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 successful applicants for year three of this programme have just been announced.
The programme incorporates:
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.
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.