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Issue 3
Welcome to our latest Ezine
We hope you and your family are safe and well.  The NIRWN Team is continuing to work from home and you can reach us in all the usual ways. Have you had a chance to look at our
FaceBook page?  We have been working with At One Wellbeing to develop a daily programme of support for you, our members.  In the last 5 weeks we have explored the 5 key themes in the Five Steps To Wellbeing Programme to ensure we remain resilient through this challenging time.  We are now examining how we bring the five key elements together in our daily lives to keep us healthy and well. 

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Healthcare Apps to help you during the COVID-19 Crisis

Health and Social Care (HSC) in NI in partnership with ORCHA (Organisation for Review of Care and Health Apps) has developed a library of high quality, convenient Apps to support health and social wellbeing during these difficult times.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “Since taking up post as Health Minister I have made mental health and wellbeing a priority.  In these unprecedented times it is hugely important to consider the impact that this deadly virus can have on our lives, including the impact on mental health and wellbeing.  We must support people to look after their mental health and this new App library will provide a one stop shop where the public can access safe and secure apps to help them during the pandemic.”

The Apps included in the library provide useful support and information on how to manage stress and improve wellbeing, sleep management, staying fit and nutrition.

You can access the Apps Library via your smart phone or PC at:

Be Active

Take Notice

Backyard Scavenger Hunt 
Have you ever actually taken notice of what is in your own back yard? Why not involve family or even do this by yourself? See what you notice and what you can find when you look really hard and really take notice.

Download your FREE nature scavenger hunt for your kids to explore


We are all helping our community and our health service by staying at home. This is the greatest gift you can give right now.

Keep Learning 
Children's publisher Nosy Crow has released a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, which has been illustrated by The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

The digital book has been created for primary school age children about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it, and it's free for anyone to read on screen or print out.

Click on this link for

Register for Priority Online Food Delivery

If you have been advised by your GP to shield (avoid all face-to-face contact for 12 weeks) because you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus (COVID-19) you can register for support with securing an online shopping delivery from one of the large supermarkets.  You can register for access to a priority online supermarket delivery slot from Asda, Iceland, Sainsbury's or Tesco.

To qualify you must:

  • Live in Northern Ireland
  • You or someone you provide care for have been advised by your/their Doctor (GP) to avoid all face to face contact for 12 weeks; and
  • Do not have access to alternative help and support for shopping from family or friends, or other local networks
Follow this link to register

These stores will make every effort to offer you an online delivery slot, but it is dependent on demand and cannot be guaranteed.

Fun Palaces is an annual campaign to connect people in their community and shine a light on our creative skills.
We generally celebrate what communities are doing on the first weekend of October – this year is a little different, so we are looking at sharing Tiny Revolutions of Connection.
The aim behind Tiny Revolutions is to share ideas to pass time at home or learn new skills - ideally, they are also things that help might people to connect in their community.  We really want to share things OFFline as well as online, so we'd like a collection of ideas that are do-able offline.  We are also trying to include the 12 million people in the UK who have never, or rarely, use the internet and/or little or have no access at home.

If you have an idea or activity that can be shared both online and OFFline we can turn it into a 1 page PDF so that individuals and community groups can download them, share with others and perhaps add them to care packages for delivery to vulnerable and isolated people.  
This is what we need:
- a line or two about you/your organisation
- a line or two explaining your idea and how it might help people connect
- a step-by-step explanation of how to do it
- several images to do with the idea (e.g. making, doing, sharing)
- your logo if you want us to share it

Here are a few examples (you'll see each page also has an A4 PDF):

For more information please visit our website: or if you have anything you would like us to share you can email either our NI Ambassador or our Co-Director
Funding Support

Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme
Launched by Local Councils, NIHE, McDonald's UK & Ireland and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that i
mprove the health and well being of communities whilst helping to improve and/or maintain public spaces.

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout Northern Ireland.

In light of COVID-19, the Scheme will also make available funding to community groups enabling them to support the needs of local people impacted through reduced contact with society.

The deadline for applications is 18th May 2020 at 12 noon:

Emergency Funding announced for NI Artists and Arts Organisations Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA announced a new Creative Support Fund totalling £1.5 million to support the arts sector in Northern Ireland during the Coronavirus crisis.  The Department for Communities is contributing £1 million to support arts organisations and the Arts Council is contributing £500,000 from its National Lottery Fund to support freelance artists, creative practitioners and performers. 

The Creative Support funding package comprises two strands. Both funds will be administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  For further information check the

How To Cut Your Own Fringe

With the lockdown set to continue for the forseeable future and with hairdressing salons closed, some people have resorted to cutting their own hair. 
Before you decide to take on this daunting task yourself have a look at the various tutorials online.  Here's one we thought you might find useful.
We want to hear about people in your community who have stepped up to help during the current Coronavirus Pandemic.  This could be in a variety of ways, collecting prescriptions or shopping for vulnerable citizens, delivering takeaways to local NHS staff or carers, community volunteers helping people in isolation or indeed any activity that has addressed a need during this crisis.

If you would like to nominate someone to be showcased in our ezine and receive a small gift, please send a picture and some details to 
Lockdown Saviours

Popular Free Apps for your Apple or Android tablet or phone

 Popcorn Trivia

 Test out your knowledge of the silver screen with this addictive movie trivia app.

 The Mindfulness App
 This App is the perfect tool for anyone looking to improve mental health and overall   wellbeing.

 This app is great for beginners wanting a quick and effective start in learning a new   language.


If you like listening to podcasts, Elle magazine has produced a list of some of the best Podcasts of 2020 to listen to right now.

From true crime to comedy podcasts, follow this link to get your daily dose

...and remember
This project has been supported by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
through the Coronavirus Community Fund 
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