The North West Youth Forum for Peace and Reconciliation has launched a ‘grass roots’ campaign for young people entitled ‘We’re Connected’.
The aim of the initiative is to tackle sectarianism, racism and to help young people aged 11 to 25 to develop an appreciation of the value of diversity in society.
The ‘grass roots’ campaign aims to bring the members of 12 youth clubs and projects together to participate in joint programmes and activities.
Forum members Shauna O’Neill, Connor Smyth and Richy Feeney launched the campaign with BBC Radio Foyle Presenter Mark Patterson.
In an interview about the programme Shauna said: “This is an opportunity to improve relations between young people across the North West and a chance to make new friends.”
Richy commented: “We launched this campaign so that we could make a difference to the lives of young people. We would encourage people to contact us and get involved.”
The Youth Forum members will facilitate various activities to help build relationships and develop an appreciation of the value of diversity. At the end of this process, the participating groups will be invited to a Peace Conference to share their learning experience. In addition, a publication will be created to acknowledge the campaign and the role of the young people in making it work.
For more information, or to obtain an expression of interest form, contact Stephen Dallas, WELB Youth Officer for Social Inclusion or Youth Outreach Worker Gavin Deeney, WELB Youth Office, 40 Dungiven Road, Londonderry, BT47 6BW, or telephone 028 7131 3444. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Funding for the project came from the North West Peace III Cluster of Derry City Council, Strabane District Council and Omagh District Council.