NWCN E-bulletin 10 August 2017


1 Celebrate the Sector with NWCN - Save the Dates!

2 Community Development & Health - Can you contribute?

3 Conference Save the Date: Incitement to Hatred 

4 Derry after Brexit

5 A Basic Income: A Future with Dignity

6 Social Impact Measurement System 

7 Upcoming Training from CO3 

8 Get Started with Health and Fitness with The Prince's Trust 

9 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

10 Ever thought about a career in Water Sports?

11 Upcoming training & opportunities with YouthAction NI

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

13 ASCERT Launches New Alcohol and Drug Training Calendar

14 REACH Across - Up The Foyle In A Bubble Fun Day

15 Extern’s Young Graduates Programme Pop up Charity Shop

16 New Timetable at Waterside Women's Centre September 2017

17 European Capital of Culture - Meet & Eat 

18 Job Opportunities with the “Drink Wise Age Well” programme!

19 Upcoming Events with RNIB

20 Echo Echo Summer Scheme

21 St Columb's Park Clean Up TODAY 4:00 -- 8:00 - Can you help?

22 Strabane Alzheimer's society - BBQ

23 Collected Shadows at Void 





1 Celebrate the Sector with NWCN - Save the Dates!


North West Community Network Celebration Events

  • Friday 15th September
  • Thursday 21st September
  • Thursday 5th October

North West Community Network are organising three Celebration/Master class events starting with a hot hearty breakfast at 9:30am and finishing at 12 noon.
You will have the opportunity to hear about successful and inspirational initiatives within three themes:

  • Children & Young People
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Rural Inclusion

As well as a chance to hear from local groups and inspirational speakers you will also have the chance to network and make some new connections!


Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries: 

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


More information to follow soon...         


2 Community Development & Health - Can you contribute?


Invitation to contribute to the development of a Strategic Framework for expanding community development approaches to reducing health inequalities.
As part of the Health Minister’s Vision Health 2026, set out in Delivering Together, a Community Development Work Stream was set up to examine how best community development can contribute to the HSC Transformation process.
The purpose of the work stream is to set a clear direction and expand community development approaches to reducing health inequalities in Northern Ireland. Since January, we have been working on a process for creating a Strategic Framework for Community Development.
Having now drafted statements of the purpose, principles and outcomes of community development and health, we hope that you, and others working in community development, will help by sharing your expertise to test these and inform the next stages of development.
We are working with local government to host a series of events between late August and October 2017 at which we hope you can join us to:
• Explore how community development is carried out at a local level;
• Look at outcomes and the rationale for the vital role that community development can play in reducing health inequalities;
• Examine critical success factors, enablers and barriers to creating effective community development outcomes in Northern Ireland.
Dates and Venues for the local events:

  • Ards and North Down 22nd August 2017 - 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Londonderry Park Pavilion, Londonderry Park, Portaferry Rd, Newtownards, BT23 8SG
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh 1st September 2017 - 10.00am - 12.00pm Lagan Valley Island, 1 The Island, Lisburn, BT27 4RL
  • Derry/Londonderry and Strabane 14 September 2017 (Evening) - 6.30pm - 8.30 pm Strabane Library, 1 Railway St, Strabane, BT82 8EF
  • Belfast 6th September 2017 - 10.30am -12.30pm Belfast City Hall Banquet Room, Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS
  • Causeway Coast and Glens 19 September 2017 - 2.00pm – 4.00pm Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Rd, Portstewart, BT55 7HU
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon 21 September 2017 (Evening) - 7.00pm – 9.00pm Bannville House Hotel, 174 Lurgan Rd, Banbridge, BT32 4NR
  • Mid and East Antrim 29th September 2017 - 10.00am – 12.00pm Studio Room, The Braid Town Hall, 1-29 Bridge St, Ballymena BT43 5EJ
  • Mid Ulster 3rd October 2017 (Evening) - 6.30pm - 8.30pm Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Burn Rd, Cookstown BT80 8DN
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey 9th October 2017 - 2.00pm – 4.00pm The Yarn Suite, Mossley Mill, Lakeview Cres, Newtownabbey BT36 5QA
  • Fermanagh and Omagh 10th October 2017 (Evening) - 7.00pm – 9.00pm Bawnacre Centre, Castle St, Irvinestown, Enniskillen BT94 1EE
  • Newry Down and Mourne 16th October 2017 - 2.00pm – 4.00pm The Lodge Business and Cultural Centre, 1 Dublin Rd, Castlewellan, BT31 9AG
  • Derry/Londonderry and Strabane 19th October 2017 - 10.00am - 12.00pm Foyle Arena, Limavady Rd, Londonderry, BT47 6JY  

