NWCN E-bulletin 04 May 2017

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1 Delivering Change in a Shifting Landscape: Future challenges and opportunities for the VCSE and its partners

2 Village of the Year

3  Social Housing Enterprise Investment Scheme

4 Co-Ownership Housing launches new social fund

5 Research Questionnaire: Funding Peace

6 Derry City and Strabane District Council invite you to Shared Ethos Event

7 Join Us & Connect: 8th May 2017!

8 Zest Healing the Hurt Conference - Thursday 18th May 2017

9 Traffic Light Sexual Behaviours Training

10 Free Training for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations

11 Training Opportunities with Foyle Women's Aid

12 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust

13 Job Opportunity with St Columb's Park House

14 Get Started with Event Stewarding Programme 

15 Latest offers from Salto Youth

16 Information and events with RNIB

17 Echo Echo Adult Dance and Movement Class

18 Arabic Café in The Nerve Centre

19 Open Day Event at the North West Islamic Centre

20 Thursday Evening Family and Schools Events with NW Orienteering Club starts TONIGHT

21 Free carbon monoxide awareness workshop



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1 Delivering Change in a Shifting Landscape: Future challenges and opportunities for the VCSE and its partners

Building Change Trust invites you to an event on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at the Junction, Derry/Londonderry at 9.30am
Supported by Holywell Trust and North West Community Network
In a climate of great uncertainty faced by voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSE) not least due to political instability, Brexit, and continued austerity, organisations, groups and volunteers continue to strive to deliver positive social change for the individuals and communities they work with.

This event is one of a number of engagements being held by Building Change Trust across Northern Ireland between February and June 2017 as part of its VCSE Futures initiative.

Throughout the initiative we are engaging with the sector itself, funders and policy makers, to hear their views.
The purpose of this 10 May event is to hear views from VCSE groups and organisations in the North West on current challenges and possible opportunities, and to attempt to answer the following questions:

To create an enabling environment that delivers the best outcomes for the people and places your organisation, works with:

  • What action does the sector itself need to take?
  • What action does the public sector need to take?
  • What action do funders need to take? 

We invite you to arrive at 9.30am for tea/coffee & scones for a 10.00am start
The event will finish at 1pm with lunch.

Please register by clicking on the link below and adding your details: 



2  Village of the Year


We haven’t yet received ANY applications from Derry Strabane!

Penelope Keith seeks Britain’s Village of the Year for Channel 4

Actress Penelope Keith has visited scores of rural communities in her Hidden Villages series for Channel 4. Now she is taking on her biggest challenge yet – to scour the length and breadth of Britain to crown one village Village of the Year 2017.

From stunning coastal fishing villages to hillside farming communities and from outlandish artist colonies to the most traditional chocolate box villages, Village of the Year 2017 with Penelope Keith will celebrate all that is great about our rural communities.

Penelope will preside over heats, semi-finals and final, with a panel of expert judges deciding which villages will progress through the rounds before revealing their winner, based on the following criteria: Appearance; History & Heritage; Village Events; Activities; and Visitor Experience.

They will award their chosen village with the accolade of Village of the Year and £10,000 to be used for a worthwhile community project.

For more information and to find out how to take part visit www.channel4.com/takepart Or www.villageoftheyear.co.uk

To keep up to date with the series or to connect through social media search @villageoftheyear on Facebook or @villages2017 on Twitter.

For more information, images or interview please contact:
Assistant Producer - Simon Kennedy –
simon.kennedy@reeftv.com 0207 539 2004


3   Social Housing Enterprise Investment Scheme


In September 2015 the Housing Executive introduced the Social Housing Enterprise Programme.
As part of the strategy it was agreed that financial investment may be awarded to individuals or groups living or working in NIHE estates to enable development of personal or organisational capacity to improve develop economic activity in the area.
Our small awards for Business Start-up, Education & Training Awards of up to £1000 are now open.

