NWCN E-bulletin 12 January 2017

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1 Unscheduled Care in Western Trust area - Your experience, views and suggestions

2 Spaces 4 Change

3 Applications for Foyle YouthBank open on Friday 13th January!

4 The Inside Out Programme is pleased to announce the Arrival of 'LID+'

5 Holywell Trust - January Events

6 Start the New Year with a Men’s Wellbeing and Health MOT Program


8 Information Session on WAVE Trauma Service & Courses 

9 Who cares for Carers? Conference

10 Dementia NI in the Foyle Area - Get Involved

11 Prince's Trust Programmes - Retail, Martial Arts & Hair/Makeup 

12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

13 Music Bridge Training Course

14 Job Opportunity with St Columb's Park House 

15 Volunteering at ChildLine

16 Life After Loss Meeting

17 Focus on Family Annual General Meeting Tuesday 24th January 2017 at 2pm

18 Charity Opening Night Screening in aid of Tiny Life

19 A special place to cross off on your bucket list: The Camino de Santiago 

20 Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company classes and workshops Jan - April 2017 


22 New book on Derry Shirt Factory Girls from Guildhall Press

23 Beacon Centre renamed

24 Community Pantomime performance of Aladdin

25 City Centre Office Space Available @ The Playhouse







1  Unscheduled Care in Western Trust area - Your experience, views and suggestions

Can you spare 15 minutes of your valuable time to answer eight straightforward questions about Unscheduled Care in this part of the Western Health & Social Care Trust area?

If so please click here to begin this anonymous survey.

North West Community Network has been commissioned by the Western Local Commissioning Group (LCG) to conduct Community Engagement around the area of Unscheduled Care.  

Unscheduled Care basically refers to when someone accesses health and social care services unexpectedly.  This can occur at any time and crosses the traditional boundaries between general practitioner (GP), community and hospital services and means there must be a 24 hour service available.

Across the Western Trust area, over 1000 surveys will be completed by the end of March 2017 and then analysed to determine what changes or priorities need to be considered in the shaping and commissioning of future services.

You can decide to complete the survey yourself, share it with friends and family, colleagues and service users.  The value and analysis of responses will be greatly improved if you can include answers on Age, Gender and Post Code so you are kindly asked to record these.

Your can complete this survey electronically here or, if more convenient, print and complete by hand.  It is also available on the Network's website -  www.nwcn.org   

Unscheduled Care Survey 



2  Spaces 4 Change

Spaces for Change (S4C) is a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.

From 2016-2019 100 awards will be available for young leaders consisting of up to £5,000 project funding, a dedicated award manager providing tailored support, cohort support, and peer to peer networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning.

Young people aged 18 – 24 will also have the opportunity to crowd fund alongside their award with support from Spacehive. This will enable the young person to demonstrate tangible support from the local community for their idea, learn valuable skills, as well as increasing the chances of sustainability of the social venture.

Criteria for applying: To apply for an award, see below for the criteria:


  • be between the age of 16-24
  • If over 18 be willing to crowdfund a minimum of £100 via Spacehive to support the sustainability of social venture
  • live in the UK
  • have an idea for a social venture that will unlock the potential benefits of unused or under-utilised spaces for the local community, especially other young people
  • apply as an individual or an informal group of up to four people (with groups only the lead will complete the application form, the lead will also be responsible for the award)
  • fulfil a clear demand and need, with clear outputs and goals

Applicants will not be eligible if their social venture idea is:

  • part of their paid employment
  • involves political or religious campaigning
  • involves activities outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • involves employing people
  • mainly for people to achieve academic qualifications
  • funding living expenses
  • led by or part of an established organisation

Application Process

What to expect:

Applicant completes Expression of Interest (EOI) at www.youngunltd.org.uk/looking-for-support/spaces-4-change

If EOI is successful, the applicant completes further application questions, including the amount of pledged crowd funding if over 18. Those under 18 will not be asked to crowdfund

If successful, the applicant will be invited to attend pitching panel to pitch their idea

If successful, the applicant becomes an Award Winner and crowdfunding commences

Once the crowd funding amount has been raised the Award Winner will agree to UnLtd Terms and Conditions, provides bank details and completes a schedule payment.

Upon receipt of favourable references, the first payment (no more than 50%) will be released to the Award Winner

Support package will commence and subsequent payments will be released

At the end of the support period the Award Winner will be asked to complete a short survey

Key Dates

  • EOI Deadline 15th January 2017
  • Application Deadline 5th February 2017
  • Pitching 21st, 22nd & 23rd February 2017
  • Decision Week commencing 27th March 2017
  • Crowdfunding Period 30 days from decision


Further Information
Please contact Nuala Smyth, Award Manager at nualasmyth@unltd.org.uk or on 028 9094 1619.


