NWCN Ebulletin 21 September 2022

1 ‌Co Op Foundation Future Communities Grants
2 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund
3 ACNI: Commissioning Programme
4 Brighter Communities programme
5 Writing Successful Funding Applications
6 Holywell Stew tickets on sale now!
7 Invite to PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 - Phase 2 workshops
8 Cost of Living Crisis March & Rally
9 Northern Ireland Civil Rights in 1968 and 2022
10 Free MHFA Training
11 Falls Health Event
12 Getting Active For Better Ageing
13 New RNIB Leisure Programme
14 Free Guide Dogs Training
15 Invitation to Coffee Morning @ Women's Centre
16 Special Screening of "HUMAN THE MOVIE" for PEACE DAY
17 Bollywood movie screening
18 Open call for artists – Artitude
19 School Employer Connections seeks Board Chair
20 Upcoming Cross Border Employer Events
21 Energy of Light (over 15) and Energy of Light Kids and Junior Disco
22 Culture Night at Eden Place Arts Centre
23 Children and Families Programme of events @ Void

1 Co Op Foundation Future Communities Grants

The Co Op Foundation has developed the Community Future  Grants Programme in recognition of the commitment in communities, and the opportunities to unlock the potential of community assets and build a vision for the future.

We want- to support organisations who have a focus on developing communities for the future; We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, drawing on the voices of young people and developing young people to be the leaders, co-operators, organisers and activists in and for these future communities; support organisations that are working to bring their vision for future communities to life; to see cooperation, leadership, and people working towards the kind of communities they want to live in, building on the assets within their communities to support that vision.

Grant size: Between £3,000 to £10,000

Closing Date: Oct 11, 2022, 13:00

Further details available 


2 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund

Fund Aims

  • The fund will provide support to community and voluntary organisations who wish to explore and or enhance diversity, equity and inclusion within the group and its community.
  • Supporting organisations to think about how best Equity, Diversity and Inclusion can be addressed enabling everyone in the community to realise their potential.
We will offer grants ranging from £500 to £1,000

Ongoing - No Deadline

Further details available 


 ACNI: Commissioning Programme

The purpose of the Commissioning Programme is to enable organisations to commission new work.

The finished work should be in a form capable of being presented, exhibited, published, performed and/or disseminated in its entirety at the point of completion in Northern Ireland (if applicable abroad) either live or online.

This programme prioritises applications that:

  • Propose commissions of high artistic quality;
  • Are planned to reach significant audiences primarily in Northern Ireland through live performance, exhibition, publication, broadcast, recording, and/or other audience channels;
  • Provide for an extended life and/or extended public reach and impact for the work or project that has been created;
  • Demonstrate a strong collaborative-engagement process between the commissioner, performers and the commissioned artist(s) in the development of the new work; and
  • Demonstrate innovation and deepen the experience and understanding of the artform.

Deadline for applications: Monday 31st October 2022 at 12pm

Further details available 


4 Brighter Communities programme

Power NI's Brighter Communities programme was created to help champion a diverse range of community groups across Northern Ireland.

Small or large community, sporting, charity and youth groups from across Northern Ireland are eligible to apply for support from the Brighter Communities fund.

Our Brighter Communities fund is open and receiving applications for September.

Find out more and apply now at 

5 Writing Successful Funding Applications

Online Session, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 10:00 AM  11:00 AM

Join Supporting Communites 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.


6 Holywell Stew tickets on sale now!

Sign Up to Take Part in Our Holywell Stew Good Relations Special! 

Holywell Trust is hosting a special Holywell Stew event on Wednesday 21st September at 6:30pm for #GRW22. Tickets are on sale now.

Entrance to the Holywell Stew costs £10 per person - this gets you a lovely dinner and, more importantly, a vote! At the event groups will pitch an idea and everyone at the dinner votes for the project that they want to receive the community investment prize (the money taken in entrance fees).

Tickets for the event can be purchased here. 

We’re really looking forward to hearing about the exciting projects that people want to deliver! 



