NWCN E-bulletin 15 June 2017



1 Institute of Fundraising: Introductory Certificate for Fundraisers
20 June 2017, 10am – 4pm
The Junction, Bishop Street, Derry~Londonderry
Northern Ireland Environment Link and the Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland in association with North West Community Network is providing its popular one day training course the Introductory Certificate of Fundraising.

The course is substantially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst Umbrella Programme and IOF Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Environment Link delivers the programme through its “Investing in Northern Ireland’s Heritage” project.
An Institute of Fundraising NI trainer will deliver the course which is particularly relevant for anyone new to funding or fundraising within their own group or organisation.
For this Introductory Certificate there is a small, heavily discounted cost to participants of £10, including lunch, which is reduced from £75 or the opportunity when booking to upgrade to the Accredited Course and Membership of the Institute of Fundraising for an extra £40 subject to availability. It would normally cost £200+ to complete the introductory certificate and receive annual membership of IOF.
Furthermore, participant attendees and groups will have an opportunity for a free “one-to-one” consultation with an IOF member to offer fundraising advice and information that is specific for their project/organisation at a later date.
For those who choose the accreditation route you will be asked to complete the process online to obtain the introductory certificate.

Hosted & supported by:
North West Community Network


Numbers are limited for this event so early booking is advisable.
To register your participation: 
info@nwcn.org  / 028 71279090


2 North West Community Network Membership 2017-18


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                


3   NI's Community Relations and Cultural Diversity Grant scheme


Diversity Grant - Open for Applications

The Community Relations Council's Community Relations/Cultural Diversity Grant scheme awards approximately £400,000 in grants each year to community relations projects in Northern Ireland.

Voluntary and community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000
(most grants will be awarded for a smaller amount) to develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

The scheme is aimed at locally based groups such as community development groups, cultural organisations, women’s groups, church groups, tenants associations and other organisations and groups involved in community relations, reconciliation projects and cultural engagement for projects primarily involving adults.

Project objectives should match at least one of the following objectives:

  • Develop opportunities for groups to explore their own cultures, beliefs and traditions increasing their capacities to develop relations with those from other cultures.
  • Develop opportunities for groups to extend their knowledge and understanding of others' culture, beliefs and traditions.
  • To enable groups to challenge stereotypes of their own and other communities in order to acknowledge and address differences.
  • To increase the ability and confidence of groups and organisations to identify issues which divide them.
  • To develop networks of communication, trust and co-operation between divided communities.
  • To promote models of good practice for community relations work in Northern Ireland.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2017.

For further information visit:


4 The M&S Energy Community Fund


The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back, with £300,000 to support renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK.


Last time around we distributed the money to inspiring organisations, shortlisted from hundreds of entries, that brought the benefits of energy initiatives to their communities.
In the end almost 80,000 votes were cast and 25 projects received funding, including the seven judges’ prize winners.
Could it be you this year?
Are you a not-for-profit project that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits?
Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, this is for you.


Applications are currently open and will close on 23rd June 2017.


Crowdfunding is on offer again this year, so you can choose to raise additional funds whilst collecting votes for your project. Last year community groups crowdfunded an amazing £28,798 in donations for their renewable energy projects!
You will need to supply all the information about you and your organisation in the online application when we open for entries.
So get ahead with the guide and pull together everything you need into one place now.


For further information visit https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/


5 New Rural Community Award announced


The ‘Sustainable Village of the Year’ award has been launched as part of the Housing Executive’s Rural Community Awards.

The Sustainable Village of the Year award will be the overall winner of the two existing award categories: the Cleaner and Greener Award and the Community Spirit Award.

The aim of this new award is to acknowledge and celebrate the vital contributions made by a community who has went ‘above and beyond’ to help make their village a better place to live through developing and engaging residents in activities to encourage environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The Rural Community Awards help improve community spirit within rural neighbourhoods.
There is a total prize fund of £6,000 on offer, with six prizes of £1,000 being awarded to help and support those communities working to improve their respective areas.

