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Pathfinder Community Engagement

Community Engagement Programme 2019

Loneliness, home care, appointment waiting times and travel were just some of the main issues coming from the extensive engagement sessions the Pathfinder team have embarked upon over the past few months.

The team have now completed all the engagement reviews. The summaries to highlight the main themes discussed at each session will be available to read here soon.

We’re also in the process of compiling the responses from the online survey, which featured more than 100 respondents, including many Western Trust staff members, to give us an even more in-depth look at how people feel about the services in the area.

We’ll be using these reviews to put together a detailed report on the progress of the Pathfinder project so far and the next steps we’ll be taking in the coming months.

The engagement journey has been a vital part of the Pathfinder process and is a very important foundation in our work progressing successfully. Below are the key themes from the engagement sessions held in January and February 2019.

Ederney Community CentreBoho Community AssociationDrumquin Health Centre
Milestone Centre, CarrickmoreBrookeboroughCappagh Parish Hall, Killyclogher
Arc Living Centre, IrvinestownTeemoreRosslea Community Centre
CKS Community Centre, OmaghBawnacre Centre, IrvinestownLoughmacrory Community Centre
Fermanagh House, EnniskillenOwenkillew Centre, GortinBallinamallard
Oak Health Living Centre, Lisnaskea, Session 1Derg Arms, CastledergDerrylin
Oak Health Living Centre, Lisnaskea, Session 2Fir Trees Hotel, StrabaneDromore Sports Complex
Hospital Road Community Centre, OmaghLisnaskea - South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF)Brookeborough Community Centre
Derrygonnelly Community CentreBelleek Community CentreTara Centre, Omagh
Belcoo Community Centre




March 2019

Engagement journey review

Over the past number of months we have held an extensive engagement programme across Fermanagh and West Tyrone. We are now in the process of highlighting the main topics that were discussed at each engagement session for your reference.

We will be releasing the detail on a gradual basis as we work our way through the feedback received from all engagement sessions. All of the feedback given through the engagement sessions will be considered and used to inform improvements to services where possible. This engagement journey has been a vital part of the Pathfinder process and is a very important foundation in our work progressing successfully.

The online survey has now closed.

March 2019

Pathfinder progress – where we are now

After months of stimulating and vibrant engagement sessions with more than 2,000 local people across Fermanagh and West Tyrone, we have now completed the first phase in the ongoing Pathfinder process.

We have heard from you about what is working and what is not working so well within the Health and Social Care Services across this region and are now in the process of collating the vast amount of information gathered at the engagement sessions from you, Western Trust staff and other stakeholders.

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing this information as key themes, by area on the Pathfinder online hub. Any requests for information in alternative formats can be made directly to the Pathfinder office.

We’re looking forward to sharing this work with you as it develops to support Health and Social Care services working better for you.

For more information check this page regularly as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

December 2018

Have your say: Your voice can influence the future of Health and Social Care in Fermanagh and West Tyrone

The Western Trust are asking the public to join them on an engagement journey as they strive to create better, sustainable and affordable Health and Social Care services across Fermanagh and West Tyrone.

With over 30 events delivered and over 500 people from the region having already provided their views, issues and ideas in the open and honest Engagement discussions at those events so far, the Western Trust are continuing with a highly comprehensive series of events in January and February 2019. The upcoming January list of events can be seen below but the full programme, which will see events coming to most areas in the region, can be found at

Deputy Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Kieran Downey, who is leading the Pathfinder project, says “We have had excellent open and honest discussions in our engagement sessions so far. Already there are a number of strong suggestions emerging from a wide range of people in Communities and also from within our staff. This engagement is hugely important to us and is really gathering momentum. With so many people taking the time to engage with us, we are committed to hearing the experiences and views of all the community and this is certain to help to improve the delivery of services going forward. Everyone is a stakeholder in this process and this is a golden opportunity to help influence our planning for the future”.

An online hub for the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Pathfinder Project has been setup to provide information at

Everyone is a ‘Stakeholder’ in this process and thus all Community Groups (and individuals) are invited to come along to events and provide their views/experiences and input to the future planning of Health and Social Care Services in the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Region.

Tyrone GAA Manager, Mickey Harte is one of a number of people in the region who have used the services and commented “To better anything we have to experience it and talk about it. We have to find new ways of doing the things that we used to do. That is the same in anything and of course is the case in a sporting context – we can’t keep doing the same things o we will continue to get the same results. That is what the Western Trust are about in this Pathfinder project in finding the best possible service going forward for that is what the people of Fermanagh and West Tyrone deserve.”

If you would like to be involved in any of the Public Engagement Events for Pathfinder or would like to request a specific Engagement Session with your Group, then email Communications Manager, Chris Curran at


October 2018

The initial engagement component of Pathfinder has two early phases…

Pre-Engagement information presentations

There will be two phases to the initial engagement phase of Pathfinder. The first phase will encompass a series of presentations, providing information to the Public on what Pathfinder is and how we will engage with the public. These presentations will be to various groups, by open invitation, across Fermanagh and West Tyrone. This phase will run from mid-October through to the end of November.

Engagement phase of the Pathfinder Project

Phase 2 of this engagement period will be in the format of short presentation and comprehensive discussion (Café Style Engagement). We are promoting how we really want to hear the thoughts of the public (all stakeholders) on the future of affordable Health and Social Care for Fermanagh and West Tyrone. Details of the presentation and engagement sessions have been put in place for individuals who wish to attend and engage with us.

Engagement sessions will be led by Western Trust Deputy Chief Executive, Kieran Downey, along with members of the Corporate Management Team.