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Building Positive Relations
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
This project which received almost €2 million in funding under the PEACE IV theme of Building Positive Relations, Local Authority Plans. Under this theme, programmes were put in place which facilitated the exploration of the Borough’s rich cultural diversity.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was the lead partner in a project which received almost €2 million in funding under the PEACE IV theme of Building Positive Relations, Local Authority Plans.
Under this theme, programmes were put in place which facilitated the exploration of the Borough’s rich cultural diversity. These focused on language, heritage, history and ethnicity and together, they facilitated meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between different communities.
The project also developed tailored programmes linked to other PEACE IV specific objectives. One of these was, Shared Spaces and Services, where local organisations and associations were encouraged to share community spaces or contested areas – and to value the importance of networking with each other. More than 400 people were involved in two initiatives called, Shaping Your Community Programme and Shaping Your Place Programme.
Under another objective, Children and Young People, the focus was on ensuring more than 1,100 participants under the age of 24 completed courses that helped develop their soft skills and respect for diversity.
One initiative, which involved young people in Good Relations Out of School resulted in a new mosaic artwork on Ballycastle seafront, on the north coast.
Through a series of workshops, two local artists worked with students from Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School to design and create the coastal-themed piece. Students contributed ideas and made individual tiles to insert into the overall work.
At its launch, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers said:
This project has allowed local pupils to work together on a cross-community and cross-cultural basis to create a beautiful mosaic for their town. This artistic project demonstrates the dynamic nature of the Peace IV funding programme and how it actively encourages development and transformation within our communities, especially within the lives of our young people.