NWCN Ebulletin 29 November 2023

16 Days of Activism Human Library
3 Colmcille Small Grants Scheme 2023
The Clothworkers' Foundation - Digital Infrastructure Grants Webinar
5 The Rural Action Awards Scheme has reopened for applications
6 Foyle Foodbank Winter Support Information Event
7 Claudes 2023 Christmas Day Dinner
8 The Impact of the Cost of Living Crisis on Women's Health
9 Youth Engagement in Social Housing: Unlocking the Potential
10 Epilogues Workshops
11 Calling All Potential Music & Literature Tourism Providers
12 The Junction's AGM
13 NI Human Rights Festival 2023
14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
15 Job Opportunity with Integrated Education Fund
16 School Governor Appointments
17 Christmas Exhibition at Eden Place Arts Centre
18 Energy of Light Kids & Juniors Christmas Jumper Discos
19 Autism NI's Big Christmas Cuppa campaign
20 Christmas Tree Recycle Scheme at Foyle Hospice


Its that time of year again... AGM!

You are invited to attend our AGM at 10:00am on Thursday 07th December 2023, at the Holywell DiverseCity Partnership Building, Bishop Street where we will outline our achievements of the past year and set out our priorities for the year ahead. 

Refreshments provided

Register your place on 

If you would like to become a member of NWCN please see our membership form
 where you will see a list of the benefits of joining us!


2 16 Days of Activism Human Library

On Thursday 30th November, in conjunction with Foyle Women's Information Network, we will host a Human Library Event from 2-4pm. This event will focus on the themes surrounding the global 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

To secure your space or get more information, please email 

Everyone is welcome and we invite community groups to join us in hearing a diverse range of lived experiences. 


 Colmcille Small Grants Scheme 2023

Colmcille is a partnership between Foras na Gaeilge in Ireland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig in Scotland. Colmcille aims to foster relationships and collaboration between speakers of Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic, and to strengthen the two language communities.

Colmcille has three schemes funded:

  1. Small grant scheme for carrying out research and planning joint initiatives
  2. Colmcille grant scheme to fund projects (colmcille's main grant scheme)
  3. Sparrow scheme to help people learn Scottish Gaelic

If you are interested in applying for the small grants scheme, you will need to contact

Colmcille (colmcille@forasnagaeilge.ie) officers at Foras na Gaeilge before completing the application form for the scheme.

Closing Date 31/12/2023

Further information available 


4 The Clothworkers' Foundation - Digital Infrastructure Grants Webinar

Thursday 7 Dec 2023 10:00 - 11:00 - Online

The Clothworkers’ Foundation have recently expanded the eligibility criteria for our Open Grants Programmes. We have expanded our capital funding to include digital infrastructure projects, and we will consider applications for products and software (such as websites, databases and apps).

You can find full guidance on digital infrastructure applications here.

The focus of the webinar will be on this topic and it will include:

  • A presentation delivered by The Clothworkers’ Foundation grants team.
  • A question and answer session.

Before registering to attend, please do check that your organisation is eligible to apply to The Clothworkers’ Foundation by completing our eligibility quiz.

For any enquires, please get in touch via Foundation@Clothworkers.co.uk.

5 The Rural Action Awards Scheme has reopened for applications
The Rural Action Awards Scheme, is aimed at supporting rural communities celebrate their own achievements:    

  • Rural community-based organisations in Northern Ireland, or the border region of Ireland have the opportunity to apply for and be in with a chance of securing £1000 or €1000 towards their chosen community project.
  • The scheme is open to constituted rural community-based organisations including charities, not for profit community groups, sporting and cultural organisations, heritage groups, Parent Teacher Associations, youth groups/clubs and social enterprises.
  • 3 recipients chosen at random.
  • Simple application form and verification process with evidence of constitution and bank account in group name required if successful. 
  • The scheme seeks to support practical, tangible and timebound projects where the project must complete within 12 weeks.
  • The scheme is open for applications now and will close on 20th December 2023

For terms and conditions and how to apply, visit here


6 Foyle Foodbank Winter Support Information Event

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

Skeoge Community Hub, 67 &67a Clon Dara, BT48 8TY
Thursday 30th November 2023, 11am - 1pm

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


 7 Claudes 2023 Christmas Day Dinner

Christmas Day Dinner at the City Hotel

We are offering a 5 course 'sit-in' dinner for 125 on Christmas Day in the City Hotel. We are also delivering 250 dinners to those who are housebound or prefer their dinner at home. There will be gender and age specific presents as always, so please be careful to provide those details on spreadsheets.

