NWCN Ebulletin 30 November 2022

2 Co-op Future Communities Fund
3 The Pathway Fund 2023/2024
4 TBUC Camps Programme 2023-24
5 Reconciliation Fund Outreach Workshops – January 2023
6 Going under and going without: JRF’s cost of living tracker – winter 2022/23
7 Community Directory of supports available in relation to the cost-of-living-crisis
8 Holywell Trust - Thirty Project Launch
9 Right here, right now 2022-2024 Corporate Plan
10 Living Well with Sight Loss course: Focus on Cost of Living
11 Free Training for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations
12 SP-OT Suicide Prevention Tutorial
13 FREE - Red Cross workshops for adults
14 New Courses with Volunteer Now
15 Nutrition Training Survey 
16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
17 Civil Service Student Placement Scheme launched
18 Derry Human Rights Festival 2022
19 The Daughters of Róisín
20 AMH New Horizons Foyle Christmas Craft Fair
21 You’re invited to Christmas at Monreagh
22 Void events and workshops Dec 2022 - Feb 2023


You are invited to attend our AGM at 10:00am on Friday 16th December 2022, at the Holywell DiverseCity Partnership Building, Bishop Street where we will outline our achievements of the past year and set out our priorities for the year ahead. 

Following the AGM we will have the pleasure of hearing from Marie Dunne, Hope Ambassador and facilitator of the Hopeful Minds Programme. 

Refreshments provided.  For catering purposes, let us know if you are planning to attend – 
 or call Roisin on 028 7126 1941


2 Co-op Future Communities Fund

We believe co-operation is at the heart of strong communities and this makes us a different kind of funder.  

This bold, new first round of the Future Communities Fund will offer unrestricted and flexible grants of up to £30,000 a year for five years to organisations helping diverse young people develop the skills to become future leaders and activists.

We have a total of £1.5m to award from this round of funding. ‘Unrestricted funding’ means your organisation can decide how to spend our grant to further your mission or charity objects.

You don’t have to be a registered charity to apply for this funding, but we’ll need to make sure that your activities are charitable in nature and in keeping with our Future Communities Vision.

Our working definition of ‘diverse’ is people who have experience of being marginalised in society due to their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status or any other attribute that impacts their inclusion.  

Please watch our fund launch webinar before applying. This will give you the best chance of success. You can also read our Guidance notes and FAQ documentEmail us if you have additional questions.

Submit your first stage application.

Applications close at 12pm (midday) on 23rd December 2022.

Further details and webinar available here


 The Pathway Fund 2023/2024

Opens tomorrow - Thursday 1st December.

You are eligible to apply if you are a registered local voluntary, community or independent service seeking to provide additional services, focuss
ed on the early education and learning of children in your community – or are a facilitator of these services.  Pathway funding helps children reach their full educational potential through provision of quality, sustainable services.

The outcomes of the Pathway Fund are:  

  • Improved development of children who are at risk of not reaching their full educational potential ; and

  • An enhanced, more sustainable Early Years sector.

The Pathway Fund is open to all registered providers or facilitators of early years (0-4) education and learning provision

Further details available 


4 TBUC Camps Programme 2023-24

Applications are now open for groups who wish to run a Camp under the T:BUC Camps Programme 2023/24 

Completed applications must be returned to the Education Authority no later than 4pm on Tuesday 31st January 2023.

The T:BUC Camps Programme is a headline action described in the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy which was announced by the Northern Ireland Executive in 2013. The relevant strategic aim relating to young people is: 

“To continue to improve attitudes amongst our young people and to build a community where they can play a full and active role in building good relations.” 

The Programme is about building positive relations and long lasting friendships among young people across all parts of the Northern Ireland community. Camps must therefore bring diverse groups together to get to know each other, try new experiences and help build longer term relationships between young people. 

Good Relations learning must be at the heart of every Camp. 

Further details available 


5 Reconciliation Fund Outreach Workshops – January 2023

As part of The Reconciliation Fund’s wider outreach programme, and as announced at the Reconciliation Fund Networking Forum in October 2022, The Department of Foreign Affairs is planning a series of outreach workshops across Northern Ireland/the border region in January 2023 in advance of the opening of the 2023 Funding Round.

