NWCN Ebulletin 12 October 2022

1 ‌CRC: Core Funding Scheme
2 £1k grants for local charities – apply now!
3 Cash for Kids Day Grants
4 Environment Fund 2023 – 2028
5 Road Safety Trust - Small Grants Programme
6 Template letter to MLAs on the Cost-of-Living Crisis
7 Next Steps in Community Wealth Building
8 Good governance and charity regulation seminar - Hybrid Event
9 Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have 2 special offers on training in Nov!
10 Positive Parties ‘Training With A Difference and Positive Ageing Month
11 Menopause & Us Support Group
12 Female Health & Wellbeing Event
13 Breastfeeding ‘Return to work’ Packs
14 Apprenticeships Fair 2022
15 Job Opportunity with The Lifestart Foundation
16 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
17 Winter Vaccines
18 Invitation to Fugitive Seeds
19 'The ExperimentA blood-chilling sensory experience
20 What's on at Void

1 CRC: Core Funding Scheme

The Core Funding Scheme provides support for organisations which are considered of strategic importance in promoting community relations work across Northern Ireland.

The scheme contributes towards salary and organisational running costs.

Info Session
We’ve arranged a FREE online info session to help you apply for our Core Funding Scheme, and to answer any questions you might have about the funding process. 

We’d welcome you to come along and find out from our funding officers how best to apply for the Core Funding Scheme.

Date available: Thursday 13 October at 10.30am

Book your place now. Send your details to Paul Killen by email on pkillen@nicrc.org.uk

Closing date: Wednesday 16 November 2022 at 4PM. Use the link to apply:Apply now for Core Funding Scheme

Further information available here


2 £1k grants for local charities – apply now!

Calling all local charities! If you could make use of a grant of up to £1,000 for your work in local communities, we want to hear from you.

Apex Housing Association is now inviting applications for funding from its Common Fund.

Applicants must be registered charities with a proven track record of delivering services and projects in Northern Ireland and must not have already received a Common Fund grant within the last three years.

Funding must be used to support social, environmental, recreational, health and well-being, educational or training and employment activities.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that Apex tenants / residents will benefit from any funding awarded.

Application forms can be requested by emailing FinanceDept@apex.org.uk.

Deadline for applications: Friday 21 October 2022 at 5pm


 Cash for Kids Day Grants

Cash for Kids Day Grants Available to organisations and service providers who support children who have a genuine need for support and are suffering from disadvantage due to poverty, ongoing impact of the pandemic and increases in the cost of living.

Grants will be £35 per child for items that support children and young people’s physical and mental well-being. Items we will consider funding include food, clothing, household fuel and well-being packs.

Applications on behalf of children must be made by a recognised referral source such as professionals within a governing body (e.g., social services, GP, teacher etc.) from a registered charity or community organisation with a formal constitution / governance document. Individuals / families cannot self-refer or apply directly for support.

Further information available 


4 Environment Fund 2023 - 2028

The Environment Fund is administered by DAERA to support projects which will help deliver key environmental outcomes across Northern Ireland.

For Information on the 2019-2023 Environment Fund, click here.

The Fund contributes to 2 Environmental Impact Priority areas:

  • Nature and Climate Recovery: Building Ecological and Climate Resilience
  • Connecting People with the Environment

This fund will CLOSE AT 4PM ON 8 NOVEMBER 2022.

Further details available 

5 Road Safety Trust - Small Grants Programme

The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level.

We are looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.

We offer funding towards projects that meet our grant criteria. Grants are available for up to two or three years depending on the programme, and these can range from £10,000 up to £300,000.

Open for applications until 19 October 2022

Further details available 


6 Template letter to MLAs on the Cost-of-Living Crisis

As you will be aware there was a Crushed by the Cost-of-Living Crisis event held at Stormont at the end of last month, this was a very powerful event, which drew attention to what is still an unfurling crisis.
On the back of the strength of feeling and support for the event, the organisers (who include Dr Ciara Fitzaprick, UU; WSN; and BASW-NI) have prepared a template letter for those who wish to write to their local MLAs calling for urgent action on the crisis.
The template letter is available on the BASW website
Crushed by the cost-of-living crisis call to action template letter | www.basw.co.uk


 7 Next Steps in Community Wealth Building

Wednesday 19th October, 1pm-5pm

Townsend Presbyterian Church, Townsend Street, Belfast
Free to attend - lunch provided

National, regional and local governments strive to build a civic society characterised by equality and opportunity. Our economy talks of 'inclusive growth’ from which opportunity trickles down for all citizens. Yet, despite best intentions, trickle-down economics is failing civic society. 

