The Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) is Northern Ireland’s leading organisation working to empower communities and tackle health inequalities using community development.


Community Development and Health Network provides a wide range of training and support services to community, voluntary and public sector organisations (including statutory health and local government) on issues relating to health and wellbeing and tackling health inequalities.  We offer short courses (accredited and non-accredited), independent facilitation, bespoke training programmes or tailored consultancy support in the following areas.


Community Health Champions

Participants are encouraged to use their own knowledge and experience to support, signpost and encourage individuals to engage in activities which promote health and wellbeing within their communities.  Participants leave with the skills and confidence to work with their own communities to enhance health and wellbeing.

Skills for Wellbeing Volunteers: This programme also includes a short one day programme which introduces participants to the role of CHC.

Community Health Champions (CHC) Support Training: Organisations which work with CHCs will have the opportunity to explore and develop the issues and areas of work identified by the CHCs. It provides the opportunity to plan future areas of work based on the knowledge and experience of local people.

Group Work Skills

Participants are enabled to identify and demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and deliver group session using community development values to address health and wellbeing within communities. Group work skills emphasises the importance of groups as a tool in building the confidence and capacity of people within communities. 


Introductory Workshop: Short introduction to the values and principles of co-production.

Community Co-Production for Improved Health and Wellbeing: This half day training introduces participants to the practice and principles of co-production within a community setting. This is useful to people, volunteers or group members who are involved in community activities.

Community Co-Production for Improved Health and Wellbeing within Organisations: A full day of training for people who are working within communities either as paid workers or statutory employees who are engaging with local communities. This training will be useful to improve co-production within your organisations to improve community health and wellbeing.

Community Development Values into Practice

This is a half day course which will introduce participants to the values and principles within community development and how to apply this to their situation. Suitable for anyone who is new to community devleopment work or to refresh knowledge. 

Community Development and Health

Community Development and Improved Health within Communities: This half day training will introduce participants to how they can use community development to improve health within their communities. Suitable for local people involved in community based projects or for those who are new to working with communities on health and wellbeing related projects.
Practice Based Community Development for Improved Health: This full day training course gives participants the opportunity to explore how they can use community development to improve health and wellbeing for the groups they work with. Suitable for paid workers or those who have experience of leading community based projects around health and wellbeing.
Health for the Community: This half day training provides a basis for those who are interested in understanding health within the community setting. A good introduction for volunteers or people who are interested in improving health and wellbeing within their community.

The Wider Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in your Community: This training programme is a full day and participants will leave having a better understanding of the wider determinants of health and how they affect communities.

Addressing Health Inequalities within Community Settings through Community Development: This is a one day training session and includes the completion of an online workbook for OCN accreditation. The training will give participants the opportunity to understand what contributes to health inequalities within their community and ways to start addressing this using community development. 

Asset Mapping

This is an introduction to the practicalities of beginning to develop an asset map. This can be tailored to your organisation, your geographical area or your population  group. This training is between a half day and a full day depending on the size of group and target area. May need to be delivered over two sessions.

Reflective Practice

Participants learn how to critically reflect on their practice. They have the opportunity to learn how to write case stories using CDHN's reflective case story template.

Engagement Practice

Participants have the opportunity to review their current engagement practice and begin to look at ways in which they can build relationships with those people or communities that find it difficult to engage through the present mechanisms. This explores the values of community development and relating to practice.

Project Planning with Impact Practice

Participants learn the key elements of managing community based projects addressing health and well being issues. This includes best practice in community development, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, impact practice and publicity. 

Bespoke Training Services

We have a range of programmes that we can tailor to your organisation needs. We work with our partners to develop programmes which are relevant and appropriate to the organisation. Our facilitators use a variety of methods to engage participants and use their knowledge and experience to enhance the content of the sessions.


For all enquiries on training, please email or call us on 028 3026 4606