NWCN E-bulletin 13 April 2017


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

2 Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020

3 Brexit Engagement: Department for Infrastructure

4 Scrap the Rape Clause Petition

5 Smart Pass Equality Campaign (SPEC) Public meeting - TONIGHT

6 Regional Service User Conference

7 Zest Healing the Hurt Conference

8 One Day Conference on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) 

9 Domestic Abuse Awareness & How to Ask the Questions

10 Opportunities with The Prince's Trust

11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

12  Youth got Community Spirit with The Eden Project

13 FREE First Aid Training for Youth Groups

14 Job opportunities with The Churches Trust, St Columb's Park House & CHNI

15 Can you help Chernobyl Children: Donations & Bag Packing/Collections

16 Waterside Women's Centre April 2017 programme

17  ‘Trauma Education’ Information Night

18 New Japanese Language Course

19 Arabic catering service, Arabic courses & products

20 Studio 2 - All day Easter Arts party

21 Come join us for a free taste of sailing at Lough Foyle Yacht Club Sat 13th May

22 Jazz with a Twist!









NWCN would like to wish all our members a Happy Easter!


Please note there will be no bulletin next week.  The next NWCN bulletin will be on 27 April 2017

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  Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020

Rural Basic Services

Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership is responsible for delivering LEADER funding throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council area under the 2014 – 2020 NI Rural Development Programme. 
The Rural Basic Services Scheme is opening for its first call which will deliver capital funding to support innovative ways of delivering multiple services in rural areas.  Projects must:

  • Be part of a cluster with at least three other partners/groups;
  • Meet the overall priority of ‘Health & Wellbeing’; and
  • Include at least one absent or difficult to access service.  

The first call is for Small Grants (£10,000 to £50,000) and Technical Support (£500 to £5,000 for feasibility studies/professional fees) for large grants.  The call for large grants (up to £250,000) will open in 2018.  If you do not require Technical Support at this stage for a large grant, you should still attend a workshop and complete an Expression of Interest form.  Please note that this may be the only call for Small Grants and Technical Support, with further calls subject to the availability of funding. 


Eligible applicants for the scheme include the community/voluntary sector, strategic public bodies, local council or as a partnership.


To be eligible to make an application, all potential applicants MUST ATTEND one of the following mandatory pre application workshops AND complete an Expression of Interest form by 5pm on Thursday 18th May 2017. 




Thursday 27th April 2017 at 7.00pm

Sollus Centre, Bready

Friday 28th April 2017 at 10.30am

Learmount Community Centre, Park

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 2.30pm

Foyle Arena, Derry

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 7.00pm

Artigarvan Community Hall, Artigarvan

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at 7.00pm

Rural Area Partnership in Derry (RAPID)

Thursday 4th May 2017 at 2.30pm

Derg Valley Leisure Centre, Castlederg

Thursday 4th May 2017 at 7.00pm

Newtownstewart Centre 2000


PLEASE NOTE:  The person attending the workshop on behalf of their group/organisation must be an authorised signatory i.e. authorised to sign a letter of offer if approved. This does not prohibit other members of the organisation from also attending but not in place of the authorised signatory. 


To book a place at one of the workshops and receive a copy of the Expression of Interest form please email rural.development@derrystrabane.com or phone Derry City and Strabane District Council on 02871 253253 x 6917. 


Attendance at a workshop or submission of an Expression of Interest form does not constitute an offer of funding. The application process will be competitive and not every application will be funded.


3   Brexit Engagement: Department for Infrastructure


27 April 2017, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Holywell Trust, 10-14 Bishop St Derry~Londonderry

NICVA are inviting each of the departmental leads on Brexit along to hear your concerns regarding the potential policy impacts Brexit will have on your organisation and service users.

We've invited John McGrath, Brexit departmental lead in the Department for Infrastructure, along to provide a briefing on the work his team has undertaken so far and to hear the sector's concerns about policy impacts of Brexit relevant to the work of DfI. We will also be using this information session to inform the NICVA position on Brexit in our engagement with decision makers here, in Westminster, in Dublin and in Brussels. 