3   Applications for Foyle YouthBank open on Friday 13th January!

Foyle Youthbank is a group of 14 young people aged 17-25 representing youth groups and communities across the Foyle area.  Delivered in partnership with St Columbs Park House YouthAction N.I. has been working with the young people to form a grant making committee and become ‘YouthBankers.’ They are now very excited to have completed their training and are inviting individual young people or groups to come up with ideas to support young people’s emotional health and well being across the Foyle area.

This simple process involves young people developing their ideas around this very significant issue and filling out a short application form to explain the project and why it should be funded.  The young people as a group or as individuals will then be interviewed by the Youthbankers to decide on awarding a grant.

Laura Murphy member of Foyle YouthBank has said,

 “We are really excited to be in a position to provide this opportunity for young people. We have completed research and asked young people what is important for them to fund. Emotional health and well being came top of their priorities and therefore we are focusing on projects or activities that seek to improve emotional health and well being.’

As well as providing grants, YouthBank is also a personal development programme helping to build self-esteem and confidence as well as providing opportunities to learn their skills in leadership, team-work, decision-making, negotiation and consensus building, public speaking and lots, lots more.

Emma Johnston a Youth Worker from YouthAction Northern Ireland explained the significance of YouthBank

The really unique aspect of YouthBank is young people applying to other young people to support and actively tackle issues and concerns in their communities.  We invite young people from across the City and beyond to apply and make the most of this opportunity”

Applications from individuals or groups of young people to apply to Foyle YouthBank are going live on Friday 13th January. 

For further information on Foyle Youthbank and to receive an application please contact Connor or Emma on 028 7131 8854 or connor@youthaction.org  emma@youthaction.org

YouthBank is coordinated through the Irish Youth Foundation and been supported by the Big Lottery Fund. 


4 The Inside Out Programme is pleased to announce the Arrival of 'LID+'

What is LID+?

‘LID+’ is a year-long a programme of activity (funded by the European Commission Representative in London) that informs, supports, mentors and pro-actively engages young people (including those under the age of 18), young leaders, youth workers and other practitioners (with a remit for young people) in the Erasmus+ Programme in 2017.

It is one of 7 projects across the UK to be funded and is based on the work that Inside Out has been doing over the last number of years promoting access to and participation in the Youth in Action and Erasmus + programmes (at least 180 individuals have participated in more than 80 programmes across 20 countries or more since April 2008) but also in light of some of the changes affecting the Youth Service in Northern Ireland.  

Outcomes of LID+

In our programme there will be four main outcomes, increases in: (i) awareness of the Erasmus+ Programme (ii) numbers expressing an interest in participating in the Erasmus+ programme (iii) the number of ‘submission-ready’ applications (post-programme) and (iv) application's submitted.  We will measure the increases against the number of users not previously engaged in the programme.

The project will work specifically to target (i) Volunteering Abroad (ii) Youth Exchanges and (iii) Key Action1 Mobility Projects.  It will do this by providing a tailor-made service to local organisations (primarily) across Northern Ireland (due to smaller population/smaller geographical reach/area) but also ensuring a presence in the rest of the UK that complements but does not duplicate the work of the UK National Agency. 

Activities will include

  • Formal launch of the programme to ‘announce its arrival’ to youth work communities across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK;
  • Information Sessions to inform local publics about the Erasmus+ Programme (all 11 local Council areas in Northern Ireland as well as areas in England, Scotland and Wales)
  • ‘Listening Service’ with individual organisations seeking advice and information in order to support the development of potential project proposals;
  • Feedback service on ‘Initial Proposals’;
  • Mentoring Service – tailored support to ensure the full development of applications;
  •  ‘One-to-One’s’ to critique draft applications that are (almost) ‘submission ready’;
  • Development Workshops specifically with young people aged 13+ to support their introduction to and involvement with Erasmus+ with the specific task of nurturing and harnessing and/or responding to identified needs that might lead to the development of themes for potential youth exchange applications. 
  • A range of International Learning Opportunities for ‘interested parties’ through the on-going work of The LID (Leadership through Intercultural Dialogue) Programme and its international partners
  • Regular Localised Information Bulletin on Erasmus+ developments and opportunities (minimum bi-monthly);
  • Contact Making Seminar between experienced and non-experienced Erasmus+ users but with an interest in developing mutually beneficial applications.  It will bring together experienced Erasmus+ users with ‘new’ users to share and exchange information about their experiences with a view to not only developing projects but to also work on preparing applications during the seminar. 
  • On-going: ‘Live Network’ established between Inside Out and its already existing partners (see below) so as to support the development of local proposals from potential applications to ‘submission-ready applications’;
  • ‘Market Place’ 30th Anniversary Celebration Event (NI only) affording all groups from Northern Ireland involved in YiA/E+ to ‘market’, celebrate and contribute to a one-off celebration event

Anyone interested in LID+ should contact Fergal Barr at: thekingisalive@hotmail.com 


5 Holywell Trust - January Events

Citizen Jury - Investment & Innovation - Tuesday 17th January @ 7.00pm
It's time to have your say at Holywell Trust's Citizen Jury Event on Tuesday 17th January at HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership. The event will look at what type of investment and innovation is needed to bring about change in this city.

This jury event is the culmination of months of work talking with the local community through a range of different ways on the theme of investment and innovation. Evidence gathered from discussions and testimony from expert witnesses will be presented on how we can change the future of the city. the jury will then vote on suggestions and recommendations, which will be passed on to decision makers in the city.

This event is part of the NW Civic Activism project which is supported by Building Change Trust. To book a place at this event please email rosin@holywelltrust.com or call on (028) 7126 1941.
Teatime Event - WAVE Trauma Centre - Wednesday 18th January & 6.00pm

Come along to our Teatime Event at HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership in Bishop Street on Wednesday 18th January 2017 to hear about the work of WAVE Trauma Centre locally.

WAVE is a grass roots, cross community, voluntary organisation formed in 1991 to support people bereaved of a spouse as a result of violence in Northern Ireland. It was expanded later to incorporate the needs of children and young people and anyone injured or traumatised through ‘the Troubles’.

Today the overall aim of WAVE is to offer care and support to anyone bereaved, injured or traumatised through the civil unrest in Northern Ireland, irrespective of religious, cultural or political belief.

To hear more about their work come along to the session. To confirm a place at the event please email lisa@holywelltrust.com or give us a call on (028) 7126 1941.

Trial of PH Pearse - Friday 20th January @ 7pm

‘The Trial of P.H. Pearse’ play will be staged at Holywell - DiverseCity Community Partnership in Bishop Street (tickets cost £5).
  Holywell Trust, in association with Newpoint Players and The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School, is staging a rehearsed reading of Anthony Russell’s new play The Trial of Pádraig Pearse. It examines the case for and against Pearse proceeding with the Easter rising.
In this ‘Court Of History’ Pearse is defended by John Mitchell (1815 - 1875), a physical force republican and former Young Ireland comrade of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. The prosecution is presented by D’Arcy McGee, the Irish rebel, Canadian patriot and Founding Father of Canadian Confederation, who will argue that the 1916 Rising was undemocratic and unnecessary. 

The good people of Holywell have offered to stage a  re-trial  on 20th January.

Citizen's Jury 
A positive  engaging dimension to the play sees the audience debate the issues in the play as jurors in the jury room. This enables  a participative role for the audience as they deliberate on the issues as presented by prosecution and defence, as well as voting on the final outcome.
The musical dimension to the theme, based around the motif of Óro Se do Bheatha Bhaile (verses of which Pearse wrote, and which he reputedly whistled on his way to the stonebreakers’ yard) will be provided by Gerry O’Connor, fiddle player with the Irish Rovers.

The dramatized reading and citizens jury is part of the Holywell Trust’s community relations programme supported through the Central Good Relations Fund of The Executive Office.

Tickets @£5 are still available so call into HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership in Bishop Street or call to book on (028) 7126 1941 or email hello@holywelltrust.com


Podcast Producer Opportunity

Holywell Trust is inviting suitably qualified individual or organisation to quote for the supply of the following contract: 
Holywell Podcast Producer - 12 month period
For a quotation document please email lisa@holywelltrust.com.

The deadline for submissions of quotations is 4.00pm Friday 27th January 2017. 

The Holywell Podcast is supported by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Reconciliation Fund) and The Executive Office (Central Good Relations Fund). Holywell Trust also receives core support from Community Relations Council for Northern Ireland (Core Funding Programme) and Derry City and Strabane District Council (Good Relations Core Funding).


