NWCN Ebulletin 26 October 2022

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1 ‌Join NWCN for a Free Funding Workshop
The Acorn Giving Circle
Department of Health - Core Grant Funding Scheme
ASDA Foundation Grants
Community Relations / Cultural Diversity
Marine Litter Capital Grants
Rural Action Awards Scheme
Women Demand Better! Protest Rally organised by Unite
Beyond Borders All Island Community Safety Conference 2022
10 Invitation to The Gathering
11 Age NI: Energy Efficiency Information Session
12 For Now and For Future - An Advance Care Planning Policy for adults in NI
13 Child Rights Training & World Childrens Day
14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
15 Local Youth Employability Support Session
16 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
17 Introduction to Energy/Crystal Healing & Awareness
18 Lunchtime Tours

1 Join NWCN for a Free Funding Workshop

Thursday 17th November 11:00 – 2:30pm, DCCP, Holywell Building, Bishop Street

Fundraising can be very competitive, so being organised and prepared to communicate your appeal to funders and donors is a must.
Join Jocelyn Horton, NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer and learn how developing a Case for Support can improve your fundraising efforts whether you are focusing on trusts and foundations, major donors, or individual giving. The session will also explore what funders want to know and ways to use your Case for Support in your communications and opportunities to chat with others. 
Lunch included. 

To book your place email 
info@nwcn.org or call Roisin on 028 7126 1941


2 The Acorn Giving Circle

The Acorn Giving Circle (AGC) is made up of a group of women who aim to make a positive contribution to improving the lives of people living in Derry ~ Londonderry and Strabane, in a small but meaningful way through pooled personal donations.

When the pooled donations reach a target amount, the funds are made available in the form of small grants. These grants aim to support local charitable or community groups and organisations.

Grants of up to £1,000

Priorities: Children and Young People, Older People and Impacts of Climate change

Closing Date: Nov 21, 2022 13:00

Further details available 


 Department of Health - Core Grant Funding Scheme

The Department’s Core Grant Funding Scheme provides financial support for community and voluntary organisations which either deliver front-line services based on identified need or provide central support services, which are in line with DoH strategic and policy objectives and in particular, the vision for the HSC articulated in Delivering Together.

The Department is now seeking applications for funding from 1 April 2023 until 31 March 2024.

The application form and guidance for applicants are available by clicking below:

Completed forms and all required supporting information must be received prior to the application deadline of 6pm on Friday 18 November 2022.

Further details available 


4 ASDA Foundation Grants

See below for current grant opportunities with ASDA Foundation:

Empowering Local Communities
Empowering Local Communities is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities which contribute towards transforming communities and improving lives. Groups supporting refugees arriving to the UK are also welcomed to apply under this grant.

The application window is 19th September – 11th November. Read the guidance here and if your group and project meet the criteria, talk to your local Asda Community Champion about applying.

U18 Better Starts
U18 Better Starts is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities for children under the age of 18 which contribute towards transforming communities and improving children’s lives.

The application window is 19th September – 11th November. Read the guidance here and if your group and project meet the criteria, talk to your local Asda Community Champion about applying.

Cost of Living
Costing of Living is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting increasing running costs group will face between September 2022 and February 2023. We know the rising cost of living is having a big impact on communities and this impact is going to increase.

This grant is open to groups helping to address this issue. The application window is 19th September – February and will close as soon as the budget cap is reached. Read the guidance here and if your group and project meet the criteria, talk to your local Asda Community Champion about applying.

Foundation Grants | Asda Foundation

5 Community Relations / Cultural Diversity

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

  • All projects in receipt of CR/CD funding must be completed within this financial year.
  • Grants are up to £10K maximum and for project costs only.
  • Average grant is £2K – £5K.

Closing date: Friday 16 December 2022

Further details available 


6 Marine Litter Capital Grants

The Marine Litter Capital Grants will support organisations and groups to purchase items to:

  • Prevent litter and plastic pollution from entering the marine environment
  • Enhance the environmental management of a local area to reduce marine litter
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of communities and marine biodiversity recovery by helping to improve and/or maintain the quality of public open spaces
  • Improve the quality of their local environment by changing behaviour through creative concepts to reduce the incidence of littering.

