NWCN Ebulletin 02 November 2022

1 ‌Join NWCN for a Free Funding Workshop
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund
Garfield Weston Foundation
Warm This Winter Grants
Investing in Community Winter Programme
Exploring the community’s role in protecting and improving the environment
Encompass Involvement have Your Say
Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Survey
Free Stress Control programme
10 Free Places:  Level 3 Emergency First Aid At Work (RQF)
11 National Fertility Awareness Week
12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
13 Recruitment for Independent Monitoring Board Members
14 Public Appointment: Chair and Four Members to the Industrial Court
15 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 
16 In Sunshine or in Shadow

1 Join NWCN for a Free Funding Workshop

Thursday 17th November 11:00 – 2:30pm, DCCP, Holywell Building, Bishop Street

Fundraising can be very competitive, so being organised and prepared to communicate your appeal to funders and donors is a must.
Join Jocelyn Horton, NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer and learn how developing a Case for Support can improve your fundraising efforts whether you are focusing on trusts and foundations, major donors, or individual giving. The session will also explore what funders want to know and ways to use your Case for Support in your communications and opportunities to chat with others. 
Lunch included. 

To book your place email 
info@nwcn.org or call Roisin on 028 7126 1941


2 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund

Our communities are becoming more diverse. We need to reflect this diversity at all levels.
As our society changes, our organisations also must change.
This Fund is supported by Comic Relief to support groups to begin these conversations and reflections, so that they can strive to be inclusive to all.


  • Assist in making organsiations management structures, policies, decision making, activities and programmes reflective of the diversity we have in our society;
  • Assisting organisations to Identify the barriers and provide solutions to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within their organisation;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to implementing the solutions, reflecting greater diversity, equity and inclusion in their organisation
Closing Date: Nov 18, 2022 13:00

Further details available 


 Garfield Weston Foundation

We have two grant programmes which depend on the size of the grant being requested 

Regular Grants
For applications below £100,000.  These applications are reviewed by our Trustees on an ongoing basis so there are no specific deadlines to worry about.  You can apply when you are ready and when your plans and priorities are sufficiently clear to be able to make a compelling case

Major Grants
For application of £100,000 or more. These are reviewed at one of the Foundation’s eight Board meetings a year and are carefully planned in advance to be fair to all applicants.  If you are considering applying for a major grant, please start by sending a one – two page summary to 
admin@garfieldweston.org outlining what you are raising funds for, the total cost and fundraising target. 

Further details available 


4 Warm This Winter Grants

A small number of grants are available for organisations, community groups, local events, and activities that help to build public and political support for the campaign. We are especially interested in supporting groups working in the areas of fuel poverty, housing, disability rights, climate justice, or on alternative solutions (e.g. energy co-ops).

Warm This Winter is a new campaign demanding the government acts now to help people struggling with energy bills this winter and to ensure we all have access to affordable energy in the future. The campaign focuses on four clear demands aimed at the government:

  • Emergency support for vulnerable households
  • An ambitious, nation-wide energy efficiency programme
  • A rollout of onshore wind generation
  • An end to offshore oil and gas expansion

For more details on the types of grants we offer, our eligibility criteria, and how to apply, please see this document or contact info@warmthiswinter.org.uk with any questions.

  • Funding amount:
    • Small grants: £200 – £500
    • Medium grants: £500 – £5,000
  • Application deadline: small and medium grant applications will be reviewed monthly.
Find out more about the fund here.

5 Investing in Community Winter Programme

Working or Volunteering in the Community / Voluntary sector?
Are you volunteering in a mother and toddler group, a sports club, a women’s group, community centre, men’s shed or befriending service?
Are you sitting on a Committee or Board and want to improve your knowledge or skills? Working or Volunteering for years, have the experience but want to meet others and build connections in your area?
Then please take a look at what’s currently on offer for free on our Investing in Community Programme!
Allow us to help you improve your knowledge and skills and enable you to serve your community or group to the best of your ability!

Effective Communication with Community and Funders
Thursday 10th November, 3-5pm, Zoom/Fermanagh House
This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to learn about a range of techniques to communicate your group’s activities amongst your target audience. Including the latest social media tips specifically for the community and voluntary sector. This workshop will explore a number of media approaches and outlets, providing useful insights to help ‘Get your message across

Registration: https://forms.gle/vVVNJBX75BYoTka39

Income generation & Fundraising
Wednesday 7th December, 7:30-8:30pm, Zoom/Fermanagh House
A decline in grants and funding means organisations must re-think and diversify their income. This workshop will provide guidance on the income options available to community and voluntary organisations. Delivered by Lauri McCusker, Director Fermanagh Trust.

Income Generation & Fundraising (google.com)
Link to Full Winter Programme: 
Training Programme Sept - Dec 2022 (fermanaghtrust.org)


6 Exploring the community’s role in protecting and improving the environment

As part of the NLCF's strategy renewal process, we're hosting a conversation to explore how communities can make the biggest impact for a healthier environment in the years ahead.
This is a free online event, but places are limited.
Wednesday 9th November 2022, 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Sign up here: 


 7 Encompass Involvement have Your Say

Health and Social Care (HSC) Northern Ireland is committed to improving the way we care for people in Northern Ireland. Modernising key health and social care IT systems will help provide an improved service.