A solution to the problem exists, locked within the public sector, acting as an influencer and agency for economic change. The public sector can work to build wealth in communities by maximising the power of public finance, by making better use of public land and buildings, by commissioning and procuring for greater public good, by investing in a more plural economy, and through local supply chains, setting the standard as a leading business employer in NI.

This mini conference sets out the background to Community Wealth Building in NI. It presents an analysis of the problem and talks to solutions. It presents the findings of primary research led by DTNI in partnership with Trademark and Queens, Communities and Place. It will reflect on the work of the Ministerial Advisory Panel for Community Wealth Building, consider the wider role and responsibility of regional and local government, and engage delegates to discuss the question: what are the next steps for Community Wealth Building in NI?

Register now

8 Good governance and charity regulation seminar - Hybrid Event

9 November 2022 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Specially for Trustees' week, this seminar will focus on good governance in voluntary led organisations as well as a reminder of the key regulatory requirements for charities.

The Developing Governance Group will explain how the Code of Good Governance can be used to help board members achieve a greater understanding of what is expected of them in their governance role.  They will also demonstrate how the Governance Health Check and DIYcommitteeguide can be used to help implement better governance practice in their organisations.   

The Charity Commission will present changes that are being made to the annual monitoring return and online registration application as well as giving an overview of where it is at present with regard to its powers and decisions which staff are permitted to make.   The Commission will be reminding charities about the requirements to register and report serious incidents to it as well as highlighting what is new on the horizon for charity regulation. 

Register to attend in person or online here


9  Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have 2 special offers on training in Nov!
Offer 1:
Book on all four Building Foundations courses in November and get a FREE place on any volunteer management course of your choice.*

  • The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward  |  1 Nov
  • The New Environment: Volunteer Induction  |  3 Nov
  • The New Environment: Support & Supervision  |  9 Nov
  • The New Environment: Volunteers & the Law  |  10 Nov Offer 2:
Book on all four Leadership courses in November & December and get a FREE place on any volunteer management course of your choice.*
  • Thinking of Myself as a Leader  |  15 Nov
  • Leadership & Why it Matters  |  17 Nov
  • Leadership & Working with Teams  |  29 Nov
  • Leadership & Dealing with Conflict  |  1 Dec

Also happening in November, we have Sessions 2, 3 & 4 of our new Inclusion, Equality & Equality courses, which are taking place ‘in-person’!
Find out more and book your places on any or all of the above, here 
* To be used within December 2022 – March 2023. The free course is NOT available for any safeguarding courses.


10 Positive Parties ‘Training With A Difference and Positive Ageing Month

Are you still looking for an IDEA /something DIFFERENT to apply for funding for your community/group for a workshop/activity/event/programme for 

If so, contact Denise Devlin from Positive Parties ‘Training With a Difference’ and we can help you.  PPHQ - 028 71517320 Mob - 07790793130 Email -  
denise@positiveparties.com  www.positiveparties.com

We deliver workshops, activities, events and programmes promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing is a fun ‘party style’ environment. We use the training methodologies of positive psychology, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) as well as incorporating the Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing. We Make Learning FUN and because everyone has such a good time, they remember what they have learned and enjoy the joy of building heart centered connections with the other participants.

Community and voluntary organisations within the Western Trust can apply for a small grant of up to £500 for activities / programmes involving older people aged 50+. Grants are available to improve physical activity and reduce social isolation.

Closing date for applications is Monday 17th October 2022 at 5pm, so please contact me asap to discuss your community / groups needs to get the application in.

