Lived Experience Experts
We LIVE mental health
to inspire and empower
The Hummingbird Project (The Project) is an independent and registered Community Interest Company. The Project executive team have over 25 years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector specifically within mental health. We have a keen interest in recovery and resilience and working collectively within local communities, using a community education approach, to improve peoples’ mental health, life circumstances and reduce stigma.
What makes us unique is our approach. We are pioneering the use of lived-experience (LEx) in a professional context, adding it to our learned and practiced experience to enhance the outcomes for our clients. This innovative and daring approach aims to lead by example – and it works for our clients. They tell us that our authenticity is what makes all the difference to their ability to recover and become resilient.
The Project sits in the progressive environment of a new vision of mental health that is rooted in community, moving beyond the medical model and embraces recovery as identified by the Bamford Review as a key social issue in Northern Ireland. The Hummingbird Project provides a much-needed addition to current services which are user led, forward thinking and organic in its response to seek out new opportunities for social development.