NWCN Ebulletin 15 February 2023

1 ‌Free Finance Training 
Day of Hope
Help us raise £55,000 so Kerrie can fund HSCT treatment to halt her MS progression
Asda Spaces and Places grant 
Screwfix Foundation
NIEA 2023/24 Environment Fund Water Quality Improvement Strand
DCSDC Funding Bulletins for February 2023
Learning Pool Community Day
9  A City Conversation: DCSDC Arts & Culture Sector reflects on 10 yrs since City of Culture 
10 Public Consultation: Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan for DCSDC area
11 Changes to bereavement benefits eligibility
12 Dads Talk Weekly Drop-In
13 Volunteer Now Training Sessions in March 2023
14 Woman's Returners and IT Office Skills
15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
16 Resumption of hearing aid support Service
17 Our Climate Challenge

1 Free Finance Training 

North West Community Network in partnership with NICVA are offering a Free Finance Training session:

Thursday 16th March
10:00am to 12:30pm
DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-14 Bishop St

Preparing and independently examining the annual accounts is a vital and important part of a charity’s governance.

In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of independent examination and what a set of receipt and payment annual accounts should look like.  The following areas will be covered:

  • Independent Examination (IE), what does this mean?
  • What should we look for in an IE?
  • Can my charity have an IE?
  • The difference between Audit and IE.
  • What do receipts and payment accounts (R&P) look like, including Trustee annual reporting (TAR).
  • What should I be looking for in a set of R&P accounts?

Funded by Halifax Foundation 

Register your place here


2 Day of Hope

We want to create a Day Of Hope for the city in September 2023.  We’re inviting individuals, groups or communities who would like to be involved in helping us organise this day. Our people need hope more than ever.  This is the start of a journey to develop Derry/Strabane into a place of Hope.….
We are having a meeting on 10th March at 11:00am in the Holywell Building, Bishop Street.  If you are interested in being involved, come and join us.  
Contact Marie Dunne 
marie92dunne@gmail.com or Roisin roisin@nwcn.org 028 7126 1941

 Help us raise £55,000 so Kerrie can fund HSCT treatment to halt her MS progression
As a Staff Nurse, Kerrie Hamilton has spent over 4 years providing compassionate & professional care for patients in The Foyle Hospice, Derry/Londonderry. She is a devoted & well-respected member of the nursing team, who now finds herself needing the help and support of the local Community more than ever.
For the last 11 years, Kerrie has struggled with debilitating neurological symptoms, which eventually led to her diagnosis of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) at the young age of 17.
As a result of ongoing and worsening conditions, she is now seeking a breakthrough treatment known as HSCT, that hopefully will help bring some stability & normality to her life and halt the progression of this unforgiving auto-immune disease.
The HSCT treatment that she is seeking, aims to stop the damage caused by MS. The chemotherapy based medical procedure is designed to ablate her immune system and effectively reboot it using her own stem cells that will be harvested prior to treatment.
This HSCT treatment is available in Mexico and a target of £55,000 is required to fund travel, surgical procedures, aftercare, and all medications.
I humbly ask you to read her story and to consider making a donation by clicking on this Crowdfunder link:

Please share with everyone and anyone possible, to help Kerrie receive this life changing treatment…

Kerrie Hamilton & Noodle


4 Asda Spaces and Places grant 

Launched last year, Investing in Spaces and Places is our higher value Asda Foundation grant, aimed at improving spaces in the heart of local communities.

We know small grass roots organisations play a vital role in their community, making positive change and improving people’s lives every day, but the challenge for many is having the appropriate safe and inclusive space to bring people together and deliver their fantastic work.

Asda Foundation will be investing over £500,000 for this grant in 2023 to support bigger, long-lasting community projects within local communities where local people can be together and thrive.

Grants will be between £10,000-£25,000 and the application window closes on 19th March with funding announced in June 2023.

The grant criteria will focus on investing in community spaces and places and projects must fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Building Repairs
  • Building Development
  • Outdoor Development

Read the full Group Guidance here. If you have an eligible project in mind, speak to your local Community Champion at your nearest Asda Superstore for more information.
To find your local Community Champion, please use the 
Asda Store Locator


5 Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation are passionate about making a difference to communities across the UK. We are a grant giving charity with a clear purpose to support projects that improve, repair and maintain homes and community facilities used by those in need throughout the UK.

