NWCN Ebulletin 21 April 2021

1 The Ideas Fund: Applications now open!

We are very excited to announce that 
The Ideas Fund grant application is now open! We worked with our friends at The Liminal Space to create a beautifully designed, simple and clear form.

The deadline is midday on 14 May. Shortly after the deadline, you’ll be invited to share your thoughts about what has and hasn’t worked in the process – so we’d love it if you could respond to that. And if you have any other comments in the meantime do reach out to us at 
hello@theideasfund.org or via your Development Coordinator: roisin@nwcn.org or erin@dhcni.com

Full details on how to apply are here: http://ow.ly/VmVR50EiYby


2 DCSDC Grant Aid software issue

Important information for anyone applying for Grant Aid through the Community Venues, Community Support, and Good Relations Programmes.

Due to a software problem which is beyond Council's control, applications cannot be submitted through our online system.

Applicants must complete a downloadable application form and registration form and the deadline has now been extended until April 30th

This also applies to any organisation that has already made an online application – a new hard copy must now be submitted. As the process is now offline no registration numbers will be issued.

We apologise for any inconvenience - officers will do everything they can to support applicants in successfully completing their submissions before the deadline.

Information for applicants can be found at http://dcsdcgrantaid.com/ 

All applications should be sent to grant.aid@derrystrabane.com

For further advice - https://bit.ly/3e67vkV


 Tesco Community Grants Now Open to Applications

The Tesco Bags of Help Programme has been relaunched as the Tesco Community Grants programme to support local good causes that focus on helping children and families across the UK.

Registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, schools, parish/town councils and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of £500, £1,000 or £1,500. Three projects from each local area will be shortlisted to go to the public vote by Tesco customers every three months, with grants awarded depending on the number of votes their project receives.

Examples of eligible applications with a focus on supporting children and families could be;

  • a local school needing food for a children’s breakfast club,
  • a voluntary organisation working with families to run holiday clubs,
  • a charity supporting young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
  • a brownie or scout group needing new tents,
  • or a youth sports club needing new equipment,
  • a family advice centre wanting to recruit more volunteers,
  • or a local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area.

The fund will be administered by Groundwork and applications can be made at any time.

4 The Planned Interventions Programme

The Planned Interventions Programme provides funding for community activity to divert young people from anti-social and potentially criminal behaviour around contentious parades and public assemblies and to deal with heightened tension around interfaces.

The Programme seeks to develop the capacity of individuals and groups of children and young people to meaningfully take part in structured cross community engagement and relationship building programmes, such as T:BUC Camps. 

The main outcomes of Planned Intervention Funding include improving attitudes between young people from different community backgrounds and reducing the number of crime and anti-social behaviour incidents carried out by young people in their local communities.   
The Programme is funded by The Executive Office and administered by the Education Authority.

The Planned Interventions Programme is open for applications and will close on Friday 30 April 2021, at 4pm.
For further information and to apply to the programme please visit the Education Authority website at: 
To note: Applicant groups 
must be registered with the Education Authority (EA)


5 The Empowering Women Fund

Many women’s lives are complex, and they often have tangled paths through systems, structures and communities to access the support needed to live safe, independent lives. Research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that women are facing the additional burden of unemployment, childcare and economic distress. 

The Empowering Women Fund, part of the Labyrinth Project, is a Tampon Tax funded grant scheme, led by Solace. It will provide funding to support small women’s groups and organisations to develop innovative ways of empowering women in their local area and build the capacity of small organisations. The fund is divided into two strands and grants can run for up to 12 months.

Organisations can apply for:
Seed funding grants (£500-£1,000)
Available to small women’s groups to establish and run micro women’s empowerment projects in their local area that support women to build skills and confidence, and decrease social isolation. 
Women’s Sector grants (£1,000-£25,000)
Available for women’s groups and organisations to develop capacity to respond to changing needs in their communities and run projects over a fixed duration of at least 6 months. The deadline for round one applications is Friday 28th May 2021 at 5pm.How to Apply 

We will be holding ‘How to Apply’ webinars on the following dates:

Please read the guidance and FAQs documents below thoroughly before applying:
Read Empowering Women Fund - FAQs
Read Empowering Women Fund - Guidance Document

Seed Funding Grants Form - Word Version
Women’s Sector Grants Form - Word Version

If you require any additional support, the team will help you to develop and submit your application, please email labyrinth@solacewomensaid.org to arrange a phone call. We can also provide the application in a different format, please email us at the same address to request.

