NWCN Ebulletin 01 February 2023

1 ‌Shared Island Civic Society Fund
2 Community Cashback – SPAR
3 Tesco Community Grants
4 Carers’ Support Fund
5 Supporting local change makers in the community
6 Windrush Day Grant
7 Arts Council NI Annual Funding Programme information webinars
8 Digital Inclusion Update - Devices available for your organisation
9 Older Peoples Forum
10 Volunteer Now Training Sessions in February 2023
11 New Training Opportunities now Open for Bookings
12 Mindful Carers
13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
14 Upcoming Job Opportunities
15 Job Opportunity with Rainbow Child and Family Centre
16 Musician Call Out - Summer Jamm Festival 2023
17 Dry 'N' Out Campaign 2023
18 Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement 2023
19 1:1 - sound performance by Belinda Quirke
20 Void Tots - Early Years Programme at Void
21 Introduction to Crystal healing and Energy Awareness.- Derry and Donegal
22 Special book offer on NI Peace Process

1 Shared Island Civic Society Fund

The Shared Island Civic Society Fund is now open for applications.

This initiative will make €500,000 available in 2023 to organisations working on North South projects across a range of sectors.

The application form can be downloaded here. On completion, please submit the form and accompanying documentation via email to sharedislandcsfund@dfa.ie.

Applications for funding under the Shared Island Civic Society Fund will be accepted until Monday, 27 February 2023.

Further details available 


2 Community Cashback - SPAR

Launching on the 1st of February, shoppers from all over the UK can apply for a grant for an organisation or charity they feel deserves funding. All applicants need to do is share the exceptional contribution that a local organisation has made to their community and what the grant would be put towards.

Applications will close on the 15th March 2023.
Successful candidates will be contacted on 2nd May 2023.

Further details available 

 Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants support thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK.

The scheme is open to all registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.

Nominate a project here
Further details available here


4 Carers’ Support Fund

The Community Foundation NI on behalf of the Department of Health is delighted to open for application a Carers’ Support Fund.


  • Enhanced provision of and access to practical support and help for carers;
  • Improved access to and availability of advice services for carers, including support available through new technologies;
  • Enhanced skills of carers to advocate for the needs of both themselves and the person they care for; Support improved physical and mental health and wellbeing of carers;
  • Enhanced ability for carers to lead their own lives and enjoy a work/life balance;
  • Increased capacity to advocate for and advance carers’ issues with government and statutory bodies; Raised awareness of the contribution of carers;
  • Improved evidence base on carers to support and inform service provision, and government strategy.
Closing Date: Mar 13, 2023 13:00

Further details available 


5 Supporting local change makers in the community

Applications for The Multiplier 2023 close on Sunday 5th February at 11:59. We’re still looking for community change-makers and leaders from across the UK, especially in Northern Ireland.

The Cares Family are inviting people to apply for 
The Multiplier, our national leadership programme, Bringing together a diverse group of change-makers on a nine-month journey The Multiplier is designed to increase confidence and capability in building more socially connected communities.
The organisation is looking for local community leaders across the UK who have a project or organisation that is at least six months old, and who need support to deepen and grow the impact of their work. Their projects will be connecting people across generations, backgrounds and experiences and has potential to make bigger systemic and cultural change. In return we will support change-makers to develop their skills in fundraising, storytelling, coalition-building, and more through specially designed workshops, peer support and mentoring plus an unrestricted £4000 grant to support their project.
You can apply to be part of the Multiplier 2023 


6 Windrush Day Grant

Please find information below on how local authorities, charities and community groups in England and Northern Ireland can submit bids for funding from the Windrush Day Grant Scheme.

Windrush 75 – Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2023


 7 Arts Council NI Annual Funding Programme information webinars

These information events hosted by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will provide information on the Annual Funding Programme. Arts Council staff will then be on hand to take your questions.

