NWCN E-bulletin 03 August 2017


1 North West Community Network Membership 2017-18

2 Peter Harrison Foundation - Grants Opportunities through Sport Programme

3 Co-op Causes: Local Community Fund

4 birdwoman - Can you help?

5 Coroners service for Northern Ireland appeal for information

6 Autumn Social Innovation Workshops

7 FuSIon Fest- October 19/20th - The Social Innovation Festival

8 Citizens’ Jury Event - City Centre

9 FWIN's Annual Networking Event 07/09/17

10 Community Champions Volunteer call  

11 Would you like to volunteer at this years Carnival of Colours?

12 New training sessions for employers: Sept - Dec 2017

13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

14 Workforce Development Training

15 Want to help celebrate 30 years of International Youth Work?

16 Fresh Little Minds, resilience workshops & Suicide Prevention Training

17 Stand Up to Welfare Reform

18 'A Night of Inspiration'

19 Book Launch: ‘Struggle or Starve: Working-Class Unity in Belfast’s 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots’

20 *New* Play In A Day

21 Upcoming Events with RNIB

22 Health Improvement Department Training Brochure

23 Echo Echo Summer Scheme

24 REACH Across - Up The Foyle In A Bubble Fun Day- Sun 17th Sept At Prehen pitches. 

25 Pack up your troubles, and your summer picnic, and smile: Brackfield Wood, Saturday 19 August

26 Extern’s Young Graduates Programme Pop up Charity Shop







1 North West Community Network Membership 2017-18

Many thanks to all of the organisations who have already paid membership - we really appreciate your continued support for your local Network!

If you would like to renew your membership please see below...

As planning continues on a full and varied programme of activity for 2017-18 the Network invites all Community & Voluntary sector groups in the North West to renew membership and continue benefiting from the range of supports, information and leadership these activities have long provided.  

Membership costs only £10 for the year! 
Download the membership form for 2017-18 

There is also the option to nominate towards the incoming Network Executive Committee at the next Annual General Meeting.

You are also asked to respond to the surveys below to:

a) guide the future strategic priorities of NWCN and reinforce its strengths
b) inform a developing programme of activity on the skills development needs of the C&V sector in the North West - no more than 5 minutes of your time is required.


NWCN Members Survey 2017 - 18

Community & Voluntary Sector - Skills Development Needs 2017-18 

The Network continues to represent the interests of the C&V sector in the North West through for example representation on the key Transitional Community Planning Partnership and the NICVA Executive Committee, amongst others.

info@nwcn.org / 028 7127 9090 / www.nwcn.org                


2 Peter Harrison Foundation - Grants Opportunities through Sport Programme


Grants are available to charities within the UK running sports projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills.

Registered charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) in the UK are eligible to apply.

Local branches of national charities may apply, but they must have a separate legal constitution or the endorsement of their national Head Office.

Grants are usually made for capital projects. Consideration will be given for revenue funding for a new project or if funding is key to the continuing success or survival of an established project.


The Trustees welcome applications for the following types of project:
· Projects which provide a focus for skills development and confidence building through the medium of sport.
· Projects that have a strong training and/or educational theme within the sporting activity.
· Projects that provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people.
· Projects with a high degree of community involvement.
· Projects that help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction. 


How To Apply
Applications may be submitted at any time.

Applications are made through a two-stage process. Interested organisations should in the first instance submit an initial enquiry online. Only selected entries will then be invited to complete a full application.


Key Links




3    Co-op Causes: Local Community Fund


Area: UK (incl. Isle of Man)

Deadline: Tuesday 8 August 2017


The Co-op Local Community Fund distributes money raised from own brand products and carrier bag sales to local good causes chosen by its members.


The Co-op will choose up to three Projects to support in each community. These will be displayed in store and online, so that Co-op members can choose which Project they want to support in the community.


To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:

  • takes place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • doesn't have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you're a religious organisation)
  • meets the Co-op's values
  • takes place or will still be running after October 2018
  • benefits your local community

Preference is given to projects run by small, local organisations. You cannot use money from the fund solely to pay for staff salaries or general running costs, or to make a donation to another organisation.


