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NWCN E-bulletin 14 February 2018


1 Upcoming with NWCN

2 The 2018 Derry Credit Union Young People's Awards

3 You’re invited: Democracy in Northern Ireland

4 Consumer Parliament coming to Derry/Londonderry 23 March

5 DARE to Lead Change

6 Participatory Budgeting Works 

7 'Our Future Foyle' - Expression of Interest for Occupying the Bubbles

8  Self-Harm Week - Zest Open Day

9 Autism Workshop Session

10 Circus Skills For Older People 

11 Latest Offers from Salto Youth  

12 The Computer Technology Club

13 Employers for Childcare - Childcare Vouchers

14 Understanding the Archaeology of the Walled City- Lecture by Dr Sarah Gormley

15 Youth Action NI Call out for Casual Staff

16 Free Play on Carrickmines Fire Tragedy at a Traveller Site

17 The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII

18  Special offers from Karuna Therapies for the month of February







1  Upcoming with NWCN

  • Data Protection reform: Introduction to GDPR

Monday 12 March 2018
The Junction, DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop St.
Have you heard about the reform to data protection law, which takes effect in 25 May 2018? Are you wondering what this means and how it might impact upon your organisation? Innovations in digital and communications technology have revolutionised the way in which data and information is created, stored, processed and shared.
The General Data Protection Regulation will build on the current data protection framework by providing more protections for consumers, and more privacy considerations for organisations. In this awareness raising session, NICVA staff will explore the key aspects of the GDPR in the format of what’s new, and what stays the same. Discover what your organisation can do to prepare for these changes through the impartation of information and group discussion.
This session is aimed at organisations who are at the initial stages of tackling GDPR.


  • SAVE THE DATE - Celebrate Older People Event & NWCN AGM

Wednesday 14th March at 1pm at DiverseCity Community Partnership



  • Good Governance and Charity reporting

Tuesday 20 March 2018

7pm - 9 pm

DiverseCity Community Partnership

Bishop St


Almost 6,000 charities are now registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and as such must adhere to the reporting requirements for all registered charities.  Unfortunately, not all charities are aware of the requirement to submit an annual monitoring return, annual accounts and a trustee’s report to the Commission within a specified time. 


North West Community Network in association with the Developing Governance Group and the Charity Commission would like to invite you to a free seminar focusing on the annual reporting requirements.  The session will also look at the Charity Commission’s new guidance on fundraising and data protection. 


This seminar will also focus on the importance of good governance and present how the newly revised Governance Health Check can be used to help charities adhere to regulations and good practice.   


Registration and light refreshments at 6.45pm.

Please note that places are limited.  


To register for either of these seminars please contact Neola on or call 028 7127 9090


  • Raising the Standards of Fundraising in NI Workshop - Derry/Londonderry

Monday 26 March 2018

Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership 


An online link to register for this session will be provided very soon!


2 The 2018 Derry Credit Union Young People's Awards


Now in its fourteenth year, this youth-initiated event has grown from strength to strength. Last year, over forty-five young people were recognized for their positive work.


This year’s awards ceremony takes place Monday, 26th March 2018, in the City Hotel, Queens Quay, Derry at 8.00 pm



• Contribution to the Arts

• Business and Entrepreneurship

• Carer

• Courage

• Leadership

• Contribution to Sport

• Volunteering


WHO CAN BE NOMINATED? Individuals, groups, clubs and teams can be nominated. To be eligible, the young person (nominee) or group/team members must

  • be at least 11 years of age and must not have reached their 19th birthday before 31 December, 2017; and
  • live, attend school or volunteer within the common bond of Derry Credit Union Limited — e.g. in the BT48 and BT47 post code areas.

Nominees do not have to be members of Derry Credit Union Limited.


WHO CAN NOMINATE? A parent, friend, teacher, community group, coach, brother or sister — anyone who appreciates the contribution of a young person.


Nominators do not have to be members of Derry Credit Union Limited.


You may nominate as many young people as you like. Additional nomination forms may be obtained at Reception, downloaded from or requested from


Full details are available on:


3   You’re invited: Democracy in Northern Ireland


Come to our event and have your say on how the lack of devolved government in Northern Ireland has affected you and the community you live in.


The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is investigating the impact of the lack of government at the Northern Ireland Assembly


The committee also wants to know your thoughts on the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland and what issues they should investigate.


How you can help

Are you someone who:

• Is based in or around Derry/ Londonderry?

• Is concerned about how the lack of an executive in Northern Ireland has affected your community?

• Is interested in democracy in Northern Ireland?

• Is aware of an issue in Northern Ireland that will be affected by Brexit?

If so, come to our event and help shape the inquiry and future inquires.