To get the most out of this information session, you are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with the Application and Guidance Notes. You will find these on the Arts Council website http://artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/annual-funding-programme

Tuesday 7 February at 10.30am
Wednesday 8 February 3.30pm

8 Digital Inclusion Update - Devices available for your organisation

As part of the 
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland ongoing work around digital inclusion, we have teamed up with the Northern Ireland Civil Service to offer mini PCs, the HP Elitedesk 705G3 Mini, to the Community and Voluntary Sector.

See the spec here - 

We particularly wish to support community organisations who are supporting people living in rurally isolated areas, or beneficiaries who are digitally excluded.

If you are interested in receiving a device/s then please email outlining who you are, what you will use the devices for, and why you feel your work would benefit from this equipment.



9  Older Peoples Forum

Have you or a loved one been affected by the current cost of living crisis? Come and join The Resource Centre Derry at this free event to have your say on this issue. Plus a visit by the Commissioner for Older People NI.

SCAM AWARENESS! Hear from professionals on how to spot a scam and tips on crime prevention.

Thursday 09th February, 10am - 1pm, St Brigid's Hall, Carnhill.
Refreshments will be provided.

Speakers include:

  • Martin Gallagher - NHS Campaigner 
  • Mayor Sandra Duffy
  • Eddie Lynch - Commissioner for Older People NI
  • Pat Austin    -   Fuel Poverty Coalition NI
  • Sorca Forbes -  Patient & Client Council

Full agenda available here

For further information contact Laura McNulty on laura.mcnulty@resourcecentrederry.com
 or 028 71 352 832, option 0.


10 Volunteer Now Training Sessions in February 2023
Volunteer Now has both safeguarding and volunteer management courses with places still available taking place in February.  We have places on Keeping Children Safe: Designated Officer Training on 8 February, The New Environment: Volunteer Induction on 9 February, Befriending Training Workshop on 20 February and Keeping Adults Safe: Recruitment, Selection & Management to name a few.
We also have 2 free VOLT Sessions in February – Digitally Aware, Wise & Resilient on 8 February and Fundraising Volunteers: Code of Practice on 22 February.
To find out what’s available and to book onto any of our courses, please click here – 


11 New Training Opportunities now Open for Bookings

The Clear Project presents new free training opportunities for February - March 2023.

** Introducing new training workshop facilitated by Conor McCafferty (Zest NI)
Self Harm & Autism - 16th March 2023, Online via Zoom

** Please click on links above for Course information and venue details**


12 Mindful Carers

Action Mental Health are running their new Mindful Carers resilience programme in Enniskillen on Wednesday mornings 11-1, starting on 22nd February.

Mindful Carers aims to empower caregivers to improve their mental health and wellbeing by developing positive coping skills and healthy lifestyles.

The resilience programme is delivered by AMH Project Workers who are committed to providing a high quality programme which is relevant to the needs of carers. It will cover topics including coping with change, understanding resilience, managing stress and burnout, understanding emotions like resentment and guilt, and the importance of healthy communication and relationships.

If you wish to attend the resilience programme, please email 
caroline.rooney@westerntrust.hscni.net to ensure you are registered on WHSCT Carers Mailing List and book your place.



13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see 
attached document
 for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Training for group leaders in Youth Exchanges with vulnerable and/or under-age
  • Do you speak Erasmus+?
  • Innovation, Creativity and Advocacy in Youth Work
  • Back to the roots: nature education basics for youth workers
  • The Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar
  • Youth Engagement for Social progress
14 Upcoming Job Opportunities

Da Vinci’s are running a 8 week Catering Academy starting Monday 20th February
This is a DfC Work Experience Programme placement and no prior experience is required.
It is expected to last for 8 weeks and will require attendance of 30 hours per week
Participants will gain experience in theory based learning as well as hands-on learning under the direction of Professional Chefs as well as achieve a Food Hygiene Certificate
Depending on circumstances, this opportunity may have potential to lead to permanent employment.
There will be a recruitment day in Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry on Wednesday 8th February from 2pm-4pm.
Anyone interested who is not currently in employment, education or training can call in to find out more.

