NWCN Ebulletin 24 March 2021



1 Ideas Fund - Local Webinar 

We’re having our third Ideas Fund local workshop on Thursday 25th March at 2pm.

An opportunity to hear from the Development Coordinators for North West Northern Ireland (Derry & Strabane) and think more about your idea.  In these sessions we will be particularly focused on the role of researchers in the projects and how we can make connections. 

Register now 
We’ll send you a link shortly to join online. If you have any access needs we will need to consider and adapt to for the session please get in touch at hello@theideasfund.org


2 NWCN Coffee & Catch-up Network Event – Tuesday 30th March

We are inviting all our members to join us for a check-in and catch-up event on Tuesday 30th March at 11:00.   We want to check-in to see how you are all doing and we want to follow-up on the survey you completed for us. 

Get the kettle on and we’ll see you all via zoom! 

Let us know if you’re joining us…. info@nwcn.org. A zoom link will then be sent to you.

 The Ireland Funds – Heart of the Community Fund

The Ireland Funds is proud to announce the launch of the Heart of the Community Fund. This will provide critical and timely funding to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

We aim to support organisations who are responding to the ongoing and immediate needs created by COVID-19 and whose day-to-day operations continue to be directly impacted by COVID-19. Funding will support those organisations who continue to adapt their work to respond to the changing needs of their beneficiaries.

The Heart of the Community Fund offers awards up to €5,000 for small, not-for-profits and community organisations with an annual turnover of less than €/£500,000.

Awards will be offered in the following 2 tiers:

  • €2,500
  • €5,000

*Please note that organisations may only apply for one tier of funding. We anticipate that a large number of applications will be submitted so please carefully consider which tier is the appropriate level for your proposed application.

The Heart of the Community Fund will accept applications online from Thursday, March 18 until 3:00pm GMT on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Full details can be found here


4 Arnold Clarke Community Fund

Now open to all UK registered and unregistered charities and local community groups needing financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Requests can be made for £100 - £1000.  500 applications will be granted (at random) each month.  If your application is unsuccessful one month, they’ll keep you in the draw, which will roll over to the following month.

Applicants will be randomly selected at the start of each month to receive funding. Entries must be received by 11.59pm on the last day of each month to be considered for that month.
Applications received after the closing date of the 31st May 2021 will not be eligible and will not be processed or considered.

Full details can be found here


5 Good Governance Awards 2021

The VSB Foundation are pleased to launch the 2021 Good Governance Awards for Northern Ireland.  Delivered in partnership with CO3 and Volunteer Now.

The Good Governance Awards will showcase how good governance and driving social change are essentially interlinked and will provide an opportunity to celebrate what is best in the sector.

This is your opportunity to raise the profile of your board and be awarded £1000 to further invest into your governance development. Each nomination received also receives two complimentary places for their Trustees on the CO3 Trustee Network.

Unlike previous years, the Good Governance Awards will take place virtually. 

If you think your organisation has great governance in place you can apply for the 2021 Leadership and Good Governance Awards.  There will be three awards this year, one for smaller organisations with an income of under £500,000, one for medium-sized organisations with an income of £501,000 - £999,999 and one for larger organisations with an income of over £1m.  

All three winning organisations will receive £1,000.  Each nomination received also receives two complimentary places for their Trustees on the CO3 Trustee Network.

The closing date for nominations is Noon, Friday 16 April 2021. Nominate Now.

The awards are open to organisations:

  1. Who fit within the definition of an organisation working within the Third Sector i.e. Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations
  2. The nomination process is for the whole board and not for one particular individual as good governance is a collective responsibility
  3. Closing date for nominations: Friday 16 April 2021 at 12 PM
6 Pre-consultation for suicide and post-vention services

In September 2019, the Department of Health published a new suicide prevention strategy for Northern Ireland known as Protect Life 2.  The strategy includes specific actions which the PHA is responsible for delivering, and the agency is now undertaking a pre-consultation on these suicide prevention and post-vention services.

The PHA want to actively engage with stakeholders to support the development of future services by taking the views of services users and carers, local communities and providers into account.

There are a number of ways to get involved.  You can participate in an engagement event or complete an online survey.  This survey will be available for 8 weeks from 15th February 2021 until 11th April 2021.

Full details of the involvement process can be found here

Events are being held digitally using Zoom and each will last for approximately 2 hours
Events have been organised on a geographical basis with an additional evening session open to all areas. 
Places are limited and booking is essential.  To reserve a place, please complete the registration form and return it to Engage.PL2@hscni.net


 7 Feminist Recovery Plan Webinar Series: Climate Crisis as a Feminist Issue

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 10:00 – 11:00am

This is the final event in webinar series following the launch of the Women’s Policy Group COVID-19 Feminist Recovery Plan, so come and join us in this special crossover event in collaboration with Covid Conversations and Friends of the Earth.

As the climate emergency continues to make the headlines around the world, we will look at its impact here in Northern Ireland, and examine it as both a human rights and particularly as a feminist issue.

This event will look at the concept of a Feminist Green Economy, including the need to broaden definitions of ‘green jobs’ beyond construction and technology to incorporate the care sector as an already existing low carbon, high compense sector that is increasingly neglected.

Current Climate Change Legislation making its way through the Northern Ireland Assembly will also be explored, and what it needs to include to respect, protect and fulfill people's rights. The final area we will examine is extractionism in Northern Ireland, how it's linked to the climate, the impact it has on local communities here and why it should be viewed as an eco-feminist issue.

This event will be chaired by Helen Flynn (Human Rights Consortium) and speakers include:

  • Rachel Powell (WRDA)
  • Lynda Sullivan (Friends of the Earth)
  • V'Cenza Cirefice (PhD candidate)

For questions or queries on this event or the rest of the Feminist Recovery Plan Webinar Series, please contact Rachel Powell, Women's Sector Lobbyist, rachel.powell@wrda.net.

The Climate Emergency: A Feminist Issue


8 Spring Into Action Conference Invitation

Women's Regional Consortium Conference

Tuesday 30th March from 10.30am - 12 noon

Consortium Response to the Pandemic

  • Consultation Responses
  • Pink Ladies Performance

10.30am - Welcome and Introduction

  • What has the Consortium been doing for you this year?
  • Pink Lady Interview-a successful lobbying story
  • Breast screening Video
  • Spring Into Action - Focus on You
  • What next? Have your Say
  • Pink Ladies Choir

12.00 - Close



9  Londonderry Bands Forum Research: Official launch of Research Report - Where Are We Now?

An analysis of cultural and political in the Protestant Community in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.


  • Brian Dougherty MBE
  • Prof. Peter Shirlow
  • Gary Middleton MLA
  • Martina Anderson MLA

Monday 29th March 2021 @ 2:00pm
Watch live and ask questions on 'Londonderry Bands Forum' Facebook or YouTube channel.

Londonderry Bands Forum Facebook: 
Londonderry Bands Forum Youtube:  
For any further information please feel free to contact,
Brian Dougherty; 
Tel; 07729356637


10 Would your organisation benefit from a FREE Health & Wellbeing Support Service? 

Due to a fantastic, funded initiative (supported by the Public Health Agency) your organisation may be able to avail of a free Workplace Health & Wellbeing support. 
The aim of the initiative is to mentor and support businesses through a structured four stage process to improve the health, safety and well-being of their employees within the workplace setting. 
This is currently year 5 and the programme has been a resounding success with over 950 business in Northern Ireland having availed with huge benefits to employee health being realised. Businesses range from large multinationals to small micro businesses. 
Registration is now open for new workplaces, for a limited time only and best of all it is completely funded by the Public Health Agency. 
An overview of what is provided: 

  • An opportunity to complete an evidence-based and employee wide health &  wellbeing survey to identify areas of priority; 
  • A comprehensive and informative report outlining the health of employees; 
  • Health Champions training for a nominated individuals who will implement and          lead the workplace strategy internally; 
  • Provision of resources such as action plan templates, guides, questionnaires and    literature; 
  • Assistance with the development and implementation of a 3-year action plan;          • Delivery of 2 health & wellbeing sessions/initiatives your staff; & 
  • Assistance with the evaluation of all health & wellbeing initiatives implemented 
  • FREE Mental Health First Aid Training 
  • Networking Opportunities 
  • Presentation of certificate on completion of year 1 