How will we do that?
By consolidating hundreds of systems into one, creating a single health care record for every person in Northern Ireland. encompass aims to provide patients and service users with the safest, highest quality of care possible. encompass will give patients and service users the ability to view and update their health information.

How can you get involved?
encompass, in partnership with the Patient and Client Council, are seeking members of the public with an interest in health care and digital technology to participate. We need you to share experiences and preferences to help ensure that new digital tools meet the needs of you, your family and all citizens across Northern Ireland.

To find out more and get involved, visit: 

** Application closes today Wednesday 2nd November 2022 **

8 Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Survey

I am currently studying a Masters in Psychological Science at Queen's University, and working as Service Coordinator for the Eating Disorders Association Northern Ireland. I have decided to conduct a research study into eating disorders, and disordered eating in Northern Ireland as this is a very limited area of research. I am trying to circulate the study as far and wide as possible. I would really appreciate it if you could complete the survey.
I have a broad spectrum of research aims, including: the prevalence of eating disorders and disordered eating, taking into account a wide range of factors, such as age, employment, geographical area, and gender. I am also interested in the types of eating disorders that people are currently struggling with, and whether individuals are currently receiving support or not. Furthermore, the survey seeks to collect data on whether individuals have had a diagnosis or not.
The survey link: 
Katie Graden


9  Free Stress Control programme

Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and money worries. 
Learn how to manage stress now and in the future, from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

The Stress Control programme is funded by PHA so is free to participants. 

It is held online, once a week over six weeks, teaching skill and techniques for managing stress. There is no requirement to register or log in. Each class is 90 minutes long and available to view for a limited period.           

The next course starts on 14 November.

For details, see 


10 Free Places:  Level 3 Emergency First Aid At Work (RQF)

This 6-hour course will include an EFAW manual, practical assessment on choking, recovery position, CPR & AED, managing bleeds, and much more.  Places are limited to 2 per organisation! 
Training takes place Wednesday 16th November 10am - 4pm @ the North West Volunteer Centre; 22 Bishop Street/1a London Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6PP.
For more information, please give us a call 02871 271017



11 National Fertility Awareness Week

Male factor fertility problems are the most common reason for a couple to seek fertility treatment, yet far too often men’s fertility is not tested in the first stages of a couple seeking medical help, leading to unnecessary delays and distress. We are calling for men’s fertility to be tested in a timely manner at the same time as a woman’s fertility is explored. Join us for a free online seminar assessing what needs to change and highlighting men’s experiences. Register for Wednesday’s webinar 

Fertility education is now part of the secondary school curriculum but what is taught is still too limited. We are calling for comprehensive fertility education for teenagers and young adults, so they understand fertility isn’t a guarantee, how age and lifestyle impact fertility, and appreciate the limits of fertility treatments, including IVF and egg freezing. Join us for a free online webinar asking what needs to be included in high school fertility ed and hearing how a lack of fertility knowledge impacts lives. Register for Thursday’s webinar 

Infertility can be a lonely experience: too many people struggle in silence when talking about what you are facing can make a big difference. We signpost the help that is available, including our regional and specialty online groups and highlight your experiences. Hearing how others have coped with their fertility journey can be extraordinarily helpful. Register for Friday’s webinar 

You can see all the details of the week’s themes, lists of daily webinars and information on ways to help: https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/national-fertility-awareness-week-31-oct-4-november-2022/


12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • MOOCs for Culture & Creative Youth Workers
  • The Power Behind Good Intentions. Training for European volunteering organisations
  • GloRe Online Training For Organisations Staff
  • An introduction on how to use the ‘Erasmus+ Youth’ Programmes for international youth work
  • Call for Trainers


13 Recruitment for Independent Monitoring Board Members

The Department of Justice is seeking to appoint a minimum of 9 members to the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Northern Ireland. The role of an IMB member is to monitor the treatment of prisoners and the conditions of their imprisonment.

Information session:
7pm, Wednesday 2nd November. If you wish to register to attend, please email 

 The closing date for the receipt of applications: Noon Thursday 17th November 2022

Further details available 


14 Public Appointment: Chair and Four Members to the Industrial Court

The Chair and members are required to sit as and when required. The Chair will normally have to devote on average two days a month to Court work, although this will fluctuate depending on caseload. This may involve commitment both inside and outside normal working hours.

Current remuneration is:
Chair – £521.80 per day
Members – £296.62 per day

We particularly welcome applications from younger people, people with a disability and those from minority ethnic groups as these are currently under-represented on the Governing Body.

We are operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.
Applicants with a disability who meet all of the criteria at the sift stage will automatically be offered an interview.

The closing date for applications is Noon (UK time) on Friday 18 November 2022.

Further details available 


15 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 
This year the festival will run from the 3rd – the 10th of December. We are now open to proposals from organisations that would like to host events in the #NIHRF2022 programme!

We particularly welcome alternative, creative and artistic events for promoting and engaging with human rights in Northern Ireland and will once again be providing an On-Demand section on the festival website for pre-recorded events, films and downloadable resources your organisation wishes to include in the programme.  

To host an event in the festival please complete the form available 


16 In Sunshine or in Shadow

You are invited to:  'In Sunshine or in Shadow'
An Exhibition of oil paintings by David Fahy

Exhibition will be launched on Wednesday 9th November @ at 7.30pm in Eden Place Arts Centre.
Exhibition will continue until 25th November and can be viewed Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.
Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Centre, Derry.

For more info contact Judi
Phone: 07902172080


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