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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 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]

www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

 

 

January 2019

We are delighted to support the statutory partners in Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning. We held our first planning group meeting to help to re-establish Coleraine as a #DementiaFriendly town. Watch this space for updates.

 

January 2019

Opportunity to attend Dementia Friendly Workshops in Causeway Coast and Glens Area

 

November 2019

Opportunity - Applications are now open for the Community Fellow Programme

The University Community Fellow programme is designed as 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. Application process is now open, please see below.

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/flexible-education/community/community-fellows

 

November 2019

A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM FOR CAUSEWAY COAST AND GLENS

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and participate in the Introductory Meeting of the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Engagement Platform held on Wednesday 24th October 2018.

The PLATFORM will provide community representation on Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership. It not only aims to help to build relationships and connect more voices to local public service providers and decision makers but also act as a borough wide PLATFORM for consultation and engagement with the community and voluntary sector. We had a well-attended and enthusiastic first session with representation from a wide range of community & voluntary groups from across the whole Borough. In general discussion focused on the benefits of such a Platform, what it could achieve and how best to make it work. The next session when we intend to explore terms of reference for the group will take place:-

WHEN:       Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7.00pm lasting until 9.00pm

WHERE:      Coleraine West Community Centre, 40 The Rope Walk,  Coleraine, BT51 3EZ

MAP:           https://goo.gl/maps/SmFJ2AbwyvR2

Are you a member of a local community and voluntary group? Are you involved in community development, networking, sports, social enterprise, arts, environment, health or social inclusion? Do you want to help build relationships across the community & voluntary sector of Causeway Coast and Glens and connect more voices to local public service providers and decision making bodies? There is still an opportunity to get involved.

Please sign up to attend by e-mail: community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or contact The Community Planning Team Telephone Number: 028 2766 0202 / 0209

 

October 2018

Get involved with 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 voluntary sector to participate in a Community Engagement Platform.

It 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. It will also provide an opportunity for community representation on Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Partnership.

Councillor Dermot Nicholl, Chairperson of Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership explained “This is an exciting new initiative and it is hoped that those participating will reflect the wide range of groups and communities across the area, with a commitment to representing the views of the wider sector and in turn sharing information and feedback back to communities.”

“Such connections will help grow trust, relationships and ongoing communication across our communities and so we would encourage everyone that has an interest to sign up to attend.”

Participation is open to any interested individual active in the local community and voluntary sector of Causeway Coast and Glens.

An introductory meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th October in The Lodge Hotel in Coleraine at 7pm.

The first meeting will explore the rationale for the platform, the benefits for those involved, including discussion and agreement for the way forward.

Please sign up to attend by e-mailing community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or contact the Community Planning Team by telephoning 028 276 60209.

 

September 2018

 

June 2018

Launch of Causeway Coast and Glens Delivery Plan

                            

Download Causeway Coast and Glens Delivery Plan

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

It 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 outgoing Chair of the Community Planning Strategic Partnership, Alderman William King said: “The focus of the 44 actions outlined in the Delivery Plan is on achieving real outcomes for all who live, work and visit Causeway Coast and Glens. Participating in this process has been very rewarding, particularly through opportunities to work together with all our Community Planning partners representing a wide range of public services.”

Welcoming the Delivery Plan, the new Chair of the Community Planning Strategic Partnership,   Councillor Dermot Nicholl said: “We are confident that actions for delivery will address many of the main issues faced on a regular basis by individuals and communities across the area. It is our priority now to proceed with delivering these actions identified in the plan, and 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 Delivery Plan and feel free to contact our Community Planning Team for further details.

An Easy Read version of the Delivery Plan produced by members of the Compass Advocacy Network Plus, Easy Read Committee, is also available below:

Download Causeway Coast and Glens Easy Read Delivery Plan

 

May 2018                

Participatory Budgeting in Action :  Big Dish Out Events held in Cushendall and Harpur's Hill, Coleraine

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Harpur’s Hill, Coleraine Event                                                                               Cushendall Event

Causeway Coast and Glens is leading the way with a unique participatory budgeting pilot project, the Big Dish Out, giving communities more power over spending in their local neighbourhoods - a different and exciting approach that generates curiosity and energy to encourage citizen participation and to inform the ambition of Community Planning in Causeway Coast and Glens.

