NWCN Ebulletin 23 February 2022


1 ‌New Training Opportunities with NWCN
Asda Foundation: new revised funding schemes
3 Police Property Fund Grant Schemes
4 Advance Care Planning Seed Grants Up to £2000 available
5 Arts Council: Small Grants Programme
6 Village Catalyst Grant Scheme
7 Northern Ireland Family Fund: Helping Disabled Children
8 Strategic Growth Plan Consultation
Have your say into the new Good Relations Audit and Strategy for DCSDC 
10 Physical Activity, Wellbeing & Sport Strategy update
11 Free Motivational Interviewing Level 2 Training Opportunity
12 Dianchúrsa SnaG - Irish Language Weekend Course
13 Counselling Volunteering Opportunities at Childline Foyle
14 Community Dialogue are recruiting – Admin and Communications Officer
15 ECNI Commissioner Vacancies
16 Strathfoyle Library - What's On

1 New Training Opportunities with NWCN

Please see below for the latest training offers from NWCN, due to places remaining this has now been opened up for everyone.

Fundraising: Developing a Case for Support
Thursday 24th February 2022
10:00am - 1:00pm
Via Zoom
This half day training will be delivered by NICVA, and will help organisations to:

  • understand the needs of funders and be proposal ready
  • understand the content needed to create a ‘Case for Support’ document to support fundraising efforts and communications. 


  • The Fundraising Cycle – preparation and communication
  • What are funders looking for?
  • Being Proposal Ready
  • What is a Case for Support?
  • What to include in your Case for Support
  • Preparing a budget for funders
  • Applying the Case for Support to Funding Proposals/Applications
  • Group discussions and Q&A throughout session

Social Media Training

Tuesday 22nd & Thursday 24th March
10:00am-12:00 noon

Facilitated by Suzanne Rodgers 
This will be an in person event taking place at DiverseCity Community Partnership, Bishop Street.
Light lunch & refreshments provided!

Social media can be a cost effective asset to any organisation. If used to full advantage it can reach a wide audience, publicise specific events and attract new volunteers or clients. This is an opportunity to be guided through the process of developing an effective social media plan, creating engaging content while recognising and avoiding the pitfalls.

Over two short sessions develop your social media voice and find the platform that is right for you.
Please note that you must commit to attending both sessions.

If you are interested in attending either event, please email info@nwcn.org to book your place

If you would like to renew your NWCN membership please complete our membership form 

2 Asda Foundation: new revised funding schemes

Empowering Local Communities Grant

This grant is designed to support a broad range of activities helping to transform communities and improve lives. We know every community need is different and therefore we will support and fund what is needed and important to your community. What do local groups in your area need support for? What would make the biggest difference for the people in your community?

Grant Round 1 February – April 2022
  • Groups may apply for one Empowering Local Communities grant per year to a maximum value of £1500 and minimum value of £500.
  • Applications must be submitted to your local Community Champion between 14th February-15th April and activities must start/take place before 5th June 2022.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks before your activity to give enough processing time.

U18 Better Starts Grant
Following the pandemic, we believe that groups supporting young people, under the age of 18, are particularly in need of our support and focus, so this year we will invest £500k into our U18 Better Starts Grant programme. This grant will help give children the best start in life, tackle poverty, inclusion and wellbeing. This grant will enable us to support a broad range of activities for this age group all of which can contribute towards empowering the community and improving the lives of children in that area. Even within this specific age group, we know every community need is different and therefore we will support and fund what is needed and important to your community

There are four options to choose from under this grant.
Supporting Essentials
Being Active
Improving Wellbeing
Celebrating and Bringing Children Together
  • Groups may apply for one U18 Better Starts grant per year to a maximum of £1500 and minimum £500.
  • Applications must be submitted to your local Community Champion between 14th February-15th April  and activities must start/take place before 5th June 2022.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks before your activity to give enough processing time.
Full details of both funds are available here


 Police Property Fund Grant Schemes

The Police Property Fund Small Grants Scheme 2nd Call is now open for eligible projects grants of between £1000 and £10,000.

