Communities Improving Health

Social Model Of Health training September 2019

NICHI were pleased to host Social Model of Health training for local communities which was delivered by Community Development Health Network. This workshop explored how good housing, good friends, good self-esteem, emotional well being, employment and education can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

Communities Improving Health Networking Event September 2019
On 11th September 2019 current groups on the Public Health Agency funded Communities Improving Health 2019/20 project participated in a best practice visit to Incredible Edible, Cloughmills. The 15 groups across the Northern Area came together to network, share, and learn about a great community initiative.

NICHI 7th Annual Conference

The 7th NICHI Annual took place on Tuesday 5th March 2019 in the Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena. The conference was a great success and was attended by 90 delegates. The theme of the conference was Community Development and Health. The conference had a range of speakers including: Dr Alethea Melling, MBE (Theory of Community Development), Diane McIntyre, HWSI Manager (Strategic direction of community development) and Mary Crothers, Tildarg Community Group (Community Perspective)


The Communities Improving Health Networking Event was held on Wednesday 7th November 2018 in Antrim. The Networking event brought together all twelve groups currently on the Communities Improving Health pilot project. This successful event focussed on community development values, networking, asset mapping and groups shared best practice examples along with examples of health and wellbeing programmes and activities that they are completing as part of the Communities Improving Health project.

N.I.C.H.I. Model Groups 2019/20

Communities Improving Health is a pilot initiative being delivered by NICHI between April 2019 and March 2020. A small number of communities are being supported at a local level to address health and social wellbeing issues using a community development approach. This approach involves:

◾Consulting with the community to identify local needs, priorities, assets and aspirations in relation to health improvement
◾Developing these ideas into an outcome-focused action plan with a view to creating a healthier community
◾Implementing identified actions, building community capacity and developing partnerships
◾Monitoring and evaluating both process and outcomes, recording and sharing the learning from this approach

N.I.C.H.I Model Groups 2019/20

South Antrim Community Network (S.A.C.N)
-Ballyclare Women’s Group
-Randalstown Over 50’s Group
-Carrickfergus Cornerstones
-Randalstown Playgroup
-Antrim Reminiscence Group

North Antrim Community Network (N.A.C.N)
-Broughshane Youth Group
-Friends of Glenariff
-Glens Well Being Group
-Loughgiel Community Association
-Rasharkin GAA

Cookstown & Western Shores Area (C.W.S.A.N)
-St Vincent de Paul Kilrea
-Upperlands Community Group
-Burnvale Community Group

Communities Improving Health Pilot 2018/19:

North Antrim Community Network (N.A.C.N)

-SOLAS Ballycastle

-Lotus NI

-Cushendall Men’s Shed

-Rasharkin Luncheon Club

South Antrim Community Network (S.A.C.N)

-Queen’s Park Women’s Group

-Tildarg Community Group

-Randalstown Over 50’s Group

-Carrickfergus Men’s Shed

Cookstown & Western Shores Area (C.W.S.A.N)

-Burnvale Resident’s Group

-Cookstown North Residents Group

-Bellaghy Women’s Group

Communities Improving Health is a pilot initiative being delivered by NICHI since October 2014 . A small number of communities are being supported at a local level to address health and social wellbeing issues using a community development approach. This approach involves:

  • Consulting with the community to identify local needs, priorities, assets and aspirations in relation to health improvement
  • Developing these ideas into an outcome-focussed action plan with a view to creating a healthier community
  • Implementing identified actions, building community capacity and developing partnerships
  • Monitoring and evaluating both process and outcomes, recording and sharing the learning from this approach

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