NWCN Ebulletin 09 September 2020

1 PEACE IV Funding - Building Positive Relations - Regional

SEUPB has opened a new funding call, under the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, to support community-led social innovation across Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

This call will fund a single regional-wide project that can create new approaches to tackle the challenges which keep communities divided.

The successful applicant will be expected to engage in meaningful peace and reconciliation activity and include a pathway/outreach programme that creates sustained contact between people from different backgrounds and communities. 

The project must also have a specific focus on the needs of minority groups as well as groups who traditionally have been marginalised by society. It will create opportunities for these groups to have a greater degree of participation and integration within larger community life. See below details of the funding call.

Building Community Cohesion Through Social Innovation Funding Call Document.

The call will close on Thursday 16 November 2020 at 3pm. The SEUPB cannot accept applications received after this date.

An online workshop about the call will take place TODAY Wednesday 9 September 2020 from 10am to 12noon. A live link will be available from this page on the morning of the 9 September 2020.

The agenda for this workshop can be accessed here: Building Community Cohesion Through Social Innovation - Agenda.

2·Local Participatory Budgeting Fund for Youth

Council has opened a special PB fund of £20,000 for community projects. And who better to ask for creative new ways to build a better future than our local young people!

We want you to come up with fresh ideas to help transform local communities for the better.

8 Local Growth Areas across Derry and Strabane – Ballyarnett, Foyleside, The Moor, Waterside, Faughan, Sperrin, Strabane Town and The Derg – are covered by Local Community Plans.

£2,500 will be available in each Local Growth Area to deliver the ideas you come up with.
Individual projects can apply for awards of up to £1,000 or up to £500.

Your challenge is to come up with an idea to make a difference in your area under one of the following themes…

  • Arts & Culture (e.g. festival and events etc.)
  • Community & Environment (e.g. volunteering; environmental improvements; community resilience etc.)
  • Education & Skills (e.g. educational programmes; workshops; books/equipment etc.)
  • Equality & Inclusion (e.g. cultural diversity projects etc.)
  • Safety (e.g. tackling bullying; online safety etc.)
  • Sport, Health & Wellbeing (e.g. Sports equipment; Mental health initiatives)

A Youth led Steering Group will review your ideas against the following criteria:

  • Safe
  • Legal
  • Feasible within budget and timeframe
  • Youth centred and in line with one or more of the themes above.
Who can apply?
Anyone aged between 12 to 25 can submit an idea.

To promote cooperation and team building submissions must be from groups of two people or more. The rest is up to you – just choose one or more theme and get creative.

The successful candidates must be able to deliver their project or event before the end of February 2021.

How to apply
Applications opened on 08 September 2020, closing on 08 October 2020 and can be completed via the ‘
Apply Now‘ link below or be sent in writing to CommunityPlanning@derrystrabane.com.

Your idea will be checked by the Youth Steering Group to make sure that it meets the criteria – safe, legal, feasible and youth-centred in line with themes. You will then be asked to submit a video which captures your idea. Your videos will be shared online and will go to a public vote to decide which ideas happen in your area

Videos must be submitted by 03 November 2020. Online public voting opening 09 November for 1 week.

Application critieria: https://growderrystrabane.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/YMIH-Criteria.pdf


 Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020

This Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.

Micro Capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and / or social isolation. 
The total project cost must not exceed £3,000.

Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and / or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding.

The scheme is being delivered by the Rural Support Networks on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Application forms, guidance notes and further advice and information is available from the Rural Support Network in your council areadetails below.

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020 has been designed to:

  • Help rural community-led, voluntary groups to address local issues of access poverty, financial poverty and social isolation; and
  • Improve the lives of rural communities, and in particular the wellbeing of isolated individuals.
Projects must focus on one of the following three themes:
  • Modernisation  (of premises / assets)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Health and Wellbeing

In recognizing the impact of Covid 19, and the need for investment to reopen and safely operate venues, eligible costs may include structural alterations, e.g. ventilation systems for rooms without windows; heating rooms previously unused rooms to provide more space; removing walls to improve space and improve distancing. Furthermore, goods which have a degree of permanence (anticipated to have a life beyond 1 year) or can be permanently affixed to the venue can also be considered eligible. This would allow items including sanitiser stations, perspex screens, signage, floor markings, refillable spray bottles, automatic doors, replacement furniture that can be wiped down and contactless thermometers.

