NWCN Ebulletin 01 March 2023

1 ‌Free Finance Training 
2 Day of Hope
NWCN Members Annual Catch-up
4 Community Ownership - Round 3 
5 B&Q Foundation
6 Grow Wild’s Community Programme
7 BBC Charity Appeals
8 Consumer Council - True Cost Stakeholder Pack
9  Making It Work - More & Better jobs for Disabled People in the C&V Sector
10 Thirty - Legacy Citizens’ Assembly - Spaces still available
1FREE Compassionate Neighbour Training
12 Foyle Hospice Make a Will Month
13 NI Human Rights Commission
14 FREE Seminar: Volunteering & Net Zero
15 Good Relations Event: Peace Heroines Exhibition
16 Directory of services to help improve mental health & emotional wellbeing
17 Job Opportunity with Londonderry YMCA Ltd.
18 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
19 Mayor's Event - Celebrating Women & Girls In Sport

** Please note there has been an issue with adding attachments to this bulletin
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If you would like a copy of any of the attachments please email neola@nwcn.org and I will happily forward them to you, apologies for any inconvenience**  

1 Free Finance Training 

North West Community Network in partnership with NICVA are offering a Free Finance Training session:

Thursday 16th March
10:00am to 12:30pm
DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-14 Bishop St

Preparing and independently examining the annual accounts is a vital and important part of a charity’s governance.

In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of independent examination and what a set of receipt and payment annual accounts should look like.  The following areas will be covered:

  • Independent Examination (IE), what does this mean?
  • What should we look for in an IE?
  • Can my charity have an IE?
  • The difference between Audit and IE.
  • What do receipts and payment accounts (R&P) look like, including Trustee annual reporting (TAR).
  • What should I be looking for in a set of R&P accounts?

Funded by Halifax Foundation 

Register your place here


2 Day of Hope

We want to create a Day Of Hope for the city in September 2023.  We’re inviting individuals, groups or communities who would like to be involved in helping us organise this day. Our people need hope more than ever.  This is the start of a journey to develop Derry/Strabane into a place of Hope.….
We are having a meeting on 10th March at 11:00am in the Holywell Building, Bishop Street.  If you are interested in being involved, come and join us.  
Contact Marie Dunne 
marie92dunne@gmail.com or Roisin roisin@nwcn.org 028 7126 1941

 NWCN Members Annual Catch-up

When: Tuesday 28th March – 11:30am
Where: DCCP, Holywell Building, Bishop Street
Lunch included

Please join us for our NWCN Members catch-up event on Tuesday 28th March. 

This is a chance to come together to build connections, seek support and an opportunity to talk about the challenges for you/your community.  And a wee update from us on our focus for the year ahead. 

Let us know if you are planning to attend - email us at 


4 Community Ownership - Round 3 

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) announce new application window for the Community Ownership Fund, which has already seen a share of £1.3million given to six projects in Northern Ireland.

It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets at risk of closure.

Voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding to support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets.

The Fund hopes to support a range of proposals enabling people and communities across the UK to thrive.

Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

The deadline for applications for this funding round is 14 April 2023 at 11:59am.

For further information click 


5 B&Q Foundation

The B&Q Foundation supports registered charities with a combination of grants, volunteering time and home improvement resources. It concentrates its efforts on local charities helping to create better, safes places for people who need them most.

Find out more and register interest in applying for a grant from the B&Q Foundation.


6 Grow Wild’s Community Programme

We're looking for seven groups to join Grow Wild’s Community Programme, each will receive £2000 to transform an urban space

Are you part of a community, youth or voluntary group?
Has your group got a project idea to connect local people with the natural world?
Do you know an urban space that would be ideal for a transformation?

If the answer is yes - apply to join Grow Wild's Community Programme and bring your ideas to life. You'll be supporting Grow Wild's mission to bring people together to value and enjoy UK native plants.

Application deadline: 10am on Friday 24th March 2023

Further details available here


 7 BBC Charity Appeals

A chance to reach BBC audiences with the story of your charity

If you would like to apply for a BBC Radio 4 or BBC One Lifeline Appeal, please email the BBC Charity Appeals Unit telling us:

  • Name of your charity
  • Your Charity Registration number (you must be registered with the UK Charity Commission to be eligible)
  • Name of charity contact (email + phone no.) i.e. the person who is going to fill out the application form

These applications are assessed by external assessor and by the BBC's Appeals Advisory Committee. It takes around a year to complete the process of having a broadcast appeal.