6  Start the New Year with a Men’s Wellbeing and Health MOT Program

Hearing My Body/ Hearing My Voice

Men’s Action Network through a CLEAR Project/PHA funded project is offering two men’s 6 week, group health and wellbeing programs based on the PHA’s Take 5 steps to wellbeing. The program also explores gender experiences and looks at the communication processes that impact on men’s ability to be self-aware of their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and outlines options as to how to better communicate life issues within personal, family and societal relationships.

Commencing:  Group 1 Thursday 19th January at 6.00pm and Group 2 Saturday 21th January 2017 at 10.00am   (  to accommodate men outside normal work hours)  

Venue; Men’s Action Network, Old City Factory,100 Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL 

Programme Outline

  • Exploring life experiences.
  • Healthy interactions/connections.
  • Active healthy body, (ten top tips for men’s health including individual MOT health tests. i.e.; Blood Pressure/Sugar/Cholesterol, BMI and Body Fat).
  • Healthy mind (Mindfulness session).
  • New learning, exploring life options/goal setting.
  • Serving others.
  • What it means to be a man in today’s society, my life /purpose.
  • Dealing with life’s stressors.
  • Having my voice heard.
  • Hearing other voices.
  • Finding ways forward.
  • Celebrating/ validating me.

Booking details:
Numbers of places are restricted to 10 per group.

To book a place, ring Men’s Action Network  on 028 7137 7777 or ,Email:  your name and contact details to man_in_derry@yahoo.co.uk stating if you wish to take part in the Thursday evening or Saturday morning group



Cross-community youth group R.E.A.C.H Across is currently recruiting Volunteer Leaders
(21yrs +) and Asst Leaders (18yrs +) for its 2017 youth programme. Applications are welcome from throughout the western region of N. Ireland and Donegal and transport is provided to and from residentials and training courses.
Applicants will be invited to attend a Training Evening on Monday 16th January or Saturday 21st January. Other training dates are also available during February.
On completion of the training day, Volunteers will be invited to supervise group members on outdoor activity residentials in March and April, followed by training courses, weekly group meetings and international exchanges etc, depending on their availability. Residential weekends are staged at centres in Tobermore and Portrush
Training courses for Volunteers include Basic First Aid, Community Relations, Child Protection, Outdoor Activities, Youth Leadership, Drugs and Alcohol Awareness, Art and Drama, Catering Skills, Facilitation Skills, Internet Safety etc. Activities include paintballing, laser quest, go-karting, canoeing, day trips, abseiling, trampolining, ice-skating, adventure courses.etc.
In 2017, R.E.A.C.H Across hope to organise International Youth Projects in Cyprus, Lithuania and Sweden. Volunteers may also represent R.E.A.C.H Across at international youth conferences throughout Europe.
The principal aim of the project is to create cross-community contact between young people from the western part of N. Ireland (14-17yrs) and to provide new training and activity opportunities.
There is no cost for the Volunteer training and any follow-up training is also free.  Leader applicants must be 21 yrs old by February 28th 2017 (18yrs old for Assistant Leaders) and available for the training in January.  If you would like an application form or require further information please contact the Co-ordinator on 028 71 280048/07854833371 or call into the Holywell Building, 10-14 Bishop St, L’Derry. Also, you can e-mail to reach_across@hotmail.com


R.E.A.C.H Across would also welcome applications from former members or leaders, who wish to assist with our 2017 programmes.


8 Information Session on WAVE Trauma Service & Courses 

You are all accordingly invited on Thursday 19 January 2017 from 11am - 1pm to attend an Information session on courses run within the WAVE Trauma Service to include the BSc Psychological Trauma Programme and a range of short Trauma focused courses which are accredited at 10 CATS points at Level 1.  During the session you be able to have all your queries answered concerning all courses that will be running in collaboration with the School of Education, through Open Learning at Queens Univerity, Belfast. 

Registration for courses will be available
For more information please contact WAVE Derry Londonderry on (028) 71266655 or email admin@wavederry.co.uk

WAVE Trauma Centre, 30 The Diamond, 2nd Floor, Derry Londonderry, BT48 6HP


 Who cares for Carers? Conference

7th February 2017 - The Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry

This conference is for health and social care professionals, community and voluntary organisations and individual carers who care for people who have life limiting illnesses.  It is focused on helping delegates to better understand the needs of those who are caring for someone with palliative care needs including those at the end of life. 

Carers will be encouraged to participate, interact and engage in discussions on how they can work together with professionals to support them and influence change in policy and practice.

Bookings can be made by following this link http://www.ncpc.org.uk/event/who-cares-carers-working-together-improve-support


10 Dementia NI in the Foyle Area - Get Involved

Dementia NI are a new charitable organisation which has been set up by people with dementia.  The organisation is an independent membership organisation in which people with a diagnosis of dementia join.  

