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Positively Promoting Mental Health

About Us

CHWB was established in 2009 to promote positive mental health within the Whiterock area of Belfast. The Centre evolved from the long established Ballymurphy’s Women’s Centre which was founded originally in 1996 as a direct result of the lack of statutory services in area.

CHWB operates an open door policy to all sections of the community and focuses on two main health related projects:


The Stress Clinic offers services to improve health & well being of the community

The Clinic operates 4 days a week

When funding is available we offer personal development classes in, for example:

Stress Management

Bach Flower Remedy

Basic Aromatherapy


CHWB serves a population of 5,424 within the Whiterock Ward, which equates to 0.3% of the population of Northern Ireland as a whole. The area is predominantly urban, with a vast population density per hectare of 69.65 compared to the average of Northern Ireland, and with a majority of the population from a catholic background. holistic-7


In general, the age distribution of the population in the Centre for Health and Well Being’s catchment area tends to be younger than that of Northern Ireland.

  • The Whiterock ward has the lowest percentage of people economically active (41.4%) and the highest unemployment rate (10.4%) compared to Belfast LGD and NI overall;
  • As a result of the above high unemployment and economically active rate, a quarter of households surveyed live in relative poverty (25.2%);
  • 32.3% of people within the Whiterock area stated they were living with a limiting long-term illness, health problem or disability; and
  • The Standardised Mortality Ratio is almost twice the Northern Ireland average at 191.0 showing just how serious the health problems within the area.

The Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM) identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across Northern Ireland. Whiterock ward has an overall rank of 3 out of 582 wards. All wards in Northern Ireland are ranked, 1 being the most deprived and 582 the least deprived. Wards with ranks of 58 or less are in the top 10% most deprived wards in Northern Ireland, this means Whiterock, with a rank of 3, is within the top 10% most deprived wards. Whiterock ward’s rank of 3 places it in the 0% to 10% band.


The following statement reflects the five-year vision for CHWB:
“To empower the community to makes positive choices about their health and wellbeing thus improving their quality of life and creating a community which respects and appreciates everyone within it.”


The mission statement for CHWB is:
“To listen to our community and support their needs through holistic therapies and personal development programmes.”


CHWB has a set of clear values which underpins how it operates internally and externally. The organisation aims to adhere to these values in the delivery of this Strategy and its general working practice.

Strategic Priorities

Based on a detailed analysis of CHWB and its activities the following key strategic priorities have been identified. These priorities will form the basis of the Strategy:

  • To be a sustainable organisation both financially and in human resource terms;
  • To provide a high standard of holistic care for our clients;
  • To provide a good working environment for staff and volunteers;
  • To provide a welcoming and understanding service;
  • To be financially accessible service to our clients; and
  • To develop our services further and increase our client base.

For more information about the work we do please call us on: 028 9022 3220 or email: