NWCN Ebulletin 22 February 2023

1 ‌Free Finance Training 
2 Day of Hope
Keadue Community Grants Fund 
4 Winter Warm Spaces Support Grants – 2023
5 New Round Of Housing And Homelessness Programme Set To Open
6 Ulster University Help to Grow Programme Marketing
FREE - Workplace Health Support Service  
8 Consultation Coffee: Suicide postvention
9  Local Policing Plan Consultation
10 Future Schools: Supporting Sustainable Primary School Provision
11 Telling your Story with Impact
12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
13 Cinema for the QU(EARS)
14 Rainbow Project's Exhibition for LGBTQIA+ History Month
15 Gathering on February 25th
16 Energy of Light Kids and Juniors Disco - Millennium Forum
17 ‘Ask for ANI’ scheme to be piloted in four Jobs & Benefits offices

1 Free Finance Training 

North West Community Network in partnership with NICVA are offering a Free Finance Training session:

Thursday 16th March
10:00am to 12:30pm
DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-14 Bishop St

Preparing and independently examining the annual accounts is a vital and important part of a charity’s governance.

In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of independent examination and what a set of receipt and payment annual accounts should look like.  The following areas will be covered:

  • Independent Examination (IE), what does this mean?
  • What should we look for in an IE?
  • Can my charity have an IE?
  • The difference between Audit and IE.
  • What do receipts and payment accounts (R&P) look like, including Trustee annual reporting (TAR).
  • What should I be looking for in a set of R&P accounts?

Funded by Halifax Foundation 

Register your place here


2 Day of Hope

We want to create a Day Of Hope for the city in September 2023.  We’re inviting individuals, groups or communities who would like to be involved in helping us organise this day. Our people need hope more than ever.  This is the start of a journey to develop Derry/Strabane into a place of Hope.….
We are having a meeting on 10th March at 11:00am in the Holywell Building, Bishop Street.  If you are interested in being involved, come and join us.  
Contact Marie Dunne 
marie92dunne@gmail.com or Roisin roisin@nwcn.org 028 7126 1941

 Keadue Community Grants Fund 

Keadue Community Grants Fund was established by a local family to provide support to local organisations tackling the growing social need in Derry City and surrounding Waterside areas.

Organisations and constituted groups which are supporting local people through short and long term crises caused by a range of social factors including issues such as poverty, addiction, and low educational attainment, can apply for a grant. The organisations which support people can also apply for running costs to maintain the support offered to those in crisis and need.

Social factors can include but are not exclusive to: poverty, ill health, addiction, disability, family breakdown, abuse, bereavement, loneliness and isolation, or low educational attainment.

For the shortlisting process we will prioritise organisations that:

  • Are embedded in the local community and can evidence knowledge of local issues ;
  • Can provide impact stories of meeting need;
  • Can provide long term support to the people they are helping if needed;
  • Can specify organisational need;
  • Recognises the need to provide skills-building for staff and volunteers;
  • Are well regarded in the local community, and if needed, can provide 2 references

Closing Date: Mar 6, 2023 13:00

Further details available 


4 Winter Warm Spaces Support Grants - 2023

Connection and engagement for older people is often dependent on access to a space suitable to host groups. We know that the costs of this are often a major expense for small community groups and charities, and that these costs have been rising recently. 

This year McCarthy Stone foundation would like to provide some support for the many small clubs and organisations across the country providing a regular warm space for older people in their community to come together, for example, lunch clubs, coffee mornings, or memory cafes. We are making £30,000 of funding available to those grassroots groups, often led by volunteers, who need a little extra help over the winter months. 

The funding will be awarded in grants of £750, meaning there are 40 grants available. Applications are now open and will close at the end of February. 

Funding will be prioritised to grassroots groups with annual income less than £100,000 p.a. and less than 6 months of free reserves. To qualify, your club must be independent, with its own constitution and bank account. Grants cannot be paid to individuals or profit-making organisations (you can read our Grant Making Policy on our website at 
www.mccarthystonefoundation.org under 'policies'). 

