Community Planning News
28th February 2023
Community Engagement Platform – host Health and Wellbeing Event
Last week our Community Planning team, through the Community Engagement Platform, hosted a speed networking event which was focussed on the Health and Wellbeing theme of the Community Plan.
Over 75 people attended the event in the Lodge Hotel Coleraine. Setting the scene for the event Maurice Meehan Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Public Health Agency, and Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan Action Steering Group Lead for Health and Wellbeing, gave an overview of the journey of community planning to date together with a short insight into the recent Community Plan and Delivery Plan review completed in November 2022. Maurice highlighted that day was an important opportunity for community and voluntary organisations attending to hear about the progress that has been made to date in each of the 9 actions which sit under the theme of Health and Wellbeing. He also noted that it was also an opportunity for the action leads to hear from those organisations working within communities and across the Borough work that was currently being undertaken, and the issues around health and wellbeing on the ground. The session was also an opportunity for both action leads and community organisations to explore opportunities to potentially support or assist each other through collaborative working.
Maurice stated: “Today is a fantastic opportunity to enable community planning in action. Effective community planning can only be achieved through meaningful partnership and collaborative working with the community being at the heart of our approach.”
Ann McNickle, CRUN and Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Platform, welcomed those attending and gave a synopsis of the purpose and vision of community engagement platform. She highlighted that the purpose of the Community Engagement Platform is to provide a meaningful mechanism for engagement between public service bodies, the community planning partnership and local community representatives working together to influence decision making and improve quality service outcomes. Ann said “It is by us all working together that we can achieve great things. This is our community, we all live here, and we want our area to be a healthy safe community for all.”
Each table had the opportunity to hear from each of the action leads and discuss how health and wellbeing was being experienced in their area, what the current or emerging issues are and or where there may opportunities to further connect and support each other. Finally, each table had the chance to explore how collectively we can ensure continued community planning in action and ensure the health and wellbeing actions within the community plan are addressing the needs and making a positive impact across the Borough.
Sincere thanks again to all those who attended and participated so enthusiastically and with such energy and interest.
Photograph above: Action Leads for Health & Wellbeing actions contained within the CCGs (CP) Delivery Plan Nov 2022.
Photograph above: Community Engagement Platform Speed Networking Event.
For more information about the Community Engagement Platform please contact
Bebhinn McKinley, Community Planning Team, Bebhinn.firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tel: 028 276 60209
Louise Scullion, Community Development Team, email@example.com
or Tel: 028 703 47042
2nd February 2023
31st January 2023
ADDRESSING DIGITAL POVERTY
The Fibrus Community Fund - Now Open
The fund is aimed at addressing digital poverty by awarding grants of up to £2,000 to enable local groups and organisations in particular areas, to provide access to digital technology for the most vulnerable in that community, with a particular focus on older people and young people aged 18 and under.
Grants of up to £2,000 are being offered to projects that address any gaps that younger and older people might face in their communities, which may include provision of access to technological devices. Constituted community organisations based in the areas outlined below can apply:
Eligible postcodes: BT22 , BT23, BT24, BT25, BT26, BT27, BT28, BT30, BT31, BT32, BT33, BT34, BT35, BT38, BT39, BT40, BT41, BT42, BT43, BT44, BT45, BT46, BT48, BT51, BT52, BT53, BT54, BT55, BT56, BT57, BT60, BT61, BT62, BT63, BT65, BT66, BT67, BT69, BT70, BT71, BT74, BT75, BT76, BT77, BT78, BT79, BT80, BT81, BT82, BT92, BT93, BT94
The fund will close at 1:00pm on Monday 20 February 2023.
For more details visit; https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/the-fibrus-community-fund/ or contact the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Grants and Donor Care Team on 028 9024 5927.
27th January 2023
NORTHERN IRELAND FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE
Spike in house fire deaths and incidents prompts NIFRS fire safety appeal during ongoing winter period Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has issued a home fire safety appeal following a spike in accidental house fire deaths and incidents.
8 people have tragically lost their lives in house fires since November 2022. There has also been a 14% increase in incidents. Against the backdrop of the increased cost of living, NIFRS is asking the public to do all they can to keep themselves, their families and neighbours safe from fire as the high risk winter period continues.
