NWCN Ebulletin 30 August 2023

1 ‌Mapping exercise to identify researcher and community engagement in Derry & Strabane
The Hedley Foundation
3 Matthew Good Foundation: Grants for Good Fund
4 Hubbub & Virgin Media O2: Time After Time E-Waste Fund
5 Funding Clinic Sessions for Housing Community Network Members
6 Positive Ageing Month Events - Call for Exhibitors to attend
7 BT Digital Voice Programme – Engagement Event
8 Fertility Network: Impact of Cost of Living crisis on fertility journeys
9 'Green Prehen' Report
10 Active Travel Delivery Plan NI - Community Groups engagement
11 Public Consultation Event on NI's Carbon Budgets
12 Child Focused Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning Conference
13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
14 JobStart2 Open for Applications
15 Rutledge - New Youth Training Programme
16 Job Opportunity with Triax Neighbourhood Management Team
17 Job Opportunity with St Columb’s Park House
18 Job Opportunity with Waterside Women's Centre
19 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
20 ‘Host for Hospice’ - October is Foyle Hospice Coffee Morning Month
21 Tower Museum Twilight Abseil for AMH New Horizons FOYLE
22 Focus on Family Information Day 

1 Mapping exercise to identify researcher and community engagement in Derry & Strabane

As a community or voluntary organisation in the Derry & Strabane area, if you are involved in any research or initiative with Ulster University – we need your help!  

Ulster University, North West Community Network and Developing Healthy Communities have partnered to run a project to address systematic challenges community groups and researchers face when working together.

The project will see the University and community partners set up a joint community research and innovation collective. The collective is undertaking a mapping exercise to establish a comprehensive picture of university and researcher and community partnership initiatives, taking place between Ulster University and the Derry & Strabane community and voluntary sector.

Following the mapping exercise, the collective will hold a series of events to showcase existing work and develop opportunities to foster new collaborative projects. Watch this space!

If you are involved in any research or initiative with Ulster University (current or ended in the previous 12 months) we would greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this 
 as best you can


2 The Hedley Foundation

We award grants to those charities that are able to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes to beneficiaries. Typically, grants of up to £5,000 are regularly made and occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Similarly, smaller charities often benefit from smaller grants of £250 upwards. 

Applications should be received in good time before each Trustee meeting and at least 6 weeks before the meeting date.
The next meeting is: 08 November 2023

Further information and application available 


 Matthew Good Foundation: Grants for Good Fund

Grants for Good invites local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have an average annual income of less than £50,000 to apply to them for funding.

Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.

We want to make it easy for very small charities or new community interest companies to apply, so organisations/groups do not need to be a registered charity, however, you will need to have a bank account in your organisation’s/project’s name such as a community bank account. 

We don’t want small charities to be intimidated by lengthy forms to complete – so we’ve kept the online application form straightforward.

Deadline: 15 September 2023

Further information and application available 


4 Hubbub & Virgin Media O2: Time After Time E-Waste Fund

Hubbub and Virgin Media O2 are proud to announce a £500,000 fund to support innovative programmes, initiatives and campaigns that promote digital inclusion while reducing e-waste and supporting the circular economy. Successful projects will ensure that tech can be used by those that need it, time after time.  

We’re looking for projects that can help close the growing digital divide and spark behaviour change across the UK. 

We’ll support a range of projects with funding between £25,000 - £100,000.

This could be a research project to help understand how the issues are connected, a campaign to redistribute devices, a project to fix old devices to be used by more people, or a project that aims to tackle the root causes of these problems. We want to hear from you.

Expression of interest deadline: Friday 20th October 2023

Further information and EOI available 


5 Funding Clinic Sessions for Housing Community Network Members

Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 10:00 AM  3:00 PM

This is a one-to-one funding support session for HCN members with Supporting Communities Anita Doonan, Funding and Social Value Officer. You can meet by phone or video call, whatever you prefer.

Start thinking about your next projects by asking questions like:

  • What funding to apply for
  • How to structure your application and plan accurate budgets
  • How to carry out a community survey  
  • How to prepare for action planning
  • How to do pre and post-monitoring and evaluation of your project 

Please fill in this form to request an appointment.

The funding clinic will run from 10 am - 3 pm with 30 min slots available for individuals or groups to discuss their funding needs one-to-one with our funding officer. 

This is service is free for HCN members. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Housing Community Network, please get in touch!


6 Positive Ageing Month Events - Call for Exhibitors to attend

The month of October is Positive Ageing Month, an initiative supported by the Public Health Agency and Western Health & Social Care Trust to recognise, value and support the contributions older people make in the area.  To help mark Positive Ageing Month across the Derry City and Strabane District Council area a number of information and networking events are being held as part of the Age Friendly programme of activities for people aged 50+ years in the community.  These events are free to attend and are targeted at people aged 50+ years.  These will be held on
  • Tuesday 3rd October (2-4pm) in Derg Valley Leisure Centre, Castlederg
  • Wednesday 11th October (11am-2pm) in Foyle Arena, Derry 
These events are an opportunity to engage with people aged 50+ years across the area and to promote and provide information on your role and the services you provide with a pop-up stand.  Please note that exhibitor places will be limited.  If you would like to attend as an exhibitor, please complete the following form https://forms.office.com/e/XmRrtG5xUX
For further information or have any queries, please get in contact with the Age Friendly Co-ordinator on 028 7125 3253 or email 
 7 BT Digital Voice Programme – Engagement Event
Digital Voice is the name of our new home phone service. Digital calls are made over our broadband network, rather than the old analogue network, which has been around for more than 40 years and is becoming increasingly unreliable, energy hungry and can’t give our customers the world-class service we want to provide. Switching to Digital Voice will give our customers clearer call quality and help prevent the majority of scam calls. The good news is, the landline isn’t going away, it’s just being upgraded. For most customers, the upgrade will be as simple as connecting their home phone handset to a router rather than the phone socket on the wall. The migration to Digital Voice must take place for all customers by December 2025. 
As part of this programme, BT are carrying out a series of Regional Engagement initiatives to support people through the move from the current line to digital voice. This will include some “roadshow” style events where we bring BT to the regions to ensure everyone is as informed as possible and has the chance to ask any questions they might have.
Locally there is a large event planned for Derry, and there are plans to run smaller pop-up style events in libraries throughout the region.  This will be held on 26th September from 10am-3pm at Foyle Arena, 2 Limavady Road, BT47 6JY.  We will also have a branded BT Demo van which will be active throughout the country in September.

For further information please contact Geraint James, Engagement Manager, Digital Voice on 0331 622 1238 or email 

8 Fertility Network: Impact of Cost of Living crisis on fertility journeys

Can you help? Has the cost of living crisis impacted on the fertility journey for people in your care? Have you been affected yourself?

Could you spare 5min to share the link to this important survey with your clients, or complete our survey if you have been affected, however great or small.

The link to the brief survey is available at 

We will release the results during Fertility Week 30 Oct – 5 Nov 2023.
If you’re happy to share your experience with the media, anonymously or not, in order to raise awareness, email 


9  'Green Prehen' Report

Green Prehen a small lobby group aiming to protect the mature trees and the Re-wilded Deerpark Field.

We carried out a vegetation and wildlife survey of this land which is outlined in the 
attached report.

An Independent Enquiry by Planning is scheduled to take place on 5th September.

All support towards saving this precious environment helps so please do speak to your elected representative and others about this issue.

At this time of Biodiversity Crisis and Climate crisis every wild environment must be protected and indeed enhanced for the future of all the creatures including our human species itself.


10 Active Travel Delivery Plan NI - Community Groups engagement

As part of the development of the Department for Infrastructure draft Active Travel Delivery Plan for Northern Ireland Sustrans have been sub-contracted to undertake targeted stakeholder engagement.

The stakeholder engagement will inform behaviour change strategies and feed into the draft plan from early stages of its development which will ultimately support a significant increase in spending on active travel infrastructure.

A series of workshops will be delivered targeting community groups across Northern Ireland.  This engagement will take the form of online workshops to discuss/assess Active Travel needs in a particular local area.

Note closing date is 6th September.

Information gathered from these workshops will feed directly into the Active Travel Delivery Plan for Northern Ireland. It is anticipated that these workshops will take place throughout the month of September.

Community Groups engagement Flyer


11 Public Consultation Event on NI's Carbon Budgets

Northern Ireland’s first ever consultation on Carbon Budgets has been launched by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). The consultation will run for 16 weeks from 21 June to 11 October 2023.

