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18th November 2022

Housing in Heritage - Putting the Heart Back in Villages

The Village Catalyst programme helps communities find new uses for old buildings that tackle rural poverty and social isolation.

Housing in Heritage - Putting the Heart Back in Villages Tickets, Tue 29 Nov 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Tim Gilpin | Rural & Regeneration | Northern Ireland Housing Executive | 2nd Floor Housing Centre, 2 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8PB | tim.gilpin@nihe.gov.uk |07425617298


26th August 2022


CAUSEWAY COAST AND GLENS YOUTH VOICE

WE'RE RECRUITING

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is seeking Youth Voice members to represent the voices of young people across Causeway Coast and Glens.

Young People aged 15 – 21 years old who live in the borough are invited to apply to be part of Causeway Coast and Glens Youth Voice. This two-year programme will be managed by the Council in Partnership with our Community Planning Partner – the Education Authority through their Youth Service provision.
 
Youth Voice will provide young people with the opportunity to:

Engage with key decision makers
Have their say on local issues
Meet new friends
Be a representative voice for young people in their area
Be involved and pro-actively engaged with local decision-making processes

Causeway Coast and Glens Youth Voice will meet on a regular basis to identify and take forward common issues relating to young people in the local area along with opportunities for residentials and to participate in study visits.

Please click on the link and complete the online  application form  https://forms.office.com/r/NiCAb4Sjvp

Everyone is invited to apply regardless of background, abilities or interests. We welcome representatives from right across the geographical spread of the borough and underrepresented groups to ensure the many different needs of young people in the area are heard. 

This two year Timeline illustrates the programme for the Causeway Coast and Glens Youth Voice programme.

 

 

 

25th August 2022

E A Youth Service Pathway to a Professional Youth Work Career

Follow the link below to the pathways programmes:

www.eani.org.uk/job-opportunities/featured-jobs?fbclid=IwAR01Hmr_txHSnrVQ8nCActzN0nwco9opOezVcX6J1i-xiq9jTDy8UUSNL_o

 

 

16th August 2022

The Causeway Coast and Glens Youth Voice group recently hosted a very successful conference in Coleraine.

Supported by the Education Authority, the ‘Our Space, Our Voice’ event brought together 16 schools and approximately 150 young people from the Causeway Coast and Glens to network and exchange views. 

It was an opportunity to hear the voice of young people and for those in attendance to help shape and inform an Action Plan for future youth services in the Borough.

The conference featured screenings of short films produced by Youth Voice members on themes including mental health, identity and climate. These creative and thought-provoking assets highlighted the key areas which will be taken forward as part of the Youth Voice campaign and advocacy work.  

Speaking at the event, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Ivor Wallace, said:

“It is encouraging to see young people being proactive in addressing important matters such as mental health, identity and the environment.

“As a key partner for Community Planning in the Borough, Council is keen to work alongside statutory agencies like the Education Authority to establish and foster ongoing links with young people.  Council recognises the excellent work being undertaken by the Youth Service and Youth Voice to ensure the active participation of young people and develop a credible, democratic, and accountable voice for them, and we are very pleased to support this work.”

Council’s Environmental Resources Officer Fiona Watters who also attended the conference said: "I was really pleased to see the environment emerge a key theme of the conference, and the Youth Voice group made a fantastic short film about litter, which was shown to help start a conversation around this.

“The quality of discussion and feedback from the audience was brilliant and will be used to inform Council's draft Litter Strategy and Action Plan. Congratulations and thank you to Causeway Youth Voice for organising such an important and worthwhile event." 

Youth Voice, supported by the Education Authority Regional Participation team, is a key mechanism for community and youth engagement within the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan and inclusive participative engagement and connection.

Bebhinn McKinley Community Planning Officer added:

“Youth Voice provides opportunities for young people to actively participate in many aspects of our Community Plan. It also ensures engagement and consideration of the views of other young people by our statutory partners through consultative opportunities. It was wonderful to see the level of interaction and energy at the conference. Well done to all the members of Youth Voice on making this such a successful event.”

For more information about Youth Voice visit the Causeway Coast and Glens Youth Service Facebook page 

 

6th July 2022

1st July 2022

Rural Housing Needs - NIHE

Housing advice - Mark Alexander, Causeway Area Manager, and Tim Gilpin Rural and Regeneration Unit Manager, both from the Housing Executive, and Gary Mullan, Community Planning Officer, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, were among those who chatted with residents at recent information evenings.