You can still apply for smaller awards of up to £1000 (until funds have depleted).
Applications will be reviewed every two months, with the next review scheduled for the end of April 2017.
Applications for large awards of £10,000, £20,000 & £50,000 are currently now open. Closing date for applications is Friday 16th June 2017 at 4.00pm.

 If you want further information please feel free to contact us on:

Paul Carland, Connor Smith or Niall Eastwood 03448 920 900 / socialinvestments@nihe.gov.uk


4 Co-Ownership Housing launches new social fund


Co-Ownership Housing is launching a new social fund and is currently seeking applications.

With a budget of £12,000, the social fund will support a project or projects which will make a positive social impact in the lives of individuals, local neighbourhoods, or communities.

Funding is open to constituted organisations which are interested in working with and receiving funding from Co-Ownership Housing to deliver a project in one of the following areas:

  • Helping regenerate, rebuild, and revitalise neighbourhoods and communities;
  • Supporting elderly or disabled people; or;
  • Providing advice and educational services to promote either financial capability and inclusion, energy efficiency or biodiversity in the community.

The entire fund may be awarded to a single organisation (or partnership) for a single project, or divided across several organisations and projects.

The project may be entirely new or already existing and funding may be held on behalf of an unconstituted group.

Applying to the fund will not be difficult but applicants should be clear on the need for their proposed project and its potential benefits. They must also commit to providing a social impact report once the project is complete.

Details on how to apply – and a simple application form – can be accessed through Co-Ownership’s website here: Social Fund Application

The social fund builds on Co-Ownership’s commitment to responsible business and working for social good. In 2016, it became the first not-for-profit organisation, and first housing association, to achieve the highest standard of Corporate Social Responsibility in Northern Ireland – CORE, accredited by Business in the Community (BITCNI).

For further information, visit: https://www.co-ownership.org/news/co-ownership-launches-new-social-fund/



5 Research Questionnaire: Funding Peace


Corrymeela, in association with Ulster University and the Understanding Conflict Trust, are conducting a small scale study to examine the changing funding environment and its impact on peace and reconciliation work in Northern Ireland and the Border Region, over the period 2007-2017. 


As part of this research we have a devised a short online survey which aims to capture the views/opinions of those engaged in peace and reconciliation work. It is anticipated that the findings will be made available to policy makers and other interested stakeholders.

We would be very grateful if someone within your organisation, ideally with direct knowledge of these issues, could fill in this anonymous survey on behalf of your organisation.


The questionnaire closes on Wednesday 24 May 2017 and can be accessed using the below link: 



6 Derry City and Strabane District Council invite you to Shared Ethos Event


The Western Health and Social Care Trust and Kinship Care NI are holding a Shared Ethos Event to celebrate their achievements supporting kinship carers and their children.

The event, which is supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council is being held on:-

Wednesday 10th May 2017 at the Guildhall from 12.30pm – 2.00pm. 

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Lunch will be provided and the Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council, Hilary McClintock and ‘Kuddles’ the Kinship Care Bear will be there to welcome everyone.


RSVP Jacqueline on 028 71373731 or via email info@kinshipcareni.com  


 7 Join Us & Connect: 8th May 2017!

Community Powered Change: Telling stories, growing ideas
At Amplify NI we go on a journey with people to take action together, creating fairer communities where everyone can thrive.  
Join us for a day of celebration, connection, and social innovation in partnership with Ulster University Business School
 8th May 2017, 9:00 - 2.00, Conor Hall, Belfast Campus, University of Ulster

