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Strategic Support Priority

An additional horizontal priority was built into the Phase II Action to provide strategic support to all projects and programmes and to address conflict resolution through a responsive and flexible approach that prevents the de-stabilisation of good relations. The Strategic Support Priority has been an important and fundamental aspect of the PEACE III programme supporting programmes through the delivery of capacity building training and ensuring that Good Relations are embedded as an integral part of all Phase II projects. Through this support changed attitudes will be sustained and long term relationships built, thereby leaving a lasting legacy in the North West and on a cross border basis. When completed, the project will have targeted a total of 280 participants through training and events, including a children’s and young person’s conference and Good Relations events addressing issues of prejudice. Through consultation with our projects, training programmes that are specific to their needs have been identified and designed including finance and procurement training and media training which complements the ongoing support provided by the Secretariat and builds capacity and confidence. The development of learning resources including a Good Relations Training Manual for groups to disseminate and use across their organisations is also being developed. These events have been well received by the Phase II projects and have served as useful platforms for sharing best practice and how projects work on a cross-community basis, building relationships and changing individuals. The way forward in mainstreaming good practice is also being explored.

In addition, the NW PEACE III Partnership has also adopted the Community Resilience Model as a working model for a mechanism to support communities in the aftermath of any incident which could de-stabilise good relations. The innovative model will now be piloted within three communities across the NW and allows for a strategic planning approach to dealing with potential good relations challenges. The proposed model is moving away from a reactive fire-fighting approach by building relationships between communities and statutory and public agencies. Once completed, the learning will be disseminated across the NW Cluster which will be complemented by a signposting and promotional campaign highlighting the services readily available to local communities at times of tension and crisis.

The Legacy Celebration Events Programme is a project supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the North West PEACE III Partnership of Derry City Council, Omagh District Council, and Strabane District Council.

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