The Housing Executive has extended the time for local people in Kilrea, Moneydig, Garvagh, Glenullin and Ballerin to register their interest in a new social home in the area until the end of July. Demand for social and affordable housing in the vicinity is currently being researched by the Housing Executive, and they are asking residents for their views.

Two face-to-face housing information events were held last month when residents got advice on issues such as finance, grants, energy and homelessness prevention, and registered their interest in social housing in the area. 

The drop-in events were held at Kilrea Sports Complex and Garvagh Community Building.

Anyone who still wishes to register an interest in a home in the locality can call the Housing Executive on 028 9598 2502, email rural.housing@nihe.gov.uk or visit www.nihe.gov.uk

Housing Executive Acting Rural and Regeneration Manager Tim Gilpin said:

“We are inviting people in the Kilrea, Garvagh, Moneydig, Ballerin, and Glenullin areas to get in touch with us about their housing needs and to get advice on housing options. We have already spoken to a number of residents at our drop-in events but we wanted to give those who were unable to attend more time to get in touch with us. With that in mind, we have extended our registration period until the end of July. If we find there is demand for new homes, we can then engage with a housing association to examine the potential for a new-build scheme in the area. Quite often, especially when we have very few social homes in an area, people don’t see the value of coming forward to put their name on the waiting list. But we use the local waiting list to determine housing need and to support housing associations in developing new homes, so it’s vitally important that people tell us there is a demand.”                                                                                                                                           

Mark Alexander, the Housing Executive’s Area Manager for Causeway, also urged local people to express an interest if they want to live in a social home.

He said: “This exercise helps us to determine the need for new housing in this area and I’d encourage interested local residents to get in touch. While the Rural and Regeneration Unit examines the potential for new housing, you will still be considered for any housing that might become available in your areas of choice, if you are already registered with us or a housing association.”

For more information, visit www.nihe.gov.uk

 

 

09.June 2022

Call for nominations for Co-Chair of Community Engagement Platform

We are currently seeking nominations for the position of Co-Chair for the Community Engagement Platform.  

The purpose of the Community Engagement Platform is to provide a meaningful role of engagement between public service bodies and local community representatives working together to monitor services and influence decision making  leading to improved quality service outcomes that reflect community values throughout the Borough.

The Community Engagement Platform is a key link for public service providers to engage widely and regularly across the whole of Causeway Coast and Glens area, to connect more voices to local decision-making bodies and provide a means for the voice of the community and voluntary sector to be expressed and heard.

Nominations for the position of Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Platform should be submitted to Bebhinn.mckinley@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk by 30th June 2022.  Further details of the process and nomination form are attached.

If you have any queries please contact Bebhinn.mckinley@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk  or community.development@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Term of Reference Causeway Coast and Glens Community Engagement Platform

Roles and Commitments for Co-chairs of the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Engagement Platform

Nomination Process Co-chair for the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Engagement Platform

Nomination form for position of Co-chair of the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Engagement Platform

 


09.June 2022

The Housing Executive would like to talk to you.

Are you interested in social or affordable homes in Kilrea, Garvagh, Moneydig, Glenullin or Ballerin?

Please see details of forthcoming coming events in Kilrea & Garvagh


6th June 2022

Have Your Say on the

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan Review 2022

‘A Better Future Together’

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership are currently carrying out a review of the Community Plan (2017 – 2030)

We are seeking your views and opinions

Full details are contained within our Survey

To access the Survey please select the following link

Link to Survey: https://arcg.is/1XuOXe

**Please see links to Community Planning Documents at the start of the survey which you may find helpful when completing it

 Closing Date: Sunday 26th June 2022


18th February 2022

Clear Forum 

Health Literacy Training

Facilitated by Community Development & Health Network (CDHN)

For Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations (Western Trust Area)

Health literacy is about our knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence to be able to use health and care information and services to make good health decisions (Western Health Literacy Delivery Partnership 2019)
This is a 2.5hr facilitated and interactive online training session. It will help participants to become more aware of the health literacy needs of the people they support, identify low health literacy levels, and equip them with practical tools and techniques to develop their health literacy practice.  Content will be developed to ensure activities, break out room discussions and examples have a focus on mental health, emotional wellbeing, and suicide prevention.
 

