NWCN Ebulletin 18 January 2023

1 ‌DCSDC Grant Aid Programmes 2023/2024
2 Grants to help communities tackle food & the climate & nature emergency
3 DCSDC Funding Bulletins - January 2023
4 Writing Successful Funding Applications
5 FREE Training Sessions from January to March 2023!
6 New Year 2023 MHFA Training!
7 Regional RSE programmes
8 Autism Social Café Jan 2023
9 Disability Rights are Human Rights
10 Holocaust Memorial Day Workshop 'Ordinary People'
11 New NSPCC Campaign - Listen Up Speak Up
12 Bloody Sunday 51st Commemoration Exhibition
13 Burns Event
14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
15 Tutors Request
16 North West Cross Border Virtual Job fair
17 Public Appointment Competition
18 St Patrick's Day Strabane - Be part of our community parade

1 DCSDC Grant Aid Programmes 2023/2024

Derry City and Strabane District Council are inviting local community groups to apply to grant aid to support Sports and Community programmes.
Applications for the Grant Aid Programmes for 2023/24 opened this week and include the Community Support Fund, Good Relations Funding FOR Core/Project Strategic (Youth), Sports and PCSP.
Deadline for submission of applications
Applicants should use the online portal 
  for submissions and are reminded that the deadline is 3.00 p.m. on Friday, 3rde February.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application early as this deadline is absolute. Please do not wait until near the closing time to submit your application.   Under no circumstances will an application be deemed eligible after the 3:00p.m. deadline.


2 Grants to help communities tackle food & the climate & nature emergency

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to any UK local food partnership, local authority or community group.

New grants have been launched by Sustain as part of the Food for the Planet project. The grants aim to support communities to campaign and advocate to make food in their area better for people and the planet. Applicants are encouraged to propose their own ideas for great local action, but should focus on areas that have a big impact locally, for example:

  • Improving your council's score in the Every Mouthful Counts report and/or developing a food strategy
  • Supporting groups and communities that are marginalised to campaign for food climate justice and tackling racial injustice in the food system
  • Encouraging climate-friendly food in public institutions and council settings
  • Supporting sustainable farming systems through planning policy
  • Tackling unfair and unhelpful pricing and advertising of the most climate-damaging foods

Interested in applying? You can learn more about the grants, discuss ideas and get feedback from Sustain at an online introductory workshop: 2pm, 18 January 2023 - register here.

The deadline for applications is 5pm 10th February 2023

Further details available 

 DCSDC Funding Bulletins - January 2023

Please find below the DCSDC Funding Bulletins for January 2023




4 Writing Successful Funding Applications

Online Session, Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 10:00 AM  11:00 AM

Join Supporting Communities for this short session looking at planning and completing a successful funding application.

Learners will gain:

  • an understanding of the key processes of a successful funding application
  • increased confidence when approaching funders
  • enhanced fundraising skills and knowledge

To register for this courseplease fill in this form.

Please note, this session is designed for community groups in Northern Ireland.


5 FREE Training Sessions from January to March 2023!
Volunteer Now are delighted to deliver an interesting series of webinars to kickstart 2023!  With thanks to the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland, these webinars will encourage the Voluntary Sector to consider new approaches, ideas and allow networking and shared learning.
We kick off the series on 24 January 2023 with ‘Volunteering 2023’ with guest speaker Rob Jackson.  A new year means new challenges and opportunities for volunteer professionals. Rob will share his thoughts on what 2023 may hold for volunteering and discuss what you may need to do to survive and thrive in 2023.
The next FREE session in the series is ‘Digitally Aware, Wise & Resilient’ on 8 February 2023 with Dr Deborah Webster.  This session will discuss the risks of the online space for children and young people, the impact that social media can have on their wellbeing and mental health and how we can support them to become more digitally aware, wise and resilient.
To book on these sessions, please email 
Volunteer Now are also delivering a new range of FREE Capacity Building training courses online, for groups based in the Belfast City Council area.  These sessions will be running through January to March 2023.

Click here
 to find more information on each of the sessions and book a place.
Topics covered:

  • Risk Management
  • Leading the Way – Governance
  • Managing Change
  • The New Environment – Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers
  • Programme Planning
  • Programme Planning – Communication

If you need any more information, please email Andrew.Hanna@volunteernow.co.uk.


6 New Year 2023 MHFA Training!

People generally don’t know how to recognise mental health problems or know what help is available.  This is a programme that will provide you with the skills to provide initial support for someone with a mental health problem.
MHFA teaches participants
  • how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems
  • how to provide initial help
  • how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help
Benefits of the course
  • Clear and accurate information about mental illness
  • Improved skills in recognising mental health problems
Confidence in your ability to provide initial information & support.

Course 1
Date: 3rd, 6th & 7th February 2023
Venue: Online
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm

Course 2
Date: 24th, 27th & 28th March 2023 
Venue: Online
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm

Download MHFA Flyer
** Register **

Places are limited per organisation.  Age restrictions apply.  Full attendance on all days is essential.  These sessions are open to staff & volunteers of community & voluntary sector organisations operating within the Western Trust Area. 


 7 Regional RSE programmes

Free Relationships & Sexuality Education For Young People

We can provide 2 x 2hr sessions over a 4-week period that include:

  • Healthy relationships
  • The human body and development
  • Sexuality & sexual behaviour
  • Values, rights, culture & sexuality
  • Understanding gender
  • Violence and staying safe
  • Health & wellbeing 
  • Sexual & reproductive health

Sessions can be provided face to face at your premises. If required we can discuss a blended approach to include zoom. This service is available to groups across Northern Ireland in the community.

12-14 years old; contact 
15-16 years old; contact info@relateni.org
17-19 years old; contact nigel@acet-ni.com

8 Autism Social Café Jan 2023

We are inviting parents and carers of children of all ages, who have:

  • an autism diagnosis
  • are awaiting an assessment
  • are displaying early indicators ( suggesting their child may be Neurodiverse),

to attend our next Autism Social Café with local support groups, information stalls and short workshops.

Date: Friday 27th January 2023
Time: 10am-12noon
Venue: Hillcrest Trust, An Chroí Community Hub, 10 Trench Road BT47 3UB.

This event is in partnership with statutory services and community and voluntary organisations who can support families on their autism journey.

Our aim is to bring together parents, carers and organisations, to provide support and information on services available. We are hoping that parents and carers will help us shape our plans for future events across the WHSCT, provide feedback, ideas and suggestions. Input from parents and carers will be extremely valuable in the co-design of our future Social Café’s.

Tea & Coffee provided
Booking is welcome and appreciated

Click here to book a place
However Booking is not essential.

Any further questions email Lisa.storey@westerntrust.hscni.net


9  Disability Rights are Human Rights

Saturday 28th January, 12 - 4pm
North West Learning Disability Centre, Destined, 1 Foyle Road

Special guest message from James LeBrecht
Film Screening
Panel Discussion

If you require additional support or more information regarding this event please contact Destined 028 7136 2424


10 Holocaust Memorial Day Workshop 'Ordinary People'

When:  Monday 23rd January
Where:  The Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry
Time:  12.30pm Lunch/1.00pm – 4pm Workshop
Booking Essential: Email 
Tel: 028 71 253253

Genocide is facilitated by ordinary people. Ordinary people turn a blind eye, believe propaganda, join murderous regimes. And those who are persecuted, oppressed and murdered in genocide aren’t persecuted because of crimes they’ve committed – they are persecuted simply because they are ordinary people who belong to a particular group (eg, Roma, Jewish community, Tutsi).


11 New NSPCC Campaign - Listen Up Speak Up

The NSPCC has launched the new campaign, so adults know what to do if they’re concerned about a child.  The campaign will encourage people to take an engaging, free ten-minute digital training followed by a series of emails from experts with actions people can take to help keep children safe.  

The NSPCC believes that abuse and neglect are preventable and that everyone can play their part in keeping children safe – and that is why the charity is launching Listen up, Speak up | NSPCC .  This is a pilot phase, and in the long-term, the NSPCC’s ambition is to reach at least a million people in communities and organisations across the UK to equip them with practical advice and confidence to know what to do and who to speak to if they're concerned a child might be experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect. Those that sign up to Listen up Speak up will initially take a 10-minute digital training session that uses scenarios - a father concerned about messages his son is receiving, a hairdresser that notices bruises on a child and a friend worried about a new parent – to show people what to do if they think a child is in trouble.

The advice is based on the mnemonic DOTS which is designed to address the barriers to people acting on concerns.

DOTS stands for:

  • Don’t ignore it
  • Observe the situation
  • Think: If not you, then who?
  • Speak up


12 Bloody Sunday 51st Commemoration Exhibition

You are invited to join us on Monday 23rd January 2023 @ 7pm for the launch of 'Injustice' by Squarebearderry

A focus on Bloody Sunday: Representing the environment of Rossville, and the events of that day re-imagined through paint and contemporary imagery.

Exhibition can be viewed  Monday - Friday 10am-6pm and on Saturday 28th January from 1pm-4pm
Exhibition will continue until 1st February.
Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Centre, Derry.

For more info contact Judi
 / Phone: 07902172080


13 Burns Event

Wednesday 25th January is ‘Burn’s Night’ - a famous night in Scottish and Ulster Scots Culture. To mark the occasion Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Good Relations team in conjunction with Bready and District Ulster Scots Development Association are offering a Free Event on Friday 27th January 2023 at the Sollus Centre, Bready, Co. Tyrone .  The event will begin at 12.30pm and should finished by 2.00pm. If there is enough demand transport can be provided.

Date:              Friday 27th January 2023
Time:              12.30pm
Venue:            Sollus Centre, Bready, Co.Tyrone
Cost:               Free (includes ‘Neeps, Tatties and Haggis’ dinner)

Programme: An entertaining showcase of Burns and Ulster Scots culture through food, dance, music and of course, Burns poetry. Watch out for the haggis in case it tries to escape. Wear tartan if you wish (not compulsory). Programme kindly put together by James Kee, Bready and District Ulster Scots.

Bookings If interested in attending one of these session please email Pauline O’Neill 
 to register. As stated before this is a first come first served allocation.

Closing date for registration is Wednesday 25th January @ 3.00pm

14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:
  • Capacity Building – AP8
  • Prompt Engineering with chatGPT - Lunch & Learn Series for Trainers
  • Connect to change: Training course on Interpersonal communication as a peacebuilding tool in the local communities
  • Agri-charisma: training young people in agro-entrepreneurship (webinar)
  • Larp Alchemy Training Course #2
  • Young newcomers (asylum seekers/refugees) at the core of local communities
  • Mentoring under Construction
  • Artizenship 2
  • Call for a Trainer
15 Tutors Request

The Foyle Sign Language Center are looking for British Sign Language ( BSL ) and Irish Sign Language ( ISL ) Tutors / Facilitators, Level 3. 

Due to the high demand of people looking to learn this beautiful language we thought it would be convenient to have a tutor bank established to make it more accessible. 

 If interested please: email 
   16 North West Cross Border Virtual Job fair

Cross Border Partnerships Employment Services (CBPES) are hosting a North West Border Region Virtual Jobfair on Tuesday 31st January – 10am to 2pm on 
 - the event is now open for registration. 
  • The event will cover all sectors and employers will have live vacancies on the day
  • If your company has previously registered for a prior event, you do not have to go through the process again – Please email Barbara Gibson at barbara.gibson@communities-ni.gov.uk and she can add you.
  • Employers do not have to be available at any time during the event. 
  • Please ensure that the email address provided for applications (CVs and Expression of Interest forms) can be accessed by someone within the business.
  • We suggest a HR email address, if you do not want to provide an individual’s email address
See attached pdfs providing information for Cross Border WorkersEmployers & Jobseekers and some Frequently Asked Questions.   
Up to date publications can be found at 
www.CBPES.com - Publications
17 Public Appointment Competition

The Department for the Economy will be advertising an open competition on 19 & 20 January 2023  to recruit a new Chair and 8 Members to the Board of Northern Ireland Skills Council (NISC), with effect from 30 April 2023.

The NISC is a new advisory body, providing strategic advice to Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive, and government departments, on issues pertaining to the development of skills policy to meet the objectives of the Programme for Government, the economic vision for Northern Ireland ‘10x Economy: Northern Ireland’s Decade of Innovation’ and the Skills Strategy, ‘Skills for a 10x Economy’.

The rate of remuneration for the Chair is currently £4,656.00 per annum (based on 16 days’ work per year), and for a Council member £1,788.00 per annum (based on 12 days per annum).

We particularly welcome applications from people with a disability and those from minority ethnic communities as these groups are currently under-represented on Boards.
We are operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.

No academic qualifications are required for the post. Appointments will be made from those individuals who best satisfy the essential criteria detailed in the application pack.

From 19th January 2023 an application pack with full details and guidance can be obtained from: 
DfE website

Or by emailing pau@economy-ni.gov.uk

Or by Telephone: Janet McCrum on 028 9052 9492 or Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9492.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 Noon (GMT) on 9th February 2023.  Late applications will not be accepted (Except in exceptional circumstances).

18 St Patrick's Day Strabane - Be part of our community parade

Derry City and Strabane District Council are looking for individuals. groups. schools. clubs and businesses to get involved for 2023.

Be part of our Community Parade or help out behind the scenes.

To express your interest to be part of Strabane St Patrick's Day 2023 celebrations please contact Ashleigh Devine via email : 


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