NWCN Ebulletin 17 May 2023

1 ‌Cost of Living Crisis - Tough Times, Smart Solutions
Apex Common Fund
3 Co-op Local Community Fund
4 National Lottery Project Funding 2023-2024
5 FREE VOLT Session: The King’s Award for Voluntary Service
6 The People's Projects - Parenting NI
7 Health & Wellbeing Special Draw: FDST
8 Please support Glendermott Shared Space funding bid
9 Meeting of Equality Assurance and Oversight Group
10 Equal Rights for Women with Learning Disabilities Conference
11 Impact of Brexit on Minority Ethnic and Migrant People in NI
12 Public invited to preview event for zero emission bus fleet
13 Services available from Deafblind UK
14 Resumption of hearing aid support Service
15 FREE Leadership and Management Skills Academy
16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
17 A special concert of Taiko Drumming and Bon Odori Dance!
18 Magee Reunion Disco
19 Exhibition Launch
20 VACANCY- Community Relations Officer (That's Powerful)
21 Job Opportunities with NW Methodist Mission
22  Cross Border Tax Breakfast 2023 

1 Cost of Living Crisis - Tough Times, Smart Solutions

How can we best support your organisation and help fight your corner through the current cost of living crisis?
Date: 25 May 2023
Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Venue: DiverseCity Community Partnership, Holywell Building, 10-12 Bishop Street.
NWCN in partnership with NICVA would like to invite you to this timely event.  This workshop is an opportunity for you and your organisation to share the challenges you are facing.  Voluntary and community organisations are on the front line of the cost-of-living crisis supporting people and communities, all while facing rising demand for services, falling income, and rising operational costs.
Our sector can't continue to respond to this crisis without support.
This event will be a safe space to share your concerns, learn from other organisations and have a say on the support your organisation and beneficiaries need.



2 Apex Common Fund

Calling all local charities! If you could make use of a grant of up to £1,000 for your work in local communities, we want to hear from you.

Apex Housing Association is now inviting applications for funding from its Common Fund.

Applicants must be registered charities with a proven track record of delivering services and projects in Northern Ireland and must not have received a Common Fund grant within the last three years.

Funding must be used to support social, environmental, recreational, health and well-being, educational or training and employment activities.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that Apex tenants / residents will benefit from any funding awarded.

Application forms can be requested by emailing FinanceDept@apex.org.uk.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 30 May 2023 at 5pm

 Co-op Local Community Fund

We support projects that help make communities fairer for everyone. You can apply if you're a not-for profit group, wanting to fund a specific project that benefits your local community.

You can apply if your project:

  • brings people together to access food
  • helps to improve people's mental wellbeing
  • creates opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference
  • helps people to save and restore nature or tackle climate change

You must apply by midnight on 11 June 2023

Further details available 


4 National Lottery Project Funding 2023-2024

The Arts Council has designed this programme to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture. We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work.

In addition, the Council wishes to support programmes which

  • Encourage the involvement of under-represented groups including those from black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities;
  • Encourage the involvement of children and young people, older people, or people with disabilities with organisations and artists of the very highest professional standards across the disciplines;
  • Promote innovative, original work by Northern Ireland artists, especially in drama and dance, which tours outside the company’s administrative base; and
  • Advance collaborative audience development projects.

Closing date: 12 noon on the 5th June 2023

Further details available 

5 FREE VOLT Session: The King’s Award for Voluntary Service
Following the Accession of King Charles III, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service will now become The King’s Award for Voluntary Services (KAVS)
The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest Award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.  It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded to groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional.
182 volunteer groups currently hold the Award in Northern Ireland and there will be more awardees being announced in November 2023.  Do you know an inspirational group that could be nominated?
This FREE VOLT Session to promote the Award and explain the nomination process, is being organised by the NI Representative for The King’s Award for Voluntary Service in partnership with Volunteer Now.  The event is aimed at potential nominators and interested groups.  It will be an opportunity to hear from those involved in promoting the Award and from others who have been through the process.
Date:  Wednesday 7 June 2023
Time:  10.00-11.00am
Cost:  FREE
To book a place, please email 


6 The People's Projects - Parenting NI

The Empathy Tent

The project will provide a safe, welcoming space for men to talk and access support from others who have had similar experiences. The Empathy Tent will travel around Northern Ireland visiting community events, high streets and public spaces for easy access and to improve awareness of poor mental health.

