Global Peacebuilders was an exciting transnational initiative aimed at sharing practice on peacebuilding approaches from across the world and most particularly learning from the experience of N Ireland.
HeadStart was the first pilot of the United Youth programme announced by First Minister Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA. 50 young people aged 18-24 who were not in employment, education or training participated on the programme.
Funded by Belfast City Council Good Relations Fund this short project consisted of 5 train the trainer sessions for 20 individuals engaging with young people in Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist areas of Belfast. The project aimed to increase community capacity to engage young people in relationship building with diverse individuals/groups.
Funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and delivered by Springboard Opportunities, Pay It Forward with Sport involved young people, aged 18-24, from Neighbourhood Renewal Areas committed to developing a career in Sport as a legacy project of the World Police and Fire Games.
Funded by the International Fund for Ireland and supported by the Department of Employment & Learning and FAS, these cross community, cross border ‘Wider Horizons’ programmes worked within and across disadvantaged communities in Greater Belfast and Dublin. The integrated programme themes were personal and professional development, mutual understanding and diversity and peace-building.
Working in partnership with Limavady Borough Council this exciting project worked with a small group to explore the Holocaust and the connection to Northern Ireland.
The Holocaust Educational Projects were 2 exciting projects funded under the European Union’s PEACE III Programme which was managed on behalf of the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACE III Partnership.
Participants worked 4 days/week at host organisation sites and attended training on the 5th day. Participants supported the overall activity of the host organisation and also developed and delivered a project to clients of the host organisation. Each project acted as vehicles to promote the themes of social responsibility and citizenship.
1997 – 2001
Funded by Proteus under Peace and Reconciliation programme, these cross community programmes aimed to enhance the skills and abilities of young people from West Belfast and Shankill, within a structured full time work context, leading to employment opportunities and/or community project establishment.
Through a self designed programme of community research, bursury holders undertook action research and an international study visit around a particular topic or issue to investigate good practice and then implement findings to positively benefit the community.
The programme built understanding, knowledge and an appreciation of different cultures in Ireland, North and South through discussions and cultural exchanges using visual, interactive and written materials leading to project outputs of an exhibition, website and video production.
Funded by the European Commission DG X/A/5 this year long cross cultural programme involved 200 young people from working class areas of West Belfast, Greater Shankill, Tallaght in Dublin and Turin in Italy.
Funded by the Leonardo programme, this 13 week cross community programme aimed to build the capacity, skills and ability of young people in West Belfast and Shankill to contribute to the development of their own community through skills training, community projects and experiencing community development awareness.
Funded by Youthnet and the European Partnership Board under Peace II, these innovative cross community programmes provided training and developmental opportunities for two groups of 14 participants aged between 17-20 years and who were perceived to be at risk and marginalised from society.