NWCN Ebulletin 02 March 2022

1 Social Media Training
2 Human Library to celebrate International Women's Day
3 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust announce changes to autumn funding round
4 Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership Programme
5 All Ages - small grant scheme
6 The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022
7 Rights after Brexit: Minority ethnic groups, migrant people & border communities
8 Launch of the Youth Participatory Budgeting Accelerator Toolkit and DIY Manual
9 Opportunities linked to Age Friendly
10 Public Engagement Event PCC Statement of Strategic Intent
11 The Consumer Council Seeks views on: Forward Work Programme
12 NI Human Rights Commission Draft Strategic Plan 2022-2025
13 Introduction to Handling Conflict in Groups
14 New Training Calendar!
15 Call out for Facilitators
16 Day of Communities
17 Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022
18 Food for thought
19 Borderlands Exhibition Showcase Event
20 Timetable of Mobile Vaccination Clinics in March 2022

1 Social Media Training

Tuesday 22nd & Thursday 24th March
10:00am-12:00 noon

This will be an in person event taking place at DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street.
Light lunch & refreshments provided!

Social media can be a cost effective asset to any organisation. If used to full advantage it can reach a wide audience, publicise specific events and attract new volunteers or clients. This is an opportunity to be guided through the process of developing an effective social media plan, creating engaging content while recognising and avoiding the pitfalls.

Over two short sessions develop your social media voice and find the platform that is right for you.
Please note that you must commit to attending both sessions.

If you are interested in attending, please email 
info@nwcn.org to book your place

If you would like to renew your NWCN membership please complete our 
membership form 

2 Human Library to celebrate International Women's Day

As part of this year's International Women's Day Triax Neighbourhood Management Team are looking to help 'Break the Bias'.

An opportunity for open conversations and challenging stereotypes.

Monday 7th March
10am-12pm (light lunch provided)
DiverseCity Community Partnership
10-14 Bishop Street

Booking necessary through 
Google Docs


 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust announce changes to autumn funding round

We are closing applications to our autumn grant round to allow us time to develop our work at JRCT.

The Trust remains open to applications across all of our programmes in March but will close to all applications in August. Applications will re-open for the December deadline.

You can see information on when to apply here.

As an organisation, we are going through a time of change resulting from recent growth, our response to the pandemic, and crucially, efforts to confront our colonial history. These developments raise important questions about our work as a Trust, which we need time to address.

The closure of the grant round will ease workload pressures among the staff team to allow us the time to needed to engage with the change process.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we hope this will give new applicants the time to apply by 28 March or for our December deadline. Existing grantees who had hoped to reapply in August will be contacted by their grants officer.



4 Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership Programme

CDHN are delighted to announce that the BCPP programme is now open for the 2022/23 year. Last year we funded 45 new partnerships at an investment of £400,000. The BCPP programme offers a unique opportunity for you and your pharmacist, to co-design locally based solutions to the health needs of your community.

CDHN offers support and mentoring to develop your ideas into a successful application and we particularly welcome applications from groups who are new to the fund and those representing groups most adversely affected by Covid and health inequalities.

If you need some inspiration, you can read about some of our fantastic previous partnerships and their projects 

Level 2 - £12,000
Closing Date: 24 March 2022

Further details available 


5 All Ages - small grant scheme

Linking Generations NI are very excited to have launched: All Ages April 2022 - small grant scheme!

The funding aims to create connections across generations and organisations that wouldn’t normally work together. LGNI’s vision is that these connections and relationships will continue into the future.

The small grants are £150 and are open to a range of groups across Northern Ireland including:

  • older people's groups
  • care homes 
  • schools 
  • community groups
  • youth groups 

Download an application

Visit our website for more information

All applications must be returned to: lynn.heatley@bjf.org.uk 
by Friday 11th March @12:00 pm


6 The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

A new piece of legislation, The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2022, is about to come into force.

Having finished its progress through the Assembly on Tuesday 8 February 2022, the new law has now gone forward for Royal Assent, the final stage in the legislative process.

The Commission has welcomed the progress of the legislation, noting it will effectively reinstate the 
register of charities and give certainty to charities, the public, funders and others as to which organisations are registered charities in Northern Ireland.

The Act will also increase the public transparency of the charity sector by re-instating annual reporting by charities, supporting the public and others in undertaking checks on the charities they support.

The Commission is currently developing a series of FAQs aimed at advising charities and the wider public on what the new law will mean for them and the regulation of charities in Northern Ireland as a whole. These will be published on the Commission’s website and kept updated in the coming months.

In the meantime, charity trustees are encouraged to ensure their contact details on the 
register of charities
 are accurate and up-to-date, as this will be the contact details the Commission uses to correspond with trustees regarding any changes brought in by the new Act.


 7 Rights after Brexit: Minority ethnic groups, migrant people and border communities

The Equality Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission would like to invite you to a FREE event to discuss issues relating to cross-border equality and human rights after Brexit facing minority ethnic groups, migrant people and border communities in the North West region.
Date: Monday 14 March 2022
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
To register: 
Rights after Brexit: Minority ethnic groups, migrant people and border communities
In person: The event will take place at the City Hotel Derry. A light lunch will be provided before the start of the event. If attending in person, please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Remotely: If you prefer to join the event virtually, it will take place via MS Teams. A joining link will be sent to you before the event is due to begin.
Who is the event for?
This event will be of interest to representatives of minority ethnic groups and migrant people in the North West area, as well as community groups and individuals from cross border and rural areas. Your participation, either in person or online, will help us to understand the issues and challenges being faced by cross-border communities as a result of Brexit.
You will hear about the work the three Commissions are taking forward in this area and the advice and support that is available to individuals who may have a concern about their equality and human rights after Brexit.
Ask your questions
There will be the opportunity to ask questions and/or share your experiences during the event. You can also submit any questions before the event by emailing 
Contact us
If you would like to attend this event in person or if you require assistance to book your place, please contact Claire Bethel by email 
 or phone 02890 500600.


8 Launch of the Youth Participatory Budgeting (PB) Accelerator Toolkit and DIY Manual

Zoom Workshop: Wednesday 23 March 2022, 10 am - 12 noon.

The toolkit provides detailed guidance to support the design and delivery of youth led PB. The free on-line resource includes everything from the values that underpin youth participation, enabling conditions for youth PB to thrive, the typical stages of a school or community PB process and good practice case studies from across Europe and America. It is accompanied by a DIY Manual with helpful resources and tools to support Youth PB.

This on-line interactive workshop will be in English. There will be three other launch events happening in each of the project partner countries including, Poland; Spain; and
 UK - (England, Scotland and Wales on 17 March 2022) The Erasmus+ research partnership brings together five partners from across three countries. The project is co-ordinated by the Polish Foundation Soclab, with collaborators from Field of Dialogue in Poland, the University of Granada’s Medialab in Spain, as well as Shared Future CIC in the UK and Community Places in Northern Ireland.

Visit the Youth PB Accelerator 
website to find out more about the project including blogs on youth participation, podcasts from PB practitioners and participants and case studies illustrating youth PB practice in school and community settings.


After registering you will receive a Zoom link and programme. During and after the event a link will be available to download the free toolkit and DIY manual.

To find out more about the PB Works Project visit our website:

www.participatorybudgetingworks.org or contact Louise O'Kane louise@communityplaces.info


9  Opportunities linked to Age Friendly

  • Age Friendly Reconnect & Re-engage Workshops
This March sees the start of a series of workshops and opportunities for people aged 50+ years across DCSDC to start to consider how they can reconnect and reengage to help address social isolation and loneliness.  Given spring is on our doorsteps these are an opportunity to see if there is something in your life which you need some support with to help you as a person start to reconnect and reengage with society. See attached poster and people can book onto as many of the workshops, depending on available places.  To register your place please contact agefriendly@derrystrabane.com or telephone 028 7125 3253
  • It’s My Life – Life Journal Workshops
Have you ever through of creating your own Life Journal to reflect on all the important items and memories which are important to you.  This is great opportunity to creatively place these all in the bespoke hand crafted journal personal to you, not only for you to treasure and enjoy but a special gift which you can later pass on for others. To register your place please contact agefriendly@derrystrabane.com or telephone 028 7125 3253 before 4th March so that participants can receive their materials in advance of the course starting.