To register for this event please see 


4 Scrap the Rape Clause Petition


As of 6th April 2017, families in the UK will only receive child tax credits for their first two children... unless you can prove that your third child was conceived as a result of rape.
In Northern Ireland, the situation is further complicated, as all serious crimes must be reported to police. So any woman applying for tax credits for a third child can expect an interview from police about their rape allegations.
We are calling on the UK Government to reverse this cruel welfare cut and reinstate tax credits to families with more than two children, and to #ScrapTheRapeClause.

To learn more and sign the petition click here



5 Smart Pass Equality Campaign (SPEC) Public meeting - TONIGHT


Come and support the campaign for equality, accessibility and inclusion for all in public transport
Date:    Thursday 13th April 2017
Venue:  The Playhouse, Derry
Time:    6pm

All welcome! 
For further information contact Nuala on
nuala@stcolumbsparkhouse.org  Mob: 07543298322


6 Regional Service User Conference



DATE:       FRIDAY 16 JUNE 2017

TIME:         10:30am – 4:00pm



The Regional  Service User Network (RSUN) is holding its 4th Annual Service User-led Conference entitled “Service User Involvement Works” on Friday 16th June 2016 @ Grosvenor House, Glengall Street, Belfast.


This year’s conference explores the goals & benefits of service user involvement, and how all service users can play their part. The event also provides the opportunity to launch RSUN’s ‘Service User Involvement’ guide.


RSUN is NI’s sole region-wide network connecting people with experience of/interest in substance use issues. RSUN is a Council for the Homeless (CHNI) project funded by the Public Health Agency. A full programme will be available shortly. For more information on RSUN, please visit www.rsun-ni.org.uk.


This is a free event, but booking is essential. If you are interested in attending, please find attached electronic Booking Form for completion & for return directly to: Sherlyn Logue, RSUN Co-ordinator via e-mail to: sherlyn@chni.org.uk.


Alternatively, you can book online at: www.rsun-ni.org.uk/book.html.


 7 Zest Healing the Hurt Conference


Half - Day Conference 

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



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




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: 028 7126 6999
or email:



8 One Day Conference on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) 


Wednesday 10th May 2017 - Croke Park, Dublin

Disability Action is providing a bus from Derry to Dublin return on the day.  
For further information or to book your place or if you require any assistance with registration please contact Michelle McCoy @ Disability Action on Telephone: 028 9029 7880 or email


This conference aims to raise awareness both in Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland about the UN Convention and the ways in which it can be used to secure rights for people with disabilities.  It takes place as the UK, including Northern Ireland, is about to be questioned for the first time by a UN committee about its compliance with the Convention and as the Republic prepares to finally ratify the Convention. The conference will bring together disability groups, activists, academics and those with an interest in this area.

The key note speakers include:
*         Diane Kingston OBE, a prominent disability rights campaigner in the UK, who until recently was Vice-Chair of the CRPD Expert Committee
*         Juan Ignacio Perez Bello, Human Rights Officer at the International Disability Alliance. Juan collaborates with and supports organisations in their participation before UN Treaty Bodies, notably the CRPD Committee
*         Oliver Scicluna, Chairman of the Maltese Commission for Persons with a Disability and a member of the Maltese Commission for Equal Rights. Oliver will speak about national monitoring mechanisms under the CRPD.

There will be opportunities to question the keynote speakers and the conference will end with a plenary session when representatives of the sponsoring organisations will discuss where the disability movement should go from here and will also respond to questions from the participants.

Registration will open at 10.30am and the conference begins at 11.00am.  The conference will end at approx. 4.30pm


To register for this event please visit - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conference-on-un-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-registration-32913933461 <https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conference-on-un-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-registration-32913933461>


This conference is being organised by the Disability Federation of Ireland, Disability Action (NI), Inclusion Ireland, The Centre for Independent Living, Centre for Disability Law and Policy NUI Galway, Queen's University Belfast Disability Research Network and the Irish Disabilities Studies Association. The conference is being supported by the Social Change Initiative.


 Domestic Abuse Awareness & How to Ask the Questions


Date and Venue13th 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.


The training will be delivered by qualified staff from Avert Training.


       Learning Outcomes include:

  • Awareness and understanding of Domestic Abuse
  • How to understand the cycle of violence
  • How to identify high risk victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Awareness of MARAC and its processes
  • Awareness of the DASH risk assessment and how a referral is made
  • How do you ask the question where you expect there is domestic abuse
  • How do you gain the victims trust to disclose 

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.


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: claire.mclaughlin@averttraining.com


All training must be paid for in advance places are limited so early registration is recommended.