Within each of the three categories (Cleaner and Greener, Rural Community Spirit and Sustainable Village of the Year) there are two prizes, one for villages with a population of less than 1,000 and one for populations 1,000-5,000.

Download application form: 


The awards are open to all rural neighbourhoods although there is particular interest in activities which are inclusive and benefit tenants of Housing Executive estates.

Deadline for the submission of applications is Friday 14 July 2017 at 4pm.

Email your application form to
rural.housing@nihe.gov.uk or send it to:
 The Rural Unit, Housing Executive, The Housing Centre, 2 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8PB.


6 Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week


This year, Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week will take place from 18th – 24th September and the theme will be 'Safe Space, Shared Place’ and will focus on how we can create a community where everyone feels safe and secure while showcasing safe spaces across our Council area.


This week is an opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our culture and heritage, to promote cultural diversity and to tackle sectarianism and racism. Groups are encouraged to inspire new ideas, promote understanding, respect and engagement between and amongst all sections of our community. It provides a platform for organisations and groups across a variety of sectors to demonstrate innovative approaches to good relations and examples of how we can build a united and shared community.


Local groups are encouraged to think about planning events, complete the attached form and return to crweek@jcomms.co.uk to include it in the CR Week Brochure.

attached form (Word 84 KB)


If you need any help our advice, feel free to contact the Good Relations Officer for your area:


 7 PEACE IV - Jobs and Tenders 


We have three live tenders on

  • PEACE IV ‘Interface Investment Programme’ - Fountain/Bishop Street Interface Area
  • PEACE IV ‘Marginalised Young Adults’
  • PEACE IV ‘Cohesive Neighbourhoods Minority Inclusion’ (4 lots)

Please request documents by emailing tenders@derrystrabane.com

Closing Date: 12noon  21 July 2017

Contacts Email: tenders@derrystrabane.com

Please spread the word of these opportunities to any relevant organisations / individuals who may be interested.

There are 3 jobs currently being recruited for the PEACE IV Programme.  Information is on:


  • Environmental Officer (PEACE IV)
  • Project Officer for Youth Health and Leadership (PEACE IV)
  • Peace Tourism Project Officer (PEACE IV)

Closing at 4pm on 19th June.


Please note: PEACE IV Formal Launch – Waterfoot Hotel Wednesday 21st June 2017
For booking form please see: 



8 Exploring Enterprise Programme


Do you need help getting into self-employment or employment?

Introducing the Exploring Enterprise3 Programme  from Enterprise Northern Ireland

This is a free programme that helps you take the first steps to gaining employment or exploring your business idea.

The Exploring Enterprise3 Programme will help you:

  • Gain a QCF Understanding Business Enterprise qualification
  • Improve your skills for business or employment
  • Meet new people
  • Get back on track

For more information contact Enterprise North West on 02871 352693 or email Carrie McCafferty at carrie@enterprisenw.com

Eligibility: you must be either unemployed or working/in education less than 16hrs a week. You must be 16 or over.

This project is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.


 Sessional Counsellor Reserve List


Zest “Healing The Hurt” - Sessional Counsellor Reserve List


Zest is seeking sessional counsellors to deliver counselling under the (Self-harm Intervention Programme), SHIP.  INTERESTED!


If you are a BACP/ IACP accredited counsellors/psychotherapist and hold an additional qualification in CBT with 2 years minimal face-to-face clinical experience in self-harm/suicide we would love to hear from you.  Please forward a CV to contain the relevant information based on the above criteria together with copies of professional certificates and proof of accreditation. 


Applications to be received before Friday 7th July 2017 in a sealed envelope marked “ SHIP Sessional Counsellor” to:-

Noella McConnellogue, Director of Clinical Services, 15a Queen Street, L/Derry BT48 7EQ  Tel. 028 7126 6999



10 Senior Social Worker with Action for Children 


The Western Early Intervention Support Service is designed to provide an integrated approach to assessing and delivering services to families at an early stage when problems arise.


