PWC GameChanger update:
Last week on the 28th of august the GameChanger participants had the pleasure of visiting Glenariff glens, in the beautiful landscape in the Antrim glens. there they completed an evaluation of the programme so far.
James McAleese stated: “Emerging is a complex and harrowing set of back stories, a challenging mix of needs, goals and barriers, a toxic blend of drug abuse and emotional well being issues, and now, some hope appearing, a clearer picture of an achievable future, some short and longer-term plans, goals and gains. The process of re-generating pride, passion and purpose in chaotic lives is ongoing and real.
There is hope for all of these young people and real gains/wins are being made with all of them.”
Delighted to be delivering our Level 1 Emotional Resilience Training to members of staff from WD Meats Coleraine over two weeks in July and August. The participants unanimously agreed that gaining skills in building and maintaining resilience is the key to sustaining positive mental health. Thanks to Sharon Finlay for the welcome and we look forward to working with the company in the future.
14th December 2018
We’re delighted to announce we have been chosen as the PwC Challenge Partner for 2019. Chosen by a panel of independent experts including Professor Siobhan O’Neill of the University of Ulster , over £40,000 will be donated to the programme designed to address Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the Bytes Project and Kippie CIC . Working with young people in North and West Belfast, we aim to co-create a resilience-based programme to promote real emotional skills and embed mental health peer champions within their communities.
22nd November 2018
We were delighted to be invited by Amplify NI to tell our story at their storytelling event to highlight the power that communities and people have when they come together to address social change. The night was truly inspiring and we hope that we contributed to the atmosphere with our vision to empower people to determine their own emotional well-being and resilience.
21st November 2018
What a great announcement! We have been awarded an ARTiculate grant by the Arts Council NI to work with young people in our area, encouraging them to build their own resilience skills through art activities. We will be working with Big Telly Theatre Co. to enable participants to explore soundscapes and become more attuned to their Inner Echo.
19th October 2018
What a brilliant evening at the Social Enterprise Awards 2018, we had such a fabulous time. Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended.
It was a fantastic night and even though we didn’t win in our category we did win the beautiful centrepiece!! It’s wonderful to see the inspiring work being carried out in this sector and with the dedication of each and every member it’s only ever getting #stronger
We are absolutely thrilled to announce we have been shortlisted in the ‘Social Impact’ category in the upcoming Social Enterprise Awards on the 19th October. 🤞
Colin Flinn – our new Chair, spoke after our latest Board meeting,
“At our board meeting of The Hummingbird Project NI in our new premises at Portstewart. I’m honoured to be chosen a Chair of this project promoting mental health resilience.
See the Hummingbird logo produced skillfully in wood by a Men’s Shed with whom we have worked.
A lot of effort by our staff and volunteers has gone into making our premises at The Strand Portstewart welcoming and relaxing, right down to the wallpaper cartoon panel in the toilet!
The Hummingbird Project is a social enterprise that provides support to all members of the mental health family in a safe, warm-hearted space
The Hummingbird Project is an independent and registered Community Interest Company. The Project aims to support people who have suffered from or are suffering from mental ill health. We have a keen interest in recovery and working collectively within local communities, using a community development approach, to improve people’s mental health, life circumstances and reduce stigma.”
7th May 2018
We have been quiet for the last few weeks because we have been super busy! Launched the first phase of our young people’s resilience building project, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. We’ve already had some amazing sessions with a group of spectacular 8-11 year olds, co-designing and using their voices to help other young people in the future. ALSO…we have secured our first premises in Portstewart 😬😬😬 Painting, building and furniture sourcing to get open and ready to provide services to everyone on the North Coast…we’ll keep you posted 🤗
26th April 2018
We have begun workshop sessions with Amplify on The People’s Accelerator. By joining the People’s Accelerator, we have the opportunity to develop our project in a supportive and fun environment; to be part of a community of people who share our commitment to tackling social issues and inequalities; to affirm our capacity to realise our idea, and to get access to a network of others who have had similar journeys. The People’s Accelerator is an initiative by Amplify NI, and powered by The Young Foundation. It is funded by Big Lottery Fund.
12th April 2018
Gala in Aid of The Goliath Trust
Our co-director Leigh Carey attended the magnificent Gala in aid of The Goliath Trust on the 11th April in the Europa Hotel, Belfast. Now and then, we have the privilege of meeting truly inspirational people but none more so than Senator George Mitchell. With our keen interest in the preventative ethos to ensure good emotional health it was a great opportunity to support children in our community and connecting with the Goliath Trust and their work is great.
