NWCN Ebulletin 15 November 2023

1 ‌NLCF: Empowering Young People
2 Help The Homeless
3 Supporting Communities: West Area Funding Fair
4 DC&SDC - Online Training: Community Funding Portal
5 Foyle Foodbank Winter Support Information Events
6 The Civic Initiative Regional People's Forum
7 North- South Collaboration for impact conference
8 Consultation coffee: Substance use online event
9 Relationship & Sex Education (RSE) Consultation Event
10 FREE Bystander Intervention workshops
11 Understanding the Impact of Rape and Sexual Abuse
12 Domestic Abuse Awareness Session
13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
14 Job Opportunity with Verbal Arts Centre
15 Charities Advisory Committee Competition 2023
16 Commissioner for Older People - Annual Photography Competition
17 Ulster-Scots Creative Writing Workshop
18 A Night of Ulster Scots
19 Foyle Film Festival 2023: Friday 17 - Sunday 26 November
20 Host a Big Christmas Cuppa for Autism NI
21 Santa Paws

1 NLCF: Empowering Young People

Empowering Young People will fund one to five year projects that help young people:

  • get the skills they need for their future.
  • have better relationships with their support networks and communities.
  • have good health and well-being.

We are here to help and want to talk to you about your ideas to support communities. You can apply for funding to deliver new or existing activity or to change and adapt to new and future challenges, including the current cost of living crisis.

If you have already submitted an application and are awaiting a decision from us, but you know that your proposed activities and budget will be impacted by the cost-of-living crisis get in touch.

Contact us if you have an idea on 028 9055 1455 or drop us an email at enquiries.ni@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.

Funding size: £10001 to £500000
Application deadline: Ongoing

Further details available 


2 Help The Homeless

We are a small charity with limited funds available. Please check carefully that both your organisation and your project meet our criteria before making an application.

  • Your organisation must be registered with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.
  • We are able to help only small charities with an annual turnover of less than £500,000.
  • We can only accept applications towards the funding of capital projects. We are unable to accept applications towards running/core costs. Note: we are also unable to consider requests for computers and IT equipment.
  • We provide small grants of up to £5,000. We do not consider multi-year requests.
  • There should be a minimum period of two years between the receipt of a decision or grant from us and making a further application.

All applicants must complete our online application form

Deadline: 5pm on 15th December.

You will be informed of the Trustees’ decision within eight weeks of each deadline.

Examples of recent grants made can be found here.


 Supporting Communities: West Area Funding Fair

Wednesday, 22nd November 2023 Time:10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Waterside Shared Village 61 Irish Street, Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland, BT47 2DB
Come to our West Area Funding Fair to meet funders face to face, find out what they have to offer, and discuss your ideas! Supporting Communities and the Housing Executive are hosting this event at Waterside Shared Village. If your organisation would like to take a stand at this event, get in touch with Anita!
More Information Contact Anita Doonan, Supporting Communities Funding and Social Value Officer 
 /  078 4084 9453


4 DC&SDC - Online Training: Community Funding Portal

There will be an online training session for users of the Council’s Community Funding Portal (available at: Derry & Strabane 4 Community)  on Thursday 30th November from 2pm – 3pm.

If you wish to join this training session, please click on the link below to join via Teams.

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 313 393 236 332
Passcode: DyxG8B

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A further online training session will be organised within the first quarter of 2024 for those of you unable to attend this one.


5 Foyle Foodbank Winter Support Information Events

Two free events offering advice and support to the public on the benefits and help available during the winter months will take place:

  • Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre, Thursday 16th November, 11am - 1pm
  • Eglinton Community Centre, Thursday 16th November, 5pm - 7pm

Organisations available will be able to offer advice on Benefits, Tax credit to Universal Credit changeover, Scam awareness and Home Security advice plus general advice on winter support.

Everyone who attends will be entered into a draw to win an air fryer!

