NWCN E-bulletin 19 January 2017

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1 Unscheduled Care in Western Trust area - Your experience, views and suggestions

2 Hummingbird NI - Funding Workshops

3 Bakers Donate 

4 Woman of The Year 2017

5 Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture & Tradition

6 Community Places - Free Planning Advice Session

7 Do you need help getting into self-employment or employment?

8 Job opportunity with the Pat Finucane Centre

9 AWARE seek Sessional Trainers

10 The Playhouse invites Consultancy tenders for:

11 Level 1 Award in Coaching Angling - FREE TRAINING

12 ‘Unite for Rights’ 

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 The Inside Out Programme is pleased to announce the Arrival of 'LID+'

15 Free Training for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations 

16 Waterside Women’s Centre - January 2017 Programme 

17 Mindfulness Programmes 2017

18 Charity Opening Night Screening in aid of Tiny Life

19 Make Your Mark - Get Into Retail with Marks & Spencer

20  ‘I Daniel Blake’ Screening 

21 Consumer Council drop-in information session at Draperstown Library

22 The Creative Path - The First Step

23 Energetic Healing For People and Land Talks










1  Unscheduled Care in Western Trust area - Your experience, views and suggestions

Can you spare 15 minutes of your valuable time to answer eight straightforward questions about Unscheduled Care in this part of the Western Health & Social Care Trust area?

If so please click here to begin this anonymous survey.

North West Community Network has been commissioned by the Western Local Commissioning Group (LCG) to conduct Community Engagement around the area of Unscheduled Care.  

Unscheduled Care basically refers to when someone accesses health and social care services unexpectedly.  This can occur at any time and crosses the traditional boundaries between general practitioner (GP), community and hospital services and means there must be a 24 hour service available.

Across the Western Trust area, over 1000 surveys will be completed by the end of March 2017 and then analysed to determine what changes or priorities need to be considered in the shaping and commissioning of future services.

You can decide to complete the survey yourself, share it with friends and family, colleagues and service users.  The value and analysis of responses will be greatly improved if you can include answers on Age, Gender and Post Code so you are kindly asked to record these.

Your can complete this survey electronically here or, if more convenient, print and complete by hand.  It is also available on the Network's website -  www.nwcn.org   

Unscheduled Care Survey 



2  Hummingbird NI -  Funding Workshops

As an organisation we have accessed over £3m of funding for community and sports groups. We are offering a bespoke training workshop for various sports clubs throughout Ireland. The 2 hour session will identify various forms of funding available specifically for sports clubs and how you can access this money for the development of your club and your community.

The Glenview Community Centre Monday 30th January OR St Columb’s Park House Wednesday 1st February


The training will provide straight-forward practical advice on form filling, the process involved and useful tips on accessing grants. We will also offer individual and bespoke advice should your club require this. This training being made available to all clubs for a fee of £30 per person. You will also have the opportunity to speak with us individually about your club. Limited places available.

To book your place call 07729356637 or email hummingbirdni2015@gmail.com.


3   Bakers Donate 

Bakers Donate is a newly formed collaboration of individually registered and insured bakers around the UK and Ireland, currently 56 members and growing. The idea is bakers make a little extra at Christmas than their regular orders and the goods are donated to organisations to be distributed to those who need them and perhaps wouldn’t normally have the luxury of a cake or some home baked treats that can make Christmas so special.

We appreciate there are needs year-round and lots of organisation do great things to help. Unfortunately, we are not able to help year-round, therefor we have chosen Christmas to try and make a little difference. Each baker will donate in their own area, so at this point we are not sure of amounts or variety we will have in each area. As founding member, I hope this initiative will be successful and build year on year.

If you are part of a community organisation or charity which distributes to others at Christmas and are interested in receiving some baked goods to distribute please contact me via email initially so I can register your interest and answer any questions.

Please contact Geraldine Lindsay on Geraldine@mysugarfairy.com


4 Woman of The Year 2017

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District is issuing a call this week for nominations for some remarkable local women with the launch of the Women of the Year Awards 2017.

The awards, organised by Council’s Community Services, recognise the achievements and services of local women who dedicate their time to making a difference in every sector, either through their voluntary or professional work. 

Launching the awards, Alderman Hilary McClintock encouraged people to acknowledge the work of some of the district’s most influential female figures. “This is the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on the invaluable work that is being carried out every day in our communities, which often goes unthanked and unacknowledged,” she declared.