All courses are £70 per person light lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. 



10 Opportunities with The Prince's Trust



Are you aged between 18-30, unemployed and interested in learning new skills and gain work experience?

  • All training provided to get your SIA Licence
  • Gain a NCFE Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events
  • Travel & lunch expenses paid on programme
  • Doesn’t affect your benefits
  • *Please note: Due to the nature of this programme, some convictions may not be accepted – get in touch for more details

28th April – 12th May 2017
Taster/Selection Day: 25th April
To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07739859692 or email

Are you aged between 16-24, unemployed and interested in learning new skills and gain work experience?

  • Gain a selection of Level 2 Qualifications, including Safeguarding & Protection of Vulnerable Adults
  • Training in First Aid
  • Travel & lunch expenses paid on programme
  • Doesn’t affect your benefits
  • *Please note: Due to the nature of this programme, an AccessNI check will be required– get in touch for more details

8th May – 9th June 2017
Taster/Selection Day: 2nd May
To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07739859692 or email


11  Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Let’s Animate – Redesign Youth Work Through Animation!
Explore animation from the perspective of digital marketing and use it as an alternative to traditional videos for the promotion of NGO's. Learn the fundamentals of the animation process with methods that can be replicated when working with young people.
Organizer: Asociatia Babilon Travel (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 19 April 2017

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New Horizons: international learning opportunities for young people
Partnership Building and training activity for organisations working with youngsters with low educational achievement
Organizer: Centre for International Cooperation in Education, Czech Republic (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 25 April 2017

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IT tools in non-formal education of young people
The aim of the training course is to provide digital knowledge and skills and find creative ways on combining analog and open-air activities in youth work with digital tools and apps that are used by youngsters, through a hands-on approach and experience.
Organizer: Polish National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 26 April 2017

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READY2START? : Non-formal Learning as a Tool to Support Entrepreneurial Skills Development Training
The aim of this training is to bring all related parts and to share Non-formal learning methods in order to create a platform for result oriented discussion with concrete recommendations.
Organizer: Turkish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline: 30 April 2017

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Short and Snappy - EVS
Would you like to send volunteers to projects or start hosting volunteers? We would like to invite you to a 48-hour short & snappy EVS partnership building seminar where you will meet potential partners and have the possibility to create EVS projects.
Organizer: Erasmus+: Aktiv Ungdom (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 3 May 2017

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Social Entrepreneurship Study Visit - Towards Collaborative Practice 2017
Calling all social innovators and social entrepreneurs! Bristol is the UK's first social enterprise city- this study visit of its exciting social enterprises will equip and inspire your budding social entrepreneurial competences and Erasmus+ projects.
Organizer: UK National Agency for Erasmus+ (Ecorys UK) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 7 May 2017

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Project PRO - training course
Project PRO is a training course for project managers, youth workers or facilitators which aims to increase project management competences and help us to prepare and implement successful youth or wider spectrum projects.
Organizer: Unique Projects (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: 4 June 2017

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Training and Trainers in the field of youth - Changes and Challenges
“Training and Trainers in the field of youth - Changes and Challenges” supports trainers active at local and/or national level in the field of youth.
Organizer: Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agency Czech Republic (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline: 18 June 2017

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EuroPeers Training Course
A training course for young people who took part in Erasmus+:YOUTH IN ACTION projects and want to share their European experiences with their peers.
Organizer: JUGEND für Europa - National Agency for the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme in Germany (National Agency) (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline: 28 June 2017

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SMS 2 “Show My Skills”
Training course in the sunny Egyptian Oasis on leadership and event-management skills communicate through non-formal learning, intercultural and experiential learning and designed for highly motivated young people active in youth organizations.
Organizer: MI HI for Training and Development (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from:
Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline: 10 September 2017

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Call for trainers: 
Trainer for workshops in entrepreneurial training
CCS Digital Education is looking for 2 Trainers
Application deadline: 12/05/17
Looking for a trainer to administer workshops on 20 young individuals on entrepreneurship
The training methodology, material, resources and tools will be provided to the trainer who can decide on how to administer the workshop.
The workshops will be administered in Athens.
Requested trainer profile
Trainers should have experience in training young individuals preferably in entrepreneurship related subjects or relevant background academic or professional experience.
Working conditions
The schedule is the following:
17 workshops during July – November 2017, each workshop will take a day (on average of 3.4 days/ month)
9 workshops during January – June 2018, each workshop will take a day (on average of 2.17 days/ month)
4 workshops during July – September 2018, each workshop will take a day
The actual days workshops will take place can be scheduled by the trainer.
All costs will be covered and payment can be per workshop or workshop cycles.
Team composition
Depending on availability of the trainer it may be necessary to collaborate with other trainer(s) in order to cover the entire workshop cycles.
Application & selection procedure
Apply no later than: 12/05
How to apply:
Please send an email with a CV attached and describe relevant experience in the email if not explicitly mentioned in the CV.

