NWCN E-bulletin 06 April 2017


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

2 Peace Building Summer School Armagh

3 Would you be interested in becoming a Director with La Dolce Vita?

4 Volunteering opportunities with ChildLine Foyle

5 Job Opportunity with Include Youth

6 FREE First Aid Training

7 ‘A City with Youth in Mind’ - Citizen’s Jury

8 Healing the Hurt of Self Harm and Suicide conference

9 Living Life to the Full Course (6 weeks)

10 RNIB Accessibility Training

11 Darkness into Light Walk 

12  TEAM Programme

13 Upcoming Training with Mediate NI

14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

15 "Rerun Brexit Vote in N.Ireland?"

16 The Redvolution is coming! Be part of it!

17 Echo Echo's Kids Classes

18 Easter Crafts Event

19 'Don't Silence the Violence'

20  “Stop the Vandalism”









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.


Register with NWCN on info@nwcn.org / 028 7127 9090


2  Peace Building Summer School Armagh

Diversity Challenges in Partnership with School of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance UMASS Boston, Rural Community Network , REACT and West Armagh Consortium is running an International Summer School in Armagh on Peace-building 8th-18th July. This is an opportunity for those working on Peace-building who want to learn more about how the conflict in and about Northern Ireland impacted a rural border community, what changes have taken place to bring about a relatively peaceful society and what issues remain to be resolved/transformed. The school is open to participants working on peace-building. There are already a number of students from Boston who are enrolled through UMASS.

For further information contact Diversity Challenges email diversity
challenges@hotmail.com or go to the web page http://www.peacebuilding-summerschool-armagh.org/

Diversity Challenges is applying to the Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Council Good Relations Programme and CRC for a limited number of bursaries for community activists working on peace-building. The school is also advertised on the Community N.I web page http://www.communityni.org/event/peace-building-summer-school-armagh#.WN5EAo61vyg

Diversity Challenges: diversitychallenges@hotmail.com


3   Would you be interested in becoming a Director with La Dolce Vita?

La Dolce Vita Project based at 13 Queen Street, Derry/Londonderry  is currently seeking applications from people interested in becoming part of La Dolce Vita Project Board of Directors.   

In particular a 'Chair Person and Vice Chair', should you be interested in becoming a part of our Board of Directors, please request an expression of interest form by emailing on ladolcevita5277@gmail.com or telephoning our office on 02871377272. 

La Dolce Vita Project is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, or sexual orientation.


4 Volunteering opportunities with ChildLine Foyle

ChildLine have volunteering opportunities available at the base at Exchange House. We are always in need of volunteer counsellors and switchboarders to help answer as many contacts as possible from the many children and young people who contact us for support.  

No previous experience of counselling is needed, as full training and support is provided by staff here at the base. Volunteers will gain worthwhile communication skills and experience of working in a team environment whilst also making a huge difference to those who contact us.

Sign up to the next Information Meeting on Fri 21st April from 12- 1:30pm by visiting the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QJY75ZG

Or for more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at sarah.carlin2@nspcc.org.uk /
028 2044 1734



5 Job Opportunity with Include Youth

Include Youth are seeking to recruit a Youth Worker (Personal Development) based in our Derry Office

The post requires travel around the Western Trust area.
Hours of work – 35 per week
Salary £25,440 - £29,558

The post is funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2015 – 2020 investment for jobs and growth programme and the Department for the Economy until March 2018 (possible extension subject to funding)

Job Purpose
To assess the personal development and employability needs of young people referred to Give and Take programmes

To develop and implement a young person centred programme utilising both barriers to accessing education, employment or training.

Closing date for applications – Thursday 13th April at 12 noon
Interviews planned for week beginning 8th May 2017

For an application pack please email Jackie Hynds on jackie@includeyouth.org


6 FREE First Aid Training


Would you like to learn Simple but Effective First Aid. This is available free from the Red Cross at present. It is available to groups Free of Charge in the Derry/Londonderry area – Older people, Housing groups, Football groups, Youth groups etc

Contact gfitzpatrick@redcross.org.uk or phone 07808243707


 7 ‘A City with Youth in Mind’ - Citizen’s Jury
Wednesday 12th April, 6pm at Holywell Building

A Citizen's Jury, part of the DiverseCity Community Partnership's Civic Activism Project, will be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday 12th April at the HOLYWELL DCCP Building. We have gathered views and thoughts from young people in the city. At this event we will present all the evidence gathered and explore how we can create a city with youth in mind.
To book your place contact Roisin O'Hagan -
roisin@holywelltrust.com or telephone 028 71 261941.  Refreshments will be provided at the event.


