In addition to the provision of support to local groups, CWSAN has initiated, hosted and managed a number of programmes and projects in the areas.
In order to fulfil the guiding principles of social inclusion and reconciliation, the network has developed and embarked on a diverse range of projects.
Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN) working in conjunction with Community Organisations of South Tyrone & Areas (COSTA) are now in the THIRD year of delivering a ‘Rural Community Development Support Service for Mid Ulster area.
The key elements of this current contract with the Department of
Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) supported through their Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Framework are:
- Supporting Access to the NI Rural Development Programme
- Assisting Development of the Rural Economy
- Supporting Access to the DARD Tackling Rural Poverty & Social Isolation Programme
- Developing Capacity & Leadership
For further information on the Rural Community Development Support Service please contact Conor Corr, Development Manager T: 028 8773 8845 E: email@example.com
Since 2010 CWSAN has worked with the Public Health Agency to employ a community based Suicide Prevention Development Worker for the Mid Ulster Area. This Project is linked to the Northern Ireland wide Suicide Prevention Strategy Action Plan: Protect Life and its aim is to raise suicide awareness, reduce stigma, signpost local communities and increase community involvement in suicide prevention, bereavement support and self harm initiatives.
Through this project CWSAN are part of the “Look After Yourselves & Others” Partnership which is multi agency raising awareness of the support which is available locally to improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
A key part of this role is capacity building local communities to become more engaged in Suicide Prevention initiatives.
The project and the involvement of the communities in Suicide Prevention has also been externally evaluated by Mc Cready, Donnelly, Lowry Ltd. This evaluation was formally launched by the Public Health Agency in November 2012 at Greenmount Colllege. Copies of this evaluation are available upon request at the CWSAN offices.
If you wish to avail of any of the aforementioned free suicide prevention training for your community please contact Denise.
SPD Project Officer Denise Doherty
T: 075 4096 9623 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The NICHI project, started in 2009, aims to strengthen links between Public Health Agency (PHA) and local communities in order to support local communities, through a community development approach, to address health and social wellbeing issues and reduce health inequalities through signposting, building capacity and strengthening local accountability to develop healthy, sustainable communities.
The NICHI project operates across the Northern Trust Locality area and is managed by the Community Support Networks. It is funded by the Public Health Agency and works in partnership with community, voluntary and statutory organisations.
The NICHI project focuses on the wider factors which impact on the health and well being of individuals and the community, through supporting groups locally to identify and tackle health and well being concerns such as physical activity, nutrition, community safety and the environment.
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. 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.
The Health Alliance was developed by the NICHI project to provide an opportunity for communities, voluntary and building opportunities and contribute to sharing the health improvement agenda.statutory sectors to network, share information and best practice, engage in evidence based health improvement, access training and capacity
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NICHI Project Officer Anita Kelly
(Cookstown, Magherafelt and Coleraine areas)
T: 075 4063 5862 E: email@example.com Business Card
SPRING is a 2 Year project funded by DAERA and Big Lottery Community Fund. SPRING Social Prescriber in the Mid Ulster area. It’s a part time role funded for two years by DAERA and Big Lottery Community Fund. The role involves taking referrals from Health Professionals and helping clients connect to non-clinical, local support programmes and services. It will help people to make healthy choices, strengthen their resilience and stay connected to their community and will also hopefully help community organisations to respond to the identified needs within the communities they serve.
SPRING is the largest cross-national social prescribing initiative of its kind. It involves thirty well established community-led health and wellbeing improvement organisations across Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is initially funded for three years with a possible two year extension by the Big Lottery Community Fund and is being coordinated through Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing and the Northern Ireland Healthy Living Centre Alliance. SPRING aims to have a very positive impact on individuals, communities, primary health care and national governments. Over 8,000 people will co-create at least one social prescription and 96,000 interventions will improve health and wellbeing and overall quality of life for thousands of individuals.
Social prescribing is a community-led approach to health improvement and is concerned with supporting communities experiencing disadvantage and poor health outcomes to identify and define what is important to them about their health and wellbeing, the factors that impact on their wellbeing and take a lead in identifying and implementing solutions. It is an approach which is based on a holistic or social model of health that recognises the many and complex social factors that affect people’s health.
Contact M Quinn for further details or to make a referral firstname.lastname@example.org
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