Please respond by email to Sharon.kelly@hscni.net stating which event you would like to attend, on or before 12.00 noon on Monday 21st August 2017


3    Conference Save the Date: Incitement to Hatred 


On Friday 13 October the Equality Coalition (in association with CAJ, UNISON and QUB) will host a Conference on Incitement to Hatred and defining public duties to tackle incitement to hatred whilst respecting free expression: Reviewing the legal & policy framework.


The conference will take place in the Canada Room, Queens University Belfast and will address the ‘threshold’ and ‘intervention’ questions increasingly defined in human rights law as to when public authorities can or must act against speech and cultural expression in order to protect the rights of others.


The conference will include both international and local speakers. More information to follow, please see poster here


4 Derry after Brexit


The anti-Brexit group in the city ‘Breaking Down Brexit Campaign’ is hosting an event in the Drum in the Gasyard Centre as part of the Feile celebrations on Friday 11th August at 2.30pm. There are a number of speakers lined up to speak at it including Martina Anderson MEP, Jim Roddy, City Centre Manager, Terry Wright who is involved in the New Gate Fringe Festival taking place over August, Michael Gallagher who is the spokesperson on Brexit for Derry City and Strabane District Council and Emma McGinley a young person working in the hospitality sector in the city.

The event will be examining possible impacts of Brexit and how different people and sectors in the North West will be impacted should it be through a reduction of Human Rights, changes to labour law, restrictions on cross border trade, young people’s ability to move freely throughout the EU for educational and employment purposes or farmers receiving farm subsidies.

The conference will also explore alternatives to Brexit and have a discussion on how Brexit can be reduced through EU intervention and the Irish governments role in advocating for the North through special designated status.
Contact: Dermot O’Hara, 07595893757


5 A Basic Income: A Future with Dignity


Saturday 7th October 2017

St Columb’s Park House Derry



Basic Income Ireland invites you to an afternoon of information sharing and conversation on the possibility of paying every citizen a living wage every year of our lives. Speakers will introduce the concept of a Basic Income as a real alternative to the welfare system and a solution to the mechanisation of work, a solution which allows people to live with dignity.

This event is free, with a light lunch provided on arrival.


Places are therefore limited so early booking is very much advised.

Book with Eventbrite here: http://tinyurl.com/y7ps6vbj

Book by email here: basicincomederry@outlook.com


Many thanks to Portrush Film Theatre and the Compassionate Communities Project at St Columb’s Park House for generously sponsoring this event.


6 Social Impact Measurement System 


A fantastic new online resource is now available to help you assess the potential financial value and social return on your projects.

SIMS is available free-of-charge and allows the user to input information relating to 'Theme', 'Activity' and 'Outcome' to produce a report on the cost of the intervention in terms of either its social impact or the cost saving.
We hope that this tool will help to build the capacity of development trusts and other VCSE organisations in Northern Ireland, especially around impact measurement. It will also enhance the training and support DTNI provides to members, meeting their need for regular monitoring and evaluation.
Get SIMS now 


 7 Upcoming Training from CO3 

  • Strategic Planning with Roger Courtney

Friday 8 September 2017 | 9.30am – 4.30pm |Cost: £99 | CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast)
This one day workshop strategically planned for September, for those of us who will be launching new Strategic Plans in April 2018, will support leaders to develop their strategic and operational planning processes to enable organisations to achieve their potential.
It will be led by Roger Courtney who has facilitated hundreds of Third Sector executive teams in developing their strategic plans.

Click here for further information


  • Excelling in Leadership Programme

A six day residential programme | begins 14 September 2017 | Cost: £1350
CO3 is pleased to announce a powerful new leadership experience offering the unique opportunity to collaborate with fellow Chief Officers on how to tackle the current and anticipated challenges of the Third Sector in Northern Ireland and internationally.

