Local community representatives came together today to celebrate the official launch of a new 18-month cross community, cross border project, administered by Tullacmongan Resource Centre in association with project partner, Leafair Community Association , based in the Shantallow area of Derry. Entrepreneur and businessman Sean Gallagher attended as guest of honour.
Funded by the International Fund for Ireland under its Peace Impact Programme, this is a unique project aimed at turning lives around, focussing on community relations in the Cavan area and beyond the Border. The project will address the deficit of cross community and cross border participation in the Tullacmongan Housing Estate, an area that continues to suffer from the legacy of the conflict.
The launch of the project is as a result of a pilot project in the Tullacmongan Estate that worked directly with a number of young people. The project resulted in the critical turning point in their lives and created the momentum which affected real change and transformed their lives, including securing employment. Building on this success, the TIPP project aims to transform the life of individuals and the entire community through supportive, creative and innovative approaches that will build cohesion within and between communities ultimately delivering improved relationships and positive outlooks for the future.
In consultation with CFNI, the project identified Leafair Community Association, based in the Shantallow area in Derry as project partners. Leafair is a well-established, best practice community development and peace building project.
There are four key strands to the project:
This programme will be the foundation stone of the project and will be partially delivered by Leafair Community Association. The programme will enable Tullacmongan Management Committee to engage with and learn from a similar organisation from Northern Ireland that has previously participated in the PIP programme. Key will be building good and positive relations, networks and supports, involving a minimum of eight committee members. Training will also be offered to the wider community members to encourage new members onto the committee.
The project will engage with the families and parents of the young people and will deliver appropriate training to help support and upskill the parents and families of these young people. Additionally, the parents and adults involved will be facilitated to come together to form parents support groups, which can influence policy, access funding and impact positively on the wider community by engaging in programme.
This is a progression programme for the current nine participants aged 25+ who have just completed the Teach Oscaill skills and employability PIP funded programme. This mentoring led project resulted in six participants attaining QQI Communications and QQI Numeracy; Safe Pass and Security Pass. The participants will now progress to the next stage in their development and will be assisted through a combination of dedicated mentoring to avail of employment related training, both directly and through accessing ETB statutory-related training and incentive training.
There will be a series of activity based workshops and events which will be devised based on a needs analysis undertaken by the Project Co-Ordinator. These will include dedicated peace building workshops; Youth Engagement Workshops; Children’s Exchange Residential held in the Scouts International Peace Centre in Castle Saunderson as well as Cross-border Older People Programmes.
Speaking at the launch of the programme Allen McAdam, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland, said the Fund is committed to delivering real and positive transformation in communities through the Peace Impact Programme and we are delighted to support this participatory cross border project. “This project is designed to address the legacy of conflict, current social and economic realities facing many rural communities, such as isolation and youth emigration, along with the uncertainties of Brexit. By offering practical support, the participants can take better control of their lives and become more resilient to life’s challenges. In particular, the project aims to increase people’s involvement in their local community and to encourage them to explore the differences and similarities of living in different states but only a few miles apart. Through learning new skills, building relationships and gaining greater levels of cultural awareness, I have no doubt this project will leave a lasting positive legacy for the participants themselves and for their wider communities. I wish everyone involved in the project success in the year ahead”.
Mr McAdam took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund - the European Union and the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - for their support.
Noel Maguire, Project Co-Ordinator said: "This project’s peace-building and cross-border dimension provides meaningful new opportunities for engagement between individuals and within a community that has been impacted by the border in the past, in a number of ways and traditionally or culturally have been divided.
"The TIPP project demonstrates the pivotal role the IFI plays in enabling and facilitating greater cohesion and cultural engagement with each other and with those a few miles away in Northern Ireland. On behalf of Tullacmongan Resource Centre, the groups with whom we will be working and the local communities, I would like to thank the International Fund for Ireland most sincerely for their funding support, without which, we could not have undertaken this programme.”
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