Application Deadline Transmission Dates
6 March 2023 by 23.59 4 Feb 2024 - 28 Apr 2024
15 May 2023 by 23.59 5 May 2024 - 28 July 2024
4 September 2023 by 23.59    4 Aug 2024 - 27 Oct 2024
4 December 2023 by 23.59  3 Nov 2024 - 26 Jan 2025

Further details available here


8 Consumer Council - True Cost Stakeholder Pack

The Consumer Council have launched our 2023 True Cost Campaign which is running through February and March aimed at helping and supporting consumers. Building on our work to educate and empower consumers about borrowing money safely, and to create awareness of the help and support available to consumers worried about their finances. The multi-channel campaign will provide consumers online and offline with advice and signpost people to organisations that can provide support and guidance.
For more information about our True Cost campaign, please find attached our
 stakeholder pack which outlines campaign dates, resources, and signposting.


9  Making It Work - More & Better jobs for Disabled People in the C&V Sector


Date: Thursday 9 March 2023 from 11am – 12.30pm
The Equality Commission for NI in partnership with NI Union of Supported Employment are hosting the webinar which aims to raise awareness of how to create more and better jobs for disabled people in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland . This webinar will focus on creating job opportunities for people with disabilities, the reasonable adjustment duty in recruitment and lawful positive action. Contributors include :
• Dr Mary- Elaine Calvert, Brain Injury Matters
• Karen Smith, Disability Action
• Leo Quinn, Department for Communities
• Edyth Dunlop, NIUSE
• Una Wilson , ECNI

Paul Oakes, ECNI will facilitate a panel discussion about how we can work together to create more and better jobs for disabled by exploring the practical changes that employers can make and the support available to employers.  The webinar is aimed at HR Manager/Officer or Managers responsible for recruitment.
To register 
click here.


10 Thirty - Legacy Citizens’ Assembly - Spaces still available

Holywell Trust has some places left for our Thirty citizens’ assembly project examining the issue - Legacy: Reconciling the Past with a Future Focus 

We are looking for citizens with an interest in the topic being discussed and in moving this place forward on one of our more challenging issues. Participants must be able to take part in the residential on 11th & 12th March 2023.

Further information on the Thirty project can be found on our website - 

 Sign Up 


11 FREE Compassionate Neighbour Training

Compassionate Communities NI works to support people to live well and die well!
This workshop raises awareness of the emotional, practical and social needs of people impacted by life limiting conditions and the frail elderly; their carers and those bereaved in our communities. It helps us to understand how compassion can help people to live better and shows how this can benefit all of us!

Free training workshop: Compassionate Neighbour - Compassion in action
Monday 6th March, 11am - 12:30pm
Foyle Hospice Committee Room at Day Hospice Area, BT48 8JE

Tea and coffee will be served
Kindly confirm attendance by emailing: 


12 Foyle Hospice Make a Will Month

During the month of March, local solicitors very kindly agree to waive their usual Will writing fee in return for a suggested £75* donation to Foyle Hospice.  
The purpose of Make a Will Month is to encourage people to think about and write their Wills, whilst also raising much-needed funds for Foyle Hospice. 
Money raised will ensure we can continue to deliver high quality specialist palliative care to those in our community with terminal and life-limiting illness.

  • In-Patient Unit
  • 7 Days-a-Week Home Care Service
  • 24/7 Telephone Advice Line
  • Children and Young People’s Counselling
  • Bereavement Support for Adults
  • Carer Support and Wellbeing
  • Integrative Care Clinic
  • Day Hospice Unit

Legacy giving is a vitally important source of support for Foyle Hospice, helping to ensure that our community, and those we love, will have access to specialist palliative care long into the future. If you choose to write your Will through Make a Will Month, we hope you'll consider leaving a gift in your will to Foyle Hospice, although there is no obligation to do so. 
(*If your will is complex there may be an additional fee to pay. Please discuss your requirements with your solicitor).
I would like to finish with a quote from the wonderful Dame Cicely Saunders that I feel perfectly sums up the work of the hospice and the benefit that your support will bring.  
You matter because you are you, and you matter to the very end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”

List of participating Solicitors 


13 NI Human Rights Commission

Our vision: A society with human rights values and standards at its heart to achieve equality, peace and justice.
Our mission: To protect and promote the human rights of everyone in Northern Ireland.

