NWCN Ebulletin 23 March 2022

1 BBC Children in Need announce £3m Youth Social Action Fund
2 The Road Safety Trust Small Grants
3 CRC Online Funding Information Session 
4 Lifelong Learning Festival & Learning Hubs
5 Can you spot low health literacy? Training opportunity
6 Volunteer Now - April OFFER!
7 Accredited Conflict Management and Mediation Skills Workshop
8 Reduce your risk to hormone disrupting chemicals online session
9 Join our conversation on the future of travel, our streets and places
10 Global Intergenerational Week   
11 RNID Hearing Aid User Support Service
12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
13 North West Border Regions Virtual Jobs Fair 2022
14 Public Appointment Competition: Certification Officer for NI
15 Final week of Sampler & Upcoming Events at Void Gallery
16 Craft Fair at Destined

1 BBC Children in Need announce £3m Youth Social Action Fund

BBC Children in Need, in partnership with the #iwill Fund and The Hunter Foundation, has announced they are delivering a £3million fund to support organisations to embed youth social action across the UK.

The BBC Children in Need Youth Social Action Fund will help to build children and young people’s confidence and skills and will empower them to take an active and leading role in developing solutions to issues which affect their lives and their communities. Social action involves activities such as influencing, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable young people to make a positive difference in their communities as well as develop their own skills and knowledge.

The fund especially aims to reach:

  • organisations who focus on addressing issues of disadvantage affecting children and young people
  • children and young people who have some experience of social action and want to develop their skills and experience to do more.
  • children and young people who have no experience of social action work at all but want to find out what it is all about.
To apply to this fund, you must sign up to a one hour information session. If you cannot make a session, they will send you the link to a recorded session. They are only making application forms available to organisations who have attended an information session or have received a recorded session. Sign up to an information session by the 8th April.

Full details available 


2 The 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 maximum project length under this grant programme is 24 months. In 2022 the minimum amount is £10,000 and the maximum is £30,000 over two years in total. All small grants projects should have other sources of funding, cash or in-kind.

Full details available 


 CRC Online Funding Information Session 

The Community Relations Council is running an online information session devoted to funding.

The event will cover information on the various grant schemes and funding available from the Community Relations Council.

It is taking place on Thursday 24 March 2022 at 7 PM.

To register for this event please email Paul Killen on pkillen@nicrc.org.uk


4 Lifelong Learning Festival & Learning Hubs

Derry and Strabane Learning City are hosting their 2nd Lifelong Learning Festival in April (25-29) 2022. 

The Lifelong Learning Festival is a key part of our plan to raise awareness of Derry and Strabane as a learning city. Derry and Strabane joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2019 with a focus on using learning to tackle inequalities, by removing barriers to learning, making learning accessible to everyone in the city, and, crucially, making learning enjoyable.

The festival aim is to showcase the wonderful range of learning opportunities that already exists in the Derry City and Strabane region and encourage the participation of people of all age groups, backgrounds, and locations.

As part of the festival, we are hosting 2 learning hubs in The Alley Theatre on the 31st of March, and Foyleside Shopping Centre on the 1st of April, both are running from 12pm-5pm.

The purpose of the Hubs is to promote the festival, and to offer bitesize learning opportunities that will encourage learners of all ages to take up something new! 

For further information contact 
learning.city@derrystrabane.com. or see website


5 Can you spot low health literacy? Training opportunity

Health literacy is about our knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence to be able to use health and care information and services to make good health decisions (Western Health Literacy Delivery Partnership 2019)

This is a 2.5hr facilitated and interactive online training session, facilitated by Community Development & Health Network (CDHN) via Zoom. It will help participants to become more aware of the health literacy needs of the people they support, identify low health literacy levels, and equip them with practical tools and techniques to develop their health literacy practice.  Content will be developed to ensure activities, break out room discussions and examples have a focus on mental health, emotional wellbeing, and suicide prevention.

* Final Date Available *
Tuesday 12th April 2022
10:30am to 1:00pm

Booking Essential

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. 

