Workshop addressing needs for adults with a learning disability coming to Northern Ireland

Mid and East Antrim Council in association with Mencap are hosting a Good Relations themed workshop for adults with learning disabilities on the 23rd September.

The questions “What is GR?” “What does that mean for me as an adult living in Carrickfergus with a learning disability?” ‘What would you need to know as an adult with learning disabilities coming to this country?’ will all be posed and discussed.

This session will take participants through a discussion to collate points that will help guide those coming to Northern Ireland in a practical and inclusive manner.


Best Practice Visit

Carrickfergus and Greenisland Community Clusters are organising a Good Practice Visit to Bann Maine West Community Cluster in Cullybackey on the 22nd September.

A cluster group are different community groups that meet on a regular basis to work together and learn from each other to heighten community relations and development.

This event will provide an opportunity for cluster members to learn from each other and gain an insight into what works and was doesn’t.

This event will take the form of a seminar to help new cluster groups pick up tips from a very successful and established groups.

It should be noted this event is invite only.

Be the change you want to see – Reflective Practice Coffee Morning for Youth Workers

Join us for Coffee, Scones & Traybakes, and discussion.

Three inputs from Three different speakers reflecting on how they have changed and helped others to change.

Over tea and coffee, we will reflect on the joys and challenges we encounter as we build Good Relations.

Informal and reflective morning and a chance for youth workers to take time out and connect with their peers.

10:30 – Arrival and Coffee

10:45 – Input 1 – I am the possibility of Change

11:30 –  Input 2 – Changing me is Changing you

12:00 – Input 3 – The Legacy of Change

12:30- Finish


A Vision for Our Education System: Change Starts with Us

The Ulster University’s School of Education and the Integrated Education Fund are hosting an event as part of the 2022 Good Relations Week to launch the UU paper ‘How Education Needs to Change: A Vision for a Single System’ and engage representatives of our main political parties in discussion about the NI education system.

Based on research as part of the Ulster University ‘Transforming Education’ project, Dr Stephen Roulston and Dr Matt Milliken will give an overview of their latest briefing paper and share suggestions for what a single education system might look like in the NI context.

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion among political party representatives, responding to the proposals made by Roulston and Milliken.

There will also be time for the audience to ask questions of the political representatives and the Ulster University researchers.

We hope to see you at Malone House, Belfast on Tuesday 20th September.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided at this event so please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

If you would like more information, please contact

To view all papers published through the ‘Transforming Education’ project to date, please visit:

To register for this event, please visit

The Dynamics of Integrated Reconciliation

As part of the Youth Link Good Relations Week events, we will have our ‘Annual Peace Lecture’ with guest speaker Dr Johnston McMaster.

Johnston will give input on the dynamics of Integrated Reconciliation and allow us to discuss and develop our thinking around it and consider the impact on our practice. This event is aimed at those involved in Community Relations work including Youth Workers, Community Workers, Educators, Teachers, and those involved in the faith-based sector.

11:00am Welcome with tea & coffee

11:15am Dr Johnston McMaster ‘The Dynamics of Integrated Reconciliation – Six Strands’.

11:45am Discussion in groups about the concept of Integrated Reconciliation in our practice.

12:30pm Light Lunch & Networking Opportunities

Free Parking at Youth Link and any dietary requirements or further information, please contact Youth Link.

BIO: Dr Johnston McMaster is a Senior Researcher, Writer and Educator with the Ethical and Shared Remembering Programme 1912-1922 through the Junction, Derry / Londonderry. For seventeen years he directed an Education for Reconciliation Programme with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Northern Ireland and Border Counties. He remains as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. He is an author and broadcaster. Publications include: Overcoming Violence, A Passion for Justice: Social Ethics in the Celtic Tradition and War and Memory with Cathy Higgins. His key areas of interest and teaching are peace and reconciliation, interfaith dialogue, Biblical hermeneutics, political theology, social ethics, Celtic spirituality, Irish history and faith in a post-Christendom context. He has lectured internationally as well as throughout Ireland.

Republican Internment and the Prison ship Argenta 1922

Online talk by author Denise Kleinrichert on ‘Republican Internment and the Prison Ship Argenta 1922’.

An important historical reflection, this book tells the story of prisoners aboard the ship and includes interviews with former internees and countless descendants of internees.

Captives suffered malnourishment, disease, physical abuse, public abandonment, hunger strike and death. Some tried to escape and many emigrated. Tragedy and human rights issues remain which will be explored during this event.

The talk will include a local focus on Fermanagh and Omagh histories and will be followed by a facilitated Q & A session.

Refugee women roundtable conversation

A refugee women roundtable conversation held by BOMOKO NI.

This discussion will offer asylum seekers women and women of local communities and associations to interact and build bridges of trust, respect and understanding.

This will also allow each other to learn and respect each others culture, and develop new ways of thinking, new knowledge and different experiences.

Please reserve your place to attend by calling 07488306233

This event will be held at Shaftesbury Community Recreation Centre (LORAG).

Café Culture

Café Culture event providing young people with an opportunity to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about other cultures within our community in a safe and respectful setting.

Some of the key speakers will be from PUL traditions, LGBTQ+, ex-Prisoners and the BAME community.

LGBTQ+ Information Session

Melmount Forum is hosting an information session with LGBTQ+ bringing people of all ages together with the sole objective of gaining understanding and knowledge of the barriers faced by young people in their daily lives, not only due to Covid-19 but also due to opposed opinions of what people deem right and wrong.

They hope to build stronger community cohesion, understanding, respect and inclusion for this marginalized group.

For more info, please contact

The Droichead Project

Pop up Gaeltacht and conversation circle hosted by young Irish speakers from Club ÓIGE. Come along and practice your cupla focal, guided by young Irish language enthusiasts.

For more info please contact