NWCN Ebulletin 31 August 2022

1 The‌ ‌Cancer‌ ‌Charities’‌ ‌Support‌ Fund‌ 
2 Charity Pot Funding
3 Holywell Stew - Call for good relations project pitches!
4 Open Invite to PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 DCSDC Phase 2 Co-design workshops
5 My Money for Women in NI
6 Recovery in Motion Conference
7 'The Magic Is Within You' film
8 New FREE Training opportunities for C&V Organisations
9 WHSCT Recovery College: Information & Registration Session
10 World Alzheimer's Day Events 21st September Deeds at the OLT
11 Spill the Beans - Promoting Positive Mental Health
12 Quick Calm Fix workshop 
13 REACH Across – Free Volunteer Youth Leader Training
14 AWARE NI vacancies
15 Job Opportunity with Shelter NI
16 Féile 2022 Film
17 European Heritage Open Days (EHOD)
18 Luke Fowler - Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait
19 Energy Strategy E-Bulletin 

1 The‌ ‌Cancer‌ ‌Charities’‌ ‌Support‌ Fund‌ ‌

The Cancer Support Funding award will enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout NI, and will cover key areas in the cancer pathway; from pre-diagnosis, through to palliative and end of life care. These services are key support mechanisms towards the implementation of the Cancer Recovery Plan and the Cancer Strategy, and important in working towards the Department’s aim of building cancer service capacity in communities.

The Cancer Charities’ Support Fund will provide support of between £5,000 and £1 million for cancer charities.

The three categories of grant values are:

  • £5,000 to £30,000 – Small Grant
  • £30,000 to £500,000 – Medium Grant
  • £500,000 to £1million – Large Grant
Closing Date: Oct 7, 2022 13:00

Further details available 


2 Charity Pot Funding

'Charity Pot' is a Lush hand and body cream where 100% of all sales (minus local taxes) are distributed as grants, to groups working in the areas of:

  • Animal Protection
  • Environment     
  • Human Rights (incl. social justice, peace & equality)

Charity Pot grants range from £100, up to a maximum of £10,000 per project/application.  The average Charity Pot grant is between £2,000 - £4,000.

Charity Pot grants provide targeted funding to small, grassroots groups.
Charity Pot grants prioritise projects that aim to create long-term change.
Charity Pot grants are looking for organisations that take on issues that others don't, those that push the boundaries and challenge the mainstream opinion. 

Applications are accepted at any time, and there are no cut-offs. However, you should allow at least 3 months from application to when you need the funds.  Applications are assessed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Further details and application form available 


 Holywell Stew - Call for good relations project pitches!

Sign Up to Take Part in Our Holywell Stew Good Relations Special! 

Holywell Trust is hosting a special Holywell Stew event on Wednesday 21st September for #GRW22. 
We’re looking for 4 groups to pitch ideas for support for a good relations focused project at the event. Full support and training will be given to help prepare a four minute pitch. 

This is a great opportunity to raise investment (normally between £300-£600) for a small initiative that you would like to try. 

Entrance to the Holywell Stew costs £10 per person - this gets you a lovely dinner and, more importantly, a vote! At the event four groups will pitch an idea and everyone at the dinner votes for the project that they want to receive the community investment prize (the money taken in entrance fees). Tickets for the event can be purchased here. 

If you are interested in signing up please fill out the 
online form 
 (by 7th September) and we’ll get back to you very soon.

We’re really looking forward to hearing about the exciting projects that people want to deliver! 


