NWCN Ebulletin 06 December 2023

The Fore - Spring 2024 Funding Round
Grow Wild: Community Project Funding
PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 Public/Community Tender Training Workshops
5 Reframing Revenue Raising: a NIAPN Webinar
25th Anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Seminar
Training opportunities for Community & Voluntary Organisations
Keeping Adults Safe Training
10 Mindfulness with AWARE 
11 Opportunity to engage - Nursing and Midwifery Council - NI workshop
12 Stakeholder engagement events re: the Non-Domestic and Domestic rating
13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
14 Volunteering Opportunity at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
15 In Your Space Circus Volunteer Board recruitment
16 Energy Strategy E-Bulletin


Its that time of year again... AGM! Last day to register...

You are invited to attend our AGM at 10:00am on Thursday 07th December 2023, at the Holywell DiverseCity Partnership Building, Bishop Street where we will outline our achievements of the past year and set out our priorities for the year ahead. 

Refreshments provided

Register your place on 

If you would like to become a member of NWCN please see our membership form
 where you will see a list of the benefits of joining us!


2 The Fore - Spring 2024 Funding Round

Registration for our Spring 2024 Funding Round will be open from 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 6th December, to 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 13th December 2023.

On Thursday 14th December, all those who submit a registration will be emailed with confirmation of whether they have been allocated a place on the funding round. They will then be invited to submit a complete application. We have plenty of resources on how you can strengthen your application.

The Fore make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. Transformational impact includes helping organisations become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind.

Further information available 


 Grow Wild: Community Project Funding

Grow Wild is offering grants of £2000 to twenty-five groups from across the UK to transform urban spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife by planting and championing UK native plants.

Grow Wild's Community Programme will support your project with:
  • A £2000 grant to transform an urban space with UK native plants, encourage wildlife and engage your local community. 
  • Tailored online training sessions to support your project delivery, build your knowledge and help you inspire other people to get involved. 
  • Opportunities to connect with other groups taking part in the programme, share experiences and learn from each other. 

Applications will open in mid-December 2023. 
Application Deadline: 30 January 2024 at 3pm

Further information available 


4 PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 Public/Community Tender Training Workshops

After successful feedback from Tender Training and Awareness workshops delivered in October, The PEACE Team are repeating the same workshop in January for any further interested individuals or organisations. Places are openly advertised and are on a first come first served basis (25 places max per course). If your organization is new to tendering, or if you feel you would benefit from this training, register. It is fine for organizations to reserve more than one place (or attend a repeat workshop) and training is relevant to anyone who may directly work on writing and submitting a tender. Recordings will not be available. To register for an upcoming workshop, please do so via the following links:

Sign up and info on:
Wednesday 10th January 2024 9.30am – 11.30am Room A, St.Columb’s Park House, Waterside.

Community/Public Tender Training for DCSDC PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 Action Plan Tickets, Wed 10 Jan 2024 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Monday 29th January 2024 10.30am – 12.30pm Sion Mills (The Bog Hall)
Community/Public Tender Training for DCSDC PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 Action Plan Tickets, Mon 29 Jan 2024 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Useful steps interested groups could take now are:

  1. Register on E-tenders NI: All our tenders will be advertised on E-tenders NI. If your organization is not already registered, you can do so here: European Dynamics - Welcome to eTendersNI
  2. E-tenders Updates: On E-tenders, select to have automatic updates from DCSD Council. All our PEACEPLUS Tenders will fall into CPV Code 85322000 Community Action Programme. Registering for these alerts will mean you won’t miss our tenders. 

Want information on the projects / tender opportunities (including order of advertisement)?
Download a user-friendly version of our Local Co-Designed Action Plan Here:


Download a more detailed project overview of the 58 included projects here:

For email updates on tendering opportunities, see our website and make sure you’ve signed up to our email newsletter: https://www.derrystrabane.com/community/peace-plus

Reframing Revenue Raising: a NIAPN Webinar

Reframing Revenue Raising - Webinar and Discussion
Wednesday 13 December, 10-11.30am
Register to receive the webinar link

The Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network is hosting a webinar to examine the topic of revenue raising given the fiscal and economic context of Northern Ireland. In September, the Secretary of State, Chris Heaton-Harris instructed the permanent secretaries of the NI departments to look into ways to raise revenue, and consultations are now underway.  
This webinar aims to reframe the discussion about revenue raising, focusing on the reality of the Northern Ireland economy, from the impacts of austerity measures, budget cuts, low wages and inadequate social security income; whilst also looking at ways in which revenue can be raised.

