Today (April 9 2018) sees the launch of the Carnegie UK Trust’s largest single investment within its current Strategic Plan to improve wellbeing anywhere across the UK, as it seeks expressions of interest from Community Planning Partnerships in Northern Ireland for support to implement a wellbeing outcomes approach.
“The Carnegie UK Trust has developed a strong reputation as an advocate for wellbeing frameworks which allow governments to measure social progress for citizens in a meaningful way since the first Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring What Matters in Scotland in 2010.
“Following research and analysis, we will build on our work here in Northern Ireland. We look forward to working with partners to build on the legacy of the Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland.
“Just as we worked with the Northern Ireland Executive and partners, influencing the outcomes-based approach and focus on wellbeing in the draft Programme for Government, we want to offer practical support to local government and Community Planning Partnerships to implement a wellbeing outcomes approach.”
The Trust’s new project will offer significant financial and in-kind support for up to three Community Planning Partnerships in Northern Ireland to implement a wellbeing outcomes approach through their Community Plan. The project will support the participating Community Planning Partnerships to overcome challenges which they themselves have identified as a priority.
Aideen McGinley, Carnegie UK Trust Board Member and Chair of the new Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project Advisory Group, added:
“A lot of work has gone into ensuring that Northern Ireland’s Community Plans reflect local priorities. We are now offering support to implement the Plans, to help ensure that they make a difference in the communities they serve. We encourage all Community Planning Partnerships to apply.
“We look forward to working with Community Planning Partnerships to generate learning for other local authorities and their partners, to help improve wellbeing for all communities in Northern Ireland. We are excited about this significant opportunity for Northern Ireland to showcase the local wellbeing outcomes approach to others across the UK and beyond”.
As part of the three year programme, operating from 2018 to 2020, a peer-to-peer support model will be developed to allow the Community Planning Partnerships to learn from each other and that of international best practice in addressing similar challenges, and share this with other local authorities in Northern Ireland.