To apply online please click on the button below. 
Apply Now

6 The Kathleen Graham Trust

The Kathleen Graham Trust aims to make donations and grants to charities, individuals, groups, and organisations from the greater Strabane District And Belfast District.

Do you have a cause or a project that might benefit from funding? Check out the criteria of the Kathleen Graham Trust application process at 
www.kathleengrahamtrust.org. The Trust just might be able to assist. We will be happy to help if we can!

Please complete the on-line request form
 or you can download the request form and email to michelle@kathleengrahamtrust.org . Please download and read our criteria carefully to see if you are eligible to apply.


 7 Calling All National Lottery Funded Projects! 

If you're a National Lottery funded project, we want you to join us during the National Lottery Open Week this June to say thank you to National Lottery players for their support in making the work you do possible.

To learn more and see how you can get involved visit: 


8 Consultation on Review of Pre-School Admission Socially Disadvantaged Circumstances Criterion

The Department of Education has launched a public consultation seeking views on reviewing the current requirement established in law that all pre-school education settings must prioritise children from ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’ in their admissions criteria.  All of the relevant documents are available on the DE website.
Stakeholders and all interested parties are encouraged to participate in this consultation and you can respond electronically at 
Alternatively you can respond by email to 

Responses should be submitted to arrive no later than 11.59pm on Friday 16 July 2021.


9  Peace PLUS Consultation Discussion Workshop
Rural Community Network is organising a discussion workshop via Zoom on the Peace PLUS consultation on Thursday 29th April from 10.30am to 12noon.  SEUPB are currently consulting on their draft Peace PLUS programme which will distribute €1BN of funding in Northern Ireland and the six Border counties of the Republic of Ireland from 2021-2027.  Peace PLUS is an EU funded programme which seeks to build on the work of previous PEACE and INTERREG programmes.
The consultation documents can be accessed 
A short video produced by SEUPB of Peace PLUS can be accessed 
Registration is essential as places are limited.  To register email 
teresa@ruralcommunitynetwork.org or telephone 028 8676 6670.


10 Marking the Decade of Centenaries

Northern Ireland Assembly Commission “Perspectives On…”: A Series of Events to Mark the Decade of Centenaries

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex Maskey MLA, will host a series of lectures to mark the centenaries in 2021 of the creation of Northern Ireland/ Partition and the first sitting of the old Northern Ireland Parliament. “Perspectives on the Creation of Northern Ireland/ Partition”, a series of four virtual lectures, will be presented by Dr Éamon Phoenix, historian and broadcaster. Dr Éamon Phoenix will also be joined by Ann Donnelly of Northern Ireland Screen to bring the events to life with imagery and video from the time for lectures one and four.

To launch the series, the Speaker will be joined by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Lindsay Hoyle MP and the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD.

Book your places at these virtual events using the links below:

‘The Origins of Northern Ireland 1912-25: From Home Rule to Partition and the Formative Early Years’
Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm 
(in conjunction with Ann Donnelly of Northern Ireland Screen)
Book your place >>

‘The Unionist and Loyalist Perspective : Carson and Craig, the 1920 Act and the Establishment of Northern Ireland , 1912-1930’
Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm  

Book your place >>

‘The Nationalist and Republican Perspective: From Home Rule to Partition and Unionist Rule: Devlin, Healy and the Northern Nationalists, 1916-30’
Wednesday 26 May 2021 at 7pm

Book your place >>

‘From Troubled Start to Welfare State and from Civil Rights to the Troubles: The Stormont Parliament, 1921-1972’
Wednesday 9 June 2021 at 7pm 
(in conjunction with Ann Donnelly of Northern Ireland Screen)
Book your place >>

If you have any questions or want to speak to the Engagement Team you can contact us on:
 engagement@niassembly.gov.uk / Phone: 028 905 20321


11 Watch back: Healthy Brains for Healthy Populations Webinar

Catch up on the Institute of Public Health's webinar focused on Healthy Brains for Healthy Populations.
If you were unable to attend last week, you can now catch up and 
watch the webinar by clicking here.

Please let us know if you found the webinar useful and informative, and how we can continue to improve -  take two minutes to complete this evaluation form by clicking here.

Keep up to date with the Institute’s latest reports and events by signing up for our newsletter here.

If you have any questions, please email 


12 Level 3 Award in Education and Training: Starts next week

This popular course sets the Gold Standard in training as a trainer
This course will train you how to use your training and teaching more effectively in groups or with individuals
Designed for those who would like to work towards a teaching or training qualification or to get on to higher qualifications in teaching
Individuals who want an introductory qualification to enable them to make career choices

STARTING Tuesday 27th April
Weekly 6.30pm - 9.30pm
This course will be delivered via zoom for 8 weeks.

