Launch of the New Crosslinks ‘New Voice’ Project

Youth Initiatives is launching their ‘New Voice’ Crosslinks project on Monday 18th Sept – a good relations arts-based youth program for 13-20yrs for young people from East Belfast, West Belfast and Diverse Youth.

This event will bring our new youth volunteer team together to design and plan the following workshops for the wider group of young people.

Together with arts tutors and staff they will deliver their ideas throughout the project, resulting in an original theatre performance and art exhibition in March 2024.

Foyle Schools Poetry Competition 2024 Launch

After the highly successful 2023 inaugural Foyle Schools Poetry Competition, Creggan Enterprises Revival Programme will launch the 2024 Foyle Schools Poetry Competition in September 2023.

The competition is a result of an innovative partnership between Creggan Enterprises, The Write Stuff, Guildhall Press, Colmcille Press and Little Acorns Bookstore and is funded by the NI Executive (Central Good Relations Programme). This creative good relations programme aims to promote and strengthen shared community spaces and encourage linguistic diversity and creative expression.

The competition will serve as a reminder of the importance of developing shared communities and nurturing the boundless potential of young minds. Society often thinks about young people as ‘citizens of tomorrow’ and fails to give due consideration to them as ‘citizens of today’ – we aim to change that through our programme.

We will invite each school (primary and secondary) to submit their entries across designated good relations themes and we will provide a skilled facilitator to deliver poetry workshops to post primary pupils on an agreed date and time between 1st October  2023 and 30th November 2023.

The judges for this year’s competition will be come from a range of acclaimed literary backgrounds. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third in each Key Stage category, along with a number of special merit awards. All entrants will be showcased online and the winning poems will be published in book form and poster which will be launched in Ráth Mór Centre on World Poetry Day, 21st March 2024, with copies distributed to all the entrant schools.

Entrants must be 18 or under.

Family Matters

The Moving Up Moving On project within Forthspring Inter Community Group will deliver an event for families from Springfield Primary School and St. Clare’s Primary School.

Families from the two schools will engage in a treasure trail which will criss-cross the interface, aiming to break down barriers and encourage local families to move across interfaces.

This event is open to pupils from both schools and their parents/guardians.

Dare to Dream Celebration Event

Over the last year Tullyally and Currynierin residents have engaged in a participatory budgeting project in which they decided what ideas/
events/projects would be funded.

Through this project, £16,000 was invested into the area. As part of Good Relations Week a celebration event will be held to promote the
two areas working together and developing a sense of community in the area.

For more info please email Becca Bor: