NWCN E-bulletin 20 July 2017


1 North West Community Network Membership 2017-18

2 Small Grants Scheme 2017-18 - Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention

3 Northern Ireland Brexit Dialogue Fund

4 European Capital of Culture European Partners Survey - closing today

5 Call for proposals from Interface/Contested areas for Summer 2017

6 Breaking Down Brexit Campaign invites you to...

7 NICVA cyber security & data protection survey

8 Strengthening Families Programme training

9 Family Fun Day with La Dolce Vita

10 Job Opportunity with Derry Healthy Cities

11 Job Opportunity with Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group

12 Sessional Counsellor Opportunity with Zest

13 Job Opportunity with In Your Space Circus 

14 Job Opportunity with Sole Purpose Productions

15 Job Opportunity with Youthlife

16 Volunteer opportunity for 16-25 year old with Big Lottery

17 Genealogical Researchers Required

18 August Craft Month at the Fashion & Textile Design Centre - Derry~Londonderry

19 City Centre Room Rental

20 Age NI & Macmillan Cancer Support

21 Borderland Reunion

22 Charity treks with Children in Crossfire








1 North West Community Network Membership 2017-18


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


NWCN Members Survey 2017 - 18

Community & Voluntary Sector - Skills Development Needs 2017-18 


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

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



2 Small Grants Scheme 2017-18 - Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention


The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified funding for a small grants scheme to address the themes of Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing, Suicide Prevention and Self-Harm, and have commissioned CLEAR to facilitate this process.


The PHA are keen to fund programmes founded on evidence based practice with a particular focus on those using one or more of the ‘Take 5’ Steps to Wellbeing.  The PHA are inviting community and voluntary sector organisations, through the CLEAR Project, to apply for non-recurring small grants to address the outlined themes. 


Two types of awards are available under this scheme:

  1. Award one grants - Up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking Community / Voluntary Sector groups can apply for.
  2. Award two grants - Between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking Community / Voluntary sector groups.

If you are interested in applying for the small grant go to www.dhcni.com/grants for the following documents:

  • Guidance notes
  • Application form
  • Guidelines for completing application form
  • ‘Take 5’ Step to Wellbeing leaflet
  • Snapshot flyer of 2016/17 grants
  • News release on small grants

There are also examples of projects from 2015/2016. 

Closing date – Monday 31st July 2017 at 3 pm


3   Northern Ireland Brexit Dialogue Fund 


“Helping community organisations listen, think, plan and lobby as they deal with approaching Brexit”


Purpose of the Fund

  • As communities and organisations face Brexit, we want to:
  • Support organisations who are engaged in constructive discussion and action planning in order to ensure that those most on the margins of society are not further excluded
  • Help community and voluntary organisations who are themselves thinking about how Brexit affects their own future
  • Link together and convene conversations between different communities who are exploring the consequences of Brexit; and facilitate the sharing of and examination of information.
  • From these convened conversations, construct a communications plan

Amount available: minimum of £1,000 and maximum of £10,000


Opening/closing date:

Monday 17th July 2017 and will close on Friday 1st September 2017 at 1pm.


For further information and to apply please see: http://www.communityfoundationni.org/brexit-fund  


4 European Capital of Culture European Partners Survey - closing today


Belfast City and Derry City and Strabane District Council are working together to submit a joint bid to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture.


In order for the Bid Project Board to prepare for stage one, we would love you to tell us of any EU or international project or partnership that you are involved in, and what future opportunities you feel could be developed. We will then use this this information to shape the bid.


We would really appreciate if you could take ten minutes to complete the online survey.



The survey is open until Thursday 20 July 2017


For further information email ecoc2023@derrystrabane.com or call 028 7125 3253



5 Call for proposals from Interface/Contested areas for Summer 2017


Under Aim 3.2 of it’s Good Relations Strategy, Derry City and Strabane District Council has £1,000 (subject to TEO funding) for each designated urban interface area (Tullally, Currynierin, Fountain, Bogside, Irish Street, Top of the Hill) and to contested rural areas (Castlederg and Donemana) for specific types of summer preventative and diversionary work.  ‘Contested area’ is defined as an area which has a recent history in the last 1-2 years of significant cross-community political tension at key times eg. Around marches, commemorations etc. A maximum of 10 proposals will be funded – 6 x 1 in each designated interface area and 2 each in Castlederg and Donemana.


