NWCN Ebulletin 18 October 2023

1 ‌NWCN Membership
Volunteer Voices
3 Free Equipment & Training for Sports Clubs
4 Tackling Textiles Grant: Skills and Innovation
5 British Science Week 2024 Community Grants
6 Victim Charter Awareness Sessions
7 Anger Management ‘Anger Essentials’ Training
8 Upcoming Elevate Training Dates
9 Building Altruism Through Youth Work
10 Restoration of Boomhall Public Consultation
11 FWIN Book Club Presents Hush-A-Bye-Baby Film Screening
12 Foyle Search & Rescue Service of Remembrance
13 Resumption of hearing aid support Service
14 Discovering the Power of Volunteering 
15 NEXUS Recruitment Days
16 Verbal Board Recruitment
17 Job Opportunity with REACH Across
18 Independent Members to the Agricultural Wages Board
19 Campaign for Volunteers to the Independent Monitoring Board
20 Libraries NI Competition
21 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
22 Human Rights Festival: Submit an event
23 Autumn vaccination programme gets under way

1 NWCN Membership

North West Community Network would like to invite you to join us as a member.  There are so many benefits to joining including:

  • Support for members e.g. governance, committee skills, strategic planning
  • Invitation to member only networking events throughout the year
  • Relevant and bespoke training
  • Plus much more....
Your membership also gives us a stronger voice in the north west and helps us to achieve our Vision of a vibrant, sustainable, inclusive C&V sector in the NW.

If you would like to renew membership or join us for the first time you can access our membership form 


2 Volunteer Voices

North West Community Network in partnership with North West Volunteer Centre presents: Volunteer Voices.

So many reasons and benefits to volunteering in your local community, come along and hear first hand local volunteer stories.

Wednesday, 8th November, 12 - 2pm
North West Community Network, 8 Bishop Street

This will be an interactive but intimate event based on the 'Human Library' concept were real people, in this case volunteers, are like a book that is on loan to members of the public to read and find out more about, asking questions and having meaningful conversations. Volunteers will be representing a range of local voluntary organisations who will also be attending and actively recruiting volunteers on the day.

Book your place 


 Free Equipment & Training for Sports Clubs

The Public Health Agency, through the Clear Project, are offering constituted voluntary sector sports clubs in the Western Trust area the opportunity to avail of training, which will help them support their members. Due to the cost of living increase the new amount available  has also been increased to to £500 to spend on relevant sports equipment for their club.

Equipment requested should help the club develop activities that meet the needs of the local community and support the delivery of the ‘
Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’. 

Closing date for applications – 6th November 2023 at 3pm

To apply, please download and complete the application form below

  1. Sports Grant  Announcement Flyer 
  2. Application form 
  3. Training Flyer 
  4. Process for purchase of Sports Equipment 
  5. List of SOA’s 
  6. Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing 


4 Tackling Textiles Grant: Skills and Innovation

We are delighted to announce the launch of the second year of the Tacking Textiles Grant: Skills and Innovation. This follows the successful pilot grant last year, where we supported five different projects across Northern Ireland. 

We are looking for your ideas that support tackling textile waste through waste prevention, reuse, repair and reimagine.
Waste Prevention: Materials and design innovation is critical to the future of a circular economy. By preventing waste at the design stage of product development, we can have consumption that is healthier and performs better for our people and the planet.

Reuse/Repair Models: Reuse and repair are essential in the development of a more circular economy. Reuse of products and materials is more beneficial as it retains a product’s inherent value by keeping it in use for longer. This minimises waste, create jobs, has positive social impact, reduces consumption, and associated carbon impacts.

Reimagine: Climate change is real; we know the impact; we know we must act, and we know that we must make changes to our current model of ‘take-make-dispose.’  We are looking for new ways to tackle the problem of production, consumption, and disposal of textile waste with the aim of creating a more circular textile economy.

Completed application form must be received by 5pm Thursday 9th November 2023

Further information available 


5 British Science Week 2024 Community Grants

The Community Grants for British Science Week 2024 are now open for applications!

Supported by UK Research and Innovation, Community Grants help eligible community groups to organise events and activities for their audiences during British Science Week (8-17 March 2024), expanding the number of people who enjoy and take part in science.