These workshops will go through the Reconciliation Fund application process step-by-step and offer advice on how best to tailor your application to align with the Fund’s Strategy. There will be a presentation, a Q&A session and smaller break-out sessions with staff members from the Reconciliation Fund who will advise on the various sections of the application form.

In order to gauge attendance numbers and the demand for such sessions, we would be grateful if you could fill out the 


6 Going under and going without: JRF’s cost of living tracker – winter 2022/23

Join JRF for our latest on the Cost-of-Living Crisis and what needs to be done to ensure families on low incomes are not left with cold homes, hungry children & eye-watering debt over the winter, before support kicks in.

Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 10:00 am via Zoom

Register your place 


 7 Community Directory of supports available in relation to the cost-of-living-crisis

Council is currently developing a Community Directory of supports available in relation to the cost-of-living-crisis.
If you provide a service or have relevant information that you would like to be promoted as part of the directory please 
complete the form attached.
Please note: If your organisation has recently forwarded this information to a member of the community services team, there is no need to re-send this information.
Please forward information to 
 by 3pm on Thursday 1st December 2022, in order for the directory to be developed.  

8 Holywell Trust - Thirty Project Launch

We’d love you to join us for the launch of the Thirty project on Monday 5th December at 10.00am in Holywell Trust (10-14 Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry). Through this new initiative we’ll run mini citizens’ assemblies in early 2023 examining:

  • Belfast/Good Friday Agreement: Civic voice 25 years on
  • Education: Towards a system that works for everyone
  • Legacy: Reconciling the past with a future focus

At the launch event we’ll have input from Avila Kilmurray and Paul Gosling.

Let us know if you plan on attending the launch which is an in-person event - 
register here.

At the event in December, we’ll share more information on the process and recruitment for the project.      


9  Right here, right now 2022-2024 Corporate Plan

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland has launched "Right here, right now", a Corporate Plan which aims to bring real and positive change for the ageing population in Northern Ireland until 2024.

The Commissioner’s priorities are centered around the overarching theme of Tackling Ageism, focusing around six issues:

  • Impact of Covid-19- Call for Public Inquiry into care homes
  • Tackling loneliness and isolation
  • Crime against older people
  • Affordable energy
  • Older people as a priority in Programme for Government
  • Health and Social care - Domiciliary care and hospitals

You can read the full publication here: Read 'Right here, right now' Corporate Plan 2022-2024 


10 Living Well with Sight Loss course: Focus on Cost of Living

Thursday 8 December 2022 from 11am-12.30pm
Phone event
Book Now
Living Well with Sight Loss courses are for adults of all ages, including friends, family members or anyone close to you.
Our free, informal Cost of Living session offers the opportunity to learn more about the help and support services available in response to the cost of living crisis.

You’ll receive advice and information about:
• Benefits
• Support available from the Government and within the community
• Support to pay utility and energy bills
• Sources of financial support, information and advice
•  Ways to maintain good mental health

You’ll also be able to share experiences and practical tips for managing the increase in living costs with others.

Duration: One session lasting 60-90 minutes
Location: This phone group is only open to residents in Northern Ireland
Time and day: Thursday 8 December from 11am-12.30pm

How to sign up:
To sign up to a Living Well with Sight Loss course, please 
complete our online webform. For further information, please email LWWSLEnquiries@rnib.org.uk
 or phone 0303 123 9999.


11 Free Training for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations

Impact of Alcohol on Self Harm & Supporting the Family
  1st December 2022
Venue: On-Line Via Zoom
Time:    9:30am - 3:30pm (Registration from 9:45am)

Download Flyer

Importance of Compassion
Date:    8th December 2022
Venue: On-Line Via Zoom
Time:    9:30am - 12:30pm (Registration from 9:45am)

Download Flyer

Booking is essential for both sessions.
To register your account: 
If you already have an account: Book your Place


12 SP-OT Suicide Prevention Tutorial

SP-OT Suicide Prevention – Overview Tutorial is about what EVERYONE needs to know.