We run groups known as Empowerment Groups in each of the trust area and one of those groups recently began in Derry/L’derry.  


Dementia NI is about providing a voice for people living with a diagnosis of dementia about issues that are important to them.  We aim to improve the lives of everyone who is living with dementia.  Our members all live with a diagnosis and their aims are to raise awareness about dementia, challenge the stigma of dementia and to engage with service providers to influence policy and practice across NI.  

Our members do this with the support understanding and friendship of other people living with a diagnosis of dementia.  


We aim to make Derry/L’Derry a even more friendly place to live with dementia and to make sure those in the area living with it are having their voices heard.  We are calling for new members to join the group in the Foyle area.  We meet twice per month in the Waterside Theatre for 2 hours, our members are also given the opportunity to speak at events amongst many other tasks if they wish do to so.   We wish to provide many opportunities so those with dementia can continue to  live their lives to their full potential.


For more information or to get involved contact Paula on 028 9068 6768 (NI Office) or email: info@dementiani.org


11  Prince's Trust Programmes - Retail, Martial Arts & Hair/Makeup 

Get Into Retail with Marks & Spencer
Are you age 16 -24? Out of employment or training? Meet new people and learn new skills with our free programme!

  • Gain in-depth training in the retail industry by completing 4 weeks work experience with marks & Spencer.
  • Learn about customer service and selling skills, stock rotation and control.
  • Improve your CV! This course offers a welcome boost to your confidence, teamwork, interview and communication skills.
  • Receive up to 6 months support after the programme to help you find work.
  • Get your travel and lunch provided for the whole programme.

Monday 30th January to Thursday 23rd February 2017
Taster: Monday 23rd January 2017
To find out more contact the Prince’s Trust on 07739859692 or email christopher.mcdonagh@princes-trust.org.uk.

Get Started with Martial Arts

Are you 16-24? Want to learn new skills?

13th – 17th February, Derry/Londonderry

Taster/Selection day: 7th February

Meet new people and improve your skills by working on this five-day programme.

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 mentors to help you uncover your next

  • Introduction to Judo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai & MMA
  • Travel expenses paid on programme
  • Doesn't affect your benefits
  • Gain ISKA First Aid Training and your first belt in Martial Arts  Up to three months of support

To join the course or find out more: Search ‘Prince’s Trust’
Text ‘Call me’ to 07983 385 418
Call for free on 0800 842 842

Email: outreachni@princes-trust.org.uk


Get Started with Hair and Makeup Programme Information
Last few remaining Places – Get in touch to secure a place on course

  • Receive an Introduction to hair, makeup and nails
  • Learn from the professionals how to shampoo and blow dry
  • Learn day and evening wear hair and
  • Professional techniques demonstrate makeup styles including Contouring and Crease cutting
  • Lunch and travel expenses provided
  • After the programme you can apply for a Development Award to help with the cost of your Kit/Uniform or Course Cost

An exciting opportunity and new element of the program will include a Professional demonstration and interactive session with tanning specialist Vita Liberata
Please note the programme is fully funded so it is free to the participant

Day 1

Monday 16th January


Day 2

Tuesday 17th January


Day 3

Wednesday 18th January


Day 4

Thursday 19th January


Final Day(Certificate Presentation/Celebration)


Friday 20th January


Venue: North West Regional College, Strand Building, Strand Road, Derry
Lunch will be provided and you will get your travel expenses back provided you keep your bus ticket
Get in contact for more information and details:
Sharon Doherty 07714490856 or Chris Mc Donagh 07739859692 (Prince’s Trust) 


12 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

 Change Makers Academy
## Make a change & be the change. ## ## Join us in in this 5 day workshop in Italy (Alps). ## ## Dates 15-19th February ## ## Deadline to apply: 15th January ## http://risinggiant.co/change-makers-academy/

Organizer: Rising Giant (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: 15 January 2017

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Nice to meet you happiness!
There is something we all have in common: We all want to be happy! This training course is dedicated to the essence of happiness and its benefits on youth, beyond just feeling good. Are you ready to meet happiness? :
Organizer: allaZOYME (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: 15 January 2017

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Partnerships in Erasmus +: establishing, managing and strengthening cross-sectorial partnerships in the youth field
This TC aims to support youth organizations to establish, manage, reinforce and support quality and sustainable multi-sectorial partnerships.
Organizer: Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 15 January 2017

