Communities Improving Health

Networks Involving Communities In Health Improvement Inforgraphic (January-March 2020)


8th NICHI Annual Health And Wellbeing Event 2020

We would like to thank everyone who attended our 8th Annual NICHI Health and Wellbeing conference. The theme of this year’s conference was community development and Health Inequalities. A big thank you to the Department Of Health And Arts Care for a fantastic input regarding health inequalities in Northern Ireland.

Department Of Health Presentations
Health Inequalities – 12 FebruaryHealth Inequalities – CL

NICHI Tool Kit Launch 2019

We were delighted to launch the NICHI Model Tool kit last night. The Communities Improving Health Model Toolkit was developed by the NICHI Project Officers, for community-based practitioners who want to support local communities to build a healthier community. The toolkit outlines the process of supporting communities through the “Model” and includes sample resources. It is an evidence based resource, using community development, outcomes based accountability and co-production approaches, and the knowledge and experiences of communities and NICHI Project Officers, with guidance from the NICHI steering group.

Participants at the Launch had the opportunity to experience and learn more about the toolkit and meet groups from across the Northern Locality area, who, through signposting, building capacity and strengthening local accountability, are helping to reduce health inequalities and develop healthy and sustainable communities.

Keep an eye out on the Health Alliance website for more information

Networks Involving Communities In Health Improvement Networking Event

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 2020/21

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 2020/21

Impact Network NI
-Maine Community Group
-Mid East Antrim Counselling
-Carrickfergus Cornerstones
-Youth Works
-Sophia Houses

Northern Area Community Network (N.A.C.N)
-Larne Prom Group
-Friends of Glenariff
-Ruairi Ogs Hurling Club
-All Saints Mens Club


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

-Kilrea Walking Group
-Upperlands Community Development Group
-Knocknagin Hall Committee
-TABDA
-Pomery Men’s Shed

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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