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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 ​

 

 

 

26th March 2020

Community Support

These are unsettling times for our communities particularly for our​ most vulnerable. Many local response initiatives have been set up, with local volunteers providing invaluable support as necessary.​ Council is currently working with the Health Trusts and Department for Communities to co-ordinate and develop our response.  Council Community Services has set up a community support information page which will be updated regularly with details of what support and initiatives are available locally.​

https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/live/community-services/covid-19-community-support

 

24th March 2020


Calling for Nominations to Co-Chair the Engagement Platform for Causeway Coast and Glens Community and Voluntary Sector


Due to present circumstances regarding Covid 19, we have been advised to postpone/cancel all meetings. The next meeting of the Community Engagement Platform scheduled for April 2020 is now postponed until further notice. In the meantime please submit nominations as outlined below and stay safe.

Community Planning Team
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

 

 

March 2020

Calling for Nominations to Co-Chair the Engagement Platform for

Causeway Coast and Glens Community and Voluntary Sector

Are you a member of a local community or voluntary group?

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership is calling on individuals active within the community and voluntary sector to co-chair the Community Engagement Platform.

The Platform aims to provide an opportunity to build relationships and connect more voices to local public services and decision making bodies, helping to  highlight the collective interests of the local community and voluntary sector while acting as a borough wide platform for consultation and engagement. The Platform provides an opportunity for community representation on Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Partnership through two Co-chairs selected by Platform participants.

Initial meetings of the Community Engagement Platform involving the local community and voluntary sector explored the rationale for the platform, the benefits for those involved with discussion and agreement for the way forward.

The Values and Terms of Reference for the Platform agreed through discussion and consensus with participants are available in the links below:

Terms of Reference for CEP - Values Agreed

Nomination for the role of a Co-chair is now open to any interested individual active in the local community and voluntary sector of Causeway Coast and Glens.

Please find links below to:  

Role and Commitments for CEP Co-chairs
Nomination Process - Instructions for CEP Co-chairs
Nomination Form for CEP Co-chair

Nominations can also be returned by e-mailing community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk  or delivery to Community Planning Team, Room 72, Riada House, 14 Charles Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6DZ

The Closing Date for receipt of nominations is Friday 17th April 2020

If you have any queries please do get in touch.                                   

Karina McCollum, Community Planning Team, karina.mccollum@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or Tel: 028 276 60209

or

Louise Scullion, Community Development Team, louise.scullion@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or Tel: 028 703 47042

[Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council]

www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

 

February 2020

Glens Healthy Places 

A place-based approach to improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in NI

Armoy Open Pot - Participatory Budgeting comes to Armoy !

Health and wellbeing outcomes are influenced by the characteristics of the places and communities in which people live – the local built and natural environment, living conditions, access to healthy food, employment, services and transport, opportunities for physical activity, sports, arts and other leisure activities. In addition, the social networks to which people belong have a significant impact on health and wellbeing and health inequalities. Reduced fear of crime and good relations within and across communities are also essential to building safe, thriving and confident places.

Social capital promotes resilience and participation in communities can provide people with added control over their lives. These wider determinants of health and social wellbeing require partnership working to create the conditions for individuals, families and communities to be enabled and supported to lead healthy lives.

Some photographs below from the Voting Night of Armoy Open Pot – a Participatory Budgeting initiative funded through our Community Planning Partner, the Public Health Agency (PHA) facilitated by Karin Eybin and Noeleen Diver and supported by partners Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Northern Health and Social Care Trust and Northern Area Community Network.

Recently the Health Minister, Mr Robin Swann took time out to visit Armoy, when the local community enthusiastically came out to vote from a choice of thirty-six project bids presented by local groups and individuals.

The community themselves decided which 14 projects would receive £500 each to make their ideas ‘Make Life Even Better for People in Armoy’.