“Women are the backbone of our society - within the home and in our communities and workplaces - and the Women of the Year Awards set out to highlight the ongoing achievements of some remarkable local women. 

“I would really encourage everyone to take the chance to highlight some of the people who work tirelessly to improve the areas where they live, support others and who make our city and district so great.” 

Anyone whose work has made a significant impact over the past 12 months can be nominated, and this year there are 13 different categories covering a range of fields, as well as an overall Woman of the Year 2017 award.

Nominations are currently being sought under the following categories: 

  • Contribution to Community Development
  • Contribution to Community Relations
  • Contribution to Health
  • Contribution to Enterprise; Contribution to Community Safety
  • Contribution to ArtsContribution to Formal/Informal Education
  • Contribution to the Older People
  • Contribution to Youth
  • Contribution to Childcare
  • Contribution to Caring
  • Young Women’s Award  (must be aged 18 to 25 years old)
  • Women living with a Disability 

An individual may only enter one category as regards to categories 1 to 13 inclusive but may also be involved in a nomination for Overall Woman of the Year 2017 Winner. 

The Women of the Year awards are sponsored by Local Women Magazine and will take place on March 3rd in the City Hotel.

The closing date for entries is 12noon on Friday 27 January 2016.

Nomination forms are available online or from Council offices in Derry and Strabane – www.derrystrabane.com/women


5 Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture & Tradition

The Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition was established under the Fresh Start Agreement.

As part of its work, the Commission will be gathering views and opinions from right across all sections of our society. This will take various forms, including a series of public meetings.

A public meeting of the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition will be held on

Thursday 26th January 2017, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, The Guild Hall, Derry / Londonderry


What would we like to hear about?

  • The important role that culture and identity plays in parts of our society.
  • What, if any, are the most challenging issues in relation to flags, identity, culture and tradition.
  • Examples of good practice that have been successful in dealing with issues relating to flags, identity, culture and tradition.

Everyone welcome

To register your interest for this event: email: fict.secretariat@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk phone: 028 9052 2542


6  Community Places - Free Planning Advice Session

Community Places continues its free planning advice sessions for people and community groups in the Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry on the first Wednesday of each month.

The next one is on Wednesday, 1 February 2017 and the drop in session runs from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Our staff can provide independent advice on all kinds of planning issues in towns, rural areas and villages.  We can also provide advice on how to object to a planning application, how Derry City and Strabane District Council’s planning department deals with development that is built without planning permission and information on the planning system. 

There is no need to make an appointment.  If you are not able to drop into the advice session, we can provide planning advice by telephone (9023 9444) or you can also contact us by email (info@communityplaces.info).  

Community Places is an independent charity which provides free planning advice to people and communities who cannot afford private consultants. 


 7 Do you need help getting into self-employment or employment?

Introducing the Exploring Enterprise3 Programme  from Enterprise Northern Ireland

This is a free programme that helps you take the first steps to gaining employment or exploring your business idea.

The Exploring Enterprise3 Programme will help you:

  • Gain a QCF Understanding Business Enterprise qualification
  • Improve your skills for business or employment
  • Meet new people
  • Get back on track

For more information contact Enterprise North West on 02871 352693 or email Carrie McCafferty at carrie@enterprisenw.com

Eligibility: you must be either unemployed or working/in education less than 16hrs a week. You must be 16 or over.

This project is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.


8  Job opportunity with the Pat Finucane Centre

Part Time Administrator/ Financial Officer (22.5 hours) based in Derry office

Closing date: 27 Jan 2017 @ 3pm

For full details and an application form please see: http://www.communityni.org/job/part-time-administrator-financial-officer-225-hrs-based-derry#.WIDah7aLRbs 


 AWARE seek Sessional Trainers


We are seeking to add to our register of sessional trainers to deliver our Mood Matters mental health awareness programme at various locations across Northern Ireland.  Mood Matters is delivered to a range of adult groups and to young people in post-primary schools and other appropriate settings.


Applicants should ideally have at least one year’s recent experience of delivering training.  However we will consider applicants who meet the other requirements of the post, have the necessary enthusiasm and energy and demonstrate in their applications and at interview an ability to learn to deliver this interactive programme.


On completion of training, successful applicants will be paid a sessional rate and mileage allowance where appropriate for all courses delivered. Applicants must have a reasonable amount of daytime availability Monday to Friday. As these posts will involve working with young people and vulnerable adults successful applicants will be subject to Access NI checks.