NI’s Carbon Budget will be central to our first 
Have your say at one of our events:

Thu, 31 Aug 2023 14:00 - 16:30
North West Learning Disability Centre,  Foyle Road Londonderry/Derry BT48 6SQ

Register here

Thu, 7 Sep 2023 19:00 - 20:30

Register here

If you are unable to attend one of the consultation sessions in person, you can access the consultation document and online survey here


12 Child Focused Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning Conference

La Dolce Vita Project 3rd Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning conference will be hosted this coming October in the  Verbal Arts Center.
The conference will be “Child focused” with an aim of raising awareness into:
➡️ Domestic abusive 
➡️ Coercive Controlling
➡️ Alienating behaviors. 
We are thankful to NLCFNI who have provided a contribution to support costs to host this event. Local and regional media  will be covering the conference. 
Link to book
La Dolce Vita Project look forward to welcome many of you on Wednesday 4th October 2023.


13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

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

  • Online Networking & Sharing of youth work tools
  • Essence of outdoor experiential education
  • Jump'IN
  • Tech-Savvy Youth Engagement
  • A Partnership Building Activity with Young People
  • GameOn
  • Call for Trainers


14 JobStart2 Open for Applications

The JobStart Scheme aims to help young people at risk of long term unemployment get into the job market by providing funding for employers to create 6-month (or 9-month if additional criteria are met) job opportunities.
JobStart opportunities are open to unemployed young people aged 16 – 24 who are:
in receipt of eligible benefits (Universal Credit, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Carers Allowance), or
not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
Additional support will be available to those with a disability, care experienced or criminal justice system experienced.
Employers of all sizes will be funded to offer new roles which must be additional to normal recruitment. Funding for each job opportunity will cover:
100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
the associated employer National Insurance contributions
employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
There will be a Start-up Grant available for each job opportunity to cover any support and training the young person may need, such as uniforms, health and safety training, inductions, accredited training and any other costs to the company to support the young person settle into employment.
Please see attached an 
information flyer
The application portal is online via nidirect 

Successful applications are then posted on JobApplyNI.com as vacancies (see link below):



15 Rutledge - New Youth Training Programme

We are currently enrolling for the Skills For Life and Work Programme, This programme gives 16 to 18 year old school leavers the opportunity to gain further qualifications and valuable work experience. Trainees on the programme will receive £40 per week plus travel expenses.
After 6 weeks on the programme the trainee will receive a startup bonus of £100. New and existing trainees can also refer a friend to the programme and receive £50 for each referral (terms and conditions apply).
If you would like to contact a member of staff about the programme please contact - Rutledge Training, 22 Waterloo Street, L’Derry or phone Maggie on 028 71370300. 
16 Job Opportunity with Triax Neighbourhood Management Team

The Business Development Officer (BDO) will seek to maximise the commercial return and reduce our dependence on grant aid, increasing the social economy activity within the BBI. Some of our existing social economy project include:
  •       Tus Maith: including garden pallet furniture. 
  •       Marquee Hire.
  •       Ballymagowan Allotments.
  •       Free Derry Coffee van.
  •       More & Less Refill shop.
  •       Up cycling project.
The Business Development Officer (BDO) will be responsible for identifying and maximising the business potential of the organisation including existing projects and developing new work income streams working towards maximising all our existing and new Assets to achieve growth and the sustainability of the BBI, but at all times remaining within the strong social, economic and environmental ethos and ideals that are the core of the BBI.
He/she/ they will be required to produce a Development and Implementation Plan for approval of the board. Performance will be monitored against the delivery of the plan and expected to meet key milestones leading on the development and growth of the social economy elements of BBI in partnership with BBI Manager

Job Description / Job Application

Closing Date: 15/09/23 at 12 .00pm
17 Job Opportunity with St Columb’s Park House

St Columb’s Park House is a peace centre located in the heart of a beautiful historic park in the Waterside area of Derry/Londonderry.  St Columb’s Park House contributes to peace building and active citizenship by providing a range of programmes which promote civic participation, human rights & leadership.  We also operate as a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise that offers conference and residential facilities.

We wish to appoint a Project Support Worker (18 hours per week) on a fixed term contract (Sept  2023 – 31st December 2024) subject to a three month probationary period.  Gross salary £12787 (equivalent pro rata 35hrs per week £24860 per annum).

This post will support the Project Co-ordinator to deliver the aims and outcomes the IGNYTE programme.  This is an innovative personal development programme which aims to build a capacity of marginalised young people by engaging them in training support in three key areas: Good Relations, Personal Development and Skills Development
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a youth work setting and/or working with vulnerable young adults.
  • Delivering and designing training sessions with specific emphasis on Good Relations and Skills Development
Shortlisting criteria may be enhanced in the instance of large numbers of applications.
Further information and application packs are available from Sharon Doherty St Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT47 6JY.  Telephone: 028 71 343080. Packs can also be requested using email; 
Completed Applications must be returned to the Operations Manager in an envelope clearly marked “JOB APPLICATION” no later than 12noon on Friday 1st September 2023. We will only accept completed and signed application forms issued with the job information. We do not accept CVs. Applications received after the closing date / time will not be considered.
18 Job Opportunity with Waterside Women's Centre

We are recruiting for a permanent position for a Centre Co-ordinator.

This role is a job-share for 17.5 hours per week. A lead role, delivering a range of services, securing funding and supporting women of all ages.  

Closing date Monday 11th September 2pm with interviews to be held on Monday 18th September 2023, and the details can be accessed on Community NI at 
19 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust

Churches Trust is seeking an inspirational leader to join us as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). If you are passionate about building cohesive and resilient communities, and about addressing deprivation, social injustice, and health inequalities, this is the perfect opportunity to make a lasting impact.

Reporting into the Board of Directors, the CEO will ensure that the values of the charity are upheld, lead the organisation, having overall responsibility for the management and administration of the Charity, within the strategic, policy and accountability frameworks approved by the Board of Directors. Together with the Chair, you will enable the Board to fulfil its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the Charity.

This post is supported by the Community Relations Council (Northern Ireland).
Churches Trust wishes to appoint:
Chief Executive Officer
Full Time 37.5 hours per week: Permanent subject to ongoing funding
Purpose and function of post:

  • To further the mission of the Churches Trust, by promoting a united, shared, and cohesive society working in collaboration with churches, schools, and community groups
  • To lead and manage the charity strategically, financially, and operationally, working closely with the Board of Directors and the management team.
  • To safeguard the future of the charity, ensuring the delivery of high-quality services that positively impact the lives of those we support, and the ongoing sustainability of operations.
  • To develop and implement innovative strategies to enhance services, expand outreach, and improve the quality of life for communities we serve.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, funders, partners, and the wider community to inspire and drive positive change.
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A degree in a relevant discipline.
  • 5 years’ management experience, 3 of which should be in a senior management position.
  • Strong organisational and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, engagement, and negotiation skills

For information and application packs, please e-mail recruitment@thechurchestrust.org.uk  

Closing date for applications: 2pm on Monday 11th September 2023


20 ‘Host for Hospice’ - October is Foyle Hospice Coffee Morning Month
Can you ‘Host for Hospice’ and organise a Coffee Morning in your community, whether it is in your Workplace, Community Centre or at Home. Host anywhere, anyway, all you need is a kettle and some company. We will even provide a ‘Free Coffee Morning Pack’.

For more info or to sign up to become a host. Please call Ailbhe, Community Fundraising Officer on 028 71359888 or email: 
21 Tower Museum Twilight Abseil for AMH New Horizons FOYLE

Saturday 7th October 2023
Help us raise much needed funds for local mental health service AMH New Horizons Foyle.  Abseil down the historic Tower Museum in Derry/Londonderry at twilight

Click the link 
https://www.amh.org.uk/events/abseil-for-action-mental-health/ registration £30 raise minimum of £100.  OR  if this is an adventure too far, you can support AMH by donating to AMH Staff member Leona Wright's JustGiving page

 You can take action on Mental ill-health.  AMH Foyle supporting local people for 30 years
22 Focus on Family Information Day 
It's coming round to that time of year again - kids back to school and time for the adults to spend a bit of time on themselves! Whether it's brushing up on skills like Maths, English or Computers, learning a new hobby like sewing, cooking, or crafting, or some nice "me-time" with lovely people in a relaxing atmosphere and taking part in reflexology or our new book club, and much more, Focus on Family has something for everyone this September.
On Wednesday 6th September Focus on Family opens the doors from 10am-6pm to welcome everyone to come along to our Information & Registration Day. This is the perfect time for existing and new participants to visit at any time throughout the day and sign up for our range of activities. Anyone wanting to sign up for courses, as well as local professionals wanting to find out more and make referrals, are warmly invited to attend. Visitors to our centre can also find out more about our childcare service, The Little Wonders, our work with Coleraine SureStart, and our partnership with Men’s Shed and Veteran’s Club at The Cornfield Project. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on the day!
For anyone who can’t make it to the Information Day on Wednesday 6th September but would like to register for a course or to find out more about what is on offer, please contact the Project Manager at Focus on Family, Brendan Patterson, on 02870329550 or email 


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