Together: Building a United Community
The 'Together: Building a United Community' Strategy, published on May 23 2013, reflects the Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.
Our commitment to building a united and shared society
You can download the 'Together: Building a United Community' Strategy at the link below.
- Together: Building a United Community (PDF 620KB)
- Statement from the First Minister and deputy First Minister on Together: Building a United Community (NI Executive website)
The Section 75 Equality Screening Form of the 'Together: Building a United Community' Strategy is available at the link below.
The Strategy outlines how Government, community and individuals will work together to build a united community and achieve change against the following key priorities:
- Our children and young people;
- Our shared community;
- Our safe community; and
- Our cultural expression.
Each of the four key priorities also has a set of tangible and practical commitments.
Summer Camp Programme – 2015 Pilot
On 15 April 2015, First Minister the Rt Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA announced the launch of a pilot programme of 100 Summer Camps for young people. Beginning Summer 2015, the Programme will provide a range of opportunities for post primary children to come together for academic and leisure purposes, delivered on a cross-community basis. This is one of the Headline Actions of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy published in May 2013. Applications for funding to deliver a Summer Camp closed on 8 May 2015 and programmes are currently on going.
Further information can be found in the Guidance Notes and Application Form, which can be downloaded via the link below:
United Youth Programme
For our children and young people, we will create 10,000 one year placements in a new “United Youth” programme.
The programme is designed to give young people who are not in education, employment or training the opportunity to take part in work experience, volunteering and leisure opportunities ,while focusing on good relations and building relationships between divided communities.
United Youth Design Day
In January 2014, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister held a 'Design Day' in Belfast to shape the new United Youth Programme. The First Minister the Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA launched the event, meeting over 250 participants including young people and youth organisations who came together to create the new personal development and employability opportunities for young people.
You can view the news release and evaluation report on the 'Design Day' at the links below.
- News release - Young people have their say on new United Youth Programme (NI Executive website)
- United Youth Programme Design Day - Summary and evaluation of feedback from participants (PDF 135KB)
Review of Good Relations Funding Delivery
Future funding arrangements must be both strategic and flexible to respond to the differing levels of capacity amongst organisations working to build a united community. Through the implementation of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy, we will ensure that funding is directed in a way that secures sustainability of the infrastructure that has been established at a local level and that continues to develop the capacity of individuals and organisations working to build good relations across our society. Throughout the review of good relations funding delivery process a number of events have been held and an evaluation of the events was carried out.
You can view the evaluation report at the link below.
Contested Space/Interface Programme
The Contested Space/Interface Programme was launched in March 2011 and jointly funded by OFMDFM and Atlantic Philanthropies. The budget was £4 million and its key aim was to promote and improve relations between and across disadvantaged communities. Nine projects were funded across Northern Ireland, in urban and rural areas through two phases. During the course of the programme some 16,257 distinct participants were involved ranging across: nursery and pre-school children; primary and post primary pupils; young adults; parents; teaching staff, governors and management committees.