NWCN Ebulletin 07 July 2021

Please note there will be no bulletin next week, normal service resumes on Wednesday 21st July

1 Mental Health ‌Support Fund‌

Pre application workshop:
The Foundation will be holding an information session for the Mental Health Support Fund on Thursday 8 July 2021.  The workshop will focus on the funding criteria and provide support regarding the application process.

If you would like to register for the information session for the Mental Health Support Fund –register here


  • Talking therapies, psychological therapies and similar interventions;
  • Interventions which reduce pressures on mental health acute in-patient facilities for adults and children including in-reach to in-patient mental health services where there is support from the HSC Trusts; Interventions which is expected to have an overall impact on the need for people to access statutory services; Support for individuals, families and carers to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health through self help; Support individuals, families and carers to access mental health and wellbeing services they need at the right time and place;
  • Support to individuals with mental health problems to engage more fully in society;
  • Support to individuals, families and carers to access technology to assist in improving their mental health, managing their mental health, treating their mental health, or in their recovery from mental ill health;
  • Reduction in stigma associated with mental health;
  • Advocacy and peer support work;
  • and Capacity building and sustainability in the delivery of mental health interventions and projects.


Grant size: £100,000 to £500,000
Closing Date: Aug 6, 2021 13:00

Full details available 


2 The Santander Foundation Grants Programme

We created the Santander Foundation to help disadvantaged people in the UK.  Throughout the years, we’ve supported a number of non-profit organisations to deliver charitable initiatives across the country. 

We’ve developed the Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund to help more people in the UK become digitally and financially empowered.

We want to support UK charities to give people the digital confidence, knowledge, and skills to enable then to make better, more informed decisions about money and have access to financial services. Together we can make a positive impact in our communities.

We have some important requirements that you must be able to meet to apply for a Santander Foundation Grant.

If your organisation chooses to apply you must:

  • be based in the UK and working within one of the nations or regions.
  • be a UK registered charity or Community Interest Company.
  • have at least three unconnected Trustees, Directors or Management Committee members. By unconnected we mean not related by blood, marriage, in a long-term relationship or living together at the same address.
  • have an annual income above £75,000. We aim to fund no more than 40% of an organisation’s income in any one year. We anticipate most of the organisations we’ll support will be small and medium-sized organisations with an income of less than £2 million.
  • have a bank account in the organisation’s name with at least two unconnected signatories.
  • have been operating for at least 18 months and have at least one set of annual accounts.
The closing date for applications is 13 August 2021.

Full details and application form can be found 


 DCSDC's Bonfire/Alternative to Bonfire Programme - funding available - Closes TODAY

Please find attached an 
application form for DCSDC's Bonfire/Alternative to Bonfire Programme 2021/22.
Please note that only groups with no other council funding for their Bonfire/Alternative will be supported. Additionally only one grant per Bonfire/Alternative will be supported so it is recommend that groups within these areas work together on an agreed application.
There is a very limited budget of £10,000 for this fund so it is unlikely that DCSDC will be able to fund all applications.
Completed forms should be returned to 
 by 4pm on Wednesday 7th July, late applications will not be considered.


4 BBC's Children in Need Main Grants Programme

Summer Update:
 BBC Children in Need are continuing our commitment to fund organisational costs for groups working with children and young people and delivering positive impact. We are encouraging applications for organisational cost funding to support the day-to-day running costs of delivering your work. We know that this flexibility can be a real help and we are driven to support the sector with these types of grants after the effects of COVID-19.

Our Main and Small Grants programmes are for not-for-profit organisations applying for grants of up to three years.

We only fund organisations who can tell us why they are best placed to deliver their work. This means applicants must be able to tell us about:

  • Their well-established links with young people
  • The skills and expertise they have for the work they are requesting funding for
  • Their track record delivering the work they are requesting funding for. This is especially important for applicants for our Main Grants Programme
  • How they work alongside other organisations in their local community

If you cannot tell us about all these things, we do not recommend applying for funding. It is highly likely that your application will be unsuccessful.

We give grants for:

Children and young people aged 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  2. Any kind of disability.
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

The work we fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Funded organisations achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Full details available 


5 Elevate: Community Mentoring & Grants Programme 2021

We are delighted to launch the Elevate Community Mentoring & Grants Programme for this year which incorporates one to one support from a mentor organisation, group training and networking sessions and a grant of up to £5,000 to implement a community based project.

We invite all community and voluntary sector groups to apply for the programme which provides a unique opportunity for community organisations to put their collective learning on health inequalities into practice in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Application Forms and Guidance Notes will be available to download on the 
Elevate portal week commencing 5 July.

