NWCN Ebulletin 27 July 2022

1 Emergency payment scheme for flooding
2 Climate Action Fund
3 SSGT's Family Matters Grant Programme 2022-2025
4 CFNI's Chat to the Funder
5 Free School Meals and Uniform Allowance
6 Audit your Social Enterprises’ Website, Get Traffic, Leads & Engagement
7 How using Public Relations can benefit your community group
8 Link to Wellbeing: Call for EoI's to delivery community based orthopaedic patient programmes
9 Northern Ireland Ambulance Service value the feedback of service user, families & carers
10 Healthy Child Healthy Future Workshop V&C sector workshop
11 Breastival - your breastfeeding festival!
12 College Connect Programme
13 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
14 Job Opportunities with Action Mental Health
15 Adult Theatre Making Classes
16 Live Music Night

1 Emergency payment scheme for flooding

Following recent incidents of flooding, individual householders who have suffered severe inconvenience can claim £1,000 payment from their local council, as an offer of practical assistance.  The payment is meant to ensure that homes are made habitable as quickly as possible.  This is not a compensation payment.

If you feel that you may be entitled to a payment contact your council as soon as possible and they will arrange for an urgent inspection of your property.  If the Council decides that your claim is eligible, you will receive your payment promptly.

Call now on 028 71 253 253  and speak to an Environmental Health Officer.


2 Climate Action Fund

The NLCF are looking for projects that focus on the link between nature and climate. We want to fund projects that use nature to encourage more community-led climate action. We expect these projects to bring other important social and economic benefits. Like the creation of strong, resilient and healthy communities or the development of ‘green’ skills and jobs.

We’re interested in projects that can do at least one of the following:

  • show how creating a deeper connection with nature will lead to changing people’s behaviours and greater care for the environment
  • show how by bringing nature back into the places we live and work, we can help communities to reduce or adapt to the impacts of climate change.

You can read our blog for examples of projects we’re likely to fund.

We want all the projects we fund to be creative, include everyone and try out new things. Projects also need to show how they can achieve longer-term, larger change that goes beyond the communities they're directly working with.

We’re looking to fund between 12 and 15 projects.

Funding size: Up to £1.5 million over 2 to 5 years, with most projects between £300,000 and £500,000. Development grants of £50,000 to £150,000 over 12 to 18 months.
Application deadline: Ongoing

For further details and how to apply online please click 


 SSGT's Family Matters Grant Programme 2022-2025

Saint Stephen's Green Trust believes putting families at the heart of the criminal justice system and processes is the ‘golden thread’ which can reduce the harm of imprisonment and contribute to rehabilitation. Therefore, a strategic aim of SSGT is to contribute to improving the system of support for families affected by convictions and imprisonment to improve rehabilitation and resettlement outcomes. Evidence shows that prisoners who manage to maintain family bonds whilst in prison have significantly reduced reoffending risks upon release. Families cannot bear this burden alone and should be supported in this role. However, SSGT acknowledges family relationships are complex and systems should take account of the best interests of both the family and the prisoner.


SSGT’s approach, as a small grantmaker, is to work towards outcomes to which it can best contribute, given identified need and opportunities to engage. Therefore, the grant programme will seek to make a contribution to the following outcomes:

Outcome 1: Family-centred approaches to rehabilitation and reintegration become normalised in the prison system, at the point of imprisonment, during the sentence and on release
Outcome 2: The voice of prisoners and their families adds to the evidence base and understanding of the value of family-centred approaches to reintegration and maintaining family bonds
Outcome 3: Government and state bodies are held accountable for reducing the harm of imprisonment to families

The grant programme is now open and we are inviting Expressions of Interest. Please read the grant programme guidelines carefully here before submitting an application through our online form here.

The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is Thurs 15th Sept 2022

Full details available 


4 CFNI's Chat to the Funder

Got questions about what funding is available for your organisation? .

The grants team are online Tuesday, 9th August, 10am -12 noon to answer your questions!

Groups can ask for support and assistance on a variety of issues relating to our funding, such as:

  • Advice on the criteria for new Funds, and whether their group is eligible
  • Talking through ideas for new projects
  • Help with how to access the application form online
  • Assistance with enquiries about your existing grant. This could be re-profiling your budget, or telling us about any difficulties you are experiencing that we might need to support you with
  • Requesting additional help with your 'End of Grant' monitoring or to request an extension to your end of grant date, if the fund permits.
Register here

5 Free School Meals and Uniform Allowance

To be eligible you must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support;
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable household income of £16,190 or less Universal Credit with net household earnings not exceeding £14,000 per year;
  • Or, you are an Asylum Seeker supported by the Home Office Asylum Support Assessment Team (ASAT)

What documentation do I need?
When applying, you will be asked to upload proof that you are receiving a qualifying benefit - such as your Tax Credits Award Notice or your Universal Credit Payments breakdown or your Proof of Benefit letter (if you are in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or the Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit).