 7 Invite to PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 - Phase 2 workshops

A reminder that our PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 phase two public & community workshops are running from 21st September – 29th September as follows:

7pm – 9pm Derg Valley Care Derg
Thursday 22nd  September 10am – 12pm Galliagh Community Centre Ballyarnett
2pm – 4pm Drummond Centre, Donemana   Sperrin  
Wednesday 28th September 10am – 12pm Civic room, Strabane Library Strabane
2pm – 4pm Mullabuoy Community Centre, Lettershandoney Faughan DEA
Thursday 29th September 10am – 12pm Verbal Arts Centre The Moor
2pm – 4pm St.Columb’s Park House S75/Thematic
Date Time (2 hr slot) Venue* DEA/LCGP Area
Wednesday 21st  September 10am – 12pm Ballymagroarty Community Centre, Shaws Court Outer West Area
2-4pm Ebrington Theatre Waterside 

There has been great engagement to date and plenty of ideas. Phase 2 is the final series of Co-design meetings. Please select the one that is most relevant to you if you wish to attend. There is no need to register in advance. 
Open Invite to PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 DCSD Council Phase 2 Co-design workshops.
Derry City and Strabane District Council has been engaged since April 2022 in the Co-design process for Theme 1.1 of the PEACEPLUS Programme. Phase 1 public/community workshops in May/June/July engaged approximately 200 participants from over 130 organisations across the city and district. 95 Concept Forms from 62 organisations were received for the 19th August deadline which closed Phase 1 of the Co-design process. Engagement with the co-design process has been excellent.
SEUPB have confirmed that DCSDC has an allocation to bid for of €9,254,427 (estimate £7,763,631) with relevant cross-community projects. The total ‘ask’ on Concept forms from the council area was almost 4 times the available budget for the bid. The bid is to be submitted in ‘early 2023’. We’ve also have a participant target confirmed which equates to an average of £736 per participant. This is much lower than in PEACE IV and will have a big impact on the conversation in Phase 2 discussion as it may make some types of projects impossible.
Phase 2 of the Co-Design process will focus on going back to the community with the collective ideas and prioritising the best fit of ideas with the programme requirements. All organisations should note this process is done in the public interest and ultimately projects included in the bid will be publicly, competitively and openly tendered / procured once funding is secured.
All the phase 2 workshops (below) are open the public. Advance registration is not required – just turn up. Tea/Coffee will be provided. If you have any particular access / equality requirements please contact 
peace@derrystrabane.com in advance.

8 Cost of Living Crisis March & Rally

We are writing to invite all of you to our march & rally on 1st October to highlight the horrendous situation facing our people due to the cost-of-living crisis. The march is scheduled to leave the Train Station in Duke Street at 2pm traversing the Craigavon Bridge and making its way to the Guildhall Square.
Derry Against Fuel Poverty has organised the march and rally. We are not affiliated with or connected to any political party, and we are a grassroots, organic group created out of necessity to give a voice to the voiceless in our beautiful city.

We welcome everyone to join us.



9  Northern Ireland Civil Rights in 1968 and 2022

A conference will take place on Saturday 8 October from 1- 5pm in The Junction to mark the Derry Civil Rights march on October 1968.

The Northern Ireland civil rights movement was made up of a diverse group of people and organisations with differing political aims, ideologies, cultural and religious beliefs. They forged a unity based on a growing awareness of the need for an effective vehicle for political and legislative reform with the common vision of social justice and equality for all through peaceful means.

A conference will take place on Saturday 8 October from 1- 5pm in The Junction, Bishop Street, Derry to mark the Derry Civil Rights march in October 1968.

Key figures from 1968 will reflect on civil right in 1968 and, alongside other social justice activists, will also explore current day civil rights issues such as the increasing poverty driving many to despair; the lack of a Bill of Rights for all; the ongoing housing shortage; the climbing cost of fuel coupled with low incomes affecting a huge numbers of people in Northern Ireland today and the civil rights of women in society.

The aim of the event is to promote and provoke discussion on civil rights for all.

Register your place 


10 Free MHFA Training

2 New MHFA Training Opportunities now Open for Bookings:

  • MHFA ( Online Training - 3 morning sessions)
  • MHFA ( Face to Face Training - 2 Full day sessions)
Facilitated by AWARE

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:    5th, 6th & 7th October 2022
Time:    9:30am - 1:30pm
Venue: Online via Zoom

Course 2
Date:   20th & 21st October 2022
Time:   10:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: Londonderry YMCA, 
51 Glenshane Rd,, Drumahoe, Londonderry BT47 3SF

Download MHFA Flyer
** Register **
Book your place


11 Falls Health Event

We are working in partnership with Ann Marie Conlon, Falls Co-Ordinator (WHSCT) to run a Falls Health Event to coincide with Falls Awareness week.

We are hosting the event in Foyle Arena on 21st September 2022 from 11-3
We have teamed up with numerous statutory, community and voluntary agencies to promote their service and support within the Derry/Strabane Area.

