A Visit to Helplines Network NI
Earlier this month, Nicola James, Head of Membership at Helplines Partnership attended the Helplines Network NI meeting in Belfast.
I was really pleased to be invited to attend Helplines Network NI quarterly meeting on 10 September, in Belfast. It was great to meet so many people from such a range of different helplines; find out about their helplines and share some of our news from Helplines Partnership too. It was the first meeting for some of the helplines who were either new members or new representatives of the Network.
The Network is a member-led organisation of over 30 helplines operating across Northern Ireland brought together by the Public Health Agency (PHA) who recognise the value of helplines.
We celebrated with Parenting NI too as it was their 40 year anniversary.
Conor McGale from Rural Community Network gave a very interesting presentation on a model to measure social value – not just the financial return on every £1 invested but also the social, economic and environmental impact too. The tool will be piloted with two NI helplines the findings of which will be shared with Helplines Partnership.
We have more ideas and plans for further partnership working going forward so will share progress with you in future blogs.
If you run a helpline in Northern Ireland and would like to find out more about the Helplines Network NI, then please get in touch with Judith McLean, Public Health Agency.