The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding up to the region of £5,000. All applications are reviewed individually by our team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in March, June, September and December. Please see our Full eligibility criteria.

Before applying for funding from The Screwfix Foundation, your organisation MUST:

  • Be a registered charity or not for profit organisation.
  • Help those in need. This could be by reason of financial hardship, sickness, distress or other disadvantages in the UK.
  • Be looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of. homes, community buildings and other buildings.

Apply For Funding Now


6 NIEA 2023/24 Environment Fund Water Quality Improvement Strand

The fund is made available to support local communities and voluntary organisations to invest in projects that will deliver improvements in the local water environment, help connect people with the environment, and encourage behavioural change.

The fund is open to applications from constituted not-for-profit organisations and councils, and projects will run from spring 2023 until March 2024. The funding, subject to budget approval, will provide up to 85 % of funding for projects costing between £5,000 and £30,000.

The closing date for applications for the 2023/24 Environment Fund - Water Quality Improvement Strand is noon on 10 March 2023. Funding is subject to confirmation of 2023/24 budgets.

Further information, including guidance notes and details of how you can apply for funding, can be found on the 
DAERA website.


 7 DCSDC Funding Bulletins for February 2023

Please find below the DCSDC Funding Bulletins for January 2023




8 Learning Pool Community Day

We are delighted to announce our most ambitious community support initiative yet, planning for our entire workforce to volunteer in the community.

On Thursday 18th May 2023, business as usual will be paused, as Learning Pool’s entire team will go into the community to support charitable and environmental activities, in an effort we’re calling ‘Learning Pooloza’. Not-for-profit groups, social enterprises and educational organizations are now invited to register interest in taking part.

This focused business action means that we will contribute more than 3,500 volunteer hours in a single day, aiming for an extraordinary impact in the communities where our 450+ people live and work.

The company has teams of specialists who can support specific challenges many charities face in important areas like technology, human resources, marketing, branding and, of course, learning and development. 

The closing date for applications is 19th February 2023.

Further information available 


9  A City Conversation: DCSDC Arts & Culture Sector reflects on 10 years since City of Culture 

Derry City and Strabane District Arts & Culture Sector reflects on 10 years since securing the UK City of Culture designation.

The UK City of Culture in 2013 brought the most significant singular injection of investment our Arts & Culture sector had seen to date. 10 years since feels like a good time to take our pulse, to look back assess where we are at and consider what the future might hold.

It has been a turbulent decade, from significant Cultural investment, legacy programmes, a new cultural strategy to Brexit, Covid, the collapse of Stormont, a cost of living crisis and a climate emergency. How have these local and wider political, societal and economic shifts impacted the arts and cultural sector and how do you feel about it all?

The Arts & Culture Strategy Co Delivery Group invite a conversation among artists, organisations, venues, audiences and volunteers to share their thoughts and energies - as part of an open, inclusive, honest and constructive City Conversation. This will enable us to reflect together on what we have learned and begin to articulate where we go from here, helping to inform a range of cultural strategies now being developed as well as a further conversation planned by the UK Department of Culture Media and Sport to take place in Derry-Londonderry in September 2023

Wednesday, March 22 2023, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM 
St Columb's Hall 10a Orchard Street Derry BT48 6EB

We would very much welcome your attendance at this event.
To register please 
click here


10 Public Consultation: Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan for DCSDC area

Derry City and Strabane District Council area is calling on residents, organisations, stakeholders, and anyone else with an interest to share their views on a new Age Friendly Strategy and three-year Action Plan as part of a public consultation for the area.
Led by DCSDC on behalf of the Age Friendly Alliance for the area the Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan has been developed following extensive consultation with people aged 50 and over living within the district council area. 
Now open, the public consultation on the Age Friendly Strategy and three-year Action Plan survey will close on Wednesday 5th April 2023 at 5pm.  Everyone can have their say on key outcomes within the new strategy and action plan by completing an online survey here 
www.derrystrabane.com/consultations and we would encourage you to raise awareness of this and encourage anyone with an interest to share their views. 
Anyone who may require a paper-based copy should contact Alexandra Wallace on 029 7125 3253 or email 


11 Changes to bereavement benefits eligibility

The eligibility criteria for bereavement benefits have changed.

