57NSn


11 SP-OT Suicide Prevention Tutorial

SP-OT Suicide Prevention – Overview Tutorial is about what EVERYONE needs to know.

In Person session:
Friday 02nd December 2022
10:30 - 12:00
NW Business Complex, Beraghmore Road, Derry, BT48 8SE

Online session:
Tuesday 06th December 2022
10:30 - 12:00

The key objectives are
To understand the prevalence and impact of suicide
To explore the language, and the challenges, when talking openly about suicide
To recognise the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide
To consider how we can all contribute to a suicide safer community.
Delivery Time: 90 minutes
This training is completely FREE and is CPD accredited, however there is a limit of 3 delegates per organisation and only 30 spaces per session so please sign up quickly to avoid disappointment! 
To sign up please email your details & session preference to 


12 safeTALK Training

safeTALK is a 3-hour training workshop, which raises general awareness on how to prevent suicide in our community.  Learn four basic steps to recognise persons with thoughts of suicide and help connect them with suicide intervention resources.
Please Note: This workshop is not suitable for anyone within bereaved by suicide within the last 12 months 
Why come to safeTALK?
Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help.  Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided – leaving people more alone and at greater risk.
safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe)
to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

Course 1
Date: 21st November 2022
Venue: Holywell Trust, Derry~Londonderry
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Course 2
Date: 24th November 2022
Venue: The Oak Healthy Living Centre, Lisnaskea, Enniskillen
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Course 3
Date: 29th November 2022
Venue: Omagh Community House, Omagh
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Course 4
Date: 6th December 2022
Venue: Strabane Library, Strabane
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Register on the site before you book your place
Book your place


13 Free Workshops from Compassionate Communities

Workshops are ideal for every adult (staff and community members) and seeing as we are all going to die, it’s only appropriate that we offer our workshops to everyone. Our workshops can be delivered as stand-alone community events or staff development, or they can be included as part of an organisation’s wider health and wellbeing programme.

Advance Care Planning Introduction
Planning for your future care needs and choices at end of life
Personal - Legal - Clinical - Financial
Duration: 1 hour

Final Chapters

  • Improves knowledge and understanding of palliative care and end of life care.  Encourages:
  • Informed choices about future care plans
  • How to support people impacted by death, dying, caregiving and bereavement

Duration: 2 hours

Compassionate Neighbours

  • Raises awareness on the needs of people living with advanced illness and fraility
  • Promotes confidence when offering support that helps to reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness

Duration: 2 hours

Dying to Talk Cafe
A safe and confidential space for people to talk about all things death and dying related.
Duration: 1 hour

Please feel free to contact Kathleen if you have any questions, we love chatting things over with tea and find that people usually leave us feeling less uncomfortable and more inspired about the topic of death and dying.

078 411 01932 / 

14 Annual Joint Public Health Conference: Healthy Planet, Healthy People

10am on Wednesday, 30 November, 2022
Conference held via Zoom

On 30 November hundreds of health professionals, researchers and policymakers, from across Ireland and Northern Ireland and beyond, will convene virtually for the Healthy Planet, Healthy People conference to consider the potential impacts of climate change on health, as well as the potential health benefits of taking climate action.

We are delighted to confirm that the 
programme for the Healthy Planet, Healthy People event is now finalised and can be accessed on the conference website at https://healthyplanetconference.org/

The one-day conference will be opened by Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government.
Confirmed keynote speakers also include Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director of Public Health and Environment, Dr Nick Watts, NHS Chief Sustainability Officer, and Professor John Barry, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, QUB.

The Healthy Planet, Healthy People conference will also highlight the latest public health research, interventions and innovation in the area of health and climate change and feature 12 presentations as part of the programme.

To register for the online Healthy Planet Healthy People event 
click here


15 Upcoming with RNIB

Online Keeping in Touch event
Our Festival of Volunteering roadshow will finish with an online Keeping In Touch event on Monday 5 December. If you have been unable to join us for one of the six events hosted around the UK, we’d love to see you there.
David Clarke, our Chief Operation Officer, will talk about our strategy with you. Customers will share their experiences of RNIB services that volunteers contribute to, and you will have the opportunity to chat with other volunteers from across the country.

Date: Monday 5 December
Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
How do I join: 
Join us on Teams by clicking this link
For more details and to let us know you would like to come, email 

Limavady Crafts group
Every Monday in Limavady Library
11.30 -12.45am  
All welcome
Derry Read-aloud
Thursday 17 November, 11.30–12.30 Central library and every second Thursday.  Enjoy listening to and discussing stories read by librarian
Waterside Women’s Centre, (170 Spencer Road)
hub for ladies with sight loss – cup of tea and a chat 12 – 2pm   Friday weekly until end of November
Foyle Arena leisure activities
1pm – 2pm every Thursday to end of November


16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Study Visit "Youth Work Reality in Azerbaijan"
  • Youth@Work: Connecting the Dots "Employability through European Solidarity Corps" Forum
  • Climate Justice vs Right Wing Populism!
  • Look up! Critical thinking in and about youth work
  • International Solidarity Project Meet-Up
  • Call for trainers


17 Irish Doctors Choir Concert

The Irish Doctors Choir will be holding a fundraising concert for Children in Crossfire in the Guildhall on Sunday 20 November, with doors opening at 3:15pm for a 3:45pm start.