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Youthworker 2.0
Main aim of this project is to support quality of youth work by raising competencies of youth workers.
Organizer: INEX-SDA, z.s. (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 15 January 2017

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Nordic EVS-mentor training
The overall aim of this activity is to increase the quality of mentoring in EVS and to support active mentors in the Nordic countries, to further develop competences that are needed as a mentor within EVS.
Organizer: The Swedish NA (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 18 January 2017

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Social Start-up weekend "ChangeMakers'ON"
International Social Entrepreneurship enabling Startup Weekend “ChangeMakers’ON”
Organizer: European Social Entrepreneurship and innovative studies institute (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 20 January 2017

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stART-up your creative exchange
Partnership-building Activity with training elements to support newcomers in Erasmus+ Youth in Action in finding project partners and developing quality youth exchanges with dance, (street)art, music, theatre or other creative forms as a tool.
Organizer: Erasmus+ Youth Netherlands (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 25 January 2017

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ARTOOL MARKET - art for intercultural dialogue
The international seminar “Artool Market” has the main aim of developing the skills of European organizations and informal groups in facilitating processes of prevention of discrimination, intercultural dialogue and cohesive societies.
Organizer: CEIPES – International Center for Promotion of Education and Development (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Armenia, Russian Federation, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Southern Mediterranean countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline: 27 January 2017

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The Power of Non Formal Education
Improving the impact of Non Formal Education (NFE), principles and methods in creating empowerment opportunities for young people as real actors of the society (from local to Europe).
Organizer: Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus + Youth in Action (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 29 January 2017

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ENACT_Empowerment through Nature, Authentic Communication and Theatre
"Enact" is an innovative 8-day Erasmus+ training course designed to develop the competences of youth workers, trainers and youth leaders to engage and empower young people in their lives, work and communities.
Organizer: Tudatos Ifjúságért Alapítvány (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 31 January 2017

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Social entrepreneurship for Youth Workers with youths with intellectual disabilities
5 days course is designed to motivate and give tools to participants to become entrepreneurs towards the social good. The training will explore how SE can enhance the impact of young people with intellectual disabilities work and entrepreneurial skills
Organizer: European social entrepreneurship and innovative studies institute (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 31 January 2017

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The Art of Dialogue Training
The aim of the training is to support participants in getting a better understanding and useful analytical tools to analyse their local, regional and national realities when it comes to youth participation and the structured Dialogue.
Organizer: Interkulturelles Zentrum NA Austria (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 4 February 2017

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Learning programme “Youthful Europe” - EECA edition
The activity provides youth work practitioners with a space to explore and critically reflect different approaches towards Europe through identity, values and active participation, and to promote the notion of Europe as an opportunity.
Organizer: SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre (SALTO)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 5 February 2017

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Inclusion of Migration Policies in Youth Platforms
By gathering young migrants, diaspora representatives and people involved in youth organizations, this seminar aims to share, discuss and elaborate specific policies to integrate young migrants and refugees into youth platforms.
Organizer: Spanish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 5 February 2017

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EVS P.M.- EVS Project Management
This training is a non-formal education activity which tends to support the development of EVS projects under the ERASMUS+. It aim is to facilitate the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for a quality approach in projects and activities of EVS.
Organizer: Spanish National Agency (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 12 February 2017

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Changemakers' Room 2017 • Goa, India
Changemakers’ Room is an immersive training forum to identify the most pressing problems, find innovative, sustainable solutions and develop international mobility projects in response to those issues.
Organizer: Make Room India (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: 28 February 2017

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13   Music Bridge Training Course

The Music Bridge programme is now accepting trainees onto the course for January 2017.

The programme is run by Musicians without Borders, an international non-profit organisation which uses music as a tool for peacebuilding and reconciliation in current and post-conflict regions, in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

The training offers an introduction to the principles of Musicians without Borders, training youth leaders, social workers, teachers and community practitioners how to integrate musical skills into their youth support work.

While the course uses musical activities to illustrate workshop leadership skills, a musical background is not required to benefit from the course. Previous trainees have come from diverse backgrounds such as music therapy, art, psychology, community and social work.

There are three training periods of four days each. All training sessions will be held at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Great James Street, Derry/Londonderry. The training dates are as follows:

January 29 - Feb 1, 2017 (9.00 am – 5.00 pm)

April 2 - 5, 2017

May 21 - 24, 2017

More information about the Music Bridge programme can be found here: mwb.to/musicbridge  


14  Job Opportunity with St Columb's Park House 


St Columb’s Park House is a peace centre located in the heart of a beautiful historic park in the Waterside area of Derry/Londonderry. St Columb’s Park House contributes to peace building and active citizenship by providing a range of programmes which promote civic participation, human rights & leadership.  We also operate as a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise that offers conference and residential facilities.


