COUNCILLORS in Mid & East Antrim Borough have been updated on initiatives taken to promote ‘good relations’ in the area.
Initiatives included a ‘formative years programme’, ‘basketball twinning programme’ and a ‘shared history festival project’.
The basketball twinning programme engaged children from across the community, and participating schools included Ballykeel Primary, Camphill Primary, Harryville Primary, Mary Queen of Peace Primary, St Brigid’s Primary and St. Colmcille’s Primary.
Commencing in October 2018, the schools took part in six-week programmes of 90 minutes per session during which workshops addressed, good relations, antisocial behaviour, hate crime and personal health, and well-being.
Sessions had been carefully designed to help the children explore culture and identity through a series of activities which promoted good relations and shared space.
Opportunity was also created for children – who, according to a previous council statement, normally would not have met or interacted with each other – to come together and learn a new sport and discuss difficult issues.
There were also a number of events which took place during ‘Good Relations Week’ in September.
A Council ‘minute’ said the Council’s Director of Community, Katrina Morgan, commended the work of council staff and councillors ‘who continue to play a role in a number of key inter-agency working groups and to support a range of community organisations and partnerships who are working to improve good relations at a local level’.