NWCN Ebulletin 20 September 2023


1 ‌Human Library @ NWCN
2 NWCN Community Leaders’ Support Network
BBC Children in Need - Apply for a Grant
4 Social Justice Small Grants Programme
5 Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership Programme
6 Rosa: Voices from the Frontline Fund
7 The Tabhair Trust 
8 Trees on the Land - Tree Planting for Winter 2023 – 2024
9 Northern Ireland Childcare Survey
10 Autism Support Cafes for 2023-2024
11 Resumption of hearing aid support Service
12 FWIN's Speaking Circles
13 The Sunflower Project Exhibition
14 Good Relations Events with The Churches Trust
15 Invitation to the Sisters Together Event at NW Islamic Association
16 One World Festival 23rd September 2023
17 Culture Night at Eden Place Arts Centre
18 Culture Night 2023 at Void Art Centre
19 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
20 Job Opportunity: User Journey Support Manager
21 Technical Manager Position at The Millennium Forum Theatre
22 Do you have an interest in prisons and improving prison life?
23 Public Appointment: MAG for Architecture and the Built Environment
24 Energy Strategy E-Bulletin
25 PHA autumn vaccine programme

1 Human Library @ NWCN

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the Halifax Foundation to continue our Human Library Project.
What is the Human Library?

  • A conversation at the Human Library is an interactive experience that engages people.
  • The Human Library creates a safe space for a conversation where topics are discussed openly between our human books and their readers.
  • You will hear lived experience from someone from a community you might not have met before, someone who is different from you.
  • A place to ask questions about difficult issues.
  • An opportunity to challenge stereotypes.
Here’s what previous participants had to say: 
  • “Powerful – emotive”
  • "I thought all the human books were amazing.  I really enjoyed listening to all their stories and I would really like to come back again."
  • “This was mind-blowing.  My first experience and something I look forward to experiencing again.  The speakers are all inspirational.” 

For more information or to book a FREE Human Library session contact Roisin McLaughlin – roisin@nwcn.org or 028 71 261941


2 NWCN Community Leaders’ Support Network

We’re starting our Community Leaders’ Support Network very soon…. this will be a space for community leaders to share challenges, create opportunities to explore how we can overcome these together and to support each other. 

Together with you, we will create a joined-up approach to highlight where change needs to happen and to provide opportunities to collaborate with your peers.  62% of the respondents to our last survey indicated their interest in being part of this network.  

Watch this space for the date of the first meeting.


 BBC Children in Need - Apply for a Grant

The Core Costs funding stream:
Core Costs support essential organisational and administrative spending. These are the key expenses required to keep your organisation running.  Our Core Costs funding can be spent on your organisation’s central day-to-day operations.
Further information available here

The Project Costs stream:
Project Costs support the aims and delivery of a specific piece of work. This work will usually be time-limited, and based on a defined set of activities.
Further information available here

Both of the above Funding Streams are for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Applicants to this programme can apply for grants for up to three years. We aim to give quicker decisions for grants of £15,000 or less per year.

There are no application deadlines for either stream – you can apply at any time

Before applying to BBC Children in Need, we recommend you read about our processes and minimum standards for grantmaking.. This will help you understand what we look for in a grant application. Click here to find out more.


4 Social Justice Small Grants Programme

The Social Justice Fund is part of, and supported by, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Fund (NIHRF).

NIHRF Purpose: This collaborative Fund will work to advance a fairer and more equal society where the human rights of all are protected.

Aims of the Social Justice Fund: To support local community groups to give voice to excluded groups, and work to advance a fairer and more equal society where the human rights of all are protected.

The fund will support locally based community groups and locally based ‘communities of interest’ with an interest in promoting or embedding human rights and social justice in their day-to-day work for and with their chosen communities.

Grants will be available up to £5,000. In some instances, the panel may consider awards up to £15,000.

Closing Date: Oct 6, 2023 13:00

Further information available here


5 Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership Programme

The Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) Programme is led by CDHN and funded by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), with strategic direction provided by a multi-agency Steering Group. BCPP supports communities and community pharmacists to work in partnership to address locally defined needs so that people make connections, listen to and understand each other better and work together to address the social determinants of health and health inequalities.