Using a motivational and solution focussed approach the service aims to achieve good outcomes for children by working in partnership with families and other agencies to ensure that work is carried out in a timely way which is responsive to need and focussed on making a positive difference. The age range of children is 0-17 years. The post will be based in our office in Ebrington, L/Derry and services will be provided across both urban and rural surrounding areas.


Essential Requirements

CQSW, DipSW or Degree in Social Work equivalent and AYE completed

At least 1 year post qualifying experience in professional social work practice with children, young people and their families including:

Undertaking complex assessments in work with children, young people and their families.

Provision of therapeutic intervention to children, young people and their families.

Desirable Criteria:

Post qualifying experience in provision of supervision and professional developmental support, including advice and guidance to staff.

£30,739.00- £32,523.00 pro rata

Reference: RS101542

For further information and application please see: 
http://www.communityni.org/job/senior-social-worker-2 Or To view job details or apply on-line click here. 


1 Local Job Opportunities


Training Officer - North West

Young Enterprise NI



Development Officer - North West

Young Enterprise NI



Domiciliary Care Workers - Derry

Bryson Charitable Group



Children & Young People’s Centre Coordinator

Foyle Women’s Aid




12 FREE – Workplace Health Support 


Is your workplace headquarters based in the Western Trust Area?

  • Would you like to hear more about the PHA - Free Workplace Health Support Programme delivered by Health@Work NI?
  • Would you like support in carrying out a wellbeing survey with staff?
  • Would you like to access free Workplace Health Champions Training?
  • Would you like support to develop a workplace wellbeing action plan?

 Spaces are limited and on a first come first served basis.

Contact Sabrina@dhcni.com to register your interest and receive a free consultation.


13   La Dolce Vita Project seeks Directors & Family Fun Day


La Dolce Vita Project is currently seeking applications from people interested in becoming part of La Dolce Vita Project Board of Directors.


Should you be interested in becoming part of our Board of Directors, please forward a CV to ladolcevita5277@gmail.com or by telephoning our office on 02871377272 for more information.

La Dolce Vita Project is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all irrespective of religious beliefs, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, martial status or sexual orientation.


La Dolce Vita Project is also holding a Family Fun day 21st July 10:30-2:30 in St Columbs Park House Grounds. This is a public event and everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun.  

If any other agencies/organisations are interested in having a stand or being involved in this event please let us know by telephoning the office on 08871377272.


14  'Pioneering Peace Builder: A History of Holywell Trust' Book Launch 


 You are invited to the launch of 'Pioneering Peace Builder: A History of Holywell Trust by Ann Kelleher


Date: Wednesday 21st June 2017

Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Venue: HOLYWELL - DIverseCity Community Partnership, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PW


A lunch will be served.


RSVP to hello@holywelltrust.com or call 028 7126 1941


15 Make Your Mark


Are you 16-24? Looking for work?

Get into Retail with Marks & Spencer

26th June – 21st July 2017

Taster/Selection day: 20th June


Placements in the Crescent Link and Foyleside Centre stores


If you are not currently in full-time employment, education or training, come and meet new people, learn new skills and gain work experience as part of this programme. We’ll also help you with your CV.


 All training provided
 Travel expenses paid on programme  Doesn't affect your benefits
 Boost employability skills
 Up to 6 months of mentoring 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

Full details about this programme are available on our website 


16 Latest Offers from Salto Youth


Youth workers meeting: "THE BOXES OF A YOUTH WORKER – THE EUROPEAN CHALLENGE" - open multiplier event

This event is for you if: -You have tested or want to test online tools; -You want to be part of other initiatives for youth workers; -You want to be inspired in your work by other examples; -You want to meet youth workers from more than 10 countries;
Organizer: The suitcase, the map and the voyage of a youth worker (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Austria, Belgium - DE, Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 20 June 2017

