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,

South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust area

  • Ballynahinch Men’s Shed, Ballynahinch, County Down
  • Loughinisland GAC, Loughinisland, County Down
  • Sir Hans Sloane Visitor & Education Centre, Killyleagh, County Down
  • Ballykinlar & Tyrella Cross Community Association, Ballykinlar, County Down
  • Let’s Do Veterans Rehabilitation Charity, Seaforde, County Down

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust area

  • Streetbeat Youth Assocation, Belfast
  • Ardoyne Association, Belfast
  • Clare CIC, Belfast
  • Mencap NI, Belfast
  • Shorts Youth Club

Northern Health & Social Care Trust area

  • Glens Youth & Community Centre, Ballymena, County Antrim
  • Garvagh Community Association, Garvagh, County Derry/Londonderry
  • Cancer Focus NI, Northern Area Project, County Antrim
  • VOYPIC NI, Northern Area Project, County Antrim

Western Health & Social Care Trust

  • The Churches Trust, County Derry/Londonderry
  • Men’s Health Network, County Derry/Londonderry
  • Omagh Comhaltas, Omagh, County Tyrone
  • The Courthouse Limited, Kesh, County Fermanagh
  • Turas Na nDaoine, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh

Southern Health & Social Care Trust

  • An Tobar CIC, Silverbridge, County Armagh
  • Lower Mourne Vintage Club, Kilkeel, County Down
  • The Cormac Trust, Benburb, County Tyrone
  • The Brain Injury Foundation, Camlough, County Armagh
  • South Armagh Rural Women’s Network, County Armagh

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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sometimes we all need a little help just to get by. At SPACE 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.

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