For information on the Programme or for some support with your application, please contact a member of the BCPP team on 028 3026 4606.

BCPP Closing Dates 2023:
Level 1 Thursday 12th October 2023
Level 2 Thursday 9th November 2023

Level 1 Application Pack - Click here
Level 2 Application Pack - Click here

Further information available here 


6 Rosa: Voices from the Frontline Fund

Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline fund offers one-year grants of up to £7,000 to women’s and girls’ organisations to support campaigning and influencing work that enables women and girls to use their voice to achieve change.

Women’s and girls’ organisations are at the forefront of addressing social issues and we believe change comes about when women and girls who have lived experience of injustice and inequality get heard.

However, there remains a critical need for funding for women’s and girls’ organisations to deliver activism and campaigning to raise awareness of the issues women and girls face. This is why Voices from the Frontline exists.

The deadline for applications is 4pm 11th October 2023. Please find the application guidance, FAQs and eligibility criteria on our website.

Register for a  ‘How to Apply’ webinar to help develop your application:
21st September 1:00-2:00 pm or  3rd October 4:00-5:00 pm
 7 The Tabhair Trust 

The Tabhair Trust is passionate about nurturing small to medium sized charities in their aspirations to change communities and restore broken lives through providing opportunities for education, training and personal advancement.

We welcome applications from charities that combine support services with enterprising mission to improve social wellbeing and employment opportunities in the lives of the disengaged and disadvantaged.

Tabhair makes grants to charitable organisations and primarily supports projects undertaken in the UK and Ireland.

Further information and grant application available 

8 Trees on the Land - Tree Planting for Winter 2023 - 2024

Trees on the Land is a cross-border initiative working to establish young native trees across the 32 counties of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

We provide simple schemes for landowners to access quality native tree mixes each season.  We work with farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, colleges, sports clubs and many other landowners to coordinate sites to accommodate trees.

Our vision is to establish tree cover and woodland in rural and urban areas that will grow for many years and provide valuable resources, beneficial ecosystem services and a lasting legacy for future generations.

Sponsored trees are available free of charge to community groups

Pre-application enquiries are welcome - please email info@treesontheland.com with any queries before making your application.
Deadline: Monday 23 October 2023, 5pm

Further information available here


9  Northern Ireland Childcare Survey

The Northern Ireland Childcare Survey for 2023 is now open – complete the survey for your chance to win a £50 shopping voucher.

This is vital research, led by Employers for Childcare, and it is important that as many parents and childcare providers as possible complete the survey to help inform the development of the new Childcare Strategy, currently underway.

Please click 
here for the parent survey.
Please click 
here for the childcare provider survey. 


10 Autism Support Cafes for 2023-2024

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 Support Cafés
Our aim is to bring together parents, carers and organisations, to provide support and information on local support services available. Workshops available on the day.

  • Omagh: Friday 6th Oct 2023, Omagh Leisure Centre
  • Fermanagh: Friday 17th Nov 2023, Lakeland Forum
  • Derry/Londonderry: Thursday 25th Jan 2024, Templemore Sports Complex
  • Limavady: Friday 23rd Feb 2024, Roe Valley Leisure Centre
  • Strabane: Friday 22nd March 2024, Melvin Sports Centre

Times: 11am-1pm
Information Stalls.
Optional workshops on the day.
For further information please contact 


11 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 21st September from 11am-12.30pm
The socially distanced drop off and pick up service provides new batteries, cleaning and retubing of ear moulds for NHS hearing aids.

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

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


12 FWIN's Speaking Circles

Come along this Wednesday 20th September at 7pm, to Holywell Trust Cafe, as we continue our Speaking Circles Programme, funded by ROSA's Voice's from The Frontline fund.

This programme supports women as they develop their public speaking skills. We will have Drama Specialist Greta McTague return for another session on breath-work, confidence-building and speech practice.

You can register in advance by emailing 
bethanyfwin@gmail.com or join us on the night.


13 The Sunflower Project Exhibition

2nd - 15th October 2023
St Columbs Hall, Newmarket Street

In each other's shelter we survive
I bhfoscadh a cheile maireann muid

An art project with people impacted by mother and baby institutions

A Sole Purpose Production / Facilitated by Bronagh Carr / Coordinated by Shauna Kelpie and Colette Ramsey


14 Good Relations Events with The Churches Trust

"Women at War Workshop"

Explore the role of women during WW1 through to Modern Times.

Join us for an interactive workshop, informal discussions and lunch
September 21st International Day of Peace @ 10am to 3pm
Venue: The Churches Trust, 12-14 The Diamond, Derry/Londonderry

Places are limited and will be offered on a first come basis
Contact Mary or Laura at 028 7131 1322 to reserve your place.

St Columb's Heritage Walk
Saturday 23/09/2023
Discover the story of St Columb

Join us at 9:30am for tea/coffee at St Columb's Cafe in the Park (St Columb's Park) for a guided walk with local historian Michael Cooper.

Walk begins at 10am and will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Please dress appropriately.

Contact Mary or Laura at 028 7131 1322 to reserve your place.


15 Invitation to the Sisters Together Event at NW Islamic Association

As part of the Good Relations Week, the Muslim women in the city are going to organise a Sisters Together event at the Islamic Centre on  Sat, 23rd of Sept, 2023 (4-6pm) at the North West Islamic Centre, 3 Hyde business Park, Pennyburn Industrial Estate, BT48  0LU. 

In the spirit of friendship and conversation, we hope to give local women an engaging insight into the life of Muslim women and to promote greater intercultural understanding in the local community . We anticipate welcoming local women from all walks of life to visit our centre and meet with its diverse Muslim community.

Event will consist of a Talk about The Muslim Women, opportunity to interact and meet with Muslim community, Hijab and Henna corner, VR experience and some local and ethnic snacks with tea.

We would be honoured to have your presence on the day (4-6pm) at our Islamic centre. 

Book your free tickets here
16 One World Festival 23rd September 2023

One World Festival to celebrate Derry and Strabane’s rich tapestry of global culture

Derry city is set to host a colourful celebration of worldwide music, song, dance and cuisine on Saturday September 23rd.

The North West Multi Cultural Festival - One World, hosted by Derry City and Strabane District Council, will take place in and around the Guildhall from midday and will showcase the vibrant tapestry of global cultures that exist locally.

The comprehensive programme of events includes performances, workshops, arts and crafts, storytelling, enlightening exhibitions and engaging dialogues.
A performance space will be erected in Guildhall Square along with food stalls and arts and crafts including Beijing Mask Making and Thai Fan Making.

Please click link to view a programme list of activities taking place on Sat 23rd September 
17 Culture Night at Eden Place Arts Centre

Join us on Culture Night 2023 for 'The River Runs' an exhibition of Paintings by Local artists along with some work from DC&SDC's Art Collection on the theme of The River Foyle and it's tributaries.

Exhibition Launch: Friday 22nd September @ 7pm. All Welcome
Exhibition continues until 5th October.
Viewing Times: Mon - Fri 10am-6pm

Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Centre, Rossville Street, Derry, BT48 6LP

For more info contact Judi on: 07902172080 or email: 
18 Culture Night 2023 at Void Art Centre

Friday 22nd September, 6-9pm
Void Art Centre, 10 Waterloo Place, Derry, BT48 6BU

In the presence of 
Banu Cennetoğlu's exhibition, right?Anika Marschall is inviting you to come together with friends, strangers, neighbours and border-crossers to perform, memorise and recite, vocalise, sing, move, dance, move, think and feel human rights differently! 
You are invited to engage creatively with one article of your choice from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) through performative ways and different scores – memorizing and reciting it out aloud like a dramatic text to be put into action, body, sound, ritual and movement in the main gallery space and/or respond to the UDHR through drawing and writing together in the education space.
Anika Marschall (she/her) works as Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, where she loves teaching and researching about theatre performances and socially engaged arts that challenge normative ways of understanding human rights, asylum and migration.
This workshop is suitable for all ages, families, young people and adults. No booking required, just call into Void Art Centre between 6 and 9pm on Friday 22nd September.
The Culture Night Poetry Trail will also be calling into Void Art Centre at approx. 4:20pm and Eugenia Thompson’s poem, The Peace Maze, will be on display in our foyer space.
There will be something for everyone to enjoy at Void Art Centre this Culture Night!