Please email us today for an application form and further information.
hurttraining@outlook.com / Tel: 02871369696


13 MACE programmes - Western Trust

Parenting apart for mums programme
Six week parenting programme supporting mums to minimise the impact of separation on children

The programme explores:

  • Emotional Impact
  • Parenting Roles
  • Changes in relationships
  • Legalities
  • Financial Impact
  • Moving On

Six week online course starting: Thursday 6th May 2021 @ 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Requests for places on the programme can be made by calling Free phone 0808 8010 722
Programme welcomes those parenting 0-3 years and 11-13 years specifically 
For more information visit: 

14 POST-Quaran-teens! & QUARAN-TEENS! FREE Training

PARENT/TEEN COMMUNICATION: Accredited remote training, Level 2: POST-Quaran-teens!

These FREE ZOOM workshops are for anyone who works/volunteers with teens, parents or families.

Topics include:
 *Practical ways to improve communication between adults and teens.
 *Information on Puberty and Sexual Health issues.
 *Where to find help and support for Parents and Teens.

This course has been accredited by the Open College Network Northern Ireland at
Level 2.  It has the value of 2 credits.

Who should apply?
Anyone who works or volunteers with families. / youth / parents in the Northern Ireland Health Trust areas

This training is free of charge to successful participants. 

Live remote learning.
10 May 2021 10am –10.30 am
Session 1: 11  May 2021
Session 2: 18  May 2021
Session 3:  25 May 2021
Session 4:  1 June 2021
All at 10am – 11.30am


FREE online training, open to anyone who works/volunteers with parents or families.
Topics include:
Group facilitation skills
with particular reference to:
* Parent / Teen Communication
* Puberty and Sexual Health
* Mental Health
* Remote Learning

This course has been accredited by the Open College Network Northern Ireland at Level 3. It has the value of 6 credits. 
The training will have a substantial personal study element.  Learners will be asked to recruit and facilitate a group of parents and design and deliver an appropriate programme.

Live online learning.
Monday 7 June          10am – 10.30am
Training sessions:
Tuesday 8 June 2021   10am – 12 noon
Tuesday 15 June 2021  10am – 12 noon
Tuesday 22 June 2021  10am – 12 noon
Tuesday 29 June 2021  10am – 12 noon

To apply for either course or for more information contact Linda Allen:

linda@acet-ni.com / tel: 079 7106 5641

Funded by the Public Health Agency

15 Latest Offer from Salto Youth

Online Training of Multipliers “GloRe Certification Network”
21 - 31 May 2021 | Online, Spain
Learn about GloRe Certificate global platform to recognise the soft-skills acquired by your ESC/local volunteers. Discover how to join The GloRe Network and acquire new competences to support your volunteers with mentorship tools.
Organizer: Associazione Joint (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET):30 April 2021

See details


16 Carers Connect at the Old Library Trust on ZOOM

Carers Connect
This Free 8-week programme is for carers caring for someone with early-stage dementia or who are still able to engage well in activities. It is taught on Zoom and is bespoke to the carer and loved one they are caring for. Carers learn why activities and a schedule is important for those with dementia and are taught activities for their loved ones. Carers are supplied with resources for the course and a tablet and Wi-Fi support on loan is included.

The programme timetable is set via the Support Workers with the carer around the carers’ availability. Programme is due to start the week beginning 3rd May. 

Visit: @DerryEngagingEmpoweringDementia for more information.

To enroll please contact Sinead on 71373870 or email sinead@olt.ie

17 Job Opportunity - Easilink Community Transport Chief Executive

Responsible To: Board of Directors
Location:           Based in our Strabane office (Unit 12, Strabane Enterprise Agency, Orchard Road, Strabane)
Salary:              NJC Payscale PO3 P32 - £35,745
Hours:               37.5 hours per week – to include occasional unsociable hours involving evenings & weekends (Time off in lieu applies).

Main purpose of Job:  To have overall responsibility for the management of Easilink Community Transport, for the development and implementation of Easilink Strategies and Policies, and for maintaining the flow of Management information to the Board of Directors

The Chief Executive will also represent Easilink CT and its interests by lobbying Ministers & MLAs, Government Departments & Agencies, Funders and other Stakeholders locally and regionally.

