Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland – announcing our project participants

June 12, 2018

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Today (12 June 2018,) the Carnegie UK Trust has announced the successful participants of our Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project.  The Community Planning Partnerships working in the following local authority areas were selected to receive financial and in-kind support from the Trust for the next 2.5 years:

  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council;
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council; and
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, said:

“I would like to congratulate the three successful Partnerships from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; Derry City and Strabane District Council; and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. We look forward to working with the three Community Planning Partnerships until 2020, but also to investing our in-kind resources, support networks, and convening power into improving local wellbeing outcomes for all across Northern Ireland.

“All of the local authorities in Northern Ireland are to be commended for their commitment to Community Planning.  It was clear that so much work has gone into ensuring that the Community Plans reflect the local needs and aspirations of the communities they serve.

“Wellbeing is at the heart of every Council’s Community Plans.  Through our Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project we believe we will see real changes not just to the work of the three Council’s which have been successful, but to the everyday lives of each citizen in Northern Ireland as community planning starts to take shape.”

Aideen McGinley, Carnegie UK Trust Board Member and Chair of the new Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project Advisory Group, added:

“Through our Expression of Interest process, the Advisory Group saw some fantastic examples of the spirit of Community Planning in action, and we’re delighted to be able to shine a light on these so that Northern Ireland can lead the way across the UK and Ireland in Community Planning.

“As part of the three year programme, operating from 2018 to 2020, our peer-to-peer support model will allow the participating Community Planning Partnerships to learn from each other and that of international best practice in addressing common themes and similar challenges, and share this with other local authorities in Northern Ireland.

“This project is not just about Councils, but about making a difference to the lives of citizens through Community Planning.  We commend the Councils who have been successful and hope that each Council in Northern Ireland can benefit from sharing experiences and best practice learning.”

Roger Wilson, Chair of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Community Planning Partnership and Council Chief Executive, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Carnegie Trust UK to realise our shared vision of creating a borough that has a happy, healthy and connected community, a vibrant and sustainable economy and appealing places for living, working and learning. Being selected to take part in this project is a great endorsement of the commitment shown and work already undertaken to date by our Community Planning Partnership to align our priorities with the draft Programme for Government and ensure wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, said the support would assist in achieving Derry and Strabane’s Strategic Growth Plan aspiration of local people ‘living long, healthy and fulfilling lives’.

“This investment by the Carnegie UK Trust represents the first significant support for Community Planning and the wellbeing agenda at a local level in Northern Ireland. Derry City and Strabane District Council is delighted to be participating in what will be an exciting and challenging project that will improve the wellbeing of not just the residents of the Derry and Strabane area, but communities right across Northern Ireland.”

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Lisburn & Castlereagh Strategic Community Planning Partnership, said:

From community groups, businesses and churches through to individuals and families, the Lisburn & Castlereagh Strategic Community Planning Partnership has worked hard to engage with as many stakeholders as possible during the development of our Community Plan.  We have recently launched our Community Planning Action Plan detailing the work that will be undertaken over the next two years to meet community needs.  As a partnership we look forward to building on this, working across the Lisburn Castlereagh area to ensure that Wellbeing is embedded in everything we do.”

Notes to Editor:

For more information on the project please visit here or contact Lauren Pennycook, Senior Policy and Development Officer, at [email protected].

Follow @CarnegieUKTrust and hashtag #NIwellbeing for project updates.

For more info on Wellbeing please visit Wellbeing. What’s in a name?

What is wellbeing?  Societal wellbeing means everyone having what they need to live well now and in the future. More than health and wealth, it includes having friends and loved ones, the ability to contribute meaningfully to society and the ability to set our own direction and make choices about our own lives.  While countries and cultures have some differences in what they think is necessary to live well, there is a remarkable similarity across developed countries. We all want our citizens to be healthy, wealthy and wise.

Project Advisory Group members, participating in the project in an advisory and personal capacity, as are below:

  • Aideen McGinley (Chair) Trustee Carnegie UK Trust
  • Colm Bradley Director Community Places
  • Paul Braithwaite Programme Leader Building Change Trust
  • Siobhan Carey Chief Executive Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
  • Kieran Donnelly Comptroller and Audit General Northern Ireland Audit Office
  • Katrina Godfrey Director of the Programme for Government and Executive Support
  • Northern Ireland Executive
  • Nancy Hey Director What Works Wellbeing
  • Helen Johnston Senior Policy Analyst National Economic and Social Council
  • Derek McCallan Chief Executive Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA)
  • Majella McCloskey Senior Manager – CES Belfast Office Centre for Effective Services
  • Pamela McCreedy Local Government Auditor Northern Ireland Audit Office
  • Joanne McDowell Northern Ireland Director Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland
  • Brenda Kent CENI and Inspiring Impact NI
  • Dawn Snape Assistant Director, Wellbeing, Inequalities, Sustainability and Environment (WISE) Division Office for National Statistics
  • Jennifer Wallace Head of Policy Carnegie UK Trust
  • Louise Warde-Hunter Deputy Secretary Department for Communities, Northern Ireland Executive