#positiveageingmonth #positiveparties #take5steps #makinglearningfun #positivepsychology #cbt #nlp #trainingwithadifference


11 Menopause & Us Support Group

In honour of World Menopause Day, Tuesday 18th October our Mental Health Project The Right Time, Right Place have been working in partnership with Quayside Medical Practice to bring to you an 8-week Menopause support group.

Each week you will hear about lived experiences & health professionals highlighting the physical & psychological changes for women, with practical tips and advice to help you through this time of change.

Beginning Tuesday 18th October, 7-9pm
Destined, Foyle Road

We have limited spaces available, please contact Bronagh Cooper on 028 7136 5330 to book your place or email 


12 Female Health & Wellbeing Event

In association with WHSCT Breast Screening department for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Held in the Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry, Friday 14th October 2022, from 2pm-6pm

Live information session on breast cancer awareness

Information Stalls:
Cervical screening; sexual health; GP social work teams; nutrition; diabetes; women into cycling; slips, trips and falls; long covid service; carer support; smoking cessation; skin health and haematology amongst other services.

BMI and Blood Pressure checks available on the day.

Join us for tea and a chat about the services we provide in the WHSCT to help women look after their health and wellbeing.


13 Breastfeeding ‘Return to work’ Packs

The Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department of the Western Health & Social Care Trust would like to remind you of an initiative currently rolling out in support of breastfeeding mothers returning to work.

Breastfeeding is fundamental to public health as it promotes health, prevents disease and helps contribute to reducing health inequalities.
In support of creating environments where mothers can return to work and continue to breastfeed, the Western Health & Social Care Trust have updated their policy for supporting breastfeeding employees. As part of this policy, any employee returning to work and breastfeeding will be able to avail of a free ‘Return to Work’ pack.
We have extended this ‘Return to work’ pack initiative to the employees of all organisations throughout the WHSCT area (Limavady to Fermanagh).

This pack contains; a cool bag, ice block, reusable water bottle and breastmilk storage bottles to assist staff in continuing their breastfeeding journey. The pack also contains additional information on safe storage of breastmilk.

Any staff member or organisations wishing to avail of this on behalf of a staff member, should contact the Health Improvement Equality and Involvement Department on 028 718 635127 or 


14 Apprenticeships Fair 2022

Apprenticeships are a fast and reliable way to get qualified while getting paid in a real job. From food to furniture production, apprenticeships offer something for everyone and the opportunities are endless.
Pop along to the Guildhall from 1pm-4pm on Thursday 13th October to see what you could do….

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15 Job Opportunity with The Lifestart Foundation

 Lifestart Foundation Manager
The Lifestart Foundation is a charitable body with 30 years’ experience in the delivery of high-quality evidence-based parenting support. We are seeking a suitably qualified person to act as interim manager for a period of one year leading to her/his appointment as Lifestart’s new Executive Director.
The successful candidate will assist the Foundation in the fulfilment of its mission to educate parents on how young children develop and learn and to support parents in their child rearing role. S/he will be expected to internalise knowledge of the Lifestart Foundation’s goals, finances, challenges, opportunities and stakeholders; give direction and leadership in the implementation of the Foundation’s succession strategy; facilitate an expert review of the Lifestart Growing Child Programme and source funding.
Salary: £41,881pa per annum
Closing date:   Wednesday 19th October at 12.00 Noon
Further information, personnel specification and application forms may be obtained from the Executive Director, Lifestart Foundation Ltd, 2 Springrowth House, Balliniska Road, Springtown Industrial Estate, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 0GG.  Tel: 07912517109, Email: 
The Lifestart Foundation is an equal opportunities employer.
The post is funded by: Dormant Accounts Fund NI, delivered by NLCF


16 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust

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 work is characterised by two main priorities.  The first is addressing deprivation and social injustice, working with people at the margins of society providing programmes and opportunities for enrichment.  The second is creating a shared and better future for all by standing together with all churches, schools and communities to give a united voice in an area plagued with the legacy of division through the troubles in Northern Ireland.  
The Churches Trust wishes to appoint the following post:
Permanent part-time position: 24 hours per week
Salary £28,607 pro rata (£18,308 for 24 hours per week)

Purpose and function of post:

  • To support Community Relations Manager on the implementation of the Health Inequalities Strategy.
  • To coordinate low intervention care services to older people, and the Maintenance /Handyperson service.
  • To coordinate the Churches’ Trust response to addressing food poverty.
  • To manage and deliver standalone projects.
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A relevant qualification (Minimum level IV) eg Community Development / Health Promotion/ Community Heath & Wellbeing or similar discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Strong personal and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise workload.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

For information and application packs, please contact
Veronica Keenan on Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail 
Closing date for applications: 3pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2022.