  • Men will make connections and improve their mental health and wellbeing
  • Men talking and supporting each other will be normalised
  • Make communities more inclusive

Vote here


 7 Health & Wellbeing Special Draw: FDST

To support the incredible work that so many charities do to support health and wellbeing, our second special draw of the year will award £5,000 each to 10 charities working in this area.

Please vote for Foyle Downn Syndrome Trust - it takes seconds!

The draw is only open for 5 days so make sure you nominate your favourite health and wellbeing charity today.

 This nomination window is open for five days, from 15th – 19th May 2023

8 Please support Glendermott Shared Space funding bid

Interested in having quality outdoor public spaces in the Waterside? Please fill in a 5 min online survey and attend a public meeting on Monday 22nd May to show support.
Residents in the Drumahoe, Tullyally and Currynierin areas are being encouraged to attend specially arranged public meetings to share their views on the Glendermott Shared Space Project. The meetings will take place in three separate venues on Monday May 22nd (details below) and are open to local residents, community groups and stakeholders. A survey link to a quick 5 minute survey is here: 

Derry City and Strabane District Council is applying for EU PEACEPLUS funding from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) that, if successful, will be used to fund parks and outdoor public spaces in the local area.
The application will be stronger if local people take part.
The overall objective of the Glendermott Shared Space Project is to address community relations and tensions and impact of the conflict on the area by regenerating the Green Spaces to create a high quality, well connected shared space. 
In other words, quality outdoor spaces that everyone can use together. Specifically, it will be an interconnected green shared space for both communities and visitors that is non-contentious and non-sectarian through the regeneration of the lands between Drumahoe, Currynierin and Tullyally.
The PEACEPLUS funding application has two key parts – firstly, the physical creation of shared public space and secondly, a cross-community participation programme. Council will take the lead on the physical/capital part (ie. Masterplan is the design of the Green Infrastructure (GI) shared space) and the cross-community programming and animation of the spaces will be tendered out for delivery by relevant organisations working with local communities.
It is important that local people have a say in what the cross-community programmes should look like. Communities are encouraged to engage in the process and what goes into the bid for funding will be decided in a co-design process where communities put forward relevant ideas. In May there is an initial series of open, public, workshops. Interested groups and individuals are welcome to attend the most relevant and suitable workshop for them and preregistration is not required.

These Phase 1 workshops will be focusing specifically on what communities want in the cross-community participation programme part of the project. At a later date there will be more information on the physical/capital masterplan.

Area Date Time Location
Drumahoe Monday 22nd May 2023 10.30am-12.00 noon YMCA
51 Glenshane Rd, Drumahoe
BT47 3SF
Tullyally Monday 22nd May 2023 14.00pm – 15.30pm Tullyally Community Partnership
Unit 2
Glendermott Valley Business Park, Tullyally Rd
BT47 3LR
Currynierin Monday 22nd May 2023 19.00pm – 20.30pm Currynierin Community Association
Ridgeway Drive
BT47 3UX


9  Meeting of Equality Assurance and Oversight Group

Consultation on the Council’s Improvement Objectives for 2023/24

Derry City and Strabane District Council is committed to its mission of delivering “Improved social, economic and environmental outcomes for everyone” and in this context would welcome your views on the improvement objectives we have identified for the forthcoming year. These priorities are 
attached and are also available, along with information on how to provide your views, on our web site at: https://www.derrystrabane.com/haveyoursay

We are particularly keen to know if:
• You agree that the draft performance improvement objectives are appropriate
• What alternative improvement objectives would you like to see considered this year or in the future.

