“You can be part of the solution to some of the problems in your area as opposed to accepting the status quo...it has given me hope…”
A collective member talking about the co-production pilot.
|The Duneane Collective|
Over the last two years my organisation has engaged with 29 people, some of whom had no previous involvement within their community. The group have gone on to establish themselves as the ‘Duneane Collective’. Trust has been built and relationships have developed. This helped much of the community to view the Council differently but also they were able to explore their role within the community and also their relationships to each other. It has shown the Council and other statutory partners that there is great merit in engaging with communities in a different way.
The Collective have:
• developed an asset map of their area
• created a health and wellbeing catalogue
• established a Timebanking working group
• organised a community spirit day
• managed their own budget
• designed their own logo and vision statement.
They are currently planning ways in which they can address health and wellbeing issues that they as a group have identified as important for their community. This is just one example of what can happen with the Community Health Champion programme from the Community Development and Health Network.
Asset mapping. Shifting from: “We don’t have” to: “Look what we do have!”
This project has been developed over a period of two years and it has a co-production focus and has relied on 6 principles of co-production throughout its development. Since October 2015 Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council through its Joint Working Arrangements Steering Group (JWA) with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) and the Northern Health and Social Care Board (NHSCB) have been investing in a co-production pilot in Toomebridge. It has been:
• recognising people as assets
• building on people’s existing capabilities
• promoting mutuality and reciprocity
• developing peer networks
• breaking down barriers between professionals and recipients
• facilitating rather than delivering.
The Duneane project has been a very exciting opportunity to work in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and people from the Toomebridge area in Co. Antrim. Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) is Northern Ireland’s leading organisation working to empower communities, improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.