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"Youth Can Help" - International Training Course on migrants' integration issues 
The International Training Course is designed to help youth leaders and youth workers, trainers and educators to learn what they can make in their communities for integration of the young people who arrived as refugees or forced migrants.
Organizer: Center for Euroinitiatives (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, France, Georgia, Italy, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 25 June 2017

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Marketing&SEO for Youth Organizations
We invite youth workers who want to learn about Marketing&SEO to join the course which will allow you to move your organization forward!
Organizer: The Netherlands School for Innovative Education (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: 30 June 2017

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Improvisational theatre is like an exciting game: we playfully experiment with partners, our creativity can soar and mistakes are welcomed.
Organizer: Egyesek Youth Association (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries
Application deadline: 1 July 2017

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E+ dorphins, boosting sports in Erasmus+ youth projects
E+ dorphins is an international training course for organisations that use sports as a methodology. It aims at boosting the development of European youth projects with a sports focus within the Erasmus+ Youth in Action.
Organizer: JINT, NA Belgium-Flanders (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from: Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 2 July 2017

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Effective Communication Training
We invite youth workers and trainers on Effective Communication Training Course. The course will allow to develop communication skills and become more effective building new partnerships and designing new projects!
Organizer: The Netherlands School for Innovative Education (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: 3 July 2017

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Risk Assessment and Risk Managment in Youth Projects
The activity programme will be designed to support participants in recognizing the way they perceive risk and to apply the learning into their work with young people in their organisations.
Organizer: Hacettepe University (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 4 July 2017

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Theater for Youth
“THEATER FOR YOUTH” is an action-based training course on the Theater of the Oppressed Methodolody, designed for youth workers and profesionals who deal and work on antidiscrimination, human rights protection and intercultural learning.
Organizer: Verein Naturkultur Association (NGO/Others)
This activity is for participants from:
Czech Republic, Egypt, Ireland, Israel, KOSOVO * UN RESOLUTION, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, United Kingdom 
Application deadline: 22 July 2017

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Find Your Place
The course is developed to provide youth workers with competences, tools and ideas to use in their work with young people, in order to empower them to find their true place in life and in the labor field. We will work on personal and professional level.
Organizer: Romanian NA (National Agency)
This activity is for participants from:
Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries
Application deadline: 20 August 2017

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Democracy Reloaded Study Visit
The aims of the Study Visit are to share and reflect on existing practices of youth participation in decision-making at local level in order to elaborate on issues of quality in such practices.
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: 10 September 2017

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Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation Conference

27 November - 1 December 2017 | Malta
The Conference would like to raise awareness about the role of youth work against violent radicalization. The event is part of long-term strategy that is realising for 2017 a mapping exercise of inspiring practises of NGOs working on the topic.
Youth work has a very important role to play in the prevention of violent radicalisation, supporting and empowering young people to deal with challenges they face and strengthening their resilience.
Youth work is particularly important as one of the instruments against violent radicalisation, as young people are susceptible to various influences during the critical stage of adolescence, and if they perceive themselves as susceptible to discrimination, social exclusion or marginalisation, they are more at risk.
Youth work can make an important difference to young people at this stage, by focusing on:
• empowering youth to have a greater degree of autonomy, self-determination and control over their lives in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible way
• supporting youth to deal with challenges they face
• strengthening young people‘s resilience to violent ideologies by helping them recognise the harm violence can cause to them and their communities.
In this regard, youth workers may work on the development of young people’s life skills, critical thinking, inter-cultural competences, active citizenship, promotion of diversity, and common values of freedom and tolerance through non-formal and informal learning. They may create safe spaces for discussions, approaching controversial topics, questions and opportunities for young people’s engagement.