In Person session:
Friday 02nd December 2022
10:30 - 12:00
NW Business Complex, Beraghmore Road, Derry, BT48 8SE

Online session:
Tuesday 06th December 2022
10:30 - 12:00

The key objectives are
To understand the prevalence and impact of suicide
To explore the language, and the challenges, when talking openly about suicide
To recognise the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide
To consider how we can all contribute to a suicide safer community.
Delivery Time: 90 minutes
This training is completely FREE and is CPD accredited, however there is a limit of 3 delegates per organisation and only 30 spaces per session so please sign up quickly to avoid disappointment! 
To sign up please email your details & session preference to 


13 FREE - Red Cross workshops for adults

Workshops will help you learn skills to help in an emergency, connect with others and build confidence and coping skills.

First aid - Do you want to learn essential, life-saving first aid skills to help in an emergency? The aim of the workshop is to build confidence so you can help someone in a first aid emergency.

Exploring loneliness - Speak openly about how it might feel to be lonely or isolated and learn skills to help others who may be suffering. 

If you would like to book a face-to-face or digital workshop for your group, please book Geraldine on 07808243707 or email: 


14 New Courses with Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have four courses coming up in January 2023:

  • The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward | 11 January
  • Diversity, Equity & Equality Session 1: Decide & Involve | 17 January
  • Diversity, Equity & Equality Session 2: Variety & Education | 26 January
  • Befriending Training Workshop | 31 January

Find out more and book your places on any or all the above, here https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/training/courses-scheduled/


15 Nutrition Training Survey 

The Public Health Dietitians Group provide a range of evidence-based nutrition education training to those working in the community, voluntary and statutory sector throughout Northern Ireland.
We are making changes to our nutrition training. 
This survey aims to find out about the groups you work with and if you would benefit from attending nutrition education training.  We also want to find out how you would prefer the training to be delivered and identify what healthy eating topics you would like training on.  This information will help us to make sure we are meeting your needs.
The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Link to survey: 


16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Online Youthpass workshops for trainers
  • Global or European volunteerism, what is its connection with solidarity?
  • An Eye on Employability & Entrepreneurship
  • Star of Europe Latvia
  • Call for Youth Workers for the Project SMART Youth Centers
  • Online Challenge - E+/ESC Projects focused on youth participation
  • Erasmus+/Youth Accreditation: A strategic approach
  • COMETS Solidarity - The GLOW of value-based-learning
  • Call for Trainers


17 Civil Service Student Placement Scheme launched

The Northern Ireland Civil Service has launched its 2023 Student Placement Scheme, offering 140 placements across government departments.

Opportunities are available for students across a range of degree areas including accountancy, architecture, engineering, communications, ICT, law and policy. This year for the first time, placements are available for students studying psychology, electrical engineering and structural engineering. These are paid placements with an annual salary of £19,121 per annum.

The scheme is open to students currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, who will have successfully completed their second-year examinations by the end of the 2022/23 academic year and who have the opportunity to undertake a placement for the 2023/24 academic year. 

The scheme is open for applications until noon on Friday 9th December 2022 with placements expected to start late August/early September 2023.

Further information on the range of placements and details on how to apply are available at 
www.nicsrecruitment.org.uk/studentplacements(external link opens in a new window / tab)