Two areas of the Borough are participating in this exciting approach with people in Cushendall in the Glens and Harpur’s Hill/Cross Glebe in Coleraine generating project ideas to improve the wellbeing of local citizens. A Voting Night was recently held in each area with local people, from 10 years and up, voting to decide to which projects should get the money with a total of £3000 per area; a pot of money representing donations from all the partners involved in this project.

Over 100 people participated in both Voting Nights with sixteen projects in each area putting themselves forward for democratic selection. These projects ranged from reducing speed limit in an estate, sustaining red squirrel populations, equipment to de-ice rural roads, music & dancing, a Cheer Leaders Club, growing good mental & physical health, growing wellbeing through gardening, encouraging mutual understanding and respect within the gaelic tradition, a youth drop in, reducing isolation for young parents and the over 50s, improving men’s wellbeing, story-telling, supporting families with autism learn how to sail, growing good inter-generational relationships & celebrating cultural traditions.

The winning projects will be busy over the summer putting them into action with Celebration Events in October to report back to local people on what they did.

Lynne Ballentine from Cross Glebe Community Assocation said: "We have really enjoyed being part of the Big Dish Out.  It created a real buzz in our community with lots of ideas coming forward.  I believe that this pilot programme indicates that local people care about how public money is spent and that participatory budgeting can achieve very positive results."

Martin Magee from Ruari Óg GAC said: “There was a great turn out at Cushendall’s Voting Night from all ages with great collaboration happening between people and groups on the night sharing ideas and resources. I was lucky enough to be present at both the Harpur’s Hill and Cushendall voting evenings and witnessed the buzz, excitement and the ‘feel good’ factor that the event created. I have to say that both of the communities really appreciated the initiative and the hard work and support the Waste No Time team and the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council gave for this activity. We would be really interested in exploring how we could grow the idea of participatory budgeting in the Cushendall area and can’t wait for the next initiative.”

Karin Eyben, from the Waste No Time Partnership, overseeing the project, says ‘We were so pleased by the fantastic range of ideas from young and old to improve the wellbeing of local people and the turn out on the Voting Nights. This is a first small step in exploring whether this approach is of value to local citizens and statutory agencies and whether it might be taken up on a larger scale in this Council area. As one bidder commented, ‘we’re not calling this politics, but this is real democracy in action.’

This innovative approach to local community funding originated in Brazil in the 1980s and is known globally as Participatory Budgeting.  It focuses on community engagement and supporting those that may normally be excluded from traditional and more bureaucratic means of accessing financial support, whilst enabling local people to decide on issues that matter to them. Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is the first Council in Northern Ireland to try out Participatory Budgeting in a local neighbourhood setting.

 

The Waste no Time Team is a partnership project supported by the Building Change Trust and delivered locally by Beyond Skin, Building Communities Resource Centre, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council – Community Development and Community Planning Teams, Charo Lanao-Madden, Compass Advocacy Network, Corrymeela, Jez Hall, Rural Community Network & Triangle Housing Association - a range of organisations and individuals committing time and resources to test out the value of creative citizen engagement.

 

Full details of the events and pilot project are available at www.wastenotime.net or Facebook Waste No Time.

Contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Community Planning Team –

communityplanning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or tel 028 276 60209.

   

School children perform during the Voting Night at Harpur's Hill.     The Big Dish Out, Cushendall

 

 

 

 

16th April 2018

Community Planning Roadshow 2018

In conjunction with Libraries NI, the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Community Planning Team will be hosting information sessions at the following Libraries across the area. Everyone is welcome to come along to the Roadshow and find out more about the new Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan Draft Delivery Plan. If you would like further information please contact the Community Planning Team at:-

TEL: 028 2766 0202 or community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.co.uk

Location

Date

Time

Portstewart Library                           

Town Hall, Portstewart,

BT55 7AB

Wednesday 25th April                      10.00am - 12MD

Limavady Library

Connell Street, Limavady,

BT49 0EA

Friday 27th April 11.00am - 1.00pm

Portrush Library

Causeway Street,

Portrush, BT56 8AB

Monday 30th April 11.00am - 1.00pm

Dungiven Library

Main Street, Dungiven,

BT47 4LE

Wednesday 2nd May 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Coleraine Library