In order to examine how different actors have been dealing with potential violent radicalisation of young people, a consortium was created among SALTO EuroMed, SALTO EECA and SALTO SEE Resource Centres together with the National Agencies of Erasmus+ Youth in Action of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom as well as the European Union and the Council of Europe Youth Partnership.
The strategy for 2017 includes:
- A mapping exercise and research about “concept of violent radicalisation” that will showcase positive ways and initiatives in which violent radicalisation can be addressed and prevented through youth work, and an examination of how to strengthen the role of different actors. The goal is to draw lessons, conclusions and recommendations regarding the needs and challenges of youth work at different levels, which will be compiled and published electronically after the end the conference.
For the purpose of this strategy, violent radicalisation includes different forms (urban violence, emergence of a violent sub-culture, right and left political extremist violence, nationalist violence, religiously motivated violence) and different manifestations (verbal violence, damage of public goods, violent rallies, physical aggression and homicide, organised crime, terrorist acts).

A full presentation of the strategy can be found on:



The Conference will bring together participants from Programme Countries and from the four Neighbouring Regions of the European Union in order to reflect on interdependency and the need to analyse this topic from a wider perspective.

The conference will cover the following objectives
1) To explore the concept of youth radicalisation, its forms and manifestations, and how youth work can have a role in its prevention,
2) To increase participants’ understanding regarding the role of youth work in preventing violent radicalisation and in supporting young people’s resilience and empowerment,
3) To create a space for sharing inspiring practices among participants and for identifying adaptations of existing practices,
4) To strengthen the links of youth work to related fields and sectors where cooperation is useful in order to achieve more on the theme of violent radicalisation,
5) To explore support measures of Erasmus + Youth Chapter and other programmes for youth NGOs working on the theme of the conference,

Target group
1) Practitioners active in the field of prevention of violent radicalisation from:
- NGOs working with the topic directly and working with the themes related
- Youth leaders
- Youth workers
- Public authorities
- Other sectors (schools, social work, community work etc.)
2) Researchers with relevant experience and expertise
3) Policy-makers with relevant experience and expertise
All participants should also:
- Have experience in the field, particularly in working with young people through a preventive approach
- Be motivated to develop their capacities further on preventing violent radicalisation
- Be able to work in English
- Be available for the whole duration of the event.

Full call online:

Deadline 1st September 2017              


17 Community Health & Well Being Hubs

Are you:

  • a community/voluntary/3rd sector organization / group?
  • Interested in improving the health and well-being of people living in local communities?
  • keen to support individuals to take responsibility for their own health and well-being with support from a health trainer/coach?
  • willing to signpost to / develop structured health and well-being programmes aimed at reducing the prevalence of chronic/long term conditions?
  • willing to be part of a larger network of Community Health and Well-being Hubs across the border region of Ireland/Northern Ireland and Western Scotland?*

Commenting on the opportunity the CoH-Sync Project presents to local communities, Dr Maura O’Neill, Head of Health Improvement in the Western Trust said: “Anybody who feels that they can contribute to the development of this community based health and well-being project is welcome to attend. We would like to ensure that as many local people and groups come along and contribute their opinions and views on how the health and well-being of the target communities can be improved via the CoH-Sync project.”






(Strabane / Derry Hub)

Strabane Enterprise Agency, Orchard Road Industrial Estate, Strabane

19 June 2017

10am to 12 noon


(Letterkenny / North Donegal Hub)

LYIT, Port Road, Letterkenny

19 June 2017

2.30pm to 4.30pm

Ballyshannon (Ballyshannon / South Donegal Hub)

Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon

20 June 2017

11.00am to 1pm


(Armagh / Dungannon Hub)

The Junction, Dungannon

21 June 2017

10am to 12pm


(Enniskillen / West Fermanagh Hub)

The Aisling Centre, Darling Street, Enniskillen

22 June 2017

2pm to 4pm


(Cavan / Monaghan Hub)

The Peace Link Sports Facility, Clones, Co  Monaghan

26 June 2017

7pm to 9 pm


To register your attendance at an information event, please email: fiona.lafferty@westerntrust.hscni.net (Contact telephone: 00 44 (0)28 71272100) stating your name and contact details including which organisation you represent (if any), and which of the scheduled events you wish to attend.