18 Derry Human Rights Festival 2022

Celebrate Human Rights on Friday 9th December at our Human Rights Festival 2022
 'In Pictures: Pathways out of Extreme Poverty’
 Photographic Exhibition by Concern Worldwide
This exhibition features images from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), highlighting how Concern’s Graduation Programme sustainably lifts families out of extreme poverty.
Venue: Eden Place Arts Centre
Monday 5th- Friday 9th December
Viewing times; Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
For Sama 
A film by Waad Alkateab
For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war and a love letter from a mother to her daughter. It tells the story of Wadd al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.
Venue; Nerve Centre, Magazine Street, Derry
Friday 9th December @ 7pm
Write for Rights Coffee Morning
Venue; Pilots Row Centre
Time:Drop in anytime between 11am-1pm
Every year, millions of individuals write letters, sign petitions and organise events. And it works! People are freed, justice is served, and the world becomes a better place. Every action counts, and these people need your help.
The Derry Human Rights Festival is proud to be a participant in this year's Write For Rights Campaign. We invite you to join us.
Everyone welcome, pop in have a fairtrade cuppa and write a letter to change a life.
Foyle Fairtrade will be hosting a stall with Fairtrade goodies on sale at this event.
'Understanding our Rights' Public Art Work by young people from Pilots Row, Lincoln Court, Currynierin and Bishop Street Youth Clubs will be on display outside Pilots Row Centre from 5th-12th December 
An Art Happening
Venue: Eden Place Arts Centre
Time; 4pm-6.30pm
Local human rights activists Jim Keys and Helen Henderson create themselves as international artists for this ART HAPPENING.  
PART 1 will take place in the Guildhall Square on 12th Nov, a cryptic element of the Global Day Of Action for COP 27.  
PART 2 will feature a film exhibit of PART 1 followed by oral contributions from both artists and a Q&A.  
The work, about the post-colonial consciousness and culture shift emerging across the planet, asks this question 
‘If governments across the world are incapable of delivering justice for our past, present or future, then surely it must rise from the ground, if there is to be any hope? Might this ground be particularly fertile?’ 
For more info and to listen to podcast created by the Frontline Defenders check out our website on Friday 9th December: 

This Human Rights Festival is brought to you by Eden Place Arts Centre, Amnesty International (Foyle Branch) and Children in Crossfire.


19 The Daughters of Róisín

Written and performed by Aoibh Johnson

Directed by Cahal Clarke, Produced by Patricia Byrne
It’s finally show week for 
Wee Yarn Productions with their show ’The Daughters of Róisín’ which we are producing at Playhouse Derry on Thursday and The Glens Centre on Friday, in association with Sole Purpose Productions.

This show explores the journey of a young, unmarried, pregnant woman who is forced to face church and state sanctioned abuse in 1930s Ireland.

This piece has been called a work of "genius” by Bernadette McAliskey, “captivating” by Australian theatre critic, Steve Davis and London theatre critic Mariana Meloni says “seeing it once may not be enough.”
With numerous five star reviews under their belt, Wee Yarn Productions are ready to take the stage again.

You don’t want to miss this!

Get your tickets below:
The Playhouse 
And the Glens Centre booking page http://www.theglenscentre.com/the-daughters-of-roisin-by.../


20 AMH New Horizons Foyle Christmas Craft Fair

Thursday 1st of Dec 1p.m. to 6p.m.
‘When every penny counts Make it count’,

Experience a unique mindful socially conscious shopping event.
Be spoke gifts & cards, wellbeing photo’s, handmade crafts, & bakes etc. + an
Opportunity for a PET photo shoot with Santa in his Paws for Mental Health Grotto

Funds raised all go to Action Mental Health Recovery programmes & activities.

We are based @ Unit 13, Springtown Industrial Estate Derry/Londonderry BT48 0LY


21 You’re invited to Christmas at Monreagh

We’re hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there. Join us for Christmas at Monreagh.  Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music and fun with top local artists, including the award-winning ladies' choir, 'The Mood Swings'

December 10, 2022, at 14:00.

Register soon because space is limited.
We hope you’re able to join us!



22 Void events and workshops Dec 2022 - Feb 2023

attached document
 for all the latest activities at Void Gallery from Dec 2022 - Feb 2023

  • Isabel Nolan: flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict
  • Void Tots
  • Void Families
  • The Curiosity Club
  • Christmas art packs
  • Sunset painting demonstration and workshop with Tori McNeill
  • Become a Sculptor for a Day, workshop
  • Void Visionaries
  • Silver Tongued Deviance
  • Life drawing with Mel Bradley and Stephanie Gaumond
  • Seen-Unseen
  • Yoga
  • Finissage event


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