Since 1998, all Northern Ireland public bodies have a legal duty to promote good relations between people from different community, religious and racial backgrounds.
Since 1998, all Northern Ireland public bodies have a legal duty to promote good relations between people from different community, religious and racial backgrounds. On 23 May 2013, the Northern Ireland Executive government furthered their commitment to good relations with the release of Together Building A United Community Strategy to improve community relations and continue the journey towards a more united and shared society.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme aims to improve day to day relationships by reducing all forms of prejudice, promoting equality and encouraging a society in which our own cultures and traditions as well as other people’s cultures and traditions are understood, respected and accepted.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Good Relations Programme works to deliver four key priorities and outcomes;
Our Children and Young People - To continue to improve attitudes amongst our young people and to build a community where they can play a full and active role in building good relations.
Our Shared Community - To create a community where division does not restrict the life opportunities of individuals and where all areas are open and accessible to everyone.
Our Safe Community - To create a community where everyone feels safe in moving around and where life choices are not inhibited by fears around safety.
Our Cultural Expression - To create a community which promotes mutual respect and understanding, is strengthened by its diversity, and where cultural expression is celebrated and embraced.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council recently completed an audit and strategy for Good Relations for the period 2020-25. The Strategy and associated local Action Plans have been designed to create and support a locally relevant and focussed programme of activity across the Borough.
The Council runs a series of programmes, activities, events and a small grants programme to help support the development of good relations locally for ALL age groups.
We would be delighted to have you join in our programmes or hear your suggestions or ideas. To get involved contact us on:
T: 028 90340000
The Council’s Good Relations Programme receives funding support from The Executive Office.
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