For full details and to apply, please visit https://causes.coop.co.uk/


4 birdwoman - Can you help?


birdwoman is a short film that we’re trying to make in Derry in September. We have to raise the cash to make it so we’ve decided to Crowdfund.

If you’re inclined, then you can contribute and find out more at this address:



Many thanks!



5 Coroners service for Northern Ireland appeal for information 


Coroners service for Northern Ireland appeal for information about the death of Mrs. Kathleen Thompson on 6th November 1971


The Inquest into the death of Mrs Kathleen Thompson on 6th November 1971 is listed to commence at Londonderry Courthouse on Friday 27th October 2017.   Mrs Thompson was fatally wounded following a shooting incident involving British Army soldiers in the locality of 129 Rathlin Drive, Foyle Hill Estate in Derry.


The Coroner, Mr Patrick McGurgan, requests that if anyone can assist this Inquest in examining this death, they should make contact with the Coroners Service.  There may, for example, be persons with relevant information concerning the death but who have not yet brought that information to the attention of the authorities or persons who were in the vicinity of Rathlin Drive on the night of Kathleen Thompson’s death.


The Coroner is particularly interested to hear from two girls, who may have stood on the wall of the fence at the home of Kathleen Thompson on the night in question.  Mr Patrick Thompson may have spoken to these two girls.


If you have any knowledge which may assist this investigation please contact the Coroners Service for Northern Ireland either through written correspondence or email to Coroners Service for Northern Ireland before  

1st September 2017.


The contact details are:

Email: Legacy@courtsni.gsi.gov.uk


Coroners Service for Northern Ireland

Laganside House

23-27 Oxford Street


Telephone: 028 90 446829


6 Autumn Social Innovation Workshops


Do you want to learn more about social innovation? What it is and how you can use it to improve what you do and how you do it? NICVA are running a further round of 11 workshops throughout Northern Ireland in the last quarter of 2017.

Simply put, social innovation is finding new and innovative solutions to existing social problems. These solutions can take the form of new products, services, models, markets or processes. Crucially, social innovation seeks not only to resolve the immediate social problem but also enhances society’s capacity to act in future.

Now in its second year, this initiative of the Building Change Trust, Social Innovation NI, is a cross-sectoral collaboration of organisations who want to see innovation at the heart of solving social problems in Northern Ireland. These are:

  • The Building Change Trust (overall coordination)
  • NICVA (Social Innovation Workshops)
  • Work West (Social Innovation Skills Programme – lead)
  • Enterprise North West (Social Innovation Skills Programme)
  • Innovate NI (Techies in Residence) 

The term ‘Social Innovation’ can be alienating to many people and with these workshops NICVA will hope to demystify the concept showing participants how social innovation is really something anyone can try.  You will hear from participants on the first year of the programme, many of whom accessed seed funding to bring their idea and concept to the next stage. 
There will also be an opportunity to try out one of the key methods involved in social innovation – Design Thinking –  so groups and organisations can see for themselves whether it can help them find new solutions to whatever societal challenges they are passionate about. ‘Design thinking’ is a creative approach to problem solving that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs.

We foresee this as the first step on the Social Innovation NI journey with groups and organisations going on to participate in our other Support Projects, but we believe it is equally as worthwhile for those who are just hoping to learn more about Social Innovation, and take those lessons into their own work.

Dates of local workshops are below, click on the links to book a place and for a list of all workshops please see:


All seminars will be scheduled for 10.00am - 1.00pm


19th October - Playhouse, Derry
23rd November - Strabane Enterprise Agency


 7 FuSIon Fest- October 19/20th - The Social Innovation Festival


On 19/20 Oct 2017 FuSIon Fest-The Social Innovation Festival takes place in Northern Ireland over 2 days in 2 cities (19 Oct | Derry~Londonderry and 20 Oct | Belfast). The festival is brought to you by Social Innovation NI in association with the Building Change Trust, supported by the Department for Communities and managed by Innovate-NI.

This exciting Festival is a unique showcase of international best practise and will highlight and explore innovative solutions to some of the social challenges faced in Northern Ireland communities and it will be a celebration of community spirit, collaboration and creativity.