Further information: 


18 Upcoming Events with Rural Community Network 

Pharmacy First Scheme

The Pharmacy First Scheme is the replacement for the Minor Ailments service currently offered in Pharmacies.

Minor Ailments are common health conditions which require little or no treatment.  They can be treated with medicine available from the pharmacy without a prescription, if the pharmacist thinks it is needed.  The Pharmacy First Scheme encourages patients to consult a participating community pharmacy, rather than their GP, for common conditions. If the Pharmacist thinks that a medicine or product is needed to treat their symptoms, they will supply this to the patient free of charge.

The Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) has been asked to carry out several workshops as a means of facilitating a conversation with people across Northern Ireland on the existing Minor Ailments scheme and the proposed changes i.e. the introduction of the Pharmacy First Scheme. 

We need your opinion!

Who: Members of the Rural Community Network
When: Tuesday 20th June 2017

Time:  10am – 11.30am (Light refreshments will be provided)
Where: Rural Community Network, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, BT80 8EF
Why: Please join us to have your say and help shape the future of Pharmacy Services.

To register or for more information, please contact Conor at Rural Community Network:

Email: conor@ruralcommunitynetwork.org / Telephone: (028) 8676 6670



Rural Community Network, Cookstown
Wednesday 21st  June at 11 am

Join us as we recruit for our latest accredited trauma courses by Queen’s University, Belfast

Open Learning Short Trauma Courses
BSc Psychological Trauma Studies

WAVE in Partnership with University College Cork
Online Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma Studies
Please email RSVP before Tuesday 20th June 2017



19 Schools for Hope Conference- Build Coping, Resilience and Hope in Children and Young people of NI-Prevention is better than cure!

The Schools for Hope Conference on 26th June’17 in the Ulster University, Magee Campus sees the  presentation of an exciting new and innovative resilience concept for children and young people, “Schools for Hope”.

The programme is a new curriculum project led by The Health improvement service of the Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT) in partnership with the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred), The Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership(OWNRP) and Community partners, Ulster University(UU) and  Local Primary and Secondary schools in the area.  A pilot programme was implemented over a ten week period in five primary schools and two secondary schools in the Derry and Strabane areas. The Programme was implemented as a unique Partnership model and as an effective Community Planning example in action involving the Community, Local Schools and Health and Education statutory bodies.  The tailored International Programme was researched planned, developed and delivered by the WHSCT and Community and monitored and evaluated by Ulster University.  The research from the pilot programme will be presented at The Schools for Hope Programme on June 26th 2017 with the highlight undoubtedly being the International Programme Founder Kathryn Goetzke and colleagues  Myron L. Belfer, MD, MPA and Kristy L. Stark, M.A., Ed.M., BCBA as keynote speakers at the Conference.

For further information and tickets please see:



20 Expression of Interest for New Youth Programmes in Strabane area

Are you an organisation community group currently working with young people that may be interested in getting involved in some programmes with Education Authority?

As the new Youth Inclusion Worker for the Strabane area I am putting out this expression of interest form to look at possibly recruiting young people you may be working with. I am hoping to establish a young women`s group for 12 – 18yrs, an inclusion youth forum open to all young people 12 – 18yrs both within Strabane. Also I will be looking to establish groups within Sion Mills and Newtownstewart. What will be offered in those areas will depend on the needs of the young people.

If your organisation/community would have young people interested in getting involved in some of the above programmes complete the details below and I will then be in touch with details of an information/recruitment evening I am planning on having.
Name of organisation ____________________
Address _______________________________
Contact Tel Number ____________________
Name of main contact ___________________
Information on possible young people interested

Any further information don’t hesitate to contact Cathy Malcolm, Strabane Resource Centre 028 7138 2098 or email


21 The Social Conscience of the Song


A musical, interactive presentation on a very musical history

The Playhouse (Main Theatre)

Thurs June 22 @ 7.30pm Tickets £5

Box Office: 02871 268027


After his recent success delivering a musical lecturer presentation as part of the City of Derry Jazz festival, musician and lecturer Dr Liam Campbell returns to the Playhouse - this time with fellow academic and composer Dr Christopher Norby to offer an interactive, musical performance and discussion on the history of songs of conscience.