4 Open Invite to PEACEPLUS Theme 1.1 DCSDC Phase 2 Co-design workshops

Derry City and Strabane District Council has been engaged since April 2022 in the Co-design process for Theme 1.1 of the PEACEPLUS Programme. Phase 1 public/community workshops in May/June/July engaged approximately 200 participants from over 130 organisations across the city and district. 95 Concept Forms from 62 organisations were received for the 19th August deadline which closed Phase 1 of the Co-design process. Engagement with the co-design process has been excellent.
SEUPB have confirmed that DCSDC has an allocation to bid for of €9,254,427 (estimate £7,763,631) with relevant cross-community projects. The total ‘ask’ on Concept forms from the council area was almost 4 times the available budget for the bid. The bid is to be submitted in ‘early 2023’.
Phase 2 of the Co-Design process will focus on going back to the community with the collective ideas and prioritising the best fit of ideas with the programme requirements. All organisations should note this process is done in the public interest and ultimately projects included in the bid will be publicly, competitively and openly tendered / procured once funding is secured.
All the phase 2 workshops (below) are open the public. Advance registration is not required – just turn up. Tea/Coffee will be provided. If you have any particular access / equality requirements please contact 
 in advance.
7pm – 9pm Derg Valley Care Derg
Thursday 22nd  September 10am – 12pm Galliagh Community Centre Ballyarnett
2pm – 4pm Drummond Centre, Donemana   Sperrin  
Wednesday 28th September 10am – 12pm Civic room, Strabane Library Strabane
2pm – 4pm Mullabuoy Community Centre, Lettershandoney Faughan DEA
Thursday 29th September 10am – 12pm Verbal Arts Centre The Moor
2pm – 4pm St.Columb’s Park House S75/Thematic
Date Time (2 hr slot) Venue* DEA/LCGP Area
Wednesday 21st  September 10am – 12pm Ballymagroarty Community Centre, Shaws Court Outer West Area
2-4pm Ebrington Theatre Waterside 

5  My Money for Women in NI

This workshop aims to raise awareness on economic/financial abuse and provides information on support available in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday, 13th September 2022, 11:00 – 12:30, Online

This workshop provides women with awareness on financial abuse and information on support available.

Women will gain:
1. Increased knowledge of economic abuse and financial abuse
2. Understanding of the impact of economic abuse on long term economic safety
3. Increased knowledge on how to improve economic safety

It will be accompanied by a PDF and signposting to further support.

Please note that this workshop is not suitable for professionals working with women.

Register your place 


6 Recovery in Motion Conference 

Arc Fitness are delighted to bring you the North West’s first dedicated addiction recovery conference celebrating ‘hope’ and highlighting that recovery is and should always be worth celebration.
The conference is open to everyone, so if you are an individual struggling, a family member or supporter, addiction professional or academic

Wednesday 7th September 2022, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Millennium Forum
Tickets: £5 + booking fee
Our excellent and experienced keynote speakers include:
 ▪️ Prof Siobhan  O'Neill - Mental Health Champion for NI
▪️ Naetha Uren - Recovery Coach Academy
▪️ Naomi Long MLA - Justice Minister of Northern Ireland
▪️ Marie Dunne - Mental health Specialist
▪️ Dr JC Sharkey - Consultant Psychiatrist - Western Health & Social Care Trust
▪️ Vivian McKinnonn  - Hydro-Ease - Trauma Therapist
▪️ Kathleen Grego - Service manager Start360

We will also excited to bring a live guest panel on the day hosted by our very own “The Recovery Position Podcast”  hosts Kev & Warren.

Register Now


 7 'The Magic Is Within You' film

Tuesday September 6th 2022, 19:00 – 21:00, Waterside Theatre
Tickets £8.00 + booking fee.

Vivian Mckinnon, Trauma Specialist, Founder and Managing Director of Hydro-Ease will be showcasing her short film highlighting her extraordinary personal story of triumph over adversity and how she transformed a breakdown into a breakthrough. This event opens the conversation around trauma and shares strategies of recovery to recognise that post-traumatic growth can bring context and meaning to the emptiest of hearts and minds.
The short film will be followed by a Q&A with Garry Rutherford, owner of ARC Fitness- Addiction Recovery Coaching, to uncover the inner workings of connection and self-compassion.

You can book tickets at the following link, 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/374132539497, you can also visit ARC Fitness on social media to book, or scan the QR code on the image attached as a jpg!

If you would like to host a showcasing of her incredible film, 'The Magic Is Within You,' please get in touch at 

8 New FREE Training opportunities for C&V Organisations

Motivational Interviewing Level 1 Training, Facilitated by Glenn Hinds
This programme is designed for everyone who wishes to develop their skills in supporting people change their behaviour.  It will be of particular interest to those assisting people who wish to change their thinking or behaviour including diet, substance use, exercise routine, medication adherence, criminal behaviour, or any other health or lifestyle behaviour.

Date:    21st, 28th September  &  5th, 12th October 2022
Venue: Online
Time:    9:30am - 1pm
All 4 sessions must be attended in order to complete the training

Download Flyer / Book your place

Self Care Training, Facilitated by Zest
By the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • Examined and discussed the concepts of caring, compassion and self-care
  • Examined and discussed the nature of stress and anxiety and its impact on the caregiver and client
  • Practiced various types of physical relaxation and stress management techniques

Considered their current self-care practice and developed a personal plan for self-care moving forward

Date:    22nd September 2022
Venue: Online
Time:    9:30am - 12.30pm

Download Flyer / Book your place

Hope Matters Training, Facilitated by Resilio
This programme will provide you with the skills to provide initial support for someone with a mental health problem.  
Contents of the 3-hour interactive workshop will cover:

  • Introduce the concept of HOPE
  • Explore the evidence and how it is linked to supporting the recovery of trauma
  • Introduced to skills and knowledge to develop and maintain hope, even during these challenging times

Have the confidence to act as an ambassador of hope in your families, communities, and workplaces

Date:    27th September   2022
Venue: Online
Time:    9:30am - 12:30pm

Book your place


9  WHSCT Recovery College: Information & Registration Session

Tuesday 13 September, 1pm – 3pm

DiverseCity Community Partnership, Holywell Trust, Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry

Come to find out about our free courses on mental health and emotional wellbeing and meet our friendly facilitators.

Please click 
 for the Autumn prospectus which is absolutely packed with many different opportunities, well worth exploring....

Everyone is most welcome!


10 World Alzheimer's Day Events 21st September Deeds at the Old Library Trust

DEEDS are hosting two workshop to highlight World Alzheimer’s Day on Wednesday 21st September. Both sessions are aimed at carers, and they do not have to do both sessions, but it is an option if they so wish, and we will provide lunch for anyone who opts to do both.

1. Creating a Dementia Friendly Environment – led by Stephanie Coyle (Dementia Navigator) 15 Places.  Beginning 11am in the Family RoomThis session helps carers to become aware of the impact dementia can have on visual and spatial awareness and how to support their loved ones by making changes in the home.
2. Fidget Blanket Making Workshop – led by artist Charlotte Gormley 15 Places.  Beginning 2pm in the Spin Studio

We often have calls from carers about fidget blankets which can be expensive to buy. A fidget blanket is a lap sized quilt that provides sensory& tactile stimulation for restless hands.
Carers have noted how essential these blankets can be for loved ones during respite or hospital stays. This is a simple way of making more personalised fidget blankets and carers will be encouraged to bring
materials and small objects that may have significance to their loved ones whom they are making this for.
All places must be booked through the DEEDS team by either emailing Sinead on 
sinead@olt.ie or by phoning the centre on 028 71 373870.


11 Spill the Beans - Promoting Positive Mental Health

Saturday 24th September 2022, 2pm @ Guildhall Square

It's that time of the year for our Spill the Beans event, this event aims to promote positive mental health through spilling the beans to someone we trust or someone in a position to listen.

Open to all groups and individuals. For more information or book a space, email 


12 Quick Calm Fix workshop 

I would like to inform you of our upcoming workshop ‘Quick Calm Fix’ delivered by Trish on behalf of Family First Hub at OLT (
flyer attached).

