Bridging the divide – Edenderry Nursery School

Shared Education case study. Edenderry Nursery School is located in one of Northern Ireland’s most divided interface areas. In 1998 a partnership was formed with Holy Cross Nursery School in North Belfast.

Footsteps to Peace – 30 years of Community Relations

Northern Visions delves into recently recorded footage as well as their community archives to highlight community relations practice over the years and bring it to television screens. The documentary “Footsteps to Peace” will mark Good Relations Week 2020, which celebrates 30 years of peace building and cultural diversity.

The documentary  will be screened on NVTV on Wednesday 16 September at 19.50 and repeated during Good Relations Week. NVTV is available on Freeview 7 in the greater Belfast area and on Virgin Media 159 across Northern Ireland. The documentary will also be available to view online at www.nvtv.co.uk

We all Bleed the Same

From the Falls and Shankill areas of Belfast. The film explores the  similarities that exist between both communities, in particular the young people. What emerges is how much they have in common and how the issue of mental health transcends all borders, boundaries, walls, barriers. In partnership with Divis Youth,  Denmark Street Community Centre, St James Swifts and R-City.

Supported by The Executive Office, Good Relations, TBUC: Together Building United Communities

Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing Our Future: A Snapshot of Integrated Education

The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) is delighted to be taking part in the 2020 Good Relations Week by organising an online event as well as providing this snapshot of integrated education as part of the Good Relations Week online archive.

 Integrated education plays an important role in building peace in our society and in creating a united community by bringing together pupils from all backgrounds in the same classroom every day, encouraging respect and understanding for difference as well as celebrating the diversity within our society.

Storytime with Libraries NI – Friendly Day

A story can be a powerful tool in communicating with children and delivering an important message in a fun and engaging way. Stories can help children be empathetic, to express emotions, disperse concerns while providing the opportunity for important conversations and questions.

We have chosen books for Good Relations Week that meet publisher requirements and delivers an important message helping children to make friendships and understand acceptance.

Suitable for children 4 – 8 years

Augmented reality app helping Belfast residents develop shared vision for future

This would be a first of its kind community-led initiative that uniquely focuses on how virtual, digital, and safe physical “shared spaces” can strengthen the responsiveness and resilience among groups with high levels and histories of social division.

“Shared Futures” is a Planning Toolkit enabling communities to co-create positive change together. A mobile App allows users to explore and comment upon a realistic 3D “present /future” map of their area. A Raspberry Pi powered local interface network creates integrated virtual, digital, and physical “shared spaces” for enhancing “communication, cooperation”

ARK’s resources on Attitudes to Minority Ethnic People

Via its suite of public attitudes surveys, ARK records and disseminates public attitudes to key social issues.   Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT), Young Life and Times (YLT) and Kids’ Life and Times (KLT) elicit the views of adults, 16 year-olds and 10/11 year olds respectively. Although the surveys cover a wide range of topics, questions on attitudes to different communities living in Northern Ireland have been asked regularly in both NILT and YLT since their inception.

As such, ARK provides time-series data that are easily accessible and widely used.  Making information freely accessible is central to ARK’s work, via our website, publications, seminars, and other events.  This archive provides links to ARK’s survey data, publications and seminars which focus on attitudes to different communities in Northern Ireland, including minority ethnic people, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers

ARK’s resources on Good Relations

Via its suite of public attitudes surveys, ARK records and disseminates public attitudes to key social issues.  ARK provides time-series data that are easily accessible and widely used, not least, as outcome indicators from key policies by the Northern Ireland Executive and local councils.  Making information freely accessible is central to ARK’s work, via our website, publications, seminars, and other events.