In order to hear your views directly, and provide you with information in person, we would like to invite to a meeting of the Equality Assurance and Oversight Group on 9th June from 11.00 to 12.30 to discuss these objectives, listen to your views and answer questions.


10 Equal Rights for Women with Learning Disabilities Conference

Destined is hosting a one-day Conference that will provide the opportunity for women with learning disabilities and those without to share and explore their experiences of equal rights in society.

The Conference will take place on Wednesday 24th of May 2023 commencing at 11am until 2pm in the North West Learning Disability Centre, Foyle Road, Derry, BT48 6SQ

The event will consist of a panel of speakers including a woman with a learning disability speaking about her lived experience, a parent of a son with learning disabilities who will talk of the difficulties and challenges accessing services, a speaker who supports women subjected to domestic violence, expert speakers on human rights, women’s rights, and disability rights in a local context, European-wide and globally. There will be a question-and-answer session afterwards to allow for audience participation.

Representatives of the following organisations will have information stands at the event: Bloody Sunday Trust, Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, Clarendon Shelter, Cunamh, Disability Action, Foyle Parents & Friends, HURT, Inclusively Fit; Insanely Beautiful, Old Library Trust, Pink Ladies, SENSE, and WHSCT.

Read the press release in full 
About us


11 Impact of Brexit on Minority Ethnic and Migrant People in NI

You are invited to a discussion session to hear about the findings from our recent research into the impact of Brexit on minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland, conducted by Pivotal.

Date: Thursday 8 June, 2 - 5pm (with lunch at 1:15pm)
Location: Equality Commission, Equality House, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast

At the session, we want to hear your views on the research and on our policy recommendations as we work to improve the lives of people from ethnic minority communities living in post Brexit Northern Ireland.

It will also be an opportunity to hear what we think of the current The Executive Office Race Law Reform consultation and to input into the Commission’s response.

This is an important discussion as we work to improve protections for all minority ethnic people living and working in Northern Ireland.

Register online


12 Public invited to preview event for zero emission bus fleet

Step on board – a new era in emissions-free public transport is emerging 
Translink has announced a special preview event for its new zero emission Foyle Metro bus fleet in Guildhall Square on Thursday 25th May from 11am – 3pm. 
Derry~Londonderry will soon become one of the first cities in the UK and Ireland to operate a fully zero-emission urban bus service and members of the public have been invited to come along and view the future of public transport first-hand. 
The first 2 buses in the new zero emission Foyle Metro fleet including a state-of-the-art single decker and double decker electric vehicle will be on site with the public having the opportunity to step on board and find out more from members of the Translink team. 
Ian Campbell, Director of Service Operations, Translink, said: “We are delighted to announce this public event and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to tackling climate change, reducing congestion, enhancing air quality, reducing noise pollution and promoting a healthier, better-connected society with a modal shift to cleaner, greener public transport options.
“We encourage everyone to come along and see these impressive new buses in person. The new fleet will not only make travel even more attractive and efficient, but also improve the lives of anyone that lives, works and visits the city.” 
The zero emission Foyle Metro bus fleet is due to come into service later this year as part of Translink’s transformational plans to support the decarbonisation of transport in Northern Ireland. 


13 Services available from Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK, is currently funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund to support people with a dual sensory loss. 
It is an important part of our work, to work with professional bodies and other charitable organisations, to ensure that as many people with Deafblindness as possible are made aware of our services and have access to them. To make a referral, or if you have further questions about our services, please contact helpline 0800 132320 or email to 

Alternatively, please visit the relevant section on our website – For Professionals | Deafblind UK
 where you can make an online referral and gain further information.


14 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 18th May 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.


15 FREE Leadership and Management Skills Academy

NWRC are recruiting applicants for a FREE Skills Academies that can leads individuals into employment.

These short programmes are fully funded through the Derry City and Strabane Labour Market Partnership and will give individuals the skills that employers are looking for.

You need to be over 16, unemployed and a resident of Derry City and Strabane District Council, you can complete our simple online form and a member of staff will contact you.

