NWCN Ebulletin 17 November 2021

The Acorn Giving Circle
The Ireland Funds Great Britain
Housing Executive Social Enterprise Plus grants 
Adopt A Spot
Volunteer Now is hosting a major online volunteering conference 
Free places | Women’s Role in Society: The Experience in Afghanistan
New CFNI Housing and Homelessness programme
Food poverty in Derry City & Strabane
10 Free Hope Matters Training
11 Future Planning Invite - Patient & Client Council 
12 FINAL Remaining Place on our last ever Erasmus+ Programme!
13 Developing Healthy Communities are hiring!
14 Full time Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
15 Job Opportunity with Derry Well Women
16 Peace Bytes Sessional Youth Worker
17 Civil Service Internship for Autistic Young People
18 Hospitality Jobs Fair @ The Guildhall 
19 Recruitment of a NI Non-Executive Member to the Office for Environmental Protection
20 DoH is seeking to appoint 13 Non-Executive Members to the Patient & Client Council
21 Join us for Christmas at Claudes
22 FREE - Christmas dinners
23 A Night of Ulster Scots


You are invited to attend the North West Community Network AGM on Friday 3rd December at 10:00am at Holywell, DiverseCity Community Partnership, 
10-14 Bishop Street, there will also be an option to join us via Zoom as well.

If you would like to renew your membership with us please use the attached 
membership form
If you wish to attend please let us know on 

2 The Acorn Giving Circle

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) is made up of a group of women who aim to make a positive contribution to improving the lives of people living in Derry ~ Londonderry and Strabane, in a small but meaningful way through pooled personal donations.

The fund wishes to support projects that will improve the lives of children, young people and older people through social, cultural, sporting or educational activities who live in Derry~Londonderry city and its environs, including Strabane Town.

Grant size: Grants of up to £1,000
Priorities: Children and Young People; Older People and Impacts of Climate change

For further information please email Shauna Kelpie at skelpie@communityfoundationni.org or phone on 07796 264635.
Full details available 

Closing Date: Dec 6, 2021 13:00


 The Ireland Funds Great Britain

The Ireland Funds Great Britain is pleased to open its Annual Grant Round for applications from charities across Great Britain and Ireland for funding to support their work. The objective of the grant round is to contribute much needed funds to organisations with projects supporting Community Development, Culture, Peace and Reconciliation and Education.

Letters of Enquiry: November 8th – November 21st 2021

There is a two-stage application process.

Stage 1
Letter of Enquiry, eligible charities may submit a Letter of Enquiry for consideration. Letters should be no more than two pages long and should be submitted before the deadline of Sunday 21st November. Letters must be submitted via our online grants portal and late applications will not be accepted.

Stage 2

A shortlist of charities will be invited to complete an application form. Successful charities will be notified in December.

Please read our Annual Grant Round guidelines to check if your charity and project is eligible for funding in this year’s grant round


For enquiries, please email ifgb@irelandfunds.org.


4 Housing Executive Social Enterprise Plus grants 

Under the Social Enterprise Plus Programme, an opportunity to bid for a small award (maximum value £5000) has opened.

The awards are available to Housing Executive based social/community enterprises or constituted community organisations that provide services or connect to a Housing Executive community. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Applications will only be accepted when made via the online application form at this link:
Apply for Social Enterprise Plus funding

The closing date for applications is 1st December 2021

Applicants will be contacted and assessed after the closing date, so please ensure your contact details are clear. 

Successful applicants will be notified by email.

We are particularly seeking business ideas that:

  • are innovative and will have immediate impact in Housing Executive communities.
  • create sustainable employment, skills or training opportunities in a Housing Executive area.
  • create an innovative partnership which works for the benefit of Housing Executive communities or vulnerable people.
  • feature a unique environmental or green element which
    • creates business
    • saves money or
    • reduces waste

If you think that your organisation can meet these requirements then we want to hear from you.

The Social Enterprise Team is available to discuss your application with you. Please feel free to contact a member of the team.

Email: socialinvestments@nihe.gov.uk


5 Adopt A Spot

Is an area you care for in need of some TLC?
Does the sight of litter leave you Absolutely Raging?
Do you want to reduce your impact on the planet?

Adopt A Spot can  help!