This musical journey will trace the rich heritage of songs that resonate in harmony with the deeper rhythms of each age. The presentation will trace the history of the power of songs and explore the clear parallels between songs of conscience and the social, cultural, and political realities of their age.

As part of this multimedia presentation Liam and Christopher will perform a selection of these songs. Both Liam and Christopher are members of  Irish Progressive Rock band Dead Heroes Club – tagged by critics as “Ireland’s only current Prog-rock outfit”. Artists featured in the presentation will include Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Suzanne Vega, Peter Gabriel, The Sex Pistols and Green Day. Liam and Chris will be joined by special guest, renowned singer Dr Anne Tracey. The focus will be on fun, singalong, discussion and exploration of themes and context.

The show kicks off at Derry’s Playhouse at 7.30pm on Thursday June 22 – early booking is advised


Brief Bios:

Dr. Liam Campbell is a lecturer in English, Community Relations officer, and an independent writer and scholar, who is published both creatively and academically. He has given many talks across Europe and America on Creative writing, the literature of the 20th Century, and the creative impulse. Liam is also a playwright and a singer / songwriter and has released 3 studio alums as vocalist and lyricist with Ireland’s only Progressive Rock band Dead Heroes Club

Dr Christopher Norby has been working on a professional freelance basis since 2007 as a composer of concert music, theatre music and videogame music. In 2011 he completed a PhD in composition. He has been commissioned by some of the UK and Ireland’s leading organisations and performing groups, including BBC Radio 3 (Ulster Orchestra), Vanbrugh Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Concorde, NI Opera, Echo Echo Dance Theatre and the Verbal Arts Centre. His music has been performed across Ireland and the UK, Slovenia, Japan and the USA. He has produced original scores for numerous apps and games on iOS and android. Christopher currently works for the University of Arizona and is also the keyboards player with Dead Heroes Club.

Dr Anne Tracey: fresh from her success in a series of critically acclaimed shows as part of the Dery City of Jazz festival, Anne is a renowned and gifted vocalist and a lecturer in Psychology with Ulster University.


Below An original song "Truth" featuring Liam & Chris driven by themes of social conscience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE9fj8oogFE


22 A Night of Music, Song & Poetry in aid of Cancer Focus NI

Anne Tracey, Family & Friends - Music, Song & Poetry

The Maldron Hotel, Derry/L'Derry
Saturday 1st July 2017
Starting at 8.00pm

Prize Draw on the night
Tickets/Admission: £10

Tickets available from Maldron Hotel Reception T: 028 7137 1000 or pay on the night

Proceeds in support of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland 



23 Drink Wise & Jive - world Record Attempt 2017


1st July 2017, EBRINGTON SQUARE, Derry/Londonderry

COME ALONG TO OUR FREE Jiving Classes for the over 50’s!

You may even want to get involved in our World record attempt for the largest jive

Contact Debbie on 028 7186 1550

The Playhouse, Dance Studio, Artillery St, Derry, Every Wednesday - 14th, 21st, 28th June
5pm - 6pm & 6pm - 7pm


24 Scottish Ceilidh Night - Midsummer’s Hootin Annie
Thursday 22 June, Halfway House, Burnfoot
Featuring the award winning Alastair Scott Ceilidh Band

Join us for a night of Scottish music and dance at the Halfway House Burnfoot, County Donegal. The evening will feature the awarding winning Alastair Scott Ceilidh Band and special guests. A hot buffet supper will be served during the night.
Tickets are available at €10 euros per person and can be purchased using Paypal (please bring your paypal receipt for admission to the event).

Alternatively you can contact the Monreagh Centre at
office@monreagh.net or telephone +353 (0)74 9140708 for further details


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