Tuesday 6th September, 6-8pm
Trisha is a Parenting Coach who helps concerned parents find a calm easy path through the difficulties of challenging behaviour.  She works with parents who crave a calm happy family life, by helping them figure out how to help their children through their toughest moments.  Trisha offers programmes, workshops and one to one coaching to help struggling parents understand their child's development and emotional challenges as they balance their already busy family lives.
Trisha has over 30 yrs experience working with parents and children from babies to teens.  She wants parents to stop being so hard on themselves and to take time to learn how they can do things differently for themselves, their children, and their family.
Any interest or referrals please contact Sharon directly to secure place on 
. / 02871 373870    *Priority will be given to families registered with the Hub. 


13 REACH Across – Free Volunteer Youth Leader Training
Monday 12th Sept, 6.30-9.30pm – DiverseCity Community Partnership, Holywell, Bishop St.
We are preparing for our autumn youth programme and our 2023 cross-community youth programme (14-17yrs), that includes activity residentials in spring, weekly club nights, after-school clubs, international projects, and a wide range of personal development courses.
We also provide a range of training & development courses for youth leaders, including our new OCN level 2 in Youth Leadership and leaders can assist with our school’s programme.
If interested in becoming a Volunteer Youth Leader, please email 
 or text 07854833371.


14 AWARE NI vacancies

AWARE currently have vacancies for the following roles:

  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Board Members
  • Community Outreach worker

For further information please visit https://aware-ni.org/current-vacancies/


15 Job Opportunity with Shelter NI

Support Worker -  Full Time Permanent

Job purpose: The support worker will be responsible for providing high-quality services within the SLATE project. Individual tailored support for up to two years will be delivered to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and have a need for accommodation with support; or young adults aged 18 to 25 who step down to rent independently and need housing support to sustain their tenancy successfully. The support offered aims to promote independence and enable each young person to achieve lasting independent living skills.

Location: Omagh

Salary: NJC Scale 4 Point 7 starting at £20,444 (pro rata)

Closing date: 12 midday on Wednesday 7th September 2022

Interviews: 15th September 2022

To apply:
Job Description and Application Form GAO-Aug22
Equality Monitoring Form GAO-Aug22

CV’s are not accepted.

For more information, please visit here


16 Féile 2022 Film

Please see below a link to a film covering many of the events at this year's Féile. 


It would be great if you could share the film with your friends, family and contacts. 


17 European Heritage Open Days (EHOD)

Monday 5 - Sunday 11 September 2022

As part of our contribution to European Heritage Open Days, this September more than 200  historic buildings and monuments, landmarks and hidden gems will open offering free entry with many activities for you to enjoy. 

Book Now


18 Luke Fowler - Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait

You are invited to the premiere of the solo exhibition by Glaswegian artist Luke Fowler Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait.

Preview: Being in a Place: A Portrait of Margaret Tait
Saturday 10 September, 6:30-8pm
With an in conversation between Mary Cremin & Luke Fowler at 5:30pm - Book your free place 

Join us for the première of Glaswegian artist Luke Fowler’s short feature film Being in a place - A Portrait of Margaret Tait, featuring the work of filmmaker-poet, the late Margaret Tait. The preview is open to the public. Drinks will be served with thanks to Northbound Brewery.
The exhibition runs Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, until 5 November; it will be accompanied by a public programme of events and workshops for adults and children. 

More information about the exhibition can be found


19 Energy Strategy E-Bulletin 

Please find 
 the eighteenth edition of the Energy Strategy E-Bulletin, which aims to keep stakeholders informed about progress on the new Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland.
In this edition:

  • Update on Action 20 – Our Smart Energy Future
  • Circular Economy Strategy for Northern Ireland
  • Energy in Northern Ireland Report
  • Geothermal Energy

Link to the e-bulletin can be found directly below:
Energy Strategy e-bulletin 18 | Department for the Economy (economy-ni.gov.uk)


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