Welcome to Good Relations Week 2020

Good Relations Week 2020 is taking place in a year that has seen the spread of the Corona virus across the world. Thousands have lost their lives and others are mourning the loss of family members, friends or colleagues. The Board and staff of the Community Relations Council wishes to extend our condolences to all those who are suffering the effects of the pandemic. We also wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who have bravely delivered essential front line services.

We are proud of the way in which people have helped those around them during these worrying times. This help has stretched across our diverse community, irrespective of ethnic or religious background. That is a great practical demonstration of how to build good community relations and some of what Good Relations Week will showcase and celebrate. To protect the community and those involved in good relations work across the region, Good Relations Week 2020 will move online. Wherever you are, we hope you will therefore be able to join us.

With our partners we have put together a great programme of events to showcase the work that continues across the region, even in these strange times. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this year’s programme – the energy behind the week is your enthusiasm, commitment and imagination.

We hope Good Relations Week 2020 will inspire you to get involved in bringing local people together to help each other and, in so doing, build trusting relationships and a happier future too. We have done extraordinary things in very difficult times over the past six months. Under pressure we have set aside differences and worked together for the good of everyone. We have faced the issues before us now and in the future, not those of the past. I hope we can keep that attitude and use it to build a transformed and united community for ourselves and our children.

Keep safe and enjoy Good Relations Week 2020.

Jacqueline Irwin
Community Relations Council