With thanks to DAERA we have 500 FREE Adopt A Spot kits to help individuals and communities make a difference in their local areas.

The Adopt A Spot programme has grown to include four types of kits to help create cleaner, greener outdoor spaces. You can apply for one of four free kits:

Food for Thought - A starter food growing kit to help you grow food at home or in a community setting. Enjoy fresh organic vegetables and reduce the miles your food travels from field to plate. The kit contains pots, peat free compost, seeds, watering can, gloves and handtools.

Wildlife (rewilding) - Increase habitats in small spaces. Kit contains a build it yourself timber bird box, bat box and bug box and some native Irish wildflower seed. 

Coastal Health - Help tackle the tide of marine litter on our beautiful beaches. Kit contains litterpickers, handy hoops (to hold bags open), bags, gloves and sieves for monitoring microplastics. beaches.

Litterpicking - A handy kit for picking litter as you enjoy a walk in your favourite spot. Kit contains litterpickers, gloves, first aid kit, sharps box, bags and bucket.

Apply to Adopt Adopt A Spot though the The Live Here Love Here app. Download on the play and app stores for iOS and Android devices by searching Live Here Love Here. 

You can also access it online by going to https://liveherelovehere.app or by clicking the button below. 

Apply to Adopt A Spot here

Full details available here

6 Volunteer Now is hosting a major online volunteering conference 
It is less than 3 weeks until our volunteering conference – Volunteering: Learning from today, prepared for tomorrow!
Join Volunteer Now on Thursday 2 December 2021, 10am-3pm, as we hear from leading experts from across the world, like Scott Millar, CEO, Volunteering Victoria, Rob Jackson, Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd and Tiger de Souza MBE, National Trust and more.
Volunteering involving organisations have had to change what they do and how they involve volunteers to adapt to COVID restrictions.  The pandemic has changed how many people think about volunteering and we need to learn lessons from the past so that we can prepare to involve volunteers in the future.
The conference will be the first opportunity to hear the findings from the UK-wide Mobilising Voluntary Action research on the impact of the pandemic on volunteering.
You can view the programme for the day and book your place here – 


 7 Free places | Women’s Role in Society: The Experience in Afghanistan

Inaugural Annual Mary Ann McCracken Lecture, 18th November 2021 at 7.00pm to be held via Zoom.  

Although the ticket cost is going towards ongoing charitable work to support those from Afghanistan, the Foundation recognises that it may present a financial barrier to some of those who are interested in the topic from participating. In light of this if anyone from your organisation, or those you work directly with, would be interested in coming please forward their email addresses confidentially to Aaron by 5pm on 17th November and we will ensure that they receive the Zoom login details. 
As a reminder about the event, the audience will hear accounts from those with real lived experience of the situation, including Sima, an Afghan Hazari doctor who has recently escaped Afghanistan and been granted refugee status in the Republic of Ireland; Sara, a recent Politics and International Relations graduate, who fled Afghanistan at the age of six and who now is the voice for many Afghans facing oppression; and Bilal, an Afghan native, who worked with coalition forces in Helmand Province as an interpreter and whose family were rescued and given a new home in Ireland following the Taliban uprising.  

To read more about the contributors please 
click here


8 New CFNI Housing and Homelessness programme

Are you a charity or an individual with lived experience who wants to address the root causes of housing issues and homelessness in Northern Ireland?

The Community Foundation are now recruiting for project teams for a new Innovation & Voice programme commencing in Jan 2022

To find out more about the priority challenges that have been identified for this programme, and express an interest in applying visit: 

To find out more about this programme, click here.


9  Food poverty in Derry City & Strabane

When 11.30am-1pm, Tuesday 23 November
Where An Chroí Community Hub, Derry-Londonderry

Food is more than food. Food is health and food is social connection. That’s why food poverty is more than hunger, it’s the depletion of one of the essential conditions for long-term health and wellbeing.  

The end of the furlough scheme and the universal credit uplift has exposed many more people to the economic turbulence caused by the pandemic and tipped families and individuals who were just getting by into crisis.  

Derry City & Strabane is home to a number of fantastic organisations helping both individuals in crisis and those who may be living with long term mental or physical health challenges which may have been exacerbated by periods of food poverty

At this event we want to bring together people working in the community & voluntary and statutory sectors working on food, poverty, health and wellbeing to hear about how food insecurity creates health challenges for the city and district, and why food matters so much for organisations working together to tackle economic and health inequalities.  

Speakers, including contributors from Derry City & Strabane District Council, the Department for Communities and the community & voluntary sector, to be announced.

***Following the presentations there will be an opportunity to chat with other attendees and speakers. If you would like to represent your organisation with a display or distribute materials, please let us know when you book.***



10 Free Hope Matters Training

Facilitated by: Resilio
Venue: All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom  
New Dates Now Available
Thurs 2nd Dec 2021 - 10.00am - 1.00pm
Fri 7th Jan 2022 -  2:00pm - 5:00pm

Hope Matters is a new skills programme developed by 
RESILIO. It is based on research that suggests ‘Hope is a teachable skill’.  The three-hour programme aims to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to grow and maintain hope within themselves and others during these challenging times.
Hope is one of the strongest protective factors in reducing the risks of suicide and self–harm.

Contents of the 3-hour interactive workshop will cover:

  • Introduce the concept of HOPE
  • Explore the evidence and how it is linked to supporting the recovery of trauma
  • Introduced to skills and knowledge to develop and maintain hope, even during these challenging times

Have the confidence to act as an ambassador of hope in your families, communities, and workplaces

Booking Form

For Community & Voluntary sector organisations delivering services in the Western Trust area to apply for a place please read carefully the Booking and Cancellations Policy


11 Future Planning Invite - Patient & Client Council 

Due to the closure and migration of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) to a new entity within the Department of Health, many statutory provisions around commissioning will be removed, and this has provided an opportunity to fundamentally change the way in which services are planned, managed and delivered for the people of Northern Ireland. The next step is developing a Strategic Outcome Framework. These outcomes will be the driving force for planning management and delivery of services at all levels.
The development of a Strategic Outcomes Framework will enable the provision of the strategic direction to the system. It will take the form of a suite of high-level, wide ranging outcomes and accompanying indicators, and developing those strategic outcomes is the next step.
The design and development of those outcomes will necessitate the understanding of people’s health and wellbeing needs and priorities, and this is where this engagement programme fits.
This is your opportunity to design and develop these outcomes. The upcoming engagement sessions aim to capture and understand your needs and priorities through feedback, expression of concerns and lived experience.
We invite you to one of the following sessions to highlight your priorities: 

  • Wednesday 17th November 2021, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Thursday 18th November 2021, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Friday 19th November 2021, 10:00am to 12:00pm

To Register: https://bit.ly/3n74Ywz


12 FINAL Remaining Place on our last ever Erasmus+ Programme!

The Inside Out Programme is looking to recruit one participant from the UK to participate in:
'FACE ON: Quality of on-line facilitation' 

The Netherlands 
16th (Arr Day) - 21st (Dep Day) January, 2022 

The course is organised by Internationale Vrijwilligersprojecten.  The course is scheduled to be in-person but will be subject to covid conditions and travel regulations.

Food and accommodation is provided and a Travel Allowance of up to  €275 (The Netherlands) is also available, all of which is made possible with funding from the Erasmus+ Programme. 

Participants should be aged 18 and over, resident in the UK and should have proof of being double-vaccinated. 

We are primarily looking to recruit a participant that is involved in the delivery and organisation of youth work. 

Applications are open to one of three categories:
(i) young leaders (aged 18-30)
(ii) experienced youth work practitioners
(iii) practitioners with a remit for young people 

You must be willing to actively and fully participate in the full programme and be prepared to engage in post-programme activity including any local actions that arise as a result. 

You can be a paid employee or a volunteer.

Please note that participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements as a demonstration of commitment to taking part but we can offer advice where necessary.  You will be reimbursed for travel following completion of the programme.

'FACE ON' Training Course Description 

If you are interested then we would like to hear from you.  YOU can download an Application Form by clicking here and returning it to thelidprogramme@hotmail.com by midnight Friday 26th November 2021. 

 for any queries


13 Developing Healthy Communities are hiring!

we are looking for someone with a strong set of operational and organisational development skills to be our new Operations Manager. This ‘hands on’ role has been created in order to increase our internal capacity so that, as a team, we can achieve our ambition to grow the long term impact and sustainability of our organisation.

Operations Manager, Developing Healthy Communities

Contract Fixed Term 24 months
Salary NJC Scale PO3 (£35 745)
Location Blended – Derry-Londonderry/Strabane/home working (occasional travel in NI)
Hours 36 hours per week (Full Time)

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and skilled professional to undertake a leadership role which will help us to grow both our impact and sustainability, so that we can continue to improve the lives of people in Northern Ireland in the long term.

You will support the Chief Executive to deliver the organisation’s operational and business development objectives by focusing on; quality, performance, project management, new business implementation and business process efficiency, across the organisation.

Our purpose is to bring people and communities together to create opportunities for us all to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Your success in this role will be driven by your passion for creating healthier communities through collaborative action.

We are a hard-working, supportive team offering flexible working practices and opportunities for professional growth alongside healthy workplace practices.

Apply by emailing CV and covering letter, addressing requirements outlined in the person specification below to info@dhcni.com

Download the full job description and person specification

If you require further information or would like an informal discussion about this role please contact, Erin Mc Feely, Chief Executive, Developing Healthy Communities on erin@dhcni.com

Closing Date for the above post is Monday 22nd November 2021, 12pm.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place 2nd and 3rd December 2021.

DHC Is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

14 Full time 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 reaches across all communities in a unique and practical way, to deliver services on an equitable basis to the unemployed, young people, the elderly, individuals, and families disadvantaged through low education attainment and/or low-income levels.

The Churches Trust wishes to appoint:
Youth Worker

Full-time position: December 2021 – November 2022 (With possible extension subject to funding)
Salary £20,169.46 (35 hours per week

Purpose and function of post: 

  • To support the Youth Personal Development Worker in the planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of projects and ensuring adherence to all policies and procedures.
  • To work directly with young people aged 11 – 25 years to facilitate their active participation in projects and create opportunities for personal development, good relations, and skills development
Essential criteria include but are not limited to: 
  • A youth work qualification at (QCF) Level 3 minimum or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  •  A minimum of 1 years paid or 3 years voluntary experience of working directly with young people
  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths, Grade C or above.
For information and application packs, please contact Veronica Keenan Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail info@thechurchestrust.org.uk

Closing date for all applications: 2pm on Thursday 25th November

15 Job Opportunity with Derry Well Women

Programme Manager - Cancer Connected Communities Partnership

Job Role: Management
Salary: £39,776.61p.a. (including pension) - Contract to 12th September 2024
Hours per week: 37.50

The Programme Manager will take the lead role in implementing The Cancer Connected Communities Programme, working in partnership with the WHSCT and six Programme Partners, led by Derry Well Women and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund

This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference to cancer care in The Western Trust Area

The Programme Manager will actively engage and involve people and communities in planning and decision making on their health and social care priorities in relation to Cancer Service provision.

Essential Criteria:

  • A third level qualification in a relevant discipline or equivalent (Health and Social Care, Community Development. Business)
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience within the last five years of:  coordinating a project to achieve high standards of service delivery and project outcomes in an organisation that delivers a programme of services to the public; Two years’ experience within the last five years in the area of funding or managing contracts/service level agreements.
  • The ability to create a shared purpose for diverse individuals, inspiring them to believe in shared values, so the benefits are delivered for patients and families.
  • Proven ability to deliver outcomes within budget and to agreed timescales.

Desirable Criteria.

  • Experience of having a leadership role in partnership working.

Application Form, Job Description and Personnel Specification may be obtained from: 
Oonagh Butler, 02871360777 / 

Closing Date: Friday / 10 December 2021 12:00pm

Interviews will be held on Thursday 6th January 2022 at Derry Well Women

This position is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund


16 Peace Bytes Sessional Youth Worker

Peace Bytes are recruiting a Sessional Youth worker that will be located in Derry/Londonderry to engage young people that are involved in the Peace Bytes Programme.

Salary: £10.60ph

The post-holder must

  • Have a recognised basic training or youth work qualification at OCN Level 2 minimum or equivalent.
  •  A minimum of 1 years paid experience working directly with young people.
  • Flexible working will be required on evenings and weekends
  • Ability to drive with access to a vehicle
  • Hold a driver’s licence and have access to a car (this can be waived in the case of an applicant whose disability prohibits driving, but who is able to organise suitable alternative arrangements which enable them to meet the duties of the post.

Closing Date: Monday / 22 November 2021 12:00pm
Please send all completed documents to 
sessional Application_0.docx 
PB-sessional DerryLondonderry_0.docx


17 Civil Service Internship for Autistic Young People

An exciting three-week work experience opportunity in the Civil Service is being offered to 60 autistic young people, you must be:

  • autistic
  • aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the internship
  • achieved a minimum of 2 GCSE’s (or equivalent) in English and Math at Grade 4-9 (or A*-C) or above.

For more information and to apply visit Civil Service internship | Ambitious about Autism


18 Hospitality Jobs Fair @ The Guildhall 

Tuesday 23rd November, 3pm - 6pm Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry

Full-time, part-time & flexible job opportunities available for students, job seekers and job changers

Vacancies available on the day include:
• Assistant Cook
• Bar Attendant
• Barista
• Catering Assistant
• Chef
• Chef de Partie
• Cook
• Night Shift Manager
• Customer Advisors
• Guest Service Assistant
• Housekeeping
• Kitchen Assistant
• Logistics
• Reservation Agent
• Waiting Staff

For more information contact Eileen McGrinder • Email: 
skills@derrystrabane.com • Tel: 07595 216 249


19 Recruitment of a NI Non-Executive Member to the Office for Environmental Protection

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a recruitment campaign for a Northern Ireland Non-Executive Member to sit on the board of the Office for Environmental Protection.
Details of the post can be obtained on the DAERA website

Appointment of a Northern Ireland Non-Executive Member to the Office for Environmental Protection | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk)

The closing date for applications is noon on 3rd December 2021.


20 DoH is seeking to appoint 13 Non-Executive Members to the Patient & Client Council

The Department of Health is seeking to appoint 13 Non-Executive Members (5 x Local Government Representatives, 5 x Voluntary Organisation Representatives, 2 x Lay, & 1 x Trade Union Representative) to the Patient and Client Council (PCC).

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

Applicants for these Non-Executive Members positions on their application form, and if invited for interview must meet the following essential criteria: Strategic Thinking; and Corporate Governance

In addition, all applicants, must show how they meet one of the following essential criteria: Collaborative Working; or Change Management 

For further information

Full details available here
21 Join us for Christmas at Claudes

Last year, in the surreal time that it was, we managed to deliver 658 dinners using the facilities of the Waterfoot Hotel; that was some feat in fairness during Lockdown; we were very moved by the kindness of our volunteers, suppliers and the general public. 
This year we are pleased to welcome back our sit-in Christmas Day Dinner service for those less fortunate than ourselves. The City Hotel has kindly offered to let us use their restaurant facilities for this sit-in and we are very pleased with their generous offer. (As always we will collect our patrons and leave them home again afterwards.)
We are also doing our Christmas Day dinner direct-to-home deliveries again as in previous years, also using the facilities of the City Hotel. 
We can offer a Boxing Day dinner as in past years but we ask that our agencies only request this only if it's needed please and if this is the case, we are delighted to do so.

Please see attached spreadsheet. If you are referring multiple people please use and name the spreadsheet tab to your organisation/agency and fill out the template. Can you also date it as you update/make changes as the weeks roll on and understandable updates come in.

Call Dermot on 07885 173995 / 

Full details available here

22 FREE - Christmas dinners

Foyle Foodbank are working in partnership with Wheelers who are supplying 200 free Christmas dinners to the local community.  The meals can be delivered or collected on 23rd December.

If you would like to receive a free Christmas dinner, please fill in the form below before 3rd December 2021: 
or ring 7126 3699 if you are not online.


23 A Night of Ulster Scots

Monreagh Community Hall, Wednesday 24th November @7pm

Enjoy a night of reminiscing through the lens of music, song, poetry, chat and industry, and discover some fascinating insights into the characters, events and language that shaped East Donegal. Learn more about East Donegal's musicians, poets, and personalities, whose memory have now faded away.

A celebration of Leid Week with special guest: Martin McGinley

This event is limited to 50 attendees.



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