You can also contact Nadine from People1st at 
n.elliott@people-1st.co.uk  to discuss promoting the upcoming academy in the local community

Foyle, Lisnagelvin & Strabane Jobs & Benefits Offices will host mini job fairs for the care sector on the following dates:
• Foyle Jobs & Benefits office Wednesday 15 February 2023
• Lisnagelvin Jobs & Benefits office Wednesday 22 February 2023
• Strabane Jobs & Benefits office Wednesday 1 March 2023
All events will run from 1pm to 4pm.
This is a great opportunity to call in to speak to representatives from a range of Care Sector employers who have vacancies in the local area .

15 Job Opportunity with Rainbow Child and Family Centre

Rainbow Child and Family Centre @ 104 Bracken Park, Derry are recruiting:
Afterschool's Leaders .
The post is 25 hours a week .
Salary £12 per hour .
Job Description
To manage an after school and summer scheme project, with responsibility for the efficient running of the group. The after schools leader will provide stimulating and enjoyable activities for the children. The leader will be part of a team and the main working relationships will be with the after schools play workers, children, and the parents of those who use the facility.

Job Specification
  • Level 5 Children’s Care, Learning and Development in Leadership and management or Playwork with leadership
  • At least 2 years paid employment in a children’s setting with leadership responsibilities.
For an application pack email rainbowfinance@btinternet.com or call 02871353724 16 Musician Call Out - Summer Jamm Festival 2023

Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC), and Strabane BID are inviting quotations from suitable experienced musicians in Strabane to be part of a list of street musicians that will engage throughout the Summer period as part of the Summer Jamm Festival.

Please find 
attached a call out for Musicians/Bands for the Strabane Summer Jamm Festival 2023. Which will take place on Saturday 17th June 2023..

Require: Locations -
Strabane Town Centre (Specific streets named in doc)
Lively - Festival music (Family Audience)

Please clarify in your proposal in the application attached, looking forward to hearing from you.

Deadline for returns: 12noon Friday 24th February to Ashleigh.devine@derrystrabane.com

17 Dry 'N' Out Campaign 2023
The Dry 'N' Out Campaigns goal is to spread awareness and inclusive socialising within the Bentley Group!

Friday 3rd February 2023, The Bentley Bar, 8:00pm til 10:30pm

Click on the button below to get your ticket now for a great nights craic with plenty of 0% Alcohol options available...

The Bentley Bar/Group is generously supporting HURT by donating £1 from every non-alcoholic beer and mocktail sold by the Bentley Group in 2023!

18 Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement 2023
Double Bill: Kelly Quigley and the Body Wisdom Group & Zoe Ramsey Group
Weds 1st & Thurs 2nd February 2023 - 8pm
The 2023 edition of Echo Echo's festival commissions a double bill of new work by Ensemble Artist Kelly Quigley and the Body Wisdom Group and Zoe Ramsey's Dance Group.
'Figments' is a piece by Kelly Quigley and is performed by Echo Echo's award winning Body Wisdom Group for over 50s. It celebrates femininity, nature and the arts and aligns with Imbolc, honouring the triple goddess Brigit.
Performers: Salinda Magdalene, Majella Biernat, Marie Manktelow, Ellen Factor, Tina McCauley, Deirdre Gillespie, Remi Ajike, Margaret Hannon
'Compose Yourself' is a new work by Zoe Ramsey
It is a piece about the joy of dancing together and a celebration of movement! created in collaboration with her weekly adult dance class.
Performers: Elaine Kirk, Marcella Di Palo, Carmel Gallagher, Grainne O’Neil, Catherine Browne, Katie Herron, Aideen Herron, Anne Ramsey, Rebecca Strain
Come along and show support to these local performers and try something different!  - Click the link below for more information and booking.

19 1:1 - sound performance by Belinda Quirke

Finissage event for Isabel Nolan's exhibition flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict
Belinda Quirke - sound performance

Saturday 18 February, 6pm

Visitors are invited to listen during this performance by artist Belinda Quirke. Quirke has made a sonic piece inspired by the exhibition at Void by Isabel Nolan.


I explore the universal geometric foundation, and nature of sound through experimentation with electronic sound materials. Every vibrating object emits a sound, a magnetic wave that travels, resonates, reflects, and is often absorbed by other bodies. The space between, how we listen, where we listen, and what we hear, is ultimately individually experiential, and species dependent. 

The Greek mathematician, philosopher, and cult leader, Pythagoras’(ca. 570 to ca. 490 BCE) calculation of ratios on an ancient monochord and geometric form, exist in both in the natural and synthetic worlds. The geometric interpretation of those same mathematic principles are relayed in the triangular, ten point form of the Tectractys, and the Pythagorean theory of Musica Mundana, in which each planet creates an inaudible sound in a perfectly ordered heavenly scale. Manipulated voice, vintage Juno 6 Synthesiser and stylophone. combine palindromic medieval systems and inverted Tectractys structures in construction.


20 Void Tots - Early Years Programme at Void

Void Tots are relaxed and fun messy play sessions with artist Sinead Crumlish for children aged 1-3 years old.

We run two 45 minute sessions - one at 10:30am and one at 11:30am.

Book a spot to come along and get messy with your little ones! https://bit.ly/3wOGHiR

Please note that, due to space restrictions, one parent per child is advised. Parents or guardians are welcome to take other children along but they will be asked to remain seated in the gallery foyer or they can visit the exhibition.

We also ask that the attending parent please ensure both adult and child are wearing old clothes! We provide large shirts for parents to put over their clothes and we also have a large bathroom with changing facilities if you need to change clothes for baby and parent afterwards.

21 Introduction to Crystal healing and Energy Awareness.- Derry and Donegal
Dates: Sunday 19th and 26th February 2023
Venue: Ballougry Hall, Derry

Dates: Sat/Sun 25th & 26th  March 2023
Venue: Wee hall Culdaff, Main Street Culdaff, Donegal

Cost per weekend: £160.00 (booking and deposit required)

The introductory course is a two-day course for individuals who would like:
• To learn techniques on how how to balance and care for their energy field.
• To develop and learn self healing energy techniques.
• To learn how to use and care for crystals.
• To learn crystal self healing techniques.
• To gain more awareness, knowledge and practical skills regarding crystals.

This course is ideal for those who are interested in a more in depth professional training or a course that facilitates inner spiritual development.
This introductory weekend is a great sample weekend and counts towards the accreditation route of the two-year diploma pending accreditation approval.
It is very much experiential learning, it also takes in guided meditations, self-healing, working in groups or pairs, as well as time for self-reflection covering the topics below.

Topics covered
  • How to meditate.
  • How to choose, clear and tune crystals.
  • Developing an awareness of energy fields as well as how to ground, clear, strengthen and protect your energy field with and without the assistance of crystals.
  • Developing your knowledge of grounding crystals (cover 15 crystals)
  • Rose quartz and clear quartz in depth
  • Basic sound work
For further information or to book contact
Emma Logue SEMS  BA 
Or contact via 07821410616
22 Special book offer on NI Peace Process
The Things that People Say....Political Quotations from the Northern Ireland Peace Process
On 10th April, the Good Friday Agreement will be 25 years old.  In 2008, Fergal Barr made his own contribution to learning about the peace process in Northern Ireland by publishing 'The Things People Say, Quotations from the Northern Ireland Peace Process,' a reflection piece on those momentous years leading up to the signing of the agreement.  

To mark the occasion, and to celebrate 25 years, he's selling copies from limited stock at 25% off RRP - £7.50 including P & P (within UK) and £10.10 (€11.50) to the EU.  Here's a sneak preview of some of the quotes.  Twenty-five years on how much has really changed? You can judge for yourself.   

If you're interested in getting a copy, Fergal can be reached at: 
thekingisalive@hotmail.com or by messaging him on Facebook - (7) Fergal Martin Barr | Facebook


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