This is not a ‘grant aid’ process – each interface/contested area is designated £1,000 (subject to TEO funding). Funding is under the GR Strategy Aim 3.2 ‘Reduction in tension, sectarianism and violence at interfaces/contested spaces’ and ‘joined up approach to GR issues at interfaces/contested spaces’.  Proposals must:

  • Be for something specific and measurable, not an additional part of something already funded. 
  • Evidence a clear good relations outcome of reducing sectarianism or violence; improving community safety and/or providing diversionary activity in a contested area/interface over the summer.
  • Evidence that this is an agreed proposal from their single identity area.

After 21st  July the Good Relations team will meet with the relevant contact(s) to finalise the proposal. The agreement will be put in writing by e-mail for reference.  All monies must be claimed by 29th September 2017. The group must spend the money up front and then claim back the funding by invoice with evidence of supporting documentation attached eg. Invoices/bank statement/procurement

The relevant groups must submit a proposal by Friday 21st July 2017 which can be requested from and must be returned to: angela.askin@derrystrabane.com  
Contact me on 71253253  ext 8220 for any clarification.


6 Breaking Down Brexit Campaign invites you to...


The Breaking Down Brexit Campaign invites you to the launch of a Brexit initiative on this Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 11.00am at the old customs post at Muff.

This will be the starting point for a 7day run by a young Polish artist, Aleksandra Stanek along the 200 mile long border to highlight the issues around Brexit. A group of runners from the city and Donegal will accompany her as far as Carrigans and then other groups will continue along with her for the other parts of the journey.

The run will start in Muff go to Coshquin, then Bridge End, on to Killea and Carrigans. She will then continue on through St Johnstone to Lifford and finish in Strabane for the night. We are asking for your support at the start of her run at 11.00am in Muff or at the border crossing at Bridgend at 12.30pm and at Killea at 1.30pm.

If you would like to run part of the way with her please contact Dermot O’Hara, 07595893757.


 7 NICVA cyber security & data protection survey

Cyber security and data protection are trending media topics, and their impacts are emerging as key issues for the voluntary and community sector.  While there are huge benefits for organisations in using data effectively, there are increasing risks and challenges.   

We believe that many organisations want to get more from their data, and ensure that they comply with legal requirements and have adequate protections in place.  
Combining these issues, we have prepared a survey to inform how we can better represent and support our members on these issues.  The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on 25th May 2018 and we recognise the challenges that face many organisations to ensure they are compliant.  

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete. You can access the survey here:
Please Click Here to Start the Survey. We hope that you will find it useful to benchmark where you are at on these issues.   Where you find that some of the terminology or concepts are new to you, we would ask that you choose that option - it is a valid response and will help us get a true assessment of what needs to be done to help our members. 

The data we collect will be anonymised and summarised in a report.  


8 Strengthening Families Programme Training


The Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) is an evidence based family skills programme which delivers multiple benefits to vulnerable families and emphasises the critical role of families in prevention and reducing risk.


Delivered over 14 sessions the parenting skills, children's life skills, and family life skills training program is specifically designed for high-risk families. Parents and children participate in SFP, both separately in the teen and parent sessions and together in the family sessions. The programme aims to promote a healthy parent and child relationship by improving communication, bonding, parental monitoring and rule setting.  Over the 14 weeks 12 families will come together one night a week, a meal is provided for all families, as is childcare and transport for those requiring it.


Anyone wishing to refer families on to the programme must complete the two day training.

The next two day training is taking place on the 11th and 12th September 2017 at Mens Action Network, Queen Street, Derry.  If you would like more information or an application form please contact Leona on 07403050507 or Leona@derryhc.com


 Family Fun Day with La Dolce Vita


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.


