NWCN Ebulletin 09 December 2020

1 TBUC Camps Programme 2021-22​

Applications are now open for groups who wish to run a Camp under the T:BUC Camps Programme 2021/22.

Completed applications must be returned to the Education Authority no later than 4pm on Friday 29th January 2021.

*Successful applications are subject to funding being made available

A Funding Forum has been arranged by The Executive Office to provide information to organisations considering applying for funding under the Camps Programme 2021/22. This online event Funding Forums will take place TODAY, 9 December 2020, 2pm.

If you wish to attend please register your attendance at: https://tbucevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Detailed information on the programme can be found here


2 Applications now open for the £1m Shared History Fund

Grants of between £3,000-£100,000 are available to organisations marking the Centenary of Northern Ireland.

The Shared History Fund is designed to support a diverse range of groups which seek to mark the Centenary in a creative, inclusive and thoughtful way.

The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 15 January 2021.

Check your eligibility and apply

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing this fund on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office.

Shared History Fund support webinars

If you still have questions after reading the application guidance, please register to take part in one of our webinars for applicants:

  • Monday 7 December, 7pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 9 December, 11am – 12noon
These one-hour webinars will include a brief overview of the fund followed by a Q&A session.
Register now

Community Heritage Fund

Don't forget that the Community Heritage Fund is still open for applications.
We are offering grants of between £3,000-£10,000 for projects in Northern Ireland that encourage people to explore the heritage in their local community.

Apply before noon on Friday 18 December

Find out more


 Sports Sustainability Fund

The purpose of this Sports Sustainability Fund is to help address the economic consequences of the COVID 19 health pandemic effecting the sports sector. It will provide the financial interventions needed to stabilise and sustain sports core governing bodies of sport; enabling them to withstand the worst impacts of Covid19.

The Sports Sustainability Fund will only accept applications from a Recognised* governing body of sport.

Applications must be completed online through Sport NI’s Internet Grants Applications Manager (IGAM) portal (Live from 9am Friday 4 December 2020) Governing bodies must complete the excel spreadsheet providing all information regarding current and historic income and expenditure. Please click links below for governing body spreadsheet and guidance notes.

Governing body spreadsheet  (Application Form)
Governing body guidance notes

Clubs and entities should apply for funding through their governing body by providing the excel spreadsheet providing all information regarding current and historic income and expenditure. Please click links below for clubs and entities spreadsheet and guidance notes.

Clubs and entities spreadsheet (Application Form)
Clubs and entities guidance notes

Please note only governing bodies should be submitting applications for the Sports Sustainability Fund.

Closing Date: This fund will close for completed applications at 3pm on 11 January 2021

Further details available here

4 Charitable Christmas Day Dinner at Claude’s Cafe - Delivery Only

For many years now, we have been privileged to offer a free 3 course dinner and gift service to those in need. Sadly this year we cannot take a chance in putting our guests at risk of infection through dining inside Claudes but the good news is we are still doing deliveries.

We work with all agencies and groups and the only common denominator is that the guest is in need of some form and we appreciate that ‘need’ has a wide definition and we don’t evaluate the ‘need’ ever. These folks are our guests and the event is always handled discreetly and is more of a Christmas dinner shared amongst new ‘friends’ we didn’t know before.
Our unofficial motto is the giver is the receiver as it often happens that the volunteers gain as much as the guests.
It goes without saying that respect and confidentiality is the backbone of the event.

Do you know anyone who could benefit from this event?  

  • Dinners & gifts will be delivered to their homes WARM from 12 midday to 2pm. If they need a dinner for Boxing Day please let us know.
  • If your agency is okay and/or you know of another agency or group, please feel free to forward this to them.
  • If you know of anyone who could avail of this service, please send us a list with name, address, contact number, approx. age and gender as we also give the guests gender/age appropriate gifts that are donated to us.
  • Just for logistics we need an estimate initially of potential numbers by 10th Dec, with top ups or cancellations needed by 22nd latest.  (By the way, we also understand there may be needs that pop up urgently and we will be happy to receive urgent add-ons only right up to 24th Dec.)

We have a social worker on hand on the day and half of our delivery pairs are Access NI approved, mixed male and female or can be 2 females depending on specific advice from your teams as we understand there can be certain bespoke sensitivities. Obviously volunteers will be from bubbles they normally live in and PPE will be used 100% with no volunteers entering their homes, just leaving dinners at the door when they answer.

All this information is treated with the greatest confidentiality and is destroyed the week after.
Please contact Dermot O Donnell on  07885 173995 or Declan Moore on 02871 279379.


5 Participatory Budgeting Crowdfunder

Collaboration for Change have launched our first crowdfunder to raise a pot of money which will be shared through a participatory budgeting process. We are inviting people to contribute as little or as much as you can - every penny will support the progressive solutions needed for the big challenges we were already facing which have only been highlighted by Covid.

Please support this pilot in democratic decision making.