Unit 19, Diamond Centre,

Bridge Street, BT52 1DT

Wednesday 9th May 11.00am - 1.00pm

Garvagh Library

Bridge Street, Garvagh,

BT51 6DT

 

Thursday 10th May 11.00am - 1.00pm

Ballycastle Library

Leyland Road, Ballycastle,

BT54 6DT

Tuesday 15th May 11.00am - 1.00pm

Ballymoney Library

Rodden Foot, Ballymoney,

BT53 6JB

Wednesday 16th May 11.00am - 1.00pm

Kilrea Library

Town Hall, Kilrea,

BT51 5QN

Thursday 17th May 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Cushendall Library

Main Street, Cushendall,

BT44 0RR

Thursday 24th May

2.00pm - 4.00pm                      

 

13th April 2018

Causeway Coast and Glens – Big Dish Out for Cushendall and Cross Glebe, Coleraine

A different and exciting approach to generate curiosity and energy to encourage citizen participation and to inform the ambition of Community Planning in Causeway Coast and Glens.Causeway Coast and Glens is leading the way with a unique pilot project giving communities more power over spending in their local neighbourhoods.              

                                                            

 

Two areas of the Borough are participating in this exciting approach to local people deciding how money is spent on local projects and services. The communities of Cushendall in the Glens and Cross Glebe in Coleraine have been busy generating project ideas to benefit their local communities and will vote to decide which projects should get the money at two community events later this month. As this project has been open to all from 10 years old and up, there have been a number of projects submitted by young people.

The twist is that local people themselves will decide which projects will receive funds to proceed. The local communities from Cushendall and Cross Glebe have been invited along to vote for the projects they would most like to see happen in their area.

Cross Glebe will be the first to host their ‘Big Dish Out’ event on the evening of Thursday 19th April starting off at 7.00pm and taking place in Harpur’s Hill Primary School. One week later, Cushendall community will host their event in the local Sailing and Boating Club at 7.00pm on Thursday 26th April.

If you live in either of these areas and want a say in how these funds are spent you will be very welcome.

Offering her support for the initiative, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Joan Baird OBE said: “I am delighted to see this pilot project taking place in the Causeway Coast and Glens which puts community members at the very heart of the decision-making processes which affect them. People living in Cushendall and Cross Glebe have really got behind the idea and it is fantastic to see this kind of engagement taking place. We received a diverse range of projects and ideas for consideration, including some submitted by our young people and I would like to commend everyone who has been involved for their enthusiasm so far.”

Karin Eyben, Project Coordinator of the Waste No Time Team, overseeing the project, says ‘I am really looking forward to The Big Dish Out events. Both will be unique to their own communities, with one community taking a ‘market-place’ approach, setting out their proposals at stalls, and the other pitching their bids through short presentations. They promise to be lively, fun and exciting – a great opportunity for local people of all ages to decide for themselves how money invested in their local communities is spent. Who better to decide, than local residents who know the needs of their community because they live there?’

This innovative approach to local community funding originated in Brazil in the 1980s and is known globally as Participatory Budgeting.  It focuses on community engagement and supporting those that may normally be excluded from traditional and more bureaucratic means of accessing financial support, whilst enabling local people to decide on issues that matter to them. Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is the first Council in Northern Ireland to try out Participatory Budgeting in a local neighbourhood setting.

The Waste no Time Team is a partnership project supported by the Building Change Trust and delivered locally by Beyond Skin, Building Communities Resource Centre, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Charo Lanao-Madden, Compass Advocacy Network, Corrymeela, Jez Hall, Rural Community Network & Triangle Housing Association - a range of organisations and individuals committing time and resources to test out the value of creative citizen engagement. They have been using different and exciting approaches that generate curiosity and energy to encourage citizen participation and to inform the ambition of Community Planning in Causeway Coast and Glens.

Full details of the events and pilot project are available at www.wastenotime.net or Facebook Waste No Time.

Contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Community Planning Team –

communityplanning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or tel 028 276 60209.