For British Science Week 2024, we’re offering grants of £500 and £1000 to community groups that work with people who are typically underrepresented in science, and which set out to deliver an event or activity that involves the local community, challenges science stereotypes and inspires ongoing science engagement.

Please check the Community Grant guidelines to find all the information you need on how to apply, and whether your community group is eligible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at communities@britishscienceassociation.org.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 6 November 2023, so be sure to complete your form in good time!

Why not take a look at our Community Grant case studies to discover how previous grant recipients used the funding for their own British Science Week projects? 

Apply here


6 Victim Charter Awareness Sessions

DoJ and partners are holding a series of Victim Charter Awareness Sessions for those working in the voluntary and community sector.  The Victim Charter sets out the entitlements and services that victims of crime in Northern Ireland can expect to receive from a range of service providers. 
These entitlements are protected by law.  The sessions will provide an overview of what the Charter means and why it is important for victims. 
Why should I attend? We want to ensure that those working in the voluntary and community sector understand why the Charter is important and that they are able to signpost victims to relevant information.    
Who should come along? Staff and volunteers who come into contact with victims of crime.
Where and where will the events take place:

  • 22nd November AM – virtual event
  • 23rd November 11.30am – Derry/Londonderry in-person event
  • 29th November AM – virtual event
  • 30th November 10.30 – Belfast in-person event

Sessions will last approximately 2hrs.
How do I book? You can register an interest to attend at:  Booking will be via Eventbrite and registration will open mid-October.  All events are free to attend. 
For further information please contact:  


 7 Anger Management ‘Anger Essentials’ Training

Facilitated by Bernard Henry

This is a two-day programme which uses experiential learning.  The workshop is suitable for mental health professionals and counsellors.  It provides an opportunity to enhance the awareness of their own anger.  In addition, as participants gain greater awareness of these aspects of themselves, they will gain greater insight as to how to help their clients explore their own anger.  This workshop will provide practical tools that will enhance the participant’s capacity to work with clients who are angry. 

Date:     2nd & 3rd November 2023 
Venue:  North West Learning Disability Centre
1 Foyle Road, 
Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6SQ
Time:    10:00am - 4:00pm

Download Anger Management Flyer

** Register **
Book your place

8 Upcoming Elevate Training Dates

The Elevate programme is offering free online training around using community development approaches as ways to reduce health inequalities.

COVID-19 has increased the visibility of inequalities across different communities and these interactive training workshops will explore community development values and actions and how your role can help to build capacity in the communities where you work, volunteer or live.

What will the training cover?

  • Understanding the values and principles of community development
  • Understanding what health inequalities are, why they exist and how they look in your community
  • Recognising the challenges and opportunities that have happened through COVID-19
  • Exploring how your role can make a difference locally

Who is the training for?
Anyone with an interest in community development and health inequalities including staff and volunteers in voluntary organisations, community groups, councils, health and social care and government agencies.

You can book a place here: 


9  Building Altruism Through Youth Work

This training event will offer youth workers, teachers and community workers the tools and resources to deliver altruism workshops.

Monday, 27th November 2023, 18:30 - 21:00

Over the course of the training you will learn more about altruism and how this can help improve mental health and well-being. You will hear some of the findings from a research project we done in partnership with Queen's University Belfast. We will also share with you, our new resource, including session plan and worksheets to deliver the workshop with your young people. Each participant will receive a copy of the resource to print off as needed.

Participants will receive their zoom link few days before the training. For more information you can email 

Book your place here


10 Restoration of Boomhall Public Consultation

Boomhall Trust are holding a public consultation on draft proposals for the future regeneration of Boomhall house and estate for community benefit.

St. Peter’s, 
60 Culmore Road, Derry, BT48 8JB
Wednesday, October 18, 12pm to 7pm.


11 FWIN Book Club Presents Hush-A-Bye-Baby Film Screening

FWIN BOOK CLUB PRESENTS: Hush-A-Bye-Baby and Director’s Q+A with Margo Harkin 

Monday 23rd October 6.30pm at The Nerve Centre

FWIN’s Book Club Book of the Month is Sinead O’Connor’s Autobiography “Rememberings.” What better way to remember Sinead, than to speak with the Derry Girls that worked with her? 

