NWCN Ebulletin 09 November 2022

1 ‌Join NWCN for a Free Funding Workshop
2 Children in Need Funding
3 Living Places and Spaces - Opens today
4 Plant trees, hedges and orchards in your community
5 D/deaf and Disabled Artists Support Fund 2022/23
6 New Voices Programme 
7 Civic and Community Leadership Programme
8 Could you represent your charity & the sector in the Commission’s stakeholder forum?
9 Workers Demand Better Campaign meeting
10 Discussion Event: How to Spot a Scam
11 The Consumer Council's energy efficiency campaign 
12 Consultation on Ferryquay Street
13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
14 Volunteer Opportunities Derry/Strabane Winter 22-23
15 Job Opportunity with The Junction
16 Job Opportunity with ARC Fitness Ltd
17 Job Opportunities with Shelter NI
18 North West Region Cross Border Job Fair
19 IMB Final Information Session
20 Public Appointment: Board Members to the Labour Relations Agency
21 Independent, non - executive members for Northern Ireland Civil Service Board
22 Christmas Card Photography Competition 2022
23 Energy Strategy E-Bulletin
24 New Head of Public Programmes @ Void

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 Children in Need Funding

Project Costs

Project Costs support the aims and delivery of a specific piece of work. This work will usually be time-limited and based on a defined set of activities.

Our Project Costs Funding Stream is for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Applicants to this programme can apply for grants for up to three years. We aim to give quicker decisions for grants of £15,000 or less per year.

The Project Costs stream has no application deadline – you can apply at any time

Further details available here

Core Costs

Core Costs support essential organisational and administrative spending. These are the key expenses required to keep your organisation running.

Our Core Costs funding can be spent on your organisation’s central day-to-day operations.

Applicants to this programme can apply for grants for up to three years. We aim to give quicker decisions for grants of £15,000 or less per year.

The Core Costs funding stream has no application deadline – you can apply at any time

Further details available here


 Living Places and Spaces - Opens today

This programme offers small scale capital grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. This is to support communities by creating more sustainable and resilient outdoor spaces through:

  • Greening - planting more trees and plants in an area
  • rewilding - allowing nature to take over an area
  • water management - slowing rainwater before it gets to the drainage systems.

The funding helps increase access to those spaces. The types of projects that could be funded include:

  • community gardens (a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people)
  • pocket parks and forests (small urban or rural forests)
  • allotments (an area of land used for growing fruit and vegetables)
  • rain gardens (an area which is planted so that rainwater from roofs, driveways, etc runs into it and soaks into the ground, and therefore does not cause flooding or other problems)
  • green roofs (a roof that is partially or completely covered with vegetation)
  • ponds and living walls or vertical gardens (vertical structures that have living plants or other greenery attached to them).
  • installation of outdoor furniture or features to encourage usage
  • measures to encourage walking, wheeling and cycling.

We are giving out these grants on behalf of the Department for Infrastructure.
Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations and schools
Funding size: £1,000 - £10,000 for capital costs
Application deadline: 5pm 6 January 2023

Further details available 


4 Plant trees, hedges and orchards in your community

Branching Out Fund

This Grant fund supports schools, community groups and Tree Warden Networks to plant trees, hedges and orchards.  Grants can be between £200 and £2000.  All projects must have strong community involvement, and ideally involve children and/or young people.  We encourage you to read the 
application guidance fully before you complete the application form, particularly in relation to eligibility.  

Trees and Hedgerows for Wildlife & Biodiversity Fund
This fund places a special emphasis on wildlife and biodiversity and is a great opportunity for planting projects that are planned with care and thought as to how our animal and insect friends might best benefit or are situated in a location where animals are cared for, such as rescue centres or city farms, as long as they have charitable status. Grants can supports schools, community groups and Tree Warden Networks to plant trees, hedges and orchards.

Up to 15% of the amount awarded may go towards the cost of wider ecological enhancements to support wildlife and biodiversity, such as providing or enhancing nesting, feeding and roosting opportunities for birds, bees, bats and insects, and costs associated with pond creation. If you believe that your project falls into this category please complete the Branching Out application form above and provide further details in Section 3 on how you are prioritising wildlife and biodiversity.

Closing date for applications is 4th December 2022

Further details available 

5 D/deaf and Disabled Artists Support Fund 2022/23

The University of Atypical is opening a grants scheme to support D/deaf and disabled artists.  The D/deaf and Disabled Artists Support Fund is managed by the University of Atypical on behalf of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities with additional funding from the Santander Foundation.

Awards are available to support D/deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse artists.
20 x £1,000 awards for artists to buy Creative Time funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
1 x £3,000 award for Digital Innovation funded by the Santander Foundation

Advice sessions are available. Please use the booking form or contact:
administration@universityofatypical.org or call 028 9023 9450

Programme Closes: Monday 5th December 2022

Further details available 


6 New Voices Programme 

CFNI will be holding information sessions on the programme as follows: 
Tuesday 22nd November: Building Community Resource Centre, 7-8.30pm – 
register here.
Monday 28th November: Omagh Community House, 7-8.30pm – register here.

More dates and locations will be added to the above list, in the next few weeks.
Through a network of peer mentors and partners the New Voices Programme will support your group, through a mixture of in-person and group meetings and 1-2-1 meetings online that will focus on the following:
  • Building the capacity of your organisation to submit strong applications to major UK-wide funders
  • Supporting and developing leaders who are serving your communities
  • Developing effective governance, including financial management, Trustee/Committee expertise, policies and practice
  • Enhancing your connections to potential funders, including Garfield Weston, Tudor Trust, Esmee Fairbairn, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Community Foundation and others
  • Encouraging your group to be creative when developing projects for funding – working with partner organisations in your areas, reaching out, and including all stakeholders in scoping of need
You can find out more on our website here. 


 7 Civic and Community Leadership Programme

The Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme is part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s proactive approach to improving good relations.

The programme will provide opportunities for community representatives, Council staff and the wider community to promote the city, towns and villages as safe and welcoming places for all people. It aims to develop positive relationships between people of different community backgrounds, and to enhance skills to help participants contribute to improving the attitudes of people within their local areas.

The Leadership Chapter
Through a series of interactive workshops community leaders (17) will explore genocide and in particular the Bosnian genocide in Srebrenica , how it happened, why it happened and how the lessons learned from it can be used to address key issues in today’s society e.g. prejudice, racism, the refugee crisis. The UN described the killings as ‘the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War’.   It is hoped that the programme will equip community leaders to challenge prejudice in their own communities and in doing so, become champions of Local Community Planning. This programme will provide an excellent opportunity to critically evaluate one of the most horrific events of the 20th century. 
The programme incorporates two elements: 3 training sessions (2 pre-visit to Srebrenica and 1 after the a study visit) which will make a total of 3 days.
Training Days: Monday 6th February 2029   9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
                         Monday 20th February 2023 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.                                                        
Study Trip: Leave: Monday 13th March 2023 5.00 a.m. flight from Dublin                  
Return: Thursday 16th March
Final Day:                Date to be agreed with participating group
NB: Participants are required to commit to take part in the entire programme.
Participants must already have a valid passport for travel in order to be considered for the programme.   Participants are encouraged, in line with current government advice, to keep their COVID vaccinations up to date not only to protect themselves but also those, especially older people such as the Mothers of Srebrenica, with whom they will have contact as part of the programme.

Currently there are 17 places available and if you would like to express an interest in participating on the programme please complete the 
attached form and return it to Martin Gallagher at martin.gallagher@derrystrabane.com before the closing date.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 2nd December 2022.

8 Could you represent your charity & the sector in the Commission’s stakeholder forum?

An open call for charity representatives to join the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s stakeholder engagement forum has been issued.

The forum, which launched last summer with 14 members from across the NI charity sector, provides an avenue by which the Commission and charities can directly communicate about issues that matter to them.

The forum meets four times a year and has a membership cap of 30, with meetings providing an opportunity to highlight issues and trends affecting the sector as well as discuss issues such as the Commission’s approach to registration and dealing with concerns about charities, which help to shape the future of charity regulation. The Commission recognises the time commitment members give to their charities and, to reduce travel time, the forum mostly meets virtually.

While applications from any charity are welcome, the Commission is particularly keen to hear from potential members from various sectors that are currently underrepresented, such as the age, faith and sporting sectors.

Anyone interested in joining the forum can find out more on what the forum does, how it operates and what membership entails, at an online information session being held on Thursday 1 December 2022. After the information session those that have attended and are able to make this commitment will be able to apply to join the forum.

If you would like to attend the information session or are interested in joining the forum but are unable to make the information session, please email events@charitycommissionni.org.uk, leaving your name, role and the name of your charity.


9  Workers Demand Better Campaign meeting

Derry Trades Union Council invite you to come along to hear more about the NIC ICTU Campaign:
Workers Demand Better!
Wednesday 9th November, 7-9pm
The Junction, DCCP, Holywell building, Bishop St, Derry.

Speakers to include:
Owen Reidy - ICTU General Secretary
Paddy Mackel - NIC ICTU Vice Chair
Gerry Murphy - NIC ICTU & INTO
Patricia McKeown - UNISON & NIC ICTU
Dr Lisa Wilson - Neri
Niall McCarroll - Derry Trades Union Council
Chaired by Goretti Horgan - Derry Trades Union Council

All Welcome!