It is a chance for individuals to gain further information and speak with health professionals, community and voluntary groups who are experienced in the areas of falls and social support. You are very welcome to join us on the day. Family members and carers are also welcomed to attend the event. 

We hope to see you all there, please find attached a 
flyer of the event. 


12 Getting Active For Better Ageing

How To Encourage and Support Physical Activity In Older Adults
Thursday, October 20th, 2022, at 10am - 12 noon (GMT)

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) invites you to attend a ‘Getting Active For Better Ageing’ webinar on 20 October, which will focus on public health and behaviour change and how to encourage and support older people to be more physically active.

This webinar will include presentations from Professor Ryan Rhodes, University of Victoria, Canada, Professor Mark Tully from Ulster University, and Professor Suzanne McDonough from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

As part of the online event, IPH will also launch a new Public Health Matters digital learning module, ‘Getting Active For Better Ageing’, to help healthcare professionals to support older people to have more physically active lives.

IPH Director of Ageing Research & Development Professor Roger O'Sullivan will also chair a Q&A discussion with a panel of healthcare professionals about how behaviour change can be supported.

Siel Bleu Ireland will facilitate a physical activity energiser during the webinar.

- Professor Roger O'Sullivan
Director of Ageing Research & Development, Institute of Public Health
- Professor Ryan Rhodes
Director, Behavioural Medicine Laboratory, University of Victoria, Canada
- Professor Mark Tully
Professor of Public Health & Interim Director of Research, School of Medicine, Ulster University
- Professor Suzanne McDonough  
Head of the School of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Register for the webinar


13 New RNIB Leisure Programme

We are delighted to confirm an 8-week leisure programme at Foyle Arena consisting of a range of activities commencing Thursday 29 September, 1pm-2pm. 

First two weeks will be bowling/boccia/cycling.

Please register you place with Brian or Eddie:
Brian Murray 07860 607328 or Eddie 07754736030

Join the NI connected community facebook 
Find us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/RNIBNorthernIreland


14 Free Guide Dogs Training

Guide Dogs NI (Northern Ireland) can support your organisation take a step towards making your workplace and community more inclusive to people living with a vision impairment by offering free Sight Loss Awareness Training. The training includes the following: 

  • An understanding of the different types of eye conditions that lead to sight loss 
  • The practical and emotional impact of living with sight loss 
  • Training on how to use sighted guiding techniques to enable staff or volunteers to be more confident in supporting people living with sight loss.  
  • The training can be delivered face to face or virtually depending on the needs of the organisation. 

This training will give your staff and volunteers understanding about the challenges vision impaired people face and practical sighted guiding skills giving them confidence when they meet people who are blind or partially sighted.  

If you are interested in the training and would like more information, please contact Paula.mclarnon@guidedogs.org.uk or phone 07766 526873 


15 Invitation to Coffee Morning @ Women's Centre

You are invited to join Alliance for Choice Derry for a free coffee morning from 10-12pm on Wednesday 28th September @ Women's Centre Derry. 
Come along, get to know us and ask us anything about abortion! 
All are welcome!
Please RSVP to: 
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements!


16 Special Screening of "HUMAN THE MOVIE" for PEACE DAY

“HUMAN” by Mr. Yann Arthus-Bertrand in support of the International Day of Peace, and during the Good Relations Week, will be screened on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Whittaker Suite, Guildhall in Derry- Londonderry.

The 45 minutes film will be followed by a discussion and light refreshments.

“HUMAN is a collection of stories, offering a reflection on what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal.

You can find more information here for RSVP:



17 Bollywood movie screening

Free Bollywood movie at Waterside Theatre, 
Glendermott Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT47 2GB

Sunday 25th September, 4pm with display of Indian crafts

Just ring the Theatre on 028 7131 4000 or email 
 to book your place. 