We wish to appoint a Full Time Operational Manager (30 hours per week) on a permanent contract subject to a six month probationary period.  

 Gross salary £23,458 (NJC scales Senior officer 1, point 29) This figure includes employers NIC payment and pension contribution. 


The Operational Manager will be based at St Columb’s Park House and will oversee the day to day running of the centre as well as supporting the marketing and development of the organisation.  SCPH are looking for a dynamic manager who has experience of leading a team and coordinating a wide range of activities and systems. This role is vital to ensure the smooth running of the whole organisation and creating a positive and welcoming atmosphere for staff and centre users.


The Operational Manger will report to the Managing Director.


Essential criteria include but are not limited to:

  • A relevant qualification. Preferably related to management or business development. 
  • A minimum of 5 years experience of working in a relevant field at management level
  • Proven skills in human resources, managing finances, marketing and administration.

Shortlisting criteria may be enhanced in the instance of large numbers of applications.


Further information and application packs are available from Laura Adair at St Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT47 6JY.  Telephone: 028 71 343080. Packs can also be requested using email; info@stcolumbsparkhouse.org


Completed Applications must be returned to the Director in an envelope clearly marked “JOB APPLICATION” no later than 4pm on Thursday 19th January 2017. We can accept applications via email to info@stcolumbsparkhouse.org but we take no responsibility for emails and attachments that fail to arrive within the deadline. We will only accept completed application forms issued with the job information. We do not accept CVs. Applications received after the closing date / time will not be considered. 


St. Columb’s Park Reconciliation Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer


15 Volunteering at ChildLine


ChildLine have volunteering opportunities available at the base at Exchange House. We are always in need of volunteer counsellors and switchboarders to help answer as many contacts as possible from the many children and young people who contact us for support.  

No previous experience of counselling is needed, as full training and support is provided by staff here at the base. Volunteers will gain worthwhile communication skills and experience of working in a team environment whilst also making a huge difference to those who contact us.

We also hold monthly information meetings for anyone who would like to find out more.
Contact Sarah to get more information or to sign up as a ChildLine volunteer on 028 71 223822 / 028 2044 1734 or email: sarah.carlin2@nspcc.org.uk


16 Life After Loss Meeting

Life After Loss will be holding their next meeting on Monday January 16th, 2017 at the Holywell Building, Bishop Street at 7pm.


Life After Loss helps anyone affected by the loss of a baby. They provide support and information to those who have been through the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, or early in life, for any reason.


Julie-Ann Coll, who runs the North West Branch of the charity, said: “Life After Loss provides vital support to people who have lost a baby. It’s a very informal group and anyone who has had this experience is welcome to come along and join us."


For more information on Life After Loss log on to www.lifeafterloss.org.uk


17 Focus on Family Annual General Meeting Tuesday 24th January 2017 at 2pm

An open invite is extended for everyone to come along and attend Focus on Family’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 24th January at 2pm. The meeting will take place at Focus on Family, Glenburn House, 11-19 Glenburn Crescent, Ballysally, Coleraine, BT52 2QR.
We would be delighted if you could join us for this year’s AGM for the usual Director’s business. This is a great opportunity for our existing network of friends to lend ongoing support for our organisation and also for new people to come and visit to find out more about the vast range of activities, programmes and events that we have on offer throughout the year.
Focus on Family is also currently recruiting for new Directors to join the Board. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact the Project Manager, Brendan Patterson, by email to managerfof@btconnect.com to find out more.
For further information on the AGM or to find directions to our centre, please contact us on 028 7032 9550 or visit our website on www.focusonfamily.co.uk


18 Charity Opening Night Screening in aid of Tiny Life

Charity Opening Night Screening - Fifty Shades Darker 

Starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson


Friday 10th February 2017 at 7pm

Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane


Tickets: £12 Includes welcome drink


BOOK NOW: www.buytickets.at/tinylife


Tiny Life - The premature baby charity for Northern Ireland.


