NWCN Ebulletin 19 April 2023

1 ‌'Food hubs' grant funding available for Community Fridges
2  Partners for Social Care and Health Improvement Fund
3 Road Safety Trust - Small Grants
4 An Ciste ULTACH / The Ultach Fund
5 AVIVA - Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund
6 The Ireland Funds Workshop
7 National Lottery Awards 2023
8 One World Call out for Submissions and Free Lance Artistic Curator
9 NICVA Offers Free Training
10 The Big Lunch Roadshow -Derry & Strabane
11 C&V Sector Infrastructure Support - future plans
12 Communities in Partnership border project
13 Pizza and Politics Hustings Event
14 REACH Across: Free Youth Leader Training
15 Institute FC launch "Stute Sparks"
16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
17 Silver Circus
18 Resumption of hearing aid support Service
20 Darkness into light 2023
21 Enrolments for Spring Term at Eden Place Arts Centre
22 Job opportunity with Papyrus 
23 Job Opportunity with The National Lottery Fund
24 La Dolce Vita Project seeks 2 charity trustee positions
25 CCNI - Chief Commissioner - competition

1  'Food hubs' grant funding available for Community Fridges

Community Fridges bring people together around good food. Across the UK they are reducing social isolation, increasing access to skills, sharing knowledge and repurposing fresh (surplus) food.  

The funding aims to support the development of new activities relating to cooking, growing, budgeting and using surplus food that fit into one of four themes:    

Skills – To up-skill your community and raise awareness of sustainable, affordable, and heathy living.  E.g. workshops, events, cookbooks, or how-to-guides.    
Affordable food – To try out new ways to increase access to local and affordable food.  E.g. food cooperatives, food box schemes or food markets.    
Community connection – To provide opportunity for the community to come together around shared food. E.g. community meals, coffee and chats, youth activities, and recipe shares.    
Growing – To support community growing and increase the amount of edible food grown and shared locally. E.g. community gardens, greening projects and seed or plant sharing.    

For full information please read the below: 
Application guidance: 
Q&A webinar: Here  
Funding Eligibility: 
Terms & conditions: 
Preview application questions: Here

To speak with us and hear more about the funding, please sign up to our online Q&A session on 20th April at 2:00pm: Here 

Community Fridge groups will be able to apply for funding from 9am 31st of March 2023. Applications close at 11.59pm May 31st.  


2 Partners for Social Care and Health Improvement Fund

This is a partnership fund between the Hospital Saturday Fund and the McCall Foundation. The aim of the fund is to support the development of new and innovative processes, policies, products or programmes that increase the quality, impact, efficiency and/or affordability of social care.

We are particularly interested in innovative ideas that might address any of the following current healthcare challenges:

  • Social care provision
  • Poorly connected care pathways
  • Availability of a skilled workforce
  • Underfunding of health and social care
  • Poor access to services, particularly in rural areas
Applications must be submitted online through the Community Foundation’s website by 1pm on Monday 8th May 2023 

Further details and application available 

 Road Safety Trust - Small Grants

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.

Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential for being brought to scale - with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.

The current Small Grants round is open until 4 May 2023.

Further information available 


4 An Ciste ULTACH / The Ultach Fund

The Ultach Fund was established with capital from The Iontaobhas Ultach Trust.  It exists to support the work of communities across Northern Ireland who wish to use and promote the Irish language, through the work of registered charities, voluntary and community groups.

  • Projects that promote and encourage the use of the Irish language at community level; Priority is given to projects that promote the active use of and/or engagement with the Irish language;
  • Projects that demonstrate innovative, imaginative, creative approaches to Irish language arts;
  • Projects that celebrate and embrace the cultural heritage of the Irish language;
  • Projects that demonstrate cross-community aspects and/or reach new audiences, promoting mutual understanding and contact between different communities.

Closing Date: May 15, 2023 13:00

Further information available here

5 AVIVA - Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund

The UK is home to some of the most incredible species on Earth, but it’s also one of the most nature-depleted countries. Let’s change that, together. Our £1 million Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund is here to help community groups across the UK to protect and restore nature in their local area.

Whether you’re working together to plant community gardens, support local wildlife or anything else you do to help nature near you, we’ll give you £2 for every £1 you raise, to help your project reach its fundraising target quicker.*

*Terms and conditions apply

To apply for the Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund, your project needs to be focused on taking action for nature in one of the following three ways:

1. Nature restoration 
2. Nature connectedness and pro-environmental behaviours 
3. Community cohesion and connection

Apply today

Further information available here


6 The Ireland Funds Workshop

Heart of the Community Fund 2023

The Heart of the Community Fund is an open grant round designed to meet the needs of not-for-profit organisations delivering vital services and supports to people across the island of Ireland.