9.00am: Registration, refreshments, marketplace
 9:30am: Welcome from Ulster University Business School
Amplify NI - Telling Our Story
9:45am: Background to Amplify NI - Nat Defriend (Director of Places and Communities)
- Storytelling in Derry/Londonderry
- Candy Chang: "What Makes You Smile?" 
10am: Amplify NI Accelerator Stories
10:45am: Coffee and tea
11am: Keynote - Julie Harrison (Chair of Big Lottery NI) "The power of collaboration - people, their strengths and building on what matters in communities."
Amplify NI - Global Lessons 
11:15am: Amplify - UK and global lessons - Nat Defriend (Director of Places and Communities)
- Candy Chang: "What are your hopes for your hometown?"
11:30am: Keynote - Rachel Collier (CEO - Young Social Innovators)
Amplify Enterprise - A New Direction
12noon: Amplify Enterprise - Roger Warnock (Programme Lead Ireland)
Panel discussion with Brendan Galbraith (University of Ulster), Peter Edgar (Catalyst Inc) and Paul Ellingstrad (PTI Advisors)
12:40pm: Final words and "Way Forward" - Glenys Thornton (CEO - Young Foundation)
 1pm - 2pm: Lunch, marketplace and lunchtime sessions

RSVP to AmplifyNI at amplifyni@youngfoundation.org 

At Amplify NI we believe everyone can make a difference, and that positive social change happens when people from every part of society are involved. We bring people together to:

  • Understand their experiences of inequality by spending time with people in their own places
  • Help them develop ideas together for improving their communities 
  • Create and grow innovative projects, collaborations, campaigns and movements to make change happen

Our approach is not just working here in Northern Ireland it’s spreading across the world! By helping people to act together we can make our communities better places to live and work.
 Amplify NI is powered by the Young Foundation and funded by National Lottery players through the Big Lottery.
Go to
http://www.amplifyni.org/ to read some of the inspiring stories of the people we have worked with.

RSVP to AmplifyNI at amplifyni@youngfoundation.org 



8 Zest Healing the Hurt Conference - Thursday 18th May 2017


Zest Healing the Hurt - Half - Day Conference 

Healing the Hurt of Suicide and Self Harm - The importance of Relationships




Dr. Tony Humphreys    

Dr. Tony Humphreys is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Author and National and International Speaker.

He began his career as a Clinical Psychologist in State Psychiatric and Psychological Services in England and Ireland and since 1990 has been working in private practice in Ireland.

He works with individuals, couples, families, schools, local communities and the business community. He is the Director of two National University of Ireland courses which are run in University College Cork and in an outreach centre in Dublin.

He is Co-Founder of  The Irish Association of Relationship Mentors and a Member of Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), IARM. 


Dr Kay Inckle

Kay Inckle specialises in the sociology of health and medicine at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She previously spent a number of years working as a practitioner, and later a practitioner trainer, across the health and social care sector, working with adults and young people.

She has spent many years researching self-injury and has just published her third book: Safe with Self-Injury: A Practical Guide to Understanding, Responding & Harm-Reduction with PCCS books http://www.pccs-books.co.uk/products/safe-with-self-injury/#.WNkwV1XyuUk


Conor McCafferty MSc., Reg. MBACP (Accred)

Conor comes from a background of Youth Work, Further Education and Counselling & Psychotherapy. He is an accredited psychotherapist with BACP and specialises in self-harm and suicidal behaviours as well as addiction.

Conor has been with Zest for 18 years and currently coordinates the Self-harm Intervention Programme (SHIP) in the WHSCT and the NHSCT. This is a direct referral pathway from the Community Mental Health Teams to counselling in the Voluntary Sector for those who are self-harming.

Conor specialises in the impact of alcohol on self-harm and suicide and delivers training workshops to professionals throughout the province. Conor is responsible for the business side of Zest and also develops and delivers the training programmes.

Conor was appointed to the Chair of the Suicide Strategy Implementation Body (SSIB) in December 2014 by the Minister of Health Jim Wells for a 3 year period.


Teresa Carbery

Teresa is a qualified counsellor who has personal and professional experience in the area of Self-Harm, Suicide and Trauma.