We’re looking forward to reading about your work. regrettably due to the high volumes of applications we receive, it is not possible to provide individual feedback on each application. 

If you wish to submit any supporting documents or images, please do so directly to our Foundation Manager 

Short application form available 


5 New Round Of Housing And Homelessness Programme Set To Open

Online information sessions are now available for the new round of the Community Solutions to Housing and Homelessness programme.

The programme, which supports the development of project ideas and community solutions to challenges on Housing and Homelessness issues, brings project teams through a creative problem solving and seed fund process to support the development, testing and delivery of new ideas and collaborations that will address the root causes of housing issues and homelessness, stimulating innovation and creativity in the delivery of services and campaigns for change.

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is now seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals with lived experience and organisations (including any non-profit, social enterprise or statutory organisations working in Northern Ireland) interested in working with others to develop a solution to one or more of these challenges.

To find out more or to register for one of our online information sessions:


The Community Solutions to Housing and Homelessness programme will open for applications for project teams from Monday 6th March - Thursday 23rd March 2023.


6 Ulster University Help to Grow Programme Marketing

At Ulster University Business School, we are delighted to be delivering the Help to Grow: Management course. 
This is a practical leadership and management training programme designed to help SMEs boost their performance, resilience and long-term growth.  It provides an excellent opportunity for SMEs to access a unique executive development programme in Northern Ireland.  Developed by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial strategy the course is designed to be undertaken alongside full-time work through a combination of online and face-to-face sessions.  
The programme duration is 12 weeks across 50 hours-time commitment.  The practically focused, high-quality curriculum supports SMEs to build capabilities in leadership, innovation, digital adoption, employee engagement, marketing, responsible business and financial management. By the end of the programme SMEs will develop a business growth plan, supported by dedicated programme mentors, to lead their business to release its full potential.  The programme is 90% subsidised by government and is open to SMEs who have been in operation for at least one year with a minimum of 5 and maximum of 249 employees. 
The programme is suitable for SMEs across all sectors and industries.  Ulster University Business School will be delivering the next course in Derry/Londonderry starting on 8th March 2023.  Full programme details can be found 
You can also contact Rachael Withers if you require further information (email 


 7 FREE - Workplace Health Support Service  

Registrations of interest now open for 2023

Work Well Live Well is a regional workplace health support service funded by the Public Health Agency and established in 2016.

Developing Healthy Communities currently leads on the 2020-2023 contract for Western Trust Area and its Health@Work NI team works within three distinct levels of commitment from employers. These are part of a continuum in which employers and employees work within an ongoing continual improvement process for Workplace Health and Wellbeing (WHO 2010). 

What We Offer
  • An opportunity to complete an employee workplace health and wellbeing survey to determine employee health priorities
  • A comprehensive report outlining the health of employees to inform a three year health and wellbeing action plan
  • Assistance with the development and implementation of a three year workplace health and wellbeing action plan
  • Health Champion Training for employees in your workplace to drive forward a three year action plan
  • Access to further workplace health training including Mental Health First Aid and networking opportunities for Health Champions
  • Access to health promotion talks/campaigns and for employees
  • Provision of resources for health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Support from an experienced Health@Work NI workplace health and wellbeing team 
To register your interest click on the link  https://www.dhcni.com/forms/register-for-work-well-live-well-program


8 Consultation Coffee: Suicide postvention

The Public Health Agency is consulting on services for individuals who have been bereaved by suicide, and wants to provide a consistent, compassionate approach to supporting those bereaved or affected by suicide.

Join Developing Healthy Communities to hear more about the role that communities and voluntary organisations could play in supporting those exposed to suicide or suicidal behaviour, and to let us how you think we at Developing Healthy Communities should respond to the public consultation.

