The Elevate Community Mentorship Programme is the pilot of a new way of working in Northern Ireland. We recognise that networking and peer to peer learning are core elements of good community development practice.
We have partnered with the five organisations (one in each Trust area) that demonstrate excellent community development practice and a solid commitment to tackling health inequalities. These are Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership, SPACE, Co Down Rural Community Network, Women’s Tec and ARC Healthy Living Centre. They will each support five local organisations through a structured mentorship Programme which offers a range of training, networking and support opportunities as well as a grant of £5,000 so the successful groups can bring their ideas to life, focusing on using community development approaches to reduce health inequalities at a local level. The successful applicants are listed below,
We are excited to see how this work progresses over the coming months. There are so many opportunities within the mentoring and grants programme to expand community development approaches and build capacity for local groups to focus on reducing health inequalities. It will be great to share the learning from this.
The ARC Healthy Living Centre aims to improve the well-being of local people by bringing together a partnership of community health activities and services. ARC provides shared space, basing a range of health and well being services within the Centre. The ARC actively promotes community participation and volunteering – services are run for local people, by local people.