Groups from Ballymoney, Coleraine and Moyle last week marked the conclusion of a three-year cross-community project with a special celebration event in Derry-Londonderry.
The two-day event was designed to highlight a significant body of work on issues of identity and relationship building, and point to ways in which processes begun through the Rooting for Change Together Project can be sustained in the future.
Led by the Ballymoney Community Resource Centre, it was supported through the Fund’s Community Bridges Programme with additional funding coming from Department for Social Development; Ballymoney Borough Council; and the North East PEACE III Partnership’s Community Integration and Building Brighter Futures Projects.
Lyn Moffett, Co-ordinator of Ballymoney Community Resource Centre, said: “Through our Rooting for Change Together Project we have seen many groups in our area build stronger relationships with their neighbours and gain the confidence to address some of the sensitive issues that can cause tensions in their communities. The groups involved have invested a lot of time and effort to bring new understandings and it is my hope that the experiences of this project will continue to help alleviate the lingering divisions of the past. Participants have told us that our project has given them great insight.”