All donors who send an email with the subject CROWDFUNDER REWARD to 
collaborationforchange@gmail.com will be entered in a random selection process for one of the beautiful prints donated by Brian Ballard and Lisa Ballard.
Note: Please don't press the select reward button - unless you want to donate £1,500 :)

6 Human Library with NWCN

Human Library is back!  We’re doing it via Zoom, in partnership with Holywell Trust.

When: Thursday 10th December at 2pm
To book your place and to get the Zoom link email: 

What is the Human Library?

  • The Human Library provides opportunities for conversations that can challenge the prejudices we have or assumptions we make.
  • We publish people as open Books.
  • A conversation at the Human Library is an interactive experience that engages people – a Human Book and a Human Library Readers.
  • A place to ask questions about difficult issues.
  • An opportunity to challenge stereotypes.
How does it work?
  • A Human Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation with participants who borrow them. They will have a title that relates to their experience of prejudice and/or discrimination.
  • Participants are put into small groups to listen and ask questions of our Human Books. 


 7 Fingerpost - Issue 1 - Leadership

The first issue of the relaunched Fingerpost magazine (
fingerpost.ie) will go live this Friday 11th December. The first issue takes a look at the issue of leadership. We’ll be holding a free webinar on Friday 11th December at 1.30pm featuring conversations with contributors. The webinar will be recorded and released as a podcast early next week.

We are delighted that the Fingerpost project has received support from the 
Community Relations Council for Northern Ireland


8 Have your say: Human Rights in Northern Ireland

Survey on the creation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland
This consultation was set up by the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights.  The Committee wants to hear your views and understand how you feel about the creation of a Bill of Rights in Northern Ireland.
Community Dialogue, in conjunction with North West Community Network will be organising a dialogue session which will be aimed at driving participation in the Assembly survey.  It will focus on outreach and engagement to get your views, listening to what you think and taking on board how you feel about the creation of a Bill of Rights in Northern Ireland.
Issues to be addressed will include:

  • Does everyone in NI have the same rights?
  • Do people need more protection in certain areas?
  • Where do values relate to the issue of human rights?
  • What has been the impact of COVID on human rights?

The dialogue will take place on Thursday 7th January 2021 at 2pm
The dialogue will be Zoom based and if you wish to get involved please contact Jim O’Neill 
jim@communitydialogue.org or Roisin McLaughlin info@nwcn.org


9  Derry Arts & Human Rights Festival

Thursday 10th-Sunday 13th December
All events are online @ 

Thursday 10th December
9.30am –Festival  launch with Trócaire online photographic exhibition ‘The Face of Resistance’  which celebrates the courage of environmental and human rights defenders.
11.00am – Share your story: Front Line Defenders
12.00pm – Pre-recorded Comics for Social Change Art Workshop for young people age 10+ with artist Jon Sack (this will be available to watch for 1 week)
7.00pm – Film Screening : ‘Windows on the World’ & Q&A with producer and screenwriter Robert Mailer Anderson.

Friday 11th December
11.00am – Share your story featuring ‘Save our Sperrins’
12.00pm – ‘Standing her Ground’: 2 short documentaries by Trócaire, featuring women on the frontline in the fight for global justice
7.00pm – ‘3 Stolen Cameras’ A documentary about the Moroccan kingdom’s violation of human rights in Africa’s last colony-Western Sahara.
Saturday 12th December
11.00am – Share your story: Friends Of The Earth
12.00pm – Adult Comics for Social Change Art Workshop with artist Jon Sack (via Zoom)
3pm ‘Write for Rights’ (in this Zoom session you will be invited to write letters of support to people who have paid a heavy price for demanding human and environmental rights.)
7.00pm – Trócaire Documentary ‘Never Waste a Crisis’ focuses on how human rights are being undermined by the Covid-19 crisis in countries with weak democracies and systemic human rights challenges.
Sunday 13th December
11.00am – Share your story: Front Line Defenders
12 noon – Write for Rights Video
7.00pm – ‘Broken’ A documentary taking the viewer on a Palestinian journey through International law

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10 Upcoming workshops/courses with AWARE

Mood Matters Adult Workshop (2hrs)
This light and interactive mental health awareness training session is an opportunity for you to think about how to look after your own mental health. We will explore mental health stereotypes and look more closely at how to spot the early signs of mental health Illness: stress, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar. This session will teach you coping skills for everyday life, how to avoid getting caught in a vicious circle, how to break unhelpful habits that we sometimes have when our mood is low, and where to get further help and support.  This session will focus on you as an individual and will then allow you to apply these skills to supporting family, friends and other colleagues.
To register for a place visit Mood Matters Adult  
Living Life to the Full (6 weeks @ 2hrs per week)
This 6 week course looks more closely at the ways in which mental health can be impacted by life events and unhelpful thinking styles which may also then affect our physical health and overall enjoyment of life. This programme looks at a different topic each week, and it is broken down as follows:

