Community and Good Relations
What Is Good Relations?
The legal context of Good Relations comes from Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 which states that in addition to statutory equality duties “Public Authorities are also required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, and racial group.”
Neither ‘good relations’ nor ‘promoting good relations’ is defined in legislation; however, the Equality Commission has developed the following working definition of ‘good relations’:
“The growth of relationships and structures for Northern Ireland that acknowledge the religious, political and racial context of this society, and that seek to promote respect, equity and trust, and embrace diversity in all its forms.”
Equality Commission (Promoting Good Relations – A Summary Guide for Public Authorities) March 2008.
The Good Relations Team offer many services to community groups, schools, businesses, statutory agencies, etc including:
- Advice and Support
- Funding Information and Support to apply for non Council GR funding
- Provision of training courses
- Grant Aid
- Regular communication through email bulletins, letters, phone calls, etc
- Development of training and information resources
- Organisation and delivery of events aimed at promoting GR
- Organisational and policy development
Focused work with BME groups, interface groups, contested spaces groups, and all groups working on specific GR issues.
Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2015
Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week is an annual initiative by the Community Relations Council to promote the good Community Relations and Good Relations work taking place in each council area. It takes place from the 28th September to 4th October and the theme is 'One place, Many People'. This year there are 174 events planned for Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week and 46 are taking place in the DCSDC area. Full details on all events, including those in this council area can be found on the link below.
For more information on any aspect of Good Relations work contact the Good Relations Team
028 71 253253 Ext: 8220
028 71 253253 Ext: 4298
028 71 253253 Ext: 8218
028 71 253253 Ext: 8219
028 71 253253 Ext: 8223
028 71 253253 Ext: 4296