Minimum requirements


  • One year’s recent experience of delivering training (or demonstrate an ability to learn to deliver the programme)
  • Good IT skills – in particular competent in the use of power point
  • Good knowledge and understanding of mental health/mental illness
  • Access to a suitable means of transport 


  • A recognised training qualification e.g. Award in Training and Education (formerly PTLLS) or higher
  • Qualification/work experience in the field of Mental Health
  • Mental Health First Aid certificate
  • ASIST certificate (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

(Criteria may be enhanced for short listing)


For further information and application form please contact: aisling@aware-ni.org or telephone Aisling on 028 71260602. CVs will not be accepted.

Completed applications must be returned by 5.00pm on Wednesday 8th February

Interviews will be held in our Belfast and Derry/Londonderry offices.

We are an equal opportunities employer

Aware Defeat Depression is accepted as a charity by HM Revenue & Customs No. XR/11534 and is registered

in Northern Ireland, Company No. 30447


10 The Playhouse invites Consultancy tenders for:


“Scoping Study for The Little Playhouse”


Tender Fee:  £5,000

Completion Date: 31st May 2017


Working within a dynamic arts and culture environment, the Playhouse wishes to tender a “Scoping Study for The Little Playhouse”.


The purpose of the Scoping Study is to assess the market for, and viability of a Social Economy Child Care Facility in Derry Londonderry, that will be owned by The Playhouse. The Playhouse is considering establishing a Social Economy Child Care Facility that will deliver a holistic approach to childcare for pre-school and primary school aged children (aged 2-11), with a strong emphasis on arts, wellbeing and creativity.

The service will exist as a social enterprise that is separately managed, and wholly owned by The Playhouse.  Our vision is to provide “wraparound” child care including breakfast clubs, after school clubs, arts, creative and wellness activities, school pick up / drop off, and out of school hours care for children aged up to 11 that will meet the needs of parents during conventional working hours as well as those working shifts or irregular hours.

The Scoping Study aims to address the first two steps, namely:

  • Market research, feasibility study and business planning.
  • Establishing legal structure & obtaining necessary permissions.

Tender Specification can be obtained from our website at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk under the heading “About”. Closing Date for Tenders: Friday 17th February 2017
Should you wish to Tender to complete the Scoping Study, please submit quotation (posted/emailed), including an outline of you relevant skills and experience, and a work-plan to the address below:
CEO, The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry / Londonderry
BT48 6RG  Tel - (028) 71 268027

Email: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk


11  Level 1 Award in Coaching Angling - FREE TRAINING

Kick start your career in the outdoors by becoming an Assistant Angling Coach, Assistant Canoe Coach, and/or gain a Level 1 Powerboat qualification.

In conjunction with Kick Start to Work and Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC), we are now recruiting over 18’s for the Maritime Ambassador Programme. We are looking for participants with an interest in one or all of the following watersports: fishing, canoeing and powerboating. The programme is open to 18 – 65 year olds who are unemployed and not in education or training and living in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. 

The course is free and all equipment, food and transport is provided.  

Successful participants will have an opportunity to gain the following qualifications:

  • RYA Power Boating Level 1
  • British Canoe Union 1 star
  • British Canoe Union 2 Star
  • Foundation Safety Rescue Course
  • Level 1 Paddle Sport Coaching Certificate
  • CAST Level 1, 2 and 3 in Angling
  • Level 1 Angling Coaching Certificate

Participants will also complete an employability course.

In order to apply please contact Rosemary McCloskey at the Loughs Agency 02871 342100 or email rosemary.mccloskey@loughs-agency.org


12  Unite for Rights’ 


Martina Anderson, MEP invites you to attend the launch of: ‘Unite for Rights’  - A Disability Conference Report 


In the Destined Office, Foyle Valley Railway, Foyle Road

Wednesday 25th January 2017 @ 1pm

rsvp: gmccartney51@gmail.com or phone 71 329321


13   Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Radio E-volution training: Broaden horizons
This training is targeted to partners who are willing and ready to engage responsibly in building internet radio network. The main idea is to make weekly radio schedule and to be able to broadcast from different countries, according to our project partner
Organizer: Dream of romance, flowers and space (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 23 January 2017