Why should I support it?
By taking part in FuSIon Fest, you will help to promote stronger communities, healthier citizens, an improved quality of life, economic opportunity and healthy recreation by combating silo and traditional thinking. The intention is to have fun, meet interesting people and explore. The Social Innovation Festival brings together those ingredients with an extra dose of inspiring keynotes and hands on break-out sessions.
The Festival
Taking place over 2 days and 2 cities, at The Playhouse in Derry-Londonderry and the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast,  each day features 3 keynote speakers and a number  of breakout sessions, as well as a Social Innovation village featuring practitioners, innovative organisations, and a space to network and learn more about Social Innovation. The festival will finish with an after-party and final keynote on the Belfast Barge.


Visit the Website


8 Citizens’ Jury Event - City Centre


Wednesday 16th August 2017, 3pm at Holywell Building

Our final Citizens’ Jury, part of the DiverseCity Community Partnership's Civic Activism Project, will be held at 3pm on Wednesday 16th August at the HOLYWELL DCCP Building. At the event we will be presenting evidence gathered on issues around the city centre.  We have used a range of tools - citizen reporting, study groups and pop-up discussions – to engage with as many people as possible.
To book your place contact
roisin@holywelltrust.com or telephone 028 71 261941.  Food will be provided at the event.


 FWIN's Annual Networking Event 07/09/17


Event:  FWIN's Annual Networking Event 2017

Date:   Thursday September 7th, 2017

Time:   10.30am - 1.00pm (lunch included)

Venue:  Holywell Building, Bishop Street


FWIN's Networking Day is always a highlight on our annual calendar of events.


The day offers an opportunity to find out about a range of services, support, advice, volunteer work and training available to women in the North West and throughout the Region.


If your organisation wishes to have a stand at this event then please contact FWIN ASAP to facilitate this.


RSVP by Monday September 4th, 2017, email: info@fwin.org.uk or telephone: 028 71 266 291.


10 Community Champions Volunteer call  


Do you or someone you know have a hearing loss and or Tinnitus?
Action on Hearing Loss hopes to offer local support to every town in Northern Ireland.
Could you be a Local Community Champion?
We need volunteers to champion support in their local area.
 Do you think you could support local people with a monthly hearing aid user session, an information stand, a Tinnitus support group or an isolated older person with a much needed befriender? Just 2 hours per month could deliver either of these services.
Do any of these roles sound like something that would interest you?
Why not join our Campaigns team or help us raise much needed funds with our fundraising team.
There are roles to suit everyone, full training provide and expenses paid.
Should you require further information on Action on Hearing Loss support in the area or to receive a volunteer application pack please contact Laura Murphy on telephone 02890 239619 or e-mail:
volunteering.ireland@hearingloss.org.uk or visit the website at www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk


11  Would you like to volunteer at this years Carnival of Colours?


In Your Space Circus presents their annual Circus, Street Theatre, Music and Art festival; The Carnival of Colours 2017 on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of September.

We love getting into the festival spirit with new folk and every year invite a team of people to come and join our festival team.

There will be Big Tops, Baby Tops, Stretch tents, open air music, fun and hopefully sun and frolicks!

This is a two day (and night) festival PACKED with an array of Local, National and International Artists and Acts.  

In Your Space Circus want to provide new and creative opportunities for everyone.  

Volunteer positions include but are not limited to: 
Tent Crew;  Site Maintenance;  Site Crew;  Traffic Management;  Stewards; Information Point; Technical; Collecting Donations; Runner; Stage Crew; Evaluations; Front of House Staff; Media (Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, etc).




If anyone needs any further information they can contact Louise on 077 2531 6961 or louise@inyourspaceni.org


12 New training sessions for employers: Sept - Dec 2017


The Equality Commission's Employer Training Programme begins again in September offering free sessions at five locations: Belfast, Cookstown, Craigavon, L/Derry and Omagh.


Training will focus on our most popular topics which include:

Some sessions fill up quickly so register now to avoid disappointment.
Full details are available online:


13   Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Creativity Tools for Youth Work: 'Stage(s) of Life' Training Course on Theatre

This training course will concentrate on the use of theatre as a tool for individuals and communities to bring about a greater sense of connection – connection to oneself, to the other, to society and community and to the natural world.

