• Peace Impact Programme

    Peace Impact Programme

    Time2Choose

    The Time2Choose Project was established in June by Rosemount Resource Centre in response to increasing calls for support from people facing intimidation and at risk of violent attack. It provides specialist mediation and intervention services to those under threat, their families and the wider community.

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  • Peace Impact Programme

    Peace Impact Programme

    Londonderry Bands Forum

    The Londonderry Bands Forum is supporting community and marching bands to play a bigger role peace-building role and offer positive options for vulnerable young people in the city.

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  • Peace Impact Programme

    Peace Impact Programme

    Newtownbutler Together PIP

    Newtownbutler Together has got the ball rolling on a new initiative aimed at addressing community division, unemployment and limited opportunities for young people.

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  • Sharing in Education

    Sharing in Education

    Welcoming Schools

    The Welcoming Schools and the Primary Curriculum Partnership projects engaged with more than 8,400 pupils, 1,000 school staff and 550 parents to promote equality of opportunity, good relations and respect for diversity and identity.

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  • Building Integration

    Building Integration

    Rasharkin Community Youth Project

    The Rasharkin Community Youth Project received £106,036 from the International Fund for Ireland through its Integrating Community Organisations Programme and was supported by the Rural Development Council and Ballymoney Borough Council.

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  • Peace Walls Programme

    Peace Walls Programme

    Peace Walls Programme

    Helping to address the physical and mental barriers to lasting peace and a truly shared society.

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  • Fund Focus

    Fund Focus

    Fund Focus September 2014

    The latest edition of the International Fund for Ireland newsletter is avaialble now.

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Gerry Rogan Initiative Trust (GRIT) Programme – Towards a positive future

GRIT-Week-7-11-June-2010-053-XXThe innovative delivery methodology employed in this programme challenges participants through in-depth personal development and exploration activities. It includes a combination of residential events and one-to-one mentoring sessions aimed at keeping young people engaged with training through improving self-confidence and respect for others, and empowering them to make positive choices for their futures.

The cross-community nature of the Programme provides participants with an opportunity - for some, for the first time in their lives - to meet and mix with other young people from different community backgrounds. 123 young people, aged 16-18 from throughout Northern Ireland participated in the GRIT Programme from April 2008 to March 2010.

A post-programme evaluation demonstrated very positive and encouraging results. For example: 89% of participants remained in training, 90% reported increased self-confidence, and 94% indicated that as a direct result of the Programme they had a greater respect for others.

Eireann Nugent was one of those young people chosen to take part and explained the impact the GRIT Programme has had on her life.

“Before joining the Programme I was in with the wrong crowd, I was abusing drugs and family life wasn’t good, I really did feel I was down in the gutter.

“When I got picked for the Programme it was brilliant. I’m not a bit shy and I was really looking forward to the 5-day residential and bonded really well with other members of the group.

“We packed so much in during the week, including hiking, canoeing, bush craft skills, abseiling and go-karting. We also took part in peace and reconciliation workshops but I think the pinnacle for me was climbing the mountain - when I got to the top I was in my element and I didn’t want to go home!

“The Programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity which has changed my approach and attitude. I’m now studying catering which I’ve discovered I’ve got a great aptitude for and I’ve discovered I’m a good communicator. I’ve got full attendance at college, I’m punctual and I’m hoping to carve myself a career as a counsellor or youth worker. I’ve also picked up the training and boxing I used to be involved in and I’ve got my first fight in the ring next week.”