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ARTOOL MARKET - art for intercultural dialogue
The international seminar “Artool Market” has the main aim of developing the skills of European organizations and informal groups in facilitating processes of prevention of discrimination, intercultural dialogue and cohesive societies.
Organizer: CEIPES – International Center for Promotion of Education and Development (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Armenia, Russian Federation, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Southern Mediterranean countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline: 27 January 2017

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Perfect crime - training course for more inclusive youth exchange projects!
Make a tandem of youth worker and young person and explore world of youth Exchange projects through simulation of perfect crime!
Organizer: Latvian (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 29 January 2017

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From knowing to being
Are ready to live through and reflect on using and applying competence models with a specific focus on attitudes, values and inner readiness? Then we are looking forward to meet you in this training course!
Organizer: JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 31 January 2017

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You(th) in the centre of Youth Exchanges
Youth Exchanges involving actively young people in all project stages is the key to quality. This training focuses on the exploration, understanding and enhancing necessary competencies to realise meaningful Youth Exchanges with You(th) in the centre.
Organizer: Cypriot National Agency Erasmus+:Youth in Action (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 7 February 2017

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TYE - Tools for Youth Exchanges
A Youth Exchange needs content – behind the content there are tools: This training helps to explore tools around group processes, (intercultural) learning, involvement of young people and more.
Organizer: Finnish National Agency of Erasmus+ (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 7 February 2017

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During a full four-day meeting in Brussels, youth workers will have the chance to re-view work dedicated to this topic, exchange ideas and practices, and formulate key messages for the use of youth policy actors at European level.
Organizer: European Confederation of Youth Clubs (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline: 15 February 2017

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Naturally empowered: Activate others
“Naturally Empowered: Activate Others” training course is focusing on the use of outdoor and nature-based training elements as educational tools to tackle the issue of youth empowerment and active participation.
Organizer: Association of Hungarian Girl Guides (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 19 February 2017

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The Impact of Youth Work Training
The main aim of The Impact of Youth Work Training is to understand why it is important to measure the impact of youth work and Erasmus+ projects.
Organizer: The Finnish National Agency for Education (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 19 February 2017

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Training for Trainers on integrating a political dimension into the trainers’ work based on the ETS competence model for trainers working at international level
Organizer: JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 19 February 2017

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Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop
Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop is the activity for youth leaders from all over the world who would like to develop their entrepreneurial skills and apply learning outcomes in their professional work in their organizations!
Organizer: UCG (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: 23 February 2017

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Communication in action: communicational strategies and resources for Erasmus Plus projects
The training on social communication is dedicated to develop and disseminate good practices in the field of communication strategies for E+ projects, to recognize and use them as a resource and reference point for the next generation of youth projects.
Organizer: Spanish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 26 February 2017

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The plus of Erasmus plus: ideas matching and project management in the youth field
This training course aims to offer a complete overview of the opportunities provided by each Key Action of ERASMUS+ Programme in the field of Youth. Participants will gain knowledge, tools and motivation needed to carry out specific quality projects.
Organizer: Spanish NA (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 26 February 2017

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The Power of Non Formal Education
Improving the impact of Non Formal Education (NFE), principles and methods in creating empowerment opportunities for young people as real actors of the society (from local to Europe).
Organizer: Human Resource Development Centre (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 7 March 2017

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14  The Inside Out Programme is pleased to announce the Arrival of 'LID+'

What is LID+?

‘LID+’ is a year-long a programme of activity (funded by the European Commission Representative in London) that informs, supports, mentors and pro-actively engages young people (including those under the age of 18), young leaders, youth workers and other practitioners (with a remit for young people) in the Erasmus+ Programme in 2017.

It is one of 7 projects across the UK to be funded and is based on the work that Inside Out has been doing over the last number of years promoting access to and participation in the Youth in Action and Erasmus + programmes (at least 180 individuals have participated in more than 80 programmes across 20 countries or more since April 2008) but also in light of some of the changes affecting the Youth Service in Northern Ireland.  

Outcomes of LID+

In our programme there will be four main outcomes, increases in: (i) awareness of the Erasmus+ Programme (ii) numbers expressing an interest in participating in the Erasmus+ programme (iii) the number of ‘submission-ready’ applications (post-programme) and (iv) application's submitted.  We will measure the increases against the number of users not previously engaged in the programme.

The project will work specifically to target (i) Volunteering Abroad (ii) Youth Exchanges and (iii) Key Action1 Mobility Projects.  It will do this by providing a tailor-made service to local organisations (primarily) across Northern Ireland (due to smaller population/smaller geographical reach/area) but also ensuring a presence in the rest of the UK that complements but does not duplicate the work of the UK National Agency. 

Activities will include

  • Formal launch of the programme to ‘announce its arrival’ to youth work communities across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK;
  • Information Sessions to inform local publics about the Erasmus+ Programme (all 11 local Council areas in Northern Ireland as well as areas in England, Scotland and Wales)
  • ‘Listening Service’ with individual organisations seeking advice and information in order to support the development of potential project proposals;
  • Feedback service on ‘Initial Proposals’;
  • Mentoring Service – tailored support to ensure the full development of applications;
  •  ‘One-to-One’s’ to critique draft applications that are (almost) ‘submission ready’;
  • Development Workshops specifically with young people aged 13+ to support their introduction to and involvement with Erasmus+ with the specific task of nurturing and harnessing and/or responding to identified needs that might lead to the development of themes for potential youth exchange applications. 
  • A range of International Learning Opportunities for ‘interested parties’ through the on-going work of The LID (Leadership through Intercultural Dialogue) Programme and its international partners
  • Regular Localised Information Bulletin on Erasmus+ developments and opportunities (minimum bi-monthly);
  • Contact Making Seminar between experienced and non-experienced Erasmus+ users but with an interest in developing mutually beneficial applications.  It will bring together experienced Erasmus+ users with ‘new’ users to share and exchange information about their experiences with a view to not only developing projects but to also work on preparing applications during the seminar. 
  • On-going: ‘Live Network’ established between Inside Out and its already existing partners (see below) so as to support the development of local proposals from potential applications to ‘submission-ready applications’;
  • ‘Market Place’ 30th Anniversary Celebration Event (NI only) affording all groups from Northern Ireland involved in YiA/E+ to ‘market’, celebrate and contribute to a one-off celebration event

Anyone interested in LID+ should contact Fergal Barr at: thekingisalive@hotmail.com  


15 Free Training for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

People generally don’t know how to recognise mental health problems or know what help is available. This is a two day programme which will provide you with the skills to provide initial support for someone with a mental health problem.

Dates: Tues 31st Jan and Tues 7th Feb 2017 Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Venue: Aisling Centre, Enniskillen

MHFA teaches participant

  • how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems
  • how to provide initial help
  • how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help

Benefits of the course

  • Clear and accurate information about mental illness
  • Improved skills in recognising mental health problems
  • Confidence in your ability to provide initial information & support to someone with a mental illness
  • Increased understanding of your own mental health
  • Promote mental health literacy

Topics covered include:

  • What is meant by mental health / mental ill health?
  • Dealing with crisis situations such as suicidal behaviour, self harm, panic attacks and acute psychotic behaviour
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders
  • Where and how to get help
  • Self help strategies

Participants Comments

‘I really appreciated the personal aspect and feel I learned a great deal and it has really helped to increase my awareness and the importance of good mental health’

Booking Information: To book a place please visit  http://www.clearproject.co.uk/training/  for booking form and return to claire@derryhc.com

Full attendance on all days is essential or participants will not receive a certificate.


safeTALK  - Suicide alertness for everyone

safeTALK is a 3 1⁄2 hour training workshop, which raises general awareness on how to prevent suicide in our community. Learn four basic steps to recognise persons with thoughts of suicide and help connect them with suicide intervention resources.

Why come to safeTALK?
Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided – leaving people more alone and at greater risk.

safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

How can I get safeTALK training?
The CLEAR project are currently offering free safeTALK training for Community and Voluntary Sector Organisations operating in the Western Trust Area. safeTALK training can be delivered specifically for your organisation at a time and venue of your choice.

Who should attend safeTALK?
This training is offered to community & voluntary sector service providers working in the Western Trust area.

Date: Wed 25th January 2017 Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Omagh Enterprise Centre, Great Northern Road, Omagh, BT78 5LU

For Booking or Further Information

Contact Claire by email – claire@derryhc.com or Tel: 028 7138 3386 for further details or check out or website www.clearproject.co.uk


Places on all programmes are limited to four per organisation and subject to minimum numbers. Dates subject to change.

Where email address has been supplied this will be used as means of contact.

This sessions are open to staff & volunteers of COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY SECTOR organisations operating within the Western Health & Social Care Trust Area.


