The Positive Relations Project
The Positive Relations Project was supported by the EU's PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body
Engage and empower women to contribute to post-conflict transition, reconciliation and reconstruction, building capacity for women to participate through empowerment and skills acquisition
Training for Women Network (TWN) in cooperation with project partner Women into Politics (WIP) have formally launched their European Union funded Positive Relations Project at a reception in Hillsborough Castle.
The project aims to engage and empower women to contribute to post-conflict transition, reconciliation and reconstruction across Northern Ireland and the six border counties through a programme of training and cross community interaction.
Following the successful approval of the project TWN/WiP have subsequently appointed 23 local organisations from Northern Ireland and the 6 border counties to act as Regional Project Management Agencies (RPMAs).
These RMPA’s will act as an extension of the strategic, regional and local cross border partnerships to identify and agree target groups the project areas and under take the delivery of capacity-building courses and activities in the areas of personal development, political awareness and reconciliation training. In addition the RMPA’S will provide support and mentoring to the targeted groups that will result in tangible relationship-building initiatives within and between other targeted groups.
Groups will also be encouraged to engage in network building to sustain linkages and forge lasting relationship.
The Positive Relations Project incorporates a number of training activities which are delivered to local women through their local RPMA. The following training and development elements are delivered in each local area:
Personal Development & Confidence Building
OCR Level 2 - Reconciliation
OCR Level 3 - Peace & Reconciliation
ilm Introduction to Political Leadership Skills
Dialogue training & Events
Networking events – cross-community/cross-border
The Regional Project Management Agencies
Churchtown Community Association, Castlederg
Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership, Derry
Roe Valley Community Association, Limavady
Loughgiel Community Association, Ballymena
Empowering Women in the Community, Antrim
Cookstown & District Women’s Group, Cookstown
Fermanagh Womens Network, Enniskillen
South Tyrone Empowerment Programme, Dungannon
Darkley Community Association, Armagh
Homes United against Ruthless Terrorist, Lurgan & Portadown
Old Warren Community Association, Lisburn
Kilcooley Women’s Education & Development Group, Bangor
Short Strand Community Forum, Belfast
Ballynafeigh Community Development Association, Belfast
Teach Oscail Family Resource Centre, Cavan
Department of Humanities
North Leitrim Womens Group, Manorhamilton
Sligo Northside Community Partnership, Sligo
Galliagh Women’s Group, Derry
Newry & Mourne Women Ltd, Newry
Workforce Training Services - Belfast
Women’s TEC, Belfast
Teach na nDaoine Family Resource Centre, Monaghan