What is a consultation coffee?
We recognise that not everyone has the time or energy to submit a formal response to every public consultation, no matter how much they may want to. Our consultation coffee events are a casual online chat with our friends and colleagues in the community and voluntary sector to make sure that our consultation responses reflect the thoughts and views of those in our community.

  • When Weds 1 March, 12noon
  • Where On Zoom
  • Who Friends and colleagues from the community and voluntary sector, conversation led by Lisa Archibald, Families Voices Forum

Register now


9  Local Policing Plan Consultation

As a police service we care, we listen and we act for all communities in Northern Ireland.  As part of this process we are seeking your views to develop the local policing priorities for your area. 

What decisions would you make if you were in charge of policing in your area?  What do you think the priorities are and where do you think the resources should go?

If you are unsure how to complete the Prioritisation Simulator, you can watch a two minute tutorial, Click here
Note: This tutorial indicates that you can add comments after every section; this functionality has been removed.

With your input we will develop a plan, alongside our Policing & Community Safety Partnership, which focuses on what matters to you and your community.

We are inviting you to try the prioritisation simulator and provide your feedback.


10 Future Schools: Supporting Sustainable Primary School Provision

The Integrated Education Fund and Ulster University are now inviting communities, parents and schools to come along to an information session about the Future Schools Project and how this can support local communities to determine their own pathways.
We have to date organised the following events but please feel free to get in touch if you would like an event organised in another area.
2 March: The Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane,  
16 March: Killyhevlin Lakeview Hotel, Enniskillen,  https://FutureSchools2.eventbrite.co.uk
28 March: The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine, https://FutureSchools3.eventbrite.co.uk
5 April: The Junction, Dungannon, https://FutureSchools4.eventbrite.co.uk

The Future Schools Project provides support for school communities to undertake self-evaluation in relation to school sustainability and also provides guidance on how communities can be engaged to ensure that everyone who lives in the area can have their views heard regarding education preferences. The Project has been developed by researchers at Ulster University (UU) with support from project partner the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) and with funding received from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

A detailed toolkit has been created as part of the project that aims to empower and support schools and communities to identify what pathways and solutions would work best in their local area.

This information session will include a presentation by the Ulster University team on the Future Schools Project, how the toolkit can be used by school communities as well as discuss any questions relevant to their local area and context. The event will finish with refreshments and a light lunch.

If you would like more information, or to register, please click the relevant Eventbrite link above or contact: 

The Future Schools Toolkit is available on the Ulster University website: www.ulster.ac.uk/futureschools


11 Telling your Story with Impact

24 Feb 6-8pm including dinner
The Light Space Pennyburn Industrial Estate.

Do you tell your story with impact? Not sure or know you need help? Join us on Friday 24th Feb 6-8pm for a bite to eat and some helpful tips, critic and advice from International Story teller Liz Weir (Armstrong Storytelling Trust) and Eden Project Communities.

Meet people with their own community interests and enjoy good conversation, learning about each-other’s community ideas. Test how we might improve our elevator pitch and grab the attention and understanding of funders, media and most importantly, our communities!

This is not your typical training, it’s a mix of informal sharing and advice.

Join us, whatever your level!
Free entry, booking essential.
Everyone welcome – this is an opportunity to meet other community minded people too.

Eden Project Communities (more-human.co.uk)


12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Webinar "Recipes for high-quality educational events”
  • Youth@Work - Rural development, inclusive growth and youth work
  • Training & support for organisations active in the volunteering actions in the European Solidarity Corps
  • PEER to PEER to make it CLEAR
  • Get into Volunteering Projects for ALL
  • Partnership building activity
  • "We get free together"
  • Call for Trainers


13 Cinema for the QU(EARS)

Open call for young lgbtqia+ creatives (musicians, writers, poets, artists...) to work with us to create a new immersive audio artwork.