NIFRS is urging everyone to check in on elderly relatives or neighbours to ensure they have working smoke alarms and that they are aware of the items in their home that can cause a fire and know how to use them safely– this is especially important for those in our community who live alone.
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Assistant Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Aidan Jennings said:
“The thoughts and sympathies of NIFRS continue to be with the family and friends of those who have tragically lost loved ones in accidental house fires. We are acutely aware of fire safety at this time of year and we are appealing to the public to help us keep you, your families and neighbours safe by reducing the risk of fire in the home.”
You can reduce the risk of fire by following our STOP Fire message –
Smoke alarms – Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home;
Test alarms weekly – Test your smoke alarms at least once a week;
Obvious dangers – Be aware of the items in your home that might cause a fire and ensure you’re using them safely;
Plan your escape – Have an escape plan in place if a fire does occur.
Assistant Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Aidan Jennings continued:
“The winter months are always much busier for us and this year with the increased cost of living, we know many people will be trying to save money when heating their homes. We want to ensure people don’t put themselves at additional fire risk as a result. The most common causes of accidental fires in the home are cooking, electrics and smoking materials, however in winter months we need to also add in the fire risks associated with the increased use of open fires, stoves, portable heaters, electric blankets and candles.
“There are simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of fire in your home. Please keep warm safely- if you’re using portable heaters and electric blankets make sure they’re in good working order. Ensure you leave enough space around portable heaters so they don’t accidently set fire to soft furnishings, such as curtains, blankets or arm chairs.
“We have seen a 15% increase in chimney fires this December in comparison to last December. If you’re planning to use a fire you haven’t used in a while, make sure a suitably trained person services your chimney beforehand, use a fire guard and have a Carbon Monoxide alarm in the same room as your open fire or fuel burning stove.
“I would also urge everyone to ensure they have working smoke alarms and test them regularly. If you don’t have working alarms this will affect your ability to notice a fire and escape quickly - especially at night.
“I’d like to encourage any member of the public who is over 50, or anyone with impaired mobility or a disability to contact us to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Check. If you think someone you know might be at risk, please take time to ask them about their fire safety and if you have any concerns please get in touch with us.
“Fire prevention is at the heart of what we do at NIFRS. Please remember that we are here to support you.”
20th December 2022
Community Planning Partner Louise Clarke (Head of Place Shaping North, NIHE ) with Mark Alexander, (NIHE Causeway Area Manager ) Bebhinn McKinley (Community Planning Officer Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council)
Mayor Cllr. Ivor Wallace (Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Community Planning Partnership) and Mark Alexander, (NIHE Causeway Area Manager ).
Homelessness Awareness Week was marked by the Causeway Local Homeless Action Group at Vineyard Compassion Hope Centre this year. Across Northern Ireland, a week of events were held on the theme #HaveTheConvo and over 60 people attended the event in Coleraine. A range of groups were represented, including the Housing Executive, Triangle Floating Support, Northern Health and Social Services Trust, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Women’s Aid.
Hosts Vineyard Compassion were also joined by the Western Health and Social Services Trust, Homeless Connect, First Housing Floating Support, Simon Community, Housing Rights and the PSNI.
Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Cllr Ivor Wallace, provided the opening address at the event.
A welcome was also provided by Mark Alexander, the Housing Executive’s Causeway Area Manager, who updated delegates on the organisation’s current strategy, Ending Homelessness Together.
He outlined some of the main issues affecting the Causeway area.
After the event, Mark Alexander said: “Prevention and early intervention in relation to homelessness through multi-agency work is continuing, despite the effects of the pandemic and the economy hampering efforts to secure more accommodation for those in greatest need. This is only the second time since 2019 that we’ve been able to host discussions like this in person and it was great to interact and reconnect with the partner agencies involved on a face-to-face basis.”
Shannon Gordon from NI Youth Forum revealed her personal journey, outlining what it is like to be young and homeless.
Stories from other young homeless people were presented by Shannon via a video presentation.
Sharon Graham, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, outlined an exciting new development relating to the care and health of people who become homeless.