Need inspiration or help to complete your application? Book a 121 Q&A session to speak with a member of the team to discuss your project. Book here Marine Litter Q&A session

Awards of up to £40,000 are available for projects that prevent litter from reaching our precious blue spaces.

Further details available 


 7 Rural Action Awards Scheme

To mark their third birthday, Rural Action will celebrate with the launch of the Rural Action Awards Scheme, aimed at supporting rural communities celebrate their own achievements.

The scheme is designed to support up to 12 volunteer led community action projects. Rural community-based organisations in Northern Ireland, or the border region of Ireland will have the opportunity to apply for and be in with a chance of securing £1000 or €1000 towards their project.

The scheme is open to constituted rural community-based organisations including charities, not for profit community groups, sporting and cultural organisations, heritage groups, Parent Teacher Associations, youth groups/clubs and social enterprises. The scheme seeks to support practical, tangible and timebound projects where the project must complete within 12 weeks.

Groups wishing to enter must complete a simple online form available at www.ruralaction.co. The successful groups will then be contacted and following a simple verification process, can avail of the £1000/€1000 to use for their community action project.

Applications must be submitted by 20th of each month to be considered for funding and applications will remain valid for 3 months up to the final allocation in March 2023.

Full terms and conditions are available on our 

8 Women Demand Better! Protest Rally organised by Unite

Homeless women dying on our streets, a cost-of-living crisis, gender-based violence, lack of healthcare, lack of housing, low pay & poverty, a sexist and anti working class system

Women demand better - Time to protest - bring your banners

Unite have offered to put a bus on from Derry if there is enough interest. It is hoped that the bus would leave the city centre at 10am leaving Belfast after the rally around 3pm.

If anyone would like to attend and would like a seat/seats on the bus, please let Sinead know by emailing on 
derryagainstfuelpoverty@gmail.com with names & telephone numbers. 

Belfast City Hall, Saturday 29th October, 12pm


9  Beyond Borders All Island Community Safety Conference 2022

When: Thursday 17th November 2022 – 9:00am – 4:30pm
Carrickdale Hotel & Spa, Dundalk

The theme of the conference is Collaboration & Community Engagement – a space where we can share ideas and good practice around approaches to community safety, collaborative action and stakeholder engagement. Innovative responses to traditional challenges will be explored so that we can continue to make communities across Ireland safer places to live, work and visit.

The conference will be of interest to all organisations and agencies working in the field of community safety and is open to delegates from the Public, Private and Third Sectors.  Networking opportunities will be provided during the event.

To view the full programme, speaker biographies and further event detail – please visit the 
conference website.

We ask that you confirm your attendance at the conference no later than 5pm on Tuesday 1st November.

Register to attend


10 Invitation to The Gathering

We are delighted to invite you to the next Gathering on the 12th of November. Please find the poster 

We are excited to be able to include a Banner Making workshop with The Playhouse and Artitude, Climate, Culture and Circularity and EJNI will launch their new Rights of Nature film on the eve of the Gathering. This is an independent event and there will be a registration link available soon. 
The Gathering itself will be a guided walk through Prehen Ancient Woods with George Mc Laughlin speaking about the rights of these ancient trees. 

From there we can walk or travel to the Train Station (1.9 miles, 40mins walk) where we will meet with people from the train and listen to our speakers take on the local and global rights of nature movement. 
From one ancient wood to another, we will march from the train station to St Columb's Park. (Please be advised that this route is 1.1 miles (about 20mins).)

We will gather in St Columb's Park House for food, updates on the work of the subgroups, music and song and community. 

We can't wait to see you. 
The Gathering


11 Age NI: Energy Efficiency Information Session

The current cost of living crisis is weighing heavily on many of us, and as we head into the colder months, we know that people are already facing difficult decisions about their energy use and how to make their money go further.