The Ireland Funds recognises the challenges organisations face in securing funding to build their capacity or meet their core costs, so the Heart of the Community Fund 2023 will provide Organisational Investment Grants with a fund of at least €500,000.

Meet The Ireland Funds team in-person. This information session will provide more detail on the application process and provide you the opportunity to ask your specific questions.

Derry~Londonderry Information Session
Friday, 21 April at 11.30am GMT


Further information available here


 7 National Lottery Awards 2023

Nominations for the 2023 National Lottery Awards are now open.

The National Lottery Awards celebrate the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding.

We want to hear about amazing individuals across the UK who dedicate their time to improve the lives of those around them. The impact of their work doesn’t need to be large or far reaching, what’s important is that their care and commitment deserves to be thanked and acknowledged.

We are looking for individual heroes in the following categories:

  • Community & Charity
  • Arts, Culture & Film
  • Heritage
  • Sport
  • Environment
  • Young Hero (under 25s)
Nominations close at 12:00pm on 16 May.

For further information and to nominate click 

8 One World Call out for Submissions and Free Lance Artistic Curator

One World Festival
One World Multi Cultural Festival
23rd September 2023

The vision of the One World – North West Multi Cultural Festival is:
“A society connected through culture, creativity and respect”

The One World Festival will take place on Saturday 23rd September at a venue to be confirmed.  The festival is a celebration of global cultures represented in our local community. The event will encompass a number of activities including music & performance, arts & crafts, storytelling and dance, exhibitions and conversations. 

  • Derry City and Strabane District Council are now seeking expressions of interest for participation and delivery of these activities.
The call for submissions opens on April 3rd and will run until Friday May 5th, and Council is hoping to attract a diverse range of individuals and groups to develop and deliver a product to inform, educate and showcase culture, heritage and traditions as part of the One World Festival and outreach programmes.
  • Council also seeks to appoint a freelance artistic curator from a BAME community background, with “passion, energy and drive” to develop and champion the festival towards ensuring that BAME are at the heart of the festival. The curator would be appointed by council as a fixed contract of service.

To download the applications for both these opportunities please click on https://www.derrystrabane.com/Subsites/One-World-Festival      


9  NICVA Offers Free Training

With the Cost of Living crisis affecting every charity, large and small, we're offering a wide range of FREE training sessions to organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, to support your fundraising journey.

Sign up for a free training session


10 The Big Lunch Roadshow -Derry & Strabane

Friday, 21st Apr 2023, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Venue cathedral youth club – open to everyone

Pop in for a networking coffee and conversation and pick up some useful ideas and free materials for your Coronation celebrations or general community gatherings.

The Big Lunch team have an expert suggesting repurposing ideas and have recycled materials and branded items you can collect on the day and use to reduce your own event delivery costs. You do not need to be part of a group anyone can attend.

For more info contact 

To book visit Eden Project Communities events - Event Page (more-human.co.uk)


11 Community and Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Support - future plans

The Department is carrying out a programme of work aimed at refreshing the policy frameworks for our voluntary and community sector support. This includes agreeing with our partners on the outcomes that we should prioritise in future years. A review of sectoral needs will inform how we can better support the sector to deliver outcomes set out in any future Programme for Government.

New event dates have now been added as below:

When Where Eventbrite Booking Details
Monday 24 April
1:30pm - 4:30pm 
Rural Community Network
38A Oldown Street
BT80 8EF
Rural Community Network
Thursday 27 April
9:30am - 1:00pm
61 Duncairn Gardens
BT15 2GB
Friday 28 April
10:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual (Zoom) Virtual 28 April
Thursday 04 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual (Zoom) Virtual 4 May
Tuesday 09 May
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Fermanagh House
Broadmeadow Place
BT74 7HR
Fermanagh House
Thursday 11 May
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Confederation of Community Groups
Ballybot House

28 Corn Market
BT33 8BG
Confederation of Community Groups


12 Communities in Partnership border project

The Integrated Education Fund have partnered with the Ulster University and Educate Together to deliver a project examining experiences of education among communities in border areas. The project involves research which is currently being carried out with communities along the border.  The information is below, and we would be delighted if you could share this with anyone you feel may be interested. Or would you be aware of other organisations we may be able to contact who might be interested?
This is independent research carried out by a team from the School of Education at Ulster University. Supported by the International Fund for Ireland, this Communities in Partnership Project research aims to get a better understanding of experiences of education and what access to schools in border areas is needed by communities, as well as the challenges and opportunities of living in communities along the border more generally.
As part of this work, we are conducting an online survey for all those who live along the border, on both sides, to allow communities to express their views about what it is like to live close to the border, and what they require in terms of primary schools. You can access the survey here:

