• 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 May 2014

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

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Woman Ahead

woman-ahead-and-deirdreWoman Ahead came onto the Community Leadership Programme (CLP) looking for new skills, more confidence and help to work towards improving their local community in Bowtown, Newtownards, County Down.

They were a group of women who met for training and they wanted to have a positive impact on their community but didn’t know how to go about it. Through their action learning sessions they learnt new skills of leadership, team building and project planning. As part of the CLP they undertook a best practice visit to Belfast and during that day they visited a range of women’s groups. They visited Windsor Women’s Centre and Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA). Through the CLP in general and these visits specifically they have networked with other similar groups and learnt how to move things forward in Bowtown for the benefit of all the community. They made links with WRDA that are still ongoing and now courses such as the Woman’s Health Programme are being delivered via Woman Ahead to their estate. Membership of the group has doubled since the summer and as a result they are now looking for new premises to house the group as it moves from strength to strength.

As a result of their best practice visit one of the CLP participants, Laura Minshull has been selected to be trained as a Community Facilitator for her community and is now working for North Down Community Assistance as a community development worker. The ILM Certificate in Leadership that participants gain through the International Fund for Ireland’s CLP contributed to this.

Laura said: “We now have members coming each week who were previously housebound and never went out. Being part of the group has given them the drive and confidence to look at new opportunities, training and even returning to work.”