In 2020/21 we thrived online as our team worked hard to adapt our community-building and health promotion activity to circumstances that none of us could have predicted. That's the conclusion we came to when we sat down to look back on the year we've had as an organisation and draft our Impact Report for 2020/21.

Now the full report is available to read at the link below, and we've also produced a mobile-friendly summary if you want to get the most important messages on the go.

It tells the story of how we adapted our services, got used to working online, and even began to appreciate being made to think differently about how we work. 

Read the Developing Healthy Communities Impact Report 2020/21

  • £1,056,512 of funding delivered to mental health and wellbeing projects
  • "Inspiring" – Fantastic feedback from participants at our online events
  • 84,898 minutes of meetings, seminars and conferences on our Zoom account

The report features updates from each of our projects including the Clear Project, Health@WorkNI, the Families Voices Forum, Derry City & Strabane Healthy City and District, and the Ideas Fund, as well as loads of facts, figures and case studies.

It also lays out our ambitions for the coming year, when we want to carry the innovative energy of this year forward as we experiment with delivery and expand our network.

In her introductory letter, DHC Chief Executive Erin McFeely says: "At Developing Healthy Communities we played our part in supporting innovative approaches to health promotion that look beyond existing relationships and infrastructure to propose new ways of doing things. As we have moved from short term responses to longer term planning for our future health and wellbeing, we continue to champion these new approaches.

"We dare to hope that the creative energy found in our collective experience will sweep entrenched thinking aside, in order to meet the scale of the undoubted challenges we face."