Starts on Monday 22nd May

For further details and to apply see link below:

Skills Academies | North West Regional College (nwrc.ac.uk)


16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Co-finance your projects for mobility of leaners, staff, teachers, adult educators
  • Experiential Learning for Inclusion
  • Mindful Coaches 1st International Conference
  • Adventure Europe IV
  • Introduction training for newcomers to Youth Exchanges
  • Call for Trainers


17 A special concert of Taiko Drumming and Bon Odori Dance!

Foyle Obon is delighted to announce that on the evening of Saturday May 20th we will be staging a very special concert in the amphitheatre at the Playtrail.
These are difficult times for many organisations and this year we are unable to bring you our usual larger Obon Festival event. However, we are still determined to bring some joy and #taikolove to this wee corner of the Racecourse Road.
The amphitheatre stage will feature performances from local Taiko drum players, including many of our community workshop participants who have been waiting for this moment to show everyone their talent. This concert is the highlight of our year round cultural outreach programme where participants of all ages and abilities have been learning and taking part Taiko workshops. They will come together onstage to showcase their skills and celebrate their achievements. We will also have taiko performances from our own Ibuki Taiko performance group.
The wonderful Hannari Traditional Japanese dancers will be performing beautiful dance pieces and will also lead the audience in some Bon Odori dance, an opportunity for the whole audience to join in (no experience or technique necessary!).
The concert will run from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Gates open at 7pm. Tea and Coffee will be available to purchase thanks to the lovely Stephanie from Offing Coffee.
The concert is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Project Fund and Derry City and Strabane District Council Community Festivals Fund.
Tickets are £5 (under 3s free) and are available online from 


18 Magee Reunion Disco

Foyle Pride Festival presents Magee Reunion Disco
Dance til the clock strikes 12!

Friday May 19th @ 9pm
The Bunker, Magee
Admin: £5 donation
DJ Phil & DJ Bona

Dance on the shoulders of giants - go back to where it all started!

Proceeds to fund Foyle Pride Family Funday 


19 Exhibition Launch

'WITHOUT BORDERS' an exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Barry Turton.

Exhibition Launch: Thursday 18th May @ 7pm. All Welcome
Exhibition continues until 8th June.
Viewing Times: Mon - Fri 10am-6pm

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

For more info contact Judi on: 07902172080 or email: 


20 VACANCY- Community Relations Officer (That's Powerful)

The Playhouse wishes to recruit a Community Relations Officer (That’s Powerful) to support the development, coordination and delivery of The Playhouse’s Community Relations Programme in Cross Border Counties most particularly Theatre of Witness and That’s Powerful, as well as other community relations focused projects in cross border areas.

The Community Relations Officer (That’s Powerful) will do so in line with the Vision and Mission of The Playhouse and within the Engagement Strategy, working closely with The Head of Engagement

TO APPLY: Please fill out the job application form outlining your suitability for the role, in particular paying attention to address the essential and (if applicable) desirable experience, skills and attributes. Please also fill out the confidential monitoring form. Both are available at 

Send both the application form and monitoring form to Rachel Clarke- Hughes, rachel@derryplayhouse.com, whom you can also email with any queries in relation to the application process.

DEADLINE Wednesday 31 May at 12noon

Job Specification 


21 Job Opportunities with NW Methodist Mission

Please click on the links below to view the current job opportunities with North West Methodist Mission:

Catering Assistant - 10 hours
Catering Assistant - Bank
Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd May

Support Worker
 - Casual (Bank Staff)
Closing date for applications: Monday 29th May


22 Cross Border Tax Breakfast 2023 

DATE:18 May 2023
TIME: 8.30 - 10.00am
LOCATION: Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Donegal
In partnership with CBPES Cross Border Partnership Employment Services and in collaboration with Letterkenny Chamber, the Derry Chamber are hosting this seminar also as an introduction to the free services offered by CBPES, to help establish and strengthen networks between CBPES advisers and employers.
To register for the event please visit 


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