You will be informed about the selection by: 19/05
For more information
Mattheos Kakaris, Business Unit Director
Phone: +30 2122132806


12 Youth got Community Spirit with The Eden Project


Young people across Northern Ireland have an exclusive chance to put social media skills to good use and win £3,000 worth of prizes for their local neighbourhood


Eden Project Communities have teamed up  with Belfast Harbour to run an exciting new competition, that not only celebrates community spirit but provides young individuals with the chance to win prizes to enhance and develop their local areas, as part of this year’s Big Lunch.


The Big Lunch, an Eden Project initiative made possible by the Big Lottery Fund, will be celebrated by neighbourhoods across the UK from Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June, providing a stand out date in the diary for neighbours to get together, get to know each other better, and celebrate their communities.

Anyone can host a Big Lunch either on the street with neighbours or as a wider community event the main date this year is 18 June and forms part of the Great Get Together weekend and a free pack is available to anyone interested in taking part www.thebiglunch.com


This Competition is designed to recognise that young people are neighbours too and to enable them to get involved in the community where they live. Entering is easy young  people, from the ages of 8 to 18 team up with a community group or organisation and submit a short video to the Big Lunch team pitching their unique vision for a community spirited activity they would like to deliver with a local organisation or group, including ,how it will improve the feeling of community spirit and engage with a wide range of people of all ages within their local area.

The best entries submitted will be in with the chance of winning £3,000 worth of reusable materials which can be used for community spirited activity.


Jenni Barkley, Communications and Corporate Responsibility Manager of Belfast Harbour said:

“The Big Lunch is a fantastic initiative that Belfast Harbour are proud to support. Through this, we want to create broader, supportive community networks throughout Northern Ireland and together provide a safer environment for local people to thrive in, to increase happiness amongst communities.

“The Eden Project, with the support of Belfast Harbour, has enabled communities to make positive changes and provides an opportunity for local people to tackle challenges together.” 


The Big Lunch day for neighbours aims to improve the happiness and wellbeing of people across the UK, by supporting communities in building more resilient and better connected relationships.

Grainne Mc Closkey, Northern Ireland Manager of The Big Lunch said:


“The Big Lunch has now been running successfully for 9 years. It has grown so much in that time due to the vast number of communities that have already got behind the initiative and witnessed the fantastic benefits of joining together.

“This year we wanted to engage with young people, involving them through our new digital competition. We live in a digital age where we can connect with friends, family and colleagues online this is empowering, but what about the people living next to us, digital connections are no replacement for face to face conversations! By building strong relationships with people who live near us, we tackle crime, reduce loneliness and ease community tensions, we hope to see lots of young people across Northern ireland taking up this simple challenge and making good and lasting local intergenerational community connections.”


Enter the competition https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/youthcompetition


For more information on how to get involved in this year’s Big Lunch and to enter the competition please contact Grainne Mc Closkey 07703189048 gmccloskey@edenproject.com



13    FREE First Aid Training for Youth Groups


New and FREE to Youth Groups (10+) for Summer and beyond.
Conflict Resolution, Stigma and Everyday First Aid Training. 1 to 2 hour sessions.

Humanitarianism runs through all of the work we do, we prompt young people to act in crisis situations and ask them if they would, and could, help someone who might need it. All of our subjects can be tied in with different areas of the current curriculum.

