Open Call for Social Partners for PEACEPLUS Partnership

Thursday 16th June 2022

Ards and North Down Borough Council is establishing a PEACEPLUS Partnership for the PEACEPLUS Programme 2022-2027.

The PEACEPLUS Partnership will oversee the design and implementation of a co-designed PEACEPLUS Action Plan for our area.

We are seeking Social Partners for the new PEACEPLUS Partnership. Three thematic strands will guide the design of the PEACEPLUS Action Plans namely:

(i) Local community regeneration and transformation
(ii) Thriving and peaceful communities
(iii) Celebrating cultures and diversity

These thematic strands provide scope to incorporate projects which span a range of different sectors and activities including health and wellbeing initiatives; children and young people; community regeneration including redevelopment and re-imaging of existing community facilities for shared usage; initiatives to build positive relations; social innovation; social enterprise; and education and skills and community education. All supported projects should be designed to address issues of racism and sectarianism, increase social inclusion, and promote civil leadership.

The Ards and North Down PEACEPLUS Partnership will comprise 31 representatives from four pillars including 11nominated Elected Members, 9 nominated public sector representatives, 5 social partners representing the different geographies of our area (e.g., DEAs) and 6 social partners representing target groups.

Applications are now welcomed for social partners. We are seeking applications from community representatives, including volunteers, from constituted Community and Voluntary Sector organisations based or who provide services within our council area and who could represent our District Electoral Areas (DEAs); those representing PEACEPLUS Target groups; or from individuals nominated by other recognised local organisations e.g., rural development and agriculture; trade union; climate action; business; arts; sports but with a demonstrable interest in peace building.

This is an open call process. The role is a voluntary, unpaid role that will require a time commitment of approximately 6-8 meetings per annum c.2 hours per meeting. Travel expenses and caring expenses will be paid. Training will be supplied for all partnership members in all aspects of the programme.

Each application will be competitively assessed using clearly defined criteria as outlined in the application pack or by emailing peace@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Friday 8th July 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.

This project will be funded by the European Union’s PEACEPLUS Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body