Organizer: ASHA Foundation (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 18 August 2017

› More details


LeaD in Practice: A blended-learning project on Learning Design in Practice

This is a 9-month blended-learning project (combining distance and on-location training) that has been set up to address all the unprocessed, unspoken and unresolved issues and “hot potatoes” that repeatedly emerge during Erasmus+ mobilities.

Organizer: Educational Activities Society "EDRASE" (NGO/Others)

This activity is for participants from: Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline (24h CET): 24 August 2017

› More details

Leadership from Inside-out – Being an Exemplary Leader for Intercultural Teams
It is an intensive experience-based programme that will enable you to explore key leadership and cultural concepts and theories (e.g. situational leadership, Hoefstede’s cultural dimension theory) and their associated skills.
Organizer: CCIVS - Coordintating Committee for International Voluntary Service (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 1 September 2017

› More details


The Insightrainer Creatrainer Workshop Series I: CREATIVE WRITING
This workshop is part of a series with the overall objective of increasing the quality of the work done by trainers in the youth field. It's to be achieved through the development of youth trainers' competences eg. by educational tool design and creation.
Organizer: Turkish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 September 2017

› More details

The Insightrainer Creatrainer Workshop Series II: Visuals and Comics
This is part of a workshop series with the overall objective of increasing the quality of the work done by trainers in the youth field. This is to be achieved through the development of youth trainer's competences, in particular usage of educational tools
Organizer: Turkish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 10 September 2017

› More details

The Difference Between - Creative Tools for Communcation and Connection
In our everyday communication we have a different impact with people. How would your working performance benefit if you could create the impact you aim for? What if you start communicating more effectively and creating better connection with others?
Organizer: Egyesek Youth Association (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Other countries in the world, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU
Application deadline (24h CET): 15 September 2017

› More details


International Training on Conflict Analysis and Strategic Peacebuilding
Conflict is a natural, normal and neutral occurrence but how to deal with that which is normal and neutral when it causes dislocations in our lives is the major challenge.
Organizer: African Centre for Development and Research (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline (24h CET): 15 September 2017

› More details



14  Workforce Development Training












Working with Young People & Substance Misuse

30th & 31st October 2017


Two Full Days


Rathmore Centre, Bligh’s Lane, Derry


The Regional Initial Assessment (RIAT)

6th October and the  18th December 2017


Half Day AM session


Rathmore Centre, Bligh’s Lane, Derry



The Regional Hidden Harm Protocol

11th October 2017


Half Day


Rathmore Centre, Bligh’s Lane, Derry



Foundation Module – Adults & Family

6th, 13th & 20th October 2017


Three Full Days


Rathmore Centre, Bligh’s Lane, Derry


Supporting Family Members

7th & 8th September


Two Full Days


Rathmore Centre, Bligh’s Lane, Derry


If anyone is interested in any of the training please email training@ascert.biz or telephone 0800 254 5123 and asked to be put through to “Training”.  You can also register on the ASCERT website by clicking on “Training and Consultation” then “Workforce Development Training”. This will give you a full list of training available across the Western Trust Area.  If you just click on the training you are interested in it will allow you to register online.

If there is training that you organization is interested in and  you can’t make the dates then just contact Colin or Jenna at the email above and they can help.


15 Want to help celebrate 30 years of International Youth Work?

  • Have an international project (past or present) you'd like to promote?
  • Want to meet others (past or present) involved in the delivery of international youth work?

LID+ delivers bespoke services (including feedback, one-to-one, mentoring, etc) to groups interested in submitting an application to the Erasmus+ programme (more info here) and is based on the work of The LID Programme  which provides international learning opportunities for young people, young leaders, youth workers and other practitioners with a remit for young people

LID+ is organising a 'Market Place' event in December which will help to mark the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ and previous programmes (Youth for Europe/Youth in Action/YOUTH) and will provide an opportunity for groups from across Northern Ireland who have been involved in International Youth Work over the decades to celebrate and promote models of practice, projects, etc.  'Market Place' in nature it will also be participatory and interactive with workshops, inputs, some storytelling as well as opportunities for sharing resources and methodologies, networking, 'selling'/promoting project ideas and looking at best practice.  We will also have a number of International Practitioners with years of experience in International Youth Work and Erasmus+ in attendance.

