The Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland which reported in 2015 contributed to the development of the wellbeing outcomes approach in the draft Programme for Government. The Trust is keen to continue our work in Northern Ireland and we believe that working with stakeholders at local government level presents a significant opportunity to support them to bridge the gap between the aspirations for Northern Ireland and the outcomes for local people.
After an Expression of Interest process, the Trust’s new project will now offer financial and in-kind support for up to three Community Planning Partnerships in Northern Ireland to implement a local wellbeing outcomes approach in the following local authority areas:
- Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council;
- Derry City and Strabane District Council; and
- Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
The project will support the Community Planning Partnerships to overcome challenges in implementing their Community Plan which they identified as a priority in the project’s Expression of Interest process. The participants will share the learning from project with the other Community Planning Partnerships to help improve local wellbeing outcomes across Northern Ireland.
The Trust is also developing an Embedding Wellbeing support network to harness the enthusiasm and expertise of stakeholders who are supportive of the project, for project participants and the wider Community Planning Partnerships across Northern Ireland to utilise throughout the duration of the programme. For more information on the support network please email Lauren Pennycook.