  • Are you aged between 12 and 18 and living in a rural area in the North West?
  • Are you interested in the arts?
  • Perhaps you write songs, or poetry, or play a musical instrument.
  • Perhaps you are a member of a drama group, or a creative writing group. 

If you can imagine new things and want to express yourself, then this might be the project for you!

Between March and July 2023 we will get together regularly as a group to create the soundtrack for a new audio artwork to be presented as an immersive installation at the Alley Theatre in Strabane and Roe Valley Arts Centre in Limavady. 

With help from workshop leaders, you will use sounds to build up an imaginary cinema soundtrack - Cinema for the qu(ears) - using recordings from daily life, songs you might compose during the project, interviews with friends and family, or imagined sound created in a studio. The content of the soundtrack can be anything you wish - the only limits are the limits of your imagination!

Workshops will be held in Limavady or Strabane depending on which is closest to where you live.

If you are interested in taking part, please sign up using the link on www.northernlightsproject.org

Follow us on instagram! @northernlights_project

For more information, contact peter@northernlightsproject.org 

14 Rainbow Project's Exhibition for LGBTQIA+ History Month

 Open Day Exhibition - Saturday 25th February from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Foyle Centre
This exhibition is to celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Month and includes a collection and pieces around queer history, people, culture and events. This is a public event open to anyone to pop in during the day, grab a cuppa and walk through the exhibit. 

It’s completely free, including a film screening we’ll have on the day (limited spaces) and if anyone has any questions feel free to email 
james@rainbow-project.org or call 02871 283030 / 07904864801
For more information go to - 

15 Gathering on February 25th

Our next Gathering is on its way on the 25th February in Eglinton Community Hall from 1pm - 5pm, registration from 2pm

You are invited to bring your banners, seeds/bulbs or plants to share(and you will receive a small bag of potting  compost)
  • Modelling Community Resilence in Eglinton
  • Veggie and seed swap
  • Community Larder
  • Community Orchard
  • Mobouy Dump Campaign: 'Buried' BBC Radio 4 discussion
  • Gathering Highlights
  • Creche and children's activities on the day
For further information email: theenvironmentalgathering@gmail.com 16 Energy of Light Kids and Juniors Disco - Millennium Forum - THIS SATURDAY

Come join the Energy of Light Disco - A monthly disco event for people living with a disability.
Join us for an inclusive and accessible evening of dancing, fun, and lots of good vibes this Saturday.
  • Sat 25th February 2023
  • Kids, 0-8 - 4pm - 5pm
  • Juniors, 9-14 - 5pm - 6pm
  • Tickets £3.00, Carers and Parents Go Free!
Come along, Get your groove on and show us your moves!
17 ‘Ask for ANI’ scheme to be piloted in four Jobs & Benefits offices

‘Ask for ANI’ domestic abuse codeword scheme to be piloted in four Jobs & Benefits offices

The Department wishes to inform you that a scheme which allows domestic abuse victims to receive emergency help, is to be piloted in four Jobs & Benefits offices (JBos)

The ‘Ask for ANI’ codeword scheme provides anyone at risk of abuse with support in accessing help and a safe space in which to do so.

The ‘Action Needed Immediately (ANI)’ scheme launched in pharmacies in January 2021. Due to its success, the scheme is now being extended to include four of the Department’s Jobs & Benefits offices.

Each office will take part in a nine-month pilot with specialist staff at each location trained to help those suffering, or at risk of, abuse. Safe spaces will be available in Armagh, Andersonstown, Larne and Lisnagelvin JBos where individuals who ask for ‘ANI’ will be brought to a safe, private room.

The ‘ANI’ codeword alerts staff that a victim is seeking immediate, urgent help. A clear process will be in place to help them provide necessary support. Their role focuses on offering individuals a quiet, private space to contact specialist services who can advise and support accordingly.

The Department for Communities is fully committed to the Executive’s Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland Strategy and the NICS Domestic and Sexual Abuse Policy


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