  • Care for Carers Project

Please find attached poster for Care for Carer’s Project and the various programmes and workshops available.  This information is also available at https://www.derrystrabane.com/Inclusion


10 Public Engagement Event PCC Statement of Strategic Intent

I would like to extend an invitation to our engagement session on the Patient and Client Council’s Draft Statement of Strategic Intent.

Our Statement of Strategic Intent document outlines our vision for the next three years and we would welcome your views and input on our plan. We will be hosting a virtual engagement session on Wednesday 2nd March from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and would welcome your attendance. Should you be free and wish to attend please register on the following link:

PCC Statement of Strategic Intent 2022 - 2025: Consultation - Patient and Client Council Northern Ireland (pcc-ni.net)


11 The Consumer Council Seeks views on: Forward Work Programme

This 2022-2023 Forward Work Programme sets out the activity and performance framework the Consumer Council proposes to deliver in the second year of the 2021-2024 Corporate Plan, underpinned by consumer priorities and strategic objectives.

We are seeking your views and comments to help shape the development of our work. This is an important part of the process to ensure our proposals are relevant to the issues that matter most to consumers in Northern Ireland.

We are hosting a virtual Forward Work Programme Consultation event on Thursday 10 March, starting at 11.00am and lasting approximately one and a half hours. We will talk through our proposed plans and there will be the opportunity to discuss our 2022-2023 Forward Work Programme with our Senior Leadership Team.

Click here to register for the 10 March briefing event.

Further information can be found here


12 NI Human Rights Commission Draft Strategic Plan 2022-2025

The NI Human Rights Commission would like to present you with its Draft Strategic Plan 2022-2025, which can be viewed online here.

We want to hear your feedback on the contents of the draft plan, it’s objectives and priorities. If you agree or disagree, any suggestions or amendments, or if you support the draft plan as it is, we think it’s important to hear from you.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the initial consultation on the draft strategic plan. It was very important to hear about human rights issues affecting everyone in Northern Ireland. We hope this draft has taken on board these considerations.

We welcome your views and comments on the Draft Strategic Plan 2022-2025, so please send any feedback to publicconsultations@nihrc.org .

The deadline for responses is Friday 18 March 2022.

If you have any queries on the Draft Strategic Plan 2022-2025, please contact info@nihrc.org or call 028 9024 3987.


13 Introduction to Handling Conflict in Groups

Thursday 3rd March, via Zoom
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Facilitator: Diane Greer

Conflict can be described as a disagreement between people who differ in their ideas, needs, values or beliefs. Developing the knowledge and skills to manage conflict in groups is important to be able to effectively engage and communicate with groups of people in the Community with similar goals but differing ideas, opinions, or values. This is an Introduction to developing your knowledge in this area and gain some basic tools to support you in your work.

Book your place
14 New Training Calendar!