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and is entirely anonymous.
The survey is currently open and will remain so until 21st April 2023. We would encourage parents, or anyone interested in educational provision along the border, to take the opportunity for their voice to be heard. If you have any questions at all, please get back to us on 


13 Pizza and Politics Hustings Event

YouthAction Northern Ireland and North West Community Network present
Pizza and Politics Hustings Event

  • Engage with representatives directly
  • Call for positive changes you think are needed for young people
  • Take part in a mock ballot vote and vote for a winner!

Thursday 20th April at 5.30pm – 8.00pm @Holywell Building, 12-14 Bishop St

Pizza included for everyone!

For further information and to book places please contact Denise at the YANI NW office on 028 7131 8854 / 078 5122 6747 or email 


14 REACH Across: Free Youth Leader Training

Monday 8th May (6.30-9.30pm)  - Holywell, Bishop St). (No experience needed)

We Are Now Planning Our Summer Programme Of Day Trips, Outdoor Activities, Training Courses, Club Nights And Summer Camps And Seeking Volunteer Youth Leaders And Committee Members, To Assist With Our Cross-Community Youth Programme For 14-17yr olds.                                                                                                                                                         
We Also Provide A Range Of Training & Development Courses For Youth Leaders, Including Our New OCN Level 2 In Youth Leadership And Leaders Can Assist With Our Schools Programme.  
If Interested In Becoming A Group Leader, Please Reply On Facebook, Messenger or E-Mail 
reach_across@hotmail.com or Text 07854833371. 



15 Institute FC launch "Stute Sparks"

Institute FC is proud to announce the launch of "Stute Sparks," a program designed to reignite the spark of our youth football in the aftermath of the 2017 Riverside flood and to coincide with the recent positive news regarding Clooney Park West.

The program aims to provide primary school age children of all abilities with the opportunity to participate in community football and explore their love for the game.

"Stute Sparks is more than just a football program. It is a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of adversity," said a spokesperson for Institute FC. "We understand the impact that the 2017 flood had on the local community, and we want to do our part to help rebuild and reignite the passion for football."

The Stute Sparks program is open to all children, regardless of experience or skill level. The program will provide a safe and welcoming environment for children to learn and play football, with a focus on development, sportsmanship, and fun.

"Football is more than just a sport. It teaches important life skills such as teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the joy of football, and we are excited to provide that opportunity through Stute Sparks," added the spokesperson.

The summer camp and after schools program will be available at a location to be confirmed, and interested participants are encouraged to complete the 
expression of interest
 for updates and registration information. 16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document for current opportunities with Salto Youth:
  • Leadership, Empowerment & Facilitation for youth
  • Youth, Arise! Creative Tools for Youth Workers
  • Small-Scale Partnerships for Inclusion
  • Harvesting Conference
  • Training on Social Community Theatre
  • The (he)art of participation
  • Make the Move for Green Inclusion
  • Useful Manuals
17 Silver Circus

For people aged 55+

Try your hand at all sorts of circus skills...
Meet new people...
Have a chat and a cuppa!

THURSDAYS from the 20th April 2023
2 – 3.30pm
THE GLASSWORKS Great James Street, Derry

To sign up please email 
info@inyourspaceni.org, call 028 71377113, or pop into our office on 44a-48a Waterloo Street, Derry
18 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 20th April from 11am-12.30pm

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.

You can also avail of sessions in the following areas:

Derg Valley Living Centre, 
5 Parkview Road, Castlederg. BT81 7BN
3rd Tuesday each month
18 Apr, 16 May, 20 June
10.30am – 11.30am

Newtownstewart Community Centre, 
17 Moyle Road, Newtownstewart, Omagh. BT78 4AP
3rd Monday Bi-Monthly
15 May
10.30am – 12pm

RNID in Partnership with Department of Health are holding a free walk in Support Service where we can:
  • Re-tube mould style hearing aids, Clean Open-Fit style hearing aids
  • Change and supply RIC wax filters, Supply hearing aid batteries
  • Advise on getting the best from your hearing aids, Advise on equipment, Provide information on deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus and Signpost to other services