Health Literacy Flyer
Book your place


6 Volunteer Now - April OFFER!
To celebrate the launch of our new training calendar, we have an offer available for all participants booking onto our new Building Foundations Series of courses in April:
Book a place on all four Building Foundations courses in April and get a FREE place on any volunteer management course of your choice later in the year – Saving up to £42!
Building Foundations Series:
Building the foundations of good volunteer management
The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers  -  
5 April 2022  |  2-3.30pm
The New Environment: Volunteer Induction  -  6 April 2022  |  11am-12pm
The New Environment: Support & Supervision of Volunteers  -   12 April 2022  |  10am-12pm
The New Environment: Volunteers & the Law  -  13 April 2022  |  10am-12.30pm
To view the full training calendar, please go to 
We have more offers throughout the year so keep an eye on our website and social media channels!
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/volunteernowenterprises/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VNEnterprise
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerNow/


 7 Accredited Conflict Management and Mediation Skills Workshop

Northern Ireland Open College Network (Level 1 – 1 Credit)
Venue:    Holywell Trust Building, 10 -14 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PW 
Dates:     30 March 2022
Time        9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost:       Free as funding has been secured
Who for?
This course is designed for Good Relations Officers, Project Officers, Community Relations Officers and anyone who work with diverse groups.
Workshop Aims

  • To introduce participants to the principles of Conflict Management and the use of Mediation as tool for resolving conflict.
  • Explain to participants that Mediation is a process, which helps people in dispute to have a difficult conversation with each other that enables them to work through their issues and hopefully reach an agreeable outcome.
  • To give participants an overview of the Learning Outcomes for the course and explain the Northern Ireland Open College Network Accreditation procedure.
At the end of the Workshop the participants will be able to: -
  • Identify different ways people deal with conflict
  • Be aware of the skills of a mediator
  • Have an understanding of how mediation works in practice
  • Help disputing parties create their own agreements
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of co-mediation.

Please find further details and registration form attached.


8 Reduce your risk to hormone disrupting chemicals online session

Please see attached 
flyer for information on our next FREE online session for “Work Well Live Well” in partnership with Pink Ladies Cancer Support group.
Reduce your risk to hormone disrupting  chemicals
Online via zoom:
Thursday 12th April 10.30am – 11.30am.
To book your place email 


9  Join our conversation on the future of travel, our streets and places

Imtac has launched a conversation about how we ensure that travel, our streets and places are inclusive and accessible in the future. You can view the draft paper 

The past two years have been hugely challenging for everyone but in many ways COVID simply highlighted and worsened the inequalities experienced by Deaf people, disabled people and older people before the pandemic happened. 
For the past year Imtac members have been looking at what needs to change to ensure a post-pandemic society is fairer and more inclusive. This conversation cannot ignore the challenge of climate change and how we ensure a just transition to Net Zero. We have produced a draft paper detailing key principles and priority actions we believe are essential parts of delivering accessible and inclusive travel, streets and places. We have attached a word version of the paper. Copies in other formats are available by contacting us directly.
Before we publish the paper we want to have a conversation with Deaf people, disabled people, older people, carers and others including service providers and policy makers. We are looking for feedback about the paper and particularly want to hear about important issues which you think haven't been addressed.
You can get involved in the conversation in a number of ways:

  • We will be running a series of online workshops using ZOOM. The first two workshops will take place on Tuesday 29th March (12.30pm - 2pm and 7.00pm - 8.30pm)
  • We have developed a short online survey for people to give feedback
  • We would encourage people to give us feedback and comments by contacting us directly by telephone or email
  • We are also happy to attend physical or virtual meetings organised by stakeholders to discuss the paper

The survey and registration for the first two workshops can be completed online using the following link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7FHRFSR.  You can also register or complete the survey by contacting us by email or telephone.
Unfortunately at this stage we have only BSL interpreters for the first workshops. We are committed to holding further workshops which include both ISL and BSL interpreters and will advertise dates in due course. 
Tel/Textphone: 028 9072 6020
www.accessibletravelni.org or www.imtac.org.uk


10 Global Intergenerational Week   

Event booking - now open!

Join LGNI online to hear inspiring stories, examples, and ideas of intergenerational growing, cooking and eating activities as part of the Food for Life Get Togethers Project

Sign up

Sign up for this inspiring session, featuring the outstanding achievements of some of our LGNI Intergenerational Champions!
Sign up


Take a look at our resources to inspire you!
Global Intergenerational Week ideas 
There are a range of activities to choose from, suitable for any setting

Download Resources

Design an intergenertional Easter Egg to share!
Why not get creative and share your designs with someone from a different generation? To make it an extra Happy Easter.

Easter Egg Download



11 RNID Hearing Aid User Support Service

This is a socially distanced drop off and pick up service. Please follow the instructions below to help us keep everyone safe.