9.30am - 1:00pm CONFERENCE
Price: £25

To register follow the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healing-the-hurt-conference-the-importance-of-relationships-tickets-33012467178 or contact Zest on tel: 02871266999 or email: zestconference@gmail.com


 Traffic Light Sexual Behaviours Training


14 June 2017 • Strabane Enterprise Agency • 9.30am - 3.45pm

The Brook Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light tool aims to support professionals working with children and young people to identify, assess and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours. This training will increase the understanding of healthy sexual development and distinguish this from harmful behaviour. The ability to maintain boundaries and referral for children and young people to further support will also be explored.

To book your place email health.improvement@westerntrust.hscni.net or call 028 7186 5127



10 Free Training for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations


For details on the available training with the CLEAR Project until the end of June 2017 click on the Training Flyer Button below. 

To book a place please read carefully the Booking and Cancellations Policy, complete a booking form and return to claire@dhcni.com or visit our website and complete booking form online: www.clearproject.co.uk  

  • Impact of Alcohol on Self-harm & Crisis Intervention - 15th & 22nd May 2017 - Greysteel
  • Impact of Alcohol on Self-harm & Crisis Intervention - 15th & 22nd June 2017 - Strabane
  • Mental Health First Aid - 7th & 14th June - Limavady

Booking Form

Training Flyer

Training - Booking & Cancellation Policy


11  Training Opportunities with Foyle Women's Aid


Domestic Abuse Awareness & How to Ask the Questions
13th June 2017
10am – 4pm 
Ashleywood House
Through this informative and thought provoking full day workshop participants will develop a good awareness and understanding of Domestic Abuse, including various definitions, statistics and the many different forms of abuse which victims are subject to.  Importantly participants will gain heightened understanding to why it is so difficult for women to leave.
Who should attend? 
This training is suitable for those who have a responsibility to respond to victims and perpetrators of domestic or relationship abuse, midwives, health visitors, community support workers, accommodation support workers, social workers, youth workers, social science students, counsellors or probation workers who work in the field of family support and family intervention.
Knowing the Perpetrator Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Training
20th June 2017
10am – 4pm 
Ashleywood House
This full day workshop for participants will heighten awareness for practitioners who work in the voluntary/community and statutory and private sector and who work within family support and intervention to understand the face and profile of a perpetrator of domestic abuse taking into account gender equality, how grooming starts, prevention and reoffending.
Who should attend? 
This training is suitable for those who have a responsibility to respond to victims and perpetrators of domestic or relationship abuse, midwives, health visitors, community support workers, accommodation support workers, social workers, youth workers, social science students, counsellors or probation workers who work in the field of family support and family intervention.
All the training will be delivered by qualified staff from Avert Training.
Places are limited to 20 Participants per course
For registration or further information please contact Claire Mc Laughlin or Jacqueline Hamill at Avert Training on 02871343191 or Email: 

All courses are £70 per person light lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
All training must be paid for in advance places are limited so early registration is recommended.


12 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust


THE CHURCHES TRUST - Standing together with  those in need
The Churches Trust was established 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 reaches across all communities in a unique and practical way, to deliver services on an equitable basis to the unemployed, young people, the elderly, individuals and families disadvantaged through low education attainment and/or low income levels.   

The Churches Trust wishes to appoint: SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR

Fulltime position: Salary £20,661 per annum: 35 hours per week

Purpose and function of post:

  • To coordinate Care Services
  • To further the mission of the Churches’ Trust by providing effective and timely administrative support and project co-ordination
  • To manage Maintenance /Handyperson service and Charity Shop

Essential criteria include but are not limited to:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in administration/ office management / other relevant posts.
  • A relevant 3rd level qualification
  • Effective written and oral communication skills and excellent IT skills

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


Closing date for all applications: 12 noon on Monday 22nd May


13   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 Worker (15 hours per week) on a fixed term contract (June 2017 – 31st August 2018) subject to a three month probationary period.  Gross salary £10,500 (£24,500 per annum - gross full time equivalent)

The Project Worker will work alongside the Project Leader to deliver the aims and outcomes of the M Powered Project.  The M-Powered Project is an exciting  one of a kind initiative that will evolve over 3 years using Martial Arts as a tool for exploring personal development, youth empowerment, peer leadership, employability, identity and conflict management with some of  the most marginalised young people in Derry/Londonderry.

