NWCN Ebulletin 09 March 2022

1 Social Media Training
Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Small Project Support Programme
3 RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Impact Grants Fund
4 Climate Challenge Fund
5 Grow Wild Community Grants
6 Free vouchers and opportunities with The Big Lunch and The Big Jubilee Lunch
7 Making it Work - More and better jobs for disabled people
8 Work Well Live Well Programme - FREE Workplace Wellbeing Support 
9 Women Delivering Change: Women's Regional Consortium Conference
10 International Women's Day (IWD) 2022 events programme
11 Rights of Nature Event
12 National Energy Action NI - Free Energy Efficiency Information Sessions
13 Friends of the Earth - My World My Home
14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
15 Job Opportunities with NW Methodist Mission
16 Introduction to Body Wisdom Movement for Over 50s
17 Join #Challenge22 this World Autism Awareness Week!
18 Access Newsletter - Millennium Forum - 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 Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Small Project Support Programme

Call for Applications
Opening Date: Monday 7th March 2022 at 10.00am
Closing Date: Friday 25th March 2022 at 3.00pm

For further information please visit: 
www.dcsdcgrantaid.com From Monday 7th March 2022 at 10.00am Or contact PCSP Tel: 028 7125 3253



 RTÉ Toy Show Appeal Impact Grants Fund

The Impact Grants Round is for Children and Family charities with an annual income of £250,000 or more


  • Projects that have a strongly justified need, based on research;
  • Programmes providing essential services in particularly marginalised areas;
  • Projects or programmes of work that are innovative and strategic;
  • Projects that have an impact on the wider community or sector through collaboration, evaluation and sharing learnings;
  • Projects that have the potential to be sustained beyond the life of this grant;
  • Projects that will include the voice and feedback of beneficiaries in its development.

The fund will close on Friday 1st April 2022.

Full details available 


4 Climate Challenge Fund

As part of a new Climate Clever Communities project, Live Here Love Here is administering grants to groups that want to adopt an active role in combatting the climate emergency.

The overall aim of the project is to (a) educate the wider community about climate change through free Carbon Literacy Programmes training, in order to (b) empower and inspire civic action that can help Northern Ireland tackle the climate emergency.

If you can demonstrate how your application meets any of the criteria below, we would love to hear from you.

  • Involves and benefits your local community
  • Increases your community’s understanding and awareness of climate change, and how everyone can help to make a difference 
  • Results in a measurable reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Includes information about how carbon awareness will continue after the initial project is implemented
Applications for the Climate Challenge Fund must be submitted by Friday 08 April, 12pm.

Full details available 


5 Grow Wild Community Grants

We're looking for five community groups to create urban space transformations with a £2000 grant from Grow Wild

Are you part of a community, youth or voluntary group? Has your group got a project idea to help connect local people with the natural world? Do you know an urban space that would be ideal for a transformation?

If the answer is yes - apply for a community project grant from Grow Wild and bring your group's ideas to life.  You'll be helping us on our mission to bring people together to value and enjoy UK native plants.

Application deadline: 10am on Monday 4th April 2022

Full details available here


6 Free vouchers and opportunities with  The Big Lunch and The Big Jubilee Lunch

A: Celebrate a Month of Community June 2022
The Big Jubilee Lunch will be the official community celebration for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend and The Big Lunch will once again kick start a whole Month of Community so there are plenty of opportunities for EVERYONE to reconnect and celebrate the power of community this June!
Take part in 
The Big Lunch order your pack at www.thebiglunch.com 
Your get together can be held anytime in June 2022 as part of the 
Month of Community
  and could celebrate any of the following or simply be an opportunity to get to know people where you live:

  • Volunteers Week
  • Neighbourhood Watch Week
  • Loneliness awareness Week
  • Carers Week
  • Small Charities week
  • Refugee Week
  • Mental health day
June is full of reasons to celebrate community and say thankyou to the people who make a difference where you live! Remember your own activity can be as simple as a few neighbours or friends getting together – size really doesn’t matter!
B: The Big Jubilee Lunch 2-5 June
Register your Jubilee plans and get free materials at 
You can register even if you’re planning a small gathering to watch the activity together.  You’ll  receive a note in your pack from HM The Queen and you can have your activity whether private or public listed as an official part of the celebrations and added to the map.
C:  Weekly draw for £25 Big Lunch vouchers
available to organisations schools churches and constituted and non-constituted groups.