16 Waterside Women’s Centre - January 2017 Programme
Try something new for 2017 or develop your skills
Essential Skills Literacy
Please contact us for more information on this course and completing an assessment to indicate the level you can attempt.
Active Women Courses
We continue to encourage women to get active by offering a range of courses at low cost. These courses have been selected to make options as wide as possible. They take place in local venues and we offer childcare free of charge in our on- site crèche.
Check inside for the courses on offer this term and take the plunge into something new!!
Waterside Women’s Centre Crèche
The Crèche operates to provide on-site childcare for women undertaking courses. Crèche places are free while
booking is essential.  attending the Spaces are and early

PROSPER 2 is a range of courses which will help you to gain the qualifications you need to move into work or further education. These courses are for women in receipt of certain benefits or economically inactive.
See inside this leaflet for the courses we are offering this term.
Diamond & Platinum Programme
A range of courses at very low cost to women 60+ The courses
have been chosen to give opportunities to enjoy a wide range of skills and activities.
Other courses on offer includes: Tai Chi, Yoga, Look Good Feel Good, Swimming, Wall Climbing, Sewing Bee, Crochet, Cycling, Painting, Book Keeping, Conversational English, Art Club and many more…..  http://www.watersidewomen.net/current-course-brochure  
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
email: info@watersidewomen.net

Registered Charity No. NIC104557


17 Mindfulness Programmes 2017

Mindfulness Refresher Programme 
*Please note that you must have completed part 1 in order to register for this.
Saturday 21st January 2017
10am - 4pm
Seamus Heaney Home Place Centre, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy, BT45 8HT
Price: £80
NEW Mindfulness Programme (Part 1)
AWARE Mindfulness Programme cultivates self-compassion, it helps you to relax and recharge and means that you are kinder to yourself and others.  Frank Liddy (AWARE’s Mindfulness practitioner) will teach you tools to improve your focus, reduce your stress levels and increase your creativity.  As you become aware of your emotions, you learn to become an observer of negative thought patterns.  This reduces anxiety and helps cultivate a stress response rather than stress reactivity which in turn improves your sleep patterns, general wellbeing and will help stabilize your mood. Evidence of course hours can be provided for CPD or PDP purposes.
Derry/L'Derry - Full Day - 25th February 2017 - 10am-4pm
(AWARE Office, 15 Queen Street, Derry/L'Derry, BT48 7EQ)
Price: £70
NEW AWARE Mindfulness Training for Professionals – Condensed Course
Professionals from any discipline can benefit from training in Mindfulness. Mindfulness can be introduced into your work life to increase emotional resilience and job satisfaction. In two days, participants will learn about the scientific theory supporting Mindfulness and its benefits, the core techniques and will be equipped to use Mindfulness as a tool to improve focus, reduce stress, and increase creativity. . This training will be of particular benefit to healthcare professionals Nurses, General Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers have gained great benefit on a personal and professional level from attending AWARE’s Mindfulness Programmes.  It is of note that those in the Education sector have also benefited much from AWARE’s Mindfulness Programme including University Lecturers, Secondary and Primary School Teachers. Evidence of course hours will be provided for CPD or PDP purposes. 
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017 - 10-4pm
AWARE's Mindfulness Suite, 40 - 44 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GG.
Price: £129


To book your place or for further information please contact Aisling on  028 7126 0602 / aisling@aware-ni.org 



18 Charity Opening Night Screening in aid of Tiny Life

Charity Opening Night Screening - Fifty Shades Darker 

Starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson


Friday 10th February 2017 at 7pm

Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane


Tickets: £12 Includes welcome drink


BOOK NOW: www.buytickets.at/tinylife


Tiny Life - The premature baby charity for Northern Ireland.


19 Make Your Mark - Get Into Retail with Marks & Spencer

Are you 16-24? Looking for work?

Taster/Selection Day: 23rd January 2017 (Ballymena – 24th January 2017)

Belfast, Lisburn, Ballymena, Derry/Londonderry, Newry

Out of employment or training? Meet new people and learn new skills with our free programme!

➔ Gain in-depth training in the retail industry by completing 4 weeks work experience with Marks & Spencer.

➔ Learn about stock rotation and control, good customer service and selling skills.
➔ Improve your CV! This course offers a welcome boost to your confidence, teamwork, interview and communication skills.
➔ Receive up to 6 months’ support after the programme to help you find work. ➔ Get your travel and lunch provided for the whole programme.