Set in Derry in 1984, “Hush-A-Bye-Baby” follows the lives of four school friends (Goretti, Majella, Sinead and Dinky) who live in the Bogside and Creggan estates. At the age of 15 they are full of youthful exuberance and boys feature largely in their interests. 

The film explores Irish attitudes to sexuality at a time when religion was an important foundation of social behaviour. Lead actress Emer McCourt won several international awards for her performance as Goretti. The film features the acting debut of the young Sinéad O’Connor who also wrote the musical score. 

After the screening we will have a Q+A with local female director Margo Harkin. This is a fantastic opportunity to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the film, so have your questions ready. This screening is free of charge and is part of the FWIN Book Club which is funded by Arts Council NI. 

Places can be booked by emailing 
 or calling 02871 266291


12 Foyle Search & Rescue Service of Remembrance

On Sunday 22nd October at 5.30pm we will be holding a Service of Remembrance
in memory of those who have lost their lives to the River Foyle.

A biodegradable paper lantern will be released onto the River by our volunteers from the boat for each person who has been lost to the river, lanterns will be removed after the service. Light refreshments will be served in our Prehen base.

Everyone is welcome to attend, however for catering purposes, we ask that any participants express their interest beforehand.

To do so, please contact: 
Office@Foylesearch.com or call us on: 028 7131 3800.


13 Resumption of hearing aid support Service

RNID is resuming its free drop-in support session for NHS hearing aid users support service in
Carnhill Resource Centre on Thursday 19th October  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.


14 Discovering the Power of Volunteering 

In today's rapidly evolving world, the landscape of volunteering is undergoing a transformation.  Are you ready to seize the opportunity and engage a new wave of volunteers effectively? 

Volunteer Now are delighted to partner with Martin J Cowling and Rob Jackson to bring you Discovering the Power of Volunteering for International Volunteer Manager’s Day in November! 

This dynamic and engaging seminar is designed to equip your organisation with the insights and practical tools to attract, engage, and retain dedicated volunteers who will drive your mission forward.   We'll also explore the development of methods for measuring the contribution volunteers make to an organisation and society, why you should measure volunteering and more. 

Together, let's create a powerful force for positive change in our communities. 

Date:   Wednesday 8 November 2023 
Time:  9.45am-3.30pm 
Venue: Belfast City Hall 
Cost:   £40 +VAT 

Book here: https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/course/discovering-the-power-of-volunteering/cid_0/ 

If your organisation has an income of £50,000 or less per year, we have some free places available.  Please note: this is on a first come, first served basis and we only have a limited number of free places.  If this applies to you, please email Deborah.Kyburz@volunteernow.co.uk to request a free place. 

Our thanks to the High Sheriff of Belfast, Dr John Kyle for the invitation to hold this event at Belfast City Hall.  We are thrilled that John has chosen Volunteer Now as one of his charities this year. 

15 NEXUS Recruitment Days

Are you passionate about helping create a society free from sexual abuse and abusive relationships? Nexus is the leading organisation in Northern Ireland dedicated to supporting individuals impacted by these issues, and we're on a mission to #BreakTheCycle.

Join us in 
Derry/Londonderry at the Millennium Forum on Wednesday 25th October or in Belfast at Banana Block on Tuesday 7th November to gain insight into the extensive work that we do and how you could be a part of that, such as by...

Advocating: As a counsellor you will support our clients through their therapeutic journey as. 
Educating: Through our early intervention and prevention work we teach people about healthy relationships, consent, and warning signs of abuse. 
Listening: Our DSA Helpline team are on call 24/7 to provide support, advice, and referrals 
Supporting: Our admin teams work in partnership with our professional services team to ensure that we deliver our services to the highest standards. 
Volunteering: Your time and skills can change lives. Join us in supporting survivors and spreading awareness. 
Strategising: Be part of our Board and play your part in shaping the future of the organisation. 

Together, we can #BreakTheCycle of sexual abuse and abusive relationships.  