19 A special place to cross off on your bucket list: The Camino de Santiago 

If you are looking for a rewarding challenge for 2017, we have just the place! This is definitely one to cross off on your bucket list: The Camino de Santiago. Children in Crossfire are looking for 10 people to join them from Thursday 30th March until Tuesday 4th April for the challenge of a lifetime.
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the Way of St James the Apostle, is a series of walks that combine to form a route that has been travelled for hundreds of years by pilgrims from all over Europe.  There are several Caminos but the most popular is the Camino Frances.  Although the Camino can be done over 800 kilometres.  Children in Crossfire have chosen a distance which will be suitable to participants of all ages and abilities.
Starting in Palas de Rei and walking 66 km over four days, walking through some of the most beautiful countryside paths and walkways through villages and farms to arriving in Santiago de Compostella on the final day.
Flights, transfers, accommodation and fundraising are included in this package. By taking part in this challenge will help provide life-saving and life changing projects some of the world’s most vulnerable children. 
Contact Children in Crossfire today and speak to our experienced fundraisers who will support you on the way to reach your walking challenge. 
Tel 028 71 269898 or email events@childrenincrossfire.org


20 Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company classes and workshops Jan - April 2017 

Echo Echo Adult Class
Explore your creativity in movement with ensemble member Zoe Ramsey
Tuesdays 7pm – 8.30pm
10 week course beginning 24th January (21st Feb midterm break)
Cost: £50 course / £6 per class
Echo Echo Kids Classes
Weekly classes for children aged 4-6yrs and 7-11yrs old
Tuesdays 4.30pm- 5.30pmm (4-6yrs)
 4.30pm-6pm (7-11yrs old)
10 week course beginning 24th January (21st Feb midterm)
Cost: £50 course / £6 per class
Making Moves Youth Dance
Weekly classes for teenagers aged 12yrs+
Wednesdays 4.30pm - 6pm
10 week course beginning 25th January (midterm break 22nd Feb)
Cost: £50 course / £6 per class
Wing Tsjun with Karen Cassidy
Weekly kids class (school aged)
Mondays 4pm – 5pm
Weekly adult class
Mondays 5:30pm – 7pm
Cost: £5 per class
Aikido with Aureli Olse
Weekly adult class
Cost: £5 per class
Wednesdays 7:30pm – 9pm
Play Percussion African Drumming
Mondays 7:30pm – 9pm (adults)
Cost: £5 per class
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, Waterloo House, Hangman's Bastion, Magazine Street, Derry/Londonderry. 
Please email to info@echoechodance.com or call 02871308883 for more details



Derry's No.1 Showman, Mickey Doherty presents the Musical Extravaganza "THE STORY OF MY LIFE" in The City Hotel.

Saturday 14th January @ 8.00pm, £10.00 .. All proceeds in aid of Foyle Cruse...

Tickets from Foyle Cruse  (71262941) and The City Hotel (71365800)


22 New book on Derry Shirt Factory Girls from Guildhall Press


“From Factory Floor to Dance Floor” by Patsy Durnin and Willie Deery recounts the life and times of the Derry factory workers at work and play.
Life on the factory floor between the 1940s and the 1960s resembled that of a close-knit community. It provided for the social, emotional and economic needs of the women who sang as they worked during the day, danced and dated at night, and discussed all the ‘bars’ in the parlours after the weekends. For them, the factory floor and dance floor were firmly intertwined.
In relating the story, the authors have combined a large collection of photos from the girls with their honest, personal reminiscences to give a buttonhole peep into the life of the shirt-factory workers.
This informative and fascinating insight offers an affectionate celebration of the spirit of the women and young girls who sewed and sang, laughed and cried, in all Derry’s shirt factories down the decades.
Available from local book stores and Guildhall Press: Rath Mor Business Park, Derry. T: (028) 7136 4413; E: info@ghpress.com. W: www.ghpress.com


23 Beacon Centre renamed

Clarendon Street Beacon centre is part of the Northern Ireland Association for mental health (Niamh). Niamh have now rebranded as Inspire. The Beacon centre is now known as Inspire Community wellbeing, Clarendon Street.

Our contact details remain the same and our new email address is clarendon@inspirewellbeing.org


24 Community Pantomime performance of Aladdin

Community Pantomime performance of Aladdin with a cast of approx 15 young people 6 years to 17years and 4 adult.  

This is a great way to shake off the January blues and witness the growth of truly talented young people preform Aladdin from 19th to 22nd January. 

Tickets are £5each or £20 for adults 2 children these are avaliable at the door, doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7:30pm in St Brigid's College,  Glengalliagh Road Derry/Londonderry.

All Welcome


25  City Centre Office Space Available @ The Playhouse

The Award Winning The Playhouse has Office/incubation space available to rent in its refurbished historic buildings. Leases are available for 1-3 years at a minimum. For additional information and a tour of the office space please contact:

CEO, The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG. Tel: (028) 71268027 or info@derryplayhouse.co.uk


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