NWCN Ebulletin 19 October 2022

1 ‌Join NWCN for a Free Funding Workshop
2 SEUPB €100,000 Small Grants Opportunity
3 The National Garden Scheme Community Garden Grants
4 DAERA Launches NI Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme
5 DCSDC Community Funding Bulletins - October 2022
6 Freeze All Evictions & Rents - Online Petition
7 Women Demand Better! Protest Rally organised by Unite
8 Activism to end VAWG in NI: Learning from the lives of ten women
9 Focus Group for the Review of Community Development National Standards
10 Webinar: Getting Active For Better Ageing 
11 FREE RNID Near You online session
12 Volunteers needed for Conversation Café
13 Job Opportunity with The Triax Neighbourhood Management Team
14 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
15 Job Opportunity with NWMM
16 Truth Recovery Programme - Independent Panel competition
17 Public Appointment: Board Members to the Governing Body of Stranmillis UC 
18 North West Border Regions Virtual Job Fair
19 Charity Comedy Night for HURT
20 October Events ag An Chultúrlann

1 Join NWCN for a Free Funding Workshop

Wednesday 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 
 or call 028 7126 1941


2 SEUPB €100,000 Small Grants Opportunity

In 2023 SEUPB will be issuing a Small Grants Programme under Theme 1.2.

Any groups who prefer a more straightforward Grant Aid system, independent of the Co-Design process within DCSDC, could apply for up to €100,000 themselves. 

Please visit 


 The National Garden Scheme Community Garden Grants

In 2011 the National Garden Scheme set up a grant scheme in memory of Elspeth Thompson, the much-loved garden writer and journalist who died in 2010.

Applications for 2023 are now open. You can find the application form herePlease read the Application Guidelines before applying. 

Grants will only be made to bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Further information available 


4 DAERA Launches NI Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme

A £500,000 capital grant scheme to help established rural social enterprises in Northern Ireland to increase their capacity, potential profitability and sustainability has opened for Expressions of Interest.
The Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme is a pilot scheme, provided and administered by the Northern Ireland Executive's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). Applications will be accepted from established, rural social enterprises who have been trading for more than two years, delivering projects located in rural areas of Northern Ireland. For the purposes of this scheme, 'rural' is defined as all those areas outside the statutory development limits of those towns with a population in excess of 5,000 inhabitants.

The focus of the scheme is primarily on capital works. Eligible projects and activities should align with the following funding priorities:

  • Improving the sustainability of your rural social enterprise - to encourage a transition to more sustainable rural social enterprises through enabling the business to increase its capacity, potential profitability and sustainability.
  • Strengthening rural community/communities - investing in social enterprises which create products and services for and on behalf of rural communities, thereby helping to create a sustainable rural community where people want to live, work, to visit and invest in.
  • Improving the economic circumstances of rural communities - enabling and supporting employment pathways, training and volunteering opportunities to assist disadvantaged or vulnerable rural people to fulfil their potential.
  • Working in partnership with others - proactively encourage new or enhanced partnership arrangements to connect individuals, communities and opportunities in rural areas.

Grants of between £50,000 to £100,000 are available, to fund up to 80% of eligible project costs.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 3pm on 14 November 2022.


5 DCSDC Community Funding Bulletins - October 2022

Please find attached the two Community Funding Bulletins for October 2022

The two Bulletins are also available on the Strategic Finance and Funding webpage at: https://www.derrystrabane.com/financeandfunding
Please let me know if you:
  • know anyone who wishes to be added to the Bulletin e-mail circulation list
  • have any queries
  • wish to give feedback, particularly about successful funding applications.

Email Karen Dyson at: karen.dyson@derrystrabane.com


6 Freeze All Evictions & Rents - Online Petition

We at Derry Against Fuel Poverty launched an online petition this week to demand a moratorium on evictions and rent increases similar to measures introduced recently by the Scottish Government.
It is clear that more and more people are becoming vulnerable to poverty and destitution as a result of the cost of living/greed crisis we're currently experiencing. 
Let a roof over our heads be the one thing we do not have to worry about. 
If this measure cannot be introduced due to the lack of a NI Executive, then we are demanding that DUP end its' boycott immediately before more people end up destitute & homeless.
Please sign the petition here - 
 & share with your colleagues, friends, families and on social media.