Register for Derry/Londonderry
Register for Belfast
16 Verbal Board Recruitment

We wish to recruit individuals to serve on Verbal’s Board of Directors

We invite applications from those individuals who have a background in the private, public or community/voluntary sectors and who have skills in one or more of the following areas: Financial; Public Health and Educational Psychology.
(Note: These positions are non-executive and unremunerated).

Overview of the organisation

Verbal’s vision is a world where Every Story Matters.
Verbal supports individuals and communities through storytelling. Our work has a special focus on mental health and well-being. We are active in schools, communities, and in diverse organisations. By combining  creativity, storytelling and psychology, we enable people to understand and explore their own personal story and to listen to and respect the stories of others. We believe that storytelling is a transformative, leadership artform created from the experience of challenge, choice and outcome that we all encounter throughout our lives. Storytelling is open to all and is the creative tool through which we translate values into action, and make sense of our environment and circumstances.
For further information on our programmes and projects please go to: 
For more details on the role of Board Members click on the link below:

Information For Non-Executive Director Candidates

How to apply
Please contact our Chair, Dr Catherine McDonnell, as below:
Please provide a concise CV outlining relevant experience, together with a description of what you believe you would bring to the role of Board Member.
Closing date for applications is: 26 October 2023

17 Job Opportunity with REACH Across

REACH Across is seeking an Administrator on a 6 months contract under the JobStart Scheme. Applicants must be 16 - 24yrs old and not in education, employment or training.

Closing date for applications is Wed 25th Oct.

Job Description is attached and for an application form contact REACH Across on 02871 280048 or e-mail reach_across@hotmail.com.

Also, If you are in receipt of JSA, IS or ESA phone a Work Coach on 0300 200 7807. If you are 16-24 years old, unemployed, not in education or training and not in receipt of benefits phone 028 90726788.


18 Independent Members to the Agricultural Wages Board

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking to appoint a Chair and two Independent Members to the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB). AWB is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by DAERA. The AWB is a statutory body responsible for setting minimum wages, and certain other employment rights, such as holiday entitlement, for agricultural workers in Northern Ireland.

Completed applications must be returned to the Department by Noon on Thursday 19th October 2023.

Further details available 


19 Campaign for Volunteers to the Independent Monitoring Board

The Department of Justice is seeking to appoint volunteers to the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Northern Ireland. The closing date for initial applications is 27th October 2023. Whilst you can apply at any time, if you apply before this date your application can be assessed shortly afterwards.

The role of an IMB member is to monitor the treatment of prisoners and the conditions of their imprisonment.

For further information on the role and how to apply go to this link - 
Do you have an interest in prisons and improving prison life? | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)


20 Libraries NI Competition

The Department for Communities invites applications for the appointment of the Chair to the Board of Libraries NI.

Applications are now invited for the appointment of the Chair to its Board, providing the individual with an excellent opportunity to make a significant contribution and positive difference to its leadership, direction and oversight.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 pm on Monday 6 November 2023.

Further details available here


21  Latest Offers from Salto Youth

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

  • Partnership Building Activity
  • Green Project Lab for Young People
  • Coaching and Mentorship
  • How to become a climate hero: A Manual


22 Human Rights Festival: Submit an event

We are now open to proposals from organisations that would like to host events in the #NIHRF2023 programme.

Events could range from speakers and panels from organisations involved in human rights work to sessions featuring artists and writers (ideally attached to an organisation, though not necessarily), to more interactive sessions.

We particularly welcome alternative, creative and artistic events that promote and engage with human rights in Northern Ireland. 

We also have an On-Demand section on the festival website for pre-recorded events, films, podcasts and downloadable resources your organisation wishes to include in the programme.

To host an event in the festival please complete the following 
form, ensuring that you provide evidence in your event description of how the proposed event will meet the listed Event Requirements.

Submissions close November 20th. 


23 Autumn vaccination programme gets under way

The life-saving vaccination programme which will protect Northern Ireland against deadly viruses ahead of winter commenced on 18 September, it will see flu and COVID-19 vaccines offered to over 1 million people in Northern Ireland within eligible groups over coming months, starting with carehomes which are some of the most vulnerable members of our community. 

Find out 
here how you can help share the vaccine messages. 


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