10 Job Opportunity with Derry Healthy Cities


Co-Ordination and Development Officer 

25 hours per week 

Salary: £25,591 (pro-rata)


Derry Healthy Cities wish to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated individual to support the delivery of the organisations’ key aims and objectives.

This is a new and varied role where you will have the opportunity to input to a range of projects and activities which support and develop an inclusive attitude to health; advance education relating to the benefits of good health; and promote, develop and support organisations offering health care services and support.


Applicants must have a recognised relevant degree and 2 years’ paid experience of successfully managing or coordinating health related, capacity building, or community development project(s) at middle management level in an NGO, private or public sector body, Or five years’ experience of successfully managing and delivering health related, capacity building, or community development project(s) at middle management level in an NGO, private or public sector body.


You will have excellent facilitation, networking and organisational skills and the ability to work with a range of organisations at several levels. Knowledge of public health, health inequalities, community development, capacity building, governance, partnerships and training processes which are underpinned by training and experience will also be central to this role.

This post is for 25 hours per week for a 12 month period. The post holder will be based in the Derry/Londonderry Area, but travel and work across Northern Ireland will be required.

An application form, detailed job description and specification are available on email from info@dhcni.com /claire@dhcni.com.


Closing date for the above post is 4pm on Tuesday 8th August 2017

DHC is an Equal Opportunities Employer


11  Job Opportunity with Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group


Job Title:                     Centre Manager
Location:                     Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group, 12 Bawnmore Place,                                     Derry, BT47 6XP
Hours:                         37.5 hours per week / Full time.
Report to:                    Board of Directors.
Salary:                        £28,719 gross per annum, plus pension contribution

This post is currently funded until 31/03/18, with continuation subject to funding being secured.


Main Purpose of the Job
To provide strong strategic and operational leadership to Strathfoyle Women's Activity Group. The successful applicant will require vision, energy and a passion for community development combined with excellent communication and negotiation skills.  The post requires an experienced individual with an in-depth understanding of community development who can efficiently manage the physical, financial and human resources of the organisation and represent Strathfoyle Women's Activity Group with maturity and integrity.  


Job Purpose:               

  • To manage and develop the Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group activities and Projects including the crèche facility.
  • To promote the development of activities and facilities to support women and women's groups.
  • To maintain and develop fundraising and partnerships with other agencies voluntary and statutory.
  • To supervise staff.
  • To be responsible for the efficient day to day running of the centre activities and for the maintenance of the premises.
  • To work effectively and collaboratively with women from all backgrounds.
  • To represent Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group on committees and groups; engage with other women’s sector organisations and development projects as directed by the management committee.
  • To network and engage with other Women’s Sector organisation and contribute to the future sustainability of the women’s sector.
  • To ensure that all legal requirements are adhered to as appropriate.

Personnel Specification

The personnel specification shows essential skills, abilities, knowledge and qualifications required to be able to carry out the duties of this post.  Therefore, in completing the application form, please address each of the criteria listed in the specification, drawing upon all of your experience.






 · Degree or equivalent in a professional, management or community development discipline plus three years recent experience of managing a project (or projects) of a similar nature.

·  Satisfactory Access NI disclosure certificate (successful candidate only)

·  Hold a full, current driving licence and have access to a car for business purposes. Where a disability may preclude someone from holding a driving licence, the ability to undertake business travel throughout Northern Ireland must be demonstrated.



· Five years recent experience of managing a project (or projects) of a similar nature.

· Satisfactory Access NI disclosure certificate (successful candidate only)

· Hold a full, current driving licence and have access to a car for business purposes. Where a disability may preclude someone from holding a driving licence, the ability to undertake business travel throughout Northern Ireland must be demonstrated.


Closing date for applications is Tuesday 8th August 2017 @ 12pm.


Please contact Leona for an application pack on 028 71860733 or email: strathfoylewomenscentre@hotmail.co.uk.