What else do I need?
You will need your National Insurance number; your childrens’ names, dates of birth and schools they will be attending; your address, e-mail and telephone number; your bank or building society account and sort code details.

You can apply online by visiting our 
website. After you submit your application it will take up to four weeks to process. You will be contacted if we need any further information. If you are having any difficulties accessing the website or if you need any help and advice you can contact our dedicated helpdesk on (028) 90 418044 or email mealsanduniform@eani.org.uk

Due to the large volume of applications, parents/guardians should be encouraged to apply by the end of July to enable their support to be processed and be in place for their children for the new school year. 

For help and advice, parents/ guardians can contact our dedicated helpdesk on (028) 90 418044 or email mealsanduniform@eani.org.uk


6 Audit your Social Enterprises’ Website, Get Traffic, Leads & Engagement

Wednesday 3rd August
Delivered online by Ciaran Connelly of 
Profile Tree
 over Zoom
  • How to audit your website yourself
  • What is important to improve for success
  • How to craft content for the website to ensure traffic
  • How to optimise for engagement
  • Q&A Session
  • All with free tools & live examples 
To register email brian@enterprisenw.com / info@enterprisenw.com or call Enterprise North West on 028 71352693


 7 How using Public Relations can benefit your community group

Shane Kirby has compiled a document regarding making the most of public relations opportunities for your local community group, charity or social enterprise.  

By using the practical example of working with Carndonagh-based Spraoi agus Spórt over the past two years, Shane explains how a small investment in PR has helped this social enterprise to gain extensive local, regional & national media coverage.

You can access the document 

If you have any queries or want to get in contact with Shane please email him on shanekirby@hotmail.com
 or call 07729469402

8 Link to Wellbeing: Call for EoI's to delivery community based orthopaedic patient programmes

Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT) Health Improvement, Equality & Involvement Department are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Community and Voluntary sector organisations in the WHSCT area for:
‘Link to Wellbeing’ 8 week programme delivery for patients on orthopaedic waiting lists

‘Link to Wellbeing’ will enable adults on orthopaedic waiting lists to access programmes in their local communities which support them improve their physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing, reducing social isolation and supporting pre-habilitation in anticipation for surgery.
Please find attached 
Information Pack and Expression of Interest Submission Form to be returned to: Health.Improvement@westerntrust.hscni.net
 by 5pm, Monday 15th August 2022.


9  Northern Ireland Ambulance Service value the feedback of service user, families & carers

The 10,000 More Voices Initiative is focused on gathering stories from people who receive services in health and social care and staff who deliver these so that we can make timely improvements to the delivery of care.

We invite you to share your story/your experience as a relative or close friend of someone who has engaged with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service between March 2021-March 2022. 

You can find more information on 10.000 More Voices 
Click here
 for survey link


10 Healthy Child Healthy Future Workshop V&C sector workshop

Healthy Child, Healthy Future (HCHF) is a framework for the Universal Child Health Promotion Programme in Northern Ireland, from pregnancy to 19 years, published by the DHSSPS in 2010.

In 2018, the Department of Health agreed a review and update of the HCHF Programme in October 2018 to take account of new evidence  since its publication.  

The Department of Health would now like to engage with the Voluntary and Community Sector to capture views about the programme.  

Workshop details:
Tuesday 23 August 2022, 10am-11:30am, via Zoom 

Chaired by:

  • Debbie Sterritt, Department of Health
  • Maurice Meehan, Public Health Agency
  • Siobhan Slavin, Public Health Agency 

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 815 3450 1708 / Passcode: 049656

Please confirm your attendance by Monday 15 August 2022

Click below or email 
Click here to confirm your attendance (opens email)


11 Breastival - your breastfeeding festival!

Join us online throughout World Breastfeeding Week (1st-7th August) and in person on 6th August in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry! 

There will be talks, group sessions and interactive workshops.

See attached 
poster for timetable of events beginning at 10:30am on Monday 1st August online for the festival launch.

You can register for any of the events by visiting 


12 College Connect Programme

The College Connect Programme enrolment begins NOW☑️ with student interaction beginning in July and the course kicking off in September. It is for young people: 

  • aged 16-24 
  • not in any education, employment or training 

At the end of this FREE one year Programme, participants will have gained: 
A Vocational Skills Qualification (Level 1) in a fun, relaxed, welcoming safe space.
Essential skills in literacy and numeracy -(if needed) 
One to one support and coaching with a mentor to overcome any blocks and obstacles, helping them to GET CLEAR on what it is they truly want to do with their life! Better still, what they are great at! Be that anything from hairdressing, acting and engineering, to plumbing, dance and everything in between!  
Work placementstaster sessions for courses and jobs they are interested in so they can find out what they would actually enjoy. 
Extra certificates and training aligned with their interests, including support with driving test.
We aim to learn, progress and have FUN whilst doing so: Team building games, trips and outdoor activities are an intrinsic part of the course.
Those participants who fit the eligibility criteria for EMA (age etc) can claim it 
Does not affect universal credit / Job seekers 
Don't like big crowds or groups? No problem! We have limited enrolment 
Don't want to come alone? No problem! If they have a friend or relative that's aged 
16-24, and is not in any education, training or employment, they are more than welcome to enrol! 