Hearing aids must be placed in a labelled envelope with name and contact details. They will be collected at the entrance and brought inside for maintenance.  Users can wait in their car or return later to collect hearing aids. Hearing aids can be dropped off by friends or family members.
Place:  Carnhill Resource Centre, 42 Racecourse Road, Derry, BT48 8DA
Date: Thursday 24th March 2021
Time: 11am-12.30pm

Contact details: MaryCruickshank/07918767646
Web: www.rnid.org.uk


12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see below for latest offers from Salto Youth:

Be active! Make a change in 2020! Seminar

17 - 24 April 2022 | Ashford, United Kingdom
“Be active! Make a change in 2020!”, a 7-day-lasting international seminar with different 8 countries involved: Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, Latvia, Italy, Turkey and United Kingdom, designed for youth worker to improve communication and social skills
Organizer: Tree of Colours CIC (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 2 April 2022

See details

Call for Trainers

Call for experts Mentoring and coaching under researchEuropean Solidarity Corps Resource Centre is looking for:
You can apply as team of experts (minim of 3 persons involved), company etc.
Application deadline: 10.04.2022

online version.


13 North West Border Regions Virtual Jobs Fair 2022

The Department for Communities, in collaboration with the Department of Social Protection & the Cross-Border Partnership for Public Employment (CBPES), will be holding the North West Border Regions Virtual Jobs Fair 2022 on Tuesday 29th March from 10am - 3pm.
This event will be attended by a number of employers from a variety of sectors from the North West border regions, who will have their vacancies promoted on our electronic jobs board. 
It will provide a fantastic opportunity for graduates, jobseekers, and people looking to change careers to learn about local companies who are currently recruiting 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. 
Here is the link to view and register for North West Border Regions Virtual Jobfair page - 

14 Public Appointment Competition: Certification Officer for NI

The Department for the Economy will be advertising an open competition on 24th and 25th March 2022 in the three main local papers to recruit a new Certification Officer (CO) for Northern Ireland.

A public appointment gives individuals from different backgrounds and with specific skills and experience a chance to help make decisions that affect all our lives. Public appointments are a great opportunity to give something back to the community, whilst developing your own skills.

The CO is an independent statutory person. The CO's functions include maintaining lists of trade unions and employers’ associations, certifying the independence of unions, ensuring that proper accounting records are kept and annual returns are made, overseeing mergers, investigating the financial affairs of unions and employers’ associations and approving political fund rules of Northern Ireland-based unions. The CO is also responsible for determining complaints concerning trade union elections, certain other ballots, and trade union rules.

The post is pensionable. The rate of remuneration for the CO is currently £22,274 per annum (based on two days’ work per week). The CO is also eligible to claim allowances, at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates, for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on official business.

The CO will initially be appointed for a term of five years. Subject to satisfactory performance, the CO may be offered reappointment at the end of their term for a further period of five years.

People with a disability and those from minority ethnic communities are currently under-represented and applications from the members of those groups would be particularly welcome. We are operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.

No academic qualifications are required for the post. Appointment will be made from a merit based pool of candidates who best satisfy the criteria.

An application pack with full details and guidance can be obtained from the 
department's website, or by clicking on the 'Apply' button below.

Or by emailing 
Or by Telephone: Janet McCrum on 028 9052 9492
Or Text Relay: 18001 028 9052 9492

The closing date for applications is 12.00 Noon (BST) on 14th April 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants invited for interview are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred within the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Equality of Opportunity: The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes application forms from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.

Click here to apply (from 9am on 24th March 2022


15 Final week of Sampler & Upcoming Events at Void Gallery

There is less than one week left of our current exhibition 
Sampler with Aleana Egan.

To mark the end of the exhibition, we are holding two very special events. We will be launching a publication made on occasion of Sampler, alongside a very special sound performance by Kevin Kirwan in a 
finissage event. We are also holding an online talk surrounding one of Aleana's key influences, Marion Milner. 

Read more below about these events, and what's happening at Void Gallery below:

Finissage Event for Sampler, Aleana Egan | Book launch and performance
When: 26 March, 6-8pm

Online Talk – Dress for Marion: A Psychoanalyst and her Clothes with Akshi Singh
When: 25 March, 6.30pm

.ppx with Eimear Murphy
When: 16 / 23 / 30 March, 6.30pm

Void Tots
When: 26 March, 10.30-11.10am or 11.30-12.10am

16 Craft Fair at Destined

Craft Fair at Destined on Foyle Road, Saturday 26th March from 11am - 2pm

Great fair, fab craft stalls & has a beautiful Cafe… great day out for all & chance to support this wonderful centre.

Wide range of stalls with something for everyone


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