12 Sessional Counsellor Opportunity with Zest



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 returned in a sealed envelope marked “ SHIP Sessional Counsellor” to:-

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


13   Job Opportunity with In Your Space Circus 


Circus For Everyone Coordinator

Title: Circus For Everyone: Project Coordinator
Direct Report: Company Manager
Line Managing: Training Team for the Project
Hours of Work: 25.5 hours per week
Employment Conditions: Initial 8 month contract with a view to possible extension dependent on funding and role scope

Remuneration: £22,000 pro-rata
Holidays: 25 days (pro rata) plus 11 days’ public holidays (pro-rata)
Location: Waterloo House, 44a-48a Waterloo Street, Derry-Londonderry BT48 6HF


PLEASE NOTE: We welcome applications for a Job share based on 50% of the hours each. If you are applying for job share, please clearly outline the elements of the Job Description that your skills are most suitable for.

How to apply:

  • Request an application form by contacting cath@inyourspaceni.org
  • All applications must be submitted on the application form provided.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that applications are completed as fully and concisely as possible based on the Job Description, Criteria and Person Specification supplied.
  • Applications should be sent via email, to cath@inyourspaceni.org or posted to Waterloo House, 44a-48a Waterloo Street, Derry-Londonderry BT48 6HF. Emailed applications are preferable.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure submission of the completed application by 4pm on Monday 31st July 2017. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Interviews may include a presentation; a brief will be supplied in advance.

For background information on the company, please visit our website at www.inyourspaceni.org (a new website is currently under development)


14  Job Opportunity with Sole Purpose Productions


Sole Purpose Productions seeks a Company Administrator
Self Employed Fixed Term Six Month Contract September 17 – March 18,
with possible extension of contract

10 hours p/w, hours flexible
£10 per hour

Sole Purpose Productions wishes to appoint a Company Administrator who is enthusiastic and committed to the principles of making professional theatre which makes a positive social impact in our communities – locally, nationally and internationally

You will be responsible for the smooth running of the office, undertake project administration, including  marketing, some design work, building a social media presence, and book-keeping.
For more information including Job Description, Person Spec, and Application Form please contact


Deadline for application forms is: Monday 31st July 2017
Interviews: 7th - 11th August, specific dates TBC
Location: The Derry Playhouse

Sole Purpose Productions is an equal opportunities employer.

This post is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Exchequer Funds.




15 Job Opportunity with Youthlife


The Waypoint Project is a new programme at Youthlife for children and young people aged 5-18 years who have experienced bereavement, divorce, separation or loss. The project is supported by BBC Children In Need.

Youthlife is seeking a Project Co-ordinator to:

  • Enable and empower a diverse range of young people to effectively contribute to and shape the Waypoint Project, so that it is always directly informed by the lived experiences of children and young people and has maximum impact and reach. This will include recruiting and supporting a diverse group of Peer Mentors who will take part in service delivery, promote the project and contribute to training other young people in the community as Peer Mentors
  • Develop our existing partnerships with statutory agencies and voluntary/ community sector providers to help ensure that children and young people affected by bereavement and loss get the right support from the right person at the right time.
  • Applicants will be qualified to degree level in Youth Work, Social Work, Counselling/Psychotherapy or Teaching and will have three years paid employment in the past five years in one or more of those professions
  • The post is funded for three years and is 20 hours per week. The salary is NJC Scale SO1, £26,822, £14,498 pro rata
  • Closing date: Friday 21st July 2017 at 4pm 

Full details are on http://www.communityni.org/job/waypoint-project-co-ordinator#.WV5ZYoTysdU

Or on the JobCentre online website
Details are also available on

Or contact the manager Tricia Kelly manager@youthlife.org


16 Volunteer opportunity for 16-25 year old with Big Lottery


Are you aged 16 - 25 and want to help other young people?  Why not apply to volunteer with us?

We are looking for 4 new members to join our young people's group and help with our Empowering Young People programme in Northern Ireland.

Have you been faced with challenging circumstances in your life? Are you willing to share these experiences and get involved in making decisions that will help other young people? Then you might be the person we need.

