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We appreciate that dedicated people run community groups and organisations, and many of them are volunteers, therefore North Down Community Network are committed to supporting community groups and organisations in a range of ways to best meet needs and priorities.

Our Community Development Worker, Ashleigh Hunter, and other staff in NDCN are available to offer services such as:

  • Community Group Health Checks
  • Support for Community Events
  • Community Practitioners Forum
  • Training & Funding Support
  • Charity Registration

Community Practitioners Forum

Here in NDCN, we are committed to doing things better, preparing to respond positively to change and to collaborate as much as possible. Genuine partnership is essential for this.

As resources across the Community Voluntary Sector continue to be stretched, we celebrate the dedicated people who are working hard to continue to make important and positive changes in their communities and/or areas of interest. One of the strongest examples of shared learning and working in partnership is the Community Practitioners Forum, which is facilitated by North Down Community Network.

Each month representatives from some of the larger residential estates/areas from across North Down meet together to collaborate and support each other. The following organisations are involved:

  • Bloomfield Community Association
  • Breezemount Community Association
  • Clandeboye Village Community Association
  • Conlig Regeneration Group
  • Rathgill Community Association
  • Whitehill Community Association

Training and Funding Support


There are a range of training opportunities for Community groups and organisations to avail of at NDCN, they include:

  • Good Governance
  • Management Committee Training
  • Taking the Fear out of Finances – basic finance procedures
  • Community Policies & Procedures
  • Strategy Planning

Training can be provided on a one-to-one basis with committees or small groups, as well as at an individual level if that works best. Also, if there are any training needs not mentioned, then please just get in touch and we will work with you to tailor a programme to meet your needs.


Fundraising is one of the most challenging areas of activity for groups and organisations.  NDCN regularly share information about funding grants and opportunities, as well as provide one-to-one and small group sessions to support in completing applications.

Community Group Health Checks

Often Management Committees and volunteers are so busy arranging events and supporting residents/members that it can be difficult to take the time to review their organisation’s policies, procedures and services to ensure everything is up to date or effectively plan for the future.

North Down Community Network can help. We can visit with your group and do a ‘health check’ which will informally take you through a process to get a sense of what areas of your group/organisation are working well, and what other areas could benefit from some extra support – which we can help with too.

So if you are considering how to better support volunteers, how to train your committee or how to ensure your policies and procedures are up to date, then why not get in touch and we will get a ‘health check’ organised.

Community Events

We appreciate that Community people are best placed to determine what makes a community event a great one!  If you require help in promoting the event please send us your event details and we can certainly promote this for you via our regular ezine and social media posts. 

For further information on any of the above, please contact Ashleigh Hunter:

Telephone – 028 9146 1386

Email –

The Community Hub