Please see attached '
flyer' to put up on your notice boards. There is a spreadsheet attached and also a link to a Google Form

It goes without saying that we need our guest names and needs asap.

Feel free to ring Dermot O Donnell to discuss anything on 07885 173995


8 The Impact of the Cost of Living Crisis on Women's Health

WRDA Primary Research

This survey aims to capture how women's health has been impacted by the cost of living crisis. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and all responses received will be anonymous. This survey will close at 09:00 on Wednesday 29th November 2023.

Complete the survey 


9  Youth Engagement in Social Housing: Unlocking the Potential

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 10:00 AM  12:00 PM

This is an online webinar via Zoom

TPAS, TPAS Scotland, TPAS Cymru and Supporting Communities have joined together to present this interactive online workshop sharing good practice from the four nations. 

Sessions include:

  • Shaping Tomorrow’s Homes: Why youth engagement is key to leading change
  • Breaking Down Barriers / Northern Ireland Youth Forum
  • Let’s Love our Community

Register using this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudO-hrT4pG9b6VTOjaxMt6g2KmiOcYJJU

More information available here


10 Epilogues Workshops

In 2024, Epilogues and FWIN are collaborating to host 8 weeks of inclusive workshops. 

epilogues’is an accessible workshop based education programme using using TV drama, filmed testimony and this website to engage people in the everyday work of peace-building and responsible citizenship.  It does this by exploring, within a workshop environment that models democratic process, six key themes that are central to an understanding of violent political conflict – Violence, Loss, Revenge, Forgiveness, Justice, & Human Rights.  The exploration is deepened through direct engagement with the perspectives of both victims of, and the various parties to, the violent political conflict in and about ‘Northern Ireland’.

To register your interest in joining the course, please email 


11 Calling All Potential Music & Literature Tourism Providers

Northern Ireland has a rich heritage in the arts, with a well-earned reputation for music and literature. Some of our finest works and performers, covering many genres, have reached all parts of the globe. But the stories and the talent are rooted here and are inspirers for our Nothern Ireland - Embrace a Giant Spirit brand. Now is the time to develop them and share them with our visitors on home ground.

As part of our ambition to further enhance the destination as a place for authentic culture and heritage, we want to increase the availability of innovative and demand generating tourism experiences across Northern Ireland. We are therefore inviting music and literature providers to attend an online information session on Wednesday, 6th December 2023, 10.30am-12pm.

Purpose: this session will provide insights into an exciting new opportunity, aimed at supporting providers to craft compelling, brand aligned music and literature experiences that can persuade domestic and global customers to participate, visit, stay and return to Northern Ireland.

Format: to facilitate attendance by as many providers as possible, the initial information session will take place virtually via a Zoom link.

For further information and to register click here


12 The Junction's AGM

You are warmly invited to The Junction's AGM

Followed by a Book-Reading and discussion with Dr Tony Macaulay
Thursday 14 Dec 2023, 12 noon
Xmas Light Bites 12:45
Lunchtime Reading & Discussion 1-2pm
Café Bar, The Junction, Holywell DCCP, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry
Please RSVP: Kerona on 
info@thejunction-ni.org by 7th Dec



13 NI Human Rights Festival 2023

The programme for the 2023 NI Human Rights Festival is now open. The festival will run from the 3rd to 12th December 2023 and contains an array of entertaining, informative and challenging events.

This years festival is dedicated to our friend and colleague 
Maggie McBride who passed away at the end of 2022. Maggie was a cornerstone of the festival since its creation and a specific event to celebrate her life is a key part of this years festival activities.

We have several events focused on the overlaps between war, conflict and human rights in 
Israel and Palestine given the tragic and appalling violence that continues in that region. We also have a specific fundraiser for War Child to support children living in global conflict zones. 

There are events to celebrate 
International Day of Disabled People, a focus on the Living Wage campaign, Business and Human Rights, the current climate and ecological crisis, rebel rousing Christmas carols and much much more.

Visit the festival website at 
 to see the full programme of events.

