NWCN Ebulletin 31 May 2023

1 ‌Sector in crisis - Call for Action
2 The Cooper Richardson Fund
3 Climate Action Fund - Energy and Climate
4 Digital funding for small charities
5 Rural Action Awards 2023/2024
6 Intro to Research to Support Your Funding Applications
7 Davin Corrigan Legacy Award
8 A New Fundraising Opportunity For Your Charity
9 Fertility Network Events
10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth
11 Job Opportunity with Learmount Community Development
12 Charity Commission NI Competition
13 ARC 3k Colour Dash
14 Paws for Thought 2023

1 Sector in crisis - Call for Action

North West Community Network - Calling for Action
When: Friday 2nd June
Where: Clooney Hall, Clooney Terrace
Time: 10:00
North West Community Network is inviting you to a meeting with local MLA’s to discuss the impact of funding cuts on the community and voluntary sector

Despite continuing to provide frontline support services during the pandemic and cost of living crisis, we are the first sector which suffers when government cuts are being made. As a representative organisation of the community sector in the Derry City and Strabane area we are calling on all of our members and representatives of the community and voluntary sector to come together to amplify our voices.

We are asking you to attend from 10:00 so that we can agree our questions from the floor.  MLA’s will meet with us from 11:00. 

To register please email 

Please share this call to action widely.


2 The Cooper Richardson Fund

Jack Cooper and his son-in-law Paul Richardson both died in 2022. This fund was set up by their family to honour Jack and Paul and the generous nature that they shared. They also shared a love of sport.

Applicants can apply for a grant ranging from £1,000 to £2,000.

• To improve access to sport and physical activity, with a particular focus on supporting facilities in areas of economic need and for those most isolated in communities
• To improve the health and well-being of people in Northern Ireland
• To provide funding for resources, including equipment for small organisations, who may have limited access to funding opportunities
• To remove barriers for getting things done in communities

Closing Date: Jun 19, 2023 13:00

Further information and to apply click 


 Climate Action Fund - Energy and Climate

This funding aims to inspire and support communities across the UK to address the energy and climate crisis. We’re looking for projects that show how communities can address climate change while tackling the energy challenges through community-led climate action.

All projects should consider how everyone in the community can get involved with climate action. They must also address any reasons why some people might be left out.

We’re looking for projects that will bring a range of benefits to communities, including:
• improving health and well-being
• creating local ’green’ jobs, such as jobs providing low -carbon heat for homes, community energy champions and energy advisors
• reducing carbon emissions
• supporting communities to be more resilient

Application deadline You can apply when you’re ready. We expect the programme to remain open until at least December 2023 but it will depend on when and how many others apply for our funding.

You can attend a virtual event about this funding
20 June - 12:00 to 12:45

You can 
sign up for these events using the Eventbrite website

For further information click here


4 Digital funding for small charities

Improving your digital presence can be transformational, but it’s really tough to secure funding in this area. The Fat Beehive Foundation exists to change that, offering small grants of up to £2,500 to charities with a turnover of less than £400,000.

Every year, the Fat Beehive agency allocates a portion of its profits to the foundation, to make sure that small charities across the UK have the opportunity to expand their reach and change more lives for the better.

The first step for prospective applicants is to check your eligibility via our eligibility quiz and then, if appropriate, apply online. We consider applications on a rolling basis considering eligible grants at our quarterly trustee meetings (April, July, October and January) and will notify successful applicants shortly after.

For more information and to find out if you are eligible click 


5 Rural Action Awards 2023/2024

We are delighted to announce the return of the Rural Action Awards for 2023/2024.  Again, this year, the Awards offer rural community-based organisations in Northern Ireland or the border region of Ireland the opportunity to apply for and secure £1000 or €1000 towards their volunteer led community action project.

Our Rural Action Awards scheme for this year will again support up to 12 volunteer led community action projects up to March 2024.  As before, 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.  The scheme seeks to support practical, tangible and timebound projects where the project must complete within 12 weeks.

Current closing date: 20th June 2023

here for further information and to apply


6 Intro to Research to Support Your Funding Applications

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
12:00 PM  12:30 PM, online

Support your funding applications with solid research! Join Supporting Communities for this short lunchtime session to understand the process of developing beneficiary-led programs.

We will help you to:

  • Understand what research is and why it is important when delivering a program in the community and voluntary sector. 
  • Be aware of the differences between primary and secondary research. 
  • Be aware of the differences between Qualitative and Quantitative data. 
  • Identify online resources when gathering relevant data for NI. 

Grab a bite and meet us online at 12 noon!

This session will be held on Zoom. To register, please fill in this form.

If you have any questions, contact Aidan Kearney by email at aidan@supportingcommunities.org.


 7 Davin Corrigan Legacy Award

The Western Trust welcomes entries for the Davin Corrigan Legacy Award which will take place on Friday 7th July 2023.  

The Trust wishes to celebrate work that has been 
coproduced in partnership with service users and carers and, which recognises their involvement and knowledge as essential for improving patient/ service user and carer safety. 

To register for this online event, please click on the this link 
Davin Corrigan Legacy Award 2023 Tickets, Fri 7 Jul 2023 at 12:30 | Eventbrite 

The Davin Corrigan Legacy Award application process will open on Friday 19th May 2023 and close on Friday 9th June 2023. 

