Health, Social and Environmental Wellbeing


The purpose of the network is to develop member awareness and capacity in relation to community planning and wellbeing and to lobby for strengthened legislation, guidance and support for councils in this regard.

Councillor John Coyle Chair

Network Members - Cllr John Coyle (F&O) Chair, Rachel Ferguson (D&S) Vice-Chair, Cllr Roisin Lynch (A&N), Cllr Richard Smart (A&ND), Cllr Thomas Larkham (ABC), Cllr Michael Donnelly (BCC), Cllr Stephanie Quigley (CCG), Cllr Paul Gallagher (D&S), Cllr Victor Warrington (F&O), Cllr Hazel Legge (LCCC) and Cllr John McDermott (MEA). 

  • Democratic Scrutiny of: Departmental and partner organisation input in relation to climate change mitigation, community mental and physical wellbeing, leisure provision, community safety, regulatory issues, energy efficiency, fuel poverty and to develop regional policy approaches on these and related issues.
  • Monitoring the progress of the relationship between government departments and councils on community, health and environment issues, including relationships with arms-length bodies
  • Oversight of the partnership work between local and central government and partners on delivery of a circular economy and waste management in NI.

DAERA, DfC, DfE, DfH, DfI, DoJ and TEO, SOLACE, Community Places, Carnegie UK, NICVA, Sustainable NI, NI Strategic Migration Partnership, APSE, What Works Centre for Wellbeing and Inspiring Impact. 

‘Informed Community Planning: Role of Data and Evidence’ 15/02/19

The aim of the workshop was to build a shared understanding for enhancing knowledge and use of data and evidence to inform community planning. Learning Outcomes: • Improve understanding of data and evidence, whey they are important, where to find information, what support is available and how to use it. • Increase confidence and competence in using evidence to make robust and strong decisions about the future of their council area. • Ensure council is targeting resources in the most impactful way. • Safeguard council’s reputation as a responsible decision-making body.

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