What's it all about?
Promoting equality and good relations are key to improving the quality of life for everyone in the city - making Belfast a better place to live, work, socialise and do business.
We want to make sure that fairness, equality and respect are at the heart of everything we do. These values are central to our policy making process and underpin all our activities.
Good Relations Audit
Every three years, as part of our Good Relations Strategy, we carry out an independent audit of the Good Relations issues and needs within the city.
When we use the term good relations, this means the work that we do to tackle sectarianism and racism and to promote cultural diversity between people from different religious, political and racial backgrounds.
The audit informs our Good Relations Action Plans and plays an important role in where we allocate resources for good relations work.
We ran the latest audit in September 2019. The audit findings will be publicised here before the end of the year.
Good Relations Strategy
Our Good Relations Strategy outlines a vision for progressing community and race relations in Belfast. It acts as a companion to the Belfast Agenda, our Community Plan for the city, and will provide a framework to deliver a shared city - a city reimagined, connected and resurgent; delivering inclusive growth that leaves no-one behind. The strategy is a framework for our city leaders to think strategically about good relations, putting it at the heart of everything we do in Belfast.
Download the Good Relations Strategy (PDF 1.71MB)
We are committed to making Belfast a place that is safe and welcoming to everyone. We need to continue to work hard to transform a city known for division, into one shared by all.
The Shared City Partnership oversees Good Relations work in the city and will also be responsible for managing and administering funding available through the PEACE IV Programme.
Diversity and changing community dynamics
In Northern Ireland, the traditional divisions between Catholics and Protestants persist. Many of our citizens continue to live parallel lives, with some communities still separated by physical barriers. It is no coincidence that the poorest neighbourhoods in Belfast continue to be those located in and around interfaces and flashpoint areas.
Building relationships across communities is central to good relations, with work continuing to create a better future for people within these neighbourhoods.
In recent years, the population of Belfast has changed substantially. We've welcomed new people from other countries who have made Belfast their home. This diversity has enriched our culture and contributed to our prosperity.
As part of our work to create a shared city, we talked to a resident to find what it's like to move here from another country.
Together: Building a United Community
Our work is aligned with the objectives of the "Together: Building a United Community” strategy launched in 2013 by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), now the Executive Office (TEO). The strategy reflects the Northern Ireland Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society. The strategy addresses issues such as education, housing, sport, youth, volunteering and interface barriers and is focused on four priority areas of action:
- children and young people
- shared community
- safe community, and
- cultural expression.
Each District Council area in Northern Ireland delivers activity which is supported through the District Council Good Relations Programme. This programme is 75 per cent funded by the Executive Office (TEO) and 25 per cent funded by us, and delivers local responses to locally identified good relations needs.
Find out more about the District Council Good Relations Programme on the Executive Office's website.