A recent community led initiative designed around the principles of befriending and developing new skills (capacity building) has certainly found approval with residents of Dervock village and surrounding environment.
Frankie Cunningham explained: “The basis for this small community-led event was to develop the Community Engagement Programme within our PIP (Peace Impact Programme) application.
“The programme deliberately targeted specific groups (women and youth) that are under-represented within their community (North Antrim).
“The programme of activities will include learning new skills but also will include retaining traditional skills, ensuring that many old traditions, practices and customs will remain within the social hub of the community and that younger people will have the chance to learn them and share in a practical way a little bit of their living history.
“This project will educate and raise awareness of community development and how communities can come together, take ownership of projects to ensure coordinated approach - which in turn will open up many new opportunities for local rural communities, and that will impact on their health and wellbeing in a positive way.
“Itt will also be used to utilise the community centre as a shared space for the Community to meet, to facilitate workshops, talks/discussion groups, crafting and 2 best practice visits. Within its parameters it will also support the need for community partnerships and will form a starting point for working with other groups and organisations that exist within the village of Dervock and the surrounding area.”
This social project was jointly supported by Ultoniae Cultural and Heritage Society, through the PIP initiative (Local empowerment, youth & women) - funded by the ‘International Fund for Ireland’ and the COAST initiative that provided additional funding for to extend and develop the creativity within the group.