Good relations projects
Our Good Relations Unit is responsible for the delivery of a number of council programmes.
Decade of Centenaries
Since 2012, we have run a series of events and activities marking the key events in what is known as the Decade of Centenaries. In 2011 we adopted a series of principles under which events throughout the decade would be conducted and have marked these significant occasions with civic events, funding for local neighbourhood projects as well as a series of exhibitions.
The first exhibition covering 1912 – 1914 was called “Shared History – Different Allegiances”, and covered the Ulster Covenant, the Home Rule Crisis, the Irish Cultural Revival, the formation of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Irish Volunteers, along with the rise of the Suffragette and Labour Movements in Belfast.
Good relations grant aid
Designed to support local groups and organisations with funding for events, programmes and activities that promote and address good relations issues within their locality. The maximum grant available is £10,000. Smaller grants are also available annually for St Patrick's Day.
Bonfire management programme
Working with a number of communities across the city in the positive celebration of cultural heritage around bonfire periods. This is delivered in partnership with statutory bodies and government agencies.
For more information, visit our bonfire management page.
Promoting the inclusion and integration of migrant and minority ethnic communities
We lead a multi-agency migrant forum to ensure that everyone in Belfast has equal and appropriate access to the services in the city. We also deliver training on migration awareness and ending hate in our communities.
Working with communities and other partners across the city to support interventions around interface areas.
Gaelic place names of Belfast
Many of Belfast place names have their roots in the Irish language. We produced a booklet that gives readers an introduction to Gaelic cultural heritage and an insight into the origins of local areas.
We are aiming to deliver a comprehensive action plan focusing on children and young people, shared spaces and building positive relations as part of the EU’s PEACE IV programme. This action plan will operate from 2017 to 2021. For updates on the PEACE IV Programme visit the Special EU Programmes Body.