Whilst primarily targeted at organisations it is also open to individuals who have been involved in some ways in international work. If you have been involved in any kind of international youth activity, e.g., youth exchange, training prorgramme, study visit, job shadow, etc and would like to be involved in some way please contact LID+ at: thelidprogramme@hotmail.com or leave a message on our Facebook Page


16 Fresh Little Minds, resilience workshops & Suicide Prevention Training


This is your chance to deliver Fresh Little Minds, resilience workshops for children aged 5 - 11yrs in your schools and in your community!  Imagine...you might even start up your own part time business while doing something positive for the wellbeing of children everywhere.

Join us for a lively two day Train the Facilitator course to be come accredited to facilitate the FRESH Little Minds Workshops for Children in your school or community.
FEE: £999 * or see our special offer below for reduced fees



Date: 27th and 28th November 2017
Venue: Clotworthy House, Antrim

What are you signing up to be part of?

  • Fun, physical activities, play, song, storytelling, visual aids and energised discussions
  • Each session includes building emotional resilience and learning calming techniques
  • You will have access to resources that will enable you to run four Fresh Little Minds Programmes. Amazing!

Fresh Little Minds has been designed from an evidence base which has confirmed that children who have access to FRESH opportunities are: 

  • Healthier physically and mentally
  • More successful in school
  • Less likely to get depressed
  • For further information about becoming a FRESH Little Minds Facilitator, please follow us on Facebook and contact aine@freshlittleminds.com 

You might also like to watch this short promotional video which will give you more of an idea of our Fresh Little Minds Resilience work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X03K6c2Dwf8&feature=youtu.be



Suicide Prevention training
At Fresh Minds Education we are passionate about Suicide Prevention training having trained more than ten thousand people over the past ten years.  It is time for us now to share the learning and to support those of you who want to be connected to the vision of Preventing Suicide and Cultivating A Life Worth Living.

The Connections Suicide Awareness Programme has been written on evidence based research but is delivered with heart.  If you are interested in being part of this positive and vibrant training which will help you help people Light Up The Darkness, support people while they Fight Their Demons, teach people that It’s Okay To Talk, be there for people to reassure them that It’s Okay Not To Be Okay then join our team.
Let’s Prevent Death by Suicide Together. Together Let’s Promote a Life Worth Living.

  • Be a part of delivering high quality suicide awareness courses in your community
  • Make a real difference where you work or live
  • Keep your community safer from suicide

The mission for Connections Suicide Awareness Facilitators Programme is to provide a cost effective, evidence based, regional solution to an identified gap in the provision of standardised and field tested suicide awareness training. Participants engage with a programme that enables them to explore real world experiences whilst developing their suicide prevention and intervention knowledge and support skills.

This is a two day Train the Facilitator course for people who wish to be accredited to run the Connections Suicide Awareness Training Courses.
Participants must have completed the ASIST Training and have competent facilitation skills before commencement.

FEE: £999
Date: 21st and 22nd November 2017
Venue: St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Antrim

aine@freshlittleminds.com to book your place or for further information on either of the above.


17 Stand Up to Welfare Reform


Come along and hear personal stories of Disability Assessment experiences and Panel Discussion on How We Can Challenge Them

Bishop Street Community Centre, Thursday 10th August 2017 @ 7pm

Join us for a panel discussion and event offering advice and information on the further expected changes under Welfare Reform.  Take this opportunity to hear from advice experts and local MLA's on the help available and how we can challenge the changes together.

For further information contact Maureen or Michelle on 028 7141 4004 or 077 1002 5494

Organised by: Pink Ladies, Dove House, Advice NI


18 'A Night of Inspiration'

'Redhead300' in partnership with Holywell DiverseCIty Community Partnership would like to invite you to: EVE OF WALK NIGHT: 'A Night of Inspiration'

Friday 4th August, 7.30pm, DiverseCity Community Building, 10-14 Bishop Street, Derry

Hear the moving stories of those who overcame their battle with cancer 

To mark the beginning of ‘Redhead300’, (a fundraising walk from Derry to Crosshaven, Co. Cork in support of The Irish Cancer Society), four very special individuals will gather at Holywell Trust to share their unique story of how they overcame cancer. 