At the event you will be asked to consider:

  • What impact has the lack of an executive had on public services, business and communities?
  • Has your voice been heard on issues that affect you, such as Brexit?
  • How can we make sure your voice is heard in future?
  • What are your main concerns if this situation continues?
  • What suggestions do you have to prevent this from happening again?
  • What do you think the committee should look at as part of its Brexit and Northern Ireland inquiry?

When and where?

Derry/ Londonderry

Date: 5 March 2018

Time: 9:15am-11:30am


The Playhouse Theatre

5-7 Artillery Street

Derry Londonderry

Northern Ireland

BT48 6RG


The event is free to attend, but please book using our Eventbrite page as places are limited.


If you know anyone else who would be interested, please pass on this information.


If you can't make it to the event but want to share your idea of what the committee should look at why not submit written evidence to the inquiry or take part in the online Brexit forum and share your views.


4 Consumer Parliament coming to Derry/Londonderry 23 March


The Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry Friday 23 March 2018, 10.00am – 3.30pm
(Registration from 9:00am)

Your chance to raise your consumer issues with the people who can help!

Learn about your consumer rights, how to reduce your bills, and what to do when things go wrong.

Breakout sessions will focus on flooding, energy, transport, postal services, broadband and telecoms.


Refreshments and lunch provided.

Spaces are limited so book your place today!  
Or telephone: 0800 121 6022


5 DARE to Lead Change


The DARE to Lead Change Project (DARE) is a new and exciting project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It is lead by Bryson Charitable Group in partnership with TIDES Training and Consultancy.


DARE stands for Dialogues About Race and Ethnicity. The programme seeks to inform and change what citizens know and think about the mix within Northern Ireland society by introducing multifaceted conversations about cultural, racial and ethnic interdependence.


The DARE programme is reaching out to people across Northern Ireland and the border region, from different cultural, community and religious backgrounds with the aim of building sustainable relationships. We are inviting people who come from both sides of our traditional backgrounds as well as those who find themselves, for one reason or another, living in Northern Ireland and the border counties. We are keen to engage individuals, community groups, schools, workplaces in various ways in this diversity/integration programme, over the next three years.


There are various ways for people to get involved. If you are an individual, represent a community group, school or workplace who could benefit from this opportunity or would like to know more, please get in touch in the following ways:


Iulia Picu-Iwaisi Email:          Tel: 028 9075 1686 / 07397554102


Carole Kane Email:                   Tel: 028 9075 1686 / 07397555905


Updates will be found on this website link:



6 Participatory Budgeting Works 


Interested in finding out about Participatory Budgeting (PB)?
Having a say in how public money is spent locally.

The PB Works Project is holding 4 regional PB events to raise awareness of and advocate for Participatory Budgeting across the region. 

Holywell Trust, Derry/Londonderry
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Register your place here:


What can you expect at the event?

  • A practical introduction to Participatory Budgeting (PB)
  • The opportunity to try out a mock Participatory Budgeting (PB) exercise
  • Hear about good practice examples of Participatory Budgeting (PB)
  • Sign up to become a PB Works Network Member
  • Find out how PB Works can help you

Who can attend?
The events are free and open to everyone to attend
Registration from 10 am

Find Out More
To find out more about the PB Works Project visit our website - launching March 2018 or contact Louise O'Kane




 7 'Our Future Foyle' - Expression of Interest for Occupying the Bubbles


Please find information in respect of the Future Foyle, click on the links below. 

  1. Foyle Bubbles – Overview
  2. Foyle Bubbles – Summary
  3. Foyle Bubbles – Form

Any questions please;

Email:  or

Tel: Ralf Alwani – 07590 807432  

Further information can also be found:


8 Self-Harm Week - Zest Open Day


Friday, 2nd March 2018

  • Call in to hear about the work we do.
  • See where it happens.
  • Talk to some of the counsellors who can answer questions you might have.
  • Enjoy some refreshments and a chat.

Zest Healing the Hurt Ltd

15 A Queen St.  L’Derry, BT48 7EQ


Telephone: 028 7126 6999


Open Day

Friday 2nd March 2018


All Welcome


 Autism Workshop Session


DCSDC working towards becoming Autism Friendly


Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Access and Inclusion Project, supported by Public Health Agency has appointed Hummingbird (NI) CIC to develop a business case and action plan that will further support the council area to work towards becoming autism friendly. 


Come along and have a cup of tea and give us your views – tell us what you the think the issues are and what needs to be done to enable the council to achieve its goals.


Date: 20 February 2018

Time: 7pm

Venue: Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane


10 Circus Skills For Older People 


In Your Space Circus is a Circus and Street Theatre charity based in Derry/Londonderry. The organisation comprises an in house circus school, a performance agency and an outreach programme.

