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

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.

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

Mentoring organisations have been appointed in each Trust area – they are Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP) for the Northern Trust area, Co Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN) for the South Eastern Trust area, ARC Healthy Living Centre for the Western Trust area, Supporting People and Communities Every Day (SPACE) for the Southern area and Women’s Tec for the Belfast Trust area. Successful groups will benefit from the support of the mentoring organisations through shared experiences, guidance and networking opportunities as well as training around health inequalities to take forward ideas at local community level.

Catherine Murnin, Programme Manager, said ‘I was delighted to see so many applications from a wide range of groups who were all very worthy of the mentoring support and funding.  Projects ranged from those which aimed to reduce social isolation in men living with mental health challenges to those who wished to develop volunteering skills and connect people to activities in rural areas. We also had an application from a group that would use community development approaches to support families caring for a child with a disability and one that wanted to develop processes to ensure that cancer services available were accessible to everyone.”

Catherine continued ‘ 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.’

For further information, please contact Catherine Murnin on 028 3026 4606 or email

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