We cover three main areas:
1.    Every day First Aid for Drugs and Alcohol; Would you help a stranger who was drunk at a party? What would you do if your friend burned themselves? How can you help someone who’s passed out? 
2.   Conflict; How does conflict around the world affect us?  Where do we find, and deal with conflict in our own lives? How can we put ourselves in others shoes, and discuss conflict? 
3.   Stigma; How do we judge other people without knowing them? Would we help people who look different from us? What is the truth about refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland?
We can work with classes on a one off basis, to cover one topic such as stigma, or we can put together a longer programme depending on the wants and needs of the classes and the programme.
How do we work?
Direct delivery: We deliver our education programmes throughout Derry/Londonderry in a range of youth settings and schools, to young people aged 10-19. We deliver any combination of the above topics, and will work with educators to decide the appropriate number of sessions.
For further information or book in some sessions contact:
Geraldine Fitzpatrick
Youth Education Coordinator

078 0824 3707
5 Donnybrewer Road, Campsie, Derry/Londonderry BT47 3PD 


14  Job opportunities with The Churches Trust, St Columb's Park House & CHNI


The Churches Trust wish to appoint:
One year contract: Salary £18,964 per annum: 35 hours per week
Purpose and function of post:
• Proven facilitation skills in working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
• To work with the IgnYte team delivering a personal development programme. IgnYte is an innovative programme working with young people focusing on Personal Development, Good Relations and Skills Development.
• To develop and deliver high quality work with young people on various programmes creating opportunities for personal, social and skills development.

Essential criteria include but are not limited to:

• A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in youth & community work, and/or training and skills development.
• Strong organisational skills, prioritising workload.
For information and application packs, please contact Diane: Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail
Closing date for all applications: 12 noon on Friday 5th May
The Churches Trust was established in 1992 by Church leaders who acknowledge 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.
St Columb's Park House wish to appoint a:
(21 hours per week) on a fixed term contract (June 2017 – 31st March 2018)
Gross salary £11,500 for 10 month contract (equivalent £26,000 per annum based on full time 35 hours per week over 12 months)
The post is subject to a three month probationary period.
The Project Leader will deliver the aims and outcomes of the IgnYte programme. This is an innovative personal development programme funded by the International Fund for Ireland and will be delivered by SCPH in partnership with the Churches Trust. IgnYte aims to build the capacity of marginalised young people aged 16-25 by engaging them in training, support and mentoring in three key areas: Good Relations, Personal Development and Skills Development.

Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
• A relevant 3rd level qualification related to informal education/community work/youth work.

• A minimum of 3 years experience of working in a relevant field at supervisory or management level.

• A minimum of 5 years experience in working with young people from marginalised backgrounds and designing and delivering training.

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 5th 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.
St Columb’s Park House (SCPH) 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.



Job Opportunity with Council for the Homeless NI (CHNI):

Post: Finance Assistant Part-time Maternity Cover

Base: CHNI Office Rathmore Centre Bligh’s Lane Derry-Londonderry
The position is for 21 hours per week

Closing date soon: 12 noon Friday 14th April 2017

CHNI would like an individual who is highly motivated with the ability to work on their own initiative, who can accurately process financial data on a timely basis ensuring the provision of high quality information.

CHNI offer a competitive remuneration package and a contributory workplace pension scheme. You will also receive a generous annual leave entitlement and access to a work life balance package. The post offered is flexible part-time, maternity cover and will be based in CHNI Office Derry-Londonderry. Exceptional candidates who do not have professional Accounting qualifications but rather extensive experience working in a finance team, with proficient knowledge of Sage Accounts 50 are encouraged to apply.

All applicants interested please contact Majella Quigley for an application pack on 02871366363 or majella@chni.org.uk


15 Can you help Chernobyl Children: Donations & Bag Packing/Collections


Chernobyl Children international CCI Foyle & Inishowen Outreach Group has 12 children arriving in the area for a 4 week respite holiday on 23rd June 2017. We are looking for donations of clothing boys and girls from age 5 years up and ladies clothing size 8/10, for an older girl who 16, as well a small mens for teenage boys, and any toys etc. Anything at all would be appreciated, anything not used will be passed on to local charities. We are also looking for suitcases/bags. 