17 Winter Vaccines

Why do the COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine matter?

  • Flu activity levels have been extremely low globally the last two winters, mainly due to COVID-19 prevention measures. As a result, a lower level of population immunity against flu is expected this year.
  • Flu is a very serious virus that can result in death and complications which can include pneumonia, inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues, as well as multi-organ failure
  • COVID-19 hasn’t gone away and could potentially result in a real health threat particularly for vulnerable members of our community.

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They teach our immune system how to recognise and fight viruses. Being vaccinated against both viruses will not only help to protect you and those around you from flu and COVID-19 but will help protect everyone from a potentially devastating double threat this winter which could also impact on the services within our Health and Social Care system.

The PHA is urging everyone who falls into an eligible group to get ready for winter by taking up the offer of free vaccination when invited.

Read more at 


18 Invitation to Fugitive Seeds

Wednesday 19 October–Wednesday 21 December 2022
Launch: Tuesday 18 October, 6–8pm 

CCA Derry~Londonderry is delighted to invite you to our upcoming exhibition Fugitive Seeds, curated by Borbála Soós. The exhibition features artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Maria Thereza Alves, Alasdair Asmussen Doyle, Minji Choi and Davinia-Ann Robinson.

Fugitive Seeds considers how endemic, alien and fugitive seeds connect to colonial histories including in Northern Ireland and more specifically Derry~Londonderry and its port.

The works included help unearth layered histories around plant and human migration and border ecologies. The exhibition and related events reflect on how histories of botanical, zoological and ethno-anthropological explorations have contributed to producing the Other, and the exoticization of certain species and peoples. They consider changing ecologies and (national) identities through stories of belonging, displacement and uprootedness and investigate the feeling of loss when thinking about the connections with far-away lands that might hold clues for one's identity. 

More information about the exhibition can be found at ccadld.org

Houseplant Call Out
As part of Fugitive Seeds, the curator Borbála Soós is inviting the public to contribute to the exhibition with a houseplant from their home and exchange it for an oak seedling. The oak seedlings can then be taken away and planted in the visitor's garden, in public parks or other landscapes. To contribute please bring along any houseplant or cutting you have to share and swap it during the launch on Tuesday 18 October 2022, 6–8pm, or during the exhibition’s opening hours Tuesday–Saturday, midday–6pm. Please label them with the name of the plant and any care instructions.


19 'The Experiment' A blood-chilling sensory experience

Echo Echo Studios has been taken over by MIRA, a medical institution conducting research on a child who isn’t quite what they seem.

'The Experiment' is a terrifying psychological horror/haunted house type sensory experience with live actors, 360° sound and lighting effects for audiences up to 24 people at a time. This is not for the faint-hearted.

Admission is strictly 14+ due to the graphic nature of the content. The total duration of the experience is 15 minutes approx and multiple shows will happen within each hour. 

Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th October 2022
6pm - 10pm Daily
Admission £8
Discount for online bookings

Book your tickets 


20 What's on at Void

We have a range of fantastic events coming up this month. See below for details about film screenings, family workshops, exhibitions, and tours.

  • Lunchtime Tours
  • Void Tots
  • False Wife Screening – Film London Jarman Award Touring Programme 2022
  • Film London Jarman Award award nominees – online film screenings
  • Silver Tongued Deviance - spoken word evenings
  • Spooky Curiosity Club!
  • Spooky Halloween Suncatchers - art packs
  • Exhibition-inspired drawing booklets
  • Void Visionaries ‘Composites of:’ Showcase

For dates, further details and booking links please click here


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