- Eamon Baker, known for his community work in and around the North West (and ‘Guest Walker’ with Redhead300) will talk about the experience of surviving the loss of a kidney 

- Keith Adair, local painter and decorator and experienced hill walker will share with you how he is back walking regularly after being diagnosed with cancer only 12 months ago

- Ena Barrett, Donegal Woman and fundraiser with the Irish Cancer Society will chat about how she has just marked her 10th anniversary of being free of cancer

- Shirley McEntee, Galway Woman and former Paramedic (and a member of the 'TeamOf3' will take you on an amazing journey of how she has fought cancer on no less than seven occasions

To book your place drop us an e-mail to: 
redhead300walk@hotmail.com or contact Fergal on +44 (0)79 4459 5864.

Support us:

You can support us in various ways. You can make a donation at our Just Giving Page or become a ‘Local Liaison’ (download the ‘Redhead300’ leaflet) and not only help raise awareness of ‘Redhead300’ in your area but provide important local knowledge or put us in touch with people who can support us. 

Become part of the ‘Redhead300’ Family by helping us secure essential resources to make the walk successful, e.g., fuel vouchers for our Support Vehicle, snacks and refreshments for our walkers, etc.

You can also like and share our 
Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter, share our website on your social media profile and read and share our occasional blog


19 Book Launch: ‘Struggle or Starve: Working-Class Unity in Belfast’s 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots’


Tuesday, 8 August- 7pm, Nerve Centre 7-8 Magazine Street, Derry BT48 6HJ


Join author Seán Mitchell as he launches his latest book 'Struggle or Starve'. Event includes video footage and dramatic readings from the period and a short introduction from the author. (Free entry) 

In October 1932, the streets of Belfast were gripped by vicious and widespread rioting that lasted the best part of a week. Thousands of unarmed demonstrators fought extended pitched battles against heavily-armed police. Unemployed workers and, indeed, whole working-class communities, dug trenches and built barricades to hold off the police assault. The event became known as the Outdoor Relief Riot - one of very few instances in which class sympathy managed to trump sectarian loyalties in a city famous for its divisions.

"This is an important story to tell, part of our lost history. It shows that the interests workers share far outweigh the artificial divisions of sectarianism. It is brilliant that Sean Mitchell has brought these great events backs to life. It will be an inspiration to unite again in today's struggles."---Ken Loach


20 *New* Play In A Day

Sunday 6th August 10.30am – 8.30pm
Waterside Theatre
11-16 year olds.
Only £15!

For the first time ever we will be offering group members old and new the opportunity to take part in a’ Play In A Day’ project. Participants will meet in the theatre in the morning and work with experienced theatre makers all day to create a new piece which will then be staged in the theatre that night! It’s a very exciting opportunity to stretch all your creative muscles.

Places are limited. Please get in touch asap to register interest.

ulidian.youth.drama@gmail.com / 07843274700.


21 Upcoming Events with RNIB

  • RNIB Flag Day TOMORROW - Could you spare some time?

RNIB Annual Flag Day takes place this coming Friday 4th August. Michael Joyce, Chairman of our local fundraising group, has requested volunteers to collect for even 1 hour. So if you are available on Friday please contact Michael on 07762136686, at your earliest convenience.

  • RNIB August Activities

Wednesdays at 11.00am - Knitting and Crochet group
Location: RNIB office, Embassy Building
Contact: Jennie on 07809707905
Thursdays at 11.00am - Walking group
Departs: from RNIB office, Strand Road
Contact: Eddie on 07754736030
Wednesday 2 August, 2.00pm - Healthy eating £10
Location: Jacqueline Cartin’s office 17 Clarendon St
Monday 7 August, 11.00am - Read Aloud Short Stories and Poetry
Location: RNIB office, Embassy Building
Wednesday 9 August, 2.00pm - Coffee and a Crossword £Free
Location: RNIB office, Embassy Building
Wednesday 16 August, 2.00pm – Discocise £3
Location: Playhouse Theatre
Monday 21 August, 11.00am - Visual Awareness Training
Location: RNIB office, Embassy Building
Wednesday 23 August, 2.00pm - Arts and Crafts with Fiona £5
Location: RNIB office, Embassy Building
Wednesday 30 August, 2.00pm – Boccia (indoor bowling game) £Free
Location: RNIB office, Embassy Building
For more information please contact: Bernie 02871 229 551 