Featuring performances of music by Pärt, Ives & Vaughan-Williams, The Unanswered Question: Music and Poetry of Searching and Peace will feature the Doctors Choir, accompanied by Musical Director Brian MacKay and Orchestra Northwest. All in all, this promises to be an unforgettable occasion for music lovers.

Here’s a sample of what to expect on the day: 
If you want to book a place or places, click here: 
The Unanswered Question. Music and Poetry of Searching and Peace - Children in Crossfire


18 Singing Group for Women at Echo Echo Studios and the Waterside Theatre
Come sing some simple, beautiful and potent songs that create a transformative experience and take you from stressed and anxious to calm and feeling on top of the world! ALL women of any age and stage. Mums welcome to bring babies/toddlers too!. No sheet music, no performances, no solos, no singing experience needed. Come as you are, just show up, experience something new in an easy, relaxed, friendly space and see how good you feel afterwards. We can't wait to sing with you!

Classes on:
Mondays at 11am at the Gateway Studio, Waterside Theatre or
Thursdays at 11am at Echo Echo Studios, Magazine Street
Only £20 for a block of 4 sessions or £6 drop-in rate. Children come for free.

Contact singingmamasderry@gmail.com for more information

Please sign up here: 


19 Upcoming at Echo Echo

Echo Echo Kids Classes - Drop-ins Welcome

Saturdays  11:00am from 24th Sep - 3rd Dec
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, Magazine Street, Londonderry BT48, UK
Echo Echo's Kids Autumn term of classes are underway!
If your little one loves creativity, dance and movement and is full of imagination, why not try the classes out! 
In Echo Echo we believe that kids are naturally poetic in movement and haven’t forgotten the simple pleasure of dancing. We craft a rich, vibrant, non-competitive environment to stimulate creativity and imagination in movement. Classes will explore various movement themes in solos, duets and group improvisations. Set material emerges from these improvisations, allowing us to co-create and perform together.
They can drop in and give it a go on Saturdays - cost of £7 per class!!
Classes for 4 - 7 years and 8 - 11years all start at 11am.


Meditation to Movement ClassesThursdays 7pm - 8.30pm from 10th Nov - 15th Dec

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, Magazine Street, Londonderry BT48, UK
Each class starts with a guided meditation that will allow us to release inhibitions, awaken the mind-body connection, deepen our breath and give us access to our creative flow through movement.
We will observe the perception of our senses, be receptive and open to our memory and imagination so that we can move and be aware of moving in the moment: the here and now, in a poetic way.
The class is led by Echo Echo Ensemble Artist Kelly Quigley
10th November - 15th December inclusive.
Thursday's 7pm-8:30pm
£36 for course or £6 per class.
6 week evening course
To book for either of these classes please go to the following link: 


20 Isabel Nolan - flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict

Preview: flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict @ Void Gallery
Saturday 19 November, 6-8pm
With an in conversation between Isabel Nolan and Declan Long at 5:30pm - Book your free place 
Drinks provided by Northbound Brewery
Exhibition dates Tuesday 22 November 2022 - Saturday 18 February 2023

Public programme of events and workshops will be available on our website or sign up to our mailing list 

The exhibition comprises paintings, drawings and objects, reflecting Nolan’s ongoing interest in modes of human organisation, the shifting status of artefacts and images over long periods of time.


21 Job Opportunity at Holywell Trust

Do you want to help us to deliver a great service to the community? We’re looking for a panel of people to help us with evening and weekend bookings in our shared building. Our Out of Hours team are paid £9.50 per hour.

If you have time on your hands and think that you could help us out please send a CV and cover letter to 
hello@holywelltrust.com by 30th November. We’ll be building our panel over the next few weeks to help us with bookings over the coming months.


22 Job Opportunity at North West 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/NWMM/011)
Work Pattern: Shift pattern/rota basis
Hours: Average 42 hours per week
Hourly rate: £9.83 per hour
Position: Permanent 
Location: Methodist City Mission to Homeless Men, 19A Crawford Square, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7HR

Essential Criteria:

  • GCSE Maths & English or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1 year's experience in a formal care/support role
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications

If qualifications are not held:

  • A minimum of 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: Thursday 24 November 2022 at 12 noon


23 National Museums NI Chair Competition

 The Department for Communities has launched a competition for the appointment of the Chair to the Board of National Museums NI.

National Museums NI looks after four distinct and unique museums in Northern Ireland, with each serving as a cultural, learning and tourist destination, whilst acting as custodians to 1.4 million objects in a collection spanning, art, history and natural sciences.

Applications are welcome from across the community, voluntary, business or public sectors. This position provides an excellent opportunity to make a significant contribution and positive difference to the leadership, direction and oversight of National Museums NI and its Board.

The Chair receives remuneration of £10,000 per year with further details on the role and responsibilities, selection criteria and time commitment available via the NI Direct and Department for Communities websites:

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/public-appointment-vacancies or www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-public-appointments

The closing date for applications 12:00 noon, Monday 28 November 2022


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