Calling all primary and post-primary school pupils! Kick-start the new school year with the Community Relations Council.

Good Relations Week 2023 is delivering the positive message of ‘working together to deliver change’ and we want YOU to get involved!

Design a poster that focuses on the theme for Good Relations Week 2023 – Together – and be in with the chance to win some cool prizes.

Get creative, use words, drawings, photographs or a combination of all three to create an awesome A4 poster that showcases how your school is embracing this year’s theme ‘Together’.

Entries can be submitted individually, in groups, or as a classroom project!

Don’t forget to use this year’s theme ‘Together’.

Submit entries via email: or post: c/o Good Relations Week 2023 Primary School Design Competition, Anderson House, Holywood Road, Belfast BT4 2GU.

Deadline for submissions is: 3pm on Friday 20th October 2023.

Library of Sanctuary Award Celebration at Ormeau Road Library

Come along and join us as we recognise Ormeau Road Library being awarded Library of Sanctuary status.  This event welcomes local organisations and promotes services to Newcomers celebrating the diverse cultures from around the world.  Staff will be on hand to demonstrate how you can access online translation software and foreign language books and newspapers.  There will also be information stands signposting local services.  This event is open to all.

School of Sanctuary Celebration Event

Schools of Sanctuary programme, developed by the City of Sanctuary initiative, helps pupils to develop cultural awareness across the curriculum and strengthens connections with the wider community.

The programme supports schools to further develop welcoming and inclusive places for newcomer pupils and their families, where each child thrives and cultural diversity is celebrated. This is a place where every child feels safe and accepted regardless of what they believe, where they are from or what they look like. This helps schools to achieve School of Sanctuary status, which recognises successful approaches to diversity awareness and providing those welcoming places for pupils and their families.

The programme is led by the Education Authority (EA) and is supported by Urban Villages funding which enables schools to release teachers onto EA led training and to lead development of school action plans (including newcomers to the region).

This event will celebrate and showcase the great work these schools have done to create welcoming, inclusive schools – helping  pupils, teachers and families build a shared future.

Celebration of learning / Practising Language

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are celebrating Good Relations Week by hosting an afternoon of learning for participants who are learning English as part of an ESOL programme.

ESOL classes have been delivered specifically for the new arrivals from Ukraine who are really keen to learn basic English to assist them in settling into the Causeway area. The class will help improve outcomes for adults and children who use English as a second or additional language.

Families will come together for a therapeutic kite making workshop during which they will have the opportunity to express themselves though art whilst practising the English language.