What’s happening in this area?
Health and Well-being
Extern NI are leading delivery on a Health and Wellbeing Programme which is addressing underlying community and personal issues around mental health and wellbeing. The project has raised awareness of available services in the area while recruiting and training a cohort of community champions and providing a befriending/ mentoring service and providing targeted holistic interventions to families within the community, tackling issues such as substance abuse and addiction, social isolation and mental health.
Community Capacity Building
Through the Equip Capacity Building project Intercomm Ireland have supported 12 voluntary and community sector organisations to increase their capacity. The project has provided opportunity for groups to focus on their own needs and development goals and included an organisational health check, training and support and the opportunity for groups to develop their own project. Moving forward Intercomm Ireland will continue to work with community groups and individuals to increase the number of people participating in community life, improve their skills and confidence and reduce the space for paramilitary organisations to operate. It will support individuals who aspire to be role models in the community, equipping them with relevant training and skills.
The Equip Community Safety project, delivered by Intercomm Ireland has facilitated the establishment of a community safety forum involving local people who are working together to address local community safety issues. Moving forward the project will continue to address community safety issues of concern, strengthen the existing community safety forum and working in partnership with PSNI to make both areas a safer place to live.
Raising Aspirations of young people
Intercomm Ireland are working with 4-16yr olds and their parents to improve their educational attainment and raise their aspirations in terms of employment for the future.
Culture and Identity
The Equip Arts and Culture project has worked with individuals across both the Carrickfergus & Larne CIT areas to deliver a series of cultural events which celebrated the positive aspects of culture and heritage of the area. The project also worked with groups and individuals to train them through arts and culture skills development. Moving forward the project will focus on the addressing the poverty of aspirations of young people and provide an opportunity to increase participation in arts and culture through a positive narrative of British culture.
The STARS (Striving Towards a Restorative Society) project is being delivered by Community Restorative Justice Ireland and NI Alternatives. The project aims to increase the use of restorative practice within community settings. The project will raise awareness of restorative practices and upskill organisations and their staff to use restorative approaches in their work.
Ex Prisoner Support
The ACT Initiative are delivering an Ex Prisoner Support Programme in four Communities in Transition areas, including Carrickfergus and Larne. The project seeks to build acceptance of ex-prisoners in the community and realise the positive contribution to society they have to make. It also includes an element of support services including advocacy, welfare rights and mental health support.
Funded by The Executive Office