Read more about our role in our
 Who We Are Leaflet


The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland have been tasked with overseeing the Government’s commitment to protecting equality and human rights in a post Brexit Northern Ireland.

Under the Ireland/NI Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement reached with the EU, the UK Government committed to ensuring that the protections currently in place in Northern Ireland for the rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity provisions set out in the chapter of the same name in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement will not be reduced as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

You can read more about this on our website 
here and in our Equality and Human Rights After Brexit leaflet

Telephone: 028 9024 3987 Email: info@nihrc.org

14 FREE Seminar: Volunteering & Net Zero

Impact the world without impacting the planet
As the world commits to achieving Net Zero status, what does this mean for volunteering?
Join Martin J Cowling and Volunteer Now for a thought provoking and engaging free seminar that will consider the four cases (see below) for Net Zero volunteering, potential risks and a step-by-step guide to taking action as individuals, organisations and communities.
The four cases for Net Zero volunteering:

  1. Business case
  2. Moral case
  3. Ethical case
  4. ‘Marketing case’…people are actively looking for organisations to support
Also on the agenda:
  • The risks of Greenwashing
  • What does Net Zero look like?
    With a range of options for organisations from having a net zero volunteer opportunity annually through to a complete net zero program, there are a combination of strategies we can employ between the two.
  • Into action as individuals, organisations, communities.

Date:        Thursday 19 April 2023
Time:        9.30am-1.00pm
Venue:      NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB
Book your place here – 

15 Good Relations Event: Peace Heroines Exhibition

Come and join us for a guided tour of the exhibition followed by lunch and discussion with Melanie Lynch, CEO & Creative Director, Herstory

Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm 
Date: Thursday 9th March 2023
Venue: The Tower Museum, Derry/Londonderry

The Peace Heroines of Northern Ireland exhibition explores the collaboration of local women working across borders, political and religious divides. The exhibition will tell the story of both individual peace heroines and collectives, such as the Derry Peace Women, the Women's Coalition and the special dynamic between the Shankill Women's Centre and the Falls Road Women's Centre

To book your place contact: 
16 Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing

Please find a Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing for the Western Trust area 2023 here

This directory includes services on:

  • Urgent help and support
  • Mental health including eating disorders and anxiety support
  • Victims of abuse
  • Suicide prevention/ self-harm/self-help
  • Bereavement
  • Rural support
  • Older people
  • Long-term conditions
  • Cultural/ethnic
  • Benefits/financial advice and so much more...
17 Job Opportunity with Londonderry YMCA Ltd.

Londonderry YMCA  @ 51 Glenshane Rd, Drumahoe are recruiting 

Programme Co-Ordinator 

The post is 30hrs a week,
Salary £23524.80 per annum plus 5% employer pension contribution.

Job Description
To manage the YGirls Mentoring programme  involves working closely with  Senior Lecturer researchers who will be the link to recruiting the mentors and also completing the research element of the project.   It will also involve working locally with youth work colleagues to develop mentoring pathways and community engagement. The post holder will recruit, match, train, and support a team of  student volunteer mentors to prevent vulnerable young girls from developing mild to moderate mental health difficulties by engaging them in a range of positive activities.

Job Specification;

Relevant third level youth work/ social work/ education qualification.


At Least 3 years experience working within youth work, social work or education sector. 

Experience of working face to face with young people between the ages of 11-14 for at least 3 of the past 5 years.

Evidence of effective contribution to programme planning, inter agency partnership, issue-based youth work.

For an application pack email  londonderry.ymca@ymca-ireland.net

Closing date Thursday 9th March 2023 @5:00pm 


18 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Design your youth exchange
  • GloRe Online Training For Organisations Staff
  • Peace Makers
  • LIST: Learning in short-term group projects
  • Call for Trainers


19 Mayor's Event - Celebrating Women & Girls In Sport

As part of International Women's Month during March 2023, the Mayor, Councillor Sandra Duffy, welcomes women and girls within your community group to take part in taster sessions in 

  • Football
  • Gaelic Games
  • Cricket
  • Judo
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • Disability/Inclusive Sports

The event takes place on Friday 31 March 2023 from 2pm - 4pm in Foyle Arena.

If you wish for your community group to take part please register your interest by contacting Alexandra Wallace on 028 7125 3253 or email 

Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.


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