19 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for latest opportunities with Salto Youth including:

  • YWE Outdoor Education
  • Do You Know the City You Live In?
  • Youth@Work "Green Jobs for tomorrow"
  • Guidebook for Youth Professionals and Workers "Empowering Our Communities"
20 Job Opportunity: User Journey Support Manager

UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. Our mission is to find social entrepreneurs with bold solutions to today’s challenges. Through funding and support, we help them to realise their potential and creating lasting change.

The role will be supporting the team in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
User Journey Support Manager
Terms:                Full-Time, Permanent
Reports To:        Head of Social Entrepreneur Support
Salary:                Grade C (£28,815 to £31,696 per annum)

Closing Date:    2nd October 2023

Job Description
21 Technical Manager Position at The Millennium Forum Theatre

37 hours per week
Salary £37,500 pa
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre is seeking a dynamic and passionate Technical Manager to step into the spotlight and lead our talented team, helping us create unforgettable productions, performances and memories for our ever growing audiences.
As the beating heart of cultural and corporate events in our vibrant young city, we are on the hunt for a leader who can harness the power of cutting-edge technology and creative flair to bring our stage productions, conferences and events to life whilst managing and supporting our team of talented technicians. If you thrive in an environment where no two days are the same, where innovation is the name of the game and where your expertise can shine, then you're the person we're looking for!
To request an application pack, contact Lisa Lynch by email 
lisal@millenniumforum.co.uk or telephone 02871 264455.  Completed applications must be returned by 2ND OCTOBER 2023 @ 5PM.
Derry Theatre Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
Application form & Recruitment Pack Link - 
22 Do you have an interest in prisons and improving prison life?

The Department of Justice is looking for people who are interested in prisons and prison life to join the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB).

This is a voluntary role where you can make a real difference to people’s lives in addition to learning new skills.  IMB Members are a regular presence in the prison establishments, reporting on the conditions in detention and the treatment of prisoners. This experience also provides you with the opportunity to gain transferable employment skills such as decision making, teamwork and influencing others.

The deadline for completed applications is noon on Friday 27 October 2023.

Further details and application available here
 23 Public Appointment: MAG for Architecture and the Built Environment

Appointment of Members & Expert Advisors to the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment NI Competition

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to help positively influence government policy and the design of places across Northern Ireland? Applications for Members and Expert Advisors to the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture & the Built Environment NI are now sought by the Department for Communities.

The MAG plays a crucial role in the implementation and development of the Architecture and the Built Environment Policy, as well as promoting the highest quality of places for all those involved in using and shaping them.

Further detail can be found via NI Direct: : 

Applications are welcome from those who have an interest in public service with representation from across the public, private, community or academic sectors. In particular from women, people with a disability, people from minority ethnic groups and young people.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Monday 9 October 2023

24 Energy Strategy E-Bulletin

Please find link for the twenty third edition of the Energy Strategy E-Bulletin, which aims to keep stakeholders informed about progress on the Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland.

In this Edition:

  • Smart Meters Update
  • Biofuels Stakeholder Workshop
  • Call For Evidence - Electricity Connection Policy Framework Review
25 PHA autumn vaccine programme

The life-saving vaccination programme which will help protect Northern Ireland against deadly viruses ahead of winter is now due to commence on 18 September, starting with residents in care homes, who are some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

  • Vaccines are our best protection against COVID-19 and seasonal flu.
  • Protection from the COVID-19 vaccine can fade over time so it is important you get vaccinated with the 2023/2024 autumn-winter vaccine to keep your protection topped up.
  • Although we are learning to live with COVID-19, it hasn’t gone away and could potentially result in a real health threat particularly for vulnerable members of our community.
  • The flu vaccine is needed every year as the antibodies that protect you from flu decline over time, and flu strains change from year to year.
  • Vaccines are safe and are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases as they teach our immune system how to recognise and fight viruses.
People who are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 or flu this autumn and winter should make themselves aware of their own GP surgery’s or community pharmacist’s vaccination arrangements and work with them to get vaccinated.


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