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that from 9 February 2023, cohabiting parents will be able to claim bereavement benefits, to help them bring up dependent children.

Families who have previously been unable to get support because they weren’t married or in a civil partnership will be able to apply for retrospective payments going back to 30 August 2018.

A surviving parent who lost their partner on or after 6 April 2017 may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment.

Those who lost their partner before 6 April 2017 may be eligible for Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

Backdated payments of Widowed Parent’s Allowance may be reduced by the amount of any other benefits paid in the period from 30 August 2018.

For anyone who was in receipt of Universal Credit, the award of WPA may result in an historic overpayment of Universal Credit.

The press release can be found on the Departmental website:

Information is also available on nidirect:


12 Dads Talk Weekly Drop-In

Parenting NI dadstalk Derry/L,Derry/ North-West presents Dads Talk Weekly Drop-In 
Coffee/tea and refreshments @ Cafe In the Park.

Dates: Every Thurs from 16th Feb to end of March 2023 (except 16th March)
Time: 5.30pm - 7pm
Location: Cafe Columba, Cafe In the Park, St Columbs park House 4 Limavady Rd, Derry

Dadstalk sessions value dad's expertise, knowledge and skills and invite along all resident and non-resident dads to:

  • Share Experiences
  • Be part of a Community of Dads
  • Encourage Conversation
  • Benefit from Emotional support
  • Build Confidence

Further information at www.parentingni.org, email help@parentingni.org OR Tel: 0808 8010 722


13 Volunteer Now Training Sessions in March 2023
Volunteer Now has both safeguarding and volunteer management courses with places still available taking place in March.  We have places on Keeping Children & Adults Safe: Policy Development on 1 March, Diversity, Equity & Equality Session 3 on 7 March, Volunteer Strategy on 15 March and Keeping Adults Safe: Recruitment, Selection & Management to name a few.
We also have 2 free VOLT Sessions in March – Engaging Students as Volunteers on 16 March and Volunteer Involvement of the Over 50’s on 30 March.
To find out what’s available and to book onto any of our courses, please click here – 

14 Woman's Returners and IT Office Skills

NWRC are running two programmes that can provide great opportunities and new skills:
  • Women’s Returners 15 weeks – Level 2 Business Administration (Starting 15th Feb) APPLY HERE
  • IT and Office Skills – Level 1 Roots level (Starting 23rd Feb) APPLY HERE
IT and Office Skills Flyer
Labour Market Partnership Skills Academies Flyer
15 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:
  • A Training for Beginner Trainers
  • Putting it in words - Tools for writing self-assessments
  • Techsoup Connect Youth Organisation - Making Sense of Your Data!
  • Let's Work Together Internationally
  • Let’s dream wider! Identity, Vision, Action
  • Kick off Event of YouSports
16 Resumption of hearing aid support Service

RNID is resuming its free drop-in support session for hearing aid users support service in
 Carnhill Resource Centre on Thursday 16th February from 11am-12.30pm

The socially distanced drop off and pick up service provides new batteries, cleaning and retubing of ear moulds for NHS hearing aids.

The sessions are run by trained volunteers and funded by the Health & Social Care Board.

For more information visit 
www.rnid.org.uk or contact Mary Cruickshank; email mary.cruickshank@rnid.org.uk
 or call 07918 767640.
17 Our Climate Challenge

Celebrate our Love of the Arts by joining us at Eden Place Arts Centre for  'Our Climate Challenge' exhibition.      

Twenty NWRC UAL Foundation Diploma Students in Art and Design are exhibiting their work in Eden Place Arts Centre from the 14th until 24th February.
The theme of the exhibition is Our Climate Challenge which is addressed by the students through a variety of media including Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media Textiles and Fashion.

Most of the students have never exhibited in public before and this exhibition represents their opportunity to show their talent to a wider audience.

Exhibition can be viewed : Monday - Friday 10am-6pm until 24th February.
Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Centre, Derry.
For more info contact Judi

Phone: 07902172080


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