To apply: Email 
info@easilink.org to request an application pack
Closing date: 4pm Friday 30th April 2021

18 Recruitment Opportunities with Verbal Arts

Due to our ongoing growth, we are expanding our core team, the following new and exciting opportunities are now open for recruitment:

1. Finance and Corporate Services Manager Permanent,
Full Time – 36 hours per
Salary Scale £32,910 - 35,745
Based in Derry~Londonderry

2. HR Officer Permanent,
Part Time – 20 hours per week (flexible)
Salary Scale £24,012 - £25,481 (pro-rata)
Based in Derry~Londonderry

Application Packs can be downloaded from the below link:

For further information please contact in the first instance
• Sinead McLaughlin
• Email: 
• Tel: 028 7126 6946

Closing date for applications is: 2.00pm on Friday, 7th May 2021.

It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.
Interviews are due to be held week beginning 17th May 2021

Verbal operates a Child Protection Policy.
Verbal is an Equal Opportunities Employer


19 Exciting Opportunity for a Business Consultant

Enterprise North West is one of Northern Ireland’s leaders in the provision of business advisory and support services. Due to our wide range of business support programmes, we are seeking to strengthen our in-house consultancy team in response to the needs of our SME / micro enterprise clients across the North West.

We have got to the position we are in today through a combination of recruiting and nurturing really high calibre people who have the passion, the drive and the energy to really make a difference.
Due to an ever-expanding portfolio of programmes and projects, we are currently seeking to strengthen our SME business development team through the recruitment of a high calibre SME Business Consultant.

The successful candidate will play a central role in delivering our business start up and capacity building programmes, working with new SME clients on programmes and looking after all aspects of programme management under the guidance of the senior management team.
In short, we are looking for a ‘doer’, someone who can make things happen and really add value.
A 3rd level qualification is desirable but not essential. We are however very interested in finding out more about you if you have:

  • A high level of numeracy and have demonstrable expertise in Microsoft Excel and ability to produce financial forecasts.
  • A demonstrable project/programme background within a professional services environment – minimum of 2 years.
  • A proven ability to multi-task and can work under pressure with a large number of diverse stakeholders.
  • A high level of IT literacy and have experience of managing management information systems.
  • Excellent communication and customer care skills & confident in the use of social media.

In return, we will provide the successful candidate with an attractive remuneration package and an opportunity to flourish within a really dynamic and growth-focused social enterprise.
If you consider that you meet all 5 of these criteria, please send an up to date CV to the Personnel Manager at 

Deadline for submission of CVs for this position is 5pm on Friday the 30th of April 2021.


20 Care Sector Virtual Job Fair - Tomorrow

Thursday 22 April 2021 10.00am - 2.00pm

Everyone Welcome - Admission Free Find job opportunities, interact with local employers online and improve your employment prospects with practical advice and support

Register online at: 

21 Meet the DfC Employer Advisers – Recruitment Advice for Local Employers

Friday 23rd April, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Meet the DfC Employer Advisers – Recruitment Advice for Local Employers

Employees are any employer’s most valuable resource, but finding the right person to join your team can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive.

Local DfC Employer Advisers, in partnership with Eures Cross border Partnership are hosting a FREE workshop as part of EW2021, to offer support and advice on your all recruitment needs.

The DfC Advisers are on hand to help, offering you the best of local talent. Their free end-to-end, recruitment service can significantly reduce the cost and effort of recruitment. Employer Advisers are based in every Jobs & Benefits office and provide a one-stop-shop for employers to assist with recruitment needs and advice on other support and services provided by the Department for Communities.

Services for employers include:

  • Assisting with recruitment needs, for example, candidate matching, pre-selection and referral;
  • Offer free advertising of vacancies on Jobcentre Online;
  • Arranging bespoke recruitment events and Larger Jobs Fairs;
  • Arrange Work Experience Opportunities;
  • Outline available Support if you employ someone with a disability;
  • Signposting to support and services provided by other government departments;
  • Advice on Universal Credit Benefits for employers

The EURES Cross Border Partnership –provides free information & recruitment services to Job Seekers, Workers & Employers who commute daily or weekly across the border in order to work.

Register Now: bit.ly/EW2021Employment


22 How to find your Health & Care Number

Below are social media links to a video about how to find your health and care number.  This is useful for people booking their COVID vaccination about where to get the H&C number:


23 Pharmacies and COVID vaccine

Here is a link below of a map of pharmacies who are now giving the vaccine across N Ireland.



24 Not the Knitting Police | Arts & Culture News from the North West

In this latest issue find news and information on:

  • Funding Opportunities
  • Culture News
  • Training News
  • What's On

Not the Knitting Police | Arts & Culture News from the North West (mailchi.mp)


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