Dr. Lisa Wilson, Senior Economist, NERILisa Wilson is a Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute and is based in the Belfast office. Her main research interests lie in the areas of labour markets, income distribution, poverty, public expenditure, living standards and well-being.

Dr. Ciara Fitzpatrick, Lecturer, School of Law, UU
Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick is a lecturer and researcher at Ulster University School of Law. Her research expertise is the social security system and issues associated with it namely, poverty, destitution, and the gendered impacts of socio-economic disadvantage.

John-Patrick Clayton, Policy Officer, UNISON
John-Patrick Clayton is the Policy Officer for UNISON NI. He was a member of the Department for Communities Anti Poverty Strategy Co-Design Group.

Chaired by
Goretti Horgan, Social Policy Lecturer, UU
Goretti Horgan is a Senior Lecturer in social policy at Ulster University. She is Director of ARK’s Policy Unit. She researches and writes about reproductive justice, including abortion, child and family poverty, disability, and children’s and women’s rights generally. Goretti was appointed by the Minister for Communities to the Anti-Poverty Strategy Expert Advisory Panel, the Panel’s report was published by the Department in March 2021. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Ireland Anti Poverty Network.


6 25th Anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

25th Anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony - Leadership for Peaceful Change: Solutions to Lasting Peace

The John and Pat Hume Foundation are hosting a special event at 2pm on Monday 11 December 2023 in the Guildhall in Derry – Londonderry to mark the 25th anniversary of award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 to John Hume and David Trimble and promote leadership for peaceful change solutions to lasting peace.

There will be panel discussions on human rights, social justice and leadership for peaceful change along with live music and video tributes.

Speakers include Bertie Ahern, Lady Daphne Trimble, Dawn Purvis, Brid Rodgers, Anjli Parrin, human rights advocate from Kenya; Chougher Maria Doughramajian, President of Voices of Young Refugees in Europe,  Séamus O’Reilly, Derry writer; David Kerr, St Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army and a special video by Fergal Keane, BBC foreign correspondent.

If you wish to attend this special event please book a place by logging onto Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leadership-for-peaceful-change-solutions-to-lasting-peace-tickets-763302507347?aff=oddtdtcreator


 7 Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Seminar

The Labour Relations Agency (Regional Office)  is holding a Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Seminar on Wednesday 13 December 2023 from 10.30am to approx. 12.30pm. 

It is a free seminar. 

More information on this event and bookings can be found on the  following link 
Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace | Labour Relations Agency - Official (lra.org.uk).


8 Training opportunities for Community & Voluntary Organisations

New Training Opportunities with The Clear Project - December 2023 - February 2024

          Date: Thursday 7th December 2023
          Venue: Online
          Date: 10th, 11th, 12th January 2024
          Venue: Online
          Date: 25th January 2024
          Venue: Online

          Date: 8th February 2024
          Venue: Online

** Register **
Book your place


9  Keeping Adults Safe Training

Training for Staff and Volunteers (Western Trust area)
This is a FREE 1 day certificated course for those working/volunteering with adults at risk.  It covers:

  • awareness of vulnerability;
  • legal context of adult safeguarding;
  • awareness of abuse issues;
  • procedures for reporting concerns;
  • procedures for planning activities and assessing and managing risk;
  • confidentiality issues; and
  • code of behaviour for staff/volunteers.

The training will raise awareness of risk of harm in adulthood and assist voluntary, community and independent organisations working with adults at risk to achieve the minimum standards of best practice as outlined in the publication ‘Keeping Adults Safe – A Shared Responsibility’.
PLEASE NOTE: This training will be provided for Voluntary, Community and Independent sectors and a maximum of 5 participants from any one organisation will be accepted on to each training course. 
Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are limited. 
Joining instructions will be sent out the day before the training. 
Date:  11 January 2024                                     
Time:  10.00am – 3.30pm 
Location:  Online                                                                                                            
To book a place, 
Click here.


