A Word From NIFHA CEO, Seamus Leheny

Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations, CEO Seamus Leheny outlines the important role of housing associations in delivering positive good relations work in Northern Ireland. Housing for All & shared schemes help break down barriers & tackle social issues. 

The growth of ‘Housing for All’

Building shared communities and supporting good relations work within those communities has been a big focus for Apex Housing Association over the last few years. This work has been supported by the Department for Communities and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s Housing for All shared housing programme.

The programme has its origins in the NI Executive Together: Building a United Community Strategy which reflects the Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.

For more information about the Housing for All programme, visit the Department for Communities website.

Londonderry Bands Forum – Podcast 1: John Rankin

In our first podcast, we will feature a conversation with John Rankin, founder member of @Wkmfb73, who will delve into their 50th Anniversary, his journey of forming the band, and a wealth of other fascinating insights.

Stay tuned for an engaging discussion that captures the essence of this special occasion!

MRANI AWARDS 2023 shortlist announced

Exciting Announcement !!!🌟

We are thrilled to unveil the shortlist for the FIRST MINORITIES RECOGNITION AWARDS IN Northern Ireland! 🎉✨

🏅 After an extensive evaluation of numerous exceptional nominations, we are proud to present a group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to their communities.

🌍🌈 We extend our warmest congratulations to all the nominees for their outstanding achievements thus far. Each one of you has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to excellence and has become an inspiration for all.

We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to our esteemed panel of judges for their meticulous and thoughtful assessment, ensuring fairness and integrity in the selection process. Your expertise and dedication have made this  possible.
Susan Walker Christine White  Orla McKeating John Ferris ,Kate Nicholl  Eileen Chan-Hu 陳愛蓮 David Johnston (Chartered FCIPD) , Tarrin-Rae Graham  Lata Sharma
Thanks again for all your input!

The winners for each category will be announced at our upcoming gala event on the 7th of October 2023.

We invite all shortlisted, their families, friends, and supporters to join us in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of these extraordinary individuals.
Get your tickets now with the link below.

Once again, congratulations to all the nominees!!!

Let’s extend our warmest congratulations to these incredible changemakers who have been shortlisted for the inaugural Minorities Recognition Awards in Northern! Their vision, dedication, and impact have truly set them apart. 🤝
Oyedamola Bolajoko, Angela Ifondja, Nisha Tandon OBE , Livingstone Thompson, PhD, Malina Virtejanu, abdul Rahman Alifrom Kainos  , Mina S.  S. from PwC  Gregory Asemota , James Ayo, Joseph ricketts, Lindsay Dube, Nicole Beta,  Sia Fayiah, Yetunde Shaw, Sanjay Ghosh, MCMI  Motaz Amer, Dr Onyinye Oketah, Kaydian Duly, Pragya Sharma , ArtsEkta
Malina Virtejanu, Jessica-Ruth Aful, Monika Milczarek , Lasa Restaurant,

We are eagerly looking forward to the grand Awards Night when we will gather to celebrate their achievements and recognize their outstanding endeavors.
Make sure to save the date because this will be an event to remember! 🎊


Oral History and understanding and teaching the Troubles: Voices of 68 and 74

Oral History and understanding and teaching the Troubles: Voices of 68 and 74

Prof. Chris Reynolds – Nottingham Trent University

This webinar should be of interest not only to history teachers but to community educators and all others who believe that better understanding of the recent violent past in Northern Ireland is crucial if society is to move forward.

Its focus is on the challenges facing educators in post-conflict societies like Northern Ireland that continue to experience ongoing division and tension in relation to the past. At the outset it briefly examines the context of the Troubles and how peace was achieved with the 1998 Good Friday/ Belfast Agreement and, importantly, how these events were variously experienced by people from different backgrounds. Subsequently, the past 25 years have seen great progress, despite the many challenges that have had to be overcome…many of which remain to this day.

One of the most urgent and sensitive of these challenges relates to how the legacy of the past can be handled to ensure that it is no longer a source of tension with the capacity to undermine the future sustainability of peace. A central element in this debate is how the conflict is taught in local schools and communities. Research indicates that young people, particularly, wish to move on from the past yet, conversely, many are troubled by questions which they feel remain unanswered either at home or in formal education settings. In responding, the webinar will then concentrate on a recent collaborative project with National Museums NI entitled Voices of ’68. Using a full range of oral accounts and other contemporary artefacts as its key stimuli, the project placed education at the core of its multi-facetted activities. Its experience suggests a potentially fruitful blueprint for how the legacy of the “Troubles” can be approached and taught in ways that generate curiosity and engagement in its audience.

The conclusion will provide other, recent, examples of how the “Troubles” is being constructively and effectively taught, including reference to a newly established Voices of ’74 initiative centred on the Ulster Workers’ Council Strike of that year. Finally, it will be argued that there are lessons for the general issue of managing the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland. Voices of ’68 resources

Chris Reynolds is a Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University. A native of Northern Ireland, with a particular interest in the European events of 1968, he led the Voices of 68 project focusing on the Northern Ireland Civil Rights movement and now has turned his attention to Voices of 74, collecting accounts of the Ulster Workers’ Strike of that year.

Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oral-history-and-understandingteaching-the-troubles-voices-of-6874-tickets-713560156637?aff=oddtdtcreator



Ards and North Down Borough Council – Good Relations Week 2023 – Shared History

The Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Good Relation’s Shared history programme –

A shared history programme exploring the history of Londonderry/Derry. Four cross community trips to “The Siege Museum” and the “Museum of Free Derry”.

Participants learn about both the Siege of Londonderry/Derry, the formation of the Apprentice Boys and Bloody Sunday, formation of The Bloody Sunday Trust and the ongoing search for justice with a facilitated tour and seminar.

Between the visits to the Museums, we will have two online seminars from the facilitators of the Museums, allowing participants to gain more knowledge and ask questions.

Seminars are delivered on Zoom @ 7pm

Tuesday 19th September – William Moore – Past Governor and current General Secretary of the Apprentice Boys

Wednesday 20th September – John Kelly – Relation, campaigner and facilitator for The Bloody Sunday Trust.

Remembering and Learning Together: Ways to Mark Holocaust Memorial Day January 2024

Join staff from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to find out about ways your group can mark Holocaust Memorial Day in meaningful, effective ways together.

This presentation and workshop will provide resources and ideas to enable groups and individuals of all kinds to find powerful ways to join with others in marking Holocaust Memorial Day. It will give an opportunity to learn from other examples of good practice in events and activities. Shirley Lennon, NI HMDT Support Worker will suggest specific ideas for NI activity organisers to get involved, whether you have organised activities before or you are new to taking part.

There will be an opportunity for questions and a chance to explore resources. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. We promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) – the international day on 27 January to remember the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and during more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Please register at https://bit.ly/RememberingTogetherwithHMDTforGoodRelationsWeek

NI Urban Green Space welcomes ‘Make Space for Girls’

NI Environment Link & the National Trust invite you to our first Urban Green Space webinar!

This will be a chance to hear more about how the Urban Green Space project is progressing.

We are also really excited to be joined by Susannah Walker from ‘Make Space for Girls’ to hear what we can be practically doing to make our spaces more welcoming to women and girls.