Indigenous Ireland is hosting a Meitheal | Gathering entitled DAINGEAN'23 from 1-7 May in Donegal and Derry. DAINGEAN is an Irish/ Gaelic word meaning 'Perseverance' or 'Stronghold' in a reference to the survival of indigenous people's globally and the Gathering will hear contributions from Indigenous visitors from Aotearoa | New Zealand and Turtle Island | North America. 
Organised on a not-for-profit basis by a group of local volunteers, there will be a series of "Turas' or Journeys exploring the relationship between health, history, heritage and the natural environment in Co. Derry and Donegal from Mon 1st-Thursday 4th May. 
At the end of the week Senator Eileen Flynn of Seanad Éireann will open indoor sessions on Friday 5th. when themes such as Environmental Justice, Indigenous Languages, Trauma and Healing as well as Realising Indigeneity on the island of Ireland, including perspectives from the Irish Traveller community, will be discussed in public sessions at Lough Gartan, Co. Donegal on both Fri 5th and Sat 6th May. 
There will be a free children's program running alongside the Friday and Saturday event for those wishing to attend with their families and there will be cultural celebration and musical entertainment both evenings.
For a full program and to book see 
https://indigenous.ie/daingean agus as Gaeilge https://indigenous.ie/ga/daingean
This event is made possible by public fundraising at 
 and a kind donation from Powerscourt Estate, Co. Wicklow
20 Darkness into light 2023

Register now for Darkness into light 2023, May 6th 2023 @ 4:15am

Darkness into Light

Join us and give hope to people impacted by scuicide and self harm
All funds go to HURT
21 Enrolments for Spring Term at Eden Place Arts Centre

Spring Programme @ Eden Place Arts Centre
Courses will be available to purchase on our website from MONDAY 17th April 2023 from 9.30am on the ‘Upcoming Courses’ page of our website: 

Woodsculpture: Monday 10am-12pm (6-week course) £30
Ceramics: Tuesday 11am-1pm (6-week course) £30
Ceramics Tuesday 6-8pm (6-week course) £30
Painting for Beginners: Wednesday 10.00am-12.00pm (6-week course) £30
|nner Landscapes Abstract Art: Wednesday 2-4pm (6-week course) £30
Landscape Painting: Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm (6-week course) £30
Recreational Art: Thursday 10.00am-12.00pm (6-week course) £30
Sketching Course: Thursday 2-4pm (6 week course) £30
Basket Weaving 1 day Workshop; Friday 28th April 10am-4.30pm £30
Mosaic: Friday 2-4pm (6-week course) £30
Woodsculpture   Friday 7-9pm (6-week course) £30
All courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and over. Places are limited.

For more info contact Judi on: 07902172080 or email: info@edenplaceartscentre.com
22 Job opportunity with Papyrus 

Are you interested in working to prevent suicide in young people?

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide are having an open day to answer any questions about our new job role as volunteer co-ordinator NI, If you are interested, please come along :) and meet some of the team come along to our open day on the 28th April at our Foyle office for tea and a chat!

Time: 12:00 - !5:00
Address: Skeoge Industrial Estate, North West Business Complex, Beraghmore Road, BT48 8SE

Further information available 

Closing date for all job applications: 30th April 23 Job Opportunity with The National Lottery Fund

We are recruiting a Funding Officer on a 12-month fixed term contractto join our passionate, vibrant and friendly team in Northern Ireland to be part of ensuring our funding supports a wide variety of communities and places locally.

We have a hybrid approach to working. We have an office in Belfast but as a Funding Officer you will be a mobile worker and can work from a local community venue and from home.

We have three local funding teams each led by a Funding Manager and comprising a team of Funding Officers. We are looking for a Funding Officer to join our North Western Team and work with other Funding Officers to cover the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

Closing date: 30 April

Further details and application available 

24 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: 
. 25 CCNI - Chief Commissioner -competition

The Department for Communities has launched a competition for the appointment of the Chief Commissioner to the Board of the Charity Commission NI.

The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, the Commission plays a key role in their development. The charity sector supports and provides vital services to the people of Northern Ireland, with charities ranging from small local groups, to those that operate nationally and internationally.

The Chief Commissioner contributes significantly to the charitable sector, with this position providing the opportunity to positively impact on the organisation, whilst enabling charities to meet their legal and regulatory obligations, and ensuring that they retain public confidence. This position also leads the Commission’s Board in its corporate responsibilities and will lead in driving forward change arising out of the Independent Review of Charity Regulation.

Further details on the role, including remuneration and time commitment are available via the NI Direct and Department for Communities websites: 
Public appointment vacancies | nidirect or www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-public-appointments

Applications are welcome from across the community, voluntary, business or public sectors

The closing date for applications 12:00 noon, Wednesday 26 April 2023


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