North Down Community Network

North Down Community Network located in central Bangor is an independent organisation which supports the development of community / voluntary organisations within the North Down Borough.  Established in 1999 the NDCN moved into its Resource Centre in 2000 providing a one-stop-shop for the community and voluntary sector.

NDCN is a registered charity and its main funders currently are the DSD through its Community Investment Fund, Investing for Health, North Down Borough Council’s Multi Annual Grant and PEACE III.  NDCN has a management committee which comprises of representation from six community, six voluntary and four statutory organisations, ensuring it is always community and voluntary led.  The support services provided by NDCN to the local community and voluntary groups are summarised below:

  • Support community and voluntary sector groups around all issues relating to good governance and best practice;
  • Provide contact point and facilities for local groups who do not have a base;
  • Provide local base for IFH throughout North Down;
  • Through the Resource Centre we offer meeting facilities, funding support, IT suite and training;
  • User (Resource Centre) community and voluntary groups, statutory organisations, and individuals.

Current North Down Community Network Projects:

01 Community Development

Develop structures at a local level to empower groups to initiate solutions.

02 Capacity Building / Skills Training

Assist local groups to increase their skills and develop strong, confident communities through community based learning.

03 Health Promotion

Work to the IFH Strategy through the Community Development and Health Worker by providing a series of programmes for local communities aimed at improving health and emotional well being.

04 Support TSN Areas

Through the Community Investment Fund programme support the growth and development of groups in areas of weak infrastructure, by information sharing, administration, good governance, training and practical assistance.

05 Equality and Good Relations

Development of joint initiatives between communities, to explore prejudices, tolerances and understanding of their own and other cultures through PEACE III Programmes.

06 Networking / Good Practice

Bring local communities together and provide opportunities to network, build working relationships and share good practice. Highlight regional support provided through the Community Development Networks Forum. Provide information on relevant topics to the community, voluntary and statutory sectors.

07 Community Arts Projects

Develop community arts projects with individuals and local communities to explore and highlight local issues, develop talents and skills and build personal self esteem and confident communities.

08 Resource Services

Provide access to administrative support, newssheet production, signposting, funding information, use of equipment, IT suite and meeting rooms are available in North Down Community Resource Centre