 7 Women Demand Better! Protest Rally organised by Unite

Homeless women dying on our streets, a cost-of-living crisis, gender-based violence, lack of healthcare, lack of housing, low pay & poverty, a sexist and anti working class system

Women demand better - Time to protest - bring your banners

Belfast City Hall, Saturday 29th October, 12pm

8 Activism to end VAWG in NI: Learning from the lives of ten women

As part of a doctoral research project, Kate Mukungu carried out 10 life history interviews with activists from NI that have taken a stance on VAWG – violence against women and girls. These 2016 interviews were part of a study across two sites, Namibia and Northern Ireland, which sought to understand how women activists develop relations across division in post-conflict societies.  Now the study is concluded, Kate will deliver a feedback session on three key themes that emerged in the study.  These are:

  • the lingering challenges of addressing gendered violence by conflict actors within communities
  • the immediate and long-term benefits of women of different ages carrying out activism together
  • the power of solidarity in activism relationships and the strategies women use to keep activism progressing when solidarity is under strain

Thursday 24th November, 7pm, Zoom.
 info@wrda.net to reserve your place


9  Focus Group for the Review of Community Development National Standards
This invite is for you to take part in a Focus Group for community development organisations in NI, as part of the consultation on the review of the Community Development National Occupational Standards (2015). 
The Community Development Standards clearly define the purpose of community development, the underpinning values and the key areas of practice. The also specify the standards of performance expected of individuals in the workplace, together with the knowledge and understanding required for community work roles.

NOS are used for a variety of purposes including developing job descriptions and person specifications for CD roles, structuring support and supervision, planning and designing training and development, qualifications design (inc. CD degree programmes), career planning and progression, strategic and programme planning within organisations.
The Community Learning and Development Standards Council Scotland (CLDSC) has been granted a contract to carry out a review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Community Development across the United Kingdom and will be working with a range of national and local organisations from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales. 
To register for the Community Development NOS Review - Northern Ireland Focus Group please click on the Eventbrite link below.  The session will be held on Zoom and a link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the event.

Fri 28 Oct – 9.30am-12pm
 to register


10 Webinar: Getting Active For Better Ageing 

How To Encourage and Support Physical Activity In Older Adults
Thursday, October 20th 2022 at 10am - 12 noon (GMT)

This webinar will focus on public health and behaviour change and how to encourage and support older people to be more physically active.

As part of the online event, IPH will also launch a new Public Health Matters digital learning module, ‘Getting Active For Better Ageing’, to help healthcare professionals to support older people to have more physically active lives.

Siel Bleu Ireland will facilitate a physical activity energiser during the webinar.

- Professor Roger O'Sullivan - Director of Ageing Research & Development, Institute of Public Health
- Professor Ryan Rhodes - Director, Behavioural Medicine Laboratory, University of Victoria, Canada
- Professor Mark Tully - Professor of Public Health & Interim Director of Research, School of Medicine, Ulster University
- Professor Suzanne McDonough - Head of the School of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

- Niall Turner - Occupational Therapy Manager, St John of God Community Services
- Andrew O'Regan - General Practitioner & Senior Lecturer in General Practice, University of Limerick
- Vanda Cummins - Senior Primary Care Physiotherapist, Health Service Executive
- Deirdre Lang - Director of Nursing/National Lead Older Persons Services/Clinical & Integrated Programmes, Health Service Executive
- Professor Ryan Rhodes - Director, Behavioural Medicine Laboratory, University of Victoria, Canada

Register for the webinar


11 FREE RNID Near You online session

Find out about the different types of hearing loss, how to get your hearing tested, and what can help you hear better and overcome communication challenges.
Come along to our FREE online session
When – Wednesday 19th October 2022
Time – 2.00pm to 3.00pm
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 2381 3710
Passcode: hearing
For more information, contact RNID at 07587130205 or by email: 


12 Volunteers needed for Conversation Café
Would you be interested to volunteer in a Conversation Café?
We will be running a Conversation Café on Thursday 20th October 11am - 1pm in Derry.
This is a place where asylum seekers and refugees can have informal conversation with local English-speaking people. A place to practice their English and meet local people.
We will supply coffee and cake!
Please email Patricia if you are interested on 


13 Job Opportunity with The Triax Neighbourhood Management Team

The Triax Neighbourhood Management Team are recruiting for a part time development worker to join our team and take the lead in an exciting new cross border project.

Application is now open and will stay live till 5pm on the 1st of November. Interviews will take place on the 7th November.

For further information or to request an application pack please email us on 


14 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust

The Churches Trust was established over 30 years ago in recognition of the fact that deprivation and disadvantage are key barriers to building a united community, equality of opportunity and good relations.  The Churches Trust work is characterised by two main priorities.  The first is addressing deprivation and social injustice, working with people at the margins of society providing programmes and opportunities for enrichment.  The second is creating a shared and better future for all by standing together with all churches, schools and communities to give a united voice in an area plagued with the legacy of division through the troubles in Northern Ireland.  
The Churches Trust wishes to appoint the following post:
Permanent part-time position: 24 hours per week
Salary £28,607 pro rata (£18,308 for 24 hours per week)

Purpose and function of post:

  • To support Community Relations Manager on the implementation of the Health Inequalities Strategy.
  • To coordinate low intervention care services to older people, and the Maintenance /Handyperson service.
  • To coordinate the Churches’ Trust response to addressing food poverty.
  • To manage and deliver standalone projects.
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A relevant qualification (Minimum level IV) eg Community Development / Health Promotion/ Community Heath & Wellbeing or similar discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Strong personal and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise workload.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

For information and application packs, please contact
Veronica Keenan on Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail 
Closing date for applications: 3pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2022.


15 Job Opportunity with NWMM

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: Catering Assistant (Bank Staff)
Ref: CA/NWMM/1022
Work Pattern: As and when required
Hourly rate: £9.50 per hour
Location: Methodist City Mission for Homeless Men, 18A Crawford Square, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7HR

Applicants must have an understanding of hygiene & health and safety considerations within a kitchen environment.  Full training will be provided.

For a full job profile and details on how to apply please email: 

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 21 October 2022

North West Methodist Mission is an Equal Opportunities Employer


16 Truth Recovery Programme - Independent Panel competition

A competition to appoint members to the Independent Panel being established to investigate Mother and Baby Institutions, Magdalene Laundries and Workhouses has been launched,
The ‘Truth, Acknowledgement and Accountability’ report published in October 2021 recommended the establishment on an Integrated Truth Investigation, comprising an expert Independent Panel and a Statutory Public Inquiry, to investigate Mother and Baby Institutions, Magdalene Laundries and Workhouses in Northern Ireland. 

The Independent Panel will be made up of experts from the following disciplinary areas:

  • Sociology of discrimination and gender-based violence;
  • International human rights law and domestic law;
  • Social and oral history;
  • Trauma-informed practice;
  • Genealogy; and
  • Archiving. 

The Panel will also include victims/survivors’ representatives. 
In recognition of the different roles, the Executive Office is running two separate competitions for members of the Independent Panel.  There will be a competition to appoint the Chair and Expert members and a separate, but parallel, competition to appoint the Victim-Survivor representatives.  

For further details and to apply, please go to 


17 Public Appointment: Board Members to the Governing Body of Stranmillis UC 

The Department for the Economy will be launching an open competition on 20th October 2022 to recruit 6 new Board Members to the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College.
Stranmillis University College was founded as a non-denominational institution in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher training alongside that already available at the existing St Mary’s College. Both institutions have since become academically recognised as University Colleges of the Queen’s University of Belfast.

A background in education or specific academic qualifications are not required.

The application form asks you to demonstrate four essential criteria.  Appointment will be made on merit from those individuals who best satisfy the criteria.

We particularly welcome applications from younger people, people with a disability and those from minority ethnic groups as these are currently under-represented on the Governing Body.

We are operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.
Applicants with a disability who meet all of the criteria at the sift stage will automatically be offered an interview.

The closing date for applications is Noon (UK time) on Friday 11 November 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. Alternative formats available on request.

The Information Pack with full details can be obtained from the Department for the Economy’s Public Appointments Unit (PAU):
Telephone: (Yvonne Green) 028 9052 9282
Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9282
Write to: DfE, Public Appointments Unit, Adelaide House, Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8 JD.

Applicants invited for interview are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred within the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Equality of Opportunity: The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcome completed application forms from all applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, whether or not they have dependants

Click here to apply (from 9am on 20th October 2022)


18 North West Border Regions Virtual Job Fair

The North West Border Regions Virtual Jobs Fair 2022 will be held on Thursday 20th October from 10am - 3pm.
This event will be attended by a number of employers from a variety of sectors from the North West border regions, who will have their vacancies promoted on our electronic jobs board. 
The Cross Border Virtual Job fair provides a fantastic opportunity for graduates, jobseekers, and people looking to change careers to learn about the company and see what vacancies are on offer.
Anyone wishing to apply for a vacancy will have the opportunity to upload their CV directly to employers on the day, or simply complete an ‘Expression of Interest’ form. 
Anyone wishing register for the event can visit the North West Border Regions Virtual Job fair website - 

The event is cost free, and does not require employers to be in attendance, there is also no deadline or limit to the number of exhibitors.


19 Charity Comedy Night for HURT

Friday 18 November 2022
57 Waterloo Street (upstairs in the Gweedore)

  • Headliner - Diona Doherty
  • Fintan Harvey - Comedian and MC
  • Sarah Firby
  • Thran Leeann
  • Peter E Davidson
  • Final act to be announced 13th November

Raffle prizes / DJ Jeff Simpson on to close
Doors open 19:00 Start show: 20:00

Click Here! to get your tickets 


20 October Events ag An Chultúrlann

From Haunted Schoolhouses (and cursed carparks) to baking sourdough as Gaeilge with Manchán Magan, internationally renowned banjo concerts (with a delicious pre-concert meal) to family-friendly Samhain celebrations.

We have an exciting line up of events for everyone in the coming weeks, with more details and tickets on our website below...

Details and Tickets Here


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