Come along to one of our information sessions where our Elevate team will be on hand to outline the programme and offer guidance: 8 July at 11am or 14 July at 7pm, Online

Book your place here

6 Recognise the volunteers that make our communities better
Do you involve volunteers?  Are they making an exceptional impact on a local community?  You could be awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service next year!
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.  It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.  It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life.
It is awarded to exceptional groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional.  169 volunteer groups currently hold the Award in N Ireland.  A successful group will normally have the following characteristics:
  • Volunteer-led: The volunteers are in the driving seat, setting the direction for the group’s work and spotting opportunities to develop it still further each year.
  • Exceptional compared with comparable groups: This group is likely to be one of the best of its kind in the country.
  • Making a considerable difference locally: The initiative of this group and the efforts of its volunteers have changed the situation dramatically for its beneficiaries.
  • Well-run: There are high standards of governance, financial management and safeguarding.
  • Outstanding reputation locally: The group has a high standing in the community and has an excellent reputation with beneficiaries, service providers and others.
QAVS are only awarded to the very best of hundreds of nominations each year.  This is a badge of excellence and a real achievement for a group.  It provides a big boost to the volunteers as well as great publicity for their work.  Visit the website https://qavs.dcms.gov.uk/ to read about the eligibility requirements and get more information about this exciting Award.
Anyone can nominate a group, as long as they are not one of its employees or volunteers.  Nominations can be submitted between April-September each year via the Award’s website 
https://qavs.dcms.gov.uk/.  Nominations are particularly encouraged from beneficiaries of a group’s work, or from those who are not involved with the group but have observed and admired the results of their work.
The QAVS Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport administers the Award and they will happily help with any queries.  You can contact them at 
queensaward@dcms.gov.uk or 0207 271 6206.  Locally, the Representative for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in Northern Ireland is Sandra Adair and she can be contacted at qavs-ni@adairi.plus.com
Nominations for the 2022 awards close on 15 September 2021.
  • Twitter: @queensawardvs
  • Facebook: @queensawardforvoluntaryservice
  • #QAVS2021


 7 Masterclass: Involving your community in development, delivery and evaluation

 2-3.30pm, Thurs 8 July
Where Via Zoom

Involving those who access your services and those who provide support is crucial to how you develop, deliver and evaluate your services. It is important to understand why carrying out involvement is so important and to build the practical skills and knowledge to carry out involvement projects effectively.

This excellent workshop, delivered by the Western Health & Social Care Trust, offers participants the chance to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence in how they effectively and meaningfully carry out involvement. It is aimed at those who have little knowledge or experience of carrying out involvement and will provide a foundation in how to plan, structure and carry out an involvement project.


On completion of the workshop, participants will have:

  • An increased knowledge of various models of involvement
  • An increased confidence in their ability to involve service users and carers
  • Developed skills in how the theory of involvement can be embedded in practice


8 La Dolce Vita Project AGM notification

La Dolce Vita Project hereby give notice that their annual general meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd August 2021 by Zoom @ 10:00am.
Chairing the Annual General Meeting will be Ms Julie Smyth Chairperson of La Dolce Vita Project Board of Directors.
Items of discussion to include:
1). Step down and appointment of Board of Directors 
2). Presentation of annual accounts.
3). Presentation of Director of Services report
3). Constitution
4). Governance
5). AOB
To attend La Dolce Vita Project Annual General Meeting with invite you to send a email to: 
.  A zoom link will be generated to send out to you 24 hours prior to the meeting.   Alternatively telephone 028 7137 7272.


9  Trócaire Youth Leadership Programme 
Who? Youth groups aged 15-18 years from Ireland to work with peers from around the world on global justice issues.
What? Four global online seminars and a two-day residential retreat exploring global youth work and climate justice, followed by global justice workshops in participants’ own communities.
When? Over six months, from August 2021 – January 2022.  

  • Online introduction session in Aug
  • Residential in Oct
  • Online sessions Nov, Dec and Jan 2022

Why? For young people who want to work with peers from around the world to act for global justice in their youth clubs and communities.
How? Apply through the link below
Cost? Free

To fill out an expression of interest form please 


10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for all the latest training opportunities from Salto Youth, including:

  • Successful Re-entry - Rebuilding Understanding and Belonging
  • Fight against Fake News: Media Skills
  • Ubuntu United Nations - World Leaders Academy
  • Building bridges for the inclusion of young people with a migrant background in local communities
  • International Symposium on Youth Employment Challenges