8 Healing the Hurt of Self Harm and Suicide conference

Half Day Conference: 

Healing the Hurt of Self - Harm and Suicide

The Importance of Relationships


  • Dr Tony Humphreys
  • Dr Kay Inckle
  • Conor McCafferty MSc., Reg. MBACP (Accred)
  • Teresa Carbery

City Hotel, Queens Quay, L'Derry
Thursday 18th May 2017, 9:00am - 13:00pm
Lunch & Refreshments provided

Price: £25   
Register @

Contact: tel: 02871 266999 email: ZESTCONFERENCE@GMAIL.COM 


 Living Life to the Full Course (6 weeks)

The free course has been developed by Dr Chris Williams, Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Glasgow, a recognised expert and trainer in cognitive behavioural therapy.  This programme delivered by AWARE can make a big difference to your life. It can help you sleep better, feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, get out more and enjoy better relationships and can help you manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried or depressed and learn simple practical skills to help you cope with life’s challenges.

Dates: 20th April, 27th April, 4th May, 11th May, 18th May and 25th May 2017

Time: 7pm-8.30pm

Location: AWARE offices, 15 Queen Street, Derry/Londonderry

To register for any of the above courses please contact Catherine T: 028 71 260602/ E: catherine@aware-ni.org



10 RNIB Accessibility Training

Date: Monday 15th May 2017
Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: RNIB, Embassy Building
Cost: Free

This session offers members of the public, or friends and family of anyone with sight loss, the opportunity to find out more about different types of eye conditions and develop confidence offering assistance.

Topics include:
* how to communicate effectively with a blind or partially sighted person
* demonstration of how to guide someone with reduced vision

Contact Annmarie Houston, RNIB NI to book your place 07864 067649



11  Darkness into Light Walk 

Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising and suicide awareness event which begins in darkness as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking.
Date: Saturday 06th May 2017
Location: Sainbury’s Cafe, Strand Rd., Derry
Funds raised will be used to support both HURT and Pieta House.
Have Your Tomorrows (HURT) is a local support agency for individuals and families affected by drug & alcohol misuse. Its offers a range of free therapeutic interventions, including counselling, as well as programmes to raise awareness of the dangers of substance misuse.
Pieta House is a suicide and self harm crisis centre with locations throughout Ireland. Pieta offers free counselling to those suffering from suicidal ideation, those who have been bereaved by suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm.

To register for the event, please go to the Darkness Into Light website:

If you would like any further information, please contact HURT on 02871 369696 or Pieta House on (01) 6219374


12 TEAM Programme

  • Starts Monday 8th May @ Strabane NWRC
  • Tue 2nd May @ Derry-Londonderry NWRC

Do you want to build Confidence, Motivation, Qualifications and Life Skills?
Aged 16 -24?
Join TEAM! (Limited places)
"How it works...

Join the Princes Trust TEAM, our 12-week personal development programme, for the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people.
When you come on board, you’ll be challenged to:

  • Take on your own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where you live
  • Take part in an action packed residential trip (optional)
  • Get two weeks work experience in something you’re interested in
  • Develop your English and Maths skills 
  • Develop your CV and Interview Skills
  • And much much more!! 

As part of the course, we also spend time on short and long term goals that are right for you."
To be eligible potential TEAM participants should not be in employment, education or training, however they can be working part-time up to 15 hours or training part-time up to 11 hours.
Travel and Childcare costs are covered and EMA is available to those eligible.

Breakfast and Lunch Club included…all free!
Here's a short video also...


For more details contact…
Strabane TEAM- Denis
t: 07527 389281/0287127 8831

Derry-Londonderry TEAM- Sean
t: 07794 215217


13    Upcoming Training with Mediate NI

  • Accredited Family Mediation Skills Course Level 3 - 9 Credits OCN NI

Venue: Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street, Derry/ Londonderry, BT48 7ER.

Dates: 10 day course 24 and 31 May and 7, 10, 14, 21, 24, 28, June and 1 and 5 July 2017

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cost: £1,000.00 (includes NIOCN registration fee and course workbook).

Tutors: Michael Doherty B.Sc., M.A. Administration and Legal Studies, Accredited Mediator Regents University, London.

Anne O’Kelly Med. BA, Dip. Y&C


  • Facilitating Good Relations Accredited Course Level 1 – 1 Credit

Venue        Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street, Derry/

                   Londonderry, BT48 7ER

 Date           Thursday 27th April 2017

 Time           9.30am – 4.30pm

 Cost           £50.00 (includes NI OCN accreditation fee, sandwich lunch and a copy of Michael Doherty’s ‘The Peace Builders Handbook’)


Who For 

This programme is designed for those who work with diverse communities and want to enhance their skills in facilitating Good Relations programmes.


  • Facilitating Difficult Conversations

One day NI OCN Accredited (L I – I Credit) Workshop

Tutor Michael Doherty


This one day NI OCN accredited (LEVEL 1 – 1 credit workshop is designed to help facilitators working in the field of peace building to look at some of the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate difficult conversations when working with sensitive issues.