The Police Property Fund is made up of assets recovered by the PSNI as a result of criminal investigations, and administered by the Board in line with the Police (Property) Regulations NI 1997. 

Applications for funding will need to demonstrate that the project:

  • Engages with local police;
  • Contributes to building community safety and/or confidence in the police in your area; and
  • Is aligned to a charitable purpose.

You can apply online through downloading the application form below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at policepropertyfund@nipolicingboard.org.uk 

The deadline for receipt of applications is: 12.00 noon on Thursday 12 May 2022

Full details available here


4 Advance Care Planning Seed Grants Up to £2000 available

The last two years have been challenging for all. The pandemic increased the number of people who died in Northern Ireland. It disrupted the funerals of those who died from other causes and how we could grieve. It impacted how care could be offered. It created all sorts of losses big and small in people’s lives. It brought what really matters to people into sharp focus.
We are inviting communities to reflect on this. To use their creativity to show each other what matters and how we might keep that central in our lives and planning for our futures.
This new Seed Grant programme offers supports for creative responses from communities across Northern Ireland seeking to reflect on their experience of the pandemic, and plan ahead.
Advance Care Planning Seed Grants are to support creative projects which encourage people to start conversations about their future wishes, now, What is most important to us? How can those things most vital to us remain central to our lives?
The call out is designed to encourage as wide a group of people as possible to apply with a simple application process and lots of support. 
What to do next:
Successful applicants will receive:
1)         Up to £2000 Seed Grant.
2)         Bespoke support to developing their initial idea by the end of March 2022
3)         Peer support to enable your project to be delivered in 2022.
4)         Opportunity to showcase your community and its idea.

Application Process;   
Grants of up to £2,000 are available with up to 15 awards on offer.
Application form available here
Please send any queries to saika.akram@hscni.net
The ambition is for people to find out more and normalise conversations about Advance Care Planning. For details see https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/what-advance-care-planning


5  Arts Council: Small Grants Programme

The aim of this programme is to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.

We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work.

Platinum Jubilee Projects
The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of HM The Queen’s reign. The Arts Council welcomes arts-based Jubilee projects via our Small Grants Programme in line with the general aims of the scheme. Successful projects must be completed by the end of 2022; applicants will note that the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend will be on 5 June 2022.


We welcome applications from the widest possible range of organisations. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution.

•  Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits
•  Groups of organisations working together to deliver specific projects
•  formally constituted parent-teacher associations

Deadline for applications: Friday 31st March 2023 at 12pm

Full details available here

6 Village Catalyst Grant Scheme

The Village Catalyst grant scheme is a partnership initiative between the Department for Communities (DfC), the Department for Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). Applications are invited from charities, social enterprise and other not for profit groups in rural villages of less than 5,000 people, who want to tackle rural poverty and social isolation in their area, by developing a sustainable use for a disused historic building in their village.

You can see examples of the sort of projects supported in the our pilot.

Support is available for communities to:

  • Carry out viability work (up to £10k),
  • Develop their plans (up to £20k)
  • Deliver their project (up to £200k).

Please read the guidance here and then contact the Village Catalyst team at villagecatalystsupport@communities-ni.gov.uk to request the relevant application form.


 7 Northern Ireland Family Fund: Helping Disabled Children

If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child, we might be able to help. There are three things to consider when applying to Family Fund:

  1. Are your family eligible? We help families living in the UK on low incomes. Check our eligibility criteria to find out if this could be you.
  2. If you have applied to us before, check when you can you apply again.
  3. Is your child eligible? We use our own criteria to assess your child or young person’s additional support needs. Look at our child and young person eligibility criteria to see if we might be able to help.
  4. Get an application form. If you've read the information and think you would be eligible, you can get started right now and register to apply onlinedownload an application pack or we can send a pack to you.
  5. We cannot provide an additional grant for a further child within the same family until 12 months have been reached since a previous grant was applied for. Please note that the time frame of an application for grants are family specific and not child specific. 
    (For example if you apply for a grant on 13/12/2021 for child 1, you cannot make another grant for any other child within the same family until 13/12/2022)

Applying for the first time? You can now register and apply online.