For more information contact Lynn at:

lynnconnolly@foylefoodbank.org.uk / 028 7126 3699


6 The Civic Initiative Regional People's Forum

Are you a community-based organisation passionate about social change and community development? The Civic Initiative is hosting a regional People’s Forum is your area, and we want to hear your voice on areas including Healthcare, Housing, Education, Poverty, Culture, Rural Access, Political Institutions, Human Rights, and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.
This is an opportunity to have your say on the issues that matter to you. Each forum is a 3-hour facilitated workshop, refreshments are provided, and travel and childcare financial supports are available.
Register via Eventbrite;
Derry/Londonderry December 9th 9.30am 
For more information contact the Civic Initiative administrator Greta Gurklyte at: 
 7 North- South Collaboration for impact conference

AkiDwA (a dublin based NGO) and African Carribean Community Network (from Derry) collaborate to host a conference on cultural competency!

The toolkit “Becoming Culturally Competent : Guidelines for Individuals and Groups, Working with Vulnerable Migrants” will be launched in Derry at this event and calls for service providers and other organisations to avail of its culturally competent training in order to improve the support provided to clientele from diverse backgrounds. It will also distribute copies of this toolkit to attendees on the day.

Saturday, 18 November 2023 10:00 - 14:00
Culmore Community Partnership, 32-34 Culmore Point

For more information and to book your place - click 

8 Consultation coffee: Substance use online event

Grab a cuppa and hop online to hear about the NI 
Substance Use Strategic Commissioning and Implementation Plan
 and have your say.

Developing Healthy Communities 'consultation coffee' events are a quick and easy way to engage with ongoing public consultations that affect health and wellbeing.

For this event we will be joined by Sharon Daly, Substance Use Project Manager at the DoH Strategic Planning and Performance Group to discuss substance use, services and more.

  • 12-1pm, Friday 17 November
  • Online, via Zoom

Register on Zoom


9  Relationship & Sex Education (RSE) Consultation Event

Thursday 16th November 2023, 6:30PM
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry, BT48 7DF

Have your say on Relationship & Sex Education in Northern Ireland

Have you been hearing lots about RSE in the news? Maybe one of your friends sent something about it into your WhatsApp chat? 

Alliance for Choice Derry want you to hear from the experts, explore your feelings and have your say. 
Join us, Common Youth, FactCheckNI, Informing Choices NI, The Rainbow Project and Secondary School Student's Union of NI as we work together through our feelings about RSE (and then through the consultation!) 

We particularly welcome young people in secondary school to join us, as well as parents and guardians of young people from the area. Let’s make things better for the next generation.

Secure your spot now!


10 FREE Bystander Intervention workshops

Have you missed out on Nexus' recent Bystander Intervention workshops?

Well, great news - we've got not one, not two, but THREE online workshops* coming up, available to you completely free of charge!
* the content of each workshop is the same - please only register for one.

Workshop Details:
Tues 21st November, Thurs 7th December, and Weds 24th January
Time: 10am-12pm, 10am-12pm, and 2pm-4pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free!

Book November / Book December / Book January


11 Understanding the Impact of Rape and Sexual Abuse

Thursday 30th November
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: £40 per person (25% Student Discount available)
Nexus are excited to invite you to our transformative workshop, 'Understanding the Impact of Rape and Sexual Abuse' which is designed to provide comprehensive insights into the issues of rape and sexual abuse within our society. With a focus on fostering empathy and understanding, we aim to equip you with the necessary knowledge and tools to effectively support and engage with people with lived experience.

Book Now


12 Domestic Abuse Awareness Session

Women's Aid Armagh Down is offering free 90-minute online Domestic Abuse training for people working in close contact businesses (e.g. hairdresser, dentist, optician, etc.).

Tuesday 21st November, 7:30 - 9pm, via Zoom
30 places available

Click Here to Register


13 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for the latest offers from Salto, including:

  • Online Challenge - Develop your quality E+/ESC project focused on youth participation
  • The Power of Non Formal Education
  • Call for Trainers


14 Job Opportunity with Verbal Arts Centre

Sales & Retention Specialist

The Service and Retention Specialist will play a vital role in generating and nurturing leads from schools, ensuring customer satisfaction, and maintaining long-term relationships with educational institutions.

SALARY:                            £31,456 pro rata                       
CONTRACT:                       PART TIME 22.5HRS PER WEEK
                                        3 YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT

Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, or a related field (or 2 years equivalent work experience)

For further information please contact

Closing date for applications is: 12 noon 24th of November 2023

It should be noted that the criteria for this post may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting.

Verbal operates a Child Protection Policy.
Verbal is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Application Pack

15 Charities Advisory Committee Competition 2023

Appointment of Members to the Northern Ireland Central Investment Fund for Charities Advisory Committee.

