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.
The SPRING Social Prescribing project is a partnership between Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, the Healthy Living Centre Alliance and Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing. As the largest co-ordinated project of its kind, a network of 30 community-led health organisations will come together to deliver Social Prescribing services in communities across Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The long-term goal of SPRING Social Prescribing is to support and encourage the culture shift from the medical model to the social model of health. There is increased recognition that the social model of health can reduce the pressure on NHS services including GP’s.
SPRING Social Prescribing will make a difference to patients, primary care and communities by ultimately deliver better health outcomes for people and society.
CWSAN was nominated in 2015 by the Northern Social Investment Fund Steering Group to manage a Community Hubs Capital Build Programme across Cookstown and Magherafelt. As the Lead Partner Organisation, CWSAN is managing £1.1million funding from the Social Investment Fund and OFMDFM. A number of Community venues are being supported for minor capital works and refurbishment. These are -:
- Moneymore Recreation Centre
- Broughderg Community Centre
- Castledawson War Memorial Hall
- Coagh District Orange Hall
- Ballymaquiggan Orange Hall
- Lisnamorrow Orange Hall
- Kennedy’s Orange Hall, Stewartstown
Architects have been appointed to each of the Community venues and it is anticipated that building work will commence in early Autumn 2016. The Project has a number of aims:
- To regenerate and refurbish a range of public facilities that are underused and transforming them into more effective spaces, with enhanced public access for a variety of public uses;
- To enhance the communities’ ability to deliver Social, Sporting, Health and Wellbeing, Community Safety, Youth, Community, Vocational, Community Relations and Educational programmes, projects and activities in Mid Ulster.
- To rejuvenate the wider Mid Ulster area by bringing increased investment, promoting local recreational activity and by making a positive contribution to the social and economic prosperity of the area;
- To provide communities with more visually attractive and shared locations for the provision of various recreational programmes and activities;
- To increase the number of individuals and community organisations supporting the venues by developing more user-friendly facilities;
- To increase participation by local communities following the physical development of the venues.
The Community Capacity Hubs Project was completed in March 2019.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
During August and September 2012 22 community groups successfully applied to the Mental Health Small Grants Scheme and received funding from the PHA through CWSAN. The majority of these groups received advice and guidance from the Suicide Prevention Officer with different aspects of their programmes.
Since 2006 CWSAN have administered approx. 137 Small Grants to local community groups in the Magherafelt and Cookstown districts these have been used to initiate support groups and provide preventative measures including, alternative therapies, physical activity programmes, creative interventions such as drama and work around young men’s health issues.
As part of a Northern Area wide initiative SPDO co-ordinated Safetalk (level 2 suicide awareness) training in Magherafelt on 16th Oct 2012 and Cookstown on 27th November 2012. Both of these training sessions were well attended by the wider public.
In November SPDO co-delivered 2 day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) – Magherafelt 19th & 20th November 2012 for the Northern Health & Social Care Trust.
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.
On 13th March 2013 CWSAN Suicide Prevention Officer jointly held a Suicide Prevention Conference in the Glenavon Hotel Cookstown. This conference was jointly co-ordinated by Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre. We would also like to acknowledge much appreciated support and help received from Danielle Gallagher NHSCT Bereavement Support Officer.
SPDO co-ordinated and funded mental Health First Aid Training in Rowan Tree Centre, Pomeroy 20th March 2013.
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: 028 7963 4865 E: email@example.com
The NICHI project 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. Previously, the NICHI small grants 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.
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 statutory sectors to network, share information and best practice, engage in evidence based health improvement, access training and capacity building opportunities and contribute to sharing the health improvement agenda.
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NICHI Project Officer Anita Kelly
(Cookstown, Magherafelt and Coleraine areas)
T: 075 4063 5862 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amongst these has been the establishment of the Lough Shore Youth Forum, the Lifelong Learning (Adult Literacy) Project for the Western Shores, the Rural Supported Housing Programme, the Lough Neagh Cycle Way and A weak / low Community infrastructure Initiative. The network was also involved with the establishment of the ‘Western Shores’ magazine.