Find out how
young people like Declan are already helping us.  See our website for information on what we are looking for and how you can apply.

  • Fill in the online form before 4pm on Monday 7th August.  
  • We will select a number of young people to invite to a recruitment day in Belfast on Wednesday 23rd August.
  • Then we will select four volunteers to join our group.


17 Genealogical Researchers Required


Ulster Historical Foundation would like to broaden its pool of genealogical researchers and is compiling a register of individuals interested in part-time research work.

Those with a genuine interest in family history and who possess a working knowledge of Irish genealogical research sources together with strong analytical and writing skills should forward a CV with a covering letter outlining their experience and demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria for the position to:
Ulster Historical Foundation, The Corn Exchange, 31 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG. Or by email to:
enquiry@uhf.org.uk by 17:00 (BST) on Friday 4 August 2017.

Further information is available at:


Ulster Historical Foundation is an equal opportunities employer



18 August Craft Month at the Fashion & Textile Design Centre - Derry~Londonderry



By Karen O'Kane
3rd, 10th & 17th August (Price £35)
Thursdays evenings: 7pm-9.30pm
Learn the art of silk painting and make your own hand pained silk scarf or lamp shade

Edel McBride
5th August (Price £25)
Daytime 10am - 1pm
Begin or advance your patternwriting skills, join Edel McBride for this exicting knit workshop

Hedgerow Flower Design
By Mary Friel
15th August (Price £25)
Evening: 7pm-9pm
Learn about the art of felting to create a felt picture to take home with you

Hansel & Gretel Knits
By Aine Clarke
16th August (Price £25)
Evening: 7pm-9pm
Join Hansel and Gretel for a fun workshop producing large colourful Manadala Hulahoops

Northern Lights
By Siobhan Montgomery
24th August (Price £30)
Evening: 7pm-9pm
This short workshop is an introduction to the wonderful world of glass fusing

Tie-Dye Workshop
By Rebecca Cregan
26th August (Price £10)
Daytime: 2pm - 4pm
have a fun time tie-dying a garment.  Fun for all ages

Booking to be made in advance:
Contact Deirdre Williams on 078 0779 4889 or via email  


19 City Centre Room Rental


City Centre location in Derry offering quiet and confidential rooms to rent, ideal for counselling services or similar....competitive rates.

Please call 028 7136 9696 for more information.


20 Age NI & Macmillan Cancer Support


Macmillan Cancer Support and Age NI are working in partnership to bring together older people with a cancer experience

Why are we doing this?

  • To find out what experiences older people living with cancer have
  • To ensure that the voices of older people living with cancer are listened to and heard
  • To improve services for other older people facing a cancer diagnosis

Who should attend?

If you are an older person with lived cancer experience in the past 10 years – this can include having a cancer diagnosis or caring for someone with a cancer diagnosis – please join us


What are we planning?

Getting together on:

Wednesday, 2nd August in Grosvenor Conference Centre, Glengall Street

Wednesday, 9th August in Meadowbank Day centre, Omagh

  • Events will run from 10.30am until 12 noon
  • Tea/coffee and scones will be served
  • Group discussions looking at specific areas around the cancer journey 

Are you interested?
For more information or to book a place, please contact Maura McClean at Age NI on 028 9024 5729. Thank you.                             


21 Borderland Reunion


CRAFT (Derry) Ltd is holding a night to remember the music from the Borderland Dance Hall.

It will be held in Bar Zu, Rosemount Factory on Friday 28th July from 9pm.
Music by Eddie (Eccles) Breslin.
Tickets cost £10 per person and includes a hot buffet.
Tickets are available from BHCP (2 Dunluce Court) 71271977 or GDI (Glenview Community Centre) 71268748.  


22 Charity treks with Children in Crossfire


Iceland Volcano Trek: 9th-13th November 2017
For further information call: Shauna on 028 7126 9898 or email  

Borneo Jungle Trek: 30th March - 6th April 2018
Limited spaces - early booking is advisable
For further information call: Shauna on 028 7126 9898 or email  


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