They use circus skills and workshops as a means of promoting physical and mental well-being. To date they have worked with a wide range of individuals and groups but would like to include a wider age range.

Circus is great for coordination, balance and core strength. Their idea is that this fits perfectly with active ageing and would like to use it as a tool for older people to have some fun as whilst engaging in positive physical and mental heath well being techniques. They would like to get in contact with organisations to run a consultation process.

If your group is interested, contact Cara on 71 377113 or 07875901271 or email:


11  Latest Offers from Salto Youth  


14 - 21 March 2018 | Budapest, Hungary
FACE IT! is a Training Course for Youth workers on Facilitation in Youth groups
Organizer: Hungarian Volunteer Sending Foundation (HVSF) (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 23 February 2018

See details

7 - 14 March 2018 | Modra, Slovak Republic
Current state of youth unemployment calls for active support of young people who need various types of guidance to overcome transition period from school to labour market.
Organizer: LUMINO (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 25 February 2018

See details

Let's coordinate! - Training course for coordinating organisations in Volunteering projects within Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps
16 - 21 April 2018 | Vilnius, Lithuania
3rd edition of this training course is designed for organizations implementing Volunteering Projects within Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programme (former EVS) that have intermediate to advanced level of experience with coordinating activities.
Organizer: Agency of International Youth Cooperation (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, Eastern Partnership countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 1 March 2018

See details

GET IN NET - Training course on Management of a Transnational Youth Initiative Project Within Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships Erasmus + Programme
16 - 21 April 2018 | Braga, Portugal
Do you want to change something in your community? Do you have an idea for a project and would like to do it with young people from other European country? Do you want to learn new things and get support to initiate this adventure?
Organizer: Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 7 March 2018

See details

“Embracing Diversity”- Training course on diversity management
21 - 26 May 2018 | Bonn, Germany
TC will give youth workers concrete methods for managing diversity and serve as a space for exploring various kinds of diversity. It aims to influence the daily practice of the participants by allowing them to learn from and be inspired by each other.
Organizer: SALTO Inclusion and the German National Agency for the E+: Youth in Action programme (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 11 March 2018

See details

22 - 27 May 2018 | Latvia
This training course (TC) aims to enhance the capacity of teachers and youth workers in supporting learning process, social inclusion, empowerment and motivation of potential school drop-outs.
Organizer: Latvian National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 25 March 2018

See details

13 - 19 May 2018 | Budapest, Hungary
HUBsters is a Training Course for youth leaders active at a local level to create international networks and initiatives in order to support youth participation.
Organizer: Hungarian National Agency for ERASMUS+ Youth - Tempus Public Foundation (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline (24h CET): 2 April 2018

See details


12 The Computer Technology Club


Here at ‘The Computer Technology Club’ we are presently offering courses to empower, enable and encourage the more mature people in our society to use technology without any restrictions or fear that comes with not knowing what to do or say.


The courses would run for 4wks and can be arranged am, pm or in the evening. The length of time per class would be 1-2hrs.


Please find below a brief description of the course content. This can be adapted to your clients and their requests.


I deliver these courses in a very informal manner and preferably in small numbers.(6). This way everyone gets help when required and not waiting too long for the answers.


I can also deliver basic computer courses for tablets and laptops, with particular emphasis on Social Media and Online Shopping.


If you require any other information please do not hesitate to contact Dianne on 

MOB:07530829351 or


Mobile Phone Technology - Course Content



  • Allowance/Tarrif
  • iCloud
  • Carrier
  • Wifi


  • 3G/4G
  • Bluetooth
  • Mobile Data
  • Airplane Mode
  • Orientation
  • Night Shift


  • Security/Screen timeout
  • Clock /Alarm
  • Torch
  • Brightness Control
  • Apps/Social Media

Wk 4Review

  • Download/Delete Apps/Social Media
  • Online Shopping/banking
  • Paypal


13   Employers for Childcare - Childcare Vouchers


About us

  • At the heart of Employers For Childcare is a campaigning Charity set up in 1998. We identified the barrier that the lack of affordable, quality childcare presents to working parents.
  • We offer a range of support services including a Family Benefits Advice Service, a salary sacrifice Childcare Voucher scheme and workshops on topics important for both parents and employers.
  • We are a Social Enterprise. 100% of the profit we make from the Childcare Voucher scheme is invested into our charity to support working parents with dependent children.