Full details available here


8 Strategic Growth Plan Consultation

DCSDC is seeking the public’s views on the revised Strategic Growth Plan for Derry and Strabane, charting the progress to date on a wide range of outcomes.
A nine week consultation on the draft revised plan began on Monday 14th February 2022 and will run until Monday 14th April 2022
Please see the link below to the Grow Derry/Strabane website which provides the information in relation to the consultation and how to respond/contribute:



9  Have your say into the new Good Relations Audit and Strategy for DCSDC 

Every three years Derry City and Strabane District Council updates its good relations strategy and action plan.  The strategy is supported by The Executive Office who, along with Council, are committed to agree an action plan that tackles the key issues and provides support to communities to work on-the-ground.
The action plan will include specific programmes, grant aid, ideas for working with children and young people, promote shared and safer communities, and support cultural expression, in line with the Together: Building a United Community strategy.
We do want to make sure what we deliver in the strategy and action plan is aligned with what communities are telling us.
Therefore, we are asking you to:

  1. Complete a relatively short on-line survey in total confidence to summarise your views on the issues that need addressed and your ideas for the action plan.  The link to complete the survey is below:
  1. Come along to a special on-line community consultation workshop at 6pm on Thursday 24th February.  The link to register for the workshop is below:



10 Physical Activity, Wellbeing & Sport Strategy update

Derry City and Strabane District Council is preparing a Physical Activity, Wellbeing & Sport Strategy for the period 2022-2027. The strategy will demonstrate how the Council will deliver and enable others to deliver a range of physical activity, wellbeing and sport services.

There will be six online public workshops that will take place from Wednesday 9th March until Wednesday 16th March.  You can register for each individual workshop by clicking on the following link

Wednesday 9 March 1.00pm      https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/231255600727
Thursday 10 March 7.00pm       https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/231256393097 
Friday 11 March 10.00am          
Monday 14 March 7.00pm         https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/231257225587
Tuesday 15 March 10.00am       https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/231258048047
Wednesday 16 March 1.00pm    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/231258228587

Our three online surveys will also remain open during February and can be accessed at:
Individual / Residents – https://bit.ly/3IrbCGE
This survey is for individuals and residents. Completing it will get you thinking about the importance of being active and how active you are at the moment
Activity Provider – https://bit.ly/3dFrG9T
This survey is for clubs, groups and organisations that delivery opportunities for physical activity, wellbeing or sports activities. If you are a sports club, youth group, community organisation, commercial/private operator, church group or senior citizens group, this survey is for you

Education - https://bit.ly/3Dnkv0k
This survey is for the education sector.  If your school, college or university delivers opportunities for physical activity, wellbeing or sport this survey is for you


11 Free Motivational Interviewing Level 2 Training Opportunity

This workshop is designed for everyone who wishes to further develop their skills in supporting people to change their behaviour.  The workshop is suitable for mental health professionals and counsellors.  It will be of particular interest to those assisting people who wish to change their thinking or behaviour including diet, substance use, exercise routine, medication adherence, criminal behaviour, or any other health or lifestyle behaviour.

*This specific skills training workshop is a progress workshop from the ‘Motivational Interviewing – Level 1’ training.  Only participants who have completed the level 1 course may attend this.

Course 1 (4 x sessions)
Date:  28th February 7th, 14th & 21st March 2022
Course 2 (4 x sessions)
Date: 4th, 11th, 25th March & 1st April 2022
Sessions will be delivered online via Zoom, from 9.30am - 1pm  

Please Note: The Clear Project will be using the new booking system for this training.  Please ensure you
 Register on the site first before you book your place.  