Complete a Registration of Interest Form and your area provider will be in touch.  Alternatively, please contact your area provider via email: Sabrina Moore Health@Work NI sabrina@dhcni.com


11 Carers Programmes at the Old Library Trust on ZOOM

  1. BUPA – Me Time Programme  (All Carers aged 65+): Free 12- week programme is open to all carers aged 65+ looking after a loved one with any long- term illness or condition. It is taught on zoom and will offer guidance and support to improve carers’ general health and wellbeing. Tablets and Wi-Fi support given on loan with resource pack. Programme begins: Fridays from 16th April at 11am  
Visit:  @olthlc for more information

DEEDS (Dementia Specific Courses for Carers All Ages)
  1. Carers Education programme: FREE 4-week Course on ZOOM for those looking after someone with dementia.  If you care for someone with Dementia and would you like to know more about Dementia and meet other families in a safe environment? Starting Thursday 22nd April at 11am on ZOOM. 
  1. 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.

For all courses: please contact Sinead on 71373870 or email sinead@olt.ie


12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for all the latest offers from Salto:
  • Erasmus+ Learn from the past towards a better future
  • Youthwork Hero's Journey
  • ‘Education and youth work: towards effective collaboration’
  • Flash SE+ssions: Creativity and Innovation in E+ and ESC - Digital Youth Work
  • 2-week self-exploration programme - [Environ.Mental]
  • Flash SE+ssions: Creativity and Innovation in E+ and ESC - Mental and Emotional Health of Young People and Youth Workers
  • EUROPE@DJHT – 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress
  • Flash SE+ssions: Creativity and Innovation in E+ and ESC - Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in Youth Work
  • Flash SE+ssions: Creativity and Innovation in E+ and ESC - Supporting Learning Journeys - Erasmus+ for Beginner
  • Flash SE+ssions: Creativity and Innovation in E+ and ESC - Supporting Learning Journeys - European Solidarity Corps for Beginners


13 Every Move You Make  

A dramatic monologue on abusive relationships among young people by Patricia Byrne, performed by Roma Harvey
Available for schools and youth centres to book online!
Jenni's 16th birthday is coming up, and her new boyfriend Jamie will be there. He is so nice. He is interested in everything she does. He always wants to know where she is and what she is doing. He texts her all the time and follows her every move on Facebook. But things start to take a turn, and Jenni isn't so sure anymore.
The play follows the ups and downs of a young woman's relationship as it goes from being near perfect to becoming an impossible nightmare. The production explores the issue of abusive relationships among young people. It was developed in consultation with Foyle Women’s Aid, NSPCC and Youth Action NI. The performance is followed by a Q+A with representatives of organisations working to stop domestic violence against women and children.
Now available for schools and youth centres across Northern Ireland to book online!
“The Sole Purpose dramatisations are a powerful tool which enables us to address some very sensitive issues within the Preventative Curriculum. I wholeheartedly support the work of Sole Purpose.” Ms S Mallett, Principal, Thornhill College Derry
"This was a very moving piece of theatre. The aim is to disturb and that was achieved fully. None watching this play would ever again be victim to such abuse having witnessed a relay of classic symptoms.”  Imelda Foley, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Sole Purpose Productions is a multi award winning theatre company that has toured work throughout Ireland, the UK, and the USA. It is core funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This project is supported by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland through the Tampon Tax Community Fund.
To book an online performance and Q&A for your school or youth centre please contact Patricia Byrne at 
or phone 028 7127 9918.
14 Churches Trust offers two great job opportunities 

The Churches Trust wishes to appoint two posts:

Salary £36,788 Full Time, 35 hours per week
Closing date for application: 2pm 9th April 2021

Purpose and function of post:
 To further the mission of the Churches Trust, under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, by promoting a united, shared and cohesive society working in collaboration with churches from various faith traditions, schools and a diverse range of community groups
 To manage the Churches Trust services and operational programme, under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, ensuring that project outcomes and outputs are delivered according to funders’ expectations across all activities, including: youth development programmes, interfaith /inter-church / and community education projects, addressing health inequalities and deprivation, and social enterprise units.