To take part
  1. Visit www.thebiglunch.com and register for The Big Jubilee Lunch or The Big Lunch
  2. Remember to provide contact information and select yes to further contact and media
  3. Email gmccloskey@edenproject.com a few brief sentences on what you plan to do where and who you are.
  4. Remember a Big Lunch is anything from a few neighbours getting together, to a celebration with the whole community.
  5. Winners will be notified ongoing weekly from February on our Facebook page.

D: Platinum Champions
Did you spot us on The One show?
The Platinum Champions Awards will be a celebration of volunteering spirit and how volunteering plays an essential role in building communities and improving quality of life for millions of people across the UK.
Watch this space for further updates and to find how you can get involved and nominate a volunteer!
Together with Royal Voluntary Service President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and in partnership with The Big Jubilee Lunch, the awards will celebrate outstanding volunteers across the country who are making a difference every day.
Those who take home the prize will also be invited to sit at a very special table for The Big Jubilee lunch on Sunday, 5 June, the end of the official national Jubilee celebration.
For more info click 
E: Platinum Party at the Palace
Broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and supported across the entire BBC network, the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, June 4th, will bring together the world's biggest entertainers to perform in front of Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace
10,000 tickets are being allocated randomly. You can register for the ballot 


 7 Making it Work - More and better jobs for disabled people
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Union for Supported Employment (NIUSE) are hosting an online webinar designed to assist employers promote positive action and reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.  The webinar will be held on Tuesday 29 March 2022 from 10am – 11.30am.

The webinar will include speakers from a range of companies and organisations and will focus on good practice and the support services available to employers from all sectors and size of employer.  For further information and to register 
click here .  For a copy of the Making it Work Booklet click here


8 Work Well Live Well Programme - FREE Workplace Wellbeing Support 

  • Is your workplace in the Western Trust?
  • Would you like to join our free mailing list to receive information on FREE Workplace wellbeing training, webinars and initatives?
  • Would you like support to develop a wellbeing plan for your staff?
  • Would you like FREE Mental Health Training and Health Champions training  - all FREE!

To sign up to our mailing list and find out more about “Work Well Live Well” click on the link and register  https://www.dhcni.com/work-well-live-well or complete the registration attached and email to Sabrina@dhcni.com


9  Women Delivering Change: Women's Regional Consortium Conference

Monday, 14th March 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 at Stormont

At our Women Delivering Change Conference you will have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of MLAs. The questions you ask will be developed by the Consortium into a resource accessible to all women in Northern Ireland. Women will be able to use this resource during the upcoming Assembly Election campaign to challenge candidates in their area and ensure they are voting for people who will deliver for women.

Anne McVicker, Director the Women’s Resource and Development Agency will introduce the Women’s Regional Consortium Annual Report. You will be able to find out how the Consortium has been working for you in the last year.

Key Note Speaker
Prof. Gráinne McKeever, Chair of the Independent Review of Discretionary Support

MLA Panelists
Claire Sugden (Ind.)
Ciara Ferguson (Sinn Fein)
Kellie Armstrong (Alliance)
Paula Bradley (DUP)
Sinéad McLaughlin (SDLP)

Register Here


10 International Women's Day (IWD) 2022 events programme

The events programme for IWD 2022 is now available online from the Reclaim the Agenda website: 

Plenty of events still taking place for the rest of this week!


11 Rights of Nature Event

A special workshop will take place on Monday March 14 at 10am in the Everglades, exploring how a 'Rights of Nature' approach could potentially benefit future environmental strategies for the City and District.

The event will bring together Council's Local Development Plan and Community Planning teams, and a range of speakers from the local construction sector, Friends of the Earth, RSPB and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

Local organisations and individuals are invited to come along to the event, which is being held at the Everglades, to hear more about how a formal 'Rights of Nature' approach to future plans and frameworks would impact on the environmental objectives already being progressed by Council. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute towards the next step in forming a Rights of Nature declaration for the District.

This is the second of two workshops that follow the passing of a motion by Elected Members in June, to note the legal and social movement globally for the 'Rights of Nature' aimed at strengthening protections for people, place and planet. Members agreed to work with the local community and stakeholders, to draw up a Declaration for the Rights of Nature for the Council area to be brought back before Council for adoption.

