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The Elevate Programme – developing skills in your community

The Public Health Agency commissioned the Community Development & Health Network (CDHN) to develop and deliver a new programme of support for the community, voluntary and public sectors. The Elevate Programme will provide opportunities for the development and sharing of skills, knowledge and expertise in community development as a way to tackle health inequalities and is now well underway. The funding for Elevate is provided by the Public Health Agency through the Transformation Work Stream.

The Programme has a strong emphasis on skills development which is being delivered in three main ways:

•    Through the provision of online training
•    Through face to face training in each Trust area
•    Through the delivery of the Mentoring Programme

Who’s involved?

A team of four is now in place and they are looking forward to building connections and developing capacity in their areas. They come with a wealth of skills, knowledge and enthusiasm and you can read all about them here

CDHN is working in partnership with Prospect Awards, Rural Community Network and Community Evaluation NI.  Lead mentoring organisations have been appointed in each Trust area as follows.

•    Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP) - Northern Trust area
•    Co Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN) - South Eastern Trust area
•    ARC Healthy Living Centre - Western Trust area
•    Supporting People and Communities Every Day (SPACE) - Southern area
•    Women's Tec - Belfast Trust area


The Elevate Portal is now live with many resources, tools and training opportunities. The portal will develop month on month as case studies, journals and reports are gathered and training modules are added. View the site here


To support the mentoring work in the Programme, the Elevate Team is developing a Mentoring Guide. This will sit alongside the new Grants scheme that PHA has supported, giving us an opportunity to embrace local creativity and thinking that will make a difference in grass roots communities. The Mentoring and Grants Programme for community and voluntary organisations and groups is now open. The programme will offer five local groups/organisations in each Health & Social Care Trust area the opportunity to take part in a five-month programme from October 2019 to February 2020. Successful applicants will be supported by the Mentoring Organisation in their area to work through plans and activities to take forward the health inequalities idea outlined in their application form. This will involve one to one meetings, group discussions and best practice visits with other groups/organisations over the five-month period of the programme. There will be opportunities for new learning, mentoring support, connecting with others and developing skills that will bring the applicants’ grant ideas to life. Closing date – Friday 13 September at 4pm.

Download the Application Form here
Download the Guidance Notes here

Capacity Building Programme 

Our Elevate team will facilitate a range of workshops under the Capacity Building Training part of the Elevate Programme. Delivered across a range of locations in Northern Ireland, the workshops will offer learning and development on community development principles, health inequalities and time for reflection and sharing ideas at community level. Training dates are available on this link

For further information on any aspect of the new Elevate Programme, please contact Catherine Murnin on 028 3026 4606 or email