  • RNIB Readaloud

Come along and listen to a variety of short stories and poetry read by friends of RNIB NI
Each month we are entertained by invited guests who read their own choice of material.  Anyone is welcome to contribute a poem or short story which can be read by a sighted volunteer. These sessions are very informal; why not attend once to find out more. Simply listen and enjoy!
Monday 7th August 11.00-12.30pm
RNIB NI, Embassy Building, 3 Strand Rd, Derry/L’derry
Contact: Annmarie on 07864 067649


22 Health Improvement Department Training Brochure

The latest edition of Health Improvement Department Training Brochure September 2017 - March 2018 is out now.

Includes: Boccia Leaders Award, Consent Training, Facilitating Groups, Inclusive Skills, Sexual Health Campaign Workshop, Transgender Awareness Event, Travellers Awareness Session and lots more...

To apply for a course please complete and return the application form which can be found via a link on page 1.



23 Echo Echo Summer Scheme


14th - 18th August 2017

10am - 3pm daily @ Echo Echo's Studios, Magazine Street

A week of dance, movement, music, martial arts, crafts and creativity for ages 5-11 years

Cost is £50 for week and reductions for siblings. Daily rate is £15/day for 5 hours.

No previous experience necessary - all welcome!

All children should bring a packed lunch each day.

Contact us by email info@echoechodance.com or phone 02871308883 to book your places.


24  REACH Across - Up The Foyle In A Bubble Fun Day- Sun 17th Sept At Prehen pitches


Cross-Community Youth Group REACH Across are organising a Family Fun Day and Water Zorbing Challenge on Sun 17th Sept at Prehen Pitches.

Teams Of 4 are needed for the Water-Zorbing Challenge, with a prize for the school, company, sports club or community group, that achieves the highest rotations. Sponsor forms are available.

Our Fun Day Area will Include a mini-farm, inflatable slides, disco dome, laser quest, soft play area, drumming sessions etc and there will also be bring & buy tables available and a competition area. 

Entries are now being taken for the Water Zorbing Challenge and the cost is £60 per team. Admission to the Fun Day is £2 or £5 for a family of 3 or more. For more information, check the REACH Across Facebook page or tel/text 07854833371


25 Pack up your troubles, and your summer picnic, and smile: 

Brackfield Wood, Saturday 19 August


A visit to Brackfield Wood this summer is an absolute must.  And if you go down to the woods on Saturday 19 August, you’re in for an added surprise.

The Woodland Trust’s Centenary Wood, in the heart of the north west’s beautiful Faughan Valley, is the venue for a Saturday brimming with activities – from mindfulness to storytelling, and all free of charge. 

Simply book your place in advance, don walking boots, and pack a picnic and rug to really make a day of it.

Brackfield Wood is one of just four flagship woods taking shape across the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.  In total, the Trust’s ambitious Centenary Woods project  will see millions of trees planted in recognition of the millions of lives lost.

Over 23,000 flourishing saplings, out of an ambitious 40,000 target, are already springing to life at Brackfield.  The trees will be a unique and lasting tribute to the people from Ireland who played a part in the war – the soldiers, their families, and loved ones.  

In complete contrast to the sadness and destruction, Brackfield Wood is an uplifting sight.  It’s right by the banks of the stunning River Faughan and is currently showing off swathes of glorious wildflowers.   The colourful mix is a feast for precious pollinators, as well as being easy on the eye.

The charity wants everyone to experience the beauty of Brackfield first-hand, and is offering a range of activities:

11am:    Mindfulness walk. Pack up your troubles and take in the calming woodland sights and sounds.  This one is for grown-ups only.
12 midday:  Storytelling walk. Enjoy tree tales and tall tales for all the family. 
1pm: Tree-themed fun and games.  A fun way for children to really get to grips with nature.
2pm: Forage and feast.  With an expert helping hand, join the search for tasty treats courtesy of Mother Nature’s larder.

The activities are free, but booking in advance is essential.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online and get all the detail at
www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events ; or call 0330 333 5302

The Centenary Woods project is supported by the Trust’s lead partner Sainsbury’s.


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