Is this training useful? Just ask our staff

The Clear Project and Developing Healthy Communities teams recently completed this course and they have been raving about how informative and enlightening it was. We would recommend it for anybody who is new to health issues and trying to build their understanding of health and wellbeing as well as those with more experience who are looking to develop their skills and add new strings to their bow.


Facilitated by: CDHN

Venue: All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom  
 
Course Dates & Times 

Please select one of the courses below. 
Tuesday 15th February 2022 10:30am to 1pm
Thursday 3rd March 2022 6 pm to – 8:30 pm (Evening session)
Tuesday 15th March 2022 10:30am to 1pm

 
Booking Essential

Health Literacy Flyer

Booking Form

For Community & Voluntary sector organisations delivering services in the Western Trust area to apply for a place please read carefully the Booking and Cancellations Policy And proceed to our website www.dhcni.com/clear to complete booking 


 

10th February 2022

 

27th January 2022

Alzheimer's Society - Upcoming Events

1st December 2021

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership

Statement of Progress Report - 2021

Mr Des Gartland (Invest NI) Vice Chair and Alderman Thomas McKeown (CCGBC) Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership.A very warm welcome to the second Statement of Progress from Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Partnership.

In June 2017 the Community Planning Partnership presented its Strategic Framework for a Community Plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens area. This Framework aimed to build on the strengths of the statutory and community partners involved in the community planning process to try and collectively address the needs and issues identified in an extensive community engagement process during the development of the Strategic Framework.

To make practical things happen a Delivery Plan was put in place which included a range of actions to address the needs and issues in this area. These actions would be taken forward on a collaborative and “added value” basis by those involved in the community planning process.

A review of this Delivery Plan took place in 2020 to ensure that it continued to be fit for purpose and meet the challenges within the Causeway Coast and Glens area. The Partnership felt this was particularly important given the impacts of Covid-19 on the economic, social and health and well-being of people in Causeway Coast and Glens.

This Statement of Progress is our update to you on where we are currently with our Community Plan and we hope you will be encouraged by the progress made. The aim of the Community Planning Partnership has always been to bring forward positive change for everyone in this area and we are committed to continue with this work even with the major challenges we have faced recently and may face into the future.

We would like to thank all those organisations and people who have been involved in our community planning work and we hope the good news stories included in this document will illustrate the many and varied successful projects that have been driven forward by community planning over the last two years.

Alderman Thomas McKeown Chair

Mr Des Gartland (Invest NI) Vice Chair

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership

For full access to the Statement of Progress Report 2021, please select link below:

Statement of Progress 2021

Download Statement of Progress 2021


22nd November 2021

COVID Business and Financial Planning Support Programme 2021 – 2022

The COVID Business and Financial Planning Support Programme is one of a number of initiatives designed to support the Northern Ireland industry to rebuild, recover and compete in this changed environment – providing advisory support to assist in the development of business and financial recovery plans.

Programme Aim

The overall programme aim is to help re-set tourism businesses for sustainability and recovery in the post-COVID environment.

Businesses which were successful and sustainable in the past are now in a vulnerable position, resulting from a loss in revenue and a sharp decline in consumer demand – with an uncertainty over when previous demand levels will return.

The core consumer markets have changed significantly for many businesses who now need to adapt their offer to appeal to closer-to-home markets and changing consumer demand.

Tourism businesses are in need of advisory and mentoring support to inform critical and major decisions now, and to ensure longer-term sustainability. Many businesses do not currently have the cash flow to invest in the recovery planning and turnaround services required.

Previously viable tourism businesses, critical to supporting recovery, will need this support to position themselves strongly for what will be a very competitive marketplace over the next three-year period.

This programme will support the development of recovery plans including:

A Health Check and Financial Plan
Review of Business Model
Identify Funding Shortfalls and/or Debt Restructuring

 

7th September 2021

https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/uploads/general/innovation_flyer_canva.pdf

 

 

4th August 2021

                    

Press Release – Disability Access Project, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust

CCGHT seeking to improve accessibility in the outdoors

An exciting new project being delivered by Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) seeks to improve accessibility for those of all abilities across our outstanding local landscapes.

Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT), working with renowned accessibility consultants Direct Access, are entering the next phase of a wide-reaching accessibility project across Causeway Coast and Glens. Following months of consultation meetings with local people and after a public call for input, Direct Access have identified 9 locations to be assessed for accessibility improvements. Site audits will be conducted this week by Direct Access expert Steve Dering, who will assess locations and make recommendations of how they can be improved to better facilitate a variety of mobility and access needs for residents and visitors.   

Audit locations: - Downhill Estate - Ballycastle Visitor Centre - Dunluce Castle - Armoy playing Fields - Cushendall Beach Front - Waterfoot Beach Front - Cushendun Village Walks and Glenmona House Grounds - Ballycastle Memorial - Portrush East Strand changing facilities. This work forms part of a larger project which has already seen CCGHT revise and improve internal working practices, and which has allowed a number of free CCGHT publications be translated into Sign Language and Audio Description formats; available on YouTube.

Nikki Maguire, CCGHT Project Manager said “After more than a year of lockdowns I appreciate accessing our special landscapes more than ever and I want to make sure they are accessible for as many people as possible. Having Direct Access carry out these audits and give clear advice will help us and others improve access for everyone.”

This weeks’ site audits will support landowners and site managers to improve accessibility across our landscapes. CCGHT will support at least one site to implement any improvements identified through funding secured from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (DAERA).

Oliver Mc Mullan, CCGBC Councillor and CCGHT Board Member commented: “The Glens are renowned for their beautiful scenery and I want to support people of all abilities to access and enjoy our special places. I support the audits being conducted at Waterfoot Beach and other locations in the Glens and hope the recommendations mean we can work with relevant partners and agencies to improve access here and across the area.”

Steve Dering of Direct Access said “Following months of online consultation with local people it is fantastic to be able to now carry-out these audits based on peoples input and put forward recommendations to improve access at each location. “

    

For more information on this project please visit ccght.org or contact nikki@ccght.org.


 

5th July 2021

A new NI mental health fund opens today for large grants (£100k - £500k).

Smaller grant categories (£5k-£30k; and £30k-£100k) open in September.

More information below, with an information session to be held this Thursday. 

BBC Article on Funding (05July2021)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-57715740 

Link to Application & Background Info (via Community Foundation)

https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/mental-health


 

27th May 2021

Condition Management Programme

 

 

25th May 2021

Where To Turn

 

30th April 2021

The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) have recently worked with Direct Access to recruit local storytellers and sign language professionals, to translate six short publications into Audio Description and Sign Language videos. We hope these videos help to connect with our outstanding landscapes and heritage.

               

In support of Deaf Awareness Week we will release one video daily on our CCGHT Youtube Channel and promote this on Facebook, starting Monday 3rd May. It would be fantastic if you and your organisation could like, share, create posts and let others know these exist to help us reach a wide audience. If your organisation operates this via a media officer [Diagram Description automatically generated with medium confidence] please pass on this message.

The materials we create are available for anyone to use. Please let us know if you wish to add the videos to your own resources. Or let me know key contacts I should be reaching out to.

The videos translate booklets about the Binevenagh, Causeway Coast and Antrim Coast and Glens Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, flora and fauna, the Gobbins Coastal Walk, railways and the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site. 

We will also be sending copies of the videos and original booklets 10 Care Homes in the area.

Translation and filming was made possible through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Heritage Recovery Fund which is a Department for Communities funding stream. Thanks to all our funders for supporting key activities like this.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5C6gDVdJjHYj3Yw5jUc0Hw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/causewaycoastandglensheritagetrust

 

8th April 2021

Are you interested in housing in Gortnahey?

The Housing Executive is currently examining the demand for social and affordable housing in the village of Gortnahey through its Rural Housing Need Test Programme, Please click here for more information.

 

8th April 2021

The following organisations and agencies - Causeway Coast & Glens PCSP, NSPCC, Education Authority, GamCare in Northern Ireland​ and the Northern and Western Health & Social Care Trusts - have collaborated on a new digital internet safety campaign aimed at young people. 

Please see below link to 'Gaming & Gambling' video:-

https://vimeo.com/515040080​  (open in a new tab)

 

8th February 2021

'Easy Read' version 

'A Better Future Together'  
Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan
Delivery Plan 2020

The second Community Planning 'Easy Read' version of the Delivery Plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens has been launched

Select Easy Read Delivery Plan 2020 below

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted in helping to develop this plan and a special thank you to Compass Advocacy Network (CAN) based in Ballymoney who produced this Easy Read version of the Delivery Plan by adults with learning disabilities on the CAN Plus Easy Read Committee.