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020 will be open for applications from Monday 7 September until 12 noon on Friday 2 October 2020.

For further information about the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020, please contact the Rural Support Network for your council area.
Guidance Notes and Application Forms for the Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020 can be downloaded from your local Rural Support Network websites.
If you are unable to download the Guidance Notes and Application Form, the documents are available by e-mailing or phoning the Rural Support Network in your council area. (
Details here).

The Closing Date for Applications is 12 noon on Friday 2 October 2020
Information on the scheme is also available on the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website 


4 Road Safety Grant Scheme

The Road Safety (Safe Travel) Grant Scheme, administered by the Department for Infrastructure, aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads while also encouraging active travel. 

Individuals and groups from the voluntary and community sector can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to develop and run projects which are aimed at improving road safety or the take up of active travel in local communities.  Individuals can only apply for funding if they are working in partnership with a community group, which must be involved in the application process.

To qualify, groups must be properly constituted, have a bank account and be able to complete the project by 5 March 2021.

The scheme is designed to support achievement of the targets contained within the Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy and the draft Programme for Government outcomes associated with increasing active travel, by funding community-based projects by not-for-profit community groups.

Increasing the number of people choosing to walk or cycle for short journeys and reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on Northern Ireland roads are key priorities for the Department.

Applicants must complete and return the application form by post or hand-deliver it to the Department for Infrastructure (DFI) at:
DFI Safe & Accessible Travel Branch, Room 3.09, Clarence Court, 
10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast,

Telephone: 028 9054 0150

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 9 October 2020.
Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.


5 Techies in Residence closing for applications 10th September!

We believe that digital technology holds huge potential to help the VCSE sector develop new innovative solutions to address community challenges and issues. This has become even more evident in light of the outbreak of COVID 19 with many organisations grappling with the shift to digital working – and how best to respond to it.

The Techies in Residence programme is free to participate in. It brings together social challenges from VCSE organisations with digital technology professionals to design, develop and test innovative digital products and services that have the potential for deep social impact.

The application deadline is 1pm on 10th September. 

Detailed programme information and the application form can be found on the Foundation's website or by clicking the link below.

If you have any questions please contact Paul Braithwaite on 

Apply to TiR programme


6 Department for Communities Stakeholder Update

Please find the latest in our regular updates on the key announcements from the Department for Communities:

We hope you continue to find these updates useful – don’t forget to check our website and nidirect regularly for the latest information on the impact of COVID-19 on our services.


 7 IMPORTANT – Autism NI needs your help!

Over the past 9 years, there has been little progress made with the implementation of the Autism Strategy, which was a result from the Autism Act NI (2011). The autism community in Northern Ireland deserve better and we are in full support of MLA Pam Cameron’s proposed Private Members Bill on Autism.
This Bill proposes an oversight function and a new funding model to guarantee independent evaluation and drive forward the implementation of dedicated autism services.

Please take 5 minutes to complete this short consultation survey!


8 Autism Initiatives N.I – Housing Floating Support Service (Western Trust)

Autism Initiatives N.I provides a floating support service for adults with Autism. Our main goal is to meet the housing needs of people with AUTISM by providing FREE practical support, advice and assistance. Helping our service users to become more independent and resilient using autism specific approaches is the focus of our work.

Types of support include –
Managing your Tenancy, Benefits, Budgeting & Paying Bills, Employment, Work & Education Support, Job Search & Application Forms, Health & Wellbeing, Social Interaction, Communication, Household Repairs & Safety Advice, Accommodation Search & Maintenance, Daily Living Skills which will empower you to cook, clean or stay organised, Accessing Local Community Resources and student Life skills
Referrals can be made by contacting our office and we accept these from a variety of sources e.g. Health Trusts, GPs, Universities/Colleges and other agencies. We also take self-referrals.

Referral Criteria:
You must have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) or currently be awaiting an assessment for an ASC. You must be 18 years of age or over. You must be living independently or in the process of moving into and managing your own home

Lauren.watson@ai-ni.co.uk (Floating support co-ordinator)
Phone: 02871369287


9  The Last Hurrah! Goodbye EU

Implications for intercultural dialogue, peace-building and reconciliation in the UK!

Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th December, Derry-Londonderry

Tired of online meetings?
Miss chatting with colleagues in person?
Want to get out from behind the desk?
Now here's your chance!
An Actual Conference!  Remember those!