Click here for further information


  • The Effective Third Sector Chair

begins 27 September 2017 | 5.30pm – 8.00pm | Cost: £75 per session or £350 for all five
A new five-part series of training specifically tailored for the needs of the Third Sector Chair | begins 27 September 2017:
The role of a Chair in ensuring an Effective Board - 27 September

2. Annual Performance Appraisal – the case for appraising, the Chair, CEO, Board and individual Trustees - 11 October
Effective Relations between the Chair and CEO - 25 October
Building an Effective Board - 8 November
Strategic Direction and financial oversight of the Chair - getting the right information
- 22 November

  • Crowdfunding Training Levels 1 and 2

5 & 6 October | 9.30am – 4.30pm | £125 per level | CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast)
Do you:
· Want to raise money online for your charity or community group?
·  Want to grow your individual supporter base?
·  Want to learn more about crowdfunding, build your confidence & key skills for online fundraising success?

If you answered YES to the above questions then Crowdfunding (Level 1 and/ or level 2) may be for you!
Practical, informative and immersive training workshops with crowdfunding expert, GlobalGiving UK CEO Eleanor Harrison.
GlobalGiving is the world’s first and largest global crowdfunding community for non-profits and social entrepreneurs.

Click here for further information


  • Fundraising Training Programme

Begins October 2017 | Cost: £130 per module or £995 for all nine | CO3 offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast)
Many charities and social enterprises are rethinking their financial models and are exploring how they can diversify their income streams.  Therefore, we have developed a suite of fundraising modules to build your fundraising capacity and widen your access to other funding incomes. 
•         Want to improve your organisation’s fundraising skills?
•         Got a fantastic Fundraiser in your team that you’d like to invest in?
CO3 now offers a range of nine fundraising modules to help you or a member of your team, become a more effective fundraiser.  See below for further information. If you would like to register please email
sarah@co3.bz .

Course Modules

  1. What is fundraising? 12 October 2017
  2. Individual giving 19 October 2017
  3. Legacies (Will to Give) 10 November 2017
  4. Big Gift Campaigns 17 November 2017
  5. Community fundraising 7 December 2017
  6. Generating income from statutory sources 14 December 2017
  7. Corporate Fundraising 11 January 2018
  8. Raising income through social enterprise development 18 January 2018
  9. Fundraising from Trusts and foundations 8 February 2018

Negotiation Skills
Thursday 23 November 2017 | 9.30am – 4.30pm | Cost: £150 | Belfast Venue TBC
This 1-day Negotiation Skills workshop covers the key skills, knowledge and processes required for planning, preparing and executing a business negotiation effectively. It is designed to build progressively the delegate’s capability from simple bargaining to multi-dimensional agreements, thus making it a suitable workshop for people with limited negotiation experience as well as an excellent refresher for more experienced delegates.

Click here for further information 
Leading Edge
6 days | Starts 1 February 2018 | Cost: £725 | Belfast Venue TBC
Designed by the sector for the sector, the ILM Accredited
CO3 Leading Edge Programme
provides protected space and support to build your leadership skills in line with your live issues and challenges.  Delivered with an interactive approach, you will work together and learn from each other as you engage with different theories and leadership themes.  This can be a powerful and transformational experience.

Click here for further information

Executive PA and Administrators’ Development Programme
2 days | CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast) | Cost: £360
An intensive programme designed to develop the interpersonal skills of PAs and administrative staff to be more productive, assertive and confident in driving efficiencies and dealing with change in today’s challenging environment.

Click here for further information 

If you have any queries about any of our training please email
or Tel: 028 90 245 356.


8 Get Started with Health and Fitness with The Prince's Trust 


Are you 16-24? Want to learn new skills?
21st – 25th August, Derry/Londonderry
Taster/Selection Day: 15th August
If you are not currently in full-time employment, education or training come and meet new people, learn new skills, work as a team and build your confidence.
Not only will you discover new talents and develop new skills, but you’ll also benefit from support from our staff or one of our members to help you uncover your next steps.

  • Gain a Health and Fitness qualification
  • Take part in a range of activities, including sports massage, pilates, circuits and fitness instructing
  • Doesn't affect your benefits
  • Travel expenses pain on programme
  • Up to three months of support after the programme 

The programme will be based mainly at the Strike Martial Arts Academy, delivered by Head Coach Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley. A highly respected figure locally, he is a four-time world kickboxing champion.


Contact Sharon or Christopher for more information or to book your place on:

Sharon.Doherty@princes-trust.org.uk / Christopher.McDonagh@princes-trust.org.uk



 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Open Summit Youth eParticipation in Europe: The Future is now!