How Childcare Vouchers work

  • Put simply, the childcare voucher scheme enables employees to exchange part of their monthly salary for childcare vouchers.
  • This is known as salary sacrifice and the maximum allowed is £243 per month.
  • The amount sacrificed is exempt from tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC)
  • resulting in savings of up to £933 pa per employee.
  • Employers are also exempt from their NIC on the amount sacrificed by each employee which reduces their payroll bill.
  • We administer the scheme on behalf of our clients and charge a small fee for doing so, which comes out of the employers NIC savings.
  • We use the fee to fund the work of our charity.


Why choose us?

  • We are the only Social Enterprise childcare voucher provider in the UK. 100% of our profits are distributed for social good.
  • Our advice helpline is available to all employees — not just those using the childcare voucher scheme. 
  • We hold the prestigious ISO 27001 accreditation for Information Security Management.
  • We operate throughout the UK.
  • We are a Founding member of the Childcare Voucher Providers Association.

For further information please see:  


14  Understanding the Archaeology of the Walled City- Lecture by Dr Sarah Gormley


Thursday 15th February 2018, 7pm

Lecture Hall, First Derry Presbyterian Church


Dr Sarah Gormley of QUB’s Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork will be in Derry this Thursday evening to deliver a lecture "Understanding the Archaeology of the Walled City.”  In 2017, the Friends of the Derry Walls commissioned Queen's University Belfast to review past archaeological investigations of the Walled City and to produce recommendations for future investigations. As part of this commission,  geophysical surveys were carried on the Banking and around St Columb’s Cathedral, the Long Tower Church and adjacent to First Derry Presbyterian Church. Dr Gormley is well placed to update us on the latest thinking on the evolution of the Monastic Island of Derry and the Plantation Walled City.

The lecture will be commence at  7pm in the Lecture Halls, First Derry Presbyterian Church, Upper Magazine Street on Thursday 15th February 2018. Admission is free, but we’d love people to book online via


15 Youth Action NI Call out for Casual Staff


YouthAction is currently seeking to update our network of casual youth workers in Armagh, Belfast, Newry, Fermanagh & the North West to support the delivery of projects locally with young people, work on residentials and deliver training to young people.
Youth worker rate  £12.00 per hour for JNC qualified and £10.50 per hour unqualified (depending on qualifications)
If you are interested, please submit a CV outlining your experience to by 4pm on 23 February 2018.


16  Free Play on Carrickmines Fire Tragedy at a Traveller Site


DCSDC in its work on promoting Travellers Awareness has secured productions of the acclaimed production ‘Ireland shed a tear’ by Michael Collins.  Michael is an accomplished actor and playwright and has starred in various films and small screen productions. 

The play details the impact of the tragedy of the death of 10 members of the Connors and Gilbrate families and an unborn child in the fire tragedy and the subsequent issues around securing alternative Traveller accommodation. 

The play will be shown as follows:

1:00pm on the 27th February in the Alley Theatre, Strabane

7:30pm on the 27th February in the Alley Theatre, Strabane

1:00pm on the 28th February in the Playhouse Theatre, Derry~Londonderry

7:30pm on the 28th February in the Playhouse Theatre, Derry~Londonderry


Tickets are free and can be accessed through the box office in either venue.  The event will also involve a short Q&A with Michel and local Travellers on some of the issues raised in the production.


17  The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII

By Mary Moynihan, Deirdre Kinahan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy
Imagined recreation of moments from the lives of women in WWII
‘Brilliant, moving, eye opening journey into stories of women’s bravery tonight. Well done to all involved’, Sarah Glennane, audience Member

Following on from a highly successful run in Germany as part of an international tour, The
Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII can now be seen at the Theatre Royal, Waterford on 15 February and at the Playhouse Theatre, Derry on 24 February 2018.
The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII is a creative reimagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression. The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace.
Women’s stories that have inspired the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück concentration camp for women; Maria Eugenia Jasińska (1906-43) from Łódź in Poland who worked for the resistance and gave up her own life rather than ‘name names’; and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.

Saturday 24 February 2018, Playhouse Theatre, 5-7 Artillery St, Derry/Londonderry at 8pm.
Booking: 0
044(0) 28 7126 8027,

Tickets: £10

For further information please contact
Freda Manweiler, Company Manager, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company Ltd
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613                Tel: + 353 (0) 87 221 4245
Email:    Website:


18  Special offers from Karuna Therapies for the month of February

Choose one of our Dermalogica treatments

  • Hydrating facial
  • Anti-Ageing facial
  • Deep cleansing facial
  • Resurfacing facial

Includes an aroma sensory head, neck and shoulder massage
£40 for 60mins
Contact Karuna Therapies on 07596658851
Karuna Therapies “making profit not taking profit”, all profit made is gifted to Foyle Women’s Aid,
Karuna Therapies is a Social Economy Business