North Coast, Northern Ireland
028 7055 9504

Our Company

Lived Experience Experts

We LIVE mental health
to inspire and empower others 

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.

life-changing accountable

The Project name was derived from and symbolizes the many different concepts and characteristics of the tiny hummingbird. Because of its wing speed the hummingbird is known as a messenger and stopper of time, teaching us to pause and observe our life. The hummingbird is able to fly backwards, forwards and hover in place, teaching us that although we can look back on our past we should learn not to dwell on it. To get the most out of our lives we should strive to move forward and to savour each moment and appreciate the things we love. The most of resilent of birds, it often migrates 4000 miles every year – toughness in small and delicate form. The hummingbird teaches us to laugh, enjoy creativity and is a reminder for us to be persistent in the pursuit of our dreams and strive to adopt both their and our own tenacity and uniqueness.

More about us

Our Team

The team within The Hummingbird Project have been working within the Mental Health voluntary sector for over 20 years.


Our Advisory Board

An awarding winning, impactful and innovative Social Enterprise needs the advice and inspiration of a great advisory board.


Our Partners

The Hummingbird works best when in partnership with organisations who are at the grass roots of our communities.

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