Essential criteria include but are not limited to:

  • A relevant 3rd level qualification and a minimum of 2 years experience of working in a relevant field of youth/sports work
  • Proven facilitation skills in working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and low educational attainment. 

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 9th May 2017.  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. Interviews for short-listed applicants will be held on the week beginning 15th May 2017.


14  Get Started with Event Stewarding Programme 


Are you 18-24? Want to learn new skills?

Get Started with Stewarding

22nd – 26th May, Derry/Londonderry
Taster/Selection day: 16th May

If you are not currently in full time employment, education or training come and meet new people, learn new skills, work as a team and build on your confidence.

Not only will you discover new talents and develop new skills, but you’ll also benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

  • Gain Level 2 Qualifications in Stewarding & Fire Safety  Travel expenses paid on programme
  • Doesn't affect your benefits
  • Up to three months of support after the programme

To join the course or find out more: Search ‘Prince’s Trust’
Text ‘Call me’ to 07983 385 418
Call for free on 0800 842 842

Email: outreachni@princes-trust.org.ukChristopher.McDonagh@princes-trust.org.uk 


15 Latest offers from Salto Youth


Citizen Journalists on Tour - Countering Hate Speech
What is hate speech and how can it be countered? During this training we will deepen our understanding of the phenomenon, learn strategies how to react to hate speech on the internet and meet with media, political and civil society actors in Berlin.
Organizer: Kreisau-Initiative e.V. (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Germany, Hungary, Poland, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 14 May 2017

› More details

Solidarity with refugees
4 million migrants have passed Friedland in 70 years. The studycamp offers creative work with a migrant theatre group and research activity with the museum of forced migration in the refugee camp along with practical engagement in a community garden.
Organizer: Service Civil International (SCI), German branch (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 20 May 2017

› More details


16 Information and events with RNIB


RNIB Readaloud 

Come along and listen to a variety of short stories and poetry read by friends of RNIB NI
Each month we are entertained by invited guests who read their own choice of material.  Anyone is welcome to contribute a poem or short story which can be read by a sighted volunteer. These sessions are very informal; why not attend once to find out more. Simply listen and enjoy!
Monday 8th May 11.00-12.30pm
RNIB NI, Embassy Building, 3 Strand Rd, Derry/L’derry
Contact: Annmarie on 07864 067649

Goalball Foyle Arena
Goalball is a sport designed specifically for those with sight loss

The club is open to adults and children over the age of 8 years. Equipment is always provided on the day so all you need to bring along is yourselves and some water. The club is held once a month on a Saturday from 11am - 12noon in Foyle Arena.

The next club is Saturday 13th May and the one after that is Saturday 3rd June. If anyone would like to register their attendance please email me on
jbrennan@dsni.co.uk or call the office on 028 9046 9925.

Libraries NI  - The North West Homecall Service 

The North West Homecall Service is offered for free by Libraries-NI.  It provides Library provision to individuals, who have difficulties accessing libraries due to ill - health or mobility issues and who do not have anyone else to visit their local Library on their behalf.

Staff Members visit Homecall customers every 3 weeks and provide a variety of large and normal print books, including crime, romance, thrillers, science-fiction, cowboy novels, sport, medicine, and crafting books.

There is also an extensive range of talking books on CD for those who may have difficulty in handling novels or for those with eyesight problems.

The North West Homecall covers Dungiven, Limavady, Strabane and Derry areas.