For more information on how to apply and guidance please visit  
https://forms.office.com/e/3Nfye3xAj8  or contact the Involvement Team by emailing involve@westerntrust.hscni.net

8 A New Fundraising Opportunity For Your Charity

Raise Money For Your Charity At The Worlds First Hydrobikeathon 2023
Enniskillen - Fermanagh
8-9 September 2023

This event is the first to its kind in the world and is open to all charities to enter.
Charity Supporters are always looking for new and innovative ways to raise funds. The Hydrobikeathon is the perfect opportunity to raise new funds.

We have a criteria for entry which will be used to select participants, as we have a limited number of hydrobikes for the event.  In particular we will be looking for entries that can clearly demonstrate who their chosen charity is, community involvement and fundraising targets. 

The entry fee for participation in the event is £200, this fee will be donated in full by Erne Adventures to the Cancer Fund For Children. 

Entry deadline is 19th June 2023 

Find out more and to enter


9  Fertility Network Events


Our next support group meeting will be held on Monday 19th June at 7.30pm.
If you would like to join, email Rachel on 
rachel@fertilitynetworkuk.org for the link.
Online Yoga is back! There will be a focus on breathing techniques for stress reduction and enhancing fertility. The yoga postures are all suitable for trying to conceive. However, fertility yoga is NOT suitable for pregnancy – including early pregnancy following a positive pregnancy test.
The classes are held on a Tuesday evening starting on Tuesday 13th June at 7.30pm.
To register and for more details on the class, please use the link below

We have a mindfulness session in June and if you know of anyone who would like to join, please ask them to email me for the link.
Details are below.
Thursday 15th June 6.30-7.30pm: Revisiting the topic of Nourishing Happiness and Resourcing
We have a couple of interesting webinars coming up over the next weeks.

  1. Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Fibroids and Fertility for Ethnic Minority groups- Dispelling the Myths with Mr James Nicopoullos.
This webinar will be held tomorrow, 31st May at 7pm and will include an information session as well as an opportunity for Q and A. The speaker, Mr James Nicopoullos, is the Medical Director and Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery and a Consultant Gynaecologist at The Lister Hospital. The webinar will highlight the untruths, the facts and the impact these conditions have on fertility for women from ethnic minority communities. You can submit any questions in advance tojenny@fertilitynetworkuk.org
To register to join the webinar, please use the link below. Please note this session will be recorded.
  1. LGBTQ+ Pathways to Parenthood – An Overview- This webinar will be held on 1st June at 7pm and will be an opportunity to look at the treatment options for those in the LGBTQ+ community, including information on pathways, preparation, testing, treatments and NHS funding and costs. For more information or to submit questions in advance please email claire@fertilitynetworkuk.org. To register for the webinar, please follow the link below. This event will also be recorded.



10 Latest Offers from Salto Youth

Please see attached document for current opportunities with Salto Youth:

  • Co-finance your projects for mobility of leaners, staff, teachers, adult educators
  • Webinar Bridge for Mind and Nature
  • Songs For Rights Training
  • International Tool Fair XVII - ‘Mental Health - Minds in Motion’


11 Job Opportunity with Learmount Community Development

Community Development Officer

The post holder will be responsible for the management of the assets of the Learmount Community Development Group Ltd.  The post holder will be responsible for implementing all aspects of the Learmount Community Development Group’s projects, including financial and staff management, currently funded projects, strategic planning and project development.  The post holder will promote the rural community hub model where services are accessible and delivered locally in partnership between local community and statutory agencies.

Closing date: 01/06/2023

Further information and application form can be obtained by telephoning 02877781881 or via email to learmountgroup@gmail.com.

Job Description 


12 Charity Commission NI Competition

The Department for Communities has launched a competition for the appointment of a Commissioner with Accountancy Qualifications and Experience to the Board of the Charity Commission NI.

The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, and the Commission plays a key role in their development. The charity sector supports and provides vital services to the people of Northern Ireland, with charities ranging from small local groups, to those that operate nationally and internationally

Applications are sought for the position of a Commissioner with an accountancy qualification and related experience to the Commission’s Board. This individual will provide a specific skill-set to the Board whilst also making a significant contribution to the charitable sector, particularly in helping to drive forward change arising out of the Independent Review of Charity Regulation.

Further details on the role and responsibilities and selection criteria are available via the NI Direct and Department for Communities websites: 
www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/public-appointment-vacancies or www.communities-ni.gov.uk/dfc-public-appointments

Applications are welcome from across the community, voluntary, business or public sectors

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Monday 19 June 2023


13 ARC 3k Colour Dash

Join us for ARC's annual Colour Dash on Saturday, June 10th, 2023, as part of our #MoreThanThat campaign. This year's event is a fun, flat 3k run or walk that promises a splash of colour and an amazing community vibe.

Each participant will receive a run pack on the day, including a white ARC T-shirt, a colour packet, sunglasses, and a bottle of water. Bring your friends and family to join in the fun and support each other along the way.

Food options are available, including hot food provided by Lo N Slo, face-painting for the kids, and music from River Radio.

The Colour Dash kicks off at 1pm from DESTINED Derry, 1 Foyle Road Derry / L'Derry, BT48 6SQ.

Registration is £10, and all proceeds will support our #MoreThanThat campaign.

Get Tickets 


14 Paws for Thought 2023

After a successful walk with the doggies last year HURT will hold the PAWS FOR THOUGHT walk again on 24th June 2023 at 11am, Destined, Foyle Road, Derry

All fur babies welcome!

Get your tickets here>>>>



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