14 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

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

  • Gen Z Digital Workplace
  • Seminar Let's Do Digital
  • Digital Mentoring
  • Uprooted – (Hi)Stories of Stolen Children during World War II
  • Sexual Health, Sexual Identity and Positive Relationships
15 Job Opportunity with Integrated Education Fund

Building our future together
The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) is a charity supporting the development and growth of Integrated Education in Northern Ireland.  We want a society where, increasingly, children from different traditions learn and play together at the same schools.  We know from extensive research the aspiration of parents for more integration is clear and now is the time to make it a reality.

We are recruiting for a key member of staff to help us reach out to more parents, communities and schools across Northern Ireland.

Come and work for the IEF – you’ll be working for a more inclusive and reconciled society.
Senior Outreach Officer – Parental Engagement

16 School Governor Appointments

The Department of Education (DE) in conjunction with the Education Authority has launched a new campaign to encourage applications from anyone interested in becoming a school governor. In particular, DE would welcome applications from people who are interested in serving in Controlled, Catholic Maintained and Other Maintained schools.

DE governors sit on the Boards of Governors of most schools ie. Controlled Nursery, Grammar and Special schools, Controlled Integrated, Grant Maintained Integrated, Voluntary Grammar, Catholic and Other Maintained schools.  Should you be interested in serving as a DE governor on the Board of Governors of any particular school, please make this clear on your application.

We welcome applications for school governor positions from all sections of the community regardless of background, religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependants.

Applications to the above school types are always open. Apply here.

17 Christmas Exhibition at Eden Place Arts Centre

You are invited to the launch of Eden Place Arts Centre's Christmas Students Exhibition.
Exhibition Launch: Wednesday 13th December @ 7pm. All Welcome
Exhibition continues until 15th December.
Viewing Times: Thurs 14th + Fri 15th December 10am-6pm

Enrolments for our New Year Courses will be live on our website from Monday 8th January @ 9.30am.  Go to  
www.edenplaceartscentre.com and click on the 'Upcoming Courses' page on the menu bar. The courses will appear here at exactly 9.30am on that morning, please note they will not be there before that time.

New Year Courses:
Black & White Darkroom Photography Monday 7-9pm
Woodsculpture Mondays 10am-12noon
Woodsculpture Monday 12.30-2.30pm
Painting with Egg Tempera for Beginners Monday 7-9pm
Ceramics Tuesday 11am-1pm
Ceramics Tuesday 6-8pm
Oil Painting for Beginners Wednesday 10am-12noon
Ceramics Wednesday 1-3pm
Inner Landscapes Wednesday 4-6pm
Landscape Painting Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm
Recreational Art  Thursday 10am-12noon
Spinning and Weaving Thursday 1.30-3.30pm 
Printmaking for Beginners Thursday 7-9pm
Mosaic Art Friday 2-4pm
Woodsculpture Friday 7-9pm

There is a free Crosóg Bride/St Brigids Cross Making Workshop on Wednesday Morning 31st January 2024. You do not need to enrol for this workshop but you do need to email 
info@edenplaceartscentre.com to book a place. 

Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Centre, Rossville Street, Derry, BT48 6LP
For more info contact Judi on: 07902172080 or email: 
18 Energy of Light Kids & Juniors Christmas Jumper Discos

Christmas Jumper Energy of Light Disco

Saturday 2nd December 2023 - Studio Theatre - Millennium Forum
  • Energy of Light Kids, ages 0-6: 4-5pm
  • Energy of Light Juniors, 6-14: 5-6pm
Admission is £3 (parent/carer goes free)
Book by telephone on 028 7126 4455 (option 1) or online at 
19 Autism NI's Big Christmas Cuppa campaign

Host your own Christmas coffee morning for Autism NI this December
Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to host a festive coffee morning and raise much-needed funds to support local autism families.

As Christmas can be a very challenging time for autistic people, our services will be busier than ever. Every penny raised will help fund vital services for autistic people and their families across Northern Ireland.

The top fundraiser will be in with a chance of winning up to £2,000 worth of coffee equipment from Bailies Coffee Roasters. 
Terms & Conditions Apply

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


20 Christmas Tree Recycle Scheme at Foyle Hospice

**Registration NOW OPEN for Christmas Tree Recycle Scheme **
Trees will be shredded for use in our gardens.

You can reserve your tree pick-up here: 

You can also call our fundraising office on: (028) 7135 9888.

Many thanks for your continued support.


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