Salary £24,586 Full Time, 35 hours per week
Closing date for application: 2pm 7th April 2021

Purpose and function of post:
 To support the Chief Executive in the finance function for the Churches Trust including maintaining finance records (Sage and various excel spreadsheets), financial management reporting, and ensuring adherence to finance procedures.
 To administer payroll and pensions, ensuring timely payments to employees, Inland Revenue and pension provider.
 To administer project finances and grant drawdowns ensuring that funder regulations and obligations are met.

For information and application packs, please contact Fiona Fagan Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail 

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. We wish to appoint a Community Relations Manager and Finance Officer as part of the expansion of our staff team. The Churches Trust is supported by the NI Community Relations Core Funding Scheme. These posts are part funded by NI Community Relations Council.

15 Job Opportunity with Youthlife 

Waypoint project coordinator  

The Waypoint Project is a peer mentoring programme at Youthlife, supported by BBC Children in Need, offering support for children and young people aged 5-18 years who have experienced bereavement, family breakdown, separation or loss.  

Youthlife is seeking a Project Co-ordinator to: 

  • Enable and empower young people to effectively contribute to and shape the Waypoint Project. The project is ‘young person lead’ and will always be directly informed by the lived experiences of children and young people with maximum impact and reach. This will include recruiting, training and supporting a diverse group of Peer Mentors who will participate in Youthife service delivery, support counselling services and provide a next step, while promoting the project and contributing to training other young people in the community as Peer Mentors 

  • Develop our existing partnerships with statutory agencies and voluntary/ community sector providers to help ensure that children and young people affected by bereavement and loss get the right support from the right person at the right time. 

  • Applicants will be qualified to degree level in Youth Work, Social Work, Counselling/Psychotherapy or Teaching and will have three years paid employment in the past five years in one or more of those professions 

  • The post is funded for three years and is 20 hours per week.  

The salary is NJC Scale SO1, £16,050 pro rata 

Closing date is Monday 5th April 4pm

Full details are available:JobcentreOnline Homepage 
Or: www.youthlife.org 
Or contact the manager Caroline Temple: manager@youthlife.org 

16 Mental Health Champion Recruitment 

The Department of Health is seeking to appoint a Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland.

The Mental Health Champion is a time-limited public role for 3 years with the potential for one extension of up to 3 years. 

Details on how to apply for the role can be found at the following link – 
Mental Health Champion | Department of Health (health-ni.gov.uk) 

The closing date for applications is 12 Noon on Friday 9 April 2021.
17 Recruitment competition to appoint 2 Non-Executive Members to Warrenpoint Harbour Authority
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) will soon be launching a recruitment campaign to appoint two Non-Executive Members to Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability, experience and skills across a number of competences. Please note that experience of Shipping or of Ports is not a requirement for the post.

Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the community.
Women, younger people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented on DfI Boards. Applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome. 
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process please do not hesitate to contact the DfI Public Appointments unit at - 


18 Online workshops at Void

Bunny Bag Workshop
With Sinead Crumlish
Saturday 27th March, 11am
Artist facilitator Sinead Crumlish will guide you through creating your own Easter egg hunt bag.
Once uploaded, all the workshops are available for free on our website at 
www.derryvoid.com, social media @derryvoid on Facebook and Instagram IGTV, as well as our Vimeo channel @derryvoid. You can go back and forth to view them as many times as you’d like.
Art Packs
Make your own pencil case!
Available while stocks last
Our art packs have been overwhelmingly popular and we are delighted to announce the latest activity - create your own pencil case! As usual, it is first come first serve so email hello@derryvoid.com now to reserve your pack.
* Suitable for ages 8+.
Void Offsites
Slowtime - David Beattie

Void Offsites continues with a new project Slowtime by artist David Beattie, generously funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We are inviting the community to get involved by recording audio in and around the River Foyle. Why not grab the kids and your smartphone, take a wander around the Foyle, recording the sounds you hear along your way and send them in to us?
You can send your recordings to 
slowtimevoid@gmail.com. For more information see this dedicated page to the project on our website where you can find a Zoom recording of the first workshop which went ahead on Saturday 6th March.
Void Youth Programme
We held our first two sessions for Void's new Youth Programme online recently and were delighted to hear what you want from it. There is still time to get involved so if you are aged between 14-20, email Zoe on 



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