NWCN Ebulletin 15 March 2023

1 ‌Free Finance Training - Last chance to register
2 NWCN Members Annual Catch-up
3 NWCN seeks new Board Members
Community Solutions to Housing and Homelessness Programme
5 Climate Action Fund - Energy and Climate
6 The Thomas Devlin Fund
7 Meet the Funder: National Lottery Heritage Fund
8 Unblocking Potential - A Short Course Providing Access To The BSc Hons Com Dev
9 Needs Assessment of Community Development Workers in NI
10 Save the Date for Deeds Dementia Conference
11 Macmillan and Cancer Waiting Times - Make your voice count 
12 Call for Views: The Impact of Social Security Reforms on People with a Disability
13 AWARE NI Strabane Public Talk
14 The Junction AGM Invite
15 Free Self-harm & Autism Training
16 HURT's – FREE Train the trainer programme
17 New Courses at The Alley Theatre in partnership with NWRC
18 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
19 Upcoming Events- Foyle JBO
20 La Dolce Vita Project seeks 2 charity trustee positions
21 Job Opportunity with Foyle Hospice
22 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
23 Job Opportunities with Void Gallery
24 Industry Day at Foyle Reel Lives Film Festival
25 What's on in Libraries NI
26 Events at Void in next 3 months

1 Free Finance Training - Last chance to register

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 NWCN Members Annual Catch-up

When: Tuesday 28th March – 11:30am
Where: DCCP, Holywell Building, Bishop Street
Lunch included

Please join us for our NWCN Members catch-up event on Tuesday 28th March. 

This is a chance to come together to build connections, seek support and an opportunity to talk about the challenges for you/your community.  And a wee update from us on our focus for the year ahead. 

Let us know if you are planning to attend - email us at 

 NWCN seeks new Board Members

Join us to help realise our vision of: 
”A community and voluntary sector that is vibrant, inclusive, resilient, sustainable and actively engaged in key decision-making”
We are seeking skilled, reliable, committed, empathetic people to join our Board.  We are particularly interested in receiving applications from:
- Minority ethnic communities
- Community workers representing the Strabane area
- Environmentalist/Climate Change expert/activist

The time commitment involved is attendance at six committee meetings and an AGM per year and to represent NWCN on an ad hoc basis. 
To receive an application pack contact Neola: 
Deadline for applications is Wednesday 29th March 2023 


4 Community Solutions to Housing and Homelessness Programme

Expression of Interest registration process:

You are invited to register your interest and your ideas to be considered as a participant on the Community Solutions to Housing and Homelessness Programme.

This form should be submitted with reference to the Community Solutions to Housing and Homelessness Programme Guidance notes.

The aim of the Programme is:
“To contribute to reducing and preventing homelessness in Northern Ireland through supporting projects that address root causes of housing stress and homelessness, amplifying the voices of people with lived experience”

The Programme objectives are:
“To support the development, testing and delivery of new ideas and collaborations addressing the root causes of housing issues and homelessness, working with a range of organisations and giving voice to individuals with lived experience across Northern Ireland.”

Charities, public sector representatives and individuals with lived ​ experience are encouraged to form a project team addressing one or more of 13 Challenge areas. This project team can apply for a place on the programme.

Further details can be found here

Closing Date: Mar 23, 2023 16:00

5 Climate Action Fund - Energy and Climate

This funding aims to inspire and support communities across the UK to address the energy and climate crisis. We’re looking for projects that show how communities can address climate change while tackling the energy challenges through community-led climate action.

We want to fund projects that:

  • encourage communities to use energy in an environmentally friendly way
  • bring communities together so that they can explore ways to promote energy efficiency
  • enable communities to understand and engage with opportunities for clean energy generation, which do not use fossil fuels.

Application deadline
You can apply when you’re ready. We expect the programme to remain open until at least December 2023 but it will depend on when and how many others apply for our funding.

You can attend a virtual event about this funding
We’re holding events on:

  • 21 March – 12:00 – 12:45
  • 18 April – 12:00 – 12:45
  • 16 May - 12:00 – 12:45
  • 20 June - 12:00 – 12:45

You can sign up for these events using the Eventbrite website

Further details available here


6 The Thomas Devlin Fund

The Thomas Devlin Fund has now re-opened for 2023 for applications from gifted young people, aged 15 to 19 years, who would like to study, or pursue a career, in creative arts, performing arts or music. The fund was set up in memory of Thomas Devlin who, at the age of 15, was murdered in an unprovoked attack in 2005.

The fund will offer bursaries of up to £1,750 to young people, aged between 15-19, who would like to study or pursue a career in any one of the three categories of creative arts, performing arts, and music.

Closing Date: Apr 5, 2023 13:00

Further details available 


 7 Meet the Funder: National Lottery Heritage Fund

This session will be online with The National Lottery Heritage Fund and will be an opportunity to increase your knowledge in what makes a good application and to find out about the kind of projects that have previously been funded. There will be a Q&A at the end.

Date: Wednesday 22nd March 
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Location: Online on zoom (you will be sent a link when you sign up)

Register here


8 Unblocking Potential - A Short Course Providing Access To The BSc Hons Com Dev

Are you interested in working with marginalised and disadvantaged communities?
Are you passionate about tackling discrimination and social injustice?
Would you like to obtain a professionally endorsed degree in Community Development? Sign up now for the 10 week online Unblocking Potential Programme to start an amazing journey which will transform your life and the lives of people in oppressed communities!

Next date: Tuesday 18 April 2023 6:30pm
Cost: £771.60 (Fee waiver available to those to those who meet the eligibility criteria).

For further details including information on fee waiver criteria plus details of an online information session please click 


9  Needs Assessment of Community Development Workers in NI

The All-Ireland Endorsement Body for Community Work Education and Training (AIEB) was established in 2010 as an all-island body to promote and ensure standards in community work practice and in community work education and training.
Needs Assessment of Community Development Workers
AIEB is conducting an education and training needs assessment to get an initial understanding of the education and   training needs of community workers.
The needs assessment is being carried out in several regions across the island of Ireland including throughout Northern Ireland. The data from it will be used to work with other stakeholders to explore:

  • possibilities for the development of additional opportunities for those involved in community work to gain professional community development qualifications.
  • possibilities for the development of ongoing professional development initiatives, supporting practitioners to develop their analysis, skills, and practice in relation to new and emerging issues.
  • Click here to complete the needs assessment for community development practitioners in Northern Ireland: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/8SHB1S/  The survey is open until April 6th.
Online Information Session
Would you like to know more about AIEB and our key areas of work?

You are invited to attend an online information session being held on Wednesday 29th March from 10am -11am for community development workers, managers of community development organisations and those  who undertake community development duties as part of their work in Northern Ireland.  At the session we will discuss:
  • AIEB’s role, remit and areas of work,
  • the All-Ireland Standards for Community Work developed by AIEB in 2016, and
  • the AIEB education and training needs assessment and emerging issues

To attend the online information session being held on Wednesday 29th March from 10am-11am please email anna@prospectcommunity.org
If you would like more information on AIEB please visit our website 


10 Save the Date for Deeds Dementia Conference

The DEEDS project is hosting a conference on 16th May at the City Hotel: 9.30am ending with lunch.

This conference will celebrate the success of the first funded phase of DEEDS as well as launch the new phase with a particular reference to our innovative training and education which is being offered out into the community including local businesses and Care provider groups.

To register your interest please email: 


11 Macmillan and Cancer Waiting Times - Make your voice count 

Have you experienced delays in your cancer treatment? Make your voice count!

Cancer Waiting Times are unacceptable for patients and professionals, and long waits are becoming normalised.
We want to tell the story of people living with cancer who have been affected by delays so that we can demonstrate the impact waiting times are having on people in NI every day
If you or someone you know feels empowered to talk about the impact a current delay is having on you or your family, or how a delay in the past has impacted your treatment, we would be grateful to talk to you about sharing your story
Email us at 
 and we’ll be in touch


12 Call for Views: The Impact of Social Security Reforms on People with a Disability

The Equality Commission and the NI Human Rights Commission acting jointly, as the Independent Mechanism for Northern Ireland (IMNI), are seeking views from people with disabilities and their representative organisations on the impact of social security reforms on the rights of disabled people to:

  • Live independently and be included in the community;
  • An adequate standard of living and social protection; and
  • Employment. 

This will assist us in the preparation of evidence to inform a review inquiry by the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities on the impact of social security forms in the UK, scheduled for August 2023.

We will be hosting online events to discuss this on:

  • Tuesday March 21st March (10am to 12pm) 
  • Tuesday March 21st March (2pm to 4pm) 

To attend please email: publicpolicy@equalityni.org Please indicate if you wish to attend the morning or afternoon event and if you require any reasonable adjustments.

Alternatively, please advise us if you would like to submit your views in writing or arrange an alternate date to meet with us.


13 AWARE NI Strabane Public Talk
AWARE NI the depression charity for Northern Ireland and the only charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder is delighted as part of our continued engagement throughout NI to host a public talk with the Royal College of Psychiatrists as follows.
Date:            Monday 20 March 2023
Time:           6.30pm-8.30pm
Location:     Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane
Please find attached a 
flyer and the agenda in support of the AWARE NI Strabane Public Talk
To register simply either scan the QR code in the attached flyer or visit the Eventbrite link: 

14 The Junction AGM Invite

The Junction Annual General Meeting
12pm, 30th March 2023, DiverseCity Community Partnership Building

What's the Story.... About Stories?
As part of the proceedings at our AGM, the poet and peace activist Damian Gorman will contribute this reflection on the roles of storytelling in helping us to live with the past, and with the future.

Damian Gorman is a poet and playwright who has just written the book and lyrics for Beyond Belief - a sold out musical drama concerning the life and times of John and Pat Hume.  He was founding director of the An Crann project 30 years ago, whose aim was to "help people tell and hear the stories of he Troubles".  More recently he worked with young Israelis and Palestinians on the ground breaking Olive Tree Programme for many years.  He is a fellow of the Oxford initiative for Global Ethics and Human RIghts.  A lifelong Manchester United fan, and the father of two children - Molly and Jack.

Refreshments will be served
Please RSVP with Kerona at 
 no later than 24th March. 
15 Free Self-harm & Autism Training

Date: 16th March 2023
Venue: Online via Zoom
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
( Facilitated by Conor McCafferty - Zest NI)
** Booking Essential **

This half day workshop will help participants understand and support those with Autism who self-harm.

The aim is to look at the physical and medical alternatives that an autistic young person might be communicating through their behaviour that is assumed to be self-harm. In many cases it is not self-harm as we know it but the young person’s attempt to communicate a medical condition or a problem with a person, place, or thing.

This workshop looks at all the possible alternatives and allows the parent/carer to be accurate in supporting the Young Person.

Please note that you must first  
Register  your details on the site  (if you are not already registered) in order to proceed to booking. 
** Register **
Book your place

  16 HURT's – FREE Train the trainer programme

This is a 4-week programme commencing on 22nd March 2023 (2/3 hrs sessions).
  • 3 online sessions.
  • Last session in house.  
Who is it for?
This programme would be suitable for anyone in the community who is responsible for delivering training sessions.
What will you learn?
In this workshop participants will gain an understanding of:
  •          Roles and responsibilities of a trainer
  •          What is facilitation
  •          Practise facilitation skills
  •          Working with groups
  •          How individuals learn
  •          Dealing with different personalities in a group.
£60 accreditation fee applies if required.
For further information and to register please contact:
HURT on 02871 369696 or email 
17 New Courses at The Alley Theatre in partnership with NWRC

Two new courses starting on 14th March at Strabane Alley Theatre in partnership with North West Regional College.  Students can choose to study either:

OCN level 1: Performance Realisation


OCN level 1: Live sound engineering

The courses will be delivered at Strabane Alley theatre on a Tuesday evening (5-8pm) and run for 14 weeks.  Students will work together with industry professionals to put on a showcase in the Alley theatre in June. 

The Performance Realisation course is aimed at people who already play an instrument or sing and who would like to develop the skills to perform on stage.
The Live Sound Engineering course will suit people who want to learn how to safely set up and operate the audio equipment to stage and run a show. 

This is a great opportunity for students to get hands on, real world experience in the context of a working theatre.   Students will achieve an OCN level 1 award in Creative and Digital Technolgies (with either Performance Realisation or Live Sound Engineering).  The practical skills developed on the course will help equip students for work or further study.

The fee total is £63 (£30 plus £33 exam fee).

Performance Realisation Flyer / Live sound engineering flyer


18 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • LIST: Learning in short-term group projects
  • YOUTH POOL 2023
  • T'Inclusion Study Session on Transition into Adulthood and Inclusion of Young Refugees
  • HOW TO - mentoring in ESC volunteering projects
  • Okay Google. Tell me about the Youth
  • Culture Garden - Youth Leadership for Collaboration
  • Online launch free interactive educational toolkit on children’s rights
  • Acting Up - performing arts and drama methods in youth non-formal education
  • EGL Study Visit on Local Youth Work, Gothenburg Sweden
  • Solidarity Project lab


19 Upcoming Events- Foyle JBO

Springboard will be in Foyle JBO on Thursday 23rd March from 2pm-4pm to discuss their upcoming programmes, particularly the Gateway to Hospitality Programme due to start on 17th April.
Gateway to Hospitality is a FREE three-week event designed to provide over 18s to gain industry-recognized qualifications to succeed in the hospitality sector. Skills gained include: interview skills, life skills, career advice plus more!
Register at: 
If interested in finding out more,  call in to Foyle JBO to speak to a representative on 23rd March between 2pm-4pm-no appointment is necessary.

A representative from AVON, will be in the Foyle JBO on Wednesday 5th April from 11am-1pm.
The event will provide an opportunity to find out more about the opportunities the company can offer and get advice on how to become an Independent Avon Representative or  Independent Sales Leader
Anyone interested can call in on the day or contact 
  to book an appointment.


20 La Dolce Vita Project seeks 2 charity trustee positions

LDVP have opened a register of interest to join their existing Charity Trustees. 

Position 1: 
Charity Chairperson.
Position 2: Charity Secretary. 
To apply: Send a covering letter and an up-to-date CV to: 

21 Job Opportunity with Foyle Hospice

Foyle Hospice have a vacancy for a COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
30 hours per week permanent contract
Salary will be on Agenda for Change Band 4 (£23,949 to £26,282 pro rata)
Foyle Hospice is seeking to appoint an ambitious professional to assist with the organisation’s Public Relations and Communications.  They will primarily focus on raising the profile of Foyle Hospice’s services and organisational branding, as well as ensuring positive engagement with stakeholders including patients, families, volunteers, donors and staff. The successful candidate will contribute to the long-term growth, success and sustainability in line with our mission, vision and core values.  They will deliver a range of communications and development activities with an emphasis on promoting and publicising the work of Foyle Hospice, highlighting the work that we do, outlining opportunities for involvement and helping to maximise potential income streams.
The successful candidate will have a degree in a relevant discipline or at least one years’ experience with clear evidence of a track record of achievements in communication including copy writing and editing and  one years’ experience in either media, PR and marketing, journalism corporate communications or related fields.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages and social media platforms is also essential.
This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptionally enthusiastic and driven professional.  If you would like to become part of an established organisation and have the ambition to make a real difference within an evolving and progressive environment, please request an application pack.
The successful post-holder will also enjoy a range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement and contributory pension scheme.
How to Apply
If you are interested in this position, please request an application pack by contacting:
Mrs Patricia Ferguson
HR Administrator
Foyle Hospice
61 Culmore Road
BT48 8JE
Telephone 028 71351010
Alternatively, you can request via email to: 
You may also download an application pack from our website www.foylehospice.com

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2023 and must include the following:
Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Late applications will not be accepted.
Interviews will be held on Monday 3rd of April 2023.
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer


22 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. 

Are you looking to help make a difference to the people living in the community around you?

The Churches Trust is expanding its banking team of Personal Assistants.
Title:                Personal Assistant     
Position:          Self Employed
Salary:             National Living Wage
What the role entails:
This role requires you to help our service users to live independently in their own homes, assisting them with daily tasks such as, meal preparation, talking and listening, light housework, shopping & outings in the community, whilst at the same time maintaining their dignity.
Work patterns are available between 9 am and 6 pm: Successful applicants need to be flexible in their working patterns and MUST have access to your own motorised transport.
The role of the Personal Assistant requires you to be:
* Enthusiastic and reliable                      * Caring and considerate
* A good communicator                          * Dependable

Previous experience of working in care would be an advantage.
All positions subject to an enhanced Access NI check
As a member of the Churches Trust bank of Personal Assistants, you will be part of our team where a genuinely rewarding role is guaranteed along with flexible working hours ensuring a healthy work – life balance.
For information and application packs, please contact Veronica Keenan:
Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail 

Closing date for applications:
3 pm Friday, 31st March 2023


23 Job Opportunities with Void Gallery

Void Gallery is currently recruiting for the positions of:

Job title: Director
Employer: Void Art Centre, 10 Waterloo Place, Derry BT486BU
Reports to: Board of Directors
Hours of work: full time (35 hours per week)
Contract time: 5 year contract (6 months probation)
Salary:  £50,737 - £53,050

Deadline for applications: March 20th 5pm
First Interview via Zoom: March 29th
Second Interview in person: April 3rd

Full details available 


Job title: Press & Marketing Coordinator
 15 per week, part-time
Salary: £23,079 pro rata
Role: Maternity leave cover, fixed term contract

Please provide a cover letter and copy of your CV. Deadline for submissions is Monday 27th March at 5pm. Please send your submission to hello@derryvoid.com with subject matter: Press & Marketing job application.
Interviews will take place on Wednesday 12th April.

Full details available 


24 Industry Day at Foyle Reel Lives Film Festival

We're delighted to launch our brand new 
Foyle Film Festival Reel Lives
This cinema, industry, education and outreach programme celebrates different perspectives and inspiring stories on screen. Themes of inclusion and diversity are explored in our Industry Day on Friday 31 March, 10.30am - 3pm in the Nerve Centre. Events are free with lunch provided. 

FRIDAY 31ST MARCH 10.30AM – 11.30AM
This session is focused on looking ahead to your career in the creative industries and is designed to give you insights, strategies and practical tools to enable you to manage and develop a freelance career. The session is presented by Alison Grade, author of The Freelance Bible. BFI Film Academy Labs are all about helping 16- to 25-year-olds break into the screen industries. The BFI Film Academy Venue Education Fund is kindly supported by the National Lottery.
11.30AM - 12.15PM
CINE: Creative Industries New Entrants - with David Corscadden
This workshop will introduce the Creative Industries New Entrants programme (CINE), a new initiative which aims to broaden access to the screen and creative industries at entry level.  Funded by the Department for Communities and working in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland, the scheme will help identify new talent. In line with UK-wide screen industry initiatives CINE will prioritise applicants from underrepresented ethnic minority, socio-economic, and disabled communities, to expand our growing creative industries sector and create a more diverse generation of ‘New Entrants’ of all ages. 
1PM – 2.15PM
This session will look at how we keep ourselves well under stress and pressure. The Film and TV Industry can be fast paced and intense, so protecting our mental health and wellbeing is crucial to our resilience, especially when away from home and our usual networks of support. This is a practical session looking at tools, tips and techniques to help keep you on track. 
ScreenSkills ScreenSkills is the UK-wide industry-led skills body for the screen industries - film, television (including children's, unscripted and high end), VFX (visual effects), animation and games. ScreenSkills provides industry focused insight, career development, training and cash grants to help people get into the industry and progress within it. To learn more about training and resources from ScreenSkills check out 
screenskills.com and contact NI Training Manager liz.barron@screenskills.com


25 What's on in Libraries NI

Every month there are different activities taking place in libraries some of which happen regularly and others that are featured events to support key themes.

This month there are numerous events happening in the libraries in this Council area and we have listed just some of these in the 
poster provided

As these events are community based and free they provide a great opportunity for people to meet, to learn something new or to take part as a family activity.


26 Events at Void in next 3 months

Void Engage is our learning and outreach programme, which places participation and engagement at the heart of Void, making contemporary visual art accessible to visitors of all ages.  See below for a list of all events over the next few months and click on the link at the bottom for more details.
  • Re_sett_ing_s
  • Void Tots
  • The Curiosity Club
  • Void Explorers
  • Children’s Animation Workshops with Grace Fairley
  • Void Visionaries
  • Chai & Chat
  • Print + Protein with Aphra Hill
  • Silver Tongued Deviance
  • Life drawing with Cara Donaghey and Mel Bradley
  • Explorative Drawing : Creating an Image
  • ‘My’ Re_sett_ing_sphotography and video challenge
  • Celtronic
  • The Fully Automatic Model Biography
  • Finissage event: Live performance by Autumns
  • Yoga
  • Krunal Gohil
  • Schools, Colleges, Universities and Community Programme
  • Teachers Preview-Re_sett_ing_s

Full details of all events and times available here


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