NWCN Ebulletin 29 March 2023

1 ‌NWCN seeks new Board Members - Closing today!
2 Save the Date: Cost of Living Crisis - Tough Times, Smart Solutions
3 The Telecommunity Fund 
4 Garfield Weston Foundation
5 Writing Successful Funding Applications (Online Session)
6 Community and Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Support – Future Plans
7 NIPSO Engagement Survey 
8 FREE Seminar: Volunteering & Net Zero
9 Advance Care Planning Week 3 - 7 April, 2023, ‘Think and Plan Ahead’
10 Save the Date for Deeds Dementia Conference
11 RNID - Hearing aid support volunteer
12 Volunteer Opportunity with HURT
13 La Dolce Vita Project seeks 2 charity trustee positions
14 Job Opportunity with The Churches Trust
15 Department for Communities - Non-Executive Board Member
16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
17 Easter Student's Exhibition

1 NWCN seeks new Board Members - Closing today!

Join us to help realise our vision of: 
”A community and voluntary sector that is vibrant, inclusive, resilient, sustainable and actively engaged in key decision-making”
We are seeking skilled, reliable, committed, empathetic people to join our Board.  We are particularly interested in receiving applications from:
- Minority ethnic communities
- Community workers representing the Strabane area
- Environmentalist/Climate Change expert/activist

The time commitment involved is attendance at six committee meetings and an AGM per year and to represent NWCN on an ad hoc basis. 
To receive an application pack contact Neola: 
Deadline for applications is Wednesday 29th March 2023 


2 Save the Date: Cost of Living Crisis - Tough Times, Smart Solutions

How can we best support your organisation and help fight your corner through the current cost of living crisis?
Date: 25 May 2023
Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Venue: DiverseCity Community Partnership, Holywell Building, 10-12 Bishop Street.
NWCN in partnership with NICVA would like to invite you to this timely event.  This workshop is an opportunity for you and your organisation to share the challenges you are facing.  Voluntary and community organisations are on the front line of the cost-of-living crisis supporting people and communities, all while facing rising demand for services, falling income, and rising operational costs.
Our sector can't continue to respond to this crisis without support.
This event will be a safe space to share your concerns, learn from other organisations and have a say on the support your organisation and beneficiaries need.


 The Telecommunity Fund 

The Telecommunity Fund is open at present for constituted grass roots community and voluntary groups

  • Priority will be given to applications from small groups, typically with an annual income of less than £200,000, as evidenced in most recent set of accounts
  • Projects must aim to directly support one of the following specific groups:
    • Young people
    • Older people
    • People with disabilities
  • The Fund will not support projects targeting all ages.
  • Priority will be given to projects that will benefit groups dealing with disadvantage (e.g. rural isolation, low income, social exclusion, reduced access to services), and projects that involve the beneficiaries in their development and delivery.
  • The Telecommunity Fund is open on an ongoing basis. The applications are assessed at panel meetings held approximately 3-4 times per year.

For further info on the programme please visit the link below. https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/the-telecommunity-fund-grant/ 
The next panel meeting will take place on Tuesday 20 June 2023, therefore applications submitted after Tuesday 2 May 2023 at 12 noon will not be considered in this round.


4 Garfield Weston Foundation

Did you know we are open for applications all year round? We don’t operate to deadlines, so you can apply any time - and it’s a very simple process: 

How to apply - Garfield Weston Foundation

We fund small local organisations and large national institutions. Our grants range from £1,000 to several million pounds, depending on each charity’s size and scope of work. Our grants can be for your organisation’s running costs, for a specific activity or for capital projects. We are flexible and fund what charities need the most.

5 Writing Successful Funding Applications (Online Session)

Wednesday 5th April 2023 from 10.00 am to 11.00 am

Join Supporting Communities for this short session looking at planning and completing a successful funding application.

Learners will gain:
• an understanding of the key processes of a successful funding application
• increased confidence when approaching funders
• enhanced fundraising skills and knowledge

Register your place
To register for this course, 
please fill in this form.

Please note, this session is designed for community groups in Northern Ireland


6 Community and Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Support – Future Plans

The Department is carrying out a programme of work aimed at refreshing the policy frameworks for our voluntary and community sector support. This will include agreeing with our partners on the outcomes that we should prioritise in future years.   A review of sectoral needs will inform how we can better support the sector to deliver outcomes set out in any future Programme for Government. 
We are committed to engaging with a wide range of organisations in the sector, including those supported through our existing funding programmes as well as those that are not.  We will also involve other departments, local government and independent funders.  We will also be working with Reference Groups comprising a range of sectoral interests, through which we will draw on lived experience, expertise and knowledge, and together explore a range of insights and ideas in the design of new approaches.
Please take part in this short 
survey. It should take you no more than ten minutes to complete and will give us valuable information on current capacity and support needs within the sector. 
survey is just one part of our engagement and will stay open until Easter.
All events are now at full capacity.  We will soon be opening registration for more workshop sessions in April and May – we will share details on these in the coming weeks.
You can find out more information on our 
If you require any further information, please contact us on 


 7 NIPSO Engagement Survey 

In 22/23 NIPSO launched a new strategic plan with an emphasis on becoming a more accessible and inclusive organisation. To help achieve this aim I established a new Improvement, Engagement & Impact Team and developed an engagement strategy. 
To help us further develop our engagement and accessibility work we would really appreciate your feedback about your engagement with the office so far. Please see below a link to a short survey which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.