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

Email: outreachni@princes-trust.org.uk


20 ‘I Daniel Blake’ Screening 

The Bloody Sunday March Committee is delighted to announce that it is to host a special screening of Ken Loach’s acclaimed film, ‘I Daniel Blake’ at the Brunswick Cinema, Derry on Friday, January 27th at 6 pm – Adm. £4

The film’s writer Paul Laverty will be in attendance after the screening to participate in a public Question & Answer session.

“a celebration of the decency and kinship of (extra)ordinary people.” Mark Kermode - The Observer
“I, Daniel Blake is a movie with a fierce, simple dignity of its own”. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“it’s a quietly fearsome piece of drama” Daily Telegraph




21 Consumer Council drop-in information session at Draperstown Library

The Consumer Council is running a drop-in event in Draperstown Library on Tuesday 24 January for local consumers who have been affected by recent bank branch closures in the area.Staff from the Consumer Council will provide information about managing their bank account, switching, making payments, banking safely as well as answering any queries.

Speaking about the event, Maeve Holly, Senior Policy Officer at the Consumer Council said: “The way we bank has been changing in recent years and many consumers are now choosing to use different ways to bank, such as online or telephone banking. However, some people still value face-to-face contact. Since 2010, we have seen almost a third of bank branches close in Northern Ireland. We are running this information session to help local consumers get the best from their bank account.”

Date: Tuesday 24 January 2017

Time: 3pm – 7pm

Venue: Draperstown Library, 50 High Street, Draperstown

For further information or to confirm attendance please contact Ronan Convery, Senior Consumer Empowerment Officer at the Consumer Council on (028) 9025 1600. 


22 The Creative Path - The First Step



“You could spend a lifetime trying to find yourself but this course is a shortcut!” Past participant

What would you do with the rest of your life if you could do anything?

Are you

  • Feeling unfulfilled and don’t know what to do about it?
  • Looking for new opportunities for change in your life and requiring support? At a cross roads in life?
  • Lacking energy, sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?
  • Recently retired or redundant and wondering what to do next?

What if instead of just trundling along, you take time out to rethink, restore, re-evaluate your life with a group of like minded people 

The CREATIVE PATH - THE FIRST STEP programme is styled to guide and support participants in group as well as one to one, bespoke to individual needs as well as structured for group development towards goals and dreams. Offering fun, creative and inspirational approaches to help you take small steps in the direction of where you want to go. It encourages gratitude and appreciation for all you have achieved to date and belief in your own abilities. The programme will help you find your authentic self and harness your untapped potential.

“This course is about finding out about yourself, the person you have buried away over the years” Past participant


“I have more awareness of myself and the world around me. My relationships have improved and I have more joy and spontaneity.”

“The Creative Path is a finding yourself path.  The process is adaptable for whatever you want from it”

Past programme participants.


23 Energetic Healing For People and Land Talks

Friday, JANUARY 20, 7-9pm, Radisson Blue Hotel

DERRY - Talk and Q&A
Saturday, JANUARY 21, 1pm-3pm, St. Columb's Park House

INISHOWEN - Participatory event
Sunday, JANUARY 22, Details upon request

Jane Donald, Irish author and healing therapist, former publisher with Irish Gardens magazine and guide to Sacred Sites in Ireland, is making her first visit to Letterkenny, Derry and Inishowen from January 20th to January 22nd to present talks on energetic healing for people and land.

Jane healed her body from ME. Trained in holistic energy therapy TBM, and energy healing of the land.  Jane guides in her talks and personal sessions, how the connection to land affects peoples lives and how to heal using the energy of land. This approach to healing clears many issues and challenges in daily life. Using symbiotic connection between people and nature for solutions that work.

Jane is author of 3 channelled books Sacred Messages from Sacred Ireland, Volumes 1 & 2 and Heart & Light - Berlin and works internationally sharing her gifts.

At the talks, Jane will give specific guidance to the area you live answering questions on any issue, from gardening to ancestral DNA, on plants, people and animals. Energy in homes, work places and community. Jane is offering personal sessions to assist anyone who wishes further guidance and healing. Please enquire and book a space on 087 453 5001.

"Down to earth and with precise guidance, Jane Donald speaks with unique clarity.   In my experience, she spoke directly to me and gave me guidance that worked immediately. Her insights into energy and health are to be experienced!  I recommend friends to make a date to meet Jane on her visit this month." says Kathleen O'Hara Farren, one of the event co-ordinators.

For further info contact Kathleen or Ruth (087) 4535001 kathleen@theedgeschool.net and see Facebook link:



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