 

10th April 2018

Information update on the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan – Delivery Plan

Draft Delivery Plan - April 2018

Our draft Delivery Plan has been developed using an outcomes based approach in consultation with the community. It focuses on achieving real outcomes for all who live, work and visit Causeway Coast and Glens and sets out a framework around which to achieve them.

We sincerely thank all those who contributed to and attended our public engagement events on our Community Plan. We particularly wish to thank all those who participated in the work of the four Design Delivery Groups to develop a wide-ranging compilation of actions for inclusion in the Causeway Coast and Glens Delivery Plan.

Please take time to read our draft Delivery Plan and feel free to contact our Community Planning Team with any comments not later than Friday 25th May 2018. 

Download Causeway Coast and Glens Draft Delivery Plan

Contact

Email: community.planning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Telephone: 028 2766 0202

In Writing: Community Planning Team

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12th February 2018

Multi-agency Support Hub set to benefit those in need

Pictured at the launch of the Causeway Coast and Glens Multi-Agency Support Hub are (back row) Jonny Donaghy (PCSP Manager), Lynne Bailie (NIAS), Andy Deal (NIFRS), Superintendent Jeremy Lindsay (PSNI), (front row Sergeant Terry McKenna (PSNI), Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE, Anne-Marie McKinney (Western Health &Social Care Trust) and Ashleen Schenning (PCSP Vice-Chair).

Vulnerable people living across the Causeway Coast and Glens are set to benefit from a new multi-agency support hub.

It aims to encourage an ethos of working together to provide appropriate assistance to those in need.

The initiative which involves Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the Department of Justice, PSNI, NIFRS and other statutory agencies, was officially launched this week. It was developed as part of the Community Plan for the area which provides a long term vision for the future based on needs, priorities and opportunities.

Voicing his support for the approach, the Chairperson of Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Tony McCaul said: “By sharing information and working in partnership we will make a real difference to those in our communities who are most in need of help. Timely and effective interventions will have a positive impact on quality of life and contribute to the overall resilience of our communities. Through our Community Plan we want to create ‘a better future together’ and this new hub is a clear sign of this in action. We look forward to developing relationships with our voluntary and charity sector to create a complete collaborative approach.”

Causeway Coast & Glens District Commander Superintendent Jeremy Lindsay said: “The multi-agency approach of the Support Hub helps to create a fuller picture around the person or family unit allowing for early interventions to reduce vulnerability and improve wellbeing. The learning from other pilot schemes is that it’s often the simple and low cost interventions that work the best. Information sharing between the partners means individuals and groups are getting the right help for their particular circumstances.”

The Department of Justice’s Head of Community Safety Division Steven McCourt said: “Support hubs are an important component of the draft Programme for Government.  Support hubs ensure the right support is delivered at the right time, from the most appropriate agencies, to the people who need it most. The help that individuals receive through agencies working together in this way, and sharing information, improves their personal situation, but can also help steer them away from the justice system.”

Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday 28th March in Cloonavin at 1.30pm. Please email pcsp@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk to register your attendance.

 

1st February 2018

Putting young people at the heart of community planning

Gary Mullan, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Community Planning Officer along with Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Commissioner's Youth Panel members Madeline and Mairead and Leo O'Reilly, Permanent Secretary, Department of Communities.

Representatives from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council have attended a conference about the role of young people in community planning.

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People partnered with the Department for Communities for the seminar, which brought community planning partners together to explore their duties and responsibilities under the Children’s Services Co-operation Act. This law makes sure that agencies are working together in the best interests of children.

Community Planning Partnerships, led by local councils, have a wide range of powers and duties to deliver better services and better outcomes for everyone. Community plans identify long-term priorities for improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of districts and residents.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE said: “It is crucial that the voice of our young people is given its rightful place as we plan the future of our area, as they are best placed to identify their current and future needs. A partnership approach is at the heart of community planning and I’m delighted to see the role of our children and young people recognised in the process.”

Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, said: “Community Planning Partnerships have a duty to include children and young people when they develop their plans and then implement their shared vision for their area.  The plans will include delivering better training, education and employment opportunities and outcomes, growing local creative economies and tourism, having fit for purpose transport services, health initiatives and safer communities.