Part of celebration of Council's Good relation week


18 Open call for artists - Artitude

The Playhouse are looking to hear from artists of all disciplines who have a strong interest in and who place climate justice and the circular economy at the heart of their practice. We would like to hear from visual artists, performers, storytellers, musicians, creative writers, photographers, etc.  
There will be different opportunities available over the next 12 months as part of Artitude: Climate, Culture & Circularity, an exciting new partnership project that uses the arts and creative practice to encourage behaviour change and challenge attitudes to waste, consumption and climate action in the Northwest.
Opportunities include: 
● Community Engagement: structured programmes of socially-engaged workshops with various different community groups, leading to a collaborative creative outcome. Subject to Access NI checks. 
● Skill-based workshops: one off workshops that introduce groups to zero-waste/climate based arts practice. 
● Talks/Events: opportunities to introduce climate/circular-economy based practice to a wider audience. 
● Showcasing: opportunities to exhibit or perform work made about climate action and/or the circular economy during an upcoming Climate Arts Festival. 
Artists are invited to submit their CV and 6 images or extracts of work, along with a letter no more than 2 sides of A4 paper, showing the following under sub sections with headings:
● Main artform/s
● How your work/practice adheres to the principles of zero waste/circular economy OR how your work contributes to awareness of and action on the climate crisis OR how your work connects to awareness of the rights of nature and rebuilding connections to the environment.
● Examples and images or extracts of work showing recent experience in the delivery of art workshops with community groups - if you are interested in this opportunity.
● Examples of innovative approaches to creative participation and engagement; demonstrating a flexibility in approach to delivery methods regarding different groups - if you are interested in this opportunity. 

Artists are also asked to provide the following:
● Address
● Email address
● Contact telephone number
● Name, address, email and telephone no. of 2 references 

Please submit your expressions of interest electronically to: 
Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 30th September 2022


19 School Employer Connections seeks Board Chair

Based in Derry/Londonderry School Employer Connections (SEC) has provided careers, employability and work-related learning opportunities to young people for over 21 years linking over 1,000 Employers with all 193 NI Post-Primary Schools. While the organisation’s focus is in the North-West, its programmes are available throughout Northern Ireland and beyond. SEC is a registered charity and Business Education Partnership that to date has been core-funded annually by DENI and by regular and occasional voluntary contributions from Schools, Employers and Charitable Foundations.

The organisation’s core face-to-face and virtual programmes are: Work Experience; Class Programme; and Website Careers Hub, all three of which are now well embedded in the world of education in schools and in the world of work with employers.

SEC’s purpose is to deliver successful meaningful engagements between students in post primary education and employers across the entire work spectrum. These engagements enable young people to develop knowledge, improve learning and to gain a greater understanding of the world of work benefitting them in making better informed career choices.

Following the planned retirement of the current Board Chair in December 2022, SEC is looking for a new Chair to lead its Board of Trustees in providing oversight of and future long term strategic management of the organisation. The Board of Trustees is made up of leaders from some of the schools and employers that avail of the SEC programmes and who serve on the board in a voluntary capacity.

For more information or an informal discussion about this role of Board Chair, please contact Roy Devine by phone on 07768011275 or by email at 
chairman@seconnections.org. Alternatively, please submit your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you have applied for this position by email to chairman@seconnections.org.  Applications to be received no later than 5:00pm on 30 September 2022.

Full details available 


20 Upcoming Cross Border Employer Events

  • The Cross Border Public Employment Services will be holding a North West Job Fair 2022, from 10am - 3pm at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, Co Donegal
    The CBPES North West Job Fair 2022 will bring together Employers, Training Providers and quality candidates under one roof. It is an opportunity to liaise directly with CBPES Advisers and the Department of Social Protection regarding the range of incentives and supports available to employers.
The event will include exhibition stands from Employers, Education and Training Providers from all sectors with current vacancies and training opportunities. This event will be widely advertised including social media platforms.
Participation is free of charge for both companies and jobseekers.
This event will focus on employment opportunities in the region. Your participation on the day would be appreciated and welcome an attended exhibition stand with information promoting your company.
If you have any queries contact Declan Martin on 087 6622871 or email 
link -  
  • The Department for Communities, in collaboration with the Department of Social Protection & the Cross Border Partnership for Employment Services (CBPES), is delighted to announce that the North West Border Region Virtual JobFair will be held on Thursday 20 October from 10am – 3pm.
    This event will be attended by a number of employers from a variety of sectors from the North West border area of Northern Ireland, Donegal and Sligo who will have their vacancies promoted on our electronic jobs board.  Please view employers by clicking Here or the event employers tab.
The Cross Border Virtual Jobfair provides a fantastic opportunity for graduates, jobseekers, and people looking to change careers to learn about the company and see what vacancies are on offer. Anyone wishing to apply for a vacancy will have the opportunity to upload their CV’s directly to employers on the day, or simply complete an ‘Expression of Interest’ form.
To register for the event please visit  
www.crossborderjobfair.com Please note this event does not require you to be in attendance 
  • The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Cross Border Partnership and Employee Services (CBPES) and in collaboration with Letterkenny Chamber, will host a lunch for SMEs on employment incentives and support available to employers in the cross-border region from 12 noon - 2pm in the Millennium Forum