There is some additional information about the event on the Derry Trades Union Council Facebook page


10 Discussion Event: How to Spot a Scam

FWIN invites you to a discussion event on "Scams and How to Spot Them"
The event takes place on the 15th November at 10.30am in Holywell Trust. 

Come along and get informed on scams! We will have the PSNI Crime Prevention Officer, Mitchel Freedman, in for an interactive session which will inform you on prominent scams, how to spot them and how to prevent them. There will be a chance for all participants to discuss scams and ask the Crime Prevention Officer some questions. 

If you'd like to attend you can register by emailing 
info@fwin.org.uk, calling +44 (0) 28 71 266, 291 or showing up to Holywell Trust on the day.

Refreshments will be provided for all participants. 


11 The Consumer Council's energy efficiency campaign 

Save energy and money with help from @The Consumer Council

It has created animations outlining practical steps you can take to make the electricity and heating you use go further. From being more energy efficient, understanding your bills better, reading your meters to switching supplier. Making small changes at home could save you money – which is good news for the planet and your pocket.

Check out the animations, free tips and tools at 

The five animations are also on our YouTube channel


12 Consultation on Ferryquay Street

Derry City & Strabane District Council invites your views on the temporary traffic and pedestrian arrangements introduced in Upper Carlisle Road and Ferryquay Street. This pilot scheme forms part of a series of projects delivered in Derry City Centre as part of the DfC/DfI funded Covid Recovery Plan. The objective of this trial scheme included creating additional pedestrian space along Ferryquay St, introducing one-way traffic flow on upper Carlisle Rd and Ferryquay St and the associated reduction in vehicle emissions.

The scheme which will remain in place for a period up to April 2023, is currently under review and your response to this survey will assist Council and its partners in determining potential options going forward.

Council, City Centre Initiative and its partners thank you for your participation in this survey.

Access the survey 


13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Call for Youth Workers for the Project SMART Youth Centers
  • YOCOMO online course on professional development in international youth work
  • A Digital Europe: European Year of Youth Webinar
  • Creative therapies in youth work
  • Call for trainers


14 Volunteer Opportunities Derry/Strabane Winter 22-23

Please find link below to the North West Volunteer Centre Autumn/Winter Ezine, this includes many exciting volunteering opportunities across the district.



15 Job Opportunity with The Junction

The Junction are recruiting for a Chief Executive Officer to lead their organisation and pioneer approaches to peace building at this important time. 

To apply please see the recruitment pack and fill in the application form and monitoring before the deadline on Wednesday 23rd November at 10am. 

Recruitment Pack
Application Form
Monitoring Form


16 Job Opportunity with ARC Fitness Ltd

We Are Hiring - Business Development Manager

We’re looking for a professional individual with a passion for supporting the growth and sustainability of a dynamic community-based addiction recovery service.

Job Pack

Submit your CV: info@arcfitness.uk


17 Job Opportunities with Shelter NI

Support Worker - Full-time Permanent

37hours per week
Closing date 12noon 17/11/2022
Application method:
to apply please 
download both the Application Form and JD as well as a separate Equality Form
Support Worker - Bank/Relief
As and when required
Closing date 12noon 17/11/2022
Application method:
To apply please 
download both
 the Application Form and JD as well as a separate Equality Form


18 North West Region Cross Border Job Fair

Come along to our recruitment event and meet potential future employees!

Wednesday 30th November from 10am-3pm.
Inishowen Gateway Hotel

Employers from all sectors across the North West and border region will be participating and recruiting on the day,

If you would be interested in participating in this event please complete the attached 
registration form and return to dec.martin@welfare.ie


19 IMB Final Information Session

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.  The IMB is made up of unpaid volunteers who carry out their duties by making regular visits to either Maghaberry Prison, Magilligan Prison or Hydebank Wood College and Women’s Prison.

We are holding our final virtual information session for further guidance on what is involved in the role, tomorrow, Wednesday 9th November at 7pm. If you wish to register to attend please email 
imbrecruitment@justice-ni.gov.uk by 5pm tomorrow Wednesday 9th November
Please see 
 for further information on the role and how to apply.


20 Public Appointment: Board Members to the Labour Relations Agency

“Are you interested in contributing to Employment Relations in Northern Ireland?”
Four Board Members are required:

  • Two with an Employer Representative background,
  • One with an Employee Representative background and;
  • One with an Independent background.

Remuneration is £5,643 per annum plus expenses in line with Northern Ireland Civil Service terms and conditions.
The Department for the Economy is seeking to recruit four new Members to the Board of the Labour Relations Agency (LRA), a non-departmental public body with responsibility for promoting the improvement of employment relations in Northern Ireland. The LRA contributes to organisational effectiveness by providing impartial and independent services for promoting good employment practices and preventing and resolving disputes.

