Small Grants Scheme – Health & Social Wellbeing (NICHI Projects) 2014/15

1 07 2014

Community Health

The Networks Involving Communities in Health Improvement (NICHI) Project  is now inviting applications to its small grants scheme for innovative projects that aim to improve health and social wellbeing. The scheme is open to community and voluntary groups that operate within the ten Council areas of the Northern area – Antrim, Carrickfergus,  Newtownabbey, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Moyle, Larne, Cookstown, Magherafelt & Coleraine.

 Grants of up to £1000 are available for projects that aim to improve health and social wellbeing by making healthy choices easier, reducing health inequalities and building local communities. NICHI particularly welcomes proposals which address poverty and/or social isolation and which target the top 30% most disadvantaged Super Output Areas in the PHA Northern Locality.

 The fund is open for applications from Thursday 26th June until Tuesday 19th August 2014. Please contact your local Network (details below) for an application pack which will provide further information on who can apply and what can be funded.

 For groups in Ballymena, Ballymoney, Larne & Moyle, contact North Antrim Community Network (Veronica McKinley) on 02821 772100 or

 The NICHI Small Grants Scheme is supported by funding from the Public Health Agency. It is separate from and in addition to the recently advertised Grants Scheme for Promoting Mental and Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention.

Cunningham welcomes news of shared education campus for Ballycastle High School and Cross and Passion College

1 07 2014

Shared Education Campus

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor and Chair of Moyle Council Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the Department of Education announcement which will allow the joint Ballycastle High School/Cross and Passion College Shared Campus project to proceed to the planning stage.

Councillor Cunningham, a member of the Board of Governors at Cross and Passion College who had been part of the joint delegation who met the Education Minister said

“The co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School is proof that Shared Education works, both schools can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.”

“The project which envisages two new core schools and two shared centres, one at Ballycastle High for STEM subjects and one at Cross and Passion for Performance and Creative Arts will further develop  and enrich the sharing and educational experiences of the pupils from both schools. “