This two-day Community Relations Council-funded event (limited to 50 participants) will include Guest Speakers and will be facilitated by a team of International Facilitators. 

Practitioners will avail of:

  • opportunities to be inspired and better informed through inputs from experts in the field, and to have space and time to share and reflect upon their international learning experiences and thus continue to add to the existing evidence base;
  • an opportunity to document in broad terms how participant's experiences (of ‘the international’) have informed and influenced their perception of and approach to intercultural dialogue, peace-building and reconciliation;
  • specific examples of how international experience has contributed to intercultural dialogue, peace-building and reconciliation between individuals, local communities and society as a whole, but also how it equips practitioners in a practical sense to ‘do their job;
  • opportunities to demonstrate how experience from participation in international programmes has contributed to or influenced practical efforts to nurture relationships between diverse communities;
  • due consideration to the potential differences that anticipated non-participation in European programmes will make in a post-Brexit era;
  • a setting to ‘mark’ the end of this particular era in UK-European international relations by exploring ways in which they can maximise other international opportunities to promote relationships between diverse communities;
  • conclusions and recommendations for those involved in policy development and delivery as to how ‘the international’ can be utilised and maximised to support intercultural dialogue, peace-building and reconciliation in a UK-wide post-Brexit future.

Due to Covid places are limited so you are advised to book early not to miss out.  Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  You can reserve your place by clicking 

Social Distancing and Covid-Compliant measures will be in place at the conference.

If you have any other questions you can forward them to 

This event has been made possible by funding from the Community Relations Council under their Cultural Diversity Fund. 


10 Facilities Management Training - Now online - 23rd & 24th September

DTNI's popular facilities management course is back and is taking place online on Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th September.

For those already managing a building or amenity - for example a community centre, heritage or arts centre -  or those who are planning to, FM training is invaluable for understanding the standards, protocols and legal requirements of buildings management and maintenance.

A bespoke FM course has been commissioned by DTNI which will follow the
 Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management professional standards framework and cover the fundamentals of health and safety, energy, contract management - now updated to cover the post-lockdown return to work.

23rd & 24th September 2020 
Price - £170
To book, contact Stevie McGirr at 


11 Upcoming La Dolce Vita Workshops

Workshop 1: Domestic Abuse and Safety Planning
This 2 week workshop will raise awareness, insight and knowledge into domestic abuse, sexual violence, and the importance of safety planning while living, or leaving an abusive relationship.

  •  Insight and knowledge into the emotional, mental, physical, sexual and financial implications of safety, within abusive relationships.
  •  What and who is involved in the creating and, implementing, of a safety plan.
  •   Information on services and resources available to support you. 
Workshop Dates:
Week 1:           Monday 14th September 2020
Week 2:           Monday 21st September 2020
Location:         Provisionally at the Holywell Building, Bishop Street, Derry
Time:               10 am to 1 pm.
  •          6 hrs CPD certificate on completion of both weeks.
  •          Booking is essential as places are limited.
  •          Light refreshments provided.
  •          No charge to attend
Workshop 2:  Parental Conflict, Intervention, Safety and Support Program
This program will require a 4 week commitment to explore with parents:
  •          Parenting behaviours and effective communication, self care
  •          Barriers to reporting incidents of domestic abuse and parental alienation
  •          Parental alienation strategies and impact on children
  •          Safety and protection of children, and self, while living in or post separation
Workshop Dates: (Change to original dates posted)
Start Date:       Wednesday 23rd September 2020
End Date:         Wednesday 14th October 2020
Location:         Provisionally at the Holywell Building, Bishop Street, Derry
Time:               10 am to 2 pm.
To book call:    02871377272
  • Certificate of attendance on completion of four weeks
  • Booking is essential as places are limited and will require an initial assessment, before booking will be confirmed
  • Light refreshments provided
  • No charge to attend  


12 Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd Training
From planning the strategic direction of your programme, up skilling your volunteers, to equipping day to day supervisors of volunteers with vital management skills – our training has it all!
Below is just a selection of our upcoming training:

  • Volunteer Induction: The New Environment, The New Way!
    -  22 September 2020  |  10-11am  |  Online  |  
    -  15 October 2020  |  10-11am  |  Online  |  http://bit.ly/VolInductionOct