Age NI has teamed up with fuel charity, National Energy Action, together with Power NI, to share energy saving advice to help older people to use energy efficiently, as well as money-saving tips and ways to help your budget go further.

A free information session held online via Zoom is available on Thursday 27 October 2-3.30pm.

Register here for 27 October at 2:00pm

If you cannot attend a Zoom session but would like to receive a copy of our Energy Efficiency Guide, please fill out this form: Energy Efficiency Guide request form


12 For Now and For Future - An Advance Care Planning Policy for adults in NI

Advance Care Planning is an umbrella term covering personal, legal, clinical, and financial planning. It enables a person to think about what matters to them now and for the future, and to make choices that reflect this.

The policy has been developed through extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. This included interested members of the public, those who work in Health and Social Care and statutory organisations, as well as input from the community and voluntary sector and academia

To help support implementation of the policy, an e-learning programme has also been created to provide information on Advance Care Planning for members of the public, the voluntary and community sector, and all health and social care staff. The e-learning module can be accessed via the Department of Health website at the 
Advance Care Planning page 


13 Child Rights Training & World Childrens Day

As Derry and Strabane work towards Unicef Child Friendly Community status we aim to create a district where every child has a meaningful say and can truly benefit from the decisions, spaces and places that shape their lives. The following includes some opportunities which are important for Childrens Rights.

SAVE THE DATE – Child Rights Training for Professionals - Delivered by Unicef UK  
Please save the preferred dates in your diary (part A and B must be completed together). Live online booking will be shared next week.

Title of Training Month Part A - Part B
Introduction to Child Rights in Practice (ICRIP) November 22nd Nov - 2- 4.30pm 29th Nov - 2- 4.30pm
Introduction to Child Rights in Practice (ICRIP) December 1st Dec – 11- 1.30pm 8th Dec – 11- 1.30pm
Engaging with Children and Young People as Equal Partners (ICRIP training must be complete before taking part in this session) February 7th Feb – 2-4.00pm 14th Feb – 2-5.00pm
Introduction to Child Rights in Practice (ICRIP) March 9th March – 11- 1.30pm 16TH March – 11- 1.30pm

Children’s Rights Defenders Programme for schools and youth groups – Delivered by NICCY (Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People)

NICCY (Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People) is recruiting 20 schools and youth groups to take part in a new programme which will train children and young people to become Rights Defenders for themselves and their peers. The programme can be tailored to suit your setting. Timings are flexible and the programme will be delivered between now and February 2023. Materials will be available in three age groups: Foundation and KS1, KS 2 and KS 3/4.
The first stage is a Children Rights awareness session which will look at the purpose of the UNCRC, how governments report on how well they are doing at keeping the promises they’ve made in the UNCRC and how children and young people can take action when they don’t think children’s rights are being met. NICCY Participation staff can deliver this session or provide age appropriate supporting materials for teachers and youth workers.
The next stage is to look more in depth at two of the following issues and how children’s rights are affected in Northern Ireland;
  • Post Primary – How government makes sure rights are upheld, Health, Education, Participation, Safeguarding, Youth Justice, Challenging Discrimination, Poverty, Homelessness, Legacy of the Conflict.
  • Primary – Wellbeing and either; Participation, Education, Keeping children safe or Healthy homes.
For each topic children will find out how those rights are being delivered on for children and young people in Northern Ireland and how you can take action to ask for change. All children and young people will take an action to defend children’s rights either by raising awareness of the issue or writing to government to ask for change. The Commissioner will use feedback from children and young people in her final meetings with politicians in February 2023. NICCY Participation Staff will deliver one session and provide resources for the other and will also supply a press pack for the project if you would like to highlight your work in the media or social media.
The CYP Commissioner is available to visit schools and youth groups who take part in the programme.
Please contact Laura at the Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People (NICCY) to register or find out more 

 World Childrens Day – 20th Nov 2022

Every Year on 20 November, the anniversary of the adoption of the 
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child  Unicef marks an annual day of action for children by children called World Childrens Day