10 Mindfulness with AWARE 

AWARE is pleased to offer several free 6-week mindfulness courses for parents, teachers and classroom assistants.
These will be delivered early in the New Year via Zoom.
Further information and registration available on the 


11 Opportunity to engage - Nursing and Midwifery Council - NI workshop

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK, and nursing associates in England. Our vision is safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery practice that improves everyone’s health and wellbeing.

We want to hear the voices and experiences of people who use health and care services and their experience of care provided by nursing and midwifery professionals.

Our workshop will be held virtually on Teams on the following date:
 Northern Ireland – 14 December 2023 from 12.00 – 1.30pm.

Please let us know if you’d like to attend by emailing us at 
AdvancedPractice@nmc-uk.org and please feel free to circulate to others in your networks who might also like to attend.

We have an involvement payment and expenses policy in place to support members of the public to participate. If you are a member of the public joining our meetings and are not being paid by an employer or another organisation you may be representing, a payment of £30 will be made to you.


12 Stakeholder engagement events re: the Non-Domestic and Domestic rating

Stakeholder engagement events regarding the Non-Domestic and Domestic rating measures to support budget sustainability by raising additional revenue consultation (published November 2023)

Land and Property Services has organised a series of events to provide an opportunity to engage with the Rating Policy team and hear more about the consultation. To attend an event you must register using the link below.

Date and time Topic and venue Register 
12 December 2023 10.00 am Non-domestic rating measures
Waterside House
75 Duke Street
BT47 6FP
Register now(external link opens in a new window / tab)
12 December 2023 1.00 pm Domestic rating measures
Waterside House
75 Duke Street
BT47 6FP
Register now


13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for the latest offers from Salto, including:

  • Online Music Festival
  • European Solidarity Corps
  • Mentors Training
  • Call for Trainers
14 Volunteering Opportunity at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin are seeking volunteers with Irish language skills.

We believe volunteers can play a vital role in our journey to create a bilingual North West. If you join us, you'll contribute to expanding our reach, be part of our dynamic Irish language and cultural programs, and help us create a welcoming space where the Irish language is embraced and encouraged. We can offer you chances to use your Irish, build networks of likeminded people and become a transformative force in preserving and promoting Irish culture.  We’d love you to come and be a part of our vision—building a community where the Irish language and arts are a natural part of life in Northern Ireland.

Further information and registration form available 
15 In Your Space Circus Volunteer Board recruitment

In Your Space Circus (IYSC) is inviting new Board members to join its dynamic team.

IYSC is a circus school and performance company based in Derry-Londonderry. We are one of the most innovative and dynamic arts organisations in the North-West region of Northern Ireland/ Ireland, utilising circus and street theatre as a vehicle for personal, social and community development.
This is an exciting time, as we embark on the next chapter of our story with dynamic plans for a capital redevelopment project to create a new home for IYSC.

We are looking for people from a range of backgrounds who have a genuine interest in promoting a culture of energy and joy in our communities.

If you have a background or experience in any of the following areas, we would be particularly interested in hearing from you.
  • Building and construction (all aspects)
  • Capital fundraising
  • Cultural heritage
  • Human resources
  • Legal
  • Financial management
We welcome people who like new ideas, have an entrepreneurial spirit and who want to support us to make a difference.
The board meets every two months, both in person and virtually so you don’t need to live locally to apply.

This role is voluntary.

Please apply by email enclosing your CV and supporting statement to Company Director, Cath McBride at: 
16 Energy Strategy E-Bulletin

Please find link for the twenty fourth edition of the Energy Strategy E-Bulletin, which aims to keep stakeholders informed about progress on the Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland.

Energy Strategy e-bulletin 24 | Department for the Economy (economy-ni.gov.uk)

 In this Edition:
  • Call for evidence on using biofuels for heating in homes and commercial buildings
  • Geothermal discovery centre
  • Consumer energy charter
  • Winter energy campaign 2023/24


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