Elevate provides a unique opportunity for community organisations to put their collective learning on health inequalities into practice in a supportive and encouraging environment. One of the elements of Elevate is the Community Mentoring & Grants programme.

The programme incorporates:

  • Group networking sessions
  • 1:1 support from a mentor organisation
  • A grant of up to £5,000 to implement a community based project following identification of local needs and solutions

Group mentoring allows local organisations to make connections, build networks, share information and ideas and support each other in their work. We have partnered with 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, Bolster Community, County Down Rural Community Network, Women’sTec and ARC Healthy Living Centre. These mentors will each support local organisations through a structured Mentorship Programme which offers a range of training, networking and support opportunities as well as a grant so the successful groups can bring their ideas to life, focusing on using community development approaches to reduce health inequalities at a local level.

Case studies which show how previous mentee organisations have benefitted from the programme are available here.

Case Study 1

Case Study 2

You can find out about the successful groups in this year’s round of funding here

We will be announcing the dates for the 2022/23 Community Mentoring & Grants Programme in April so keep an eye on the CDHN social media platforms.

Elevate Community Investment Map
Landscape Logo   Arc

ARC Healthy Living Centre

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.


Bolster Community

Sometimes we all need a little help just to get by. At Bolster, we help families and individuals to get by when everyday life throws challenges at them. We do this through home visits, signposting and community programmes.

Landscape Logo   CDRDN

County Down Rural Community Network

A voluntary umbrella body set up and managed by community groups in County Down. We are committed to an inclusive future where all citizens actively participate in local life, helping each other to create a healthy, peaceful, vibrant & sustainable society.

mea age well partnership logo

Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership

MEAAP is a local inter-agency based partnership aimed at improving the lives of older people aged 60 years and over, living in the Ballymena, Larne & Carrickfergus areas.

Womens Tec logo


WOMEN’STEC is the largest quality provider of training for women in non-traditional skills in Northern Ireland.