8 FREE Seminar: Volunteering & Net Zero

Impact the world without impacting the planet
As the world commits to achieving Net Zero status, what does this mean for volunteering?
Join Martin J Cowling and Volunteer Now for a thought provoking and engaging free seminar that will consider the four cases (see below) for Net Zero volunteering, potential risks and a step-by-step guide to taking action as individuals, organisations and communities.
The four cases for Net Zero volunteering:

  1. Business case
  2. Moral case
  3. Ethical case
  4. ‘Marketing case’…people are actively looking for organisations to support
Also on the agenda:
  • The risks of Greenwashing
  • What does Net Zero look like?
    With a range of options for organisations from having a net zero volunteer opportunity annually through to a complete net zero program, there are a combination of strategies we can employ between the two.
  • Into action as individuals, organisations, communities.

Date: Thursday 19 April 2023
Time: 9.30am-1.00pm
Venue: NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB
Book your FREE place here – 


9  Advance Care Planning Week 3 - 7 April, 2023, ‘Think and Plan Ahead’

Advance care planning is about living for today and planning for our future care needs of tomorrow.

During this week Compassionate Communities NI are running multiple workshops around Northern Ireland on the new Advance Care Planning Policy for Northern Ireland.

The week will be launched on Monday, 3 April at 12.15 p.m. at Foyle Arena, followed by an information session. 
On Tuesday, 4 April at 12.30 p.m. there is a literary event, ‘Compassionate Conversations’ followed at 2.00 p.m. by an information session.

Places on the information sessions are limited, to book your place please email 
 or phone Susanne 078 411 01932.


10 Save the Date for Deeds Dementia Conference

The DEEDS project is hosting a conference on 16th May at the City Hotel: 9.30am ending with lunch.

This conference will celebrate the success of the first funded phase of DEEDS as well as launch the new phase with a particular reference to our innovative training and education which is being offered out into the community including local businesses and Care provider groups.

To register your interest please email: 


11 RNID - Hearing aid support volunteer

RNID urgently require volunteers within the WHSCT to carry out meet/greet, hearing aid support within local communities, this involves providing support and advice to NHS hearing aid users at our Hearing Aid User Support Sessions (HAUSS), in residential care homes and in their own homes, helping them with basic maintenance of their hearing aids.

If you have some time to spare you can find our more on our website 
Hearing aid support volunteer - Northern Ireland - RNID



12 Volunteer Opportunity with HURT

HURT are seeking volunteers for their new charity shop 'The Quirky Corner'
To apply just pop into the store located in Quayside Shopping Centre, Derry.


13 La Dolce Vita Project seeks 2 charity trustee positions

LDVP have opened a register of interest to join their existing Charity Trustees. 

Position 1: 
Charity Chairperson.
Position 2: Charity Secretary. 
To apply: Send a covering letter and an up-to-date CV to: 

14 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. 

Are you looking to help make a difference to the people living in the community around you?

The Churches Trust is expanding its banking team of Personal Assistants.
Title:                Personal Assistant     
Position:          Self Employed
Salary:             National Living Wage
What the role entails:
This role requires you to help our service users to live independently in their own homes, assisting them with daily tasks such as, meal preparation, talking and listening, light housework, shopping & outings in the community, whilst at the same time maintaining their dignity.
Work patterns are available between 9 am and 6 pm: Successful applicants need to be flexible in their working patterns and MUST have access to your own motorised transport.
The role of the Personal Assistant requires you to be:
* Enthusiastic and reliable                      * Caring and considerate
* A good communicator                          * Dependable

Previous experience of working in care would be an advantage.
All positions subject to an enhanced Access NI check
As a member of the Churches Trust bank of Personal Assistants, you will be part of our team where a genuinely rewarding role is guaranteed along with flexible working hours ensuring a healthy work – life balance.
For information and application packs, please contact Veronica Keenan:
Tel: 028 71311322 or e-mail 

Closing date for applications:
3 pm Friday, 31st March 2023


15 Department for Communities - Non-Executive Board Member

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a significant and valuable contribution to the public sector in Northern Ireland? Join the Board of the largest department within the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

The Department for Communities, which is directly responsible for £7 billion of public funds covering areas including social welfare, housing, and culture and leisure, is seeking a Non-Executive Member to its Management Board. At a time of unprecedented financial and resourcing pressure, this challenging role is suited to an individual who can bring external and independent demonstrable experience and expertise. This individual will join the Departmental Audit & Risk Assurance Committee potentially as Chair.

Non-Executive Members have a significant contribution to make by providing constructive advice and challenge across all of the Board’s business, to ensure good corporate governance and provide effective strategic direction.

Applications are welcome from across the community, voluntary, business or public sectors particularly from women, people with a disability, people from minority ethnic groups and young people.
Further details on the role and responsibilities, selection criteria and time commitment are available via the Department for Communities website: 
Public appointments | Department for Communities (communities-ni.gov.uk)

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Monday 17 April 2023 16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:
  • European Solidarity Corps gets Digital
  • APPETISER - An introduction to international youth work
  • Youth@Work EntreComp Seminar: developing entrepreneurial competences in Youth Work
  • Facilitation ON & OFF
  • Using new media in learning activities - TRAM Warsaw
  • Surfstainable: education, surfing, citizen science (online)
  • BeActive Sports Contact Meeting
17 Easter Student's Exhibition

You are cordially invited to Eden Place Arts Centre's Easter Student's Exhibition on Monday 3rd April @ 7pm. The exhibition will consist of a multitude of arts created this term, there will be Weavings, Paintings, Photographs, Ceramics, Lino Prints, Woodsculptures, Icons and Mosaics.

If you would like to visit at a quieter time the exhibition will also be open on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th April from 10am-7pm.

Our Spring Term of courses will be available to purchase on our website on Monday 17th April from 9.30am.



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