Armoy Open PotRobin SwannArmoy GroupRobin Swann 2

 

 

January 2020

Speed Networking

 

 

January 2020

SPEED NETWORKING & SHARING EVENT

 

Come along to meet and exchange ideas with the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Partners representing a wide range of Statutory Agencies: –

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Police Service NI, NI Fire & Rescue Service, The Education Authority, CCMS, Housing Executive, Invest NI,  Libraries NI, Health & Social Care Trusts ( Northern/Western),

Health & Social Care Board, Tourism NI, The Housing Executive, Invest NI, Public Health Agency and Sport NI

Date:    Wednesday 29th January 2020

Time:    3.00pm - 5.00pm

Venue: Dervock Community Centre, 190 Knock Road, Dervock, BT53 8BB

 

Please e-mail  community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk  to register your attendance.

Regards

Karina McCollum, Community Planning Team, karina.mccollum@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or Tel: 028 276 60209

Louise Scullion, Community Development Team, louise.scullion@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or Tel: 028 703 47042

 

 

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

 

 

October 2019

Please select image above

Book Week 14th October to 20th October

This year Book Week will run from Monday October 14 to Sunday October 20.  This will be the fourth year of the partnership between Libraries NI and BBC NI.

This year there are two main approaches being used. Firstly we are encouraging everyone to pledge to read for at least 15 minutes that week but preferably each day.  This can be 15 minutes reading a bedtime story, sitting on the bus or reading a book or newspaper at night. 

The second approach is to feature a different book / reading theme each day.  The seven themes are:

Monday – The  Big Read.

We will also be announcing the most popular novel of the last ten years as voted by Libraries NI borrowers.

Tuesday - The Book that changed me

For this promotion we want people to highlight the book that has made an impact on them, it can be fiction, non-fiction or children’s.

Wednesday – Children’s books

Thursday – local authors

Libraries NI will be celebrating works by local authors.  Whilst the main focus will be on fiction, we will be promoting all local writers.

Friday - favourite book character

Saturday – Places to Read

For this theme we are using the widest possible interpretation.  So we are looking at places where people read, buses, trains, their favourite chair, the couch at home.  We will also highlight locations in Northern Ireland featured in novels.  Finally we will be encouraging people to take photos of where they like to read.

Sunday – Digital

To finish off the week, we will be promoting eBooks and eMagazines. 

Reading has so many benefits; concentration, mental health, leisure, learning and so many more. Our ultimate goal, which I know you share, is to get people reading. Any and all support will be very much appreciated.

 

August 2019

 

The next meeting of the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Engagement Platform will take place as follows:

Date:     Thursday 12th September 2019

Time:    3.30-5.00pm

Venue: Sheskburn House, Mary Street, Ballycastle BT54 6QH

At the meeting you will have an opportunity to:

  • Hear about the development of a draft Community Development Strategy for Causeway Coast and Glens and have your say in how Council provides community development grants, training and other support to community and voluntary groups in the Borough over the next 3 years!
  • Connect with organisations from across Causeway Coast and Glens

Please contact community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk  to register your attendance or  contact The Community Planning Team (This helps us plan hospitality).

Everyone will be very welcome

 

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  

 

June 2019

Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) recognised at inaugural Awards Ceremony

The work of Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has been recognised at the first ever PCSP Community Safety Awards. The Partnership received an Award for Excellence in Collaboration for their recent ‘Don’t Worry Be #appy’ project which brought together over one thousand young people at a conference about online safety.

The Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan ‘A Better Future Together 2017-2030’ Delivery Plan includes an aim to bring together key organisations to develop actions to safeguard and address community concerns about online safety at a local level (Action 12 : Cyber-safe Partnership Project). Successful collaborative working through partnership activities lies at the heart of Community Planning.

 


 

Representatives from Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP)

pictured at the first ever PCSP Community Safety Awards with the Award for Excellence in Collaboration

The Internet Resilience and Safety Conference, a first-of-its-kind event, was organised in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the NSPCC, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Education Authority.   It aimed to educate young people about how to keep safe, well and healthy online whilst also respecting that the digital world is important to them, their lives and future careers.

Former PCSP Chairperson, Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said:  “We are delighted to be recognised for the efforts we have made to deliver important projects and initiatives to help make our community safer.  We don’t work alone, and continue to collaborate with other organisations and groups to find innovative ways to share vital messages, educate people on key areas and encourage the community to support policing.”

 

June 2019

Community Planning Partnership hosts ‘Health Literacy’ Workshop

Pictured at the Health Literacy Workshop as part of ‘A Better Future Together’- the Community Plan for Causeway Coast and Glens are Pamela Davis, South Antrim Community Network Elaine O'Doherty, Public Health Agency Ann Marie McStocker, NICHI Health Alliance/NI Ambulance Service Joanne Morgan, Community Development Health Network Bride Harkin, CC&G Community Planning / Health & Social Care Board Professor Jo Protheroe, Keele Medical School Karina McCollum, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Community Planning Veronica McKinley, Northern Area Community Network

 

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Partnership recently hosted a ‘Health Literacy’ workshop as part of its commitment to tackling health inequalities.

The Borough’s Community Plan, entitled ‘A Better Future Together’, includes an action to tackle health inequalities by improving health literacy. Evidence shows that low health literacy can prevent people accessing and understanding health information.

The Public Health Agency, in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and other Community Planning partners are considering the importance of health literacy and its effect on health inequalities in the local area. A key objective of the workshop was to explore with partners how best to contribute to and promote future action to raise awareness of and improve health literacy across the area.

Welcoming delegates and speakers to the event, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said: “The Community Plan is based on achieving real results for people in our local area. I commend all those who have assisted in the development of our Community Plan so far and look forward to continuing to work together with our statutory partners for ‘A Better Future Together’ for all in Causeway Coast and Glens.”

Elaine O’Doherty, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager, Public Health Agency said: “Research has found that more than 60% of working age adults in England have difficulty understanding some health information. The Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Health Literacy Workshop highlights how important it is for all Community Planning partners, including Health and Social Care, Education, Communities, Councils and others to work together to reduce barriers to improved communication and better public understanding of health messages and information. The workshop, with input from experts, has helped those attending plan how all organisations can improve health literacy skills and achieve effective communication. This is important to ensure people in Northern Ireland can use key health messages and information to look after and improve the health of individuals, families and communities.”

During the event, keynote speaker Joanne Protheroe, Professor of General Practice at Keele University, presented on ‘Health Literacy: What is it, why is it important and what can we do?’ while other speakers included Ann Marie McStocker, NICHI Health Alliance, Joanne Morgan, Community Development Health Network and Claire Ramsey, Health and Wellbeing, Northern Health & Social Care Trust.

 

 

 

May 2019

Speed Networking and Sharing Event

The next meeting of the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Engagement Platform will take place as follows:

Date: Monday 10th June 2019

Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, 24 Main St, Limavady, BT49 0FJ

Come along and tell the story of your group
Exchange ideas with groups from across the Borough
Contribute to the collective experience of the voluntary and community sector in Causeway Coast and Glens
Hear from the new Ulster University Community Fellow

Please contact community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk to register your attendance.

 

 

May 2019

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership recently called on individuals active within the community and voluntary sector to nominate and select two Co-chair positions on the newly formed Community Engagement Platform.

The Platform aims to provide an opportunity to build relationships and connect more voices to local public services and decision making bodies. This will help highlight the collective interests of the local community and voluntary sector while acting as a borough wide platform for consultation and engagement. The Platform also provides community representation on Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership through the two Co-chairs selected by Platform participants.

Congratulations to our two successful Co-chairs for the period 2019-20.

Ann McNickle has been Manager of Causeway Rural & Urban Network (CRUN) for almost twenty years. In this time she has secured funding in excess of £2 million pounds for a range of community based initiatives including a brand new Community Hub building in Coleraine. Ann has held a range of Committee positions representing the community and voluntary sector across a wide range of themes including community development and services, rural enterprise and development, policing and community safety, volunteering and neighbourhood renewal.