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd is pleased to launch our new training calendar on Tuesday 1 March 2022.  Most of our sessions are now arranged into different series’ including the popular Leadership Series and Diversity Series.  We also have 3 new series of courses: Building Foundations, Vision & Values and Inclusion.  See below for full details of each series.
To celebrate the launch of our new training calendar, we have an offer available for all participants booking onto our new Building Foundations Series of courses in April:
Book a place on all four Building Foundations courses in April and get a FREE place on any volunteer management course of your choice later in the year – Saving up to £35!
To view our new training calendar and book your places, please go to 
Building Foundations Series:
Building the foundations of good volunteer management
The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers
The New Environment: Volunteer Induction
The New Environment: Support & Supervision of Volunteers
The New Environment: Volunteers & the Law
Diversity Series:
Diversity Session 1:  Decide & Involve
Diversity Session 2:  Variety & Education
Diversity Session 3:  Research & Strategy
Diversity Session 4:  Invest Together Yearly
Leadership Series:
Strengthening and building on your leadership skills
Thinking of Myself as a Leader
Leadership & Why it Matters
Leadership & Working with Teams
Leadership & Dealing with Conflict
Vision & Values Series:
Building the vision and values of your volunteer programme
Volunteer Policy: Your Starting or Review Point!
Volunteer Strategy
Assessing Risk
Volunteer Role Development
Inclusion Series:
Inclusion Session 1:  Image & Nurture
Inclusion Session 2:  Communication & Leadership
Inclusion Session 3:  Understanding & Structures
Inclusion Session 4:  Innovation, Objectives & Needs
The free course must be a volunteer management course and is NOT available for any safeguarding courses.  The free course must be one in the current training calendar and taken before March 2023.  To avail of this offer, just book on all four Foundation courses in April 2022 via our website then email 
 with your choice of FREE volunteer management course.


15 Call out for Facilitators

At Eden Place Arts Centre we are currently updating our database of artists/facilitators.

If you are interested in being added to our database please send a copy of your current CV to; 

16 Day of Communities

Thursday 3 March 2022
3.30pm, via Zoom

The Irish language community is diverse and on Lá na bPobal, we have an opportunity to share the language with other communities and with new communities. This event, jointly organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, Líonra Leitir Ceanainn and Conradh na Gaeilge, will invite a range of communities from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds across the North West to a session of cross-cultural and cross-linguistic exchange, in which we will all have opportunities to learn new words, phrases and information about the Irish language as well as other languages and cultures. This Zoom event is open to everyone but registration is recommended.
To register please contact: 
In partnership with Derry City Council, Donegal County Council, Líonra Leitir Ceanainn and Conradh na Gaeilge.


17 Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022

Welcome to Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s programme of events for Seachtain na Gaeilge ‘22. Whether it’s music, language classes, talks, performances or events for the entire family, we hope you will find something to your taste as we share our unique culture with the world in the run up to St. Patrick’s Day.

Íoslódáil an clár anseo / Download the programme here


18 Food for thought

Bringing people together through food. An exciting & interactive food event for Derry City & Strabane District Council area.

Thursday, 3rd March 2022
10:00 – 13:30
Main Hall, Guildhall

Whether you are interested in growing, cooking or eating – we are all connected to food in some way or other. Food brings us together whether it’s sharing a meal with your neighbour or donating a tin of beans to your local food bank.

At this event will explore different approaches to changing our food system in order to improve health, reduce food insecurity, build community resilience and reduce our impact on the environment.

Whether you are a local business owner, a keen grower, a volunteer at a local community lunch club, or a parent interested in learning about home cooking on a budget we hope that this event will give you food for thought.

More informationallan.bogle@derrystrabane.com

Call/ text/ Whatsapp- 07592103820

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.


We look forward to meeting you!


19 Borderlands Exhibition Showcase Event

Holywell Trust have an opportunity for people from throughout Derry City & Strabane District Council area to take part in a day of activities focused on the recently produced Borderlands exhibition. The exhibition captures the views of 22 local people on the border and the impact that it has on the North West.

The programme will take place on Tuesday 15th March starting at 9.30am and finishing with dinner. During the day we'll be making a short video to capture the experience. As well as viewing the exhibition that will be installed in the Holywell building for the event, we'll be visiting key points of interest and hearing from guest speakers. All travel will be covered.

We have a limited number of spaces and f you would like to take part please complete this form - 
https://forms.gle/ztpKjR9UiTn9ghf28. We'll be in touch soon to confirm the final group of participants.


This event is part of the Good Relations Programme of the Council.


20 Timetable of Mobile Vaccination Clinics in March 2022

Please see attached a 
 with details of times and locations of the Mobile Vaccination Clinics taking place in March.


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