The Elevate project aimed to look at two key areas – Programme Development (Youth and Mental Health) and Organisational Development (Volunteer Team Development).
With the Mentor’s support, An Tobar worked with local partners - The Rural Health Partnership and SOPYC Youth Club, Crossmaglen. They designed a strategic action plan, identifying how best to develop their role in offering mental health support for young people. They explored how to support other organisations and work collaboratively to share expertise helping them to better understand health inequalities and focus actions accordingly. They engaged with young people to codesign and coproduce this action plan for mental health support for this rural community which included plans of how to reinstate the much-needed Cara Café in South Armagh.
An Tobar developed a Volunteering Management Plan and reviewed and updated their Volunteering Policy and Training Plan. They delivered a community event highlighting the volunteering opportunities available targeting a diverse range of groups. They developed an evidence base, engaging directly with community to gather lived experience of health inequalities and identifying how to address needs.