Patricia McQuillan MBE is a founder member and secretary of Moneydig Rural Network based near Garvagh. She has been active for many years in the community and voluntary sector and is currently Chair of the NIHE Rural Residents Forum representing Causeway Coast and Glens area and Vice-chair of the Central Housing Forum representing rural residents. She is also a Member of the Housing Policy Panel and local NI Housing Executive Interagency Forum. Other volunteering interests include The Angel of Hope Garden, Garvagh and Aghadowey Great War Society, Garvagh Cancer Research Committee and Board of Governors for local schools. Patricia was a member of Coleraine District Policing Partnership and Coleraine Policing and Community Safety Partnership for thirteen years and held the position of Vice-Chair role for part of this time.

           

The next meeting of the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Engagement Platform will take place on the evening of Monday 10th June 2019 at 7.00pm in Limavady.

Date: Monday 10th June 2019

Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, 24 Main St, Limavady, BT49 0FJ

Look out for further details coming your way soon and in the meantime, please contact community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk to register your attendance.

ALL WELCOME

 

 

 

April 2019

Health Literacy Workshop - ‘Health Literacy in Relation to Early Years’

Friday 17 May 2019

9.30 am to 1.00 pm

Pavilion Room, Peter Thompson Hall, 68 Freehall Road, Castlerock, BT51 4RA               

 

To register, please contact Northern Area Community Network on 028 2177 2100 or email registration@nacn.org

 

Causeway Coast & Glens Community Planning

Health Literacy Workshop

 

The Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan ‘A Better Future Together 2017-2030’ includes an aim to tackle health inequalities through improving health literacy (Action 8). Evidence shows that health literacy is a social determinant of health and low health literacy can prevent people accessing and understanding health information.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health literacy as ‘linked to literacy and entails people’s knowledge, motivation and competences to access, understand, appraise and apply health information in order to make judgements and take decisions in everyday life concerning health care, disease prevention and health promotion…..’ (WHO Europe 2013).

 

The Public Health Agency, in partnership with other Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Community Planning partners, is hosting a workshop which aims to consider the importance of health literacy and its effect on health inequalities in the local area, particularly in relation to Early Years.

 

A key objective of the workshop is to explore with partners how best to contribute to and promote future action to raise awareness of and improve health literacy.

 

The keynote speaker, Professor Joanne Protheroe, Professor of General Practice at Keele University, will discuss ‘Health literacy and the role of the health service’.

 

Other speakers include Joanne Morgan, Community Development Health Network and Fergus Dolan, National Irish Literacy Agency.

 

To register, please contact Northern Area Community Network on 028 2177 2100 or email registration@nacn.org

 

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council Community Planning Team

Tel: 028 2766 0202 / 0209

E: community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

 

 

February 2019

Last Chance for Nominations to Co-Chair the new Engagement Platform for Causeway Coast and Glens Community and Voluntary Sector

Are you a member of a local community or voluntary group?

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership is calling on individuals active within the community and voluntary sector to co-chair the new Community Engagement Platform.

The Platform aims to provide an opportunity to build relationships and connect more voices to local public services and decision making bodies. This will help highlight the collective interests of the local community and voluntary sector while acting as a borough wide platform for consultation and engagement. The Platform will also provide an opportunity for community representation on Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Partnership through two Co-chairs selected by Platform participants.

Initial meetings of the Community Engagement Platform involving the local community and voluntary sector have explored the rationale for the platform, the benefits for those involved with discussion and agreement for the way forward.

The Values and Terms of Reference for the Platform have been agreed through discussion and consensus with participants and are available in the links below:

Terms of Reference for CEP - Values Agreed

Nomination for the role of a Co-chair is now open to any interested individual active in the local community and voluntary sector of Causeway Coast and Glens.

Please find links below to:

Role and Commitments for CEP Co-chairs
Nomination Process - Instructions for CEP Co-chairs
Nomination Form for CEP Co-chair

 

Nominations can also be returned by e-mailing community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk  or delivery to Community Planning Team, Room 72, Riada House, 14 Charles Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6DZ

The Closing Date for receipt of nominations is Wednesday 13th February 2019.

If you have any queries please do get in touch.                                