11 Extended Schools Service providers application 2021/22

The Greater Shantallow Area Partnership would like to invite interested companies / organisations / individuals to apply to join a register for any vacancies which may arise in any of the support services as detailed below:
We require companies / organisations / individuals that can provide any of the following support services:

  • Outdoor Environment Education
  • Counselling Support (Organisations only)
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Forest Schools & Adventure Play
  • Circus Skills
  • Personal Development / Assertiveness / Self Esteem
  • Hopeful Minds Parents & Trainer
  • Mental Health Awareness for Teachers

Suitably qualified individuals/organisations should submit the completed attached form with a cover letter outling your cost inclusive of VAT for the service you are providing; inclusive of travel, materials, monitoring & evaluation i.e. cost per hour or cost to deliver specific courses & which positions you are applying for (together with evidence of previous experience and 2 references) to:
Lorraine McWilliams (Projects Development Officer), Greater Shantallow Area Partnership, Northside Village Centre, Unit C3 & C4, Glengalliagh Road, Derry, BT48 8NN
or email to 
lorraine@shantallow.net by 12 noon on Friday 30th July 2021.
Interest in one or more of the areas of work listed above should be specified.  The Greater Shantallow Area Partnership will use the register compiled for the purposes of delivering a range of community based initiatives (Outer North Extended schools). 
NB: Inclusion on the register does not guarantee any work from the Greater Shantallow Area Partnership.

Application Form


12 Job Opportunity with Holywell Trust

Holywell Trust, as lead partner of the DiverseCity Community Partnership, welcomes applications for:

  • Casual Support Staff

For a job application pack please contact:
Lisa Clements
Holywell Trust
HOLYWELL – DiverseCity Community Partnership
8-14 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW
Tel. (028) 7126 1941
or visit 

The deadline for completed applications is 2.00pm Wednesday 21st July 2021.
Interviews will be held on Friday 23rd July 2021.
Holywell Trust is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland - NIC105831



ASSIST NI Domestic & Sexual Violence & Abuse Advocacy Service are hiring for 1 Lead Advocate (Ballymoney) & a number of Advocates in various locations.
Male, LGBTQ+ & rurally-located applicants are particularly welcomed
 for info & application forms
14 Assistant accountant vacancy

Vacancy- Assistant Accountant- Part time to start (16-20 hours)

Services will include Bookkeeping, Year end accounting, Preparing SA and Corporation Tax returns, VAT Returns and payroll.
Ideally experienced in Quickbooks, Dext Prepare

Immediate start available.

Position Office Based- Skeoge Ind Est.

Email CV to: michael@northwestaccountants.co.uk

Closing date: 21st July


15 Would you be interested in joining La Dolce Vita Project Board of Directors?

La Dolce Vita Project is a gender neutral local community based organisation. Our aim is to bring awareness, educate, empower, promote and encourage communities in  understanding the affects of domestic abuse,and parental alienation.  Not just on the individuals but also on the family, friends and communities.  

We are inviting individuals to express an interest in joining our Board of Directors. These positions are voluntary.

We would ask those who have a passion or background knowledge, education in the area of domestic abuse and or parental alienation to consider expressing an interest.

This is not a mandatory requirement and we would also welcome those with a background in Community Development, Law, Funding, Fundraising, Social Work, Human Rights, Work related to Children and Young people,  public sector business skills, who can demonstrate core responsibilities within these roles.

All members must be over 18 years of age, will be subject to an Access NI or a Gardai Vetting check and will be required to attend 6, x 1 1/2 - 2 hour meetings per year. 1 Annual General Meeting.

If you are interest forward an email to include in your expression of interest ;

1.  Name, Address,

2. Contact Number

3. Email address.

4. Any conflict of Interests regarding membership of any other organisations or a member of other Boards. 

5. A short personal statement to include education, and what you feel you could bring to La Dolce Vita Project.


Additional information on La Dolce Vita Project can be found across our social media platforms:

Facebook: La Dolce Vita Project
Twitter: @projec_vita 

16 Walk in COVID-19 Vaccination clinic

Walk in COVID-19 Vaccination clinic at Millennium Forum, Derry/Londonderry on Thursday 8th July 2021, 4-8pm

➡ Over 18s
➡ Pfizer vaccine
➡ First dose only
➡ Bring your ID


17 Join the Big Summer BBQ!

Fire up the grill and host a virtual Big Summer BBQ with friends, family or work colleagues, all in aid of Autism NI.

This is a great opportunity to make the most of the good Summer weather, spend a day with your loved ones, and raise funds to help Autism NI deliver vital services to local autism families.

Sign up to receive a FREE fundraising pack, email 
events@autismni.org or call 028 9040 1729
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