This event is being held to encourage SMEs in the region to interact and benefit from free CBPES recruitment services. Attendees will also be provided with information and advice from a range of business development organisations on programmes and services available in the North West region.
To book a place please follow this link - 


21 Energy of Light (over 15) and Energy of Light Kids and Junior Disco

September sees the return of our Energy of Light over 15 disco and the start of our new Energy of Light Sensory Disco for Kids (0-8 years) and Juniors (9-14 years).
Booking is now open for our September disco (Over 15 years old)
Friday 30th September – 8.30pm – 10.00pm
Admission - £3.00 (carer’s free)                  
Following on the success of our Energy of Light Over 15 disco, The Millennium Forum is delighted to announce our new Energy of Light Sensory Disco for Kids (Ages 0 to 8) and Energy of Light Sensory Disco for Juniors
(Ages 9-14) starting on Saturday 24 September.
We are holding this disco, once a month in our Studio Theatre on a Saturday from September 2022.  Kids time will be from 4pm – 5pm and Juniors from 5pm – 6pm.
Tickets are £3.00 each and parents/carer’s go free.   You can book by contacting our box office on 028 71264455 (option1)
Other dates for these discos are as follows and are on sale now through our box office and online at 
Saturday 29th October – Halloween Fancy Dress Party
Saturday 26th November
Saturday 17th December – Christmas Jumper Party


22  Culture Night at Eden Place Arts Centre

Eden Place Arts Centre launches 'Foundations'
Exhibition by Eabha Mallett Coyle 
‘This exhibition is a collection of paintings that pays tribute to a generation in Derry who, managed to survive and thrive in this city through times of great social, civil and political unrest. They are the women that filled Derry’s factories, the hard-working men and manual labourers, and the community activists who dreamt of giving their children more than what they had. These are the people who laid the foundations for the community and society in which I live today.’
Exhibition will be launched at 7pm on Culture Night, Friday 23rd September
Exhibition will continue until 14th October and can be viewed Mon-Fri 10am-6pm for that time period.

Genres: Visual Arts (Painting, Photography, sculpture, Digital Art, Print, etc)
Age Suitability: All Ages
Facilities: Parking
Features: Family friendly, Wheelchair accessible
Address: Eden Place Arts Centre, Rosville Street, Derry

All Culture night events are now live linked on 


23 Children and Families Programme of events @ Void

Void Tots
Saturday 15 October, 10:30-11:15am & 11:30am-12:15pm
Register via link below
£3 per child  

These relaxed, fun sessions with artist Sinead Crumlish are always a hit with children aged 1-3 years old. Come along and get messy with your little ones!
Book now

Culture Night for All – at Void Gallery
Friday 23 September, 6-8pm

Join us at Void on Culture Night 2022 from 6-8pm for a family drop-in workshop inspired by Luke Fowler’s exhibition, Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait led by artists Zoe McSparron and Anna Barclay.
No need to book, just call in!

The Curiosity Club - drop in days
Saturday 29th October 12-4pm 
Void’s Curiosity Club is open this Saturday from 12-4pm…and it is Halloween themed!
No need for booking, just pop along to Void at 
10 Waterloo Place, Derry, BT48 6BU

Spooky Halloween Suncatchers - art packs
Available to collect from 18th October
Packs can be collected in the gallery with a limited number available by post from the 18th of October. Email 
hello@derryvoid.com and please include a postal address to order yours.

Exhibition-inspired drawing booklets
Our drawing booklets are inspired by our current exhibition Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait and are now available in the gallery!

Make it up!
The Playtrail x Kippie exhibition in Void's Engage space

Void Gallery is delighted to present Make it up! in our Education Space from 28 September - 4 October 2022.
Make it up! is an imaginative story prompt game created by the students of Liberty Consortium Day Opportunities through a series of seven workshops with Kippie Productions
The exhibition will run from 28 September until 4 October with an exhibition opening on Wednesday 28th September at 12:30pm


Teachers' Preview events 
Join us at Void for our first series of Teachers’ Preview events in September 2022!
Dates & times are as follows:
  • Teachers’ Preview (aimed at primary school teachers) - Thursday 22nd September 5-6:30pm
  • Teachers’ Preview (aimed at secondary school teachers) - Thursday 29th September 5-6:30pm

To sign up to either of these events, please leave your full name, school name, preferred email address and select which session is relevant to you - link in our bio.
If you have any questions, please email Zoe at 


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