Final event of project “EUth - Tools and Tips for Mobile and Digital Youth Participation in and across Europe”. By bringing public, non-profit and private sectors together, new synergies, knowledge and partnerships for youth eParticipation will be built.

Organizer: IJAB - International Youth Service of the Federal republic of Germany (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


Call for Trainers

EVS and volunteers´ psychological support

Estonian National Agency (EE NA) together with Polish and Danish National Agencies is organising a training course “EVS and volunteers´ psychological support” (initial title) in the Feb -April of 2018 and is looking for suitable trainers.


Please find all details here: Online version


10 Ever thought about a career in Water Sports?


Are you aged between 18-65, registered as unemployed and living in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area?
‘Wet’ your appetite on the River Foyle in conjunction with The Lough’s Agency and experience the river’s potential though education and water sport qualifications whilst improving your employability

The Maritime programme has 3 elements which incorporates 3 Level 1 qualifications as follows:-

1. Angling Programme leading to a 1st for Sport Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Angling
2. Paddlesports/Canoieng programme leading to a RYA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching PaddleSports
3. Powerboating leading to a PYA Level 1 certificate in Powerboating

The full programme is delivered over a 5 week period
Contact: Geraldine Ó hEára at 028 7130 8466 for an application pack
geraldine.oheara@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com or check out our website www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com


11  Upcoming training & opportunities with YouthAction NI


As part of Foyle Pride’s programme of events, YouthAction Northern Ireland’s Out and About programme presents


Outstanding Youth Work - LGBT  Inclusive approaches to youth work

OUTstanding Youth Work is a training programme designed to support youth workers to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) needs and opportunities.

When: Thursday 24 Aug 2017
Where: Derry~ Londonderry 10am - 3pm
Venue: Social Enterprise Hub The Old Fire Station, 1A Hawkin St

Register with Gail by emailing gail@youthaction.org  or emma@youthaction.org or ring 02871318854 for further information


Child Protection training – “Keeping children safe” module 1 training (accredited through volunteer now)


Wednesday 13th September 2017

Location to be confirmed on demand

To register interest or for further information please contact shirley on 02890 240551 or shirley@youthaction.org  


Generation X workshop

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Generation X is a coding class for young people aged 11-19 years to learn how to become creators not consumers. They will learn how to create programs such as websites, games, apps etc.

Generation X aims to inspire young people 11-19 years to get creative and have fun coding.

Young people are getting the opportunity to develop their coding skills and be a part of the digital world.

This opportunity is available through our UK wide network with UK Youth.

To register interest or for further information please contact Connor or Emma on 02871 318854 or connor@youthaction.org   


Bullseye’ training – hitting the mark in working with young women.


Friday 22nd September 2017

YouthAction Northern Ireland will be delivering training for those working with girls and young women. This training can be applied by youth work professionals, community workers, volunteers and those passionate about working with young people.

This practical session will introduce new exercises, resources and ideas from the YouthAction NI publication, ‘BULLSEYE – Hitting the mark in working with young women’, which was launched in 2014. Each participant will also receive a copy of the toolkit to take back into their youth work spaces.

Location TBC - To register interest or for further information please contact Emma or Connor on 02871 318854 or emma@youthaction.org  


LIFEMAPS training on building positive youth mental health

Friday 29th September

LIFEMAPS clearly demonstrates how youth work approaches can build the mental health of young people.  It clearly states that positive mental health is not uncovered or discovered, it is built through actions, skills and attitudes, and fostered through positive relationships.   This training is aimed at any adult passionate about working with young people.

Developed by Simon Ward, educational psychologist, and Liz McArdle, YouthAction NI/Ulster University, it is useful for people of any age, but has been primarily developed for young people aged 10 to 25. This half day training takes the learner through their own journey of completing the 8 interlinking themes connected to the training based on LIFEMAPS as an acronym.  As a result you will receive a toolkit with innovative activities to implement in your own spaces, and also a booklet with theoretical evidence as to why this model is effective in building youth mental health.