She revealed that each Health Trust across Northern Ireland now has a new dedicated homeless health nurse, recruited to ensure the forward health planning of those experiencing homelessness.
Powerful testimony was also provided by people who had experienced homelessness but had now found permanent homes, with the help of the Housing Executive and partner agencies.
Four people of various ages shared personal stories, giving an insight into how practices could be improved and enhanced to combat local homelessness.
It was evident from the active discussions that collaborative working was having an impact, with a clear willingness for all partner agencies to continue working together.
Ricky Wright of Vineyard Compassion said: “It was a pleasure to host this networking event at Vineyard Compassion and to reflect on how we can work together to support those experiencing homelessness.
“Discussing issues around homelessness is crucial in the campaign to respond effectively and bring about eventual change.”
For more information visit the Housing Executive’s website www.nihe.gov.uk
15th December 2022
Winter Safety Campaign 2022
Steps to Stay Fire Safe this Winter
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Winter Fire Safety Campaign runs throughout December to the end of February 2023.
The aim of this campaign is to promote fire safety in the home, specifically in relation to the increased risks at this time of year.
We are particularly concerned people may try to save money by heating their homes differently as the cost of living continues to rise and, as a result, may put themselves at more risk from fire. We all have a role to play to help make sure our community stays fire safe this winter.
WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING
NIFRS website has been updated to reflect the campaign messaging, which you can find here:
https://www.nifrs.org/home/staying-safe/community-safety/other-safety/ or use the QR code below-
Our Corporate Communications Team will be delivering co-ordinated winter fire safety messaging through our social media platforms.
The Sparky the Elf video, which contains fire safety messages targeted towards children, will be posted on the NIFRS website and social media pages in the run up to Christmas. You can find it here: https://www.nifrs.org/sparky-the-elf/.
WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO
We ask you to actively support and promote our fire safety advice and ‘like’, ‘share’ or ‘retweet’ our messages over our social media platforms, to ensure our reach is as wide as possible.
Follow our fire safety advice and check your smoke alarms are working.
Check in with family, friends and neighbours, especially those living alone, to make sure they are keeping themselves safe from fire this winter.
If you know someone who would benefit from a free Home Fire Safety Check (HFSC) please signpost them to our website, or they can phone 028 9266 4221and request a HFSC.
This winter is going to be challenging for many people due to the pressures of the increasing cost of living. I ask you to try and support our communities by actively engaging in conversations around heating homes safely.
I wish all of you and your families a safe and Happy Christmas.
STOP Fire message:
Smoke alarm - have a working smoke alarm
Test it - test it each week
Obvious dangers - know the ‘Obvious Dangers’ from fire
Plan your escape route - have an escape plan if a fire starts
Group Commander Prevention & Protection
NIFRS | Northern Command
30th November 2022
Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan Update
The Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan ‘A Better Future Together 2017-2030 was published in 2017 and is the key over-arching framework for partnerships and initiatives in the Causeway Coast and Glens area.
Following significant progress, reflection and review informed by our statutory partners, stakeholder engagement and public consultation the Community Plan Review (November 2022) document updates our first Community Plan. It identifies the partnership priorities and actions going forward to collectively focus and enable us to effectively respond to current context shifts as we emerge from COVID -19 and face the impacts of the current cost of living crisis.
In addition to the Community Plan Review we have completed a revised Delivery Plan. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed and helped to develop the ‘Actions’ contained within the Causeway Coast and Glens Delivery Plan November 2022. Your dedication and pro-active participation throughout this process has enabled us to produce our newly revised Delivery Plan.
Councillor Ivor Wallace, CCGBC (Chair)
Des Gartland, Invest NI (Vice Chair)
Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership
For full access to these documents, please select the links below:
A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER COMMUNITY PLAN Review November 2022
A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER DELIVERY PLAN Review November 2022
24th November 2022
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org |07425617298
26th August 2022
CAUSEWAY COAST AND GLENS YOUTH VOICE
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:
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 email@example.com 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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th June 2022. Further details of the process and nomination form are attached.
If you have any queries please contact Bebhinn.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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:
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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)
Link to Application & Background Info (via Community Foundation)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07517 995578
For further information see link below:-
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 communities, 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
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
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 facili