Communities Improving Health

Networks Involving Communities In Health Improvement Infographic

(April 2021 – June2021)

Training Workshops

The current 15 NICHI model groups have been taking part in a varied training programme to increase awareness and understanding of health healthy literacy and to aid the groups to support individuals and local communities to consider the various factors and influences on health.

10th NICHI Annual Health And Wellbeing Event 2022

We would like to thank everyone who attended our 10th Annual NICHI Health and Wellbeing conference in Tullyglass House Hotel.  The theme of this year’s conference was Self-Care, Mental & Emotional Wellbeing, Nutrition and Social Connections. A big thank you to Sarah Bell Co-owner, nutrition coach and CrossFit level 1 trainer from Benmore Nutrition and Fitness.

9th NICHI Annual Health And Wellbeing Event 2021

We would like to thank everyone who attended our 9th Annual NICHI Health and Wellbeing conference. The conference took place on Thursday 11th March 2021.  The theme of this year’s conference was coping with stress during COVID-19.  This year our conference was held via zoom and was attended by 72 participants from community/voluntary and statuary organisations.

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.


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 2021

On 14th September 2021 current groups on the Public Health Agency funded Communities Improving Health 2021/22 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)


N.I.C.H.I. Model Groups 2021/22

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
-Mid East Antrim Counselling
-ASD Teams
-Mayfield Community Association
-Sophia House

Northern Area Community Network (N.A.C.N)

-Dunlop Stronger Together
-Braid Community Association
-Larne High School PTA
-Mae Murray Foundation
-Cushendall Community Group

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

-Sunflower Group
-Kilcronaghan Community Association
-Pomery Men’s Shed


Time for Me have been busy planting flowers in the Village of Toome


ASD Teams have been able to have a craft day for their group, it was a very successful session and everyone enjoyed being creative

ASD Teams Teens activity day in the JungleNI

Mayfield’s Community Association self care workshop delivered by Nulala McKeever

Mayfield Community Association craft evening


Time for me – Judith Calvin delivered a healthy cooking demonstration along with practical tips on keeping well over the winter months

Sophia House’s Community Garden