It’s an opportunity to celebrate progress made to advance Childrens rights, hold leaders to account for their promises and shine a light on the work that still needs to be done.
There are lots of ideas for marking the day (depending on the time and resource you have) but two really simple ideas are;
  • Turning the world blue – Council will be turning some buildings blue on the day, you could ask children if they’d like to wear blue, create a blue mural, art installation etc.
  • Organising a kids takeover – talk with the children you work with to see if they would like to take over for the evening – premises, activities or social media are some simple examples (safeguard toolkit attached)

Please find attached; Unicef Kids takeover Safeguarding Guide


14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Elements of Connection | Authentic Connection, Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Short Study Visit on Inclusion and Solidarity
  • Contact Making Seminar on Volunteering, digital and green


15 Local Youth Employability Support Session

On Wednesday 26 October from 2.00pm-4.00pm Foyle Jobs & Benefits Office will have representatives from a range of local organisations who can provide support to individuals under the age of 25. 

This will be a great opportunity to call in and find out more about the wide range of support, services and programmes on offer in the local area, learn how they can assist each individual and also get practical advice and support

Foyle Jobs & Benefits Office| Asylum Road| L’Derry| BT48 7EA


16 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust

The Churches Trust was established over 30 years ago in recognition of the fact that deprivation and disadvantage are key barriers to building a united community, equality of opportunity and good relations.  The Churches Trust work is characterised by two main priorities.  The first is addressing deprivation and social injustice, working with people at the margins of society providing programmes and opportunities for enrichment.  The second is creating a shared and better future for all by standing together with all churches, schools and communities to give a united voice in an area plagued with the legacy of division through the troubles in Northern Ireland.  
The Churches Trust wishes to appoint the following post:
Permanent part-time position: 24 hours per week
Salary £28,607 pro rata (£18,308 for 24 hours per week)

Purpose and function of post:

  • To support Community Relations Manager on the implementation of the Health Inequalities Strategy.
  • To coordinate low intervention care services to older people, and the Maintenance /Handyperson service.
  • To coordinate the Churches’ Trust response to addressing food poverty.
  • To manage and deliver standalone projects.
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A relevant qualification (Minimum level IV) eg Community Development / Health Promotion/ Community Heath & Wellbeing or similar discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Strong personal and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise workload.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

For information and application packs, please contact
Veronica Keenan on Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail 
Closing date for applications: 3pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2022.


17 Introduction to Energy/Crystal Healing & Awareness

Various dates 12th & 13th November 2022 or 3rd & 4th December 2022

Venue: Wee hall Culdaff, County Donegal, Ireland
Cost per weekend: £160.00

The introductory course is a two-day course for individuals who would like

  • to gain more awareness, knowledge and practical skills regarding crystals,
  • learn to use crystals as a tool for self-healing and in everyday life,
  • build upon/or develop their knowledge of energy awareness and relevant techniques

For individuals who are interested in a more in depth professional training or a course that facilitates inner spiritual development and would like an insight to this course the introductory weekend is a great sample weekend and counts towards the accreditation route of the two-year diploma pending accreditation approval.
This introductory weekend is very much experiential learning, it also takes in guided meditations, self-healing, working in groups or pairs, as well as time for self-reflection covering the topics below

Topics covered
How to meditate and techniques
Uses of crystals in everyday life
How to choose, clear and tune crystals
Developing an awareness of energy fields
How to ground, clear strengthen and protect your energy field with the assistance of crystals
Developing your knowledge of grounding crystals (cover 15 crystals)
Rose quartz and clear quartz in depth
Basic sound work

For further information or to book contact


18 Lunchtime Tours

Void Gallery & CCA Derry~Londonderry
Every Tuesday from 25 October, 1–2pm
Void Gallery and CCA Derry-Londonderry are delighted to present new weekly Lunchtime Tours to the public. Come visit the galleries for a ten minute tour of the current exhibition every Tuesday between 1–2pm. These tours are on offer to individuals or groups.
CCA, 10–12 Artillery Street, BT48 6RG
Void Gallery, 10 Waterloo Place, BT48 6BU


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