Please take time to read the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Delivery Plan and feel free to contact our Community Planning Team for further details.

 

 

17th December 2020

NIHE Rural Strategy Questionnaire  

We have commenced the preparation of our new Rural Housing Strategy 2021-25 and we are interested in hearing the views, issues and experiences of those living in and representing rural communities across Northern Ireland.

If you live in or represent a rural community or have an interest in rural housing, please take a moment to complete this questionnaire.

https://www.nihe.gov.uk/Documents/Corporate/Rural-Strategy-questionnaire.aspx

Please feel free to pass on to any of your community contacts who may also be interested in providing a response.

All responses should be submitted by the 15th January.

To show our appreciation for your ongoing support, one lucky respondent will receive an Amazon Fire as a bonus Christmas present!

Thank you in advance and I hope you have a lovely Christmas.

 

 

15th December 2020

Causeway Coast and Glens Age Friendly Survey

The Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan ‘A Better Future Together 2017-2030’ includes an aim to benefit older people in our communities through a range of actions based on partnership working (Action 2). 

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has launched an Age Friendly Survey as it works with Community Planning Partner, Public Health Agency (PHA) and others to create an age friendly community across the Borough.

This type of environment aims to enable people of all ages to actively participate in activities while treating everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It’s a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to those that are important to them.

Many aspects of settings and services can contribute to the participation, health, independence and security of older persons. Becoming an age-friendly community is not a defined state or end point but rather a continuing journey towards adapting structures and processes to support the health and wellbeing of older people.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council wants to help improve the quality of life for older people living in the Borough while learning about the issues you face and how you are managing with changes to everyday life.  You can offer invaluable insights to key challenges and further engagement. 

The survey, which is aimed at those aged 55+, can be completed via the Council website using ​this link https://www.arcg.is/059XvL0

Alternatively, you can download a hard copy using the links below and return it to us, or have a survey posted out to your home. Full details are available on the website.

The survey will be open from Monday 14th December 2020 and remain open until 5pm on Friday 29th January 2021.

If you require any further information please email age.friendly@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or call 07517 995578

For further information see link below:-

https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/news/causeway-coast-and-glens-borough-council-launch-age-friendly-survey?fbclid=IwAR3itYLOdfipHsW85Tyy-piuhOOsNS7sGyp5exppIAuBQVXZCXLyRXvEl3U

 

 

10th December 2020

'A Better Future Together'  

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan

Delivery Plan 2020

The second Community Planning Delivery Plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens has been launched

Select Delivery Plan 2020 below

The Plan represents extensive partnership working across the whole range of public services available to the area including health, education, public safety, housing, our com​munities, the environment and the economy. It is based on the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan which provides a long term vision and plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens area and all its citizens, setting out aspirations for a Healthy Safe Community, a Sustainable Accessible Environment and a Thriving Economy. 

The Delivery Plan focuses on achieving real outcomes for all who live, work and visit Causeway Coast and Glens and sets out a framework based on collaboration and partnership working around which to achieve them. It is based on the original Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan which used an outcomes-based approach in consultation with our community to form a Strategy for a Better Future Together. 

Welcoming the Delivery Plan, the new Chair of the Community Planning Strategic Partnership, Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “These are uncertain and difficult times for many of our citizens. We are confident that the thirty-four actions outlined in the Delivery Plan will address many of the main issues faced by individuals and communities across the area and care has been taken to ensure that any adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have been taken into account. It is our priority now to proceed work with partners to deliver the actions identified in the plan, and ultimately help realise our ambitions for a ‘Better Future Together’ in Causeway Coast and Glens.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted in helping to develop this plan and to those who completed the online survey and participated in our virtual meetings.

Please take time to read the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Delivery Plan and feel free to contact our Community Planning Team for further details.

An Easy Read version of the Delivery Plan 2020 will follow

 

 

December 2020

Glens Healthy Places shares the Success of Supporting Communities to Improve Their Health and Wellbeing

Members of the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership have recently been updated on the success of the Glens Healthy Places Project and its benefits.

Four different strands were progressed across the Glens District Electoral Area. These were: Glens Men, which aimed to address loneliness and isolation among men; a participatory budgeting initiative in Armoy village; a small grants programme by NACN, where community projects addressed health and wellbeing; and Fresh Little Minds, which supported the mental health and emotional wellbeing of primary school children across the area.