20th February 2018
PLEASE HELP! So the The Hummingbird Project is tentatively moving towards having its first permanent office space. We have waited a long time – to remain lean, to respond to geographical need and because we needed to wait until we found something that was truly special. We needed a space that wasn’t just an office, it had to reflect our ethos and therapeutic model, to allow comfort, hope, free thinking and allow people to feel better just by being there. And we think we have found it, in the heart of the north coast, steps from the beach, with big windows and parking and in a beautiful building, happy days. We now have to task of furnishing it in a way that continues with the well-being theme… unconventional and awesome… but unfortunately, this usually means expensive 🙄. It is so important for this space to be special, so I’m calling all those who identify with what we are trying to do to make this happen. It’s just one big room….advice, donations and good deals all welcome.
16th January 2018
We are excited and honoured to have been awarded the ideas and pioneers grant from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. With this funding and support we will be doing groundbreaking work with children and young people to co-develop and create early intervention and prevention tools and workshops to strengthen their confidence, emotional resilience and coping strategies. We will support young people to become social innovators, to use their experiences and creativity to help and support others. It’s pretty exciting…bring it on 🤗
12th December 2017
Many thanks to The Community Foundation for inviting us to be a part of your Christmas Celebration, was a proper festive, relaxed and hopeful evening 🎄🤗
9th December 2017
Proud of us Hummingbirds to have won our pitch to receive Unltd funding to strengthen our connections with other inspiring professionals and make our training be the best in the recovery business. 2018 is going to be a cracker 😊
13th November 2017
A couple of heartwarming quotes from participants of our recent “Why Work” program that was delivered to a group of Steps to Success and ESA clients…
“Thank you very much. I am leaving motivated to do a lot more and find out what I really want to do in terms of work. Good luck with everything yous do in the future and again thank you” (3 smiley faces after this quote!)
“Down to earth, realistic approach with the right amount of humour. Thought provoking and worth the time and would be happy to meet again. Thanks.”
Thanks so much to Network Personnel for organising the training and giving us a chance to meet this marvelous group. Barriers to employment can be overcome! 😊😊😊
17th October 2017
Had a great couple of weeks delivering our “Why Work?” program over 2 half day sessions to Network Personnel clients in Magherafelt, who have been struggling to overcome their work barriers and get confident and motivated to step into the world of work. The feedback from Network Personnel staff and the participants has been amazing, anyone interested in finding out about the course and how we can help clients, pop through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a couple of feedback quotes from participants…
“Really inspirational course, reference to personal experience was incredibly motivating and relevant. Group exercises and interactivity of the course was very transferable.”
“Thank you very much. I am leaving motivated to do a lot more and find out what I really want to do in terms of work. Good luck with everything yous do in the future and again thank you”
15th September 2017
We are excited and honoured to be shortlisted in “One to Watch” category for the 2017 Social Enterprise Awards. When you are working hard to get funding, win contracts and gain respect as a new organisation, getting recognition from your peers that they believe in your vision and commitment is humbling and heartwarming. Yay!!
30th March 2017
Visited the Be safe Be well men’s shed in Limavady yesterday to see their wonderful premises and chat about how we can work together to improve the lives of the men in our community. Exciting that they have a new shed opening in a few weeks in Portstewart!
9th march 2017
Had a fantastic day at the inaugural Female Entrepreneurs Conference. So many inspiring people being helpful and supportive to each other. Be bold people!!!
22nd January 2017
Excited to be starting off the year working alongside the NHSCT Emotional Health & Wellbeing Hubs to provide Recovery Mentoring to their clients. Building a one to one relationship with a client to help them with their recovery journey and overcome barriers is a rewarding and humbling experience. We are so lucky to do this job everyday 😊
9th December 2016
We were delighted to attend the launch of the Network Shed in Magherafelt yesterday. This venue has been established by Network Personnel for people of all age and sex to come together to talk, create and develop friendships. We look forward to working alongside you guys in the new year.
28th September 2016
A very interesting and informative morning spent at the State of the Sector launch at NICVA with Communities Minister Paul Givan….and a wonderful surprise to come out to one of the Ulster Orchestra’s 50 pop up concerts to mark their 50th anniversary.