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One Community Programme to promote inclusion across Derry and Strabane

30 April 2018

A special programme aimed at promoting positive community relations was launched today in Strabane by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Community Planning Good Relations Co-ordinator.

The One Community Programme is an EU PEACE IV funded initiative designed to promote peace and reconciliation across the Council area. The PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Welcoming the launch, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, said that the programme would support the promotion of good relations and cross-community reconciliation work right across the Council area.

“This new initiative will help progress the fantastic good relations work which is already ongoing in Derry and Strabane, and ensure that work is consistent and effective in each of our Local District Electoral Areas,” he explained.

“It will provide an opportunity for local people and community organisations to put forward their ideas on how to build and sustain good relations between the diversity of cultures and communities living in the entire council area. I look forward to seeing the programme develop over the coming months and I would encourage anyone with an interest in promoting inclusion in their local area to find out how they can contribute.”

The PEACE IV Programme will run over a five-year period until 2021, building upon the experiences of previous PEACE programmes, tackling the remaining challenges that exist and embedding good relations and inclusivity within the Council area. The One Community Programme is part of this overall programme sitting within the Building Positive Relations Theme.

The initiative aims to mainstream good relations within the eight Local Community Growth Plans, which cover The Moor, Ballyarnett, Foyleside, Waterside, Faughan, Sperrin, Derg and Strabane Town. One of the key priorities of the PEACE IV Programme is to achieve “meaningful purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities.” 

The overarching steering group for the One Community Programme is made up of eight “Good Relations Champions” whose role is to assist in mainstreaming good relations within their local areas through the local growth plans. 

Following today’s launch, the next step in the programme is to hold a number of idea generation workshops focusing on Good Relations in each area, which will be used to develop actions and cross-community initiatives to support inclusion and tackle contentious issues. 

These workshops will take place in each of the eight Local Growth Partnership areas in the next few months. To find out more about the programme and how you can sign up for the workshops please contact DCSDC at [email protected]