Northern Area Community Network (NACN) led the programme locally, in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Community Development and Community Planning, Northern Health & Social Care Trust, Public Health Agency, Participatory Budgeting (PB) Works and PB Facilitators. 

Causeway Coast and Glens Chief Executive, David Jackson, was the local government representative on the regional ‘Healthy Places’ cross-departmental steering group. Speaking about the achievements of the programme, Mr Jackson said: “I commend everyone involved in this initiative which demonstrates the benefits of working together with local community groups, individuals, schools and businesses to create healthier and connected communities.  The Glens Healthy Places programme has highlighted the importance of developing a strong culture of inter-organisational and cross-sector working to achieve sustainable health and wellbeing outcomes for everyone in our community.”

Healthy Places was developed as ‘a cross-cutting demonstration programme’ that aimed to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities in the Glens District Electoral Area (DEA). Funding for the work was provided by central government departments through the Public Health Agency.

The value of this place-based approach to health; brought together collective expertise across a range of sectors and highlights the potential of such initiatives to work beyond the confines of a pilot programme. The evaluation of the work also revealed a commitment to social innovation by drawing on community assets to tackle health challenges around men, children and emotional wellbeing. The value of community infrastructure and the capacity to mobilise local resources especially in the context and impact of the Coronavirus pandemic was also recognised.

An Independent Evaluation of Glens Healthy Places Programme documents the work in detail.

A copy of the Report is available here

Please select link below for Glens Healthy Places video 

Video Link

 

 

13th November 2020

                                                                

Launch of Deaf and disability consultation programme – enhancing accessibility of three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Direct Access and Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust launched today a three-month consultation programme with Deaf and disabled people to identify key locations within the three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that would be suitable for accessibility enhancement works.

The Trust is aiming to focus efforts on how to enhance access for disabled visitors within the Antrim Coast and Glens, Binevenagh and Causeway Coast AONB. Ten key sites will be identified from the consultation across the three areas for detailed auditing of existing accessibility levels by Direct Access. A report for each site will set out a range of proposals for short, medium- and long-term objectives to enhance accessibility.

“The Trust is committed to enhancing public enjoyment and access to our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” said Nikki Maguire, CCGHT Project Manager, “The Northern Ireland 2011 Census highlighted 20.6% of the population reported a disability and we want to be as inclusive as we can.”

“We want people to let us know if they want to participate and most importantly, how,” said Steven Mifsud, Director of Direct Access. “We can facilitate meetings in sign language or provide materials in large print, easy-read or Braille formats. Meetings can be online, in writing or via email. When lockdown eases we will facilitate small group discussions.”

To register an interest in participating people are asked to email info@accessaudits.com or call Direct Access on 0845 056 4421.

 

 

6th November 2020

Draft Delivery Plan 2020 above 

A Better Future Together - Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan

Draft Delivery Plan 2020

The Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Draft Delivery Plan 2020 is now available for all to view and to comment upon. The Plan represents extensive partnership working across the whole range of public services available to the area including health, education, public safety, housing, our com​munities, the environment and the economy. It is based on the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan which provides a long term vision and plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens area and all its citizens, setting out aspirations for a Healthy Safe Community, a Sustainable Accessible Environment and a Thriving Economy. 

The Draft Delivery Plan focuses on achieving real outcomes for all who live, work and visit Causeway Coast and Glens and sets out a framework based on collaboration and partnership working around which to achieve them. It is based on the original Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan which used  an outcomes based approach in consultation with our community to form a Strategy for a Better Future Together. 

Welcoming the Delivery Plan, the new Chair of the Community Planning Strategic Partnership,  Councillor Brenda Chivers said:  “These are uncertain and difficult times for many of our citizens. We are confident that the thirty-four actions outlined in the draft Delivery Plan will address many of the main issues faced by individuals and communities across the area and care has been taken to ensure that any adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have been taken into account. It is our priority now to proceed work with partners to deliver the actions identified in the plan, and ultimately help realise our ambitions for a ‘Better Future Together’ in Causeway Coast and Glens.”

Please take time to read the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Draft Delivery Plan and make use of the online questionnaire to provide comment. Individuals will not be identifiable from the results; some comment within responses to the survey may be disclosed, although they will not be attributed to anyone. We welcome your views. 