Part of the day will explore the need to do a lot of self-preparation work and consider different ways of making a group contract in order to establish a safe environment.


Participants will also take part in an experiential learning process that will allow them to look at their own strengths and weaknesses as a facilitator when working with difficult issues.


Who For?

This workshop is more suited to those already working in the field of peace building that wish to enhance their skills in facilitating difficult conversations.


Date                    9th May 2017

Time                   10.00am – 4.30pm

Venue                 Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street, Derry/Londonderry.

Cost                    £50.00 (includes accreditation fee, sandwich lunch and ‘The Peace Builders Workbook’ by the Tutor)


  • Accredited Conflict Management and Mediation Skills Workshop
    Level 1 - 1 Credit OCN NI

Venue: Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street, Derry/ Londonderry, BT48 7ER.

Dates: 2 May 2017

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cost: £100.00 (includes NIOCN registration fee and course workbook). *Earlybird Registration Register before 21st April 2017 £80.00

Tutor: Michael Doherty B.Sc., M.A. Administration and Legal Studies, Accredited Mediator Regents University, London.


  • Accredited Conflict Management and Mediation Skills Course
    Level 2 - 2 Credits OCN NI

Venue: Clarendon Street Chambers, 67 Clarendon Street, Derry/ Londonderry, BT48 7ER.

Dates: 1 and 2 June 2017

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cost: £200.00 (includes NIOCN registration fee and course workbook).

Tutors: Michael Doherty B.Sc., M.A. Administration and Legal Studies, Accredited Mediator Regents University, London.


For further information and to register for any of these courses please contact Michael Doherty on michael.doherty@mediateni.com  or 02871365636


14  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


BiTriMulti (BTM) - Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges
The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects;especially newcomers to this field
Organizer: Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agency Poland (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - FL, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Eastern Partnership countries
Application deadline: 16 April 2017

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Competences Unplugged
This training course focuses on competence development, particularly on the concept of inner readiness, to tackle the issue of youth empowerment and employability. We will use theatre, art, coaching, storytelling, & nature-based training elements.
Organizer: Coyote Initiatives CIC (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - FR, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 30 April 2017

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Re-engaging People with Educational Barriers in Non-Formal and Formal Learning
A four-day cross-sectoral seminar to share and develop best practices, methods and approaches, that re-engage excluded groups towards tackling educational barriers, with a view to ultimately widen participation in formal and non-formal learning.
Organizer: UK National Agency for Erasmus+ (Ecorys UK) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 30 April 2017

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"Another extraordinary Experience. The colour of pomegranate" - Partnership Building Seminar with Job-shadowing elements
The activity aims to create strong ties among participating EVS coordinators and their organisations as well as to learn about EVS realities in Armenia. Concept of the activity is built on idea of experiential, adventure learning and outdoor pedagogy.
Organizer: SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre (SALTO)
This activity is for participants from: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 15 May 2017

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PBA "Make the Move IV"
A contact-making seminar co-organized by NA BEFR and PT, and co-funded by other NA’s in order to promote partnerships and develop quality Youth Exchanges, with a strong focus on Inclusion. Programme countries + EECA and SEE. 40 participants.
Organizer: Bureau International Jeunesse (BEFR NA) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline: 30 May 2017

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Event Wise training course
Event Wise is a dynamic personal development training that equips educators in order to support their parallel process into guiding people’s learning.
Organizer: Olde Vechte Foundation (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 22 June 2017

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15 "Rerun Brexit Vote in N.Ireland?"


Would you like to Vote again in the Brexit Vote? With the arrival of the National Theatre to N.Ireland to premier its ground-breaking production in collaboration with The Playhouse, “My Country”, every night there will be a rerun of the Brexit Vote at our Brexit Polling Station, to see how people’s views might have changed.  How will it compare to the last time to the result in Foyle (21.7% to leave), N.Ireland (44.2% to leave) or the UK Vote (51.9% to leave)?  Results will be announced the following day on Social Media.


The National Theatre, working in collaboration with The Playhouse in Derry, is coming to N.Ireland with a new ground-breaking production focused on one of the most divisive topics of recent years, Brexit. The new play by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris has been called a ‘Massive Listening Project’. The play has only one date in Northern Ireland and is being brought to The Playhouse stage for one week only, from the 4th April. In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from across the UK made up of 10 writers and theatre directors including The Playhouse spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 to 97, to hear their views on the country we call home. In a series of deeply personal interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny, and sometimes extreme. My Country puts their words centre stage, verbatim. 


Niall Mc Caughan, Chief Executive of The Playhouse stated: "We are delighted once again to be working with the National Theatre in N.Ireland. It's not surprising that the project has already received a lot of national coverage including in the last week, a piece on the Channel 4 News as well as in the Guardian. As part of this theatrical highlight of the year in N.Ireland which focuses on one of the biggest upsets in political history in a generation, we will have a rerun of the Brexit Vote, using one of the Polling Booth kindly supplied by Pakflatt in this city, who supplied the actual booths for the Brexit Vote. It will be interesting to see if views have changed?”

My Country open in The Playhouse on Tuesday 4th, Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th April, Box Office:
(028) 71268027 or


16 The Redvolution is coming! Be part of it!


#Redvolution is coming! Be part of it!
 ‘Redhead300’ is looking for YOU! Join us!
 'Red-y' to support us? We need YOU!

A fundraising walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, ‘Redhead300’, will leave from the Guildhall, Derry on Saturday 5th August 2017 and finish 300 miles later in Crosshaven, County Cork - home of the 
Irish Red Head Convention - on Friday 18th August 2017. 
So if you:
- are looking for something a little different this year? 
- fancy your very own ‘ultimate’ challenge?  
- feel the need to test your limits of endurance?  
- like the idea of taking in some beautiful countryside?
- raising some money for a worthy cause appeal to you?  
Then join why not think about joining the:



Our aim is to raise at least €5,000 for the Irish Cancer Society in support of the on-going efforts of Irish Red Head Convention, which has raised over €30,000 for The Irish Cancer Society since 2010.
Covering an average of 22 mile/37km each day you’ll belong to the very prestigious #TheTeamof3 passing through
towns and villages the length of Ireland.  By saying 'YES' you’ll complete our search for the final member of our esteemed team and in doing so you’ll join two other ‘Crazy Charitable Crusaders’ who plan to stretch their legs in August. 


Now, if 300 miles sounds a little overwhelming then why not consider walking with us on one of fourteen stages that make up 'Redhead300'.  
Each day two different ‘Guest Walkers’ will set off with the #TheTeamof3.  To secure the esteemed title of #GuestWalker you will raise €250. 
Of course you can raise more if you want but this is what we're asking all Guest Walkers to contribute.  If we get two Guest Walkers each day we'll easily exceed our target of €5000.


If being a member of #TheTeamof3 or a #GuestWalker seems daunting then why not become a #Redvolutionary by joining us en route from a place of your choosing.  For each kilometre you complete you will donate €5.

Support 'Redhead300' in other ways

You can also support ‘Redhead300’ in other ways. You can make a donation at our Just Giving Page or become a ‘Local Liaison’ (download the ‘Redhead300’ leaflet) and not only help raise awareness of ‘Redhead300’ in your area but provide important local knowledge or put us in touch with people who can support us. 
Become part of the ‘Redhead300’ Family by helping us secure
essential resources to make the walk successful, e.g., walking gear and fuel vouchers for our Support Vehicle among other things.  You can also like and share our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter, share our website on your social media profile and read and share our occasional blog


You can reach us at: redhead300walk@hotmail.com


17 Echo Echo's Kids Classes


Echo Echo's ever-popular weekly dance and movement classes for children aged 4-6 and 7-11 years now on Tuesday AND Saturday weekly in Echo Echo Studios, Magazine Street, Derry/Londonderry.

Saturday Mornings (22nd April - 10th June 2017) will offer a Performance Project Class, ending the 8 week term with a performance in the Studio Theatre.

 - Age 4-6 years: 10.00am-11.15am
 - Age 7-11 years: 10.00am-11.30am

Tuesday Afternoons (25th April - 13th June 2017) will offer a Technique Class, learning steps, sequences and improvisation techniques.

 - Age 4-6 years: 4.30pm-5.45pm
 - Age 7-11 years 4.30pm-6.00pm

Cost for the 8-week term is £40/ course or £6/class.
Both courses for discounted rate of only £60 / two 8-week courses!

All welcome and no previous experience necessary.

For more information please visit our website at echoechodance.com


18 Easter Crafts Event


FWIN Easter Craft Event
Thursday April 13th, 10.30am, Holywell Building, 8-14 Bishop Street

To register tel: 028 71 266 291 or email:


19 'Don't Silence the Violence'

You are invited to 'Don't Silence the Violence'
Special performance by the Ulster Orchestra
Followed by panel discussion featuring Marie Brown and Máiría Cahill

The Playhouse, L'Derry
Friday 7th April, 1:30pm - 4pm

RSVP to: 


20 “Stop the Vandalism”
Friends of Derry City Cemetery have just launched a film on Youtube called "Stop the Vandalism". It is filmed and edited by Gavin Patton and presented by historian Seamus Breslin.
It has the theme of the recent vandalism at the cemetery and an appeal for it to stop. It is freely available to share by all groups. Funded by the NIHE Community safety unit free copies will be available shortly.
Further information can be had by email:
Seamus Breslin MA, 29 Melmore Gardens, Derry City, BT48 9NE


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