This event will look at the global Rights of Nature movement and how it could be adopted locally.

Anyone interested in attending the workshop can book a place at 


12 National Energy Action NI - Free Energy Efficiency Information Sessions

Energy Efficiency in the Home Information Sessions: March 2022

At National Energy Action (NEA NI) we are concerned that higher energy prices, reduced incomes, and leaky, inefficient housing could put many households in Northern Ireland at increased risk of fuel poverty. These increases come at a time when many household budgets are already stretched thin.
However, at NEA we know that some simple changes to day-to-day activities could make big differences to household bills.
To assist households, NEA, supported by the Consumer Council (CCNI) are providing FREE Energy Efficiency information sessions online across Northern Ireland.
The following topics are included:

  • Impact of living in a cold, damp home
  • Taking control - understanding your heating system
  • Energy efficiency low cost/no cost top tips
  • Keeping the heat where it is needed – reducing heat loss
  • Causes of and remedies for condensation
  • Comparing and switching energy suppliers
  • Advice and Support 

Events listed below are delivered online via zoom so you’ll need an internet connection and access to speakers so you can hear us.
The next 3 events are a taking place on the following dates:
Monday 14th March           10-1130am click 
here to book
Thursday 24th March         2-3.30 pm click 
here to book                               
Monday 28th March           11-12.30pm click 
here to book                              

For further information contact, Nichola MacDougall, NEA Training Officer  

Phone: 028 9023 9909


13 Friends of the Earth - My World My Home

Friends of the Earth are exploring the potential of a environmental community organising programme in NI for young people called My World My Home which has been developed and delivered in further education colleges in England and Wales.

As part of this Karin Eyben is doing a small piece of work exploring how/whether/if climate change and species loss is an issue for young people from different demographic/cultural/identity/economic backgrounds.

Karin would be interested in having an informal chat with anyone working with young people about how they see these issues at the moment.

Contact Karin if happy to chat on 07966 202184.
14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for latest offers from Salto Youth:
  • Skills UP!
  • Culture Garden - Youth Leadership for Collaboration
  • Calls for Trainers


15 Job Opportunities with NW Methodist Mission

Please click on the link below to view advertisements for the following posts:

Catering Assistant 
Human Resources Manager 
Support Workers 

Closing date for all the above posts: Monday 21 March at 12 noon

For a full job profile and details on how to apply please email 
hr.talent@nwmm.co.uk or visit www.nwmm.co.uk/jobs/ 

16 Introduction to Body Wisdom Movement for Over 50s

Tuesday evenings 7pm - 9pm at Echo Echo's studios on Magazine Street
Join Echo Echo for a short introductory evening course in Body Wisdom Movement and Dance for the over 50s led by Echo Echo's Artistic Director Steve Batts. 

Of course moving is healthy, physically and psychologically but we aren't striving for those benefits. In our experience they come best as a by-product of exploring movement as a shared, poetic artistic process. The approach we take is that older people have enormous poetic potential embedded in their movement lives. We take away the expectations that are usually attached to dance as an art - extreme mobility, athleticism, agility - and we begin from where people are.

Any men and women 50 years and upwards can join us, no matter the level of physical ability or experience.

To register please follow link below:


If you want more information or would like to ask about any concerns you have about joining in please don't hesitate to call Steve Batts on 07946586941 or email him at steve@echoechodance.com


17 Join #Challenge22 this World Autism Awareness Week!

World Autism Awareness Week: 28th March - 3rd April 2022

Get creative this World Autism Awareness Week and walk 22k, bake 22 buns, take on a 22 hour sponsored silence of hold a quiz with 22 people. It’s entirely up to you… as long as it’s 22!

The number 22 is significant as there are currently 1 in 22 school age children with a diagnosis of autism in Northern Ireland. We want to highlight the importance of this statistic in raising autism awareness, understanding and acceptance with the wider society. 

We would love for you to take on this challenge as an individual, with family or with colleagues.

The monies raised from this challenge will help us continue to deliver services to the autism community in Northern Ireland.

To sign up and receive a free fundraising pack, please email 
Sign up


18 Access Newsletter - Millennium Forum - March 2022

Please find attached our first 
Access Newsletter
 for the Millennium Forum.  This will be a monthly publication which will include information on all our accessible events and projects.


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