Week One: Why Do I Feel So Bad - This enjoyable, interactive session introduces the 5 areas approach and shows that what you think and do influences how you feel.
Week Two: I Can’t Be Bothered Doing Anything - We’ve all said this to ourselves when we’re feeling down. This session encourages you to start doing things which can make you feel better.
Week Three: Why Does Everything Always Go Wrong - This session teaches you to recognise and control your unhelpful thinking patterns. It encourages you to challenge your negative thoughts and replace them with more helpful ones.
Week Four: I’m Not Good Enough - We’re not born with doubts like these! Things others have said creep into our heads and we begin to believe them. Re-build your self-confidence and learn to like yourself again.
Week Five: How to Fix Almost Everything - Everything is achievable if broken down into small enough steps. This session introduces a 5 step plan to help you tackle problems and make positive changes in your life.
The Things You Do That Mess You Up - This session helps you to identify things such as drinking, comfort eating or spending money which may make you feel better initially but which may lead to problems over time.
Week Six: Are You Strong Enough To Keep Your Temper - This session helps you to recognise what winds you up and teaches you how to control your anger and improve your happiness and relationships.
10 Things You Can Do To Fell Happier Straight Away - This last session sums everything up and shows you some simple things that you can build into your everyday life to help you feel happier, fitter and more positive.
To register for a place visit Living Life to the Full  


11 Free Training Mental & Emotional Well-Being Training for Schools & Community Groups

Healthy Me

“Healthy Me” is a vibrant engaging and mental health promotion programme aimed at children which explores emotional/mental health, healthy lifestyle choices and pathways to effective support through imaginative and interactive play and song.

Mindset is a Mental & Emotional Health & Wellbeing Awareness programme for Young People 14 - 17 years and Adults
• Raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing
• Raise awareness of signs and symptoms of mental ill health
• Promote self-help/resilience techniques and how to maintain a safe level of positive mental and emotional health and wellbeing
• Promote self-care
• Information and/or resources on mental health support organisations available (locally and regionally)


Provoking Thought
Promoting resilience and emotional well-being to children, young people and their key adult contacts.
AMH MensSana supports the mental and emotional needs of children and young people and their key adult contacts through the provision of a range of free activities tailored to suit specific group needs.



12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for all things Salto, including:

  • BiTriMulti (BTM) - Online Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges
  • Additional support in European Solidarity Corps
  • EYE Liner in Sweden
  • Call for Trainers


13 The Churches Trust seeks Youth Work Assistant

THE CHURCHES TRUST - Standing together with  those in need
The Churches Trust was established over 30 years ago in recognition of the fact that deprivation and disadvantage are key barriers to building a united community, equality of opportunity and good relations.  The Churches Trust reaches across all communities in a unique and practical way, to deliver services on an equitable basis to the unemployed, young people, the elderly, individuals and families disadvantaged through low education attainment and/or low income levels.   

The Churches Trust wishes to appoint: Youth Work Assistant
Salary £11,493.80 pro rata (£20,114.15 Full time equivalent)  
20 hours per week
Purpose and function of post:

  • To support the Youth Personal Development Worker in the planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of projects and ensuring adherence to all policies and procedures.
  • To work directly with young people aged 11 – 25 years to facilitate their active participation in projects and create opportunities for personal development, good relations and skills development
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A recognised training or youth work qualification at (QCF) Level 3 minimum or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1 years paid or 3 years voluntary experience of working directly with young people
  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths, Grade C or above.

For information and application packs, please contact Wendy McCloskey
Tel: 028 71311322 / 07586333847 or e-mail 

Closing date for all applications: 2pm on Wednesday 9th December

14 Are you a community project that needs some help DIY SOS style?

The DIY SOS team are looking for projects that benefit a large group of people within the community.

If you work in or run a community project that needs help, send details of what you do, who you are and what help you need to 
15 Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Join us for an evening of Christmas Wreath making with Hayley on
Thursday 17th December 2020, 7.30pm by Zoom. 

To book your place Email:  
Places are limited to 15 people - a few spaces still remain.

Materials and instructions will be sent out in advance of the workshop.
16 Get into the festive spirit with these fun, educational activities
To help you and the family get into the festive spirit, The Consumer Council has designed a series of games, quizzes and activities for everyone to get involved with this Christmas.
You’ll be learning about scams, consumer rights and budgeting alongside our mascot, Peanut the Squirrel. Activities include Pictionary, Christmas-themed colouring sheets, spot the scam, and many more fun activities. Who said learning couldn’t be fun?
These activities will keep you and the family busy and entertained on the road to Christmas. They have been designed to have a learning element too, so you may learn something new yourself!
In addition, you may even win a prize! The Consumer Council is asking you to tag it in photos of you and your family playing these activities on Twitter at 
@ConsumerCouncil or on Facebook to be in with a chance to win a £25 Love2Shop voucher.
The Christmas-themed activities are available at: 
But it doesn’t stop there, The Consumer Council also has a range of other educational activities focusing on consumer rights, avoiding scams and budgeting on its dedicated Activities webpage: 

  17 Not the Knitting Police | Arts & Culture News from the North West

In this latest issue find news and information on:
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Culture News
  • Training News
  • What's On
Not the Knitting Police | Arts & Culture News from the North West (mailchi.mp)


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