Download Flyer
Book your place


12 Dianchúrsa SnaG - Irish Language Weekend Course

Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th March
Physical and online classes available
2 day cost: £25

Live Classes: 10:00 -16:00
Online Classes: 10:00-15:00

Register now


13 Counselling Volunteering Opportunities at Childline Foyle

Childline Foyle are currently recruiting counselling volunteers for evening and weekend shifts.
These volunteering opportunities are fantastic for anyone over the over the age of 16 years and above to gain experience for their future career and working life.
Full counselling training is given which is completed online, there are a wide range of dates to choose from so it can be completed at a time and day that suits your own needs and other commitments. 
Following the completion of the Childline counselling training, which in particular focuses on the child centred approach and solution focus therapy,  volunteers will then be able to complete live counselling shifts in the Childline Foyle base as part of a national service that is striving to protect children from all harm and work with others being proactive on safeguarding children from abuse.
If you, or anyone in your team, would like to volunteer for Chidline #TEAMFOYLE please register your interest on the attached link that will take you to a page where you can register and sign up to one of our Volunteer Information Sessions, at this session you will hear further information about the volunteering role.

NSPCC Volunteering | Job description
14 Community Dialogue are recruiting – Admin and Communications Officer

Job Part-time
Administration / Communications Officer
Community Dialogue

Closing Date Monday 7th March 2022 @ 5pm

Job Role Provision of comprehensive and efficient administration and communications services.

Place of Work Working from homeCentral Office is The Duncairn, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast.

Salary £22,183 to £24,491 depending upon experience, pro rata

Hours per week 15 delivered over 3-days per subject to agreement.

Period of employment This post is initially funded until October 2022 with a view to extending this period subject to funding

Web www.communitydialogue.org

Community Dialogue is an organisation committed to a dialogue process, developed over the years, to help transform understanding and build trust amongst people who often hold opposing political, social and religious views.

We are seeking to recruit an experienced part-time administrative and communications officer supporting the Board and staff of Community Dialogue in the delivery of our consensus-building dialogue and capacity-building training programme with marginalized citizens.

This position is part-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund

Interviews Interviews will be conducted on Zoom. Dates and times to be confirmed.

CD Ad-Com Desc 2022
CD Ad-Com App-Monitor Form Jan 2022 


15 ECNI Commissioner Vacancies

Position: Equality Commissioner
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is seeking to appoint eight new Commissioners to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

The Commissioner for Public Appointments regulates appointments to the Equality Commission and the Secretary of State, in accordance with the provisions set out in the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

These roles are are part-time with an expected time commitment of approximately 2-3 days per month, plus occasional evening and weekend meetings. The positions have a term of three years and attract an annual remuneration of £5,000. Closing date is 27 February 2022.

Those interested in applying should download the application pack from the 
Cabinet Office's public appointments website

Further details can be found here

16 Strathfoyle Library - What's On

Rhythm and Rhyme Every Thursday from 10:30am to 11:00am.
Rhythm and Rhyme sessions introduce parents and children aged 0 - 4 years to the wonder of rhymes, songs and stories.

Cryptic Corner  Every Monday from 11:00am to 12 noon.
Indulge in Mindfulness exercises by completing Sudokus, Crosswords and Jigsaw puzzles in a tranquil setting.

Basic IT One-to-One Session Booking is essential

Tea and Newspapers  Every morning from 11:00am-12pm

Lego Club  Every Friday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.
Come along to have Lego building fun. Fun and creative ideas for things to make and build. For children aged 8+.

After Schools Club  Everyday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.
Need an environment to relax with peers, read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books or access free internet? Come along to Strathfoyle Library to unwind after your school day.

Children’s Mindful Colouring Every Monday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
Mindful Colouring-in can be a most beneficial exercise for children. Strathfoyle Library offer the ideal environment for children to relax, indulge in their own creativity and have their artwork showcased.

Adult Reading Group  Fourth Monday of every month from 6:30pm to 7:45pm.
Adult Reading Groups are a great opportunity for members to join in some lively literary discussions in a relaxed, friendly environment. The groups encourage people to read for pleasure, share their enthusiasm and express opinions about books and their authors.

Adult Discussion Group  Every 4th Monday of the month from 6:30pm to 7:45pm.
Come along to talk about local global events in a relaxing environment.

Seasonal Storytelling and Craft Sessions
Contact us for more details

Contact details: 028 7186 0385 / 
Strathfoyle Library (librariesni.org.uk) 


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