Belfast PEACE IV Programme
What is PEACE IV?
The PEACE IV Programme is an EU funded cross-border initiative designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region.
The primary objective of the programme is to promote positive relations characterised by respect, where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance.
The programme is financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The Belfast PEACE IV Local Action Plan has been designed to address local needs, to be inclusive in nature and provide opportunities for all citizens across the city to be involved in peace building and reconciliation activities.
We have secured £8.79 million
of PEACE IV funding to deliver our plan to support peace and reconciliation in Belfast across three main themes:
- Children and Young People- £1.66 million
- Shared Spaces and Services - £5.1 million
- Building Positive Relations- £2.03 million
Belfast City Council's Shared City Partnership will oversee the implementation of the Belfast PEACE IV Local Action Plan.
For more information on the programme download our booklet - (PDF - 6MB)
Children and young people
The focus of this theme is to enhance the capacity of children and young people to form positive and effective relationships with others from different backgrounds and to make a positive contribution to building a cohesive society.
We have developed a range of age appropriate, creative and innovative activities for children and young people that will be fun, interactive and engaging. The activities also provide opportunities for sustained, purposeful interaction, with others from a different background so every child can reach their full potential.
Our aim is that by the end of the PEACE IV Programme in December 2021, 2,772 children and young people will have taken part in projects that develop their soft skills and respect for diversity.
|Children and young people
||Target age groups
||This project will use gaming, social media and coding at after-schools, summer and Easter camps and other events to challenge attitudes about children and young people from other communities
|Playing our part in the city project
||We will use creative activities and play as a way of exploring identity and culture, as well as identifying and addressing community issues. This project also engages with parents to address inter-generational attitudes and to break down barriers.
||11-13 and parents
||Young advocates is a citizenship intervention model for young people to equip them to be leaders of the future and advocates for peaceful change by championing issues across the political divide. Youth-led grassroots and rights based campaigns will run across Belfast to create positive social change.
|Local area networks
||We will work with the NI Housing Executive to establish six local level networks to deliver a range of community planning activities including exchange visits, environmental clean ups, storytelling, personal development, civic leadership and active citizenship training.
Shared Spaces and Services
This theme aims to create a more cohesive society by providing shared spaces and services in the city.
We will play a leadership role in creating a necklace of shared civic space in the west of the city by convening partners, engaging with citizens – we will transform land into a shared civic space which will improve connectivity between the city centre and outlying communities and neighbourhoods.
This project aims to promote positive attitudes towards shared public space, help address post conflict issues, improve connectivity in the city and build on the city’s wider potential.
By the end of the PEACE IV Programme in December 2021 we will have engaged directly with 600 citizens who will be involved in creating an exciting shared space.
||An exciting shared space project focusing on 12 interlinked sites comprising of a core project located at the Springfield Road interface incorporating Springfield Dam, Springfield Park, the Invest NI site and Paisley Park.
||We will work with residents to make sure they are kept up to date with project developments, how to engage with the project and participate and use the shared space.
Springfield Dam Park – public consultation
We are currently running a three month consultation on our plans to connect Springfield Dam and Park into a new signature civic space with improved access, recreational facilities and environmental enhancements.
Building Positive Relations
The focus of the building positive relations theme is the promotion of respect, cultural diversity and an environment where people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance.
Projects in this theme will encourage interaction between residents and groups from divided neighbourhoods, explore history in a sensitive manner, build mutual understanding and promote inclusion and integration of minority ethnic communities.
These projects will improve relations between different communities with 1,400 people taking part in various projects by the end of December 2021. The projects will also give marginalised groups more opportunities to participate in peace and reconciliation.
|Creative Legacies II
||Throughout the PEACE IV Programme we will work with partners to deliver a range of culture, arts and heritage projects to address issues such as flags, parades and shared space. The projects will include capacity building training, professional development of the artists and a showcase event.
|Community and voluntary groups
|Decade of Centenaries (1918 - 1921)
||The Decade of Centenaries project will explore significant anniversaries which occur from 2018 to 2021. It will involve delivery of workshops, shared learning, exhibitions, exchanges, study visits and community led events.
|Community and voluntary groups
||This project will support minority ethnic communities, including Traveller and Roma in Belfast. It will develop localised solutions around migration changes and provide diversity awareness and engagement opportunities.
||Ethnic minorities and Traveller and Roma communities
We want as many people as possible to take part in PEACE IV You can get involved in PEACE IV in Belfast by:
- Taking part in a project.
- Engaging with various projects to address local needs.
- Getting in touch with community networks and forums which will be established as part of the programme.
- Bidding to deliver specific projects or contracts within your area of expertise.
To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org
PEACE IV pre-market engagement sessions
Peace IV team recently ran pre-market engagement sessions outlining tender opportunities under the theme of children and young people.
You can download the presentations from the session if you are interested in finding out more information.
If you would like to contact the PEACE IV team on 028 9032 0202 or email email@example.com
Marketing and Communications
We have developed protocols for any organisation delivering PEACE IV projects on our behalf.
Our delivery partners must make sure they meet the communications requirements of both the council and SEUPB and must ensure Belfast City Council sign off on all communications materials before they are published.
Please download and review the Belfast City Council PEACE IV Marketing and Communications protocols - (PDF - 12MB)
Download logo banner for delivery partners - (PDF - 479KB)
Download logo banner for delivery partners - (JPEG - 262KB)
Download our logo banner - (JPEG - 318KB)
To help develop a PEACE IV Local ActionPlan that meets the needs of all residents, we carried out a consultation on our draft plan in early 2016.
The consultation showed the need for:
- increased engagement of marginalised communities to participate in peace building and conflict transformation activities for the long-term benefit of the city.
- enhanced understanding and appreciation of other cultures and heritage leading to an increased tolerance of difference and respect for cultural diversity.
- effective working with local communities to create and safeguard space, increasing usage and access to facilities and spaces across the city.
We used these key requirements to build projects in line with the three PEACE IV themes which would help Belfast to continue to foster peace and reconciliation.