To find out more call Libraries NI Stuart Temple, Shantallow Library, telephone: 028 7135 4185


17 Echo Echo Adult Dance and Movement Class


Echo Echo's popular Adult Dance and Movement classes return for the Spring/Summer term, beginning Tuesday 2nd May 2017 and running for 8 weeks. The classes will take place Tuesday weekly, 7pm - 8.30pm, in Echo Echo Studios on Magazine Street.

The adult classes are for anyone aged 16+ who is interested in developing their dance and movement skills; both beginners and experienced dancers welcome.

Cost is only £40/course or £6/class.


For more information please visit our website at echoechodance.com 


18 Arabic Café in The Nerve Centre


Arabic Café

Open every Thursday, 3~7pm in the Nerve Centre, 7 Magazine St, L’Derry BT48 6HJ

  • Arabic coffee, mint tea, baklava
  • Fresh Arabic bread and humus
  • Fair trade Palestinian olive oil and dates
  • Eat in or take away

Everyone welcome


Arabridge is a solidarity enterprise. We aim to help everyone integrate with Arabic speaking refugees and migrants. The Arabic café delivers freshly prepared Arabic meals, snacks, desserts and drinks. We also offer translation and interpretation, one to one lessons, language swaps, volunteer work placements, plus music, dancing, singing, culture workshops and lessons.


Contact: Pop into the Arabic café on Thursdays ~ Text Jo Bird on 0797 007 5704 ~ Find us on Facebook


19 Open Day Event at the North West Islamic Centre


"Your Muslim Neighbors Are Inviting You For Tea And Tour"

The Muslim community in the city is going to mark the arrival of the month of fasting (Ramadan), with an open day at the North West Islamic Centre (8 Hyde Business Park, Pennyburn Industrial Estate, BT48 0LU), on Sunday 14th May 2017 between 1-5pm.    


In the spirit of friendship and conversation, we hope to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the Muslim community and to promote greater understanding of Islam. We anticipate welcoming local people from all walks of life to visit the centre and meet with its diverse Muslim members.


The open attitude of the Islamic centre and its people hope to make a major contribution in fostering interfaith and intercultural understanding within the city.


During the course of the afternoon visitors will be given the opportunity to talk with members of the Muslim community, observe their religious practices (including live mid-day prayer at 2:30pm) and receive some information through an exhibition about Islam. In addition to this, we will have a Hijab and Henna desk, kids’ corner, some local and ethnic snacks with tea, and more.

We would be honoured to have your presence on the day at our Islamic centre.


Please reply at info@nwia.org.uk to confirm your attendance or for further information.


20 Thursday Evening Family and Schools Events with NW Orienteering Club starts TONIGHT


This year’s series of Thursday Evening Events starts TONIGHT 4th May at St Columb’s Park, L’Derry.

These events are suitable for all ages, but children under 10 should be supervised by a parent or teacher. The series will incorporate the NWOC Primary Schools championships events where children (and parents) can score points for their School.

No special equipment is required – just wear outdoor clothing suitable for running or walking and bring a watch to check your time with.

Starts will be between 18:30 and 19:00 – courses will close at 8pm.


For more information contact Jules on rdonioa@niorienteering.org





21 Free carbon monoxide awareness workshop


24 May 2017

Holywell Trust, DCCP, 8-14 Bishop Street

10am - 1pm (finishing with lunch)


The Gas Safe Charity is running a series of free half day workshops across the UK aimed at ANY organisation that deliver services in the homes of vulnerable people. Its purpose is to promote the sign, symptoms and risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. We have a workshop in Derry/Londonderry on the 24th May at Holywell Trust


Low levels of carbon monoxide have been linked to increased risk of falls and dementia. Front line staff and volunteers have a key preventative role but there is also a duty of care for employers. Numerous organisations have attended past events and have now introduced carbon monoxide awareness into their induction and general training. There is usually only one place per organisation and each participant will receive a training pack, buffet lunch and a free CO detector.

To learn more and get a booking form please click


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