The Charities Advisory Committee plays a vital role in assisting the Department in its role as Trustee of the Northern Ireland Central Investment Fund for Charities (the Fund). The Fund impacts on a wide range of charities, allowing them to invest funds with the benefit of expert supervision. It is currently valued at over £55 million.

Applications for new Members to the Committee are now sought. Those appointed will have direct influence on the investment strategy of the Fund and as such it is a unique opportunity for individuals to contribute to the charities sector, whilst developing their own skills and experience. Applications are welcome from those who have an interest in public service, and have the required experience, knowledge and enthusiasm.

Further detail can be found via NI Direct: 

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 4 December 2023

16 Commissioner for Older People - Annual Photography Competition

Calling older photographers to snap the positive side of ageing.

The Commissioner's popular Christmas photography competition is back for 2023 and this year the theme is advantAGE – celebrating the positives of ageing!

The competition is seeking older people from across all counties to capture their own interpretation of what they believe the advantages of ageing to be.    
  • The COPNI ‘advantAGE’ competition is open to everyone living in Northern Ireland aged 60 plus.
  • Entries close 12 noon, Friday 1 December 2023.
  • Up to three entries per person can be submitted.
  • Entries must be submitted via email to communications@copni.org or via private message on COPNI’s Facebook page. You can also post a hard copy to The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Equality House, 7-9 Shaftesbury Square, BT2 7DP. However, digital copies are recommended.
  •  Please include your name and contact details including phone number and a short description of your photograph.
  • you must have permission of anybody featured in the photograph prior to submission.  
A shortlist of entries will be chosen, and the winner will receive a £200 voucher of their choice, with the winning image being featured on COPNI’s virtual Christmas card, social media channels and newsletter. 

Good luck!
17 Ulster-Scots Creative Writing Workshop

Stert Scrievin, With Kris Haddow
Tuesday 21 November 2023
Green Room, Guildhall, Derry
11:00am - 1:00pm or 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Ulster-Scots is first and foremost a spoken language. So how do you start a creative writing project when working in dialect? In this workshop, Scottish writer and performer Kris Haddow will guide you through storytelling exercises and flash fiction prompts. Listening for the language elements and building blocks that makes your voice uniquely yours, you will throw out all the sticky rules of English grammar and spelling that can cause writer’s block – an afore ye ken it, ye’ll be gettin gey guid et scrievin yer ane toty tales yaisin yer ane wurds!

Admission Free / Light refreshments provided
To register, please email 
18 A Night of Ulster Scots

Wednesday 22 November 7 pm to 10 pm
Monreagh Community Hall
FREE admission, All Welcome

Music, Song, Chat and Recitals, with very special guest and music star, Mairead Rooney.
Includes a presentation by James Buchanan author of the recently released book:
350 Years of Christian Worship in the Shadow of Grianan - A history of Burt Presbyterian Church 1673-2023

All welcome!
19 Foyle Film Festival 2023: Friday 17 - Sunday 26 November

Celebrating its 36th year in 2023, Foyle Film Festival takes place in venues across Derry/Londonderry each November to bring the best of international cinema and industry players to the city.

The festival also delivers screenings, events and workshops throughout the year, including Reel Lives which has replaced the Intercultural and Anti-Racism Festival, as well as Educational and Community Outreach Screenings.

Find out what's on 


20 Host a Big Christmas Cuppa for Autism NI

Host a coffee morning in your workplace this December and be in with a chance to win £2,000 worth of coffee equipment, sponsored by Bailies Coffee Roasters! As Christmas is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to host a Big Christmas Cuppa and raise much-needed funds for Autism NI.
Terms & Conditions Apply 

As Christmas can be a very challenging time for autistic people, Autism NI’s services will be busier than ever. By raising money for Autism NI, you will help fund our vital services for local families across Northern Ireland.
To host a ‘Big Christmas Cuppa’ coffee morning and receive a free fundraising pack, please email 
sorcha.mathews@autismni.org or visit www.autismni.org/big-christmas-cuppa

21 Santa Paws

This year, Guide Dogs NI will be holding our very own pet dog grottos (& more) in aid of Guide Dogs NI at the following location:

Sun 3rd Dec, Da Vinci's Hotel, Derry~Londonderry, 11am-4pm


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