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Networks Involving Communities in Health Improvement (NICHI) project is now in its fourth year. The programme funded by the Public Health Agency works in partnership with community, voluntary and statutory organisations with the aim of involving local communities in health and social well being.

The NICHI project focuses on the wider factors which impact on the health and well being of individuals and the community.  The NICHI project has been supporting groups locally to identify and tackle health and well being concerns such as physical activity, nutrition, community safety and the environment. This year was the first year of the NICHI small grants which was an opportunity for groups to build on their experience and skills to address some of these issues. Some of the 28 projects funded included confidence building for young people, drugs and alcohol information events, and using music and dance to encourage older people to become more active.

As well as promoting health and well being training in the community the NICHI project officer has continued to deliver health and wellbeing information and support. This has included body image workshops to both youth groups and women’s groups and Age Health and Happiness workshops to older people’s groups.

In the last year the project has continued to support communities to become involved in discussions and decision making around health improvement. The local community across Cookstown, Magherafelt and Coleraine had the opportunity to meet with Dr Michael McBride to discuss the “Fit and Well – Changing Lives” health and well being framework.

NICHI Project Officer               Ann Marie McStocker

T: 028 7930 0726                      E: healthalliance@cwsan.org