Karina McCollum, Community Planning Team, karina.mccollum@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or Tel: 028 276 60209 or

Louise Scullion, Community Development Team, louise.scullion@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or Tel: 028 703 47042

[Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council]

https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

 

February 2019

Causeway Coast and Glens - PlayShaper Programme

A number of local practitioners representing a range of organisations and roles, recently took part in the PlayShaper play development programme delivered by PlayBoard staff with the support of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Sport and Wellbeing Department and The Community Planning Team.

PlayShaper is an element of ‘Play Matters’, a Play and Leisure Project funded through the Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP). The regional programme offers professional play development, training and guidance for a range of stakeholders who directly or indirectly influence play within Council and other Statutory Organisations. Participants across Northern Ireland have included local Elected Representatives, Policy-makers, Equality Officers, Service Deliverers – Sports Development, Arts & Culture, Community Development, Health & Safety, Estate Development, Planning Officers and Health Professionals.

The overall aim is to help professionals understand the importance of play and leisure and their part in creating child-friendly and play-friendly communities.

The local programme offered individuals an opportunity to engage with a range of like-minded professionals across a variety of public services and aimed to help each understand the potential influence and importance of play and leisure within their role in achieving key health and wellbeing outcomes for the people of Causeway Coast and Glens as outlined in the Community Plan.

The PlayShaper programme focuses on the Childs Right to Play, understanding the importance of play and leisure, and the role that staff have in enabling or restricting play within the public realm. Through four sessions, participants explored areas such as the policy requirements, play deprivation, the importance of play including the benefits of risk taking in the play environment for learning, development, positive mental health and resilience. The programme emphasised the need to develop child friendly environments by ensuring that space, time and attitudes are in place.

The programme was timely for Council as it prepares to implement its Play Investment Strategy. Further details available at:-

https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/news/play-investment-strategy-consultation

Further information on the work of PlayBoard NI is available at    https://www.playboard.org.

PlayBoard staff Iain McAfee and Angie McCabe with some PlayShaper participants – Janet Blair, Special Educational Needs Inclusion, Education Authority for NI; Leanne Lamont, Libraries NI; Paul Lyness, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Sport & Wellbeing; Margaret Edgar, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council Cultural Services; Karina McCollum, Causeway Coast & Glens Community Planning

 

January 2019

Causeway Homelessness Group

A key action within the NI Housing Executive Homelessness Strategy 2017-22 has been the creation of Homelessness Local Area Groups aligned to Housing Executive areas.  The newly formed Causeway Homelessness Group is chaired by Mark Alexander, Housing Executive Area Manager and contains representation from statutory and voluntary groups across the Causeway area. The work of the group is guided by an inter-agency Action Plan that was launched in June 2018.  The inter-agency nature of the group and the Action Plan is reflective of the complexity of homelessness as an issue that goes beyond the provision of accommodation.

This work is linked with the Health & Wellbeing Action 9 of the Community Planning Delivery Plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan - to enhance inter-agency work and local response provision for those who are homeless. As part of this action, the group hosted a local event during Homelessness Awareness Week (December 2018) which outlined the services that agencies within the area provide to prevent and address homelessness for those households who find themselves homeless or threatened with homelessness.

Members of the newly formed Causeway Homelessness Group  and guests attending their recent event to raise awareness of homelessness. Guests included Councillor Dermot Nicholl, Chair of the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership.

 

 

January 2019

Calling for Nominations to Co-Chair the new Engagement Platform for Causeway Coast and Glens Community and Voluntary Sector

Are you a member of a local community or voluntary group?

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership is calling on individuals active within the community and voluntary sector to co-chair the new Community Engagement Platform.

The Platform aims to provide an opportunity to build relationships and connect more voices to local public services and decision making bodies. This will help highlight the collective interests of the local community and voluntary sector while acting as a borough wide platform for consultation and engagement. The Platform will also provide an opportunity for community representation on Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Partnership through two Co-chairs selected by Platform participants.

Initial meetings of the Community Engagement Platform involving the local community and voluntary sector have explored the rationale for the platform, the benefits for those involved with discussion and agreement for the way forward.

The Values and Terms of Reference for the Platform have been agreed through discussion and consensus with participants and are available in the links below:

Terms of Reference for CEP - Values Agreed

Nomination for