The Board Members will be expected to attend for at least one day per month. Meetings will mainly be held in the Greater Belfast area.
The appointments are effective from 1 April 2023 for a three-year term.
No academic qualifications are required for the post. Appointment will be made on merit from those individuals who best satisfy the criteria.

The Department for the Economy would particularly welcome applications from females, people with a disability, those from ethnic minorities and young people as they are all currently under-represented and applications from these groups would be particularly welcome.

A Guaranteed Interview Scheme, for applicants with a disability, will operate for this competition.
For more information on the positions including responsibilities and selection criteria please download or request an application pack from the 
Department for the Economy Website (www.economy-ni.gov.uk),or click on the 'Click here to apply' button.

Alternatively: Telephone: 028 9052 9461 or 028 9052 9212 or; E-mail: 
The closing date for applications is 12.00 Noon (GMT) on 24th November 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants invited for interview are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred within the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Click here to apply


21 Independent, non - executive members for Northern Ireland Civil Service Board

This is a unique opportunity to provide concerted strategic leadership and governance to the Northern Ireland Civil Service as we work towards a vibrant, resilient, and sustainable today and tomorrow.

By becoming part of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Board, you will have a crucial role in achieving the whole-system approach needed to tackle Northern Ireland’s short-term and systemic challenges, while also supporting our drive for greater collaboration, innovation, and opportunity.

Play your part in delivering for People, Planet and Prosperity.

The recruitment process is being undertaken by the Strategic Investment Board, on behalf of the Head of the Civil Service.

Application is by CV, including supporting statement. The closing date for application is 12.00pm noon on Monday 21st November 2022.

Please visit the Strategic Investment Board’s Careers Page, to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

For an informal and confidential discussion about any aspect of this role, or the recruitment process, please contact Wesley Emmett at the Strategic Investment Board. 
Phone: +44 (0) 7760 160985


22 Christmas Card Photography Competition 2022
It's that time of year again...COPNI’s annual Christmas competition is back!
This year's theme is 'Joy'- so we'll leave the interpretation up to you.

The winning photograph will be featured on The Commissioners virtual Christmas card, and the winner will receive a £100 voucher of their choice.

Terms and conditions: Entrants must be 60+, you can submit up to two photos. 
Submit your entries by emailing your photograph to 
communications@copni.org or sending it via Facebook Direct Messenger, including your name and contact details. 

The competition will close 12 noon, Thursday 8th December- The winner will be announced and notified Monday 12th December - happy snapping!


23 Energy Strategy E-Bulletin
Please find 
attached the nineteenth edition of the Energy Strategy E-Bulletin, which aims to keep stakeholders informed about progress on the new Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland.
In this edition:

  • Energy one stop shop consultation launched
  • Energy information resources to help consumers this winter

Link to the e-bulletin can be found directly below:
Energy Strategy e-bulletin 19 | Department for the Economy (economy-ni.gov.uk)


24 New Head of Public Programmes @ Void

Void Gallery is delighted to announce Sara Bint Moneer Khan as their new Head of Public Programmes.
On her new position, Sara said: "I am excited by this new chapter at Void and in Northern Ireland. And look forward to becoming a part of the communities that Void serves."
Sara Bint Moneer Khan is an independent curator, creative producer, and writer from London who has been living and working in Cape Town since 2015 until now. She has a Bachelor's (Hons) degree in Curating from Central St Martins, University of the Arts, and a Masters degree in History of Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Near and Middle East (SOAS, London). She is currently working on her doctorate in Technology and Innovation Management. Her thesis focuses on integral approaches to art advocacy and visual literacy among Cape Town's Muslim communities.
She is the founder of MASHŪRAH ARTS, a curatorial, research development incubator, and art collective; an initiative for collaborating, developing, and disseminating art practices with an emphasis on Islam in Africa.
She has previously worked for Bonham's, Edge of Arabia, The British Arab Centre, The Ismaili institute, Art Africa magazine, Gallery MOMO and Jaffer Modern Gallery.
Her research interests include artistic and cultural exchange between Muslim civilisations and the West and diasporic communities, Near and Middle Eastern knowledge systems, access and engagement with Historical, Modern, and Contemporary art, and Art & Tech.
 For further information on Void Gallery or to arrange a tour or interview, please contact: Tansy Cowley, Press & Marketing Coordinator, Void Gallery, 10 Waterloo Place, Derry-Londonderry, BT48 6BU, 
marketing@derryvoid.com, or by phone on 028 7130 8080.


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