Please Contact Emma on 07775855638, Maria on 07925326083 to arrange collection delivery or contact us through Facebook Foyle & Inishowen Chernobyl Children International 



Chernobyl Children International Foyle & Inishowen are looking for volunteers for the two following events:


- Friday 21st April, Iceland Bagpacking, Buncrana Road, 9am-9pm 

- Wednesday 10th May 2017, Bucket collection, Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre, 9am-6pm


If you can spare an hour or two, please contact Emma on 07775855638, Maria on 07925326083  or contact us through facebook Foyle & Inishowen Chernobyl Children International 




16 Waterside Women's Centre April 2017 programme


Jo Jingles
Music and Movement sessions for mums and toddlers. Our structured and interactive music and movement classes offer a fantastic educational activity for children from 3 months to four years of age. Join in and meet other mums and their toddlers.
Starts Monday 8th May at 12:30pm
New Baby Aqua
Mums and babies enjoy time together in the pool at Foyle Arena.
A qualified and experienced facilitator will lead the activities. Baby should be at least 4 months old. Starting Thursday 27th April at 11am

New Baby Massage
Mums and babies enjoy time together. A qualified and experienced facilitator will lead the activities. Baby should be at least 2 months old and not walking.
Starting Wednesday 26th April at 1pm
Diamond & Platinum Programme:
A range of courses which allow for crafting and socialising. The courses have been chosen to give opportunities to enjoy a wide range of skills and activities.


Further courses include: Beginners Yoga, Intro to Aromatherapy
, Crochet for All, Manual Book-keeping, Painting for Pleasure
, Make-up Workshops, Weekend Art Club plus much more – for the full course list please see:

Waterside Women’s Centre Crèche
The Crèche operates to provide on-site childcare for women undertaking courses. Crèche places are free while attending the course. Spaces are limited and early booking is essential.
A deposit of £5 is required to enrol on each course.
All fees are due before the end of the course and can be paid in instalments

(All deposits and fees are non-refundable)
Office hours:
Monday - Friday 9am—5pm
170, Spencer Road, Waterside
BT47 6AH
Tel : (028) 7134 1579



17 ‘Trauma Education’ Information Night


Belfast City Hall Friday 19th May 2017 at 6.30pm
Join us for light refreshments as we recruit for our latest accredited trauma courses
WAVE in Partnership with Queen’s University Belfast

  • Open Learning Short Trauma Courses
  • BSc Psychological Trauma Studies                                                                                        

WAVE in Partnership with University College Cork

  • Online Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma Studies
  • Other bespoke Trauma Education Course

We kindly thank Belfast City Council for their hospitality and generosity of their use of the City Hall.
We hope to see you there.
Kindly let us know any dietary requirements for catering purposes.
Please email RSVP before Friday 5th May 2017



18 New Japanese Language Course


A new Japanese language course will start from 25th April (Tuesday) from 7:00pm-8:15pm at Hollywell DiverseCity Community Partnership.

The class suits the people who are interested in Manga and Anime.

If you're interested in please write to North West Japanese Cultural Group: 
nwjapanesecg@outlook.com by 20th April (Thursday).  Space is limited.


19 Arabic catering service, Arabic courses & products


New! Arabic Catering Service
Fresh, tasty Arabic food can be made and delivered to your venue, workplace, school, home or centre. Prices start at £7.50 per head. Minimum order £75. Please don't hesitate to let Arabridge know your requirements. More details, photos and St Columb's College testimonial are at


Arabic beginners course – from Thursday 27 April at 5.40–7pm
Everyone is welcome to this beginners course in spoken Arabic. Learn basic greetings, expressions and more in this 6 week course. The teacher is from Syria and will focus on Arabic spoken in the middle east. Is it not necessary to read in Arabic script. Arabic classes will be held for 6 weeks on Thursdays 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May and 1 June. Suggested donation per class - £7 waged, £4 unwaged or on benefits or £35 for the course. Its free for Arabic café volunteers. Students do not need to book - just turn up. Drinks and Arabic cakes may be purchased from the Arabic café between 4 and 7.15pm – to eat in and/or take home. The course is held in the Arabic café in the Nerve Centre, 7 Magazine Street, L’Derry BT48 6HJ.


Arabic Intermediate Coursefrom Thursday 27 April at 7.10-8.30pm
This Intermediate course in Arabic language is for people who know some of the Arabic alphabet and can speak more than 50 words. The course will improve reading skills, learn verbs and sentences - for subjects requested by students. The teacher is from Syria. He teaches Arabic spoken in the middle east and formal Arabic (fus’ha). Arabic classes will be held for 6 weeks on Thursdays 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May and 1 June. Suggested donation per class - £7 waged, £4 unwaged or on benefits or £35 for the course. Its free for Arabic café volunteers. Students do not need to book - just turn up. Drinks and Arabic cakes may be purchased from the Arabic café between 4 and 7.15pm – to eat in and/or take home. The course is held in the Arabic café in the Nerve Centre, 7 Magazine Street, L’Derry BT48 6HJ.


