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.
Do You Get The Guildhall?
Council’s Good Relations Team are delighted to announce our ‘Do You Get The Guildhall?’ Year 10 citizenship programme has been fully overhauled for our new council area and is now available for free bookings! You may be aware the former Derry City Council ran this citizenship initiative for over 2000 pupils in previous years with consistently positive pupil and teacher feedback on the opportunity for interactive debate, Guildhall tour, quizzing a local politician and other topics in the free workbook. The free workbook is available here for download!
We are delighted to offer the programme again free to schools in our council area in June 2016 and intend that it will be available in the Autumn too. Schools can now choose to participate at their discretion, either at the Guildhall itself or at the council’s Strabane Office. Schools are responsible for their own transport and sub-cover (although if this is an overwhelming barrier please contact us). Maximum 40 pupils per visit. The programme is targeted at year 10 Citizenship but it can be adapted to suit most ages/abilities in post-primary schools.
For more information on the programme contact [email protected] or tel: 02871253253 ext 8218
To book for ‘Do you Get The Guildhall?’ between 6th – 28th June (subject to availability) contact: [email protected] tel: 02871253253 ext 8225
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