    Do you want to know more about online volunteer induction?  What to include and how to make it visually appealing?  If so, Volunteer Now have the session for you!  It will answer those questions and more and explain how we do it.
  • The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers
    -  23 September 2020  |  10.30am-12pm  |  Online  |  
    -  14 October 2020  |  10.30am-12pm  |  Online  |  http://bit.ly/NewEnvironmentOct

    Join Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd for a short session looking at volunteering during the pandemic and the future of volunteering post COVID-19.
  • Creating Pathways to Wellbeing for Leaders of Volunteer Engagement
    - 19 & 26 November  |  10am-1pm  |  Online  |  
    Volunteer Now recognise that the job of leading and managing volunteers can be challenging.  We believe it is time to give leaders of volunteer engagement access to high quality training, aimed at helping them manage their own wellbeing.  So, we have partnered with Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd and Just Smart Thinking to provide a new online course that will cover two important topics for leaders and managers of volunteers. 

To view our full training calendar, please go to https://bit.ly/CoursesScheduled.
We have an expert team of staff who are committed to quality and effective customer relations providing a service which is tailored to you.  We would love to hear from you about how we can help – you can email us on 
enterprise@volunteernow.co.uk, call 028 9023 2020 or tweet us @VNEnterprise


13 On-line Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)

Facilitated by AWARE

People generally don’t know how to recognise mental health problems or know what help is available.  This programme will provide you with the skills to provide initial support for someone with a mental health problem.

Normally a two-day workshop, the programme will be delivered on-line, over 
4 x 3-hour sessions using Zoom 

These sessions are open to staff & volunteers of community & voluntary sector organisations operating within the Western Trust Area

We currently have 2 online training programmes available.

Programme No. 1 Course Dates
Date:   Wed 7th, Thurs 8th, Wed 14th, Thurs 15th Oct 2020
Time:   10am to 1pm
Venue: Online via Zoom
Please note that all 4 sessions must be attended in order to complete the programme
and qualify for Certificate

Programme No. 2 Course Dates
Date:   Wed 4th, Thurs 5th,  Wed11th, Thurs 12th Nov 2020
Time:   10am to 1pm
Venue: Online via Zoom
Please note that all 4 sessions must be attended in order to complete the programme
and qualify for Certificate

We will forward the link prior to the Training date

MHFA Flyer

To apply for a place please read carefully the Booking and Cancellations Policy, complete a booking form and return via 
Post:  CLEAR Project, Unit 13, Strabane Enterprise Agency, Orchard Road Industrial Estate, Strabane, BT82 9FR. 
14 Level 3 Award in Education & Training 

HURT is running L3 Award in Education & Training in the Holywell Trust, Derry, Tuesday evenings commencing 6th October 2020, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

This popular course sets the Gold Standard in training as a trainer.  It is designed for those who would like to work towards a teaching or training qualification or to get onto higher qualifications in teaching.

The course will train you how to use your training and teaching more effectively in groups or with individuals.  The training will take you through the full process of : Identifying your roles and responsibilities, The learning cycle, Learning Styles, Strategies to overcome barriers to learning, Schemes of work and session plans, Assessment methods and types, How to use visual aids and Student support.

Entry Requirements:
Minimum 19 years old  Good reading and writing skills in English.  A lot of patience as this is an intensive course. Knowledge of the subject you wish to teach/deliver. Completed Application form.  Photographic proof of ID .

Who should do this course:
Individuals who work or want to work in teaching/training, facilitation or further education . Individuals currently working as assessors, who would like to achieve a qualification that introduces them to teaching.   Individuals who want an introductory qualification to enable them to make career choices.

What will I get on completion of the course?
You will receive the Level 3 T.Q.U.K. Award in Education and Training (Formerly PTLLS)

For an application form contact HURT 14 Clarendon Street, Derry.
028 7136 9696 
15 September Calendar- Fertility Network

As we step into the Autumn months, we are continuing to provide our support groups online, via Zoom.
Our next Men-Only Online Support Group will take place on Wednesday 16th September at 7pm. This is a friendly environment where you can join a peer led meeting, with or without the camera. To join the meeting please register using the link below.

On Thursday 17th September at 5pm we have a webinar from IVF Spain on ‘IVF and Egg Donation Abroad’. To join the webinar, please register using the link below.

Following on, we have a webinar ‘Is there anything I can do to improve my chances of conceiving naturally?’
This webinar will be held on Thursday 1st October at 5pm and you can register using the link below.

Please have a look at the catalogue of previous webinars available to watch at your leisure. These can be found at

16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for the latest from Salto Youth to include:

  • Online Workshops: The Art and Science of Storytelling
  • Bridges for Trainers 2020 - Rethinking - Reconnecting - Rebuilding
  • The Power of Non Formal Education
  • Democracy Reloading: Training Module B
  • Call for trainers (includes local call from Inside Out)
17 FWIN Annual Networking Event Moves Online!!

It’s hard to believe that we are now in September and it’s time again for FWIN’s Annual Networking Event – one of the highlights on our annual calendar of events

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions we have decided to hold a week-long networking event on our Facebook page from 28th September-2 October 2020. 

During this week we are offering groups the opportunity to take virtual stands to showcase their organisation’s services, support, advice, volunteer work and training opportunities available to women throughout the North West. 

We are simply asking organisations to make a short 3-5 minute video in way of an introduction and a brief description of what you offer.   Alternately you could send in a poster with your details on it.  Everyone will get a slot and your information will be shared on our Facebook page during the week.

If you would like to register please: Email: 
info@fwin.org.uk  by Friday 18th September 2020.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by: Email
 or Telephone: 028 7126 6291.
18 Job Opportunity with First Housing Aid & Support Services

First Housing Aid & Support Services (Registered Charity No: XR19886) 
Invite applicants for the positions of:
37.5 hours per week (Rota Shift Work)
Based in Francis Street Accommodation Project, Derry
Salary: £18,189 per annum
To work within a team setting providing support to vulnerable service users.
Minimum Criteria (a Full Job Description and Personnel Specification is available with an application pack)
  • Minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language.
  • A relevant recognised qualification in health and social care or related field (Minimum NVQ level II or equivalent)
  • At least two years recent experience of working in an accommodation or community work setting with vulnerable 16-21 year olds.
  • IT skills
Interested candidates should e-mail for an application pack, quoting the appropriate job reference number to: karlaokane@first-housing.com
Application Packs can also be downloaded from 
Please Note:  All recruitment correspondence for this position will be done through e-mail. Please provide a suitable e-mail address for correspondence and e-mail completed applications to 

If you do not have an e-mail address, please contact Karla on 07921056728
It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate short listing.
Closing date for completed applications is: Friday, 18th September 2020 at 12 noon.
First Housing operates a child protection and vulnerable adults policy, Access NI checks will be carried out before an appointment can be confirmed. Registration with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council is also compulsory for this position.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer
19 Eden Project Community Camp Application

The Eden Project are holding a virtual 'community camp' this October and November. If you've been interested in Eden Project Community Camps in the past but have never had the chance to join, make sure to apply to this one, which obviously won't require time away from home.

The Virtual Community Camp will span five weeks and will consist of two sessions per week plus a few additional/offline activities for you to do in your own time during the week at some points, particularly during Week 4.

The Virtual Community Camp will begin on Monday 12 October and finish by 12 November.


20 Walk To Wellness

Walk To Wellness commences in Letterkenny on Friday 11 September, 10.30am, in the Letterkenny Town Park and in Derry/Londonderry on Friday 18 September, 10.30am in St Columb’s Park.
This is free to join and you can register your interest in either location by telephone or by email.  
Telephone -  NI (028) 7186 5149 or ROI (086) 606 9480
Email NI - 

21 Twist West

Please see link 
https://twistwest.org/ for a range of support across all areas of physical and emotional wellbeing, this is a fantastic site for trust staff but made available by WHSCT Health Improvement Team since the beginning of Covid 19 pandemic, so its accessible to all,  it’s got everything you need under one site!


22  Art in Place of Conflict conference… A Global Conversation

The Playhouse Theatre & Peacebuilding Academy cordially invites you to attend:
An International Peacebuilding Conference
Thursday 17th September 2020 
Location: Global - online 

We do hope you can join us

Click here to RVSP


23 WheelWorks ArtCart is back!

WheelWorks Arts is delighted to once again be able to offer our new and improved 
ArtCart programmes across Northern Ireland!
We took some time to reassess how to best provide our custom portable workshops in safe and inspiring environments and we can't wait to get out on the road to deliver creativity across the nation! 


Want to know more? Contact Lisa on 02890 244 063 or email lisa@wheelworksarts.com
Visit our website 
 for more information


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