We ask that you complete the survey by Sunday 29th November 2020.

Survey Link

Please select the link below to complete the online survey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DraftDeliveryPlan


In addition to the survey, the Community Planning Team is offering to meet with groups or individuals who wish to comment on the Draft Delivery Plan before final agreement and launch in early December 2020. These can be arranged to suit interests and numbers coming forward. 

Arranged meetings, due to the circumstances will take place virtually (Zoom) - if you wish to participate in such a meeting please email community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk before Monday 16th November 2020 and we will make arrangements to accommodate you.

We sincerely thank all those who continue to contribute to our Community Plan. We particularly wish to thank all those who helped to develop the actions for inclusion in the Causeway Coast and Glens Delivery Plan 2020.

Please take time to read our Draft Delivery Plan and feel free to contact our Community Planning Team if you  would like any other further information.

Regards from 

The Community Planning Team

 E-Mail: community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

 Community Planning Team

Riada House, 14 Charles Street

Ballymoney, BT53  6DZ ​

 

November 2019

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership

Statement of Progress Report - 2019

This is the first public ‘Statement of Progress’ presented by the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership following its formation in December 2015 as a result of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014.

In June 2017, the Partnership provided a Community Planning framework for the Causeway Coast and Glens area to build upon the collective strengths of our statutory and community partners in order to address locally identified issues. This phase of work was progressed through the creation of our ‘Delivery Plan’ in June 2018. During the past two years we have been actively pursuing better outcomes for everyone within the Causeway Coast and Glens area. This has been achieved through the careful crafting and delivery of forty four ‘Actions’.

Our ‘Statement of Progress’ provides an outline of the range of ‘Actions’ which have led to an array of positive outcomes having been achieved in a short space of time. Since our formation we have embraced a collaborative/partnership approach to making positive change for everyone within the Causeway Coast and Glens area.

The monitoring and reporting process we undertook has been significant to this evolving process and we are pleased to present our successful findings at this time. We are committed to continuing to make positive change and to further develop our Community Plan in making ‘A Better Future Together’. We acknowledge the excellent work which has already taken place and we look forward to building upon our established foundations.

Alderman George Duddy - Chair

Trisha Ward (Libraries NI) Vice-chair

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership

For full access to the Statement of Progress Report please select the link below:

 Download Causeway Coast and Glens Statement of Progress Report 2019

 

October 2019

Community Planning Data Analysis

Baseline Report – Update October 2019

The need for a comprehensive evidence base is at the heart of the devolution of Community Planning powers from Central Government to local government. Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council (CCGBC) have fully embraced this approach and commissioned RSM UK Consulting LLP (previously RSM PACEC Ltd) to gather a comprehensive range of statistical evidence across the social, economic and environmental themes of Community Planning. Specifically, the data focuses on:

  • Social Regeneration;
  • Economic Regeneration;
  • Crime, Safety and Good Relations;
  • Education and Skills;
  • Health and Well-being; and
  • The Built Environment.

The first iteration of this report was completed in 2017. This subsequent report provides an update of the evidence gathered in 2017 and is further supported by a database, which houses all of the information noted in this document and more detailed information. 

For full access to the Baseline Report please select link below:

  Download CCG CP Data Analysis Baseline Report - Update 2019

 

 



June 2019

Introducing the COMMUNITY FELLOW for CAUSEWAY COAST AND GLENS

Siobhán Mullan     [Ulster University]             

The Ulster University Community Fellow programme is an educational ‘in reach’ initiative to the University which listens to the community voice and ensures the visibility of University activity at a local level. Ulster University has recently introduced eleven University Community Fellows to Northern Ireland – one placed in each local Council area. Community Fellows are formally recognised and supported by Ulster University and are a valued and important underpinning of civic commitment, ensuring the ‘community voice’ is present in the design of educational outreach and associated programmes. Under the support and coordination of the Centre for Flexible Education, the 11 fellows will make up the first layer of a transforming civic network. Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and embraces the need to work with community partners to “drive education and learning, to create and communicate new knowledge and to transform complex theory into meaningful social, cultural and economic impact”.

All Community Fellows have now commenced a two year term that will fuel the exchange of ideas within the University community and across the region of Northern Ireland that will enable continuous improvement of community outreach practice and civic outcomes.

Siobhan can be reached by e-mail at s.mullan1@ulster.ac.uk