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21 successful groups secure £100,000 to tackle health inequalities in their local communities

6 October 2023

We were delighted to meet our new mentee groups as we kick off the fourth successful year of the Elevate Community Mentoring and Grants Programme in Banbridge on 28 September 2023. 21 groups were successful in securing up to £5,000 through the Public Health Agency (PHA) funded programme through the Transformation Work Stream, delivered by Community Development and Health Network (CDHN).

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Training and Support Survey

4 August 2023

One of CDHN's key areas of work is providing training and support to develop understanding and skills in community-based approaches to tackle health inequalities.   We provide training and support to our members and beyond including people in communities, community and voluntary organisations, health and social care and the public sector.

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Elevate Four Year Celebration Event

18 May 2023

The Public Health Agency (PHA), the Community Development & Health Network (CDHN) and community partners gathered on Monday at Lislagan farm, Ballymoney, to celebrate their achievements and share their learning to mark the end of the fourth successful Elevate Community Mentoring Programme.

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Launch of the Elevate Mentoring and Grants Programme 2022/23

20 October 2022

CDHN’s Elevate Team were delighted to meet our new Elevate mentee groups for 2022-23 at the All-Saints’ Parish Centre in Ballymena on Friday 23 Sept. This year, 22 groups were successful in applying to the PHA-funded Elevate programme from across Northern Ireland with a range of interests and participants.

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Celebrations for another year of the Elevate programme…

23 May 2022

Elevate was delighted to celebrate its third successful year of the Community Mentoring & Grants programme at an event on 20 May 2022 in Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown. Last year, 23 groups were successful and received training on community development and health inequalities, mentoring support from an experienced organisation in their area and a grant of up to £5,000 to bring their project to life!

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Addressing health inequalities across NI through the Elevate programme

28 April 2022

It is that time of year, when our Public Health Agency funded Elevate programme wraps up for the year and we look forward to our celebration event on 20 May. This year has been a whirlwind of activity with Elevate training and the Community Mentoring and Grants Programme keeping us busy, not to mention the Elevate portal.


Another successful year and a new manager for Elevate!

4 March 2022

Dr Helen McLaughlin has recently joined Community Development & Health Network (CDHN) as Training & Development Manager with responsibility for the PHA-funded Elevate Programme. Helen has a special interest in collaboration within and across sectors and is particularly passionate about the use of participative democracy processes as a means to increase the voice of people and communities in addressing the issues that affect their lives.

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Elevate grants to groups to tackle health inequalities in local communities

20 September 2021

Community Development & Health Network (CDHN) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) are delighted to announce that 23 groups have been awarded mentoring support. The funding for Elevate is provided by the PHA through the Transformation Work Stream.

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Local communities benefit from funding and expert mentoring

7 May 2021

Despite the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic, over 30 community and voluntary organisations this year benefitted from expert mentoring and support from organisations that have a track record of demonstrating excellent community development practice and a solid commitment to tackling health inequalities.

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£100,000 awarded in the second round of the Mentoring & Grants Programme

29 October 2020

We are delighted to announce the 34 successful applicants under the second round of the Elevate Mentoring & Grants Programme. This programme offers a range of training, networking and support opportunities as well as a grant of up to £5,000.

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Grants awarded of £120,000 as a way to tackle health inequalities

26 November 2019

We are delighted to announce the successful applicants under the Elevate Mentoring & Grants Programme. This programme 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.


Catherine Murnin, Programme Manager, reflects on the Elevate journey so far…

30 October 2019

“With the Elevate programme running now for just under six months, there has already been much learning and much to juggle! Progress has, however, been continuous in bringing forward the four elements of Elevate – the Portal, the Capacity Building Training Programme, the Mentoring & Grants Programme and the Community Development Outcomes Framework.