Location TBC - To register interest or for further information please contact Connor on 02871 318854 or connor@youthaction.org  


The training and opportunities above are free to members of YouthAction NI. Non members £30pp. To enquire about becoming a member of YouthAction NI telephone our North West Office on 028 7131 8854 


12 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


13   ASCERT Launches New Alcohol and Drug Training Calendar


Drug and alcohol services charity, ASCERT, is delighted to launch a new calendar of Workforce Development Training running from September to December 2017, funded by the Public Health Agency. Courses are aimed at practitioners working with adults, children or young people within the statutory and voluntary and community sectors, and are designed to develop knowledge and skills in addressing drug and alcohol misuse. Courses are free and are CPD certified.


Courses for people working with adults:

Foundation Module: Adults and Family Members (3 days)

Accredited Advanced Module  - Level 3 Certificate in Substance Misuse (12 days)

Substance Misuse Awareness (1 Day)

Parental Substance Misuse (2 days)

Substance Misuse Awareness (1 day)

Supporting Family Members (2 days)

Understanding Alcohol Awareness (1/2 day)


Courses for people working with children and young people:

Foundation Module: Children, Young People & Families (3 days)

Safeguarding Children: Hidden Harm Protocol (1/2 day)

The Regional Initial Assessment Tool for Young People (RIAT) (1/2 day)

Working with Young People & Substance Misuse (2 days)                                                                                                                                           

Further information on the courses including dates and venues is available here - http://www.ascert.biz/training-consultancy/workforce-development-training/

Please note courses can only be booked online through the ASCERT website.


If you cannot find a course that is suitable to you we can provide or develop bespoke programmes that will meet your specific needs (there will be a charge for this).  For more information contact us at training@ascert.biz or telephone 0800 2545 123.


For more information on ASCERT training contact Colin Robinson, Training Manager, email: training@ascert.biz. Tel: 0800 2545 123


14  REACH Across - Up The Foyle In A Bubble Fun Day


Sunday 17th September 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


15 Extern’s Young Graduates Programme Pop up Charity Shop


Call out for donations of:


Books, Clothes Adults & kids, Shoes, Toys, Gift sets, Household etc

Donations can be left at Extern, Bishop Street.


Telephone Bernie/Helena: 028 7126 2104


16 New Timetable at Waterside Women's Centre September 2017

Includes: Yoga, Dancercise, L2 Intro to Autism Spectrum Conditions, Introduction to Counselling Skills, Aqua Aerobics, Art Clubs, Walking group and so much more...


  • Health is you Wealth

Take time for yourself and enrol now!!!
Beginning Thursday 28th September 2017, 9.30am – 11.30am
Delivered over 12 weeks in partnership with Murphys Pharmacy

  • Health and wellbeing topics discussed each week
  • Health checks provided by pharamacist
  • Information on your local community pharmacy services
  • Mindfulness workshops
  • Healthy eating and cooking
  • Complementary therapy treatment
  • Childcare provided in our onsite crèche 

For more information and to register your interest:
Tel: 028 7134 1579



  • Time for you and your baby September 2017 

Baby massage & baby reflexology (8 weeks)
Wednesday 20th September 12.30 - 1.30pm

Baby aqua (8weeks)
Thursday 28th September 11am-12pm
Baby yoga (8 weeks)
Friday 6th October 12.30 - 1.30pm
Jo jingles (5 weeks)
Monday 9th October 12.30 - 1.30pm
For further information contact:
(028) 71341579 /


17 European Capital of Culture - Meet & Eat 


WE ARE 2013 - European Capital of Culture Candidate
Meet & Eat - What does HOME mean to you?
Come along to these informal sessions, have a slice of pizza and get involved in the conversations for European Capital of Culture.
Derry City and Strabane District Council, along with Belfast City Council, have taken the ambitious decision to bid for European City of Culture 2023.  This joint bid has the potential to strengthen the entire region of NI.
We invite you to join these discussion and hear more about the emergin @home theme and we really want you to tell us your thoughts and ideas.  Over 4,000 citizen conversations have taken place across the two council areas and the civic energy is gathering pace. 
Come along to one of the two sessiona dn get involved in this exciting opportunity.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Monday 14th August

Nerve Centre
7-8 Magazine Street
Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6HJ
7pm-9pm approx.
Tuesday 15th August

Alley Theatre
Railway Street
Strabane, BT82 1EE
7pm-9pm approx


18 Job Opportunities with the “Drink Wise Age Well” programme!


Addiction NI is the leading alcohol and drug treatment charity in Northern Ireland and is part of Inspire who is the largest mental health and wellbeing charity in Northern Ireland.

Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, Drink Wise Age Well is a UK-wide programme which aims to influence and inform policy and practice in preventing alcohol misuse among people, aged 50 and over.  Addiction NI lead the programme within NI in partnership with ARC Healthy Living Centre, Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and Business in the Community.

If you are interested in working with the Drink Wise Age Well programme,  Inspire are currently recruiting for three posts. Follow the links to the Inspire website for further details on the following roles:

  1. Information Support Officer  - http://ow.ly/zFZL30ehpjc (closes 22/8/17)
  2. Therapeutic Intervention Worker - http://ow.ly/zuV530ehpsD (closes 22/8/17)
  3. Communications and Volunteer Coordinator - http://ow.ly/MMaF30ehpSf (closes 21/8/17)


19 Upcoming Events with RNIB

  • One Touch Self Defence Workshop

You’re invited to come along to an introductory workshop for self-defence techniques, which have been developed with and for blind and partially sighted people. This is being held in the Playhouse on 16th August at 3pm. Will last for 1 hour at a cost of £10 per person.

The session includes a combination of discussion on the laws around self-defence and the importance for stability and safety,  and practical hands-on exercises such as how to release from holds and how to put an arm lock on an opponent.  The workshop is formed around the students by exploring their abilities, and using them as a catalyst for teaching effective self-defence.

It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Booking is preferable but not essential, please call Bernie on 028 71229 551. Sighted friends, family and volunteers are also welcome.

  • Boogie and Burn the calories 

Venue: The Playhouse Theatre
Date:   Wednesday 16 August, 2 – 3pm
Cost:    £3
Qualified Instructor Paula Moore is delivering this one off session especially for people who are blind or partially sighted.  Sighted friends, family and volunteers also welcome.


20 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.


21 St Columb's Park Clean Up TODAY 4:00 -- 8:00 - Can you help?


Park Clean Up and BBQ scheduled for this afternoon/evening, August 10 from 4:00- 8:00 p.m.

We will meet at St. Columb’s Park House at 4:00 and start to clean around the Park until about 6:00. Following the clean-up, we’ll be having a BBQ until about 8:00. You are all welcome to attend! If you can let me know if you are planning on attending, that would be much appreciated as we are confirming numbers for the BBQ.

Eliza Browning - Community Coordinator for the Peace in the Park Project



I look forward to seeing you there!


22 Strabane Alzheimer's society - BBQ

Thursday 31st August 2017 at 7pm
Sion Mills Community Association

Please ring or text Joanne on 077 1580 0031 to book your place


23 Collected Shadows at Void 


Exhibition launch - Saturday 12 August
Curator’s talk 6:30pm; Opening 7:30pm
Exhibition continues until 7 October 2017

Void is delighted to present the first showing of Collected Shadows, an exhibition of photographs from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC), which will be shown in the UK/Ireland for the first time, organised by Southbank Centre’s Hayward Touring. Opening at Void in Derry before embarking on a national tour, Collected Shadows offers a rare glimpse into the AMC’s extraordinary holdings of more than eight million images.

First established twenty-five years ago as an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars, the AMC has since expanded to encompass a plethora of subject matter. Curated by Timothy Prus, Director of the Archive of Modern Conflict, Collected Shadows presents a selection of 200 photographs, including works by renowned photographers Robert Frank, Brassai, Bert Hardy, Marketa Luskacova, Bertha Jacques, Eugène Atget and Walker Evans alongside a vast array of images by unknown and amateur photographers.

Curator Timothy Prus writes: ‘The areas covered in this show are more than eclectic. In one moment we will be in the Pacific Ocean of the 19th century and the next in outer space. African kings rub shoulders with 19th century botanical images printed in the beguiling cyanotype blue. Icebergs sit next to studies of cabbage leaves. Still, the salon style hang establishes connections between these most disparate worlds. The viewer is encouraged to find their own meanings. Ultimately it is the people in the photographs that drive the spectacle and engage us with the diversity of their humanity.’

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, supplemented with a newly commissioned essay by the writer and critic Brian Dillon.

Collected Shadows will open with a curator’s talk at 6:30pm on Saturday 12 August. The exhibition then opens to the public at 7:30pm, with speeches commencing at 8pm. The Director of Void,  Mary Cremin and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council will officially launch the exhibition.

It will then tour to Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh; The Edge, University of Bath and Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University.


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