The team at College Connect's overall aim is to provide tools and skills to support participants progress in their life, be that onto further education in a subject they will be sure they love, or the job they have always wanted.

Contact Ruth McGilligan for queries and further information on:
Tel: 02871 278842 | Mob: 07384 878092 | Email: 


13 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.  We wish to appoint a Community Relations Manager.  The Churches Trust is supported by the NI Community Relations Core Funding Scheme.  This post is part funded by NI Community Relations Council.

The Churches Trust wishes to appoint: Community Relations Manager
Salary £39,415   
Full Time, 37.5
 hours per week
Purpose and function of post:

  • To further the mission of the Churches Trust, under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, by promoting a united, shared and cohesive society working in collaboration with churches from various faith traditions, schools and a diverse range of community groups
  • To manage the Churches Trust services and operational programme, under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, ensuring that project outcomes and outputs are delivered according to funders’ expectations across all activities, including youth development programmes, interfaith /inter-church / and community education projects, addressing health inequalities and deprivation, and social enterprise units.
Essential criteria include but are not limited to:
  • A level 6 qualification in a relevant discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant service delivery management experience
  • Strong organisational and communication skills 

For information and application packs, please e-mail: recruitment@thechurchestrust.org.uk  
Closing date for all applications: 2pm on Friday 12th August 2022


14 Job Opportunities with Action Mental Health

Action Mental Health
AMH Managing the Challenge (MTC)
Associate Trainer

Background: Action Mental Health deliver Pain / Health Condition Self-Management courses across the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) region, both face to face in a training setting and remotely using a digital platform.

The Managing the Challenge (MTC) programme helps individuals with a long term pain / health condition manage their condition or pain more effectively. It enables them to deal with pain, fatigue, anxiety and stress by giving helpful techniques to move more, relax more easily, set goals, problem solve, breathe more effectively and improve their ability to talk about pain to their friends, family and healthcare professionals.

This established programme is evidence-informed, using research-based techniques and strategies and designed with the help of healthcare professionals from the WHSCT with a wide range of knowledge and proven experience in providing support to those in pain.

Role Description:  AMH are seeking to establish a bank of experienced self-employed Associate Trainers to deliver the Managing the Challenge programme in the WHSCT region. Associate Trainers will be required to deliver the Pain Management programme to groups of 6-10 participants who are experiencing long term pain / health conditions. The programme is delivered over six weeks, one session per week, with each training delivery lasting 2.5 hours. In addition, each weekly session will have 0.5 paid hours allocated for Trainer preparation and follow up, making each session 3 hours in duration.

Appointed trainers will be paid for attending a mandatory 1-day induction session at which a detailed overview of the course content & delivery format will be provided prior to the commencement of their first training course.

Essential :
 Relevant training delivery experience in a health / wellbeing subject matter
 Experience of working with individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds or with health related issues
 Excellent training delivery & interpersonal skills
 Be able to work flexibly
 Be prepared to undertake Enhanced Disclosure via the AccessNI service
 Be able to provide the names of two referees

Desirable :
 Have Insurance Cover for practice

Session Rate & Expenses: £100.00 per 3 hour session - (£60 per session if cancelled by AMH under 24 hrs)
Travel expenses (currently 45p per mile for car users travelling on company business)

To apply for the role, please contact 
pshields@amh.org.uk for an application form

If you would like further details about the role, please contact Peter Shields, Head of Employment & Training Services on 07866 384500 or at 

The closing date for submitting a response is Friday 5th August 2022 at 4.00pm


15 Adult Theatre Making Classes

With Gemma Walker-Farren of MakeyUppers at Waterside Theatre and Arts Centre
Starting Monday 1st August, 6;30pm - 8pm
Only £60 for six weeks

  • Devising
  • Performing
  • Storytelling
  • Playing

Here's what past participants had to say.

All levels of experience are welcome.  No previous experience necessary.
Required: Commitment and Curiosity. Must be over 18.
Limited spaces available
To book: Contact 028 7131 4000 or email 


16 Live Music Night

Monreagh Heritage Centre are hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there.
Join us for Live Music Night, August 4, 2022 at 19:00.
Featuring the Mood Swings and Leslie Matthews

Register soon because space is limited.

We hope you’re able to join us!


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