Palestinian food now in stock

  • Madjoul Palestinian dates at £50 for 5kg box. Medjoul dates are known as the ‘king of dates’ due to their gourmet size and rich caramel sweetness. High in fibre and potassium, dates thrive in Palestine on the fertile soils around the ancient West Bank city of Jericho.
  • Zesty za’atar at £3 for 80g jar or £12 for 750g packet. Za’atar is a traditional Palestinian herb mix produced from an indigenous variety of thyme that can be used as a dip, topping or seasoning. The thyme is mixed by hand with sea salt, toasted sesame and sumac. It is traditionally eaten with olive oil and freshly baked bread, or used to season meat, fish, or roasted vegetables.
  • Palestinian olive oil at £8 for 500ml or plus 50p for certified organic. Cold pressed from handpicked olives grown by fair-trade co-operative farmers in the West Bank.
  • New! Maftoul and Freekeh at £2.50 per 250g packet. Great for salads , soups and sauces.
  • New! Olive oil soap at £2 per bar. Lemon or sage theme. From the West Bank city of Nablus.

Palestinian Zaytoun products are available from the Arabic café in the Nerve Centre, 7 Magazine Street, L’Derry BT48 6HJ. To check opening times, see Arabridge facebook page www.facebook.com/pg/ArabridgeNorthWest , contact by messenger or text Jo on 07970075704.


20 Studio 2 - All day Easter Arts party

Wednesday 19th April 2017
9:30 – 5:00pm
Artcraft, Drama, Dance, Movies, Games, Win Prizes.  Plus so much more…

Lunch provided
£25 per child
Limited places available

Contact via Studio 2 Facebook page or telephone: 028 7135 8750


21  Come join us for a free taste of sailing at Lough Foyle Yacht Club Sat 13th May

Push the Boat Out: Sat 13 May 2017, 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Lough Foyle Yacht Club, Culmore, Culmore Point, Derry, View Map


Come and visit our club, have a look around the dinghies. Go for a sail around Culmore Bay in the capable hands of our experienced sailors and maybe even skipper the boat!! Each session will last 1 hour and you will be taught the basics of sailing or if you want just sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Minimum age is 10 years old. We particularly welcome children and women to our event. All participants must be able to swim. Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.

The session will last approximately 1 hour. This will include registration, the safety briefing and the sailing session. Buoyancy aids will be provided.

Please note this event will be weather dependant and may be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. If this happens, we will endeavour to re-arrange the event for the next suitable weekend.


To register and for further information please see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/push-the-boat-out-tickets-32917617480  (copy straight into search engine if this does not work)


22   Jazz with a Twist!


Anne Tracey, Family and Friends  returns to the City of Derry Jazz Festival with her brand new show. Anne is hosting two evenings - Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April, her show is set up cabaret style and takes place in the Holywell building in Bishop Street just along from the Sandwich Company.
Anne’s all new show ‘Jazz with a Twist’  combines a mix of light jazz , blues and standards as well as some poems linked to music from Maura Johnston. This year Anne is featuring a number of special  guest artists making their jazz festival debuts- Moira based  singer songwriter Oonagh Derby joins Anne in  an exciting line-up on the Friday night while powerhouse rock and blues singer Tanya McCole from Donegal joins Anne  on the Saturday night. Returned Derry man, Ray Bell also makes his jazz festival debut. Ray has been living away from Derry for a lifetime but recently wowed audiences at the Foyle Folk Club.  Old favourites also return,classy singer –songwriter, Roy Arbuckle, stylish crooner Michael Corey and gifted singer, Michaela Devine
Anne’s new backing band comprises David J Bell on lead guitar, Brendan Brady on bass, Buncrana man,John Laurence Mc Callion on drums, Frank Cassidy on keys and Sean McCarron on saxophone.
Anne Tracey Family and Friends starts each evening at 8.00 pm sharp. Come early to get a good seat. Audiences bring their own drink/refreshment of their choice. 
Tickets for Anne Tracey Family and Friends are  £10 and are available through Donna at reception, Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership building 028 71 261941. Don’t miss this special evening!


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